Wednesday, 26 July 2017

ABU Podcast #66 - 1970s Special DOWNLOAD

Here's the latest ABU Podcast and as promised it's a 1970s special.

It was a blast going through tons of old tunes, and trying to pick out stuff was extremely difficult as there was just so much choice - there will definitely have to be another one.

Listen in the Player above or click the Download option (also in the above Player).

The tracklisting is below but I recommend you listening 'blind' and seeing if you can guess the audio first.


Mr Repo


Welcome along to this edition of the ABU Podcast #66.

We're trying something different this time and taking an excursion way into the past, right back to the 1970s. So expect a trip down Memory Lane as we delve into some long-forgotten television theme tunes - some you may remember and others you may well have forgotten for good reason.

The 1970s is having somewhat of a renaissance recently and I'm more drawn to the spooky side of it. So that involves the worrying public information films that used to be shown very frequently during kids' tv and also the emergence of a musical genre called Hauntology which is a modern throwback to the unnerving synthesizer pieces you may have heard during those PIFs.

Anyway, sit back and enjoy the show. I've given this a 5-headphone rating so you'll enjoy more in a quiet darkened room with a pair of headphones on. Preferably with a can of Tizer and some Spangles.

John Leach - Sun-Ride (Theme from Ask the Family)
Album: Ole Jensen And His Music - Chappell ‎– LPC 1047
Year: 1970

Mike Mansfield - Funky Fanfare
Album: Flamboyant Themes Volume II - KPM Music ‎– KPM 1038
Year: 1978

Placebo - Balek
Album: 1973 - CBS ‎– S 65683
Year: 1973

Play Safe - 'Frisbee'
Public Information Film
Year: 1979

Bernard Herrmann - Theme From Taxi Driver
Album: Taxi Driver - Original Soundtrack Recording - Arista ‎– AL 4079
Year: 1976

Tany Turens - High Life (Theme from Stop Look Listen)
Album: Rockin' In Rhythm - Regency Line ‎– RL 1021
Year: 1975

Franco Micalizzi  - Affanno
Album: Violence! - Cometa Edizioni Musicali ‎– CMT 1005/13
Year: 1977

Ted Heath Orchestra - Johnny One Note (Theme from John Craven's Newsround)
Album: Big Band Percussion
Year: 1961

Syd Dale - Marching There And Back (BBC Screen Test Theme) (1970)
Album: Strictly For The Birds - Programme Music ‎– PM 007
Year: 1975

Ruby - BART (BBC Schools 'Dots' intermission music)
Album: Ruby - PBR International ‎– PBRL 5001
Year: 1976

Hoyt Curtin - Hair Bear Bunch Theme
Year: 1971

Laurie Johnson - The New Avengers (1976)
Album: The Avengers & The New Avengers / The Professionals - Unicorn-Kanchana ‎– KPM 7009
Year: 1980

John Scott/ The Saint Orchestra - Return of the Saint (1978)
Single: Pye Records ‎– 7N 46127
Year: 1978

Lonely Water (Public Information Film)
Year: 1973

Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - Manège (Theme from Picture Box)
Album:  N° 4 - BAM ‎– LD 098
Year: 1965

Unknown - Theme from Near And Far
Year: Unknown

Dudley Simpson - The Tomorrow People Theme
Album:  The Tomorrow People Original Television Music - Trunk Records ‎– JBH017LP
Year: 2006

Theme from Sapphire & Steel
Year: 1979

Ron Grainer - Tales of the Unexpected Theme
Single: RK Records ‎– RK 1021
Year: 1979

Godiego - The Birth Of Odyssey / Monkey Magic
Album: Monkey - BBC Records ‎– REB 384
Year: 1980

Richard Denton and Martin Cook - Tomorrow's World
Album: Hong Kong Beat & Other BBC TV Themes - BBC Records ‎– REH 385
Year: 1980

Sparks - Number 1 Song in Heaven
Album: No. 1 In Heaven - Virgin ‎– V 2115
Year: 1979

Space - Magic Fly
Album: Magic Fly - Pye International ‎– NSPL 28232
Year: 1977

Yellow Magic Orchestra - Technopolis
Album: Solid State Survivor - Alfa ‎– ALF 85664
Year: 1979

Barry DeVorzon - Wonder Wheel (Main Title)
Album: The Warriors (Music From The Motion Picture) Waxwork Records ‎– WW010
Year: 2016/1979

Andre Previn - Executive Party
Album: Rollerball (Original Soundtrack Recording) - United Artists Records ‎– UAS 29865
Year: 1975

John Baker - New Worlds (Theme from Newsround)
Album: BBC Radiophonic Music - BBC Radio Enterprises ‎– REC 25M
Year: 1968

Ian Humphris - Theme from Words and Pictures
Year: 1970

Joe Campbell - Mr Men Theme
Year: 1976

Brian Cant Meets The Fabreeze Brothers

The Persuaders - Grange Hill
Album: Scored 1 - 0 - JTI Records ‎– JTI 001 LP
Year: 1996

Door Chain (Public Information Film)
Year: 1976

Gelg - Look Around You (Opening Titles)
Year: 2002

Peter Moss - Think Of A Number Theme
Year: 1977

Alan Hawkshaw - Its All At The Co-Op Now (1972)
Album: 27 Top T.V. Themes & Commercials - Columbia ‎– TWO 391
Year: 1972

Boards of Canada - Roygbiv
Album: Music Has The Right To Children - Warp Records ‎– warplp55
Year: 1998

Never Go With Strangers (Public Information Film)
Year: 1971

Actress - N.E.W. (2012)
Album: R.I.P
Year: 2012

We Are The Champions
Year: 1973

Focus - House Of The King
Album: Focus 3 - Polydor ‎– 2344-038
Year: 1972

Stepasaur - Stepisode 5
Year: 2015

Charley - Mummy Should Know (Public Information Film)
Year: 1973

John Carpenter - Assault On Precinct 13 ( Main Title)
Album: ‎Assault On Precinct 13 (The Original Motion Picture Score) - Record Makers ‎– Rec-12
Year: 2003

Brian Bennett - Discovery
Album: Fantasia - Bruton Music ‎– BRI 10
Year: 1980

Telltale - Rainbow
Album: Songs From The Thames Television Children's Programme Rainbow - Music For Pleasure ‎– MFP 50087
Year: 1973

Solid'N'Mind Featuring MC Whirlwind D* & Johnny F ‎- An Original Break
Single: Liberty Grooves ‎– LIB 001
Year: 1990

Juice MCs - Spydaman
Year: 2017

Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)
Album: Music Man -  RCA ‎– PL13602
Year: 1980

Sunburst - Theme From Paramount TV Series Mork & Mindy (Mork & Mindy Rock)
Single: Logo III Records ‎– Logo 5/79
Year: 1979

John Gregory - Six Million Dollar Man
Album: The Detectives -  Philips ‎– 6308 255
Year: 1976

Charles Fox - Wonderwoman
Album: Superfriends - Warner Bros. Records ‎– 56582
Year: 1978

Corniche ‎- Theme From Chips
Year: 1979

Rhythm Heritage - Theme From S.W.A.T. (1975)
Album: Disco-Fied - ABC Records ‎– ABCL-5174
Year: 1976

Ennio Morricone  - My Name Is Nobody
Album: My Name Is Nobody - Cerberus Records (2) ‎– CEM-S 0101
Year: 1979

Thursday, 13 July 2017


We're back on the podcast tip tonight.
And we're rolling with Disco Scratch Radio again as well.
Life is good.

This time the show is all about the 1970s; the good, the bad, the frightening, the funky.
There's theme tunes from kids shows you may have forgotten about and some you may wish that you had. Even the more 'adult' shows that you probably weren't meant to watch and should've been in bed at the time.

As the theme is the 1970s then expect some Public Information Films ('PIFs') such as Lonely Water and Play Safe ("JIMMMYYY!!") scattered throughout.
Futurism was a big thing when I was a kid growing up back then. By that term I mean that there was a lot of excitement for the future and big expectations. Films reflected this such as Rollerball and THX 1138 and were typical of the era in that they depicted a rather dystopian future.

There are also a few selections of contemporary music which comes under the genre of Hauntology. These songs hark back to the Seventies with nods to classic synth sounds and a fusion of soundtrack and library music evoking a feeling of childhood nostalgia.

There is not a great deal of actual 'hip hop' in today's episode as obviously it didn't really exist (in recorded form at least) back then. (Did someone say Rappers Delight? Come on now, let's not split hairs, shall we?). But there are a couple of kids' tv-inspired/sampled tunes thrown in for good measure.

Catch us tonight at 9pm.

Listen (select your player here)


Monday, 10 July 2017

Hip Hop Connection Magazine - Issue #4


Here we go with issue #4, from May 1989.
For one reason or another KRS-1 has failed to make it to the front cover - probably off on one of his many lectures, spouting dodgy info about hip hop's past, perhaps.
Anyhoo, Red Alert is asking De La Soul to 'call me, yeah?' as he waits next to one of the giant props from Simon Harris' 'Bass....' music video. Above him are the short-lived and criminally-underrated Black, Rock & Ron playing Twister without actually owning the game while The Wee Papas continue to squeeze every ounce of photo opportunity out of the recently-sprayed Artful Dodger backdrop (see MC Mell 'O' on the back cover).

A quick glance at the first page to see where Normski's been pointing his lens this month and already I'm sounding the **DOUBLE DENIM KLAXXON** as Cash Money & Marvelous pose with a copy of HHC.
1989's big hype, Stezo, launches into the picture along with the sorely-researched "DJ". DJ who? HHC don't seem to give a flip.
Latifah's happy as she tells us the amount of comfortable shoes she's wearing whilst Londoner/Yankee Monie Lover Lover just flicks V's to persons unknown behind her.
An odd pose ensues as Monie (again) stands with DJ Pogo (and Mell 'O'?). Perhaps accepting a cup of tea from Josef Fritzl wasn't the best move. Hurry up or you'll be late for Grandpa's Party.  
And ending the set are the Jungle Brothers who would seemingly rather be in bed with a hot cocoa than about to perform yet another rendition of 'I'll House You' to students who now think they know what rap is all about. Yo man, I'm chilly fresh, boyeeeee....etc..

Some excellent history in the 'Strictly Business' news section as we learn about a new hip hop documentary to be shown during the teatime slot on BBC1 called The Lowdown.
Details are brief and there is no mention of kids sneezing and suddenly learning that they can beatbox, sadly. #Trauma
'Street '89' gets a nice mention. This is a big street festival in Bridlington and some big names are appearing - Bio, Vulcan, Nicer, T-Kid, Goldie, Chrome Angelz...... wow!
I'm pretty sure I have footage of this on an old VHS somewhere.

HHC is beginning to leave the training wheels behind and riding a Chopper/Grifter/Burner (whatever 1989 bike works best in this analogy) as it has a good smattering of competition prizes up for grabs.
Promo copies of 'Stop The Violence', De La Soul promo poster, Mell 'O' 'Comin' Correct' single....

I'd Forgotten All About That Dept: Cash Money was in court (a British one) for assaulting his UK Tour Promoter. Sheesh, play it kool, Cash.

An indispensable playlist from that nice, avuncular Afrika Bambaataa features such classics as Prophets Of Rage by Public Enemy, Give The Drummer Some by Ultramagnetic MCs and Baby Don't Lose My Number by Milli Vanilli.
Dett, as we would all be saying back in '89.
Turn the page and we get a better list. This time it's ten original breaks from James Brown and the songs that sampled them. YES! It's like listening to ten Break To The Beat Version Excursions in a row on Tim Westwood's Capital Rap Show.

I'd Forgotten All About That Dept Again: Apparently there were TWO Beastie Boys albums about to surface. The first was going to be unreleased vocal tracks with new production - for "new production" read 'house backing'. The other was to be the as-yet unnamed 'Paul's Boutique'.
Thankfully only one of these came to fruition.
Oh yes!

A Stezo feature mentions that he's also a carpenter. Very handy in case his career as a top-choice rapper never panned out.
A rather informative 'Dictionary Of Hip Hop Slang' gives us the definition of such terms as 'Chillin' Out', 'Burner' and 'Wack'. It also describes some "New School" slang, as well. For example, 'Bus' This, 'Clockin', 'Flavorvision' and 'Lampin'. Actually, this is just a day in the life of what comes out of Flavor Flav's mouth on any given day.

Ultramag and Dolby D articles have a nice story within them but the Wee Papa Girl Rappers is actually the better of the bunch. The girls give in-depth views behind why their album failed as well as a poorly-received American tour. Actually feel a bit sorry for them now as I don't think I even read this interview at the time. Well, it's the Wee Papas, innit? Durr! See, I can't stop myself even now.

Denmark's Cutfather & Soulshock were quite big on the scene for about 5 minutes and their article gives a bit of history behind what you only probably know as 'those funny Europeans from the 1989 DMC Championships'.

Remember radicalism in hip hop? Black Radical Mk II was certainly a good example of this especially in British circles. Reading his interview makes me yearn for these days again as I think about what the content of a lot of rap consists of nowadays. Monsoon was a fantastic tune.

This week's HHC upload contains yet another retro 80s poster to print-out and Blu-Tack onto your bedroom/garage/shed wall. It's the hip hop supergroup that kicked it in the mainstream as well as on the underground - Run DMC. FatDookeyGoldChainTastic!

There's an in-depth feature on DJ Red Alert in which he "remembers the 'old school". Wait a minute. "Old School" in 1989 was only 10 or so years ago.
It's actually a very good read.

At this point I'd like to request a bit of quiet. Can someone turn the lights down as well, please?
And now, a drum roll... for it is with great pleasure and immense joy that we can finally bring you the much-awaited 'Connections' page.
In case you are not aware of what this is, let me explain.
Before the internet existed if you wanted to speak to complete strangers from around the world then you had to use pen and paper and plenty of stamps. These people were known as 'Pen Pals'.
HHC decided to cash in on the many requests of friendship coming into their offices so introduced this new feature.

The late 1980s saw hospitals' A&E departments adorned with unfortunate superglue experiments from young hip hop fans

Imagine a kind of less romantic, double-entendre-filled forum but with more hip hop slang.
You would write a very brief bio and name your favourite artists and if someone liked the look of it then you might get a reply or two. Some foolhardy folk even sent in a photo of themselves (with the de rigeur hand-on-chin pose - what IS that all about?).
In later issues there would be many graffiti writers requesting the swapping of photos of recent bombing missions with like-minded spraycan aficionados. In hindsight this was a rather foolish considering you gave your home address details.

The HHC Letters page is bubbling away this month with topics ranging from Westwood's radio show being too late/early, Just-Ice's double standards, those pesky Troop/KKK rumours, irate non-Beastie Boys fans, hopeful lyricists, and the usual sycophants.

The record reviews are very Brit-centric this month and why not. In fact out of 14 reviews only 5 of them are from the US which was a very brave move on HHC's part.

1989 really was De La Soul's best year. Their debut album was released and they went meteoric, with good reason.
HHC devote a full four pages to them and they take the time to break down the making of 3 Feet High and Rising. Sure it's nothing groundbreaking and you've probably heard it all before but I have to emphasise that back in '89 this was mostly the only place that we could get any hip hop news.

So there we go, that's issue #4 done and dusted.
More fun and frolics soon in the fifth issue where we'll see more innocence of our youth portrayed through the readers' letters page, chuckle-worthy efforts on the Connections page and, most importantly, if KRS is back on the front cover. Fingers crossed, eh?

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