Footy Finals Song # 2: North Adelaide

August 24, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Modern Music |

The 2nd of our footy finals songs (‘reverse-bowdlerized’) is for the Roosters of North Adelaide: “We’re a Big Disgrace, Sink without a trace. We’re the ill-famed red and whites! Feather-dusters we’re called, And our fans are appalled By the dirty way we fight! We like to play as a team And we play it clean, When in the umpires’ sight, Our fans are crying Cos we’re very trying We’re the shocking red and whites!”  

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Footy Finals Song # 1: South Adelaide

August 23, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Modern Music |

OK, P is grumpy that the Glenelg Tigers miss out on the finals (again). And the final five is now settled: (1) Norwood (2) Sturt (3) Eagles (4) South Adelaide and (5) North Adelaide. The order may vary slightly after the last minor round, but not in a meaningful way: Sturt and Eagles might change places but they will still square-off in the Qualifying Final; South and North might swap 4th and 5th places, depending on results, but they will still contest the Elimination Final. So we have 5 finalists and 4 Club Songs (Norwood and Sturt share one, mutatis mutandis).  The Varnished…

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Listening to Buck Owens

August 12, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Buck (born 12 August 1929, in Sherman, Texas) was Big in America.  But he was big everywhere.  Why else would the Beatles cover one of his songs?  Why else would Creedence Clearwater Revival sing about listening to Buck while lookin’ out their back door?

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Eurovision 2018: Bet Against Logic and Taste

May 14, 2018 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Modern Music, MUSIC, THEATRE |

Lisbon, May 2018 Israel claimed its 4th Eurovision victory in a stunningly predictable finale, where taste was defenestrated and trampled, writhing and squirming, on the Portugese cobbles below. The UK and Bulgaria had outstanding entries, and we give honourable mention to Estonia, Holland and Cyprus.  However, what with the jury vote and the televotes, bizarre results were in the cards. We liked Elina Nechayeva with her dress of many colours and the operatic aria, ‘La forza’ sung in Italian, but Estonia came in 8th. Bulgaria’s Equinox (see main image) featuring an East European Lady Gaga, had a dramatic pop-rocker called “Bones”…

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Melting Pot

May 14, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Songs in Our Heart # 91 Melting Pot (Blue Mink) (written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway; released 1969) [A timeless, funky classic, a paean to racial harmony that is banned from public broadcasts now because public broadcasters are morons.  Yes, we know “yellow chinkees” is a little out there, but as Alan Partridge’s mate Michael points out, the term is both a people and a meal. “We should all get together in a loving machine, I’d better call up the Queen, it’s only fair that she knows…! What we need is a great big melting pot, big enough to take the…

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