RC 222: All the Ducks (Odds & Sods 13)

I’ve been doing such a run of themed shows that I had a massive pile of great tunes with nowhere to go, so I’ve created not one but two separate ‘Odds and Sods’ shows – if you don’t know about them, maybe search through the Radio Clash archive ;-) Basically the shows where the tracks are all misfit orphans, but we love them all the same.

This one is strangely duck themed – comes from the episode number (BINGO!) but also as random as crispy duck in hoisin sauce. Which isn’t random, but the analogy is.

Much love again for this episode for Music for Maniacs and their Quackers Covers and to Naked on my Own & Dopedrone, Icons of Andria and Our Flaws Remain for sending in their tracks :-)

These Are The Drakes, Quack it up, quack it up, quack it up -  touchdown! (113Mb, 1:52)

  • Quentin Crisp – Stop The Music
  • Scissor Sisters – Shady Love
  • Plan B – Ill Manors (The Prodigy Remix)
  • Morgan Fisher – Green And Pleasant
  • John Cooper Clarke – Suspended Sentence
  • Our Flaws Remain – La Famiglia (Internet Assault Version)
  • Norman Lovett – John Peel Sings The Blues Badly
  • Louis Jordan – Choo Choo Ch’boogie
  • Gold Panda – Win-San Western
  • Jacques Siroul – See
  • Napt – Italian Spiderman Feat. Fireflowerz (Original Mix)
  • Morgan Fisher – Jah Wurzel – Wuthering Heights
  • Patrick Portella – Breather
  • Charlotte Dada – Don’t Let Me Down
  • El-P – For My Upstairs Neighbor (Mums The Word)
  • Jiri Bezant/Jiri Malasek – Erotica (B)
  • Tommy Seebach – Booble Sex
  • Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band – My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes
  • Prefab Sprout – Bonny ( Leo Zero Re-Work )
  • Andy Partridge – History Of Rock And Roll
  • Dopedrone & Naked On My Own – Tunnel
  • Icons of Andria – The Universal Way (Their Facebook)
  • Dusty Springfield – I’ve Been Wrong Before

The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Proms

uogbOn Tuesday I made my first ever trek to the BBC Proms to listen to silly ukelele music and nearly 1,000 people play Ode to Joy, as you do.

Yes I was at Proms 45 to hear the The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain – an 8 piece band, they’ve been going for24 years doing frankly ludicrous and humorous covers on the most unlikely of instruments – the ukelele. I’m sure they in part are responsible for the current UkeTube trend of recording unlikely covers on ukeleles and resurgence of interest in the Ukelele (a 19th century hawaiian instrument, fact fans!) taking it out of the George Formby and into the 21st century.

The set was great, they played the regular set (I bought Live in London #1 and Anarchy in the Ukelele DVD and the Live CD closely matched what they played) – they started with their cover of Anarchy in the UK  – strange to hear the whole audience sing along to a Sex Pistols track in the Albert Hall – the aforementioned Ode to Joy where nearly a 1,000 ukeleles (you can do a Where’s Wally on me and John with that pic – hint I’m wearing my Berlin crossing tshirt) brought by the audience played along and they did their excellent covers of Wuthering Heights, Psycho Killer,  Teenage Dirtbag (loads of blank faces on that one while I was merrily singing along), Pinball Wizard and a great cover of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries going into Hawkwind’s Silver Machine which had John in stitches.

Best moments for me were the heckler who shouted ‘Judas!’ after one of the band said ‘We were rather hoping at this juncture to perform a traditional English piece of music…but we’d thought we’d give em a rest in fact do a classic English rock song ‘ (he’d been talking about Black Sabbath earlier so maybe it was also a request LOL) and the part where they played their medleys, which are basically mashups, singing one song on top of another, Humph style – they’ve been doing the ’4 Chords’ thing years before that became an internet sensation.

They were doing Melange (which I’ve posted below) which includes Angels, Sympathy for the Devil, Heroes, You Sexy Thing, Waiting for My Man, If I Was a Carpenter, Hey Jude and others – and the whole Albert Hall started waving their ukeleles lighter-style. It was a wonderful moment.

You can still hear the live broadcast at Radio 3 until next week, and hear a program about the UOGB (as they are to their friends) here but here are a few MP3s from the ‘Live in London #1′ CD which I heartily recommend buying.

  • Melange (includes Sympathy for the Devil, Heroes,You Sexy Thing, If I Was a Carpenter, Hey Jude and more)
  • Life on Mars (simultaneous segue – Bowie, My Way, Born Free, For Once in My Life
  • Wuthering Heights

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