Revolutionary Plastics Hour: Volume Ten

This one’s got some of my favorite songs ever; the Finger one’s just brilliant—keeps you waiting the whole time for the chorus, then hammers it. The Saul Williams one is pretty powerful, too—& Bernadette Peters’ version of the Elvis classic is intensely intimate. Or intimately intense. Either way, it’s sweet.

There’s also Mr. Rogers, with his classic “alternate version” of “Row Your Boat,” & UiLab (which is Ui, Sasha Frere-Jones’ old band, teamed with Stereolab, forming a math-pop indie kid’s wet dream) doing an Eno song, an unearthed gem by an Italo-disco legend (courtesy of the stellar Italians Do It Better label) & a fully-accredited (Casablanca Records, yo) disco version of an early Shakespeare banger.

Then, the host of Hollywood Squares (Eighties version) takes on Simon & Garfunkel, followed by a dynamite a old-school Stevie Wonder track, from his lesser-known album, Where I’m Coming From (1971), the first step on his streak of untouchable perfection that lasted through 1980, with his stellar Hotter Than July. (We’ll leave that Plants album out, as the exception that proves the rule.)

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The Revolutionary Plastics Hour: Volume Ten

New American Orchestra – Love Theme (Blade Runner OST)
Finger – Another State
Max Frost & the 13th Power – 14 or Fight
Stevie Wonder – Think of Me as Your Soldier
John Davidson – 59th St. Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
Bernadette Peters – Don’t

New American Orchestra – End Title (Blade Runner OST)

Uilab – St. Elmo’s Fire
Fred Ventura – The Years Go By
Devoshun – No, No, No, My Friend (You’re Wrong So Do It Again)
Alec R. Costandinos & the Syncophonic Orchestra – Romeo & Juliet (Act I)
Chromium – Haunted Disco
Saul Williams – Penny for a Thought
Ella Fitzgerald – It’s Only a Paper Moon (w/the Delta Rhythm Boys)

Saul Williams – Purple Pigeons (instrumental)

Mr. Rogers – Propel Your Craft
New American Orchestra – Main Theme (Blade Runner OST)

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Revolutionary Plastics Hour: Volume Six

Yet another mid-week missive; a tale told by an idiot, full of sound & fury & what not, signifying monkeyshines.

This week’s episode features music by Sa-Ra Creative Partners, a spectacularly upbeat & catchy number by the Glass Bottle, a song by Graduate (UK power pop by pre-Tears for Fears blokes!), an eighties(ish) novelty block, & then we get real, real French for a change, with the scowly Jacques Brel & the delightful Francois Hardy.

We conclude with some dialogue between Antony Perkins & Melina Mercouri, which includes a bit of sweetly melancholic singing, preceding a manic monologue that, unfortunately, cuts off just before Perkins drives over a cliff. (Yes.)

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this show; no glaring screwups, apart from a couple of slack segues. I tried to keep the chatterboxery down this time, but it still got the better of me here & there. But really, it’s a journey, not a destination, right? Hey, man.

Revolutionary Plastics Hour: Volume Six

Dennis Miller – Self-Expression
Sa-Ra Creative Partners – Hollywood
Duran Duran – My Own Way
The Glass Bottle – Sorry, Suzanne
Graduate – Shut Up

Giorgio Moroder – Palm Springs Drive
Giorgio Moroder – Night Drive (reprise)

Bullet – I’m Billie Jean
Buckner & Garcia – Pac-Man Fever
Agallah – The Crookie Monster
Dangermouse & Jemini – The Only One

Blue Series Continuum – The Stakeout

Jacques Brel – Les Bourgeoisie
Francois Hardy – Les Temps De L’amour
CSNY – Country Girl (Neil Young)
Melina Mercouri – Rodostimo (from Phaedra sdtrk.)
Blue Series Continuum + Anthony Perkins – Outro

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Revolutionary Plastics Hour: Volume Two

The “awkward” second show. Not exceptionally polished, but I think it rises above “sophomore slump” territory, anyhow. I wasn’t fully consistent with the show’s current 100% vinyl policy (most of my records were still packed up in storage at the time), but I was able to get to 50%, at least.

Some slow-paced favorites here, around the middle set. Label namedropping: Tri Angle, Italians Do It Better. So far, these have both utterly failed to disappoint, across the board.

Full disclosure: There’s more talking on this one than there should be; I chalk it up to new-radio-show giddiness. These days, I’m less chatty.


The Revolutionary Plastics Hour: Volume Two

Arcadia – The Promise (instro)
Battles – Tras
Peter Brown – Overnight Sensation (12″ version)
Sherbs – Juliet & Me
Caress – Just Like in the Movies

Indeep – When Boys Talk
Gayngs – The Walker
Desire – Under Your Spell
oOoOO – Burnout Eyes

Tiedye – Nothing Else Matters
Bernie Schwartz – Round & Round
Robert A. A. Lowe – Gyromancy

Revolutionary Plastics Hour: Volume One

Welcome to Episode One.* It went much better than I had any right to expect, given how long it had been since my last radio show (college) & my still-shaky familiarity with the gadgetry.

A really fun handful of songs to get rolling with, though, so that’s a start…!

* “A New Hope.” There; happy now?

The Revolutionary Plastics Hour: Volume One

Fancy—She’s Riding the Rock Machine
Hall & Oates—I’m Just a Kid (Don’t Make Me Feel Like a Man)
The Wonder Band—Stairway to Heaven
Dictators—Sleepin’ With the TV On (demo)
Sebastian Tellier—Divine
Fancy—I Was Made to Love Him
Syreeta Wright—I’m Goin’ Left

Boxer—Hip Kiss
Two Fingers—What You Know (remix inst)

Swedish House Mafia—The One (interrupted)
The Dream Team— The Dream Team Is in the House
Swedish House Mafia—One (also interrupted)

Cocoa Brovaz—Super Brooklyn (inst)

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