Monday, 30 April 2012

Know Your Chicken

Centrelinked is typically a vegetarian affair (with the occasional fish finger sandwich thrown in as and when required) but that doesn't mean we close our minds. This week we decided to follow Cibo Matto's advice and get to Know Your Chicken. What we had therefore was 45 minutes of chicken tunes, interspersed with a pot pourri of poulet trivia.

These are the finger lickin' nuggets that went to air:

Chicken Payback - the Bees
Mansize Rooster - Supergrass
Chick Habit - April March
Choppers - Headless Chickens
Chicken with its Head Cut Off - Magnetic Fields
Chicken - the Cramps
Chicken Dog - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
5 Piece Chicken Dinner - The Beastie Boys
Do The Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas
Chicken Strut - The Meters
Know Your Chicken - Cibo Matto
Chicken Hearted - Roy Orbison
The Chicken Song - Spitting Image
Take It Easy Chicken - Mansun

And these, for posterity, were those important chicken facts. Some of them were even true. 
  • Chicken Little is Stewart Little's Dad
  • In 2001 chicken tikka masala was voted the most popular restaurant meal in the UK 
  • The latin term for chicken is gallus gallus domesticus, inspired by Boutros Boutros Ghali, the former secretary general of the United Nations 
  • A chicken ran onto the pitch during the first ever game of football, tripping up a player - hence the word 'foul'
  • Chickens are omnivores and in the wild will hunt seeds, insects and - when hunting in packs - they can take out a wolf
  • More than 50 billion chickens are raised every year for meat and eggs. This is more than 7 eggs for every human on the planet. The chickens that understand these numbers are kept in cages by scared farmers.
  • Chicken Run, the claymation movie about a group of hens who make an aeroplane from scrap furniture to escape being turned into pies is based on a true story about pigs  
  • Although most chicken lay eggs, some can be trained to lay other things such as logs, bricks and the truth

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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Saucerful of Secrets

This week Centrelinked encouraged listeners to unlock their diaries, share their log in details and enter the 98.9 North West FM confessional booth to share some songs about Secrets. This was the soundtrack to their unloading:

The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret - Queens of the Stone Age
No Secrets - The Angels
Little Secrets - Passion Pit
Do You Want To Know a Secret - the Beatles
Secret Kiss - The Coral
Secret - Madonna
Confide in Me - Kylie Minogue
Can U Keep a Secret - De La Soul
Secret Agent - Tony Allen
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - John Barry (though with more time this version by the Propellerheads might have made the cut too 
Secret for a Song - Mercury Rev
Secret Love - Doris Day
The Key, The Secret - Urban Cookie Collective

Of course the very best song about secrets is this one from 1973 but sadly we're not allowed to play it on the radio. Feel free to leave any dirty little secrets of your own using the comments below

Centrelinked - Saturday mornings from 10.30am on 98.9 North West FM ( week's theme - Chicken! Feel free to join in using @mintcustard or @northwestfmmelb and #centrelinked. 

Monday, 16 April 2012

Rise of the Machines

This week Centrelinked picked up one of Mint Custard's biggest fears - the destruction of mankind by robots - and ran with it, albeit with an awkward clanky gait and certainly not up any stairs. 45 minutes of airtime were devoted to automated android propaganda. This is what they played:

Robot Rock - Daft Punk
Robot - Futureheads
Do The Robot - The Saints
Intergalactic - Beastie Boys
Robots (the Humans are Dead) - Flight of the Conchords
We're in Business - Andrew Thompson
Robot Song - Kenickie
One Robot - Rocket Science
Robot Man - the Aliens
I am a Robot - Rhys Muldoon
Astro Boy Theme
The Robots - Kraftwerk

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Daniel Kitson, Where Once was Wonder, Melbourne Arts Centre

From the opening seconds of Daniel Kitson’s latest show, Where Once Was Wonder, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that something has changed. Your senses are taking it in, but something just doesn’t seem right. This is a Daniel Kitson show isn’t it? So isn’t that… I mean is that… am I really… could that actually be … is that dance music? Why yes it is. Well, LCD Soundsystem’s Losing My Edge, anyway.

Gone, the gentle indie-tastic Candle Records musical backdrops that welcomed people to Kitson shows of yore, replaced by acerbic beats and James Murphy fretting about being overtaken by ‘better looking people with better ideas and more talent.’ Yet as a precursor of what’s to come it is a stroke of bleeping genius.

What follows is a blistering opening half hour from an unfamiliar looking Kitson – beardless and with his head shaved – which includes pompous attacks on the audience, comedy fans, his own fans and especially his fellow comedians. Swearing is unrestrained and outrageous statements start to stack up, with laughter accompanied by some uncomfortable fidgeting and sharp intakes of breath amongst the packed and noticeably varied crowd.

Given it’s written on the poster I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying that the show is built around three unconnected stories, none of which are ever fully finished and one that involves the decapitation of a small pig. However, each deals in their own way with small unexpected twists of destiny that lead to the unlikely becoming not just possible, but utterly inevitable. It will come as no surprise to those who have seen him before that Kitson finds quixotic beauty in these tales, evoking the romance and even turning a self-administered haircut into a noble act.

It would be improper of me to say how this beauty impacts on the closing half hour of a 90 minute set, or how that relates to his vicious opening polemic. Still, it’s fair to say that it was a thrill to hear gentle isolated chuckles slowly snowballing into a roaring Playhouse as pennies dropped about another thrilling act of Kitson chutzpah.

A misguided and factually-lacking review in The Age this weekend suggested that of Where Once Was Wonder represented Kitson returning to the ‘conventional stand up he has spent years retreating from,’ dismissing the evening as ‘a strange combination of dick jokes and intellectual arrogance.’ I’ll admit that I’m a fan of his work*, but I hope nobody bases their decision to go and see this show on those words. There is little that is conventional about Daniel Kitson’s work; stand up or theatrical, which is why he remains the draw card at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival year after year. Losing his edge? Watching Where Once Was Wonder you get the feeling he’s only just started.

Daniel Kitson’s Where Once Was Wonder is on at the Playhouse at Melbourne Arts Centre until 15 April. Tickets $25.

* “then it became a wider thing about people who grip onto other people’s creations like they are their own– James Murphy on LCD Soundsystem’s Losing My Edge.

Sorry about that.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Make Em Laugh

It's Melbourne International Comedy Festival time here in Australia and Centrelinked tried to celebrate by putting together two hours of funny songs. The problem is that one man's funny is another woman's fingers-on-blackboard, with some songs by comedians excruciatingly unfunny and some very serious songs horrifically hilarious. So, armed only with a vague notion of songs that try and give people a chuckle here's what we ended up with this week: 

The Young Ones theme
Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic
Stutter Rap - Morris Minor and the Majors
Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) - Benny Hill
Mahna Mahna - The Muppets
We're Both in Love with a Sexy Lady - Flight of the Conchords
This Poem Sucks (Harriet) - Mike Myers (from So I Married and Axe Murderer)
Tram Inspector - the Bedroom Philosopher
Cows with Guns - Dana Lyons
24 Hour Garage People - Half Man Half Biscuit
The Ballad of Freda and Barry - Victoria Wood
Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage Mrs Worthington - Noel Coward
You're Just Too Hip Baby - Dave Graney
Becoming More Like Alfie - Divine Comedy
Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me - Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Cast
Money, Money - Liza Minelli and Joel Grey (from Cabaret)
A Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place - Dolly Parton (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
Hold My Hand - The Rutles
Eric the Half a Bee - Monty Python
The Intro and the Outro - the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
Love Life - The Rutles
Bedazzled - Drimble Wedge and the Vegetations (Peter Cook and Dudley Moore)
Montage  - Team America World Police
The Riddler - Mel Torme
The Pub With No Beer - Slim Dusty
Preposterous Tales - I, Ludicrous
Right Said Fred - Bernard Cribbins
I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
Barbie Girl - Aqua
Shaddup Ya Face - Joe Dolce
Ain't No Greens in Harlem - The Vibrations
I Remember Punk Rock - Vic Reeves
The Majesty of Rock - Spinal Tap
Bring Me Sunshine - Morecambe and Wise

Although I had an extra hour, I still ran out of time to play these:

I Wanna be Straight - Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Bad Babysitter - Princess Superstar
Thou Shalt Always Kill - Dan le Sac and Scoobius Pip
Metaphor - Sparks
Ello John, Got a New Motor - Alexei Sayle
Hole in My Shoe - Neil
Austin Ambassador Y Reg - John Shuttleworth (yes, again - sorry Graham)
Jilted John - Jilted John
Panic Plants - The Lovely Eggs
The Queen is Dead - the Smiths
Formed a Band - Art Brut
I Can't Forget - Leonard Cohen
Why is it Always Dairy Lea? - the Shirehorses 

If you'd like to chuck in your tuppenceworth about songs that make you laugh I'd love to hear from you in the comments bit below. 

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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Sunny Side Up

This week on Centrelinked it was about snap and crackle and not just pop as we celebrated all things breakfast. From coffee to croissants, tea to toast, muffins to muesli, we covered it all in song - with a few more interesting alternatives hidden away like a plastic toy at the bottom of a cereal packet.

Special thanks go to Pink Floyd for Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast which provided over an hour's worth of backing music, chuntering and breakfast preparing noises.

What got played
The Breakfast Song - Annie
Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast - Cornershop
Mario's Cafe - Saint Etienne
9-5 - Dolly Parton
She's Losing It - Belle and Sebastian
Beer for Breakfast - The Replacements
Beans for Breakfast - Johnny Cash
Beans, Bacon and Gravy - Cisco Houston
The Spam Song - Monty Python
Piggies - The Beatles
Serial Thrilla - The Prodigy
Superfast Jellyfish - Gorillaz with De La Soul and Gruff Rhys
Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos
Coffee and Toast - James
Coffee in the Pot - Supergrass
Percolator - Stereolab
Sexy Coffee Pot - Tony Avalon and the Belaires
How'd You Like Your Eggs in the Morning - Dean Martin and Helen O'Connell
Watermelons - the Lovely Eggs
Omelette from Outer Space - Adam and the Ants
Blueberries for Breakfast - Mamas and Papas
Martin Doom! It's Seven o'clock - The Boo Radleys
Punky's Dilemma - Simon and Garfunkel
Breakfast Time - Orange Juice
Breakfast in Bed - Dusty Springfield

Leftovers and Suggestions
Breakfast in America - Supertramp
Sex for Breakfast - Christina Aguilera
Black Coffee in Bed - Squeeze
Coffee and TV - Blur
Wake up and Make Love to Me - Ian Dury
Black Pudding Bertha - the Goodies
Wild Mushrooms - Lloyd Cole
Down Under - Men at Work
You Were Meant for Me - Jewel
Cigarettes and Coffee - Rufus Wainwright

Ta to everyone who texted or tweeted or actually listened on your wireless. You make it all worthwhile. Feel free to add to my little list of breakfast songs using the comments below...