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“Now everybody’s sampling”*…


Long-time readers will know of your correspondent’s fascination with the world’s fascination with “The Final Countdown” (Original music video here.)  See, for example, here, mashed up brilliantly with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and here, performed on the Kazookelele.)

Today, another entry: Pawel Zadrozniak a.k.a. “Silent” has programmed the electronic orchestra of sixty-four floppy drives, eight hard disks and two scanners contained in his wonderful Floppotron to play an incredible, if not slightly eerie version the classic…

Via Laughing Squid.

* Missy Elliot


As we get down, we might recall that it was on this date in 1967 that the UK’s first national pop radio station, BBC Radio 1 was launched in the UK.  It was an effort by the BBC to take over from the very successful pirate radio stations forced off-air by the Government.  Former pirate DJ Tony Blackburn (from Radio Caroline) was the first presenter on air; The Move’s “Flowers In The Rain,” the first record to be played.

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Good songs gone bad [Warning: you won’t be able to unhear this]…


Take That was (and sort of still is) a British pop group that dominated the UK charts– and charts in most of the rest of the world– through much of the 90s.  Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, and Robbie Williams had 27 hit singles in Britain, 11 of which reached number 1, and seven number 1 albums.  Globally, the band hit the top of the charts with  54 singles and 35 albums…

In the second half of the last decade, the group– sans Williams, who had gone solo– toured with a mix of old favorites and new material, including some covers…  like this one:

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Poor Nirvana can’t catch a break.  Here’s Miley Cyrus performing the same tune in what Rolling Stone readers voted “The Worst Cover Song of All Time”…

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Click here for Rolling Stone‘s full list of Worst Covers; and here for Flavorwire‘s roster…


As we rethink imitation as a form of flattery, we might recall (with an ironic sigh) that it was on this date in 1964 that regular programming commenced on Radio Caroline– the first British pirate radio station.  Broadcasting from a converted passenger ferry moored far enough off of English shores to evade government control, Radio Caroline offered emerging artists– mostly rock and soul acts– a route to the listening public that skirted the major record labels’ hammerlock on the market and the BBC’s monopoly on the airwaves.



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