September 11th, 2008

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

The LHC Rap...

Okay, this is just amazing:

Reminds me of a discussion I was having with Tim a couple of weeks back, and never got round to blogging, but I'll do so now.

What was the first rap record to get to number one in the UK? Tim's work colleagues, with whom he was discussing it, reckoned Turtle Power, by Partners in Kryme, from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (the first one, back in 1990).

Tim countered this with Rock me Amadeus by Falco, from 1986. I pointed out that - given what the band themselves have said about their influences in recording the song (Neil Tennant describes the verses as him attempting to rap rather than sing) - West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys might just beat that by a few months.

Given that rap is (and here I quote the wikipedia entry on the subject) "the rhythmic spoken delivery of rhymes, wordplay, and poetry," how wide can we extend the parameters for what constitutes rap? Tim and I between us came up with a couple of earlier examples that could constitute rap songs - Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) by Benny Hill (I know, I know, bear with me here...) and They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!, by Napoleon XIV - the latter of which, although it dates from 1966, I've just checked and despite Tim's insistence it only got to number 4 in the UK charts and so doesn't count. So at the moment, I reckon Ernie wins. So far.

So - any other suggestions? Or arguments as to why Benny Hill doesn't count? *g*

Oh, and ETA, to help you decide:

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Memage gacked from morganmuffle

When you see this, quote Douglas Adams in your journal.

Well...I'm going to cheat.

I'm going to misquote him:

There is a theory that if ever anyone turns on the LHC at CERN, the universe will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

Doctor Who - Fantastic

Fans of classic BBC TV & radio programmes...

...including but not limited to Doctor Who, Blake's 7, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Goon Show, and the Quatermass serials, may well be interested by this news...

From the press release:

Mute Records are proud to announce the release of a 50th Anniversary Retrospective double CD from the Radiophonic Workshop. This brand new compilation features classic, extremely rare and previously unavailable sounds and music by the legendary BBC organisation. Presented in chronological order, the CD includes works from stalwarts of the Radiophonic Workshop such as John Baker, Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Elizabeth Parker, Desmond Briscoe, Paddy Kingsland, Peter Howell and Malcolm Clarke amongst others.

Full details, including an absolutely mouth-watering (if you're into that kind of thing) track listing, here. The Greenwich Chorus? The full version of The Astronauts? The Whale - which I can only assume to be a bit of H2G2 incidental music? Basically most of the 21 album? My poor, poor wallet...
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