Saturday, 30 April 2011

Day 29 - A Song From Your Childhood

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Day 29 - A Song From Your Childhood

I was shit scared of this as a kid. I remember my neighbours used to play it to make me go home. Once, a friend locked me in a room and played it through speakers - I crawled out the window to get away from it.


Jeff Wayne - Eve of War - War of the Worlds

The funny thing is is so god damn funky, I love it now!!

Interestingly, when I listened to this again on youtube, I heard the phrase "Timeless Worlds of Space", which is sampled in one of my favourite dnb tunes. I always knew it was from something I was familiar with, but I couldn't tie it down. I love discovering shit like that! :)

Friday, 29 April 2011

Day 28 - A Song that Makes You Feel Guilty

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Day 28 - A Song that Makes You Feel Guilty

I don't feel guilty about much, to be honest.

Data Rock - Fa Fa Fa (in Simlish)

But, yeah, I might not have bought the Sims 2 expansion pack this song was featured on. Hence the guilt.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Day 27 - a Song You Wish You Could Play

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Day 27 - a Song You Wish You Could Play

If I could play an instrument, it would be bass guitar or keyboard. If I could play any song using those skills, it would be this one
Herbie Hancock - Hang Up Your Hang Ups

The film clip is superb. Herbie is superb.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Day 26 - a Song You Can Play on an Instrument

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Day 26 - a Song You Can Play on an Instrument

Does a turntable count?


Latyrx - Lady Don't Tek No

I can play this because I own it on vinyl, and anyone who's heard me play hiphop would have heard me play this :)

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Day 25 - a Song that Makes you Laugh

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Day 25 - a Song that Makes you Laugh

I love many silly songs and silly bands. There are many, many tunes I could pick. Eat It by Weird Al. Fish Heads by Barnes and Barnes. Business Time by Flight of the Conchords.

Dread Zeppelin - Immigrant Song

But the idea of a reggae band fronted by an Elvis impersonator doing Led Zep covers is pretty fucking hilarious.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Day 24 - a Song You Want to Play at Your Funeral

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Day 24 - a Song You Want to Play at Your Funeral

Pretty morbid really. But in all honesty...

Monty Python - Always Look On he Bright Side Of Life

Uninspired - perhaps. Funny - definitely.

And incidentally, I'm posting this up on Easter Monday ;)

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Day 23 - a Song You Want to Play at Your Wedding

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Day 23 - a Song You Want to Play at Your Wedding.

I'd like to find someone worthy of marrying first, before thinking about the music for a wedding...So here's a completely random song I like, instead.

Nightmares On Wax - Les Nuits

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Day 22 - a Song You Listen to When Sad

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Day 22 - a Song You Listen to When Sad

OK, so even though this is almost exactly the same as Day 4, I'll offer a different take. I don't like being sad, so I listen to music to make me happy.

Happy Mondays - Step On

Happy Mondays always cheer me up!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Day 21 - a Song You Listen to When Happy

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Day 21 - a Song You Listen to When Happy



Max Sedgely - Happy

I don't really know much about this guy, I simply like this tune. It makes me happy..

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Day 20 - a Song You Listen to When Angry

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Day 20 - a Song You Listen to When Angry

Rage Against The Machine - Bullet To The Head

For this I tried to find something that wasn't clich├ęd. But like every young male of my age, this band simply resonates too strongly for me to ignore. Arriving in 1993, RATM captured my teen angst perfectly. I still get amped up when listening to it.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Day 19 - a Song From Your Favourite Album

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Day 19 - a Song From Your Favourite Album


Because I've already listed a PWEI song from my favourite album, I'm going to choose another of my favourite albums - The Second Coming by Stone Roses.

Begging You - Stone Roses

Although this album wasn't as well received as their first self titled album, I think this is a much better album in terms of song writing and performance. The guitars and drumming on this track in particular are just awesome - complex, layered, driving, beautiful rock and roll.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Day 18 - a Song that You Wish You Heard on the Radio

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Day 18 - A Song You Wish You Heard on the Radio

I used to listen to the radio day and night, but now it's kind of irrelevant. I find new songs and bands myself through the internet and through recommendation of friends.Commercial radio lost my interest once I turned into a teenager, and although I'm a fan of community radio, it's often hard to get past the incessant talking most hosts feel they need to do.
But if radio was the arbiter of taste it once was, this song and moreover this band are highly deserving of airtime:

The Heavy - How Do You Like Me Now 
Ninjatune's 'alternative' label found this band, and they're fantastic. They have such a tremendous funk rock sound in most of their tunes, but can do reggae and blues equally as well.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Day 17 - a Song You Hear Often on the Radio

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Day 17 - a Song You Hear Often on the Radio

I hear this song all the time on the radio and in shops.

So annoying!

Lady Gaga - Bad Romance

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Day 16 - a Song That You Used to Love but Now Hate

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Day 16 - a Song That You Used to Love but Now Hate

Damn it, I kind of did this one already. But I can always think of more ;)
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger

I think Oasis rode the Stone Roses and Blur's coattails to success, and after listening to them in retrospect, I really don't think they were anything special. This song in particular pisses me off - it's so fucking whiny.

Ian Brown went on to do some amazing music as a solo artist, Mani joined Primal Scream who are still fucking awesome, and Damon Albarn went onto do both The Good, The Bad and The Queen (terribly underrated!) and of course Gorillaz.

Apart from prove they're major fucktards in a variety of ways, Oasis ain't done shit.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Day 15 - A Song that Describes You

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Day 15 : A Song that Describes You

I'm sure many people would have songs that would describe me. Asshole. Loser. Too Drunk Too Fuck. etc.

But if I have to choose one to describe me, it has to be this one:

Tripod - Gonna Make You Happy

This is me. I'll attend to your needs, right after I've attended to mine :)



This was a very close second:
The Headhunters - God Made Me Funky

I don't believe in God, but singing "The random sequence of events which led to the big band, life within the universe, evolution upon planet earth, and the incredible random circumstance of my birth made me funky" simply doesn't have the same ring to it...

Friday, 15 April 2011

Day 14 - a Song that No One Would Expect you to Love

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Day 14 - a Song that No One Would Expect you to Love

I've written many times in many articles and on many websites about my dislike of dubstep. It takes from all of my favourite electronic genres - dub, breaks, drum and bass, UK garage - and mashes the sounds together. But instead of being the most awesome music in the world, it's boring, repetitive, predictable, and most wankerish music. It's the antithesis of everything I ever liked about dance music.

However, I do like this:
Mt Eden Dubstep - Sierra Leon

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Day 13 - A Song that is a Guilty Pleasure

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Day 13: A Song that is a Guilty Pleasure

Scissor Sisters - Take Your Mama

Many songs and bands I discover through playing FIFA games. Scissor Sisters Take Your Mama was on FIFA 2005 or 2006, and I just loved the song. A few years later I got the chance to take photos for inthemix.com.au and they were amazing live - sounded great and gave an awesome show.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Day 12 - A Song from a Band You Hate

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Day 12: A Song from a Band You Hate

This was harder than I thought. I could have chosen ABBA, but I didn't even want to search for them. Or Bonnie Tyler. Or anything labelled "R&B/Rap" to come out of the USA made in the last decade. But I chose this band:

Metallica - One

I hate this band. I hate their music, I hate their lyrics, I hate them as individuals. I've watched many documentaries about them, read interviews, and listened to whole albums in order to understand the attraction. I just can't.

Most of all I hate the fact so many people I respect music-wise (and indeed, individual-wise) like this band.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Day 11 - A Song From Your Favourite Band

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Day 11 - A Song From Your Favourite Band

Well, in fact I've already posted a song from my favourite band, so I'll post a song from my favourite Australian band.

Ooooh.... who could it ever possibly be?!

AC/DC - If You Want Blood

Monday, 11 April 2011

Day 10 - A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

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Day 10 - A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

Now, this is an interesting one. Because I don't generally fall asleep to music. Music interests me, and I tend to stay active if it's playing.

Having said that, I have fallen asleep at nightclubs and raves before.

Roberta Flack - First Time I Ever Saw Your Face

Apparently my mum used to play this when I was young to make me fall asleep, or something, so that's why I've picked it out.

It used to be on an advert or TV show, and I said I hated it to my mum, and she told me this story about how it reminded her of me when I was little and asleep. My response was "that's probably why I hate it".

Yeah, I was a shitty son sometimes.

I like the song now though. And still love my mum.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Day 9 - A Song That You Can Dance To

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Day 9 - A Song That You Can Dance To

I can, and given enough alcohol, will, dance to almost anything. So lets change this slightly to "A Song That You Like To Dance To"...

Space Cube - Inbound

Every drum and bass head in Adelaide knows Inbound. Run by Fiction and Filter, these club nights with a rave attitude introduced many hundreds of dnb heads to a variety of different sounds they wouldn't experienced otherwise.

This is the original sound, the Yellow Record. I love jumping about on the dancefloor when Fiction drops this.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Day 8 - A Song That You Know All the Words To

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Day 8 - A Song That You Know All The Words To


Sure, I know most lyrics to most of the songs I listen to, but I don't think I know all the lyrics to the whole entire song of by heart for any song, apart from this one:

Dead Kennedys - Short Songs

Friday, 8 April 2011

Day 7 - A Song That Reminds You Of A Certain Event

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Day 7 - A Song That Reminds You Of A Certain Event

Oh, so many to choose from! I could have chosen any song from any band I've seen live. I could have chosen Ice-T's Colors which reminds me of the year 10 Ski Trip. I could have chosen the Fish Song by Mr Scruff, which reminds me of my first DJ gig.

But I'll choose this one:


Big Audio Dynamite - Rush

When Big Audio Dynamite toured with U2 in... um... the early 90s... I think... I was equally as excited to see them as I was U2, and I was jumping around screaming like a maniac when they sang this song. So it's this song, and not any U2 songs, which remind me of the U2 concert!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Day 6 - A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere

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Day 6 - A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere.

This one's easy:

Jack Johnson - Taylor

This style of laid back kinda surfie guitar folkish music was being played all over Hawaii when I visited in 2009, and as this film clip was filmed in Hawaii, it simply reinforces that feeling.

I loved Hawaii! I need to go back.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Day 5 - A Song That Reminds You Of Someone

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Day 5 - A Song That Reminds You Of Someone

Well, the last song also reminds me of someone, but in a sad way, so let's make this a happy one, shall we?

Queen - Fat Bottom Girls

This song will always remind me of my school mates Kris, Todd, Tim, Corey, Terry, Steph and Dan.

But in particular Kris, who had a very clever knack of being able to re-write lyrics on the fly. One night, driving home from somewhere to Tim's house Kris changed the lyrics to this song and we were laughing so much we almost had a car accident!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Day 4 - A Song That Makes You Sad

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Day 4 - A Song That Makes You Sad

I actively avoid songs that make me sad. I spent too long being miserable as a teenager / young adult, so searching for songs that make me miserable doesn't make much sense any more.


Coldcut - Autumn Leaves

This song is Coldcut at their very best. Laid back jazzy and melancholic.

The reason I find it sad is it reminds me of someone I used to know. Let's leave it at that.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Day 3 - A Song That Makes You Happy

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Day 3 - A Song That Makes You Happy

Argh! This is getting hard now!

So many songs make me happy for a variety of reasons, it's hard to choose just one.

The Bamboos - Turn It Up (feat. Lyrics Born)

but I love the funkiness of this song and LB's voice is just so damn soulful on this.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Day 2 - Your Least Favourite Song

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This is a tough one. It's not most hated - that would probably go to Total Eclipse of the Heart.

But my least favourite song - the song I like the least out of all the songs I consider are my favourites... that's a whole different kettle of fish.I have to consider what are my favourite songs, and then consider which one I like the least.

So...

The Smiths - Please Let Me Get What I Want.

I used to absolutely love the Smiths, but just grew up, and got bored of Morrissey's miserable nature, and the whiney patheticness of most Smiths fans.I do still like some Smiths songs... just this one is probably my least favourite from a band which is my least favourite.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Day 1 - Your Favourite Song

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Day 1 - Your Favourite Song

Pop Will Eat Itself: Dance of the Mad
This song means so much to me. It introduced me to electronic and rave music, it showed me protest songs don't need to be folky and boring, and I discovered it at a time of my life where music was probably the only thing that kept me going...

Friday, 1 April 2011

Freedom of Speech and Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt is in court for defamation.

Numerous "journalists" are jumping up and down, crying crocodile tears for Bolt, claiming all kinds of outrageous nonsense about Freedom of Speech for the Press and Democracy and related bullshit.

Here's some rubbish from Brull the fool at the ABC

And from Bernard the Retard at Crikey

Thing is, Bolt has defamed these people, in their view. (And, to be honest, my view too)

Defamation works like this:
You can say "everybody in XCompany is a wanker". Perfectly legal, because it's a company and no individual is damaged by it. This applies to groups, even member of a race.

If you say "FunkyJ is a member of  Xcompany and therefore a wanker", and (this is the important bit) I take offence and believe it can damage my reputation, then I can sue. Then it's up to you to prove I'm a wanker and for me to prove I'm not (yeah, I'm boned! )

Andrew Bolt didn't say "Some Aboriginals are pretending to be blacker to get privileges" which is a perfectly abhorrent, but perfectly legal thing to say.

He named these specific individuals in specific circumstances where he believes this occurred.

Of Pat Eatock, a 79 year old Aboriginal Activist, he said: “Eatock only started to identify as Aboriginal when she was 19, after attending a political rally, so little did any racial difference matter to her before her awakening to far-Left causes... But she thrived as an Aboriginal bureaucrat, activist and academic…”
Eatock, with 8 decades of being aboriginal and all that it brings, obviously thinks otherwise.

Another, Larissa Behrendt, is upset that Bolt said her father was "German". In fact, her father is Aboriginal.

Bolt never sought response from those he named. News Limited hasn't offered any corrections. (Bolt's website has the words "German Father" with "father" crossed out and the word "name" put next to it - yet the implication is still very apparent)

These people have taken offence. And quite rightly in my opinion. Their professional and personal reputation has the potential to be damaged by these claims.

Free speech advocates like Bernard the Retard and Brull the Fool know that most people don't have a bloody clue about journalism and the law, what it can and what it can't do.

Every single ethical rule about journalism you can think of - Truth, balance, fair, unbiased, sources, etc - is a mere recommendation. The AJA and ACMA can give out fines to newspapers and journalists who break the rules, as long as they are members of those organisations.

However, there are no laws that cause these recommendations to be adhered to. There are no laws that say any journalist organisation needs to join any member organisation so punishments for breaches can be dealt out.

Now, if Freedom of Speech of the Press is so integral to Democracy, why is getting a response from people only a mere recommendation for journalists? Why is fact checking not enforcible by law? Why is the only recourse of someone wronged to sue for defamation?

It's so easy for Bernard and other journalists to jump up and down over this crap, but I said this on another of Bernard's pieces:

When the Press actually start being accountable for the words they print by firing people who report sensationalist bullshit; by printing corrections and errors on the front pages and running corrections as the first news story; by reporting on a story fully and not relying on readers and viewers to contribute; by not running advertising as stories; by not having advertising; by not being multinational; by not having links to organisations which create a conflict of interest; by taking responsibility for commentators on their websites; by fully fact checking even the most mundane story; by not relying on news wires; by not charging for content or subscriptions… Only THEN can the Press be truly considered a pillar of democracy, and only then can the imprisonment of journalists in a country like Australia truly be an outrage.


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Before the Press can claim to be a pillar of Democracy and have the right to Free Speech, they need to acknowledge their responsibilities through enactment of laws to make them act well in accordance to what is right and noble for Democracy.

30 Day Song Challenge

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The rules are post one song a day, for 30 days, following these rules:

day 01 - your favourite song
day 02 - your least favourite song
day 03 - a song that makes you happy
day 04 - a song that makes you sad
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
day 09 - a song that you can dance to
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 - a song from your favourite band
day 12 - a song from a band you hate
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a song that describes you
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 - a song from your favourite album
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a song from your childhood
day 30 - your favourite song at this time last year

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