14 August 2008

Insatiable Banalities # 12

| johnboy
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The next podcast, featuring the lovely Kerces, is online here

Recorded on Sunday 5th June, 2005, Insatiable Banalities, podcast #12’s special guest is Katina Curtis, journalism student and editor of one of University of Canberra’s three student rags, ‘Now UC’.

Track list:
Non Bossy Posse, Solidarity Forever. 2:51
Woody Sparks, Hello Hooray. 16:55
Fred Smith, Century Girl. 37:47
Matty Ellis, Birthday Song. 46.28
Harry Flowers, Nightlife. 55:44

Loadedog’s review is as follows:


We introduce Katina, then play a bizarre track called Solidarity Forever. It’s a sort of dance remix of the Pete Seger song, off a CD called ‘Organarchy selects the best of Non Bossy Posse’. Captain Pants had it delivered to his PO Box after making enquiries at some web site or other.

Is it, speculates Jim, the answer to the fading popularity of the union movement? Should the unions, like the churches, be spicing up their meetings with ‘cool modern music’? Perhaps union rave parties are the go? Perhaps not, thinks Johnboy, if ‘Solidarity Forever’ is the best they can do.

We discuss further the ailing union movement in Australia, under threat, according to Gertrude and Jim, from the forthcoming industrial relations legislation. Johnboy begs to differ. Everything is fine for employees (at present) says he, and when we need the unions later, the silly old wobblies will still be there. But will they?

Gertrude offers a personal and rather sinister perspective in that her workplace is offering new trainees in her workplace more money than she currently earns, and that she can receive a pay rate commensurate with her (slightly higher) status only if she signs an AWA. Is it a carrot the public service is offering to draw people away from collective bargaining? Is the Pope a German uber-conservative?

Woody Sparks’ ‘Hello Hooray’ reminds Katina of the Verve’s recent remixes. Katina writes advertorial part time for City News. Does she feel compromised? In short, yes. We thrash out the forthcoming demise of compulsory student unionism. Johnboy says protesting is useless and demonstrates an admirable faith in the democratic system, suggesting people would make more difference dropping into the relevant minister’s office for a chat. Warm up that tea pot Mr Nelson.

Johnboy reckons Fred Smith’s ‘Century Girl’ is a modern day ‘Sympathy for the Devil’. Then he does a plug for the Basra (Iraq) tourism commission. Matty Ellis’s ‘Birthday Song’ is very sweet, but the chord progression is strongly reminiscent of some other tunes. Jim played a gig with him the night before and thanks someone for writing ‘SUX’ next to his (Jim’s) name on the poster in the Phoenix.

Katina likens Matty’s accent to Missy Higgins. Johnboy reveals some of his travails on the internet dating scene. Then we hear the sad news that her parents are parents are moving out, leaving her and her brother home alone. This reminds Gertrude of similar circumstances from her own past, like an episode of Ripping Yarns, involving an evil step mother. It’s very sad but we can’t help laughing.

Harry Flowers ‘Nightlife’ comes off Indy.tv. Johnboy gives us a short tutorial on how to use Indy, then admits he drove over his neighbour’s bike on the way to the podcast, admitting further that it was a cunning ploy to get to meet her (it was a woman’s bike). On that note we say goodbye.

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Just to clarify something.

I didn’t mean to run over the bike.

That just happenned.

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