Empty box: two batteries, 'toy not included'

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Côr Meibion y Brythoniaid - Blue Monday (2014)

The Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir recorded New Order’s 1983 unfeasibly populist ditty to publicise the FESTIVAL No. 6, named for McGoohan's rebel.  Held at Clough Williams-Ellis’s model-village and site of The Prisoner TV show, Portmeirion, it was headlined by the crusty old Mancers, just shy of thirty years after the advent of said constructivist pop-smithery, September 14th - 16th, 2012.

Not the first choral cover, but this is no straight adaption.  The arrangement and emphasis are really quite something and whomsoever is responsible deserves severe kudos.


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All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
proramming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

Richard Brautigan, 1967

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Strelkov explains that civilian passengers on MH17 were dead before they boarded the plane


*I knew the guy was a dark fantasy novelist, but that is truly an impressive imaginative stretch. The plane took off from Amsterdam full of zombies, somehow? The rotting corpses got past security, and all that?

*I’m a science fiction writer myself and I hate to spoil a good yarn by a fellow…

I wonder if Bruce or Strelkov have ever seen that vehicle for stellar acting talent Kris Kristofferson Millennium..?

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Paul Haig/Paul Haig and Derek Miller


Paul Haig / Paul Haig and Derek Miller - Atmosphere / Atmosphere (2007)

Apparently some people are embarrassing themselves over the triviality of a cover version, as though there weren’t more important things to get upset about.  And also, completely after-the-fact because the song concerned is Shadowplay as covered by The Killers for the six-years-ago film Control.   Ludicrous.

Of more significant interest, I would think, is that The Killers’s cover was not the original choice for the closing theme to the Ian Curtis biopic.  Paul Haig - the former frontman of Josef K, contemporaries to Joy Division, and person of interest to anyone familiar with Factory/Les Disques Du Crepuscule - had lovingly crafted a version of what, for me, is Curtis’s most eye-watering song: Atmosphere.  This was supposed to be used but, Hey!, said the money, Paulthefuckwho?  Now these kids, The Killers, they’re *young* people *know* who they are.  Such is the politics of film making.

This is a merge of the two versions recorded.  The first was only ever broadcast on a radio show.  The second was made with Derek Miller.  To my knowledge these have never been released, I haven’t checked recently, but they weren’t last I looked.  If either of them have been, then do right by the man who wrote Sorry For Laughing and buy it from him.   If not and you’d like a higher-bit-rate copy of your own, let me know.

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