1969, For the first time in the history of the show, the BBC’s Top Of The Pops producers refused to air the No. 1 song, ‘Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus’, the erotic French language love song by Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin. The song, an instrumental with the voices of Gainsbourg and Birkin apparently recorded in the act of love and superimposed over the top, caused such a stir in Britain that the original label, Fontana, drop the record despite it being No. 2 on the charts. A small record company, Major Minor, buys the rights and saw the song climbs to the top, the first French language song to ever do so…
The weather wasn’t bad but I had to prepare for our weekly podcast and consequently got into the studio early to prepare our work. Neil arrived around 11.15 am and we created this podcast.
One part of the podcast was a story about a babysitter having sex with the 11 years old boy in her care. She was 21 and not the most advanced for her age but she had been seen fit enough to babysit the boy who was apparently advanced for his age. The judge saw fit to give her a suspended sentence but it does worry me that the judiciary sees fit to jail men but seems not to see fit to treat woment the same. There is more to the story so I’ll add the link which you might care to read for yourself. I just find the whole story both astonishing and completely lacking in moral judgement by the judge.
I watched a programme on the Spanish TV this morning which was about Pawn Brokers. It showed various places in America where people were coming to get money for unwanted items. I was astonished at the attitudes of various people who entered these stores and demanded inflated prices for their items. They were so rude and the comments they passed to the staff was stomach churning. I really find myself wondering where this will all end. We are slipping into an abyss where people feel they can be as rude as they like and demand to have their own way. I also see the connections between current behaviour and serious indeifference to the words discipline and respect. These people had no notion of either concept.
Around 6 pm I managed a 5 km walk along Terra Mitica whilst Anne popped into the phone shop to try and get a problem sorted out on her mobile. The problem hasn’t been resolved but I certainly enjoyed my walk with a few squirrels keeping me company.
Why do men die first?
This is a question that has gone unanswered for centuries, but, now we know. It requires a bit of explanation, first:
If you put a woman on a pedestal and try to protect her from the rat race … you’re a male chauvinist. If you stay home and do the housework …. you’re a pansy. If you work too hard … there’s never any time for her. If you don’t work enough ….. you’re a good-for-nothing bum. If she has a boring repetitive job with low pay … this is exploitation. If you have a boring repetitive job with low pay ….. you should get off your lazy behind and find something better. If you get a promotion ahead of her … that is favouritism. If she gets a job ahead of you ….. its equal opportunity.
If you mention how nice she looks … its sexual harassment. If you keep quiet …. its male indifference. If you cry … you’re a wimp. If you don’t …. you’re an insensitive bastard. If you make a decision without consulting her …. you’re a chauvinist.
If she makes a decision without consulting you, she’s a liberated woman. If you ask her to do something she doesn’t enjoy … that’s domination. If SHE asks you … it’s a favour. If you appreciate the female form and frilly underwear …. you’re a pervert. If you don’t …. you’re gay.
If you like a woman to shave her legs and keep in shape … you’re sexist. If you don’t … you’re unromantic. If you try to keep yourself in shape …. you’re vain. If you don’t … you’re a slob. If you buy her flowers … you’re after something. If you don’t …. you’re not thoughtful. If you’re proud of your achievements … you’re full of yourself. If you don’t … you’re not ambitious. If she has a headache … she’s tired. If you have a headache …. you don’t love her anymore. If you want it too often … you’re oversexed. If you don’t … there must be someone else
Why do men die first? Because they want to.
World Events 8th October
1635 – Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, was banished from Massachusetts because he had spoken out against punishments for religious offences and giving away land that belonged to the Indians. Williams had founded Providence, Rhode Island as a place for people to seek religious freedom.
1776 – A group of Spanish missionaries settled in what is now San Francisco, CA.
1781 – The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War took place in Yorktown, VA. The American forces, led by George Washington, defeated the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.
1812 – During the War of 1812 American forces captured two British brigs, the Detroit and the Caledonia.
1855 – Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine motor…..Just for the record…my mum had a singedr sdewing machine but our mums had to pedal in the early days. It was a sort of fitness machine with an end product…..
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson made their longest telephone call to date. It was a distance of two miles. This is about the distance some mothers can shout to their children!
1888 – The public was admitted to the Washington Monument for the first time.
1936 – The first generator at Boulder Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles, CA. The name of the dam was later changed to Hoover Dam…..Every now and then you have to stop and marvel at certain things in life……
1940 – St. Paul’s Cathedral in London was bombed by the Nazis. The dome was unharmed in the bombing.
1946 – The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, VA. I must admit I didn’t think these would really catch on. Cuddling is a lot nicer!
1963 – Over 2,000 people were killed in northeast Italy when the Vaiont Dam was overrun by water. The incident was caused by landslide that occurred behind the dam. This is horrible to try and envisage and these disasters are often overlooked…
1967 – Che Guevara was executed by Bolivian soldiers for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.
1974 – Oskar Schindler died in Frankfurt, Germany. Schindler is credited with saving the lives of about 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. I watched the film Schindler’s List and I found the film both moving and thought provoking..
1975 – Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Soviet scientist is known as the “father of the hydrogen bomb.” This doesn’t really sit comfortably with me. I hate the fact that we have the power to blow ourselves to smithereens…..
1983 – Helen Moss joined the Brownies at the age of 83. She became the oldest person to become a member. I bet her Brown Owl found the whole thing rather confusing…..
1985 – The hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise liner surrendered after the ship arrived in Port Said, Egypt.
1986 – The musical “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened in London.This is the work of a genius interpreted by a whole team of wonderful artistes
1989 – The official Soviet news agency Tass reported an unidentified flying object. The report included a trio of tall aliens that had visited the city of Voronzh. If you’re like me then you would be chuffed to meet them….a little apprehensive but chuffed.
1994 – The U.S. sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf in response to Saddam Hussein sending thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks toward the Kuwaiti border……Just rewind that one please. The US was responding to a serious threat from a man who had already committed genocide. I think people are getting the original facts wrong. It was Saddam who started the ball rolling and I seem to remember numerous warnings about the responses.
1995 – Saboteurs tinkered with a stretch of railroad track in Arizona. An Amtrak train derailed killing one and injuring a hundred. This was not reported widely in the UK
2003 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II knighted Roger Moore and made Sting a CBE (Commander of the British Empire). Sir Roger is a great Briton and Sting is also doing a good job. I don’t really like titles but I can’t object to these two!
The Day’s Music Events 8th October
1958, Eddie Cochran recorded the classic song, ‘C’mon Everybody’, which became a 1959 UK No.6 single. This song followed the KISS principle….
1961, Ray Charles UK No.1 – ‘Hit The Road Jack’, it reached No.6 on the UK chart….I love this song.
1965, The Beatles started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Paul McCartney ballad ‘Yesterday’, giving the group their tenth US No.1. Never released as a single in the UK until 1976. The song was going to be called scrambled eggs.
1969, For the first time in the history of the show, the BBC’s Top Of The Pops producers refused to air the No. 1 song, ‘Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus’, the erotic French language love song by Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin. The song, an instrumental with the voices of Gainsbourg and Birkin apparently recorded in the act of love and superimposed over the top, caused such a stir in Britain that the original label, Fontana, drop the record despite it being No. 2 on the charts. A small record company, Major Minor, buys the rights and saw the song climbs to the top, the first French language song to ever do so….Needless to say I hammered it as it was a bit avant garde……
1970, Pink Floyd album Atom Heart Mother UK No 1 album.
1971, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Maggie May’, (first released as a B side to ‘Reason To Believe’). There is a lady in St Agnes in Cornwall who claimed she was the Maggie in the song in an interview I had with her……
1971, The Who played a small, low-key show at the University of Surrey, Guildford, with guest John Sebastian joining in on harmonica on ‘Magic Bus’ – the only outside musician to jam with The Who on stage.
1973, Elvis Presley and Priscilla divorced after six years of marriage. Priscilla was awarded property, $725,000 cash and $4,200 a month support…..Call me old-fashioned but I think it was more about money and prestige….but then, who cares what I think!
1975, Sean Taro Ono Lennon was born, the only child of John Lennon by Yoko Ono. John Lennon retired from music for five years to become a house-husband. Sean went on to become a singer, songwriter, musician and actor…I think this was a lovely side to John Lennon and was reflected in his later songs….we all change over time!
1976, the Sex Pistols signed to EMI records for £40,000 . The contract was terminated three months later with the label stopping production of the ‘Anarchy In The UK’ single and deleting it from its catalogue. EMI later issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last few months. Personally, although I don’t like too much intervention I do believe this period of music sent the wrong message to the UK’s young with its total aggression and anarchaic messages. If we were to have promoted a public meeting with such aggression and hate we would have been hauled before the courts…..
1976, One hit wonders Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’, it made No.28 in the UK. This has always mad a great bed for a disc-jockey….
1978, Belgian singer songwriter Jacques Brel died of cancer aged 49. Artists who recorded his songs include, Ray Charles, Scott Walker, Alex Harvey, Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Nina Simone and Terry Jacks.
1978, The Human League appeared in their home town at Sheffield University, England. I loved their music and they looked good….Don’t you want me baby?
1980, Gary Glitter was declared bankrupt. An abject lesson in money management.
1981, during a North American tour The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Support act was Prince, who dressed in his controversial bikini briefs and trench coat ran off stage after 15 minutes due to the crowd booing and throwing beer cans at him.
1984, Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends’, narrated by Ringo Starr was shown for the first time on British TV…..Don’t knock it….it’s made him a very rich hombre.
1985, Marking what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday, Yoko Ono formally opened the three and a half acre garden at the Strawberry Fields site in New York’s Central Park. The area was planted with trees, shrubs and flowers gathered from across the world and with a $1m donation from Yoko.
1988, Cliff Gallup guitarist with Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps died of a heart attack.
1993, Take That had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Relight My Fire’. The song which was written and released by Dan Hartman in 1979, where it topped the US dance charts for six weeks. The Take That version featured Scottish singer Lulu and gave her a No.1 hit nearly 30 years after her first hit in 1964….I loved the song and they made a great version….
1999, Eurythmics, George Michael, David Bowie, Robbie Williams and Bono all appeared at ‘Netaid’ an event to raise money for global poverty. The concerts in London, New York and Geneva were all broadcast live on the internet. Musicians have made great efforts like this for many years. Why publicise the idiot behaviour?
2003, Ambrose Kappos, 37, of New York, was charged with three counts of stalking and harassing singer Sheryl Crow.
2005, Robbie Williams launched his new album ‘Intensive Care’ at Berlin’s Velodrom. The gig was also broadcast to 27 cinemas and venues across Europe.
Birthday Boys and Girls
1937, Pat Burke, The Foundations
1940, John Lennon, singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Beatles who sold over 20m singles worldwide, (1962-1970), and scored more UK & US No.1 albums than any other group. 1967 ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ is the UK’s biggest selling album ever. In 1990 Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ was played simultaneously in 130 countries to commemorate what would’ve been Lennon’s 50th birthday. He was shot dead in New York by Mark Chapman on 8th December 1980.
1944, John Entwistle, bass, The Who. Entwistle died in Las Vegas on 27th June 2002.
1948, Jackson Browne, singer, songwriter
1954, James Fearnley, accordion, The Pogues,