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Hard News: One man’s Meat Puppets is another man’s Poison

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  • Tim Michie,

    echoes of a Nuremberg rally

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 546 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Tim Michie,

    Video is from Metropolis, 1927, by Fritz Lang so around the same time. What Lang was describing in fiction, Hitler was trying to make happen.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1841 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie, in reply to nzlemming,

    I appreciate that but the crowds in unison bits with the band took it into martial rally to my eyes...

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 546 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Tim Michie,

    Perhaps Lang, as an artist, was commenting on the scene around him? It's not as if Metropolis is a nice place, after all.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1841 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs, in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    I worked in printing / litho shops for many years. The ever-blaring commercial radio was as much of a health hazard as the chemicals, solvents and badly-ventilated darkrooms. I have retained a loathing for classic rock that rocks, no repeat workdays, and the hits of the 70s 80s and 90s. It's enough to send you postal.

    Oh yeah, snap. In my case it was a research lab in a country town in Oz in the late 80s, which meant incessant high rotation repeats of this:

    Apologies if someone's already posted it earlier - haven't kept up with the whole thread. But God I hate that song. Hate it. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Hate every bar of its simpering, reactionary, fake superficial kumbya-tolerance. Hearing it four times a day for weeks on end...aargh...

    Still don't know how I managed three years in that lab with that radio station blasting away in my ears, without doing something desperate with all the syringes, compressed gas cylinders, conc acids, phenols and scalpels readily at hand, to put all of us out of our misery.

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    You can lead a horse to culture...

    The mullety guy in Slade always looked to me
    like he'd strayed from the Sweet.

    or Follyfoot

    aaah, Ron and Slugger and Dora...

    ...and I dunno why that Oz "Intelligentsia" twerp went
    straight for a Nuremberg reference, looked more
    like old time evangelical religion to me...
    Goddy Holder, maybe?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4627 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    . . . that Oz "Intelligentsia" twerp . . .

    That's Monday Conference host & "moderator" Bob Moore. No doubt aware that treating Zappa as a visiting intellectual à la Germaine Greer might offend Norman Normal of Neutral Bay, Moore strove to add his brand of old school intellectual ballast to a panel that at least had some grasp of Zappa's significance.

    Anyway they're all gone now, Zappa, Norman, and Moore, who popped his clogs in 1979 aged 46.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3354 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    or Follyfoot

    Woah! That's a ghost and a half.

    Not wanting to take the gloss off the morning, on the theme theme.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2118 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to nzlemming,

    What Lang was describing in fiction, Hitler was trying to make happen

    The story goes that when Hitler saw Metropolis he said, "This is the man to make films for the Reich!" and Lang fled Germany that same night; thus began his career in America.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3413 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JacksonP,

    Not wanting to take the gloss off the morning, on the theme theme.

    Audio only, unfortunately.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3413 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    'Yeah, whose baby are you, Batgirl!'


    We could go on...

    and on

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2118 posts Report Reply

  • Will de Cleene,

    Oh, we're going there are we? From the writers of God Save the Queen comes this Old Blighty dirge:

    Raumati • Since Jul 2011 • 104 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Accessing this thread via iPad, something is certainly is lost in translation. Sort of "Insert song here"--which could be anything--in many offerings.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2283 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Having complained about it, I'm now guilty of it.

    The first you might guess was Batgirl. 2nd and 3rd, theme to Miami Vice and Chips, in no particular order.

    In that I can't tell now I'm on my iPhone.

    Burn.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2118 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I thought Youtube's player worked without Flash now?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Sacha,

    You need to opt in:

    http://www.youtube.com/html5

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Oh goodie. We're going there. In that case, my very favourite TV programmes were Poldark........

    The Pallisers

    and The Onedin Line

    As you can tell, I was a sophisticated young woman with a yearning for servants.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    You need to opt in:

    http://www.youtube.com/html5

    Does that work on mobile devices, though? If it did, that would be awesome!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3413 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Lilith __,

    No idea. I've got a Droid machine so no issues with the Great Wall of Jobs

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Some of the episodes were truly dire television, but you gotta love the theme....

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3413 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Yes :)

    Superb! Thank you.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3413 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to JacksonP,

    My internet connection is on a go-slow for Good Friday, so can't download any of the clips today, but can supply a piece of trivia re Gloss. The main character (played by Miranda Harcourt) was called Gemma Stace. The scriptwriter had been a friend of my older sister (not called Gemma) and there was a rumour at the time that she was inspiration for the character. Not that much similarity really, although my sister still works 'in television'.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2024 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    You can lead a whore to culture but you can't make her think.

    Speaking of speaking. This must count as speaking:

    This is the original

    And he even made a record version

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1491 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Double yikes! 20,000 views has just whipped by, in the space of a week.

    A lovely autumnal day, raking leaves, stacking firewood and visiting folk with new babies (not necessarily in that order).

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2283 posts Report Reply

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