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Sunday, July 30, 2006

June 28 2006 The New York Dolls Visit The Box (updated 8/2)

David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain

Welcome back to chriswasanon! The number one place for extracts of that famous show, Jonesy's Jukebox. To be found on the top of your dial on Indie 103.1. So today we have the June 2006 interview with the NY dolls. June? Shurley shome mishtake. Well whatever. I was thinking about energy drinks meself and I thought of a good one you could make and market - a cross between Cricket Cola, Red bull and crystal methamphetamine. I think I'll call it Killlllllllllllll frenzy. There is a lot of that in everybody's favourite homicidal car jacker video game, Grand theft Auto. Not energy drinks, just mindless homicidal jackpot scoring. Keep that flame thrower handy. GTA is Death Race 2000 sans David Carradine and wasn't he so much more peaceful in that. "You have snatched the pebble from my hand grasshopper..."

Enjoy this slab of ice cold fresh jukebox with a beer from the fridge or a poolside Pina colada and as Tina says, there is more to come. Plus some Buzzcocks possibly. It was a quite a week as far as the Buzzcocks went for LA. There were 2 gigs, one of 'em was a real elbow bruising mosh pit. Then the band were sealed 60 feet below the ground with Steve and Mr. Shovel in der bunker for a 12 bells arama. I loved the part when Steve played with them on "Fiction romance" - that one is still going through my head. Actually "Mods Skins and Punks" goes through my head quite a lot too but that's another story.


Tina IS at the controls!

(click on the pics to find out more)

Steve: So what’s going on, men?

Sylvain: How you doin’ man? We’re doin’ all right.

Steve: Yeah?

Sylvain: Yeah. Where’s David, though?

Steve: Who?

Sylvain: Where’s David?

Steve: He’s here.

David: I’m enjoying…the simple pleasures.

Steve: The simple pleasures.

David: See, I’m not one of these to get all excited about energy drinks.

Steve: I think we could uh, I think…do we have energy drinks here?

Doll 3: Oh yeah…I think we’re gonna need some.

Steve: (to David) Do you want to hold one?

David: (laughing) I want…to hold one. I just want to be seen with one.

Steve: Feel the power coming off of it.

David: Yeah. I want to be seen with one. I like the one that makes you furious.

Steve: It’s called, "Furious Drink", or something?

David: Yeah well, it’s called , "Full Throttle Fury", so you can be just like, mellow as can be and drink it and then have apoplexy in a moment.

Steve: I think…who was the first, Red Bull was the first of that whole wave of drinks, wunnit?

David: Yes.

Steve: Red Bull, probably?

David: And I guess, Red Bull when you think about it, if a bull is kind of…

Steve: Angry.

David: …adverse to red…

Steve: It’s angry, innit?

David: …and sees a Red Bull, it’s bound to get really furious and there’s going to be a fisticuffs.

Steve: Yeah. And you’ll have to put big swords in his back.

David: Have you noticed, now I don’t want to be conspiracy theorist or anything, but there is this kind of mass movement toward militancy and fury. Have you noticed that?

Steve: Please explain to me.

David: Well, Red Bull, case in point.

Steve: Oh, okay.

David: I think they’re really like, trying to get people to go in the army, but nobody’s really up for, up for the gig.

Steve: Maybe they should just stop messing about and just say, “We’ve got a new drink. It’s called, The Military Drink”.

David: Yeah. “It’s called, Kill Everybody…”

Steve: “…Drink”.

(the other members of the band stop playing background music and laugh)

David: “…drink Kill Everybody and then have apoplexy as the veins in your temples explode and you drown your friends in your own blood.”

Steve: I think you’re onto something.

David: We could be Mad Ave, kind of…Mad, Mad Ave.

Steve: I think you’re onto something.

David: I think so. Let’s get right to the point. Let’s quit beating around the bush.

Steve: Let’s think about…how could the advertisement, the poster for it, look? How would it look?

David: We could probably get like, the guy from – remember Cracked magazine? It was kind of like, the Mad Magazine takeoff and it’d always have some guy whose head was exploding?

Steve: Yeah.

David: Oh, what was that movie? “Scanners”?

Steve: Yeah!

David: Remember where the guy – it’s already been filmed, we could just use that. Like, have the guy drink it and then go to that “Scanners” thing where the guy’s head explodes and everyone is just standing there, covered in guts, dumbfounded. “Dumbfound your friends!”

Steve: Yeah. And the good thing is, it’s only two dollars, too, for the drink.

David: How about a drink I’m thinking of, called - Confound The Aliens?

Steve: That’s good.

David: Yeah, so you drink this drink and then…when like, say somebody’s visiting from another planet and you start speaking to them, they say, “What?”

Steve: Exactly. I think you’re onto something, mate. (belch) Pardon me. I think you’re onto something. I can’t drink all that energy drink. Do you actually drink any of…

David: Like I said, I’ve never had an energy drink. I have had that Coca Cola and coffee drink. I have an aunt who’s eighty-two degrees. Eighty-two degrees? (Steve and Dolls laugh as he corrects himself) Eighty-two years old and I’ve been thinking about her because of the heat and I spend a lot of time with her and we’re both fairly senile. And I turned her on to that Coke Black.

Steve: Yeah.

David: She calls me up, she goes, “Can we get some more of that Coke Black?” I said, “I just bought you eight bottles of that yesterday”. She goes, “Yeah…well we need some more. We don’t have any around here”, and I’m like, “You drank eight bottles of that stuff?” She says, “Yeah.” I said, “Well, aren’t you like, wired?” She’s like, “What’s ‘wired’?” I said, “Well, that’s what the kids say like, when you have a lot of nervous energy you know, and you can’t go to sleep”, and she said, “No. I just feel like…” it makes her feel like, seventy-five. You know? Well, so I guess it’s good. You know, why take those simple pleasures from a elderly aunt.

Steve: It’s not fair when you get older. People push you to one side.

David: Often people are marginalized in their old age, yes. It’s something we should all be aware of and try to extract whatever wisdom we can from people who’ve been around the block two or three times.

Steve: I’m only getting concerned about that now, cos I’m getting older.

David: You know, when you get up and you – say you’re in the kitchen – and you go into the other room to get something and then when you get to the other room, you’re like, “What am I doing here?”

Steve: Exactly. That’s it, that’s it. I’m with ya. Does that mean…is that the early stages of senile-ism?

David: I think it’s…yeah, it’s like an onset. But you know, I’m sure senility kind of sneaks up on you so slowly that you don’t even really know you’re senile when you get there.

Steve: It may…yeah. I reckon that life can’t be that cruel to you, that you actually have to feel…
David: I’ve noticed with my aunt, she’s a little, she gets a little frustrated because she knows what she wants to do, but she can’t quite put it all together, you know what I mean? But we try to make her as comfortable as possible.

Steve: Does she live in New York?

David: Yes.

Steve: In Manhattan?

David: She lives in Staten Island.

Steve: I would love to live to eighty-two. Do you think you will? Live that long?

David: Yeah, probably.

Steve: You have no body fat. That’s a good sign.

David: That’s cos I’m on the Cake Diet.

Steve: You just eat cake?

David: Yeah…and sometimes a banana.

Steve: You don’t need, you definitely don’t need a energy drink.

David: You know what I like? That green stuff that they sell. You know, like, those green…

Steve: Gasoline?

David: Nah…it’s like, they take like, vegetables and like…

Steve: Oh, yeah yeah yeah.

David: …and freeze-dry them. And then you make like, a shake out of them. And then you drink one and it’s as if you grazed on seven continents.

Steve: Hmm.

David: When you first start drinking those things, it’s like your brain gets all this nourishment and it’s kind of shocking because you realize why you were so anxious and insane your whole life and all of a sudden you have this like…I wouldn’t call it, “calm”, but kind of a feeling of like, “Oh. I’m crazy, but it’s because of hamburgers and gin.”

Steve: Do you eat healthy?

David: I eat healthy in like, probably in a New York sense. I mean, you know, everything being relative. In California, I probably would not be considered you know, a healthy eater because California, it seems to me, it’s like they put sprouts on everything and a pineapple slice. They put pineapple on the pizza here. So I can understand that in Hawaii. I think an orange would be more “California” to put on your pizza.

Steve: I’ll have to tell that to some bloke who makes pizzas.

David: A pineapple pizza guy?

Steve: Um hmm. Knock the pineapple on the head. It’s the wrong place. Only in Hawaii.

David: A pineapple should go under an upside-down cake.

Steve: Is that what they do in New York?

David: Yeah, they make pineapple upside-down cake.

Steve: Why do they call it “upside-down cake”?

David: Because you put the pineapple in the pan, right?

Steve: Yeah…

David: Then you pour all the batter on it, right? Then you cook it. And then when you’re finished, you take the pan, you turn it upside-down and you pop it off and the pineapples are on the top. But it’s really upside-down because you made it the other way.

Steve: You’re making me hungry, just talking about that.

Sylvain: It’s a little bit like a frittata.

David: I could talk about cake all day.

Steve: Is that your…do you like…

David: Well, it’s something that I deem worthy of conversation but, (band is laughing) pizza is also something…you know, it’s probably the only thing I will argue about you know, because…

Steve: You’re the expert, cos you’re from…

David: Well, no. I’m not an expert, but I think people are really entitled to their opinions about pizza. And you know, most things aren’t worth arguing about, but probably pizza is.

Steve: My favorite one is feta cheese and spinach pizza…really thin…

David: To me, that’s not even a pizza.

Steve: It’s not?

David: No. But a thin crust…okay, let’s just talk about crust. You know, because, what you put on top of a pizza is like, there’s no accounting for taste, you know? We all look at each other and say, “My god, how can you eat that?” you know, and it’s really, it’s like music. Food and music are very similar because some people like music and you just go, “My god, how could you like that?” and it’s like you know, they’ll see you eating something and say, “My god how could you like that?” So they’re very similar, cuisine and music.

Steve: Do you like the thin, then?

David: Oh, yeah. The thinner, the better. Practically non-existent.

Steve: Yeah, cos you don’t get as stuffed, right? Cos you’ve got a lot of the other stuff on top of it. We should go out sometime.

David: Yeah. We’ll go brick-oven carousing.

Steve: Do you know the Mulberry Street Pizza house? There’s one in here, you know. In Beverly Hills.

David: What’s it called?

Steve: Mulberry Street Pizza.

? Doll: Mulberry, talking about New York, or…

Steve: Yeah.

?Doll: Same guys?

Steve: Same guys, yeah. It’s pretty good. It’s a pal of mine, actually. Anyway, we’ve got to visit The Duke. We’re here with the New York Dolls, you’re listening to Jonesy’s Jukebox, we’ll be right back. Thanks for listening.

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Steve: You’re listening to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 1031 with my guests the New York Dolls, in the studio. How are you, Dollsmen?

Sylvain: We’re doin’ pretty good for a bunch of rotten bastards.

Steve: Do you need some pick me up? Can we send out for some energy drinks?

David: No, but you know, this coffee you’ve served is really splendid.

Steve: Do you want some more?

David: No. Not at the moment.

Steve: Okay.

David: I have to like, pace myself because, you know…otherwise it catches up with you.

Steve: Right.

Sylvain: I say we play a song, we pick it up a little bit.

Steve: I’m with you.

Sylvain: We stop chatting and start playing.

Steve: Let’s uh…are you friends with Tom Rundgren?

David: Yes.

Steve: He came on my show here a few months ago cos he’s with The Cars and I was talking to about the first album.

David: Um hmm.

Steve: It was interesting, what he had to say.

David: He’s a hell of a guy, Todd.

Steve: Yeah. Yeah. It was good. I liked what he said. It was…what he was saying about how the recording went. He said it was kind of crazy at the time.

David: Well, because were like, you know…we were feral. I mean, they brought us into and we thought we were in, you know, the Shoot ‘Em Out Saloon or something.

Steve: Right.

David: But you live and you learn. I mean, really…my memory of making that record was like, there was pretty lights on the board, you know…I don’t really remember too much about it. (laughter in background)

Steve: (laughs) I like that album better than the second one. For me, the first album…

David: Well, it’s not pizza, but I guess you guys could argue about it. I’ll just sit back here and tao-out. (laughs) I’m gonna tao-out of this conversation.

Steve: Do you not like any of the albums?

David: I like ‘em all. But to me, it’s apples and oranges.

Steve: What I like about the second album is, “Human Being”, the way it completely goes out of tune by the end.

David: Cos it’s so long, by the end, it’s…everybody’s out of tune.

Steve: Everyone’s grown beards by the end of it.

David: Yeah, it was long. I think it was like, five minutes long.

Steve: Longer than that, I think. But I like the way it goes out of tune at the end. It seems like it…it sounds like it starts in tune, then goes out.

Sylvain: Well the horns keep us going.

David: I think because it was like, we started the song and then it was before midnight and then we finished, it was the next day, in Australia.

Steve: Then the heat…the heat came up in the daytime, went down at night and kind of put the guitars out of tune. I gotcha.

David: I did an interview with a guy in Australia earlier, and he says that tomorrow is gonna be a really fantastic day. He was experiencing it as we spoke, and he said, “Like, don’t like, miss it…because like, set your clock.” I said, “I don’t even like to get up early”. He said, “Well, make an exception because tomorrow? I’m here already and it is rockin’.”

Steve: You know what’s funny? I was actually talking to someone about that last night, like…how could you make a bet from Australia back here before they know what the winner is? You know what I mean?

David: Yeah, like with a horserace or something?

Steve: Yeah, exactly. Put like, everything on it cos you know…

David: You could definitely do that. You’d have to have a really fast rocket, but you could do it.

Steve: I think Richard Branson’s…

David: That’s probably how he made his money.

Steve: …building one, yeah. And he runs it on tires. That’s what he runs it on is tire…

David: Ground-up tires?

Steve: Yeah. Very interesting.

David: Well, that’s better than what they use them for in like, in Haiti.

Steve: Tires, yeah. (pause) Do you know what they use ‘em there for?

David: They make those like, flaming neckties, they call them. They put them around somebody’s neck and fill them with gasoline and set them on fire.

Steve: To…people that they don’t like, obviously…

David: I don’t think that’s a very…that’s too furious.

Steve: That’s the problem! They’ve got the drink. They’ve got the drink.

David: It’s too furious for my cultured tastes.

Steve: Let’s play, what do you want to play, then? You want to play a bit of…

Sylvain: If I could say – getting back to Todd Rundgren, our engineer on the first album was Jack Douglas, who produced our new album, by the way. So there’s a little bit of that connection there…which was recorded in ’73, that album. Yeah, I remember Todd, he had this like, cute little puppy dog and I think he used to like, walk all over the control booth and all the buttons…

David: The dog actually mixed it…

Steve: Mixed the record.

Sylvain: Yeah, he mixed it (pants like a dog), so if it sounds good, this is who we have to thank.

David: You put that record on, like a lot of dogs come around.

Steve: You can hear…

David: Say you’re alone and you said, “Man, I wish some dogs would come around.” You just throw that record on, fifteen, twenty dogs would be licking your leg and chompin’ on your toenails, and god knows what else.

Steve: You can actually put that record on when you leave the house and no one’ll break in because they’ll think there’s too many dogs in there. It’s a deterrent, it’s a deterrent.

David: There’ll be a lot of dogs around the house, waiting for you to come home,

Steve: We could sell the album as a deterrent, actually. A whole new concept of selling it.

Sylvain: Maybe it’ll finally sell, then.

David: They used to have, you’d get like, a gold 8-track for like, causing twenty thousand accidents in a car or something?

Steve: I wonder how many records of that has actually sold. I’ll bet there’s a few, you know. You might not have got paid for it, but…

Sylvain: Well yeah, they’ve been selling them for thirty-five years…

David: They sold about, probably a thousand. Maybe more.

Steve: No. No, that’s got to be a…

Sylvain: I think somebody made a lot of money.

Steve: What I want to get, though…

David: The record that’s out now that you can get, that re-release, is not even us. It’s a Japanese band that meticulously imitates the intricacies of the hilarity of that record and actually re-recorded it.

Steve: Well, they’re very good at that, the Japs.

David: Roy Orbison was good at that, too.

Steve: Yeah.

David: Yeah.

Steve: Um…where can I get a picture of that picture on the back outside the Gem Spa? Who was the photographer? I want to get that picture. I love that picture.

Sylvain: Um, that was Toshi. Toshi was the photographer. Why don’t you just take it off the back of the album?

Steve: No, I want to get a big, I want to get a big one. Is he still alive, that bloke?

Sylvain: Well, we’re gonna have to fix you up, then. Uh, yes, he is. He’s still around, actually.

Steve: That’s my favorite Dolls picture.

Sylvain: We’re going to have to set you up.

David: He’s a monk, now.

Steve: Thunders looks like he’s got something down his pants. Is that true?

Sylvain: Who’s a monk? Toshi?

David: Yeah.

Sylvain: He’s a monk?

David: He’s a monk now.

Sylvain: Wow.

Steve: So, he’ll give me one for nothing, probably then.

David: He doesn’t even have anything. He’s already given it all away. (Steve laughs) He hasn’t got a care in the world.

Steve: He’s Japanese?

Sylvain: Japanese, yeah.

Steve: Do you think it’s possible though, to get one of them? I’ll buy it.

Sylvain: No, no. We’ll fix you up.

Steve: You will?
Sylvain: You got it. There’s one that’s really sweet, actually. Right around the corner from Gem Spa there was five, not phone booths, but you know, public phones…

Steve: Yeah yeah yeah.

Sylvain: …like one of those waist, up-to-the-waist type, and there was five of them.

Steve: So you all stood by them?

Sylvain: And we have, we have a picture of each of us next to, I mean, on the phone, like sort of, you know, chatting to their moms or “The Dolls Chatting To Their Moms”- how’s that? (laughs)

Steve: Yeah. I haven’t seen that picture.

Sylvain: No, no. It hasn’t been around, but there is one. It’s right around, right where now there’s like tons of you know, stalls of t-shirts and things like that. Back then was a little less…

(Syl’s words are overtaken by music as rest of The Dolls start to play “Pills”)

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Steve: You’re listening to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 1031, it is five til one bell and we’re here with the New York Dolls. As we speak, we have one Doll in the studio, Mr. David Johansen.

David: Whoa, but what a Doll, oh man. Oh man, oh manishevitz.

Steve: The other guys are out the room. Should we talk about them?

David: Sure. What do you want to know?

Steve: Um, I don’t know, actually.

David: Yeah. Well…

Steve: I mean, if there’s anything you want to get off your chest, now’s the time.

David: Conte’s done the work.

Steve: Who?

David: Conte, the guitar player.

Steve: Yeah.

Steve Conte: (entering the studio) Yeah, that’s me.

David: He’s done the work.

Conte: How you doin?

Steve: Hey, how you doin.

Conte: How you doin?

Steve: Hey how you doin.

Sylvain: Steve Conte.

David: Ah, they’re back now.

Steve: Hey. We was just about to talk about you.

Conte: That’s why I came in. To stop it.

Steve: Eh, fugeddaboutit. You’re obviously from Manhattan, yes?

Conte: I live there, yeah. Been there twenty years.

Steve: You know we were talking about the drummer…

Conte: My drummer?

Steve: No, the guy we was talking about in the other room.

Conte: Frankie LaRocca?

Steve: No.

Conte: Oh, oh. Ringo.

Steve: No.

David: Uh, Buddy Rich.

Conte: Greg Gerson (Steve laughs), Greg Gerson?

Steve: Yeah yeah.

Conte: Yeah, he’s a friend of mine.

Steve: Yeah yeah. He comes out here all the time on his motor, he got a motorbike out here.

Conte: Yeah yeah. He’s a maniac.

Steve: Yeah. And he’s still got that little…I think he’s moved out here…

Conte: San Diego, I believe.

Steve: Yeah.

Conte: His family’s from there.

Steve: And he’s still got that little, little apartment in Manhattan.

Conte: He’s a high-energy guy.

Steve: He is. He has tons of energy.

Conte: Oh, man…I’d hate to see him on what he used to do before.

Steve: On what he used to do, yeah. He’s a good lad. Ah, (sighs) I’m, I’m worn out.

David: We’re going to play at…we’re in the parking lot at Tower later.

Sylvain: Inside.

David: Inside?

Steve: Yeah, inside the store.

Sylvain: Inside the store.

David: They don’t do it outside?

Sylvain: No.

David: It would be better outside, wouldn’t it?

Steve: Only for big bands they do it outside.

David: Oh.

Steve: Just kidding. (laughter from all)

David: Not for like, indie bands.

Steve: They…Tower on Sunset, about seven o’clock, I believe it is, innit?

David: Yeah.

Steve: Is that right?

Sylvain: Yeah.

Steve: Where’s that guy gone? Oh. Yeah. That’ll be fun.

David: Oh, yeah.

Steve: Bundle of laughs.

David: We did, in New York the other day. It was good.

Steve: A record shop?

Sylvain: No, at Tower in New York on Tuesday.

Steve: Oh, there’s one in New York? Where’s that then?

Sylvain: On Broadway. Broadway and 3rd Street. Right on the corner, I think.

Steve: You get a good turnout?

David: Yeah, we had a good turnout.

Sylvain: Not bad. It was good, it was a great turnout, too.

David: The audience, he was a nice guy. You know, he seemed well-mannered and he was fairly clean-looking. (all laugh) He didn’t applaud a lot or make a lot of noise, but he had kind of like a satisfied look on his face.

Steve: He went off with a smile.

David: Yeah, he was kind of like, bobbing his head gently…not a smile, more like a smirk.

Steve: You’re a funny guy. I’m going to play Ral Donner, tell me you think of this bloke.

David: Yeah okay. Let’s hear him.

Steve: I think I know what you’re going to say, but you might have something different to say, I’ve got a feeling. Take it away, Mr. Shovel.

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Steve: That was the New York Dolls from their album, “Too Much Too Soon”. That was “Mystery Girls”. Before that was Stray Dog and that song was called, “Chevrolet” and then we had Flaming Groovies from an album, “Teenage Head” and that song was called, “Have You Seen My Baby?”. Then we had Cliff Richard before that, doing a song called…what was that called? Oh, man. I knew I couldn’t do it. I can get through six songs…

David: It just was a really nice Cliff Richards song.

Steve: It was a nice song, wunnit?

Sylvain: It was a pretty song…

David: Whatever the heck it was called…

Steve: “Don’t Talk To Him”…

David: To Cliff?

Steve: No, that was the name of the…

David: Oh. I thought you were commanding me.

Steve: (commanding) Don’t EVER look at him when you see him, either.

David: I would never look him in the eye, I would curtsy when I saw Cliff.

Steve: Exactly.

David: Bow.

Steve: He is “Sir” now, you know.

David: I would not be surprised. I call him “Sir” when I see him. He’s a SIR Mr. Richards…

Steve: It’s actually Richard, not “Richards”.

David: I know, but in New York they put an “s” on the end of everything.

Steve: Fuggeddaboutits.

David: Yeah.

Steve: Like that? Fuggeddaboutits?

David: They say…except when you’re saying “ask”, they say “axe”. But other than that, they put an “s” on the end of everything. Except when they say, “Pizzeria”.

Steve: We had the Kinks before that, and that song was, “Where Have All The Good Times Gone?”

Sylvain: Love that song.

Steve: They have many, many, many hits.

Sylvain: Yeah.

Steve: Many good songs, The Kinks. The Delfonics before that. “A Lover’s Concerto”. The only thing wrong with that song is, it’s only two minutes long.

Sylvain: (laughing) Well, that’s as long as it should be.

Steve: No, cos the proper version’s like, three and half minutes.

Sylvain: Is it really?

Steve: They must have cut out a couple of verses or something, or the solo part, I dunno, but…

Sylvain: Maybe you got the radio cut.

David: Maybe they got tired of it and they just stopped singing.

Steve: Maybe. Maybe they run out of energy drink.

David: I don’t know if they were really expending a lot of energy at any time in their lives, The Delfonics. I think they were pretty…

Steve: He didn’t even sing, he just kind of falsettoed, didn’t he? He couldn’t be bothered to use his real voice.

David: Yeah. Well he didn’t want people to recognize him, in case he was making like, phone calls.

Steve: Exactly. Interpol was on his back.

David: Yeah.

Steve: We had Ral Donner before that. What did you think of that?

David: I liked it. I mean they had a lot of…I didn’t think it was like, overly Elvis. I mean, I think he probably could really do a great Elvis and as I was saying before, Elvis probably could have called him and said, “Hey man, I got a big session tomorrow, will you do it for me?” but I don’t think he was overtly Elvis. I heard a little Gene Pitney, a little this, a little of that. A little supercon (?) of stuff. That’s what makes a good singer.

Steve: Yeah. He’s…no one knows him. You should get a “Best Of”…

David: Sounded…kind of like a Nashville production, though…

Steve: Yeah, you were saying that. Well, it was around that time, ’63. A lot of that stuff…

David: Maybe they know him in the South.

Steve: Hmmm. You know who’s a bit fan of him is Robert Plant. He actually turned me on to him, Robert Plant. You can actually hear some of Robert Plant licks when you hear some of his other songs, you know when he does that kind of, “Ohhh…” groany stuff?

David: Hmm.

Steve: Plant, he does a lot of that. He reckons he nicked it from this bloke, see? So, if he was doing a session, he could have said to Led Zeppelin, “Hey, I’m doing a session tomorrow…can you…?” (all laugh)

Steve: The New York Dolls have a new album out. Where did you record this, in New York?

David: Yeah, on 27th Street.

Steve: What is it, a new studio or what?

David: No, it’s just all different studios on 27th Street. It just turned out that way.

Steve: It looks like there’s a lot of members in it, or is that just some other blokes just hanging around?

David: Just some people who were hanging around. You know, the entourage.

Steve: It’s very Dolls-like cover. It’s good.

David: Well, it’s a Dolls record.

Steve: You’ve kept the dream alive.

David: See, this Dolls record looks incredibly like a Dolls record. It looks like you could eat it and if you got indigestion, you could eat around the sides because it’s kind of like Pepto Bismol-pink.

Steve: Yeah…it’s good, it’s good. I’m glad you didn’t like, do something artistic.

David: No. (band laughs in background)

Steve: You know what I mean? (laughs)

David: You know, sometimes not doing something artistic is an art in itself. You understand what I’m saying?

Steve: Yeah. Well, I’m glad you weren’t on the front like, holding an apple in the desert or something.

David: Oh yeah, or like, an airplane, like a silver airplane…without any windows…with a hood ornament from Pontiac.

Steve: You could have…had the set of like, “The Streets Of San Francisco” or something. You could have went down that road.

David: We could have done a Quinn Martin Production, (laughter from all) but Jonesy, the way I look at it is, if we did a Quinn Martin right now, where would we have to go?

Steve: Exactly.

David: In other words, we’d be done because out of perfection, nothing can be made.

Steve: Nothing to look forward to, I hear ya. Forgive me, forgive me for bringing that idea up.

David: That’s okay. It’s definitely on the back burner but when that comes to fruition, it’s gonna be a sayonara song.

Steve: What label is this on? Roadrunner Records. Is it records, or…yeah. Roadrunner Records.

David: The Roadrunner CD Corporation and the Acme Fireworks Company of America.

Steve: And it just came out, right? When did it come out?

David: Yesterday.

Steve: Yesterday, excellent.

David: The day before yesterday, if you want to be like a, a completeist.

Steve: Okay, so it came out on the 23rd then was it?

David: Wednesday.

Steve: I think that was the 25th.

David: I’m not good with numbers but I’m good with Wednesday.

Steve: It’s not a double album is it? It’s a double album.

David: No, I think one of them’s a dvd of us like, mucking around in the studio.

Steve: Oh, okay.

David: Making like, secret hand signals and pulling each other’s hair.

Steve: Are you guys playing anywhere?

Sylvain: San Diego, next week I think.

Steve: Next week?

David: Some festival in San Diego.

Steve: Oh, you’re doing the Street Scene?

Sylvain: Yeah yeah yeah.

David: I guess that’s what it is.

Steve: That’s good. That’s a big thing. We did that about three years ago, the Pistols. It was great.

David: Is that anything like the one that we did over here in Silverlake?

Steve: Bigger than that. It’s bigger than that. The same kind of thing but more, more people. That’ll be great. And that’s it, or you’re not going to go on the road to…

David: Well, we’ve been playing consistently since we got back together two years ago, so we were just…where were we, we were in Scandinavia last week and then before that we were in the Benelux countries. We’re very big in Luxembourg where they cut the diamonds. We had a guy in the audience there…with payis.

Steve: Would pay ya?

David: With payis. (laughter from band)

Steve: Pay you to do what?

Sylvain: Payis.

David: The guy who came to the show in Luxembourg. He had payis, you know those curls that you have in front of your ear that come down like this…

Steve: No.

David: It’s a Hassidic thing. But it’s a hot look in Luxembourg now.

Steve: It’s all the rage in Luxembourg.

David: Well, at least with this guy. I don’t know. I didn’t see anybody else.

Steve: It’s the beginning of the trend.

David: All I saw was the audience which was, like I said. We get a late crowd, usually. November, December…

Steve: There is a lot of transvestites in Luxembourg. Did you know that?

David: Perhaps this wasn’t a man at all.

Steve: Right. We went there once and it was, we went to this club and it was just full of transvestites. Pretty ones.

David: Did you ever take a long walk in the Benelux countries?

Steve: Um, I haven’t done it in a long time.

David: Neither have I. I’d like to sometime. If I had like, a good pair of shoes.

Steve: I’ll have to sort you out with some…something. (laughs) Let’s go visit The Duke, we’re here with the New York Dolls. You’re listening to Jonesy’s Jukebox, thanks for listening.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

From July 25 - At the Mercy of The Elements

Tina here. We have been very busy here at CWA, what with bi-continental transcripturizing and conjecturing and all. Today is a Bunker day, hopefully one of many. Mr. Shovel will be recording the musical guests all professional-style as well as taking pictures with his Helio and posting them to MySpace, yes Meester?

Did I mention, Helio? Take pictures, write messages and post them directly to your MySpace right from your Helio "device" (you'd better not call it a #@&*!! phone, you bastids).

Steve: You’re listening to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 1031. Four minutes after twelve bells, on a very hot, very hot, hot, hot, hot day. (tuning his guitar as he speaks here) It’s so hot, my street is on fire…and I’m here, watching it on the tv as it burns. Not my house, but it’s getting close. It’s going in the direction of my house, though. It’s making me a little nervous if I’ll have, if I can go home after the doing The Box today. And it’s so funny, coincidentally, all the songs today are about weather…fire and ice and moons and storms and rainbows and here we go – fires…(he’s in-tune). Funny, huh? The powers that I have and don’t even know it. I just hope that my gaff don’t burn down. Tomorrow’s um…we’re gonna do um, live from The Bunker…The Buzzcocks, from a secret location. We're going to be recording and The Box is going to be somewhere else, recording The Buzzcocks for two hours tomorrow. That’s Wednesday. I believe they’re playing tomorrow night at the Henry Fonda Theatre. Is that correct?

Mr. Shovel: Um hmm.

Steve: Um, okay. Let’s get the ball rolling. See, that’s the great thing about when you can do a show live and you’re not some piped idiot who’s talking about something that happened a week ago. You can get on the ball and do things as things happen, as they should be. So, let’s play a Talking Heads song. This song is called, “Burning Down The House”.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~

Steve: It’s funny, the theme today was basically, the weather. Heat, ice, rain…you know, the kind of…because we’re all in the mood for the weather right now, with what’s going on with all this madness, heat all over the country – pretty much anywhere where it’s summer, it’s record hot, record heat things. And I know it’s trendy to talk about it, but (it’s) got to make you wonder if the old global warming thing is actually happening. I don’t want to be one of them ones who…what do they call it, getting on the new, trendy bandwagon, but I also don’t want to be one of them people who are in denial about it, either. So, you know, I’ve been watching a lot of shows on the Discovery Channel, the Al Gore documentary, various other documentaries and I guess they wouldn’t be doing them…they’re doing them for a reason. You know, they’re not just doing it for something else to talk about. Unfortunately, I personally don’t see U.S. and a lot of other countries, anything about it until it’s too late because we love to scoff. Scoff everything, you know. So…and me, included. I don’t want to do much change. But unfortunately, I can’t see any other way. Unless you get governments behind it, to do something about it, which I don’t think this government is going to do anything about it. Um, the Kyoto Treaty, everyone wanting to get together and do something about that and America just kind of told them to go kiss their asses, so. You know, that’s not a good sign. Who knows? I don’t know what’s going on, I’m just putting it out there. So that was basically the theme today, about weather and that’s where I come up with the idea. So, we’re going to visit The Duke and we’ll be right back and I’ll let you know if my house if burnt down at this point. Thanks for listening.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~

Thank you, Mr. Fireman
by Steve Jones

I think my house is safe for now
It doesn’t look like it’s burning down
The firemen are on the ball and they’re saving houses
All around

Thank you Mr. Fireman, you do such a wonderful job
You need to get more wages and the old bill, as well
Even the ambulance and their chasers need to get paid too
And all of the teachers down on Fairfax High School
And Hollywood

They get paid peanuts, something is wrong there
I wouldn’t do it if you paid me
The price of a millionaire.

Me, I’m so lucky
I have a cushy job
I’ve gotta count my blessings

Oh please, God don’t let my house go
It’s got everything in there
All my Playstation games
And all of my porno tapes

I got an extra case of ice cream
And the fridge can’t
get another thing in it

And all my belongings
and stockings
and high heels

So thank you Mr. Fireman
You done a good job today
I’m going to drop off some money
And give it to the fire station

Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Speaking in tongues.

First edition.

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Speaking in tongues or blubble..flubble lubble.

Welcome back to chriswasanon!

On Friday the 21st of July 2006 the following extraordinary 3½ mins transpired on the Jukebox.

Is the creative essence of that 3 and half minutes here in all it's disreputable glory?

It was quite a challenge but we accepted it. So you decide.

CwA IS at the controls!

Steve: You're listening to Jonesy's Jukebox on 6 minutes after 12 o'clock on a Friday. Humid and hot again, today (sniffs) and er...blah blah blah blah blah blaaah bl. bl. bloop, bloop bloop bloop.

(Mr. Shovel is introducing reverberation or echo to make the piece more atmospheric). In linguistic International Phonetic Association terms, the sounds produced are basically "plosive bi-labials" (b and p) with rounded u vowel sounds followed by "lateral velar approximates." "Blub blub blub" .

The "Blub, blub blub" continues in an increasingly silly and impossible manner.

Sometimes the "blub" is varied to produce ( BTW I am an annoying smart erse gob shite bastid so shoot me) labial nasal consonants or " m" sounds. The sound appears to then loop back because the opening sniff is heard again. There is now the merest subtle hint of fart-cum- raspberry razz type ripple noises. In IPA speak, "alveolar taps." Or flaps. Possibly if I might hazard a guess, these can be thought best of as delicate trills. Followed by violent bi labial voiced plosives, indeterminate vowel shifts with longer alveolar taps rrrrrrrr. Right? Mr. Shovel seems to have directly sampled Steve's voice. Variable and rising slowly good to moderate with occasional squalls 1004 speed loop backs.

The sound collage is reminiscent of underwater secrets, Octopussys gardens...

The sound suddenly halts!

The first piece of intelligible English is heard:

Steve: (Soprano type accent) Dis just in, breakin' news. (A ref. to farting?)

Then we're off again. The sounds are still basically voiced plosive consonantals with alveolar z type noises and mid range utterances. Some clear sibilance is heard. Emittances - not quite Serpentine but close enough to convey snakes tied together by their...shoelaces.

Steve: (US. type accent) Dis just came in on a fax.

The bi labial plosive consonantal utterances have been replaced by near close or rounded "y" sounds, open ended long "a" vowel sounding triple decker dipthong vowel shifts (neutral into second, check your mirror) and terminal plosives.

Yap yap. We begin to hear the cackling distant laughter, Steve's, Mr. Shovel's. The level of reverb makes it impossible to determine ownership...

Steve: (US. type advert accent) May cause ulcers.

Once more into the breach we go with a similiar sounding vocal array of bi labial plosives. There are those long alveolar taps again. Sometimes in amongst this battery of sounds, Steve takes a breath, inward uptake of aspiration. The output mirrors an orchestra of digestive grumbles.

Steve: (US. type accent) Indigestion!

Precisely! The bi labial plosives are replaced with dental consonants.

Steve: (US. type accent) Don't go out, spend yer money!

Once again the sound launches into a miasmic myriad of bi labial bubbles.

Steve: (US. type accent) De're comin' ter get uz."

The tone takes on an hysterical quality. The end is near. The stress is sharp on the first few bi labial plosives.

Steve: (US type accent). We're all gonna die.

Repeat bi-labials Blah blah blah blah. A long aspirated puff with an almost immediate staccato stream of trilled lateral alveolar half voiced low density fricatives. We're into the coda now. AND I am making it up as I go along and you can tell can't you? .

That's definitely Steve's larf we can hear at the finale. Steve and Mr. Shovel surface.

Steve: Ah...Did you get all that, (Schoolmasterish) did you take all that down?

Mr. Shovel: (Joyfully) I can't wait to see the transcript of that! Ah God.

Steve: All the swear words I used as well. (Plays guitar). I'm so glad that you have arrived here. I am ze burnt! Burnt to a cinder! Let's play a bit of brum brum bl bl bl...

There is a sudden crash dive direction of bi-labial plosives with some wayward front forming laterals. All of a sudden, normality.

Steve: The band, I don't even know if it's a band but it's kind of got a good grooove. I'm in the mood for a bit of discoey stuff and then a bit of Rock 'n' Roll.

End of, "transcript"

And there you have it. I freely admit to having been at the lagers

Chriswas exclusive production for the Jukebox Jive, with kind thanks to Mr. Shovel, Floratina and the man who can! No serious criticisms from linguisticians will be accepted or published neither will any from those who are entirely familiar with the International Phonetic Association, its alphabet and its sound values.

No tongues, palates, or teeth were harmed in the making of this piece.

Monday, July 24, 2006

From July 19, A Space Ride

Welcome back to chriswasanon. Late Final edit!! (2). In a packed blog tonight the talk seems to be of Global warming, sweltering, schvitz or sweat. Wherever you are I hope that you are cool and wearing light and thin cotton clothing. Some scary death Valley zone temperatures have been recorded in California.

I am convinced that some of you will be revving yourselves up for the Buzzcocks gig on Tuesday night. On Wednesday they will be in ze bunker with Steve and that promises to be an exciting show with the range of new technological possibilities therein.

Steve has had a major overhaul of his image. No longer the Pontiff of myspace. We will miss his guidance, vestments, "ointments." and blessings. But feel sure that it will not be too long before something else comes along. (This just in: False alarm! He's baaack... T)

The myspace profile pic. Nevermind the bollocks it's Nevermind the bollocks Still boxed! Milk and two sugars. Speaking of mashed potato - which Commander Jones will in this post - here is something (real audio player required) from a v. popular and very funny Brit tv. advertising campaign, Smash!

In actual factomundo" Cadbury's Smash" T.M. packet mashed potato is still manufactured and is very popular with ex-pats. My mum used to make it with fried eggs. Mmmm (not).

That's it.

On Friday the 21st of July an extraordinary 3 and half minutes transpired on the Jukebox. This has become known as "speaking in tongues," or "flubble" or "Bill and Ben." Not now but later and assuredly, "still to come."

Today Tina has the recent space journey. Commander Jones is at the controls, Lieutenant Shovel is at mission control and...

Floratina is the one who can.


(In the background, the theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" fades in)

Steve: Good evening. Good morning if you are calling from interplanetary planets. (the music builds, then quiets down) Greetings, humanoids. The Pontiff is in the building, just touched down. (he is silent as the theme explodes in its famous ultimate crescendo. There is silence for a few moments. That is replaced by what sounds like Gregorian chanting. Make that galactic Gregorian chanting. It continues as Steve speaks) Yes. This is a day of planetary connections. We will be playing songs from rockets, moonbeams, stardust…nebulas and coctabulators from the Universe, as we know it. You are on Jonesy’s Spaceship 4000. We are traveling at light speed. I hope you enjoy two hours of majestic, interplanetary hogwash. (The galactic choir sounds like a swarm of ghosts or something here) That’s two hours of “normal” time. To me it’s eight hours, because I am eight hours ahead of you, looking back at you. You do understand, don’t you? Let’s get the ball rolling, Mr. Shovel.

(First song of the set begins) “FIVE…FOUR…THREE…TWO…ONE (sound of a rocket blasting off) Thunderbirds are GO!”

~~~~ ~~~ ~~~

(Commander Jones is back after the first set of songs; the swarming spacemonks again provide musical atmosphere in the background)

Steve: (sounds as if he’s in a vacuum) Yes. It is quite satisfactory, this nebula. Hmmmm. I do wish I had some packets of mashed potato, powder form. I am getting quite hungry up here. I’m all alone. Nevertheless, that was David Bowie, from an album, “Space Odyssey” (sic) and that was the title track. And before that, we had Jonathan King, “Everyone Has Gone To The Moon”. I just passed the moon, actually. It winked at me. Then we had Brian Eno, “Another Day On Earth” is the name of the album and that song was called, “A Long Way Down”. You’re not kidding. Yes. We had the Rolling Stones before that, “Their Satanic Majesty’s Request” and that song was called, “2000 Light Years From Home”. Yes. Why do I keep saying, “yes”? No. I’ll say “no” from now on. “Flying Saucer Boogie” by Eddie Clitoris or something like that. I can’t tell, my eyes are a bit boss-eyed up here. It must be the cabin pressure. Then we started off with “The Thunderbirds Theme”. All systems are go. Even though I’m up here and Indie headquarters still have to pay the rent. So we’re going to visit the Duke. Thanks for listening.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~

(It sounds like he has slipped even deeper into the vortex now. The spacemonks voices have converged into a solitary “oooooh”.)

Steve: I wonder what the weather’s like down there on Planet Earth. Let me get a line through to Mr. Shovel. Mr. Shovel, do you read me?

Mr. Shovel: Read you loud and clear, Steve.

Steve: What is the weather like down there on Planet Earth?

Mr. Shovel: Sweltering. Like a sauna.

Steve: Oh, you mean it’s hot? It’s very cool up here and dark. Do you read me, Mr. Shovel?

Mr. Shovel: You’re breaking up, Steve. I’m going into the Valley.

Steve: Oh. Okay, then. Let’s play The Tubes. “Space Baby”. Take it away, Mr. Shovel…

~~~ ~~~ ~~~
(Now he’s back. “2001” theme starts in the background)

Steve: I did enjoy that. That was Spacehog from an album, “Resident Alien” and that song was called, “Star Side”. Then we had The Tubes before that, “Space Baby” and now, I present to you, all the way up here in the black hole of stars and universe, one pair of tickets to go and see The Buzzcocks next Wednesday, July 26 at the Henry Fonda Theatre. I won’t be back in time for that, I’ll still be going ‘round the galaxy. Come in Mr. Shovel do you read me.

Mr. Shovel: Uh, roger, Steve.

Steve: Do we have any other gifts to give away?

Mr. Shovel: Uh, that’s affirmative, Steve.

Steve: What do we have, Mr. Shovel? Do we have a t-shirt?

Mr. Shovel: We have a Jonesy’s Jukebox t-shirt. For the first person to answer on our MySpace…MySpace.com/indie1031.

Steve: Or on your Helio.

Mr. Shovel: Uh, that’s a…roger.

Steve: Helio is the way to go.

Mr. Shovel: That’s affirmative, Steve.

Steve: (very quickly) Youdounderstanddontyou? Helio is the Swiss Army Knife of…devices. Okay. One pair of tickets to go and see The Buzzcocks. You must tell me what I am playin’ on my humanoid axe and what I am whistlin’ through my space sphere um…outfit. You ready? My hands are aching, Mr. Shovel, my, my muscles are depleting…by the second.

Mr. Shovel: That’s the effect of zero gravity, Steve.

Steve: Yes I know. Do you have any Yeomans?

Mr. Shovel: Uh, that’s a negative, Steve.

Steve: What about Smash?

Mr. Shovel: We will look into it and get back to you, Steve.

Steve: Anything in powder form will be great. I want to put water to it and eat it.

Mr. Shovel: We’re doing everything we can.

Steve: Thank you. Here we go, you ready? 877 900-1031.

(Steve plays and whistles the tune, “Moonage Daydream”)

Steve: 877 900-1031. My muscles have depleted. I have no more strummings left in me. (demanding) Do I have my mash?!? Where is it? Thanks for listening.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~

(The commercials have ended, now it is time for the whistle reveal)

Steve: True nebula from Zacky Pong, do you read me? Crew nebula from Zacky Pong, do you read? There is no one out there. I’ve gone past the point of any electrical contacts. Nevertheless, I have my own reserve power to still play songs for you down there in the poxy Planet Earth. We have a winner. Just came in through the telegraphic conjobulator 5000 miniscules of gigabytes of phantasm. Did you get on MySpace? See, it all makes sense now…mySPACE. Up here, in space. We are going to have a new Helio clip of the day if you go on the Indie website you will see me with my full regalia on. My new, custom space helmet (bucket) and mask (hazmat surplus) with built-in antennas and cooling the veins from inside the suit. I hope you enjoy this suit. Let’s play the winner’s song, Mr. Shovel. It was David Bowie, “Ziggy Stardust”, “Moonage Daydream”. Take it away, darling.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~

(Set 3 has just ended)

Steve: Yes. Unfortunately, I am timeless. (demanding) Where’s my echo? ((Hello)). That’s better. Hmmm. How dare you? It must been caught in the chamber. Let me get outside the spaceship and repair it. I’ll do it in the next lot of commercials. That was Zolar X and that song was called, “Timeless”. Beautiful. And before that, we had Alistair Riddell from an album, “Space Waltz” and that song was called, “Sea Bird”. “Sea Bird”. Beautiful name. I wish I would have thought of that one. I only come up with the last part of that one. Bird. Then we had The Carpenters. I could do with some carpenters on my spaceship. The shelves are falling down all over the place…and that song was called, “Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft”. Wonderful song. Too bad about the bird, died. If only she would be…got help she’d still be churning out great pop songs. Sorry, Mrs. Carpenter. I will see you one day and we will make shelves in heaven. Yes. Why don’t you check out the Indie website and you can see me in my spaceship. It’s on the front page, I believe, is it? Let me find out if it’s on the front page. Calling Mr. Shovel, do you read me?

Mr. Shovel: Uh, roger, Steve.

Steve: Is that affirmative?

Mr. Shovel: That is affirmative, we’re sorry for this little snag.

Steve: Okay. I don’t want anyone to miss anything down there on Planet Earth. Here we go. Look at me, in all my glory. Wow, is that what I look like? Scary. In fact, what is happening to me? I feel my joints swelling up, Mr. Shovel. Am I okay? I don’t know what’s going on with me.

Mr. Shovel: We recommend you take the unit out of operation and check for errors.

Steve: Okay, I will do that. Let me press a few buttons (sound of buttons being pressed) okay, that’s good. (Sighs) Ah, I need relief. Is there any birds in the back of this spaceship? What’s going on here? I thought I loaded up a couple. Bring them to me, someone. Lets go and visit the Duke. Maybe I can have some hanky-panky in this next five minutes. Thanks for listening.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~

Steve: You are listening to Jonesy’s Jukebox. I couldn’t find any humanoid femalians in the back of the ship. I am completely alone up here. But I did find this in one of the cupboards. It was Elton John and it’s a song called, “Rocket Man”. Do you read me, Mr. Shovel?

Mr. Shovel: That’s a roger, Steve.

Steve: (knackered) Could you put it onto the Box please thank you.

Mr. Shovel: Uh, that’s affirmative.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~

Steve: Do I have my vortex headphones? Yes. Let me switch over to the ManFist 5000. (enters command into keyboard) Jolly good. Straight ahead, let me enter the condabulator. I think it’s five seven eight one two six five nine. (type type type) Yes. We are heading straight for the planet ManFist. I believe there is occupancy there. I’m not quite sure what to expect. I’ve been told they are friendly aliens and are warm. We will see. We are almost at the end of the voyage on the Jonesy Jukebox spaceride. We must still go to visit the Duke for one more time. Then I will give it one thrust and I will be out of here. One thrust toward the planet ManFist. Oh, before I forget, that last bit of music was BeBop Deluxe, ‘Jet Silver And The Dolls Of Venus” and before that was from the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack, “Velvet Spacetime” by Carter Burwell. Then we had the classic Elton John “Rocket Man” in brackets, “(I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)” Two hours, in fact. It wasn’t that long in MY time, cos I am coming backwards and up in through the middle. It’s a whole new time. ManFist. I can see it from here. It looks kind of fiery and furry. I hope I can get through the Black Hole in time to get in touch with the Mancheefrills. Let’s visit the Duke. Can you read me, Mr. Shovel?

Mr. Shovel: Uh, that’s a roger, Steve.

Steve: Continue.

~~~ ~~~ ~~~

(As we come back from commercial we are greeted by quiet strains of the “Blue Danube Waltz” and then we again hear the lonely echo of Commander Jones’ voice)

Steve: It is that time. I see bright futures ahead. There is life forms on other planets, so don’t worry. Even though ours is decaying, there is future elsewhere. I hope you enjoyed two hours of Space Void with musicoid, with peopleoids singing musicoids, hemorrhoids and steroids and…what are them breath fresheners?

Mr. Shovel: Asteroids.

Steve: Asteroids. I’m going to get in my pod and sleep five years. When I awake, I should be somewhere near the planet…um…aw, I can’t even think of the bleedin’ name of the place, never mind. My time capsule will wake me at the correct time. Let me just punch in two thousand twenty-five, one second…(type type) Yes. (The “Blue Danube” begins again, grandly) Okay. I’m going now. Hopefully all will be well. To all you humanoids on your Planet Earth, there is much turmoil. You must learn to be loving and not self-seeking and care for others is the only true form of happiness. Especially in the little town called Los Angeles, Hollywood, where self-centeredness runs rampant. Do something nice for someone today and don’t expect a “thank you”. I know it’s difficult, but it can be done. I’m going now. I’m getting in my pod, as we speak. (type type type) Goodbye. Goodbye. (farther away) Goodbye…

(All we are left with is the “Blue Danube” and the sounds of the Commander’s breathing; he has slipped away into deep slumber)

Until the next space ride, The End...


Sunday, July 23, 2006

The 2 Paul Cook transcripts are now available...coming soon "space time...a fusion

between the concepts of space and time." The Shaman "Space Time."

Er where there is apparently an 8 hour time difference...

Tina and chriswasanon have done it again!!! The 31.8.05 and the 9.9.05 shows when Paul Cook came into the studio are now available at Phil's site, Kick down the doors

These two pieces we all think made a fitting birthday celebration for Paul.

Well now here at the chriswasanon - you absolutely know that it is our mission statement to bring you the best bits of Jonesy's Jukebox in a handy transcriptural form. The bits with the High Pontiff himself, the very blessed Steve Jones and Mr. Mark Shovel, the very Right Reverbrend wizard and not forgetting the best bits with the guests. That is what we do. Best bits.

In the CwA News.

It's very hot over in California at the mo - so stay cool and collected if you are in a swelter zone.

Coming soon - iminient soon. "Space," the recent odyssey prog that Steve ran through your ears.

Still to come!

Transcribing "speaking in tongues." The solution. You'll see, oh yes.


Friday, July 21, 2006

Paul Cook 1st. visits the box, 31.08.05 show, rebroadcast 17.03/06 + hot off the press!

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Continuing our Paul Cook theme, I thought I would spread out a little of the Jukebox show first aired on 31.08.05. This is another teaser for you. So ok. it was Cookies birthday yesterday but the celebrations will continue, a little like New Year in Scotland. People are still standing on the tables in the pubs 5 days later! Next year Mr. Shovel's birthday will have length and longevity. Wait till Steve's comes round! We could have annual jukebox blog festivals! What do you thinkski Tina?

So this is another lil teaser for you. This transcript is the second hour of the rebroadcast. The orginal airing was 1. hr only - you don't need to concern yer selves with that info. Paul and Jenny turned up shortly before. Suffice to say the whole hour should soon be available at kick down the doors! Unfortunately there were tech problems, gremlins scrambled the signal on two occasions so there was 0 to do but summarise. When the stuff is up AND Tina's mighty works - you will get the call. Yeah. More Cookie to come - probably scans from magazines around the time of the Pistols reformation. Oops probably not, scanner is bust!

So lets go back to those dark days of 1940 and also strangely 2005. The post does speak for itself , I think but this wonderful aerial shot of a Heinkel He. 111 over East London presumably taken by another aircraft of the same bomber group seems apt.

Heinkel 111 twin engined heavy bomber in the daylight over East London. Primary Target: the docks and warehouses and the civilian population. Photo taken on Saturday Sept 7th 1940. Battle of Britain day. During that Winter the night bombing offensive was to become much more intense. September 7th marks the decisive phase. The Luftwaffe turned it's attention away from RAF stations and radar installations, to raids on Britain's cities. This gave the RAF respite and lost Germany the chance for air supremacy, a key condition for a successful invasion (operation Seelowe) of Britain. The following summer Hitler turned East and unleashed the full horror of his vile racial war...

So this pic of the Jerry bomber is taken from a Battle of Britain
Wiki on the subject. The text was not! It's mine all mine and mine
alone. Etc.

Well there is plenty of myspace Steve news, so go check it out! It seems Steve was on a bit of space journey trip, so one of my sources tells me. Thanks Lintilla!


Chriswasanon IS at the Controls!

Paul: Oh one of my relatives, yeah oh yeah we get about, we been in Spain for months and months.

Steve: That’s right, you got a gaff out there.

Paul: Yeah we get out of London as much as we can mate, don’t worry.

Steve: Did all that, was you out of town when all that…?

Paul: Yeah when all the bombs and stuff were going off. Yeah it’s a weird atmosphere there now. You know.

Steve: Really?

Paul: I went on the train the other day, there was no one on it.

Steve: Really?

Paul: Goin’ up to Piccadilly, yeah , it was that empty.

Steve: If some bloke with a turban gets on, with a backpack, everyone gets off.

Paul: Well I was lookin’ at everyone. You know, “who are these…?”( Laughs)

Steve: “What’s goin’ on…(imitating panic Corporal Jones of Dad’s Army Style) What’s… has he got a backpack?”

Paul: Yeah.

Steve: Hey that’s terrifying.

Paul: Yeah….so…

Steve: Oh well.

Paul: We’re used to it, ain’t we?

Steve: IRA.

Paul: Yeah, it’s been goin’ on forever.

Steve: (Indistinct).

Paul: We don’t care, we just carry on you know, bombs goin’ off everywhere.

Steve: “We don’t care” (…a spoken line from the chorus of Pretty Vacant? Then carries on in a gritty voice).

Paul: (Joining in with a throaty” backs to the wall” accent). Bulldog spirit. The old blitz spirit! Bombs goin’ off everywhere!

Steve (Laughs) Excellent. Um..what ‘appened with this bleedin’ thing Shovel? Did no one know this song?

Wait, Tina here. This is a bit from Steve's program yesterday:

June 20, 2006 Cookie’s 50th

Steve: You’re listening to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 1031. It’s three minutes after twelve bells and it’s nice that, nice out. Hot, but not as humid is what my senses tell me. But it’s not quite as bad as it was last week, or maybe just getting used to it. No, I don’t think so.

Mr. Shovel: Much warmer than it is in outer space.

Steve: Very cold up there yesterday, Mr. Shovel.

Mr. Shovel: In fact, it’s cold as hell.

Steve: I know. Um…what’s the next line?

Mr. Shovel: “and there’s no one to…”

Steve: “to save me, on a flight like this”. Um, that was fun though, being in space. Got to do that more often.

Mr. Shovel: I missed you though, it was weird being here alone.

Steve: By yourself? Yeah. I was gonna go and drop down back in England, cos Paul Cook, it’s his fiftieth today.

Mr. Shovel: Well, he came here for yours.

Steve: I know, I know.

Mr. Shovel: You should have dropped in while you were over there.

Steve: But he don’t have a job, see…so he can do things like that. He’s you know, I think he likes coming here. I would have actually went there if I could have had the time. But he ain’t even in England. He’s in Spain. He’s got a gaff out there and…I’m almost a year older than him. September, I’ll be fifty-one. How many months is that, three? Three months, right? What is it, yeah. Early September. Almost three months, wow. I’m the oldest Pistol. The oldest gunslinger. So happy birthday, Paul. My dear, oldest friend. Ever. I’m glad you made it to a McGarrett, 5-0. Excellent. And you’re all healthy, no major problems. It’s all good. We both got here, so far. Fifty more to you, my friend.

I’m going to play all power pop today. Pop. Pure pop. Some of you might get irked by this, so I command you to leave now and those of you that have broader minds, please keep listening. I’m going to play the Raspberries right now. We giving any sh…stuff away?

Mr. Shovel: (laughing) Yeah, we have Buzzcocks tickets.

Steve: Buzzcocks? Nice.

Mr. Shovel: You almost swore.

Steve: No, I didn’t. I wasn’t going to say what you thought, “poo poo”…I wasn’t going to say that.

Mr. Shovel: Okay.

Steve: I just started on saying, “shtuff”. Are we doing a thing in the studio with Buzzcocks next week?

Mr. Shovel: Yeah.

Steve: Going to be doing…

Mr. Shovel: The “Bunker”.

Steve: The Bunker. Live from The Bunker. Actually recording them as a band for the first time ever on The Box, right?

Mr. Shovel: It will be a full, studio, electric set-up. Next Wednesday, right?

Steve: Yeah. Excellent. Can’t wait for that.

Mr. Shovel: That’ll be the first broadcast from The Bunker.

Steve: Yep. (plays a bit on his guitar) Oh, that sounded good, that. How does “Happy Birthday” go? (sings a sweet acoustic "Silly Thing" instead)

What you see you can’t get
Nothing’s free, nothing’s set
Don’t be fooled by the signs
Don’t read in-between the lines
Whatcha gonna say
Whatcha gonna do
Now you’ve missed out once again
but I thought you knew

You are fifty now
You’re the same as me
You are fifty now
and we’ll let it be

Trouble there trouble here
People stop just to stare
What’s the use in wasting time
Just move on leave ‘em all behind
Whatcha you gonna say
Whatcha you gonna do
Now you’ve missed out once again
and I thought you knew

Now you’re fifty…

Happy Birthday, Mr. Cook. Take it away, Mr. Shovel.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Happy Birthday, Dear Cookie ~

It's Paul Cook's 50th birthday today, everybody!

Chris and I have transcribed the shows that Paul participated in when he came to visit for Steve's 50th last year. These will be posted at Cook 'n' Jones, but they are not up just yet.

Chriswas here. Well you know Tina that at the old wasanon we like to lay out what we call teasers every now again and I think that we should just slot a little transcription in here. At times like this, full of excellent nosh and half asleep. Look I'm sorry, I didn't get to the blog before now and as it is I won't be here for long. I think it's time for a teaser...I suspect that it may still be Paul's birthday for another 1 hour and 15 where he is at the mo, so here's wishing Cookie a good one!

In fact what say we make this the official Paul Cook Birthday weekend? That way we can get some more wee smidges of Cookie and Jones up. So for today something that Tina did from the 9/9/05 interview - Slim Jim Phnatom was in the studio but it seems that Steve was watering his begonias...

Have a look at this one and see what you think and tell me is this a teaser?


Transcribing Tina IS at the controls.

Slim Jim: Who is this?

Paul: This is Paul Cook, by the way. I just walked in the studio and Jonesy’s…where’s he gone? He’s just gone to the restroom, is it, or the bathroom, the john, toilet…

Slim Jim: The loo.

Paul: The toilet.

Slim Jim: Khazi.

Paul: The khazi. So…just trying to bluff it ‘til he comes back.

Slim Jim: It’s good to see ya, Paul.

Paul: There he is. Yeah, I’m back again, yeah, before, before I go home.

Slim Jim: How long you here for?

Paul: Um, who’s talking…Jim?

Slim Jim: Yeah.

Paul: Oh, it’s Jim. (laughing) I dunno what’s going on here.

Steve: (in the background, bossy) See, it harder than it looks, innit?

Paul: Well, yeah. You have to be really…I’m here ‘til Sunday, mate.

Slim Jim: Oh, good. Let’s go have lunch after the show.

Paul: It was good to see you at the party and everything.

Slim Jim: Yeah.

Paul: Great time.

Slim Jim: Jonesy had a great party. Have you exhausted that one, yet?

Paul: Yeah, have you spoke a lot about that a lot?

Steve: I didn’t talk about it.

Paul: Your party, yeah. Who was there…

Slim Jim: Jimmy Saville, the guys from Oasis, the brothers were there…

Paul: Everyone dressing up and stuff as English guys, whatever.

Slim Jim: It was great. You got a nice house, Steve.

Paul: Yeah, where was it? Malibu.

Slim Jim: I liked the horses especially.

Paul: I think he just rented that out for the weekend to impress everyone. So um, that’s it. What do we do now, then?

Slim Jim: He tries to plead poverty, Jonesy. But that was a nice house.

Paul: Whose was it?

Slim Jim: I thought it was his.

Paul: I’d better not say. I better not say. I dunno where he’s gone. He’s left us, innit? Now I dunno what to do. Play records…

That was a Joint Tina the Transcriber and Chriswasanon production.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

From July 17

Steve: You are listening to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 1031. Seven, six and a half minutes after twelve bells. You know, we don’t start at twelve. Who starts on time? No one. It’s very hot outside and not pleasant. All over the weekend, well as you know, I don’t need to tell you what it was like here. If you’re from, if you’re on the internet, from some other state, it was, it’s pretty brutal here right now, with the humidity. It even rained last night. Lightning…it’s got to be an earthquake coming soon. It’s got to be. We haven’t had one, a proper one, in over ten years. But not to be alarmed. It makes you wonder, I mean I don’t like saying it cos it’s so trendy to say the “global warming” thing, but it’s weird that it’s just, I’ve never known it to be this humid this time of the year. It’s normally June, you know…it normally don’t get this hot ‘til like, September and August. It’s weird. But I don’t like it. It’s so uncomfortable. And my power went out yesterday. No, Saturday night, I’m sitting there, playing Playstation all of a sudden, all shut down. And…what do I do now? Started getting hot by the second, cos I had the ole air conditioning on, which I don’t like using, but I was forced to do that, and I’m like, “You know what? I’m just going to go to Malibu. So I packed up my ole kit bag and football boots and went to Malibu. Played football the next day went a few other places, got home around five in the afternoon – power’s still out. There’s about five of them big trucks on me street. You know the big Water and Power trucks? I think one of them big, you know them big drums things that go on the top, you know them big…

Mr. Shovel: Blew up?

Steve: I dunno if it blew up, but…they were putting a new one in there. So I’m glad I split, cos it obviously hadn’t been turned on for like over 24 hours. Almost 24 hours, actually. Don’t want to exaggerate. So that was pretty…and it makes you wonder how much we rely on electricity. It ain’t pleasant without it…so God knows what would happen if that actually happens, all the power goes out for, because of overuse, whatever reason. There will be chaos on ze streets. So, always have a good supply of water in your house. People think I’m crazy cos I have all that stuff, they’re like, “You’re insane”. I’m like, “Am I? We’ll see who’s insane”, when armagedeonupadingdong happens. You know what I mean? Don’t come knocking at my door. “Oh, no. You don’t want to come here. I’m ‘insane’”. Huh? Yeah. You know who you are…

Monday, July 17, 2006

Body Parts, Animals and Fruit

Where else can you hear The Stranglers, Mother Goose, Ween, Peter Sellers, Peter Paul and Mary and Black Sabbath all in the same radio show? On Jonesy's Jukebox! In this case, it was on "Fruit and Veg Friday", one of the creative themes that Steve has been programming the show around over the last few days. I hope he does some more. I don't have a new transcript for you this morning, but I really have a good reason really really.

Chris, back to you. - T

Thank you Tina.  Now it is "less see now" mutter....Tuesday 18th July.  Well today is a hot one. Hawt, 'ot.  O Scorchio!  Roastin' man.  Sweating cobs.  But before we tackle the British National Obsession in yet more detail wir mussen move onto the G8...

The Cardiff Anarchos were given no food or any  water for two days after they were nicked and they slept under newspaper in the Stolichnya cells of the the Russian police.  Now they have to leave Mother Russia forthwith.  "Git aht."  But at least the cops didn't bust their heads.

BNO.  How hot I know not but it is hot.  By midday I was feeling quite flaky and had to slow down.  So you all tell Jones from "Wasanon" that it is tip tip tippety tipped to reach 39 Centigrade in some parts of the UK.  Sizzle.  Which is apparently the hottest it has ever been this side of the pond since records began.  Drip.  Even Scotland may break records with a high of 31 Centigrade expected either today or tomorrow. Flake.  So glad that we have a shower and not a bath.  Melt, wilt, ah fuckit it's Siesta time....

I bought a digi camera in Carlisle yesterday and enjoyed a cig with a Mocha in a cafe cos Carlisle is in Ingerland yeah?  In Scotland there is NO SMOKING in pubs, cafes restaurants and this rule is ruining pubs.  They are becoming unpleasant convivial friendly places full of children, families  and hithertoo never seen before, "nice people. " 

On the photography angle, expect some grainy unpleasant shots of salubrious locales in Scotland sometime soon.  Such as Ardrossan say , or Grangemouth or even Stranraer down at the docks.  I think the local sewage works might be worth a trip too...I'm not being SERIOUS by the way. But I've always felt that sewage works, reclamation plants and indeed glue factories have a romantic and totally understated and misunderstood charm about them.  Eeeeeeew mode /on

Oh, did Steve play?

"Walking on the beaches looking at the runner beans ?"  

There is no sexjones steve jones cook and jones profile myspace news - see last profile news.

That's it and transcriptions will be back soon!

Featuring any guests, Mr. Shovel and Steve and all brought to you courtesy of the Indie 103.1.  

Facilliatated by Tape head Tina and the wasanon transcripturising and eclecticity service.


Sunday, July 16, 2006

Medieval brigands

Not as far as I am aware a welcome back to chriswasanon day.

It looks like some of those Cardiff Anarchists at the G8.  have been arrested in St. Petersberg. Why do I have no doubt that Inspector Boris Knackerski of the Yard has been mob handed and busted a few heads?  

Getting reports of inhumane treatment of same on the indymedia network too.

In lighter news.  Cos we need some!  Seeing as the car broke down, I did not get to go to the Kirroughtree for the battle.  Boo hiss.  Shloemoe is off the hook.  I had drawn up a nice test paper "

"To what extent where the causes and consequences of the English Civil War in Cleethorpes, due to a chip pan fire?  In so far as you agree, discuss the historical evidence, using a casio calculator, a packet of Cheetos and a full bottle of Wild Turkey.  Exagerate your position in an increasingly wild and manner. 

Marks will be deducted for mentioning the Spanish Inquistion.

Some of the regulars well "2" possibly "3" regulars have this absurd idea that our own lovely Shloemoe is in fact Steve Jones!!!  

C'mon guys, Shloemoe is Joe Esclante.  You must know that by now!  And if you believe that one, then I can sell you Moosemeat. We welcome your ideas but where is the proof???  Hmmm?

Steve profile myspace sexjones avatar change news!  Cookie and Steve.

Tina will be back  soon with more quality kick ass don't stop da bomb lyrics.  I mean transcriptions.  Aye man coming atcha faster than something quite fast...

Thanks to Stuartmm for the correction.

That's it.


Saturday, July 15, 2006

Just a short one...for the activists!

Positivey FINAL Covenating edit!!!

Tina will be back soon. Meantime I have mostly been reading about the G8 in Russia and recommend that if you want another perspective, you should read:




and Welsh anarchist blog.


Was it really last year that we went upto the G8 in Edinburgh and ended up with free tickets for the gig at Murrayfield? It must have been. The smell of a riot in Princes Street, so many coppers and so much disinformation to stop protesters getting to Gleneagles. If you visit those sites, you will realise that our little excursion was a walk in the park. I like Edinburgh, great place! Lived there for a few years - so an old stamping ground.

Also reading about Depleted Uranium in Iraq. brian jonestown massacre on the ole myspace for that one. This is Anton of NY band fame. He is a very active blog myspacer and worth an add. DU is a local issue for us here too as the MOD firing range at Dundrennan is close by and lots of shells lie off the coast in the Solway. By lots I mean about 6,000 of them.

Plus still to come. "The sealed knot" Battle re-enactment society.


They are in the area and "some" of the Byre are planning on a Sunday trip to the Kirroughtree Newton Stewart where they are encamped area to see them re-enact some such Civil War battle probably fought in Scotland? Ah Covenanters! Poor research so far...I fully expect an historian like the lovely Shloemoe to pitch in here with a suggestion or two! Keyword. Montrose. Round head. etc.

Expect a sketchy report on that 2 moro and then I gets my head down for some serious transcripturizing. Tina will be back soon and meantime, there is her Sonic Youth piece.

Plus!! Life's been good to me so far! Prospect of a large screen to watch films (arty pretentious confusing ones) on. More on that when and if it comes off.

Ze Pie! good ole Pie has posted a pic of him and his own with Meester Shovell at the Hammer museum for the Shovel birthday bash! There is some profile news, it is stalwart Steve Jones Blog pie n peas Piespace! news. Check it!

No myspace Steve sex jones my space profile jones news. No change there. Expect something soon.

Chris was anon.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

July 13 - Happy Birthday, Mr. Shovel!

Happy birthday to the fabulous Mr. Shovel, who is always ready with the right response be it a sound clip, smartass rejoinder, a tune on the friggin' melodica, etc. Here's to you Mr. Shovel and thank you for everything! You can send him birthday wishes where you'll find him at the Indie MySpace!

Thanks! Tina. Yes Meeester Shovelll! Have a good one!

Those of you who can, could always head down to the "Hammer Museum" - 13th July 2006. Not an institution exhibiting great hammers, eg. Thor's hammer, hammer time, Rodgers and Hammerstein, "if I had a hammer..."

The Hammer museum is probably a venue in Los Angeles somewhere. No entrance fee, no admission. Free. so go along there have yourselves a good time and celebrate with Mr. Shovel.

"Monsters are waiting"...and the "Bangkok five," too will be there for your delictation.
This info was taken from Mr. Shovel bulletin on the old myspace.


Firefox 2 due in September. Now Beta testing.

In assorted grab bag where does this go? news....

More on Zizou here.

More on Syd Barrett including discussion about prog rock, Sixties Brit Psychedelia and media assumptions - including my own about LSD25. here.


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

July 11, 2006 Sonic Youth (updated 7/13)

7/13 I got some of it done go have a look down there -T

7/12 Tina here with the (second morning edition of the day) of ChrisWasAnon (see previous post below for that first edition, an update by Chris) Okay, I should have more of this done here at the moment, like some of the actual interview for instance? But begging your forgiveness, I tell ya I have been madly doing research in anticipation of getting me a new computer and it must be done soooon. But here's the first bit.

You know, I seem to recall Stephen as a callow youth, sporting a customized Pink Floyd t-shirt...hmmm.

Oi Chris, come back, you're needed again! You never know what or who is going to pop up here at CwA - or when, for that matter...

Late final supplementary diet edit!

That's ok. Tina in your own time my friend. Whatever you present here will be eagerly read and appreciated. It seems a little chaotic here at the cutting edge on the shop floor of this blog but bear in mind, that we don't work in the same office., 5,000 miles separate us.

That said, the Sex Pistols all wore the same togs - whatever was lying around on the floor in Denmark Street got went on Mssrs. Rotten,, Cook, Steve and Glen. Inc. "I hate Pink Floyd. " The Floyd were the band though definitely. So many great albums. Speaking of your new computer in


a new feature (but not necessarily regular) I read somewhere (google "el reg") that Mr. Bill is not for def. planning on releasing Windows VIsta, "the next generation of operating systems" apparently in Feb 2007. 20% chance so far against. "We wamt to get it right," sayeth Mr. Bill. Back to the Floyd. So here's a post what I made on Jack's earlier and as it seems "timely" here it is again:

I was in an obscure and little known restaurant outside Whithorn (SW. Scotland) last night and in the dining room there were some barometers but mostly clocks hanging on the wall with some lovely wooden cased grandfathers with brass inlayed faces. It reminded me of Pink Floyd and in particular the last three lines of "Bike."

I suppose also because when hallucinogens are ingested they distort time - it seemed to either speedup or go sloooooooooooooooooooooooower when I was tripping.

But here are the lyrics

"I know a room of musical tunes.
Some rhyme, some ching. Most of them are clockwork.
Let's go into the other room and make them work."

It was just 8 o'clock when we sat down to eat and I fully expected these venerable time-pieces to start chiming in a cacophany of horological unison but they apart from the odd chime from one or two, remained silent.

I only mention it because I didn't know that Syd has now gone and it seems appropiate

So farewell Syd - genius acid casualty poet of the Floyd. He famously walked out of London to Cambridge barefoot. Some 70 miles I believe.

The Myspace Steve news. No change (see below).

Tina IS at the controls.

Steve: (starts off chugging on guitar in a distinctly Pink Floydish manner, yes I got it, I was so proud of myself) Isn’t that Pink Floyd?

Mr. Shovel: (mimicks vocal of song) One of these days…

Steve: Poor old Syd. Syd Barrett passed away. I dunno if it was today, or early this morning. I guess he was in England. Dunno what he died of, but he passed away. I think he was only sixty-seven, maybe? I could be wrong. Maybe we should have a, have a little search, see what’s, anything’s transpired since early on. Syd Barrett was the founding member of Pink Floyd, a very strange, mysterious man. I think he lost a few marbles. I think he’s been pretty much not all that on the ball lately…last, well for a long time, I believe. So maybe he’s gone up the visit the other Sid.

Mr. Shovel: (in the b.g.) He was sixty years old.

Steve: Oh, he was sixty years old. Maybe him and…start a new band, The Two Sids (Syds?). Bit of punk and a bit of hippiedom. Mix it in, see what happens. So that’s a shame. Another one bites the dust. I will give him a good farewell, in a minute. We have guests today, don’t we Mr. Shovel?

Mr. Shovel: Yes, we do.

Steve: Sonic Youth, coming in a little bit later. Gonna be jamming. I believe they’re opening up for Pearl Jam.

Mr. Shovel: Um hmm.

Steve: ...or they have been or are gonna be doing it. Yes.

Mr. Shovel: And they have an in-store appearance at Tower today.

Steve: Oh, on Sunset?

Mr. Shovel: Um hmm.

Steve: Tower on Sunset. I can’t mention Tower anymore because I don’t work for…(intentionally trails off to a mutter)

Mr. Shovel: Well, you didn’t. I mentioned it.

Steve: I am…no, you just made me say it.

Mr. Shovel: No, you said it.

Steve: I’m at Virgin, now. (inhales deeply) How dare you defy. Um, we’re still going to stay with the animal themes today. And I’m just going to play a little tribute to Mr. Barrett. Going to start with later Pink Floyd and then go into Syd, and then going to go into Pink Floyd with Syd. This is from the album, “Wish You Were Here”, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, for Mr. Barrett. God rest his soul. God rest in peace. May the Lord be with you. May the Pontiff bless you and all your many musical notes. Goodbye, Syd.

Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth visit The Box

Steve: That was, “I Am A Walrus” from “The Magical Mystery Tour”, that was The Beatles and before that was…

Thurston: That was us, man.

Steve: Oh, yeah. (both laugh)

Thurston: It was Bazooka Joe.

Steve: Yes, with Adam Ant. Yeah, did you ever hear of Bazooka Joe?

Thurston: No…Steve was telling me that Bazooka Joe was the band that The Pistols opened up for on their first gig.

Steve: Yeah, I was just telling…

Thurston: What were they, what were they like? Were they like a…

Steve: Kind of rockabilly-ish. It, there was no originality there. But Adam Ant was the bass player. I believe he was the bass player. And they cut the power on us because we were opening, we were opening for them cos we’d never played, no one knew who the hell we was. And there weren’t even a stage and it was in this art college and it was this tiny little area and um, we went in…the first song I think we did was, “Did You No Wrong”. And I was just so loud cos I was terrified. I’d never played a gig in me life, Rotten had never sung. None of us had done anything and uh, they pulled the plug - cos we were so loud – after about three songs and I was taking these pills called Mandrex at the time. They were like Quaaludes and had a few pints down me and I was like, “Yeahheahhgghhh, it’s great, this is great!” (sounds like Jerry Lewis there) And the next thing you know, I’m walking down Shaftesbury Avenue, I was just like, “What’s happenin?”.

Thurston: But now, you said there’s a plaque in the front there…

Steve: They, they…the reason…

Thurston: designating the place as an iconic…

Steve: …yeah. They’ve got like, one of them legitimate kind of like, “Dickens Lived Here” plaques, you know…

Thurston and Lee: Yeah yeah.

Steve: …saying this was the Sex Pistols’ first show.

Lee: Wow. That’s crazy.

Steve: St. Martin’s College on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Thurston: Next time I go to London, I’ll have to go by there.

Steve: Will you get a picture with your face next to it?

Thurston: (laughing) I will, definitely. I always do that in London. I love…there must be some kind of like, like a rock and roll tour of London that you can take.

Steve: Yeah, I’m sure.

Thurston: Cos they had one in New York for a while. But New York is like, it’s a grid. You can, you know, you can walk it, you know, in half a day.

Steve: What, you mean like, CBGB’s and…

Thurston: Yes all the whatever, Max’s Kansas City which is now like, nothing, it’s like a salon…

Steve: The Dolls…you know on the first Dolls album on the back, that like, kind of…

Thurston: That’s Gem Spa.

Steve: Is that still there?

Lee: Yeah.

Thurston: Gem Spa is there in some fashion.

Lee: Yeah yeah…Second and Eighth.

Thurston: That was the total place. That was the corner of St. Marks and Second Avenue.

Steve: Okay, yeah

Thurston: Yeah, you’d go, just go there and get your newspapers and your…

Lee: Egg cream.

Thurston: …egg creams and stuff like that. So that was like, that was a really, that was a great photo cos it really authenticated them as like, that “is” New York.

Steve: I would like one of them pictures. I wonder who took that picture? Was that a Bob Gruen classic?

Thurston: Could be. Did you see that Bob Gruen “Looking For A Kiss”, or whatever…

Steve: Yes, of all that footage of just them walking around…

Thurston: Right before the first album comes out and they come to Hollywood, man that thing is so good…

Steve: It was great because they all looked straight and innocent…

Thurston: They are…

Steve: …and naive.

Thurston: They’re totally like…they’re just having a good time and they’re like, walking through the airport like, in silver hot pants, and like smoking cigarettes and just blowing minds. They come to L.A….that’s the first footage you ever really get to see of like, L.A., of like, Sable Star and like the groupies that were sort of like, coming into the scene.

Steve: In the Whisky dressing room, I believe it was…

Thurston: Whisky dressing room and then they have all this footage inside of Rodney’s English Disco, like Johansen dancing in the disco…man.

Steve: and then they go up to San Francisco and they’re hanging out there.

Thurston: Yeah, they go up to SF, yeah. And they show people waiting in line for the gig and everyone has like, long hair and flares and stuff like that.

Steve: And mustaches and stuff.

Thurston: The coolest they get is like, someone will have a Bowie shirt on or something. So it’s like it’s this whole transitional like, thing is going on. It’s kind of hip.

Steve: What was that, ‘74? ’72?

Thurston: It’s like at least…maybe ’72…it’s killer.

Steve: You know they’ve got a new album coming out, The Dolls.

Thurston: Yeah.

Steve: Have you heard any of it?

Thurston: Um, I have not, no.

Steve: We played one song. It’s pretty good. Surprisingly good.

Thurston: Oh, I heard a song on this station actually. The one about the monkey.

Steve: Yeah.

Lee: Yeah yeah, I heard that one.

Steve: Why ain’t I…I should be playing that. It’s an ‘animal’ song. WHY WASN’T I INFORMED!? We’ve go to visit the Duke, we’re here with Sonic Youth, we’ll be right back after these lovely messages, thanks for listening…