Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Rock The Vote 2017 Edition

The latest in our series of Rock N Roll politicians; AMERICA;
Bernie Sanders; in 1987 while he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders recorded an album of folk tunes about which his wikipedia page tactfully points out "Sanders was not skilled at singing" which is somewhat of an understatement.


Jill Stein; Stein also had a folk music background, but showing a bit more commitment, as well as having more free time, she had an actual serious band called Somebody's Sister which recorded four albums and was twice a finalist in "Musician Magazine's" Best Unsigned Bands contest.


Chris Hightower; Campaign manager for Republican Rand Paul's 2008 Kentucky Senate Run and subsequent media spokesman. Until it was revealed in 2010 that his last gig was as a singer for a thrash metal band named "Commander". OK; so your thinking, what's the big deal? Did I mention it was also a White Power Thrash Metal Band? Sorry, Kinda buried the lede there, oh well. At any rate his musical resume became a tad embarrassing for Paul, not to mention Hightower and once this became public he was eventually shown the door. It wasn't embarrassing to stop him from running for, and winning the nomination for a seat in the Kentucky house in 2012 but he ended up losing in the general election in a deeply red state.

Clay Aiken; After coming in second as a contestant in the 2003 season of "American Idol" Aiken went on to a career as a recording artist before announcing he would run for Congress in South Carolina as a Democrat in 2014 but was unsuccessful.


Rob Quist; A Country singer-songwriter from Montana who has had his songs recorded by Michael Martin Murphey and Loretta Lynn as well as solo and has won awards. He was appointed to Montana Arts Council by Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer. In 2017 he announced he would be a candidate as a Democrat for a soon to be open Congressional seat currently held by a Republican.


J.Everett Dutschke; A member of a Mississippi self-described hard-rock'hip'hop rock band called Dusty and the RoboDrum which sounds pretty terrible. Although not as terrible as Dutschke later running for for the Mississippi state house in 2007 with an especially nasty but unsuccessful campaign for the Republicans. But that was not nearly as terrible as getting charged with sexual assault or sending a series of letters laced with toxic niacin in 2013 to various figures including President Obama which he tried to frame a rival blues singer/Elvis impersonator. Dutschke was quickly caught and sent to prison for a long stretch.

Robert Fisher; A Republican member of the New Hampshire State House, Fisher had previously distinguished himself as a far-right blogger known for his hateful rants about women and (of course) bragging about his prowess as a pickup artist. This is eve more obnoxious than his other sideline as a one-douche-electro band the Five-Nines with several recordings.

Kathryn Allen; A Utah doctor who has announced her intention to run as a Democrat for congress against Jason Chaffetz before he surprised Washington by announcing his own intention to resign. Besides being a doctor and former congressional aide Allen is a musician who plays the accordion who is running on a pro-environment, pro-education, pro-health-care and pro-arts platform.

Kid Rock; Real name Robert Ritchie, is a a Nugent style dirt-bag Republican who is threatening to run for the Senate next year and polls have given him a huge lead; over potential GOP primary opponents at least.


Stephan Jenkins; Singer for the San Francisco based alt-rock band Third Eye Blind is currently the subject of a vague campaign to draft him to run for office as a Democrat. Somewhere. Although he has not really been known as an activist previously.


Sam Ervin; A conservative Democrat Senator from North Carolina from 1954 to 1974 best known for chairing the House Committees during the Nixon Watergate hearings. A colourful character he also recorded a bizarre album with him drawling his way through various pop and folk songs.


Brad Wall; The current (who recently announced his intention to step down) conservative premier of Saskatchewan is also a bluegrass banjo player.


Kevin O'Leary; As one of the co-hosts of reality shows "Dragons Den" (in Canada) and "Shark Tank" O'Leary often loved to show-off his prowess on his collection of electric guitars. In 2017 he announced to much fanfare his intention of running for the leadership of the opposition Conservative Party. He quickly became one the front-runners but dropped out at the end of April when he made the startling discovery that his lack of French might be a bit of a drawback. In Canada.


Jim Carr; Current Winnipeg Liberal MP since 2015 and provincial MP and deputy leader from 1988 to 1992, now serving as minister of Natural Resources. Previously he was an oboist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra,a music writer and Director of The Manitoba Arts Council. Has has returned to play with the Orch.


Jennifer Hollett; An NDP candidate in the last election, Hollett started out in the 1990's as a member of an all-female hip-hop dance troop called "Shebang!" who worked with Nelly Furtado and Le Tigre. She later became a host on Much Music before moving into politics running unsuccessfully for the NDP nomination for the Toronto Rosedale riding before getting the nomination in the neighbouring riding in the 2015 election which she then lost to the Liberals.

Sean Panting; A singer/songwriter in Newfoundland bands Drive and Kelly Russell & The Planks as well as solo as well as acting in the series "Republic Of Doyle". His father was leader on the Newfoundland NDP in the 1970's and Sean ran as candidate in the 2015 provincial election where he lost to the Liberals.


Stephane Moraille; a singer with Canadian pop band Bran Van 3000 who had hit singles in the 1990's. Later became a lawyer and ran for the NDP in Montreal in 2013 and lost to the Liberals.


Edgar Breau; Singer/guitarist with late 1970's cult art-band Simply Saucer and later a solo singer. He ran for a seat in the Ontario Provincial Assembly in 1999 for the right-wing Christian Family Coalition Party but got just over 1% of the vote.

SIMPLY SAUCER ~ MOLE MACHINE" (video done by yours truly);

Tim Farron; MP and Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2015 to 2017 was a member of an obscure synth-pop band under various names such as "Fred the Girl" and "The Voyeurs" but he's been vague about the band's history. He ran for parliament successfully in 2005 and has been reelected since but stepped down as leader after the party's dismal results in the 2017 election.

Dave Rowntree; Drummer for 1990's top-ten Britpop band Blur. He later became a lawyer and ran for the Labour Party in 2007 unsuccessfully and again in 2008, 2010 and 2011, so far with notable lack of success.

BLUR ~ "SONG 2";

Brian May; Guitarist for mega-successful pomp-rock band Queen. May has been a Conservative supporter but is also well known environmentalist and supporter of historical preservation. In the 2015 election he announced he might run for parliament as an independent but later declined and endorsed the Green Party.


Jon Gnarr; Known as the Punk Rock Mayor of Reykjavik and founder of the Best Party, a progressive protest party in 2009. He started out as a bassist for an obscure punk band named Nefrennsli ("Runny Nose") before becoming a comedian for many years. The Best Party was formed in response to the 2008 financial crisis and became a shocking success, as mayor Gnarr was known for his spiky hairdo, jeans and black t-shirts. He was a popular mayor but did not run for reelection in 2014. There was some speculation he would run for Prime Minster but did not although he has not ruled out running in the future.

Einar Örn Benediktsson; Singer/Horn Player with 1980's pop band the Sugarcubes and later Ghostdigital who went on to co-found the Best Party with Jon Gnarr. Orn would also win a seat on the Reykjavik city council in 2010 but like Gnarr he did not run for election.


Claes Andersson; Poet and jazz musician who served in the Finnish parliament from 1987 to 1999 for the Left Alliance and the Finnish People's Democratic League where he served as Minister Of Culture. He later served again in 2007-2008.

Mikko Alatalo; Folk singer with many albums to his credit who ran successfully for parliament for the Center Party starting in 2003 and has served since either in parliament or Tampere city council since.


Kike Elomaa; A beautiful blonde professional body builder who also had a brief career as a pop singer in the 1980's and became an MP for the right-wing True Finns Party since 2011.

Tony Halme; Pro-wrestler, actor and singer who ran successfully for the far-right nationalist True Finns Party from 2003 to 2007 where he distinguished himself by attacking Finnish President Tarja Halonen, things went downhill as he was arrested for firing a handgun inside his house and possession of steroids and later driving while impaired. In 2006 he was committed to a mental institution. He did not run for reelection and was found dead in 2010 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Kari Peitsamo; Multi-instrumentalist and singer with verious art-pop bands from the 1970's onward. He has also unsuccessfully run for parliament several times for the Communist Party from 2003.

Anni Sinnemäki; Former leader of the Finnish Green Party and member of Finnish parliament from 1999 to 2011 who served as minister of labour as well as serving on Helsinki city council. Previously she was a poet and lyricist for her husband Kerkko Koskinen's band Ulta Bra who have several albums.

Tommy Tabermann; A romantic poet and singer who was elected to parliament in 2007 for the Social Democrats but he died suddenly of a brain tumor in 2010.

Veltto Virtanen; An eccentric and theatrical singer who ran for parliament as a protest candidate a few times, actually winning in 1995 and again in 2007. Originally he ran for a Finnish version of the Green Party but later switched to the right-wing True Finns Party.


Other Europeans;

Vardo Rumessen; Respected Estonian classical pianist and musicologist who was a leader of the independence movement from the USSR he became a member of the Riigikogu (1992–1995, 1999–2003) dying in 2015.

Hilbrand Nawijn; A typical fat, white, far-right politician who had an untypical career path in that after his electoral career petered out he tried his luck as a contestant on a Dutch talent show and even though everyone agreed he was devoid of talent or looks he manged to get a recording deal and recorded a couple of hit singles.

Hilbrand Nawijn ~ "Hey Jumpen";

Ruslana; A hugely successful singer and sex-symbol in the Ukraine, she has also been heavily involved in supporting figures like Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko along with a high profile role in the Orange Revolution, activities which have gotten her banned in Russia. She has suggested she may run for the presidency.


Krzysztof Cugowski; Polish rocker who served a term in the Polish Senate.

Cicciolina; The Hungarian born Italian porn star (real name Ilona Staller) who gained international notoriety by getting elected to the Italian Parliament in 1987 running as a Green candidate serving one term. She had actually been running for office since 1979 and would do so again, both in Italy and Hungary without success. She has announced her intention to run again in the upcoming Italian elections to be held next year.


Latin America;
Gilberto Gill; One of the best known musicians in Brazil since the 1960's, with his fusion of samba, reggae and African music, Gil was an international star as well when he became Minister of Art & Culture in the government of Lula Da Silva from 2003 to 2008. Gil was also known in Brazil for his opposition to the military governments of the 2970's and 80's which got him banned from the country in the 1970's. After serving in government Gil returned to his musical career.


Ana de Hollanda; Succeeding Gil as Minister of Art and Culture Hollanda had also previously been a singer whose brother, Chico Buarque, has been a popular singer-songwriter and author since the 1970's.

Francisco Everado Oliviera Silva; Known by his stage name Tiririca, he is an highly popular comedian, clown and singer-songwriter who ran for Congress as a joke in 2010 on an anti-corruption, help the children and support the arts platform using adds in which he sang and danced while wearing a clown hat and mocked other politicians. To his surprise not only did he win, he won the second largest vote getter in Brazil's history. His time in congress was not happy though and he announced he would not run for reelection.

Susana Baca; A respected singer and folklorist of Peru's Afro-Latin music Baca became Minister of Culture in 2011, she left later that year but became President of the Commission of Culture for the Organization of American States from 2011 to 2013.


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

It's Time To Show The Love For CIUT!

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CIUT 89.5fm is Toronto's listener supported community radio station. We have a unique blend of music, news, talk and arts programming not to be found any where else on the dial. All brought by volunteers with very few paid ads for more rock less talk.

My show;"Moondog's Ballroom" Tuesdays at 5pm brings the Punk, Rockabilly,Surf, Garage, Psyche, Blues, Honky Tonk, Swing, Gospel, Ska and various combinations thereof from the 1940's, 50's, 60's to today. Including some stuff rarely if ever played on the radio. I've also done live sessions with The Vibrators, Robyn Hitchcock, BB Guns, Split Lip Rayfield, CATL, Speaking Tongues, Fruitbats, Bela Clava, Three Blue Teardrops, Blue Demons, Maximum RnR, B-17 and more for unique recordings, with more planned for the future.

That's where you, our faithful listeners come in.
Just cuz CIUT has very few paid ads doesn't mean we have no costs. We have to pay for the equipment, a small paid staff and our transmitter. But we need you to become members of CIUT and show your support.


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3. Make a pledge of $25 to my show and become a member of CIUT
4. Become one of the Cool Kids!
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And as an added incentive all those who become make a pledge and become a member are added to our grand prize draw;
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There is also a grand prize draw into which all pledges are entered and this year the grand prize TBA as soon I know what it is. Check back.

I also have some ticket giveaways unique to my show including;
The 2017 Great Lakes Surf Battle Friday & Saturday June 2 & 3rd at the Cadillac Lounge;
Friday June 2nd;
8pm- The Thing From Outer Space
9pm- The Cliff Divers
10pm- Luau or Die
11pm- Mark Malibu & the Wasagas
12am-The Champions of Justice
1am- King Beez
Saturday June 3rd;
8pm- The Calrizians
9pm- The Surfrajettes
10pm- The Men In Gray Suits
11pm- The Hang-Ten Hangmen
12am- The Blue Demons
1am- Ninth Wave

And tickets for other shows TBA soon;

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Donald Trump's Book Reports Revealed

In the aftermath of Wednesday's Presidential debate and yet another stumbling, blustering, rambling, incoherent performance by Cheeto Mussolini some pundit described Trump's willfully ignorant attempts to bluff his way through answers to questions he had clearly given little thought to as akin to a high-school student trying to deliver a "book report". That's the sort of thing that is regularly said but this time it led to an immediate response on Twitter as thousands of people gleefully converted that throwaway line to a performance art tweet-storm. After seeing this I went on my first official Twitter tear myself with almost twenty "Trump Book Report" Tweets. OK; that's a tad excessive, I was clearly in the zone. I need to take a break. Read a book. Take a walk or something.
But first; In tribute to David Letterman (come back Dave we really need you, along with Jon Stewart) here are my personal top ten Trump Book Reports;

I stared out fairly conventionally;

Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20
Frodo was really low energy. I'd build a wall and make make Mordor pay for it. Bigly. Make Middle Earth Great Again! #TrumpBookReport #Trump


Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 "Edgar Allan Poe was weak, stop all Raven immigration until we can figure out what the Hell is going on. Not good" #TrumpBookReport #Trump


Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 Robin Hood robs the rich to pay the poor? Thanks Obama. Not Good. Sad. #TrumpBookReport #Trumpland


Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 #TrumpBookReport "1984"; "Big Brother is a strong leader. Stronger than Obama. He's laughing at us. Not Good"


#TrumpBookReports; "Zorro"; We have to get rid of these bad Mexican hombres. Build A Wall" #Trumpland #groperinchief #Debates2016 #Trump


#Trumpbookreports; "Killing a Mockingbird is for losers. Eric & Don jr are real big game trophy hunters. Big time" #Trumpland #groperinchief


#Trumpbookreports; "Aslan the Lion brought peace & love. So Eric & Don jr shot him. Make Narnia great again!" #Trumpland #groperinchief #GOP


Then started to get more obscure;

Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 #TrumpBookReport "Heart Of Darkness";"Kurtz is really low energy. I was opposed to the jungle trip from the beginning Ask Sean Hannity" #GOP


Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 #TrumpBookReport Josef Conrad's "Secret Agent";"There's no proof there's a Russian agent. Probably some 400 lb guy in parents basement. Sad"


#Trumpbookreports;"All The Kings Men: Demagogue gets elected. Big Time. Then he gets shot. I blame Crooked Hillary. Not Good" #Trumpland


#TrumpBookReport; "Raisin In The Sun"; The Blacks are living in Hell and it's Obama's fault.Sad" #Trumpland #groperinchief #Debates2016 #GOP


#TrumpBookReports; "1001 Arabian Nights"; Very dark. Something's wrong here. We need to get to the bottom of this. Not good" #debate #Trump


#trumpbookreports "The Art Of War"; I'm smarter than the generals. Really smart. I deserve a medal for not getting VD. So far." #Trumpland


#Trumpbookreports "The Good Earth; Chiina is laughing at us. I'll hit em with 35% tarrifs. Except for my ties. I make the best ties" #Trump


And darker. Way darker;

Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Moby Dick "Ahab was really low energy, I would have bombed the shit out of that whale. Also sounds like a Muslim. Not good." #TrumpBookReport


#Trumpbookreports "Lair Of The White Worm; Probably about Lyin Ted Cruz. His dad killed JFK. I read that. His wife a 4 Not good!" #Trumpland


#TrumpBookReport "Mordor isn't sending us their best Orcs. They're killers, they're rapists and some I assume are good Orcs" #Trumpland #GOP


#trumpbookreports;"Oedipus Rex grabbed his mother's pussy because his daughter was only a three at best. Look at that face." #TrumpLand #GOP


Daibhid James ‏@DiamondDaibhidJ Oct 20 #TrumpBookReport "Tale Of Two Cities"; "It was the best of times. Then black people moved into my building. I had casinos in those cities. #Trump


#TrumpBookReport "Diary Of Anne Frank"; "She's a four right now but in a few years I'll be dating her. Where are my TicTacs?" #GroperInChief


And big finish, drum-roll please;

#TrumpBookReports;"Mein Kampf";My second favorite book. Almost as good as "Art of The Deal".Everybody says so" #Trump #groperinchief #debate


OK that's actually 17 not 10. Apparently I have slightly more self control than the Tweeter-In-Chief. I'm guessing he's probably not actually read any of those books though. Except "Mein Kampf" of course. Bigly.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Some Jaw-Droppingly Awful Album Covers

Kids these days. What with their MP3 downloads and wave files they are missing out on one of the great pleasures of actually buying an album; the cover art. Remember the fun of opening up a gatefold sleeve? Remember avant garde covers like the Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers" with it's zipper, or the Velvet Underground's with it's peel-off banana (both by Andy Warhol)? Public Image Ltd's "Metal Box"? Savage Republic's exquisite silk screened covers? The Famine's multi-page books of photo-copier art? Fingerprintz second album which was done as a series of punch-out postcards of pulp fiction art? (BTW once you had punched out those cards what were you supposed to put the album in?) Sigh. But of course not ever cover can be a gem. Here are a few classics of cosmically wrong-headed cover art the likes of which we may never see again.

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I think this illegal in several Republican states.

worst album covers richard willie

OK; this definitely is.

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It's like a lineup on Law & Order SVU Senior Citizen's Edition.


Get your mind out of the gutter.

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I didn't even know Paula Deen did a calypso album.

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The Bay City Rollers did not age well.

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Did you know Borat did a polka album? Well now you do.

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Soon to be providing musical entertainment for the Republican Convention.

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I don't know if the fact that John Buft was actually Julie's father makes this more creepy. Actually yes. Yes It does.

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You try and tell Tex to put out those cigarettes. I dare you. (BTW Tex ended up dying from complications from smoking).

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Most of these (except for Tex Williams) are hopelessly obscure with micro-budgets but this guy was the singer for Dexy's Midnight Runners and on a major label so WTF?


This is the sort of thing that Max Webster could once pull off. But not these guys. Or Kevin Rowland.

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If this isn't the soundtrack to a bad horror film I shall be very disappointed.


Never mind that horror movie, this will haunt my dreams.


They seem perfectly nice but these three are personally responsible for creating their own hole in the ozone layer. Incidentally since they're Christians I have to point out that Leviticus (the book in the Bible that bans homosexuality) also bans wearing "garments woven from different types of thread" which would certainly cover polyester, yet this was once the evangelical uniform.


OK now that is entirely way too much hairspray.


Look kids; it's the Definitely Not Mod Squad

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And on that farm they had some sweater-vests E-I-E-I-O


Wait; are Superman and Jesus going to fight? Hard to know who to root for here. Also is it just me or does Superman look black?

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Would you like fries with that?


For those who thought Richard Simmons was too macho.


Roy Orbison's little known "Ice Cream Gospel" album.

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I'm going to assume this was a language barrier thing, probably sounded less dirty in Russian

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Yeah you made fun of Flavor Flav's gold teeth but here's the alternative. Happy now?

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"I hate each and every member of my audience"

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So is that a rusty french horn?


I know this is technically not an album cover but now I actually wish they did record an album.

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The phrase "Phoning It In" comes to mind.