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THE ENVIRONMENT

I love the major prize in BayFM‘s Subscriber Drive this year. It’s a trip to Broome and the Kimberley, in conjunction with the Save The Kimberley action group. So I thought it was a great opportunity to create a playlist  on THE ENVIRONMENT.

We opened the show with a locally produced track from a group of young people who are concerned about climate change. They came together at a hip-hop recording workshop in the country town of Kyogle in 2007. The result: PROTECT THE WORLD. The kids were aged between 11 and 17 and wrote the words on the spot and played all the instruments. Check it out:

Another  song about the environment that really hits home is GASOLINE from Sheryl Crow. She’s so great when she’s singing about something substantial, isn’t she?

The Cranberries  tell us that TIME IS TICKING OUT: “We’d better think about the consequences, We’d better think about the global senses, The time went out, the time went out.”

Cerrone’s song SUPERNATURE was released in 1977 and crossed over to both pop and soul charts. An interesting bit of trivia: the lyrics were written by a young Lene Lovich, although she wasn’t credited.

Gorillaz is a band that fascinates me with its merge of music and art. They have a brilliant site, so rather than me babble on here about them, go to www.gorillaz.com. Right now I’m listening to their  PLASTIC BEACH album. The track of the same name features Mick Jones & Paul Simonon from The Clash. Say no more.

Way back in 1971 Marvin Gaye broke ground with his song MERCY MERCY ME (the Ecology). It’s from his album, What’s Goin’ On and features The Funk Brothers on instrumentals and a leading sax solo by Wild Bill Moore. Brilliant stuff. Here’s Gaye at the Montreux Festival, 1980:

The John Butler Trio’s song SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE was only released in Australia. It came out in 2004 and is an interesting blend of funk, rock, blues, roots and the traditional sound of a jam band.

An absolute classic is Joni Mitchell’s BIG YELLOW TAXI: “They paved paradise/And put up a parking lot.” With that one line, Joni Mitchell created an everlasting metaphor for the ongoing effects of industrial development on the natural world. Big Yellow Taxi is one of the great environmental laments of the modern age, a breezy little tune that describes a world where DDT is used freely and trees are relegated to a museum.

I thought I might include some Kraftwerk for all the techheads and others (like me) who love this highly influential band from Germany.  RADIOACTIVITY is perfect for this week’s theme:

Neko Case suggests that you NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH. It’s from her Middle Cyclone album. A prophetic follow up came from The Beach Boys with DON’T GO NEAR THE WATER:

Tegan and Sara are a Canadian duo (they’re actually identical twins). I love their song OUR TREES. A perfect follow up to that was Jack Johnson’s ANYTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

Despite what Michael Stipe says about this song being about oppression, I always thought that the R.E.M. song, FALL ON ME, was about acid rain and it’s effect on the environment. Well I suppose you have a right to feel oppressed when governments keep refusing to do anything substantial about climate change.

Singer songwriter Missy Higgins is politically pro-active and it was great to air an interview with her during the show about Broome and the Kimberley. Here’s an extended version of that interview from the Save the Kimberley site:

Another activist/musician is, of course, Ben Harper. His song EXCUSE ME MISTER is just so relevant right now, with its mention of pollution of our waterways. Are you listening BP?

John Mayer is WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE. Me too John, me too.

Massive Attack were encouraged to get into the recording studio in 1991 to record their debut album Blue Lines, by Nenah Cherry. She consequently sang back up on our pick from this album, HYMN OF THE BIG WHEEL. In this clip Deborah Miller, who tours with Massive Attack on a regular basis, does a brilliant job of back-up/support.

MONKEY GONE TO HEAVEN, is a song by the American alternative rock band, the Pixies. It’s from their 1989 album Doolittle.  The song references environmentalism and biblical numerology and was the first Pixies song to feature guest musicians:  two cellists, Arthur Fiacco and Ann Rorich, and two violinists, Karen Karlsrud and Corine Metter.

Our final song of the day was one I’d like to dedicate to all those lost in Pakistan’s devastating floods: Jackson Browne with BEFORE THE DELUGE.

I’d like to thank everyone who subscribed during Theme Park over the last two shows. Thank you so much! We’ll be drawing a winner for our Camp Quality holiday at Possum Creek Eco Lodge on next Tuesday’s show, so tune in then. And if you want to go into that draw, and you haven’t subscribed yet, that’s Ok. When you do subscribe just say that Theme Park is the show you want to be acknowledged on. We’ll give you a shout out next week. Good luck to all of you. I hope that you are lucky enough to win one of the daily prizes, the additional prize for business subscribers of 30 radio spots, or the major prize of the trip to the Kimberley.

I’d love to hear from you with your requests for next week’s show when the topic will be SPRINGTIME. Can you believe its almost here? Yay!

Here’s this week’s complete playlist:

Protect the World – Kyogle Kids

Gasoline – Detours, Sheryl Crow

Time Is Ticking Out – Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, The Cranberries

Supernature – Cerrone

Plastic Beach Ft. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon – Plastic Beach, Gorillaz

Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye

Something’s Gotta Give – Triple J’s Hottest 100 Volume 12, The John Butler Trio

Big Yellow Taxi – Ladies of the Canyon, Joni Mitchell

Radioactivity – The Mix, Kraftwerk

Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth – Middle Cyclone, Neko Case

Don’t Go Near The Water – Surf’s Up, The Beach Boys

Like The Weather – MTV Unplugged, 10,000 Maniacs

Our Trees – Tegan & Sara

Anything But The Truth – To The Sea, Jack Johnson

Fall on Me – Lifes Rich Pageant, R.E.M.

Going North – Missy Higgins

Excuse Me Mister – Fight for Your Mind, Ben Harper

Waiting on the World to Change – Continuum, John Mayer

Hymn Of The Big Wheel – Blue Lines, Massive Attack

Monkey Gone to Heaven – Wave of Mutilation: The Best of Pixies, The Pixies

Before The Deluge – Late For The Sky  (Gold Disc), Jackson Browne

Next week: SPRINGTIME

Listen to Lyn McCarthy at the Theme Park on BayFM, Tuesdays 4-6pm, Sydney time

Also streaming on http://www.bayfm.org

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Email me at: lyn.themeparkradio@gmail.com

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WINTER

winter_swirlsThis week we paid homage to Winter which started June 1, here in the Southern hemisphere.  So it was a case of battening down, buttoning up and making the most of it! We opened the show with IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART ITS SPRING), a wonderfully optimistic tune by the Love Unlimited Orchestra, a group created by the master of smooth soul himself, Barry White.

For this show, as usual, I pilfered from all genres, from jazz and r&b through to folk, country and pop, with lots of rock, both classic and alternative thrown in for good measure. And we even got Tom Waites to read the weather!

As it was raining, yet again, here in the Northern Rivers, we set the mood with a great terrific piece of doo wop from the Spaniels: STORMY WEATHER and then it was a great version of BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE by Tom Jones with Cerys Matthews from Catatonia. This take on Frank Loesser’s pop standard certainly cements Tom’s reputation with the laaadies. The video for this is so camp, you must check it out:

Sarah McLachlan offered up SONG FOR A WINTER’S NIGHT while Annie Lennox sang about the COLD with such intensity that I could almost feel it penetrating my bones. And then the Pixies belted out a fantastic, upbeat version of Neil Young’s WINTERLONG

The Hank Williams song COLD COLD HEART has been covered by many artists but you know that I had to include Roy Orbison’s version, which I love. It’s from his Hank Williams tribute album. We followed that with Sister Hazel and YOUR WINTER and Simon & Garfunkle’s A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER

Our mild winters, here in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, help to make this a very pleasant place to live all year round.  So when you start whingeing (like I do) about how cold the nights are, consider some of these CHILLING FACTS:

winter1. Charlotte Pass (NSW) has the Australian record for the lowest recorded temperature. It was -23 degrees C on 18/6/94.

2. In Vostok, Antartica, the lowest minimum temperature in the world was recorded on 5/2/1892. It was -89.2 degrees C.

Brrrr. Thank goodness we’ve got music to warm the cockles of our hearts. What does that mean exactly? What are the cockles of your heart? Really, I’m perplexed, so if anyone knows how this saying came about I’d love to know.

Gwen Stefani is surprisingly good with her rendition of EARLY WINTER as is one of last year’s big discoveries, Fleet Foxes with WHITE WINTER HYMNAL. And for all you animation freaks, (of which I am one), here is the amazing video clip for you to savour.

A very moving tune by the Eels from their album, Electro-Shock Blues followed. DEAD OF WINTER was written largely as a response to frontman Mark Oliver Everett’s sister’s suicide and his mother’s terminal cancer. Although that sounds rather bleak, the album’s underlying message is a positive one, about coping with life’s tragedies and moving forward. I absolutely love the honesty of this album and highly commend it to you.

After Bobby Bland’s tortured COLD DAY IN HELL, we definitely needed a bit of cheering up and  Fats Domino delivered with LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW

Here’s another Chilling Fact about Winter: Wind chill is a calculation of how cold it feels outside when the effects of temperature and wind speed are combined. A strong wind combined with a temperature of just below freezing can have the same effect as a still air temperature about 35 degrees colder. Brrr and double Brrrr. 

Now someone who knows all about chilly winds and cool temperatures is Tom Waites. He very kindly presented the weather, of sorts, with his EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT. Here is a version that he performed in 1977 in Berlin, but if you can get a copy of his 1975 album Nighthawks at the Diner, you will get what I think is a better, and still live, performance. But hey, check this one out, still highly amusing for all kinds of reasons.

It doesn’t matter how cold it gets, if you’ve got a lover to keep you warm. So says Billy Holiday who sang I’VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM and then it was Muddy Waters with BLOW WIND BLOW. And a first for Theme Park, was Madonna with a perfect piece of pop for a show about Winter: FROZEN, from her Ray of Light album. 

Led Zeppelin gave us their IMMIGRANT SONG, written while on a tour of Iceland in 1970 and I couldn’t really leave out Foreigner with COLD AS ICE or STONE COLD from Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, could I?

Belle & Sebastian’s very twee THE FOX IN THE SNOW and the equally cutesy CLOUDY from Simon & Garfunkle sequed beautifully into ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN IN THE MARKET. This very silly tune is classic Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. 

I was obviously going a bit nutty with my winter tracks and so there was no stopping the delirium. Why not play Trans Siberian Orchestra with their crazy bit of Orchestral Rock, WIZARDS IN WINTER? But hopefully my credibility was saved with The White Stripes and IN THE COLD COLD NIGHT. Congrats to Meg White who recently married Jackson Smith, son of Patti Smith. Now there’s a gene pool for you!

OH LARSEN B, by British Sea Power from their 2005 album, Open Season followed, along with  a cutey by The Fiery Furnaces: TROPICAL ICELAND. And a  crazy video clip to match – check it out:

Final song for the show was one of my obsessions. AC/DC with THUNDERSTRUCK. And no matter how many times I see this video, I can’t get enough of Angus and that glass runway. May as well add to the 21 million hits on YouTube. So, here it is, just because I can!

Another one of my obsessions has given me the topic for next week – SHOES! So send me some suggestions, I would love to hear from you. Meanwhile, here is the complete playlist from this week:

It may be Winter Outside (But in my Heart it’s Spring) – Love Unlimited Orchestra 

Stormy Weather – The Spaniels
It may be Winter Outside (But in my Heart it’s Spring) 3:06 Love Unlimited Orchestra R&B 16 31/05/09 5:52 PM
Stormy Weather 2:29 Spaniels Bob Dylan – Theme Time 1 Weather R&B 9 30/05/09 6:32 PM
Baby its cold outside 3:41 Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews (ex-Catatonia) Reload (Tom Jones) R&B 6 31/05/09 5:56 PM
Come Rain or Come Shine 3:42 Ray Charles The Definitive Ray Charles (disc 1) R&B 12 31/05/09 5:59 PM
Song For A Winter’s Night (Gordon Lightfoot cover) 3:47 Sarah Mclachlan The Way I Feel (1967) Folk 12 31/05/09 6:03 PM
Cold 4:21 Annie Lenox Diva Pop 12 31/05/09 6:07 PM
Winterlong (Neil Young cover) 3:03 The Pixies Alternative 2 31/05/09 6:10 PM
Cold, Cold, Heart (Hank Williams cover) 2:42 Roy Orbison Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Country 7 31/05/09 6:13 PM
Your Winter 4:17 Sister Hazel Fortress (2000) Country rock 8 31/05/09 6:17 PM
A Hazy Shade of Winter 2:19 Simon and Garfunkel Bookends (1966) Classic Rock 7 31/05/09 6:19 PM
Early Winter 4:43 Gwen Stefani The Sweet Escape Rock/Pop 7 31/05/09 6:24 PM
White Winter Hymnal 3:18 Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008) Indie Folk 6 31/05/09 6:27 PM
Dead of Winter 2:59 Eels Electro-Shock Blues Alternative 6 31/05/09 6:30 PM
Cold Day in Hell 2:44 Bobby Bland Dreamer R&B 1 31/05/09 6:33 PM
Let the four Winds Blow 2:13 Fats Domino Bob Dylan – Theme Time 1 Weather Rock n roll 8 27/05/09 6:36 PM
Emotional Weather Report 3:48 Tom Waits Nighthawks at the Diner (1975) Alternative 3 29/05/09 11:25 AM
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm 3:59 Billie Holiday Billie’s Best Jazz 4 30/05/09 6:30 PM
Blow Wind Blow 3:49 Muddy Waters Blues 5 27/05/09 3:29 PM
Frozen 5:00 Madonna Ray of Light Pop/Funk 12 30/05/09 12:37 PM
Stone Cold 5:15 Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Guitar Rock  – The ’80s Take Two Classic Rock
Cold As Ice (1977) 3:19 Foreigner Foreigner Rock 1 30/05/09 6:36 PM
Immigrant Song (1970) 2:23 Led Zeppelin School of Rock Rock 8 30/05/09 6:38 PM
Abominable Snowman In The Market 2:29 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers The Best Of Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers Alternative Rock
Cloudy 2:23 Simon & Garfunkel The Essential Simon & Garfunkel Folk-Rock 2 30/05/09 6:46 PM
The Fox In The Snow 4:00 Belle & Sebastian If You’re Feeling Sinister Indie Pop
Wizards in Winter 3:06 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Symphonic Rock 4 30/05/09 6:49 PM
In The Cold Cold Night 2:59 The White Stripes Elephant Rock 4 30/05/09 12:10 AM
Tropical Iceland 3:30 The Fiery Furnaces Gallowsbird’s Bark Alternative 9 30/05/09 10:59 PM
Oh Larsen B 5:31 British Sea Power Open Season Alternative 1 27/05/09 6:55 PM
Thunderstruck 4:52 ACDC The Razors Edge Rock 4 30/05/09 4:58 PMIt may be Winter Outside (But in my Heart it’s Spring) – Love Unlimited Orchestra Stormy Weather – Spaniels

Baby its Cold Outside – Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews

Come Rain or Come Shine – Ray Charles

Song For A Winter’s Night – Sarah Mclachlan

Cold – Annie Lennox

Winterlong – The Pixies

Cold, Cold, Heart  – Roy Orbison

Your Winter  – Sister Hazel

A Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon and Garfunkel

Early Winter – Gwen Stefani

White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

Dead of Winter – Eels

Cold Day in Hell – Bobby Bland

Let The Four Winds Blow – Fats Domino

Emotional Weather Report -Tom Waits

I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – Billie Holiday

Blow Wind Blow – Muddy Waters

Frozen – Madonna

Stone Cold – Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

Cold As Ice – Foreigner

Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin

Abominable Snowman In The Market – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Cloudy – Simon & Garfunkel

The Fox In The Snow – Belle & Sebastian

Wizards in Winter – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

In The Cold Cold Night – The White Stripes

Tropical Iceland  – The Fiery Furnaces

Oh Larsen B – British Sea Power

Thunderstruck – ACDC

Next week’s show: SHOES

Listen to Lyn at the Theme Park on BayFM 99.9 every Tuesday 2-4pm (Sydney time). Also streaming at http://www.bayfm.org

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