Author: Rabz

  • Rabz’ Radio Show – New Year’s Eve 2023

    Cats, this post is about songs released in 2023. Seemingly not an auspicious year, but there were some diamonds in the dirt. So wonderful to hear Everything but the Girl again, over two decades having elapsed since we last heard from them. Having said that, I’ve looked through various websites’ “Best songs of 2023” and…

  • Rabz’ Radio Show November 2023: Theme? What Theme?

    Cats, this is not necessarily a point of zero inspiration. Imposing a “theme” on a Saturday night Radio Show seems unnecessarily restrictive, racist and hoplophobic*. So there will not be any of that. On a personal note (again) I’ve been lately listening to above album by Matt Johnson, which essayed themes that were simply not conscious…

  • Rabz’ Radio Show Rocktober 2023 – Protest Songs

    The big problem with protest songs, Cats, is if they refer too explicitly to a cause du jour, they will date. Badly. See just about every Midnight Oil song, ever – with the possible exception of Wedding Cake Island, given it’s an instrumental. That’s why the best protest songs are not obviously hitched to a…

  • Rabz’ Radio Show Spring 2023 – Jazz

    Many people would describe this as the perfect music when one would like to kick back and relaxatrate (or Relaxin’). They would not be incorrect. Jazz, by its very nature, is unpredictable, with the emphasis on the concept of “improvisation”. Jazz is “a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana,…

  • Wednesday, not the day, the girl …

    Tim Burton’s Wednesday, Cats – I was hugely sceptical until having realised the immensely talented adidas fan Miss Jenna Ortega had also appeared in various other televisual feasts I’d recently seen, most notably the second season of “You”. Spoiler Alerts, Cats … “Wednesday” may be among the last few gasps of Hollyweird greatness, which of…

  • The concept of “crowding out” and the dangers of untrammeled government spending (of OPM)

    Here we go, Cats, a return to the long overdue examination and discussion of matters economic. This will be the first of a semi-regular series of posts on key economic concepts that politicians, bureaucrats, academics and the braindead lamestream meeja (with some notable exceptions) are either unaware of, or incapable of comprehending. As someone who…

  • Rabz’ Radio Show August 2023: Cars

    There has always been an intimate link between cars and contemporary music and car stereos (aka sound systems) enable the immediacy of that link. As the (almost) ultimate freedom machines, cars can enable a young man to impress an aesthetically pleasing young woman in more ways than might be immediately obvious. However – there is…

  • Rabz’ Radio Show July 2023: Music Videos

    This is a difficult one, given that these monthly threads were always meant to be about the music. As far as I’m concerned there’s a golden rule regarding music videos – ideally, they should never be more memorable than the song. Having said that, if a great song has a great video, that’s a bonus.…

  • Rabz’ Radio Show June 2023 – Favourite Songs

    All killer, no filler, Cats. One of the many things I love about music is its effortless ability to transfer you back to a particular time and place, emphatically triggering memories. But what exactly are the constituent parts of that rare beast, a favourite song? To me, the most important aspect (obviously) is the music,…

  • Rabz’ Radio Show May 2023 – Country and Western

    As proudly declared by Bob of his eponymous Country Bunker to Jake and Elwood as the latter two search for gigs to raise some funds for the Penguin’s orphanage property tax bill. When you’re on a mission from God, all bets are off.   Having said that, I am not a fan of this musical…