Rockit is the live music quiz show on ABC Island in Secondlife. It's a bit like Spicks and Specks, a little like Rockwiz and has a splash of Sale of the Century in it. We play it on Friday nights at 8:30pm AEST (Melbourne Australia). As it's all written by me, I only do a series of five shows before I break (almost literally) sourcing unique questions each week is quite difficult, but we have loads of fun doing the show. Meet me at ABC Island in Secondlife if you'd like to know more.
If you don't know what Secondlife is, then visit the website or watch "Life On Line" at my other blog Wolfies' World, a TV program about virtual worlds and the internet culture.
Triple J recently got everyone together to write up a list of their ten favourite songs, so I thought I'd do it too. However I think a list of favourite songs, in order, is absurd, since a persons favourites change from day to day and mood to mood. So lets call this a list of songs which I'd be happy to hear on the radio, in no particlar order. The numbers are there simply to count to ten, fair enough?
1. "Isn't it time" - The Babys. 2. "Down in the park" - Gary Numan. 3. "One Step" - Kissing the pink. 4. "Sledgehammer" - Peter Gabriel. 5. "Running up that hill" - Kate Bush. 6. "Reet Petite" - Jackie Wilson. 7. "Left to my own devices" - Pet Shop Boys. 8. "Werewolf" - Five man electrical band. 9. "Under the milky way" - The Church. 10. "Dancing in the moonlight" - King Harvest.
I was out walking Katie tonight, walking though the dark streets, when we went past a house that has windchimes... The strange thing was that the wind just randomly played about six notes of "This guy's in love with you", which is now stuck in my head.
Here's The Reels version.
As a bonus, here's their cover of Creedences' Bad Moon Rising too.
Rupert Hines' "Misplaced Love" was one of my very favourite songs years ago, and due to a discussion with a friend, Thanks Ian, I've decided to post what's been discovered on youtube.
The first isn't the proper video, just the song and images done by Banksy, the street artist... If you're a fan of his art, I know there are a few spots in Melbournes Laneways where he's put a few stencils up.
Just after we got our first Hi-Fi VCR, which in those days was a pretty cool thing to have, I went to the shop and bought Peter Gabriels "CV" Tape. Well the song was running through my head this morning, but I couldn't remember it's name... So I looked through the list of Peter Gabriels' songs on Wikipedia and found it, Sadly the youtube version doesn't have the quality of sound that the tape did, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.
Another new song, This time by Skipping Girl Vinegar, A Melbourne band who's name is based on the famous factory with the animated Skipping Girl neon sign on it's roof. You might be interested to know that the sign is being fully restored right now, and will grace Melbourne evenings in a few months time.
We don't normally feature new music, because, as you know, Rockit is very retro in nature. But we do keep up with bands who started in the 80s and are still going strong. Like The Petshop Boys who have a brand new album out called "Yes". And here's a song from it which is called "Love etc".
* So new, it doesn't even have a proper video yet.
I wouldn't have known of this song, except that a friend in Germany sent me the CD Single when it was a hit over there.
The plot of the video appears to go along the lines of "I've had a great idea, let's take billions of deutschmarks work of equipment into the darkest regions of space and have a bloody good piss-up with the Klingons".
"If only I'd thought of that" thinks Kirk.
Walter Werzowa from Edelweiss wrote the famous Intel ID tune.
When writing Rockit, I find what really helps me is if I come up with an idea for a category. After that I can just race through the writing as the ideas for questions come easily. So if you have an idea for a round, drop me a line, it will help a lot. Thankyou!
Hole in My Shoe was a trippy, Hippy song by Traffic, A group composed of Dave Mason Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Steve Winwood. The song was originally released in 1967. In 1984 Neil Pye (Nigel Planer) of The Young Ones released this version. Strangely enough, both versions stopped short of the number one spot on the charts, making it to "two".
Team 2, comprised of Konrad, Alex, Nankeen and Elise won the night on 90 points while Team 1 lagged on 55, which isn't a bad score either! Team 1 tonight were Samohung, Cherrybomb, Kalliee and Volupt. And I scored 55, tying with team 1.
This is the beautiful and soulful Helen Terry, Who was the backing vocalist for Culture Club. She left the group at he end of an Aussie tour to pursue Her solo career. She had some great songs, but alas, they didn't get a lot of air play, and Helen faded into the distance, a real shame.
I've told this odd story to friends before, but incase you don't know... I'm linked to Dave O'Neil, of Spicks and Specks, via... My Cat.
About 2004 I walked into our local vets to buy some flea stuff for my dog, no, not for me, for My dog, Benny... honest!
And saw a box of cute little kitties who'd been dumped and needed a home.
It was Dave O'Neil who had found them and bought them into the vets. Well, We'd recently lost a cat, so I thought I'd take one home.
We named Her Vicky.
There's a photo behind the bar at My pub in Eragon, of Mum holding Vicky.
A local paper printed a story on Dave and had a photo of Him in His Garden holding His cat... and His looks a lot like mine, so I gather He kept one too.
Dave lives very close to where I do, I often see him shopping on a Saturday.
A side note to this is that Vicky bites, in fact She leaps out and grabs My ankle and sinks the claws and fangs in, She'd do it to Mum too.
We'd be watching S&S and Mum would say "Is that, that bloody Dave O'Neil who found Vicky?" in a tone not too far removed from Aunty Jack, and I'd say "Yes Mum, That's Him" and She'd reply "Well when I see him, I'll kick his bum".
Of course we'd be joking together like this a fair bit.
One day while we were shopping, We crossed the street, and crossing from the other side was poor old Dave, and I whispered to Mum "That's Him Mum, go on, give him a good hard kick up the arse, you said you would, go on". She was visibly embarrassed and I think Dave heard us whispering and so he may have wondered what was up.
And yes, I still have Vicky, and the scars to prove it.
I think I've said this before... I posted this to the "Living in a Box" forum I'm on, I'll add a youtube video below.
t's funny how we don't enjoy what we've got when we've got it, then wish we had it once it's gone. I loved the 80s and I loved my 12" singles. Then when CDs were launched, I had to get a player. But I never really loved my CDs as much as my vinyl. The large colourful album covers, the lyrics, maybe something to read about the band. sometimes the vinyl was coloured... and this is some of my collection: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=o...re=channel_page Yes I'd dread dropping or scratching my vinyl and fear younger members of the family getting to it when I was away and doing terrible things to it. CDs on the other hand began to feel common, they'd come stuck to magazines with AOL rubbish on them and when CD-R came along, they seemed to be in anonymous piles in my room. What will kids do now... "Come over to my place and see the CD of all the mp3s I have" bit of a yawn compared to "Come and see my the stones album I found, it's got a real zipper on the front". Don't get me wrong, I use mp3s too now, they've allowed me to hear music which I haven't heard in years, even some rare re-mixed tracks and the occasional clever mashup. But I do miss the 80s and would like to do it all over again. [In the body I had back then too].
Rockit is a Live, Music Quiz Show played in the virtual world, Secondlife. Often on a Friday night at 8:30pm AEST or ADST [Melbourne time].
It was originally modelled on television gameshows like "Spicks and Specks", "Rockwiz" and "Temptation" (Sale of the Century), but has been shaken, stirred, alowed to sit and brew and has now developed it's own distinct flavour, some would say it smells like wet dog with sugar, and has a rich earthy taste.
Each mini-season consists of just five shows, and this is because it's a one-man-band sort of show, where I write the questions, maintain the set and host the show. After five weeks of writing music specific questions, My mind tends to turn to mush and I need a break. During this time, My house gets cleaner and Katie gets more walks.
It's not all my doing though, I have people chipping in extras like my great new scoreboard which CaptainCrunch Hax made for me and the chairs which Evangeline Wind made for the audience to sit on.
It usually takes about three days to write questions for the show, sure, I can come up with a lot of questions pretty fast, but I think people want ones that are interesting or funny. I find myself trolling through Wikipedia, Youtube and some of the music blogs you'll find listed on the right there. It takes up a considerable amount of time.
It's tricky to come up with questions about bands who I haven't already covered. Regulars know that David Bowie seems to come up way too much.
The Show has a mobile set, and is easy to move to other Islands, However I prefer to be based on ABC Island (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and Eragon. I consider both Islands to be my home although my pub is on Eragon.
To join us, You need broadband (at least 512k), a reasonably new computer (no older than three years) with a good quality videocard, and an Avatar on Secondlife, The software is completely free of charge.
Then it's just a matter of joining the Rockit group or contacting me directly, Just search for Wolfie Rankin.
You'd be very welcome to come.
If you have any questions, just drop me a line via the comments below.
Yeah I know, there's little data here right now, But I'll come back later and give you some backgound on these videos. And a big thankyou to those of you who came to Rockit last night, I really appreciated it.
This is one of my favourite songs, from the Time Bandits [no video]
Do-Re-Mi were a Sydney band headed by Deborah Conway, Their songs have the oddest items in them, Blue Tak in this one and Pubic Hair in 1985s "Man Overboard". "Man Overboard" was one of the strangest of pop music hits, having no chorus at all.
Here's Do-Re-Mi with their brilliant anthem for eternal youth.
I'm gearing up for Rockit tomorrow at 8:30pm Melbourne/Sydney time AEDT at ABC Island, Be there in time for blast off and be one of our crew members. OK that's kind of cheesy isn't it? I'll see you then.
As You know, I love 80s music, but often I wonder what the artists are doing now, I think there's a tendency to assume old singers just dry up and fade away or at worst, die of a drug overdose. but according to Living in a Box's Website: "Richard Darbyshire continues to work in the music industry as producer/songwriter extraordinaire to up and coming new talent. Marcus Vere (keyboards) runs an innovative t.v. production company making programmes for young children and Tich Critchlow (drums) has returned to what he was doing pre the ‘Box’ making beautiful, illuminating sculptures, chandeliers and furniture in metal and glass."
See, they're fine, there is life after stardom afterall!
I love this song, I'd love to go back in time like the bloke in "Life on Mars" and see all the songs I loved, and still do, come out again. There was a 12" single in the shape of a butterfly by tears for Fears which I'd snap up pretty fast if I could.
Youtube is great, but the voice seldom syncs up properly, and it leads Me to wonder if a few years down the track, We're going to have a lot of the next generation lipsyncing really badly to songs, a second or two behind, like some badly dubbed Japanese movie.
It Ain't What You do, It's the way that You do it. Grammar aside, this is a great song.
The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum. [in vertical Squish-O-Vision which was a special film technique in the 80s which never took off]
The Seven Foot Tall,
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