27 February, 2009

Tonights report

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.

Sweet - Ballroom Blitz

Carol King - Hard Rock Cafe

All the fine young cannibals

Mmm... Who's that familiar high voice in the background.

Style Council - You're the best thing

Here's Paul Weller "The Modfather" and His wonderful group Style Council with "You're the best thing." There's nothing like listening to Style Council on a hot evening.

Helen Terry - Love Lies Lost

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.

Bad Habits

Writing questions late at night
The ideas they emerge from distant memories
Like Billy Fields, Bad Habits.

26 February, 2009

Wolfie Trivia

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.


25 February, 2009

Pet Shop Boys

Can You Forgive Her


Left To My Own Devices from the DVD "Somewhere" Live at the Savoy.

24 February, 2009


Flowers, who later became Icehouse, We can get together.

Great Southern Land

Love in Motion with Chrissy Amphlette


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].


23 February, 2009

The Colour Machine called Seven

This takes me back and I'm sure some of you remember it too, but why am I putting it up on the Rockit blog? Hrmmmmm...

21 February, 2009


I don't watch Rockwiz much, in fact I could count on one hand the times I've watched it. but saw it last week and thought I'd watch it again this week... it's a good show.

So the first round is announced "Local and/or General" it was called.


That's what I call the first and last rounds in Rockit, has Rockwiz always used that title for their first round?

Local and/or General is a song by Models, if you go back through the archives, you'll probably find the video.


What's Rockit?

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.


Time Bandits - Listen to the man with the golden voice

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]

Dear Enemy - Computer One

Human League - Mirror Man

Vitabeats - Boom Box

20 February, 2009

The Tourists

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart perform Dusty Springfield's hit "I only wanna be with You". Soon after they left "The Tourists" and became the "Eurythmics", who we know and love.

Power Station

Mix in Robert Taylor, Andy and John Taylor of Duran Duran, Chic Drummer Tony Thompson and Bernard Edwards and you have, Power Station.

Here's "Get it on (Bang a Gong)" Which you may know was a T-Rex hit years earlier.

19 February, 2009


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.


The international motel fantasy

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.

That's Me - Abba

16 February, 2009

Human League - Don't you want me?

To quote the Eurythmics, Who's that girl?

Nik Kershaw

Check out the outfit.

I've had dreams as confusing as this too.

Dancing Girls.

Dire Straits - Twisting by the pool

15 February, 2009

Living in a box

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!


14 February, 2009

Beloved - Wendy Matthews

Imagine what it's like to be a ghost, it's you, just the same as always, but cut off from everyone you loved and with a cruel twist.

You can see your loved ones, grieving for you.

You want to tell them you're fine and you're right there, and most of all, you want to comfort them, but you can't.

They can't see or hear you, though you wish they could.

Wendy Matthews sang a song about this called "Beloved".

I heard it today while I was in the supermarket, it always makes me think of someone I lost who was special in some way... and this time my thoughts went to others.

Click on the play button on the right, to hear it.


Smokey Robinson Vs Pet Shop Boys

The Tracks of My Tears mixed with the PSB Version of Elvis's "Always on My Mind".

13 February, 2009

Thomas Dolby - Sole Inhabitant Podcast - One

So taken with the earlier podcast I posted, that I've decided to post the rest since they're all great and besides, I'm in a real Thomas Dolby mood right now.

Here's Thomas Dolby and "Leipzig"

* Podcast Two has already been posted, Scroll down.


Observe the Silent Air Waves in your Submarine


One of Our Submarines is Missing: Podcast

I really loved this podcast, it gave an insight into how Thomas thinks.
I'll find the other podcasts in the series and add them later on.

Radio Silence

My name is Cuban Pete

Rockit will definately, I hope, start on the Friday, The 20th of February at 8:30pm, ABC Island.

"Rockit - The logo is only phallic if you've got a dirty mind"

* Time is for Melbourne Australia, See the RSS Board on ABC Island for current time.


09 February, 2009

Rockit Theme [Wolfie's Theme]

Created by Jamie Saxe for Alter Ego, our Documentary.

Download it here

It sounds a bit like a particular American comedy TV series to Me, What do You think?

I'm hearing a bit of The Munsters, Third Rock from the Sun, Possibly Rawhide and even Skippy.


07 February, 2009

Hymns for Athiesm

Creation Science 101 - Roy Zimmerman

What if the Beatles were Irish?

It's the Wolf, Daddy-O,

A little something for all you hep cats.


03 February, 2009

Danger! Danger! High Voltage - Electric Six

I love the moose, although He doesn't look like He's up to it these days.