➢ 1,000 boats will muster on the River Thames — in case you hadn’t heard — on Sunday June 3, to accompany Her Majesty The Queen in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The flotilla itself will be over seven miles long and will pass 25 miles of Thames river bank and under 14 bridges. It will take 90 minutes to pass any given point. A global TV audience is expected to number hundreds of millions… / continued online
Official and unofficial Pageant soundtracks: the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s CD, and DJ Mark Moore of S’Express
“ According to Adrian Evans, the “pageant master” tasked with arranging a London Philharmonic Orchestra soundtrack for the Jubilee flotilla’s voyage down the river Thames, the Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset didn’t quite make the cut. Come June 3, the 86-year-old monarch will instead be serenaded with movie themes and century-old chestnuts. Today, though, The Guardian offers its own fantasy flotilla playlist of 14 tracks which start from Albert Bridge with The Clash’s London Calling — 1979. (London is drowning and I live by the river. The video for this Thameside apocalypse was shot beside the bridge)…
It nods to Southwark Bridge with S’Express: Theme from S’Express — 1988. (Shoom, in nearby Southwark Street, was ground zero for British acid house. Supercool DJ Mark Moore is suitably lowkey today on Facebook, “Most amusing”, and reminds us he was frontman in the 80s act)…
And reaches Tower Bridge with Blur’s This is a Low — 1994. (The flotilla turns around here, but the song follows the river eastwards. And into the sea/ Goes pretty England and me)… ” / continued at Guardian online
The Queen’s royal barge, 2012-style: a specially adapted Thames river boat dressed for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant
“ BRYAN FERRY WAS WATCHED PROUDLY by his four sons as he was honoured with a CBE at Buckingham Palace today. But some could be forgiven for wondering if the Queen knew about some of the Ferry boys’ past bad behaviour as they joined their father during his investiture ceremony.
While the four brothers — Merlin, 20, Isaac, 27, Otis, 29 and Tara, 21 — looked undoubtedly smart in their suits, three of them are no strangers to controversy, with one receiving a conviction for drink driving… ” / continued online
Ferry in Mail video: “ The Queen said, Music is important.
I said, I couldn’t agree more ”
❚ MELBOURNE’S DEEPLY GEEKY Bedroom Philosopher, noted for his ode to absurdity, I’m So Post Modern, famously rode the No 86 tram last year in the video (above) for his cross-over hit single Northcote (So Hungover). Why? Melbourne boasts the world’s largest tramway system (249 km) and within that, Route 86 is not only the busiest but universally regarded as THE hippest in the universe. Because it connects RMIT University campus to Waterfront City, it carries All Human Life.
The Bedroom Philosopher has graduated from broadcasting with JJJ’s Morning Show to the crucial role blogging as one of Australia’s spokesmen for confused youth. His third studio album, Songs From The 86 Tram, recorded with his dynamic backing band The Awkwardstra, was nominated for an ARIA award. The album drew on the multi-award winning show of the same name (Directors Choice, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2009), which showcased the BP’s “astonishing range as an impersonator of suburban characters with depth and empathy, all backed with lively, genre-hopping soundtracks – think Chris Lilley meets Beck” (his own words).
Facebook earlier today
The video for its single Northcote is directed by Craig Melville (Chaser, John Safran) and featuring cameos by rock royalty Tim Rogers, Kram and Angie Hart. It has won more awards than we have time to count.
And yet the Lord Mayor still put Her Majesty QE2 on the wrong tram during her 16th state visit to Australia this week. The video below, specially commissioned by Shapersofthe80s, seeks to redress this diplomatic howler.
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MORE INTERESTING THAN MOST PEOPLE’S FANTASIES — THE SWINGING EIGHTIES 1978-1984
They didn’t call themselves New Romantics, or the Blitz Kids – but other people did.
“I’d find people at the Blitz who were possible only in my imagination. But they were real” — Stephen Jones, hatmaker, 1983. (Illustration courtesy Iain R Webb, 1983)
“The truth about those Blitz club people was more interesting than most people’s fantasies” — Steve Dagger, pop group manager, 1983
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✱ Deejay legend Robbie Vincent returned to JazzFM on Sundays 1-3pm in 2021… Catch Robbie’s JazzFM August Bank Holiday 2020 session thanks to AhhhhhSoul with four hours of “nothing but essential rhythms of soul, jazz and funk”.
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✱ Jawing at Soho Radio on the 80s clubland revolution (from 32 mins) and on art (@55 mins) is probably the most influential shaper of the 80s, former Wag-club director Chris Sullivan (pictured) with editor of this website David Johnson
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