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Chance Meeting
Friday January 6th, 2023 with Heavy Ben
2023, Retrofuturism, and the Inevitable Re-Ron

Chance meeting on on a reel of the real and the sureal In the early decades of pop music and the golden age of science fiction (1930s - 1960s), the vision of the future was often wide-eyed, hopeful, and expectant with technological breakthroughs to improve the human condition. Our modern lives are truly cleaner, more efficient, and for those who want them there are free vaccines. Machines do our cleaning and cooking. And hey... The Internet! You don't need to leave the house, speak with a human or even have money to get anything you want delivered to your front door in no time. Literature and film had more time to stretch out compared to a 3-minute pop song. And it should come as no surprise that we find ourselves in a 2023 that is more 1984 than Rocket Man, more Blade Runner than Jetsons. Our TV dinners and self-driving cars came at a hidden cost that was impossible to measure or feel 60 years ago. Despite our comfortable space age bachelor pads, it's easy to connect with Descendents' "Everything Sux". The Halluci Nation's "Land Back" depicts generations of broken promises. My go-to is Gil Scott-Heron's "B-Movie", written the week after Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980. It's a perfect poem and could have been written this week... only the names change. Cultural amnesia, indeed. Oh yeah, happy new year.
Kayaların Oğlu, 2023
Barış Manço (Baris Manco) - 2023 - Yavuz Plak - 1975
Nel 2023 (In The Year 2525)
Dalida [orig. Zager & Evans] - 7" - Barclay - 1969
Rick Miller - Future Motion - Parry Music Library - 1984 Canadian
Moon Moods
Les Baxter & His Orchestra - Music Out Of The Moon: Music Unusual Featuring The Theremin - Capitol - 1947
I Hear A New World
Joe Meek & The Blue Men - I Hear A New World - Triumph - 1960 / RPM - 2003
Where Is Tomorrow
Sun Ra - The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra - Savoy - 1962
UFO Main Theme
Barry Gray - UFO: The Original Television Series Soundtrack Music - Trunk - 2004 [orig. 1970]
Tomorrow's Achievements
Harry Forbes - Tomorrow's World - Parry Music Library - 1980 Canadian
Realizations of an Aeropolis
Mort Garson - Music from Patch Cord Productions - Sacred Bones - 2020 [rec. circa late 1960s or early 1970s] Canadian
Black Mountain - In The Future - Jagjaguwar - 2008 Canadian
Everything Sux
Descendents - Everything Sux - Epitaph - 1996
Fear Of Anarchy
Sleaford Mods - Chubbed Up + - Ipecac - 2014
Land Back
The Halluci Nation feat. Boogey The Beat & Northern Voice - One More Saturday Night - Radicalized Records - 2021 Canadian
"B" Movie (live version)
Gil Scott Heron And His Amnesia Express - Tales Of Gil Scott Heron (Somewhere Live In Europe) - Essential! Records - 1990 (orig. 1981)
And here's a look at the closing numbers:

racism is up, human rights are down, peace is shaky, war items are hot, the house claims all ties
jobs are down, money is scarce, and common sense is at an all-time low with heavy trading
movies are looking better than ever, and now no one is looking because we're all starring in a "B" movie

you don't need to be in no hurry, you ain't never really got to worry
and you don't need to think about how you feel, just keep repeating that none of this is real
and if you're sensing that something is wrong, well just remember that it won't be too long
... before the director cuts the scene

this ain't really your life, ain't really your life
ain't really ain't nothing but a movie
Interactive CKCU
Tuning in as I wrap up my week at school without students. Neat vibes!

3:03 PM, January 6th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Bracing for next week's impact, Wendy? Thanks for tuning in!

3:08 PM, January 6th, 2023
Bobby Calzone
I could swear im on acid... Thank you

3:20 PM, January 6th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Bobby, you can thank Joe Meek for that

3:22 PM, January 6th, 2023
Napalm Dan
Hard to imagine growing up with so much optimism for the future, life just continuing to get better and easier with new technologies and faster communication. At least as attitudes declined and reality set in, a lot of passionate angry art and music was created. And I guess we can give thanks for having the pleasure of hearing Sun Ra at the click of a button.

3:23 PM, January 6th, 2023
been sayin', "Hold it! I'm in the WRONG MOVIE!!!" ...for sum time now.... 'cept for the music.... The Mighty does that right.... jus sayin'....;-) Peace.

3:34 PM, January 6th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hey Napalm Dan, yes dystopian science fiction soon became the norm. It sure is a convenient dystopian 2023 where 100 Sun Ra albums are readily available!

3:36 PM, January 6th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Thanks hillbilly. This week's soundtrack to the apocalypse that is upon us...

3:38 PM, January 6th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Imagine that, a Republican named McCarthy screwing things up. Thank you Gil.

3:49 PM, January 6th, 2023
Mort Garson did more than music for plants?!

8:54 PM, January 6th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hi Leege, yes Mort Garson did get out from the electronic greenhouse to make all sorts of wonderful sounds. 2-hour profile on Heavy Friends those curious ears:

4:55 PM, January 7th, 2023