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Thread: john eden's top 100 cyberpunk rasta lps of all times

  1. #91
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    Feb 2008


    Looking forward to how this goes as a person of a similar age. Really like the write ups with tunes.

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  3. #92
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    Oct 2004
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    5. Dougal and the Blue Cat OST (1972)

    The Magic Roundabout was a family favourite for us when we were children. The genius of the show is the combination of its French creators and the absolute liberties that were taken with their plots by the English narrator Eric Thompson. Thompson would be sent the reels of each show and then project them onto the back of his front door and basically improvise the English dialogue - and even the plots to some extent. This process and the overall weirdness is dumbed down these days by commentators portraying it as another 70s show that had drug references in it. Yawn. For us kids, the show itself was like drugs.

    At some point in the mid 70s my parents got a decent hi-fi that my sister and I weren't allowed near. But we inherited their Dansette with its built in speaker. It was shipped out of the living room along with the handful of children's records we had.

    This album was the standout initially. It's pretty nuts to listen to even now. There are a handful of songs, but most of the LP is the lightly edited dialogue from the film, in character and primarily by Thompson. We hadn't seen the film and so bits of it didn't make total sense to us. But we knew the characters and, crucially, this allowed our imaginations to do the heavy lifting.

    Why this stuck with me is that there is a terrifying undercurrent to the plot, which is completely unlike the gentle jeopardy you would get in the TV episodes. Fenella Fielding makes a guest appearance as a sinister disembodied evil force that initiates Buxton the blue cat into some quasi masonic militaristic secret society. A society dedicated to eradicating everything which is not blue. All of the cast except Dougal are rounded up by blue soldiers and chained up in the dungeon of a disused treacle factory. Blue cacti sprout aggresively throughout the landscape. Florence weeps.

    There is an eeriness to the soundtrack that's hard to explain - Fenella and Buxton's characters both have a vicious menace to their voices and the initiation ceremonies are nightmarish bad trips with echoing mocking laughter swimming around the room. We loved this precisely because it scared the shit out of us. And then we discovered that it was even more terror-inducing when you played those sections at 16rpm.

    In retrospect my dalliance with industrial, dark ambient and sinister musicks began right there.

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  5. #93
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    Oct 2004


    Douglas and the Blue Cat - wow, never heard of that before, and i am just the right age to have.

    seems like it should be a key text in the canon of hauntology but none of those guys have mentioned it as i recall

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    Perfect role for Fenella Fielding.

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