THE PLANET L RADIO SHOW 2 (07-04-11)

THE PLANET L RADIO SHOW 2 (07-04-11)


THE PLANET L RADIO SHOW 2

(Originally broadcast 27-01-11)

This week’s featured album:

Picking Up Girls Made Easy by Eric Weber

Like most of the albums I’ve got lined up for the rest of the series, Eric Weber’s works now because it is unintentionally hilarious. It was released and narrated by pick-up guru Weber, an advertising executive with Saatchi and Saatchi, in 1970 to cash in on the success of his book How To Pick Up Girls, which went on to sell 3 million copies and was even turned into a film by the author in 1978 (Seen it? Nope, me neither). The album, like the book could be bought from the ads in the back sections of magazines like National Lampoon and Playboy.

Check out this ad:

THE PICK UP SYSTEM NO GIRL CAN RESIST!!!

This 40 minute album has eight actual recorded pick up scenes to learn from. You’ll hear exactly how to pick up a busty college girl in the library, a tall pretty blonde in the street, a dark-haired sexy swinger in a single’s bar. You’ll also learn how to get a girl out of a bar and into your bedroom in less than an hour. . . and how to tell whether a girl is horny just by the sound of her voice.

You’ll actually hear the voices of the people involved: the men as they begin to work their magic – the women as they fall willing victim to their charm. Everything is spelled out for you, from attention getting opening lines. . . to fool-proof closing lines that get you her telephone number, a date and sometimes even her body right then and there.

It’s guaranteed to turn you into an expert picker-upper and seducer.

And all of this for just $8.95 plus $1.00 postage. An expert picker-upper? What boy could resist?

What is the secret to Weber’s system? Well, essentially you start out with a lie, keep on lying and then lie just a little bit more until they, the women, finally agree to have sex with you. What could be simpler? Did it work? Well, for the women involved on the album it seems to have done the trick, but I would love to know what the actresses who play these magically charmed women actually thought when they read through the scripts. What were they thinking? Did they believe this stuff? Were they, in some way, impressed at his deep insight into the workings of women’s nature, or just some out of work actresses willing to say anything in order to pay the bills? That makes the album sound nastier than it is. Despite its largely cynical attitude towards women, it does, in fact, have a kind of wayward charm to it. But does it work? Who knows, but if anyone out there feels like giving them a go, do drop us a line here on Planet L and let us know how it went.

This is one of my favourite records so I thought I’d take a bit of time and provide each set piece with its own musical background which, for the most part, works more or less well. Enjoy this insight into the 1970’s male mind and remember – it’s difficult to pull a girl in a clothing store looking like a bum.

Other tracks on tonight’s show include:

TAKAKO MINEKAWA      FANTASTIC CAT

Not someone you want to name-check with a mouthful of sushi, TAKAKO MINEKAWA was part of that wave of Jap Pop that introduced us to the sound of the future and in doing so reminded us that the future had already happened. Personally, I’m a big fan of that whole retro-kitsch vibe, and FANTASTIC CAT does sound like it was beamed in from another planet. It’s taken from her 1997 release, ROOMIC CUBE, an album of goofy keyboards, bells, whistles and off-kilter harmonies sung with a childlike sense of wonder.

ADVENTURES IN STEREO     UNDERGROUND SOUND

ADVENTURES IN STEREO were formed

by Jim Beattie, one of the founding members of PRIMAL SCREAM. It sounds faintly charming in these days of Acid Pro and Audacity editing software, but I remember being really excited that their first album was made entirely of tape loops that sampled heavily from girl groups in the 1950’s. In other words – right up my street here on Planet L (look out for the day-glo space-age pad on the right). UNDERGROUND SOUND is taken from their eponymous debut album, released in 1997.

SLEIGH BELLS     RUN THE HEART

Airy bright pop songs turned up to 11 until they threaten to implode into a storm of white noise. And then singer Alexis Kraus’s voice floats across the squall like a cool breeze preceding a storm. Taken from their 2010 debut album TREATS.

YOSHINORI SUNAHARA      2300 HAWAII

Did you try the shrimp dip? Would you like a mai tai’? Elegant, expansive beats from Japan’s YOSHINORI SUNAHARA, DJ, club programmer and purveyor of exotic grooves. TAKE OFF AND LANDING, from which this track is taken, released in 1998, was the second in a series of albums that deals with Sunahara’s fascination with air travel – in this case space flights out of Shinjuku Underground Airport. Retro-futuristic loveliness and a spaced out vibe.

HUGGY BEAR      HER JAZZ

I must have seen HUGGY BEAR six or seven times, but I was always more into the idea of them more than the music they actually made – but with this one incendiary single, released in 1993, they justified their whole existence. Check out You Tube for a blistering live performance on The Word – it nearly made me want to join their renegade girl-boy hyper-nation, and that doesn’t happen very much these days, I can tell you.

SCOTT WALKER     ON YOUR OWN AGAIN

In one minute and forty seconds SCOTT WALKER lays bare the pain and lies we tell ourselves in order to survive the loss of a broken relationship. Taken from his 1969 album, SCOTT 4, ON YOUR OWN AGAIN says everything there is to say about hope, loss and redemption on an album that deals with all these themes. On the back cover is a quote by Albert Camus: “A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.” The album, of course, sunk like a stone.

THE CARDIGANS     HAPPY MEAL 2

On which Nina Persson sings like a horny librarian preparing to seduce that boy who was popping round to borrow her well-thumbed first-edition copy of The Story Of O (this may just be my personal fantasy). I’m more of a fan of their knowingly retro-twee earlier albums, but FIRST BAND ON THE MOON, released in 1996, is joyous pop album of love gone wrong and Nina Persson has never sounded sexier.

THE REGENTS      7TEEN

This is what pop music sounded like in 1979.

ROBYN     DON’T FUCKING TELL ME WHAT TO DO

On the whole I can’t really be doing with ROBYN one way or the other, and I’m not entertaining many plans regarding listening to the rest of the album BODYTALK PT.1, from which this was taken, but I can’t deny that I do like this track so thought I’d play it anyway. That’s essentially what you do when you have your own radio show.

WIRE     OUTDOOR MINER

Post-punk loveliness from WIRE, their 1979 single OUTDOOR MINER features one of the most beautiful middle-eight piano solos you’re likely to come across.

KID KOALA     BAR HOPPER 1

Taken from his madly-inventive album CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME, released in 2000. I played Part 2 last week and enjoyed it so much I thought I’d include the start of the sequence here.

AUDREY HEPBURN/KID KOALA     MOON RIVER

You see, I’ve always loved AUDREY HEPBURN singing MOON RIVER and I’m happy to admit it – it remains a perfect pop moment, crystalline, pure, frozen in time – so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I came across this messed up version by KID KOALA, taken from his 2003 album LIVE AT THE KNITTING FACTORY. The two just had to go together.

And that was The Planet L Radio Show 2. Thank you for listening.

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