That is no less than 8 apostrophes in that sentence.
We're getting absolutely no speech yesterday and today, the jingles are still going that tell us 'across the UK, you're listening to Co-Operative radio, with Dan and Lindsay/Gary Wilson' (delete as appropriate) but no recorded contributions from Dan, Lindsay, Lucy or Gary telling us of useful/essential in-store offers and health eating tips - along with not-so-useful trivia that they erroneously believe to be news, such as David Beckham going for a wee or something. The station is computerised and all the announcements are pre-recorded, so I don't get why they've banished Britain's favourite humanoids for the duration?
A lovely fitting tribute to George Michael today on Co-Op Radio, we had 'Faith', well some daft R&B cover of it anyway. And the Bee Gees' 'Jive Talkin'' from 1975, which Mr.Michael sang on as part of Boogie Box High twelve years later and post-Wham! Mood have managed to wangle themselves a bargain price on some of the Gibbs' back catalogue, which is why we're getting 'Tragedy' almost every day. Look for the positive buoyances floating in the sea of negativity. I'm sure George would have done the same. RIP GM.
Poor GM: the vultures are picking the carcass despite him being such a good person.
Talking of pun and games, we had a three minute pap song by a group calling themselves....wait for it....The Alphabeat. What a brilliant piece of wordplay that is!
We also had 'American Boy' by British singer/rapper Estelle but without the best bit (''YOOOOO-KAAAAY, Ribena, I know what you're drinking'' as rapped by James Corden and Sheridan Smith in an episode of Gavin and Stacey). Mood have a habit of playing heavily abridged versions of pop songs, even cut radio edits. They do it with Two Tribes/Frankie, but for me it's like going for half a wee instead of a complete one. There is no entertainment value in half a song.
And then...the pimple on the proverbial nose, Robbie Williams re-working of a nursery rhyme about the Great Plague...as soon as I heard this, I concluded that as far as popular music goes, Jim Morrison has it right on the head:
So reminds me of Ed Stewart on Junior Choice does that song.
Back on topic, R&B has to be the cheapest genre of music in the world along with simply banging spoons together. So no surprise that Mood want to bore us with this. Must be love or perhaps mediocrity on the Brian, make whatever you wish of it:
UPDATE I had overlooked Mike Smith, former R1 breakfast show presenter.
Unless of course the song was recorded by an Elvis impersonator, saving Mood a few bucks in royalty payments to his estate in Tennessee.
Sir Paul McCartney twice in four hours today, case in point.
You know what, I don't think that I should even continue to refer to it as Co-Operative Radio as it is non representative of the great human organisation with a wonderful history, ethical remit and top rated non-alcoholic prosecco to die for that we are. Mood Media are responsible for the chav rubbish that they have made it, they are not needed to provide in store product information as Co-op Group are more than capable of doing that without paying Mood to do it for them.
Production libraries such as KPM and Bruton Music provide a repertoire of ambient tracks that could go in between the adverts without trying to 'be' Heart Attack FM 100.7. Or better still, periods of silence in deserved with adverts, straight out of nowhere.
Until that day, I shall continue to scoff and mock the dreadful non-popular pop music that is drip fed us. Like the one by the cheapskate American outfit Orton that goes 'well there ain't no barney like the barney goin' on in my house', currently on max level play.
We had a really wonderful piece of aural art today that went 'should I give up, or should I just keep chasing payments' whilst I was mopping out the bakery. The Lament of the Lonely Catchpole.
I've already touched upon Robbie Williams running out of ideas so much so that he feels the need to revive an old British nursery rhyme in order to raise the capital to pay for his new fast car which is capable of breaking the UK speed limit over twice.
One of the McCartney tracks featured at work was.....Bad Penny Blues by Humph.
However, I must say I miss Charlemagne. Or Kayleigh Jane.
But we had a cracker today, Daryl and John 'Kiss On My List'. They can play all the Hall and Oates that their central processor desires.
Leanne Pillock is her name and she is a mere cog in a scam to make lots and lots of money for Mr.Simon Cowell so he can buy himself another house, car, annuity etc.etc.Gill the Piano wrote:To my shame, one of that lot comes from High Wycombe!
It's blindingly obvious that what Mood Media give us is a natural depressant and is about as good for our health and well being (not to mention our intelligence) as excessive amounts of alcohol and narcotics. And there we have the medical evidence!
And who is bl00dy Adele? Lucy Lobotomy seemed so full of enthusiasm for her private life as if it really mattered as much as how Theresa May will deliver Brexit or Donald Trump will administer the most powerful country on earth when he assumes it's Presidency?
On the positive side, we had a bit of Chicory Tip, who put Maidstone on the international map for a week or so in 1972!
As was Bill Withers, the more I listen to his stuff, the more I like him, we had two from him in as many hours.
We also had Small Town Boy by Bronski Beat on the 10am 'Retro Years' ('Making the UK feel extremely old') and a rap based upon Just Be Good To Me by the SOS Band (it wasn't Dub Be Good To Me by Beats International from 89) along with the usual repetitive garb. The Little Mix song was the first one I heard when I started at 0630 this morning, quite a big step from the solo cello work I was listening to on Radio 3 whilst driving in.
I mean, you know EXACTLY what is coming next with pop music. There are no surprises whatsoever. Anybody (including myself) can sing along with it, but hey, what else can you do!
I'm beginning to think that (anti rock-and-roll jazz musician) Benny Green had a very valid reasoning scheme in his criticisms of the genre. And today, Prince twice in 5 hours, U Got The Look and some other cacaphonous tripe.
Talking of Donald Trump.......my heart almost skipped a beat when Dan and Lindsay mentioned that there has indeed been some momentous goings on politically in America....my ears perked up, at last, a genuine topical discussion on something that affects the whole wide world, you'd think Dan would be the liberal and Lindsay the conservative.
Stupid me. They were more interested in informing us of something that we did not wish to hear......a trivial fantasy of the surviving ex-Presidents playing a game of tenpin bowling in the bowling alley in the Trump Presidential Residence and Luxury Hotel in Trumpsville, DC. Now when I wore a younger man's cravat, I was given an essential piece of advice, that is don't talk about something you know nothing about, and offer an opinion on something you've tried or done rather than simply read about. I rather suspect the Mood Lobotomy Twins can take this advice on board, somehow.
They tried to direct the ongoing Southern Rail dispute earlier this week.....ACAS indisposed?
To explain. Being a miserable little (censored) is one thing. Amassing a huge amount of private capital and a business empire from being a miserable little (censored) is something else. Mr. Stephen Patrick Morrissey, I mean you.
I do not wish to hear There is A Light That Never Goes Out first thing in the morning at 6.35am when all I can think about is bed. Fortunately sanity came to the rescue in the former of 'Morning' from the first Peer Gynt suite on the car radio which was ringing in my ears not to allow the Smiths to spoil things.
Lindsay let on her age today, she is 42. About time she thought of applying for a job on Radio 2.
Number 1. More unsigned artists.
Here's one of the fifty tunes on the Mood robot that I always thought was done by Belinda Carlisle:
That's four tracks (minus the Petula one) I can remember without having to use Discogs:
https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Wor ... se/3674626
For me it was the only time when I was at home that we'd listen on the radiogram. It was always get the housework done all ready to plug in and get the valve warmed up for 12.00 and With A Song In My Heart. By then, the Light Programme had already been abolished, and Family Favourites went out on 1500 metres long wave and VHF only (our radiogram didn't have VHF) whilst Jimmy Savile's old record show was on Radio 1 (247 metres medium wave).
My boss questioned me today as to why I had not heard of Bruno Mars (a chav pop celebrity being). I quick wittedly replied I had heard of Bruno Uranus.
'Ive discovered we get the same announcement from Dan and Lindsay at 10.35am as we do at 7am. One step nearer to understanding how Mood Media work.