Friday, December 30, 2011

The music of the Unknown Artist

I found this reel of tape today while clearing up at home. God knows what it is. I don't have any means of listening to it and I'm not madly curious either. Half an hour later I was listening to The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (3cd Box) and I noted that one track on the third disc is credited to "unknown female".

There are only two generalisations about the sexes that hold good. When called upon to describe an item of clothing they once wore, women will always draw it on their body. When asked for their response to a piece of music, men will only tell you what they think once they know who it's by.

All minority evening radio works on this latter principle. Genre first, artist second, actual emotional response a distant third. It wonder if any radio station could find room for a programme which just played records based on what they sounded like and talked about them based on the things you could hear in them. Stupid question.


  1. There is a radio programme close to the one you describe wanting to hear - Lat Junction

  2. Sorry - 'Late Junction' on the BBC

  3. Try Radio Podrophenia, Tuesday evenings live from 9. The download version can be bagged here

  4. Have you ever tried giving someone* a mix tape without a track listing? They don't like it Mr. Mainwaring.

    * However, as David alluded to in his piece, the female of the species probably wouldn't bat an eyelid.

  5. Funnily enough, John, a chyn sent me exactly that. 90% all new to me, and nothing wrong with that, but I just wanted to know who it was so I could look up more music by whoever it was.