Bill And Ted’s Excellent Musical Adventure – Glenn Carter and Dean Collinson

There’s a Bill and Ted musical, and here’s the hyperlink you need to click to see it.

This seems to be legal. Judging by an interview with the writer, this is a situation where the rights are contested by multiple parties. The creator seems okay with it, judging by his interview, and that’s good enough for me.

Also check out the interview with the man who played the rapping Grim Reaper. He gives the same sort of slightly-sarcastic answers that I would, but there’s some sincerity there as well.

As for the songs themselves, I’m quite fond of Sigmund Freud’s anthem Relax.


Amateurs On Plastic: A Tribute to Teenbeat Records – Various Artists

Like all albums I’ve discussed on this blog, Amateurs On Plastic is legally and freely available online. It’s a tribute to Teenbeat Records, which appears to be boutique record label for amateur songs recorded on cassette tapes, founded in 1985.

My favourite song on the album is ‘Buried Treasure’. It begins slow, builds to a climax, slow again, and then there’s another climax. Perfect for those who have recently achieved emotional closure, or remain in deep denial. ‘Safety In Numbers’ is another highlight.

If you’re looking for variety and sincerity, listen to Amateurs On Plastic.

Obscure No. 5 – John Cage and Jan Steele

Take the fast train to Lullaby Mountain with Jan Steele and John Cage in this 1976 album freely and legally available from Ubuweb. John Cage is a famous guy, I think he wrote four minutes of silence, but I don’t know that much about him. Some lyrics from the album come from James Joyce and e e cummings poems.

Hard truth time: I’m not certain that I’ve listened to this album all the way through. The first song almost puts me to sleep, and ‘Forever And Sunsmell’ has a similar effect. If I ever needed to sneak past a three-headed dog to steal the philosopher’s stone, my plan to do so would involve three sets of earphones, a complicated triple-adapting-headphone jack, and an Ipod containing nothing but this album. I’m confident enough in my abilities to believe that such a plan would work.

If you’re looking for something ‘unusual’, something a bit ‘quirky’, a tad ‘high brow’, why not give this album a spin?

Rigas Disco – Yaputhma Sound System

Of all the albums I’ve legally downloaded from the Internet Archive, Rigas Disco is the hardest to pigeonhole. The blurb at Archive uses the phrase ‘trance-space-rave-rock-post-everything’, and I can definitely see an element of rave. KLF was rave, and Yaputhma Sound system have a similar style, minus the rapping and Illuminatus references.

The first song, ‘U Got Style (Free Me)’, sounds weird enough to be the opening song for an anime. Probably some kind of weirdo space opera with mystic undertones. It has a trumpet in it, even.

‘I Wish You Could C (now)’ would not be out of place on the Triple M Playlist.

’60 60 Yello Screen’ is, in fact, a cover of an old Italodisco song. It’s a great tune in its own right.

My verdict is, download Rigas Disco and give it a try.

Tintin in the Congo – Herge

250px-The_Adventures_of_Tintin_-_02_-_Tintin_in_the_CongoTintin in the Congo is the infamous racist Tintin adventure, and I’m glad to say to any Tintin fans reading that they can skip this one without missing anything important.

The plot is haphazard, cartoonish, and even a bit surreal, with Tintin being able to talk to Snowy and defeat a leopard by feeding it a sponge. These early Tintin adventures really remind me of Popeye cartoons.

I wasn’t expecting much from this volume, mainly reading it so that I could look particularly smug next time I find myself in a tedious conversation about censorship and art. You wouldn’t lose all that much by banning the book.

If you really want a laugh, you should look up the Wikipedia page for a Tintin book. Each one has a critical analysis section, and it’s inhabited by people who take Tintin way too seriously.

Tintin and the Picaros


So this is the last complete Tintin book. This time, the enigma returns to a familiar South American country to help a guerrilla leader overthrow the current government, using an alcoholism cure and a carnivale parade. I’m currently thinking that Tintin had CIA connections.

Tintin and the Picaros didn’t really work for me, for the reasons that Tintin in general doesn’t work for me. Who is the main character? Does he have parents? Where did he come from? Until those answers are given the whole thing seems unsatisfactory.

I like Captain Haddock, though.