Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance Day

I  am  one  of  the  lucky  generation who  have not endured war. I have had many stances on the  topic but have the deepest respect for anyone who has served.

A great  book to  read on the  subject which  I have  revisited  this  year is  Dispatches by Michael  Herr.

Pete Townsend of  The Who  wrote  this tune  a few years back  about the fortunate group  who have  known  no  war.

I've known no war
And if I ever do I won't know for sure
Who'll be fighting whom
For the soldiers lonely tomb
Now it's over as soon as the referee's gun starts to roar
I'll know no war

Galbraith took his pen
To break down the men
Of the German army defeated
On the nineteenth day
Of a spring day in May
Albert Speer was deleted
And as soon as the battle was over
I was born in victorious clover
And I've never been shot at or gassed
Never tortured or stabbed
And I'm sure - I'll never know war

I know I'll never know war
And if I ever do
The glimpse will be short
Fireball in the sky
No front line battle cries
Can be heard as the button is pushed
By a soul that's been bought
I'll know no war

In and out of Queens shop
The medals are hocked
They belong to a long broken sailor
His profits are now
In the bars of the town
His songs and his poems of failure
For his grandchildren can't see the glory
And his own kids are bored with the story
But for him they'd have burned in the trenches
From the brink they were dragged
And I'm sure
I'll never know war

I've known no war
And if I ever do I won't know for sure
Who'll be fighting whom
For the soldiers lonely tomb
Now it's over as soon as the referee's gun starts to roar
I'll know no war

War - I've known no war
I'll never know war
And if I ever know it
The glimpse will be short
Fireball in the sky
No front line battle cries
Can be heard as the button is pushed by a soul that's been bought
And the armies remaining will judge without people or courts
And there's no point pretending that knowing will help us abort
I'll know no war

Monday, 28 October 2013

Goodbye Lou

Grammy winner Lou Reed was an exceptionally gifted singer, songwriter, and musician who has had a profound impact on rock music and our culture. Both his work with the Velvet Underground and his solo efforts are legendary, introducing avant-garde rock to the mainstream. His uniquely stripped down style of guitar playing and poetic lyrics have had a massive influence across many rock genres, including punk and alternative. We have lost a true visionary and creative leader, and his groundbreaking work will forever hold its rightful place in music history.

Like Jenny said when she was just bout' five years old
Hey you know there's nothin' happenin' at all
Not at all
Every time I put on the radio,
You know there's nothin' goin' down at all,
Not at all
But one fine mornin' she hears a New York station
She doesn't believe what she heard at all
Hey, not at all
She started dancin' to that fine fine music
You know her life was saved by rock 'n' roll
Yeah rock 'n' roll
Ooh, Despite all the computations
You know you could just dance to the rock 'n' roll station

Goodbye Lou you saved  my  life  with  rock 'n' roll  too!

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Farewell to the class of  2013.We leave you  with a selection  of  tracks from the greatest group of  the  last 100 years. We hope your journey beyond is as exciting as  the  last 6 years and you follow  your  dreams.

Let it Be from  3cscFM walking to class in  style!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Songs you must hear!


Ramblin’on my Mind

"Ramblin' On My Mind" is a blues song recorded on November 23, 1936 in San Antonio, Texas by legendary bluesman Robert Johnson


Click on the title  link to see Eric Clapton have a  go at it

Map picture

Clarksdale Mississippi…is  the  place  some  of this  may have gone  down. I’m guessing there is a train  out  of town!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

80s WEEK

This week  we  going  to  hit  you with  our  eighties  rhythm stick.

Not only did 80s pop music define who we were, but the music held the anthems of our daily lives. We woke up to “Manic Mondays” with the Bangles just to find ourselves “hangin tough” with the New Kids On The Block by the time Wednesday or Thursday rolled around. By the end of the week, it was "Friday, I'm in Love."  When the weekend came, Kylie had us doing the “Locomotive” and Debbie Gibson taught us that youth was electric.  The best way to revisit all the great pop music of the 80s is to re-watch the music videos of your favorite songs.  After all, MTV was a product of the early 80s - what better way to enjoy the fashions, dance moves and musical stylings of the decade's music?  We have a big collection of our favorite 80s music in our video section: watch 80s music videos here.
One Hit Wonders of 80s Pop
As with any decade of pop music, the 80s had its share of both pop icons and one hit wonders.  The king and queen of the 80s pop music prom would certainly be Michael Jackson and Madonna.  But, there is a lot to 80s pop music beyond the Material Girl and the Kind of Pop.  Some notable one hit pop wonders include Dexys Midnight Runners with "Come on Eileen," Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok," and Timbuk 3's "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," and our personal favorite Men Without Hats' "Safety Dance."  What was your favorite one hit wonder of the 80s?  Tell on us Facebook.
Hair Metal
No rundown of 80s pop music would be complete without mentioning the hair metal mega-bands of the late 1980s. From Poison and Def Leppard to Guns n Roses and Bon Jovi, these bands topped the pop charts in the second half of the decade.  Bon Jovi was the first to hit the #1 Billboard spot in November of 1986 with "You Give Love a Bad Name."  1987 saw two number ones from hair metal bands, Bon Jovi again with "Livin' on a Prayer" and then Whitesnake with "Here I Go Again" later in the year.  1988 would be the apogee of heavy metal's penetration into the pop charts with number one songs by Cheap Trick, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Poison

Thursday, 29 August 2013

In Bob We Trust

Seems  like  I trust  people  with  name  BOB

In Bob We Trust - Exclusive

Former student  Lora Mae Adrao worked on this fantastic  documentary. I'll be  plugging it  here   because it is a great work and  deserves  your attention. Check the trailer.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

New Self Portrait....Bob Dylan returns with a new Bootleg

The Bootleg series  is  back. New (old)  Dylan out this week. Some  tracks will  sneak  out  on the  airwaves. Be ready!

Although Bob Dylan’s 10th studio album, Self Portrait, was panned by critics and fans upon its release in 1970, the hodgepodge of songs that Dylan put together for the double album did well on the charts (reaching No. 1 on the U.K. album charts and No. 4 in the U.S.), even if its primary purpose was to turn Dylan fans off, as the legendary singer-songwriter has admitted. Dylan has also said that he painted the original album’s cover art in mere minutes (it looks like he put in a little more time for this new release’s cover art) and hoped that the album, in addition to him eschewing the Woodstock Festival for England’s Isle of Wight (Aug. 31, 1969) music festival — during which he performed with the Band — would keep him out of the spotlight. However, one of the reasons why the album sold so well was because Dylan’s die-hard legion of fans were aching for a new album following Dylan’s 1966 motorcycle crash; the spooky, yet short, John Wesley Harding album that followed, and 1969’s country-flavoured Nashville Skyline

If  you want more info follow  this link!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013


There was  no finer singer  in the seventies than  Linda. Sad news in is that she can't sing again. She  has  Parkinson's Disease. She  put out some great recordings in her time. I will always remember the  concert I attended in 1979 at the MCG. Roller skates were  in. We are going to play a few of  her songs over the  next week or two.I'm sure  you will like what you hear.

Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good

Monday, 26 August 2013


Rivers flow downhill with their power derived from gravity. The direction can involve all directions of the compass and can be a complex meandering path

The  use  of  the  river as a literary device is  popular among  writers.

This week our collection of  music studies the path of  a river through the  eyes of the musician.  Let us know what  your favourite river is at:

Monday, 19 August 2013

Reggae Week

Walk to class to the  fabulous  sounds  of the West Indies region.

Reggae is played in 4/4 time because the symmetrical rhythmic pattern does not lend itself to other time signatures such as 3/4 time. One of the most easily recognizable elements is offbeat rhythms; staccato chords played by a guitar or piano (or both) on the offbeats of the measure, often referred to as the skank.
This rhythmic pattern accents the second and fourth beats in each bar and combines with the drum's emphasis on beat three to create a unique sense of phrasing. The reggae offbeat can be counted so that it falls between each count as an "and" (example: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and etc.) or counted as a half-time feel at twice the tempo so it falls on beats 2 and 4. This is in contrast to the way most other popular genres focus on beat one, the "downbeat".[

Our featured  artist will  be  Garland Jeffreys who  fuses  reggae with  soul and  blues. Enjoy

Sunday, 24 February 2013

He  has been  married seven times but is responsible for some great early rock n roll moments.  I'm  going to  play  some  of  his killer songs  from the 50's this week.