title / artist
Love On Your Side / Thompson Twins
Don’t You Want Me / The Human League
Der Kommissar / Falco
Take On Me / A-ha
88 Lines About 44 Women / The Nails
Masquerade / Berlin
What’s Your Name? (2006 Remaster) / Depeche Mode
Smalltown Boy / Bronski Beat
Down Under / Men At Work
Night People (Single Version) / The Human League
Heaven Help You Now / Paul Haig
No Ordinary Lover / China Crisis
A Little Respect / Erasure
Pop Muzik (’89 Remix) / Robin Scott
Change / Tears For Fears
Into The Groove / Madonna
Let The Music Play (Re-Recorded/Remastered) / Shannon
Cruel Summer (Remix 2000) / Bananarama
Offspring - Americana 03:13 03:13
Smashing Pumpkins - Doomsday Clock 03:42 06:55
First break 02:00 08:55
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name Of (Live) 05:03 13:58
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Red Eyes and Tears 04:00 17:58
Eagles of Death Metal - I'm Your Torpedo 05:12 23:10
Hole - Violet 03:25 26:35
Second Break 02:00 28:35
Joy Formidable - Greatest Light/Greatest Shade 05:19 33:54
Local H - Hands on the Bible 03:57 37:51
Veruca Salt - Shimmer Like A Girl 04:03 41:54
Third break 02:00 43:54
Mindless Self Indulgence - Never Wanted to Dance 03:08 47:02
Prodigy - Omen 03:36 50:38
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Smashing Pumpkins - Soma 06:39 57:17
Queens of the Stone Age - Song for the Deaf 06:42 63:59
Billy Talent - Cut The Curtains 03:49 67:48
Fourth break and start of wrap-up 02:00 69:48
Pack AD - Haunt You 03:36 73:24
Audioslave - Show Me How To Live 04:37 78:01
Led Zeppelin - Babe, I'm Gunna Leave You 06:42 84:43
The Black Keys - Next Girl
Beastie Boys - Here's a Little Somethin' For Ya
Nirvana - Territorial Pissings
Nine Inch Nails - All the Love in the World (Cut off)
title / artist
Dynamic Load / Jens Mueller
Techno Is Back / Nacim LaDJ
Jupiter Anomaly / Dj Baloo, Jose Baher
Just Breathe / Ruvick L
Damaged / Hell Driver
Homeless / Ben Dust
Identification / Volodia Rizak
Armageddon / Ferum, Gladyshev
111.1 / Pinion
Treshold (Pendulo Remix) / Pendulo, Rich Bennet
Mancubus / Teoss
Sokemaschine / Sutura
Rhythm’s A Drug / The DJ Producer
No Listen / Matt Green, Mr Madness
Falling Down / Core-Key
Willy Ley encountered this Mars story in a German translation, and, failing to find the English original (possibly hampered by looking for it under the title Beyond the Zodiac, but Percy Greg was apparently a well-known English author), considered that it might be actually German. The confusion was not helped by the fact that author Greg presents himself as translating a found manuscript. Sam Moskowitz considers it the genesis of the Mars romance so characteristic of the early period of modern science fiction.
Tales From SYL Ranch
Sunday, May 28, 20:00-22:00 UTC
The Old Fan’s Commentary On
Forbidden Planet is a somewhat different film in terms of a commentary. It’s arguably the best science fiction film of the 1950s.
The 1950s was in some ways similar to the 1980s. Following Star Wars, science fiction exploded in films. However, Sturgeon’s Law held, and 90% of it was crap. Most were consigned to the ashbins of VHS. Some have been re-released on DVD and Bluray for a niche market that likes terrible movies.
The 1950s were similar. The Atomic Age brought with it the idea there would soon be a massive breakthrough in power. They assumed that some day soon, your home or even your car would be nuclear-powered. This triggered an avalanche of science fiction films.
Sturgeon’s Law was as true then as today. 90% of it was crap. A lot of them haven’t survived at all. The ones that did seem incredibly primitive by today’s standards.
Forbidden Planet was one of only two or three stand-out films of the 1950s. This was in no small measure because it was produced by MGM.
At the time, MGM was among the premiere film companies in the world. It didn’t lend its name to half-baked projects. If MGM made a musical, it was a brilliant musical. If MGM made a western, it was a brilliant western.
MGM would never produce Plan 9 From Outer Space, nor giant insects, nor 50-foot-tall women. If MGM was going to lend its name to science fiction, it was going to be brilliant science fiction.
The result is Forbidden Planet. It was glorious. Cultural conceits and technical limitations aside, its ideas and plot still hold up today.
The special effects, while somewhat dated today, were landmark at the time. Even today, some hold up.
The science behind the technology of the film was extremely well thought-out. It looks somewhat dated today but even now it’s very well thought-out. Where it needed technobabble and Hand-Wavium, it was reasoned technobabble and Hand-Wavium.
As always, to set the stage:
This time you have to back farther than me. I first saw Forbidden Planet at the Rigel IV convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. The convention marked my entrance into Star Trek fandom. Until that time, I’d been an individual fan with a bare understanding that fandom existed somewhere. After Rigel V, I was in it for life.
However, I was born in 1965. Forbidden Planet was released in 1956, nine years before.
It was a different world, and one I can only imagine. My only exposure to American culture of the time were my parents’ occasional stories, fictional movies and TV shows, and my own observations on the changes in culture since my birth.
As near as I can determine, this was the world in 1956:
There was nothing that we think of as entertainment. There was television, radio, phonograph records, and personal pastimes (reading, involvement in local sports or organizations, etc).
The commercialization of television was just getting into full swing. Imagine the Internet in the late 1990s. No one but the fabulously wealthy could afford more than one TV. The picture was grainy, low-definition, analog broadcast. The vacuum cleaner could obliterate the picture, not to mention storms.
To receive TV signals, you needed an antenna (think of it as a low-tech satellite dish). By the time I was born, these antennas dotted the roof of every home and apartment complex. In 1956, one often used a much smaller, less effective interior portable antenna.
The picture still sucked.
There were only three networks (four if you were charitable and counted PBS — which no one did). They didn’t run 24-hour programming. It was typically only 6am – midnight.
TV was black-and-white. Commercialization of color wouldn’t come for another ten years.
There was one phone, a land-line to the house. Sound quality anywhere but in your local town or city was terrible. International calls were spotty at best — not to mention fantastically expensive.
Nothing we take for granted existed. Not even air conditioning had reached the average home. Indeed, air conditioning was a major selling points of movie theaters of the day.
(Ask my kids about the time we went to Blonde Ambition just to get away from the oppressive heat of July in the Upper Great Plains.)
Fashions were radically different for both men and women. Men wore suits and hats. Women wore dresses and rather complicated undergarments. Jeans were becoming acceptable on pre-adult males, but no one over the age of 18 would be found at a job without his suit and tie.
It was certainly a more prudish culture than we think of in 2017. Sex outside of marriage was actively discouraged even by other women. A skirt with a hemline above the knees marked a woman as a slut.
Men were expected to be bread-winners. If one relied on one’s wife for any source of income, a man was shamed by other men. Taking hand-outs from the government, or charity of any kind, was seen as a character flaw. Such a man was a bum, pure and simple.
Religion played a much larger role in American life. Where some 30% of Americans now identify as atheists, the number in 1956 was so low as to be statistically insignificant.
That’s the most I can tell you about the era. I wasn’t there. All I can rely on is history. To my knowledge, that’s what things were like in 1956.
If you’d like to follow along with the commentary, a DVD-quality stream will be available during the live show. After that, you’re on your own.
title / artist
Spanish Announcement Table / Arctic
Frequency (Aquasky Vs. Masterblaster) / Aquasky, Masterblaster
Shots On The Scene / Brent Kilner
Naked Truth (Feat. Powerdress) / DJ Q, PowerDress
Ways Of The Underground / Bob Citrus
Don’t Stop / Rico Tubbs, Bob Citrus
Landslide / Riko Dan, Champion
Boombox / Dirtyphonics
The Melody / Circa 92
Flavour / Skelecta
Lost Love / Gemmy
Damn It (Extended LP Version) / Horsepower Productions
Bound 4 Da Reload / Oxide And Neutrino, Casualty
I Don’t Smoke / Deekline
For The People / W1ZKID
Poison / Scott Garcia, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Shy Cookie
Love Harder / Kyla La Grange
title / artist
The Robots / Kraftwerk
Only You / Yaz
In The Heat Of The Night (Single Version) / Sandra
Just Can’t Get Enough / Depeche Mode
Confusion (Original 12-inch Version) (Remastered) / New Order
Way Out Of Living / Linear Movement
(I’ll Never Be) Maria Magdalena (Single Version) / Sandra
Self Control / Laura Branigan
I.O.U. / Freeez
Situation / Yaz
Play At Your Own Risk (12-inch Vocal Version) / Planet Patrol
Get Up / Treacherous Three