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Click on the link here for Audio Player: The News With Don Hollenbeck – CBS Radio – July 16, 1951 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Your typical July day in 1951. The U.S. was trying to find a way to get on Spain’s Generalissimo Franco‘s good side, much to the displeasure of Britain and France. Seems we really needed some bases over there and Franco’s military was hopelessly outdated. And we had all these weapons lying around . . . . . .
Meanwhile, the ceasefire negotiations were continuing in Korea with more being read into facial expressions than actual words. And further over to the Middle-East; Martial Law had been declared after rioting had broken out in Tehran and other cities in Iran. This hot on the heels of the presence of Averill Harriman, President Truman‘s envoy, to begin negotiations over the oil dispute. In essence, Iran, under the newly elected leadership of Mossadegh, decided to nationalize oil production, dissolving the tenuous relationship between Tehran and London. The “riots” which ensued were supposedly between “Nationalists and Communists” and were threatening to spread to the major oil refineries around the Persian Gulf. The result was Harriman suspending talks until the fracas settled down.
In Brussels, King Leopold III of Belgium abdicated the throne and turned it over to his 20 year old son Boudouin. Boudouin would figure prominently in the goings-on in The Congo a little less than a decade later. But for now, he was settling in to the new job. In Italy, Premier De Gasperi quit after 5 years and his cabinet went with him. The shakeup prompted calls for early elections.
The floods in Kansas prompted increased relief funding as the disaster continued working its way south and waters were finally receding in Kansas City. Estimates on final damage costs from the floods ranged upwards to $3/4 billion (in 1951 dollars).
On Capitol Hill, the subject was Beef prices and debate back and forth on whether or not to roll back. It was also learned that President Truman promptly fired, and without giving reason, the IRS Director of Boston and the DOJ was advised to investigate. Speculation over news of irregularities in various IRS offices throughout the U.S. prompted the action. More would be revealed.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Wire in Session for John Peel – BBC – January 18, 1978
One of those bands who made a lasting impression on me during the halcyon days of the late 1970s. Wire had an uncanny knack of forcing your attention on them and leaving you feeling like you actually heard something relevant when they finished. And they only managed to grow over the years. Still, their masterpiece has always been Wire 154. But their early material was what got my interest.
Tonight’s post is from the first of a series of sessions Wire did for John Peel at The BBC. This one is from January 18, 1978 (broadcast on January 31st).
These four tracks give some idea of why they were different and several cuts above most bands of the period.
Wire – John Peel Session: January 18, 1978
1. Practice Makes Perfect
2. I Am The Fly
3. Culture Vultures
4. 106 Beats That
Luckily for everyone, the band is still together, gigging and recording. They’ve lost none of their edge.
And that’s worth a big sigh of relief.