Doing Punk one brainier.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Elvis Costello and The Attractions -Live At Hope and Anchor – 1980 – BBC 6 Music
This might kick off a return to 80s week, but I’m not sure yet.
When I first heard Elvis Costello it was when Watching The Detectives was just released. It was different than anything else going on at the time. The 70s were a real roller-coaster as far as music went. And by the end of the decade things were still in the process of shaking out and refining.
Elvis Costello was, to me, the next logical step in what would eventually be considered New Wave. Well crafted songs with socially relevant lyrics, a new Elvis Costello album or single was always an event which required a sit-down and serious listen. It was music to dance to, sure. But more than that, an Elvis Costello song had a lot more going for it than the beat and the riffs. There was the potent message to consider. And that was why so much of his early material made such an indelible impression on fans – it was music that demanded to be listened to, not at.
And in 1980 Elvis Costello was still in the evolution stage and his appearance in this 1980 broadcast from The Hope and Anchor Pub in London gives some idea of his huge early-on popularity with fans.
Recorded by the venerable BBC and broadcast over BBC6 Music, here is a 25 minute extended excerpt of what was a much longer concert.
But the sentiment and the craft is still very much there.
Maybe we should stick around the 80s this week . . . could be fun.
Not that too far removed from fact in 1963.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Status Of American Women – NBC Special Report – Oct. 10, 1963 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
With the Civil Rights Movement hitting a pivotal point in 1963, it’s also important to remember the question of Equal Rights for Women and Gender Equality were being talked about too.
Though not as vocal (at first) as the former, it nonetheless brought to attention that individual rights and a simple matter of equality extended beyond a matter of race, it also extended between male and female.
A few years off from the now-famous Women’s Day of 1970, in 1963 the question started to be raised as to why Women were not equally paid for equal work to Men? Why was there sex discrimination in the work place? Women weren’t allowed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange?
Those, and a lot of other questions started bubbling to the surface in 1963. So in October, NBC Radio as part of their Special Report series, ran a documentary/discussion called The Status Of American Women and posed those questions and got a surprising number of answers.
Here is that 45 minute documentary as it aired on October 15, 1963.
Just in case you thought everything changed with the snapping of fingers.
Begin-Sadat – God knows, they tried.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – The World This Week + CBS Hourly News – September 9, 1979 – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Another week of alarm, anticipation and memorials. This one from 1979.
The week that ended on September 9th in 1979 had much to do with a potential crisis brewing over, again, Cuba. Reports surfaced that as many as two brigades of Russian troops were stationed on the island, and it brought up visions of 1962, sending alarm signals all through Capitol Hill. But on further study it wasn’t quite clear as to whether the troops had been there for weeks, months or years. But the fact that they were there at all was grounds for deep concern and scrambles for diplomatic explanations and Cold War table thumping.
In another part of the world – the Middle East, talks between Israel’s Menachem Begin and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat were looking hopeful. Not that anyone was letting out the proverbial sigh of relief anytime soon. But it was enough to give a certain pause in the endless stress.
And memorial tributes were still coming in as Lord Mountbatten was finally laid to rest. Mountbatten, a colorful figure and a favorite among the Royal Family in Britain, had been the victim of an IRA bombing two weeks earlier. The shockwaves reverberated all over the UK. The decades long struggle over Northern Ireland once again came front and center.
And that was just a little of what went on this particular September 9th in 1979, as reported over the CBS Radio Network’s World This Week and The CBS Radio Hourly News.
If you’re reading this and were around at the time, you survived.