The story: gifts from Russian bodyguards. The theory: Apple as the Soviet Union.
Also mentioned in despatches:
- Guns N’ Roses (feat. Elton John) – November Rain (live at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards)
- Steve Jobs
- Nikita Khrushchev
- Tim Cook
- iOS 7
- Khrushchev’s secret speech, aka ‘On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences’
- Jony Ive
- Georgy Zhukov
- Gilligan’s Island
- Golden Horde
- Mongol Empire
- Der Untergang (Downfall)
- Downfall – Hitler’s rant (original)
The story: eating beans in New York. The theory: Axl Rose as the last king of France.
We also get around to talking about:
The theory: metal as art. The story: A trip to an AC/DC concert.
Things we mention:
The theory: email as theatre. The story: phone as temptation.
We talk about computers in this one. Sort of. Also discussed:
The story: rescuing teenagers from drowning. The theory: rescuing teenagers from themselves.
- David Harvey
- Ramones – ‘Ramona’
- Joseph Heller
- Joseph Heller: Catch-22
- Joseph Heller: Something Happened
- Mikhail Bakunin – ‘Revolutionary Catechism’ (1866). Point Q: “Children belong neither to their parents nor to society. They belong to themselves and to their own future liberty.”
- Alice Cooper – ‘I’m Eighteen’
- Van Halen – ‘Hot For Teacher’
- Finishing school
- Victorian morality
- Quote about youth, misattributed to Socrates: “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”
The theory: Marxist dancing zombies. The story: fashion in Burkina Faso.
The story: Keanu Reeves solving problems. The theory: the value of data. (Also, there’s an unintended lifting of a quote from Jeff Hammerbacher around the middle.)
A short one this time – our jetset lifestyles intervened. Sincerest apologies. Next time we’ll talk about computers for nine hours.
The theory: Pop stars not understanding things. The story: Roman emperors consolidating power.
The story: crossing borders in a van. The theory: crossing borders on MTV.
The story: Pete Escovedo on drums. The theory: Black Flag on posters.
- Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
- Joe Satriani
- Steve Vai blows on his guitar
- The Beat Goes On: Calendarium of Deceased Musicians
- Marc Ribot
- Pete Escovedo
- Sheila E.
- Prince – ‘Breakfast Can Wait’ (2013)
- The Shaggs
- My Disco – ‘German for Attention’ (2008)
- Black Flag
- Greg Ginn
- Black Flag Logo
- SST Records
The theory: Mick Jagger in space. The story: Brian Eno on the phone.
- Harvey Goldsmith – promoter of Live Aid
- David Bowie and Mick Jagger – ‘Dancing in the Street’ (1985)
- Chris Hadfield – ‘Space Oddity’ (performed on the International Space Station)
- Buzz Aldrin
- The Beatles – ‘She Loves You’ (live, 1963)
- Marina Abramović and Lady Gaga
- Marina Abramović – The Artist is Present
- Gang of Four
- Talking Heads
- Neil Young – ‘Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)’ (1979)
- Neil Young – ‘My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)’ (1979)
- Tim Wright (Pere Ubu/DNA bass player)
- No New York compilation
- Television – ‘Marquee Moon (demo)’ (1974)
- Brian Eno cameo in Father Ted