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The following is the story of how Cork-resident DJ and producer T-Woc assembled his mixtape Little Woccie – Computerized, a tribute to ’80s radio, streaming above in two sides of virtual C90.

Released last January it flew waaaay under people’s radars considering the hassle he went to, so here’s the story in full…

Facebook just reminded me that this is a year old, so thought I should mention, as quite a few people I realize didn’t twig it, that there was no Little Woccie show on Capitol Radio in 198?.

I made this tape around last December. I wanted to do a digital mix tape for a while, but can’t really compete tune wise with heads like Copenhagen’s Firehouse crew, Deadlydragon et al… and was listening to lots of old radio cassette rips at the time, so thought I’d make a tribute to the ’80s taped-off-the-radio vibe, computerized riddim heat, crappy but addictive ’80s ads I grew up with, and squeeze in some giggles along the way.

Took me fucking ages, months actually. Tracking down those extra few 7″s that had to be on it, mixing the set down onto a reel to reel, trawling through hours of ’80s Youtube commercials and radio mixtapes, mastering record-pause dubbing on a cassette player, and finding nice radio hiss on Johnny Tasty’s little sister’s Hello Kitty radio.

Unfortunately the amount of work going into something doesn’t always equal popularity and it kinda flopped. I think maybe some of the in-gags are a bit obscure but fuck it, was a vibe putting it together.

He then proceeds to address the fictional backstory of the mixtape…

Little Woccie was supposedly on Capital in 198?, even if it was 1989 that would probably have made me the youngest radio DJ in history at 14.

I got the slot through my uncle ‘Ulich Wood’. My man who taped the show ‘Easy’ never lived in Cockfosters, but he was born on the exact same day as me in 1977, which is how long Steelie & Cleevie say they’ve been working together since in the documentary before my show.

…before issuing a guide to the retro glories thereon. Grab a tay.

There is also a clip of the weather (“this summer is going to be a scorcha!”), John Peel mentions later in the tape he is looking forward to his Festive Fifty Christmas show.

In the first ad segment (before the machines took over), the (popular footwork brand) Clarks commercial talks about treating the kids right, which runs straight into Mystic’s Youth Get Tricked.

Shortly after, the radio loses reception, and tunes into a Tom Baker Doctor Who radio show which is actually a TV commercial from 1980 for the short lived Prime Computers company, the sound effects from this turn up all over the rest of the tape.

Stone cold classic Scotch Videocassette commercial is also a TV commercial (you might remember Archie the Skeleton – rerecord don’t fade away), took me ages to get the fade away to distort each run.

Melle Mel sting for Mike Allen show, Mike Allen had just passed away when I made this, well worth tracking down the rips of his early hip hop and electro show on Capital called the Mike Allen show. RIP.

The radio loses reception and ends up on another channel with Tim Westwood, pretty sure Westwood was on Capital for the whole of the 80s (and back there today, cheesy as ever).

Kaos pad’s distinctive filter is pretty evident on the mix, the FX box wasn’t invented till 1999. We get the results from Wembley, Alan Partridge’s favourite Norwich City doing well. Steely & Cleevie from the TV doc again run the workings of the DMX drum machine, coincidentally over one of their own killer DMX cuts, Carl Meeks’ Danger.

Back to back 80s commercial killers ‘Allo Tosh got a Toshiba’ and the ‘Ariston and on and on’, neither were radio ads. Dunno why I didn’t put the Pato Banton version of ‘Allo Tosh’ on. Fail. A lot of the other ads such as for Casio, Commodore are TV ads as well, we got the UK’s TV growing up (S4C!) but not really its radio.

We lose reception again and treated to the Cars – Who’s Gonna Drive You Home, swiftly followed by The Dollar Van Man… Which as some keen spotter on Blood and Fire pointed out wasn’t released till 1997.

Cheesy wine ad which alludes to infidelity (‘is it because it is someone else’s wife?’), couple trickster jams after this.

And on and on and on.

I actually submitted this as a sound design project to get into my masters in college in the end so wasn’t a total flop, as I got it.

Tales of hard work and meticulous care like this abound all over the Irish music scene, regardless of genre. This is just one of them.

T-Woc

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Concern’s Tadhg O’Sullivan with 5 litres of water, the daily allowance for over one billion people

Kevin Jenkinson writes:

If you happen to see people carrying large containers of water around with them over the next few months, chances are they are taking part in a new contest launched today by aid agency Concern called ‘World Champions’.

One of several “missions” that teams will be given includes having to spend a day hauling around up to 5 litres of water that they must use for all their needs, such as cooking, cleaning and drinking.

Points are won and put on a leader board here and teams also win points by posting updates of their challenges online and by fundraising.

There is also a challenge called ‘survive on five’ that involves individual team members each having to live on €5 worth of food over five days.

This mission will see teams getting a glimpse of a reality that is faced by over one billion people around the world currently trying to survive on less than €1 a day.

The team with the most points by April 30 and who raise a minimum of €3,000 will win a trip to one of the 27 countries where Concern works this summer when they will meet some of the people living in extreme poverty, who are benefitting from the donations the aid agency receives from the public.

Registrations can be made by emailing worldchampions@concern.net.

Concern World Champions (Concern)

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Gulp.

Frank O Dea writes:

Spotted this for sale in a supermarket in Reykjavik, Iceland last week. Anyone planning a visit there in late January to mid February might (or might not) like to check out the Viking Midwinter Feast where lots of the locals take to eating lambs head jelly, singed sheep’s head, fermented shark, rams testicles and other such things. Yuk!

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Former director of lending at Anglo Irish Bank Pat Whelan

RTÉ reports:

Former director of lending at Anglo Irish Bank Pat Whelan has been fined €3,000 for failing to maintain a register detailing an €8m loan to another former director of the bank.

Willie McAteer, Anglo’s former head of finance, has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining a loan for more than €8m from the bank on 29 September 2008. He will be sentenced next Monday.

… Lawyers for Whelan said it would not normally be his role to maintain such a register but the legislation imposes an obligation on all directors aware of such loans to see that it is done.

The maximum penalty for the offence of failing to maintain a register of loans to directors is almost €13,000.

… Whelan has a previous conviction for giving unlawful loans to ten developers to buy shares in Anglo.

He was sentenced to 240 hours of community service after that trial.

Former Anglo Irish Bank director Whelan fined €3,000 (RTE)

Previously: Gone In 120 Seconds

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