Archive for October, 2012

Book Alert and Stuff for Homies.

October 27, 2012

Having given the servants their instructions for the day, and being in a scribble, scribble scribble Mr Gibbons frame of mind, I was going to discuss my three favourite biographies on American roots musicians (Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lee Hooker and The Band) before realising I have a far more important task closer to home here in tubbyland.

The tome in question is Sophisto-punk:The Story of Mark Opitz and Oz Rock by Luke Wallis and Mark Opitz Random House Australia to be released 1.11.2012.
Amazon link HERE.
As my triple autographed FEDEX’d copy is still in the mail, I refer the Reader to net references outlining Mark’s production oeuvre from the mid-70s to the 90s. Wicki HERE, a two part interview containing some favourite clips HERE, and importantly, his website HERE which provides an excellent overview of his massive production list, both here in tubbyland, the States and more recently Turkey and France.

Chances are that if you were on the weekend tear, Mark provided the sonic rock values and anthems that assisted you in your excesses, be it listening to an LP, the radio or getting wrecked in a live venue. “Whether it’s his career-shaping work with The Angels and Cold Chisel or his general dream run in the 1980s (INXS, Divinyls, Models, Australian Crawl, etc.), Mark Opitz is one of the most iconic producers Australia has given the world”, gushed one interviewer.

Kenmore Kids: Mark, KT and Greg: included in the book I believe

Back Porch Majority. Thnx to Andrew Ainsworth:primitifsounds.wordpress.com

The Light at the Red Orb: Thnx to Andrew Ainsworth.


Thanks to Malcolm Enright: en.wordpress.com

Eat your heart out Mr Duncan, No 14, Mark No 15.

Max Merrit with Stewie looking angelic

Again with Yuk Harrison this time


Time for an appropriate musical break.

What the hell. Some Otis.

Crikey, I never knew the Purple Hearts did a version of Louie Louie.

And where would the world have been without Mick Hadley and The Coloured Balls. Very detailed info HERE and Mick’s web site page HERE.

Bright Lights, Big City

Last of the Trams: April 1969: A fucking riot if I recall.

Regent Theatre


The Eldorado Theatre

Flea pit par excellence The Alhambra: Three great flics and all the intoxicants one could consume


Now for a noisy break. Getting To Know. Billy Thorpe at his best.

“We’re the GTK film crew. Let us in. Bernie sent us”.

Just got reminded.

This town is not big enough for both of us, punk.


Rock’ n Roll George


Four decades on the road. Now National Heritage Class 1


The professional classes at play 1974.

With your host at 8.07 – 8.08.

Finally, back to an earlier age.

This is tiring. Time for a Bex, a cup of tea and a good lie down.

Footnote. I was wondering why Mick Hadley’s site was inoperative. A bit of research and I’m sad to report that Mick Hadley passed away peacefully on 12 October 2012. RIP and thanks for all the great Foco/Open Door memories.

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Mali and Radio Wassoulou International

October 19, 2012

In 1994 Ry Cooder (guitarist/producer)and Ali Farke Toure (guitarist/singer) collaborated on Talking Timbuktu, a bridge which highlighted the spinal connection between the Malian and Deep South Blues traditions. I don’t have sales figures at hand, but they would have been considerable by any standard.

If you are unfamiliar with this LP, Derek Rath provides the perfect abstract in the Amazon link above, and which I recommend. And if you share an interest in both traditions, you would be aware that Charles Shaar Murray recently published his 600 plus paged tome Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century 2011 Cannogate.

All three have provided perfect sonic landscapes for those weekends when one invited friends around for an evening of relaxation and conversation. This involved a strict process. Build a serious gin and tonic, get reasonably well smoked and then go to work in the kitchen preparing an industrial-sized roast dinner. You know what I’m writing about. Perfect gravy over Waygu beef. About six types of veg. Crisp golden roast potatoes. Carrots roasted for sweetness rather than steamed. Cheese and mustard sauce on the cauliflower. Somebody else does the dishes.

And yes, that was a Kora which was discussed in a previous post. (Cloud: Mali centre of the musical world.)

Sadly, Ali Farke Toure passed away in 2006. Or, perhaps not so sadly, since where he was borne, Tombouctou is now contested by strict sharia Islamicists, The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad a heavily armed Taureg homeland movement, plus a few other militant groupings.

Judging by BBC reports last night, soon or later military forces will be sent north of Bamako to reimpose French colonial borders. Now, while I welcome any intervention which sends the Islamicists to their mythical Paradise of Multiple Virgins, unfortunately it will be the Taureg who will suffer. Western media has ignored a lot of dirty dealings in that part of the world involving US secret forces (looking for alternative energy sources as you would guess) and double dealings by the shadowy Algerian secret services.

Here I recommend anything written by Jeremy Keenan in Al Jazeera or other google links on his book Dark Sahara. Its an extremely complex story to put it mildly. And when you add land degradation in an already-incredibly harsh environment, combined with social marginalisation by the Bamako government, you just know that the Tuareg are going to get demonised in western media and then screwed by military force.

However, today our enthnographic travels take us south of this troubled zone to the Wassoulou river valley which straddles south Mali, north east Guinea and north Cote d’Iviore, one of the birth places of Blues music. And does this place punch above its weight in the Cultural Music department.

Niger River Basin

Unlike the griot or jeli tradition in Malian music culture defined thus:

A griot ( /ˈɡri.oʊ/; French pronunciation: [ɡʁi.o]) or jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition. As such, they are sometimes also called bards. According to Paul Oliver in his book Savannah Syncopators, “Though [the griot] has to know many traditional songs without error, he must also have the ability to extemporize on current events, chance incidents and the passing scene. His wit can be devastating and his knowledge of local history formidable.” Although they are popularly known as “praise singers”, griots may also use their vocal expertise for gossip, satire, or political comment. WICKI

Wassoulou music is very different in that it is primarily social advice music directed at the whole community and is primarily sung by women. Not surprisingly, it focuses on child birth, male patriarchy, polygamy and arranged marriages, not to mention its great dance beat. To take an example from Fatoumata Diawara’s “Bissa” HERE.

This is such a fabulous musical genre to write about, and I haven’t even touched upon Wassoulou musical instruments yet, but shall call it a post and leave you with internet Radio Wassoulou International which is now based in Switzerland.

In addition to traditional instruments, you hear some very tasty brass lines.

Enjoy, and next Saturday we visit Bahia in Brazil, the post I set out to write before being digressed by the above.

Finally, Many Thanks to WIKI for providing such a brilliant reference base.

Postscript. Scrolling through the various African internet radio services, one is struck by the large number of Christian gospel stations. This deluge of christian moralizing goes a long way to explaining the anti-gay social attitudes which pervade many African societies. Nigeria being a case in point. Bloody obnoxious, and things are just as bad in South Africa.

The Doomsday Scenario

October 13, 2012

A number of female significant others have contacted me requesting that I discontinue the Japanese surfing theme.
“My husband is becoming overheated and is continually bothering me at inopportune moments. Its tiring and can be embarrassing when friends and our religiously-inclined relatives pay a visit”.

Fair enough, so I trawled google news reader and came up with the following:

Bangkok Times: China system could ‘blow up’

China’s top-down political system, under pressure from a growing middle class empowered by wealth and social networks, is likely to “blow up at some point”, says the American academic Francis Fukuyama.

“China has always been a country with a big information problem where the emperor can’t figure out what’s going on” at a grassroots level, said Fukuyama, best known for his 1992 book “The End of History and the Last Man“, which argues that liberal democracy is the fulcrum of social evolution.

While I find the argument that liberal democracy is the fulcrum of social evolution highly questionable to put it mildly, I wasn’t hard to locate the full article by this warrior of the lecture circuit.

This is his excerpt dealing with China taken from AFP 12.10.2012:

Q: You have said that everywhere in the world – except China – religion has been crucial in laying the foundation for rule by law. Can you explain that idea, especially with reference to China?

A: In the Christian West, the Muslim world and India, religion was always a bulwark against state power. In all three religious traditions there was a body of religious law that was not controlled by the state but rather presided over by religious hierarchy. That’s the origin of the rule of law in the West. The development pattern in the West was very unusual because law came first. You had law before you had a strong state, which is why Germany didn’t unite the 1870s – the Holy Roman Empire imposed legal constraints that prevented German unity. China never had a religious establishment that could tell the emperor he couldn’t do things. There was no separate judicial mechanism, so that tradition in China is quite weak. The strong state prevented the formation of groups and civil society that potentially could be the nucleus of the civil opposition to the state. That’s the situation that prevailed for the first 2000 years of Chinese history. As China goes through a period of rapid economic growth, things are changing enormously. Suddenly you’re getting new groups outside of the states that are simply the result of capitalist growth – businessmen, a middle-class, and educated people who are on Sina Weibo [the Chinese equivalent of Twitter]. And they are mobilized.
The high-speed rail accident that happened last year is very revealing because the government had invested several hundred million dollars into this model high-speed rail system. This accident happened very early on and the government’s first instinct was to bury the train that had the accident so that no one could figure out what happened. But they were forced to rescind that decision because people got on Weibo and started talking about it, publishing pictures. Despite the fact that there hasn’t been much organized social protest in China over history, the process of modernization itself creates new social groups that have different aspirations, and it creates a very different kind of situation that the Chinese government has to face. And globalization is critical – China is not is not like North Korea, it wants to be part of the world. Interesting fact; 90% of the members of the Communist Party Central Committee have relatives and assets outside of China. They themselves see that there are alternatives to their system. Despite this long history of state centralization in China there are some reasons to think that it’s not going to be particularly stable going into the future. Having said that, you have to credit them with an amazing performance over the last 30 years.

Q. A year ago, you said that China is at a critical juncture. Is that what you mean?

A. The Bo Xilai affair is revealing of key weaknesses within their system. One of the things that makes their form of authoritarian government work better than Mubarak, or Qaddafi or any of these Arab dictators is became more institutionalized. It was more rule-bound:10-year term limits, can’t get on to the standing committee of the Politburo if you are older than 67, etc. Or so it seemed. The Bo Xilai incident pointed up the limits of the system. One of the reasons they felt they had to get rid of him was that he was a charismatic leader who was reviving Mao-era red songs, developing a populist base that could have blown up this whole system. I call it the “bad emperor problem.” This is the vulnerability they face. Up to now, their leadership has been composed of people who lived through the Cultural Revolution, and they do not want to see that repeated. But once they die off there’s no guarantee you won’t get another Mao.

Q. The Chinese top-tier leadership – composed almost entirely of engineers, in other words a technocratic caste – is extremely mindful of this danger and has taken these and other measures to avoid such a scenario. Why might these steps be insufficient?

A. Here’s an example of why it’s good to have constitutional government. The rules are absolutely clear. In Latin America, for example, there has been a whole series of presidents who have wanted to stay in office forever. But because there is still more of a rule of law in Latin America than other places, they still have to go through this process of trying to amend the Constitution to allow them to do that. The Chinese have a constitution but nobody pays any attention to it. China’s rulers have always resorted to morality rather than to law. This is the essence of the Confucian doctrine – you raise the Emperor to respect order and the public good, and it works in certain ways, but it’s not an effective constraint when you get a really bad emperor.

Q: So despite a revolution and the destruction of a ruling class, you see continuity here.

A: When you look at the imperial rule in the Han or Ming dynasty it’s so familiar because it’s all centralized, all top-down. The emperor wants to create accountability upwards to the center, but there’s no downward accountability to anybody at a local level. China has always been a country — a huge country – with a big information problem where the emperor can’t figure out what’s going on in any of the provinces. This is in so many respects exactly the Communist Party’s problem. Because they don’t have a free media, they don’t have local elections, they can’t really judge what their people thinking, so they constantly have to have these further surveillance mechanisms to try to keep track. That’s one of the reasons I think that system is going to blow up at some point. They lose track of what’s really happening. Even with the slowdown in their economy nobody really knows what’s going on because all the officials have big incentive to lie about how much output their regions are producing. People just don’t trust the statistics. China supposedly has some 50,000 people monitoring the Internet. Yes, the purpose of that is partly repressive, but that surveillance network is also there to find out what the hell people are thinking about. They do polling, to try to solve this problem. This is one of the nice things about democracy — you actually have elections in which people can express their views if they don’t like what’s happening.

Q: You mentioned social networks – do you see them as a potent force in this context?

A: Definitely. As people get more educated and tech-savvy, these networks are not just localized phenomena but pathways for information on a national scale. The technology is facilitating the growth of a national consciousness that did not exist under the controlled media setting of the Communist regime.

Q: So the social networks become a force for accountability.

A: Absolutely. That high-speed rail accident is a good example. The government was actually forced to dig up those railroad cars and launch an investigation as to what caused the accident. Of course the true accountability slowed down because they’ve got lots of ways to block that. But it’s still interesting because that wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago.

Really profound stuff Team. The vacuum cleaner approach to Sino-analysis, and everything else under the sun and a few things beside.

As for deconstructing his macro and micro arguments, I leave that to someone with serious time on their hands.

After the recent Ammesty report on land seizures, John Garnaut of the SMH again provides a more nuanced analysis based on (yes, real) interviews and (dodgy) statistics..

The slowdown in the Chinese economy is producing an unexpected reduction in violence and social conflict, a senior Chinese security official says.
Falling land prices and fewer transactions have reduced the number of forced land appropriations, which had accounted for an estimated two-thirds of the 187,000 ”mass incidents” reported for 2010.

There is also a counter-argument that Provincial Govts will become ever more reliant on forced land appropriations in order to service their massive debts which have been calculated by Victor Shih.

I look forward to your advice re: any or all of the above.

At least it will take your mind off lustful thoughts.

Even the ChinaDigitalTimes hasn’t stopped so low as to excerpt Fukuyama yet, but I have no shame.

More Japanese Grrrl Power

October 10, 2012

As I’ve just had a senior internet blog moment (cf. above post), it is time to return to our most recent theme.

Okay, okay, I will talk to my analyst about this fixation, but not today.

Body Surfer Minami Hatakeyama.

Video HERE at Pipeline.

International Body Board Assoc: 2012 Women’s World Tour rankings.

No. 7 – as above.

No.17 – Sari Ohhara

No. 19 – Mayumi Tone

And Japan is extremely well represented in the top 100.

Sari Ohhara

Finally, the Wedge at Newport Beach because it is a far out photo, thanks to hynews.com

Now, before I sign off I think we should address a major issue confronted by male readers. I know all this luscious eye candy I have been providing is bringing to the fore your residues of Western christian guilt. The children and their mother are now noticing your continuous use of the minimize button.

“I think Dad is developing a major case of yellow fever”.
“No, he is turning into a fucking perverted Japanese salaryman”

So I am going to help you deal with those uncomfortable but nonetheless exciting feelings of guilt you are experiencing.

You can read Chapter One of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics HERE by Laura Miller @ UC Regents Press 2006. It must be academic since Miller quotes cultural and sub-cultural theorists Stuart Hall and Dick Hebdige, respectively.

Finally, if you have really descended into the depths of salaryman total depravity,

Sukeban lite

the e-journal Neojaponisme (quite a find) provides a long, referenced three part series on Gyaru teen girl culture.

Crikey KT. I waded through the whole three parts and I must be normal after all.

You Read it Here First, Okay

October 10, 2012

On a few occasions I have made a passing reference to some Sino topic, only to see other sites make a big deal out of it a few days later. Mucho aggrieved.

So lets break with tradition and be first for once, and heaven help any site which posts this big-time without a hat tip.

Okay Team, I’m feeling a bit arrogant this morning, but this is tremendous stuff. And I won’t be left in a dark and vengeful space.

Miao Cuihua video protest

Clad in a blue plaid shirt and speaking with a rural accent, Miao Cuihua trips over her words as she demands unpaid wages, her “blood and sweat money” for toiling on a construction project.

Miao is certainly not the first migrant worker in China to complain about unpaid wages, but her act of protest has probably been seen by more of her fellow citizens than any other salary dispute in history.

Rather than going to her former employer’s office or lodging a petition with the government – the normal forms of protest in China – Miao took her appeal to the internet with a cleverly produced video that has gone viral and been reported widely by local media.

The success of the video lies in its mimicry of official propaganda. It is a crude facsimile of the stuffy news conferences regularly hosted by government departments. Miao (likely a pseudonym) stands stiffly at a lectern with the title of the news conference emblazoned on the screen behind her: “Migrant Worker Unpaid Salary News Conference”.

Her wording, from her stuffy preamble to her indignation, is lifted almost verbatim from foreign ministry briefings.

Read on from Beyondbrics HERE.

Be Warned. I will be policing this like a Tong Lord.

The only exception is Tea Leaf Nation, full-stop.

Sunday Photos

October 6, 2012

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Belly Boarding: True. Hard to find any additional information on this photo, but I would wager that there is a Honolulu connection given long-standing Japanese migration to the former.

Akiko Kiyonaga. Photo: Rommel Gonzales. Nicagarua[/caption]
Jeju
Two from Jeju Island where the locals talk funny.
Jeju Island where they talk funny.

Snowman. Hokkaido


Japanese surfer. Teahupoo. Total Death Wish


Sri Lanka


Typhoon surfing: Like being followed by an atomic bomb.


Same day photo.


Synergy


Okinawa

Shonan Central Japan. Imamura Brothers


Miku Uemura. Ranking JSPA

Finally, and give it time to download – you will be rewarded – brilliant photos by Pedro Gomes on his Big Wave Report.

Sattelite map of Japans surf spots.

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Any piece which fits in with the overall world-view of this site is most welcome.

Time to feed the parrot.

A Rant, Some Recommendations and Asides.

October 3, 2012

Nothing fuels the appetite like beginning a post with a bit of head kicking. And if you follow the early links, you can identify the source of this very bad netiquette on my part. So let’s out the perps, namely James Fallows, Evan Osnos and Jeremiah Jenne, all three deriving financial reward for their scribblings on China. I’m not even providing links since this unholy trinity – who astroturf each others product – simply don’t deserve any additional oxygen of publicity.

Osnos has his venerable publication’s style down pat. Content easily found by any cursory trawl through Google news reader or the BBC. If you’re lucky! Fallows wrote a excellent and technically detailed article on how the GFW works sometime before The Games 08, and has coasted on that effort ever since. Mr Jenne takes great pleasure in advising his few readers that he is undertaking PhD research in some minor American university. Probably has the name card with ‘PhD candidate’ inscribed after his name.

You can bet the farm that he won’t be advising readers if his thesis is rejected (“Not an original contribution to knowledge”) or is subjected to a major rewrite. Its an unpleasant task identifying these empty vessels, but necessary, when one considers the general reverence all three enjoy among the general commentariat.

Now that the eye gouging and ear biting in the scrum is out of the way, let’s go positive, and where better than a hat tip to Beijing Cream run by Two Star General Anthony Tao. A tremendous source of fun posts and serious links. Top of the Pops and a great start to the day.

Unlike the the unholy trinity, Ross Garnaut reporter for the SMH, cans the commentary for serious in-depth reporting by making use of his extensive contacts across diverse Sino circles of influence. While I’ve linked virtually all his pieces (particularly those on Bo/Chongqing before the hammer feel), I missed this long piece on endemic corruption within the PLA published in Foreign Policy in April. Thanks to Eric of Sinostand for the link. Read it and draw your own conclusions about A) the PRCs culture of secrecy and B) its military capabilities.

Speaking of the Bo Business, it’s nice to see that the China Daily has the problem sorted. (Had an even better quote, but lost it in the ether somewhere.)

The CPC Central Committee called on the Party, the country and people of all ethnic groups to closely unite around the CPC Central Committee led by General Secretary Hu Jintao and hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, under the guidance of Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important Thought of the Three Represents.
It urged deeply implementing the Scientific Outlook on Development and unswervingly advancing along the socialist path with Chinese characteristics in order to make new achievements in anti-corruption campaigns and the construction of a clean Party and government, strive for the overall building of a well-off society and create new progress for the socialist cause with Chinese characteristics.

General Tao provides the other link which I wish to highlight, namely James McGregor’s piece in Quartz: BUSINESS 101
Don’t bring your cell phone to meetings in China, you might get hacked.
So basic that even the gormless Australian Governmemt trade delegation to China a few months ago left all their digital devices at home under the threat of strangulation. Finally, dipstick Craig Emerson (PhD) took one small step towards bipolar trade talk reality for a change.

McGregor (another outstanding citizen of tubbyland) has a new e book out HERE, previewed with eight precise answers to eight general questions. In another discussion on The Many Dangers of China’s State Capitalism HERE, he provides the money quote to die for:

“Members of China’s National People’s Congress have become so wealthy that their meetings may best take place in a bank vault.”

Winding up on an XXXX Adults Only note, Adam Minter for Bloomberg states the bleeding obvious in a pointed piece which speaks to the type of civil society being produced in China today: In China, Mistresses and Corruption Go Hand in Hand.

Please note, the point does not reside in the title, okay. Here, I am pleased to report that my Sino hometown Fuzhou is up there in the mistress department.

Forget Minter’s Mandarin link, Richard Spencer of The Telegraph gives you the Top Ten in all their fornicating (doubt it) glory. This was common knowledge pillow talk at the time.

8. Creativity: Lin Longfei, Party secretary of Zhouning county in Fujian. Lin had relationships with twenty-two women, for whom he made a special contacts book. On May 22, 2002, he held a banquet for all twenty-two women at a restaurant in Fuzhou. During the meal, he announced that he would have a gathering every year, and that each year he would give a prize to the woman who satisfied him most. This was such an absurd suggestion that it won a round of applause from the mistresses gathered there.

Minxin Pei in The Diplomat can wait for another day.

You can beat me to it, by spotting the new twist in his old riff.

Musical Interlude

October 2, 2012

As some readers would be aware, I sold off four metres of very collectible vinyl some years ago to a specialist record dealer. And, as expected, it left a major hole in my heart. Just last week however, a visitor to tubbyland came equipped with something like three terabytes of music – somewhere between 10,000 to 15,000 LPs (or CDs as we now call them) – which we then proceeded to download onto extra drives.

This sounds great I know, but trust me, the thrill is in the download and not the listening.

500 reggae albums alone. Now, while I’m a major fan due to the influence of my Dad, the great producer and pioneering sound engineer King Tubby, sorting thru the stuff for the killer selection is a task beyond me.

Anyway, this new lease of musical life is also an opportunity to revisit some faves from the past. And I’m not the only weblord declaiming on music at the moment. FROOG and MIKE (cf BlogRoll right) also, even if our tastes differ.

Where to begin and don’t expect anything after the mid-70s.

We should kick off with an instance of high studio drama, namely Phil Spector waving around a gun and then locking Ike Turner out of the control booth while producing River Deep, Mountain High. Phil presently lives in the Big House minus his toupee , and Ike has received a ton of bad press for wife beating before Tina divorced him and reinvented herself in the 90s.

Spector obviously liked to live dangerously, since Ike was no slouch when it came to personal ordinance. Once in the segregated 1950s a carload of drunk white boys thought they would indulge in a bit of nigger bashing and ran the band off the road. Ike promptly pulled his piece out of the glove box, walked over to the driver, shoved it in his ear and asked him about his death wish.

True, and this is a prime example of Ike and Tina chitlin circuit sound.

Bobby Bland in his glory days.

Tav Falco (and Panther Burns) made a grand entrance and then stuck his flick knife onto our table. I confiscated the bloody thing. One of a million versions.

It is pretty hard to dredge up any interest in blues these days, but Otis Rush is still worth a visit.


And, as you guess, this is what Mayall and Clapton listened to before they cut the Beano album so many decades ago, taken from Rush’s 1956 Cobra sessions.

For pure down home rusticity, Duane Allman and Johnny Jenkins.

When every vocal group was named after a bird.

A reworking of Jamo Thomas’s I Spy for the FBI by soulmiester Luther Ingram with a brilliant visual history of the FBI’s COINTLEPROgram to kill off (literally) the Black Panther movement in the States. Brilliant reworking of a Northern Soul dance fave.

And if you want the bookend, listen to The KGB made a Man out of Me by the Barracudas, fun English retro band.

The TAMI Show 1964. The Stones followed and one look at Brian Jones and you knew he was fucked.

Shifting genres, before concluding.

The Chocolate Watch Band.

First off, a snappy single.

Recall The Sopranos, the end of the very last episode, when you see Tony walking down the street away from the camera. Thought bubble. The Mob’s glory days are long gone, finito. Here am I, owner of a titty bar, squabbling over small time garbage contracts with Johnny Sacks. No longer even important enough to get whacked when when dining out, unlike my illustrious predecessors, who got clipped when gorging at Umbertos Clam House, John and Mary’s Italian American Restaurant and Sparkes Steak House. This was the audio.

The Chambers Brothers. This long track ushered in FM radio and they also made the cover of Time magazine

You decide on this one.