Junior Aspirin Records
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

JUNIOR ASPIRIN RADIO SESSION 16: PARDON MY FRENCH



A French-Pop-Special-Guest-Podcast by our friends at Stop Making Sense - Yann Chateigné, Tiphanie Blanc & Vincent Normand http://stopmakings.blogspot.com 

Introduction penned by Mr. Dan Fox & performed by Mr. Nathaniel Mellors 

PODCAST HERE

It was late.

Wind howled through the dark outside the windows of the Novotel Krakow Centrum. The four men had been locked for nine days in the hotel's Pope John Paul II Honeymoon Suite, surviving on a diet of lager and garage-bought sandwiches, delivered to them every hour by a silent seven-foot-tall thug known only as Tadeusz. The absurdist theatre sessions the men had been subjected to by their captors had become steadily less frequent. The men had proved resilient, but – exhausted by nonsensical language games, atonal tuba music and dizzying non-linear narratives -  hope was beginning to ebb. Mellors was tending a head wound Cooke had sustained during one of the more brutal theatre sessions, when a surrealist mime act had unexpectedly exploded in his face. Chateigné Tytelman was by the window, gazing despondently at the blizzard enveloping the city beyond the walls of their gilded cage. Normand, slumped across an antique chaise-longue, stared at the pile of empty Zywiec cans in the centre of the room, each one a stinging reminder of how long they'd been prisoners of their mysterious kidnappers.

Unsure whether they would ever see their homes again, conversation naturally turned to pop music. Chateigné Tytelman and Normand wistfully exchanged names of leading French rock musicians. Guy Skornik. Popera Cosmic. Magma. "Remember Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier's Teen Tonic?" asked Chateigné Tytelman. "Of course." responded Normand. "And what I'd give to hear LSD!  by Jean-Christophe Averty again…" Mellors tried to join the conversation. "I like Serge Gainsbourg a lot." The two Frenchmen fell silent. Realising that this was no time for musical one-upmanship, they humoured him, but Mellors could tell he was in over his head.
"Look chaps, if we ever happen to get out of this place, would you do me a favour?"
"Of course. Anything, my friend." replied Normand.

Mellors continued. "You see, the thing is … well … I feel somewhat struck by what I can only describe as … an abject, almost Bataillan, feeling of non-knowledge about all this French pop you're discussing. It's embarrassing, I know. I was only ever taught The Beatles at school, although I picked up a bit of Francoise Hardy along the way. Cooke here had a better education and knows a little Jean-Michel Jarre, but really, we need your help. We feel like such fools being able only to name MC Solaar as the one French rapper we know. But I have an idea. Back home, Me, Cooke, and another pal of ours by the name of Fox – god knows where he is, though last I heard he was on some top secret mission in the US – run this little record label thing. Nothing flashy you understand, but we like to call it Junior Aspirin Records. If – no, when, dammit, when – you get back to Paris and Geneva, would you mind awfully putting together an expository podcast for JAR? Something the boys can use to better acquaint themselves with the riches of your pop music tradition? It would mean the world to us, it really would. And maybe, just maybe, it could help herald a new era. One in which children, in schools up and down the country, need never again have to listen to the Rolling Stones or The Kinks, but rather, grow to be men and women of the world, pioneers of a new musical entente cordiale… It's a silly dream, I know, but … well, to blazes with being sensible. Let's try and change the world. One 70s prog rock classic at a time."

"We know someone." said Chateigné Tytelman. "She goes by the name of Blanc. Her knowledge of the field is unsurpassed. We will enlist Blanc's help. Together with my expertise, and Normand's technical skills, we can do this for you Mellors. For you. For Cooke. For everyone." Chateigné Tytelman and Normand stood. Cooke wiped a tear from his eyes. The Frenchmen nodded in silent assent, and the four prisoners shook hands.

Now, all that was between them and Serge Bulot's Ballade pour Suzanne was that jailor thug Tadeusz. As they heard the brute's heavy feet approach the door of their room, the men knew what they needed to do… 




Earlier News

July 27th (Thu)
at SuperDeluxe,
B1F 3.1.25 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan
T: 03.5412.0515 | F: 03.5412.0516
20:00 >> | 1000 yen

Screening video from LIVE 2.9.05 The Church of St.Giles. London: The
Rebel / Skill 7 Stamina 12 / Socrates That Practices Music.
& DJ Scotch Egg LIVE 12.5.05 Bethnal Green Working Men's Club.
also selling T-Shirts, records, CD's + playing tracks from new albums.

As part of Tokyo Ikebukuro International Art Festival 2006

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REMOVE CELEBRITY CENTRE

A JUNIOR ASPIRIN COMPILATION
ASP008

featuring...

The Rebel
Charlottefield
DJ Scotch Egg
Imitation Electric Piano
Jack Too Jack
Blodfet & DJ Lonely
Extra Action Marching Band
Feminists
Emily Wardill
Same Things
Skill 7 Stamina 12
Socrates that Practices Music
This
Sue Tompkins

To be released 2nd October 2006

for more info email us at info@junioraspirin.com

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New album by SKILL 7 STAMINA 12

'Skill 7 Stamina Dead'

Recorded by Thomas House (Charlottefield). Limited vinyl only.

"This is kinetic art punk at its finest...Genius." Everett True, Plan B.

To be released 30th October 2006

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**SKILL 7 STAMINA 12 LIVE AT THE WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY**
SATURDAY JUNE 2006

 

** SKILL 7 STAMINA 12 - LIVE IN LOS ANGELES **
** SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2006**

SKILL 7 STAMINA 12 play live at 
The Mountain
473 Gin Ling Way
Los Angeles, CA
USA

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** SKILL 7 STAMINA 12 - LIVE IN VILNIUS **
** FRIDAY 23 September 2005**

Skill 7 Stamina 12 + DJ Jimio Lopezo (Detroit) post-pank-disko-no-disko set
Connect club, Vokieciu street 2
(In the basement of the Contemporary Art Centre)
Onstage at 21.00h

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2 NEW RELEASES 18th July 2005:

ASP006 - "PRAWNS" by THE REBEL
Limited edition vinyl LP

 

ASP007 - SKILL 7 STAMINA 12 & SOCRATES THAT PRACTICES MUSIC
Limited edition vinyl 12"

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To celebrate the release of “Prawns” by the Rebel, and SKILL 7 STAMINA 12 / SOCRATES THAT PRACTICES MUSIC Split 12”

THE REBEL, SKILL 7 STAMINA 12 AND SOCRATES THAT PRACTICES MUSIC

FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2005
The Church of St Giles, 60 St Giles High Street
London WC2H 8LG
Doors 8.30pm
£4
Special church venue.