Sunday, February 26, 2012

Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator - Final Speech

Charlie Chaplin's first true talking film, The Great Dictator, was released in October 1940.

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible- Jew, Gentile, black men, white…

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind.

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery ,we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.”

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder!

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate!

Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite.

Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!

Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!

Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Pink Floyd - The Wall Movie (COMPLETE)

Pink Floyd - PULSE Full Concert (Live at Earls Court, 1994)

Pink Floyd - Live 8 (2005)

It's a Pink Floyd kind of morning:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Innerzone Orchestra - Bug In The Bass Bin (Leftside Wobble Mix)

Duff Disco - Just In Time

From Duff Disco:

I have been thinking about it a lot and I have decided that DUFFDISCO007 is the last bootleg I am going to press to wax. It's been fun and I hope you all enjoyed them but I think it's the right time to stop.

I do however want to continue re-imagining songs and giving my interpretation of them for you to play and listen to and so i'll be giving the reworks away for free. I have set up a donations page if anyone wanted to help with covering the costs of mastering future tracks as i'd still want the best sound possible as I can't afford to be paying for it all myself.

So keep an eye out for new tracks! donate whatever you feel appropriate, of course you can still download if you can't afford to donate.

All the tracks that are up for download are here as well as the donate link -
Cheers DD

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cake - You Turn The Screws

You turn the screws
You tear down the bridge
Flimsy as it is, it's business like
You shake my hand
You break up the band
Flimsy as it is, it's open-mike punk rock
Red white and blue (whoa)

You twist the knife then go home to kiss your wife
A bigger better slice is what you'd like
You kick the sand, you get the upper hand
You sell it to Japan
It's natural punk rock
Red white and blue (whoa)

You turn the screws
It's what you choose to do
You think that I
Must turn them too
You think that I must be so satisfied
I stay inside
I wonder why

And the cement mixer gets it all ready
One good turn at a time
They're pouring it slowly and steady
You're showing me where I can sign
What I can expect to find
But how can you say you'll be happy
When you turn the screws

You turn the screws
It's what you choose to do
You turn the screws
It's what you choose to do
You think I must turn them, too
You turn the screws
You tear down the bridge
Flimsy as it is, it's business like
Flimsy as it is, it's open-mike punk rock
Red white and blue
You turn the screws

Monday, February 20, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Steven Van Zandt on Tavis Smiley

The musician, actor and writer, exec producer and star of Lilyhammer shares how his series became the first original show on Netflix.

Watch Musician-actor Steven Van Zandt on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mission Chinese Food Is Coming to New York

Via NYTimes:

February 13, 2012, 6:30 pm

Mission Chinese Food, a dive that is one of the most talked-about restaurants in San Francisco, is opening on the Lower East Side.

In a telephone interview, Danny Bowien, the chef, who is still in San Francisco and preparing to leave on a trip to Sichuan province, said the New York restaurant, which is taking over the Rhong Tiam Garden location at 154 Orchard Street (Stanton Street), should open in the spring. The cooks from the San Francisco restaurant will come to New York to work on a rotating basis.

“We could have opened another one here in San Francisco, but I love New York, the way it pushes you.” Mr. Bowien said. “It inspires me so I wanted to come to New York.”

He said the menu would be similar to that in the original restaurant, where the food is recognizably Chinese and reasonably priced ($3 to $12) but decidedly eclectic. Smoked beef brisket soup noodles, ma po tofu,salt cod fried rice with escolar confit and Chinese sausage, Shanghainese chow mein, and chilled buckwheat noodles with ham broth and salted trout roe give you some idea. Mr. Bowien said the menu was most influenced by the food of the North and Northwest of China.

“We’re creative with it as long as the price point is right,” he said.

Writing about the San Francisco restaurant in The New York Times Magazine, Mark Bittman said, “The ingredients are top-notch, often local or organic.”

“At the menu’s core,” he wrote, “is a handful of slow-cooked meat dishes, some of which involve four or five cooking techniques and begin in the smoker, like kung pao corned beef and thrice-cooked bacon tossed with duk (Korean rice cakes), bitter melon and tofu skin. I’m not the first to compare all this to the famed Momofuku in New York.”

The restaurant’s name has to do not only with the location of the restaurant, but also with the way it works. It exists in an everyday Chinese restaurant, L Shan in San Francisco’s Mission District. Seventy-five cents from the price of every dish is donated to the Food Bank, the mission of the restaurant. Mr. Bowien, who is moving to New York, said that here, 75 cents from every food and drink item would be donated to a charity yet to be determined.

“Donating to charity is our biggest goal,” he said. “We have no fine-dining aspirations.”

Mission Chinese Food website

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

DJ Sasha Interview, June 92 from The Edge Video Magazine Issue 1

The Craigie On Main Burger

Probably my favorite restaurant in Boston:

Greg Wilson - No Sell Out

Originally posted this mix back in April of 2008. G Wilson's made it available for download on his soundcloud with a little story behind the mix.


This is the most involved mix I’ve ever put together, even more so than my Essential Mix in 2009, for which ‘No Sell Out’ very much provided the prototype. I intended it as a definitive document to the period May 82 – Dec 83, when Legend and Wigan Pier were at their most influential, the new Electro-Funk sound turning the black scene on its head as the old gradually gave way to the new.

As I wrote at the time:
“The tracks on this mix represent this now distant time of both musical and cultural change. I’ve selected the records that were regarded as controversial at the time within black music circles, the ones that the traditionalists were up in arms about. I’d originally chosen 50 of the biggest tracks played at Legend and the Pier, but this was upped to 60, all of which needed to be edited down to an average of a minute and a half in length, which was no small task in itself! Realising that there were still other tracks I wanted to include, I decided to keep it to the main 60, but drop in snippets of additional records from the period, not only Electro, but also other big floorfillers from my nights. I never played purely Electro, but mixed it in alongside Soul, Funk and Disco (or as people refer to it nowadays, Boogie), and this is reflected by the numerous ‘references’ sprinkled throughout the mix.

It’s good to be able to place some of these tracks back into their original context. Tracks like ‘The Message’, ‘Rockit’ and ‘Buffalo Gals’ would become big hits in the UK, but they were completely unknown when first played at Legend and the Pier. A perfect example would be ‘White Lines’, which was an underground favourite for many months before the penny finally dropped with the mainstream audience and they came to appreciate it as the wonderful record it is, resulting in a chart stay of over a year! Nowadays, ‘White Lines’ can be played pretty much anywhere to a great response. It’s a sure-fire floorfiller, regarded as a dance standard, but it wasn’t always that way - without the initial specialist support it could quite easily have ended up as just a minor hit.

The title of the mix, ‘No Sell Out’, comes from the opening track. It seemed an appropriate name, given the fact these records were very much regarded by the purists as the selling out of black music, rather than its salvation (something which pretty much everyone can now, with hindsight, clearly see). Listening back to these tracks you can trace the evolution of Hip Hop, Techno and House. This was the point in time when black music fully embraced the available technology and took dance to new dimensions. Hearing these records for the very first time, we knew that the future was upon us and that dance music had entered a whole new phase of its development.”

The ‘No Sell Out – Electro Retrospective’ page at Electrofunkroots gives the full lowdown and complete tracklisting. It includes an introduction by Gerald Simpson (aka A Guy Called Gerald), for whose Samurai FM podcast this mix was originally put together.

Greg Wilson – February 2012