The PopCulteer
February 4, 2022

At the end of a very busy week, your PopCulteer has had his attention once again focused  on secret projects for the future, and as a result, today’s column is again devoid of a bright and shiny new essay or photo feature for you this week.

Coming to my rescue is a great new episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat to share, courtesy of Sydney Fileen. As you probably now by now, The AIR is PopCult‘s sister internet station, and you can listen to it without even leaving the blog.

Following an encore of a recent MIRRORBALL at 2 PM, Friday brings a brand-new episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat to The AIR. The AIR is PopCult’s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player at the top right column of this blog if you’re reading on a desktop.

At 3 PM, Sydney Fileen graces us with a very special mixtape episode devoted the musical production genius of one Trevor Horn. Having helped define New Wave music as the lead singer/songwriter of The Buggles, and after a strange detour that saw The Buggles join the progressive rock band, YES, about forty years ago Horn stepped back from performing and turned his talents toward producing other artists.

Those artists included Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ABC, The Art of Noise, Propaganda and many others, and Horn’s distinctive production style set the tone for much of the next decade’s music. Sydney has assembled a mixtape of Trevor Horn’s greatest productions, with a few obscure tracks tossed into the mix, just to keep you on your toes.

Just check out the playlist to see for yourself…

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The Buggles “Video Killed The Radio Star”
Frankie Goes To Hollywood “Relax”
Propaganda “Dr. Mabuse”
ABC “Poison Arrow”
Grace Jones “Slave To The Rhythm”
The Art of Noise “Beat Box”
Dollar “Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour)”
Frankie Goes To Hollywood “Wish (The Lads Were Here)”
The Pet Shop Boys “Left To My Own Devices”
The Buggles “Johnny On The Monorail”
ABC “Valentine’s Day”
The Art of Noise “Moment In Love”
Godley & Creme “Cry”
The Buggles “Adventures In Modern Recording”
Frankie Goes To Hollywood”
The Buggles “Adventures (Reprise)”
Propaganda “Femme Fatale (The Woman With The Orchid)”
Grace Jones “Jones The Rhythm”
Malcolm McLaren “Buffalo Gals”
The Buggles “I Am A Camera”
Frankie Goes To Hollywood “The Ballad of 32”
Dollar “Hand Held In Black and White”
The Art of Noise “Close To The Edit”
The Buggles “Fade Away”
ABC “The Look Of Love”
Dollar “Videoteque”
The Art of Noise “Snapshot/Battle”
Frankie Goes To Hollywood “Rage Hard”
The Buggles “Clean Clean”

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Monday at 7 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM, Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 AM, exclusively on The AIR.

That’s what’s on The AIR Friday, and that is this week’s PopCulteer.   Check this blog for fresh content every single freakin’ day. I’m cool like that.