The PopCulteer
May 31, 2019

After our long post about professional wrestling, which went live in the wee hours of this morning, your PopCulteer is pretty much exhausted. Add to that the fact that he has to write this ahead of time because Friday is the day of his annual dilated eye exam, and you’ll just have to pardon me if today’s column is just a tad skimpy.

The Teal Ribbon

June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, and that means I trot out the teal ribbon and talk about my illness again. It starts tomorrow, folks.

Three years ago I was diagnosed with MG, and you can read all about it by going to the search window at the right of this text, and entering “Myasthenia Gravis.” In short, it’s an auto-immune disorder that makes my muscles unresponsive to the nerves signals which are meant to trigger them.

I am still doing very well managing my disease, and am very lucky to have an extremely mild case. Sometimes my fingers get weak, and sometimes my eyes get weak (and I get double vision). I had adjusted to having paralyzed hands and crossed eyes, so the real challenge has been adjusting to the meds to give me back the use of my fingers and lessen the double vision.

In fact, it was eighteen months of one of those medicines (Prednisone) that caused me to experience rapidly-growing cataracts, which is one big reason I have my eye exam today. Two years ago I had cataract surgery and toric implants, so my vision is better than it ever has been in my life.

It’s just that my eyes don’t point in the same direction all the time.

I have other fun things happen. Some of the meds aggravate my dyslexia, which is my excuse for all the typos you might find here in PopCult. They also make me require sleep, so it’s much harder to get out and shoot video of local bands, or even attend late-night shows. I miss that, but having good health makes it a decent trade-off.

Aside from that, I’m doing great. Please make yourself aware of Myasthenia Gravis, and if you know somebody who does have MG, please treat them with kindness and respect.

Update on My Autopsy

I wrote about the local movie, My Autopsy, a couple of weeks ago. With just over ten days left, their Kickstarter campaign to help finish production on the film is still in need of contributions.  Check out my original article HERE, and follow the widget below to find out more…

Today on The AIR

Check out what’s on The AIR, as Friday  sees new episodes of Radio Free Charleston International and Sydney’s Big Electric Cat. You can listen at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

Friday mornings now kick off with a 7 AM replay of the week’s new episode of Prognosis, followed by Word Association with Lee & Rudy at 9 AM and The BS Crazy Show at 9:30. This one-hour combo of Word Association and The BS Crazy Show will repeat at 9 PM, for those of you who don’t want to listen to these NSFW programs at work.

At 10 AM The AIR will broadcast The Best of The Real with Mark Wolfe. At 11 AM we’ll bring you a replay of this week’s Beatles Blast, followed by an hour of The AIR Music Mix.

Then at 1 PM we will debut the week’s new edition of Radio Free Charleston International. This week it’s a mixtape presentation of what your PopCulteer has been listening to for the last few weeks. You think I’m kidding? Check out this playlist…

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Jon Anderson “Ramalama”
Adrian Belew “Take Five Deep Breaths”
Harry Nilsson “Coconut”
Chess At Breakfast “The Senate Needs A Nightcap”
Dizzy Mystics “Jaunter”
David Byrne “Lazy”
Norah Jones “It Was You”
Eveline’s Dust “Rain Over Gentle Travellers”
Ringo Starr “Without Understanding”
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band “Blinded By The Light”
Camel “Lady Fantasy”
John Wetton “Be Careful What You Wish For”
The Wrong Object “Mr. Green Genes/King Kong”
Claypool Lennon Delirium “Blood and Rockets”
Greenslade “Sundance”
The Beat “Dangerous”
Gryphon “Haddock’s Eyes”
Fantasy “Widow”

Radio Free Charleston International is the show where I play whatever I want, and you can hear RFC International Friday at 1 PM, with replays Friday at  10 PM, Saturday afternoon, Sundat at 1 AM and 2 PM and Tuesday at 11 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM Sydney’s Big Electric Cat presents a special salute to Duran Duran, with two solid hours of early music by the band, dating back to their New Wave Music roots. It’s two full hours of some of the biggest hits of the MTV era. Just check the playlist:

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Duran Duran Special

“The Relfex”
“Is There Something I Should Know”
“Planet Earth”
“Lonely In Your Nightmare”
“New Moon On Monday”
“A View To A Kill”
“Careless Memories”
“My Own Way”
“Cracks In The Pavement”
“Friends Of Mine”
“The Edge Of America”
“Tiger Tiger”
“Hungry Like The Wolf”
“Night Boat”
“Union Of The Snake”
“New Religion”
“Last Chance On The Stairway”
“Vertigo (Do The Demolition)”
“Hold Back The Rain”
“Of Crime And Passion”
“Anyone Out There”
“Skin Trade”
“Shadows On Your Side”
“Girls On Film”
“Save A Prayer”

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon, Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM and Thursday at Noon, exclusively on The AIR. Every Monday at 3 PM, we bring you four classic episodes of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, just so you can be all New Wave-y when you get home from work.

That is it for this week’s PopCulteer. Please check PopCult for all our regular features this weekend, as your humble correspondent spends a day or three in a dark room waiting for his irises to start working again.