Culture Club 3
Learn the secrets of success with Weezer, Oasis and Satan's favourite art teacher, Sir Joshua Reynolds.
A short history of unhappiness as a songwriting resource, 1621-1995. Featuring Robert Burton, John Keats and The Smashing Pumpkins.
AC/DC. Not only the greatest rock and roll band that ever walked the face of the earth, but also the living embodiment of the mature philosophy of legendary 19th century nutbar, Friedrich Nietzsche.
Hello? Is that Tommy Lee from Motley Crue? Yes, I'd like my umlaut back please'. Meet Richard Wagner, godfather of the infamous rock dots, and the only 19th century composer to have a whole subgenre of rock and roll named after him.
What's the worst thing about being a singer in a world famous rock and roll band? No, I can't think of anything either. So why do they all look so unhappy? 'It's a pose' says 19th century hellraiser Lord Byron. 'I should know, I invented it.'
It seemed to the people as though life was without purpose, and that boredom and sufffering would be their lot for all eternity. 'Who will save us?' they cried, 'who will show us how to live?' Then, verily there appeared before them a wandering minstrel named Ben Harper and his relentless brethren. He played for them a song originally recorded by Queen and David Bowie. And lo, the people understood!
What's it like being an Australian rapper? According to Dialectrix, it's very lonely indeed. "I'm an outcast!", he says. This has been a problem for all artists since the French Revolution. It's almost enough to make you feel sorry for them - but not quite.
One woman against the entire universe. She's outnumbered and out of options - if she's going to get through this thing, she's going to need... a partner! Read it in a deep gravelly voice and its a trailer for an action movie with Angelina Jolie in it. Sing it over disco and it's the Gossip's song, Heavy Cross. Translate it into a philosophy of life, and you're doing what the philosophers call 'living Romantically'.
Armand Van Helden and Dizzee Rascal drag early 20th century cafe talk kicking and screaming onto the dancefloor. "Society labels me insane", muses Dizzee, "but perhaps madness is close to genius. After all, they shut up De Sade, they shut up Nietzsche..."
Find out what puts the Romance in My Chemical Romance, with special guest star Rosie Beaton.
Some of these Culture Club stories are condensed versions of chapters from Hey! Nietzsche!, others take ideas from that book and expand on them by applying them to songs that were being played a lot on triple j at the time, like The Gossip’s ‘Heavy Cross’, Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Bonkers’, Kings Of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’ and Dialectrix’s ‘Outcast’. The intro is a re-creation of 'Another Brick in the Wall', achieved with some samples from the soundtrack to a hit musical of the late 70s, a group of high school kids who came in for a tour of the station, and a terrible electric guitar I bought for $60 from cash converters in 1998.