Zen and the art of Magic 693

Sunday 17 December 2006

Circa 1.00 am on Monday (local time) Magic 693 1278, the world’s greatest radio station, played the following set of songs, keeping shift-workers alert with the mental whiplash-inducing combination of:
  • The Everly Brothers: Cathy’s Clown
  • Nana Mouskouri: Four and Twenty Hours
  • Elmo and Patsy: Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
  • Southern Sons: Hold Me In Your Arms
  • Scott McKenzie: San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)
  • Deodato: Also Sprach Zarathustra
Someone at Magic has obviously grasped the concepts of henka (change) and atarashimi (newness, refraining from stepping back) as practiced by ancient masters of the Japanese renga.
To cap this off, they followed with a plug for their traffic reports (generously sponsored by Mobility Aids Australia) which was backed by everybody’s favourite, “Tijuana Taxi”.
Unfortunately, they later blew it by playing Johnny Farnham’s “I Saw Mommy [sic] Kissing Santa Claus”, adding insult to injury by referring to him as an “Aussie Icon“. And by calling him “John Farnham”.
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