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Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:15 pm
by Alan
Jamie, thanks for arranging this. Looking forward to coming along with a few tracks at the ready just in case but no worries if time doesn't permit. The important thing is we should celebrate CG and not get too miserable!

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:12 pm
by will vine
So many wonderful records we'd all like to play, but I can cope with not being a dj this time - but woe betide you all if I don't like what I'm hearing. Looking forward to twisting the night away on a honky tonk hardwood floor, and have booked the following day off work.

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:27 pm
by zee
I'll be there and if at all possible play a few tunes. I'll let Charlie's family know in case they would feel like coming to this.

So Jamie, you are ruling out a ping pong session?

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:49 pm
by Rob Hall
zee wrote:So Jamie, you are ruling out a ping pong session?


Which reminds me of the last time I saw Charlie at Darbuka.

He was telling me about the powers that be at Radio 3, who disliked him using the term "radio ping pong" to describe the act of swapping music with guests on air; their reasoning was that it was what he used to do on his Radio London/GLR/whateveritwascalledatthetime show, and they weren't keen on the idea that Radio 3 should play host to something that had connections with another radio station. Charlie was thinking of using the term "Turntable Tennis" in its place.

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:27 am
by jackdaw version
Rob Hall wrote: . . . "Turntable Tennis" . . .

Good coinage!

Am I right in thinking that the "powers that be at Radio 3" are a bit on the [not sure what adjective to insert here] side?

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:13 am
by judith
jackdaw version wrote:
Am I right in thinking that the "powers that be at Radio 3" are a bit on the [not sure what adjective to insert here] side?


[poopy pants]

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:12 am
by DavidM
Am I right in thinking that the "powers that be at Radio 3" are a bit on the [not sure what adjective to insert here] side?


"elevated thickness quotiency..." might apply.

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:23 am
by howard male
One of the last I email I had from Charlie partly concerned ‘the powers that be’ at the BBC. He was devastated that they had removed 'Spasticus Autisticus' by Ian Dury from the Staff Benda Bilili program. When he found this out he edited his original website bulletin, the relevant section of which is reproduced below, as some of you might not have been aware of the addition content he added when he found out about this. Why can’t the BBC just keep their bloody noses out of things, if it’s clear they are dealing with an intelligent, responsible broadcaster? All I could do I was give him back the advice he always gave me – don’t let it get to you!

Charlie wrote

A couple of things were not made clear during the programme, including the meaning of the band’s name: Staff Benda Bilili translates approximately as ‘Look beyond first appearances’, and it would have been better if I had mentioned this. Also, the role of producer Vincent Kenis should have been stressed more strongly. In a long association with Crammed Discs, Vincent has been their man in the field, discovering and producing bands including Konono Number One and Kasai All-Stars, whose potential would almost certainly not have been apparent to other people.

I have never worked from scripts, and for the management at Radio 3 my loose improvisational style can sometimes be frustrating and/or inadequate. A disastrous outcome this week was that a track was removed from the programme after its completion, the first such occasion in my 37 years on the radio.

The track in question was 'Spasticus Autisticus' by Ian Dury which I had played straight after SBB's song 'Polio' earlier in the year. This time, just before playing Dury's clever and powerful song again (ahead of an imminent live song by the band. Speaking in English off the mic (and unheard by the distant producer), I asked Michel to explain to he band who Ian Dury was and what this song was about. Michel turned round and spoke to them in French. My instinct was that this exchange would have sounded laborious to the radio audience. A week later, I learned that a middle manager at Radio 3 had required the removal of 'Spasticus Autisticus' on the grounds that it was not clear to to the radio audience that the Congolese musicians would have understood why I was playing it.

This middle manager did not call me up to make this point, which would have enabled me to explain the reality. I began to feel very upset and even very ill as I grappled in my head with this infuriating situation. Surely, this represented a misunderstanding and misinterpretation of what the BBC Compliance regulations were intended to achieve.


Sorry to put a bit of a downer on things here, but this seemed the most appropriate moment to share my continuing annoyance about this incident. But, yes, greatly looking forward to May 13th, I’ve no doubt we will all have a great time.

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:26 am
by howard male
One of the last emails I had from Charlie partly concerned ‘the powers that be’ at the BBC. He was devastated that they had removed 'Spasticus Autisticus' by Ian Dury from the Staff Benda Bilili program. When he found this out he edited his original website bulletin, the relevant section of which is reproduced below, as some of you might not have been aware of the addition content he added when he found out about this. Why can’t the BBC just keep their bloody noses out of things, if it’s clear they are dealing with an intelligent, responsible broadcaster? All I could do I was give him back the advice he always gave me – don’t let it get to you!

Charlie wrote

A couple of things were not made clear during the programme, including the meaning of the band’s name: Staff Benda Bilili translates approximately as ‘Look beyond first appearances’, and it would have been better if I had mentioned this. Also, the role of producer Vincent Kenis should have been stressed more strongly. In a long association with Crammed Discs, Vincent has been their man in the field, discovering and producing bands including Konono Number One and Kasai All-Stars, whose potential would almost certainly not have been apparent to other people.

I have never worked from scripts, and for the management at Radio 3 my loose improvisational style can sometimes be frustrating and/or inadequate. A disastrous outcome this week was that a track was removed from the programme after its completion, the first such occasion in my 37 years on the radio.

The track in question was 'Spasticus Autisticus' by Ian Dury which I had played straight after SBB's song 'Polio' earlier in the year. This time, just before playing Dury's clever and powerful song again (ahead of an imminent live song by the band. Speaking in English off the mic (and unheard by the distant producer), I asked Michel to explain to he band who Ian Dury was and what this song was about. Michel turned round and spoke to them in French. My instinct was that this exchange would have sounded laborious to the radio audience. A week later, I learned that a middle manager at Radio 3 had required the removal of 'Spasticus Autisticus' on the grounds that it was not clear to to the radio audience that the Congolese musicians would have understood why I was playing it.

This middle manager did not call me up to make this point, which would have enabled me to explain the reality. I began to feel very upset and even very ill as I grappled in my head with this infuriating situation. Surely, this represented a misunderstanding and misinterpretation of what the BBC Compliance regulations were intended to achieve.


Sorry to put a bit of a downer on things here, but this seemed the most appropriate moment to share my continuing annoyance about this incident. But, yes, greatly looking forward to May 13th, I’ve no doubt we will all have a great time.[/quote]

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:48 pm
by Dayna
howard male wrote:One of the last I email I had from Charlie partly concerned ‘the powers that be’ at the BBC. He was devastated that they had removed 'Spasticus Autisticus' by Ian Dury from the Staff Benda Bilili program. When he found this out he edited his original website bulletin, the relevant section of which is reproduced below, as some of you might not have been aware of the addition content he added when he found out about this. Why can’t the BBC just keep their bloody noses out of things, if it’s clear they are dealing with an intelligent, responsible broadcaster? All I could do I was give him back the advice he always gave me – don’t let it get to you!



They should have felt extremely proud & confident to have someone with the character & talent Charlie had.

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:50 pm
by Martin Owen
As a "country member " of this forum I am really pleased as to the happenstance I need to be in London that day.... now to get my son to put me up.

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:15 pm
by Jamie Renton
CHILLI FRIED PRESENTS

A CELEBRATION OF THE LIIFE AND MUSIC OF CHARLIE GILLETT

Featuring

Special live performances from
ADAM BLAKE
FLORENCE JOELLE
LITTLE GEORGE SUEREF
+
THE SOUND OF THE WORLD DJ RELAY
(Everyone will have their 15 minutes of DJ fame... playing music associated with Charlie)


Thursday 13th May 2010
FREE

Revered broadcaster & writer Charlie Gillett was a regular at Chilli Fried events. He tragically passed away earlier this year and tonight we invite everyone to join us at Darbucka’s beautiful basement bar to celebrate the man and the music he loved, with 3 special live performances + short DJ sets from Charlie’s friends and fans.

Adam Blake is the unsung hero of British blues guitar. As well as his regular gigs with Errol Linton’s Blues Vibe, he plays sitar with Cornershop. Tonight he’ll be performing as a solo singer-guitarist.

They’ll also be a special solo set from the smokey-toned and vampy, Florence Joelle, a blues and jazz chanteuse besotted with exotica and beat poetry.

Plus the mighty Little George Sueref, he of the high, soulful voice and powerhouse harmonica style. If the world was right, this man would be a star!



All night on the decks we’re presenting a very special Sound of the World DJ Relay, offering those who knew Charlie the opportunity to pay musical tribute to him.

All this + Darbucka’s mix of warm ambience, enchanting Middle Eastern decor and delicious Lebanese food

CHARLIE GILLETT 1942 – 2010 – LET THE MUSIC SPEAK

8 PM – 12 AM, Thursday 13th may 2010 at Darbucka, 182 St John Street, London, EC1V 4JZ
FREE
020 74908772


Nearest Tubes: Farringdon / Angel

www.soundoftheworld.com

www.darbucka.com

www.chillifried.com

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:01 pm
by Jamie Renton
DJs
Ted
Kevin
Debbie
Ally Prince
Sue Steward
Me
Rob
Jay
Norman
High
Wallee
Alan
Zee

That's a lot of DJs but, uunless I've got me maths wrong, we should be able tpo fit in 15 minute sets from everyone, including our live guests, within the 4 hours.

If more names come forward (it won't be a DJ Relay without Nikki as far as I'm concerned) or if I've missed anyone out, we can always go down to 10 minute sets, or buddy up for games of DJ Ping Pong or (an idea I'm still toying with) make the whole night into a DJ Ping Pong session, where everyone plays 1 track & when we've worked our way round we start again with the 1st person!

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:43 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Jamie wrote

High


Well (if this means me) I hope to be - strictly on the music and energy of course...

The ping pong idea sounds great if you can organise it carefully, just wondering if people will be ready to dash to the decks when you call their name and they're not in the toilet, queueing at the bar, outside for a smoke etc...Or maybe if they miss a turn they pay some sort of forfeit and the next person on the list automatically takes their place? Might be fun...

Re: A Celebration of Charlie @ Darbucka 13 May

PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:19 pm
by Jamie Renton
Hugh Weldon wrote:Jamie wrote

High


Well (if this means me) I hope to be - strictly on the music and energy of course...


You'd be forgiven for thinking I was high most of the time, the number of typos I've been making recently! Sadly it's just down to always trying to do too many things at once.

What do others think about the idea of a grand ping pong session. It would be a logistical nightmare, but a lot of fun.