018 Instrumentals with sung intros

The music on this week’s podcast is totally instrumental.

However, to keep the contrast universe in perfect equilibrium it was necessary to ask the contributors to sing thier introductions. We all have to hope that Simon Cowell isn’t listening.

If your dog howls or your ears bleed, please tell Cindy from Adzuki Bean Stash who suggested this week’s theme.

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(00:00) Dexys Midnight Runners – The Horse

Tim from the face of today

(02:37) The Beastie Boys – In 3’s

Jamie from squirrelfood.net

(05:25) Essential Logic – World Friction

Brian fron The Rant

(09:16) Alarm Will Sound – Mt. Saint Michel

ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

(13:42) The Bad Plus – 1972 Bronze Medalist

Duke of Straw from The Late Greats

(19:50) Nomo – The Book of Right On

Bethanne from CTASLS

(23:58) Serge Gainsbourg – Psychasténie

FiL from Pogoagogo

(29:29) The Smiths – Oscillate Wildly

Jamie from The Run Out Groove

(33:35) Mogwai – Summer

Simon from You can call me betty

(38:02) John 5 – Perineum

Marcos from Mind Booster Noori

(43:21) Jean Luc Ponty – New Country

Natalie from Mini-Obs

(46:35) Nine Inch Nails – Leaving Hope

Cindy from Adzuki Bean Stash

(52:18) dEUS – My little contessa

Coxon from To die by your side

(56:04) Gianfranco Reverberi – Nel Cimitero Di Tucson

Nuno from Undercover Songs

(59:35) Detektivbyran – HemvΓƒΖ’gen 16 A

Tom from My Voice Rising

(01:04:21) Joe Pass – Django

Victor Scott

I think everyone who has been brave enough to take part this week deserves a particularly big thank you for shedding their shame and singing so enthusiastically. If you like what you have heard make sure you visit the artist’s and contributor’s sites by clicking on their names.

You can also leave a comment about the podcast by clicking here.

Contrast Podcast #19 will have the theme ‘War & Peace’, suggested by FiL from Pogoagogo. To take part send your track based on this theme and short spoken intro to tim.young@rhul.ac.uk.

Once we have an hour of music and intros we will stop accepting submissions – keep an eye on the counter at the top right of this page to see if there is still space.

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Thanks to Cindy. The sung intro pushed everyone beyond all limits known (yes ! πŸ˜‰ and the result is here : A-WE-SOME !

“(05:25) World Friction – Essential Logic” shouldn’t this be “(05:25) Essential Logic – World Friction” ?

And WOW, Tim is a great singer!

Thanks for spotting that Marcos!

thats we he be in a band. i’m scared. very scared. i apologise for my lacklustre morrissey (its usually better), but i’d been at a very long wedding weekend and i think the hangover shows in my voice. downloading now and looking forward to hearing everyone!

Thanks for picking my theme, Tim and for tweaking it so that it is much better. πŸ™‚ Thank you EVERYONE for being brave and belting out the intros. It means a lot to me and I agree that Tim is a fantastic singer.

Fantastic Podcast!

And to think I was worried about singing….you guys are so funny!!

I had no idea that John5 had a solo career. Awesome song. Jesus, Duke of Straw…you’ve got one hell of a range. LOL. Nuno’s intro crack me up too.

have to say my favourite is FiLs one. i feel rather ashamed at not having had time to do something more impressive to be honest. should have got my harp out. well done all.

You are very kind, Jaimie. Too kind, I’m sure…

I am especially looking forward to hearing this cast, this time purely for the sweet, dulcet intros rather than for the luscious tunes. I’m counting down the minutes until quitting time…

Who you callin’ sweet and dulcet?

Ooer, apologies, didn’t mean to be overly familiar πŸ˜‰ But UI must admit that over the weeks I have become oddly fond of y’all, in a cyber stylee…


Listening to this for the 3rd time (without the distraction of work)…
*hands trophy over to FiL*
You, my man, have got the BEST lyrics to your intro.

Bravo!!!!! Great job everyone, seriously wonderful choices from everyone. And good job on the sung intros, you all have my undying respect. πŸ™‚

I ought to be more careful – I keep getting funny looks from people on the tube as I laugh at some of these intros. This week sets new standards, really great, kids.

This site is genius. I’ve just spent a very happy hour in the company of some very interesting music. Hurrah. And thank you. I’m so glad I’ve found it.

If only I had a microphone.

it’s a nice play…

Hello all.

Well, I’d just like to congratulate everyone for your courage and some in particular for their talent (although I won’t for the life of me tell which are which, of course). πŸ˜‰

I just hope you all had as much fun as I did coming up with my intro!

I just managed to finish listening to the whole thing – it really is fantastic! Everyone really put their hearts into it.

Cindy, like Jaime you are too kind! But thank you – I’m glad you liked it. I thought your own dreamy, burlesquey intro was a blast!

I also really liked ZB’s effort. Though I must admit I only understood every fifth word, the intro as a whole scrambled my brain most pleasantly!

And Bethanne, that intro was SO Daniel Johnston. And I love Daniel Johnston, so that is a good, good thing!

Tim, CP 18 will go down in history…


thanks fil…but … what can I say : that’s opera !
…next time I will add subtitles πŸ˜‰
for now, here’s the imperishable libretto :
I am the security man…
(the one man choir) : security security (repeated as often as he wants)
if someone or fire come to your
house when you’re away on holidays…alarm will sound…
immediately alarm will sound (x2)
…by the way, where do you go for holidays

(soprano part) : mont saint michel (x2)”

Thanks ZB, I now understand the words but my head is as deliciously muddled as before. Please stay around, you provide a very enjoyable natural high πŸ™‚


this is my first time listening to the lovely contrast podcast… and im so glad i did. what a great way to start a thursday morning πŸ™‚ i couldnt help but smile and enjoy this… thanks so much everyone for sharing. you all are wonderful!~

[…] The most recent one focuses on instrumental tracks, but with a twist: the bloggers who submit their choice of tracks, have to sing the bit where they introduce the track. An older release gathers songs that the participants enjoyed when they were 16. […]

I also have to thank Victor Scott for letting me use his “Diane’s Theme” as background music for my intro. πŸ™‚
LOL. Haaa haaa! Great libretto, ZB.

To give the complete libretto, I must say the security man is not a real one and – this fact explains why he asks “for his personal information” the summer holidays destination of the soprano. She’s a contessa, a little one but a true contessa. She goes to Mt Saint Michel, a new country for her, to treat her psychoasthenie.
At the end, Django (the real security man who rides a horse – he won bronze medal in 1972 in that sport) unmasks him three times. Happy end with wild oscillations.

Yippeee!! Boing boing boing!!!

*FiL’s brain finally dissolves into a mad mix of sitar music and opera*

ZB you really crack me up! See, you’ve made FiL bounce. He’s over the moon now. πŸ™‚

…and I didn’t mention why DJango, born in Tucson, following a very bad fall (off the mic : he was hurt in the pelvis area, yes perineum), gave up equitation in 1974 leaving all hopes to conquer a World title.

La la la, icky icky pting…

πŸ™‚ Oh ZB, I’ve not had this much fun in such a looong time!! Thank you so very much!!! πŸ™‚

Such a sad ending ZB!

I come here to compliment everyone’s singing and meet with the story of a man’s life and downfall. It breaks my heart.

Props all round for the singing though. (You’ll be glad that I didn’t make it in time for #18, though I’m not!)

yes, Tim…it’s very sad but as it is written in the scriptures (don’t ask me where) : it could have been worse…
In 1975, Django is recruited by the Superheroes Lovers of Justice Inc.
He signed their book of rights. From that moment, his mission : unmasking
the false security men all around the world. Nowadays he still does it with
the helpful help of his loyal horse : Hemvagen. And that is what we can call THE END.

Stop… please… Make the laughing stop… I think I’ve ruptured something…

Time zone is saving you.

Dude, this is genius. It’s like zen with a tumor. I love it.

Yes, John5 has a solo carreer, besides being allways contributing in several other band’s records… His first album, Vertigo, is not something I like, but Songs for Sanity just rocks… He now left Loser, a rock band founded by him, to be a full-time Rob Zombie guitarrist, so I don’t know if he’ll have the time to get us more solo stuff while at it…

Wow, I sent in three submissions at once!

yup i’ve just sent two, waiting to redownload a song i have on a cd at my parents house before sending my third… looking forward to everyones entry tomorrow!

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