Month: April 2018

Cabinet of Curiosities Show 34 – We are the Music Makers – #xmcab

“A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules,
often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians. ”
Frank Zappa

They are the singers, the guitarists, the drummers, the writers, the performers –

they are the champions

and they will rock you.

They are the Music Makers – and this is their journey in song!

Join us from 8-10, Wednesday 2nd May

only on Mad Wasp Radio!

Cabinet of Curiosities Show 33 – Misheard Lyrics- #xmcab

The term mondegreen is itself a mondegreen. In November, 1954, Sylvia Wright, an American writer, published a piece in Harper_’_s where she admitted to a gross childhood mishearing. When she was young, her mother would read to her from the “Reliques of Ancient English Poetry,” a 1765 book of popular poems and ballads. Her favorite verse began with the lines, “Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands / Oh, where hae ye been? / They hae slain the Earl Amurray, / And Lady Mondegreen.” Except they hadn’t. They left the poor Earl and “laid him on the green.” He was, alas, all by himself.


Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese, Who am I to Diss a Brie……

These songs may not be curious,

but you’ll never heard them in quite the same way again!

Join us from 8-10, Wednesday 25th April,

only on Mad Wasp Radio!

Cabinet of Curiosities Show 32 – Earworm II – the Earworm Strikes Back – #xmcab

As far as we can tell, there was no specific term for these types of compulsively catchy melodies, but one came into being in 1979: the German psychiatrist Cornelius Eckert described such tunes as “Ohrwürmer”—earworms. (The imagery has deep roots: “Musicophilia” notes that, centuries ago, an early folk-music manuscript referred to music that got stuck in your head as “the piper’s maggot.”) While there still isn’t a strict definition of what constitutes an earworm, it is generally considered to be a constant loop of fifteen to twenty seconds of music lodged in your head for at least a few hours, if not days—or, in severe cases, months.


We know a song that will get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves…. actually we know LOTS of them!

Join us from 8-10, Wednesday 11th April, if you dare…….

We want to melt your brain!!!!

Cabinet of Curiosities – Show 31 – Fools and Sages #xmcab

“We’re all fools,” said Clemens, “all the time. It’s just we’re a different kind each day. We think, I’m not a fool today. I’ve learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly.”
— Ray Bradbury (The Illustrated Man)
In honour of April, come join us for a journey on what fools we mortals be – with a little good advice thrown in for us to ignore!

Join us from 8-10, Wednesday 4th April, you’d be a Fool to miss it

*badun tish*….
only on Mad Wasp Radio!