Band news 2: Space Heroes are on the Download Demo slot this week. That's where you listen to three demos and vote on which one gets played in its entirety next week. Assuming that you don't want to curse! Realplayer for half an hour while poking the forward-five-minutes button (it wasn't fun), I'm going to transcribe from memory what was actually said. Your actors are Tim (presenter), Sidekick of Tim (co-presenter) and Ronan (editor of Oxford music mag Nightshift and bringer of the demos).
Following a bit of opening banter, they're straight into a tiny, rough-sounding, oddly-cut clip of Space Heroes Groovy Dancer. [You can listen to the rest of the Demo there, too.] Ronan immediately chips in with how you have to see this band live because the demo doesn't capture a fraction of how exciting the live show is, because they have a fantastic live drummer who just bangs on and on and doesn't quit, and how amazing she is, how like a metronome, and gives a bit of background and pedigree about the band, members etc. and then Tim chips in with how they had to cut the clip they played because of a naughty word, and sidekick agrees, using the words apparently even robots swear. Next up is a slice of 80s smooth jazz from The Colins of Paradise -- a couple of verses -- you should wait until you hear the singer come in, at least. Tim and sidekick and Ronan praise this enthusiastically for being so different from what they normally get sent in, and describe it as refreshing. Then Tim and sidekick go off into an extended banter about whether or not Bob Holness played the saxophone in Baker Street [as debunked in popular christmas gift book Bears Can't Run Downhill] and then, having exhausted that, mockulate Ronan by telling him he should go on Mastermind with the special topic of 80s music. Ronan points out that there are huge quantities of 80s music he knows nothing about, which Tim and Sidekick clearly [and probably correctly] disbelieve. Back on the music, they summarise the tracks briefly and Tim asides that Space Heroes sound not altogether unlike Neu!, at which point Sidekick opines that audience is likely to be composed of ignorant mud-grubbing island monkeys who know not of this Neu! of which they speak. Some disagreement about how much (if any) of their audience is Neu!-ignorant mud-grubbing island monkeys follows. The end.
If you care at all about the freedom of robots to swear, vote Space Heroes. Mud-grubbing island monkeys will thank you. In person.
*I may be exaggerating. A bit.