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From ‘The thing you think is so new and neat isn’t nearly so new or neat as you imagine’ archive.
In the early Seventies Frank Zappa edited together stage footage from some of his concerts into a programme format for television. The package was ready to broadcast and he offered it to the television companies for free. All those cool and edgy internet bands you love are following in his footsteps ..

From our Welsh correspondent

Richard Emmanuel Jones

Screaming Lord Sutch and the Loony lotto

 Helo. Now I’m often told that breakfast is the most important meal of the morning. And the way to a man’s heart is through his ribs. But barbecue ribs is an unhealthy breakfast. It’s hard to keep up with the fads. Anyway it’s dinner time, and joining me for a feast of foolery is a man who needs an introduction, and security clearance, and a touch of febreeze by the smell of it, – the not-quite-so-screaming-now Lord Sutch. Not-quite-so-screaming-now Lord Sutch! Croeso i Llanfihangel-y-creuddun! –

NQSSNLS:- Hello Richard! –

REJ:- Hello. Nawrte boys bach, have you got any healthy living tips for the bored? –

NQSSNLS:- Not really, I hanged myself –

REJ:- And how did that work out for you? –

NQSSNLS:- Pretty final really. You see my mother died, and –

REJ:- But did you feel healthier in your self? –

NQSSNLS:- Do you want my hat? –

REJ:- Diolch yn fawr iawn! Yes indeed! Such esprit de corpse.

NQSSNLS:- No, seriously, it should be the last thing you do –

REJ:- Not quite, not-quite-so-screaming-now Lord Sutch! the last thing anyone should do is an interview with me –

NQSSNLS:- Well make it quick cos I want to watch Wimbledon.

REJ:- Me too.

NQSSNLS:- Fire away then –

REJ:- Well you’re rushing me now. I’ve already missed the manifest-o pun.

NQSSNLS:- Ok I’ll just tell you about my Loony lotto. Now there are 6 million households in the UK with an average net wealth of £4 million each. There are 20 million households. Now what is 6 x 4? –

REJ:- er…some fours –

NQSSNLS:- How many? –

REJ:- About six –

NQSSNLS:- Let’s pretend it’s 24 –

REJ:- Ooooh! you loony! you can’t just go around pretending things and hope that it’s too complicated for people to notice.

NQSSNLS:- So if you put all the money in a hat and made every ticket win, then every one would have a million pounds. One ticket per household. Terms and conditions don’t apply –

REJ:- What’s the four million spare for? –

NQSSNLS:- the hat.

REJ:- Hmmmm. What’s my line now? –

NQSSNLS:- Well you have to make it sound silly –

REJ:- Wimbledon! Come on Andy!



Laurie Anderson ‘O Superman’ from 1982.



Just a reminder that, although we have lost true artists lately there are still plenty working hard.


Édouard Vuillard (French, Post-Impressionism, 1868-1940): Evening Effect, 1895. Pastel, 31.6 x 30.8 cm (12.44 x 12.13 inches). Private Collection.


Yoshimune Arai (Japanese, 1873-1945): Fishing Boat, “Night Scenes” Series; c. 1910-30s. Woodblock color print.


Julie Smiley (American, b. 1977): Above Street, 2015. Oil on panel, 18 x 24 inches. John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis (Sacramento), California, USA. © Julie Smiley.

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