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Here’s an innovative marketing idea!

I found this curiosity amongst a box of very old records. It’s a drinks coaster advertising Idris Lemon Squash that doubles as a vinyl record. Unfortunately I don’t have a gramophone so have no way of listening to it. It name-checks ‘His Majesty’ so pre-dates Queen Elizabeth (1953). If anyone knows more about this please let me know!

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#nowspinning | Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange – Music From The Soundtrack

This is a fantastic score, featuring classics by Elgar, Beethoven and Rossini. It’s most significant though for it’s use of synthesisers to recreate versions of classical music, including use of a vocoder. Wendy Carlos (then Walter), was previously famous for her Switched on Bach albums, which featured more classical music performed on Moog modular synthesisers. We can thank Wendy for helping bring both synthesisers and classical music into contemporary popular culture.

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Song of the Day | Cerrone – Supernature

Checkout this 1970’s funky disco classic by Cerrone. Imagining a dystopian in which creatures from down below would take revenge on mankind, it sounds very synthwave / Stranger Things now. This song was a hit on the US disco charts and had some success in the UK where it reached number 8 in the charts. 10 years later it was covered by Erasure…