Not going to get many chances to use this, so here it is in all
of its stylish glory...The Turkish issue of the Yassassin single!
Johnny looks up at the stars...Part two
Since the announcement of the Meltdown line-up, the UK press have this week been running stories with headlines along the lines of 'PRESENTER ROSS TO DJ FOR HERO BOWIE'. Regular readers of BowieNet news will already be familiar with the lanky DJ's appreciation of David Bowie's music, (03/23/02 SNIPPET: JR, DB AND JR) and how he plays a Bowie tune pretty well every week on his Saturday morning Radio 2 show here in the UK.
Last week Jonathan played 'Little Wonder', and today he chose the rarely-heard-on-the-radio 'Yassassin'! This was preceded by some talk of how he was approaching his spot at Meltdown on the 29th of June. He explained his intention to make it a bit of a 25th wedding anniversary type atmosphere, with tunes such as the 'Birdy Song', plastic bananas and prizes for best dancer...or something along those lines.
Before playing this week's selection Jonathan exclaimed that the track was from the "underrated album Lodger", (Hear! Hear!) and went on to say 'Yassassin' was "a track I've never heard on the radio, let's see if I can correct that terrible sin."
Before we leave 'Britain's Worst Dressed Man', I must mention a show back in the first week of April on which hypnotist Paul McKenna was the guest. Jonathan suggested that through the power of somnambulism they should "start a cult whose members dress flamboyantly, and hang out at weekends listening to Bowie". To which McKenna replied "I thought you already had."
On the same show Mr Ross played 'The Bewlay Brothers', on vinyl, and bemoaned the demise of the large format artwork of full size album sleeves. He explained that, as opposed to the illegible text on CD sleeves, he could now actually read the back cover of 'Hunky Dory' and realised that 'Life On Mars?' was inspired by Frankie... Howerd!
PS - If you missed that John Lydon interview on