02 The Fuse Is Lit
03 Introduction To Swedish Rhapsody
04 Swedish Rhapsody
05 Getting Nothing But Static
06 The Nation Needs You
07 Our Bodies Throb In Unison
08 Shape Up And Dance with 'Strictly Cuban'
09 Claudine Is Blue
10 One Lazy Sunday Afternoon In 1984
11 The Vinyl Countdown
12 An Explanation Of Love
14 Cuban Boy - From The TV Programme 'Still Game'
15 The Cuban Boys Remember Their Two Weeks In Showbiz
16 Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man
17 Summer Song
18 Brigitte Gets Sand In Her Walkman
20 The Penthouse Messiahs
21 A Distant Signal Of Hope Fades Away
22 A Farewell To Swedish Rhapsody
23 Close Down
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years ago THE CUBAN BOYS were the pioneers of MP3s and mash-ups.
Their weekly residency on the John Peel Show threw up tracks
that veered from the sublime (Hoagy Carmichael's 'Stardust'
turned into an epic proto-trance track) to the ridiculous
(sampling Peelie's alarm clock when he played it on air, and
releasing it as a 7" vinyl single). Ahead of their time
and at the top of their game, they were offering MP3 downloads,
streaming virals and mobile phone exclusives when the current
pop upstarts were still in the infants.
Radio 1 Sessions were legendary at the BBC. Then the band
scored a monstrous million-selling Christmas hit in 1999 with
the novelty song 'Cognoscenti Vs. Intelligentsia'. The single
was never officially titled 'The Hamsterdance Song' because
nobody at EMI ever asked them to. Following the release of
'Eastwood' - "the weirdest album EMI has ever issued
in 100 years" - the band left to join a rival multi-national
company, before unexpectedly and mysteriously vanishing from
sight with the loot.
Cuban Boys now believe the world has caught up with them.
They tentatively put their heads above the parapet in 2005
to release a tribute to their friend and mentor John Peel,
and to record a Christmas Session for John Kennedy at XFM.
To commemorate their 10th Anniversary, the Boys have returned
in full effect with a recording which is typically both obtuse
and familiar - THE SATELLITE JUNKYARD.
this recording you will discover striking new tracks entwined
with those restored from their Festive 50 legacies and even
the re-incarnation of the bands first demo which became
the theme to the popular cult BBC TV Show, Still Game.
SATELLITE JUNKYARD is a bridge between art and science, it
is also a gateway from the bands past to the future.
was voted the 29th most popular tune in 1999s John Peel
Festive 50 on BBC Radio 1.
was the bands first ever demo and was played on BBC
Radio 1 just two weeks after being recorded. It later became
the theme tune to the cult BBC TV Show, Still Game.
THE NATION NEEDS YOU
was recorded as a special tribute to the bands friend
and longterm champion, John Peel, who died in 2004. It was
voted #33 in the last ever John Peel Festive 50.
appeared in its original form as the Theme For Prim &
Proper on the Old Skool For Scoundrels EP and made #22 in
1999s Festive 50.
The Satellite Junkyard is a recording derived from a broadcast
made by the Octothorpe Number Station. The origin of the number
station, like the majority of its counterparts, remains uncertain.
Number station transmissions usually consist of a shortwave
radio signal with a sequence of voices reading streams of
numbers, words, letters, tunes or morse code. The broadcasts
are widely believed to be channels of communication used to
send coded messages to secret government agencies.
has been reported that number stations have existed since
World War I, making them amongst the earliest radio broadcasts.
The voices that can be heard on these stations often speak
in a wide variety of languages, though most are often mechanically
Some stations use background tones, possibly as an aid to
tune to the correct frequency which can then be captured using
burst transmission technology, where the coded message is
sent by modulating the tones.
Although there are many differences in details between the
stations, most follow the same blueprint of a prelude or identifier,
followed by a sequence of sound combinations, finishing with
an end-point which is often a reprise of the identifier. The
main body of the broadcast often lasts for no more than 30-45
minutes and can feature either complex or basic content.
OCTOTHORPE NUMBER STATION
As previously detailed, the origin of the Octothorpe Number
Station, has not yet been established. The station uses Swedish
Rhapsody as an identifier, the significance of this
is unclear, but it is unlikely that this is a reference to
the location of the station.
Unusually, the Octothorpe Number Station broadcasts from a
variety of platforms, including both digital and frequency
modulated radio channels. This makes the station fairly unique
and experimental in its approach.
SATELLITE JUNKYARD PROJECT
The Satellite Junkyard is an audio recording spanning 2700
seconds and is based around a broadcast made by the Octothorpe
Number Station. The integrity of the original document was
salvaged by re-encoding the raw data archived on magnetic
media. This process was undertaken by specialists at the World-famous
Schullmann Institute. The Cuban Boys were then commissioned
to callibrate and configure the data into its original context
as a coherent audio stream.
available The Satellite Junkyard (Decoded)
compendium to the standard version of the album.