Sunday, November 8, 2009

2007 : 18 "Stay Tuned" by Robert Wyatt

From Wikipedia: "Recently the verb 'Wyatting,' named obviously after Robert Wyatt, appeared in some blogs and music magazines to describe the practice of playing weird tracks on a pub jukebox to annoy the other pub goers. The name was coined by Carl Neville, a 36-year-old English teacher from London, because one of the favourite LPs for this effect is Dondestan."

I can't help but think that this is unfair. Robert Wyatt's music may not be everybody's thing, but to use his music as a prank on hapless drinkers does the man a grave disservice. He never meant anyone any harm, he only has a simple song to sing. One listen to the sweet, broken and warbled "Stay Tuned" should be all the convincing one needs.

Neil Jendon

Listen: Robert Wyatt >> "Stay Tuned"

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