90s Style — Episode 07 (Cowboys, Princes, Astronauts and Spies)

Patrick again was suffering from malaise this week and though he promised to keep his gibber to a minimum plenty of it snuck in regardless, including an opening gambit on the NRL Grand Final:

On Sunday evening last I watched the North Queensland Cowboys win its first ever NRL premiership. The Cowboys joined the competition in 1995 and it wasn’t until Round 8 that they secured their first ever victory, a 14-10 away win over the Illawarra Steelers. That was in April and in the charts that week was a minor novelty hit from a dude name Master Wel — not your typical rapper, he was 52 at the time of this release — and sadly he killed himself in 2002, so he never got to see the Cowboys finally achieve success.

After playing a former Australian #1 hit from DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Patrick spoke at some length about Will Smith. You really should listen to the piece but, you know, here is a synopsis:

Will Smith was one of the true stars of the 90s and he was especially popular in Australia, where he’s had three #1 hits (Boom! Shake the Room as the Fresh Prince in 1994, Men In Black in 1997 and Switch in 2005). He also charted highly with Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It, Will2K and Wild Wild West. After the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Smith became a bona fide film superstar through roles in Bad Boys, Independence Day and Men In Black, and to a much lesser extent, as the sperm donor child of Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg in Made In America. Several 90s Will Smith vehicles are now being rebooted: he’s planning a mid-2016 tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bad Boys threequels and fourquels are in pre-production and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is set to be reimagined with Smith as the executive producer. Here’s what Will Smith recently had to say about the tour and working on new material:

“When you’ve had a certain amount of success, it seems like it should breed confidence. But it actually doesn’t…When you win a lot, and then you lose the ability to lose. You’re not allowed to lose anymore. You actually lose the ability to create. The reckless abandon—and it’s something I’m actually getting back from watching my kids. They really don’t care. That kind of reckless abandon and that lack of fear. And not trying to protect anything, and not trying to live up to a legacy or anything like that. Fear is the killer of creativity, man. And there’s also a misconception about failing. No, you have to fail a lot. You have to fail early. You have to fail often. And you have to fail forward. So I’m trying to get comfortable getting back to failing.”

Will doesn’t at all sound like a Scientologist there.

Then followed two former Australian #1 hits, including one from the last EP to top the local chart, with a famous 90s movie trailer sandwiched between them for some interspace nostalgia. Afterwards, Patrick discoursed on James Bond themesongs:

Sam Smith’s new track Writing’s On The Wall is the main title theme of the new James Bond film Spectre; coming to cinemas in Australia on 12 November 2015. Writing’s On The Wall is the first Bond theme to top the UK charts, eclipsing the #2 peak of Skyfall by Adele. The 90s was without doubt the absolute nadir of Bond Themes. During the 60s, 70s and 80s, huge artists of the day recorded stunning tracks for Bond films: artists including Duran Duran, Paul McCartney & Wings, Louis Armstrong, A-ha, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Lulu and Carly Simon. There were only three Bond films during the 90s — all Pierce Brosnan and all very good — and the three acts performing the main titles themes were all big name stars: Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow and Garbage; but none of these songs really made much of an impact, certainly not the impression we’ve seen since the Naughties with Madonna, Chris Cornell, Jack White & Alicia Keys and the prenominate Adele recording the themesong. So well done to Sam Smith for keeping the current high standard going!

Patrick’s Year 12 diary made another appearance:

Note that Patrick wrote in Blink-182's All The Small Things as simply Small Things.

Note that Patrick wrote in Blink-182’s All The Small Things as simply Small Things.

And Patrick closed things off with another lunar themed pop song, a listener request and a novelty-metal classic from the early 90s.

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