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We're Drunk and We Know ThingsNov 23, 2018
Jaws! (The ultimate episode)
Back in March, we sat down to record a bumper bonus episode to celebrate the end of WDAWKT as a regular podcast. After we'd recorded, we went out for a few drinks, a nice meal, and a few more drinks, and in the glow of companionship and the fog of the following hangover, we rather forgot actually to edit, master or release the episode. So here you have it. Six months late(r) than planned, the final WDAWKT - Jaws!
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is an indispensable companion to all those who are keen to make sense of life in an infinitely complex and confusing Universe, for though it cannot hope to be useful or informative on all matters, it does at least make the reassuring claim, that where it is inaccurate it is at least definitively inaccurate. In cases of major discrepancy it's always reality that's got it wrong."
Don't panic! We're not doing the movie, or the TV show, or the books, or even most of the radio show. This episode is all about the OG HHG, the first ever part of the radio show that spawned all of the above. So grab your towel, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
Warning: Contains 150% of your daily recommended allowance of Dick jokes.
We're not sure what led us down the rabbit hole that ended at Warren Beatty's 1990 live action interpretation of the classic detective comic strip. We're even less sure if we like the film or not. One thing is for certain, it's got "Style". With an all star cast (mostly unrecognisable) an award winning soundtrack (full of songs only a mother could love) and a colour palette of 7 (count em), and some of the worst matte work in cinema history, it's certainly of an era. Is it good? Well you'll just have to listen to find out*
* Unless of course you've seen the film in which case you already know the answer and we share your pain.
Part two of our hacker, tech, double bill is a different beast, less 00's cyberjizz and more grounded. With an all-star ensemble (seriously, check out the cast!) Sneakers actually is an undersung classic. Sure it has some plot holes but where else do you get these actors on screen together doing something that may be semi accurate with cryptography? We love it, we hope you will too.
It's a techy, hacky, cyber double bill this month starting with what we'd love to call an under appreciated classic ... but we can't cos it's not. What it is though is The early 00s on a plate! From Travolta chewing the sets, to Halle Berry smouldering so hard she's in danger of setting fire to John's interesting hair piece, a techno sound track from none other than Paul Oakenfold - it's got it all ... so why don't we like it? Well you'll just have to listen to find out.
WDAWKT Top 10 Christmas Songs!
It's beginning to look a lot like the most wonderful time for dashing through the snow with all I Want for Christmas... we're back with our second festive top ten, this time it's Christmas songs! As ever, a medley of seasonal songs and a reminder to not record in the same pub that's showing the rugby (sorry about that). There's something for everyone, from classic crooners, to punk pop hits, heck even the muppets show up again.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from WDAWKT and we'll see you in the New Year
WDAWKT Top 10 Christmas Movies!
Happy festive season to one and all. And in the spirit of giving, we're giving you not one but 10 movies wrapped up in this, the first of our Christmas specials. From the warming seasonal classics, to the hotly debated, each and every film on the list is hand picked by one of the WDAWKT crew to bring a little holiday joy into your life. Should it be the case that we haven't included your favourite then let us know, and we'll definitely add it next year, probably, maybe.
We figured a change of pace would be welcome this month and so we dive into the modern kitchen with the father of modern cuisine Auguste Escoffier ... not literally, he's been dead for a while. But we get to take a tasty trip through the history of the man himself, his impact on the kitchen, and we do it all to a back drop of carousel music (don't ask). Bon appetit!
Continuing with our shameless rehashing of previous content in the name of nostalgia (what? If Hollywood can do it then we definitely can), we're heading back to the scary, wonderful world of robotics. From fictional to friendly to "holy cow is that real?" we cover the origins, the current day and look at the future of what could be. WE TALKIN' 'BOUT 'BOTS BABY!!!
Blade Runner 2049
We're going back to the beginning ... almost, as we revisit two of our earliest episodes. The first is a sequel to one of our favourite films, and it kinda holds up. Denis Villeneuve, Roger Deakins, and an all star cast return to LA to make a movie that's nearly as good as the first one. But not quite. Enjoy!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Do you ever wonder if we just phone this in? Well sometimes we do - by returning to a topic that's so beloved to us, your nerdy, inebriated hosts, that we can pretty much just show up and smash it out. This month, after the excitement of John Williams, we're back with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it's exactly what you expect... except it took Mike like 4 goes to get started. Enjoy!
It was only a matter of time before we finally had to spend a whole episode talking about one of the most influential composers in cinema history. John Williams (not a sir) has scored some of our favourite film franchises, plus a couple we're not so hot on, so this bumper episode is all about him. From humble beginnings as a jazz pianist, to the world's largest bookshelf for all his awards, and a return of the John Williams game, we can only hope that this does the man justice. He is, after all, an absolute legend.
Did you know there were over 50 hand-held gaming systems out there? It's not just about the gameboy!!! Ok it's mostly about Gameboys, but it's still a finger flying, button clicking, adventure from the early handheld battles, through the battery life renaissance, and into the future as we look at all things digit-al ... digit ... as in finger? No?
Lethal Weapon 3 and 4
Picking up where we left off it's time to finish this! This being the Lethal Weapon series in case you weren't sure. And while the first two are dark and moody, the second two are ... also pretty dark but feature Jet Li and some seriously silly stuntwork.
Oh and Rob gets really cross about E3, Mike decides to break into spontaneous song for no reason, and it audibly rains throughout the whole recording - like WDAWKT Noir only we're not washed up PIs with a half a bottle of whiskey in the desk drawer and a tragic back story.
Lethal Weapon 1 and 2
Proving once and for all that we may be too old for this stuff, we're back with a double header, an iconic duo of films starring the iconic duo of Gibson and Glover, its the first part of Lethal Weapon!
Mike Buys Bitcoin
Turns out, even after our amazing Live Show where we talked all about BitCoin, Mike has never actually bought any. This changes today as we cover most of the entire process, from opening an exchange account, to funding, trading, configuration of a hardware wallet and monitoring the value of BitCoin. Of course we're doing this outside a pub so expect it to go wrong...
Disclaimer: The contents of this episode are for entertainment purposes only and nothing contained herein should be considered investment advise. Please do your own research and remember that Crypto Currencies are a highly volatile asset class. None of the content should be considered an endorsement of services or platforms.
We didn't go looking for trouble, but sometimes, when you're recording a podcast in a small bar, in a sleepy town in the middle of Jersey, trouble finds you.
In this case, trouble was the owner of the bar demanding we settle our tab ... which was fine cos we'd been there a while discussing the cultural impact of Jack Reacher! Over 24 years, 25 books 2 movies and one soon to be release TV show Reacher is a brand juggernaut. Quality is debatable, but success and impact is not.
So grab your folding toothbrush, hop on the WDAWKT bus (destination anywhere but here) as we head deep into Reacher country.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
And now for something completely different. We told you season 3 was gonna mix it up and this is us doing just that. Our first ever episode dedicated entirely to one computer game (just happens to be one of Rob's faves). 1992 SNES Action RPG The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
From the concept through to it's impact on later games and the very odd semi realtime expansion that was only available in Japan, we hack, slash, dash and fall per way through the world of Hyrule in both its guises, and along the way come to realise that the true power of the Triforce was within us all along... also that retro games are super cool!
Ghost in the Shell
Continuing our two part exploration of classic Anime, this episode is all about Ghost in the Shell. And we mean the 1995 original not the weird, live-action remake, or one of the many spin offs. We explore the expanded universe of the movie (briefly) and generally marvel at the progression of animation techniques that led rise to this absolute masterpiece.
Don't worry btw, we're not turning into an Anime podcast, we're back in our next episode with something completely different!
After a brief hiatus we're back with a new (ish) format and this first episode, the opener for a double bill of Anime goodness with Akira.
Ho ho ho, it's Christmas time! Which can only mean one thing, Mike and Rob have dug into the Xmas movie archives to find something for you to unwrap. But you don't need to wait till the big day, oh no, our gift to you is ready right now, and it's Richard Donner's underrated dark festive cautionary tale Scrooged!
Recorded almost entirely off the cuff (because someone forgot to make any notes), we join Bill Murray on his hysterical interpretation of Dicken's classic, missing no opportunity to relish in delight at every nuance of one of our favourite Christmas films of all time.
Come fly with us, amongst the stars ... well star ... ok we're going to the moon and that's about it. But we are exploring (see what we did there?) the rocket-powered world of space travel which remains a fantastic example of mankind going a long way in a short time and then realising they have a lot further to go before they're done and giving up for a bit.
Sputnik? We got it. Gemini? Obvs. Apollo? 1 through 17. And a smattering of shuttles, some Space X Heavy action and a load more besides.
Intro Music: Intergalactic, The Beastie © 2009 Capitol Records, LLC
Outro Music: Spaceman, Babylon Zoo ℗ © 2011 EMI Records Ltd
Space, Spice, Sting, Scrotum Turds, Toto ... it can only be Dune in this month's WDAWKT movie extravaganza.
We'd originally planned this to coincide with the release of the new movie but, COVID happened, the new movie got bounced to 2021 and we decided to do it anyway. To be clear, this is Lynch's 1984 imagining and you'll have to listen to find out if we liked it.
With a very convoluted plot summary (because it's a very convoluted plot - it's Dune), a reasonable comparison to the book, some brutal honesty and 5-star reviews (as Mike says, "there are loads of 1-star reviews - have you seen this film?") it's a long ole episode ... but it's a long ole film so what are you gonna do?
Intro Music: Dune Main Title, Toto ℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Outro Music: Travelling Without Moving, Jamiroquai ℗ 2013 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
It was bound to happen eventually, and it was even more bound to happen during backwards month. For MIke's Debut Deep Dive he's diving deep into the art of brewing as we talk beer!
From the truly ancient historical roots through to modern-day hipster brewing trends we sip, gulp, quaff and belch our way through the wonderful, rich and complex world of beer making ... while also drinking beer. The only thing that's missing from this month's episode is the kebab at the end of it all, and we figure you know just where to find one of those.
Intro Music: Beer:30, Florida Georgia Line ℗ 2020 Big Macgine Label Group, LLC
Outro Music: Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Splodgenessabounds ℗ 2017 Cherry Red Records
It's backwards month! And that means Rob is doing a movie and Mike is in charge of the deep dive. Which film could Rob possibly want to talk about for an hour? Well, it would be Hackers or Big Trouble but we've already done those. Frozen II was considered but Mike would likely explode. So we've gone back to the 80s as we download into the grid and play some awesome video games in Tron!
With all the usual segments you'd expect, a rambling plot review, one-star reviews and lots of yummy production tidbits, all you have to do is sit back, download and try to avoid getting digitized by an industrial laser beam.
Intro Music: Tron Scherzo, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Wendy Carlos ℗ 2001 Walt Disney Records
Outo Music: Theme from Tron, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Wendy Carlos ℗ 2001 Walt Disney Records
We're going back in time! To a time before time was timed, but do we have enough time to talk about time? The answers to this and absolutely nothing else are to be found in this weird and wonderful episode where we talk Time Travel.
Listen as we explore the possibility of visiting the past, the future and end up right back where we started. With paradoxes galore, we hope you'll join us on this journey through chronological madness... if you kind find the time that is.
Intro Music: One More Time, Daft Punk ℗ 2001 Daft Life under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd.
Outro Music: Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper ℗ 2009 Sony Music Entertainment
Back to the Future
"We're were going, we don't need roads!" ... but we do need to spend at least an hour chatting about 80's time travel classic Back to the Future. From concept through to execution we lift the lid on this tested family favourite with 1-star reviews, a fair quantity of debate over the merits of the other movies in the series, and the realization that, according to this movie, a white teenager invented rock n roll ... sure.
Intro Music: Back to the Future, Alan Silvestri ℗© 1985 Geffen Records
Outro Music: The Power Of Love, Huey Lewis and The News ℗© 1985 Geffen Records
We're breaking it down to the letter, crossing the t's and dotting the i's, writing it up and writing it down ... yeah, it's time to talk Type! This one is longer than normal but then it's not often we do a deep dive into something that's been around since the DAWN OF TIME! And there's a quiz and they always throw our timings off.
So if you want to know the difference between and En Dash and an Em Dash, or you're curious about why an ampersand is an ampersand, or you want to be amazed by the lengths samurai would go to prove themselves worthy (that's in the bloopers btw) then hit play and enjoy.
Intro Music: The Typewriter, Leroy Anderson ℗© A Geffen Records Release; This Compilation 1997 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Outro Music: My Type, Saint Motel ℗© 2015 WEA International Inc.
The Third Man
Vienna, 1949. Still ravaged by the ravages of the second World War, the once beautiful city is bruised and battered but still standing, hints of her former glory still present even as the Americans, British, French, and Soviets portion her up.
This is the stage for the Third Man, British Noir excellence which has been ranked as variously, "the greatest British film of all time" and "the second best British film ever" ... so it's really good!
We explore the twisty world of Harry Lime and chums and along the way learn a little bit about what it was like to make a film in the true golden age of cinema.
Intro Music: Harry Lime Theme, Anton Karas, ℗© 1997 Elite Special
Outro Music: Holly Gets Drunk at the Casanova Club, Anton Karas, © 2017 Stage & Screen
We've been thinking and are both in agreement - email is where it's at ... at ... ? ... no? Oh fine! We're still gonna take this episode to explore the wonder that it Electronic Mail though.
From its humble origins displacing flag waving hot air balloonists, to the pervasion of spam, we're doing it all. You'll be subjected to SMTP, POP, IMAP, BLT, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. the works! So grab yourself a cold one, kick back and relax and leave it to us to CC you through.
Intro music: E-Mail (2017 Remaster), The Petshop Boys ℗© 2017 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd
Outro Music: You Don't Send Me Penis Growth Pill Emails Anymore, Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer ℗© 2019 Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer
The French Connection
"Popeye is here!"
Everyone relax, we're back with the '71 gritty, suspense-filled cop drama The French Connection. We're walking the mean streets of a pretty grim new York city as we try to work out just what the hell is going on in William Friedkin's classic.
With one-star reviews, no small amount of gushing and the answer to that perennial question - is it still a car chase if you're chasing a train - we hope you'll enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it. And if not? No biggy, there's another episode in 2 weeks.
Star Trek - Part 3 - The Undiscovered Country, Generations
Part 3, The Stumble Home! We did it gang! Half the movies! Listen in as Rob and Mike talk through The Undiscovered Country at great length, then realise they have a whole other film! They're 5 hours in to recording, will they make it!?!!?!?
Star Trek - Part 2 - The Search for Spock, The Voyage Home, The Final Frontier
Ok, so this one is also an hour and a half long. On the plus side, by the time you get to 45 mins in you'll be halfway through our Star Trek Mega Marathon!
In this episode, we talk about Nimoy's ability to direct and make money, Shatner's inability to direct ... and to make money, transparent aluminium, iPads in space, and do our best to work through the worst and second-worst of the whole series and the one where they travel back in time!
Just remember, however bad your day may be going, you're not the one who had to remove Shatner's gusset after a hard day's filming / directing.
Intro music: The Search For Spock (Theme From "Star Trek III"), James Horner © 1984 Paramount Pictures Corporation ℗ 1984 Capitol Records, Inc.
Outro music: End Credits, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Jerry Goldsmith ℗ CBS Records Inc. © Paramount Pictures Corporation
Star Trek - Part 1 - The Motion Picture & Wrath of Khan
We've talked about it, threatened it, argued over it and we've finally done it - a Star Trek episode. But rather than picking our favourite (Wrath of Khan obv.) we decided to run a bumper edition of 3 weekly episodes covering all 6 original cast movies and Generations to round it off!
We've got 1 Star Reviews and tech from the Trek universe that made it into our world all mixed up with a bunch of Shatner-esque pauses, Nimoy eyebrow raises and more.
Intro music: Main Title (Album Version) Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Gerry Goldsmith © 1979, 1999 Paramount Pictures Corporation, © 1974, 1976, 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Outro Music: Epilogue / End Title Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, James Horner ℗ 1982 Paramount Pictures Corporation. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. © 1982 Paramount Pictures Corporation
This week we've got Pac-Man Fever!
It's Pac-Man's 40th Birthday this month and we're talking about his record-breaking history, his life story, and we may just learn a little something about life along the way!
Intro music: Pac Man (Trap Remix), Joe Monday © 2015 Joe Monday
Outro music: Pac-Man Fever, Buckner& Garcia ©1981 ℗ 2010 Buckner & Garcia/Fuel Label Group
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Mike and Rob and a bumper episode full of super goodness. While this one can't claim to be faster than a speeding anything (it's long) at least it sounds better than the last two!
Learn everything there is to know about the making of the O.G. Superman (none of that reboot BS here, oh no!) including the stuff the had to invent to make the movie work, the amazing alternate casting that never was, and the wonder of Marlon Brando going "full Brando" and suggesting he could be re-cast as a bagel (we're not joking).
And sure it's a bit long but we figure you've all got more time on your hands until we're allowed outside so sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Intro music: Prelude and Main Title March, John Williams ℗© 2005 Warner Strategic Marketing
Outro music: Goku vs Superman, Epic Rap Battles of History ©2014 Maker Studios
Still in lockdown and still with poor audio quality (sorry about that, we'll do better next time), we're back and exploring the exciting world of RISC architecture. Do you know how a CPU works? Mike doesn't. Rob, might, you have to give it a listen and find out.
With an utterly amazing fact, a load of IBM (and Apple, and others) and some metaphors so tenuous even we can't believe we got away with them, what are you waiting for? Let's get ... processing!
Intro Music: Computer Love (2009 Remaster), Kraftwerk ℗ 2009 Ralf Hütter/Kraftwerk
Outro Music: The Power, Snap! ℗© 1990 BMG Rights Management GmbH
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Recording from lockdown! Not even Coronavirus is gonna stop us from bringing you your fortnightly fix of WDAWKT! Of course, we had to record it remotely, but it's all here, a perfect run-through of a classic western. This month we're heading to the wild west ... of Spain ... to ride across the desert that is Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Intro Music: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Main Title), Ennio Morricone ℗© 2004 Capitol Records, LLC
Outro Music: The Ecstacy of Gold, Ennio Morricone ℗© 2004 Capitol Records, LLC
Self Driving Cars
As the Beatles famously didn't say, "Baby, mine can drive itself!"
This month we talk about autonomous driving vehicle things! From cars to drones, to combine harvesters in Interstellar we discuss it all and more!
Big Trouble In Little China
We considered whether this movie would be too self-indulgent - but what's the point of having a podcast if you can't indulge every so often? We're heading back into the lurid world of John Carpenter with this month's movie, martial arts, mysticism and a healthy dose of humility as we head into the depths of San Francisco China Town.
North by Northwest
Suit up and get running! In revenge for Frozen, Mike picked this month's movie and it's a classic! We head North by Northwest, enabled by Hitchcock and Grant and on the way? Well, anything could happen!
Disney - The CGI Years
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
We're getting started with a bang and addressing one of Mike's blank spots as we take a wander through the winter wonderland that is, Frozen (turns out Mike really doesn't like Disney musicals). Grab a reindeer and ride along as we discover just how much Mike doesn't like Disney musicals, how much Rob doesn't know about Disney Princes (which he's totally happy with) and all your usual favorite elements.
Intro Music: Vuelie [feat. Cantus], Christophe Beck & Frode Fjellheim ℗ 2013 Walt Disney Records © 2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Outro Music: In Summer, Josh Gad ℗ 2013 Walt Disney Records © 2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, except Mike & Rob who, wine bottle in hand, come crashing down the chimney and leave sooty footprints all over the place in their search for the origins of Father Christmas. From the origins of St Nick, through the dark ages of Slavic and Nordic tradition, one thing's for damn sure... you'll never look at Santa the same way again!
Not suitable for children, or adults of a nervous disposition.
Intro Music: Carol of the Bells, John Williams ©℗ 1990 Twentieth Century Fox, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment
Outro Music: Back Door Santa, B. B. King ©℗ 2017 Universal International Music B.V.
The Star Wars Holiday Special
Beginning a long career of cashing in on his own franchise, George Lucas alleges he had nothing to do with this 1978, made for TV, musical bonanza. We call BS as this is clearly the work of some kind of twisted genius with a penchant for variety TV.
Featuring songs by Diahann Carroll, Jefferson Starship, Bea Arthur, and event Carrie Fisher which just goes to show you really can buy anybody, it's so utterly terrible that it took us two attempts to record it! So gather round and let's enjoy the age-old tale of Wookies, life day and the importance of family... who will likely thank you to not ever show them this
Intro Music: Light the Sky on Fire, Jefferson Starship ℗© 1998 Jefferson Starship, Inc., under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.
Outro Music: It's a surprise :)
It's more interesting than it sounds ... honest! Mike & Rob look back at the history of antitrust action in the US and how it can apply to today's big tech companies... see told you it was interesting! Of course, we do so with quite a bit of childish innuendo, a range of slightly adult themes and be sure to stay tuned for the very special "bloopers" 🧀
Intro Music: Competition, Brother Culture ℗© Evidence Music
Outro Music: Babybel Advert (1992), Various © Babybel
The Hateful Eight
It finally happened - we did a Tarrantino movie. Specifically, The Hateful Eight from 2015.
Mercifully, MIke manages to avoid going full film nerd and, instead, explores the nuance of one of the world's greatest directors in traditional puerile fashion. Rob gets confused by the movie and, it's very loud throughout. Enjoy!
Intro Music: L'Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock, Ennio Morricone ℗© 2015 Cine-Manic Productions Limited, under exclusive licence to Decca, a division of Unversal Music Operations Ltd
Outro Music: Prejudice, Tim Minchin ℗© Laughing Stock Productions
The Life of Jim Henson
Sorry We're (Drunk) and Late! It'll be worth the wait as this month we delve into the the genius of Jim Henson! Rob takes Mike through the life of the master puppeteer, writer and Director; Mike totally gets more than 50% on a quiz about Muppets, and things get downright emotional talking about childhood! Oh, and bad accents and dick jokes. Enjoy!
Intro Music: The Muppet Show Theme ℗ 2011 Walt Disney Records, Inc © 2011 Disney
Outro Music: The Fraggle Rock Theme ℗© 2016 The Jim Henson Company
The Dark Crystal
1982, or a thousand years ago whichever you prefer, Rob has dragged Mike back into one of his childhood favourites in this month's movie segment, as they explore the muppet filled planet of Thra in The Dark Crystal.
Featuring a solid critique of a modern classic, a rock hard lambasting of the sequel, and an iron-clad agreement that the soundtrack is utter pants, we invite you to join us as we attempt to find smut in a beloved children's classic ... and succeed!
Intro Music: The Dark Crystal Overture, Trevor Jones ℗© 2017 The Jim Henson Company
Outro Music: Skeksis Back, The Great Luke Ski © 2011 FIDIM Interactive, LLC