Oxygene 3: An Unexpected Masterpiece

oxygene3Ahh, sequels. A successful sequel tends to be the exception rather than the rule, let alone a second sequel. Adding to the pressure is the fact that Jean Michel Jarre’s Oxygene is a seminal work that still has huge relevance today.

When its follow-up Oxygene 7-13 (now renamed to Oxygene 2)appeared 20 years later in 1997, it continued the thematic journey, managing to avoid most of the contemporary fads around more up-beat electronic music. Add a further 20 years and you have this week’s release of Oxygene 3. Even as a rabid Jarre fan*, I was keeping my expectations low. I knew it was impossible to match let alone better the original, but I was hoping for something that was at least a solid, enjoyable listen.

I’m pleased to report that Oxygene 3 is much more than solid or enjoyable. The best compliment I can give it, is that it completes the Oxygene picture in full. It continues beautifully from its predecessor, but even more notable is that it’s a near-flawless transition from the original. If Oxygene 2 had ended up some awful half-attempt mired in late 1990s fads, then this release would have made a perfect follow-up to the original.

There are plenty of healthy nods to Oxygene without being overbearing, but enough new in there to keep things fresh. All the iconic sounds are there without relying too heavily on history. Before completing this review I listened from Oxygene Part 1 to Part 20 and as subjective as it is, it feels like every part is needed and contributes toward the greater work. In that context, ending a trilogy was always going to be a challenge, but in Pt. 20 I’d argue Jarre has found the right balance between grandeur and the personal journey it’s been for him and all of us who’ve been along for the ride.

The optimist in me hopes for a second trilogy – the crackling flames at the very end of the album shows the fire is still burning. The pessimist in me however, can’t see how that would be anything but a road to ruin. So it’s best probably to see this as the end of an era. If you’re new to Jarre, you’re probably best to start with the original instalment, although this release can stand up on its own merits. For those who have been there for most or all of the last forty years, Oxygene 3 may not fully match your expectations but I’d argue it goes as close as it’s possible to in that regard. This album can stand tall in a small room of admirable, substantive sequels.

*My appreciation of Jarre’s work started in 1983, as a high-school student in a drama class. We were doing some sort of relaxation / visualisation session, all of us lying down on the carpeted floor, with lights off. The ‘Drama’ room had had all its windows blacked out and the walls also painted the same colour, the only other customisation a Yamaha stereo system with pretty decent speakers mounted on the wall. On this day, the Drama teacher asked us all to close our eyes and then he played the first couple of tracks from Oxygene. To say it made an impression was an understatement. Since then I’ve bought pretty much everything Jarre has released and even spent a fruitless couple of years trying to chase him down for an interview.

We Hate People Episode 17: The Vatican Tradie

logo-withtagline-blogsize300x300We usually solve the world’s problems, but I think we go particularly deep this episode.

The Show Notes

– The virtues of reality (link)
– NASA predicts how the world will end (link)
– Are critics and the Academy Awards pointless? (link)
– Is average intelligence and no university education a problem? (link)
– Want a good Photoshop-related laugh? Check this out.

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We Hate People Episode 16: The Distrustful McCoy

logo-withtagline-blogsize300x300It’s taken 5 weeks but we’re back with a discussion on Hillary versus Donald, Star Trek and even Stranger Things.

The Show Notes

– Hillary versus Donald
– Stranger Things on Netflix
– Star Trek Beyond
– Assorted pop culture chat
– Donald & Hobbs (link)

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We Hate People Episode 15: The Well Hung Referendum

logo-withtagline-blogsize300x300As thought leaders in the civilised world, we take on the big historical events this week.

The Show Notes

– Brexit: is it the end of the world as we now it and why does David feel fine?
– Australian election predictions
– Game of Thrones (does contain spoilers but you’ll get a warning)

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How Men and Women Shower

HOW TO SHOWER LIKE A WOMAN
1. Take off clothing and place it in sectioned laundry hamper according to lights and darks.
2. Walk to bathroom wearing long dressing gown. If you see your husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas.
3. Look at your womanly physique in the mirror-make mental note-must do more sit-ups.
4. Get in the shower. Use face cloth, arm cloth, leg cloth, long loofah, wide loofah and pumice stone.
5. Wash your hair once with Cucumber and Sage shampoo with 43 added vitamins.
6. Wash your hair again to make sure it’s clean.
7. Condition your hair with Grapefruit Mint conditioner enhanced with natural avocado oil. Leave on hair for fifteen minutes.
8. Wash your face with crushed apricot facial scrub for ten minutes until red.
9. Wash entire rest of body with Ginger Nut and Jaffa Cake body wash.
10. Rinse conditioner off hair (you must make sure that it has all come off).
11. Shave armpits and legs. Consider shaving bikini area but decide to get it waxed instead.
12. Scream loudly when your husband flushed the toilet and you lose the water pressure.
13. Turn off shower.
14. Squeegee off all wet surfaces in shower. Spray mould spots with Tilex.
15. Get out of shower. Dry with towel the size of a small country. Wrap hair in super absorbent second towel.
16. Check entire body for the remotest sign of a zit, tweeze hairs.
17. Return to bedroom wearing long dressing gown and towel on head.
18. If you see your husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas and then sashay to bedroom to spend an hour and a half getting dressed.

HOW TO SHOWER LIKE A MAN
1. Take off clothes while sitting on the edge of the bed and leave them in a pile.
2. Walk naked to the bathroom. If you see your wife along the way, shake wiener at her making the “woo-woo” sound.
3. Look at your manly physique in the mirror and suck in your gut to see if you have pecs (no). Admire the size of your wiener in the mirror and scratch your ass.
4. Get in the shower.
5. Don’t bother to look for a washcloth (you don’t use one).
6. Wash your face.
7. Wash your armpits.
8. Blow your nose in your hands, then let the water just rinse it off.
9. Crack up at how loud your fart sounds in the shower.
10. Majority of time is spent washing your privates and surrounding area.
11. Wash your butt, leaving those coarse butt hairs on the soap bar.
12. Shampoo your hair (do not use conditioner).
13. Make a shampoo Mohawk.
14. Peek out of shower curtain to look at yourself in the mirror again.
15. Pee (in the shower).
16. Rinse off and get out of the shower. Fail to notice water on the floor because you left the curtain hanging out of the tub the whole time.
17. Partially dry off.
18. Look at yourself in the mirror, flex muscles. Admire wiener size again.
19. Leave shower curtain open and wet bath mat on the floor.
20. Leave bathroom fan and light on.
21. Return to the bedroom with towel around your waist. If you pass your wife, pull off the towel, shake wiener at her, and make the “woo-woo” sound again.
22. Throw wet towel on the bed. Take 2 minutes to get dressed.

We Hate People Episode 14: Life, The Universe and Wogan

logo-withtagline-blogsize300x300We go a bit rogue even for us this episode, with a lot of time spent on comics, with some Game of Thrones and a book review thrown in for good measure.

The Show Notes

– Eurovision 2016
– Captain America gets a new (crap) twist (link)
– General diatribe against Marvel and DC for their short-sighted retconning obsession
– An unexpected book review – Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves
– David’s failed attempt at a novel
– Will The Black Flash make an appearance in Season 3 of the TV series (link)
– Game of Thrones Season 6 discussion on developments to date (spoilers!)

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We Hate People Episode 13: It’s On!

logo-withtagline-blogsize300x300We get a bit political again with an Aussie election on the way and the US election season grinding on. But don’t worry we also talk everything from Tesla to Taxis.

The Show Notes

– Election called in Australia and outcome predictions (for the record, David claims LNP ends up with 79/150 seats)
– Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton and the US Presidential Election
– Is Apple the new HP? Should they get Elon Musk in to run the show?
– Lyft and GM to launch a self drive taxi service (link)
– Free Comic Book Day
– Vale Prince
– Carpool Karaoke (link)
– Assorted ranting, rambling and banter

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Euclideon Keeps On Keeping On

Long-term readers will know we’ve been following Bruce Dell and his company Euclideon for essentially the whole of their commercial life.

Here’s a very recent presentation from Bruce Dell on the upcoming launch of the Holoverse VR centre in Brisbane. It also has a useful interview section at the end. Have a watch:

The cynics still abound in regard to Euclideon and their claims, but it appears there’s ongoing progress and growth – whether they end up world dominators is far from certain, but I doubt anyone could argue they’re not trying damn hard to do something great.

What’s your take?

We Hate People Episode 12: And So It Goes

logo-withtagline-blogsize300x300After a too-long break we’re back to talk US presidential elections, Batman vs Superman and Tesla cars just to name three topics.

The Show Notes

– Listener suggestions (thanks Jay Connell!)
– Donald Trump and the US Presidential primaries
– Batman versus Superman / Fans vs Critics
– Tesla Model 3 (link)
– Vale Ronnie Corbett (link to some great examples of his work)
– Assorted ranting, rambling and banter

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We Hate People Episode 11: Pedestrian Rage

logo-withtagline-blogsize300x300Huge audience demand (ok maybe just some guilt) means we’re finally back on deck after a long Xmas hiatus. We jump in with some great listener-suggested topics as well as a decent debate over the US Presidential election.

The Show Notes

– The ridiculousness of 3D (and 4D) movies
– Listener suggestions (thanks David C and Ben McJ!): Pedestrian Rage, Older drivers, and Phil Anselmo’s White Power Nazi Salute.
– Unadulterated plug for The Music Week
– The US Presidential Election – we pick a winner (sort of)
– TV recommendations: Trailer Park Boys, Occupied, Billions
– Deadpool movie discussion

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