His week blown out by a crisis in domestic space, Ben Watson improvises an edition of Late Lunch With Out To Lunch, his long-running show on Resonance FM: a report on a post-Occupy conference at Birkbeck College bravely called "Poetry & Revolution"; Otis Williams and his Charms; Johnny Hodges; sterling Free Improvisation from Oscillatorial Binnage; OTL’s Hard Fleet and Oliver Sain’s Apricot Splash
Completely typical edition of Ben Watson’s chronic weekly show on Resonance FM, with incomprehensible intro, a band called Oscillatorial Binnage, poems beginning "Stuff into fluffdom omelette", Dog Biz, Captain Beefheart, Dietrich Buxtehude, Frank Zappa, Limescale, Gamma, Annie Ross, Charles Brown, Will Edmondes and Muhal Richard Abrams. Out To Lunch is now having a long sleep.
At Late Lunch with Out To Lunch, Ben Watson’s long-running radio show on Resonance FM, it’s considered that Johnny "Guitar" Watson has not been fully appreciated. Hence this compendium of his protest songs: "Ain’t that a Bitch" (1976), "A Real Mother For Ya" (1977), "It’s a Damn Shame" (1977), "You Can Stay But The Noise Must Go" (1978), "What the Hell Is This?" (1979) and "Strike on Computers" (1987). "For the bourgeois record industry," asserts Watson (Ben), "Johnny Guitar Watson’s protest songs are a gimmick and a frivolity, an underclass whistle in the dark, but behind motivational funk and curse-words stands the livid tongue of the exploited masses, behind these protests at unemployment and computerisation stand the needs of labour versus capital, behind this precise musicality, in-studio 3D construction and cutting wit lurks the Black Revolution, the precursor to any social progress in the United States." Johnny "Guitar" Watson’s protest funk is joined with Archie Shepp’s "Frankenstein" (The Way Ahead, Impulse, 1968) and three of OTL’s graphic poems, the last of which was written live in-studio. There’s also a tribute to Lol Coxhill, who died on 10 July: Ian Smith (trumpet) and John Edwards (bass) from Lol’s funeral the day before; and one of Lol’s solos superimposed on a community performance of Romeo & Juliet in Shadwell, London EC3 from the previous Saturday.
Out To Lunch recovers his poise on this edition of "Late Lunch With Out To Lunch" on Resonance FM. Fired up by the ridiculous hagiography of David Toop in Wire April 2012, OTL delivers a polemic in favour of really-affective music, using Sun Ra, Frank Zappa, Tammy Wynette, Jay Williams and David Murray (his performance of Billy Strayhorn’s "Chelsea Bridge" from 1988). He also includes a field-recording from Kentish Town City Farm and voices from "The Truth About Markets", OTL’s favourite other Resonance show. All this, and a mistake at the end.