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Blague

1  noun  ˈbläg, -ȧg   plural -s
: HUMBUG, CLAPTRAP, RAILLERY
2  intransitive verb   -ed/-ing/-s
: to talk pretentiously and usually inaccurately : lie boastfully

Flag Friday

An astronaut salutes the Phoole & the Gang Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag on the moon! It is reflected in their shiny space helmet.

Way back in 2013, when we started Phoole & the Gang, ELEVEN years ago, based-in-Mexico avant-garde design concern Spedwig reached out - if we were going to establish Phooletopia and the Phooliverse, they said, we'd need a flag. And they designed one for us!


The original Phoole and the Gang fuchsia flag logo, designed by Spedwig.

This coming Friday, June 14, 2024, is Flag Day in the USA. This is a holiday commemorating the adoption of the flag of the US by the country's Second Continental Congress in 1777.


But, wow, it is 2024.


The US is ignoring pandemics, doing genocides, embracing fascism, and accelerating planet death - and it always has.


The cognitive dissonance of celebrating that is insurmountable.


So - we've got our own flag. We'll have our own Flag Day!


Tune in to Phoole & the Gang on FLAG FRIDAY, 14 June 2024, at 6pm Central US time at https://slipmat.io/phoole, https://mixcloud.com/live/phoole and https://twitch.tv/phoole, and we'll FLAG OUT. We'll FLAG IT UP! Tunes will be about power, and its abuse, and corruption, and flags and wars and stuff like that. Fun! A light, amusing, fun time, basically.


Last Week's Show Was Quite Good Fun

I'm proud of our Pride show from last Friday! IT IS AN APPROPRIATE EMOTION.


Above is a speed-through preview of the music-only version of the show, aggregated via the clever algorithmic robot at hearthis.at/phoole, intended to provide you with a taste of the tunes therein.


The show's vague theme was hiding, at home, instead of going out to Pride-Month events, because it's a tense time for anyone who is not a white Xian dude right now in the US, along with other countries in the world.


As it turns out, Milwaukee's PrideFest and Pride Parade went off without any untoward incidents, as far as we've heard to date! The jerks all stayed home, or came to terms with their own memberships in the Rainbow Community, or something, but they didn't storm the fest or drive into the parade. I'm glad Milwaukee's LGBTQ+ community had a joyful celebration. How is Pride Month where you are in the world?


Show 479 is a treat, regardless. Higher BPM tunes, more flailing, more fun! For the video rewinders, Angelo the Cat steals every 'scene' he's in with his cute loaf-poses and bellicle-floof-exposing side-flops. Please re-love it, or love it for the first time. I don't care about metrics; I genuinely do not. I don't have time. I'm doing too much work, too much boxing, too much healing, too much Phooling, and too much good-quality-time-with-Tiffany to care about numbers of plays on shows. I really just want you to have fun for a little while, so if you like a rave-up, have one, on me. YES, HAVE SOME.


As always, all the rewind linkaroos are at phoole.com/rewind!


We Go To 11 - and Beyond



Next Friday, 21 June 2024, will be the ELEVENTH PHOOLIVERSARY.


We will have been on the digital airwaves for ELEVEN YEARS.


This show goes to eleven! AND BEYOND!


If you have been a hard-core tuner-inner, and there are tunes you've heard on Phoole & the Gang that "go to eleven" - tunes that go beyond the top level of amazingness - say what you think those are. Perhaps I will insert them into the Eleventh Phooliversary show. PERHAPS I WILL.


The whole "go to eleven" thing, as has been discussed in previous Blaguery, is from the first full-length cinematic improvised mockumentary, THIS IS SPINAL TAP.



Every Phooligan's homework, before Friday 21 June 2024, is to see THIS IS SPINAL TAP, if you have not seen it before, or if it has been a while since you last saw it. This is necessary so that jokes in the show will make sense. Please just view it - it has greatness in it. My Jane-the-Phoole career was partially rooted in the success of these American comedians improvising, long-form, in character, as British rock'n'roll stars.


You may be surprised to learn that you cannot just buy an 18-inch-tall model of Stonehenge - you actually have to build it yourself. Then again, you may not be surprised to learn this at all. I, however, was. There are ever so many very-tiny models of Stonehenge available, ready-to-buy, and Jimmy Cauty's AAA Cookbook contains a recipe for a shortbread Stonehenge. In fact, it is the only recipe in the whole cookbook; the rest of the book is other very interesting stuff. You should probably get it.


We will go beyond, into Year Twelve. For example, I have a birthday show coming up at the end of July. And Show 500 is likely to occur in Year Twelve. Also, the Twelfth Phooliversary show will definitely have Skeewiff's Combo Breaker Remix of the Sesame Street Pointer Sisters pinball theme. <-- FREE DOWNLOAD LINK PHOOLIGANS



And before that, we will have a Bastille Day Show on Friday 12 July 2024, during which we will contemplate the essential question: What are we going to do about the rich?


Just LOOK at our flag, flying defiantly during the SECOND French Revolution! FLAG FRIDAY PHOOLIGANS

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