A few weeks ago, I posted five excerpts from a legendary underground cassette called She Be She Strike, which captured some amazing radio from an Eskimo janitor and his friends who allegedly took over a Canadian radio station when the regular staff went on strike from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (or CBC - "She Be She"). The original post is here. A few people asked me to post the full unedited version, so I'm putting that up now (MP3, right-click to download). Two people from the CBC stumbled onto the original post, and they're trying to get the tape translated from the original Inuktitut. I'll report back when there's info about these tapes from the good folks at the CBC.
The 30 minute version is rich with Eskimo radio goodness, but listening to it again makes me realize that there is an even longer version that this 30 minute version was made from. I heard that on WFMU in the late Eighties, but there's no trace of it now...
This half-hour long version of She Be She Strike contains all the great excerpts I posted earlier, from the Rolling Stones cover to the inexplicable Eskimo Marijuana segment. There's more talking and singing over records, live in-studio music on the jews harp and guitar, a cover of Oh Susannah, an Eskimo skiffle number, Christian sprituals (!), and an incredible audio collage (which starts at the 25:40 mark) mixing Inuit throat singing games with a male Anglo singer whose voice I recognize but whose name eludes me.
At a few points during the 30 minute segment, our Eskimo janitor friends is accompanied in the studio with a more professional sounding Inuit announcer, who may be named "JG Giles" (since he says that name or phrase repeatedly). All I can say to Patrick, (Station Manager of a CBC station in Iqaluit, Nunavut in Canada, who commented on the original post) is translate, Patrick, translate! Translate like the wind!
The music on She Be She Strike reminded me of an Inuit record I own by an Eskimo singer-songwriter named Tumasi Quissa. I dug out the LP, and wouldn't you know it, it was issued in 1981 by the CBC's Northern Service. Apparently, Tumasi and his brother performed a few songs live on Canadian national television as part of 1981's Canada Day celebration, and they were such a hit that CBC Northern Service Broadcast Recordings decided to issue a whole LP of their material. I''ve encoded three songs from Tumasi Quissa, all from the LP entitled Better Times (De Meilleurs Jours):
Iyagaaluit - Tumasi Quissa's trademark was singing in the voices of the characters in his songs. In this one he sings both parts of a conversation between an old man and an old woman, to the tune of Hank Williams' Jambalaya.
Irngutapiga Qiayuapeomat -The title of this song translates as "Tears Are For Joy."
Niaquvinialuit - Another one of Tumasi Quissa's comic songs. In this one, he sings in the role of a talking skull.
I'll post again when the translations of the She Be She Strike tapes come in...