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The End Of The World: As We Know It (Episode 4)

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The End Of The World: As We Know It

The End Of The World: As We Know It - Episode 4

The final episode of The End of the World has undeniably pushed the envelope, jumped the shark, and run screaming down the streets of the New Culture of Today. Let us now get down to the real root of things with a few old friends; my brother, sister-in-law, and 4-year-old nephew. We'll talk, in depth, about the more disturbing aspects of Armageddon; volcanoes, hurricanes, and the rapid approaching of Unknown Things. But we'll all learn a little something about ourselves, as we discuss the metamorphosis of child, man, the Child Family, and the Family of Man. Literal and metaphorical metamorphosis. Metaphorphosis. Yes.

"The End of the World: As We Know It" is the companion discussion show to "The End of The World", in which I (modern day version) bring together great minds to examine the deeper meaning and symbolism of it all, and speculate upon what might happen next.

Our special guests for this episode are Hugh Scott (Brother), Susannah Wood (Sister-In-Law), and Jasper (Nephew). Special guest appearance by Bea (Niece).

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The End of the World

The End of the World - EPISODE FOUR

At long last, we bring you the compelling season finale of The End of the World. Will the compelling questions of yore be finally answered? I guess we'll never know. Unless we listen to the episode, that is.

Join us next week for our companion discussion show, "The End of the World: As We Know It". In this final wrap-up, guest stars Hugh Scott (brother), Susannah Wood (sister-in-law), and 4-year-old Jasper (nephew) will join me in an old fashioned family get-together to talk about metamorphosis, volcanoes, and the future.

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The Strange Sounds Show

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Norm Pinky and Woodstock

The Strange Sounds Show

Once my new studio was firmly established, I began producing some shows for broadcast. My audience initially consisted of whoever might be downstairs, listening via a long wire I ran down there from my bedroom. Later, I went wireless after receiving a "Mr Microphone" for Christmas. Then, anyone in the house could turn on an FM radio and be blessed with broadcasts of my songs, shows, commercials, and music from various Sesame Street records.

The Strange Sounds Show is an oldie but a goodie. Disclaimer: Some of the space cat and comet sounds may or may not actually come from an indentified stellar source.

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May 22nd, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Norman’s Recording Studio

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Norman's Recording Studio - Keezell Building, circa 2001

Norman's Recording Studio Promo - Circa 1983

In 2nd grade, I decided it was time to get serious with my recording career. With several years of experience behind my belt, I assembled my state-of-the-art equipment and established Norman's Recording Studio. Clients were charged 10 cents each for their recordings. My first client would not come along until nearly 17 years later, so in the meantime, I worked on perfecting my craft and developing revolutionary recording techniques, like the classic "Slow Style".

I will reveal the secret of Slow Style to you now. I discovered that, by pressing the Pause button on my tape recorder about halfway down, it would cause the tape speed to increase. If you could hold it steady... and I practiced, oh did I practice... the speed would stay relatively consistent, and when playing the tape back at regular speed, your voice would sound not unlike Jabba the Hutt.

Many a recording was made in the endlessly entertaining Slow Style.

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May 12th, 2010 at 9:24 am

Meet Hugh

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The Hugh Scott Show - CLICK and LISTEN

I have always taken an almost over-serious approach to my tape recording. The sheer joy of tape recording was often overshadowed by technical issues, like making sure that the little needle wasn't going into the red part, keeping people from holding the mic too close to their mouths (still a constant problem), and trying to prevent the narrative from getting sidetracked by too many silly noises. This is a lot for an eight year old to think about.

Thank goodness my brother Hugh came along. He was, and continues to be, very silly, indeed. When things got too heavy, he could always be counted on for a made-up-word, absurdist "routine", or perhaps a ridiculous He-Man adventure. And, by the mid-80's, a signature form of beatboxing. Until then, though, he mainly appeared as a "guest" on classic programs like the aptly named "Norman Scott Show".

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April 28th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

My Name Is Mr. T

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My Name Is Mr. T - click & listen

It was the 1980's.

It's hard to say why my brother Hugh and I were so obsessed with Mr. T. I think it was just because everyone was obsessed with Mr. T. Aren't you?

I was equally obsessed with Rockwell's hit single "Somebody's Watching Me". So, when Motown released this seminal track on a 45RPM record, with the instrumental version on the B-side, it was clear that Rockwell and Mr. T. were ripe for the spoofing.

(Lyrics and lead vocals by Norm, backing vocals provided by Hugh)

Is Mr. T, indeed, the IRS?

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April 21st, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Silly Noises Count as Jokes

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Norman's Jokes (excerpt) - Summer 1978

The first recordings I made all by myself were in the summer of 1978.  My dad was installing a suspended ceiling in his office, and took me along.  Apparently it was not as exciting as I'd hoped.  To prevent an onslaught of unanswerable questions and general pestering, my dad showed me how to operate his tape recorder, and let me have at it.  This was how I entertained myself for the next several hours. 

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April 16th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

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