The International Lounge

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main, ZBS Radio Hour

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 23 February, 2013

It’s cheesy… it’s corny…  it’s the International Lounge!

Today’s programme brings you a selection of primarily instrumental music, and primarily from the 1960s as we present a comfortable sojourn in … the International Lounge. In fact today we have some real gems from 1950s America, too, and some live performances from the KPM All Stars playing music by famous music library composers of the 1960s.

You’ll hear instrumental — and other — arrangements of well‐known tunes of the period, along with the best of popular production music and themes from the 60s. Most of the material is from the United Kingdom, the United States and occasionally mainland Europe: so at least it somewhat deserves the label “international”.

Today, of course, “lounge music” is terribly fashionably retro, and no longer consigned to the old vinyl bin in the charity shop under the heading “Easy Listening”. Instead, the old masters are being dusted off as we speak and reissued on compilation albums. In the US there is an enormous series of them, and you’ll hear some today; in the UK, we rely more on out‐of‐print production music library albums, although the remix artists are busy rediscovering things like the fab KPM “100 Series”. So tune in, sit back, let the bar‐tender bring you a gin and tonic with ice and lemon, and enjoy your stay in the International Lounge.

RPThe ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 11am and 7pm Pacific, 19:00 and 03:00 in the UK. Instead of our usual two half‐hour shows, tonight we’re presenting a single one‐hour special presentation of the original Ruby adventure — Tired of the Green Menace?

This is the very first Ruby story. Ruby Tuesday (that’s what she was called) is hired by a Colonel Abulah Abdullah of the star cluster, Saudi Asteroidia, to find Cleo, a missing planet. The Colonel, a robot, has created a miniaturized replicate of himself to fit into a cigarette case. Whenever Ruby opens the case, the Colonel gives his opinion.

Ruby travels to the planet Dong‐A‐Long, to confer with a company that can move small asteroids, to see if it’s possible to move a planet. The Dong‐A‐Longese, all green, are all named Fong, and they all consider themselves detectives. Ruby realizes there’s much more behind this mystery when she encounters the villainous, Forked Forefinger of Fong.

One of the unique things about this first Ruby is she uses real cuss words now and then. It takes you by surprise, it’s hilarious. You’ll hear how Ruby evolved.”

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme in‐world now at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:

Image courtesy of Hojusaram.


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