Wednesday, January 30, 2013

#50: Blue Jam (Series 1)

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199 mins | 160 kbp/s | 228MB

Blue Jam is a nightmare that seems to have no end. The series was the brainchild of subversive British satirist Chris Morris. Morris mixed ambient music, haunting monologues, bleak black comedy sketches, and other bizarre sounds to make a lingering sound-scape that sticks with you days and weeks after listening. The first series of Blue Jam was aired in 1997, played in the early morning on BBC Radio 1. One segment was deemed so offensive that it was hurriedly cut off mid-broadcast. Blue Jam is troubling. Blue Jam is disturbing. Blue Jam is unlike anything you’ll ever hear—a dark descent into something totally oppressive and undeniably wonderful.

Blue Jam episodes were originally sourced from Cook'd and Bomb'd.

Blue Jam was a production of BBC Radio. All clips in this episode are the property of that party. It was produced by Chris Morris. More information can be found at the BBC. The percentage of the original show in this episode is approximately 61% (3hr 12m/5hr 8m). This episode has been mastered at 160kbp/s, below the original audio quality of the shows available to us. Compression is used to reduce file sizes. The difference in audio quality is negligible if not unrecognizable. Timestamp notes are available here.

Flim - Aphex Twin
Alberto Balsalm - Aphex Twin

Morris bookended each sketch in Blue Jam with a song. For a full list of songs that are heard in this best-of, consult the timestamp notes.

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Chris Morris
Christopher Morris is an English satirist, known for his black humor and controversial subject matter. The BFI has hailed his "uncompromising, moralistic drive." His tendency to avoid the media spotlight has seen him become one of the more enigmatic figures in British comedy. Morris teamed up with his radio producer Armando Iannucci to create a mock news radio programme On the Hour. Morris further developed the satirical news format with Brass Eye, which lampooned celebrities while focusing on themes such as crime and drugs. For many, the apotheosis of Morris' career was a Brass Eye special, which dealt with the moral panic surrounding pedophilia. It quickly became one of the most complained about programs in British television history, leading The Daily Mail to describe Morris as "the most loathed man on TV." (Adapted from the BBC's official biography of Morris.)

Row A (left to right): Amelia Bullmore, David Cann, Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon
Row B: Mark Heap


  1. Seriously great job on this one, I've listened to Blue jam tens of times, and I can't tell where you've cut out the two hours that aren't here, it sounds like the original mix. Great job. would love to hear this for the other two series too. Also I wonder if there is anything like this for the tv shows. I can imagine one of thse for The Day Today would be great.

    1. Thanks! That's very kind. Best-ofs for the next two series will be coming soon. We've got no plans to go into video at this time, but best-ofs for The Day Today and Brass Eye would certainly be easy to put together -- more than enough content there.


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