At the beginning of ‘Big Wheels In Shanty Town’ it sounds like someone saying, “Peace … through culture.” Is that what the voice is saying and who is saying it?

It is exactly that, but I don’t recall who the voice belongs to. It was one of David’s selections I believe. I was responsible for combining the German phrase sequence from a short wave radio recording, I’ve no idea what she’s saying – perhaps it’s the German shipping forecast, someone out there must know. Other voice appearances are from Gregory Peck (‘who gives a damn’) and Oliver Hardy (‘so far, so good’). The working title for this track was ‘Indoor Fireworks’ – no idea why … perhaps some of Richard’s fizzing keyboard sounds.

3 thoughts on “At the beginning of ‘Big Wheels In Shanty Town’ it sounds like someone saying, “Peace … through culture.” Is that what the voice is saying and who is saying it?

  1. Hi Steve, behind your drumming it’s difficult to make out what she’s saying, but the phrase seems to end on the German word for ‘end’. From her pronunciation it seems she’s relaying some kind of technical message, but that mechanized impression may be an effect of the sampling.

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  2. Interesting. I’ll have to go back for another listen; I always heard it as “give a damn”, and certainly never recognized the voice. And I never would have suspected Oliver Hardy was in the mix. Ah, the joys of sampling!

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