Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This year I decided to take a trip back to the past (as opposed to the future) in an effort to chronicle some of the history of spooooky music and its effect on post punk. Then I went forward in time (but still in the past) to the post punk era, followed by the subgenres it spawned like goth and horror punk, leading into dark electro for a minute, then leading into the more modern retro (ironic?) sound, which sometimes brings back some of post punk's spooookier qualities. Then I don't know what happens.
There were plenty of things I wasn't able to get to but if you're looking for a crash course in the evolution of darker, spookier music, this could be your Hindenburg. Click on the link below to listen and/or download:
SPOOOOKY SHOW 2014 - THE HISTORY OF SPOOKY MUSIC AND POST PUNK
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Did you know it's also National Weird Song Day? Well, it actually isn't but I believe it is Independence Day for the nation of Uganda and that's pretty much the same thing. Therefore, I have decided to celebrate by playing what I consider to be some of the weirder tracks of post punk.
But not necessarily weird as in weird-in-general, more like weird as it relates to each band. Things like the Police suddenly breaking from song to read a poem about a blow-up sex doll, Gary Numan performing a jingle for 7-Up, Morrissey sounding downright happy, the Thompson Twins sounding downright punky, and Xymox hopelessly adrift a sea of early 90s ecstasy.
If you're feel like getting weird or are just really fired up about Ugandan independence, click on the link below to hear what I'm talking about:
Weird Songs of Post Punk
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Did you know it's National One Hit Wonder Day? Of course not, what kind of crazy person just walks around with information like that? But technically, it really is such a day and I thought I would celebrate by doing a show dedicated to the one hit wonders of post punk.
While maybe to the uninitiated, groups like Soft Cell, Big Country, Wall of Voodoo, Gary Numan, and even Devo could be considered one-hit wonders but of course, if you listen to the podcast or just any of those bands, you probably know otherwise. This episode focused on the true one-hit wonders within our genre. People who really only gave us one signature track by which to remember them by. Whether it be a technical hit or just well-known classic amongst us fans. Of course this all certainly falls into subjective territory too but hopefully, you can trust my judgment here. If not though, you’ll probably still like the music.
To find out for certain, simply click on this link and either download the podcast or just play it right off the website:
One Hit Wonders of Post Punk
Friday, September 12, 2014
He's best known as the producer who helped resurrect the Human League for the landmark Dare album but Martin Rushent is also the man behind The Stranglers, Buzzcocks, Altered Images, and other post punk groups looking for a big, more accessible record, all without compromising their artistic integrity.
Martin is easily one of the Top 3 most important producers in our genre and tonight my show was dedicated entirely to his work. Click on the link below to dedicate your ears entirely to my show dedicated entirely to his work:
Martin Rushent Show
Friday, August 29, 2014
I said it before on this show in general, several times during this particular episode, on blogs, in conversations, under my breath, internal monologues, etc. and I'm going to say it again right now - Scotland is a relatively small country which has produced a relatively large amount of important post punk and alternative music, especially during the decade that we like to call the 1980s.
There were heavyweights (Simple Minds, Big Country, Cocteau Twins, Jesus and Mary Chain), up-and-comers who would go onto making their biggest splash in the next decade (Primal Scream, Soup Dragons, Del Amitri), cultish bands who were highly influential (Orange Juice, Josef K, Vaselines, Aztec Camera), and even plenty of other great groups who never quite made it but maybe should have (The Headboys, Zones, The Jolt) and more!
I could have gone on and on but for brevity's sake, I kept the episode just under 2 hours. I also recorded all my commentary in stopped traffic so please excuse the open air sound. To try and cover this up, I added some accompanying background bagpipe music to these segments. There's another great musical contributions we can thank Scotland for: Bagpipes. Does anyone else play bagpipes? Who cares? Because no one else plays bagpipes like the Scots and very few nations play post punk like they do either.
Click on the link below to hear the show. Had to put this one in AIF format (don't ask) but it should play online or in iTunes if you download it:
SCOTLAND IN THE 1980s
Friday, August 15, 2014
After a long winter's nap, this podcast has re-emerged, just in time for summer to be over. And what better way to say goodbye to summer than with an episode dedicated entirely to the effect of surf music on punk, post punk, new wave, etc.? According to all my books on saying goodbye to summer, nothing.
It should come as no surprise that Blondie, the Ramones, and the Cramps - bands with such a heavy early 60s influence already - might incorporate some of the classic surf sound into their music but what about people like the Love & Rockets, Sisters of Mercy, and 45 Grave? Only one way to find out, just click on the link below and listen to my show. Well, there are actually plenty of ways to find out but I still recommend listening to the show:
Surf Influence on Post Punk
Sunday, November 24, 2013
In the spirit of giving thanks this holiday season, I thank food for being so edible. And I thank music for helping motivate me to exercise. You'd think that the fear of obesity and all the subsequent health problems that can come from obesity would be all the motivation I need but it's not. Music is the only thing that makes exercise worthwhile. And this episode of Post Punk For Post Punks is dedicated specifically to the music most worthwhile to make exercise worthwhile.
Happy Thanksgiving and if you want to download the show by clicking on the link below, happy downloading. If not, well then to hell with ya.
Post Punk Workout Mix Tape
Oh yeah and I mentioned during the show that an old episode of mine works pretty well for this purpose as well. If you're interested or just don't believe me, check this one out too:
Old Show Dedicated to the Story of Punk