Friday, February 27, 2015

Pub Rock - 2/27/15

Pubs give us plenty of good things - alcohol, sports on the television, a place to go and sit for awhile, sometimes food - and in the early 70s, pubs around London gave us an extremely short-lived, small-but-influential music scene, which was very much a precursor to the punk movement that would immediately follow. Plenty of future punks and post punks got their start in this little scene and some of the music was pretty good too.

I'd say that's a win all-around for everyone. And I figured the least I could do is dedicate a show to the music and the pubs I owe so much to. Feel free to join me on this crawl by clicking on the link below:

PUB ROCK - 2_27_15


1.) Surrender to the Rhythm - Brinsley Schwarz
2.) Here Comes the Night - Ducks Deluxe
3.) She Does It Right - Dr. Feelgood
4.) Quit this Town - Eddie and the Hotrods
5.) Twenty Tiny Fingers - Kilburn and the High Roads
6.) Baseball Heroes - Flip City
7.) Hold Back the Night - Graham Parker and the Rumour
8.) Keys To Your Heart - The 101ers
9.) Tomorrow Was the Hereafter- The Stranglers
10.) Waiting - The Doctors of Madness
11.) Doctor - Fabulous Poodles
12.) Little Girls Know - Riff Raff
13.) Dancing the Night Away - The Motors
14.) Can We Go Dancing? - The Amber Squad
15.) Heart of the City - Nick Lowe
16.) Local Girls - Graham Parker
17.) Red Hot (My Girl is Red Hot) - Bees Make Honey
***BONUS TRACK*** 18.) We Vibrate - The Vibrators

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Theatre! - 2/13/15

While normally I hate it when someone spells theater as "theatre", I think it kind of applies in this case. Because tonight's episode was all about being over-the-top, dramatic, cinematic, and even pretentious. Like something you would see/hear in the theater from people who call it the "theatre".

But instead of that being annoying, it's actually kind of awesome. One of the many things I love about post punk is that there is often a such a high level of artistic commitment. People aren't necessarily trying to hang back and be cool, they go all-in, unafraid to look silly even when they do in fact look quite silly. And that quality very much applies to creating music with a sense of theater. If you want to listen to some of my nominees for Best Theatrical Post Punk Music, click on the link below:

THE THEATRE! - 2/13/15


1.) Spirit - Bauhaus
2.) Red Right Hand - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
3.) This Corrosion - Sisters of Mercy
4.) Overground (The Thorn version) - Siouxsie & the Banshees
5.) History of the World Pt. 1 - The Damned
6.) Vienna - Ultravox
7.) Visions of Blue - Ultravox
8.) Dressed in Black - Depeche Mode
9.) The Look Of Love - ABC
10.) Gold - Spandau Ballet
11.) Riot - Dead Kennedys
12.) Down in the Sewer - The Stranglers
13.) Motorcade - Magazine
14.) Man Overboard - Blondie
15.) Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant
16.) Nicotina - Sparks
17.) Entertain Me - Soft Cell
18.) A Million Manias - Marc & the Mambas
19.) Arms of Cicero - Sex Gang Children
20.) Swamp Thing - The Chameleons
21.) A Few Hours After This - The Cure
22.) This Vicious Cabaret - V is for Vendetta
23.) Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? - Bauhaus

Friday, January 30, 2015

New Wave Goes Commercial - 1/30/15

The year was 19-Early 80-Something and after several years of living underground here in America, the punk/post punk/new wave movement suddenly broke through to the mainstream. At least, a little bit. We started to appreciate some of the weirder, less conventional bands from the counterculture and they had a brand new medium in which to reach different audiences (MTV).

Now of course post punk as a whole nor even all of what could be considered new wave found total acceptance over here but this was about as close as we ever came and just enough for a young kid like me growing up at that time to find his true musical calling. Tonight's episode was all about that time and those bands. And tonight's link just happens to be a link to that episode:


1.) Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
2.) Rock the Casbah - The Clash
3.) Tainted Love - Soft Cell
4.) Here Comes the Rain Again - The Eurythmics
5.) The Reflex - Duran Duran
6.) Eyes Without a Face - Billy Idol
7.) Whip It - Devo
8.) Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
9.) You Might Think - The Cars
10.) Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos
11.) Back on the Chain Gang - The Pretenders
12.) Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
13.) Promises Promises - Naked Eyes
14.) Our House - Madness
15.) Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
16.) Stray Cat Strut - The Stray Cats
17.) Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
18.) Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
19.) Heart of Glass - Blondie
20.) Don't You Want Me? - The Human League
21.) True - Spandau Ballet

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year, New Zealand - 1/16/15

What better country to ring in the new year with than New Zealand? New Guinea? New Mexico? Those aren't even countries! Well, maybe New Guinea is but it doesn't really matter. What matters is that New Zealand's post punk contributions are underrated at best. It's pretty damn far away and before the internet and Lord of the Rings, most people didn't have any idea what was going on down there. Oddly enough, in the 80s, it seems like the vast majority of kiwi bands had a post punk/alternative kind of sound and there's something to be said for that.

There's something to played for that too and I hope it is this podcast episode. Click on the link below to download it:

New Zealand Post Punk and Beyond

(PS. Apologies to the good people of Dunedin for mispronouncing your fair city's name countless times but you're also welcome for coming up with that awesome, better pronunciation.)


1.) I See Red - Split Enz
2.) Tally Ho - The Clean
3.) Ambivalence - The Pin Group
4.) Crisis After Crisis - The Verlaines
5.) Rolling Moon - The Chills
6.) Stars in My Eyes - The Screaming Meemees
7.) Riot Squad - The NewMatics
8.) You're Gonna Get Done - The Primmers
9.) Saturday Night Stay-At-Home - Suburban Reptiles
10.) Feels So Good - The Spelling Mistakes
11.) She's A Mod - The Terrorways
12.) If Only I Could Die - The Desperate Tricycles
13.) Computer Games - Mi-Sex
14.) Walking In Light - Th' Dudes
15.) Virginia - The Pink Flamingos
16.) Calm Before the Storm - The Bats
17.) Your Invisible Life - Bailterspace
18.) Outer Space - The 3Ds
19.) She Speeds - Straitjacket Fits
20.) Ride A White Swan - The Tall Dwarfs
21.) 40 Years - The Phoenix Foundation
22.) You're Just As Confused As I Am - The Mint Chicks
23.) Expectations - Cut Off Your Hands
24.) I Walk Away - Crowded House
***BONUS***25.) Auckland Tonight - Androidss

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Show 2014 - 12/12/14

It's Christmastime, and there's no need to be afraid. At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade. Those lyrics sang by Band Aid some 30 years ago and then by some new version of it now have never been more true nor ridiculous. Thus, I didn't play that song during tonight's episode but I did include other festive tracks by some punk, post punk, new wave, ska, oi, indie, and alternative bands who did seem to know it was Christmas.

Just in case you didn't know, click on the link below and consider yourself Merry Christmas wished by me:

Christmas Show 2014

And now consider yourself playlist'd too:

1. Merry Something to You - Devo
2. Things Fall Apart - Cristina
3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - The Revillos
4. We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Husker Du
5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Bad Religion
6. White Christmas - Iggy Pop
7. Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant - Siouxsie and the Banshees
8. Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewie
9. Christmas Was Better in the 80s - The Futureheads
10. Got Something For You - Best Coast and Wavves
11. Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Don't Die) - Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles
12. Christmas Treat - Julian Casablancas
13. Silent Night - The Only Ones
14. Just To Be With You (This Christmas) - Nick Lowe
15. We Three Kings - Book of Love
16. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Erasure
17. It's Christmas Time Again - Bad Manners
18. Skank 'Til Christmas - The Selector
19. Santa Claus is Ska-Ing To Town - Granville Williams
20. Merry Christmas Everybody - The 4 Skins
21. Bollocks to Christmas - The Business
22. I'm Getting Pissed For Christmas - Peter and the Test Tube Babies
23. Stuff the Turkey - Alien Sex Fiend
24. Sleigh Ride - Helena Noguerra
25. Frosty the Snowman - Cocteau Twins
26. December Will Be Magic Again - Kate Bush
27. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - X
28. Blue Christmas - The Pretenders
29. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Smithereens
30. Deck the Halls - REM
31. Hot Club of Christ - Aztec Camera
32. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Rollins Band
33. Step Into Christmas - The Wedding Present

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Lost Bands of Post Punk: Volume 3 - 11/28/14

Happy day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday, otherwise known as the day of my third episodic installment dedicated completely to some of the lesser known or lost bands of punk, post punk, new wave, blah blah blah. Bands who didn't quite make it, even in our niche genre, but were sometimes pretty good and certainly worth remembering.

You can choose to remember them quietly to yourself right now or download the podcast episode below. You can also buy a big screen TV really cheap right now.

Lost Bands of Post Punk - Volume 3

The Screamers - 122 Hours of Fear
The Units - Warm, Moving Bodies
Nervous Gender - Cardinal Newman
The Modernettes - Barbra
Dirty Looks - 12 O'Clock High
Fingerprintz - Houdini Love
The Krinkles - So Many Girls
The Wipers - Can This Be?
Red Guitars - Marimba Jive
Fabulous Poodles - B Movies
Airkraft - Move in Rhythm
Nine Below Zero - 11 Plus 11
Rip, Rig, and Panic - You're My Kind of Climate
Amazulu - Midnight Romance
Talk Back - Rudy
The Rave-Ups - Rave Up/Shut Up
Intaferon - Baby Pain
Mi-Sex - Where Do They Go
SSQ - Playback
Dramatis - Pomp and Stompandstomp
Futurisk - Army Now
Urban Verbs - Subways
Subway Sect - Parallel Lines

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thanksgiving Show - Thankful For Compilation Albums - 11/14/14

This Thanksgiving, I have decided to be officially be musically thankful for compilation albums. Ones featuring tracks from various artists in the fabulous genres of punk, post punk, new wave, ska, goth and anything-in-between. Played all songs from these such albums that not only do I love but really changed my life.

Maybe they will change your life too? Hopefully for the better? Or maybe they already have. Or maybe, just maybe, the link to download and listen to the show is below:

Thankful For Compilations Show

I won't say that maybe the playlist is below but I will say that "perhaps" such a list of songs and the albums they came from that I played on the show is downward from this text:

Underpass - John Foxx - Street Level: 20 New Wave Hits
Sweetheart Contract - Magazine - Street Level: 20 New Wave Hits
Ain't This the Life - Oingo Boingo - Urgh! A Music War
Back in Flesh - Wall of Voodoo - Urgh! A Music War
A.N.T.S. - Adam and the Ants - Flexipop
Metro MRX - Soft Cell - Flexipop
Baby, Sign Here With Me - Henry Badowski - IRS Greatest Hits, Volumes 2 & 3
Sodium Pentothol Negative - Fashion - IRS Greatest Hits, Volumes 2 & 3
My Face - Henry Badowski - IRS Greatest Hits, Volume 1
Almost - OMD - Martin
Repo Man - Iggy Pop - Repo Man Soundtrack
Inner London Violence - Bad Manners - Dance Craze Soundtrack
Love My Way - Psychedelic Furs - Valley Girl "Soundtrack"
Angst In My Pants - Sparks - Valley Girl "Soundtrack"
Sex Beat - Sex Beat - Young Limbs and Numb Hymns
Lude Boy - Social Distortion - Hell Comes to Your House
Moles - B-Movie - The Some Bizarre Album
Social Fools - Devo - Troublemakers
Julia's Song - The Id - Street to Street: A Liverpool Album
You're Without Sound - Clock DVA - Hicks From the Sticks
Being Boiled - Human League - Fast Product: Mutant Pop 78/79
Kill the Poor - Dead Kennedys - Punk and Disorderly
Pay to Cum - Bad Brains - Let Them Eat Jellybeans
We're Desperate - X - The Decline of Western Civilization
Therese - The Bodines - NME C-86