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