Archives for August 2011

Playlist 25 August

Mickey Bradley | 15:38 UK time, Friday, 26 August 2011

The first time I saw the name Adrian Henri it was reading the sleeve of 'This Is The Modern World' which was a Christmas present in 1977. I know the second Jam LP is much maligned these days (and those days) but it does contain the odd flash of Paul Weller's songwriting. 'Tonight At Noon' was based on a poem by Henri, poet and member of the Liverpool Scene. That was a group, as well as a scene. His 'In The Midnight Hour' was not Wilson Pickett's song but a surrealistic wander through a Liverpool where pigeons hunt cats and Hitler tells us to fight on the beaches. Weller took the best of the poem, added his own lines and came up with 'Tonight At Noon'. I cut out the studio nonsense that precedes the song on the LP, for no extra charge.
 I have to admire anyone who decides to set up a record label without the aid of a trust fund or a winning lottery ticket. Such as Stephen Pastel, who set up the Scottish label "53rd and 3rd". Not only did he name it after a Ramones song, he also signed some great bands in the 1980s like The Shop Assistants. He (along with Sandy McLean and David Keegan) also licensed some of the better European punk records like Chin Chin's 'Stop Your Crying' mini LP. A man of wealth and taste. Apart from the wealth, of course.

Shop Assistants - Safety Net
Buzzcocks - Are Everything
Triffids - Personal Things
Swell Maps - Let’s Build A Car
The Faith - Subject To Change
Stranglers - Do You Wanna
Jam - Tonight At Noon
Beex - Beat Beat
Chin Chin - Revolution
XTC  Generals & Majors
Mouse & The Traps - Lie, Beg Borrow and Steal
Gymslips - Wandering Stars
John Cooper Clarke - Post War Glamour Girl
Cravats - Precinct
Dr Feelgood - Riot In Cell Block No 9

Playlist 18 August

Mickey Bradley | 20:54 UK time, Friday, 19 August 2011

Whatever happened to Chris Dean of The Redskins ? The man who combined writing for the NME as X.Moore with his day job as singer with the skinhead band it was alright to like in the 1980s, was said to have moved to Paris where he was living the life of a recluse. Of course, as Doris Day said this week, people think you're a recluse when all it means is that you spend most of your time in the house. Having a wonderful time, presumably. Speaking of Doris, The Door and The Window make a rare outing. Are they any good ? I don't know, but Mark Perry of Alternative TV thought they were good enough for him to join, so judge for yourself. Starting with The Damned, and ending with The Stooges. Punk rockin' bookends.


Damned - Problem Child
Redskins - Kick Over The Statues
Go-Gos - Can’t Stop The World
Door And The Window - He Feels Like A Doris
Anti - Nowhere League - For You
The Attic - War We’re At War
Chron Gen - Reality
Nightingales - Big Print
Rudi - When I Was Dead
Shadows Of Knight - Gloria
Breakaways - USA
Tights - Bad Hearts
Bubblegum Splash - 18.10 To Yeovil Junction
Stooges - TV Eye

Playlist 11 August

Mickey Bradley | 20:49 UK time, Friday, 19 August 2011

Sorry for being late but just a few thoughts on tonight’s menu, starting with the Mekon’s first single, which is said to have been a swipe at the Clash for having the nerve to write a song called “White Riot” - unfortunately the Mekons aren’t as good as the Clash, but never mind, it’s always good to start a record (and a radio show) with ‘1,2,3,4’.
Listening again to the Cortinas debut LP, it struck me that they were as much an English R&B band as a punk band. With a good record collection. Also good to remember David Johansen’s solo records, which kept some New York Dolls fans happy during those thirty years wilderness before his chums reformed.

Mekons - Never Been In A Riot
Fall - It’s The New Thing
Cortinas - First I Look At The Purse
Artificial Peace - Wasteland
Neon Boys - Thats All I Know Right Now
B 52s - 52 Girls
Cure - 10.15 On A Saturday Night
Girls At Our Best - Too Big For Your Boots
David Johansen - Girls
Gorillas - She’s My Gal
Dexys Midnight Runners - Dance Stance
The Light - Back Up
Gang Of Four - He’d Send in The Army
The Clicks - She’s Looking At Me
June Brides - We Belong
an Dury - Billericay Dickie

Playlist August 4

Mickey Bradley | 11:07 UK time, Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Starting off tonight with an unapologetic restating that I am, indeed, lost in 1977, which seems to be the impression generated by a current BBC infomercial about After Midnight. Sometimes it takes a TV trail to give a presenter a clear picture of what his show is all about. The b-side of White Riot is one of the best songs Mr Strummer and Mr Jones have ever devised. Yes, they borrowed the riff from the Kinks but they left it back undamaged. A view of the list below will show you that sometimes the songs are not taken from a random record generator installed in the Radio Foyle garage. I have arranged for an Adam & The Ants song to be followed by a band with the same title. I promise not to make a habit of it.
There's also a b-side from The Outcasts, the homecoming kings, in honour of their Belfast appearance. I saw their poster. That's enough for me.

Clash - 1977
Slits - So Tough  
Fire Engines - New Thing In Cartons
Demented Are Go - Rubber Buccaneer
Adam & The Ants - Animals and Men
Animals & Men - Waiting For My Stranger

Outcasts - Love You For Never
Flamin' Groovies - Yes I Am  
Mighty Lemon Drops - Happy Head
Action Pact - New Kings Girl
Human League - Austerity / Girl One
Remains - Time Of Day
Flipper - Low Rider
Abstracts - Its Me
Velvet Underground - I’m Set Free

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