Archives for February 2012

Playlist 23 February

Mickey Bradley | 09:51 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012

Greil Marcus mentioned that he loved the Adverts first single 'One Chord Wonders' which immediately made me forgive him for overcomplicating rock and roll music with his books. He didn't mention it to me , of course, I mean that I read it in an article. The single's release was marked in a Stiff Records advert (naturally) in the NME which read - 'The Adverts Know One Chord , The Damned Know Three - Hear All Four On  Tour.......'
Also tonight , two MC5 songs to mark the sad passing of bass player Michael Davis. They're down to the MC2 , indeed.

Adverts - One Chord Wonders
MC5 - High School
Germs - Formin’
Eater- Thinking Of The USA
Defects - Dance Until You Drop
Teardrop Explodes - Bouncing Baby
Richard Hell - Kid With The Replaceable Head
The Blades - Ghost Of A Chance
Comateens - Dangerzone
Johnny Thunders - Ask Me No Questions
Jump Squad  - Debt
Radio Birdman - Aloha Steve & Danno
Count Five - Move It Up
Raincoats - Only Loved At Night
MC5 - Ramblin’ Rose

Playlist 16 February

Mickey Bradley | 16:03 UK time, Monday, 20 February 2012

Five years into the show, and the first appearance by the Boomtown Rats. What's going on there then ? The first 'new wave' band to have a number one, leading lights of the Dublin punk scene, former NME writer singing ? Not good enough to prevent their punk rock licences being revoked it seems. Their debut single, played tonight, is a good approximation of a speeded up 'Gloria', although don't look at the video. Bob Geldof once saw Eddie & The Hot Rods playing in Dubiln in 1976 and is reported to have said to Phil Chevron of The Radiators From Space that Eddie and his chums were not as good as 'your lot or my lot'. It's not the subject of fierce debate in homes up and down our land, but I would say that , for once, Bob was wrong.  

The Jam - All Around The World
Stingrays - Math Of Trend
Users - Sick Of You
Missing Rungs - Marginal Man
Eddie & The Hot Rods - Teenage Depression
Boomtown Rats - Lookin After Number 1
Mekons - Where Were You ?
Microdisney - Victory 
Close Lobsters - Just Too Bloody Stupid
Brinsley Schwarz - (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding
Wreckless Eric -  Lets Go To the Pictures
UK Subs - So What
 Express - Wastin' My Time
Rich Kids - King
Television - Friction

Playlist 9 February

Mickey Bradley | 10:20 UK time, Friday, 10 February 2012

For those of you who notice such things, tonight's show marks five years of the After Midnight Punk Rock Experience. Nothing has changed, it's still punk rock records from the golden age of punk rock records. Although five years ago I would never have imagined Howard Devoto from Magazine becoming Howard Devoto from Buzzcocks, but that's what's planned for May. In the meantime hear Howard with his Magazine chums Barry Adamson , John McGeoch and Dave Formula who may have been more muso than the Buzzcocks, but shouldn't be condemned for that. Sometimes, a swirling keyboard (not to be encouraged normally) is just what a record needs.
Also tonight, the first song from the first side of the first Clash LP - Janie Jones, one of the songs they recorded over three weekends in February of 1977. If they'd been in during the week as well, you never know what they could have achieved.

Magazine - Definitive Gaze
Clash - Janie Jones
The Fall - Look, Know
Big Self - Surprise Surprise
Wedding Present - It's What You Want That Matters
One Way System - Jerusalem
Gorillas - You Really Got Me
Boys - Keep Running
Vibrators - Petrol
Dolkows - Silent Woods
Shapes - Airline Disaster
Damned - Plan 9 , Channel 7
The Others - Revenge
Elvis Costello - Lipstick Vogue

Playlist 2 February

Mickey Bradley | 09:55 UK time, Friday, 3 February 2012

Few songs, punk rock or otherwise, begin with the line 'You bought the sofa that I wanted for years' but The Mumps manage to come up with those very words. A great punk band name but they're not too widely known outside America. Inside the USA their singer Lance Loud (not his real name) was known as the twenty two year old in an early reality TV show called An American Family. It was so long ago that we didn't even call those shows  "reality TV" : they were "Fly On The Wall" . Lance achieved fame by coming out during the show, which in 1973 was a Big Deal. A career with The Mumps was never going to reach those dizzy heights, especially as they never got a proper record deal. "Crocodile Tears" is from the 'Fatal Charm' compilation , on Eggbert Records. Eggbert Records was not one of the Great American Record Companies. Unfortunately.

Rezillos - Cold Wars
Pere Ubu - Street Waves
The Tenants - Submind
Joy Division - Shadowplay (RCA Demo)
Patti Smith - Frederick
Stranglers - Dagenham Dave
Ramones - You’re Gonna Kill That Girl
Only Ones - Someone Who Cares
Television Personalities - Part Time Punks
Action Pact - Suss Of The Swiss
Lurkers - Jenny
Mumps - Crocodile Tears
eft Banke - Evening Gown
New York Dolls - Frankenstein

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