Radio Clash is probably the longest continuously running music podcast (since Nov 2004). Originally only about mashup culture, but since extended to a live music station and blog, talking about politics, sex, drugs and rock and roll. All posts are probably at least a little bit NSFW, because if it's safe for work, then why post it?
It’s Festive Rave Wars for the Xmas #1 this year! Campaign to get Altern8′s Activ-8 to Christmas #1 has been floating around for a while but now Mark Archer is re-releasing the Masked Hysteria classic it’s going into hyperdrive, with remixes from Balkan Vinyl faves such as AGT Rave Cru, DJ Phantasy, DJ Billy Daniel Bunter & King Yoof, Tommie Sunshine & Costeffects, Rocket Pimp and many others. You can pre-order on iTunes now.
Nice one, top one, get Santa!
It’s nearly 5 years since my last digital debris podcast and nearly 50 years since Doctor Who and it’s theme was shown. So I journey into the world of ‘De La Russe’, more well known as Delia Derbyshire the creator (and some say co-composer) of that show’s theme and many other BBC Radiophonic works. Lots of rarer spoken word and radio works she did are featured, rather than just the ‘usual’ which of course make an appearance but along with spoken word clips and readings as is usual with digital debris.
Thanks to Martin Guy and many other DD fans for the audio clips that otherwise would have made this podcast impossible, and those people whose documentaries I mixed in.
Was checking out Swindle and this Elson David old/new skool Acid mix came round as the next track – one of the weekly mixes from Hyponik. Love the intro, it’s from a hilariously out of touch BBC TV news piece about these new-fangled ‘raves’ and acid house in 1988.
01. Perfectly Ordinary People – Theme from P.O.P.
02. GERD – H.O.U.S.E.
03. Cool House – Rock This Party Right (Tyree Remix)
04. J.M.D. – Get Up and Dance (Tyree JB mix)
05. Elson David – The Awakening
06. Jamie Anderson – Rebel Sound
07. Orbital – Chime (JZJ Remix)
08. Tolfrey & Ramirez – Bounce to Me (Lauhaus Remix)
09. Elson David – Remember
10. Subb-an – Off the Walls (Melon Remix)
11. Elson David – God Bless
12. Whatever, Girl – Activator
13. The Children – Work the Box
14. Joey Beltram – Energy Flash
15. Elson David – Woke
16. Fast Eddie – Let’s Go (Tyree’s Gone Mix)
A friend posting the infamous Orbital video lead to a journey into those musical moments where bands not only rebelled, refused to do as they were told, or just plain failed and created classic moments of TV.
In the case of Orbital – Chime this is where a dispute over miming lead the Hartnoll brothers to stand like loons on Top of the Pops with what looked like her from Swing Out Sister a silver jacket dancing and visible 13 amp plugs left dangling, but also being effectively banned from Top of the Pops for six years. But they are not alone in such embarrassing or intentionally defiant moments of classic TV…
One of the first arguments with producers vs band is Robert Wyatt’s wheelchair when performing ‘I’m a Believer’ in 1974. This seems to have entered into mythos so not sure what really happened, but prior to disabled rights not only did the producers want to put him in a wicker chair as they thought it would scare the kiddies. It apparently did, and was a much complained about clip before the Manics came along (more later). ‘You’ll never work in television‘ is pretty much what they told poor Robert.
It probably really starts with the punk era – Grundy is a bit obvious to put here, but over in the US on Saturday Night Live standing in for the Sex Pistol is a soon to be big Elvis Costello. His record company are needling him to play the fascist-baiting but rather dull Less Than Zero…he gives in, then changes his mind on air. In what is a brilliant example of live TV inspired by Hendrix, he stops the band then launches into a wonderfully angry and incandescent ‘Radio Radio’. SNL bans him for 12 years – partly because he causes their timings to go out…that’s what you get for inviting punks! ‘I Want to Bite The Hand That Feed Me’ – yup. Record label weren’t happy either…
Talking of punks – just see what John Belushi’s favourite band Fear did to SNL in 1981. Weirdly that IS Donald Pleasence…apparently $200k’s worth of damage was done…severely dispute that, $20k is more likely, but again they were banned. Then again Cypress Hill were banned for far less in the 90s – lighting a joint and disturbing a few bongos? Pffft.