Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Had a jam-packed show this week lots of quality songs, anyways this week I'll be talking a bit about Sex Pistols. Well this band started everything really, because of Sex Pistols Joe Strummer broke up his band the 101'ers to form The Clash, Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley formed Buzzcocks, and tons of other bands ignited upon the punk rock fuse that was lit by Sex Pistols.
Sex Pistols were just a band in the right place at the right time. Formed in 1975, they were brought together by radical clothes designer Malcolm McLaren, to promote clothes and fashions from his shop. The band consisted of Steve Jones (Guitar), Paul Cook (Drums),Glen Matlock (Bass), and Johnny Rotten on vocals. The band played loud fast rock & roll songs, and that is all the group was a loud rock band with extreme attitude, courtesy of Mr. Johnny Rotten. Johnny Rotten brought emotion to the band, the band talked of the times in England and the Government. They brought up real and political themes in a format that was known as punk rock.
The media and many people were terrified of the band and Johnny Rotten, they were thought of as some to be evil. Their first single "Anarchy in The UK" caused the band to be dropped from their record label, EMI. A song about being dropped from their label was written and is featured on their only album Nevermind The Bollocks...Here's The Sex Pistols, it is called "EMI". Original bassist Glen Matlock, was fired just after this and just before their next single "God Save The Queen". The song would be banned by The BBC because of all the trouble it caused, it actually reached number one on the billboard charts, but the name of the song and the band appeared as a blank space atop of the charts. After the sacking of bassist Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten's friend Sid Vicious was brought into the band. Sid could not play an instrument, and he was not featured on their record (the bass parts were played by guitarist Steve Jones). The band would self destruct during their first US tour, in January 1978. Johnny Rotten (real name John Lydon) would go on to form the post punk group Public Image Limited, Steve Jones would form the Professionals, and the other members were involved in other projects as well.
The song I played by the band tonight "Bodies" is a song which brings up issues of abortion. Johnny Rotten does not say whether he is for or against the subject, but it is based on a real life experience of someone he knew. For more information about Sex Pistols, you can read John Lydon's Autobiography, or get the classic albums DVD on Nevermind the Bollocks. In the early 90's a similar musical impact would occur with another band that was influenced by Sex Pistols, that would be Nirvana, but that is another story.
Some other bands played on this weeks show were The Count Five and Albert Hammond Jr. The Count Five was a band from the sixties, they had one hit "Psychotic Reaction" which did influence Sex Pistols; they were a 60's garage rock band. The song I played by them was "Double-decker Bus" a lesser known song from the album, Psychotic Reaction . Albert Hammond Jr. is one of the guitar players from the New York band, The Strokes. The song I Played "Back To The 101" is from his first solo album, Yours To Keep. It is an import only CD, which means it is not available in the US or Canada, unless you order it from the UK. The album also features guest appearances from Strokes vocalist Julian Casablancas, Sean Lennon, and many others.
1. The Count Five - double-decker bus
2. MC5 - teenage lust
3. Generation X - Cathy come home
4. Teenage Head - curtain jumper
5. Modernettes - confidential
6. Ramones - questioningly
7. Ramones - she's the one
8. Sex Pistols - bodies
9. Buzzcocks - are everything
10. Buzzcocks - why she's a girl from the chainstore
11. The Diodes - madhouse
12. The Clash - junkie slip
13. The Clash - Kingston advice
14. The Saints - all times through paradise
15. The Police - synchronicity I
16. Talking Heads - I get wild/wild gravity
17. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - senior service
18. Wire - a question of degree
19. Iggy Pop - sixteen
20. Sloan - she says what she means
21. Sloan - iggy & angus
22. The D4 - Rebekah
23. The D4 - running on empty
24. Albert Hammond Jr. - back to the 101
25. The Rapture - pieces of the people that we love
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Some of the other bands I played on this weeks show were Radio 4 and Sloan. Radio 4 has been around for a few years. They got their name from a Public Image Limited song, but always sounded like more of a dance band. On the album Enemies Like This, they take on a more rock and new wave stance. At times it sounds like Public Image Limited, Gang of Four, and The Clash. The song I played was the title track of the same name, "Enemies Like This". Sloan is a Canadian band from Halifax. They started in the early nineties and just released and album recently titled Never Hear The End of It. I played "Losing California" which is from their 1999 album, Between The Bridges.
Here's what was played this week:
1. MC5 – sister anne
2. Modernettes – celebrity crack up
3. Devo – gut feeling/slap your mammy
4. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - techno d-day
5. Sex Pistols – no feelings
6. Wire – too late
7. Teenage Head – lucy potato
8. Generation X – modern boys
9. The Police – when the world is running down you make the best of what's still around
10. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – talking in the dark
11. Talking Heads – girlfriend is better
12. Ramones – I wanna be sedated
13. Ramones – go mental!
14. Diodes – photograph from mars
15. The Clash – broadway
16. The Clash – Charlie don’t surf
17. Sloan – losing California
18. Buzzcocks – I don’t know
19. Buzzcocks – I look alone
20. Iggy Pop – lust for life
21. Radio 4 – enemies like this
22. The Saints – swing for the crime
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Hey this week i'll be talking about Gang of Four. The Gang of Four was formed by a bunch of university kids in 1977, and came from Leeds. The group consisted of four members, Jon King on vocals, Andy Gill on guitar, Dave Allen on bass,and hugo burnham on drums. The groups sound was associated with punk and new wave. The band used odd musical stylings with rampid political messages. The group used heavy distortion on and basslines along with Kings jumpy vocal style to create something very different. Several Eps and albums were released by the group the most notably was their first two albums Entertainment! and Solid Gold. After those albums and a few Ep's the group started to change their sound and went in more of a funk, dance, and dub direction. They were definitely different, they were a post-punk band that would influence many more in the long run. In 2004, the Gang of Four reunited and in 2005 made an album of re-recorded songs titled Return The Gift.
Their sound influenced many bands such as Rage Against The Machine and Nirvana. Both these bands have stated that Gang of Four was an influence on them. If you listen to Entertainment! and then some Rage Against The Machine songs, you can hear the influence. With the rise of the group Franz Ferdinand in 2004, it was obvious that they were influenced by the group immensely. They sound very similar to Gang of Four, and definitely are the modern version of them. The Song played on tonight's show was "Natural's Not In" from the album Entertainment!, which is in my opinion their best effort. The album originally contained 12 songs, but was re-released in 2006 with bonus tracks and the Yellow EP all on the same disc. If you liked song played on this weeks show, you should definitely pick up this Rhino re-release of the album.
Some of the other bands I played on the show this week were Devo and The Strokes. The song played by Devo "uncontrollable urge" is from their first album Are We Not Men? We Are Devo. The album features an early version of the 80's band that was to give us the hit single "Whip It!" later on in their career. The album is mostly rock , it is still Devo but there is not as much synths as on later Devo albums, definitely cool to hear. The song I played by The Strokes, Mercy, Mercy Me, is a cover of a song originally done by Marvin Gaye. The song features Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age). The song can be found on the single for the song "You Only Live Once". I also played the song "Ize of The World" from their most recent album First Impressions of Earth. The Strokes are a band from New York who sound very much like the bands Television and Velvet Underground. I will talk more of The Strokes on another post later on.
Here's what was played on this weeks show:
1. Gang of Four – natural’s not in
2. Generation X – girls
3. The Police – a sermon
4. MC5 – looking at you
5. Sex Pistols – no fun (stooges cover)
6. Teenage Head – picture my face
7. Young Canadians – data redux
8. Ramones – needles & pins
9. Ramones – I’m against it
10. Modernettes – celebrity crack up
11. Pointed Sticks – what do you want me to do?
12. The Saints – champagne misery
13. Buzzcocks – why can’t I touch it?
14. Buzzcocks – run away from home (a different kind of tension outtake)
15. The Diodes – teenage nation
16. Wire – too late
17. The Clash – the call up
18. The Clash – Washington bullets
19. The Stems – she’s a monster
20. Iggy Pop – nightclubbing
21. Devo – uncontrollable urge
22. Rage Against The Machine – bombtrack (swing version)
23. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - clean money
24. The Strokes (w/ed vedder/josh homme)– mercy mercy me (Marvin Gaye Cover)
25. The Strokes - ize of the world
26. The Hives - two-timing touch and broken bones
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Hey, I recently found out about these videos that The Saints made. There are 2 promotional music videos I found, one for their first single, "(I'm) Stranded", and one for "Know Your Product" that I didn't even know existed. Also included here is their performance on Top of The Pops in 1977. The Stems have a video too, I played the song "Tears Me In Two" on my show last week here's the video.
(I'm) Stranded Video
know Your Product Video
This Perfect Day on Top of The Pops
The Stems Tears Me in Two
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Hey this week I'm going to talk about the band The Saints. The Saints are a band from that came from Brisbane Australia, once again there will be links to download the whole show at the bottom of the post. They sound very New York punk like The Ramones, but actually started before the Ramones did. They were influenced by bands like The Stooges, Soul and R&B, Jazz, and garage rock. They first released the album (I'm) Stranded in 1976, then got signed to the label EMI. The single "(I'm) Stranded" did quite well, but the album wasn't overtly successful.
The band came overseas and toured with New York acts like the Talking Heads, The Ramones, and Blondie. They never really took off, they were accused of not having the typical "punk image" when most bands dress as they did today. The band would then lose original bassist Kym Bradshaw and picked up Algy Ward. The three other original members remained Chris Bailely (vocals) who reminds me of a chubby version of Julian Casablancas from The Strokes, Ed Kuepper (guitar), and Ivor Hay (drums). The band recorded the single "This Perfect Day" with the new bassist and it charted at #34 on the UK charts, their highest ever hit. The album Eternally Yours was then recorded and released in 1978. The album (which I consider their best album) was a change in the traditional punk sound on the first album. It featured horn sections and harmonicas, the band took on a new direction. The song I played tonight "Orstralia" is a different version of the song originally found on the album Eternally Yours, this version is a mono version and doesn't feature the horns as the album version does. It can be found on the All Times Through Paradise box set, it contains all Saints recordings in one set. The band essentially split after that main writers Chris Bailey and Ed Kuepper wanted to go their separate ways but agreed to make one more album 1979's Prehistoric Sounds.
Prehistoric Sounds was recorded fairly quickly and was drastically different from the previous two Saints albums. The album has a more Jazz-rock feel to it. It sounds like a jazzy David Bowie, and acoustic Rolling Stones record at times. This album was promoted poorly and after it was released the band went its separate ways. Ed Kuepper went on to form the Jazz and Punk band The Laughing Clowns, and Chris Bailey went on in the 80's with The Saints just a different line-up and sound. Other members would go onto smaller groups, but Algy Ward would join The Damned as their bassist for their album Machine Gun Etiquette. He would then from the Metal-thrash band Tank. The original Saints and their first three albums are some of the best albums to come out of Australia. I consider them the best band to come out of Australia, second being AC/DC.
Other bands played on this weeks show were The Stems and Incubus. The Stems are another band from Australia, that are garage rock/punk rock influenced. They formed in 1983 and only released one full length album At First Sight Violets are Blue. They also released several EP's and singles. The song I played "Tears Me in Two" is from one of their many singles and is a bit new wave in a way. They are definitely a lesser known band from Australia, and apparently are releasing a new album this May. I also played the song "Anna Molly" by Incubus. This is the newest single from the upcoming album Light grenades, the song can be purchased on itunes.
1. Sex Pistols - new york
2. Young Canadians - just a loser
3. Teenage Head - bonerack
4. Generation X - dancing with myself (original version)
5. Pointed Sticks - waiting for the real thing
6. The Police - low life
7. MC5 - future/now
8. The Stooges - gimme some skin
9. Ramones - you don't come close
10. Ramones - I don't want you around
11. The Diodes - burn down your daddy's house
12. The Saints - orstralia (alternate version)
13. The Stems - tears me in two
14. Buzzcocks - everbody's happy nowadays
15. Buzzcocks - harmony in my head
16. The Clash - midnight log
17. The Clash - the equalizer
18. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - accidents will happen
19. Talking Heads - once in a lifetime
20. Magazine - a song from under the floorboards
21. Wire - from the nursery
22. Dirty Pretty Things - last of the small town playboys
23. Dead 60's - ghostfaced killer
24. Incubus - anna molly
25. Pearl Jam - big wave