Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Show #126 Best of 2006

For my last show of 2006, I decided to do a best releases of 2006 show. I played new albums, reissues/remasters, and box sets. The order of the songs somewhat constitutes a list of the order of my favourite releases from 2006. There were some that didn't make the list, as far as overall releases which includes remasters, box sets, and new albums, this is what I thought of the music of 2006.

I just wanted to mention my favourite release of 2006 is the doors of perception box set. This set includes all of The Doors albums, as well as bonus tracks and videos. I played "Twentieth Century Fox" which is a song originally from The Doors first self titled album. According to the box sets linear notes, the first Doors album is not the correct speed. It is down a few steps, as a result of something that happened during the mastering process when copying from the master tapes. The box set includes a mix of the album at the correct speed (as well as the other way it has always been), and I played from the corrected speed version. It may be hard to notice, but if you were to listen to both versions of the album you can tell the difference, one is a little bit slower, and one is a little bit faster.

My second favourite release was the singles box set from The Clash. Since I've already posted about this box set, I will not discuss it any further. "I Fought The Law" was played from it though. My third favourite releases was the self titled Pearl Jam album. Pearl Jam was released in May of 2006. The album shows that Pearl Jam still can rock, even though they've made so many albums, and that they show no signs of stopping. "Unemployable" was played, it is a track that was written by drummer Matt Cameron and sounds very much like Pearl Jam doing a Black Sabbath song, in my opinion. If I were to choose albums that are composed of completely new material, this would be my top pick of 2006.

Unfortunately the Godfather of Soul, James Brown passed away on December 25th, 2006. James Brown has left behind a legacy of music that has influenced millions. A good majority of his songs have been sampled in various rap songs, he has also influenced bands such as The Clash, who have cited him as an influence for their funky songs. James Brown was a great musician, and his music will forever stand the test of time. I played "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" from the album Soul On Top. It is one of my favourite James Brown tracks, the version from Soul On Top, is a live version.

Here's: what was played:

1. Mudhoney – empty shells
2. Pointed Sticks – somebody’s mom
3. Albert Hammond Jr. – call me an ambulance
4. Neil Young – after the garden
5. Sublime – paddle out
6. Sex Pistols – Liar (spunk version)
7. Wire – three girl rhumba
8. The Jam – the place I love
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – make you feel better
10. Talking Heads – stay hungry
11. Johnny Cash – further on up the road
12. Bob Dylan – someday baby
13. Incubus – rogues
14. Arctic Monkeys – red light indicates the doors are secure
15. Rapture – pieces of the people that we love
16. Radio 4 – enemies like this
17. Audioslave – nothing left to say but goodbye
18. Dirty Pretty Things – enemy
19. Sloan – something’s wrong
20. Sloan – another way I could do it
21. Raconteurs – level
22. The Strokes – red light
23. Pearl Jam – unemployable
24. The Clash – I fought the law
25. The Doors – twentieth century fox
26. James Brown - papa's got a brand new bag

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Holidays Show #125

Holiday Themed Play List:

1. Pearl Jam – don’t believe in Christmas (sonics cover)
2. Pearl Jam – someday at Christmas (Jackson five cover)
3. The Sonics – santa claus
4. Chuck Berry – run Rudolph run
5. 101’ers – silent telephone
6. Buzzcocks – I don’t mind
7. Buzzcocks – moving away from the pulsebeat (edit)
8. The Clash – city of the dead
9. The Clash – clash city rockers
10. Diodes – terminal rock (alternate version)
11. The Damned – stretcher case
12. Iggy Pop – tell me a story
13. Talking Heads – I want to live (1975 cbs demo)
14. The Police – once upon a daydream
15. Hot, Hot, Heat – aveda
16. The Saints – security (Brisbane city)
17. Ramones – Merry Christmas (I don’t want to fight)
18. Ramones – I believe in miracles
19. Sloan – before the end of the race
20. Sloan - blackout
21. The D4 – don’t believe in xmas (sonics cover)
22. Exploding Hearts – teenage faces
23. Mudhoney – the straight life
24. Billy Idol - jingle bell rock
25. U2 - xanax and wine
26. Television - see no evil
27. Bob Dylan - outlaw blues
28. MC5 - looking at you
29. Sloan - right or wrong

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Clash Singles Box Set & Show #124

On October 30th, The Clash released a 19-CD limited edition box set. On this box set are all the Clash's singles packaged individually as the original singles were but in CD form. The CD's contain a black surface on the back, as did The Rolling Stones, The Who's, and The Buzzcocks singles box sets.

On these CDS you also get bonus tracks. Some are dub versions/remixes of songs, some not. You get all The Clash singles and B-sides, and it also comes with a thick booklet. In the book you get musicians, fans, and friends of the band commenting on individual tracks. Some of the people that comment are Pete Townshend (The Who),Chris Shifflet (Foo Fighters), and Irvine Welsh (Author of Trainspotting). The actual sound of the songs appear to be of higher quality than all previous Clash remasters. It is definitely worth the price of the box set. It is a must for any Clash fan. For more information and more pictures of the single sleeves visit:

The Clash Single Box Set Website.

Here's the playlist from the show:

1. The Damned – politics
2. Modernettes – new society
3. Sex Pistols – anarchy in the UK (demo)
4. Diodes – no right to make me bleed
5. The Beat – two swords
6. The Saints – the prisoner
7. Buzzcocks – orgasm addict
8. Buzzcocks – oh, shit!
9. Pointed Sticks – waiting for your love
10. The Clash – white riot (uk single version)
11. The Clash – 1977
12. The Police – so lonely
13. Talking Heads – thank you for sending me an angel (1975 cbs demo)
14. Gang of Four – guns before butter (BBC session)
15. Pretenders – my city was gone
16. Ramones – highest trails above
17. Ramones – time has come today
18. Hot, Hot, Heat – oh, Goddamnit
19. Iggy Pop – don't look down
20. Sloan – flying high again
21. Sloan – ana lucia
22. The Exploding Hearts – busy signals (unreleased version)
23. The D4 – stops me cold
24. 101’ers – surf city
25. Mudhoney – it is us
26. Blur – M.O.R
27. The Clash – rock the casbah

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Hey Ho! Let's Go! & Show #123

This post used to feature information about the Ramones. For a longer more complete history on the Ramones visit these links:

Gabba Gabba Hey: The Ramones Story Part One
Rock N' Roll Radio: The Story of the Ramones Part Two

Here's the play list:

1. Television - Friction (alternate version)
2. The Damned - don't cry wolf
3. Undertones - family entertainment
4. Generation X - stars looked down
5. Buzzcocks - whatever happened to?
6. Buzzcocks - what do I get?
7. Sex Pistols - holidays in the sun
8. The Police - next to you
9. Ramones - what'd ya do?
10. Ramones - psycho therapy
11. The Clash - remote control
12. The Clash - police & thieves
13. The Saints - crazy googenheimer blues
14. The Diodes - weekend
15. Modernettes - new society
16. Hot, Hot, Heat - get in or get out
17. XTC - this is pop
18. Iggy Pop - five foot one
19. Talking Heads - sugar on my tongue (1975 CBS demo)
20. The Pretenders - time the avenger
21. Sloan - I can't sleep
22. Sloan - someone I can be true with
23. Radio 4 - packing up things on the scene
24. The D4 - trust nobody
25. Exploding Hearts - shattered (you left me)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Flash As Hell & Show #122

Generation X, were a punk band that formed in 1976 around the same time as the UK punk scene. The name came from a book of the same title, which was about the mod scene in Britain. The band consisted of Billy Idol (vocals), Tony James (Bass), Bob Andrews (guitar), and original Subway Sect drummer Mark Laff on drums; The band originally had John Towe as their drummer, but Laff replaced him just before they signed to Chrysalis Records. The songs were written by both Billy Idol and Tony James (Billy providing the music, Tony the lyrics most of the time). The bands first incarnation was within the group Chelsea, with Gene October. Idol and James would leave this group and then form Generation X.

Signed to Chrysalis Records, their first self titled album came out in 1978. It is a harsh sounding album that fits in well with all the bands of the time. People always seemed to downplay Generation X because they were seen as "pretty boys". Generation X were deeply influenced by literature read by Billy Idol, The Who, Sex Pistols, and other classic rock bands. Some people say that they come off sounding like a very early version of Green Day, but most of Generation X's first album had a sound that was not unlike early Clash, Sex Pistols, and Buzzcocks. The bands first album was produced by Martin Rushnet (he would go on to produce the likes of Buzzcocks, XTC, and Stranglers). The album contained songs that lyrically made reference to everyday life in Britain, as well as other topics. The album contained notable songs such as "Day By Day", "One Hundred Punks", "From the Heart", "Promises, Promises" and "Kiss Me Deadly". "Kiss Me Deadly" was a slower ballad sounding track. "Ready Steady Go" was a hit in the UK charts, it went to # 47, they would also appear on Top of the Pops. They were one of the first punk bands to appear on the show, many felt it was un-punk to do so. The band also covered John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth", which appeared on US versions of Generation X.

In 1979, Valley of the Dolls was released. Named after a book of the same title, Valley of the Dolls was different than their first self titled release. It showed the band going into a harder glam rock direction. Most people overlook this album, but it contains songs like "Valley of the Dolls", "English Dream", and the Elvis Presley influenced song "King Rocker". The album was produced by Mott the Hoople's Ian Hunter. The album did feature a few hit singles as well. "King Rocker" (#11), "Friday's Angels" (#62), and "Valley of the Dolls" (#23). The band began to have disagreements about the musical direction during/after this album. Some wanted to stay true to the bands original punk sound and some wanted to keep going into a harder rock direction.

After this the band actually recorded material for a third album, that came off sounding very new wave. It would eventually be called Sweet Revenge, but it would not be found until much later on. It was released in 2003, and actually features an early version of "Dancing with Myself" which is better than the version you're used to. Other great tracks are "Flash As Hell" and "Anna Smile". The band then split, but still released one more album in 1981, with a few different members. Kiss Me Deadly, featured the song "Dancing With Myself", and others that are on Sweet Revenge. The album featured different guitar players (Steve Jones from Sex Pistols, and Steve New) along with original Clash drummer, Terry Chimes. The band name would be shortened to Gen X. After this the band split up until they reunited in 1993, Billy Idol went on to front a successful solo career (using Generation X's version of "Dancing With Myself" as a single), Tony James went on to form the glam-punk band, Sigue Sigue Sputnik. He now is in the band Carbon/Silicon with Mick Jones from the Clash. Bob Andrews and Mark Laff would form the short lived band Empire. They released one album Expensive Sound; It was reissued in 2003. All of the Generation X albums have been re-released remastered with bonus tracks.

The song I Played by Generation X was "I Dig Everything" a song from the Sweet Revenge Era of the band. It can be found on the Generation X Anthology. For more Generation X/Billy Idol info visit this page.

I also played a live medley by The Hives. This was recorded for a Swedish TV show on October 20th, 2006. The Hives played a medley which consisted of seven songs, six of them being cover songs. Here is a list of the songs included in that medley:

1. List of Demands (Originally by Saul Williams)
2. Hey Ya! (Originally by Outkast)
3. Two thieves (Originally by Compulsive Gamblers)
4. Gotta Get Some Action Now! (Originally by Hellacopters)
5. Stay Fly (Originally by Three 6 Mafia)
6. Seven Nation Army (Originally by White Stripes)
7. Hate To Say I Told You So (A song by The Hives)

I just thought I'd add that the song "Hey Ya!" by Outkast was said to be inspired by The Hives, after seeing one of their live shows. Here's a link to watch the actual full performance of these seven songs by The Hives:

The Hives - Live Medley on Swedish TV

Here's what was played:

1. Buzzcocks - time's up
2. Buzzcocks - boredom
3. Sex Pistols - liar
4. The Damned - problem child
5. The Police - nothing achieving
6. The Clash - Janie jones
7. The Clash - career opportunities
8. Ramones - little bit o'soul
9. Ramones - outsider
10. Modernettes - no tears
10. Generation X - I dig everything
11. The Diodes - jenny's in a sleep world
12. The Saints - church of indifference
13. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - (what's so funny about) peace, love, and understanding?
14. Big Audio Dynamite - I turned out a punk
15. XTC - sgt rock (is going to help me)
16. Hot, Hot, Heat - no, not now
17. Sloan - ill placed trust
18. Iggy Pop - I'm bored
19. The D4 - what I want
20. The Hives - live medley
21. The Sonics - he's waitin'
22. 101'ers - letsagetabitarockin'
23. Nirvana - been a son
24. The Jam - modern world

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Music For Pleasure & Show #121

Hey this week I had a really loud show, anyways, I'll be talking about The Damned this week. The Damned started off in a pool of musicians, in the late 70's among the musicians in this circle was Mick Jones (The Clash), Billy Idol (Generation X), and Chrisie Hynde (The Pretenders),and many others. The Damned formed just as punk was starting to pick up and scare people in the late 70's in the UK, in fact they were the first UK punk band that got a single released (it was "New Rose" in 1976). The band is influenced by MC5, The Stooges, The Beatles, and Sex Pistols, among others . The band formed in 1975/76 with Dave Vanian (Vocals), Brian James (guitar), Captain Sensible (Bass), and Rat scabies (Drums). The band was quite odd, lead singer Dave Vanian, dressed as a vampire on stage, the band has songs that dealt with things in sarcastic ways.

In 1977, Damned, Damned, Damned was released, it was the bands first full length album and the first UK punk album to be released. It was produced by Nick Lowe, there were some rumours that the album was actually sped up to sound faster, but this is just a rumour and is not known for sure. The album was energetic fast, and the first punk album the UK had to offer to the world. The follow up album Music For Pleasure, came out in 1978 and was produced by Nick Mason from Pink Floyd. The band originally wanted Syd Barrett from Pink Floyd to produce it, but they settled for Mason. The album has some great tracks and great song writing on it. It is often over looked by many because it doesn't sound exactly the same as the bands first album. The album is really great and I pick it as my favourite Damned album. After this album, Brian James decided to leave the group, he was the main song writer, but the band decided to keep going.

The band members switched positions, Captain Sensible went to guitar, and Ex-Saints bassist Algy Ward joined up with the group for their next album that would be titled Machine Gun Etiquette; it was released in 1979. The album turned out to be just as good as when The Damned had Brian James with them. After that bassists would keep switching and the band would continue to revolve members and play for along time. An album was released in 2001 titled Grave Disorder. The Damned were an odd band, they had quirky senses of humour and a vampire as a lead singer, they are definitely worth checking out.

The song played tonight was "One Way Love" from the album Music For Pleasure.

Here's the play list:
1. Ramones - teenage lobotomy
2. Ramones - I don't care
3. Sex Pistols - bodies
4. Modernettes - teen city
5. The Diodes - terminal rock
6. Undertones - my perfect cousin
7. The Clash - what's my name
8. The Clash - cheat
9. The Police - landlord
10. Teenage Head - kissin' the carpet
11. The Damned - one way love
12. Buzzcocks - breakdown
13. Buzzcocks - friends of mine
14. The Saints - everything's fine
15. Sloan - people think they know me
16. Iggy Pop - new values
17. XTC - science friction
18. Public Image Limited - attack
19. Generation X - psycho beat
20. Dead 60's - a different age
21. Rage Against The Machine - down on the street
22. The D4 - out of my head
23. The D4 - feel it like it
24. Sloan - living with the masses
25. Soundgarden - no attention
26. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - liars beware
27. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - one track mind
28. Gang of Four - 5:45 (Live BBC session)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Out of their Heads & show #120

Hey this week I will be talking about The D4. The D4 are a band from New Zealand, most people haven't heard of this band. The band formed in 1998, by friends Jimmy Christmas and Dion (not much is known of the members names, except their first name). The D4 formed and started doing live shows in the New Zealand area. There isn't that much info about the band out there, the answer is in their music. Their first release was and EP, The D4 EP in 1999. In 2003 they released 6twenty, which seemed to cause a buzz, the band even appeared on some last night talk shows, but never cracked the mainstream audience. 6twenty is a great album it is a mix of old New York punk and classic rock such as the Rolling Stones. It is a loud, album, which just rocks, you don't hear rock this good anymore, you really have to hear it to believe how good it is.

In 2005, the band released Out of My Head, and sadly broke up in June of 2006. There is no word on whether they will reform or not, because according to their website, they are on hiatus for awhile. But over the album is equally rocking as 6twenty. All of the bands albums feature cover songs, the first covers of "Pirate Love" by Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, and "Mysterex" by The Scavengers (an obscure New Zealand punk band from the 70s). On Out of My Head, there is a cover from the Limespiders (an obscure Australian punk band), and many others. Overall The D4, is a great band that sounds very similar to Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, and rock just as good as The Stooges, The Sonics, AC/DC, or MC5. It's too bad that a band this good, that should have been played on every single radio station in the world, is no longer together.

The song played by the band tonight was "Sake Bomb', a song that was inspired by Japan, Beer, and Sake. It is off their 2005 album, Out of My Head. More information can be found about The D4 on these two websites,

their myspace page

Flying Nun Records Website

An extensive, more complete band history of The D4 can be found in my Auckland Four Post.

Here's the playlist for this week's show:

1. Teenage Head – get off my back
2. Pointed Sticks – new ways
3. The Diodes – tired of waking up tired
4. New York Dolls – chatterbox
5. Sex Pistols – submission (spunk version)
6. The Who – tattoo
7. Buzzcocks – nostalgia
8. Buzzcocks – noise annoys
9. Ramones – rock n’ roll high school
10. Ramones – come back, she cried aka I walk out (demo)
11. The Saints – Brisbane (security city)
12. The Clash – silicone on sapphire
13. The Clash – version pardner
14. The Police – murder by numbers
15. Talking Heads – burning down the house (alternate version)
16. Generation X – Anna smile
17. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – two little Hitlers
18. Big Audio Dynamite – the bottom line (unreleased Rick Rubin remix)
19. Iggy Pop – the passenger
20. Albert Hammond Jr. – everyone gets a star
21. Sloan – HFXNSHC
22. The D4 – sake bomb
23. The Rapture – the sound

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Synchronicity and Show # 119

This post used to feature information about The Police. For a more complete history on the band click Here.

The Play List:

1. The Police - miss gradenko
2. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - modds for moderns
3. Gang of Four - to hell with poverty (live BBC session)
4. Sex Pistols - problems
5. Generation X - cathy come home
6. Iggy & The Stooges - raw power
7. Iggy & The Stooges - i need somebody
8. Teenage Head - little boxes
9. Pointed Sticks - how could you?
10. Ramones - it's a long way back
11. Ramones - i want you around
12. The Saints - everyday's a holiday, everynight's a party
13. New York Dolls - trash
14. Buzzcocks - what do you know?
15. Buzzcocks - ever fallen in love (with someone you shouldn't have fallen in love with?)
16. The Diodes - mercury flight
17. Public Image Limited - annalisa
18. The Clash - version city
19. The Clash - living in fame
20. Talking Heads - this must be the place (naive melody)
21. Sloan - all used up
22. The D4 - heartbreaker
23. The Rapture - whoo! alright - yeah...uh huh
24. Rage Against The Machine - in my eyes

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

CJAM Pledge Drive Show & Show # 118

This week was CJAM's annual pledge drive, so I did a show to try and raise some money for the station. If you still wanna help out and make a pledge visit for more information. Below is a play list of what I played and some links to download the show.

1. Pointed Sticks – waiting for the real thing
2. MC5 – American ruse
3. Sex Pistols – EMI
4. Buzzcocks – sixteen again
5. Generation X – flash as hell
6. Ramones – 53rd & 3rd
7. Ramones – bad brain
8. The Saints – take this heart of mine
9. The Clash – Armagideon time
10. The Clash – the street parade
11. The Police – o my god
12. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Sundays best
13. PiL – public image
14. English Beat – mirror in the bathroom
15. Sloan – on the horizon
16. The D4 – party
17. The Rapture – don gon do it
18. Led Zeppelin - no quarter

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Anarchy from the UK and Show #117

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.

The Play List:

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

Show #116

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

Natural's Not in and Show #115

The Gang of Four were 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.

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

Know Your Product...

I recently found out about these videos that The Saints made. There are two 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

Show #114

Play List for October 4th:

1. Sex Pistols - new york
2. Young Canadians - just a loser
3. Teenage Head - bone rack
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

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Show #113

Play list for September 27:

1. The Saints - river deep mountain high
2. Sex Pistols - bodies
3. Teenage Head - ain't got no sense
4. The Diodes - headache
5. Generation X - triumph
6. The Who - anyway, anyhow, anywhere (alternate version)
7. The Who - baby don't you do it
8. Iggy & The Stooges - I got a right ! (alternate version)
9. Buzzcocks - a different kind of tension
10. Buzzcocks - I believe
11. Young Canadians - hullabaloo girls
12. Ramones - I just wanna have something to do
13. Ramones - I wanted everything
14. The Police - shadows in the rain
15. The Clash - sound of the sinners
16. The Clash - police on my back
17. Pointed Sticks - the witch
18. Wire - I feel mysterious today
19. The Specials - man at c & a
20. Dirty Pretty Things - doctors and dealers
21. Dead 60's - a different age
22. Green Day - 86
23. Nirvana - stain

Friday, September 22, 2006

A Quick One...

Hey, just a quick note, you can post comments by clicking comments at end of each post. Any feedback would be appreciated.

In other news The Who are planning on releasing new material despite the loss of their bass player John Entwistle in 2002. Wire & Glass, which contains two songs from their upcoming release titled Endless Wire was released in August. Wire & Glass is a 7 minute mini-opera, like A Quick One While He's Away and songs found on the album Tommy. This is The Who's first full length album release since It's Hard in 1982. For full tracklisting and cover art visit Pete Townshend's Website

The Who influenced many of the early punk bands I've played on my radio show such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Generation X, Ramones, Buzzcocks,and even newer bands like Pearl Jam and Green Day. Green Day for those of you who don't know, took The Who's idea of a rock opera and applied it to their punk-rock opera and album, American Idiot. It did extremely well. I think i'll play some Who on this Wednesdays upcoming show.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Show #112 and The Clash

Every week on my blog (or as often as I can), I will post the play list from my radio show and some information about some of the bands I play. This week I will talk about The Clash.

The songs I played from The Clash this week were from their album Sandinista!,which was released in 1980. The album was recorded in New York at Electric Ladyland Studios, and showed The Clash going even further than they did on their brilliant album London Calling. It showed The Clash covering all styles such as their usual reggae and punk. They also experimented with jazz, gospel, dub, rockabilly, among other styles. Let's Go Crazy is a more of a reggae/Caribbean song, while If Music Could Talk, is definitely jazz influenced. Sandinista! is definitely an underrated album. Some fans believe that if it was released as a single album it would have been The Clash's best album, but it was released as a triple album (on vinyl) in 1980. This is an album that is hard to get used to all at once, but after a few listens it sounds great.

After the album Combat Rock, guitarist Mick Jones was fired from the band, along with drummer Topper Headon and The Clash were essentially over. They made one more album Cut The Crap with a different line-up and only original members Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon, and was more of original band manager Bernie Rhoads creation. The album was followed by a short busking-type tour, then they split. Mick Jones would go on to form Big Audio Dynamite, Paul did a one off project Havana 3AM, and Joe did films. He returned in the late nineties with a new band Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros. I played the song Cool n' Out from the album Global A-Go-Go, which is one of the three albums released by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros. Joe unfortunately passed away in 2002, just before The Clash were inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. The Clash's music still stands the test of time.

A series of two radio specials I did on The Clash can be found here:

The Clash (1976-1979)
The Clash (1980-1985)

Heres the tracklist from my show on September 20th:

1. Teenage Head – top down
2. Diodes - time damage
3. The Damned – fan club
4. Ramones – I remember you
5. Ramones – California sun
6. Young Canadians – well, well, well
7. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – I love you
8. The Clash – let’s go crazy
9. The Clash – if music could talk
10. The Police – other way stopping
11. Sex Pistols – problems
12. Iggy & The Stooges – death trip
13. Undertones – nine times out of ten
14. Buzzcocks – I don’t know what to do with my life
15. Buzzcocks – money
16. Buzzcocks - hollow inside
17. The Saints – international robots
18. Magazine – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
19. Talking Heads – unison (remain in light outtake)
20. Wire – I am a fly
21. Nirvana – old age (nevermind outtake)
22. Neil Young – downtown
23. Sublime – April 29th, 1992 (Miami)
24. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – cool n’ out
25. Dirty Pretty Things – deadwood

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Welcome to my blog. Revolution Rock is the name of a radio show that I do on CJAM 91.5FM in the Windsor/Detroit area. I play 60's/70's punk rock, 80's new wave/post-punk, as well as some new rock too. I've been doing the show now for about three years and have just completed my 111th show. I'm on every Wednesday night from 9PM-10:30PM, so don't forget to tune in. You can also stream it online from the cjam website,

Here is a track listing of what was played on my most recent show:

1. Undertones – my perfect cousin
2. Sex Pistols – did you no wrong
3. Iggy & The Stooges – shake appeal
4. The Saints – this perfect day
5. Ramones – carbona not glue
6. Ramones – havanna affair (live 76)
7. The Diodes – china doll
8. Young Canadians – don’t bother me
9. Buzzcocks – mad mad judy
10. Buzzcocks – raison d’etre
11. Radio Birdman – subterfuge
12. The Clash – up in heaven (not only here)
13. The Clash – corner soul
14. Big Audio Dynamite – contact
15. Talking Heads – seen not seen
16. The Police – voices in my head
17. Wire – outdoor minor
18. Television – ain’t that nothing
19. Magazine – Philadelphia
20. Teenage head – let’s go to Hawaii
21. Neil Young – truth be known
22. Pearl Jam – grievance
23. Audioslave – revelations
24. Dirty Pretty Things – gentry cove
25. Bob Marley & The Wailers - trenchtown rock
26. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - kid with the replaceable head