Interview with Pat Fulgoni

A celebrated multi genre singer songwriter that has toured extensively across the UK, Europe, USA & China had his music featured on UK & US television is the owner & founder of chocolate fireguard records with a fierce loyalty to the West Yorkshire Music scene.

An activist / campaigner within both the Hands off HRI & The Love Music Hate Racism Movements…The man truly is a creative behemoth.

Read inerview with Saving Grace HERE

LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio # 172 West Wales Vibrations

Last weekend the iguana crew spent many lazy hours looking out over Cardigan Bay, whilst soaking up some festival vibrations.

And it was as we looked out over the water, we came up with a cunning plan. A radio show made up entirely of bands we have seen in west Wales over the years.

Some were from last weekend, whilst some are from gigs going back to the last century.

Listen Again

Play list

  1. Transistor Sister: BY THE ELECTRIC GROOVE TEMPLE
  2. Fuck the Nazis: BY ZION TRAIN
  3. Borderline: BY RADICAL DANCE FACTION
  4. Superman iii: BY JOHNNY CAGE AND THE VOODOO GROOVE
  5. Vegetable attack: BY THE TOFU LOVE FROGS
  6. African Rave: BY DOO THE MOOG
  7. Tell the world: BY OK
  8. Tidal wave: BY JOHNNY ACTION FINGER
  9. Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  10. Warrior: BY THE INEXPLICABLES
  11. Babylon Dub: BY BHANG II RITES
  12. Special Brew: BY THE ULULATORS
  13. Watching the grass grow: BY NIK TUNER’S SPACE RITUAL
  14. Have you seen Bruce Richards Reynolds: BY THE ALABAMA THREE
  15. Don’t let the bastards grind you down: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
  16. Dub flag: BY MOLARA
  17. Rat brain: BY MIGHTY FUOD
  18. Pig: BY WITCHES DRUM
  19. Two Horizontal Hourglasses: BY SWANSEA LAPTOP ORCHESTRA

First broadcast on Dapper FM on 5th June 2018

Show sponsored by UNISON

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio 171 – Ravers of the lost ARC

This week’s show celebrated sunshine, DIY attitudes and underground grooves

Listen below innit

Play list

  1. I said possee: BY KING KONG COMPANY
  2. It’s alright: BY TWENTY FIFTH OF MAY
  3. Sound of sunshine: BY MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD
  4. Hols some more: BY AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE
  5. Ravin raven: BY THE INEXPLICABLES
  6. Hummingbird dub: BY Q SHAQ
  7. Cojones feos: BY CHUBBY THUNDEROUS BAD KUSH
  8. Do the supernova: BY THE MEMBRANES
  9. Brixton dub: BY THE CRAZY PINK REVOLVERS
  10. Liberator: BY SPEAR OF DESTINY
  11. Sandblaster: BY CHINA SHOP BULL
  12. Get orf your knees: BY ONE EYED GOD
  13. Simon says: BY CAPTAIN ACCIDENT
  14. Genghis Kahn: BY FUNKEE AND THE TWO TONE BABY
  15. Big solutions: BY THE DICEMEN
  16. Squatter in the house: BY THE MAGIC MUSHROOM BAND
  17. Lost city of cardiza: BY SENDELICA
  18. Rain in the face: BY ANIMALIA

First broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 22nd May 2018

Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

 

LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio Show # 170 – Merthyr Rising Special

With less than three weeks to go to this year’s Merthyr Rising Festival, this week we had festival director Lyn Williams in the studio along with Peter Crews, of UNISON, the festival’s main partner.

The play list was made up (almost) entirely of bands playing the event and we chatted at length about all things Merthyr Rising.

To listen again, check out the mixcloud below

PLAY LIST

  1. Fight the power: BY DREADZONE
  2. Won’t buy it: BY REGIME
  3. Cave song: BY PRETTY VICIOUS
  4. Living in a rut: BY THE MOONBIRDS
  5. Jah war dub: BY RUTS DC
  6. Each mans hell: BY ROUGHNECK RIOT
  7. The windrush: BY CAPTAIN SKA
  8. Money for war: BY BEANS ON TOAST
  9. Cheese and bread: BY DAVID ROVICS
  10. Bells of Rhymney: BY THE ALARM
  11. Speedboat dreaming: BY FFUG
  12. Love thing: BY AFROCLUSTER
  13. Human Camouflage: BY PARKVIEW
  14. Afflictions: BY THE PITCHFORKS
  15. Lots of fun: BY FOREIGN LEGION
  16. Sex and drugs and rock and roll: BY IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS
  17. Freedom for Palestine: BY ONE WORLD
  18. Deep cover: BY COSMO
  19. Gunshot: BY FLORENCE BLACK
  20. Here we go again: BY THE UPBEAT SNEAKERS
  21. Hangover me: BY O’CONNELL AND LOVE

Show first broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 8th May 2018

Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

 

LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio # 169 – Iguana Rides Again

You can’t keep a good man down. Or a bad one for that matter. After six weeks off air, we returned to the airways on 1st May, with our first show from the brand new Dapper FM studio, to prove that we will indeed keep on keeping on.

Listen to the show again below innit.

PLAY LIST

  1. Keep on keeping on: BY THE REDSKINS
  2. Evil Spirits: BY THE DAMNED
  3. Talking and singing: BY GRANT PHABAO AFROFUNK ARKESTRA
  4. Buru Saturday: BY DUBMATIX
  5. Black Heaven: BY EARTHLESS
  6. Cougar rock by ZEKE
  7. A warning dub: BY THEIVERY CORPORATION
  8. Mad World: BY KING TUTS REVENGE
  9. Bar stool preacher: BY THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS
  10. Just begun: BY LEGO EDIT
  11. Keep it clean BBC session: BY THE VIBRATORS (PEEL SESSION JUNE 77)
  12. West one shine on me: BY THE RUTS
  13. Octane twisted: BY PORCUPINE TREE
  14. Subject to status: BY PITCHSHIFTER
  15. Live life love demo: BY LAST TREE SQUAD
  16. Boombassa: BY SUBGIANT
  17. The windrush: BY CAPTAIN SKA
  18. Bloodstains: BY AGENT ORANGE
  19. Brain in a jar: BY CHINA SHOP BULL
  20. Come as you are: BY NIRVANA
  21. The man that never was: BY RICK SPRINGFIELD AND DAVE GROHL
  22. Killing in the name: BY RICHARD CHEESE

First broadcast on 1st may on www.dapperfm.co.uk

Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

Next show, Tuesday 8th May – a Merthyr Rising Special.

NB: During the show i referred to Paul Gray as being with the National Union of Journalit – which is of course bollocks. he is with the Musician’s Union.

 

LISTEN LIVE: Iguana Radio # 170 – Merthyr Rising Special 08/05/18

Our next show will be a Merthyr Rising Festival special, and we will be joined in the studio by Lyn Williams, director of the festival, and Peter Crews from UNISON, major partners of the event.

Expect a play list chock a block full of bands playing Merthyr Rising, the festival celebrating the workers uprising of 1831, at which the red flag was flown as a sign of protest the first time anywhere in the world.

So you can expect the likes of Dreadzone, Ruts DC, Regime, Roughneck Riot, Captain Ska, The Blockheads, Parkview, The Alarm and much more.

For more details about this awesome festival, go to www.merthyrrising.uk

Tune in from 8pm O’clock on Tuesday 8th May – go to www.dapperfm.co.uk and click on the listen live button.

For more about our show sponsors, go to www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales Continue reading LISTEN LIVE: Iguana Radio # 170 – Merthyr Rising Special 08/05/18

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio Rides Again – Tuesday 1st May

YAY – WE ARE BACK!

After being off air for a month, Dapper FM is now plotted up in its new home, Jacs Live Music Venue in Aberdare.

The computers are installed, the CD decks are plumbed in and the microphones have been re-wired. In fact, we took the opportunity to give all the hardware a bit of a service whilst we were at it. So we should be cooking on gas from here on in. Continue reading LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio Rides Again – Tuesday 1st May

BIG SAM TAKEN OFF AOS3 TEAM SHEET (But the subs are half tidy)

AOS3 with Sam playing down the left wing

News has reached Peppermint Iguana that there are going to be some changes to the team sheet of AOS3, with Big Sam currently unfit to play following an injury in training.

A post on the bands social media page stated: “It is with great sadness we have to report that Sam has decided to step back from the AOS3 live band, due to serious and ongoing back issues, leaving him in pretty much constant pain and unable to face the long vehicle journeys”. Continue reading BIG SAM TAKEN OFF AOS3 TEAM SHEET (But the subs are half tidy)

PEPPERMINT GIGUANA: Spanner, Last Tree Squad, Taffy Twp @ Le Pub, Newport, 14th April

Following on from the success of our folk disco, Peppermint Iguana once again are teaming up with the Green Gathering Campaigns crew for another gig featuring the best of the UK underground. On Saturday 14th April we present Spanner, Last Tree Squad and Taffy Twp – all in Newport’s top venue, Le Pub.

The gig will be a benefit for the anti-spycops campaign, which seeks justice for those that have been spied upon by the state for daring to question the power of the establishment.

SPANNER

Spanner live at something else in the dean

Spanner are a long standing much respected anarcho-ska-punk outfit from Bristle, known as much for their political activity as their music. They are anything but angry shouty blokes though. Their uplifting ska chops blend seamlessly with high octane punk energy that have been picking up audiences and throwing them around dancehalls, squats and festivals for almost two decades now.

Much loved by the South Wales activist community Spanner are guaranteed to leave a trail of sweaty, exhausted, smiling punks in their wake.

LAST TREE SQUAD

Last Tree Squad on their home turf,, Booth Hall, Hereford.

The night will be the first appearance in Newport for Hereford’s Last Tree Squad.  This seven piece collective have a love for all things dubby, mixing hip hop, reggae, raga, ska, jungle and dancehall.

Frontman Lofty, will be no stranger to long time Iguana watchers, having previously been part of the amazing Dubmerge and for a while was part of the backing band for West Wales’ dub diva Molara.

Whilst this will be their first visit to Newport, we are confident that their infectious brand of dance music will leave everyone wanting them back in the future.

TAFFY TWP

Taffy being Twp in the old Le Pub

Taffy Twp will be no stranger to many of you. His one man riot-folk-punk set will be his way of celebrating his 33+1/3 birthday. Come along and smile and punch the air with him to help him get the gig off to a flying start.

LE PUB, NEWPORT

Le Pub is a venue like no other in South Wales. It is a community owned venue that seeks to promote art, music, food and ideas.  Their ethos is so right on it has inspired us to get back into gig promotion for this first time in over a decade. Come along and find out what all the fuss is about.

Interact with us via the Facebook event page

Dapper on the Run

Dapper FM is on the move. After ten years in the Cana Centre Penywaun, we are now moving to a purpose built studio in the grounds of Jacs Live Music Venue, in the heart of Aberdare.

The last broadcast from the Cana will be the Something Else for the Weekend Show, from 9am till noon o’clock on 24th March 2018.

We aim to be up and running again by Easter, but that will depend on all the bits fitting together after being dismantled, dragged down to Aberdare and being reassembled in our new home.

This basically means the next Peppermint Iguana Radio show will not be till April – hopefully the 10th.

Of course, you can always use this break as a chance to catch up with past shows.

We would like to thank all who have listened to us over the last six and a bit years and we hope we can provide a new and improved service. We are a little bit excited!

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 168 – Last Train from Cana Central

Our most recent show was a bit of a landmark, being the last show before the station moves to new home.

Six and a half years on from our first broadcast, we blasted out a three hour special, to commemorate our last live broadcast from the studio based in the Cana Centre, Penywaun.

To listen to the show again, check out the mixycloud thing below.

Don’t worry, we will be back broadcasting from our new studio on April 10th.

PLAY LIST Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 168 – Last Train from Cana Central

SURPLUS FESTIVAL NOT ‘APPENIN’ IN 2018

As the snows around South Wales slowly thaw, news comes in that Surplus Festival is being put on ice for 2018.

A statement from the organisers said:

“As some of you know, Surplus Festival has lost it’s site. We’ve been trying our best to find a suitable alternative but unfortunately we haven’t been successful. With the time constraints and some other issues we’ve had to make the difficult decision to put things on hold”. Continue reading SURPLUS FESTIVAL NOT ‘APPENIN’ IN 2018

MIND YOUR HEAD RADIO: This is Radio Chas 01/03/18

Captain Paranoid has branched out into the world of radio. And he is making a damn fine job of it.

Here is his second ‘Mind Your Head Radio Show’, broadcast live and direct from his cottage in the woods on the fringes of the South Wales Valleys. Its dirty, its sexy, its funky. If you like Peppermint Iguana radio – you will like this.

You can keep up to speed with his live broadcasts and stuff by going to his Facebook Page

Play list Continue reading MIND YOUR HEAD RADIO: This is Radio Chas 01/03/18

Peppermint Iguana Radio # 177 – Three Dub Plates outside Dapper FM, Penywaun

On Tuesday 27th February, we braved the cold of the ‘Breeze from the Seas’ to bring you another hot episode of the Peppermint Iguana Radio Show.

We had joy, we had fun, we had two hours on air mun.

Then we had to warm the car up for ten minutes to defrost the brakes which had frozen on. I tell you what dudes, it’s two coats colder up in that Penywaun.

Anyway, whilst you are confined to barracks because of the ‘Beast from the East’, you can listen to the show again to warm the heart of your cockles. Just click on the mixycloud thingy

Play list Continue reading Peppermint Iguana Radio # 177 – Three Dub Plates outside Dapper FM, Penywaun

CRASS: My part in their downfall – Aberdare 11/07/84

Crass, last ever gig, Aberdare, 1984

Got into a chat about possibly the most famous gig ever to have taken place in Aberdare this week, so I thought I would use this as an excuse to blog about my memories of that infamous gig.

It was a benefit for the National Union of Mineworkers, who were at the time a few months into the soon to become historic year long strike against pit closures. The headline band was the legendary Crass.

It was to be a gig that would go down in punk folklore. Indeed it was a night I would never forget, but not for the reasons you might imagine.

So let’s go back to 11th July 1984

I went up with my mate Mike, who just happened to be a striking miner, all be it from a different valley, and his lady at the time, Sandra. Sandra drove.

We arrived nice and early because there were several bands on the bill we wanted to see – Flux of Pink Indians and Annie Anxiety. Tickets were a snip at two quid and the doors opened at 6pm.

We handed over our treasured tickets and looked around the Colosseum.

“Where’s the bar?” enquired Mike.

“There is no bar”, replied the NUM dude on the door doing his impression of a masonry toilet.

Mike and I exchanged glances, no words were needed. Pub. We wanted to see Annie Anxiety, but with a drink in our hands. So if that was not possible, a retreat to the nearest hostelry was in order.

A swift half pint soon turned into a swift half gallon. Ish.

We figured that Crass and the Flux would do the maximum of an hour set each, so calculating backwards from the time all civilised gigs end, 11pm, if we got back to the gig by 9pm we would catch the main event.

Of course this calculation was based on the fact that the hundreds of gigs we had previously been to were all in venues with a bar, and those days stop tap was 11pm – so 11pm was when the gig would finish.

But this venue did not have a bar. Our calculations for when the gig would finish were therefore based on a false assumption.

“What do you mean the gig is over?” Says a genuinely disbelieving Mike when we arrived at our pre-planned 9pm.

“I mean it’s fucking over, what did you think I meant?” asks the genuinely disbelieving brick shit house.

We then go through a conversation that started off with a demand that the band comes back on, quickly downgraded to a demand for money to be returned, then a bizarre debate about it being a gig for striking miners and Mike pointing out that he was a striking miner. I think he wanted more than just his two quid back.

It has to be said about Mike, he was not scared of anyone and more often than not, he did not need to be. There were occasions though when, actually, perhaps he should have been scared. This was one such occasion. He wasn’t though. Luckily for him I am a lover not a fighter and managed to calm the situation down and we headed back home, light of the two quid ticket money – this was 1984, you could get pissed on two quid back then. But unlike all the punks that had gone to the gig, we were lubricated. Compensation of sorts.

We returned to Blackwood the same united unit that had left a few short hours previously. Unlike Crass. They split up in the van in the way home. Karma is a bitch.

A few weeks later I spotted the aforementioned man mountain that had been on the door that night knocking out a police horse with one punch on a picket line. Mike was lucky to have a lover like me as a friend.

Here is a blog from someone that did not go down the pub that night

DREADZONE: Live @ The Globe, Cardiff 17/02/18

Dreadzone @ the Globe, Cardiff

Dreadzone make their first trip of the year into the land of song – and dub.

Rumours that the earthquake that shook wales on 17th February was caused by Dreadzone sound checking have not been confirmed, but tonight they made the globe vibrate and rattle with their basslines. Continue reading DREADZONE: Live @ The Globe, Cardiff 17/02/18

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Distant Colours video returns to the scene of riot

Blackwood’s most famous sons, the Manic Street Preachers return to the scene of their riotous gig in the Blackwood Little Theatre to film a video for their latest single, ‘Distant Colours’.

Whilst the band can sometimes appear to be a little aloof and media shy, it has to be said they have stayed close to their roots in the south wales valleys, often offering a helping hand behind the scenes with various artistic projects.

This can be demonstrated by this video which includes scenes shot in Mid Wales, the heads of the Valleys and in Blackwood itself.

Continue reading MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Distant Colours video returns to the scene of riot

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 166 – 13/02/18

This week we were flying solo, guest free, without a net.

The show included several random tracks plucked of the shelves during a carefree frolic through our music library here at Iguana HQ.

As usual, we also previewd some up and coming gigs and some hot new releases.

To listen again, check out the mixycloudy ting below

PLAY LIST

  1. Arcade perfect: BY SONIC BOOM SIX
  2. Standing on the edge of tomorrow: BY THE DAMNED
  3. Salt: BY THE BIGGEST THING SINCE POWDERED MILK
  4. Super stupid: BY FUNKADELIC
  5. Disco inferno: BY THE TRAMPS
  6. Tune in turn on cop out: BY FREAK POWER
  7. Area code: BY DREADZONE
  8. Galactic centre: BY LIQUIDYNE
  9. Austerity skank: BY PAMA INTERNATIONAL
  10. Econocalypse: BY THE CHOMSKY ALL-STARS
  11. Big John is my name: BY RARE EARTH
  12. Hazy lazy hologram: BY DR PHIBES AND THE HOUSE OF WAX EQUATIONS
  13. Replicate: BY PARKVIEW
  14. If im in luck i might get picked up: BY BETTY DAVIES
  15. One in ten DUB: BY UB40
  16. Soul clap 69: BY BOOKER T AND THE MGS
  17. Lights: BY DEAD AT TWENTY SEVEN
  18. Shakedown: BY THE HYPNOTICS
  19. Cider: BY EFF OFF
  20. Rock the casbah: BY RANKING ROGER
  21. I dont want to be without you: BY THE JAMES HUNTER SIX
  22. Signalman white: BY BLYTH POWER
  23. Backhander: BY DEATH PEDALS
  24. Jodys got your girl and gone: JOHNNY TAYLOR

First broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 13/02/18

High five to our sponsors at www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

FOLK DISCO – PLUS @ Le Pub, Newport 10/02/18

It would be a little bit egotistical to review a gig we have promoted ourselves, so here is a blog post about the first Peppermint Iguana gig for fourteen years.

It started out as a simple enough idea, Peppermint Iguana were going to team up with the Green Gatherings Campaign Crew (well, Tom Fowler) to put on a show case of some of the artists than have been found performing on the ‘open mic’ that the Campaigns crew host at the annual green gathering in Chepstow.

We started off with booking the amazing Tarantism Folk Disco, who have blown minds at the last two Green Gatherings. Then we started talking to some of our other mates who had also played our stage. It was not long before we had a list of bands that, frankly, was quite ridiculous for one night. But hey, we aint nothing if not one big happy family and we could not chuck anyone off the list (we just had to stop Tom inviting anyone else when he was pissed).

An assortment of beds, sofas and park ups were sorted, beers were bought (and smashed and bought again), vegan rolls were made and before we knew it, the gig was on. Continue reading FOLK DISCO – PLUS @ Le Pub, Newport 10/02/18

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 165 – Lisa Dreads at the controls – 06/02/18

Lisa bribes her way into Clint’s heart tog et on the radio

For this week’s radio show we looked back on the days when we used to put on gigs on a regular basis.

The peppermint Princess, Lisa Dreads, joined us in the studio for the night. She was shy, she was losing her voice, but she still managed to be louder than our microphones could handle.

Back in the day we just put gigs on. It was what we did. But going back through the list we can safely say we put some pretty tidy bands on, even if we say so ourselves.

And we are getting back into it – kicking off with a gig Le Pub – with the awesome Tarantism Folk Disco headlining

The play list includes easily available tracks, some off self released demos CDs and a few gems dragged kicking and screaming off long lost demo cassettes.

To listen again, check the mixycloud thing below

PLAY LIST

  1. Tear the place down: BY THE TOP CATS
  2. Gas: BY THE TERRORIST BALLET DANCERS FROM HELL
  3. Rooftop anarchy: BY THE TOFU LOVE FROGS
  4. Die like a rock star: BY 100000 BODYBAGS
  5. Volcano: BY TRIBAL DRIFT
  6. Planxty Brendan: BY MICHAELS BONES
  7. Let me grow more weed: BY PAIN
  8. Let’s all go to a ketamine party: BY FLANNEL
  9. Move yourself: BY THE HEADMIX COLLECTIVE
  10. Sea of lethargy: BY TANGLED FEET
  11. Babylon dub: BY BHANG II RITES
  12. Repetitive strain: BY TARANTISM
  13. Flinch: BY CITIZEN FISH
  14. Heaven on earth: BY SMILING WITH SEMTEX
  15. Romain: BY MAN
  16. Headbutts: BY JOHN OTWAY
  17. Vengance: BY NEW MODEL ARMY
  18. Genocide central: BY RECTIFY
  19. Realise your purpose: BY ASTRALASIA
  20. Enter the dragon: BY INNER TERRESTRIALS
  21. Extreme dub: BY DUBMERGE

Show first broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 6th February 2018-02-07

Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

PEPPERMINT IGUANA GIG: Folk Disco in Le Pub, Newport 10/02/18

Green Gathering Campaigns & Peppermint Iguana got sick of waiting for Summer, so came up with a plan to beat the winter blues: Let’s have a FOLK DISCO!

The gig takes place on 10th February 2018 in Newport’s coolest venue, Le Pub. Music will start at 7pm sharp, so be on your toes

Who be playing?

Tarantism Folk Disco
UK cult festival band based in Bristol playing an infectious mix of CelticDanceDubSkaFunkPunk. a couple of years back they came along to our stage and broke out a set of Disco covers in a folk style and sent everybody mental, the crowd forced them to play the entire set twice. Bring your dancing shoes!
https://tarantism1.bandcamp.com/
Continue reading PEPPERMINT IGUANA GIG: Folk Disco in Le Pub, Newport 10/02/18

LACERTILLIA 5TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: Clwb Ifor Bach – 03/02/18

cybernetic pedal porn

To celebrate five years of ripping up stages all over the UK, Lacterilla teamed up with local promoters Pity My Brain to put on a party with a stellar line up in the legendary Clwb Ifor Bach.

When Wales play rugby at home, the streets of Cardiff can often resemble a scene out of a Zombie movie. And tonight was no exception. Navigating Westgate Street to get into the car park at the end of Womanby Street was a challenge to say the least. I pity the livers, never mind the brains of the numpties wandering around oblivious to traffic. I have seen cattle on Llantrisant Common with more road sense.

We eventually managed to get to Clwb just in time to catch Not Since The Accident say goodbye and thank you. We can’t comment on how good they were, but the already respectably sized crowd seemed to be happy with their shift.

The early kick off for the rugby meant that a good crowd had assembled by the time the first band came on and some of them were sufficently lubricated to be making plenty of noise.

With a quick shuffle, Wales’ number one power rock trio, The Biggest Thing Since powdered Milk, were hitting the stage with their heads down no nonsense mindless boogie.

The Hairiest thing since powdered Budgie

These guys are big favourites of ours here at Iguana HQ. Whilst their sound is definitely rooted in classic seventies rock, they are named after a song by welsh legends Budgie after all, they put a modern twist on things. They are anything but a retro metal band. They groove and they grind and they rock. They shake their thang in a way that allows us to forgive them for having long hair.

Tonight they are on form, its pedal to the metal all the way, they leave nothing in the tank and leave us wondering how on earth any band could follow that.

After break to recover and get fresh air, Cybernetic Witch Cult are up. They are a plutonium rock band from the Gagrakacka Mind Zones – AKA Cornwall. They often step in when Disaster Area are unable to play the Restaurant at the end of the Universe.

Cybernetic Witch Nuts

Mixing tripped out psychedelic spaced rock with back projections of scenes from science fiction B-movies, they manage to take an art form that can all to often venture into embarrassing pomposity and keep it real and keep it fun.

They manage to pick up the baton passed to them by Milk and keep the gathered masses happy and keep the freak flag flying.

And then – the reason for the gathering – Lacertillia.

We have been catching these guys live since day one and it never fails to impress how they just keep improving every time we see them. The have drive, passion and energy. They are loud, they are in your face and relentless.

If the Cybernetic lads provide the soundtrack to the end of the universe, Lacertilla are the house band in a sleazy post-apocalyptic biker club. Not quite Mad Max, more Mad Taff.

The Boy Fry not taking any chances of catching anything off the motley crowd.

Their usual intensity has everyone shaking. But then things take a turn towards the exotic when two scantily clad young ladies climb up on stage and shake their booties, sending some of the crowd crazy with lust.

The boy Fry does his usual trick of walking into the crowd to break down all the barriers between crowd and band, but on this occasion, pulls something out of the PA and we lose vocals. He climbs back on stage and the band Fire up the Engine of God, but without the usual vocals. At first it seems odd, but the lack of vocals just drive the boys on to give an added intensity to the number to make up for it.

For a finale we get the band one by one surfing their way out over the crowd as the party comes to an end, we wander out into zombie land, which suddenly looks quite sane.

Let’s hope they have another five years in them.

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 164 – Tarantism Special

Mel and Magnus sing along with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Wow. What a beautiful evening this was, catching up with Mel and Magnus from Tarantism, our friends for over twenty years now.

They picked fantastic songs to play, they had wonderful stories to tell, and they took to the radio like pros.

Relive the night be checking out the cloud cast below

Play list

  1. Got to get this tent up: BY TARANTISM
  2. Jibber and twitch: BY THE CARDIACS
  3. Got it made: BY FLANNEL
  4. Aint got no home: BY THE TOFU LOVE FROGS
  5. Lost in Leuvan: BY TRAGIK ROUNDABOUT
  6. I’m a poseur: BY X RAY SPEX
  7. Guerrilla radio: BY RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
  8. Bless the weather: BY JOHN MARTYN
  9. I chose the road: BY THE FIREPIT COLLECTIVE
  10. When I win the lottery: BY CAMPER VAN BEATHOVEN
  11. Damnation alley: BY HAWKWIND
  12. Daydream: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  13. Fuck you rude boy: BY DOGSHITE
  14. Living in a barcode: BY AOS3
  15. Milk and honey: BY DENNIS BROWN
  16. A case of you: BY JONI MITCHELL
  17. College green: BY MERCURIUS RISING
  18. Green green grass: BY THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER
  19. Skankrobber: BY CARA MEANS FRIEND
  20. Red alert: BY TARANTISM FOLK DISCO
  21. They can’t take that away from me: BY ELLA FITZGERALD AND LOIS ARMSTRONG

First broadcast on 30th January 2018 on www.dapperfm.co.uk

Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

TARANTISM INTERVIEW: Archive interview dug out, dusted off and uploaded

The Tarantmobile

We have dusted off another classic inteview and added it to this website – Tarantism from 2007

It was to be a telephone call we would never forget, yet like most things momentous, it started out innocently enough. Back in 1997 as I sat with the then Mrs Iguana thinking about names for the as yet unborn second Iguana baby, the phone rang. “Hi Clint, it’s Mel. We are looking for gigs in South Wales.” Phone calls often started like that in those days. As I put the phone down, “who was that?” enquired Mrs Iguana. “Tarantism” I replied. “What on earth is one of them then”. “As it happens, I don’t know, I will look it up”. As I leafed my way through the dictionary I was struck by inspiration. Thus Tara Iguana was named.

Tarantism immediately became indispensable members of the extended Iguana family. Fast forward to 2007, we sat down with Tarantism in the back of their van for an interview. Fast forward to 2018 and we have Tarantism booked to play a gig for us in Le Pub, Newport. So we thought it about time to dust off that old interview and upload it to this ere website.

On 30th January Mel and Magnus will be joining us on the Peppermint Iguana Radio show, no doubt we will be filling in some of the gaps.

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 164 with Mel and Magnus of Tarantism in the studio

Mel and Magnus doing their folk disco thang at the Green Gathering 2016

You may have heard the Peppermint Iguana crew are getting back into promoting after a break of 14 years. First up, we are teaming up with the Green Gathering Campaigns Crew to put on a gig in Le Pub on the 10th February with a shed load of really cool artists, including the amazing Tarantism Folk Disco to finish the night off.

‘What be a folk disco?’ I hear you all you cry. Well, rest assured, it’s not a bloke in an Aron jumper playing Stealer’s Wheel records. It is Mel and Magnus from that Tarantism playing disco music in a folk style.

‘Who are Mel and Magnus?’ I hear less of you cry. For those of you not cool enough to know, Mel and Magnus are the Posh and Becks of the celtic-ska-punk-funk-dance scene and have been at the core of legendary festival band Tarantism for over twenty years now. In addition they gig as a duo, Magnus wears capes on stage with Hawkwind and as well as doing cheesy discos, Mel makes the finest vegan cheese this side of Vegania.

Still want to know more? Fear not, in the run up to our gig, Mel and Magnus are dropping into the Dapper FM studio to take over the Peppermint Iguana Radio show.

You can expect some of their own tunes, some unreleased tunes by other bands recorded in their Rockaway Studios – and no doubt many more treats for your heads hearts and feets.

To listen live go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm o’clock on Tuesday 30th January.

For more about tarantism go to https://tarantism1.bandcamp.com/
For more about Mel’s cheese go to http://melskindnesskitchen.co.uk/
For more about Green Gathering Campaigns go to https://www.facebook.com/GreenGatheringCampaigns/
FOR MORE ABOUT THE GIG, GO TO https://www.facebook.com/events/176032706473511/
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LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 163 – Trump Free Shithouse

Our 16th January show went down a storm, we had hippies in Cwmcarn dancing whilst pickling Beetroot, gig photographers in Surrey sat in their van and anarchists from Newport sat in their mother’s front room.

We also paid tribute to fallen stars, hot pre-releases and a preview of our gig in Le Pub on 10th February. Mel and Magnus of that Tarantism Folk Disco, who be playing that gig, will be dropping in to take over our next show on 30th January.

To hear what it sounded like, pour yourself your favourite tipple and click on the linkety link below

Play list

  1. Ace of spades: BY MOTORHEAD
  2. The sun, the moon: BY GOAT
  3. Riding east: BY DUBMATIX WITH SLY AND ROBBIE
  4. Death race: BY CLUSTERFUCK
  5. Free spirits: BY MERCURIUS RISING
  6. Disrespect: BY THE DEFEKTERS
  7. Brickfield nights: BY THE BOYS
  8. Soldiers of dub: BY DUBALIZER
  9. El doggo speaks out: BY THE DOG FACED HERMANS
  10. Nostrovia: BY SCUM OF TOYTOWN
  11. Everybody’s boogie: BY DOMMENGANG
  12. Flesh eater version: BY BEANNIE AND THE CO-OPERATORS
  13. Designed to fail: BY KILLDREN
  14. Got got need: BY THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS
  15. Haydub: BY DUBAMIX
  16. If you want it you gotta earn it: BY THE GEEZER
  17. Zombie: BY THE CRANBERRIES
  18. Bono’s a cunt: BY PIZZATRAMP
  19. Point of view: BY SUBHUMANS
  20. Proxy war: BY DRUNKEN MARKSMAN
  21. I feel love: BY DONNA SUMMER

Show first broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 13th January 2018

Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

NINJAH: Keep Britain Lively (Tantrum Records 2018)

ninjah

New album from one of Cardiff’s most eccentric artists, on Tantrum Records

It’s quite possible that many of you will have seen Ninjah perform live and not have realised it. He is the dude with the white dread locks often seen around Cardiff city centre playing random objects, such as bins or benches, with his ever present drum sticks.

Everyone that matters on the Cardiff scene will know him for a different reason though. As well as random drumming he is an accomplished singer, video maker and just all round creative type. Continue reading NINJAH: Keep Britain Lively (Tantrum Records 2018)

CLUSTERFUCK: Pesticide (Tantrum Records 2018)

Question: What do you get when you put a shed load of Cardiff’s most unhinged creative types in a room together?  Answer: Clusterfuck. And this is their latest release. Thirteen slices of deranged floor fillers.

The biggest problem with ‘techno’ (or whatever you want to call it) is that many artists find their killer beat and just rework it time and time again resulting in – erm – repetitive beats. Clusterfuck can never be accused of falling into that trap.

What we have here just shy is fifty minutes of phat beats and dope breaks that get ya ass shaking and head spinning, with each track taking you in a new direction. The common denominator is that the bass lines are deep and heavy throughout, causing involuntary bobbing up and down but the BPM counter always manages to stay below the red line of ‘gabba’.

It helps to fend of the repetitiveness by bringing in a host of ‘special guests’. Efa Supertramp, Keef It Real, Captain Hotknives and Donald Trump are just some of the crew that help this paddle this album down the crazy river. Their irreverence and cheeky sense of humour also prevents this becoming just another boring techno record. Nothing is too serious, too hot or too heavy for these guys.

Drugs, death and Swansea are just a few of the topics covered here. They somehow manage to demonstrate that they are anti-establishment without really saying it. They are probably anarchists but don’t even know it, cos they are too busy having a party to contemplate shit like that. Which is how it should be really.

Get it on, bang a gong, get it on – ow – get it on.

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KILLDREN: Overkill is Underrated ep (Self released, 2018)

One day, in the dim and distant future, Efa Supertramp will sit down, take a breather, or even possibly sleep. Until then, she is gonna run around fuelled on adrenalin with fingers in all sorts of pies, like this latest project, Killdren.

Not satisfied with running her own record label, writing zines, travelling all over Europe playing solo gigs, setting up squatted art galleries, sticking it to the ‘man’ and doing a degree, last year she teamed up with a sampler, a lap top and Nick Ronin from Tunbridge Wells to form rave outfit Killdren. Continue reading KILLDREN: Overkill is Underrated ep (Self released, 2018)

THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER: Make Believe (Self Released 2016)

John Baine (AKA Attila) is not really a Stockbroker. Ray Burns is neither a Captain, nor Sensible. Rhiannon Crutchley, however, really is a Brewer’s Daughter.

When not helping dad out with bottling craft beers her time is split between recording and gigging on her own as The Brewer’s Daughter, playing fiddle with Tarantism, touring with the likes of Back to the Planet and Hawkwind, or just sailing up and down the canal in the narowboat she calls home.  She even played the legendary 100 club in 2017. Continue reading THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER: Make Believe (Self Released 2016)