TEN YEARS WITHOUT BLOKE

Today marks ten years since Bloke left the building. Bloke had more life in him than any other person I have ever met – and that is going some.

Below be the thoughts I put on my old blog at the time. bloke face2

R.I.P. BLOKE: A personal thought on the death of a dear friend.

No posts for a while, I have been a little bit on the busy side, then when I switch on my PC to write something, I am hit by an e-mail that brings me the tragic news that my mate ‘Bloke’ has shuffled off this mortal coil.

Bloke was the bass player with Brighton band Flannel. Not exactly a big name in rock but they were a bit of a cult on the festival scene. Yeah, I am sure Bloke would like them being described as a bunch of cults.

I first crossed their path when they came and played a Peppermint Iguana gig for us In Blackwood, supporting Bhang II Rites. They crashed out in Iguana HQ after the gig, and it was soon obvious it was going to blossom into a lasting relationship. Continue reading TEN YEARS WITHOUT BLOKE

Peppermint Iguana Radio # 103 – a farewell to Mark – listen again

Mark Humpries, equally at home playing to huge crowds on stage, or simply busking and making Cardiff city centre a nicer place to visit
Mark Humpries, equally at home playing to huge crowds on stage, or simply busking and making Cardiff city centre a nicer place to visit

Our most recent radio show was a mixture of elation and deep sadness. We celebrate the welsh football team qualifying for their first major tournament since 1958, mark the arrival of new albums by Cosmo and Killing Joke and look forward to the knees up that will mark the 20th and 25th anniversaries of Tarantism and AOS3 respectively.

However, we also say goodbye to Mark Humpries, who has sadly gone on to the great gig in the sky since our last show. Many will remember him playing with bands like Pod, Dooffer and Cakehole Presley. Many more will have seen him simply busking around the Hayes area of Cardiff, casually putting all other buskers to shame with his abundance of talent, making the most complicated of things look simple.

Expect Mark to pop up throughout the show.

Listen to the show below

PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO SHOW # 103 – a farewell to Mark by Peppermintiguanaradio on Mixcloud

Play list for show
1. Bloody Revolutions: BY CRASS
2. Screwed up: BY MENACE
3. Spiritual Embryo: BY POD
4. Meibyon y ddraig: BY SUCKAFISH
5. Spirit of the bliss: BY DOOFER
6. Natty dread: BY DELROY AND TRINITY
7. Let the good times roll: BY CHRIS PHILLIPS
8. Euphoria: BY KILLING JOKE
9. The hop: BY THEATRE OF HATE
10. Tracing paper: BY THE STONE FOUNDATION
11. Knock it on the head: BY TARANTISM
12. Jah war: BY RUTS DC
13. Johanesburg: BY GIL SCOTT HERON
14. Covered in candy: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
15. These streets are ours: BY COSMO
16. SchNews: BY THE SPORADICS
17. Here comes the judge: BY PETER TOSH
18. Whipper snapper: BY LAVERNE BAKER
19. Seventy seven: BY AOS3
20. Abstract reality: BY LACERTILLIA
21. Anti-fascist fascist: BY THE TOFU LOVE FROGS
22. If you’re nice to me: BY FUNKEE AND THE TWO TONE BABY
23. All the young dudes: BY MOTT THE HOOPLE
24. True meaning of dub: BY THE MAD PROFESSOR
25. Tavira girl: BY MARK HUMPHRIES
26. Party time: BY THE HEPTONES
27. Naked in the rain pure trance mix: BY BLUE PEARL

Show first broadcast on community radio station www.dapperfm.co.uk on Tuesday 27th October 2015

Show sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO # 101 – TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER

Due to our next scheduled show clashing with Wales playing Andora, we will be hosting a live show on 6th October.

Soccer - 2014 FIFA World Cup - Qualifier - Group A - Wales v Scotland - Cardiff City Stadium

Expect a Balkan connection. Expect some football related stuff. Expect the usual unexpected stuff.

Tune in to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till 10pm (UK time) on Tuesday 6th October.

As usual, a big shout out to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

If things come together properly we will record it and rebroadcast it on our scheduled day of 13th October.

Now then – anyone got any reccomendations of some Bosnian music?

THEE FACTION: Reading Writing Revolution (2015)

THEE FACTION: Reading Writing Revolution (2015)

Thee Faction Reading Writing Revolution
Thee Faction Reading Writing Revolution

The collected works of Karl Marx, trade union solidarity, protest marches – these don’t exactly sound like good subject material for particularly funky music. But hey – go figure!

Thee Faction have worked out how to write songs with names like GDH Cole dropped in casually, and still be eminently danceable. Not since the Redskins in the 1980s has unashamedly socialist music been so damn cool.

Taking a leaf out of the Dr Feelgood book of R’ n B, Thee Faction are a tour de force of rock and roll that gets your feet shufflin’, your hips gyratin’ and your head a thinkin’. Being angry has never been so much fun. Continue reading THEE FACTION: Reading Writing Revolution (2015)

WHIPLASH (2014)

Whiplash is a film about ambition, perfectionism and drive, disguised as a film about jazz drumming.

whiplash.34229Andrew Neiman (is a student that dreams of being the best jazz drummer in the world. Terence Fletcher (Miles Teller) is a teacher from the Gunny Heartman school of educators – Full Metal Jacket with drums.

Neiman is prepared to sacrifice his all to be the next Buddy Rich, including his girlfriend and the affection of his family. At one point he even risks his life to make sure he is on stage with the band. Continue reading WHIPLASH (2014)

LISTEN AGAIN TO PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO SHOW # 101(29/09/15)

we shall overcome

Show to tie in with the national ‘We Shall Overcome weekend’ taking place at over 250 venues throughout the UK between 1st and 4th October 2015 – with a few other goodies thrown in for good measure.

Peppermint Iguana Radio # 101 – We Shall Overcome special by Peppermintiguanaradio on Mixcloud

PLAY LIST AS FOLLOWS

1. Greetings: BY HALF PINT
2. Double trouble: BY PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED
3. Rent strike: BY THEE FACTION
4. The committee: BY TASK NUMBER ONE
5. I miss you: BY TINY TOPSY
6. I do it: BY DERRICK MORGAN
7. Bad day for BoJo: BY STEVE WHITE AND THE PROTEST FAMILY
8. Little seed: BY THE DEFEKTERS
9. Suspicion: BY THE ORIGINALS
10. Keys to your heart: BY THE 101ERS
11. Pearls and swine: BY EXIT INTERNATIONAL
12. Pig valentine: BY SIXTY FOOT DOLLS
13. Pink panther theme: BY LUDOVIC NAVARRE
14. A hard day’s night: BY PETER SELLERS
15. Itchy dub: BY THE SPORADICS
16. Run tings: BY INNER TERRESTRIALS
17. Water under the bridge: BY DODGY
18. Revolutionary love song: BY UK DECAY
19. You’re not gagging me tony benn remix: BY THE HURRIERS
20. I’ll save your back: BY RANDOM HAND
21. Finger mash: BY LEE PERRY
22. Back inside: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
23. X Ray visions: BY CLUTCH
24. I am the virus: BY KILLING JOKE
25. You’re gonna love my baby: BY BARBARA McNAIR
26. I know she loves me: BY WILLIE BACHELOR
27. Life sentence: BY THATCHER’S BUSH
28. Cool down: BY DUBABUSE

To listen to previous shows, go to mixcloud

First broadcast on 29th September 2015 on community radio station www.dapperfm.co.uk

Show sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taf UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.