CHEAP SWEATY SIMON ROCKAWAY – Iguana Radio Special – listen again

Nice work if you can get it – Simon Philips on duty at his record fair

Want to know the truth about that legendary Kurt Cobain proposal to Courtney Love in TJs? Want to know some of the secrets of John Peel’s record collection? Want to hear about Green Day being lower on the bill than the lucky dip? Well this is made for you.

On 23rd February we had the pleasure of being joined in the studio by Mr Cheap Sweaty Simon Rockaway Phillips. Pusher of records to vinyl junkies, gig promoter and all round eminence grease.

Simon started out with Rockaway Records, a small record stall in Newport Provisions Market, and ended up organising record fairs the length and breadth of the UK. Along the way he casually put Newport on the map and played a major role in making Newport’s TJs Legendary throughout the world.

With no ambitions other than to get some of his favourite bands to play his home town, with a cheap ticket price, he played host to names that went on to take the world by storm, from local boys Dub War and Sixty Foot Dolls, to the likes of Therapy? Bad Brains, Green Day, the Butthole Surfers, The Misfits and The Melvins.

Listen again to the show and hear tales of incidents with Kurt Cobain, John Peel and several tons of shredded paper

PLAY LIST
1. In a rut: BY THE RUTS
2. Trail and crosses: BY LEE SCRATCH PERRY
3. Fix: BY NOTS
4. Bastard son of a teddy boy: BY BAD SAM
5. Capitol radio: BY THE CLASH
6. Mountain of soul: BY TOMMY PAXTON
7. In cold blood: BY MECCA AND CODE
8. Transmetro politan: BY THE POGUES
9. Strictly hardcore: BY GOLDBLADE
10. Walk with me: BY ROGER ROBINSON
11. Hey Joe: BY LEAVES
12. Mr jolly fucker: BY THE SLEAFORD MODS
13. Babylon gorgon: BY BAGS
14. Democracy: BY THE DAMNED
15. Autographs: BY CITIZEN FISH
16. Accountability starts with me: BY GIT SOME
17. Sweet loaf: BY THE BUTTHOLE SURFERS

First broadcast on community radio station www.dapperfm.co.uk

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

Watch out for forthcoming film about TJs from film maker Nathan Jennings

Ginger John with two of his musical heroes
Ginger John with two of his musical heroes

IGUANA RADIO SPECIAL – Simon Philips – Cheap Sweaty Special Guest

On 23rd February 2016 Peppermint Iguana once again sneak in an extra radio show with a special guest dropping in to shoot the breeze and talk about life, the universe and seven inch vinyl.

Our ‘Star on the reasonably priced radio show’ will be none other than Simon Philips, record dealer, gig promoter and all round eminence grease.

Simon started out with Rockaway Records, a small record stall in Newport Provisions Market, and ended up organising record fairs the length and breadth of the UK. Along the way he casually put Newport on the map and played a major role in making Newport’s TJs Legendary throughout the world.

With no ambitions other than to get some of his favourite bands to play his home town, with a cheap ticket price, he played host to names that went on to take the world by storm, from local boys Dub War and Sixty Foot Dolls, to the likes of Therapy? Bad Brains, Green Day, the Misfits and The Melvins.

Expect two and a bit hours of three old mates chatting about Newport, obscure punk rock and obsessive record collecting – oh, and playing some notable tunes from back in the day.

If you want to interact during the show via facebook, go to our event page or twitter @clintiguana

To tune in, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm on Tuesday 23rd February 2016.

As usual, thanks to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 111 – Love and Rage

love and rageListen again to the latest Peppermint Iguana Radio Show.

Mixing love and rage, we combine a preview of some of the bands playing this year’s Cardiff Anarchist Book Fair with a nod to Valentine’s Day.

Expect hot new demos, recent releases and hidden gems from the past

PLAY LIST
1. Bird doggin: BY GENE VINCENT
2. Dead pop stars: BY ALTERED IMAGES
3. Brunel: BY THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING
4. Do it right: BY THE T.I.P.S.
5. Please don’t fight: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
6. FM: BY THE SLITS
7. Slug: BY THE PETROL GIRLS
8. Shrooms demo: BY BUFF
9. Lord Lucan is missing: BY THE DODGEMS
10. Last salute: BY GETTING THE FEAR
11. Jeggae: BY REVEREND DREAD
12. Rocksteady rebel antithesis: BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
13. Suspicion: BY JIMMY LONDON
14. Turning my heartbeat up: BY THE MVPs
15. It’s our valentine: BY SKINNER AND TWITCH
16. Love sick: BY AMBER
17. Golden Locks : BY BIM SHERMAN
18. Poor dog: BY LITTLE RICHARD
19. Red alert: KILNABOY
20. Off with their heads: KING BLUES
21. La la la: THE LOOTERS
22. The farmyard connection: BY FUN BOY THREE
23. You really got me: BY THE HAMMERSMITH GORILLAS
24. Roxette: BY DR FEELGOOD
25. Love letter: BY KATCHAFIRE
26. Beginning to see the light: BY VELVET UNDERGROUND
27. All my friends are freedom fighters: BY EFA SUPERTRAMP
28. Is Vic there remix: BY DEPARTMENT S

Love to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

A THOUSAND SUNS: Destroycreate EP

A THOUSAND SUNS  Destroycreate EP (2007)
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With so many decent ‘rock’ bands around in South Wales at the moment it takes something special to stand out from the crowd. You could be original, well there is nothing spectacularly original about this lot; you could be heavier than anything that has gone before, well they aint gone down that route either; or you can just outshine everybody else with your talent.

Now then…. this is where these boys stand out. Nothing too fancy, nothing pompous, nothing excessive, they have just taken a tried and tested formula of slightly metallic rock, filed off all the rough edges and polished it so you can see your face in it.

It is adventurous enough to be interesting and although we have already said it is not particularly original, it has to be said they do have thier own sound and don’t sound like anyone else. It is slightly understated but then they don’t need to scream and play at a million miles an hour to prove anything.

You get the impression though that if they really wanted to they could be an air guitarists wet dream. Nice chunky rhythms to get you grooving with slick guitar licks over the top, complimented by vocals where you can actually understand what the vocalist is signing. Not normally our sort of thing but we would be more than happy for this to sit on our shelves.

ASTRALASIA: Volumes 1+2

ASTRALASIA Volumes 1&2 (Voiceprint) 2004
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Before becoming major players on the UK underground trance/rave scene, Astralasia were a side project for members of the Magic Mushroom Band. This disc is a collection of the first two cassette only releases, originally released back in 1988/89 when they played events alongside such artists as the Shamen and Mixmaster Morris.

Volume One is laid back psychedelic hippyish stuff that would have come under the banner ‘Ambient House’; more chill out lounge than dance floor. Continue reading ASTRALASIA: Volumes 1+2

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE AND THE MELTING PARADISO U.F.O. Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream Of Electric Tapirs

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE AND THE MELTING PARADISO U.F.O. Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream Of Electric Tapirs (Space Age Recordings) 2004
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We here on Planet Iguana are determined to say “ hey man, have you heard, Acid Mothers Temple, they are well cool.” We are determined to like a band with a name that crazy… and no doubt we will persist in trying to like them for some time to come, and waste money on several more albums before we give up on them. But is going to be a long hard journey, because they are so damn wigged out it is unbelievable.

If this were on vinyl, we would check to see if it was playing backwards. They have released a shed load of albums, with different line-ups like some dysfunctional family living in a commune on Mars, there must be something listenable out there.

Our problem has recently been compounded by catching them live and discovering they are actually truly amazing on stage… but finding anything on disc to compare is hard work!

ALABAMA THREE: Outlaw

ALABAMA THREE: Outlaw (One Little Indian) 2005
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Ten years and five albums in, this Brixton posse get better and better. They take their fascination for all things wild west to its natural conclusion and conjure up tails of train robberies, outlaws, gospel, six shooters and men who gotta do what a mans gotta do.

Their bluesy country techno rolls out of the speakers like the sound of an acid barn dance coming from the windows of the only saloon in a ghost town. These boys aint bothered about being in fashion, which is just as well cos their sound is peerless in its originality, nothing like it has gone before no one has dared to follow in their footsteps. A concept album? Maybe, but without all the pomposity that the term normally invokes. Down to earth rock ‘n roll that does not need to throw its weight around, it just leans up against the bar sipping bourbon and you know not to fuck with it. It gets the ladies arses moving left to right and the gangsters at the back feeling alright, all night

AKAHUM Electwistery

AKAHUM Electwistery (Worldvenue) 2007
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It can be very difficult to get an ‘organic’ vibe going when making music with predominantly electronic ‘instruments’. Akahum have a bloody good go though and on the whole manage to pull it off.

The strange thing with this album is that, depending what mood you are in, it can be different things. Sometimes it is a psychedelic rock album, sometimes it is a techno album and sometimes it is a chill out album… and sometimes it is all of those things at the same time. Continue reading AKAHUM Electwistery

Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 110 – 02/02/16 – listen again

110thOur 110th show was not quite as seedy and 110th Street New York; no pimps, pushers or junkies – but we did have a fine blend of old and new, hard, and soft, funky and hard-core.

We even kicked off with a brand new jingle recorded for us by Fraggle of Back To The Planet in his barn with his ferret.

To hear the show again, listen to our cloudcast below.

Peppermint Iguana Radio # 110 – 02/02/16 by Peppermintiguanaradio on Mixcloud

to catch up on previus shows, go to our mixcloud page

PLAY LIST

1. Sweden: BY THE STRANGLERS
2. Refugee: BY FLECK
3. Love Spreads: BY THE STONE ROSES
4. Somethings are better left unsaid: KITTY LESTER
5. Debt crisis: BY THE SPORADICS
6. Messiah: BY TANGLED FEET
7. Kowalski: BY PRIMAL SCREAM
8. Silver John: BY THIS IS KIT
9. No borders: BY DOGHOUSE
10. He’s a raver: BY DAVE DEE DOZY MICK AND TITCH
11. Monkey man: BY TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS
12. Monkey speaks his mind: BY DAVE BARTHOLOMEW
13. Serotonality: BY DR DIDGE
14. Restless: BY PETROL GIRLS
15. Orgasm addict: BY THE BUZZCOCKS
16. Mods skins punks: BY THE PROFESSIONALS
17. Do it: BY THE PINK FAIRIES
18. Slow death: BY THE FLAMIN GROOVIES
19. Baby hold on: BY THE JAMES HUNTER SIX
20. Gods zoo: BY DEATH CULT
21. Whatever happened to the likely lads: BY SNUFF
22. Well everybody’s fucking in a UFO: BY ROB ZOMBIE
23. Skinhead a message to you: BY DESMOND RILEY
24. The dogs: BY GIL BURNEL
25. White rabbit: BY JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
26. Across 110th street: BY BOBBY WOMACK
27. Hallelujah time: BY BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS
28. Some velvet morning: BY NANCY SINATRA

Big up our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers

Next show Tuesday 16th February from 8pm on www.dapperfm.co.uk