LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 125 – 30/08/16


Summer is nearly over, but there are still a few cracking festivals coming our way before we put our tents back in the attic and our caravans back in storage. For our next show we will be previewing Fordham Park Urban Free, Common Ground and forthcoming gigs from the likes of Toots and the Maytals, Jesus and Mary Chain, and the Petrol Girls.

Clint will have some brand spanking new releases and John will probably just wander around his living room and pick up random bits of vinyl off the floor and rip them to CD. But hey, some of them will be fabulous.

To listen live, go to on Tuesday 30th August 2016.

And big hugs to Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public service groovers, who have recently renewed their sponsorship of the show.

McCULLIN (2012)

McCullin (2012)
If a picture can paint a thousand words, Don McCullin must be one of the most verbose photographers of the 20th Century. His images from the front line captured some of the worst moments of conflict in the latter half of the century and will have moved anyone with an ounce of decency that saw them.

Initially working for the Observer, then the Sunday Times, he captured images that brought conflicts such as Vietnam, the Lebanon, Biafra and Belfast to the breakfast tables of millions. In this documentary we see the human being behind the camera that was at once professional enough to take photographs in situations where most of us would be recycling our lunches, but human enough to know when to put his camera down and help people to get medical attention.

Whilst ostensibly a documentary about photography, this film also documents mans capacity for inhumanity to man and delves into the psychology of war reporting.

McCullin did not set out to be a war reporter and is horrified when he realises that he has become one, but openly admits that he had become addicted to wars and sought them out where ever he could.

His reportage documented the worst side of man and on several occasions he made some dangerous enemies for exposing the brutality of war. He describes the death threats from extremists in the Lebanon as a badge of honour because it showed that he was cut from a different cloth to them. But he is shocked when he finds that he was banned from going to the Falklands because the British establishment did not want him to present any images which could show the British forces in a bad light.

To compensate for missing out on the Falklands he make a journey back out to Beirut, despite death threats, to capture the tragedy as it was unfolding. Another thing that strikes home in this film is the fact that there is never a shortage of wars in the world to report on.

Whilst working for the Times he was given total freedom to travel the world and trusted to come back with the goods. That all changed when Rupert Murdoch took over and Andrew Neil became the editor. Pictures of dead children do not sell luxury goods apparently, and the advertisers have the final say in the world of News International.

With the advent of digital cameras and the internet, there is no shortage of quality photography covering the trouble spots around the world. But the days of magazines such as the Sunday Times Supplement printing images that may put us off our muesli (and hopefully putting us off going to war) are gone. We may not see the likes of Don McCullin again.



LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 124 – 16/08/16

The Brewer's Daughter
The Brewer’s Daughter, just one of the new artists featured on this week’s show

This week, alongside our usual blend of cutting edge new sounds from the underground and overlooked gems from the past, we paid tribute to three rock and roll legends.

Elvis Presley, cited by many as the father of rock and roll left the building on 16th August 1977, whilst Robert Johnson, who sold his soul to the devil and became the granddaddy of rock and roll went to the great gig in the sky on 16th August 1938

And over the weekend of 15/16/17 August 1969 a little farm outside of New York hosted the Woodstock festival which immediately stamped its name in rock and roll history

To listen again, check out our mixcloud below

Play list
2. Listen to music: BY LLOYD AND THE GROOVERS
3. Goin’ to try: BY TEN YEARS AFTER
4. Shower time in the slammer: BY THE DECLINE
5. Spirit walker: BY THE CULT
6. Pretty vacant live: BY THE SEX PISTOLS
7. Fever dub: BY ELVIS PRESLEY
8. Fire up the engine of god: BY LACERTILLIA
9. Journey to the centre of the mind: BY THE AMBOY DUKES
10. Turn back dub: BY JOE GIBBS
11. I loves the port: BY BAD SAM
12. All my friends: BY THE BREWERS DAUGHTER
14. Let yourself go: BY ELVIS PRESLEY
15. Crossroads: BY ROBERT JOHNSON
16. I wanna be in a New York punk band: BY FLYSCREEN
17. PC 1984: BY CRISIS
18. Megamix: BY THE SWEET
19. Whoever invented the fish finger: BY LEON ROSSELSON
20. Healer dub: BY THE RESONATORS
21. One draw: BY RITA MARLEY
22. Suspicious minds: BY CANDI STATON
23. No more heroes: BY THE STRANGLERS
24. Christian by default: BY THE ANTIPOET
25. That cat: BY DR HORSE
26. Cholo vest: BY JOE STRUMMER
27. Rubbernecking Paul Oakenfold mix: BY ELVIS PRESLEY
28. Long time gone: BY CROSBY STILLS AND NASH

First broadcast live on community radio station on 16th August 2016.

Big hugs to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public service groovers.

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 124 – Terrific Tuesday

DSC_0258 (2)Never mind Super Saturday, Peppremint Iguana are back on air tonight so it’s gonna be a Terrific Tuesday.

Forty seven years ago this week the legendary Woodstock festival took place in New York State. Since then the festival scene has had its up and downs, highs and lows but you can’t kill the spirit, it’s still going on strong. Possibly stronger than ever. As you would expect from peppermint Iguana, this week we will be playing some tunes from bands that we have caught at festivals in recent weeks and bands playing festivals in the next couple of weeks.

We also pay tribute to Mr. Elvis Aaron Presley, who shuffled off his mortal coil thirty nine years ago this week and Robert Johnson who died on 16th August 1938

To listen live, go to on Tuesday 16th August from 8pm till around 10:30 ish.

As usual, big hugs to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the unison for public service groovers

LISTEN AGAIN Peppermint Iguana Radio # 123 – 02/08/16 – Green Kaya Special

DSC_0220This week we showcased the forthcoming Green Gathering and Kaya festivals, talked about current affairs, took the piss out of each other, spun some new tunes and some hidden gems from the past. Same as usual then!

Play list as follows

2. Captivity is cruel: BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
3. Summer time : BY BILLY STEWART
4. My woman’s love: BY JIMMY RILEY
5. Immigrants and dissidents: BY WILL TUN AND THE WASTERS
6. Living in a rut: BY THE MOON BIRDS
7. Christian dior: BY ADAM AND THE ANTZ
8. Hookup girl: BY VIV ALBERTINE
9. I could be free: BY EFA SUPERTRAMP
10. What you see is what you are: BY HERE AND NOW
12. Too late to turn back now: ALTON ELIS
13. Anarchist in Homebase: BY TARANTISM
14. Hope and glory: BY THE UPBEAT SNEAKERS
15. What’s so funny about peace love and understanding: BY ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS
16. Don’t touch me tomato: BY PHILYS DILLION
19. Thinking of the USA : BY EATER
21. Hear the trumpets sound: BY COSMO
22. Spirit of the radio: BY RUSH
23. You don’t know where your interest lies: BY DANA VALERY
24. I can only give you everything: BY NAZ NOMAD AND THE NIGHTMARES
25. The old school will rise: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
26. Skank it out: BY DOPE BISCUITS
27. You’ve got a friend: BY CAROL KING
28. That summer feeling: BY JONATHON RICHMOND

First broadcast on 2nd August 2016 on Dapper FM.

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