LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 145 – Pre Merthyr (rising) Tuneage – 23/05/17

guitar fist colourWith Merthyr Rising on the horizon and an election around the corner, we lined up a play list heavy on the politics to get us in the mood. We play some of the bands playing the festival and look at some of the subjects that will be covered in the debates at the festival.

Tragically, twenty four hours before the show, thousands of kids went to a pop concert in the Manchester Arena and not everyone came home. So the show includes love vibrations going out to the Peoples Republic of Madchester.

Listen again below (WE SHOULD WARN YOU – AT THE VERY BEGINNING WE HAD THE MAIN BLOODY MIKE SWITCHED OFF!)

Play list
1. Life love and unity: BY DREADZONE
2. Are you ready for me: BY PRETTY VISCOUS
3. Le responsible: BY JACQUES DUTONIC
4. Connected: BY THE STEREO MCS
5. You’ve got the numbers: BY THEE FACTION
6. I wish the Guardian believed I exist: GRACE PETRIE AND THE PC BRIGADE
7. Freedom for Palestine: BY ONE WORLD
8. All my friends are freedom fighters: BY EFA SUPERTRAMP
9. Broken things: BY SOLOVO SOUNDSYSTEM
10. Heart and bones: BY DANIEL RACHEL
11. Jah war madness mix: RUTS DC
12. Stand down Margaret dub: BY THE BEAT
13. Cheap school meals: BY BLACK STAR DUB COLLECTIVE
14. Keep on keeping on: BY THE REDSKINS
15. Big A little a: BY CRASS
16. Won’t buy it: BY REGIME
17. Fall of capitalism part one: BY CONSCIOUS YOUTH
18. What a party: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
19. The devil went down to Ibiza: BY THE ALABAMA THREE
20. Breach the peace: BY SPIRAL TRIBE
21. Age of the robber barons: BY DAVID ROVICS
22. Chip away: BY TONY BENN
23. I feel like Jeremy Corbyn: BY SAM HARRISON
24. For the sake of the children: BY BEANS ON TOAST
25. Breaking into heaven: BY THE STONE ROSES

Show first broadcast on 23rd May 2017 on www.dapperfm.co.uk

Big fist pump to our sponsors www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales – the union for public service groovers

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 145 – PMT (Pre Merthyr (rising) Tuneage) 23/05/17

The Sandinistas
The Sandinistas

Music and Politics. Do they mix? Of course they do. And to prove it, this week’s Peppermint Iguana Radio Show (also sponsored by UNISON) will be a Pre-Merthyr Rising Tunage special – featuring Stereo MCs, Alabama Three, Thee Faction, David Rovics, Efa Supertramp, Daniel Rachel, Dave Randall, Crass, The Redskins, The Beat, Ruts DC, Regime, The Sandisnistas, Pretty Vicious and much more.

And needless to say – lots of talk about Merthyr Rising Festival

To listen live, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm o’clock till 22:00 hrs ish GMT on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 AD

Show sponsored by Cwm Taf Local Governmnet Area Branch of UNISON

CHALK OUTLINES: Chalk Outlines (Self Released 2017)

chalk outlinesTucked away on the western fringes of the UK, hide the best ska band you have never heard. The Chalk Outlines. This is their long awaited first EP.

This sixteen legged outfit of seasoned performers from Cardigan in West Wales casually play upbeat twenty first century ska, occasionally poking it with rusty punk nails and prodding it with a dubby taser, but always leaving the true spirit of ska alive and well. Continue reading CHALK OUTLINES: Chalk Outlines (Self Released 2017)

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (2015)

wilko filmIn 2013 Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson is a peak behind the curtain to find out what went through his head and how he dealt with it.

The legendary former Doctor Feelgood guitarist tells of how, after getting the diagnosis, he became ecstatic, suddenly acutely aware of the surroundings that he will not be able to experience for much longer.

We then get philosophical musings on the meaning of life and death, whilst he sits on the jetty on Canvey Island, playing chess with the grim reaper. There’s a mixture of clips from old movies, animation, home movies and photographs to illustrate what is going through his head.

Mixing philosophy and recollections from his childhood we are able to slowly put together the jigsaw of the mind of Wilko. Whilst insightful, it does wander about a bit and it occasionally goes over old ground from the Dr Feelgood movie, ‘Oil City Confidential’.

Aside from the philosophy, we get bits and pieces of how he lived life after the bad news. Touring Japan, recording an album with Roger Daltry, and hitting the road one last time.

The biggest criticism would have to be that the balance is out a little. Too much philosophy and not enough documentation of being in the studio and so on – but it’s not really clear at what point they decided to make the movie, so it is quite possible that none of that stuff is actually available.

We think we can get away with revealing there is a happy ending. As we type it is fairly well known that Wilko is still alive, so we can reveal that he has a few years left in him without spoiling the movie. However we will avoid revealing the twist of fate that led to someone drawing the conclusion that maybe the inoperable diagnosis was not correct. That was probably this reviewer’s highlight of the film.

It is a remarkable story that led to a sell out farewell tour (we all thought he would be gone), a hit album and a book. A marketing mans wet dream if we are cynical, but clearly this was no made up story, the man suffered and still suffers.

Towards the end of the film Wilko shows us his scars, clearly relived to be alive, but commenting that he is almost pleased to have gone through it all. Almost.

Poignantly, he also comments, “Save the NHS, it saved me”.

If you are expecting a story with lots of music, you will be disappointed, but it is an incredible insight into mortality and the workings of the mind of a man who relishes everything life throws at him. Very few would have taken the glass half full approach he did to his believed last ten months on earth.

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio 144 – abnormal service resumed

heads down no nonsense mindless boogie - with the biggest thing since powdered milk
heads down no nonsense mindless boogie – with the biggest thing since powdered milk

After skipping a week, Peppermint Iguana were back live and dangerous on the 9th May 2017.

To listen again to the show, click on the cloudcast thingy below

Play list

1. Here we go: BY HARD ROCK SOFA
2. Something inside me: BY THE BIGGEST THINGS SINCE POWDERED MILK
3. Pieces of me: BY CAPTAIN SKA
4. Get a steady job: BY HEADGAMES
5. Janice the stripper part one: BY HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE
6. Nobody loves you when you got no shoes: BY DOCTOR AND THE MEDICS
7. Serve me Powersteppers remix: BY CABINET OF MILLIONAIRES
8. Dont sleep: BY JAMIE FINLAY
9. Get off me tits: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
10. Nek: BY PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS
11. Thingle: BY SMERINS ANTI-SOCIAL CLUB
12. Hold it down: BY THE CARNY VILLAINS
13. Darkland: by HAWKWIND
14. 16 Hole: BY DREADZONE
15. Young savage: BY ULTRAVOX
16. Lookalikes: BY THE DRONES
17. Are you ready: BY CARA MEANS FRIEND
18. Nancy don’t play in the road: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
19. Just deserts: BY EXCELLENT SKELETON
20. Cheese and bread: BY DAVID ROVICS
21. Sun remix: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID WITH LARRY LOVE
22. Easton rockers dub: BY CONSCIOUS YOUTH
24. Dazed and confused: LED ZEPPELIN

Show originally broadcast live on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 09/05/17

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

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 144 – 09/05/17

Culture Vultures, not vulture culture
Culture Vultures, not vulture culture

We are back! Abnormal service is resumed.

It’s a month since our last show and we have uncovered a shed load of new music and been to see some cracking live gigs. This will obviously be reflected in our show this week – alongside previews of upcoming gigs and a few random oldies just plucked off the shelves.

Expect new choons from Captain Ska, Cabinet of Millionaires, Cara Means Friend and lots of bands that don’t begin with a ‘C’
Log on to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8 til 10 of the PM

Heckle and intereact during the show via facebook

Show as usual, sponsored by Cwm Taf Local Government UNISON