The Merthyr Rising Festival will be back for a fourth year between the 22nd and 28th May 2017. Peppermint Iguana has invited the people behind the festival in to chat with us for a preview of the events on our show on March 28th 2017.
The show will feature music from some of the bands performing this year and a chat about the films, debates and art that will be part of the diverse line up of this event.
To listen to the show live, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till 10pm on Tuesday 28th March
The event marks the 1831 workers uprising. Throughout May 1831 the coal miners and others who worked for William Crawshay took to the streets of Merthyr Tydfil, calling for reform, protesting against the lowering of their wages and general unemployment. Gradually the protest spread to nearby industrial towns and villages and by the end of May the whole area was in rebellion, and it is believed that for the first time the red flag of revolution was flown as a symbol of workers’ revolt.
The event, now in its fourth year, is growing to become a major feature on the calendar of the labour movement, alongside Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and the Durham Miners Gala. It takes place between the 22nd and 28th May 2017, climaxing in a three day music event in the town centre over the bank holiday weekend.
The event will include political debates, film screenings, art, theater and music. Headliners for the event are The Alabama Three and The Stereo MCs. There will also be a wide range of local beers and food available.
Merthyr Rising Festival and the Peppermint Iguana Radio Show are sponsored by UNISON, the union for public service groovers
In 2016, Wales qualified for the finals of a major football tournament for the first time in fifty eight years. Needless to say the whole thing became a bit special. Don’t Take Me Home is the story of that balmy, barmy summer in France.
For a few short weeks, the welsh conquered France, in more ways than one. For the followers of more successful teams, this sort of trip is a regular fixture in the calendar. But with this trip being almost six decades in the making, this was a pilgrimage welsh fans had been waiting a lifetime for.
Tens of thousands of ‘Chrissy Coleman’s Barmy Army’ headed to France, utilising planes, trains and automobiles. Some headed out for the duration, some travelled back and fore for each game. Some flew out in luxury, whilst others spent dozens of tortuous hours in busses and cars. Some travelled direct, whilst others took diversions via Spain and Belgium to save money. Some stayed in tents, whilst others lived it up in hotels. Continue reading DON’T TAKE ME HOME (2017)→
Ed Shearn might have 16 tunes in the ‘top twenty’, but there be plenty of tidy new music out there that aint Ed Sheeran. Some of it is on this show.
Also some hidden gems and tastrs for gigs coming up in the next few weeks.
You knows the score – cloudcast below
1. White riot: BY THE CLASH
2. Run like the river: BY VINTAGE TROUBLE
3. Superman three: BY JOHNNY CAGE AND THE VOODOO GROOVE
4. The lion is the king of the jungle: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
5. Leaning on a lamppost: BY THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
6. Whole lot of love: BY THE BELLRAYS
7. No borders: BY K SAN SOUND SYSTEM
8. The illusion of freedom: BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
9. Scratching her away: BY ANGIE KIRBY AND THE NAKED CITIZENS
10. In the river: BY FAB SAMPERI
11. Lions share: BY AND THE WASTERS
12. Holy slave: BY UNIVERSAL HIPPIES
13. Mountain top skank: BY DREADZONE
14. Ghost riders in the sky: BY KING KURT
15. Big: BY NEW FAST AUTOMATIC DAFFODILS
16. Riff Richard: BY CHUBBY THUNDEROUS KUSH MASTERS
17. Treading water: BY THE PETROL GIRLS
18. Drifting down the river of slack: BY COSMIC TRIGGER
19. Stoned again: BY GALLIANO
20. Black betty: BY SPIDERBAIT
21. Soul power: BY KOLOKO
22. Photogenic dub: BY YOUTH WITH GAUDI
Its hard work writing new blurbs every week to tell you how tidy this show is. If you have heard it before you will already have formed your own opinion. If you aint, ask your mates, if you have any, or just bloody tune in.
This week there will be stuff like The Bellrays, Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters and The Universal Hippies.
With a shed load of cracking new music to play with and loads of gigs coming up, this show was a bit of a belter
to listen again, check out the cloudcast below
1. I feel alright: BY THE DAMNED
2. Saturday night in the city of the dead: BY ULTRAVOX
3. Black dues: BY DREADZONE
4. Fight to durvive: BY THIEVERY CORPORATION
5. Riot soundsystem: BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
6. Number one: BY SPANNER
7. This is Wales: BY THE BARRY HORNS
8. Le responsible: BY JAQUES DUTRONIC
9. Smash it dub: BY DUB THE EARTH
10. Father Todd and his official Faustian bargaining kit: BY SENDELICA
11. Happy: BY SPEEDOMETER
12. Dancing in the breeze: BY GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
13. Start at the back: BY CULTURE SHOCK
14. Tin soldiers: BY STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
15. Marine migration: BY THE HANG MASSIVE
16. Sasstanaquam: BY TIARIWEN
17. The black dog aint turning back: BY MILK
18. Moluscs: BY MWSTARD
19. Sweeden: BY THE STRANGLERS
20. Bella ciao: BY THE DOG FACED HERMANS
21. Elevation: BY TELEVISION
22. Skiprat: BY BUFF
23. Hurricane: BY MAASSI WARRIOR
24. Blood moon: BY TREVORS HEAD
25. Get carter part three: BY JAH WOBBLE
First broadcast on Dapper FM on 28th February 2017
Can’t wait for the festival season to start? Fear not, this fifteen track sampler from the Surplus Crew will help blow those winter blues away.
Given that most of the best bands on the underground festival circuit have played at Surplus, an album put together by the crew would inevitably be worth a listen. “Of course it will be good”, we thought to ourselves. But then – “Hold on – who are this lot?” Yes, fair play to the Surplus Crew, they have managed to dig out some bands we had not come across before – and boy is this album a belter. Continue reading VARIOUS ARTISTS: Surplus Fest Sampler Volume 1 (Surplus 2017)→
Bass does not have to be sat in the back as part of a rhythm section. Lots of bands have worked that out over the years. And so have Mwstard.
When the three members of the band got together in a community hall in to see Jah Wobble and Keith Levine recreate metal box at the Laugharne Festival they decided to form a band.
They had all been around the block a bit before, so it did not take long for them to start making their bass heavy dub-jazz-post-punk racket. As Laugharne’s most famous resident, Dylan Thomas might have said, “ugly, lovely music … crawling, sprawling … by the side of a long and splendid curving groove. This music was my world” Continue reading MWSTARD: Cloc (Self Released 2017)→
Well. There’s a full seven days to go to the next radio show as we type this post, but the play list is pretty much done and dusted.
This is always bad news, cos there are bound to be some new tunes that fly through our radar between now and next week that we will feel forced to squeeze in. They are going to have to be real floor shakers to get onto this list though.
The play list mostly contains bands that are going to be playing gigs in the next three weeks and new releases that are too hot to leave out.
Without giving all of the game away, some of the gigs we will be previewing include Spanner, Dub the Earth, Sendelica and Speedometer, whilst some of the new releases featured will include Dreadzone, Thievery Corporation, Tiariwen and Mwstard. We will also be looking forward to the new film about Wales Expolits in Euro 2016 ‘Don’t take me home’.
Oh – and a look back at some of the albums released 40 years ago this week as punk was exploding.
Dreadzone return with their 8th studio album of dubbed up grooviness.
Dreadzone were one of the original pioneers of the digital-dub-dance vibe, releasing their first album way back in 1993. Their third album, ‘Second Light’, from 1995, became a classic and was one of the best albums of the 1990s.
Here at Peppermint Iguana we are lovers 365 24/7. We don’t need capitalism to tell us when to be romantic. So on Valentine’s Day this year, Gail Something Else joined us in the studio for an irreverent Anti-Valentine’s show.
To listen again, check out the cloud cast bellow:
1. Love is a four letter word: BY ROY BUDD
2. Je tem: BY FRANKIE HOWARD AND JUNE WHITFIELD
3. Our wedding: BY CRASS
4. Arsehole: BY GUTFULL
5. Music is the girl I love: BY THE GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
6. Turning my heartbeat up: BY THE MVPS
7. Out of my mind: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
8. Wild women don’t have the blues: BY IDA COX
9. I can’t come – demo: BY THE SNIVELLING SHITS
10. Safety pin stuck in my heart: BY PATRICK FITZGERALD
11. Moving on: BY KILNABOY
12. Million reasons: BY THE HIGHTOWN PIRATES
13. Spunk box: BY MAN
14. You don’t love me: BY THE GODFATHERS
15. Bloody mother fucking arsehole: BY MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
16. Valentine’s day is over: BY BILLY BRAGG
17. Peace and love: BY MISTY IN ROOTS
18. Free world: BY KIRSTY MaCCOLL
19. Love thyself: BY SICK NOTE
20. Impossible: BY SPANNER
21. You suck: BY CONSOLIDATED AND THE YEASTIE GIRLS
22. Jeremy Kyle fucked my wife: THE GIROBABIES
23. Sensual woman: BY THE HERBALIZER
24. You make me sick: BY SATANS RATS
25. Not nowhere: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
26. Your hole is my only goal my love: BY PHAT BOLLARD
Love is all you need, some hippy once wrote. Or Love will tear us apart, as some miserable bastard once wrote. Whatever the truth, love has inspired poetry, books, movies, greetings cards and an untold number of songs.
To mark this year’s St Valentine’s Day, Gail Something Else will be joining us once more in the studios of Dapper FM to spin some tunes with the theme of love running through the two hours. Don’t expect it to be all soppy though, cos most of the tunes will actually be anti-love songs.
This is Not a Love Song by PIL, Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division and Love Song by the Damned are just three of the songs that will not be featuring cos they are too predictable.
However, you might hear The Snivelling Shits, Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field Whores and Phat Bollard.
To find out what makes it on to the final play list, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till 10pm GMT on Tuesday 14th February 2017.
Show sponsored, as usual, by UNISON, the union for public service lovers.
1. California uber ales: BY THE DEAD KENNEDYS
2. Torch Guantanamo bay: BY SUICIDE BID
3. Phone in sick: BY SICK NOTE
4. Dull: BY SLEAFORD MODS
5. Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
6. Enough is enough: BY CREDIT TO THE NATION AND CHUMBAWAMBA
7. As one: KEENO AND PAT FULGONI
8. Pavlovs plumbs: BY SMERINS ANTISOCIAL CLUB
9. Fascist dictator: BY THE CORTINAS
10. Empires: BY ELECTRIC SWING CIRCUS
11. No turning back: BY SPEEDOMETER
12. Thinking of the USA: BY EATER
13. Pigs : BY PINK FLOYD
14. Far journeys: BY MIRROR SYSTEM
15. Work rest riot: BY SCUM OF TOYTOWN
16. Hamburger meat: BY THE DEFEKTERS
17. Chinese year of the rooster dub: BY JAH WOBBLE
18. Garry Gilmores eyes: BY THE ADVERTS
19. All you fascists: BY BILLY BRAGG AND WILCO
20. Fuck off: BY THE ELECTRIC CHAIRS
21. They’re building a wall: BY DAVID ROVICS
22. When the man comes around; BY JOHNNY CASH
Novacoda, AKA Frances and Benjamin, are not just producers of their own brand of electronic dance music, but they teach music and promotion of music through their own studios and classes in the Poncanna Music Rooms, Cardiff.
Click below to hear them join Peppermint Iguana Radio in the studio live for their first ever venture into the world of internet radio.
1. Can’t Take the Heartbreak: BY NOVACODA
2. Smokestack Lightnin’: BY HOWLIN WOLF
3. History repeating: BY PROPELLERHEADS
4. Kill all hippies: BY PRIMAL SCREAM
5.A leap of faith: BY SLOWCOOKEDGOOSE
6. Cough Cough: BY EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
7. Arsehole: BY GUTFULL
8. Tear down the law: BY THE SPORADICS
9. Programme the Deprogramme: BY LITTLE ERIS FEATURING SPANA MC –
10. Life on Mars: BY DAVID BOWIE
11. Pigs might fly: BY RAILROAD BILL
12. Jailhouse blues: BY JCS HOPELESS SINNERS
13. Hit it and Quit it : BY FUNKADELIC
14. Trapped: BY KING THING
15. It’s only natural; BY BEANS OF TOAST
16. Black Dog: LED ZEPPELIN
17. Brain Damage: BY PINK FLOYD
18. Big Rock Candy Mountain: BY HARRY ‘HAYWIRE’ MCCLINTOCK
19. Groove is in the Heart (remix): BY WOWZA
20. Right On! (Radio Edit): BY SILICONE SOUL
21. Aint been to no music school: BY THE NOSEBLEEDS
22. Panama: BY NOVACODA
Forget fake news, flake news, disinformation, hypernormalisation, post truth society and sleaze. You can rest assured that the is 100% the real deal, with two and a bit hours of the best music from the underground, past present and future.
to listen again – click on ye olde cloudcast below
1. Power generation: BY SPEEDOMETER
2. Sunflower lynchmob dub mix: BY PAUL WELLER
3. 1977: BY THE CLASH
4. Sick on you: BY THE BOYS
5. Crumbling land: BY PINK FLOYD
6. Imperial reggae: BY PANNONIA ALLSTARS SKA ORCHESTRA
7. It’s grim up north: BY THE KLF
8. Trump: BY CASSETTE BOY
9. Impeach the president: BY THE HONEYDRIPPERS
10. American idiot: BY GREEN DAY
11. Blood in the barrel: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
12. Boil yer blood: BY JIM JONES AND THE RIGHTEOUS MIND
13. Groove in in the heart: BY DEEE LITE
14. Trouble on the green: BY THE CARNY VILLANS
15. U don’t dance to techno anymore: BY THE ALABAMA THREE
16. Better: BY NOVACODA
17. How many more times: PAT FULGONI
18. Hard loving man: BY JOHNNY MOPED
19. Banned from the roxy: BY CRASS
20. Teenage depression: BY EDDIE AND THE HOTRODS
21. Down town: BY PETULA CLARK
22. A forest bird never wants a cage: BY CONSCIOUS YOUTH
23. Seasons: BY DUB THE EARTH
24. Deep down and dirty: BY STEREO MCS
In a world of fake news, flake news, disinformation, hypernormalisation and sleaze, you can rest assured that the Peppermint Iguana Radio show will be 100% real, with two and a bit hours of the best music from the underground, past present and future.
So forget the bullshit going on around you, clear a space, turn up the volume and just groove to the beat.
Playlist will include The KLF, Alabama Three, Pat Fulgoni, Conscious Youth, King Tubby, Dub the Earth and more.
Peppermint Iguana Radio was occupied to kick off 2017, with the shadowy figure of chaos, Tom Fowler joining us in the studio to talk about revolutions and spin some of his current favourite tunes.
To listen again, check out the cloudcast thing below
1. No leaders for the free: BY PAIN
2. The revolution will not be televised: BY GILL SCOTT HERON
3. Cold old fire: BY LYNCHED
4. Common ground: BY STICK IN THE WHEEL
5. Nation none the wiser: BY JOE YORKE
6. Ignorance is strength: BY BOLSHY
7. Freedom fighters: BY SPANNER
8. The Pleseymorgrath: BY THE JELVINS
9. Rentokill: BY RATBAG
10. Trees will fall: BY ATTERCOP
11. Freedom: BY CONSCIOUS YOUTH
12. Unarmed civilian: BY REGRET
13. Money for war: BY BEANS ON TOAST
14. Shut them down: BY DAVID ROVICS
15. CCTV: BY PIZZATRAMP
16. Touch me again: BY PETROL GIRLS
17. Deep cover: BY COSMO
18. Music and politics: BY DISPOSABLE HEROES OF HIPHOPRISY
19. Turncoat: BY GRAND COLLAPSE
20. Ecocide: BY RESISTANT CULTURE
21. Whoever invented the fishfinger: BY LEON ROSSELSON
22. ACAB: BY QUELD
23. Ahmed: BY LOWKEY
24. XXL: BY AKALA
Draw the curtains, turn out the lights, put up a big sign saying beware of the tiger.
Yes, ignore your workmates trying to drag you down the pub pretending to be your mate, tell the carol singers to do one, clear the floor for dancing. It’s the Christmas piss up you don’t need to leave the house for.
It’s the peppermint iguana radio show, sponsored by cwm taf local government unison, office knees up.
Expect a few Christmas tunes you won’t hear on any other show, alongside some no nonsense heads down boogie floor fillers
To listen again go to the cloud cast thingy below
1. Tear the place down: BY THE TOP CATS
2. Christmas shoppers paradise: BY CARTER THE UNSTOPPABLE SEX MACHINE
3. 2016: BY BEANS ON TOAST
4. Run Rudolph run: BY LEMMY
5. Rocking around with you: BY TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
6. Rub a dum dum: BY THE YOBS
7. Transistor sister: BY THE ELECTRIC GROOVE TEMPLE
8. Move yourself: BY THE HEADMIX COLLECTIVE
9. Christmas Carpenters: BY GO HOME PRODUCTIONS
10. Jungle bells: BY SKINDRED
11. Dub jig: BY MANDRAGORA
12. Children of the sleigh: BY SANTA SABBATH
13. Aint no chimneys in the projects: BY SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS
14. American Jesus: BY BAD RELIGION
15. Try dem best: BY THE MAJESTIC
16. Jingle bells: BY BROOKER T AND THE MGS
17. The snake: BY AL WILSON
18. Great together: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
19. A very steam punk Christmas: BY THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR ANYTHING
20. Ebeneezer goode: BY THE SHAMEN
21. Outer space: BY YOUTH AND GAUDI
22. Messiah: BY TANGLED FEET
23. Get down santa: BY THE JIVE TURKEYS
24. Merry Christmas from Hatfiled main: BY JO SOLO
25. Santa Clause dub: BY THE AGROVATORS
26. Santa: BY SKINNER AND TWITCHETT
27. I believe in father Christmas: BY GREG LAKE
28. What are you doing on new years eve: HARRY CONNICK JUNIOR
First broadcast 20th December 2016 on www.dapperfm.co.uk
Show sponsored by Cwm Taf Local Government Branch of UNISON, the union for public service groovers
The sand is running out of the egg timer of 2016. It has been an interesting year with many highs and many lows. But it aint over till the fat lady sings, and she is only now doing her soundcheck.
There are a still a few gigs coming up with the potential to be highlights of 2016, so for our penultimate show of the year a few of those bands popped by to help us get the party started.
To listen again, check out the cloudcast below
1. Electric Worry: BY CLUTCH
2. Hey dude: BY KULA SHAKER
3. Everything is cool: BY THE KARMINSKY EXPERIENCE
4. Huge ever growing pulsating brain: BY THE ORB
5. Love: BY THE SPORADICS
6. Salt: BY MILK
7. Turning my heartbeat up: BY THE MVPs
8. Love train: BY THE WOODENTOPS
9. Smoke: BY INNER TERESTRIALS
10. Sky high: BY CULTURESHOCK
11. Bridgend pink Floyd fan: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
12. Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
13. Jimmy diggin cats: BY THE DIGABLE PLANETS
14. Purple haze: BY JIMMY JONES AND THE KING CASUALS
15. Borderline: BY RDF
16. Judy says: BY THE VIBRATORS
17. Kings of the world: BY DEPARTMENT S
18. Psychic attack: BY RUTS DC
19. Thank you reggae: BY JAYA THE CAT
20. Well I’ve been told: BY CAPTAIN ACCIDENT
21. Journey to Agratha: BY LACERTILLIA
22. Racist copper: BY KING PRAWN
23. Valium: BY BAD SAM
24. Three kills and you’re out: BY PIZZATRAMP
25. Extreme dub: BY DUBMERGE
26. Slick Steve: BY THE INEXPLICABLES
27. Every festival she does: BY ONE BLOKE AND A MANDOLIN
28. Let the fat lady sing: BY BEANS ON TOAST
The 2016 Festival season is long behind us, but the next best thing, the ‘festive’ season is hurtling towards us at a rate of knots. And with it comes a shed load of gigs to see out the year. Needless to say, this week’s Peppermint Iguana radio will be featuring some of the best of those gigs, concentrating on our mates that have helped make 2016.
We will also be squeezing in a few of the best releases from the year and if we have time chuck in a few party tunes, just cos it is that time of year.
Expect The Orb, Clutch, Sporadics, Radical Dance Faction, Inner Terrestrials, Laceretillia, Karminsky Expereince, MILK and much much more.
To listen live, tune in to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till just after 10pm on Tuesday 6th December 2016
Gail Something Else is a legend on the DIY scene. Festival promoter, singer, songwriter, saviour of badgers and book publisher. Now she can add radio DJ to her CV, as this week she joined up with Peppermint Iguana Radio to spread the word of Girrrl Power.
Go to the cloud cast below to check out two hours of chat and music, featuring a play list of all female fronted bands along with tales of singing novelty songs at men with guns, turning a merch stall into a full blown festival and getting all unnecessary in the House of Lords. She even gets her guitar out and does a track for us live on air.
1. Oh Bondage up yours: BY EX RAY SPEX
2. Homophobia: BY CHUMBUWAMBA
3. Need a little sugar in my bowl: BY BESSIE SMITH
4. Little baby swastika: BY SKUNK ANANSIE
5. Shave em dry: BY LUCILLE BOGAN
6. Where has our soul gone
7. Mansplaning: BY THE WIMMINS INSTITUTE
8. Freedom fighters: BY THE DEFEKTERS
9. Jenny and the changeling: BY THREE DAFT MONKEYS
10. Green green grass: BY THE BREWERS DAUGHTER
11. Oh no max mix one: BY SKKEWIFF
12. Don’t google that lump: BY HATTIE HATSTER
13. Betrayal: BY DOGSHITE
14. Free rob will: BY HONEYWITCH
15. Get orf my tits live session: BY GAIL SOMETHING ELSE
16. Jack shit: BY EFA SUPERTRAMP
17. Whose army: BY SUZY CONRAD
18. Heard it on the grapevine: BY THE SLITS
19. False peace: BY THE PETROL GIRLS
20. I drank the levellers rider: BY TARANTISM
21. Between your legs: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
22. Anarchy in the UK: BY THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
Show first broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 22/11/16
Show sponsored by Cwm Taf Local Government Area branch of UNISON
The night before America went crazy and elected a madman as President, we chilled out around the fire and had a think about some of the gigs coming up in the next two weeks and reflected on some of the goings on in the world.
To listen to our fireside chat, click on the linky link
1. Fire: BY THE GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
2. On top: BY THE BELLRAYS
3. A song for bloke: BY THE LEVELLERS
4. Ronnie: BY THE SPORADICS
5. Faron young: BY PREFAB SPROUT
6. EVA: BY JEAN JAQUES PERREY
7. Eternal wheel: BY OZRIC TENTACLES
8. Dirty field whore: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
9. In me shed: BY PUNKS NOT DAD
10. Truth and Justice: BY THE HURRIERS
11. Angry planet: BY NEW MODEL ARMY
12. Rebel soul: BY RADICAL DANCE FACTION
13. Dub version two: BY THE LAST TREE SQUAD
14. American idiot: BY RICHARD CHEESE
15. And the motorcade sped on: BY STIENSKY AND THE MASS MEDIA
16. Home sweet home: BY THE BREWERS DAUGHTER
17. Le grande bête: BY LE COD AFRIQUE
18. Churchill: BY AOS3
19. Calais nights; BY SKINNER AND TWITCHETT
20. I wanna be sedated: BY NOUVELLE VAGUE
21. Making a monster: BY DUB WAR
22. Golden Clouds: BY THE ORB WITH LEE SCRATCH PERRY
23. Dub Documentary: BY RIDDIM TUFFA
First broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on Tuesday 08/11/16
Show sponsored by Cwm Taff Local Government Area Branch of UNISON, the union for public service groovers
Ken Loach has a knack for making extraordinary films about otherwise ordinary subjects. And yet again, he has hit the mark.
Daniel Blake is a lifelong carpenter who has had to give up work due to a heart attack. He is then thrown into the mincer and has to deal with a benefits system that, contrary to the opinion of his GP and his Consultant, tells him he is fit to work.
It is fair to say that the film depicts someone going through a ‘worst case scenario’. But the fact is, what he goes through is not uncommon. There are lots of people that have to go through this humiliating process – having to appeal on line, even though they don’t know how to switch a computer on; having to claim Job Seekers Allowance, even though they are not fit enough to seek a job and wading through the bureaucratic treacle that moves at a glacial speed. Continue reading I Daniel Blake (2016)→
The greatest and most important radio DJ that ever lived, went to the great after party in the sky on 25th October 2004. For our Peppermint Iguana Radio show on 25th October 2016, we opted to doff our sonic hats to the great man, to mark the 12th anniversary of his passing.
We could fill several dozen shows paying tribute to the man, and still only have scratched the surface of his importance. But with only two hours to fill, we opted to pick some of our favourite ‘Peel Sessions’, alongside tunes that we caught on his show for the first time that left a lasting impression on us. We also snuck in some brand new releases and demos – which we think John would have approved of. This gives us plenty of options if we end up doing a show for his birthday!
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1. Dot dash: BY FAT BOY SLIM 2. No fun: BY THE ORB – Peel session from 12/05/92 peel session 3. Pickin the blues: BY GRINDERSWITCH – When Peel’s previous vehicle Top Gear came to an end in September 1975, rather than have a specially recorded theme (as the Nice had done for the aforementioned show), John merely chose something from what one assumes was his own collection. ‘Pickin’ The Blues’ subsequently topped and tailed almost every show from 29 September 1975 and can still be heard introducing the 29 February 1992 show. However, it was eventually dropped, to be replaced by Corporation-manufactured items. 4. Pusherman: BY GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN 5. New England: BILLY BRAGG – Peel Session from 27/07/83 6. Folk the police: BY THE PEATBOG FAIRIES 7. Coronation street dub: BY IZZY ROYAL 8. TV Stars: BY THE SKIDS – Peel Session from 16/05/78 9. Another girl another planet: BY THE ONLY ONES – Peel Session from 05/04/78 10. Change: BY KILLING JOKE Peel Session from 05/03/80 11. Jolene: BY DOLLY PARTON – in the days before cd peel often accidentally played vinyl songs at wrong speed. This is intentionally payed at wrong sped and is arguable better than it is at the correct speed. 12. Can’t take the heartbreak: BY NOVA CODA 13. Bankrobber: BY ANHREFEN AND ONE STYLE MDV 14. Political thing: BY ZION TRAIN 15. Brand new life: BY YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS Peel session from 18/08/16 16. I saw batman in the launderette: BY THE SHAPES 17. Dub on leaf street: BY THE CO-OPPERATORS 18. City of lights: BY VIVA ZAPATA 19. Velociraprute: BY CYBERNETIC WITCH CULT 20. In a flat field: BY BAUHAUS Peel Session from 03/01/80 21. Halloween: BY SKINNER AND TWITCHETT 22. Devil at your door: BY THE BASTARD JOE KELLY 23. Johnny remember me: BY JOHN COOPER CLARKE AND HUGH CORNWALL 24. Anti-pope: BY KING Peel Session from 11/07/78 (rare recording of Captain Sensible project between the Damned first splitting up and reforming back in 1978) 25. Charlie Jones: BY JOHNNY CAGE AND THE VOODOO GROOVE 26. Woolf man howl: BY THE VIBRATORS 27. Teenage kicks: BY NOUVELLE VAGUE 28. Rain: BY LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO
Old punks never die, they just start going for leisurely strolls with their mates.
And so it was, that on 22nd October, the 40th anniversary of the release of New Rose by the Damned, the first ever punk single, SHAT (Socialist Hikers + Anarchist Treckers) were up at the crack of noon for a wander around Cardiff Bay.
It started well, with the ‘11am by the fountainy mirror thing opposite the Millennium Centre’ start drifting on to an 11:30 start. Needless to say it was the youngest and fittest of the crew that were late.
The old folks that arrived on time, were well prepared and all kitted out for the walk and post walk drink (well, the drink) in their finest goth, punk and mod gear. There were even two of us that did not have bad backs or dodgy feet! Continue reading S.H.A.T.ting on the dock of the bay.→
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of New Rose by the Damned, widely regarded as the first ever punk single. Yes, forty years of a brand new music that changed the world for ever.
This raises several issues.
Firstly, was it the first ever punk rock single? Well, it depends on your definition of punk rock. Many would argue that punk rock was born the other side of the pond, with bands like The Stooges, the New York Dolls and the Ramones. Even if you stick to this side of the pond, The Hollywood Brats, The Hammersmith Gorillas and The Pink Fairies, all arguably punk rock, beat the Damned on to vinyl by several years. Even over in Australia, a continent oft forgotten about when early punk is discussed, the Saints released (I’m) Stranded, an indisputably punk rock record, in September of 1976.
The difference with New Rose though, was that it was the first single from a band that were part of the new scene that had developed with the recognisable identity of what we call today Punk Rock. The Pink Fairies were scruffy hippies and the New York Dolls were – well, they were garage. Continue reading OLD ROSE: Forty years of rejecting the past→
The next Peppermint Iguana Radio show goes out live on 25th October. The anniversary of the departure of the greatest radio DJ the world has ever seen.
John Peel died suddenly at the age of 65 from a heart attack on 25 October 2004, on a working holiday in the Inca city of Cusco in Peru.
We can but dream of one day being fit to lace his boots, but we can pay tribute to him on this week’s show. So we will.
Back in the days when it was acceptable for young boys to go to school in the morning and proudly announce they had been hidden under their bedsheets with a ‘tranny’, many of us will have spent many an evening listening to the John Peel show on a little transistor radio when we were supposed to be getting a good night’s sleep.
Who amongst us did not find ourselves scrabbling for pen and paper after hearing a tune that flicked our switch for the first time.
It is fair to say, over the years, he played an awful lot of crap, but you knew that somewhere on the show you would hear a tune that would change your life.
So this week, alongside the new releases from the underground that John would want us to champion, we will also feature some of the tunes that ‘Uncle John’ turned us on to. We will also try to dig out a few of those legendary Peel Sessions that could often make the career of young hopefuls.
To listen live, tune in to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm o’clock UK time on Tuesday 25th October 2016.
We are living in strange and chaotic times. Brexit, loonies on the verge of becoming president of the USA, the Middle East in chaos. But how did we get here? Hypernormalisation is Adam Curtis’ attempt at explaining all in one bite sized (166 minute) chunk.
This is not his first bite of the cherry. In recent years he has made a string of documentaries that take moments from history that would otherwise just be random dots on the pages of the past and joining them up for it all to make sense. Taken as individual works his films present thought provoking works that push the viewer into questioning everything they have been told and to rethink how the world works.