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EURO 2016 IGUANA RADIO SPECIAL – with Paul Corkery 17/05/16

Our man Corky is stuck in North Wales on FSF Cymru outreach work. Show to be recheduled for 22nd May 5pm to 7pm

Wales fans waiting for plane home from Krakow - after watching Wales lose to Poland (yes, the game was in Warsaw, don't ask!)
Wales fans waiting for plane home from Krakow – after watching Wales lose to Poland (yes, the game was in Warsaw, don’t ask!)

With Wales’ first major football tournament since 1958 looming, on 17th May 2016 Peppermint Iguana dips its toes into new territory. We will be presenting a strictly spoken word show, featuring special guest Paul Corkery, of the Football Supporters Federation Cymru.

We will be talking about the arrangements for fans heading to France for the tournament and looking back at some memorable moments from past away trips.

Paul has already been out to check out the stadiums  and the arrangements for the games in France, so is perfectly placed to tell us all we need to know. Expect all the information you will need about the grounds, fanzones and security.

You can also expect anecdotes from past trips that will make you want to laugh, cry and spill your beer at the same time.

To liven things up we will have some special guests that also have a few away games following the sleeping dragon under their belts. They will be on hand to remind Corky of things he wants to forget and straighten him out when he strays from the truth.

You can listen live on Tuesday 17th May 2016 between 8pm and 10pm. Feel free to leave questions on our Facebook event page for the gang.

If we do not end up incriminating ourselves on the show, we will then make it available as a downloadable podcast for you to listen to at your own inconvenience.

The show will be broadcast live on and you can listen anywhere in the world that has an internet connection

Peppermint Iguana Radio is sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public service footy fans.

THE BELLRAYS: Live @ Moon Club Cardiff 24/04/16

The Bellrays
The Bellrays

It’s a long time since we have been to a gig with four bands worth catching on the bill in one night. Yes, we know, it’s lazy, we should always make the effort to check out support bands – that is the best way to discover new music – but hey, they were still sound checking when we arrived for tonight’s Bellrays gig.

Continue reading THE BELLRAYS: Live @ Moon Club Cardiff 24/04/16

LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio # 117

landed 1

As hail stones battered the window of the studio, the Iguana Crew tell themselves, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing” – because we are just days away from our first festival of the season. Landed Festival.

For tonight’s show there was a heavy splattering of bands that will be playing Landed, alongside some hot new releases, a tribute to Prince, a look back at the birth of punk and – in a last minute addition to the play list due to a historical verdict passed the day of the show – a tribute to the 96 football fans that died at Hillsborough.

To listen to the show again, check out the mix cloud link below.

Play list..

3. Beat on the brat: BY THE RAMONES
4. Boss Hoss: BY THE SONICS
6. Cipher: BY ZUB ZUB
7. Chalice in the palace: BY U ROY
8. No monarchy: BY KIDS
9. Queenie: BY REGIME
10. Fun done: BY DUB WAR
11. Everything you wanted: BY SPEAR OF DESTINY
12. Emergency: BY NINE NINE NINE
13. Kings of the world: BY DEPARTMENT S
15. Why birds follow spring: BY ALTON ELLIS
16. I’ll forgive and forget: BY ROY HOLDEN
17. The old shool will rise: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
18. Dub sinsation: BY REVEREND DREAD
19. Who the cap fit: BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS
20. Alone again or: BY LOVE
22. Byker Hill: BY KILNABOY
23. Princess and the frog: BY THE JIM JONES REVIEW
24. Wild child: BY DONNIE ELBERT
25. Blood is thicker: BY THE UNDERCOVER HIPPY
27. Hey hey hey hey: BY LITTLE RICHARD
28. I wish you heaven: BY PRINCE

Show first broadcast live on

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



Landed after dark
Landed after dark

The daffodils may be still in bloom and the roads may still getting gritted at night, but the festival season is already underway and a few hardy souls have already had their sleeping bags out of mothballs. But Beltane is almost upon us and with it the 2016 festival season will be kicking off properly.

Over the weekend of 29th April to 1st May the hills will be alive to the sound of Landed Festival. Snuggled away in the heart of Mid Wales (Between Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader) Landed is one of Wales best kept secrets, mixing live music, DJs, theatre, crafts, healing and stalls, all surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery in the UK.

For the next Peppermint Iguana radio show, on 26th April, we scoop up a sample of the bands playing Landed to whet your appetite. As yet we have not finalised the play list but we have plenty to choose from. Will it be the Goa Trance of Zub Zub, the Anarcho Folk Punk of Kilnaboy or the Ska of the Chalk Outlines? All will be revealed on the night.

We will also have some hot new tunes from the likes of Dub War and Department S and we mark the 40th Anniversary of the Ramones seminal first album.

For all this much more, log on to from 8pm on 26th April.

To interact with us before, during and after the show, go to our facebook event page

As ever, high five to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

To listen to recent shows, go to our Mixcloud page

Last show –



The obligitory 'Before' we SHAT ourselves shot
The obligitory ‘Before’ we SHAT ourselves shot

Last time I yomped up a mountain I was thirty years younger and ten stone lighter. My excuse has been that none of my mates are interested in that sort of masochism, but when the Socialist Hikers and Anarchist Trekkers (SHAT) was formed, that excuse disappeared.

So, at the crack of mid-morning we headed up to the Brecon Beacons for a yomp up Pen-y-fan. The great wide open, far from the madding crowd on a crisp spring morning, what could be better? What could go wrong?


ATTENTION ALL VINYL JUNKIES: Rockaway Record Fair Dates 2016

Simon hard at work - nice work if you can get it
Simon hard at work – nice work if you can get it

If you like your music in a format you can skin up on (rather than an MP3), hate the corporate gloss of chain stores and point blank refuse to buy music from a supermarket, then a record fair is the place for you.

With independent record stores closing quicker than pubs, many towns are now left without a decent place to go and browse – and even buy – non mainstream music. Well, keep your minces peeled cos there could be a record fair coming your way.

Rockaway Record Fairs are run by the incredibly clued up Simon Philips. He does not have much of a web presence, so we thought we would share this link to his Tumblr page, which has all the dates and venues for all his fairs this year. Continue reading ATTENTION ALL VINYL JUNKIES: Rockaway Record Fair Dates 2016

LEE SCRATCH PERRY: Visions of paradise (2016)

LEE SCRATCH PERRY: Visions of Paradise (2016)

Whilst Lee Scratch Perry is hardly a household name, there can be few people on the planet that have not been touched by his work or the ripples in the musical pond that have been caused by the sonic stones he has dropped in it.

This film is the culmination of footage collected by the makers over fifteen years. If you are not familiar with the man, don’t expect to a chronological documentary detailing his life and his work. This is more a collage mixing animation, interviews with people he has influenced and conversations with the man himself. The result is an insight into the workings of the mind of a man who straddles the border between genius and madman. Continue reading LEE SCRATCH PERRY: Visions of paradise (2016)

LISTEN AGAIN- Peppermint Iguana Radio 116

PAIN and Howard Marks - Let me Grow More Weed
PAIN and Howard Marks – Let me Grow More Weed

Peppermint Iguana Radio hit the net once again on 12 April 2016. We Marked the opening of the festival season, said hello to John’s Bees and said goodbye to Howard Marks.

To listen again, check out the cloudcast below.


1. Don’t mess with my man: BY IRMA THOMAS
2. Clampdown: BY THE CLASH
3. Mental (REMIX): BY DUB WAR
4. Fuego: BY THE HEADS
5. Chicken pack: BY THE BEES
7. Fern hill: BY HOWARD MARKS
9. Jah rasta: BY CULTURE
10. Babylon: BY NEW YORK DOLLS
11. Kick and scream: BY DAMIDGE
12. Do one: BY TITS UP
14. Queen majesty: BY THE TECHNIQUES
17. Honey honey: BY THE SUPREMES
19. Watcha gonna do about it: BY THE SMALL FACES
20. Politicians in my eye: BY DEATH
22. Brixton nights: BY CRAZY PINK REVOLVERS
23. Offshore banking business: BY THE MEMBERS
24. Mouth full of shit: BY CHUMBAWAMBA
25. 5 10 15: BY RUTH BROWN
26. Creation: BY PETER TOSH

First Broadcast on on 12/04/16

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


FESTIVALS – the most fun you can have with your clothes on

Surplus Festival 2015
Surplus Festival 2015

Our 2016 festival listing has been updated again this morning. Thanks to those that have alerted us to festivals we have not known about (and thanks to those that have pointed out the obvious one we forgot about).

Festivals are the most fun you can have with your clothes on – although you don’t necessarily have to stay fully clothed. They are a gathering of like minded individuals who wish to escape the drudgery of wage slavery and let their hair down listening to music, drinking beer and standing around campfires talking nonsense. These days many festivals will include children’s areas, cinemas, political debates, craft workshops, comedy tents and more. If you have never been to one, you really should. It might just change your life – it certainly changed ours.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s the strong arm of the law came down very heavily on free festivals and it took the scene a very long time to recover. In the wake of legislation aimed specifically at stopping free parties organisers tried out various models for events, some more successful than others. These days there are a lot of grass roots festival organisers who have got their shit together and put on safe, vibrant, innovative, sustainable events for anything from a few hundred to a few thousand.

Capitalism has woken up to the fact that people like to go to festivals. Where there used to be a handful of commercial events like Reading and Donnington, there are now huge commercial events all over the country throughout the summer.

Smaller events are generally less commercial, more friendly and have a better vibe that the giant McFestivals where you can find yourself, literally, half a mile from the stage with a sea of strangers in-between you and the band you are watching. Small does not necessarily mean lower quality. No, you won’t get huge stars playing to a crowd of five hundred, but you will still find some high quality cutting edge talent on display – for a fraction of the price of the big commercial events. The vibe will be more relaxed and your neighbours are more likely to talk to talk to you.

PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO # 116 – No more Mr Nice Guy – live 12/04/16

PAIN and Howard Marks - Let me Grow More Weed
PAIN and Howard Marks – Let me Grow More Weed

Mother festival is wiping the sleep out of her eyes, having a bit of a stretch and putting the kettle on for a cup of chai. To provide a sound track to her wake up, on 12th April 2016 Peppermint Iguana Radio will be featuring some of the bands playing the Something Else Solar Warm Up Party and All Tomorrow’s Parties.

So you can expect Muddy Summers, Doozer McDooze and the Firepit Collective to show up on the play list.

Not only is Mother Festival walking up, but the Peppermint Iguana Beehive is also coming to life, so expect lots of bee related tunes from the likes of –erm – TheBees, The Techniques and two different bands called the Supremes.

Sadly, as we were putting the finishing touches to the play list, we heard the news that on 10th April 2016 Mr Nice, AKA, Howard Marks shuffled off his mortal coil, 21 years to the day after being released from prison. Howard was about as rock and roll as it is possible to be, without actually being a rock and roller. He did dabble with the odd collaboration though, and we will be featuring a few of those throughout the show.

To hear all of this, and more, live go to from 8pm on Tuesday 12th April.

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

TJS THE MOVIE: Be part of history – send the film makers your story

John Peel with TJS owner John Sicolo
John Peel with TJS owner John Sicolo

For twenty five years, from 1985 to 2010, South Wales had a music venue that was quite literally known around the world. Newport’s TJs. Local lad Nathan Jennings is now in the process of putting together a film documenting the history of this slice of rock and roll history.

Nathan is currently on the hunt for videos, photographs and stories of the venue. If you have anything to contribute, visit his new website for the project.

It is fair to say, TJs was a bit of a toilet. But that was part of its charm. It seemed to mutate almost every time you went there. It expanded and shrunk, the stage kept moving around the venue and the toilets were like an open cesspit. It had started out with the walls covered in some strange wire and concrete concoction to make it look like you were in a cave. As modification were made bits of the cave were removed but they seemed determined to leave bits of it on the wall. On one occasion I recall watching Citizen Fish whilst there was a huge wheelie bin in the middle of the dancefloor to catch the water that was leaking from upstairs. Whether or not it was rain water or a burst pipe I never got to find out.

But despite the venue being a shithole, it did have a few magic ingredients:

1. John Sicolo: the owner. An ex merchant navy cook who was larger than life and made the place open house to anyone who wanted to put on a gig. Whilst he was no musician, without his generosity and faith in the young guns of Newport, the South Wales and even the UK music scene would look very different today.

2. Bands and promoters: Looking back it is hard to believe now, but the likes of Green Day, Oasis, Fugazi, Offspring, Joe Strummer, The Manic Street Preachers and Primal Scream were regularly turning up in this tiny little club in one of the most unfashionable towns in the country. On top of that local bands such as 60 Foot Dolls, Dub War and Novocaine (to name but three) all cut their teeth there. At one point I the 90s the venue was often jammed with record company A&R men looking to sign the next big thing.

Key to all this were the promoters. Whilst Peppermint Iguana put on a few gigs with the likes of New Model Army, Tofu Love Frogs and PAIN, a very special mention has to go to Cheap Sweaty Fun, the boys that turned TJS from a local live venue to an internationally renowned venue that was an essential stop off for any band on their way to the top.

3. The people of Newport: The Port has always been the poor relation to neighbouring Cardiff. But in some ways, that is what has made Newport what it is – staunchly working class, tough, uncompromising and unpretentious. If a Newport crowd took to a band they would be passionate and enthusiastic, making a TJs moshpit a place few cage fighters would dare to step.

If you have any stories from TJs, why not get in touch with the makers of the film and share your experiences of this unique piece of rock and roll history.

To listen to an interview with Simon Phillips, the man behind Rockaway Records and Cheap Sweaty Fun promotions, listen to our cloud cast from the Peppermint Iguana Radio Show

DAMIDGE: Limitation

DAMIDGE: Limitation (Self released 2016)

Damidge Limitation
Damidge Limitation

This four track EP is the missing link between the UK festival scene and the New York CBGBs scene of the early 1970s.

High energy grungy punk with chunky rhythms and guitar solos long enough to keep us closet rockers happy, but short enough to keep the three chord punk purists happy. Al Damidge’s vocals strut across the EP with a nonchalant swagger and if a voice could wear clothes, his would wear leather trousers and carry a flick knife. Continue reading DAMIDGE: Limitation



Which is the greatest attraction, the hills or the man?
Which is the greatest attraction, the hills or the man?

After getting rumbled trying to steal a JCB in Cardiff, two sisters, Clare and Lisa, do a runner in the middle of the night and find themselves lost in the Black Mountains of South Wales. When they run out of petrol they steal a car from two other sisters, ‘The Wilding Sisters’ who are on their way to a poets’ retreat in the mountains. They then take on the identity of the Wilding Sisters at the retreat and pretend to be the much revered poets.

As part of the retreat, the participants go camping in the mountains for inspiration, but the whole trip seems to centre around which of the female poet wannabees will win the affections of Richard, the shy, handsome hunk poet on the retreat. Continue reading BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS

PENETRATION: Live @ Clwb Ifor Bach 02/04/16

Penetration - courtesy of Claire Strodz
Penetration – courtesy of Claire Strodz

Penetration were born out of the maelstrom that was the first wave of punk back in 1976, before the chord police dictated that you should play no more than three chords and they should all be played super fast. Although this is not quite the original line up, the current band all came out of that same old school where energy was matched by rhythm.

Forty years on Penetration have grown old gracefully. Unlike many of their counterparts who have reformed, they don’t try to dress like twenty year olds, they look like seasoned musicians with rock and roll jackets and shirts.

Tonight, in Clwb Ifor Bach, the band set things in motion by getting into an instrumental groove. Singer Pauline Murray then slowly wanders through the crowd and climbs on stage, complete with silk shirt, waistcoat and trilby.

They kick off the set with a half dozen numbers from the new album, Resolution, released in 2015, which go down well. Pauline then has a chat with the audience about the merits of old tunes v new tunes and never knowing what a crowd wants, before storming into some old classics from back in the day. Continue reading PENETRATION: Live @ Clwb Ifor Bach 02/04/16


rezilloshowOn 29th March 2016, the Iguana Crew took over Dapper FM once more and shook off the post Easter blues. We brought you classic tracks resurrected from BC (Before The Clash) and AD (After the Damned).

The play list included several tracks so new they have not even been recorded yet and tasters of gigs coming to South Wales in the not too distant future.

To listen again, check out the Mixcloud player below

Play list
1. Shopping: BY THE EGG
3. People funny: BY LEE SCRATCH PERRY
4. Don’t be angry: BY NAPPY BROWN
5. Respectable man: BY JUNIOR BILL
6. I loves the port: BY BAD SAM
7. Back from the dead: BY THE ADVERTS
8. The gardener: BY JULIE ANN
9. Davie demo: BY JOE YORKE
10. Restless man: BY CAPTAIN ACCIDENT
11. Take the bitter with the sweet: BY LITTLE GIGI
13. Smoking seriously harms you and others around you: BY AMBER
14. Taken by surprise: BY POISON IDEA
15. It’s hard to get around: BY ALEX TURNER
16. Feed the mantaray: BY SLAVES
17. Not going back to that: BY DOOZER MCDOOZE
18. Chocolate staircase: BY THE DEAD FLOWERS
19. Everybody’s talking: BY JOAN BAKER
21. Writing on the wall: BY EDDIE AND THE HOTRODS
22. Master race rock: BY THE DICTATORS
23. Flying saucer attack: BY THE REZILLOS
24. Free money: BY PENETRATION
25. Nothing nothing: BY CAPTAIN SKA
26. The hour between dog and wolf: BY THE BAR CREEPS
27. In school: BY ALAN WOODWARD
28. Home-grown: BY DODGY

As usual, all praise to our sponsors, RCT UNISON, the union for public sector good eggs.


Peppermint Iguana Radio live # 115 – next show 8pm 29/03/16

psychedelic_easter_eggs_by_heavenriverLooking to sweat off all that chocolate? Wanting to put your feet up and chill after four days of partying? Whatever you have been up to over Easter, Peppermint Iguana Radio has the cure for you.

We will be coming at ya once again live and direct from the studios of Dapper FM from 8pm till just after 10pm on Tuesday 29th March 2016.

The play list, as usual, is still shaking itself out, but will include Doozer McDooze, Amber, Captain Accident and the Disasters, Penetration, The Rezillos.

To listen live go to

As always, high five to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

GIVE ME SPACE- A postcard from the European DIY scene disguised as a zine

efa tour zineEver fancied spending six weeks touring Europe on shoestring budget, playing gigs, supporting the DIY activist scene and meeting loads of cool people? Well, some people don’t just dream about it, they do it. Efa Supertramp has. Thirty three gigs over six weeks in eight countries and more than 4,383 miles. And what’s more, she has turned her adventure into a zine for you to read, be entertained by, educated by and – hopefully – inspired by.

Efa, for the uninitiated, is a North Walian riot grrrl that writes songs, sings them, records them, put them out on her own label (along with a shed load of other bands), sets up autonomous spaces, puts on gigs, cooks, rages against the machine and in her down time writes about it all in various zines. We really don’t know where she gets the time to do it all. Continue reading GIVE ME SPACE- A postcard from the European DIY scene disguised as a zine

Rezillos to mark 40 years of punk in Caerphilly

The Rezillos
The Rezillos

It is almost 40 years since that infamous Sex Pistols gig in Caerphilly, but to prove the ghost of punk still haunts the valleys, 1970’s new wave legends The Rezillos roll into town on the 7th April 2016.

The Rezillos formed in Scotland in 1976, at the time punk rock was kicking off in that London. Inspired as much by 50’s B-movies as the Sex Pistols, they banged out a series of chunky era defining power pop tunes, such as ‘Top of the Pops’, ‘Destination Venus’ and a cover version of the Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Somebody is Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonight’. Continue reading Rezillos to mark 40 years of punk in Caerphilly

Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field Whores – new single to mark Big Liz’s birthday

muddy summers
Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field Whores (although its not verry summery, they are not very muddy and they are not in a field)

This year her Madge, ‘Big Liz’, turns ninety. To pay tribute to this marvellous occasion, Muddy Summer’s and the Dirty Field Whores will be releasing a single on 1st April, entailed ‘3pm’

The single is recorded, the video is filmed and edited and they are all ready to release it just after midnight on 1st April – in good time to join what will be a farcical, expensive build up for both of her Madge’s birthdays. We’ve all had to succumb to incontinence knickers due to all this pissing with excitement – not by royal appointment ones, though. You can join the countdown on Facebook by clicking here.

If you can’t wait till then, check out the most recent Peppermint Iguana Radio Show – cos we played it on there like.

If that is not enough to make you soil your undies, they have a brand new album, Seeing Red (and Black), out on 23 April. You can help them make it happen by pre-ordering over on ye olde Bandcamp (back catalogue also available on same link). They will send you extra goodies with CD pre-orders, an’ all!

AOS3: Far and few

AOS3: Far and few (Self released -2015)aos3 far and few
This album reviewing malarkey is not as easy as we make it look you know. Sometimes words to describe an album can be plucked from the tree of music criticism as an album is playing for the first time. Sometimes you have to patiently wait for the words to ripen before plucking them. Hence this review taking several months to formulate itself, cos this is what we call around the campfire, ‘a grower’.

It is clear the first time you listen to it that it is a special album, but you cannot quite put your finger on it. It will get your toes tapping, head nodding and on occasion your ass shaking, but it is too layered and complex to really take in straight away.

AOS3 are festival scene royalty. If Pete Loveday were to draw one of his rock family trees the shoots from this band would link in just about half the bands out there worth watching in festival land. Immediate family include Tarantism, P.A.I.N, Headjam, Nuke on Route and Less. That rich diversity of backgrounds always meant that this was never going to be a ska-punk by numbers album. Continue reading AOS3: Far and few

OZRIC TENTACLES: The Fleece, Bristol 20/03/16

Ed Wynne and Brandi Wynne
Ed Wynne and Brandi Wynne

Canine testicles. No, that is not the name of the new Ozric Tentacles album (although it might be), but a description of an Ozrics live show. Tonight they bring their full on sensory overload experience to The Fleece in Bristol.

Despite your feet sticking to the stone floor and the pillars obstructing your view, The Fleece, formerly the Fleece and Firkin, is one of the best live venues in the country. Originally built as a wool market in 1830, the grade II listed building is now home to a 400 capacity live venue that has hosted some serious names since it became a venue in 1982, including Oasis, Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes and the Tofu Love Frogs.

Ozric Tentacles
Ozric Tentacles

It is difficult to describe an Ozric Tentacles gig to the uninitiated. There is nothing to compare it to. Just about all of your senses are subjected to overloading and your brain is sliced and diced during two hours of the most psychedelic experience you can have without drugs. Good luck to you if you opt to experience it on drugs. Continue reading OZRIC TENTACLES: The Fleece, Bristol 20/03/16

Beltane Buzz to host stage at Kaya Festival

Bands from the Beltane Buzz, 2014
Bands from the Beltane Buzz, 2014

Our mates over at Beltane Buzz are pleased to confirm they will have their very own stage at this year’s Kaya Festival in Margam Country Park, South Wales on August 7th-9th.

Kaya offers an assortment of African, Jamaican, European, Latin, Caribbean, European and world musical flavours along with a diverse range of workshops, arts, food stalls and festival activities. They have national and international artists along with some of the best local upcoming and established acts, in 2015 we had over 100 musical acts across 4 stages!

Beltane Buzz are in the business of promoting the best unsigned talent in Wales and previous endeavours have included the Beltane Buzz Festival near St David’s in West Wales in 2012, numerous local gigs in South Wales and a compilation album ‘Music from the Beltane Buzz’. They aint some faceless corporate industry beast, just people who love music helping other people who love music.

They will be curating a stage at this year’s Kaya Festival and are on the lookout for bands wanting to play. If you are interested – contact them via e-mail .

If you are not in a band you could just rock up to their stage and check out who makes it to the line up!

THE STRANGLERS: Black and White tour – Cardiff University 18/03/16

Jean Jaques Burnell, The Stranglers original bassist, still got it!
Jean Jaques Burnell, The Stranglers original bassist, still got it!

‘What an old codger I am’. No, not a statement of fact, but the B-Side to the Stranglers’ ‘Nice and Sleazy’ single, which was taken from the ‘Black and White’ album. It was just about the only song from that period they did not play tonight, as the Black and White tour stopped off in Cardiff University Students Union.

Steanglers 1978 album Black and White
Steanglers 1978 album Black and White

The ‘Black and White’ album, released in 1978, was the first album a teenage me went out and bought the week it was released. It came with a limited edition free single with the Stranglers performing Dion Warwick’s ‘Walk on by.

The Stranglers were also the first band I ever went to see live, in the old Top Rank in Cardiff. The Top Rank is long gone, but the Stranglers are alive and well and still gigging, all be it with a modified line up. Continue reading THE STRANGLERS: Black and White tour – Cardiff University 18/03/16

Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 114 – listen again

muddy summers
Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field Whores

Listen again, to the show the internet was invented for. Swing to the funky grooves, bounce to the punky rebelliousness, and chill to the dubtastic vibrations.

We had an unusually interactive show this week, with the Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field Whores Appreciation Society tuning in en mass. The number of people losing their Dapper FM virginity broke the station record. Big hugs to every one of you.

To relive the moment we deflowered a record number of groovers, check out the cloudcast below.


1. Get higher: BY BLACK GRAPE
2. Out of our tree: BY THE WAILERS
3. Funk: BY YEDDY
6. Crying in the night: BY THE MONITORS
8. Summer in the city: BY THE CORTINAS
9. This is the modern world: BY THE JAM
10. I won’t come crawling back to you: BY MELVIN DAVIES
13. Nowhere: BY THERAPY?
14. Will you still care: BY THE CROCKETT’S
17. Ali baba: BY JOHN HOLT
18. I spy for the FBI: BY JAMO THOMAS
20. Friends and business: BY THE SKINTS
21. Orgasm addict: BY THE BUZZCOCKS
23. Kick out the jams: BY THE MC FIVE
24. Blitzkrieg bop: BY THE RAMONES
25. Goodness gracious me: BY PETER SELLERS AND SOPHIA LOREN
26. She just sits there: BY RALPH GRAHAM
27. America: BY THE NICE
28. Ethiopian revelation: BY BIG ROY

First broadcast on community radio station on Tuesday 15th March 2016.

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

We will be back live and direct on the 29th March 2016.

All change on the Sporadics bus as guitarist Andy departs

Andy with the Sporadics in The Moon Club, Cardiff.
Andy with the Sporadics in The Moon Club, Cardiff.

It’s all change on The Sporadics bus, with a line-up change for one of the most vibrant and lively punk bands on the current festival scene, as they said goodbye to their guitarist Andy last weekend.

A statement on the Sporadics Facebook page said; “It is with a heavy heart that we say tonight (in Boscombe with Wonk Unit) is the last show with our Andy on guitar. Due to personal circumstances and a positive change in his life direction he has decided now is time for him to bow out”. Continue reading All change on the Sporadics bus as guitarist Andy departs

Peppermint Iguana Radio # 114 – 15th March 2016

Nightclub legend DJ Derek who went missing in the Summer of 2015
Nightclub legend DJ Derek who went missing in the Summer of 2015

Can you smell it? Yep, spring is in the air and mother earth is slowly wiping the sleep out of her eyes. Peppermint Iguana are back this week with some toons to help you strut your funky stuff as you kick off those winter blues.

The Silver Fox has – The Monitors, Melvin Davies, Jamo Thomas, Therapy? and The Crockets on his play list. Whilst Clint will be spinning – The Defekters, The Cortinas, Clusterfuck, The Skints and Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field WHores.

We will also pay tribute to flowers we won’t be seeing in bloom this summer – DJ Dereck, Keith Emmerson and George Martin.

To listen live, go to from 8pm on Tuesday 15th March (UK Time)

To interact on anti-social media, go to the book of face event page

As usual, a heathy serving of baby bio to our sponsors, RCT UNISON, the union for public sector arboculturists.


Spike Island


Spike Island Movie Poster
Spike Island Movie Poster

Run of the mill tale of young love, hopes and dreams, elevated by being based around what was billed as a cultural milestone – The Stone Roses live on Spike Island in 1990.

The plot is quite basic. Young lads from Manchester caught up the Madchester scene looking to carve their own groove with their band Shadowcaster. The film documents the sixty hours leading up to the gig of the generation on Spike Island with the Stone Roses, their plots to blag their way in and their hope of getting their demo tape into the hands of the Stone Roses. Continue reading Spike Island



Sound It Out Records, Stockton on tees.
Sound It Out Records, Stockton on tees.

Independent record shops are a dying breed. Sound It Out is the self proclaimed ‘last surviving vinyl record shop in Teeside’ (they don’t recognise chains like HMV as being record shops up that way). This documentary is about that shop.

It is not so much the story of the shop; you don’t get the shop’s history or stories of its survival in the battle with the big chains and you don’t get celebrities popping in to tell of how they bought their first seven inch single there. It’s more a snap shot of the shop, its staff and its customers, at the time of filming (circa 2011 we think). A postcard from the world of record nerds, if you like.

Record collecting has always been a predominantly blokey pastime, but this shop seems to take it to extremes. It is like the comic store on the Big Bang Theory, where women rarely ever set foot and the shop is just full of geeky blokes completing their collections. Continue reading SOUND IT OUT