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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

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

Help Doozer McDooze make his first million

Doozer McDooze - a one man dueling banjos type dude.
Doozer McDooze – a one man dueling banjos type dude.

Ever fancied being a music business mogul? Well here is your chance. You can get in on the act and help fund the career of the legendary Doozer McDooze, the beardy bloke you see at festivals.

Ok, so you aint going to become Richard Branson by getting involved in this project, but you will help the grass roots music scene, help get a new album out there, get your hands on some limited edition goodies – oh – and you can go to a cool gig (indoors in London so you wont get muddy and wet like you usually do at Doozer gigs).

To find out more, pop along to his website and check out the deal.

Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 113 – St David’s Day Special – listen again

Dragon on the banks of Caerphilly caslte. Photograph blatantly nicked from Paul Templing, photographer https://www.facebook.com/PTempling

Whilst we regulalry play the best of the new music from Wales, to mark St David’s Day, our 1st March show dug into our vaults to mine the rich vein of music that lies underneath the land of song to celebrate Wales’ national day – in a way that only Peppermint Iguana can

PLAY LIST

1. Sabre dance: BY LOVE SCUPLTURE
2. Welsh bands suck: BY TEEN ANTHEMS
3. Under dubwood: BY CAUGHT BY THE RIVER
4. Mowtown junk: BY MANIC STREET PREACHERS
5. Welsh not: BY HEN WLAD FY MAMAU
6. Bugeillo : BY U-THANT
7. Salvation: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
8. I’ve got a feeling: BY TAWNY REED
9. You sons of bitches shut up: BY FLYSCREEN
10. Ochr Dywyll: BY WWWZZZ
11. Stay: BY SIXTY FOOT DOLLS
12. Dead flowers: BY THE NOSES
13. Afro funk: BY ROOTS ORACLE
14. Feel the magic: BY KALD
15. Iron masters: BY THE MEN THEY COULD NOT HANG
16. The lonely one: BY TOM JONES
17. Scrap the church: BY 2,000 DIRTY SQUATTERS
18. Crash: BY TRIPPA
19. Rhydeg i Paris: BY ANHREFN
20. Mwydro dub: BY LLWBER LLAETHOG
21. Laura is dead: BY 100,000 BODYBAGS
22. Anxiety: BY SONS OF SELINA
23. Soap bar: BY GOLDIE LOOKING CHAIN
24. Ultra-violence: BY THE OPPRESSED
25. Brand new life: BY YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS
26. Magic dub: BY MOLARA
27. International velevet: BY CATATONIA
28. Hen wlad fy hadau: MONMOUTHSHIRE MALE VOICE CHOIR

First broadcast on community radio station www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm on 1st March.

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

For Paul Templing photographer, visit his facebook page

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

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

WELSH VALLEYS SAY NO TO ‘AN EVENING WITH LIONS AND TIGERS’

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Tyr-y-berth has been revolting this week, as protestors have gathered every night to say ‘down with this sort of thing’, outside a travelling show put on by the UKs last Lion Tamer.

The once famous Chipperfield Circus, regulars on prime time 1970s Saturday night TV, appear to have fragmented. Thomas Chipperfiled now splits his time between running ‘An Evening with Lions and Tigers’ and defending himself in the media.

The show cannot tour England at the moment, because the cages in which he keeps the animals have been declared too small by DEFRA. As a result, he has resorted to touring Wales, where the legislation is slightly different. The aim of the tour appears to be to raise money to increase the size of the animals ‘enclosures’.

An enclosure sounds nice, but what they actually mean is ‘cage’. If you read between the lines, they seem to be accepting themselves that their cages are currently too small. (We have not touched on whether they should be in these cages in the first place). Continue reading WELSH VALLEYS SAY NO TO ‘AN EVENING WITH LIONS AND TIGERS’

TEN YEARS WITHOUT BLOKE

Today marks ten years since Bloke left the building. Bloke had more life in him than any other person I have ever met – and that is going some.

Below be the thoughts I put on my old blog at the time. bloke face2

R.I.P. BLOKE: A personal thought on the death of a dear friend.

No posts for a while, I have been a little bit on the busy side, then when I switch on my PC to write something, I am hit by an e-mail that brings me the tragic news that my mate ‘Bloke’ has shuffled off this mortal coil.

Bloke was the bass player with Brighton band Flannel. Not exactly a big name in rock but they were a bit of a cult on the festival scene. Yeah, I am sure Bloke would like them being described as a bunch of cults.

I first crossed their path when they came and played a Peppermint Iguana gig for us In Blackwood, supporting Bhang II Rites. They crashed out in Iguana HQ after the gig, and it was soon obvious it was going to blossom into a lasting relationship. Continue reading TEN YEARS WITHOUT BLOKE

LISTEN AGAIN TO PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO SHOW 100 (15/09/15)

Here be a link to listen again to our 100th Radio Show . There are a few celebratory toons, along side a preview of some of the bands playing Something Else in the Dean Festival 2015 and a tribute to the late Bryn Merrick, bas player with Victimize, The Damned and The Shamones, who sadly passed away on 12th September.

Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 100 – 15/09/15 – the 100 club festival show by Peppermintiguanaradio on Mixcloud

The play list was as follows

1. Push through the silence: BY LOVE BAZZAR
2. One hundred days and one hundred nights: BY SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS
3. One love: BY BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS
4. Psychotic reaction: BY THE COUNT FIVE
5. Re do: BY MODERN BASEBALL
6. Out with the dogs: BY THE SICK LIVERS
7. Ninety nine: BY SLAVES
8. What have we got: BY SHAM SIXTY NINE
9. Pogo dancing: BY CHRIS SPEDDING AND THE VIBRATORS
10. Ambition : BY SUBWAY SECT
11. Love potion number nine: BY THE CLOVERS
12. Two sevens clash: BY CULTURE
13. Nasty: BY THE DAMNED
14. Where did the money go: BY VICTIMIZE
15. Ninety six tears : BY BIG MAYBELLE
16. Ninety six degrees in the shade: BY THIRD WORLD
17. TV: BY INNER TERRESTRIALS
18. Harthouse reels: BY TARANTISM
19. Your number is my number: BY NINE NINE NINE
20. PC nineteen eighty four: CRISIS
21. Impossible: BY SPANNER
22. Broken Britain: BY THE SPORADICS
23. I’ve got a date: BY ALTON ELLIS
24. One in a million: BY MAXIME BROWN
25. Alcohol kiss: BY TRAMPOLINE
26. Dr benway: BY HEADJAM
27. Away from the numbers: BY THE JAM
28. Things are getting better: BY TWENTY FIFTH OF MAY

You can listen to other recent shows by going to our mix cloud page.

We would like to thank all those that have supported us over the last 100 shows, particularly the crew at www.dapperfm.co.uk and our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

Slaves @ Velvet Coalmine 2015

slaves at blackwood miners institue 05/09/15
slaves at blackwood miners institue 05/09/15

Hype is rarely all it is cracked up to be. It can be counterproductive, leading to audiences being disappointed. It usually brings a crowd out though, and the hype surrounding Slaves certainly brought out a capacity mob to the Velvet Coalmine on the Saturday night. But would they be disappointed?

Saturday was the busiest day of a busy Velvet Coalmine schedule, with film screenings, poetry readings and Q+A sessions taking place in town to compliment the packed list of bands playing all over town as part of the ‘Fringe’. Continue reading Slaves @ Velvet Coalmine 2015

Listen again to 1st September Radio Show

Our most recent radio show was broadcast live from outer Penywaun, direct to the rest of planet earth on 1st September 2015. The show was based around the line-up of the Velvet Coalmine Festival to be held in Blackwood 1st to 6th September 2015.

Peppermint Iguana Radio Show #99 – Velvet Coalmine 2015 showcase special by Peppermintiguanaradio on Mixcloud

You can listen to it again via our Mixcloud cloudcast above. If it does not inspire you to get ya best moshing trousers on and head to Blackwood, you need to check your pulse.

The play list is below. To find out who else will be landing in the ‘wood go to – www.velvetcoalmine.com – or if you are reading this after September the 6th, in the immortal words of Jim Bowen ‘let’s have a look at what you could have been doing’.

1. Anarchy in the UK: BY THE SEX PISTOLS
2. Rub a dub style: BY RANKING TREVOR
3. Get your goo on: BY HOUDINI DAX
4. Give it to me: BY THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD
5. Exus trek: BY LUTHER INGRA ORCHESTRA
6. Let’s have a ball: BY CECIL DAVIES
7. Strike it: BY DUB WAR
8. Missiles: BY COMMANDER BOOM
9. Sockets: BY SLAVES
10. Right time: BY THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS
11. Hailey unlikely: BY STEEL LEG V ELECTRIC DREAD
12. Claire voyant: BY PIZZA TRAMP
13. Country song: BY HAPPY MONDAYS
14. Live tonight: BY SLEAFORD MODS
15. Dog scratched ear: BY HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE
16. Vallium: BY BAD SAM
17. Hook up girl: BY VIV ALBERTINE
18. Rich kids: BY THE RICH KIDS
19. Give youth a chance: BY THE RUTS
20. Repeat (UK): BY THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS
21. Knocked out: BY JIMMY LIGGINS
22. Put my shoes on: BY MARY ANN FISHER
23. Plateau: BY THE MEAT PUPPETS
24. Everything in place: BY THE NOSES
25. His majesty is coming: BY THE IN CROWD.
26. Race for the prize: BY THE FLAMING LIPS
27. Headlights: BY THE UNDIVIDED
28. The end (apocalypse now remix): BY THE DOORS

Peppermint Iguana meets Velvet Coalmine in a pub

Blackwood is as cultural as f**K. And if you need proof, check out the Velvet Coalmine Festival, which takes place each September. It features fifty live bands, DJs, film screenings, workshops and much more.

Highlights for the 2015 festival, which takes place between 1st and 6th September, include gigs with Dub War, Slaves, Commander Boom, Houdini Dax, The Johnstown Flood, the Noses and a massive coup in the shape of US legends The Meat Puppets playing their first ever Welsh gig. There will also be film screenings with Don Letts and Viv Albertine will be doing a Q+A.

We had hoped to get Iain Richards, the driving force behind the event, to join us on the radio show, but it clashes with the opening of the festival (some people need to get their priorities right). So instead we headed to the pub for a chat about the 2015 festival. We picked early evening on a quiet night in a quiet pub? What could possibly go wrong? Well a birthday party for a start. Anyway — here is an audio recording of the chat warts and all.

Peppermint Iguana meets the Velevet Coalmine in a pub by Peppermintiguanaradio on Mixcloud

Peppermint Iguana launch new website to mark 20th anniversary

iggy-yinyang-write onThis year marks 20 years since Peppermint Iguana first started dabbling with gig promotions and fanzines.

To mark our 20th anniversary, we have dumped the old website and have started rebuilding from the floor up with this new searchable site. In the next few weeks we will be uploading all the stuff from the old site and uploading a load of new material. Watch this space.