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.
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→
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.
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
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.
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→
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.
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
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.
This 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.