LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 154 – Something Else in the Dean 2017 Special

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As a warm up for the last festival of the season Gail Something Else joined us in the studio to spin tunes by bands playing Something Else in the Dean.

There was music, laughter and romance, there was swearing, controversy and songs of a rather personal nature.

If you want to hear what went on check out the cloudcast below

(*please be aware, as we have said, lots of swearing, not for the faint hearted)

Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 154 – Something Else in the Dean 2017 Special

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 153 – Equinox Festival Special (12/09/17)

On 12th September we broadcast our penultimate festival review show of 2017 – an Equinox special.

We had a few technical problems but we think we have managed to edit this cloudcast version so you don’t notice – well – not much anyway.

To listen again, check put the cloudcast linky thing below

Play list

  1. One of these days: BY PINK FLOYD
  2. Atomic Moog: BY COLDCUT
  3. Punky reggae party: BY LEE PERRY AND Z TRIP
  4. Czech neck: BY CHINA SHOP BULL
  5. Bunsen burner: BY JOHN OTWAY
  6. Burning up: BY DUB THE EARTH
  7. Come around: BY THE DEFEKTERS
  8. We do it ourselves; BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
  9. Watching the grass grow: BY NICK TURNERS SPACE RITUAL
  10. Phoenix: BY SYSTEM SEVEN
  11. Vacation town: BY THE FRONT BOTTOMS
  12. The Devil went down to Jamaica: BY DAVID ALLEN COE
  13. Bella’s kiss: BY FUNKE AND THE TWO TONE BABY
  14. Internal riot: BY THE SUBHUMANS
  15. Blank page: BY BAND OF THE UNDERHAND
  16. Hard edged few live: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  17. Fessytune: BY SKIPRAT
  18. Skiprat: BY BUFF
  19. Gun fury: BY THE DAMNED
  20. Fight dem back: BY THE AUTONOMADS
  21. Let’s stay together: THE SKINTS
  23. Hierarchicide: BY BOLSHY
  24. Looking too closely: BY FINK

Show first broadcast on community radio station on 12th September 2017.

As usual, high five to our sponsors, Cwm Taf Local Government Area Branch of UNISON, the union for public service groovers


Watch out for our next show, which will be an end of festival season party – with guest host Gail Something Else – who will be along to talk about this year’s Something Else in the Dean Festival, which will close the season in style.


LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 152 – Feral Fest/Common Ground special (29/08/17)

landed festivalAs usual, the most recent Peppermint Iguana Radio Show featured a selection of some of the bands playing festivals in the next two weeks.

With the calibre of the festivals coming up in the next two weeks, including Feral Fest and Common Ground, it was inevitable the play list was going to be top draw. But no need to take our word for it. Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 152 – Feral Fest/Common Ground special (29/08/17)

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 152 – 29/08/17

DSC_1161This week’s Peppermint Iguana Radio Show will feature the cream of the underground festival scene.

With the first ever Feral Fest coming up over the weekend of 1/2/3 September, and Common Ground 2017 the same weekend, the show will be overflowing with some of our favourite festival bands.

Expect Tribazic, Tribe of Cro, P.A.I.N., Radical Dance Faction, The Sporadics and Dub the Earth to turn up at some point during the show.

Yes, that’s right, the Sporadics. They will be hitting the road again shortly with not one but TWO new guitarists. We can’t F@ckin’ wait.

We are going to have to hold a few of our favourites back though, cos Something Else in the Dean will be bringing the season to close at the end of September – we are already planning our end of season show in anticipation.

Festivals aint the only things happening though – so you can expect a preview of hot gigs coming up with Back to the Planet, Senser and Ruts DC, alongside new releases from Steven Wilson, Blue Forest and Jinx in dub.

All this festival loveliness can be listened to live by going to from 8pm on Tuesday 29 August.

As usual, the show is sponsored by the union for public sector groovers.


Merthyr Rising 2018 – Sticking with its roots

merthyr rising t shirtMerthyr Rising 2018 looks set to stay on it’s spiritual home ground. The event will take place over the weekend of 25/26/27 May 2018

Since its monumental success in 2017 where the likes of The Alabama 3 and the Stereo MC’s shook the ground that the festival stood on to their core, there has been talk that the Merthyr Rising Festival had outgrown its spiritual home on Penderyn Square and that the next step was to go to a larger area within Merthyr Tydfil to hold the event in 2018. Continue reading Merthyr Rising 2018 – Sticking with its roots

Everything you ever wanted to know about Landed Festival but were afraid to ask

the Chalk Outlines will be back to rock the house again this year
the Chalk Outlines will be back to rock the house again this year

Landed? What’s that all about then? Well, it is a cracking little festival in Mid Wales.

The fact that Roughneck Riot, Captain Ska and the Defekters are headlining means the gig is punching above its weight, that’s without all the other awesome bands on the bill, and the amazing location, and the cheap ticket price.

You want to know more? Well, here is everything you ever wanted to know about landed but were afraid to ask.

Are you sure you are going to the right festival this weekend?

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 151 – another muddy festival show

Fun for all the family!
Fun for all the family!

If you are getting ready for festival, at a festival or just sat in your box wishing you were at a festival, the most recent Peppermint Iguana Radio show is just what you need.

Previewing Landed Festival, Green Man and Beautiful Days, this show is the perfect way to start your weekend. Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 151 – another muddy festival show

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio 150 – Landed Festival Special 2017

Landed crew Tina, Grub and Bella - on the site of Landed Festival
Landed crew Tina, Grub and Bella – on the site of Landed Festival

With Landed Festival just three weeks away, we took the opportunity to focus on bands playing Landed, and gave away two tickets for the festival!

We also previewed a few other upcoming festivals and played some hot new releases.

To listen again check out the mixcloud thingy below


  1. Each mans hell: BY ROUGHNECK RIOT
  2. Lion is the king of the jungle: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
  3. Get a steady job: BY HEADGAMES
  4. Ride on rider: BY SWEETCORNBREAD
  5. Snow at Landed: BY GRUBBY TINA AND BELLA
  7. Hamburger meat: BY THE DEFEKTERS
  8. No beef: BY REGIME
  9. There was a time: BY GENE CHANDLER
  10. Do anything you wanna do: BY EDDIE AND THE HOTRODS
  11. First time: BY THE BOYS
  12. Bubble bubble: BY THE STIFF JOINTS
  13. Liar liar: BY CAPTAIN SKA
  14. Seven diddly sins: BY KANGAROO MOON
  15. Tribal theory: BY LOONALOOP
  16. I wish there were no prisons: BY COSMO
  17. Anthropocene: BY BOLSHY
  18. Never seen the sun: BY LACERTILLIA
  19. Java cheer up: BY JUNIOR BILL
  21. Bang on the door: BY FJORKA
  22. Fiddle Castro: BY YOKO PWNO
  24. Teenage turtles let go: BY BACK TO THE PLANET

OH – and by the way – the pair of tickets for landed were won by DEBORAH COLES!

Show first broadcast on Dapper FM on 1st August 2017

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LANDED FESTIVAL TICKETS COMPETETION OVER (But you can still sign up to mailing list)

Chalk Outlines @ landed festival 2016
Chalk Outlines @ landed festival 2016

Over the weekend of 18th to 20th August 2017 the hills will be alive to the sound of Landed Festival. We have two tickets, generously donated by the organisers, up for grabs

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 a chance of winning two tickets, all you have to do is join our mailing list by entering your e-mail below.


We wont be inudating you with spam, we will probably limit it to one e-mail a week – or maybe even a fortnight. You will get updates about the radio show and details of any news, news and interviews on this ere website.

Some of the updates coming soon include an interview with the crew of landed telling us all about what is coming up this year.

It will all be professionally done through Mailchimp, so if you feel you want to come off the mailing list at any time it will be dead easy.

So – what are you waiting for?

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana # 150 – In a Field of Their Own – (Festival Focus – Landed Special)

Landed crew Tina, Grub and Bella - on the site of Landed Festival
Landed crew Tina, Grub and Bella – on the site of Landed Festival

The Peppermint Iguana Radio Show will be coming at ya live and direct on Dapper FM again on Tuesday 1st August and, once again, the focus will be forthcoming festivals.

This summer has already witnessed a plethora of festivals but, as always, things go up a gear in August.  There is no excuse for not being able to find a festival to go to next month. Boom Town, Beautiful Days, Shambala, Green Gathering, Green Man, Truefest and of course, ye olde McReading, to name but a few.

Into the mix this year comes Landed, a festival previously held in April, but this year moving to a sunnier (hopefully) place in the calendar.

For this show we will take a peek at some of the festivals coming up in August, but will be focusing mainly on Landed. Why? Well, because it is set in the heart of Mid Wales, which is where we like festivals; it is non commercial and grass roots, which is how we like our festivals to be run and – last but not least – cos they have been generous enough to give us tickets for the festival to give away as a prize.

So tune in on 1st August, hear some of the bands playing landed, find out what landed is all about and, if ya be lucky, win yourself a pair of tickets to the event.

To tune in, go to from 8pm till 10pm on 1st August 2017.

For a chance to win tickets, go to

As usual, high five to our sponsors,, the union for public sector festival heads.

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LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 149 – Tom Returns For Green Gathering Special

Ton Fowler, a face for the radio if ever there was one
Ton Fowler, a face for the radio if ever there was one

He nagged and nagged to be invited back, so we gave in and said yes. On 18th July Tom Fowler swept into the studio, swore a lot, and played some of his favourite releases of the year so far.

Clint meanwhile, played loads of choons by bands that are playing this year’s Green Gathering, spun a few hot new releases, and announced a major competition to win tickets to Landed festival

To listen to the show again, check out the cloudcast below


  1. Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  2. War crime: BY CAPTAIN SKA
  3. Welcome to hell: BY PS3UDONYM
  4. Europe is lost: BY KATE TEMPEST
  6. Get off your knees: BY ONE EYED GOD
  7. Chalk and flint: BY GRAND COLLAPSE
  8. Bathing in blood: BY NO PULSE
  9. Daughter of the fireplace: BY MAN
  11. War on rules: BY WOLF BRIGADE
  12. All our failed seekers: BY THIS ENDS HERE
  13. Subtle spirits: BY PARK VIEW
  14. Shoeburryness: BY BLACK LIGHT SECRET
  16. Timewaster: BY SALT BATH
  17. Clash of civilisations: BY COSMO AND FLAPSANDWICH
  19. Everything is problematic: BY TWATSS
  20. I haven’t found home: BY PERKIE
  22. Autonomous spaces: BY SPANNER
  24. Look like: BY KOJEY RADICAL
  25. Festivals, I shit em: BY ANTI-POET
  27. POWA: BY MIA

Show first broadcast live on Dapper FM on 18th July 2017.

High five to show sponsors, Cwm Taf Local Government UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

To win tickets for landed, go here.

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 149 – The Return of the Fowler 18/07/17

TomFowler (on the left) hanging out with rock stars at Surplus
TomFowler (on the left) hanging out with rock stars at Surplus

The boy Fowler has been nagging to come back and do another radio show, so we have let him come back on the 18th July to shut him up.

“Get me back before Green Gathering” he said, “so I can play loads of Green Gathering bands and talk about the Radical Wales Campaign Area” he said.

So here we are, he is doing a show before the Green Gathering and how many GG bands is he playing? None. Not one. He is just playing his favourite recent tunes. We are sure he will do loads of talking about the festival though.

Don’t panic, Clint to the rescue, he will be playing some GG related choonage. He will also be playing a few teaser tracks by bands playing the forthcoming Landed Festival and will be announcing a special mega give away competition related to the aforementioned Landed.

Clint will also be throwing in some tunes that are not related to any festivals – they are just new.

Log on to from 8pm on Tuesday 18th July

As usual, big slobbery wet kiss for our sponsors,

SURPLUS FESTIVAL 2017: The tribes gather

DSC_0054For the last four years the Surplus Festival in South Wales has been one of the highlights of the grass roots festival scene. Over the first weekend in July 2017, the event went up a gear, putting on their best event yet and throwing down the marker for other grassroots festivals. It will take some doing to beat Surplus this year.

Arriving at the site near Bonvilston, just outside Cardiff, it was almost immediately obvious that this year was a more organised event.  More Stewards, better organised parking, more security – yet at the same time, the laid back vibe that makes Surplus what it is, was still there.

Once in the main arena the changes from 2016 were obvious straight away. Continue reading SURPLUS FESTIVAL 2017: The tribes gather

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING: Every Valley (PIAS Recordings 2017)

psb every valleyWith their third album, Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) remind us that concept albums do not need to be about Topographic Oceans or operas about pubescent mods coming of age. This album looks at the social impact of the fall and rise of an industry on the local community.

PSB’s modus operandi is to create funky instrumental music with occasional rocky outcrops, then layer over the top vocal samples. In the past that has included public information films (hence the band name), audio from NASA and specifically recorded interviews.

For Every Valley the focus is very much the south wales mining communities, how the coal industry provided hope, dreams of a job for life, and provided the glue that held a whole community together. It also document’s the decline and the death of the industry – and how the sole of the community also goes into decline when the main source of employment is ripped out of it. Continue reading PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING: Every Valley (PIAS Recordings 2017)

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio 148: The virtual Surplus Fest after party – 04/07/17

crop drunkWith the dust of surplus festival barely washed off, and us still trying to account for our lighters, there was no time to waste, it was back in the saddle for a post Surplus virtual after party radio show on 4th July.

We also previewed some of the other festivals coming up and gave some brand new releases an airing.

To listen again, check out the cloudcast below.

  1. Planet Claire: BY THE B52s
  2. Holiday in Cambodia: BY CHINA SHOP BULL
  3. Mercurius rising: BY MERCURIUS RISING
  5. People will always need coal: BY PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
  6. Electro rays remix: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  7. This is the place: BY COMBAT WOMBAT
  8. Anarchists make the best lovers: BY THE BUS STATION LOONIES
  9. What ya gonna do remix: BY THE LAST TREE SQUAD
  10. Private revolutions: BY CULTURE SHOCK
  11. Nation none the wiser: BY JOE YORKE
  12. Brain smashing dub: BY LINTON KWESI JOHNSON
  13. Open up: BY THE WITCHES DRUM
  17. Fool’s paradise: BY BENDER
  18. How can you keep on moving: BY RORY McLEOD
  19. Get your hands off them: BY CISTERN FAILURE
  20. Death of European industry: BY BENG BENG COCKTAIL
  21. Fairy fails: BY CARA MEANS FRIENDS
  22. Mother of the village: BY PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING

Show first broadcast on 4th July 2017 on community radio station

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LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 148 – Virtual Surplus Festival After Party

inner terestrials at Surplus fest 2015
inner terestrials at Surplus fest 2015

Next live show, Tuesday 4th July, a day when we traditionally celebrate Independents – bands that do it themselves without the assistance of ‘the music industry’.

OK – some of us actually do that every day, but hey, we got to call the show something.

Between now and then we will be in a field drinking dodgy cider and listening to loud music, doing research for you. Who know what we will discover that will make it to the final play list.

Tune in from 8 till 10pm by going to

As usual, show sponsored by Cwm Taf Local Government UNISON.


LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 147 – Solstice/Surplus Festival Special

Two Speed Steve, The Boy Fry and Torrie - SURPLUS PEOPLE!
Two Speed Steve, The Boy Fry and Torrie – SURPLUS PEOPLE!

Peppermint Iguana don’t do festivals, if they did they would look a bit like Surplus Fest.

In the last four years they have held six festivals at three different locations. This year they return to the same site as last year, having struck a good relationship with the landowner after the 2016 event.

Surplus is an old skool event, organised by underground festival heads, for underground festival heads. They are all volunteers and the priority is having a good time whilst providing a space for the tribe to gather, rather than making a fast buck.

With bands and DJs spread over five stages, the line us is a veritable who’s who of the festival underground, including Radical Dance faction, Hawklords, the Omega Tribe, AOS3, Tribazik, Kilnaboy, Clusterfuck, The Sporadics, Dub the Earth, The Autonomads and Lacertillia.

Whilst there will be enough crusty-ska-punk-dub-stoner-rock-legends to keep the keenest of brew crew happy – and their dog – there will also be plenty of new music to discover, such as welsh outfits Captain Accident and the Disasters, the Chalk Outlines and the Biggest Things Since Powdered Milk, alongside Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters from that London and Cornwall’s Cybernetic Witch Cult.

In short, this is set to be one of the best festivals of the summer.

On 20th June 2017, the eve of the summer solstice, three of the disorganisers of the festival, the Boy Fry (singer with Lacertilla and all round mover and shaker on the UK stoner rock scene), Steve Speed (techno head and trouble maker) and Torrie (old git, veteran scrap merchant from 2,000 Dirty Squatters and general rouge) joined us in the studio for a special radio show.

The result of that two hours of mayhem can be heard again by clicking on the cloudcast thingy below.

Play List
1. Surplus People: BY RDF
2. Scrap the church; BY 2,000DS
4. Spirit of 77: BY AOS3
6. Stonehenge pig bastards: BY BUFF
7. Last pain to skasville: BY PAIN
8. Fire up the engine of god: BY LACERTILLIA
10. Awake for a reason (Slamfish remix): BY THE DHARMA VIOLETS
11. Living in a field: BY REALITY ATTACK
12. Government whores: BY TREVOR’S HEAD
13. Daily routine: BY BENJI 303
14. Coppers in the dance: BY THE AUTONOMADS
15. Broken Britain: BY THE SPORADICS
16. Back from the light: BY THE SKRAELINGS
17. Money people: BY CAPTAIN ACCIDENT
18. Molten: BY TRIBAZIK
20. Smash it dub: BY DUB THE EARTH
21. Is this the future: BY THE OMEGA TRIBE
22. Something wrong with the right: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
23. Shoeburyness: BY BLACK LIGHT SECRET
24. Byker Hill: BY KILNABOY
25. Hurry on sundown: BY HAWKWIND
First broadcast on 20th June 2017 on

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LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 147 – Surplus Festival/Solstice special

suplus air guitarOur next show goes out on the eve of the summer solstice and will preview the forthcoming Surplus Festival, which takes place in South Wales, 30th June to 2nd July.

Festival organisers Torrie, Fry and Speed will join us in the studio talk about all things Surplus and spin some of the bands and DJs that will be performing over the weekend.

The festival is basically a who is who of the current festival underground and has more of our favourite bands than you can shake a stick at. It is going to be hard work working out who we can leave off the play list.

Expect The Defekters, Black Star Dub Collective, 2,000 Dirty Squatters, Lacertilla, Clusterfuck, AOS3, P.A.I.N. Radical Dance Faction and much much more (so long as the Torrie and gang stop talking long enough for us to play some music)

To listen live, go to from 8pm o’clock hours till about 10(ish) on Tuesday 20th June 2017.

As usual, high five to our sponsors,

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING: Ebbw Vale Album Launch 08/06/17

DSC_0736As the ballots papers were rolling in, hoisting Theresa May by her own petard, Public Service Broadcasting were in Ebbw Vale, launching their new album. ‘Every Valley’ reflects on the decline of industry in the valleys. Some would argue the decline was hastened by the last female Tory Prime Minister.

The timing was pure coincidence, the gig had been planned well before the snap election had been called, but the irony could not be ignored.

But hey, this is not a post about Westminster power trips, it is about a gig in Ebbw Vale that had ‘legendary’ written all over it from the moment it was conceived. Continue reading PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING: Ebbw Vale Album Launch 08/06/17

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio 146 – 06/06/17

Regime at Blue Lagoon Festival
Regime at Blue Lagoon Festival

As usual, our most recent show featured bands we have recently caught live, bands we are going to see in the next two weeks and some stuff relevant to current affairs.

But sadly, we had to kick off with a tribute to long time friend of the iguana Tribe, Anne Nicholson, who slipped away to the great after party in the sky on Monday 5th June. Anne was an inspiration and wise head to the many of us who knew her and will be sadly missed.

To listen again, click on the mixycloud thingy below

Play list

2. One love Utah Saints remix: BY STONE ROSES
3. Dub scientist: BY HEADJAM
4. This town: BY THE SKINTS
6. Festival twenty three; BY THE SPORADICS
7. Fatman: BY REGIME
8. My back is fucking fucked: BY PIZATRAMP
9. If you bomb somebody: BY DAVID ROVICS
10. Doesn’t make it alright: BY STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
14. Brothers on the slide: BY CYMANDE
15. Earn your stripes: BY CAPTAIN ACCIDENT
16. Nationalism: BY QELD
18. Luciano Ponzetto: BY GRAND COLLAPSE
19. Liar liar GE2017 mix: BY CAPTAIN SKA
20. Where were you: BY THE MEKONS
21. Too far gone: BY THE WITCHES DRUM
22. Space shanty remix: BY LEFTFIELD
23. Do we really need a government: BY CAPITAL LETTERS
24. Strictly dub: BY DENNIS BOVELL

Originally broadcast on on 6th June 2017

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Next show – 20th June 2017

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.


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
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
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

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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 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
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
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
20. Cheese and bread: BY DAVID ROVICS
22. Easton rockers dub: BY CONSCIOUS YOUTH
24. Dazed and confused: LED ZEPPELIN

Show originally broadcast live on 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’
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Show as usual, sponsored by Cwm Taf Local Government UNISON

ARE YOU WATCHING GARETH BALE? Cardiff marches to fight for the right to party.

Labour MPs like to dance as well
Labour MPs like to dance as well

On 29th April thousands of music lovers marched through Cardiff under the banner ‘Save Womanby Street’. What’s that all about and why should we care?

In this globalised world it is increasingly difficult to tell apart different town and city centres. High streets are dominated by chain stores and local pubs are becoming a rarity, with corporate bars with names like the Slug and Lettuce becoming the norm. Whetherspoons rule the world as the bulk buying power of identikit chains force old skool family pubs out of business.

The towns and cities that are interesting, the ones that are worth visiting, are the ones that have their own character and home grown culture. Culture is the beating heart of a city, without culture the city dies. But culture cannot be manufactured. It has to grow organically from the grass roots, with its foundations in the local community.

Music, art and culture have for decades led the way for the regeneration of run down communities. Previously ignored districts suddenly become vibrant places where people want to live.

Ironically, vultures are never far behind, swooping in to develop properties in areas that are now suddenly sought after and ‘gentrification’ kicks in.

In the process the culture that made the place so vibrant is suffocated and all is left is hipsters charging eight quid for a bowl of breakfast cereal, a fiver for a half pint of home brew and barbers specialising in craft beards. The people that made the area are suddenly priced out of their own community and unwelcome. Continue reading ARE YOU WATCHING GARETH BALE? Cardiff marches to fight for the right to party.

NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD (Madman Entertainment 2008)

not quite hollywood

If you thought ‘Mad Max’, ‘Crocodile Dundee’ and ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ were the only films ever to come out of Australia you would be wrong. There is a whole genre out there, ‘Ozploitation’, whichwhich has passed most of the world by. Not Quite Hollywod tells you what you have been missing.

It will come as no surprise that, as with much of Australian culture, subtlety is in short supply and excess is the word.

Fast cars, naked women, a bus full of nuns on fire, fast cars, lesbian cannibals, stuntmen being killed, fast cars, live mice dressed up as kangaroo foetuses, former Bond Star George Lazenby getting burned, naked women, real life punch ups with Hells Angels, gallons of fake blood, several pints of real blood, vomit and fast cars. It’s all here in this rip roaring tale of chaos, madness and celluloid anarchy. Continue reading NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD (Madman Entertainment 2008)

TEENAGE KICKS – Sandinistas live at UNISON Young Members gig

DSC_0870Tredegar’s six legged Sandinistas continued their rise to the top with a blistering set for young members of UNISON, the union for public service groovers, in Cardiff’s Ten Feet Tall.

Fresh from playing South by Southwest in Texas and string of sold out shows in the UK, the Sandinistas showed they have not forgotten their roots by playing the launch party for UNISON Cymru Wales’ Charter for Young Member’s.

They may stand like the Clash, walk like the Clash and be named after a Clash album (or maybe the South American rebels), but their music is fresh and original, taking only the energy and enthusiasm from the Clash sound.

With high octane guitar laid over machine gun drumming and menacing bass, they lay down a sound that has enough punk sensibility to remind the older members of the crowd of their youth. But they also have a clean sophistication to their sound that will entertain the younger audience, who demand more than the three chord wonders of the past.

They tore through their set with confidence and swagger, but still found time between numbers to interact with the audience and big up the cause they had come to promote. As they put it, ‘You can’t spell UNISON, without U and I’.

The Sandinistas
The Sandinistas

They had the gathered masses gyrating and smiling from ear to ear; from their tyre smoking start, through their ‘Ready to Blow’ single, right up to the end of the set.

The problem with being in a new band is that you can get caught out. If you blow your entire repertoire of songs in your main set, what do you do when the crowd demand an encore? Well in this case, we were given Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ – on steroids. Then, by way of punishment for Mark Turner of UNISON for trying to be a young member, he is dragged up on stage to give us a rendition of the Undertones ‘Teenage Kicks’.


Watch out for the Sandinistas when they play Merthyr Rising 26th to 28th May, the festival sponsored by UNISON. You never know, Mark Turner might be up on stage again – he has got a month to actually learn the words!