In 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.
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’
Log on to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8 til 10 of the PM
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.
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)→
Tredegar’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’.
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!
Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales
1. Janie Jones: BY THE CLASH
2. Janie Jones: BY CRIME FACTOR ZERO
3. Skankrobber: BY CARA MEANS FRIEND
4. Something wrong with the right: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
5. Alchoholic drinks: BY SAMP BROTHERS
6. Punk wedding: BY NINA HAGEN
7. Sound and vision: B DAVID BOWIE
8. Barefoot in the carpark: BY SUZY CHUNK
9. Down the sewer: BY THE STRANGLERS
10. No time: BY THE SAINTS
11. Serve me: BY THE CABINET OF MILLIONAIRES
12. Hotter: BY THE GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
13. Give it some beans: BY DEAD AT TWENTY SEVEN
14. Why so seagullrious: BY BANKRUPT PUG
15. Anarcho trustafarian: BY COSMO AND FLAPSANDWICH
16. DSP: BY THE SPORADICS
17. Area code: BY DREADZONE
18. Roxette: BY DR FEELGOOD
19. Progress: BY PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
20. True sons of Zion: BY THIEVERY CORPORATION
21. Salt: BY THE BIGGEST THING SINCE POWDERED MILK
22. The biggest thing since powdered milk: BY BUDGIE
23. Police and thieves: BY JUNIOR MURVIN
On 28th March Lyn Williams, one of the directors of the Merthyr Rising Festival, joined us in the studio to chat about what is coming up at this year’s event, which takes place between 22nd and 28th May 2017.
We chatted about what is on the agenda this year, changes since last year and logistics – tickets and so on.
The Merthyr Rising Festival will be back for a fourth year between the 22nd and 28th May 2017. Peppermint Iguana has invited the people behind the festival in to chat with us for a preview of the events on our show on March 28th 2017.
The show will feature music from some of the bands performing this year and a chat about the films, debates and art that will be part of the diverse line up of this event.
To listen to the show live, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till 10pm on Tuesday 28th March
The event marks the 1831 workers uprising. Throughout May 1831 the coal miners and others who worked for William Crawshay took to the streets of Merthyr Tydfil, calling for reform, protesting against the lowering of their wages and general unemployment. Gradually the protest spread to nearby industrial towns and villages and by the end of May the whole area was in rebellion, and it is believed that for the first time the red flag of revolution was flown as a symbol of workers’ revolt.
The event, now in its fourth year, is growing to become a major feature on the calendar of the labour movement, alongside Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and the Durham Miners Gala. It takes place between the 22nd and 28th May 2017, climaxing in a three day music event in the town centre over the bank holiday weekend.
The event will include political debates, film screenings, art, theater and music. Headliners for the event are The Alabama Three and The Stereo MCs. There will also be a wide range of local beers and food available.
Merthyr Rising Festival and the Peppermint Iguana Radio Show are sponsored by UNISON, the union for public service groovers
In 2016, Wales qualified for the finals of a major football tournament for the first time in fifty eight years. Needless to say the whole thing became a bit special. Don’t Take Me Home is the story of that balmy, barmy summer in France.
For a few short weeks, the welsh conquered France, in more ways than one. For the followers of more successful teams, this sort of trip is a regular fixture in the calendar. But with this trip being almost six decades in the making, this was a pilgrimage welsh fans had been waiting a lifetime for.
Tens of thousands of ‘Chrissy Coleman’s Barmy Army’ headed to France, utilising planes, trains and automobiles. Some headed out for the duration, some travelled back and fore for each game. Some flew out in luxury, whilst others spent dozens of tortuous hours in busses and cars. Some travelled direct, whilst others took diversions via Spain and Belgium to save money. Some stayed in tents, whilst others lived it up in hotels. Continue reading DON’T TAKE ME HOME (2017)→
Ed Shearn might have 16 tunes in the ‘top twenty’, but there be plenty of tidy new music out there that aint Ed Sheeran. Some of it is on this show.
Also some hidden gems and tastrs for gigs coming up in the next few weeks.
You knows the score – cloudcast below
1. White riot: BY THE CLASH
2. Run like the river: BY VINTAGE TROUBLE
3. Superman three: BY JOHNNY CAGE AND THE VOODOO GROOVE
4. The lion is the king of the jungle: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
5. Leaning on a lamppost: BY THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
6. Whole lot of love: BY THE BELLRAYS
7. No borders: BY K SAN SOUND SYSTEM
8. The illusion of freedom: BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
9. Scratching her away: BY ANGIE KIRBY AND THE NAKED CITIZENS
10. In the river: BY FAB SAMPERI
11. Lions share: BY AND THE WASTERS
12. Holy slave: BY UNIVERSAL HIPPIES
13. Mountain top skank: BY DREADZONE
14. Ghost riders in the sky: BY KING KURT
15. Big: BY NEW FAST AUTOMATIC DAFFODILS
16. Riff Richard: BY CHUBBY THUNDEROUS KUSH MASTERS
17. Treading water: BY THE PETROL GIRLS
18. Drifting down the river of slack: BY COSMIC TRIGGER
19. Stoned again: BY GALLIANO
20. Black betty: BY SPIDERBAIT
21. Soul power: BY KOLOKO
22. Photogenic dub: BY YOUTH WITH GAUDI
Its hard work writing new blurbs every week to tell you how tidy this show is. If you have heard it before you will already have formed your own opinion. If you aint, ask your mates, if you have any, or just bloody tune in.
This week there will be stuff like The Bellrays, Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters and The Universal Hippies.
With a shed load of cracking new music to play with and loads of gigs coming up, this show was a bit of a belter
to listen again, check out the cloudcast below
1. I feel alright: BY THE DAMNED
2. Saturday night in the city of the dead: BY ULTRAVOX
3. Black dues: BY DREADZONE
4. Fight to durvive: BY THIEVERY CORPORATION
5. Riot soundsystem: BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
6. Number one: BY SPANNER
7. This is Wales: BY THE BARRY HORNS
8. Le responsible: BY JAQUES DUTRONIC
9. Smash it dub: BY DUB THE EARTH
10. Father Todd and his official Faustian bargaining kit: BY SENDELICA
11. Happy: BY SPEEDOMETER
12. Dancing in the breeze: BY GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
13. Start at the back: BY CULTURE SHOCK
14. Tin soldiers: BY STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
15. Marine migration: BY THE HANG MASSIVE
16. Sasstanaquam: BY TIARIWEN
17. The black dog aint turning back: BY MILK
18. Moluscs: BY MWSTARD
19. Sweeden: BY THE STRANGLERS
20. Bella ciao: BY THE DOG FACED HERMANS
21. Elevation: BY TELEVISION
22. Skiprat: BY BUFF
23. Hurricane: BY MAASSI WARRIOR
24. Blood moon: BY TREVORS HEAD
25. Get carter part three: BY JAH WOBBLE
First broadcast on Dapper FM on 28th February 2017
Can’t wait for the festival season to start? Fear not, this fifteen track sampler from the Surplus Crew will help blow those winter blues away.
Given that most of the best bands on the underground festival circuit have played at Surplus, an album put together by the crew would inevitably be worth a listen. “Of course it will be good”, we thought to ourselves. But then – “Hold on – who are this lot?” Yes, fair play to the Surplus Crew, they have managed to dig out some bands we had not come across before – and boy is this album a belter. Continue reading VARIOUS ARTISTS: Surplus Fest Sampler Volume 1 (Surplus 2017)→
Bass does not have to be sat in the back as part of a rhythm section. Lots of bands have worked that out over the years. And so have Mwstard.
When the three members of the band got together in a community hall in to see Jah Wobble and Keith Levine recreate metal box at the Laugharne Festival they decided to form a band.
They had all been around the block a bit before, so it did not take long for them to start making their bass heavy dub-jazz-post-punk racket. As Laugharne’s most famous resident, Dylan Thomas might have said, “ugly, lovely music … crawling, sprawling … by the side of a long and splendid curving groove. This music was my world” Continue reading MWSTARD: Cloc (Self Released 2017)→
Well. There’s a full seven days to go to the next radio show as we type this post, but the play list is pretty much done and dusted.
This is always bad news, cos there are bound to be some new tunes that fly through our radar between now and next week that we will feel forced to squeeze in. They are going to have to be real floor shakers to get onto this list though.
The play list mostly contains bands that are going to be playing gigs in the next three weeks and new releases that are too hot to leave out.
Without giving all of the game away, some of the gigs we will be previewing include Spanner, Dub the Earth, Sendelica and Speedometer, whilst some of the new releases featured will include Dreadzone, Thievery Corporation, Tiariwen and Mwstard. We will also be looking forward to the new film about Wales Expolits in Euro 2016 ‘Don’t take me home’.
Oh – and a look back at some of the albums released 40 years ago this week as punk was exploding.
Dreadzone return with their 8th studio album of dubbed up grooviness.
Dreadzone were one of the original pioneers of the digital-dub-dance vibe, releasing their first album way back in 1993. Their third album, ‘Second Light’, from 1995, became a classic and was one of the best albums of the 1990s.
Here at Peppermint Iguana we are lovers 365 24/7. We don’t need capitalism to tell us when to be romantic. So on Valentine’s Day this year, Gail Something Else joined us in the studio for an irreverent Anti-Valentine’s show.
To listen again, check out the cloud cast bellow:
1. Love is a four letter word: BY ROY BUDD
2. Je tem: BY FRANKIE HOWARD AND JUNE WHITFIELD
3. Our wedding: BY CRASS
4. Arsehole: BY GUTFULL
5. Music is the girl I love: BY THE GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
6. Turning my heartbeat up: BY THE MVPS
7. Out of my mind: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
8. Wild women don’t have the blues: BY IDA COX
9. I can’t come – demo: BY THE SNIVELLING SHITS
10. Safety pin stuck in my heart: BY PATRICK FITZGERALD
11. Moving on: BY KILNABOY
12. Million reasons: BY THE HIGHTOWN PIRATES
13. Spunk box: BY MAN
14. You don’t love me: BY THE GODFATHERS
15. Bloody mother fucking arsehole: BY MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
16. Valentine’s day is over: BY BILLY BRAGG
17. Peace and love: BY MISTY IN ROOTS
18. Free world: BY KIRSTY MaCCOLL
19. Love thyself: BY SICK NOTE
20. Impossible: BY SPANNER
21. You suck: BY CONSOLIDATED AND THE YEASTIE GIRLS
22. Jeremy Kyle fucked my wife: THE GIROBABIES
23. Sensual woman: BY THE HERBALIZER
24. You make me sick: BY SATANS RATS
25. Not nowhere: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
26. Your hole is my only goal my love: BY PHAT BOLLARD
Love is all you need, some hippy once wrote. Or Love will tear us apart, as some miserable bastard once wrote. Whatever the truth, love has inspired poetry, books, movies, greetings cards and an untold number of songs.
To mark this year’s St Valentine’s Day, Gail Something Else will be joining us once more in the studios of Dapper FM to spin some tunes with the theme of love running through the two hours. Don’t expect it to be all soppy though, cos most of the tunes will actually be anti-love songs.
This is Not a Love Song by PIL, Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division and Love Song by the Damned are just three of the songs that will not be featuring cos they are too predictable.
However, you might hear The Snivelling Shits, Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field Whores and Phat Bollard.
To find out what makes it on to the final play list, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till 10pm GMT on Tuesday 14th February 2017.
Show sponsored, as usual, by UNISON, the union for public service lovers.
1. California uber ales: BY THE DEAD KENNEDYS
2. Torch Guantanamo bay: BY SUICIDE BID
3. Phone in sick: BY SICK NOTE
4. Dull: BY SLEAFORD MODS
5. Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
6. Enough is enough: BY CREDIT TO THE NATION AND CHUMBAWAMBA
7. As one: KEENO AND PAT FULGONI
8. Pavlovs plumbs: BY SMERINS ANTISOCIAL CLUB
9. Fascist dictator: BY THE CORTINAS
10. Empires: BY ELECTRIC SWING CIRCUS
11. No turning back: BY SPEEDOMETER
12. Thinking of the USA: BY EATER
13. Pigs : BY PINK FLOYD
14. Far journeys: BY MIRROR SYSTEM
15. Work rest riot: BY SCUM OF TOYTOWN
16. Hamburger meat: BY THE DEFEKTERS
17. Chinese year of the rooster dub: BY JAH WOBBLE
18. Garry Gilmores eyes: BY THE ADVERTS
19. All you fascists: BY BILLY BRAGG AND WILCO
20. Fuck off: BY THE ELECTRIC CHAIRS
21. They’re building a wall: BY DAVID ROVICS
22. When the man comes around; BY JOHNNY CASH
Novacoda, AKA Frances and Benjamin, are not just producers of their own brand of electronic dance music, but they teach music and promotion of music through their own studios and classes in the Poncanna Music Rooms, Cardiff.
Click below to hear them join Peppermint Iguana Radio in the studio live for their first ever venture into the world of internet radio.
1. Can’t Take the Heartbreak: BY NOVACODA
2. Smokestack Lightnin’: BY HOWLIN WOLF
3. History repeating: BY PROPELLERHEADS
4. Kill all hippies: BY PRIMAL SCREAM
5.A leap of faith: BY SLOWCOOKEDGOOSE
6. Cough Cough: BY EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
7. Arsehole: BY GUTFULL
8. Tear down the law: BY THE SPORADICS
9. Programme the Deprogramme: BY LITTLE ERIS FEATURING SPANA MC –
10. Life on Mars: BY DAVID BOWIE
11. Pigs might fly: BY RAILROAD BILL
12. Jailhouse blues: BY JCS HOPELESS SINNERS
13. Hit it and Quit it : BY FUNKADELIC
14. Trapped: BY KING THING
15. It’s only natural; BY BEANS OF TOAST
16. Black Dog: LED ZEPPELIN
17. Brain Damage: BY PINK FLOYD
18. Big Rock Candy Mountain: BY HARRY ‘HAYWIRE’ MCCLINTOCK
19. Groove is in the Heart (remix): BY WOWZA
20. Right On! (Radio Edit): BY SILICONE SOUL
21. Aint been to no music school: BY THE NOSEBLEEDS
22. Panama: BY NOVACODA
Forget fake news, flake news, disinformation, hypernormalisation, post truth society and sleaze. You can rest assured that the is 100% the real deal, with two and a bit hours of the best music from the underground, past present and future.
to listen again – click on ye olde cloudcast below
1. Power generation: BY SPEEDOMETER
2. Sunflower lynchmob dub mix: BY PAUL WELLER
3. 1977: BY THE CLASH
4. Sick on you: BY THE BOYS
5. Crumbling land: BY PINK FLOYD
6. Imperial reggae: BY PANNONIA ALLSTARS SKA ORCHESTRA
7. It’s grim up north: BY THE KLF
8. Trump: BY CASSETTE BOY
9. Impeach the president: BY THE HONEYDRIPPERS
10. American idiot: BY GREEN DAY
11. Blood in the barrel: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
12. Boil yer blood: BY JIM JONES AND THE RIGHTEOUS MIND
13. Groove in in the heart: BY DEEE LITE
14. Trouble on the green: BY THE CARNY VILLANS
15. U don’t dance to techno anymore: BY THE ALABAMA THREE
16. Better: BY NOVACODA
17. How many more times: PAT FULGONI
18. Hard loving man: BY JOHNNY MOPED
19. Banned from the roxy: BY CRASS
20. Teenage depression: BY EDDIE AND THE HOTRODS
21. Down town: BY PETULA CLARK
22. A forest bird never wants a cage: BY CONSCIOUS YOUTH
23. Seasons: BY DUB THE EARTH
24. Deep down and dirty: BY STEREO MCS