Well, there is no avoiding it, we are hurtling towards the end of the year. So Clint will be concentrating his mind for the next few shows on the best of the music released in 2015. Too early to be looking at a best of the year? Well, maybe, but hey, there have been some fantastic new releases this year.
So over the next few shows expect the likes of AOS3, Moonloonies, One Eyed God, Cosmo, The Membranes, Clutch, Public Service Broadcasting, Sendelica, Nuke on Route, Scum of Toytown, Pretty Vicious and many more to make it onto Clint’s play lists.
No doubt John will also be reflecting on the last year and the new-old releases he has got his mitts on at various record fairs, boot sales and independent record stores.
Hot new releases, classic hidden gems, plugs for up and coming gigs – bitching like a pair of fishwives— it all be here
Those that missed it, thoses that caught it and want to listen again, those that thought they were tuning in half an hour early but were actaully an hour and a half late — you can all listen to it again at your pleasure.
1. Goodbye Toulouse: BY THE STRANGLERS
2. Blues hand me down: BY VINTAGE TROUBLE
3. Freedom to rock: BY CHIEFS OF RELIEF
4. Bodies: BY THE SEX PISTOLS
5. Circus maximus dub: BY DUBMATIX
6. Solitary confinement: BY THE MEMBERS
7. Chalice in the palace: BY U ROY
8. British justice: BY PROPAGANDA AND INFORMATION NETWORK
9. Like a lion: BY SUICIDE BID
10. Noah’s farce: BY INNER TERRESTRIALS
11. Rolling stone: BY BOB MARLEY
12. Got nobody to love: BY TERRY TIMMONS
13. Friendly fire: BY AOS3
14. I hope you hate it: BY DUGMUS
15. The hunter: BY SLAVES
16. Rant: BY THE BLEEDING NOSES
17. Cabinet of millionaires: BY CABINET OF MILLIONAIRES
18. Riverwise: BY RADICAL DANCE FACTION
19. Too late to turn back now: BY ALTON ELLIS
20. White man in Hammersmith Palais: BY THE CLASH
21. No man no right: BY SONIC BOOM SIX
22. Do the right thing: BY LEATHERFACE
23. You’ve been cheating: BY THE IMPRESSIONS
24. Shake your body girl: BY LARRY WILLIAMS
25. Tonypandy riots: LANDSCAPE
26. All BMW drivers are aresholes: BY 100000 BODYBAGS
27. I’ve been loving you too long: BY TINDERSTICKS
28. Punk rock is going to die: BY THE FRENCH
Next PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO SHOW – Tuesday 10th November from 8pm
Well, it might be our 104th show, but The Artist Formerly Known as Ginger John has been absent without leave a few times since we first hit the air. There was the time he had the gastric band fitted, the time he wanted to catch up with the live East Enders, the time he was washing his hair and the time he was doing the thing we promised to never talk about in public. So – anyway – he is going to be celebrating his 100th radio show this week, bless him. His play list will include some of his favourite tunes that he has played when he can be bothered to turn up, including Alton Elis, The Clash, Chiefs of Relief, The Impressions and the Slaves.
Clint, meanwhile, has spent the last week protesting at the abuse of lions and tigers near Bargoed (no, they are not normally fund in Bargoed, it was a travelling circus). So he will have a number of lion/tiger/circus themed tracks to fit alongside his usual mix of new releases and previews of forthcoming gigs. Expect The Members, AOS3, Dugmus, Cabinet of Millionaires and Radical Dance Faction to make it through to his final list.
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’.
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→
Our most recent radio show was a mixture of elation and deep sadness. We celebrate the welsh football team qualifying for their first major tournament since 1958, mark the arrival of new albums by Cosmo and Killing Joke and look forward to the knees up that will mark the 20th and 25th anniversaries of Tarantism and AOS3 respectively.
However, we also say goodbye to Mark Humpries, who has sadly gone on to the great gig in the sky since our last show. Many will remember him playing with bands like Pod, Dooffer and Cakehole Presley. Many more will have seen him simply busking around the Hayes area of Cardiff, casually putting all other buskers to shame with his abundance of talent, making the most complicated of things look simple.
Play list for show
1. Bloody Revolutions: BY CRASS
2. Screwed up: BY MENACE
3. Spiritual Embryo: BY POD
4. Meibyon y ddraig: BY SUCKAFISH
5. Spirit of the bliss: BY DOOFER
6. Natty dread: BY DELROY AND TRINITY
7. Let the good times roll: BY CHRIS PHILLIPS
8. Euphoria: BY KILLING JOKE
9. The hop: BY THEATRE OF HATE
10. Tracing paper: BY THE STONE FOUNDATION
11. Knock it on the head: BY TARANTISM
12. Jah war: BY RUTS DC
13. Johanesburg: BY GIL SCOTT HERON
14. Covered in candy: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
15. These streets are ours: BY COSMO
16. SchNews: BY THE SPORADICS
17. Here comes the judge: BY PETER TOSH
18. Whipper snapper: BY LAVERNE BAKER
19. Seventy seven: BY AOS3
20. Abstract reality: BY LACERTILLIA
21. Anti-fascist fascist: BY THE TOFU LOVE FROGS
22. If you’re nice to me: BY FUNKEE AND THE TWO TONE BABY
23. All the young dudes: BY MOTT THE HOOPLE
24. True meaning of dub: BY THE MAD PROFESSOR
25. Tavira girl: BY MARK HUMPHRIES
26. Party time: BY THE HEPTONES
27. Naked in the rain pure trance mix: BY BLUE PEARL
Show first broadcast on community radio station www.dapperfm.co.uk on Tuesday 27th October 2015
Show sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.
The collected works of Karl Marx, trade union solidarity, protest marches – these don’t exactly sound like good subject material for particularly funky music. But hey – go figure!
Thee Faction have worked out how to write songs with names like GDH Cole dropped in casually, and still be eminently danceable. Not since the Redskins in the 1980s has unashamedly socialist music been so damn cool.
Whiplash is a film about ambition, perfectionism and drive, disguised as a film about jazz drumming.
Andrew Neiman (is a student that dreams of being the best jazz drummer in the world. Terence Fletcher (Miles Teller) is a teacher from the Gunny Heartman school of educators – Full Metal Jacket with drums.
Neiman is prepared to sacrifice his all to be the next Buddy Rich, including his girlfriend and the affection of his family. At one point he even risks his life to make sure he is on stage with the band. Continue reading WHIPLASH (2014)→
1. Greetings: BY HALF PINT
2. Double trouble: BY PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED
3. Rent strike: BY THEE FACTION
4. The committee: BY TASK NUMBER ONE
5. I miss you: BY TINY TOPSY
6. I do it: BY DERRICK MORGAN
7. Bad day for BoJo: BY STEVE WHITE AND THE PROTEST FAMILY
8. Little seed: BY THE DEFEKTERS
9. Suspicion: BY THE ORIGINALS
10. Keys to your heart: BY THE 101ERS
11. Pearls and swine: BY EXIT INTERNATIONAL
12. Pig valentine: BY SIXTY FOOT DOLLS
13. Pink panther theme: BY LUDOVIC NAVARRE
14. A hard day’s night: BY PETER SELLERS
15. Itchy dub: BY THE SPORADICS
16. Run tings: BY INNER TERRESTRIALS
17. Water under the bridge: BY DODGY
18. Revolutionary love song: BY UK DECAY
19. You’re not gagging me tony benn remix: BY THE HURRIERS
20. I’ll save your back: BY RANDOM HAND
21. Finger mash: BY LEE PERRY
22. Back inside: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
23. X Ray visions: BY CLUTCH
24. I am the virus: BY KILLING JOKE
25. You’re gonna love my baby: BY BARBARA McNAIR
26. I know she loves me: BY WILLIE BACHELOR
27. Life sentence: BY THATCHER’S BUSH
28. Cool down: BY DUBABUSE
Our next radio show will be broadcast between 8pm and 10:30pm(ish) GMT on 29th September 2015 – on Dapper FM. It will be a ‘We Shall Overcome’ Special.
The We Shall Overcome Weekend, takes place over the weekend of 2nd 3rd and 4th of October 2015. There will be cultural events happening all over the UK to both to simply celebrate our culture and to shout from the roof tops that we are opposed to austerity.
Love dancing but hate austerity? Well the We Shall Overcome Weekend, is made for you. It takes place over the weekend of 2nd 3rd and 4th of October 2015. There will be cultural events happening all over the UK across the UK to both to simply celebrate our culture and to shout from the roof tops that we are opposed to austerity.
FROM THE WE SHALL OVERCOME WEBSITE: “Every weekend we have an explosion of music and culture. It’s something to be proud of – Gigs, open mics, poetry, stand up. It makes our communities vibrant and strong. But we also know that in our communities people are being hit hard by homelessness and poverty. There is a human cost to the politics of austerity. Continue reading WE SHALL OVERCOME WEEKEND – GROOVE AGAINST AUSTERITY→
1234 is a tale of young love disguised as a film about a young indie band dreaming of making it big – but it might possibly be the other way around. Bespectacled guitarist Stevie (Ian Bonar) together with his mate Neil (Matthew Baynton) attempt to break out of the hum drum existence of working in a call centre by forming a band. First they recruit the slightly older and more experienced Billy (Kieran Bew) and slightly scatty bassist Emily (Lyndsey Marshal) – who moonlights as an artist, making sculptures out of hair and creating maps based on a day following strangers around.
The band rehearse in what appears to be a church hall, play gigs in pubs, lay down a demo and send it off to every record company they can think of – then build up a collection of rejection letters from said record companies. Continue reading 1,2,3,4→
The basic plot of A Bit Of Tom Jones is based around the flims idea of a guy buying Tom Jones cock in a pub and spending the rest of the film trying to sell it to rich perverts that collect celebrity body parts. (Which is, of course, not unusual). It is a cross between Twin Town, Satellite City and a Carry On movie. On times the plot is – well – just plain silly, but there are a considerable number of scenes that produce all out belly laughs. Porn cinemas, brothels run by grannys in the middle of a valley terrace, police stations, helicopters and dumper trucks all some how fit into the story.
Featuring everyone’s favourite dirty granny, Margaret John (Gavin and Stacy, High Hopes), Denise Welch (Waterloo Road, Coronation Street), Johnny Owen (Shameless and a fans view of the Cardiff City in the FA Cup) and the legendary Geno Washington, it is a reminder of how much talent is about in Wales at the moment. Continue reading A BIT OF TOM JONES→
Ginger Baker is often cited as the best rock drummer in history. This a description that sends Mr Baker into fits of rage; he considers rock legends like John Bonnham and Keith Moon with contempt – not fit to lace his shoes – because he is not a rock drummer, he is a jazz drummer.
Compiled from 16mm footage that had been lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for 30 years, this film documents the US Black Power movement from 67 to 75. Broken neatly into a chapter for each year, it tells us chronologically of the struggle for civil rights in a society that claimed to be all for equality and freedom, but clearly was not.
We get footage of Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, and Angela Davis, speaking from platforms, giving interviews and just hanging around; together with ‘ordinary’ black people discussing the struggle to just get by in ‘the land of freedom of opportunity’. Continue reading BLACK POWER MIX TAPE 1967-1975→
EXIT THROUGH THE GiFT SHOP: AKA The Banksy Movie (2010)
“Banksy is a sell out”. So reads the graffiti scrawled across the wall. Is this true? Well, he has certainly progressed from being an unknown street artist to an internationally renowned (all be it still anonymous) street artist that can put on sell out exhibitions, shift books by the shed load and – now – make his own films.
Exit Through the Gift Shop is, on the face of it, a documentary made by Banksy about a guy that tried to make a film about Banksy but messed it up so Banksy made a film about him. There is no point getting too bogged down in the plot because to be honest, it is difficult to tell if it is a genuine documentary or if it is another one of Banksy’s magnificent pranks. Continue reading EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP→
This is the true story of two Scottish rappers, Silibil ‘n’ Brains, tired of the music industry not taking them seriously, who move to London, put on fake American accent, pretend to be from California and dupe the entire music industry into taking them on. On the face of it an amusing, if not entirely original story. But it soon develops into something very deep and thought provoking.
We start with the boys gigging around their home town of Dundee and trying to get signed. No label was interested. Then, for a laugh, they made some phone calls with an American accent and told people they were from California. Quicker than you can say “apple pie” they are signed to Sony records, playing gigs at Brixton Academy and blowing the massive advance they had been given on booze and women. Continue reading THE GREAT HIP HOP HOAX→
OTWAY THE MOVIE: ROCK AND ROLL’S GREATEST FAILURE (2013)
Those not familiar with John Otway – which let’s face it, is most of the population – could be forgiven for thinking this is a spoof documentary in the vein of Spinal Tap. Such is the nature of the crazy, wacky, bonkers, over the top, rock and roll extravagance that bounces around inside the head of one of rock’s greatest treasures.
But it is not a spoof, this is the story of a uniquely British eccentric rock and roll legend that has spent the last forty years reaching for the stars, not being put off by what anyone else thinks and, most importantly, not being put off by failure. Continue reading OTWAY: THE MOVIE→
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.
Our next show, on 15th September 2015 marks our 100th outing on the Radio (well, it does for Clint, John has been truant a few times so will have to catch up). Expect a few celebratory tunes, with our usual unexpected twist.
When the going gets tough, the tough get rockin’. In response to the refugee crisis that is being played out daily on our TV screens and in the media, this thirty track download only compilation has been put together to raise money for Refugee Action.
Compiled in just seven days, by music journalist David Owens, this mixes the cream of the current crop of Wales’ mainstream rock bands, some of the best of the upcoming bands and a sprinkling of previously unreleased and live tracks that have not seen the light of day until now. Continue reading REACH OUT: WELSH ROCK FOR REFUGEES→
SICK LIVERS: Mid Liver Crisis (Glunk Records + Baldy Longhair Records 2015)
Ever since Chuck Berry first picked up his guitar the term rock ‘n roll has been evolving. It is now used to describe anything from a Motorhead gig, through the act of throwing a TV out of the window to cookery. The Sick Livers, however, are as close as you will get in the 21st Century to the true meaning of rock ‘n roll without donning beetle crushers and a drape jacket.
They kick off with a song about fashion – and giving a nod to the film Full Metal Jacket (This is my Denim), then rattle through songs about girls (You Make Me Wet), songs about drinking (One Man Stag Do) and sometimes about girls and drinking (I Wanna be a Jager Girl). Continue reading THE SICK LIVERS: MID LIVER CRISIS→
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→
The lights went out, searchlights lit up the sky and the sound of an air raid siren pierced the air. But it was not the Luftwaffe that was coming, it was Dub War.
Twenty years ago Blackwood Miners Institute was an essential stop off for any touring band looking to make a name for themselves. It was also second home to Newport’s Dub War, who tore the roof off the venue several times in their short but explosive existence.
Fitting then, as the Velvet Coalmine crew try to reinstate Blackwood’s place on the national live music circuit, that Dub War, playing only their third gig in eighteen years, should step up to the plate. Continue reading Dub War @ 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.