You may have heard the Peppermint Iguana crew are getting back into promoting after a break of 14 years. First up, we are teaming up with the Green Gathering Campaigns Crew to put on a gig in Le Pub on the 10th February with a shed load of really cool artists, including the amazing Tarantism Folk Disco to finish the night off.
‘What be a folk disco?’ I hear you all you cry. Well, rest assured, it’s not a bloke in an Aron jumper playing Stealer’s Wheel records. It is Mel and Magnus from that Tarantism playing disco music in a folk style.
‘Who are Mel and Magnus?’ I hear less of you cry. For those of you not cool enough to know, Mel and Magnus are the Posh and Becks of the celtic-ska-punk-funk-dance scene and have been at the core of legendary festival band Tarantism for over twenty years now. In addition they gig as a duo, Magnus wears capes on stage with Hawkwind and as well as doing cheesy discos, Mel makes the finest vegan cheese this side of Vegania.
Still want to know more? Fear not, in the run up to our gig, Mel and Magnus are dropping into the Dapper FM studio to take over the Peppermint Iguana Radio show.
You can expect some of their own tunes, some unreleased tunes by other bands recorded in their Rockaway Studios – and no doubt many more treats for your heads hearts and feets.
Our 16th January show went down a storm, we had hippies in Cwmcarn dancing whilst pickling Beetroot, gig photographers in Surrey sat in their van and anarchists from Newport sat in their mother’s front room.
We also paid tribute to fallen stars, hot pre-releases and a preview of our gig in Le Pub on 10th February. Mel and Magnus of that Tarantism Folk Disco, who be playing that gig, will be dropping in to take over our next show on 30th January.
To hear what it sounded like, pour yourself your favourite tipple and click on the linkety link below
Ace of spades: BY MOTORHEAD
The sun, the moon: BY GOAT
Riding east: BY DUBMATIX WITH SLY AND ROBBIE
Death race: BY CLUSTERFUCK
Free spirits: BY MERCURIUS RISING
Disrespect: BY THE DEFEKTERS
Brickfield nights: BY THE BOYS
Soldiers of dub: BY DUBALIZER
El doggo speaks out: BY THE DOG FACED HERMANS
Nostrovia: BY SCUM OF TOYTOWN
Everybody’s boogie: BY DOMMENGANG
Flesh eater version: BY BEANNIE AND THE CO-OPERATORS
With the Winter Solstice around the corner we thought it appropriate to get into party mose so for this show we got loads of choons you can dance to, from ska, folk and punk to full on afrocelticdubdiddlyfolkravecore.
For good measure we chucked in a few alternative seasonal choons, a sneak preview of what is coming your way from Merthyr Rising 2018, some good causes to donate to this christmas and the announcement ofthe first PEPPERMINT IGUANA GIG in many years
Listen again below
Crash and burn: BY EAT STATIC
Skank for Christmas: BY BIG REEL FISH
Walk this land: BY THE EZ ROLLERS
Babylons burning: BY ZION TRAIN
Area code: BY DREADZONE
Hell in M13: BY THE AUTONOMADS
Sons and daughters: BY CAPTAIN SKA
The house that austerity built: BY BEANS ON TOAST
Donkey jaw: BY KING KONG COMPANY
Alcoholic drinks: BY FAB SAMPERI
At home for Christmas: COSMO AND FLAPSANDWICH
I don’t want an i pad: BY SKINNNER AND TWITCHETT
Byker hill: BY KILNABOY
Mr Trump: BY BAD SAM
Cheese and bread: BY DAVID ROVICS
Won’t buy it: BY REGIME
Baneswell express: BY GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN
Sex and drugs and rock and rol: BY IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS
To help Dapper FM celebrate ten years on air, on 5th December we embarked on a three hour radio odyssey showcasing as many of our mates as we could.
No golden oldies or hidden gems just mates from the DIY underground. It was impossible to fit all of our mates on, so apologies for those that missed out. However, a few of those missing from the list can be found on our round up of 2017 show and there will be more on our festive knees up on 19th December.
Putting the play list together was quite humbling. We feel privileged to count so many damn fine creative musicians in our extended Iguana family. Our hats off to you all.
So, if you want to hear the show again (and you do, trust us) check out the mixycloud thang below
Rise up: BY THE MOB
Dr Benway: BY HEADJAM
Electro tribal: BY SAMP DEAP
Dissident dub: BY BLACK STAR DUB COLLECTIVE
Union man: BY THEE FACTION
Strike occupy resist: BY COSMO
Hard times: BY THE SPORADICS
Black dues: BY DREADZONE
Mercurius rising: BY MERCURIUS RISING
All my friends: BY THE BREWERS DAUGHTER
All my friends are freedom fighters: BY EFA SUPERTRAMP
Freedom fighters: BY SPANNER
Uncontrollable: BY THE REBEL SPELL
Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
Dubrevolution: BY THE DEFEKTERS
I drank the levellers rider: BY TARANTISM
Dirty field whore: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
Millionaires: BY PHAT BOLLARD
Money is not our god dub: BY KILLING JOKE
Last of the high rollers: BY SUNS OF THUNDER
Barefoot in the car park: BY SUZI CHUNK AND THE GROOVY UNCLE
Liar liar 2017: BY CAPTAIN SKA
Jah war dub: BY RUTS DC
Tottenham three: BY AOS3
Smash it dub: BY DUB THE EARTH
Surplus people: BY RADICAL DANCE FACTION
Sky high: BY CULTURE SHOCK
Arcade perfect: BY SONIC BOOM SIX
Heaven’s wrath: BY INNER TERESTRIAL
Riot sound system: BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
Too far gone: BY THE WITCHES DRUM
I loves the port: BY BAD SAM
I love reggae: BY DIRTY REVOLUTION
Trojan city love: BY DUB CITY ROCKERS
Stay free edit: BY THE CLASH
As usual, high five to our sponsors, UNISON, the union for public service groovers
This ‘Selected highlights of 2017’ show is a bit unique, having been broadcast not once, but twice!
“How can that be?” we hear you cry. Well, it was first broadcast on Tuesday 28th November, but after the show finished we managed to break the station and loose the recording. Normally we would just shrug our shoulders and move on. But this was a reflection on some of the year’s best choonage with a rather splendid play list. So we decided to do the show again with the same play list.
On 21st November the legend that is Captain Paranoid joined Peppermint Iguana in the studio for a very special radio show.
Pick a few songs we said. The next thing we knew we had a massive thirty eight track play list and he could not make up his mind which ones to loose. He was even arguing with musicians he has collaborated with over which version of his own songs to play.
We were well over an hour into the show before we finally worked out what the play list was going to look like. But hey, this is what happens when working with people who are all consumed by music and are filled with passion and emotion. It was memorable. To say the least.
To listen to the show again click on the cloudcast below – and below that is what we think the play list was – even now it is hard to keep up with what went on!
Capitol Radio two: BY THE CLASH
Lust for life: BY IGGY POP
Naked: BY TERRORIST BALLET DANCERS FROM HELL
Fight the power: BY PUBLIC ENEMY
Intergalactic: BY THE BEASTIE BOYS
Masses: BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Sex and bombs: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND THE DELUSIONS
Revolution: BY GROUNDNATION
Typical girls: BY THE SLITS
Words of advice for young people: BY WILLIAM BURROWS
Snake eyes: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND THE DELUSIONS
Five and dime: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND LARRY LOVE
Doves cry: BY BE GOOD TANYAS
Another girl another planet: BY THE ONLY ONES
The war song demo: BY SUCKAFISH AND CAPTAIN PARANOID
On 21st November, legend of the Cardiff music scene, Chas, AKA Captain Paranoid, will be joining Peppermint Iguana on the decks for a mind bending special radio show.
Expect tales of The Terrorist Ballet Dancers from Hell, Captain Paranoid and the Delusions, Grass Roots Café, hanging out with The Alabama Three and who knows what else. All we need now is for Chas to whittle down his play list from 63 tunes to something a little more manageable.
Get it in your diary now, it’s gonna be mind-expanding.
Live on www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm o’clock on Tuesday 21st November. Expect the unexpected.
The October Revolution in Russia Kicked off 100 years ago this week – on 7th November 1917. As our next show goes out live on 7th November 2017, it would be rude to not run with a play list heavily laced with tunes that have a connection with Russia, revolutions and counter revolutions
Punk from Myanmar, spaced out psychedelic jams from Japan, tribal folk from Cameroon, Ska Punk from Netherlands, hard-core punk from Russia, Dub from France and stoner rock from Cardiff. All in a day’s work at Peppermint Iguana.
Yes, we were back swimming against the tide and beyond the mainstream once more on 24th October. To listen to the show again, check out the cloudcast below
On the 10th October we hit the hit the airwaves once more for a show full to overflowing with hot new releases, and demos.
Throughout the summer we have been concentrating on the UK festival scene, showcasing the bands playing the best of the underground gigs. But the season is finally over. Tents are now being stuffed into attics for the winter, lightweight caravans are being put in storage and hardcore trucks are heading for the sun.
So for this show we caught up with some of the demos and freebies we have had sent to us through the summer, but not got around to playing. Despite cocking up the advertising for the show, twice, forgetting to take our glasses into the studio and leaving the iguana phone back at HQ, it was a blast.
To listen again, check out the cloudcast below innit like
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.
This 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 www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm on Tuesday 29 August.
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.
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.
With 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.
Planet Claire: BY THE B52s
Holiday in Cambodia: BY CHINA SHOP BULL
Mercurius rising: BY MERCURIUS RISING
BOTHER Bother: BY JO CARLEY AND THE OLD DRY SKILLS
People will always need coal: BY PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
Electro rays remix: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
This is the place: BY COMBAT WOMBAT
Anarchists make the best lovers: BY THE BUS STATION LOONIES
What ya gonna do remix: BY THE LAST TREE SQUAD
Private revolutions: BY CULTURE SHOCK
Nation none the wiser: BY JOE YORKE
Brain smashing dub: BY LINTON KWESI JOHNSON
Open up: BY THE WITCHES DRUM
Something inside me: BY THE BIGGEST THING SINCE POWDERED MILK
Cheap bacy: BY COSMO AND FLAPSANDWICH
Sonic reducer: BY ARMY OF SKANKS FEATURING PHIL PAIN
Fool’s paradise: BY BENDER
How can you keep on moving: BY RORY McLEOD
Get your hands off them: BY CISTERN FAILURE
Death of European industry: BY BENG BENG COCKTAIL
Fairy fails: BY CARA MEANS FRIENDS
Mother of the village: BY PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
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.
1. Surplus People: BY RDF
2. Scrap the church; BY 2,000DS
3. Go: BY THE DEFEKTERS
4. Spirit of 77: BY AOS3
5. 99% Uprising: BY BLACKSTAR DUB COLLECTIVE
6. Stonehenge pig bastards: BY BUFF
7. Last pain to skasville: BY PAIN
8. Fire up the engine of god: BY LACERTILLIA
9. Besties: BY CLUSTERFUCK
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
19. Devil’s buttermilk: BY CHUBBY THUNDEROUS KUSH MASTERS
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 www.dapperfm.co.uk
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