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Sunday, 26 August 2012

All Alone On My Birthday Eve

No Penny this week, and this was my final show as a 35 year old! Joe Strummer would have celebrated his birthday this week, hence the abundance of The Clash, and Neil Armstrong died so the first track was for him.

REM 'Man On The Moon'
The Clash 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais'
The Clash 'Bankrobber'
Brian Fahey Orchestra 'At The Sign On The Swinging Cymbal'
Flanagan And Allen 'Run Rabbit Run'
101ers 'Key To Your Heart'
Skanatra 'Fly Me To The Moon'
The Trojans 'Stand By Me'
Louise And The Pins 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go'
Bobby Fuller Four 'I Fought The Law'
I Hate My Ex 'Baby Baby Baby'
Soulthrower 'Bad Romance'
Danny Kaye 'Inchworm'

Magic Dance
There Is A Happy Land


John Shuttleworth 'Betty Turpin'
Nine Inch Nails 'We're In This Together'
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes 'Nothing Compares To You'
Guns and Roses Vs The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's Paradise City'
Parastatic 'Where's Your Base?'
James J Turner 'Let Love Into Your Heart'
The Clash 'Janie Jones'
The Clash 'White Riot'
The Tuesday Club 'They May Look Cute'
Inspiral Carpets 'Tainted Love'
Orelander 'Boys Don't Cry'
The Ramones 'Judy Is A Punk'
The Undertones 'You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?)'
The Wonderstuff 'Blackberry Way'

Royal Gala 'The Wren'
In The Teepees 'Arranged Allies'
Redbear 'Song For The Unknown Bear'

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Greatest Hits: 'Louie Louie'

This is an edition of The Sunday Alternative's Greatest Hits, which is basically a way of recapping certain areas of the show so far. I like to try and keep the show as fresh as possible, and dropping regular features in favour of new ones is how it happens.

The feature Louie Smells Like Rock and Roll was an airing of my collection of cover versions of 'Louie Louie', 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', and 'I Love Rock and Roll'. As you'll remember, there were a lot of them. This edition of The Sunday Alternative's Greatest Hits is only for the very patient. Or mad.

The tracklist is in chronological order of the songs being played on the radio:

The Kingsmen
Richard Berry And The Pharohs
The Clash
Toots And The Maytalls
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
The Navarones
Paul Revere And The Raiders
Jeff And The Rfs
The Beach Boys
John Schroder
The Sonics
The Sandpipers
Iggy Pop
Black Flag

Listen to the podcast here.

Monday, 20 August 2012

It Was Brian Eno!

Last week I played a popular jingle known as 'the computer turny onny offy sound', which goes like this. You hear it in your house and at work every day, but does anyone know who wrote it and the others? As nobody heard last week's show due to the Olympic closing ceremony, I attempted to play it again. The faders didn't work so I couldn't play it, so I snapped and just said "It's Brian Eno". If there was a prize, then I would have won it.

With no Olympic closing ceremony to stop us, we managed a really tight two hour show. What better way to welcome back our millions of listeners after they deserted us for a week?

Scott McKenzie 'San Fransisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)'
Brian Fahey Orchestra 'At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal'
Miss Piggy 'My Old Man Said Follow The Van'
Guitar Wolf 'Summertime Blues'
The Blueveils 'Come My Way'
The Tuesday Club 'Dolly Dynamite'
Hey Sholay 'Dreamboat'
Ringo Ska 'Can't Buy Me Love'
Nerina Pallot 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'*
Sebastopol 'Suffer Fools'
Joe Strummer 'Walk On The Wild Side' (a shit joke follows)
Half Man Half Biscuit 'Paintball's Coming Home'
Splodgenessabounds 'I've Got Lots Of Famous People Living Under The Floorboards Of My Humble Abode'

Nirvana 'The Man Who Sold The World'
Peter Noone 'Oh You Pretty Thing'
Ian McCulloch 'Changes'

Lonnie Donegan 'My Old Man's A Dustman'
Peter And The Test Tube Babies 'Spirit Of Keith Moon'

Lee Morse And Her Bluegrass Boys 'Nobody Cares If I'm Blue'
Bill Monroe And The Bluegrass Boys 'Southern Flavour'
Honeywagon 'Billie Jean'

Jilted John 'Jilted John' (a really nice version, taken from the album)
Blakcan 'Dark Daze'
The Griswolds 'Psychobilly In Love'
The Swallows 'It Ain't The Meat'
Queen 'One Vision' (snippet for John Deacon's birthday)

The Petebox 'Where Is My Mind'
August Actually 'Vampire'
Injured Birds 'Forest' (live in session on Nottingham LACE)

*It is not a feature.

Monday, 13 August 2012

One Dog, No Listeners

We didn't have the audience we have become accustomed to tonight, and it was hard going doing the show with that in mind. The Olympic closing ceremony blasted us out of the water, so I recommend a visit to our mixcloud to put things right.Sam, the Trent Sound dog, also came in to see us. Penny became a cooing mess for a while but we managed to pull it back. I have to admit he is adorable.

Brian Fahey Orchestra 'At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal'
Max Miller 'La-De-Da'
Cypress Hill and Slash 'Paradise City'
Green Day 'I Fought The Law'
Jim Bob 'Mr Blue Sky'
Elbow 'On A Day Like This' (the recording on mixcloud starts at this song for some reason, so you don't miss the joke that I wrote in about 2004 and have used ever since. Penny thought it was funny, but my girlfriend Mandi pointed out that she hasn't heard it a million times. Also, we played this before the BBC played it during the ceremony).
Frank Zappa 'Muffin Man'
The Gonads 'I Lost My Love To A UK Sub'
Toy Dolls 'There's A Trollop Up Elmwood Street'
Them Crooked Vultures 'New Fang'

The Gospel According To Tony Day
Take My Tip (Davey Jones And The Mannish Boys)
And I Say To Myself (David Bowie And The Lower Third)

Monty Python 'The Money Song'
At Vance 'Money Money Money'

Seven Little Sisters 'Where The Wind Blows'
Sarah Jaroz 'Come On Up To The House'
Alison Krauss And The Union State 'Choctaw Hayride'

Susanna And The Magic Orchestra 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'*
Bull Moose Jackson 'Big Ten Inch'
Eighty Eight 'BS I Love You'
John Frusciante 'Unreachable'
Desire 'Under Your Spell'

Jake Bugg 'Lightening Bolt'
Riff Bastard 'Doom With A View'
The Afterdark Movement 'Made In Britain'

*It isn't a feature!

This show was followed by my documentary about David Bowie's album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, you can hear that here.

Monday, 6 August 2012

The Ultimate Hoax

To celebrate Penny's few days in the week visiting Southend, a place very close to my heart, I played a couple of songs from Southend bands. The music scene in Southend was, (and I hope still is) almost as vibrant as Nottingham and I was proud to be a part of it.

I also managed to deliver a hoax bit of information dressed up as fact, that fooled the entire nation, and possibly the world as nobody contacted the show to say that they had spotted it*. As radio moments go, this is on a par with Orson Wells in 1938.

Brian Fahey 'At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbals'
George Formby 'The Ace Of Spades'
Motorhead 'Ace Of Spades'
David Bowie 'Sell Me A Coat'
David Bowie and The Lower Third 'Can't Help Thinking About You'
(the above two songs played in absence of Steve's Big Bag Full Of Bowie this week)
Toots And The Maytalls '54-46 Was My Number' (I also played a snippet of 'Street Tuff' by Rebel MC to demonstrate the sample)
Bob Marley And The Wailers 'I Shot The Sheriff'
The Cure 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'
Joanna Newsome 'Cosmia'
Breadchasers 'Things Will Be Better'
Eddie And The Hot Rods 'Teenage Depression'
Dr Feelgood 'Milk and Alcohol'
Flock of Seagulls 'I Ran' (This week's Dad Rock Classic)

Max Miller and Lonnie Donegan (a song that I can't think of the title of)
Wedding Present 'Interstate 5'
Richard Cheese 'Welcome To The Jungle' (played to plug the documentary about Appetite For Destruction coming up after the news)
Lonnie Donegan 'Cumberland Bap' (played a snippet to illustrate a joke)
Morrissey 'First Of The Gang To Die'
Half Man Half Biscuit '24 Hour Garage People'
Bill Hayley And The Comets 'Rock Around The Clock'
Bill Hayley And The Saddlemen 'Rock This Joint' (played both together to illustrate how the two songs are identical)

Willie Nelson 'He Was A Friend Of Mine'
Dailey And Vincent 'On The Other Side'
Mindy Smith 'One Moment More'
(Penny's Bluegrass Jamboree was squeezed in this hour because we are only doing two hours)
Redbear 'Song For The Unknown Bear'
Dan Le Sac and Scoobius Pip 'Letter From God To Man'

The Golden Troubadour 'Sunshine Eyes'
Tom Wardle 'California Here I Come'
The Money 'Star'

(The show was followed by my 25th anniversary celebration of Appetite For Destruction. You can hear it here).

*I played a spoof recording at the start of the show, apparently George Formby singing 'Ace Of Spades'. As I always start with a music hall song, I think I got away with it, as the listeners expect to hear that sort of thing. I then played the Motorhead version and announced that it came from an album called Metal Does Music Hall, and that the Formby version was the original. Listeners were informed that the album was long out of print, but that they could see Deep Purple's cover of 'Boiled Beef And Carrots' on YouTube. Not one single person got it!