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Monday, 30 September 2013

Goose Fair And Talc On The Floor

I opened the show with a little montage to celebrate the upcoming Goose Fair, always a highlight of the Nottingham calender. As suggested by Rose on Twitter, I played a few Northern Soul favourites too as it is forty years since the opening of Wigan Casino. Solo again, and calmed down slightly from last week's barbed comments.


Johnny And The Raindrops 'Goose Fair Song'
Del Shannon 'Runaway'
Buddy Holly 'Rave On'
Calliing All Astronauts 'Red Flag' (Goth-step mix)
Flowers For Agatha 'Through The Ceiling'
Speedies 'No Substitute'
The White Wines 'Summer Girl'
The Queers 'Wipeout'
Fatboy Slim vs Dire Straits 'Money For Rockerfeller'
Michael Jackson vs Nine Inch Nails 'Bad Like A Hole'
Queen vs The Beatles 'Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together'
Toy Dolls 'I've Got Asthma'
Rita And The Tiaras 'Gone With The Wind Is My Love'
Cajun Heart 'Got To Find A Way'
Darrell Banks 'Open The Door To Your Heart'
Dena Barnes 'If You Ever Walk Out Of My Life'
Lou Pride 'I'm Coming Home In The Morning'
Al Wilson 'The Snake'


Patti Smith 'Horses'
Flipron 'Big Fat Blackberries'
Iron Maiden vs Frankie Goes To Hollywood 'Relax'
Johnny Thunders 'Society Makes Me Sad'
NOFX 'All His Suits Are Torn'
King Cartell 'All Talk No Trousers'
Big In Japan 'Suicide A Go-Go'
Voodoo Glow Skulls 'I Wanna Be Like You'
The Zippers 'You're So Strange'
Kissing The Pink 'In Awe Of Industry'
B-Movie 'Nowhere Girl'
Attack Attack 'I Kissed A Girl'
Flipron 'The Comet Returns' (with Neville Staple)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Things I Can't Tell You About

After a few days of ridiculous arguments with Trent Sound's owner, in which we have gone round in circles, I decided to fight back tonight by playing by the rules in the most sarcastic way possible.


Milky Edwards and The Chamberlings 'Moonage Daydream'
Balzac 'Ziggy Stardust'
The Trashmen 'Bird Dance Beat'
Save Ferris 'Come On Eileen'
The Gun Club 'She's Like Heroin To Me'
The Killjoys 'Recognition'
The Only Ones 'The Whole Of The Law'
The Punkles 'Hey Jude'
                    'Let It Be'
                    'Here Comes The Sun'
The BB Belles 'To The Moon'
The Shop Assistants 'I Don't Wanna Be Friends With You'
Eddie And The Hotrods 'Ignore Them'
Siouxsie And The Banshees 'The Passenger'
Coice De Mula 'Panic'
H2O 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now'
They Might Be Giants 'Particle Man'
The Specials 'Skinhead Symphony'


Milky Edwards and The Chamberlings 'Starman'
David Bowie 'Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed'
The Clash 'Rudie Can't Fail'
The Pop Group 'We Are Time'
Poison Girls 'Persons Unknown'
Honeytrap 'Make Me Happy'
Void 'Who Are You'
Black Tamborine 'Throw Aggie Off The Bridge'
The Vibrators 'Judy Says (Knock You In The Head)'
The Longdicks 'Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)'
Quantum Jump 'The Lone Ranger'
The Beat 'Rock And Roll Girl'
New Order 'Dreams Never End'
Human Tetris 'Things I Don't Need'

Monday, 16 September 2013

This Could Be The Last Time

I attracted quite a bit of attention on Twitter this evening when I announced that this week might be my last show. This morning I received an email from the owner of Trent Sound with a bee in his bonnet about the American show, and some nonsense about rivalry. I wasn't in the mood to do a radio show, and I felt about an inch away from quitting all the way through.


Toy Dolls 'Fisticuffs In Frederick Street'
The Highliners 'The Benny Hill Boogie'
Antiseen 'Psycho Killer'
The Exploding Hearts 'Making Teenage Faces'
Bomb The Bass 'Megablast'
A Guy Called Gerald 'Subscrape'
Kraze 'The Party'
The Exploited 'Chaos Is My Life'
The Plimsouls 'How Long Will It Take'
Camouflage 'Love Is A Shield'
Rotersand 'One Level Down'
Swell Maps 'New York'
Wolfshiein 'Once In A Lifetime'
The Alley Cats 'Bitter Fruit'
Dead Kennedys 'California Uber Alles'


Spires 'Lucid Abstractions'
The Vaselines 'Son Of A Gun'
Bauhaus 'The Man With The X-Ray Eyes'
Audioslave 'Shadow Of The Sun'
Chris Cornell 'Black Hole Sun'
The Swankys 'I Don't Know I Don't Care'
Bad Brains 'Back In The DC'
The Fall 'Cowboy George'
Sisters Of Mercy 'Temple Of Love'
Reel Big Fish 'Brown Eyed Girl'
The Damned 'Ballroom Blitz'
Alan Vega 'Ghost Rider'
The Beatles 'Get Back'

Sunday, 8 September 2013

It's Our Birthday!

It was the show that the world had been waiting for, and the hype paid off as we had a brilliant show to celebrate the second birthday of The Sunday Alternative. I had invited all of my former co-presenters along to join in the show, and several members of the Nottingham press. Chris Underwood and Penny Reeve couldn't make it but had sent me a recorded message. I didn't hear from Erik Petersen to say yes or no so had no idea whether he was going to turn up or not, which if long time listeners will remember is how he used to operate anyway. The press didn't bother either, although I made the mistake of emailing Simon Wilson, the entertainment editor of The Nottingham Evening Post (as I still call it) while he was on holiday so I'm sure he would have been along if he had seen the email.

I wore the same shirt that I wore for the very first show, funnily enough it is a Paul Smith shirt. Paul Smith clothing and The Sunday Alternative have something in common of course, started in Nottingham and exported and enjoyed around the world.

Something that was a real 'water cooler moment' for the show was the slight change to the opening. Rather than playing the usual jingle, (the song on the music player on this blog page) myself and Gary sang the song live in the studio with him on ukulele. 


'Another Opening, Another Show' (intro)
Al Jolson 'Mr Radio Man' (I always used to start with an old music hall standard)
Electric Six 'Radio Ga Ga'
The Sunday Alternative Jingle
Ian Dury 'England's Glory' (I had to play that one didn't I?)
REM 'Radio Song'
Captain Sensible 'Snakes and Ladders'
The Dickies 'The Sound Of Silence'
Billy Bragg 'Accident Waiting To Happen'
Duffo 'Walk On The Wild Side'

A special one-off Louie Smells Like Rock and Roll, voted for by the listeners
The Clash 'Louie Louie'
Blanks 77 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
Ghoti Hook 'I Love Rock and Roll'


ELO 'Mr Radio' (a nod back to the Dad Rock Classics feature)
The Degenerates 'Radio Anarchy'
The Kovenent 'Mirrors Paradise'
Crass 'Mother Earth'
Barnum Meserve 'Colours'
The Cramps 'Human Fly'
American Head Charge 'Writhe'
Mudhoney 'Touch Me I'm Sick'
David Bowie 'Moonage Daydream'

Monday, 2 September 2013


I really enjoy doing the show with Gary, and I honestly think that the two of us have breathed new life into the show. It helps that he is my best friend and we talk the same nonsense on air that we do in the pub or round my house. Cassia joined us, having never joined in with The Sunday Alternative before. Gary and I agreed that we were perhaps a little too overpowering, and that we should have given her more input. She was brilliant on NottinghamLIVE and in hindsight we were a little unfair tonight. 


Misfits 'Saturday Night'
The Damned 'Perfect Sunday'
KLF 'Last Train To Trans-central'
Adventure Babies 'Camper Van'
Rollins Band 'Low Self Opinion'
Chameleon Circuit 'An Awful Lot Of Running'
Tom Waits 'Good Old World'
David Bowie 'The Shadow Man'


Depeche Mode 'Everything Counts (In Larger Amounts)
David Bowie vs Snoop Dogg 'Spaced Oddity'
The Jam 'The Butterfly Collector'
The Meteors 'Hell Ain't Hot Enough For Me'
Elvis Hitler 'Live Fast Die Young'
Chameleon Circuit 'Exterminate Regenerate'
Television Personalities 'I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives'
The JellyBottys 'Peter Cushing Lives In Whitsable'
The Ran-Dells 'Martian Hop'
The Cramps 'Human Fly'
The Stooges 'Dirt'