Featuring The Adverts, SafOne, Buffalo Springfield and more. Cheq out this early footage of the mighty Black Sabbath performing at the Olympia Theatre inna Paris inna 1970. Ozzy belts out the lyrics through a double microphone set up. This configuration was quite popular at the time but is rarely seen today. From what I understand, the upper mic would be placed "out of phase" in the mix, which would effectively cancel out much of the ambient stage noise and allow the sound engineer to push the vocals louder before they fed back.
Guitarist Tony Iommi looks like he's the only one wearing his metal crucifix. Ozzy's father made one for each member of the band and one for their road manager to protect them while they were away from home! The ends of the guitarist's middle and ring finger were cut off in an industrial accident and his self made plastic finger extensions can clearly be seen in some of the shots.
The song that they're playing, "Fairies Wear Boots" was a biographical account of an incident in which the group were attacked by a gang of skinheads (which was a popular youth cult at the time). It seemed that in the midlands back then, your hair was either really long or non existent!
Black 2 Comm is a genre free radio show produced and presented by Paul Jackson. Each track connects to the following in a running order that switches between musical styles, dates and audio quality - often leading to strange and unlikely musical pairings. Avoiding the restrictions of mainstream radio play-listing and genre based programming, the sequence carves its own unique path through pop culture. It is broadcast live at 8 o'clock on Sunday evenings on Resonance 104.4 FM (in central London) and can be streamed from resonancefm.com.
Featuring Megan Thee Stallion, Baby Ford, Ray Charles and more. Cheq out this footage of The Sugarcubes playing "Hit" live at the Manchester Academy inna March 1992. Singer Bjork puts in a flawless vocal performance and skips around the stage with her Princess Leia, bagels on the sides of the head, hairdo. The only thing that spoils it for me is Einar's rap, in place of the middle eight / guitar solo, as was the fashion in the 90's. The group would open to massive crowds on U2's ZooTV tour in October and November '92 before disbanding at the end of the year. Bjork, of course, would go on to international fame and success.
Featuring Bobby Shmurda, Canned Heat, Sid Vicious and more. Cheq out this footage of Gang Of Four performing "To Hell With Poverty" on The Old Grey Whistle Test inna 1981. The clip starts with Andy Gill attacking his Strat-style guitar (minus neck pick up), teasing out harsh notes that are on the verge of feedback. He uses a transistor based Carlsbro Stingray combo with the treble turned full ip. This would be seen as an awful amp to many guitarists, as most are looking for a warm valve tone. Gill clearly wasn't after that kind of sound! The other thing of interest here, is Jon Kings awkward, white man in a suit dance. His moves are reminiscent of David Byrnes performance on the Stop Making Sense movie, although this clip pre-dates that by a good three years.
Featuring Aerosmith, Black Uhuru, Marlena Shaw and more. Cheq out this interview with Peter Kember and Jason Pierce of Spacemen 3 from the Transmission TV show inna 1989. The two met at Rugby Art College in 1982 when they were both 16 years old and began performing under the name Spaceman soon after. By this point in their career the two weren't getting on well and Peter Kember was seen, by the music press at least, as being the leader of the band. Kember does most of the talking here, while Pierce stares on, vacantly. The interview sections are interspersed with the promo video for the Pierce penned "Hypnotized" single, that was chosen and released without the bands permission, much to Kember's annoyance. Tensions between the two increased and by the time of their following, final LP, "Recurring", they were working in isolation and would produce one side of the album each.
Featuring The Wailers, Death, Peaches and loads more. Cheq out this amazing footage of Black Sabbath performing at the California Jam festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway inna 1974. Sabbath had caught a lot of flak from the music press for their lumpen riffing but were still big fan favourites. Ozzy's big, theatrical gestures work perfectly in this setting, energising the massive crowd. The clip starts with hell-raising singer Ozzy Osbourne being interviewed. He says what a beautiful and peaceful event it is and promises to go on and play their music, not blow up the stage or anything like that. Ironically, it was the much better behaved Richie Blackmore of Deep Purple that would go on later in the day and destroy one of the TV cameras and blow up his amp!