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.
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 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!
Featuring Killing Joke, Etta James, Cali Swag District and many others. Cheq out this super awkward footage of Sigue Sigue Sputnik's Tony James and Martin Degville sharing the TV-am sofa with total freaks Ann Diamond, Nick Owen, Giles Brandreth and Michael "the fist" Barrymore inna 1986. Former Generation X bass player, Tony James was going out with Janet Street-Porter who was appointed head of yoof TV by BBC2 controller, Alan Yentob. James would later become a member of uber-goths Sisters Of Mercy and eventually come full circle to form the group Carbon Silicon with long time spar Mick Jones of Clash, B.A.D. fame.
Featuring Led Zeppelin, Sugar Minott, The Soft Boys and more. Cheq out this funky fresh footage of Run-DMC performing Sucker MC's on the Graffiti Rock TV show inna 1984. The programme was intended to be a hip hop Soul Train series but only one episode was made. The show also features a rap battle featuring Kool Moe Dee and Special K from the Treacherous Three against Reverend Run and Darryl DMC McDaniels with Jam Master Jay manning the wheels of steel. Also of note, cheq out the young Vincent Gallo (aka Prince Vince) in the white upturned Kangol, at the beginning of the clip.
Featuring Bomb The Bass, Brenda Lee, Post Malone and more. Cheq out this film of The Doors playing a full set at the Isle of Wight festival inna 1970. Singer Jim Morrison was on trial at the time, for "lewd and lascivious behaviour" at a previous concert in Miami. He was eventually sentenced to six months in jail with hard labor and fined $500. The case went to appeal but the singer checked out inna Paris before any resolution was reached. The lizard king is in fine voice here, putting in a powerful, if subdued performance. In other words, he didn't instigate a riot or get his cock out on this occasion!