Featuring Aretha Franklin, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, Eddie & The Hotrods and many others. Cheq out this performance of "Burning Down The House" by Talking Heads recorded at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December 1983. The footage was part of their "Stop Making Sense" film which starts with David Byrne singing accompanied by only a beatbox, then members of the extended band are introduced song by song. This is the first track to feature the full line up including Parliament-Funkadelic keyboard wiz Bernie Worrell. Note that all of the mic stands, keyboard stands and drum hardware have been sprayed black so as not to detract from the performers that are lit with only white light. This version of the song is a little faster than the original and has a much more energetic feel, complimented by Byrne and guitarist Alex Wier's running on the spot dance.
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 Smiths, Butthole Surfers, Suzanne Ciani and more. Cheq out this incredible footage of Husker Du at their wide eyed jaw chewing best, performing in their home town of Minneapolis at the 7th Street Entry in 1981. The group were subsisting on a diet of cheap amphetamine and cigarettes at this point in their career. They blast through a lightning set, similar to their "Land Speed Record" debut. They are all clearly whizzing their tits off while wearing Bjion Borg style headbands, for some inexplicable reason.
Featuring the Faces, Logic, The Orlons and more. Cheq out this footage of The Cure performing Cold in an old French cinema called La Davout in May 1982 while touring to promote their Pornography LP, which had just been released. Their sound at this point was minimal and bleak consisting of flanged guitars, syn drum splashes and doom laden vocals. Here singer Robert Smith plays keyboards, while Simon Gallup plays both organ pedals and bass guitar. Their relationship would soon deteriorate and the latter would leave the group at the end of the tour.
Featuring The Kinks, Amorphous Androgynous, Gemma Rogers and more. Cheq out this uncensored version of 2 Live Crew's Miami Bass classic "Me So Horny". The song samples a scene in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, in which two American soldiers are propositioned by a Vietnamese prostitute. The explicit nature of the song and the album from which it came, led the Crew to be successfully prosecuted on obscenity charges (which were later dropped on appeal). There were 2 versions of the video produced, the first featuring alternate lyrics and dancers wearing cycling shorts so that it could be aired on MTV. This cut sees bikini clad honeys shaking their butts at a strip club (while the guys make it rain dollars) and at a pool party, guarded by dudes carrying semi automatic machine guns. It's strange to think that it would cause such outrage when it was released, now that these things have all become rap video staples.
Featuring the Smashing Pumpkins, Marianne Faithfull, DJ Assault and many others. Cheq out this clip of Comm favourites Husker Du performing The Beatles' Ticket To Ride at the Camden Palace. The Camden Theatre originally opened its doors in 1900 and was eventually renamed The Music Machine in 1977, hosting gigs by many of the new wave and punk groups of the time. In 1982 it was renamed one again, this time as the Camden Palace and held club nights by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan of Visage and Blitz fame. Husker Du were visiting the UK for the first time here in 1985 and were performing with borrowed equipment. Guitarist Bob Mould looks equally at home strumming a Gibson Explorer as he did riffing on his Japanese Flying V copy.