Featuring Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, The Sundays, Sonic Youth and more. Cheq out this interview that Dee Dee Ramone gave to MTV when he left the Forrest Hills Four in 1989. Many felt that the bass player was going through some kind of mid life crisis, having recently left his wife Vera and choosing to come off his medication. He felt that the constant touring was not compatible with his new found sobriety. He never did things by halves. He would attend three AA/NA meetings, buy himself a present like a new tattoo or a Rolex watch (at one point he was wearing three at a time) for every day that he stayed sober.
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 Damned, Lil Tay, King Crimson and much more. Cheq out this footage of Tim Buckley performing "Song To The Siren" on The Monkees TV show in 1968. Monkees sticksman Mickey Dolenz, who directed this particular episode, had five minutes to fill and invited his friend Tim Buckley to play a song. He puts in an incredible performance, accompanied by his Guild 12 string acoustic in a pair of fawn jumbo chords. Buckley would go on to record a very different sounding version for his 1970 "Starsailor" album. The song would eventually reach a much wider audience when Cocteau Twins' singer Elizabeth Fraser provided the vocal on This Mortal Coil's version.
Featuring Faces, Candi Staton, The Normal and more. Cheq out this footage of The xx performing "Intro" on the Pyramid stage at the Glastonbury festival in 2017. The track is reminiscent of those early '80s bands like Cocteau Twins or The Cure. They look unlike other groups, with Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim dressed head to toe in black, swaying while playing their guitars as production wizard Jamie xx taps out the beats on his Akai MPC 500. It's much more than the smart phone clutching hordes deserve!
Featuring Black Sabbath, Patti Smith, The Techniques and plenty more. Cheq out this clip of The Byrds performing Bob Dylan's "All I Really Want To Do" on Top of the Pops way back in 1965. The group had perfected the winning formula of setting Zimmerman's minimal compositions to a Beatles beat. The band were rockin' some serious style with their bowl head haircuts, Gene Clark's tambourine moves and Jim McGuinn's rectangular granny glasses. Even the singer's botched miming seems to somehow add to the performance. Their influence would soon be heard in The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album and even Dylan himself had begun to dabble with electricity.
Featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson, Trembling Bells, Edwin Collins and more. Cheq out this footage of The Jam performing "A Bomb In Wardour Street" live on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978. The band are on fire, dressed in their best Burton suits. A very young looking Paul Weller aggressively barks out the lyrics while thrashing out the chords on his Townsend inspired Rickenbacker. The back of a bemused 'Whispering' Bob Harris' head can be seen the end of the clip . . . tut tut.