Featuring Megadeth, Solomon Burke, The Shaggs and more. Cheq out this footage of the Butthole Surfers performing "Mexican Caravan" at Traxx inna 1985. The Detroit venue, previously a biker bar called JC's Rock Saloon, ran from 1980 to 1987. The clip starts with a completely naked Gibby Haynes from another early concert. He sings the entire song through the cardboard tube in the middle of a toilet roll which produces an unusual, mid range heavy timbre.
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 Ike & Tina Turner, Discharge, Brinzley Schwarz and more. Cheq out this footage of The Kinks performing Waterloo Sunset on German TV program Beat Club inna 1967. The band were introduced by disgraced hairy cornflake, Dave Lee Travis. The Ray Davies penned tune is a certified classic but what I want to draw you attention to here is his brother Dave's impeccable style. He's playing a Gibson Flying V while rockin' a centre parting, out sized shades and an Amish style beard that Michael Eavis would be proud of!
Featuring Kim Gordon, Wu-Tang Clan, Eddie Cochran and more. Cheq out this footage of hirsute Texans ZZ Top performing "Cheap Sunglasses" on The Old Grey Whistle Test inna 1980. Guitarist, Billy Gibbons' tone is second to none. It sounds like one of his strings is slightly out of tune, but even that seems to add to his sound. He's rockin' some serious style too with his side slung stance and his synchronised side to side moves with bassist Dusty Hill. Irony of all ironies, drummer Frank Beard is the only member of the group not to have one! Apparently, Gillette offered them a million dollars each to shave them off for a TV add but they declined, probably because no one would know who they were without them. They've been rockin' the same look with the same line up for almost 50 years now. Maybe it's a case of the band that sways together, stays together!
Featuring Ann Peebles, AJ Tracy, Lightning Hopkins and many more. Cheq out this video of Kleenex performing "Hedi's Head" for more conclusive evidence. The footage sees the Swiss all girl combo performing the b-side of their first Rough Trade single in a room with walls covered in egg cartons to insulate the noise. This line up features their second singer, Chrigle Freund, Regula Sing having left the band by this point. The group were later forced into changing their name to LiLiPUT after the threat of legal action from the tissue manufacturer.
Featuring the Hollywood Brats, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Dub Syndicate and more. Cheq out this top grade footage of Fad Gadget performing their 2nd single, "Ricky's Hand" at the Hacienda inna February 1984. The non LP track was released on co-writer and co-producer Daniel Miller's Mute Records and was about a car accident, a subject that Miller had already mined to great effect on The Normal's J.G. Ballard inspired "Warm Leatherette". Frontman Frank Tovey puts in a great performance, flanked by a cellist, a violinist and a drummer. About halfway through the song he discovers that his mouth is bleeding. This doesn't deter him though as he concludes with an impressive backward stage dive and is returned to the mic just in time for the final line.