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.

Black 2 Comm 26th January 2020

Featuring Snoop Dogg, Pale Saints, Theatre of Hate and more. Cheq out this footage of The Chameleons performing "Second Skin" at The Camden Palace inna 1984. The band had a unique atmospheric sound and style with singer / bassist Mark Burgess flanked by guitarists, Dave Fielding and (Ribina thief) Reg Smithies. The later, seen here rockin' a self customised Gibson SG also produced the groups distinctive artwork. Another thing worth noting is drummer, John Lever's unconventional set up. The right handed sticksman has his kick drum to the left, and his hi hat to the right of the snare, playing them with the opposite feet to the vast majority of other drummers.

It's strange to think that U2 would go on to fill stadiums, while this band would languish in relative obscurity until eventually breaking up . . . there's obviously no justice in the world!

Black 2 Comm 19th January 2020

Featuring Dr John Cooper Clarke, John Lennon, Baby Washington and much more. Cheq out this live footage of The Adverts taken from German director Wolfgang Blud's 1979 film "Brennende Langeweile" (Bored Teenagers) featuring reluctant punk pin up Gaye Advert. The most interesting part of the footage is at the beginning where the bass player is asked by a German reporter if there are any problems with her being a sex object. The not so shy Gaye had already posed for pornographic magazines by this point. The live footage is pretty unforgettable, though all you punk rock trainspotters will be excited to see ex Clash / Pistols roadie "Rodent" loitering in the wings. He played a part in the films plot line and would eventually bag more minor film roles and settle in Germany. The Passions 1981 hit, "I'm In Love With A German Film Star" was rumoured to have been written about him.

Black 2 Comm 12th January 2020

Featuring The Runaways, Huey "Piano" Smith, Dinosaur Jr. and more. Cheq out this footage of Blitz performing their rabble rousing single "New Age" on The Tube inna 1982. First off they play through the song but the clip really starts to get interesting in the second half when the band are taken to task during the interview. The inarticulate Oi stalwarts had recently changed their image and sound to appeal to a wider audience. They believed they were providing an alternative to the synth pop that was prevalent at the time. Half of the group are sporting bleach blonde crops and shirts with tucked in skinny ties, while the other two are still rocking the 'tache / leather jacket combo (but not in a Freddy Mercury way you understand). The interviewer looks equally ridiculous, with his bow tie, outsized glasses and woman's haircut!

Black 2 Comm 15 December 2019

Featuring Goldfrapp, Jimothy, Otis Redding and more. When you mention San Francisco and punk rock, the Dead Kennedys are about the only group that immediately spring to mind but there was a thriving underground scene in the city. Cheq out this clip of one of the city's lesser known groups, Toxic Reasons performing the brilliant "Destroyer". The band formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1979 but upped sticks (after recording their debut LP) and moved to 'Cisco, where their record company was based. The footage was captured by Target Video who did a great job of documenting the scene. The availability of video equipment probably had a lot to do with this and the reason why the UK punk scene of the same time wasn't really captured in the same way.

Black 2 Comm 8th December 2019

Featuring Ian Dury, Wu-Tang Clan, The Shop Assistants and more. Cheq out this video of The Fall's "Big New Prinz". The track was featured in a ballet called "I Am Curious, Orange" in which the band collaborated with the Michael Clark dance company. The video sees the band playing while Clark prances about on crutches in front of them. The ballet, which included artist Leigh Bowrey, was performed at the Edinburgh festival and then at the Saddlers Wells theatre and was very well received. Around the same time, the group performed on The Old Grey Whistle Test. It was one of the few occasions that they made it onto mainstream television so the members of the group (sans Smith) stayed up late to watch it with their parents and were treated to the sight of Michael Clark's bare arse while the band were hardly visible!