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 13th October 2019

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.

Black 2 Comm 6th October 2019

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.

Black 2 Comm 29th September 2019

Featuring Donovan, M.I.A. The Dicks and more. Cheq out this footage of Thin Lizzy performing "Fighting" at a triumphant home town gig in Dublin at the National Stadium in December 1975. Their twin guitar sound had found its groove by this point, front man Phil Lynott having recruited axemen Scott Goreham and Brian Robertson the previous year. Goreham added some Californian cool to the line up (cheq out his leg kick move at the beginning of the song for proof) while the 18 year old Glaswegian, Brian Robertson really was a street fighting tearaway. Almost a year to the day after this performance, he was involved in a dispute at London's Speakeasy Club. The guitarist broke one man's leg, another's collarbone and Glasgow kissed a third before being smashed over the head with a bottle and knocked unconscious . . . go on son!

Black 2 Comm 22nd September 2019

Featuring The Upsetters, Anal C**t, The Mescaleros and more. Cheq out this classic footage of Patsy Cline singing her hit "She's Got You" on the Grand Ole Opry inna 1962. She's dressed in regular clothes and hardly moves during the performance, letting her flawless voice do the talking. The previous year, she was involved in a near fatal car crash in which she was thrown through the windscreen, leaving her with deep scars on her forehead. She underwent plastic surgery and suffered headaches for the rest of her short life. The following year she boarded a plane with her manager and two other country singers which crashed in Camden, Tennessee, killing all those on board.

Black 2 Comm 15th September 2019

Featuring The Adverts, SafOne, Buffalo Springfield and more. Cheq out this early footage of the mighty Black Sabbath performing at the Olympia Theatre inna Paris inna 1970. Ozzy belts out the lyrics through a double microphone set up. This configuration was quite popular at the time but is rarely seen today. From what I understand, the upper mic would be placed "out of phase" in the mix, which would effectively cancel out much of the ambient stage noise and allow the sound engineer to push the vocals louder before they fed back.
Guitarist Tony Iommi looks like he's the only one wearing his metal crucifix. Ozzy's father made one for each member of the band and one for their road manager to protect them while they were away from home! The ends of the guitarist's middle and ring finger were cut off in an industrial accident and his self made plastic finger extensions can clearly be seen in some of the shots.
The song that they're playing, "Fairies Wear Boots" was a biographical account of an incident in which the group were attacked by a gang of skinheads (which was a popular youth cult at the time). It seemed that in the midlands back then, your hair was either really long or non existent!