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. 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 Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Follakzoid, Nico and many others. Cheq out this clip of The Germs performing "Manimal" in late 1979. It was recorded at Cherrywood Film Studios soundstage as the group were banned from virtually all of the local venues at that point. The footage was shot by director Penelope Spheeris and appeared in her film "The Decline of Western Civilization" which documented the early L.A. punk scene. Intoxicated frontman Darby Crash appears incoherently barking his lyrics while a member of the audience scrawls on him with a marker pen. He would eventually take his own life in December 1980 in a suicide pact with his female friend Casey Cola who survived the attempt. Guitarist Pat Smear's career would later go into a terminal nosedive when he joined Nirvana and eventually the Foo Fighters . . . what a waste.
Featuring PJ Harvey, Metal Urbain, Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys and many, many more. Cheq out this spellbinding footage of singer, songwriter Judee Sill performing "The Kiss" on The Old Grey Whistle Test in February 1973. She seems to be rockin' the librarian look but looks can be deceiving. As a child she was involved in many physical fights with her parents who moved her from a public to a private school where she fell in with the wrong crowd. She started a relationship with a man and together committed a series of armed robberies. Once caught she was sent to a reform school for nine months and some time after her release, moved in with a notorious LSD dealer. She eventually became addicted to heroin and died of "acute cocaine and codeine intoxication" in 1979.
Featuring Joy Division, Leikeli47, Ritchie Valens and many others. Cheq out this footage of Black Sabbath performing "Children of the Grave" at the California Jam in 1974. The festival took place at the Ontario Speedway and at the time was the most successful event of it's kind, attracting between 300 to 400,000 paying punters. The bill also included rock behemoths Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Sabbath put in a super heavy performance beneath the incongruous rainbow and palm trees backdrop. Ozzy is clearly having a great time, hyping up the massive audience and throwing his fringed jacket into the ecstatic crowd.
Featuring Blondie, Cypress Hill, The Fall and many others. Cheq out this vintage footage of my favorite second wave punk band Discharge playing in their home town of Stoke-on-Trent in 1983. They perform "Never Again", Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing" and "The Nightmare Continues". During the first song, guitarist Peter "Pooch" Purtill ends up playing out of synch with the rest of the group and Royston "Rainy" Wainwright's bass cuts out for the majority of the last number. Despite all of these setbacks they still put on an exhilarating show.
Featuring The Dead Boys, Jefferson Airplane, Run-D.M.C. and many others. Cheq out this footage of Bob Dylan performing "I Threw It All Away" from his Nashville Skyline album on the first episode of ABC-TV's weekly series "The Johnny Cash Show" in 1969. He also played "Living The Blues" and was joined by Johnny Cash for a duet of "Girl From The North Country". Around this period Dylan sounded very different, singing in a country croon which may have had something to do with the fact that he had just given up smoking.