Featuring Mikey Dread, Tom Waits, Meat Beat Manifesto and more. Cheq out this promo for the Frank Chickens' "We Are Ninja (Not Geisha)". The duo consisted of Kazuko Hohki & Kazumi Taguchi and took their name from a Japanese pencil with the words Frank and Chicken printed on it for no apparent reason other than that it looked good because it was written in English. The track originally appeared on a double A side single with a cover version of Wanda Jackson's rockabilly classic "Fujiama Mama" as the featured track, with "We Are Ninja" as the AA side. Following the tracks success it was reissued with Ninja as the A side. The video would probably be banned now for propagating cultural stereotypes. It sees the girls dressed as geishas and also features Godzilla, Mount Fuji and a Japanese secretary getting unwanted sexual attention from her boss.
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 MC5, Gang Of Four, Billy Preston and more. Cheq out this video for "Eighth Day" by Hazel O'Connor. The footage is taken from the climax of the 1980 film, "Breaking Glass" which was co-produced by Dodi Fayad. There's a definite dystopian vibe going on here as she sings of a world in which technology has taken over, while dressed in an outfit that owes a lot to Fritz Lang's 1927 classic, "Metropolis". What is most impressive though is the fact that she performs the three minute song without blinking once!
Featuring Jimothy Lacoste, Etta James, Negative Approach and more. Cheq out this great footage of The Damned performing Fan Club, Sick of Being Sick, Stretcher Case Baby and New Rose at Sussex University in 1977 while supporting The Clash on the White Riot tour. This is the original line up with Captain Sensible playing bass and Brian James on guitar. Rat Scabies bashes out the rhythm on a circular drum riser as Dave Vanian stalks the stage in a pair of flairs, yes flairs!
Featuring Pulp, Alexander "Skip" Spence, 4 Hero and more. Cheq out this karaoke style promo for Ciccone Youth's cover of Robert Plant's "Addicted To Love". Ciccone Youth were a Sonic Youth side project, Ciccone being Madonna's birth surname. The video supposedly cost $25 and was filmed in a "make your own video" booth at Macy's department store in NYC. A great example of trash culture turned into art. Bass player Kim Gordon puts in a cool vocal performance in front of the Vietnam war footage, even if she doesn't quite get the phrasing right in the bridge section. Infinitely better than the original at a fraction of the cost!
Featuring Bauhaus, Bhad Bhabie, The Telescopes and more. Cheq out this promo for Tyga's "Taste", released earlier this year. The young rapper, who's handle is an acronym for "thank you god, always", is currently hot stuff. The video ups the booty stakes once again and features 25 bikini clad honeys shaking their money makers on the balcony of a Hollywood Hills apartment, in the pool and at the rollerskating rink while the homeboys spray them with whipped cream and shoot them with high powered water pistols . . . classy!