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.

Black 2 Comm 18th December 2016

Featuring John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Husker Du, Malcolm McLaren and plenty more. Cheq out this 1987 video for "Possessed To Skate" from Suicidal Tendencies' 2nd album that saw the group fusing the hardcore sound of their debut LP with metal and thrash influences. Look out for 60's LSD guru Timothy Leary who puts in a cameo appearance, playing the kid's father. There's plenty of old school skateboarding tricks on display too.

Black 2 Comm 11th December 2016

Featuring Donovan, the Abrasive Wheels, Candi Staton and much more. Cheq out this full length film / documentary of the legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke, directed by Nick May and produced for the Arts Council of Great Britain and Channel 4 in 1982. Highlights include the bard of Salford running the wrong way in a marathon, dressed in his trademark suit, Chelsea boots and shades as well as fellow performance poet Linton Kwesi Johnson's recital of Sonny's Letter at the Ritz.

Black 2 Comm 4th December 2016

Featuring The Clash, Bill Drummond, The Chocolate Watchband and more. Cheq out this rare, early footage of the Cocteau Twins playing a faster version of Wax and Wane at De Meervaart Theatre, Amsterdam in January 1983. The line up includes their original bassist Will Heggie who would leave the band later in the same year. Though in great voice as always, singer Liz Fraser is looking a little nervous during this performance and breaks out the autistic shapes towards the end of the song.

Black 2 Comm 27th November 2016

Featuring Deep Purple, PJ Harvey, Beastie Boys and much more. Cheq out this classic footage of Detroit radical rockers the MC5 kicking out the jams live in Bremen on the Beat Club TV show in 1972. Both the band and the TV programme were on their last legs and would be over by the end of the year. The 5 put in an incredible performance non the less with guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred 'Sonic' Smith dropping to their knees as freedom fro'd singer Rob Tyner whips up a frenzy between them.

Black 2 Comm 20th November 2016

Featuring The Cramps, Big Maybell, Jah Stich and loads more. Cheq out this video for the oddly titled "Oh My Darling Don't Cry" from Run The Jewels. The hip hop duo are made up of New York producer and rapper El-P along with Atlanta based rapper Killer Mike. This is one of the best sounding hip hop tracks that I've heard in a long while . . . feelin' that bassline!

Black 2 Comm 13th November 2016

Featuring Iggy Pop & James Williamson, Alien Sex Fiend, Slim Harpo and many others. Cheq out this footage of The Doors performing "When The Music's Over" at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968. The group sound like no other, which in part was due to the fact that they were made up of a classically trained keyboard player, a jazz drummer and a flamenco guitarist, fronted by the poetic Jim Morrison. According to sticksman John Densmore, the singer had dropped acid before taking the stage that on that particular night.

Black 2 Comm 6th November 2016

Featuring Aerosmith, Aphex Twin, Nico and much, much more. Cheq out this Black Sabbath concert recorded at L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix in Paris on 20th December 1970. Bypassing the need for effects of any kind, they were able to make an incredible noise with their guitars plugged straight into the amps while Bill Ward beat the shit out of his drums. Ozzy's loud bellow and simple phrasing (often doubling up the guitar line) was able to pierce through the din to be heard. In the close up shots of guitarist Tony Iommi's fingers, you can clearly see the extended tips that he had made out of melted washing up bottle tops after losing his own in an industrial accident.

Black 2 Comm 30th October 2016

Featuring Generation X, Nina Simone, Hank Williams and many others. Check out this raw footage of Californian punks Crucifix performing their track "Prejudice" at the "On Broadway" Theatre in San Francisco. The band played a fast aggressive take on English punk group Discharge's sound and were fronted by Cambodian Sothira Pheng who had left the country when the Khmer Rouge came to power in the 70's. It looks like an eighth generation copy of a VHS tape but it still manages to capture the urgency and excitement of their live show.

Black 2 Comm 30th October 2016

Featuring Generation X, Nina Simone, Hank Williams and many others. Check out this raw footage of Californian punks Crucifix performing their track "Prejudice" at the "On Broadway" Theatre in San Francisco. The band played a fast aggressive take on English punk group Discharge's sound and were fronted by Cambodian Sothira Pheng who had left the country when the Khmer Rouge came to power in the 70's. It looks like an eighth generation copy of a VHS tape but it still manages to capture the urgency and excitement of their live show.

Black 2 Comm 23rd October 2016

Featuring The Everly Brothers, New Order, Alexander "Skip" Spence and many others. Cheque out this incredible footage of The Who playing Pete Townsend's mini opera "A Quick One While He's Away". It was filmed for a canceled TV spectacular that was put together by the Stones entitled "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus". The Who's performance was rock solid as they'd just finished a tour while the Stones' put in a lackluster set. Many believe that this was the reason that the programme was shelved until its eventual release in 1996, 28 years after the event.


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Black 2 Comm 16th October 2016

Featuring Public Enemy, A**l C**t, The Marvelettes and much more. Cheque out this footage of The Screaming Blue Messiahs playing on ITV's Night Network in 1987. Frontman Bill Carter puts in a spirited performance which ends with his boat covered in claret. Hope he didn't mash up that lovely whistle!

Black 2 Comm 9th October 2016

Featuring Nirvana, Melt-Banana, The Seeds and plenty more besides. Cheque out this footage of Ike & Tina Turner performing Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" on the Beat-Club music show in 1971. Ike's looking like the pimp that he was with his 'fro, 'tache and collar combo while the Ikettes bust out some serious swimming and kung fu inspired dance moves.

Black 2 Comm 2nd October 2016

Featuring X-Ray Spex, Devo, Suicidal Tendencies and lots more. Check out the greatest music video of all time, Jesse Rae's "Over The Sea" featuring the recently departed funk keyboard wizard Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic fame. During the clip he can be seen dressed in his trademark helmet and kilt as he swings his Claymore sword on the Brooklyn bridge in New York and on top of the Scottish highlands.

Black 2 Comm 18th September 2016

Featuring The Stranglers, Carla Thomas, Frank Zappa and many others. Cheque out this rare, early footage of Washington DC punk rockers Bad Brains performing "At The Movies" back in 1979 (before they all sprouted dreadlocks). The picture and sound quality is a little rough but stick with it until singer / frontman HR's impressive back-flip at the very end.

Black 2 Comm 11th September 2016

Featuring Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Chocolate Watch Band, Mikey Dread and many others. Cheque out this rare footage of the classic Television line up performing live (on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978). The band were soon to split due to tensions caused by singer Tom Verlaine's uncompromising artistic vision and guitarist Richard Lloyd's drug problems.

Black 2 Comm 4th September 2016

Featuring Jefferson Airplane, GG Allin, Julian Cope and many others. Check out this classic footage of James Brown and the Famous Flames sending the crowd into a frenzy on the T.A.M.I. show in 1964. Also on the bill were Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and a young British group called the Rolling Stones who unfortunately had to follow James Brown's electrifying performance . . . watch and learn!

Black 2 Comm 31st July 2016

Featuring Cream, The Chameleons, Patsy Cline and much, much more. Cheque out this incredible footage of my favourites Hüsker Dü playing The Byrds psychedelic classic "Eight Miles High" at Love Hall in Philadelphia while the kids tear it up in the pit. They recorded the song during the "Zen Arcade" sessions and released it as a single prior to the L.P. in 1984. This performance from December 1983 was captured after they had recorded the single but before it went on sale.

Black 2 Comm 24th July 2016

Featuring Kim Fowley, Mantronix and The Animals among others. Cheque out this clip of the Pixies performing "Where Is My Mind?" on the dutch TV programme Fa Onrust which was filmed at at VPRO Studios, Hilversum in 1988. You can hear their quiet / loud dynamic which would later be appropriated to great effect by Nirvana and the like.

Black 2 Comm 17th July 2016

Featuring Rammellzee, K-Rob, Etta James and much, much more. Cheque out this footage of the bard of Colchester, John Cooper Clark performing "I Don't Want To Be Nice" on The Old Grey Whistle Test back when he was still a baby. He's looking cool as ever in his Chelsea boots, button down shirt and pipe cleaner strides while singing and chewing gum at the same time . . . now that's tallent!

Black 2 Comm 3rd July 2016

Featuring Gregory Isaacs, Peaches, Lord Invader and much more. Check out this footage of Joey & Dee Dee Ramone on a New York City public access television show hosted by Efrom Allen in 1978. Also in attendance is Ramones art director Arturo Vega, looking super cool in Elvis shades and the eagle belt buckle which appeared on the back of their first LP. As well as designing their early record sleeves and stage lighting, he was also responsible for their iconic presidential crest t-shirt.

Black 2 Comm 26th June 2016

Featuring Japan, the KLF, Vice Squad and much more. Check out this clip of Roger Troutman of Zapp fame on Video Soul in 1987. The two hour TV show aired on the BET (Black Entertainment Television) channel from 1981 to 1996 and was set up to showcase the R&B and Soul videos that MTV seemed to ignoring at the time. Roger, dressed in a fetching bacofoil outfit, demonstrates his signature sound, "the talkbox" with a Minimoog synthersizer.

Black 2 Comm 19th June 2016

Featuring the Beastie Boys, Art Pepper, The Cramps and many others. Check out this 1978 Granada documentary on the Buzzcocks and Magazine presented by Tony Wilson of Factory Records. Howard Devoto's and Pete Shelly's differing personalities are clearly on display here. Look out for 80's soul bore Mick Hucknall (seen below) in the front row at the Elizabethan Ballroom gig.

Black 2 Comm 12 June 2016


Featuring Kiss, John Cooper Clarke, Merle Haggard and many others. Cheque out this clip of Californian rockers The Donnas performing their hit "Take It Off" at Rock Am Ring festival in Nuremberg, Germany. These girls could show AC/DC a thing or two!

Black 2 Comm 29th May 2016

Featuring The Jam, Eric B. & Rakim, The Shangri-Las and more. Check out the video that has earned 1,700 + dislikes on YouTube. White, female New Zealand rapper Hucci Luv shows you how it should be done . . . boom!

Black 2 Comm 22nd May 2016


Featuring Sparks, Repulsion, X and many others. Cheque out this video of Mercury Rev performing Holes at the Bowlie Weekender in 1999. It was held at the Pontin's holiday camp in Camber Sands and was the forerunner to the All Tomorrow's Parties events that were to follow.

Black 2 Comm 15th May 2016

Featuring LL Cool J, The Who, Dusty Springfield and much more. Cheque out this footage of the "cool operator" Delroy Wilson singing his hit "Dancing Mood" as Prince Jammy mans the board and producer Bunny Lee looks on. Introduced by none other that DJ Mikey Dread.



Black 2 Comm 1st May 2016

Featuring Bob Dylan, The Soft Boys, Spacemen 3 and many others. Cheque out this footage of AC/DC tearing it up at the Glasgow Apollo in 1978.

Black 2 Comm 24th April 2016

Featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Birthday Party and Lee Marvin among others. Cheque out this short film directed by Harmony Korine staring zef duo Die Antwoord . . . it's mental!

Black 2 Comm 17th April 2016

Featuring Judas Priest, Irma Thomas, Descendents and loads more. Cheque out this footage of The Smiths at the peak of their powers performing on the German TV show Rockpalast. Miserablist Morrissey seems to be in a very good mood for some reason.

Black 2 Comm 10th April 2016

Featuring Peaches, Dennis Brown, Ramones and plenty more. Cheque out this classic footage of Crosby, Stills & Nash performing "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" at the Woodstock festival in 1969. It was only the second time that they'd played live believe it or not!

Black 2 Comm 3rd April 2016


Featuring Discharge, DIIV, Brindsley Schwarz and many others. Cheque out this clip of Lee Perry working in his Black Ark Studio with The Heptones, Junior Murvin, The Congos and bass player Boris Gardiner who would eventually get to number one in the UK with his 1986 pop reggae hit "I Want To Wake Up With You".