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.
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 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.
Featuring Public Image Ltd, Dead Meadows, Aretha Franklin and many others. Cheq out this vintage footage of west coast jangle merchants The Byrds performing Dylan's "All I Really Want To Do" on Top of the Pops in 1965. It's a lip synch disaster on a par with All About Eve but I guess singer Jim McGuinn didn't write the lyrics and Gene Clark more than makes up for any errors with his tambourine technique. The band are certainly ahead of the curve dressed in their dog tooth tweed jackets, freak glasses and bowl cuts . . . you could be forgiven for thinking that Brian Jones had stood in on drums!
Featuring Deicide, The Turtles, Joan Armatrading and much more. Cheq out this clip of Charles Mingus letting off his .410 shotgun in his apartment at 5 Great Jones Street in New York City in 1966. The double bassist and bandleader was known for his uncompromising musical stance and fierce temperament which earned him the nickname "The Angry Man of Jazz". The footage was taken from the film "Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968" which documented his eviction for non payment of rent.
Featuring Front 242, The Carpenters, Higher Intelligence Agency and more. Cheq out this incredible 1977 video of The Clash performing songs from their first LP plus new single "Complete Control" and "The Prisoner" with their new drummer Topper Headon. The footage was filmed at Schwabinger Bräu in Munich for the ironically titled "Punk in London" documentary by Wolfgang Büld. The group are on top form and looking great too in their Alex Michon designed red stenciled jackets. The live performance footage is cut with clips of the group backstage. Roadie, Steve "Roadent" Connelley is briefly seen walking in front of the camera. He would go on to work with the Sex Pistols and eventually settle in Germany.
Featuring The Stone Roses, MC 900 Ft. Jesus, Monsoon and loads more. Cheq out this clip of vintage Napalm Death filmed for a 1989 BBC2 Arena documentary on heavy metal. They perform "Scum" as well as the mega short "You Suffer" which officially lasts only 1.316 seconds. They pioneered a sound which became know as Grindcore, mixing down tuned metal guitar riffs, ultra fast blast beats and incomprehensible growled vocals while dispensing with melody entirely.
Featuring G.B.H. Aretha Franklin, 808 State and many others. Cheq this video of unlikely sex symbol Mr. Yellowman tearing it up inna Jamaica at the Rockers Awards Show in 1984. He performs "Body Move" intespersed with snippets of the rhythm and blues classic "Sea Cruise" as well as his usual brags and lyrical slackness, sending the crowd into a frenzy . . . go deh Yellow!
Featuring The Birthday Party, Smiley Lewis, Spacemen 3 and more. Cheq out this early footage of Grandmaster Flash cutting and scratching while graffiti artist and scenster Fab 5 Freddy looks on. The clip is taken from the 1983 film "Wild Style" which captured hip hop culture in its infancy. The footage seems to be filmed in Flash's kitchen as his cooker can be seen behind his mixer and turntables!
Featuring The Rolling Stones, Black Uhuru, The Fall and more. Cheq out this cool footage of Brooklyn shoegaze ensemble A Place To Bury Strangers performing "Ocean" at the Austin Psych Fest in 2011. The annual 3 day festival has been going since 2008 and has since been renamed "Levetation" after a track by Austin psychedelic forefathers The 13th Floor Elevators. The clip features plenty of strobe action for all you epileptics plus some ritual guitar abuse.
Featuring N.W.A., The Plasmatics, Gene Autry and many others. Cheq out this mega cool footage of Suicide performing "Ghost Rider" live at Max's Kansas City in 1979 which was recorded for the cable TV show "Paul Tschinkel's Inner-Tube". Allan Vega does his rockabilly yelps over the incessant keyboard riff while Martin Rev rocks one of his many pairs of top grade designer shades.
Featuring ZZ Top, Autechre, Run-D.M.C. and many others. Cheq out this footage of Los Angeles group Rose Royce performing "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" on Top of the Pops in 1978. Singer Gwen Dickey puts in a spellbinding live vocal performance which is even better that the recorded version. There are also some natty sequined outfits and 'fros on display.
Featuring Killing Joke, Yazoo, Wesley Willis and many others. Cheq out this footage of Gram Parsons performing Hot Burrito #1 with The Flying Burrito Brothers. Parsons' looking fine in his specially commissioned "Nudie Suit" made by taylor Nudie Cohn which featured embroidered opium poppies, a mescaline cactus, marijuana leaves, an LSD impregnated sugar cube, pills and a naked woman. Those eagle eyed train spotters among you may have noticed that bass player Chris Ethridge and drummer Michael Clark have swapped instruments for this 1969 lip synched TV performance.