Featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson, Trembling Bells, Edwin Collins and more. Cheq out this footage of The Jam performing "A Bomb In Wardour Street" live on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978. The band are on fire, dressed in their best Burton suits. A very young looking Paul Weller aggressively barks out the lyrics while thrashing out the chords on his Townsend inspired Rickenbacker. The back of a bemused 'Whispering' Bob Harris' head can be seen the end of the clip . . . tut tut.
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 Throbbing Gristle, PJ Harvey, The Infinity Project and loads more. Cheq out this classic footage of Joy Division performing "She's Lost Control" on BBC2's Something Else in September 1979. That particular episode also featured The Jam and Comm favourite, John Cooper Clarke. The band could easily be mistaken for a group of office workers if it weren't for singer Ian Curtis' spasmodic dance moves and glazed eyes.
Featuring Mink DeVille, The Go-Go's, A Guy Called Gerald and more. Cheq out this footage of Canned Heat performing "Human Condition" and "So Sad (The World's In A Tangle)" at the Kralingen Music Festival in June 1970. The three day happening took place in Rotterdam, one year after Woodstock and two months before the Isle of Wight Festival that saw Bob Dylan's return to the stage. The event was recorded by Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer and released under the name "Stamping Ground". The band were no strangers to the silver screen, having already made appearances in both "Woodstock" and "Monterey Pop". The video shows the group sharing a joint between numbers, public nakedness, unashamed idiot dancing as well as shots of windmills and canals (just incase you forgot which country it was filmed in) . . . groovy!
Featuring David Bowie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jona Lewie and more. Cheq out this footage of Buzzcocks playing "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've). It was filmed at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall on July 21st 1978, two years and one day after their live debut, when they supported the Sex Pistols at the same venue. At that point their lead singer was Howard Devoto who left the group to form Magazine (who were also performing on this occasion). Their guitarist, Pete Shelley took over vocal duties and can be seen here supporting a love bite on his neck!
Featuring Culture Club, Gee Mr. Tracy, Myra Barnes and much more. Cheq out this video of a 50 year old John Peel going to see Extreme Noise Terror play in Ipswich along with his wife and kids. The band shared the bill with Carcass, Bolt Thrower and Sore Throat and it only cost £3 to get in. The footage was filmed in 1989 at the city's Caribbean Club although I can't see many ethnic minorities in the audience!
Featuring Public Image Ltd, The Marvelettes, Atom & His Package and many others. Cheq out this video of The 13th Floor Elevators performing "You're Gonna Miss Me" on "Where The Action Is" in 1966. The program was an American Bandstand spinoff in which Dick Clark's voice would introduce the bands but he would rarely be seen on the show in person. The Elevators, who were already ingesting heroic doses of L.S.D., look out of place among the clean cut audience, happily clapping along to their raucous sound. Singer Roky Erickson would soon be institutionalised at Rusk State Hospital for the Insane, electric jug player Tommy Hall hid away in a cave for a few years and guitarist Stacy Sutherland became addicted to heroin, imprisoned and eventually shot dead by his wife.
Featuring The Stooges, Loretta Lynn, Model 500 and more. Cheq out this clip of Lightning Bolt playing in someone's apartment, between live dates. The Rhode Island noise rock duo are made up of drummer / "vocalist" Brian Chippendale and bass player Brian Gibson who usually perform on the same level as the audience. Chippendale plays a stripped down kit, wearing a mask that contains a microphone while Gibson plays an effects laden bass through a cobbled together stack. The footage is taken from a film called "The Power of Salad" which documented their 2001 tour of the states.
Featuring The Pretenders, Big Youth, Eddie & The Hot Rods and more. Cheq out this rare footage of Parisienne punk rockers Metal Urbain performing their second single "Paris Maquis" on French television in early 1978. The filming didn't go well as the group had fallen out with the studio technicians after singer Clode Panik requested a microphone stand, which they felt was un-necessary for a TV performance. Clode would leave the group at the end of the year and programer, Eric Debris would step up to take over vocal duties. The single is of historical significance as it happened to be the first ever release on British independent label, Rough Trade.
Featuring Peter Gabriel, UK Subs, The Ronettes and many others. Cheq out this incredible footage of The Ramones playing a full set on German television in September 1978. The performance was filmed for the Musikladen programme which was a continuation of the long running Beat-Club show. This is probably the best footage of the Forrest Hills Four playing live. Newly recruited drummer Marky adds a vital energy to their sound as they tear through the classics from their first three LPs, plus the more melodic tunes from their recently released "Road to Ruin" album. Dee Dee is on top form too, counting off some of the numbers with "eins, zwei, drei, vier" and performing perfectly executed jump-kicks for the handful of German punks seated at the front.
Featuring The Beatles, Eric B. & Rakim, The New Rotary Connection and many others. Cheq out the latest YouTube release from Comm favourite Jimothy Lacoste in which he berates his woman for rockin' too many Persians. You get to see him chillin' at his mum's crib and bustin' his trademark dance moves outside Ikea, dressed in a striped shirt and canary yellow donkey rides. The video also features another of his fantastic public transport stunts and finishes with him flushing what looks like a handful of real Xanax down the shitter . . . modern entertainment doesn't get any better than this!
Featuring Theatre Of Hate, The Pretty Things, Jungle Brothers and loads more. Cheq out this footage of Siouxsie & The Banshees performing at Manchester's Elizabethan Ballroom in November 1977 while supporting The Clash on their "Get Out Of Control" tour. They play one of their earliest compositions called "Make Up To Break Up" which was co-written by short lived guitarist, Peter Fenton. The crowd are an unusual mix of 70's long hairs and freshly shorn, pogoing teenage punks. Siouxsie's way ahead of the pack, as you might expect, in her Westwood / McLarren "tits" t-shirt and thigh high leather boots. The band sound vital, naive and primitive . . . a bit like The Slits if they'd had any good tunes!
Featuring Lil Xan, Television Personalities, Bow Wow Wow and many others. Cheq out this 'sick' video of teenage Soundcloud sensation Jimothy Lacoste, that's right JIMOTHY Lacoste. I managed to mispronounce his name on the show, but if you're gonna use a composite name, what do you expect? He's performing "Getting Busy!" while bustin' out some serious shapes and extolling the virtues of a keeping a packed schedule and eating healthy meals. He also puts his graffiti skills to good use when climbing up high to dance on top of a bus shelter or when clinging on to the back of a moving train. When I've shown people this, their first reaction is usually to ask "is this a joke?" It's hard to tell whether he's taking the piss or not. It's either pure genius or a fortunate accident and I'm inclined to believe it's the former.