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

Black 2 Comm 23rd June 2019

Featuring Led Zeppelin, Sugar Minott, The Soft Boys and more. Cheq out this funky fresh footage of Run-DMC performing Sucker MC's on the Graffiti Rock TV show inna 1984. The programme was intended to be a hip hop Soul Train series but only one episode was made. The show also features a rap battle featuring Kool Moe Dee and Special K from the Treacherous Three against Reverend Run and Darryl DMC McDaniels with Jam Master Jay manning the wheels of steel. Also of note, cheq out the young Vincent Gallo (aka Prince Vince) in the white upturned Kangol, at the beginning of the clip.

Black 2 Comm 16 June 2019

Featuring Bomb The Bass, Brenda Lee, Post Malone and more. Cheq out this film of The Doors playing a full set at the Isle of Wight festival inna 1970. Singer Jim Morrison was on trial at the time, for "lewd and lascivious behaviour" at a previous concert in Miami. He was eventually sentenced to six months in jail with hard labor and fined $500. The case went to appeal but the singer checked out inna Paris before any resolution was reached. The lizard king is in fine voice here, putting in a powerful, if subdued performance. In other words, he didn't instigate a riot or get his cock out on this occasion!

Black 2 Comm 2nd June 2019

Featuring Marvin Gaye, The Go-Go's, The Abyssinians and much more. Cheq out this footage of thrash giants Megadeth performing "Wake Up Dead" in San Diego in 2008. Frontman Dave Mustaine, who was unceremoniously thrown out of Metallica in 1983 for his drug taking and erratic behaviour, became a born again Christian in 2003. As a result of his new found faith, he refused to perform on the same stage as bands including Rotting Christ and Dissection because of their un-Christian beliefs . . . not only that, but he stopped performing some of his own compositions too!

Black 2 Comm 26th May 2019

Featuring the Ramones, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John and more. Cheq out this old footage of Cream's Ginger Baker talking us 'round hit drum kit. Inspired by seeing Duke Ellingtons's sticksman Sam Woodyard, he and Keith Moon were the first of the big rock drummers to use a double bass drum set up. While Baker ordered a custom double bass drum Ludwig kit, Moon immediately bought two Premier kits and stuck them together! What's most unusual about the clip though, is the stark contrast in the interviewer's received pronunciation and Baker's slurred, opiated tones!

Black 2 Comm 12th May 2019

Featuring The Byrds, Melt-Banana, Sex Gang Children and many more. Cheq out this footage of Japanese noise rock duo, Melt-Banana performing at the Obscene Extreme festival in the Czech Republic in 2016. The extreme metal festival has been going since 1999 and serves up vegetarian an vegan food to the dreadlocked punters. The duo consist of vocalist Yasuko Onuki, who holds up an illuminated, hand-held midi controller, and guitarist, Ichirou Agata who rocks a surgical mask, despite not having a cold while the disturbed audience members take to the stage to spaz out when the spirit takes them.

Black 2 Comm 5th May 2019

Featuring Tom Waits, D.A.F., Serious Drinking and many others. Cheq out this spellbinding performance of "We Got To Have Peace" from Curtis Mayfield and his band in the Old Grey Whistle Test studio in 1972. They are completely in the groove, having turned down their amplifiers for this super quiet rendition. This stripped down version sounds much more intimate than the orchestrated studio recording on his "Roots" LP. Curtis's sweet falsetto, as heard here and in his previous work with The Impressions, would go on to influence countless reggae artists in the years that followed.

Black 2 Comm 28th April 2019

Featuring Iggy Pop, Stereolab, Chaka Demus & Pliers and more. Cheq out the "Twerk" by Miami duo, the City Girls. The video features guest rappers Cardi B and Yung Miami in full animal body make up, painted as a tiger and a zebra respectively. The promo is based around a contest to find the worlds greatest twerker. This is definitely upping the ante in the gratuitous booty shaking stakes once again.

Black 2 Comm 14th April 2019

Featuring The Exploited, Bobby Gentry, Metal Urbain and many others. Cheq out this promo for The Beatles "Rain" which appeared on the b-side of their "Paperback Writer" single in 1966. This is my favourite Beatles period. The effects of their exposure to psychedelics are apparent, though the unadvisable facial hair had not yet become part of their look. This is the "mod on the brink of psychedelia" vibe that Oasis based their entire career on.
The sound of the bass guitar is incredible and surprisingly loud in the mix. Paul MacCartney wanted to get a sound similar to the soul records of the time. In the video, Paul's chipped tooth is on display and John's attempt to lip-synch the backwards vocal at the end of the track always makes me chuckle. Everyone seems to talk about '67 and the summer of love, but this was when the real shit was going down.

Black 2 Comm 7th April 2019

Featuring Black Flag, Arlo Guthrie, Anne Clark and many others. Cheq out this footage of The Von Bondies performing at the Glastonbury Festival inna 2004. The Detroit rockers treat the rain sodden crowd to a blistering set of garage rock. I love the symmetrical stage set up with the two girls flanking singer/guitarist Jason Stollsteimer. It's also interesting to see the minimal drum kit, comprising of just a kick, a snare, with only one cymbal and tom. They were so good that Jack White had to kick his ass!

Black 2 Comm 31st March 2019

Featuring Soft Cell, The Shangri-Las, Tenor Saw and more. Cheq out this promo for Blondie's "Rapture" which was the first rap video to be screened on MTV back in 1981. The clip starts at a house party where Debbie Harry dances individually with all the members of the group. She chats with the DJ played by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (not Grandmaster Flash as planned) then goes "out to the parking lot" where graffiti artists, Fab Five Freddy and Lee Quinones are making a mess of a wall. She was definitely mixing in the right circles!

Black 2 Comm 24th March 2019

Featuring Jefferson Airplane, Napalm Death, Lil Yachty and more. Cheq out this footage of Dennis Wilson appearing from behind his kit to sing "You Are So Beautiful" with The Beach Boys at Knebworth in 1980. The song was credited to Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher though many believe that Wilson co-wrote part of the song with Preston at a party. The drink and drugs took their tole on the drummer who would die before reaching his 40th birthday. Despite straining to reach the high notes and being in poor physical shape, he puts in a moving performance. The song was a live fan favourite . . . especially with the ladies!

Black 2 Comm 17th March 2019

Featuring Dead Or Alive, Theatre Of Hate, Dua Lipa and more. Cheq out this clip of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performing live at the Fillmore East in June 1970. The footage is taken from Neil Young's art house film "Journey Through The Past". The group perform Young's "Ohio", written about the Kent state shootings that had happened earlier in the year and "Southern Man", followed by Buffalo Springfield's "On The Way Home" and finally a solo rendition of "Birds".

Black 2 Comm 10th March 2019

Featuring Johnny Cash, Clock DVA, Lush and more. Cheq out this promo for Jaden Smith's "Ghost" single. The video is shot in Tokyo's Shibuya district and see's him rocking a surgical face mask and sliding down a set of stairs on his back for some strange reason. He can also be seen flexing with Monopoly money in what appears to be a hip hop video parody. 20 year old Smith is no stranger to the Benjamin's though, as he's the son of rapper and Hollywood actor Will Smith and starred in the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid. He moved out of his parents home into his own $4 million mansion in L.A.'s Hidden Hills when he was only 18 . . . keeping it nepotistic y'all!

Black 2 Comm 3rd March 2019

Featuring Yello, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Kinks and more. Cheq out this black and white footage of Skeeter Davis performing her 1962 tearjerker "The End Of The World" on an American TV show. She looks quite nervous, wearing an awful dress in front of a painted countryside scene but what is most incredible about this clip is her hairdo. It looks as though she's got a helmet on her head as her hair doesn't move an inch!

Black 2 Comm 17th February 2019

Featuring Grace Jones, The Small Faces, Gary U.S. Bonds and more. Cheq out this super early clip of the Beastie Boys performing "Cookie Puss" and a jam based around a Trouble Funk groove at the Kitchen inna New York City. The video was shot in 1983 and captures the groups first foray into hip hop and rap. They were a hardcore punk band at the time and had already played a full show with singer Michael Diamond wearing a Santa hat. They ended the set with a version of their first single "Cookie Puss" which was based on a prank phone call to the Carvel ice cream restaurant chain (the Cookie Puss being an ice cream character created by the Carvel brand). The footage is notable for the appearance of the Beastie's original drummer, Kate Schellenbach who rocks the house with her T & A (her words not mine)!

Black 2 Comm 10th February 2019

Featuring Television, The Runaways, Gregory Isaacs and more. Cheq out this clip of Roky Erickson & The Explosives performing "Red Temple Prayer (Two-Headed Dog)" inna 1980. The song was written shortly after his release from a 3 year stay in a mental hospital where he underwent extensive electro-shock therapy. A couple of years after this footage was shot, he he signed a legal affidavit to say that an alien being had taken up residence in his body.

Black 2 Comm 3rd February 2019

Featuring Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Die Toten Hosen, Altered Images and more. Cheq out this clip of the mullet headed John Roberts trying to make sense of Flea and Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers inna 1986. The pair are clearly out of their gourds on some form of illegal stimulant(s), Flea's eyes looking almost reptilian. When asked about their influences they instantly reel of a list of made up bands including Harry Skidmore and the Armpit Hairs from Kalamazoo. Anton the swan's hand is resting on the bass players upper thigh throughout the interview while Flea's microphone is clipped onto his right nipple.

Black 2 Comm 27th January 2019

Featuring Nico, The Trashmen, MC 900 Ft. Jesus and more. Cheq out this amazing footage of Detroit rockers, the MC5, kicking out the jams live in an empty German TV studio in 1972. The session was recorded for the Beat Club programme shortly before the band imploded. The group had already sacked original bassist Michael Davis and recruited Englishman Steev Moorhouse and would eventually perform dreadful shows with guitarist Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith taking over on vocal duties. They're firing on all cylinders here though, with the twin axemen dropping to their knees during the instrumental section while singer Rob Tyner busts out some inspired shapes in his glittery jacket and full 'fro combo . . . kick 'em out!

Black 2 Comm 20th January 2019

Featuring Sly & The Family Stone, Connie Stevens, Plastic Bertrand and more. Cheq out this incredible footage of Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers performing at the Gibus club in Paris in 1984. Johnny's looking cool as a cucumber in his kamikaze headband and gold lamé jacket. The reformed Heartbreakers are on fire here, unlike in the professionally filmed Lyceum show of the same year (which was a car crash). They tear through a set of their own junkie rock numbers interspersed with early 60's classics including Gary U.S. Bond's Seven Day Weekend and the Contours' Do You Love Me.

The L.A.M.F. era line up included former New York Doll and Thunders' partner in crime, Jerry Nolan on drums. Both would die young as a result of their rock 'n' roll lifestyles as would bass player Billy Rath, although he would find God beforehand. The only surviving member is second guitar/vocalist, Walter Lure who went on to work as a stock broker on Wall Street!

Black 2 Comm 13th January 2019

Featuring the Yellow Magic Orchestra, Slowdive, Mercury Rev and more. Cheq out this footage of Dylan's press conference for the second Isle of Wight festival in 1969. The organisers of the Woodstock festival had hoped to lure the great songwriter onto their bill by placing the festival in his back yard but he would snub them and the late '60s counter culture in general. He actually left for the Isle of Wight on the 15th April, the day that Woodstock began, traveling to the UK on the QE2 with his pregnant wife Sara. He would perform his subdued set to 150,000 fans including John Lennon, Yoko Ono, George Harrison, Patti Boyd, Keith Richards and Jane Fonda while bustin' for a piss!