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 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 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!
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!