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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Passions – “I’m in love with a German Film Star”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Passions – “I’m in love with a German Film Star”.

 

The Passions were a post-punk band formed by guitarist/vocalist Barbara Gogan, bassist Claire Bidwell, drummer Richard Williams, vocalist Mitch Barker, and guitarist Clive Temperley.

 

The Passions debuted in March of 1979 with the Needles and Pins single on Soho, which helped them gain a contract with Fiction, home of the Cure. A year passed between the release of the single and Michael and Miranda, the band’s debut LP. Another single and a pair of trips to the BBC studios for recording sessions preceded the release of their highest charting song, “I’m in Love With a German Film Star,” which hit number 25 on the U.K. pop chart during the winter of 1981.

 

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PHOTO: Ride, early 90s

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UNDER THE RADAR: Githead – “Take Off”

UNDER THE RADAR: Githead – “Take Off”.


Song taken from the album Landing (2009).


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PHOTO: The Jesus and Mary Chain

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PHOTO: Tina Weymouth - Bassist for Talking Heads

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UNDER THE RADAR: Brick + Mortar – “Hollow Tune”

UNDER THE RADAR: Brick + Mortar – “Hollow Tune”.

 

Brick + Mortar is an indie punk rock duo founded in Toms River, New Jersey in March 2008. The duo consists of frontman Brandon Asraf (bass guitar, vocals) and John Tacon (drums, electronic samples, vocals).

The duo is a significant part of the musical and artistic culture of Asbury Park, New Jersey as it is the first electronic drum and bass pop duo to have such success in the area.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Dream Syndicate – “Bullet With My Name On It”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Dream Syndicate – “Bullet With My Name On It”.

 

The Dream Syndicate’s Medicine Show sounds like it was intended, at least in part, to silence the critics who had said that their first album, The Days of Wine and Roses, sounded too much like the Velvet Underground.

There’s almost no Velvets at all on Medicine Show, even on this lengthy, feedback-heavy guitar workout. Indeed, the closest comparison for “Bullet With My Name on It” is Neil Young and Crazy Horse, both in Steve Wynn’s sleepy, slurred vocals and the way that Wynn and Karl Precoda’s guitars circle around each other, not so much soloing as both playing similar lines at almost, but not quite, the same time, which adds to the song’s disorienting quality.

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PHOTO: The Sex Pistols photographed at Heathrow Airport, London, by Ray Stevenson while returning from Amsterdam with The Bromley Contingent on 8th January 1977

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PHOTO: The Sex Pistols photographed at Heathrow Airport, London, by Ray Stevenson while returning from Amsterdam with The Bromley Contingent on 8th January 1977.

 

photo no.1 (L-R): Malcolm McLaren, Johnny Rottten, Steve Jones Paul Cook.

 

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PHOTO: Spacemen 3, live 1987

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PHOTO: Spacemen 3, live 1987

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Skids – “The Saints Are Coming”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Skids – “The Saints Are Coming”.


“The Saints are Coming” was the third single by the Scottish art-punk unit Skids, featured on their 1979 debut album, Scared To Dance. The song became an international #1 hit when it was covered in 2006 by Green Day and U2.


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UNDER THE RADAR: Francisco The Man – “Progress”

UNDER THE RADAR: Francisco The Man – “Progress”.

 

Song taken from Francisco The Man’s debut LP ‘Loose Ends‘ released 27/10/2014 via Small Plates/Fat Possum.

 

Los Angeles indie rock foursome Francisco The Man may have been plying their wares for the better part of two years (with the aid of Small Plates Records) but their latest single “Progress” from their upcoming debut full length Loose Ends is likely to rewrite those years of cacophonous pseudo-obscurity.

 

“Progress” is a hell of a tune, dialing Francisco the Man’s furtive pop efforts thus far straight up to eleven. While the quartet’s pop was hard won through a deluge of instrumental tumult, “Progress” is a much more winsome use of space and the band’s talents as the track doesn’t quite let itself slip entirely into the realm of sugary sweet pop confection.

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MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #44 (17.01.2015)

MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #44 (17.01.2015).


Discovering the new indie & alternative pop rock music.

 

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PHOTO: Joy Division

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PHOTO: Ride, early 90s

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MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #45 (24.01.2015)

MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #45 (24.01.2015).

Discovering the new indie & alternative pop rock music.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Feelies – “Paint it Black” (Rolling Stones cover)

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Feelies – “Paint it Black” (Rolling Stones cover).

 

The Feelies performing a cover of Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black” at Bottom Line , NYC, 19/04/1990.

 

The version of the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black,” was recorded by the later lineup of the band in 1990 and included as a bones in the reissuing of the debut album Crazy Rhythms.

 

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PHOTO: Tina Weymouth - Bassist for Talking Heads

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PHOTO: Slowdive in Reading (UK), 1990 by Martyn Goodacre

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PHOTO: The Sex Pistols photographed at Heathrow Airport, London, by Ray Stevenson while returning from Amsterdam with The Bromley Contingent on 8th January 1977

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PHOTO: The Sex Pistols photographed at Heathrow Airport, London, by Ray Stevenson while returning from Amsterdam with The Bromley Contingent on 8th January 1977.

photo no.2 (L-R): Vivienne Westwood, Malcolm, Siouxsie Sioux ,Steve Severin, Steve & Paul.

 

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UNDER THE RADAR: BRONCHO – “Class Historian”

UNDER THE RADAR: BRONCHO – “Class Historian” .

 

The hit single “Class Historian” from BRONCHO’s second LP “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman”.

 

The Oklahoma power-pop trio BRONCHO plays bright, buzzing, preternaturally hooky retro garage rock.

 

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PHOTO: Spacemen 3, live 1987

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PHOTO: Spacemen 3, live 1987

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PHOTOS: Bilinda Butcher - My Bloody Valentine, Marseille 1992

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PHOTOS: Bilinda Butcher - My Bloody Valentine, Marseille 1992.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Electronic – “For you”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Electronic – “For you”.


“For You” is a song by English band Electronic, comprising Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr, with guesting co-writer Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk, released as the second single from their second album Raise the Pressure (1996).


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