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PHOTO: The Jesus And Mary Chain, Portugal, 1985

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PHOTO: the Specials

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IN CONCERT: The B-52′s – Live In Dortmund 1983 (32 min)

IN CONCERT: The B-52′s – Live In Dortmund 1983 (32 min)


The B-52s | 14-May-1983 | Dortmund, Germany

1. Song For a Future Generation 00:00
2. Planet Claire 04:17
3. Mesopotamia 08:17
4. Big Bird 12:10
5. Dance This Mess Around 16:59
6. Rock Lobster 21:45
7. Party Out Of Bounds 27:01


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: VISAGE – “Fade To Grey”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: VISAGE – “Fade To Grey”.

 

Visage’s sole hit single and their signature track, 1980′s “Fade To Grey” is one of the definitive New Romantic songs. After all, Visage was notoriously formed by scenester extraordinaire Steve Strange, a non-musician who claimed that he formed the band simply as an excuse to take some really fabulous publicity shots.

 

That conceit (which wasn’t true; an early version of the band existed as far back as the grimy post-punk days of 1978) aside, Visage made some genuinely interesting, atmospheric synth-pop records, with “Fade To Grey” one of the two pinnacles, alongside the more urgent “The Damned Don’t Cry.” Freed from the more commercially-oriented strictures of their primary project Ultravox, Midge Ure and Billy Currie fashioned a minimalist, pulsating synth-pop sound seemingly influenced by the artsy likes of Cluster as well as Giorgio Moroder’s electro-disco throb.

 

Over this, Strange whispers sketchy lyrics in a barely-there voice and an unidentified woman murmurs in French. It’s so ambient it barely exists at all, but the one-line chorus provides just enough of a hook to layer the rest of the song onto. “Fade To Grey” has been remixed several times as new trends take hold in electronic dance music over the years, but as always, the original remains the best.
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SXSW Interview: St. Vincent – SXSW Music 2014

SXSW Interview: St. Vincent – SXSW Music 2014.

 

According to The Awl, St. Vincent’s new record “St. Vincent” is a “spectacular thing.”


St. Vincent aka Annie Clark sits down with Ann Powers of NPR Music for a SXSW Interview. With lyrical topics ranging from a creation myth to digital identity, the new record “St. Vincent” continues Clark’s burst of activity which began with 2011′s ‘Strange Mercy’ and the collaboration with David Byrne, ‘Love This Giant.’ Speaking of the musical approach this time around, she says, “I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral.”

 

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MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #27 (23.11.2014).

MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #27 (23.11.2014).


Discovering the new indie & alternative pop rock music.


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Jam – “Start

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Jam – “Start”.

 

The chasm that separated critics and The Jam’s buying public was never greater than that which opened upon the release of this single. The journos were blind-sided by Paul Weller’s rather obvious lifting of The Beatles’s “Taxman” bassline in its entirety for “Start”, and were unable to see or hear anything beyond that fact. Still, at least drawing Beatles comparisons did allow them to new some new territory. Previously, all they’d harped on about was Weller’s debt to Pete Townshend.

 

But their musical tunnel-vision insured they missed what the rest of Britain heard, the song’s funky undertones, its splendid jangle around Weller’s guitar chords, and the incredible crispness to the sound, producer Vic Coopersmith-Heaven at his best. Plundered in part the song may have been, but composer Weller gave it his own twist, his band their own unique take, and the single, released in August, 1980, started up the chart and didn’t stop until it hit the top, to become the trio’s second #1.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Model Aeroplanes – “Crazy”

UNDER THE RADAR: Model Aeroplanes – “Crazy”.

 

Ferociously catchy indie pop filmed live on BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway show.

 

Hailing from Dundee, Scotland, the lifelong friends have been playing music for years in a variety of bands and formations. Settling rather successfully into the Model Aeroplanes groove, they have uploaded a handful of promising tracks to their SoundCloud page, ‘Crazy’ is their official debut single.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Cocteau Twins – “Orange Appled”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Cocteau Twins – “Orange Appled”.


Cocteau Twins perform Orange Appled. Rare performance shown on SnubTV 1991.


1986′s “Orange Appled” is an underappreciated gem from the largely ignored Love’s Easy Tears EP, the best track from that otherwise substandard release.


One of the Cocteau Twins’ most upbeat tunes and one of the very few times where the tempo breaks above their accustomed slow, stately pace, “Orange Appled” has an almost giddy, spinning melody featuring a chorus of three overdubbed Liz Fraser vocal lines that dart and swerve around each other to create a genuinely psychedelic tapestry of interwoven sounds.


Underneath this, Robin Guthrie creates a similar effect with his overdubbed and richly processed guitars, this time including a high, warbling sound very similar to a musical saw alongside the usual Cocteau Twins washes of pure sound. Somewhat difficult to locate until the Stars and Topsoil collection came out in 2000, “Orange Appled” is well worth seeking out not just for Cocteau Twins fans but also for those detractors who claim that all their songs sound alike. While this song is clearly built on the same sonic elements as their other work, its spirited, genuinely sunny mood proves that a wide range of emotional colors were available to the group.


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UNDER THE RADAR: The Sundowners – “Into the Light”

UNDER THE RADAR: The Sundowners – “Into the Light”.

 

The Sundowners are a psychedelic rock five piece from The Wirral (North West UK).

 

They’re cooking up a musical melting pot of musical influences including Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Byrds and Tom Petty. They’re taking their time, writing real songs, putting on great gigs and capturing an audience all around the country.

 

This is the first release from The Sundowners debut album released on Skeleton Key Records, Produced by The Corals James and Ian Skelly at Parr Street Studios.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: BAD MANNERS – “LIP UP FATTY”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: BAD MANNERS – “LIP UP FATTY”.

 

Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle), the band was formed in 1976 while the members were at school together, and among their early incarnations were known as Stoop Solo and the Sheet Starchers. None of the members had any formal musical training, not even the ability to play any instruments. They were popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s, a period when lots of similar ska bands filled the charts.

 

One of the main reasons for their notoriety was because of their outlandish, larger-than-life, huge tongued & shaven-headed front man. Buster’s exploits got them banned from the British TV chart show Top of the Pops[citation needed](which included dressing as Henry VIII and singing to a blow-up doll for the song “Lorraine”, pouring a large can of baked beans over his head, and dressing in a can-can dancer’s dress to promote their single “Can-Can”). They were also banned from Italian TV when Buster had decided after a particularly successful concert that he should moon the crowd, having been told that the Pope was watching on TV.

 

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UNDER THE RADAR: Black Market Karma – “C’est Gratuit”

UNDER THE RADAR: Black Market Karma – “C’est Gratuit”.

 

Black Market Karma are a psychedelic band from London. Their sound is comprised of thick open guitar sounds and gliding melodies poured over laid back beats and peppered with hypnotic vocals and fuzzed out bass guitar.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Selecter – “Missing Words”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Selecter – “Missing Words”.

 

“Missing Words” was a bit of a change of pace for The Selecter, it was a song that dealt strictly with personal affairs, and more accurately a broken relationship. Neol Davies may have written the song, but Pauline Black delivers up the lyrics with all the passion and anger his words required.

 

The arrangement is equally vehement, the insistent rhythm, a mass attack of drums, bass, guitar riffs and keyboard riff, is counterpointed by flashes of Davies’ own lead guitar, an incredibly aggressive backing, Black adds the emotion, and together the group made this number a stand-out.

It was initially included on the group’s 1980 debut Too Much Pressure album, but was spun off onto 45 in March that same year.

 

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LIVE SESSION: The Specials – “Hey Little Rich Girl”

LIVE SESSION: The Specials – “Hey Little Rich Girl”.

 

The Specials performing “Hey Little Rich Girl” live in Japan 1980.

July 1980 saw the band head off to Japan for the first time, but the frenzied crowd reaction in Osaka got them in trouble with the police. At that time, standing at a concert was against the law in Japan, but as was usual for a Specials show, the crowd went wild and invaded the stage. The police were called in and arrested manager Rick Rogers and the club manager, and the band were told to stay in their hotel. The second Osaka show was canceled, but they dutifully played the other couple of shows on the tour and returned home.

 

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UNDER THE RADAR: David Bowie – “‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore”

UNDER THE RADAR: David Bowie – “‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore”.

 

David Bowie has released a new track called ‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore’, the B-side to new single ‘Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)’.
Bowie has described the track as follows: “If Vorticists wrote Rock Music it might have sounded like this”.

 

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PHOTO: Madness

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UNDER THE RADAR: School ’94 – “Like You”

UNDER THE RADAR: School ’94 – “Like You”.

 

Gothenburg-based pop-punk dreamers band School changed their name to School ’94, sign to Cascine, and released a debut EP.

 

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PHOTO: The Specials by Paul Slattery, Coventry, 1979

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PHOTO: The Jam backstage at CBGBs by Ebet Roberts 1977

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PHOTO: The Jam backstage at CBGBs by Ebet Roberts 1977.

 

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PHOTO: B52s Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson

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PHOTO: B52s Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson.

 

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PHOTO: X Ray Spex

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PHOTO: The Stranglers at their Manchester Concert, Entertainment Punk Music, June 1977

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PHOTO: The Stranglers at their Manchester Concert, Entertainment Punk Music, June 1977.

 

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PHOTO: the Specials

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PHOTO: the Smiths

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