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UNDER THE RADAR: The Crookes - "Maybe In The Dark" (Official Video)

UNDER THE RADAR: This Sheffield-based band delivers retro pop rock blended with elements of the C86 sound of the post punk era.

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Under The Radar #17 (22.08.2014)

MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #17 (22.08.2014).


Discovering the new indie & alternative pop rock music


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Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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LIVE SESSION: A CERTAIN RATIO - "Wild Party" & "Inside"

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LIVE SESSION: A CERTAIN RATIO – “Wild Party” & “Inside”.

 

A Certain Ratio live on TV in 1985.

 

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JOE STRUMMER on Studio

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JOE STRUMMER

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The Slits

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Patti Smith by Bob Gruen in NY

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Nina Hagen

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Killing Joke, 1982

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - "Cracking Up"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: JESUS AND MARY CHAIN – “Cracking Up”.

 

“Cracking Up” from Jesus and Mary Chain’s 6/8/1998 album, Munki.

 

The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Sub Pop label debut, Munki, is schizophrenic and impassioned, a record that both summarizes the band’s career to date and cleans the slate for their future. Virtually each of the 17 tracks here echoes a prior moment in the Chain’s existence, moving at breakneck pace from the volcanic noise of their earliest material to the bleak grace of Darklands, through to the sleek, supercharged pop of Automatic.

 

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The Cramps

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LIVE SESSION: THE SPECIALS with AMY WINEHOUSE - "You're Wondering Now" & "Ghost Town"

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LIVE SESSION: THE SPECIALS with AMY WINEHOUSE – “You’re Wondering Now” & “Ghost Town”.

 

The Specials with Amy Winehouse performing “You’re Wondering Now” & “Ghost Town” at V Festival Hylands Park, Chelmsford U.K (2009-08-22).

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: FAD GADGET - "Life on The Line"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: FAD GADGET – “Life on The Line”.

 

Song taken from the album Under the Flag, released in 1982.

 

Francis John “Frank” Tovey, known also by his stage name Fad Gadget, was a British avant-garde electronic musician and vocalist. He was a proponent of both new wave and early industrial music, fusing together a unique blend of pop structured songs mixed with mechanized experimentation.

 

As Fad Gadget, his music was characterized by the use of synthesisers in conjunction with sounds of found objects, including drills and electric razors. His bleak, sarcastic and darkly humorous lyrics, often layered with biting social commentary toward subjects such as machinery, industrialization, consumerism, human sexuality, mass media, religion and domestic violence, were sung in a droning, often expressionless voice. 

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: ELVIS COSTELLO - "Pump It Up"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: ELVIS COSTELLO – “Pump It Up”.

 

Elvis Costello has said that “Pump It Up” was written in the midst of the infamous Stiff Records package tour of 1977; Ian Dury’s “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll” had become the official closing number of the tour, and its hedonistic philosophy proved contagious among the participants, as the tour became a rolling party of nonstop drunken debauchery that taxed its participants to the breaking point.

 

In many ways, “Pump It Up” is the flip side to Dury’s anthem, an unblinking look at the physical and emotional costs of what some call the rock & roll lifestyle. But unlike most cautionary songs, “Pump It Up” is as exciting, insistent, and physically powerful as anything Costello might have been railing against; the rhythm section of Pete Thomas and Bruce Thomas set down a hard, stomping groove that rocks hard but demands to be danced to, while Steve Nieve’s roller-rink organ and Costello’s slashing guitar serve up boundless energy with a slightly sinister undercurrent; the song perfectly captures the giddy but terrifying feeling of an wild, adrenaline-fueled all-night party that’s dangling on the verge of collapse.

- allmusic


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SONG of the DAY: PACIFIC AIR - “Move"

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SONG of the DAY: PACIFIC AIR – “Move”.

 

Eternal sunshine in the form of timeless indie pop.

 

Origin: Santa Ana, California.

 

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Viva Joe Strummer - The Clash and Beyond

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Viva Joe Strummer – The Clash and Beyond (duration: 1h)

 

Here is an amazing documentary, which tells the story of Joe Strummer, former Clash legend and defining figure of British popular music.

As a Celebration of his life and his music, with exclusive interviews from band members, close friends, roadies and fans, this film gives an insight into the artist whose sudden death in 2002 came as a shock to the music world.

 

Interviewees include Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Jonny Green, Glen Matlock, Pennie Smith and more. Also featured is music from Joe Strummer,The Clash and The Mescaleros. You can see footage of performances of Tommy Gun, Graceland, London Calling, White Riot and many many more.

 

Narrated by Robert Elms

 

Documentary Chapters:
Chapter 1. First Impression
Chapter 2. Early Days
Chapter 3. Punk… So What Was That All About?
Chapter 4. Leader of the Pack
Chapter 5. The Fans
Chapter 6. We Gotta Move On
Chapter 7. Backlash
Chapter 8. Amerika
Chapter 9. The Man Behind the Mask
Chapter 10. Words and Music
Chapter 11. “I Am Not Che Guevara”
Chapter 12. That Split
Chapter 13. The Wilderness Years
Chapter 14. The Mescaleros
Chapter 15. Joe At 50
Chapter 16. Deja Vu
Chapter 17. Joe R.I.P
Chapter 18. Legacy
Chapter 19. Strummerville
Chapter 20. Memories.

 

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JOE STRUMMER

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: A CERTAIN RATIO - "Forced Laugh"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: A CERTAIN RATIO – “Forced Laugh”.

 

Song taken from A Certain Ratio’s debut album, To Each… (1981).

 

The group dropped much of the bleak dance-punk of early material in place of what sounds like a shallow attempt to seize the baton dropped by gloom giants Joy Division after the death of Ian Curtis. Though Simon Topping’s trumpet work occasionally lifts To Each… over the crop of contemporary synth-popsters, the album is a bit too mired in its own misery to make an impression on listeners.

 

A Certain Ratio are a post-punk band formed in 1977 in Manchester, England. While originally part of the punk rock movement, they soon added funk and dance elements to their sound. They are sometimes referred to as “post punk funk”. The band’s name is taken from the lyrics of Brian Eno’s song “The True Wheel” from the album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy).

 

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A Certain Ratio

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UNDER THE RADAR: KING KRULE - "A Lizard State"

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UNDER THE RADAR: KING KRULE – “A Lizard State”.

 

King Krule video for “A Lizard State”, from the album 6 Feet Beneath The Moon (2013).

 

The black-and-white clip, directed by Jamie-James Medina, finds him standing horizontally on the walls and playing guitar in a suit. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film Dial M for Murder, the video kicks off with a clip from “Hitchcock Presents”.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: KILLING JOKE - "Love Like Blood"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: KILLING JOKE – “Love Like Blood”.

 

Killing Joke practiced a rare combination of pop melodicism, punk-metal aggression, and dance music groove long before other artists formed similar amalgams.

 

While there were melodic punk- and metal-edged bands, and smarter dance-synth pop, Killing Joke seamlessly mixed all of it and sounded unlike anyone else. “Love Like Blood” was a breakthrough on modern dance charts, with guitars right out of metal and chant-like vocals gleaned from punk rock, post-punk, and goth rock. Singer Jaz Coleman was not averse to making bold social and political statements over the gloomy music, even if some listeners were too carried away by the song’s groove to even bother to listen to the words, never mind think about them.

 

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SONG of the DAY: FISHLIGHTS - “Desprender”

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SONG of the DAY: FISHLIGHTS – “Desprender”.

 

Bioluminescent dream pop to soundtrack subaquatic adventures.

Origin: Mexico City.

 

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The Jesus and Mary Chain

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JOY DIVISION by Anton Corbijn

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Johnny Marr with Morrissey in the distance behind the door

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