RADIO BROADCAST #257
03 – 02 – 14
Fanatics! I do believe we are emerging from the fridgid jaws of winter and soon, spring will be upon us. I am going to cram the last of my cold weather listening into a few more days and then move onto other stuff. I had a good winter of listening. I actually set up a cold weather listening schedule in an effort to keep the tunes happening as much as I could. It was a lot of German music: Can, Kraftwerk, Conrad Schnitzler, Kluster, Cluster, etc. It was great. Spring and fall, those are very inspiring times of the year for me. I look forward to this one.
Fanatics, thank you so much for all the letters you sent in about the show we did with John Dywer and last week's salute to the passing of Bob 'Bob 2' Casale of Devo. Thank you for taking the time out to listen in.
See also: Henry Rollins Says Goodbye to Bob Casale of Devo
Tonight's show is our humble effort to acknowledge the changing of the seasons as we slowly ramp up for the battering of summer.
My favorite track of the night is the one by Frederick Michael St. Jude. This is from a cool re-issue of a 1982 release called Here Am I. Drag City does some really cool stuff.
The Jack Name album is all kinds of good. It's on Ty Segall's label, God?, and it's available through Drag City.
I saw Pontiak play a couple of weeks ago. I was already a fan but after seeing how damn good they were live, I only like them more. Check out tonight's track of theirs and see what you think. If you like what you hear, Sea Voids is a great album to start in with.
We thank Engineer X for taking the new Choubi! Choubi! Vol. 2 LP set and transferring it to digital, making it easier to bring to your ears. I recommend both volumes. Great music.
In our second hour, we strike again with more great tunes, starting with a classic Thin Lizzy track, the BBC version, which is quite good.
If you feel compelled, there is some interesting reading you can do about the Bowie track we are featuring tonight, “Bewlay Brothers.” It's one of my favorites. If you have never checked out his Hunky Dory album, it's a great one.
David Bowie, London Mail 6/29/08: “The only pipe I have ever smoked was a cheap Bewlay. It was a common item in the late '60s and for this song I used Bewlay as a cognomen – in place of my own. This wasn't just a song about brotherhood so I didn't want to misrepresent it by using my true name. Having said that, I wouldn't know how to interpret the lyric of this song other than suggesting that there are layers of ghosts within it. It's a palimpsest, then.
The circumstances of the recording barely exist in my memory. It was late, I know that. I was on my own with my producer Ken Scott; the other musicians having gone for the night. Unlike the rest of the Hunky Dory album, which I had written before the studio had been booked, this song was an unwritten piece that I felt had to be recorded instantaneously. I had a whole wad of words that I had been writing all day. I had felt distanced and unsteady all evening, something settling in my mind. It's possible that I may have smoked something in my Bewlay pipe. I distinctly remember a sense of emotional invasion. I do believe that we finished the whole thing on that one night. It's likely that I ended up drinking at the Sombrero in Kensington High Street or possibly Wardour Street's crumbling La Chasse. Cool.”
Again, thank you very much for listening. Stay with us and STAY FANATIC!!!
– – Henry
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01. Miles Davis – E.S.P / E.S.P.
02. The Stooges – Real Cool Time / The Stooges
03. Point Juncture, WA – Sick On Sugar / Heart To Elk
04. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb / Dazed & Confused Soundtrack
05. Rajah Ahmad & Dengan Dendang Irama – Oh Ya Ya / Pop Yeh Yeh – Psychedelic Rock From Singapore And Malaysia: 1964-1970
06. Frederick Michael St. Jude – Love You Anyway / Here Am I
07. Jack Name – Do the Shadow / Light Show
08. Pontiak – World Wide Prince / Sea Voids
09. Unknown Artist – Ma Yefareqna El Zaman (Time Can't Come Between Us) / Choubi! Choubi! Folk And Pop Songs From Iraq Vol. 2
10. Lightnin' Hopkins – My Little Kewpie Doll / The Herald Recordings
11. Birthday Party – Kewpie Doll / Junkyard
12. Public Enemy – Harder Than You Think / How You Sell Soul To A Souless People Who Sold Their Soul???
13. Discharge – It's No T.V. Sketch / Singles
14. Curtis Mayfield – Wild And Free / Curtis
01. Thin Lizzy – Cowboy Song / At the BBC
02. Ty Segall – Would You Be My Love / Gemini
03. The Leftovers – Cigarettes & Alcohol / Tales From The Australian Underground – Singles 76-89
04. The Penetrators – Teenage Lifestyle Basement Anthology 1976-84
05. Kraftwerk – Tongebirge / Ralf und Florian
06. David Bowie – The Bewlay Brothers / Hunky Dory
07. The Ramones – Time Bomb / Subterranean Jungle
08. Bo Diddley – Road Runner / Chess 50th Anniversary Collection
09. The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand (mono) / Meet the Beatles
10. Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic / Smash Hits
11. Pow – Switchboard Scientist / Hi-Tech Boom
12. Julie Ruin – Oh Come On / Run Fast
13. Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata / Pata Pata
14. Al Eide – Wheels Of Time / Rockintium
15. John Coltrane – Offering / Expression