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Monday, 25 June 2012

Talking A Lot Of Toilet

Penny returned to The Sunday Alternative tonight, having been away in Brighton last weekend. The conversational tone didn't leave the smallest room in the house for a great percentage of the time, but it was a lot of fun trying to steer Penny away for her to go right back there. It gave me the idea that we should record our conversations during songs when the microphones are off, to release as a separate 'bonus' podcast. It was nice to have Penny back, as we work really well together, I didn't really feel on form tonight but I like to think that we still pulled a great show out of the hat.

We were of course severely hampered by the fact that England were playing, and then went into extra time and penalties. It will serve everyone right that they missed the show to see England die on their arses once again. The show is one of Trent Sound's most downloaded 'listen again' programmes, which does make me wonder about doing it live. Live feels better though. As soon as this particular edition is available to download, I anticipate a surge on the National Grid, and the Internet to melt.

The Flying Pickets 'When You're Young And In Love' (played in tribute to Brian Hibbard)
Brian Fahey Orchestra 'At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal'/Peters and Lee 'Welcome Home' (I faded the usual intro into 'Welcome Home' as Penny had returned to the show)Binnie Hale 'A Nice Cup Of Tea'
The Vapours 'Turning Japanese'
Manic Street Preachers 'Motorcycle Emptiness'
Violent Femmes 'Color Me Once'
Kingmaker 'Armchair Anarchist'
The Given Motion 'Blink'
Nightmare Arcade 'Underworld'
Redbear 'My Name Is Kieran'
Portugal The Man 'Guns and Dogs'
Gold Panda 'You'
Tom Cruise 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' (this week's 'dad rock classic' chosen because I saw Rock of Ages in the week)

Ken Dodd and The Diddymen 'Where's Me Shirt'
Sultans Of Ping FC 'Where's Me Jumper'
(We both realised that we should have played 'Donald Where's Yer Troosers' to make a trilogy of trying to get dressed and not being able to find anything)

The Brian Jonestown Massacre 'Feel It'
Cryogenics 'You Will Never Know'
Pree 'Lack Of Fight'
POND 'Moth Wings'
Tray Electric 'Don't You Wish'
Long Dead Signal 'A Question Of Violence'
Will Jeffery 'Dorothy Jean'
(the above three all played at yesterday's Waterfront festival, and form a now regular triple whammy of Nottingham acts. Incidentally, you can see Will Jeffery perform 'Dorothy Jean' on the show here or in 3D here)

Crystal Castles 'Crimewave'

Iggy Pop 'Louie Louie'
Dave Wallace 'Ska Like Teen Spirit'
Joan Jett with The Sex Pistols 'I Love Rock and Roll'

Chris Reeve (no relation to Penny) 'Just Like Red Wine'
Screaming Jay Hawkins 'I Put A Spell On You'
Natalie Merchant 'Down On Penny's Farm'

Attila The Stockbroker 'The Bible According To Rupert Murdoch'
Billy Bragg 'Never Buy The Sun'
The 45s 'Couldn't Believe A Word'
Leadbelly 'House Of The Rising Sun'
Jimmy Edwards 'Love Bug Crawl'
Nick Harper 'By My Rocket Comes Fire'
Metric 'Black Sheep'
Sapphire Lane 'Huntdown'

Monday, 18 June 2012

Which Trent Host Has Broadcast The Most?

Penny was away this week, so in stepped Trent Sound's very own super-sub Andy Haynes to join me for The Sunday Alternative. We have always had a good rapport, but have never done a show together, so tonight was a lot of fun. As we have both presented other shows as cover, we decided to work out who had broadcast the most hours on the station. I thought it would be close, but I also knew that he would win. He did!

Brian Fahey Orchestra 'At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal' (intro)
Ella Sheilds 'Burlington Bertie'
Dead Kennedys 'Kill The Poor'
New Order '5-8-6'
The Amber Herd 'Thursday'
Age Of Chance 'Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Noise'
Sham 69 'Hurry Up Harry'
Splodganessabounds 'Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps'
Black Sabbath 'War Pigs'
Black Sabbath 'Paranoid' (both used as this week's 'dad rock classics'for my dad who loves Black Sabbath, and I have him to thank for the early development of my musical taste)

Cannon and Ball 'Everybody's Making It Big But Me'
The Busters 'We Are The Champions'
PIL 'One Drop'
Bad Manners 'My Girl Lollipop'
Calling All Astronauts 'Winter Of Discontent'
Yuck 'Get Away'
The Vaselines 'You Think You're A Man'
The Passmore Sisters 'Difficult'

MC5 'Louie Louie'
Beki Bondage 'Smells Like teen Spirit'
Greencard 'I Love Rock and Roll'

ANDY'S PHYCADELIC PSUNSPOT: (A one week only replacement for Penny's Bluegrass Jamboree)
The Greencoats 'Away In A Dream'
Tame Ipala 'Solitude Is Bliss'
The Orange Alabaster Mushroom 'Tree Pie'

Ned's Atomic Dustbin 'Happy'
The Frank and Waters 'This Is Not A Song'
Blak Magik Society 'Our Time'
The Smears 'Wrath'
Ben Dalby 'Tact'
The Jesus Lizard 'Whirl'

Monday, 11 June 2012

And The Clothes Stayed On

Another brilliant show, the studio was as hot as ever. Penny wasn't telling the truth when she announced on air that we were broadcasting the show naked. I'm not sure I'd have been allowed to post that photo to the blog.

Brian Fahey Orchestra 'At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbals' (intro)
Vesta Tilley 'It's Part Of A Policeman's Duty'
Michael Monroe 'Do Anything You Wanna Do'
Damn Vandals 'Revolution/Rehearsal'
The Stranglers 'Peaches'
Evans The Death 'Catch You Cold'
The Tornadoes 'Telstar'
Heinz 'Just Like Eddie'
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds 'Into My Arms'
Eddie and The Hot Rods 'Gloria'
The Bad Shepherds 'Down In The Tube Station At Midnight'
Jayne's Addiction 'Summertime Rolls'
Steel Panther 'Eye Of The Panther' (This week's 'dad rocker')

Harry H Corbett 'Like The Big Guys Do'
Cinemawave 'Projektmusic'
Ulysses Storm 'Franska The Bear'
Dick Venom And The Terrortones 'Cycledyke Blues'
Jimmy The Squirrel 'How I Go'
Alexa Hawksworth 'No Place Like Home'
The Avalanches 'Frontier Psychiatrist'
The Pixies 'Caribu'
Pree 'Lack Of Fight'
Mark Lanegan 'Hit The City'

The Sandpipers 'Louie Louie'
The Wounded 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
Hello 'I Love Rock and Roll'

Penny's Bluegrass Jamboree:
Mountain Quickstep 'In Isanbul'
The Osbourne Brothers 'Somehow Tonight'
First Aid Kit 'Emmylou'

Killing Joke 'Wardance'
Rebellious Jukebox 'Killer On The Dancefloor'
Jake Bugg 'Saffron'
Cast From The Big Stiff Tour 'Be Stiff'
The Travelling Wilburys 'End Of The Line'
Bad Manners 'Lip Up Fatty'
The Antlers 'Two'
Autopsy Boys 'Rich Kids Playground'
Curtis Whitefinger 'Why Do You Treat Me So Good?'
Wax Audio 'Thunderbusters'

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Who's Got The Cutest Cat?

Why are we in the little studio? The one where we do pre-recorded content?
Why are we reading Saturday's paper?
Why is this blog being posted on a Saturday?

It's as if we came in on Saturday to pre-record the show. Actually, that is exactly what we did. Penny is at the Dot to Dot festival tomorrow, and I am in need of an early night in order to go and collect my daughter on Monday. The weirdest thing about doing a pre-record, (we record in three blocks of 58 minutes, to slot the shows in after the news) is that we could do the show in order. Normally, we do the third hour first as a pre-record, before doing two live hours.

One of the things we riffed on was our cats, and who has the cutest.

Penny's cat is the top one, the other two are mine.

The Smiths 'The Queen Is Dead' (suitable for a jubilee weekend)
Brian Fahay And His Orchestra 'At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbals'
George Formby 'I Wonder Who's Under Her Balcony'
Sex Pistols 'God Save The Queen'
The Coral 'In The Morning'
Killing Joke 'New Uprising'
Captain Dangerous 'Everything Beautiful Reminds Me Of You'
Injured Birds 'Clams'
We Show Up On Radar 'I'll Be A Ghost'
Golden Earring 'Radar Love' ('dad rock classic')

Status Squid 'Boring Song'
Sham 69 'Hurry Up Harry'
David Lee Roth 'California Girls'
Of Montreal 'The Party's Crashing Us'
The Correspondents 'Washington Square'
Sleigh Bells 'Infinity Guitars'
Cud 'Neurotica' and 'You Sexy Thing'
Captain Dangerous 'Heather and Tommy' and 'Forgive Us we're British'
Weird Al Yankovic 'Smells Like Nirvana'

(We, by which I mean I, fucked up the times and didn't have time to do Louie Smells Like Rock and Roll so I played this and was supposed to play another of his but had to wait until after the news).

Eric Weissberg 'Duelling Banjos'
Fade To Bluegrass 'Enter Sandman'
Trampled By Turtles 'Widower's Heart'
Weird Al Yankovic 'I Love Rocky Road'
John Cooper Clarke 'Salome Malone' and 'I Married A Monster From Outer Space'
The Apples 'Chemical Sniffer'
Dick venom And The Terrortones 'Science Friction'
John Otway 'I Will Survive'
Gypsy Kings 'Inspiration'
Fighting Evil Is Cool 'Go On, Get Wasted'
Pink Floyd vs The Bee Gees 'Staying Alive In The Wall'

We also talked about the Captain Dangerous album launch gig that we went to last night. Last night being tonight, as we are recording the show for tomorrow. I hope we enjoyed it.