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Monday, 23 December 2013

Tis The Season...

Gary was running late due to family business so I did the first half an hour in something of a weird mood. I had looked forward to this show as I didn't get a chance to do a Christmas Alternative last year, and the year before I did a Christmas Number One countdown, so I hadn't done a show in this style since my legendary show on Sherwood Radio.

Once Gary turned up it was business as usual; my plan to celebrate Christmas on alternate years, how annoying it is that the shops start Christmas in the summer, and Doctor Who got a mention as usual. This certainly wasn't ever going to be your conventional Christmas special.


Oscar The Grouch 'I Hate Christmas'
Coldcut 'Coldcut's Christmas Break'
Elmo & Patsy 'Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer'
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band 'There's No Light On The Christmas Tree'
The Clash 'I Fought The Law'
                 'White Riot'
                 'Jail Guitar Doors' (all played in tribute to Joe Strummer, who died on this day in 2002)
Jethro Tull 'Holly Herald'
Iggy Pop 'White Christmas'
Run DMC 'Christmas In Hollis'
Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans 'Here Comes Santa Claus'
Status Quo 'It's Christmas Time'
The Roots 'Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa'
AC/DC 'Mistress For Christmas'


The Goons 'Walking Backwards For Christmas'
Wall Of Voodoo 'Shouldn't Have Given Him A Gun For Christmas'
Twisted Sister 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus'
Alice Cooper 'Santa Claws Is Coming To Town'
The Ramones 'Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)'
The Go-Gos 'I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek'
Vera Lynn 'The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot'
Spinal Tap 'Christmas With The Devil'
Richard Digance 'The Ballad Of Johnny Milner'
The Goodies 'Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me'
Kermit The Frog 'One More Sleep 'Till Christmas'

Monday, 16 December 2013

Home For The Weekend

The Nottingham music scene has to do without Chloe McShane while she studies at Brighton University, so when she offered to pop in for a sing and a chat I couldn't say no.


Al Jolson 'Mr Radio Man'
Chas & Dave 'Ain't No Pleasin' You'
Duffo 'Walk On The Wild Side'
John Doe & The Acetates 'Purple Haze'
Lucks Lane 'Running For My Life'
Nena 'Starman'
David Bowie 'White Light White Heat'
Nine Inch Nails 'Maybe Just Once'
Chloe McShane 'Singing Red'
The Sonics 'Lucille'
The Razz 'You Can Run But You Can't Hide'
Stuntman Mike 'Promise'
Bogshed 'Morning Sir!'


Cocteau Twins 'Lazy Calm'

Chloe McShane live in session:
'Don't Let Go'
'Twenty Nine'

Patti Smith 'Switchblade'
Close Lobsters 'What Is There To Smile About'
Voodoo Glow Skulls 'I Shot The Sheriff'
The Church Mice 'Babe We Are Not Part Of Society'
The Soup Dragons 'Head Gone Astray'
Inspiral Carpets 'Well Of Seven Heads'
Peabody Hermitage 'Something So'
Dr Feelgood 'Walking On The Edge'
The Pretty 'Mustache On Your Face'
The Church 'As You Will'
Primal Scream 'Funky Jam (super droog mix)'

Monday, 9 December 2013

A 'Quite Good' Show

I'm determined to have a live music session on as oftern as possible, although it might be difficult for out of town bands with my new time slot. This week was fine though, as my mate Bainy was on hand to come in with half of his new band Blue Vulture. I've had a joke with Bainy for a while now, refusing to say anything positive about his band other than that they are 'quite good', it's even on their Reverbnation page. I went and ruined it right at the end of their set by turning to Gary with the microphones on in our studio by saying "absolutley brilliant". The truth is of course that they are a great band with some fine songs. They have only played gigs at a venue that I am barred from so far so I have yet to see them live.


Al Jolson 'Mr Radio Man'
The Gentrys 'Gonna Look Straight Through You'
The Stranglers 'All Day And All Of The Night'
Television Personalities 'Part Time Punks'
The Deepest Blue 'Pretty Little Thing'
Link Wray 'Mind Blower'
The Cigarettes 'You Were So Young'
David Bowie 'Tired Of My Life'
Flight Of The Concords 'Bowie Song'
Queen vs Red Hot Chilli Peppers 'Under The Pressure'
John Lennon 'Imagine'


Pantera 'Walk'
The Dead Milkmen 'Punk Rock Girl'
Nirvana vs Blur 'Smells Like Song 2'

Blue Vulture live session:
'Green Teeth'
'Cats & Flowers'
'The Last Time I Saw You Alive'

The Remains 'I Can't Get Away From You'
The Todds 'I Want Her Back'
Divine Comedy 'Song For Ten'
Neil Hannon 'Song For Ten'
John Lennon 'Happy Christmas (War Is Over)'
Smashing Pumpkins 'Disarm'

Monday, 2 December 2013

The Sunday (Lunch) Alternative

Lucks Lane's website is here

We're back after a three week break with a new time slot. The dinner tables of the country strained under the weight of roast dinners, while we provided the soundtrack. It was nice to leave the building in daylight. Live music was provided by Lucks Lane performing an acoustic session for us.

Please spare a thought for those of us who work on Sunday.


Al Jolson 'Mr Radio' (new theme tune)
Johnny Cash 'Sunday Morning Coming Down'
Morrissey 'Everyday Is Like Sunday'
Toby Jepson 'Dear Mama'
Florida Room 'White Room Versus'
Lucks Lane 'Running For My Life'

Lucks Lane live in the studio:
'Some Scars'
'Turn The Tide'

Lucks Lane 'Million Hours'
Rick Durham And The Dynamos 'I Got My Eyes On You'
Dr T And The Undertakers 'Times Have Changed'


David Bowie 'Love Is Lost'
Nine Inch Nails 'Everyday Is Exactly The Same'
Toy Dolls 'Poltergeist In The Pantry'
Tomorrow Comes The Wolves 'Torn Thin'
Rock Sugar 'Don't Stop The Sandman'
Chameleon Circuit 'Exterminate Regenerate'
Gary Numan 'My Dying Machine'