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Monday, 27 January 2014

You Can Help

You may have noticed that there is a PayPal donate button above this blog. This is to enable me to work independently to create short films, podcasts, and other such things that will be made available for free without profit to myself.

I am trying to raise the funds to make a short documentary about The Sunday Alternative, and you can help by making donations (any amount is greatly appreciated) towards the costs. In return, I will host a free screening of the film, which will be made available at a later time on YouTube.

The film will feature interviews with past presenters, musicians, and most importantly the fans of the show. It was thought of when the show celebrated its second birthday but there wasn't enough time.

To see this film made and released this year, please consider making a donation.

Many thanks


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Best Song Ever!

It was Twitter to the rescue once again, as my live guest Simon Waldram came via a shout out a couple of weeks ago. In fact, it was my former co-presenter Penny who put us in touch with each other. He seemed shy at first, but he was a good laugh and as he walked into my broadcast booth for the interview he commented on my great taste in music! I was playing 'Shadowplay' by Joy Division at the time.

You will notice that I played two versions of 'Louie Louie'. I think it is well documented that I collect versions of this song (along with 'I Love Rock and Roll' and 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'), so I was referring to the fiftieth anniversary of the FBI investigation into the lyrics of the version by The Kingsmen, as mentioned in a recent article in The Guardian that I wasn't asked to contribute to. I took along the Richard Berry original and Motorhead's cover, thinking that The Kingsmen version would be in the system. It wasn't.


Al Jolson 'Mr Radio Man'
Motorhead 'Louie Louie'
Colour Code 'Dance With The Times'
Dangerous Girls 'Don't Give Me Sense Give Me Rhythm'
The Trashmen 'King Of The Surf'
Jan & Dean 'The Little Old Lady From Pasadena'
Joy Division 'Shadowplay'
Damn Vandals 'Twist Up And Tangle'
David Bowie 'Scream Like A Baby'
Warpaint 'Ashes To Ashes'
David Bowie 'Word On A Wing'


Richard Berry 'Louie Louie'

Simon Waldram live performance
'Brushfield Spots'
'Family Album'
'Thermal Girl'

Larry & The Blue Notes 'Night Of The Sadist'
The Nightcrawlers 'I Don't Remember'
Kraftwerk 'Europe Endless'
MG & The Escorts 'A Someday Fool'
Sonny Cole 'Robinson Crusoe Bop'
Television Personalities 'Where's Bill Grundy Now?'
Sultans Of Ping FC 'Where's Me Jumper?'
The Undertones 'You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It)'
The Clash 'Straight To Hell'

*Simon prefers the Black Flag version of 'Louie Louie'.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Fizz, Crackle, Hiss!

No Gary again this week as he has injured himself, but I was joined by City Of Kites who were another session guest organised on Twitter. I hadn't realised how established each member of the band were among Nottingham bands, forming something of a supergroup. As always they performed in the second hour, but sadly the recording of the entire show isn't goood enoough to upload to Mixcloud due to the crackling quality due to something going wrong during broadcast that had an adverse effect on my recording.


Al Jolson 'Mr Radio Man'
The Fabulous Wailers 'Turn And Run'
Human League 'Do Or Die (ultrasound mix)'
Guns & Roses 'November Rain (acoustic)'
Gerry Trimble 'Winds Of Change'
The Who 'Won't Get Fooled Again'
Primal Scream 'Loaded'
Klaus Nomi 'The Cold Song'
Big Audio Dynamite '2000 Shoes'


The Bad Shepherds 'I Fought The Law'

City Of Kites live session:
'Undo You'
'I Envy You'
'The Dotted Line'

David Bowie 'The Man Who Sold The World (acoustic'
David Bowie & Freddie Mercury 'Under Pressure (acapella)'
David Bowie vs Lenny Kravitz 'Mama Said I'd Be Famous'
Stevie Wonder vs Metallica 'Sad But Superstitious'
Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers 'I Wanna Be Loved'
The Stooges 'Loose'
Carter USm 'Good Grief Charlie Brown'

Monday, 13 January 2014

It's Sunday Fucking Lunchtime Kids!

Alone again in the presenting studio, although I was (as a last minute Twitter-to-the-rescue-arrangment) joined for a live acoustic session from One Million Motors, or John as I call him. He played seven songs, breaking the record for longest performance on the show and raising the bar for effort. Within a brilliant set he did drop a couple of fuck-bombs, which I immediately apologised on air for.


Al Jolson 'Me Radio Man'
Sandie Shaw & The Smiths 'I Don't Owe You Anything'
Reel Big Fish 'Don't Let Me Down'
K Walker 'One Minute To Zero'
Ronnie Pearson 'Hot Shot'
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 'Simmer Down'
Donnie White 'Your Kind Of Loving'
Smash Mouth 'I'm A Believer'
Justin Hines & The Dominoes 'Carry Go Bring Home'
Eddie & The Hot Rods 'Do Anything You Wanna Do'
                                    'Teenage Depression'
David Bowie 'Ziggy Stardust (acoustic)'
                     'Sweet Head (acoustic)'
Mod Fiction 'Quit Stalling'


Igor Presnyakov 'Enter Sandman'

One Million Motors live session:
'To The Death'
'Never Alone'
Here's To Life'
'Potemkin City Limits'

Scritti Politti 'The Sweetest Girl'
The Lornes 'Hangman'
The Blockheads 'Boys Will Be Boys' (having just been emailed the track by the band)
International Exiles 'Let's Be Sophisticated'
Primitive Calculators 'Do The Icepick'
Dum Dum Girls 'Pay For Me'

Monday, 6 January 2014

Happy New Technical Fault!


The first edition of The Sunday Alternative of the new year kicked off in pretty typical Trent Sound style, with my music not being in the studio system. I contacted the controller who said that he would update the system when he got home and do it remotely. The songs hadn't left the shared Dropbox folder, so even refreshing the system was hopeless. To get around this, we did the first forty minutes of the show by finding our chosen tracks on Youtube, which was a bodge of a solution but at least helped to tide us over.


Chas & Dave 'Auld Lang Syne'
Regina Spektor 'My Dear Acquaintance'
Counting Crows 'A Long December'
Parry Grip 'Doctor Who'
Jon Pertwee 'Who Is The Doctor'
Nenah Cherry 'Buffalo Ting Spirit'
Michael Jackson vs The Doors 'Billie Jean On A Storm'
The Everly Brothers 'Omaha'
The Freshies 'I'm In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Records Checkout Desk'


The Orb 'Valley'
Roberta Tovey 'Who's Who'
Great Lake Swimmers 'Gonna Make It Through This Year'
Sir Henry & His Butlers 'Bye Bye Johnny'
Utah Saints 'Something Good (High Contrast Mix)'
Spike Jones 'All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth'
The Beez 'Apathy'
Dean Carter 'Jailhouse Rock'
Johnny Skiles 'Rock Jump Boogie'
Sean Bonniwell 'Double Yellow Line'
Sesame Street Cast 'Keep Christmas With You'