Tuesday, July 11, 2006

...this is radio clash (a free punk mix in 2 parts)

Hello friends. Today I am home sick, snotty, sneezing, coughing and sweating and it's 83 degrees outside. So anyway, in my day of sickness I have created a two part punk mix for you all (First of many...) hopefully you all dig on it. It will almost fit on a 60 minute cassette and it leads off with a track off of the soon to be released Geisha Girls record! Enjoy!

Here are the tracklistings:

This Is Radio Clash Side A:
Geisha Girls - Disappearing Act
Red Monkey - 18+
Wives - We Came Out Like Tigers
The Fall - Totally Wired
The Germs - Richie Dagger's Crime
The Dils - Mr. Big
The Chromatics - NBA
The Birthday Party - Happy Birthday
Suburban Lawns - Janitor
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Nicotine Stain
Monorchid - This Jazz Ain't Free
Middle Class - Situations
The Slits - Shoplifting

To Download Part One:

1 - Click here: Download Side 1 of THIS IS RADIO CLASH
2 - On the RapidShare page, scroll down and click the "Free" button. The page will change.
3 - On the new page, scroll down. Watch the countdown of your
download ticket (20 to 30 seconds usually - Ignore the Paypal stuff).
4 - After the countdown, a 3-digit security code will appear.
Enter it into the box and its yours... Rad!

This Is Radio Clash Side B:
A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
The Bellmer Dolls - Diva
45 Grave - Dream Hits II
Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl
Catholic Discipline - Underground Babylon
TSOL - Wash Away
Circle Jerks - Backed Up Against the Wall
The Zeros - Don't Push Me Around
X - Real Child of Hell
Gun Club - Carry Home
The Wipers - Telepathic Love
The Minutemen - This Ain't No Picnic

To Download Part Two:

1 - Click here: Download Side 2 of THIS IS RADIO CLASH
2 - On the RapidShare page, scroll down and click the "Free" button. The page will change.
3 - On the new page, scroll down. Watch the countdown of your
download ticket (20 to 30 seconds usually - Ignore the Paypal stuff).
4 - After the countdown, a 3-digit security code will appear.
Enter it into the box and its yours... Radder!

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Man. So bummed to get an email today about the loss of Syd Barret. In my opinion he was one of the greatest songwriters to come out of Britain. Obviously I missed the man's music by almost 20 years - since he stopped making music about 6 years before I was born, but his two solo records and the first Floyd record are masterpieces. Seriously. Anyway, I pasted a bunch of the obits that Bruce sent me below... Sad :(

"his impact on my thinking was enormous." - David Bowie

Obituary for Syd Barrett

As a founder member of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett wrote songs at once wistful, surreal and quintessentially English. Barrett's increasingly erratic mental state led to him leaving the band in 1968. Syd Barrett's continuing importance, both to his former band-mates and the musical world at large, was made explicit at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park.

Introducing their classic song, Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters said: "This is for the people who can't be here - especially Syd." But it was another Floyd song, the epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond, written as a tribute to Syd Barrett, which will stand as his epitaph.

As a member of Floyd during its formative years, Syd Barrett was a troubled genius whose drug abuse and poetic lyrics personified the psychedelic 60s. Roger Keith Barrett was born in Cambridge in January 1946. The son of a well-known pathologist, he acquired the nickname "Syd" during his teens, a reference to Sid Barrett, a local jazz drummer.

It was as a student at London's Camberwell School of Art that he became guitarist and vocalist with a band called Tea Set, whose other members were Roger Waters and Bob Klose on guitars, Rick Wright on wind instruments and drummer Nick Mason. It was Syd Barrett who christened the new group The Pink Floyd Sound, in homage to two of his own musical heroes, the bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

After Klose left the line-up to pursue a career as a photographer, Pink Floyd - as it soon became - played standards like Louie, Louie, often embellishing them with free-form interludes, improvisations in the jazz style, yet also influenced by heavy rock.

Syd Barrett founded Pink Floyd in 1965. By 1966, Floyd was the most influential act in swinging London's burgeoning underground music scene, filling venues like UFO and The Roundhouse with audiences keen to witness their radical sound and its accompanying light-show.

The following year saw Pink Floyd enter the charts with the Barrett-penned single Arnold Layne which, although banned by the BBC, reached an impressive number 21. The follow-up single, the drug-inspired See Emily Play - also written by Barrett - fared even better, going to number 6 in the charts.

Signing up to the EMI label, the band recorded its first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967. With Barrett as its driving force, the album included a number of classic tracks, most notably Astronomy Domine and Interstellar Overdrive, and more whimsical offerings like Bike and The Gnome.

But Syd Barrett soon found himself grappling with his new-found fame and facing a serious drug problem, especially with the psychedelic drug LSD. His live appearances became shambolic, often silent or confused and, by the end of 1967, the band had been forced to bring in Barrett's friend, one David Gilmour, as a substitute guitarist. In early 1968, Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd went their separate ways.

Syd Barrett's solo career was short. His first album, the inconsistent The Madcap Laughs, appeared in January 1970, and its altogether more polished follow-up, Barratt, hit the record shops that November. Songs like Gigolo Aunt, Vegetable Man and Dominoes, showcased on his albums and in live sessions recorded for BBC radio, brought Syd Barrett a cult following.

But a lack of popular recognition, combined with the increasing fragility of his health, led Syd Barrett to abandon the music industry altogether and, despite a couple of abortive attempts to re-ignite his career, Barrett remained, for more than 30 years, British rock music's greatest recluse. But he did attend Pink Floyd's recording sessions in 1975, ironically sitting in the studio while the band recorded Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

In recent years, Barrett preferred to be known by his birth name, Roger. But, despite continuing mental problems and diabetes, those who met him spoke of a content man who had left his illustrious past behind him. A devoted gardener, regular royalty payments made his later years more comfortable. Barrett's influence was rich indeed.

Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon released a statement saying: "Lost him again... for bang on 20 years Syd led me to better places."

Barrett's biographer Tim Willis said the guitarist's music left a lasting legacy. "I don't think we would have the David Bowie we have today if it wasn't for Syd," he told BBC Radio Five Live.
"Bowie was very much a kind of clone of Syd in the early years. His influence is still going.
"New bands discover him all the time. There's always a Syd revival going on - if it wasn't the punks, it was REM, and I'm sure that Arnold Layne and Emily Play as pop songs will live forever."