Thursday’s Tunes: Songs of Inspiration

Petrol Girls
Touch Me Again

Summer’s almost over, sometimes we need a bit of a boost, a bit of inspiration to propel us into the colder months.

This week’s playlist is a reminder of just how diverse and creative the music influenced and inspired by punk was, and is. There are some old classics here, like Masquerade from the Skids, Hong Kong Garden from Siouxsie, Enemies from the Radiators (which is my favourite Irish single of all time), the Ruts with West One (Shine On Me).

Then we have a bit of Scream, showing how hardcore brought a new life and creativity to punk in the early 1980s. Along with Minor Threat, Black Flag, Seven Seconds, Dead Kennedys and MDC, Scream made emotional, direct and turbo-charged music. The clip here feature Dave Grohl on drums in his pre-Nirvana and pre-Foo Fighters days.

Following that we have some of the new bands that are part of the multi-faceted family, Petrol Girls, Heavy Drapes and Interrobang?!.
The we have a bit of Irish music….the mighty Paranoid Visions with the TV Smith, the vital force behind the Adverts.

And finally a really great documentary on the Scars. A brilliant band from Edinburgh who like to many other artists of the era were influenced by Bowie and Roxy Music and then found the spark of creativity from the Pistols and the Clash to create their own sound.

Michael

The Skids Masquerade

Siouxsie and the Banshees
Hong Kong Garden

The Radiators
Enemies

Ruts
West One (Shine on Me)

Scream
Feel Like That

Petrol Girls
Touch Me Again

Interrobang
I’m So Taciturn

Heavy Drapes
Into The Blue

Paranoid Visions with TV Smith
Outsider Artist

Scars
Documentary

Hope Show 81 – the lowdown

Hope Show *81 the lowdown

1. Dope Body – Intro
2. Fugazi – Merchandise
3. Fugazi – In Defence of Humans
4. Cigarette Crossfire – Face Of My Enemy
5. USA Nails – Distilled Town
6. Womens Christmas – Bubble On A Shelf
7. Wooderson – Mint Condition
8. John Q Microwave – 9e 18th July 2014
9. Duncan Reid and the Big Heads – Joe
10. The Great Leap Forward – My Grandfathers Cluck
11. Jawbreaker – Sluttering (May 4th)
12. Ted Leo – Me and mia
13. Castro- Detective
14. Randy – Cheater
15. Paranoid Visions – Rising Tide
16. Sham 69 – Borstal Breakout
17. Dawson – Face of W Biryani

Tonights show is all about the Fugazi demo. Released this week 26 years after its recording, I don’t normally champion these types of releases but this is well worth championing. Fugazi aren’t the reason I am doing this but they played a huge role in the development of theunderground scene in Dublin. They were not on their own saying “You are not what you own” but they led the way for a while.

Finland has a pretty good hardcore scene, I’m sure Fugazi passed through it in the early 90’s. Manifesto Jukebox were that countries flag bearers for a number of years and now Cigarette Crossfire are carrying that well worn flag.

USA Nails played in Dublin recently with Hands Up Who Wants to die. To my shame I didn’t get to the gig but circumstances in life means I can’t get to everything I would like to see. Both bands are great so I’ve no doubt it was a cracker.

Another gig I missed recently was the launch of Womens Christmas album. I hadn’t heard the band previously but Out On A Limb is a great label. Another stellar Irish release, read about them here

Sheffield post punk band Wooderson came to me recommended by Bombed Out Records whose releases I have been playing quite a bit lately

John q microwave is a strange name for a singer, maybe he emits radioactive waves in the songs. He featured on a double dot dash compilation the label based in reading. It’s an eclectic label with bands from all genres, not too unlike Out on a Limb I suppose.

I’m enjoying the post punk pop new wave sound of Duncan Redi and the Big Heads new Difficult Second album. It’s quirky enough not to be dragged into just another pop release and not too quirky that the tunes keep you hooked.

It was the anniversary of John Peels death recently and amongst the myriad of tributes and gigs was a one by the the great leap forward . I usually find a couple of gigs weekly that I would like to travel over to the UK for and this set was one of them.

And then I started reminiscing, Jawbreaker ; ted leo ; Randy ; Paranoid Visions sham 69 and dawson

But interspersed in their is current offering from some Life Bit How To Live It members, Castro from Norway, Their new album is out now on Boss Tuneage.

Thanks for taking the time out to read this and hopefully you’ve got something from the music

niallhope