In Concert – The Trail of publicity

So, we have been blown over by peoples support for our book.  As you know it can be bought online and we hope to have it in a few shops soon.  It is hard to get it into shops when the times they are open is being spent holding down a day job.  We will get there.

In the meantime here is what some people are saying about the book

Fanning Sessions say it’s a great read

Jim Carroll kicked off a conversation in the Irish Times by asking What’s the best gig ever to take place?

Paul McDermott from Dublin City fm did a complete show dedicated to the book

Denis Goodbody went one better and read pieces from the book with some songs inbetween

The whole event was streamed live
Goldenplec called the list of contributors impressive

Facebook page for book is here

Hope Show *80 – the lowdown

Hope Show *80 the lowdown

1. The Bomb – Integrity
2. Stay Clean Jolene – Miles Apart
3. Dauntless Elite – We Are Baamzorft
4. Slow Science – Lifetime Guarantee
5. Castro – One Thing Leads To Another
6. King Champion Sounds – Ghetto of Eden
7. The Middle Ones – Monsters
8. Kevin Seconds – Don’t Let Me Lose ya
9. The Levellers with Billy Bragg – Hope Street
10. HDQ – When Worlds Collide
11. The No Marks – Light of One
12. Bis – Popstar Kill
13. Loaded 45 – 5 Seconds
14. Landlord – Bottle From The Bay
15. Frown – Under Hot Sun
16. Buzzkill – Mr Furious
17. Big Ray – ten Feet Tall
18. Latterman – doom, doom!, doomd

Tonight I just love music. Some great records have come out in recent months and I want to celebrate them. I also want to remind you of some classics that have gone ignored so it’s a mix with an emphasis on 2014.

Every track tonight has been picked because it makes me smile. Pefect for a week that started with my attendance at a funeral, my third one this month!! Nearly been at as many funerals as protests over the past 6 weeks, which is a bad sign.

Through it all I have come across some great sounds. I have The Bomb a few years but I re-aqquainted myself with them. Stay Clean Jolene’s praises have been sung from a height many times on this show and will continue, expecially with the announcement of a new album before 2015 rears ts head. Fellow guitar advocates the Dauntless Elite have released a split 12″ with Slow Science and I braved the nearly prohitive costs of overseas post to purchase my copy. I’m glad I did.

This week I bought the new album by Norwegian band Castro . Hope put on a Life, But How To Live It gig back in the day and Castro have some members who have memories of those days (as In she sang in the band)..

King Champion Sounds have their new 10″ out on Louder Than War and it is a regular on my record deck these days. Travelling bass sound with perfectly timed brass intervention alongside GW SOks vocals.

I’ve played the middle ones a couple of times since seeing them enthrall a crowd in London just over a year ago. Ironically my wife and daughter had accidentally stumbled across them in Glasgow prior to that and have been raving about their sweet jangle.

I always have time for singers in punk rock bands doing solo sets. I’ve played Chuck and Jeff in recent shows and have played 7 Seconds many times. I discovered this week that their frontman Kevin Seconds brought out a record so needed to get my hands on it.

The levellers are touring their new ‘film’ which is an interesting way to bring your band around. Their Dublin show is in St Patricks Cathedral early next year but they’ve just recorded a song with Billy Bragg that I thoght i’d share with you.

HDQ have a new 7″ out now on Boss Tuneage . I’ve played some of their older stuff so you deserve to hear when they release new material. I’ve dipped in and out of the no marks too so got their new album this week Light of One is from this record.

Bis entertained us in Dublin with Bikini Kill in a memorable gig one Saturday afternoon in Charlies Bar. You may not have been there but take it from me it was good

I played Uniforms last week. They have a split out now with loaded 45 so I’ve raided their vaults for a song from their 2012 making friends not memories album.

I love what is happening in Dundee at the moment with make that a take records. They are resposible for fanzines, records, a documentary and an annual fest . My heart will be ther at the end of the month while my body is in Dublin. Landlord and frown are both from that scene

The Buzzkill are the yorkshire variation, punk rock and roll

Big Ray are always worth a listen. Best part of this song is all the bands namedropping it entails. And if Volcano Suns are in there, all the better. Makes them sound like a bands band

I’m finishing tonight with Latterman , their gig in Dublin goes down in memory for me and them and Against Me were two classics brought to our notice by Basta, anyone remember them????

niallhope

Hope Show 77 – the lowdown

Hope Show 77 the lowdown

As usual a mix of old, new noise and pop tonight

1. winnebago deal – Maximum Overdrive
2. The offenders – Impact
3. Excel – Split Image
4. Dope Body – Repo Man
5. Perma War – Czlowiek
6. TV Smith – I Delete
7. Martha – Lost Without You
8. Anchor Bends – Still Casting Shadows
9. Two Pin Din & GW SOK – What Is Your Name
10. Goober Patrol – One More Time
11. Skizzwhores – Home Away From Home
12. Ace Bushy Striptease – Minor Toe Operation –
13. Le Butcherettes – Moment of Guilt (Henry Rollins)
14. Last Ex – Neils Theme
15. Weakerthans – Utilities
16. Protomartyr – Pagans
17. Purple 7 – No Fun

I reacquainted with Winnebago Deal last year when Dry Heave brought out a record. I had missed them first time around and their Plata O Plomo album completely passed me by in 2003. Thankfully there are some good charity shops in Dublin and I scored a winner recently picking up this album (and the levellers on the same day)

The Offenders have seen a renewed lease of life too. The are from Texas and had sad news when their guitarist, Tony Offender, passed away. Southern Lord have released their original music and hopefully a new audience will become aware of their hardcore sound.

Southern Lord have also released Excel , still skate punk with a slightly more metallic sound. Some great releases on that label.

Dope Body have been going since 2008 but I have just been introduced to them by their new album, Lifer, out on Drag City records.

Perma War are a punk band from Poland. Not too unlike Dezerter who are playing Dublin at Hallloween but they can make some racket.

TV smith can make all the racket he wants. The new album is out now and is great. Acoutsic mainly with some backing instruments for added effect. He just writes great songs and has been doing so since 1977.

Being vegan I always find it heartening to coma across bands that have members with a smilar diet. it’s a certain bond we hold together, our secret handshake if you will. Of course it helps if the band play good music and Martha certainly do. Very much diy, very pop folk and well deserving of your time.

Speaking of DIY (and when I talk about music, diy isn’t far away) Anchor Bends may be spread over 2 countries with Ireland and the Atlantic Ocean between them but they show that they can somehow make that work

Having a band that mixes people who were once in the ex, nomeansno and dog faced hermans is almost like me being asked to put together a supergroup. They did it without my prompting and have released a double 7″ . What is Your Name deals with the demoralisation of someone seeking to gain entry into a country, be it the land of their birth or not.

Ace bushy striptease are no longer a band. Maybe it had something to do with doigy interent searches but they do leave behind some fine diy recordings from Birmingham, UK.

Goober Patrol have no such songs but the Norwich bands album on Fat Wreck is one of the may good releases on that label

Skizzwhores are a punk band from Iowa in the US.; Their exploding ovaries album is worth your attention in much the same way as Sissy from Dublin demand notice.

Le Butcherettes are the first band from Mexico I have played and play Garage Punk. They believe in performance and have got Henry Rollins to do some spoken word on their new record

I move onto a Canadian Double Bill with Last Ex and Weakerthans. Last Ex are from Montreal and are on Constellation Records . It takes 27 hours to drive from the home of Last Ex to the Weakerthans in Winnipeg. Their indie rock sound is a lot different to their fellow stateband of Propogandhi but it’s no less intelligent.

I hopped on over the border to Detroit for the post punk sounds of Protomartyr, their new album is put now on Hardly Art

i had just about time to finish with Purple 7 . Sure you can’t beat a bit of diy pop eh

niallhope

Hope Show 33 – the lowdown

the lowdonw on tonights show

1. Ted Leo – Bottled IN Cork
2. football, etc – red zone
3. The Draft – Impossible
4. Shorebirds – Upside Down
5. Wrecks – NOT
6. The Pukes – Will I learn
7. Glimmermen – There Was a Boy
8. Hooligan – No Black, No Irish, No Dogs
9. Moldy Peaches – Nothing Came Out
10. Only Strangers – After Dark
11. The Roughneck Riot – Ignorance Is Easy
12. Keith Morris – Nervous Breakdown
13. No Age – I WOn’t be your generator
14. Ryan Adams – Nervous Brea
15. Black Flag – Six Pack
16. Wringer – Closed Book
17. Drenge – Bloodsports
18. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Mega Bottle Ride
19. The Clash – Complete Control
20. The Clash – Armagideon Time

Ted Leo is a favourite in my house, no song more popular than Bottled In Cork. the kids love singing aloing, it’s kind of our road song

I got a compilation recently from No idea records and like the name of football etc, what other reason do you need to play a song?

For a while I thought they had some link to the draft and got caught out trying to check it out, Turns out football, etc have an album called the draft.

No to be confused with The Draft, who have an album called IN a Million Pieces, which Impossible is taken from. The album is on epitaph but the draft have people from Hot Water music which are linked to No Idea records

as are Shorebirds. Ex latterman, Jawbreaker and rvivr – what a pedigree. They have an excellent album, It’s Gonna Get Ugly

I played a track from the Wrecks new ep, on the last show. I’m debuting another one from the Ep tonight, called NOT. Wrecks feature two people from Slice of Life, who feature Steve Ignorant on Vocals and sound nothing like this.

I saw the Pukes a couple of weeks ago and it was a blast. over 20 people on stage, most of them playing ukelele and blasting out punk covers. Their new 7″ has 3 covers and 1 (not so) original. This is their original.

I missed the Glimmermen album launch due to the Pukes but I stillmanaged to get the record and it’s a winner. You should try it out.

This is turning into a home based set. Hooligan’s new Ep, No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs is out now and this talks abut a different era when Irish people weren’t welcome abroad.

I came across Moldy Peaches through the movie Juno. I had heard

them but they were on my list of bands to check out…..eventually. That eventually was ehen I saw Juno and loved the anti-folksy lo-fi sound. Nothing came out is from their s/t album

I only came across Only Strangers because their friends ROughneck Riot posted about them on facebook. The power of Social media eh

I reviewed Roughneck Riot for my blog and compared them to the Men They Couldn’t Hang. I just get that Ironmasters vibe from them all the time. I played a song last week and gave it the wrong title. That was called Waiting to DIe. TOnight’s one is Ignorance Is Easy. All my men they couldn’t hang stuff is on

vinyl but listen to Ironmasters and see if you get the connection.

although it’s more obvious in other songs (he says covering himself)

I interviewed No age earlier this week and was asked to ask their favourite SST record. They picked Nervous Breakdown by Black Flag, this small set is for No age. I love the new record so I’ve mixed them in with 2 versions of Nervous Breakdown and for good measure Six Pack

Wringer is a new band to me, from US. They have an album out

called Bullfighter which this is from, pretty cool record

Another new one is Drenge from UK. Bloodsports is from their debut

s/t lp and it’s keeping with the theme I suppose – remember though using animals for your personal pleasure is just wrong so don’t bullfight or hunt

There was a lot made out this week because it would have been the birthday of a certain dead Irish musician, Phil Lynott. I never really cared for his music while he was alive so wasn’t sharing in the celebrations, however one man I was quietly celebrating was Joe Strummer who would have been 61. My dog is named after the great man and we sang this song and the rest for Joe during the week

niallhope

Hope Show 31 – the lowdown

Hope show 31 – playlist
1. Theatre of Hate – Do you believe in the Westworld
2. Mice – Jess
3. Middle Ones – O.M.C.
4. Allo Darlin – Silver Dollars
5. Fugazi – Break
6. Deathfix – Dali’s House
7. The Shorts – Bring Me the head of Bear Gryllis
8. Pilger – dissatisfied
9. Geoffrey Oicott – Cricket Bat Out of hell
10. Flies On You – Shipmansesque
11. The Fall – Jam Song
12. Torche – Snakes Are Charmed
13. Good Luck – Contact
14. The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour
15. Dauntless elite – It Takes A Ship To Sail
16. Southport – Kings
17. Glimmermen – Travellin’ Man
18. The Flatliners – July! August! Reno!
19. Black Flag – TV Party

lowdown on tonight’s show

I will never forget when theatre of hate played in mcgonagles in dublin. I looked on with such jealously when my brothers left my home to go out that night. I pleased with them to take me and to my mam to pretend that i was 5 years older and let me go. It was not to be. Do You believe in the westworld is from a greatest hits/best of album and is a great introduction to kirk and his troops.

Im not sure where this mice album has come from. Thats the probelme with downloads. It is a collection of peoples names, I played Jess but it could have just as easily been dan or diane. All I have is the Mice_album. Maybe you know more.

I saw the Middle Ones play with Allo Darlin’ in London a couple of years ago. I was delighted to see their tape release rececntly and it is a joyous adventure. As are Allo Darlin . Silver Dollars is a great song that sums up my attitude to music. “We do it because we love it”

Fugazi need absolutely no introduction. In the week when Minor Threat t-shirts are now on sale in Urban Outfitters and stories are doing the rounds about Ian McKayes worth being $25million (he didn’t accummulate that by not buying Minor Threat t-shirts did he?), it is worthe remembering the legacy Fugazi havbe left on independent music. A hugely important and positive leegacy

Deathfix feature Brendan Cany from Fugazi. It is his new venture and of course it is on Dischord. Dali’s House is 8 minutes long. Imagine that 1 song – 8 minutes.

Thankfully the shorts bring us back to earth with a short sharp 1 minute 2 second ditty from their new 7″ out now on Suspect Device records, followed swiftly by Pilger, The shorts predecessors

Keeping with the short sharp punk is Geoffrey Oicott (Cricket) Bat Out Of Hell is a clever name for a song so why not play it…… In the next few weeks I will have an interview with Aston from Boss Tuneage so no doubt we will talk about geoffreys perceived humour

Flies On You have a new ep out, re-mixes of songs from their album mainly. They did their first gig last week and by all means it was a success

The Fall played McGonagles a week after Theatre of Hate. Who’d have thought they’d be going 30 years later with a new album

Torche are playing Dublin soon . I’m lookiong forward to it,this album kind of reminds me of Seaweed.

I stumbled across Good Luck’s Without Hesitation album a few weeks ago. I was in All ages Records and it said they were ex-weakerthans. That and being on No IDea was a good introduction. I wish I wasn’t two years too late with this album. It’s class. Buy it

Weakerthans are Canadian and have a charm about them. I saw them in manchester a few years ago and they were delightful. Pop songs sung with a conscience, always a hit.

The Dauntless Elite should get more attention than they do. Their two albums have both got great songs. It Takes a ship to sail is from the graft lp.

I love the new Southport album . It is a great accompaniment on the bike journey to work. when there’s no podcasts to fill my head Southern Sould is there to fill the gap. Kings is one of 11 winners on the album

Glimmermen are releasing their new lp next week. if you’re around support them. I won’t be as I will be punking it out at rebellion but if i was close by I would be there for sure. I am very much looking forward to seeing the flatliners there. I will be screaming shouting and wishing the world was a better place.

Hope show 29 – the lowdown

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1. The MEKONS – Corporal Chalkie
2. Joe Solo – Aint a got a nothin
3. Ramones – Judy Is a Punk
4. Fugazi Place Position
5. Rites Of Spring – Drink Deep
6. Fawn SPots – Spanish Glass
7. Arcwelder – Everest
8. Leftover Crack – Supermarket Song
9. Star Fucking Hipsters – Immigrants & Hypocrites
10. Subhumans – Reason for Existence
11. Tristan Psionic – black psabbath psong
12. Allo Darlin’ – Let’s Go Swimming
13. The Wedding Present – Brassneck
14. Belle and sebastien – I fought in a war
15. Bis – Tell It to the kids
15. Tempermental Miss Elayneous – Dominoes
16. Jinx Lennon – Big Protest Day
17. Minor Threat – Straight Edge

The Mekons have an album called Punk Rock. Punk Rock music isn’t always two chords and a mouthful of vitriol. The mekons were punk rock, there sound far from it. Corporal Chalkie is the second song from that Punk Rock album and I love it. I love it all

I love Joe Solo, I could play him every week. he is punk rock but doesn’t sound it either. “I’d rather die trying than just sit arouhnd singing the blues”

Punk rock and the ramones go together like strawberries and swedish glace, Judy sure is a punk

dO fUGAZI sound Punk Rock? I think so, they live it and everything abuot them is punk to me. I should have a fugazi link somewhere in every show. Maybe I will!!

And then there’s rites of spring. I was trying to talk to my daughter about emo the other day and could go no further than rites of spring. She looked at me like I was an old man telling tales, maybe I am but rites of spring were damn emotional when no-ne else was and that WAS punk rock

I get excited listening to Fawn Spots. I love this 7″ that loderthanwar released. They have an album toaccompany itand when I get the funds to pay international postage I will play some songs off it.

Arcwelder are another band I love. I was honoured with the chance to see them twice in my life. Two memorable gigs. Everest is amuch ignroed album by them and Never The Same is a worthy opening track

I saw Leftover Crack live once and they left an effect. I thought the songs were amazing but there was something forgettable about the band. It got me thinking about bands and their reasosn for existence, maybe the Subhumans are better at questioning it than me. Before I play them I have a song from another of Stza’s (singer from Leftover Crack) bands – Star Fucking Hypocrites. But if you wanna change the world and make it a better place, start with the people at your gig.

I saw tristan Psionic in Toronto when I was over there in 1995 and was quite taken. They had their own label, SOnic Unyon and were quite a force in the independent music scene in Hamilton Ontario, home of DOnut Rock City

Allo Darlin’ are delightful live, no other word for it. Their s/t album is also delightful so ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ is in celebration of this sun ( I had to mention it somewhere didn’t I?)

It takes a lot for me to play a song on a major label. I try to limit it to as few as possible but the Wessing Present have given up the ghost on RCA records (or is it the other way round?) Brassneck is a single from their days dancin’ with the man but it’s a great song. Haven’t seen them live since their George Best album but I’d say they’re still a class act.

Belle and Sebastien I just love, the sun is shining and it always does for me when Belle and Sebasiten are playing in my head.

Bis were a joy when they played Dublin with Bikini Kill and Team Dresch one Saturday afternoon in Charlies Bar. It was a funny gig, queues around the corner of people trying to get in while we were arguing with the bar owners about removing Heineken bunting placed around the venue. They couldn’t quite understand why we’d care that a multinational beer company could decorate our space, but we did care and we removed those damn banners, and no doubt Heineken haven’t recovered since !!!!!!!!!

Tempermental Miss Elayneous is from Finglas in Dublin. How hard must it be being a rapper from Dublin? Elaine does it with a swagger and a conscience and that is such a plus. Her gig earlier in the year with Jinx Lennon was a great night, pity you didn’t see it. You may have seen him play at the ICTU sponsored Anti-Austerity protest, the hundreds of thousands on the streets in Ireland that day reeally changed policy eh?

niallhope

Hope Show 28 – the lowdown

Hope Show 28

1. Deathfix – Playboy
2. Wugazi – Killa Hill
3. Sage Francis – Jah Didn’t Kill Johnny
4. A Death In The Family – SOmethings Out of Tune
5. Pilger – Disatisfied
6. Against ME – Slurring the Rhythms
7. Shorebirds – Upside Down
8. Bedford Fall – Whos Coat is that Jacket?
9. Dillinger Four – Fired Side Chat
10. Buzzcocks – Promises
11. Andy Moor – Alex
12. Heathers – Whats Your Damage
13. Billy Bragg – There Is Power iN A Union
14. Shadowy Men On Shadowy Planet – (Relax) You will think You are a chicken
15. Atom ANd His Package – Thresholds to Adult Living
16. restarts – Frustration
17. Paranoid Visions – Poles Apart
18. Holy Rollers – Ride My Sky
19. Seein’ Red – I hate You
20. The Redneck Manifesto – Smile More
21. Hard Skin – That’s Bollocks Mate

I will be honest I am only listening to Deathfix because they are on Dischord and feature Brendan Canty on drums. I am glad I’ve come across them as their new self tiled album is a joy to listen to, not my usual punk rock fix and more in line with Medications than Rites of Spring but joyful in these not so joyful times. Wugazi is what the kids call a mash up. Wu Tang Clan and Fugazi – Killa Hill is some such mash up

I first heard of Sage Francis when my friend John introduced him to me by advising me to go and see him in Whelans. Hip hop and vegetarian and a fan of Johnny Cash, what’s not to like? Johnny cash dying was a bit like a Death In The Family. I never knew him, didn’t listen to him that much but like Joe Strummer he seemed on our side. I could be wrong, I hope I’m not. Somethings Out of Tune is from their This Microscopic War album which is worth 45 minutes of your long life.

Pilger are from Southampton and 2 of them are in the Shorts. I got the Shorts 7″ during the week but couldn’t get it digital in time for the show so I’ve gone with a dedication to them with disatisfied by Pilger.

I will never forget the first time I saw Against Me live. It was such an uplifting experience. We roared together and were ready to take on the world. Thankfully I didn’t jump on their train as it crashed along the way (with their New Wave album, I would suggest) but As the Eternal Cowboy is and always will be a classic album and a sign of how we can change the world.

Shorebirds have people who used to be in Latterman and Jawbreaker. That’s a recommendation in itself. The album It’s Gonna Get Ugly is worth a show in itself so for tonight I went with Upside Down. It’s on the excellent Yo-Yo records. Bedford Falls have a slight Jawbreaker Feel but more
replacements to be honest. They’ve 2 albums and this is from their Savings And Loan album on Boss Tuneage . I hope to be interviewing Aston who runs this label in a couple of weeks.
Dillinger Four are always worth a listen – anthemic punk rock. Situationist Comedy is one of their best albums and fired-Side Chat doesn’t disappoint.

I attended ICTU BDC this week in Belfast and was reminded of this Buzzcocks song. Promises is dedicated to the trade union movement.

We shouldn’t loose the faith however and Andy Moor from the EX and Dog Faced
Hermans brings me back. This is from his Marker album which his solely Andy and his guitar. Two people who play guitar and sing are Heathers from Dublin. They seem to be everywhere in Ireland since their song was used in a Bord Failte ad but What’s Your Damage is a reminder of how good that debut album Here, Not There really was.

Billy Bragg reminds me again no to loose the faith and tells us all there is power in a union. I went to Canada years ago and discovered Shadowy Men on A Shadowy Planet. Surf Music they call it. Has me surfing in my chair. Atom and His Package has that surfy breezy feel with songs that mean something without you even knowing it. Restarts are always singing about something – frustration sums up my week. Holy Rollers were amazing when they played Barnstormers in Dublin in the early 90’s. I was going through some of my vinyl yesterday and they kept appearing. This is Ride My sky from their self-titled album.
Seein Red are the second band of the show from the Netherlands and I hate you is dedicated to FEMPI legislation which means all public servants in Ireland must know work longer days from July 1.

The Redneck Manifesto remind me to Smile More and you can’t but smile listening to them or Hard Skin who are ending off tonights show. Thanks for listening and all that. Keep on Keeping On

niall hope

Hope show Number 12

A new show has just gone up. I’ve gone international in ecognition of workers rights around the globe. De Kift from Netherlands complement Against Me, Screeching Weasel, Henry Rollins and Kimya Dawson from the States. UK is represented by Brightons Cat on Form, Cardiff’s Four Letter Word, Sunderlands Leatherface, Bristols Discharge, Caernarfons Anhrefn and Barkings Billy Bragg. I also had to play the Members as they are playing Dublin soon. Japan is there because Go hail from there (not to be confused with the Go! from California who played Ireland on June 1 1991 . Irelend is truly represented by Messiah J and the Experts and tempermental Miss Elayneous.

Enjoy

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This is the 12th show. It seems a lot more but hope ya like

1. De kift – wee Mij
2. Against Me – Sink FLorida Sink
3. Cat on Form – Set them on fire with their own matches
4. Four Letter Word – Crimewave
5. Leatherface – Melody Lee
6. Discharge – Protest and survive
7. Anhrefn & One Style MDV – Bankrobber
8. Billy Bragg – There is Power in a union
9. Temper-Mental Misselayneous – Proletrain Restitution
10. Messiah J and The Experts – Seven Cups of coffee and a slice of Apple Strudel
11. Henry Rollins – Black Coffee
12. Go – Pay for it
13. members – sound of the suburbs
14. Screeching Weasel – Hey Suburbia
15. Kimya Dawson/Antsy Pants – Tree Hugger

Hope show the sixth

I’ve had an intersting week. I am finally settling ijn to my new house and the dust is getting a bit clearer. This week was union activity week and we were looking at ways our union can reach out to members. It is hard to find actions that say YOU are the union, get involved and make things happen. Just like the real world.
With that in mind I put my radion show online last night. Remember too that you can do this if you wish

billy bragg – there is power in a union
joe solo – little red songbook
Bluetip – LMNOP
Seein Red – Waste
Flies on You – slashing it down
We were evergreen – Summer Fling
Former Cell Mates Jumping At Shadows
Mika Miko – The Dress
Henry Rollins / Chuck D – Rise Above
Mike scott – Sweatshops and slaughterhouses
TV Smith – True Believers
The Redneck Manifesto – Click
Los Campesinos – There are listed buildings
The Mob – No Doves Fly Here

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All radio should be active

It’s always bizarre to reminisce about life in the 20th Century. It is so common for us all to now take to the internet in search of any information that is required. Access is at your finger tips should you wish to find out about music, stamps, food, news, sport. Heard there is an uprising in Egypt? Take to twitter and see what the participants are saying.

As with anything that is current it is hard to imagine a time that was different. Dublin in 1992 sure was different than 2012 (and a lot different to 1972 life in the capitl City). Radio was the starting point for many people to be turned on to new music, radio and hanging around record shops. For the punks it was more a case of hanging out in Freebird or Comet Records to hear the sounds doing the rounds. There was little on the airwaves to satisfy our punk craving. Some stations were dipping their toe in, capital radio had a twentieth century promised land show which I had helped out on. I had applied to some stations looking to put a show on that championed local bands and those on independent labels. Most of my responses were thanks but no thanks.

And then came Radioactive 101fm. On July 12 1992 it broadcast its first show from a flat in Dublins North Inner City (now officially known as an apartment). It quickly became a mouthpiece for those involved in alternative culture across the city. It had an ethos of no advertising and was collectively run. DJ’s paid subs weekly which paid for the station and no-one got paid. I had the privilege of having a show on air for a good while. As I was involved with Hope promotions putting on gigs at the time the show was originally titled “The Hope Show”. I had the Saturday evening slot from 6 to 8 so would get the football results off the tv and read them out over the airwaves and chat about upcoming gigs as well as playing tracks from punk rockers like Chumbawamba, The Ex, Fugazi, NoMeansNo and plent of irish bands too. I would get bands in and talk football and music and politics. It was a real labour of love. We were trained in the art of evading raids and where the transmitter needed to be thrown in the event of being visited by the powers that decide who broadcast what. It was exciting and refreshing and it felt like we were part of something positive. Life eventually got in the way for the hosts but it ran for 4 happy years all on 101fm on the radio dial (of those who lived close enough to be able to receive it).

But now, 20 years later, we were treated to a reunion night which we dj’d at. Of course some of us where there with the same vinyl that we had played 2 decades previously but the discussion on the night featured the advent of internet radio. Where we used to talk about becoming the media we now can share our thoughts and music on line AND not have to worry about a transmitter needing to fly into the air and vanish. So all the grey haired dj’s are getting lessons in how to put together a radio show on a computer. Most of us need to become familiar with the art of mp3 but we still have the enthusiasm we exhalted in the early 90’s (and we can always ask out kids for tips now!!!!)

Radioactive 101fm led the way for many in Dublin and put together an eclectic bunch of people and hopefully these people can come together once more as we have plenty still to say abot this city and the way we live our lives.

http://dojo.ie/active/
http://radioactive101.com/

 

niall hope