Liverpool – Eric’s Club

8 06 2008

I’ve been cocking an ear to this BBC radio documentary about Eric’s Club and the Liverpool Music scene in the late 70’s and Early 80’s. It’s one of those oft-overlooked scenes, responsible for introducing the world to the likes of Teardrop Explodes, Echo & The Bunnymen, OMD, Pete Wylie and his various Wah! incarnations, Holly Johnson, Ian Broudie, Pete Burns, Bill Drummond amongst others. Apparently, there was a recent TV documentary about Eric’s Club on BBC Four (I think) which I unfortunately missed – though there was a Rock Family Tree episode about it in the late nineties. Also, Julian Cope’s ‘Head On’ book goes into great detail about that period which seemed to mainly consist of a load of gobby fuckers, pretty much all of whom hate Julian Cope. His book is a wonderful read, by the way, which along with the sequel ‘Repossessed’ are a fascinating insight into something – probably just the mad world of Julian Cope’s head rather than any musical insight-type shit. And if you ever geta chance to read Bill Drummond of The KLF’s book, 45, it’s another damn good read and he also tells some amusing stories about those times.

The Teardrops and The Bunnymen are my favourites of all those Liverpudlian groups (though OMD’s ‘Dazzle Ships’ is a terriffic record). Click here to listen to the BBC radio documentary and I’ve included three videos below – one of The Teardrop Explodes doing ‘Ha, Ha I’m Drowning’, a Tube-version of ‘The Bunnymen doing The Killing Moon’ featuring Ian McCullough with an extremely dodgy haircut and one of OMD reminiscing about Eric’s.

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Playlist for Friday 30th May 2008

31 05 2008

Here’s the playlist from last night’s show on www.phantom.ie and Phantom 105.2 in Dublin – Every Friday at Midnight BST. The ‘Under The Radar’ album was:

 

PLAYLIST:

LATE OF THE PIER – Focker
JAPE – Strike Me Down
GRAND POCKET ORCHESTRA – Little Messy
SONNY J – Cabaret Short Circuit
FLYING LIZARDS – Money  [SEE VIDEO BELOW]


SILVER JEWS – Strang Victory, Strange Defeat
SIGUR ROS – Gobbledigook
WILD BEASTS – The Devil’s Crayon
PIGBAG – Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag
SO COW – Off Out
JULIAN COPE – Julian H. Cope
MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND – Inside A Boy
LADYHAWKE – Paris Is Burning
WOLF PARADE – Call It A RItual
MICAH P. HINSON & THE RED EMPIRE ORCHESTRA – When We Embraced
SANTOGOLD – Shove it
THE EXPLORERS CLUB – Do you love me?
JULIAN COPE – Poet Is Priest
EVANGELICALS – Skeleton Man
THE SPECIALS – Too Much Too Young   [SEE VIDEO BELOW]


LADYTRON – The Lovers
THE VINNY CLUB – It’s Not You, It’s Of
DAEDELUS – Make It So

BE YOUR OWN PET – Becky   [SEE VIDEO BELOW]

JULIAN COPE – No Hard Shoulder To Cry On
THE WEEK THAT WAS – Scratch The Surface
JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN – Furious
ELASTICA – Connection
SUBTLE – The No
M83 – Dark Moves Of Love





Show of the Forgotten Songs – Tonight!

21 12 2007

I present a show on the radio every Friday night at Midnight GMT (technically Saturday) on www.phantom.ie ow Phantom 105.2 if you’re in Dublin. On tonight’s show, I’ll be playing songs I missed during the year or only played them once or only realised they were good recently. So you can look forward to songs by The Projects, Fiery Furnaces, Maximo Park, Voice of the Seven Woods, Julian Cope, Miracle Fortress, Hexstatic, Patrick Wolf and many more. Above, you’ll find a very home-made video for The Projects’ ‘Voice is Glue’, which I’ll play on the show later.