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.

Playlist for Friday 16/11/07 (Technically Sat 17/11/07)

17 11 2007

This is the playlist for my show last night at Midnight on Phantom 105.2 or It’s on every Friday night at Midnight (so technically it’s a Saturday). I play mostly new music with some oldies thrown in  and every week there’s a featured ‘Under The Radar’ album. This week it was:



Correcto – Joni
Les Savy Fav – Raging in the Plague Age
Jeffrey Lewis – Do They Owe Us A Living?
My Bloody Valentine – Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)
Wild Beasts – Assembly
Future of the Left – Suddenly, it’s a folk song
Terrordactyl – Hikikomori
Menomena – Weird
The Teardrop Explodes – Reward (BBC Session version) [VIDEO BELOW]

Psapp – Rear Moth
Frank Sinatra – She Says
The Royal We – That Ain’t My Sweet Love
The Cats – Swan Lake
Jape – Young Man
Caribou – She’s The One (Hot Chip Remix)
Holy Fuck – Lovely Allen
O’Death – Down To Rest [VIDEO BELOW]

Grizzly Bear – Shift (Alternate Version)
Little Anthony & The Imperials – Can You Imagine
Frank Sinatra – Goodbye (She Quietly Says)
Liars – Houseclouds
Large Mound – I hate all my friends
Poppy & The Jezebels – The Lips of Cleopatra
Black Box Recorder – Child Psychology
Frank Sinatra – Michael & Peter
Dry County – Another Idea
Johann Johannson – Odi et Amo [LIVE PERFORMANCE BELOW]

New Order – Regret
Tim Gane/Sean O’Hagan – Ecrivain ou Professeur?

On Tonight’s Show…

16 11 2007

On tonight’s show, I’ll probably be audibly grinning from ear to ear due to my glee about obtaining My Bloody Valentine tickets. And I’ll  be playing new tunes by Correcto, Wild Beasts, Jeffrey Lewis, Jape, Future of the Left, Large Mound, Les Savy Fav, O’ Death and Holy Fuck amongst others. I’ll also have a Peel Session version of ‘Reward’ by Teardrop Explodes and a ska version of ‘Swan Lake’ as well as three songs from this week’s featured ‘Under The Radar’ album, ‘Watertown’ by Frank Sinatra. The show starts at Midnight on Phantom 105.2 or

I’ve included the video for ‘Joni’ by Correcto, new Domino signings who feature a member of Franz Ferdinand and The Royal We in their ranks. Enjoy!