Back in the studio after a month away. "After The Snow" ... if only I had thought to open the programme with the Modern English classic ... ah well, hindsight is a wonderful thing. I suppose I could have chosen "Snow" by The Mekons, but I played that a few months back and as regular listeners know I don't like playing the same song twice. (Regular listeners ... who am I kidding?).
Time spent off air I was tidying up the CD's and CDR's at MuhMur HQ and I came across a pile of CDRs made for me by Mark Wharton. Mark being the guy behind the Idwal Fisher blog + Just Glittering fanzine. (http://idwalfisher.blogspot.co.uk). Back in the 1990's I used to exchange home built compilation tapes with Mark and at the turn of the century we both moved into CDR territory. It's what folk at BBCRadio 6Music call 'Mixtapes' as if they'd invented it. So I sat and listened to these compilations for the first time in 10 / 15 years and a lot of what is on there is in this broadcast. Tunes by projects I know nothing about like Spacebox to classic German underground and the likes of Neu!, Einsturzende Neubauten and D.A.F. The William Basinski piece also comes from the pile.
Released in January on the Miami (Florida) based label 'Noir Age', the two pieces by Les Horribles Travailleurs and Mechanical Ape come from the cassette tape "Collaborative Soundworks". It is still available from the label. https://noir-age.bandcamp.com.
The Crispy Ambulance track is from their debut album "The Plateau Phase". The album was released on March 1 1982 by Factory Benelux and would have been in the broadcast that was cancelled because of the snow. It fits in beautifully after the Psychic TV track. Representing the "On This Day" section here are Blancmange with the "I've Seen The Word" 7" and the 1979 classic album "Live At The Witch Trials".
The tracks by D.A.F., Pyrolator and Fehlfarben are from the compilation "Verschwende Deine Jugend (Punk Und New Wave In Deutschland 1977-1983)" on the Universal label and still available via Discogs. Highly recommended and keeping with the Deutsche theme are the Diagram Brothers (From Manchester) and their German version of "Right Git". A bizarre single, I didn't know the Diagram Brothers had a big German fanbase.
Please take a listen here (Copy & Paste):
01: Spacebox : "Dapp-Da" (Up Art Productions) 1983.
02: William Basinski : "Evening Scars" (2062) 2007.
03: Les Horribles Travailleurs/Mechanical Ape : "Outside With Borders" (Noir Age) 2018.
04: Les Horribles Travailleurs/Mechanical Ape : "With Fallen Dew" (Noir Age) 2018.
05: Psychic TV : "Thee Shadow Creatures" (Cold Spring Records) 2018.
06: Crispy Ambulance : "Chill" (Factory Benelux) 1982.
07: Neu! : "Für Immer" (Phillips) 1973.
08: Blancmange : "I've Seen The Word" (London Records) 1982.
09: Einsturzende Neubauten : "Kollaps" (ZickZack) 1981.
10: D.A.F. : "Ich Und Dich Wirklichkeit" (Universal) 2002.
11: D.A.F. : "Kebabträume" (Universal) 2002.
12: Der Plan : "Meine Freunde" (Les Diseuse Du Crépuscule) 1980.
13: Pyrolator : "It Always Rains In Wuppertal" (Universal) 2002.
14: Fehlfarben : "Apocalypse (Ernstfall)" (Universal) 2002.
15: The Diagram Brothers : "Right Git (German Version)" (Outatune) 1982.
16: Die Neue Prächtigkeit : "Ūberzeugen" (Rondo) 1980.
17: General Strike : "My Body" (Canal) 1979.
18: Repetition : "The Body Cries" (Les Disques Du Crépuscule) 1981.
19: The Fall : "Futures And Pasts" (Step Forward Records) 1979.
20: The Fall : "Music Scene" (Step Forward Records) 1979.
The next broadcast will be on March 29. 20:00 GMT on SoundArt Radio 102.5FM in the South Hams district of Devon or listen to live stream via the SoundArt Radio website:
Big thanks go to Tony Whitehead for getting me to the studio on time, I was stranded on Newton Abbot train station with trains being delayed and cancelled (After The Snow comes The Flood and Devon gets isolated!). Tony also managed to pre-record his "Radio Warblers" programme whilst I was broadcasting ... multimedia studios!