Fanatics! We've Got the Green Light to Rock
RADIO BROADCAST#233 09-15-13
See also: Henry Rollins: End of Summer Rituals
Fanatics! Sometimes, I have to wonder how in the hell it keeps staying so great week after week. No, really. No matter how hard we try, we cannot run out of amazing music to bring to you. We have been at this for almost a decade now, Fanatics. You would figure after that long, we would be dialing the shows in, blowing you off and growing jaded. Can't happen. I am just too fuckin' mad at everything to let it slip. That's the bottom line, Fanatic. It is the anger that leads to the curiosity, low boredom threshold and here we are. I am even mad at how much I like doing this show. Anything you care about that much, it leaves you quite vulnerable on some levels, unassailable on others.
You remember Pure Hell, the great band from Philadelphia; tonight, we rock the single version of their song "No Rules." I like it a little more than the album version, perhaps because I grew up with it. It has, to my knowledge, never been re-issued, making it somewhat obscure and perfect for our show.
Two words: Roky Erickson. What a musician. Four words: Light In The Attic. What a label. LITA has licensed three Roky titles. The Evil One, Don't Slander Me and Gremlins Have Pictures. LITA does not mess around. They have done their usual excellent job bringing these timeless, genius albums back into the world. Perfect label for these to be on. I thought we better play a track off each, Fanatic. Check it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Engineer X will not be with us tonight. He is running special ops in another part of the state. It's too bad he won't be with us because I think he would really like this guy Hisato Higuchi. I don't know much about him, but what I have heard so far, I am really into. I got several of his records on their way here, so we will know more soon.
HELLO! New Melt Banana! I got an e-mail from Sean C who said he got the new MB album, Fetch, from their press person, who is an old D.C. alum. I wrote him, asked him if it was possible for me to get a copy of the record, like NOW and could I lay it on you all this weekend. Minutes later, I got the files and the green light to rock. I am listening as I write this. INSANE. It's coming out next month. There is a limited clear LP pressing. I just ordered mine.
And then, there is the second hour. 122 years ago, Lydia Lunch gave me a cassette of a session she did with the Birthday Party. It ended up becoming the Honeymoon In Red album. There are some great tracks on that one. One of them is a Rowland S Howard track called Still Burning. LL is not on the track that I can hear. It's a classic slice of Rowland and tonight, we get into it.
Another dip into that really cool Fall 5 Albums box set awaits you a few songs later. After that, we do a block with George Clinton and family. After that, a band I have wanted to play you for awhile. It's more of that cool Finnish strangeness. I think it's basically, Antti Laakkonen and Jani Hirvonen, respectively of Anti and Uton. They do stuff together all the time, but this is a cool version of it. I am SO in the tank with all this Finland stuff, as you know. It's been well over a year and I am only going deeper in.
All in all, it's a cold night for alligators, but it's a great night for Fanatics. I hope you like the show. I think the KCRW pledge drive is next week, so there won't be a ton of songs but there will be a lot of pitching. I will take the time to work on future shows.
Never turn it down and STAY FANATIC!!!
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