Bah Humbug 3: Now I Have A Machine Gun, Ho Ho Ho!

Merry Christmas from Radio Clash, and how better to celebrate with the third instalment of Bah Humbug, the strange, wrong, silly and anti-Christmas music compilation?

Again it’s 80 minutes so can fit on a CD but this time in a long mix format this time (partly because I didn’t want to be shouted at by a few people wanting to flog their Xmess goods) but downloadable as a present to all those who stuck by Radio Clash Podcast all those years! In fact long-time listeners will recognise some of these tracks, it’s kind of a ‘best of’ mix of what I’ve collected and played over the last 3 years since BH2.

And I’ve listened to a LOT of Xmas compilations over the years, and I think BH are the best (if I say so myself) a mix of ‘hip’ obscure and the better known, from death metal to punk to industrial to mashup to cutup to EDM to hiphop and comedy. Certainly I know Bah Humbug 1 + 2 get the yearly Kirk nod-of-approval, so I hope this one is good enough to join his yearly present wrapping playlist…

This one is distilled/inspired/partly stolen from these people, amongst many others:

Oh and this is not safe for Santa, small children, reindeer, elves, let alone work – or anyone at Christmas for that matter.

How Does Santa Like His Pizza? Deep Pan, Crisp And Even (1:20, 98Mb)

You can still download the first Bah Humbug, and Bah Humbug 2 and various Christmas shit here.

  • Robot Chicken – Now I Have a Machine Gun
  • Amarna Reign – Black Christmas
  • The Sonics – Don’t Believe In Christmas
  • Freddie Fustercluck – Christmas Bubble (exclusive version)
  • ATOM – Santa Ist Das Bein Stalker – ATOM
  • Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer – Oh, Santa!
  • The Blood Red Oscars – Santa Comes Only Once a Year
  • Perry Como – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Mark and Lard – Classic Cuts)
  • The Vandals – C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
  • Kizunami – The Skillcracker
  • Paddy Roberts – Merry Christmas You Suckers
  • Cassetteboy – Seasons Reapings
  • Tortured Conscience – The Little Drummer Boy
  • MXPX – Christmas Night of Zombies
  • Nybbl – joytotheworldexceptfortheforiegnworkers
  • Erik Lindgren – A Special Personalized Christmas Greeting for You from All the Retailers
  • Ren And Stimpy – We’re Going Shopping
  • The Wind-up Birds – Working Christmas Day
  • Digital Factor – Bloody Christmas
  • Lee Hartsfeld – Christmas Is Coming Again,ha,haa!
  • Jack Scott – There’s Trouble Brewin’
  • Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio – I Am Santa Claus
  • Suzannah – Mom & Daddy, Please Don’t Steal For Us This Christmas
  • Ellen Marty – X-Mas Gift
  • Bitch and Animal – Ganja
  • Bob Gerrard – Snow Man
  • Jim Backus – Why Don’t You Go Home For Christmas
  • Red Sovine – Here It Is, Christmas
  • Bruce Haack & Ted Pandel – Wrtten In The Snow
  • Hybrid Kids – No St. Bernard
  • Sy Mann – When Christmas Comes
  • Invocal – You’ve Ruined Christmas
  • dma-sc – the first blip blop noel
  • Eric Idle – Fuck Christmas

[Original Santa image is from SliceofNYC, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic]

RC 271: Pop Is Dead #6 – Dead Pod Stars

This will be my monument
This will be a beacon when I’m gone…
So that when the moment comes,
I can say I did it all with love

A bumper self-indulgent 10th anniversary show – 2 shows in one! If you listen at the 1:30 mark you’ll realise why it’s so long ;-)

First half is the last Pop Is Dead show, Dead Pop Stars, talking about the obsession with death in pop music – a little death and self-destruction sells, from 2Pac and Buddy Holly to Amy, Nick Drake, Sid Vicious and Kurt Cobain – and the death of pop music generally, about Europop and the love of money. Second half is a wake for the podcast called Dead Pod Stars…yes this is the last Radio Clash as announced elsewhere.

Radio Clash Is Dead! Long Live Radio Clash! (202MB, 2:38)

Pop Is Dead #6: Dead Pop Stars

  • Lemmings – All-Star Dead Band
  • Altered Images – Dead Pop Stars
  • Radiohead – Pop Is Dead
  • XTC – This Is Pop?
  • The Minutemen – Maybe Partying Will Help
  • Cash Pussies – 99% is Shit
  • The Slits – Instant Hit
  • Rachel Stevens – Some Girls
  • The Divine Comedy – Europop
  • Nina Simone On Janis Joplin (live at Montreux)
  • Annie – Me Plus One
  • John Foxx and the Maths – Have A Cigar
  • Kevin Ayers – Star (John Peel Show, 13.07.76)
  • Kwesi Davis – Graceland
  • Stan Freberg – Heartbreak Hotel
  • Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer – The Crack Song
  • Paul Jacobs – Lemmings Lament
  • Fatima Mansions – A Singer Must Die
  • Nick Drake – Fruit Tree
  • Kiki & Herb – I Was Meant For The Stage
  • amoraboy – Amymagine (Amy Winehouse vs John Lennon, 2010 version)
  • Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine – Suicide Isn’t Painless
  • Nina Simone – Stars (live at Montreux)

An ending / Dead Pod Stars

  • Therapy? – Ten Year Plan
  • Röyksopp – Monument (The Inevitable End Version)
  • Fujiya & Miyagi – Your Silent Face
  • The 2 Bears – Unbuild It
  • New Build – Look In Vain
  • Japan – All Tomorrow’s Parties (7″ Version)
  • Run The Jewels – Early (feat. BOOTS)
  • Sage Francis – Years Demo
  • M83 – Farewell / Goodbye
  • Sage Francis – Dead Man’s Float
  • Scala & Kolacny Brothers – River
  • Johnny Cash – Redemption Song
  • Pulp – Happy Endings

Ten Long Years – The end of Radio Clash Podcast

“Ten years…you reap just what you sow…
Another one bites the dust!”

Yes Radio Clash (the podcast) is 10 years old today!

But sadly it’s also the end of Radio Clash as a podcast, the one I recorded last week (#271) was the last. So yes it’s more like a wake than a party…but I think it’s time, I’ve done everything I wanted to do with the podcast. I hate ‘podfading’, where podcasts just fizzle out, so I decided a long time ago that when the podcast reached 10 that would be it. (To be honest even this post seems self-indulgent, as did the last podcast – does anyone really care? I do feel the need to announce this though, to make it a public break, for me.)

I’m really proud of what I’ve done with Radio Clash – not sure many will mourn it but it’s was one of, if not the longest running British music podcasts. I was kind of last man standing for a long time there, and that again that made it hard to stop, over the last 5 years I’ve regularly fallen in and out of love of podcasting…but recently I didn’t feel it anymore. The downloads have been going down steadily, and my heart hasn’t been in it for a long time. #178 – the last Tim and Kirk show contains many coded references to stopping, since I was planning to do this five years ago! And the Pop is Dead shows were planned as a last hurrah – as they have been, but it was two years ago that series started. So this isn’t a sudden decision.

When I’ve said this to a few people they ask: what next? I have completely no idea. That’s kind of the point, I feel I can’t really move on while still doing these. Surprised I kept on for ten years, actually…I think I wanted to show people I could stick to something for a long time, that podcasting wasn’t a passing fad. I’ve made my point.

And despite my couching on the podcast, pretty sure that will be it for Radio Clash in the long run. I might podcast in other forms, after a long gap (a holiday after continuously podcasting for ten years sounds WONDERFUL) but not as Radio Clash, and very likely not in that format. Never been that comfortable on the mic, to be honest. I hate saying ‘never…’ but I’m fairly sure on this. So don’t unsubscribe just yet…

The blog will continue (as will my other blogs) and maybe I might do more Digital Debris in future…that’s something I haven’t really developed. Not sure what the future of Radio Clash Live is tbh.

All Radio Clash shows are on Mixcloud

As a mammoth task (or is that tusk) I’ve now uploaded all Radio Clash shows to Mixcloud, just in time for the 10th anniversary tomorrow. That’s 427 hours, 21 minutes and 29 seconds of music, chat, bad mixing, interviews and silliness! That’s 17.7 days. And it will be 5 seconds shy off 430 hours when #271 goes live – 429:59:55!

So since the last Mixcloud update, (upto #75) we have had many firsts:

The Ivor Cutler show, which listening back I’m still really proud of. I think this was the first Radio Clash about one artist.

The first year show, with endless lists with Kirk:

The first show about John Peel – there was at least one other, #195’s Keep It Peel – but many other nods to the great man over the last 10 years.

The 3rd time I travelled while podcasting was a 3 parter to US and Canada – I’ll always remember podcasting in a field on a farm Canada as the sun set:

The first Aural pOddities show, recently upto #5:

The first outside show, the first travel show recorded on my old iRiver, appropriately with long time supported of the show, Bicyclemark:

The infamous #18 DJNoNo mix show, the first appearance of that irrasciable robot behind the decks. Very silly mashups, and actually still very good, if I say myself:

The first Tim And Kirk Show – we also had the first ever podcast on psychedelic ‘magic’ mushrooms, which were then legal (I suspect first in the world!). It’s not as exciting as it sounds, though.

And the first Radio Clash, tie-clip mic taped to a tripod stand, and all!


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