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

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!

21 Songs for John Peel

In a few weeks it will be 10 years since the unfortunate death of John Peel. So it seems totally appropriate that there is a new compilation remembering John Peel from Unwashed Territories including a new 2014 drum and bass version of The Nation Needs You by Cuban Boys and new and rare tracks from Christ, Solex, Cinerama, Wedding Present, Half Man Half Biscuit, Cornershop, various members of Hefner, Paul Hartnoll and many more. It even has sleevenotes via a pdf, and was compiled by Mark Whitby from Dandelion Radio.

And it’s FREE! (via Christ.)

Viv Stanshall’s Radio Flashes

Ooh look what just popped up on my computer (thank you Get iPlayer and PVR, yes Stanshall and Radiophonic search terms are always on scan), the BBC are replaying 3 episodes of what I presume the only high-quality versions they have of Viv Stanshall’s Radio Flashes, which was when he stood in for John Peel on Top Gear. I think he originally did 4 and a Christmas special which was Rawlinson’s End themed, I think.

Sounds like they’ve remastered them, or at least replaced the music with high quality versions, so good for you Bonzos fans out there, you have 3 days to listen to the first episode, so hurry! (unless you use Get iPlayer)

Those outside the UK I suggest investing in a good VPN with UK servers.


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