Three D Radio announcer, Megan Cat (up until recently with her husband, the late Peter Brat) lives in "The BratHaus" a rural seaside home about 100km from Adelaide on South Australia's scenic Fleurieu Peninsula.
Veteran musician Peter, and artist/musician Megan, were long-time DJs on Three D Radio 93.7fm
, Adelaide's eclectic independent music station.
Together Peter & Megan, known as "The Cat and The Brat" created this blog to allow listeners to review the playlists of their radio show, "Technicolour Dreaming" , watch clips of selected songs and simply join them in the enjoyment of their favourite music... psychedelia, 60's garage,
surf, punk/post-punk, pop, folk-rock, glam, 'Krautrock', goth, 80's electro... and much more!
But The Cat is carrying on the tradition, with guest co-presenters, and "Technicolour Dreaming" will continue in the same format, drawing from the huge "Cat & Brat" music collection, with the addition of new releases and reissues to keep things current. The Brat is hugely missed, but the show must go on, as he wanted...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Obscured By...

Peter Brat was the lone ‘DOT’ this week on “Obscured by...” and focused primarily on 1960’s music, though a few more recent tracks (...well, 80’s anyway!) were also played, including the version of ‘Greggary Peckory’ by Siouxsie & the Banshees’ drummer Budgie, taken from the British TV series, “Play for Today”, as well as a song from Adelaide post-punk band, Nuvo Bloc. But back to the 60’s... a smattering of local and Australian talent started the show, including a couple of live TV performances; one by Procession, the other featuring Wendy Saddington singing in a rare duo performance with Jeff St John... both sang with the band, Copperwine, but not in the same line-ups. I also played the full 17 minute suite, “In Held Twas In I”, from the second Procol Harum LP, the theme song from the classic “Bedazzled” movie by Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, plus a selection from the new “Circus Days: Pop/Psych Obscurities 1966-70” six cd boxset put out by UK label ‘Past&Present’, including a couple of “mystery tracks” contained therein.... hmmmm!? here is the full playlist...

the Vacant Lot – Don’t let me sleep too long (7”single 1967 Australia)

Wendy Saddington [with Jeff St John] – Don’t Get Me Wrong (live on ‘GTK’ TV 1970 Australia)

Procession – Up, Up & Away/Happy Times (live on ‘UpTight’ TV 1967 Aust.)

Freshwater – Hello Sunshine (7”single 1971 Aust.)

Lynne Randell – Wasn’t It You (7”single 1968 – US-only release)

Magic – I Want to Fly (7”single 1969 Aust.)

Headband – Stay With Me (7”single 1973 Adelaide, Aust.)

Jim Sullivan – Jerome (UFO)

the Walker Brothers – Child of Flames (Nite Flight [written & sung by the late John Maus])

Hawkwind – Paranoia [Pts 1&2] (Hawkwind)

Mad River – Wind Chimes (‘Ah Feel Like Ahcid’ : US 60’s comp.)

Budgie – Greggary Peccary (‘Play for Today’ BBC-TV 1982 UK)

Procol Harum – In Held Twas In I (Shine On Brightly)

‘promo’ – Psych-Out (ad for the 1967 US movie)

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore – Bedazzled (theme from 1967 UK movie)

Russell Morris – Into Paper Walls [the Real Thing: Part 3] (7”single 1969 Aust.)

? – (my dream world?)? (‘mystery track’ from ‘Circus Days: Pop/Psych Obscurities 1966-1972’ Vol 2 – UK comp.)

the Scots of St James – Eiderdown Clown (1967 single: taken from ‘Circus Days...’ Vol 6)

Alex Harvey – Dance of the Seven Scarabs (1967 acetate: from ‘Circus Days...’ Vol 2)

Shy Limbs – Reputation (1969 single: from ‘Circus Days...’ Vol 3)

Bent Frame – Fairy Lights (1971 single: from ‘Circus Days...’ Vol 4)

Cecil McCartney – Liquid Blue (1968 single: from ‘Circus Days...’ Vol 5)

? – ? (‘mystery track’ from ‘Circus Days...’ Vol 4)

the Triffids – Family Name (from their self-released 1983 ‘Dungeon Tape’, Perth, Aust.)

Seems Twice – Look at It (‘Non-Plussed’ EP 1980 Aust.)

Nuvo Bloc – Equal Education (demo 1978 Adelaide Aust.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Technicolour Dreaming

The Cat and the Brat interviewed Adelaide singer/songwriter Emily Davis on the show this week, in the run-up to her CD release show on 4th June in Adelaide, and played an exclusive pre-release track from that album. We also played a track from the new Belles Will Ring album, a ‘live’ version of Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man” from 2007 (with amusing ad-libbing), some 60’s Australian psych, and Peter Brat & the Molting Vultures recent ‘Life on the Dole’ 7” single (which will also be performed ‘live’ this Friday at the Grace Emily). And we played the final “Monkees’ Song of the Week” in our series of 25 songs... appropriately it was ‘Swami’, which played over the end-credits of their 1968 movie ‘Head’...

... and here is the playlist...

Thee Oh Sees – Destroyed Fortress Re-Appears (Help)

Thee Attacks – Are you? (‘Shindig! – It’s Happening 2’, comp.)

The Dave Miller Set – No Need To Cry (‘Psych Bites Vol. 1’, comp.)

James Taylor Move – Magic Eyes (‘Peculiar Hole in the Sky’, comp.)

Belles Will Ring – Do You Know What I See? (Crystal Theatre)

Emily Davis and the Open Road – Home is Where the Heart Is (Undone)

Higamos Hogamos – The Illuminoids – (Higamos Hogamos)

Donovan – Hurdy Gurdy Man (‘live’ 2007)

The Executives – Movin’ In a Circle (7” single, 1968 Australia)

McGough and McGear – So Much In Love (Acid Drops, Space Dust and Flying Saucers, Disc 1 : comp.)

The Green Circles – Let Me Through (‘Burn Your Fingers on the Sun’ comp.)

The Gnomes of Zurich – Hang On Baby (‘With The Sun In My Eyes’ comp.)

Sand Pebbles – A Thousand Flowers (A Thousand Flowers)

Foggy – She’s Far Away (US 1972 from ‘With The Sun In My Eyes’ compilation)

Peter Brat and The Molting Vultures – Life On the Dole (7” single 2010 Adelaide)

The Monkees – Swami [with strings] (‘Head’ soundtrack) *

*the 25th, and Final, “Monkees’ Song of the Week”

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Obscured By...

A sole dot in the form of Michael Hunter this week, with a wide sweep of recording dates for the songs played - 1899 to 2011! Music hall to Mexican garage rock to the usual mix of Australian 60s rock, world prog and - well, check the playlist for yourself...

Irene Petrie - Really & Sincerely (7" single Aust 1970)

Richard Wright Group - Five Star Cab (7" single Aust 1966 )

Jeff St John & Copperwine - Teach Me How To Fly (7" single Aust 1970)

Whistler's Mother - Steamboat Willie (7" single Aust 1971)

Ray Brown & Moonstone - Run Sylvie Run (Mad House, Aust LP 1970)

Mexican garage bands c mid 60s:

Los Locos Del Ritmo - Hey Joe

Hermanos Carrion - Toda A Su Tiempo (Turn Turn Turn)

Los Aragon - Tems Do Los Monkees

Los Rockin' Devils - Hey Lupe (Hang On Sloopy)

Los Belmonts - Amarrado (Glad All Over)

Samurai - Face In The Mirror (self titled album UK 1971)

Deuter - Krishna Eating Fish & Chips (Germany CD - 'D', his first album 1972)

Music hall 78rpm recordings:

Miss Beatrice Hart & Chorus From Daly's - I'm A Naughty Girl (UK 1899)

Florrie Forde - I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside (Aust/UK 1909)

The Two Gilberts - Do Shrimps Make Good Mothers? (UK 1924)

Charles Coborn - The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo (UK, 1924)

Fleet Foxes - The Shrine / An Argument (Helplessness Blues, US 2011)

Neil Getz - Oh Delilah (Factory Second, US 2011)

Michell Polnareff - La Poupee Qui Fait Non (7" single France 1966)

Jimi Hendrix Experience - La Poupee Qui Fait Non (Astro Man CD, rec c. 1967)

The Suggar Shoppe - Baby Baby (7" Canada 1968)

The Gordian Knot - The World Keeps Spinning (7" US 1968)

Eternity's Children - Mrs Bluebird (7" US 1968)

De Megas - The Running Mr So & So (7" Holland 1968)

The Motions - Memories Of Fair Haired Mary (7" Holland 1967)

PFM - Il Banchetto - (Italy CD: River Of Life, The Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Technicolour Dreaming

This week, it was a Brat alone on Technicolour Dreaming. But the sounds remained the same... 60’s Australian pop, garage and psych, new releases from cool Adelaide bands such as brillig and the Sea Thieves, plus a sprinkling of favourites like Joy Zipper, Kelley Stoltz and Death In June. Also, responding to requests, I played the whole of the 2nd side of the “Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake” album by the Small Faces from 1968, the ‘Happiness Stan’ saga, with narration by Stanley Unwin intertwined with its songs. And of course, I finished with the penultimate ‘Monkees Song of the Week’...

... and here is the full playlist...

Cheap Trick – Magical Mystery Tour (the Greatest Hits)

the Small Faces – Happiness Stan [suite] (Ogdens Nut Gone Flake LP 1968 UK)

the Twilights – Blue Roundabout (Once Upon a Twilight LP 1968 Adelaide Australia)

the Vegetable Garden – Even Stevens (7”single 1968 Perth Aust.)

the Playboys – Black Sheep RIP (1967 demo on ‘Datura Dreamtime’ compilation, Aust.)

the Easybeats – She’s So Fine (7”single 1965 Australia)

brillig – The Hearse Song (CD single 2011 Adelaide)

All The Leaves Have Fallen – Sic Itur Ad Astra (demo 2011 Adelaide)

the Sea Thieves – Focus the Stars (They Will Run)

Death In June – Free Tibet (demo 2005 Adelaide/UK)

the Molting Vultures – Orange Shadows (Drop In & Go)

Kamikaze – ‘Lil Red Riding Hood (pre-release 2011 Adelaide)

Kelley Stoltz – Pinecones (To Dreamers)

Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign (Bandwagonesque)

the Black Angels – Haunting at 1200 McKinley (Phosphene Dream)

Joy Zipper – Xmas Song (7”single 2005 US)

the Yardbirds – Happenings Ten Years Time Ago (7”single 1966 UK)

the Loons – If you could read your mind (7”split-single [with Clinic] 2011 US)

the Monkees – You just may be the one (Monkees’ Music Box) *

* ‘the Monkees Song of the Week’