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...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Technicolour Dreaming

On this last day of winter, the Cat & the Brat played an all-Australian show, with the exception of four of our favourite ‘overseas’ bands, which of course meant playing some Velvet Underground... how could we not! The bulk of the show though, featured current bands such as Adelaide’s own Like Leaves and brillig, Melbourne’s exciting Frowning Clouds and Sydney’s Black Cab, then travelled back to the 80’s, including 2 bands with new ‘best of’/rarities albums, the Lighthouse Keepers and the Ups and Downs, plus a few singles from the likes of the Church and Lizard Train. And we bade farewell to the Sand Pebbles in their final spin as ‘Album of the Month’...... without further ado, here is the full playlist.....
Ride Into The Sun – Goodbye     (‘Rats, Liars & Thieves’ cdEP 2011 Adelaide, Australia)
the Bad Poets – Unexpected Rainfall      (demo 1980 Adelaide)
Like Leaves – Fall for a Fleeting Moment     (Like Leaves)
the Black Angels – Ronettes      (‘Phosgene Nightmare’ - 10”vinyl EP 2011 US)
the Velvet Underground – What Goes On     (7”single 1969 US)
Suicide – Dream Baby Dream     (7”single 1979 US/UK release – also as bonus track on CD reissue of 2nd ‘Suicide’ [1980] album)
brillig – The Old Captain     (The Red Coats)
the Lighthouse Keepers – Ocean Liners     (Ode to Nothing - ‘Best of...’)
the Ups and Downs – The Living Kind     (Out of the Darkness - ‘Best of...’)
the Church – Too Fast For You     (7” double single pack 1981 Australia)
the Victims – Television Addict     (7”single 1978 Perth, Australia)
Decline of the Reptiles – Don’t Look Down     (7”single 1988 Perth)
Lizard Train – Explosion in a Room     (7”single 1986 Adelaide)
the Innocents – Identikit Girl     (7”single 1981 Adelaide)
Black Cab – Combat Boots     (CDsingle 2011 Sydney Australia)
Demon Parade – To the Mountain     (CDsingle 2010 Sydney)
the Frowning Clouds – Dame a Dozen     (CDsingle 2011 Melbourne, Aust.)
Dungen – Du E For Fin For Mig     (Ta Det Lugnt)
the Sand Pebbles – River Sparkle     (Dark Magic)   #

     # ‘Album of the Month’

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Obscured By...

Peter Brat and Michael Hunter were the two ‘DOTS’ in the studio presenting this week’s episode of ‘Obscured by...’, and were joined by phone for a lengthy chat by Craig Collinge, drummer in the Librettos, the Playboys, Procession, Manfred Mann Chapter 111, World War Three, plus lots more, even including a brief stay in Fleetwood Mac in 1973-74, and continuing through to his current ‘Evolution2Revolution’ project.... so we had LOTS to talk about! Of course there was a lot more music played... including a track from Billy Joel’s band Attila (nominated as the ‘worst record ever’ in, though personally we are sure there are far worse!), a song from the first album by Bjork (aged 14) and a ‘live’ track from reformed local 60’s band, 5 Sided Circle, at their gig last Sunday... can’t get more immediate than that!
..... and here is the full playlist....    

the Five – I Can’t find Her     (7”single 1965 Queensland, Australia)
Wendy Saddington – Just Like TomThumb’s Blues [Bob Dylan cover]     (‘Wendy Saddington & Copperwine – Live’ LP 1970 Australia : CD re-issue)
Whistler’s Mother – Steamboat Willie     (7”single 1971 Australia)
5 Sided Circle – 7 & 7 Is [Love cover]     (Live in Adelaide, Australia - August 2011)
the Playboys – Swan Lake [version]     (7”single 1965 Aust.)
the Librettos – Baby It’s Love     (7”single 1964 New Zealand)
Procession – Anthem     (‘Procession’ LP 1968 Aust./UK)
Craig Collinge – So Watts New/Funk Me Dead/Rock Paper Metal     (Evolution2Revolution)
Manfred Mann Chapter 3 – Snakeskin Garter     (‘Volume 1’ LP 1969 UK)
Craig Collinge – Avant Garden     (Evolution2Revolution)
Procession – Penelope     (‘Live at Sebastians’ 1968 Australia)
Snakefinger – the Model [Kraftwerk cover]     (7”single 1979 US)
Almost Numan – We are so fragile [Gary Numan cover]     (Disc 1 “OFF”, ‘Almost Numan’ double CD
Electralane – I’m on Fire [Bruce Springsteen cover]     (CD single 2003 UK)
Attila – Rollin’ Home     (‘Attila’ LP 1970 US)
Fraternity – Jupiter’s Landscape     (‘Livestock’ LP 1971 Adelaide, Aust.)
Bjork – Atta Mira     (‘Bjork’ LP 1977 Iceland)
Bruce Wooley & the Camera Club – Video Killed the Radio Star [orig. version]     (‘English Garden’ LP 1979 Canada)
Dennis Wilson – Dreamer     (‘Pacific Ocean Blue’ LP 1977 US)         

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Technicolour Dreaming

It was RADIOTHON time here on Adelaide’s 3D Radio this week, so the Cat and the Brat played lots of our (and we hope, your) favourite tracks while dealing with the phonecalls from subscribers-to-be and doing special ‘giveaways’... yes, it was chaotic, but also FUN! And we thank all of you who have subscribed (or intend to subscribe) to this wonderful all-volunteer community radio station to help keep us going to air (and streaming on the ‘net!) for the coming year... our licence is for promoting independent and progressive music from all genres and eras, particularly local and Australian. That’s why you can hear the music we play on our shows... music that is largely ignored by other stations. So whether you live in Adelaide or Albuquerque, Berlin, Athens, Zagreb or wherever... check out our website at and subscribe to this great station!
.....anyway, here is this week’s playlist.....
Eddie Current Suppression Ring – Memory Lane     (Primary Colours)
Dieselwitch – Forbidden Purple City     (Surfadelica)
Ray Brown & the Whispers – Ain’t It Strange     (7”single 1966 Australia)
Die Dancing Bears – New York Valentine     (7”single 1982 Adelaide, Australia)
the Laurels – Black Cathedral     (Mesazoic)
Love – She Comes In Colours     (‘Da Capo’ LP 1967 US)
James Taylor Move – Magic Eyes     (7”single 1968 Adelaide)
the Velvet Underground – Waiting for the Man     (‘the Velvet Underground & Nico’ LP 1967 US)
the Missing Links – You’re Driving Me Insane     (7”single 1965 Australia)
the Atlantics – Come On     (7”single 1967 Australia – also on their new CD ‘Collectibles’)
Surviving Sharks – Sever     (demo 2011 Adelaide)
Psychic Paramount – N5 Coda     (II)
Nothing People – Fatal Planet     (‘Anonymous’ LP 2008 US)
Mondo Phase Band – Chase     (Major Input LIVE! 2011 Adelaide)
Almost Numan – Secret Agent Man [Devo cover]     (Off – Almost Numan)
the Seeds – Evil Hoodoo     (‘Web of Sound’ LP 1966 US – also on ‘Dirty Water 1’ compilation)
the Sensational Alex Harvey Band – the Hot City Symphony: Pt 1 [Vambo]     (‘The Impossible Dream’ LP 1974 UK)
the Mystrys – Witch Girl     (7”single 1966 Aust.)
the Hergs – Cadillac     (7”single 1967 Adelaide)
Gary Walker & the Rain – Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia [Easybeats cover]     (‘No. 1 Album’ LP 1969 UK/Japan)
 the Monkees – Star Collector [alt. version]     (‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones’ LP 1967 US)
the Monkees – Zilch     (‘Headquarters’ LP 1966 US)
the Sand Pebbles – Blue Eyes in Black and White     (Dark Magic)    #

    #  Album of the Month         

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Obscured By...

Well, it’s RADIOTHON time again, where you (the listeners) can do your bit to keep us on-air and playing all this fine, but largely forgotten or  ignored, music. Whether you live here in Adelaide or  in Addis Ababa, just go to and subscribe to this very unique all-volunteer music radio station. We come to you in various formats... locally on the fm band at 93.7, on digital and streaming on the internet... so tune in, and if you like what you hear, subscribe! This week’s ‘DOTS’ were Michael Hunter & Peter Brat and we played our favourite mix of rarities and obscurities, ranging from Adelaide outfits like the Twilights and Smokestack Lightning, to Tiny Tim, the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and the Dave Clark 5 (whose music is strangely VERY hard to get hold of). We also featured two of Australia’s greatest vocalists, Wendy Saddington (from her new CD reissue with lots of bonus stuff!) and Lynne Randell (from an American-release-only single). We raided the T sections of 3D Radio’s 70,000-plus CD and vinyl library for our ’letter of the week random-pick’ segment, again finding some forgotten gems in the process! And we finished with a song from the brilliant Korean guitarist, Shin Joong Hyun, who made great psych rock music and was persecuted by an authoritarian government in a similar way to America’s treatment of Roky Erikson, but with a better outcome... he’s one of only about half a dozen guitarists to have a ‘signature’ guitar made by Fender!... check him out on the ‘net!
..... anyway, here is the full playlist.....
the Cleves – Work Out     (‘Cleves’ LP 1970 New Zealand/Australia)
Smokestack Lightning – Mellow Down Easy     (‘Don’t Nobody Know’ LP 1975 Adelaide, Aust.)
Company Caine – Dr Chop     (‘Dr Chop’ LP 1975 Aust.)
the Wild Colonials – Roses are Red     (7”single 1965 Aust.)
the Twilights – Bare Footin’     (‘Twilight Time’ LP 1967 Adelaide)
Lynne Randell – An Open Letter     (7”single 1968 Aust/US)
Wendy Saddington – Looking Through a Window [7”single 1971]     (‘Wendy Saddington & Copperwine – Live’ LP 1972 Australia : taken from the CD reissue with bonus tracks)
the Tourists – Talk to Me     (‘Luminous Basement’ LP 1979 UK)
TuTu Z – The Strange     (7”single 1985 Adelaide)
Frank Turner – Reasons not to be an Idiot     (Love, Ire, and Song)
Spectrum – Take your Time     (Highs, Lows & Heavenly Blows 1994 UK)
Spectrum – Superbody     (‘Part One: Spectrum’ LP 1971 Australia)
Tiny Tim – the Other Side     (‘God Bless Tiny Tim’ LP 1968 US)
Craig Collinge – Rock Paper Metal     (Evolution 2 Revolution)
the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – In The Arena     (‘Volume 2’ LP 1967)
the Who – Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand [alt. version]     (‘The Who Sell Out’ LP 1967 UK – reissue CD with bonus tracks)
the Blue Swede – Hooked on a feeling     (‘Explosive Hits’ LP 1974)
the Monkees – Zilch     (‘Headquarters’ LP 1967 US)
the Monkees – No Time     (‘Headquarters’ LP 1967 US)
the Dave Clark 5 – Bits & Pieces     (the Hits)
Shin Joong Hyun – The Man Who Must Leave     (‘Beautiful Rivers & Mountains’ 1969 South Korea)