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, October 26, 2011

Technicolour Dreaming

Once again, due to the unavailability of the Cat & the Brat, this week’s show was presented by our good friend and fellow 3D-er, Bryan... (listen in to his Tuesday morning brekkie show ‘MellowScream’ on 3D Radio for three hours of aural goodies!) He played an eclectic selection ranging from 60’s garage, with tracks from likes of the Monks and the Cryan’Shames, some punk from M.O.T.O. and through to new stuff from Belles Will Ring, brillig and DieselWitch, with assorted stops along the way. There was a Devo-themed bracket which included versions of their songs by Adelaide’s Tardis Retardis and Almost Numan, as well as a bunch of songs from the Bad Afro compilation series ‘Pushing Scandinavian Rock to the Man’, some Trashmen and Trashwomen, and finishing with the final appearance of Wooden ShjipsWest” as ‘Album of the Month’... Thanks for a great show Bryan... indeed a high standard for us to match on our return next week!!!
..... and here is his full playlist....
Status Quo – Technicolour Dream     (‘Technicolour Dreams of Status Quo’ – compilation cd)
brillig – Bird from the Ashes     (‘Jack Davey’ cdEP 2009 Adelaide, Australia)
Black Box Recorder – British Racing Green     (Passionoia)
the Triffids – Joan of Arc     (‘Reverie’ EP 1982 Australia)
the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Suppose they gave a war and no-one came     (‘Volume 2: (Breaking Through)’ LP 1968 USA)
Devo – Witch Doctor     (‘Rugrats’ soundtrack cd)
Tardis Retardis – Be Stiff [Devo cover]     (Recorded ‘live’ at the Century Hotel, Adelaide 1988 – taken from ‘The Devo Years’ section of their 3-CD anthology, Adelaide Aust.)
Devo – Too Much Paranoia     (‘Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo’ LP 1978 USA)
Almost Numan – Secret Agent Man [Devo cover]     (Almost Numan)
Annexus Quom – Osmose 11     (‘Jazz Kraut’ comp. 2011)
the Monks – Blast Off     (‘Black Monk Time’ LP 1966 USA/Germany)
the Launderettes – Nobody But Me     (‘Pushing Scandinavian Rock To The Man Vol.3’ comp.)
the Shindiggers – Black’n’Hairy     (‘Maximum Beat’ comp.)
Belles Will Ring – Come to the Village     (Crystal Theatre)
Wayne County – Max’s Kansas City     (At the Trucks!)
the Trashwomen – I’m Trash     (‘Spend the night with the Trashwomen’ LP 1993 USA)
the Trashmen – Bird Dance Beat     (Bird City: Best of the Trashmen)
the Bee Gees – The Earnest of Being George     (‘Horizontal’ LP 1968 UK)
Jim Jones Revue – hey hey hey hey     (‘Shindig! It’s Happening Vol.1’ comp. UK)
the Gothic Chicken – Pitta Bread Man     (‘Shindig! It’s Happening Vol.1’ comp. UK)
M.O.T.O. – Crystallize my Penis     (Battle of the Band)
the Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet     (7”single 1978 UK)
the Cryan’ Shames – Sugar and Spice     (7”single 1966 USA)
DieselWitch – Reptile Surf     (DieselWitch Will Kill You)
the Duplo – Hey Hey Hey       (‘Pushing Scandinavian Rock To The Man Vol.1’ comp.)
Mother Superior – Have you seen that Cat     (‘Pushing Scandinavian Rock To The Man Vol.2’ comp.)
Wooden Shjips – Crossing     (West)     #

    # “Album of the Month”

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Obscured By...

Peter Brat and Michael Hunter were briefly joined by third ‘DOT’, Megan Cat, via a phone link for one of the airbreaks, so technically there were three presenters on today’s show... and we were glad of her imput when she gave us a brief rundown on early 80’s Adelaide band the Metronomes, pointing out that local legend, Ash Wednesday, had played on the single we had picked from the 3D library as part of our ‘M’ bracket, today’s ‘Letter of the Week’. Apart from all that, we played the usual variety of obscurities and rarities from Australia and around the world, featuring a bunch of singles from 60’s Holland by bands such as the Phantoms, one from an album by Guatemalan band Electronicos La Fuente released in 1969, and a 1981 demo from Bauhaus. We also played music from the “Paisley Underground” scene of early 80’s L.A. which revolved around bands such as the Salvation Army (later renamed the 3 O’Clock) and the Bangs (who of course evolved into the Bangles), and we added one of Australia’s equivalents, the Church. Throw in some Manson Family and Graham Bond for Halloween, plus some Taman Shud and lots more, and you have another “Obscured by...
..... so here is the full playlist...
Red Onion Jazz Band – My baby     (‘Red Onion Jazz Band’ LP 1964 Melbourne, Australia)
Autumn – Goblin’s Gamble     (7”single 1971 Sydney, Aust.)
Alison Gros – If I ask you     (7”single 1971 Adelaide, Aust.)
Taman Shud – They’ll take you down on the lot     (‘Goolutionites and the Real People’ LP 1970 Aust)
Young Modern – She’s got the money     (‘Live at the Grace Emily Hotel’ CD 2011 Adelaide)
Blue Bird – Goin’ Down     (7”single b-side 1971 USA)
Paper Blitz Tissue – Grey Man       (7”single b-side 1967 UK)
the Sorrows – Same Old Road        (7”single 1969 UK)
Revelation – Cotton Candy Weekend     (7”single 1968 USA)
the What’s New – Up So High     (‘Up So High’ EP 1967 USA)
Harper and Rowe – Love Machine     (7”single 1968 USA)
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust [rough demo version]     (‘Mask’ Omnibus Edition boxset – originally recorded 1981 UK)
the Manson Family – Get On Home     (‘The Manson Family sings the songs of Charlie Manson’ 1970 USA)
Graham Bond – Abracadabra: the Word of the Aeon     (‘Holy Magick, We Put Our Magick On You’ LP 1971 UK)
the Beach Boys – Heroes and Villains [alt. version]     (recorded 1967 but unissued – played from ‘L.A. Nuggets: 1965-68’ boxset comp.)
the Dukes of Stratosphear – Pale and Precious     (‘Psonic Psunspot’ LP 1987 UK)
Electronicos La Fuente – La Mosca     (‘Electronicos La Fuente’ LP 1969 Guatemala)
the Sevens – Run Me Down     (7”single 1966 Switzerland)
Rob Hoeke – When People Talk     (7”single 1965 Holland)
Fun Of It – Drollery     (7”single 1966 Holland)
the Phantoms – Someday I’m Somebody     (7”single 1965 Holland)
the Mo – Nancy     (‘Mo’ LP 1980 Holland)   #
Machinations – Hit by a missile     (7”single b-side 1988 Australia)  #
the Metronomes – Closed Circuit     (7”single 1980 Adelaide, Aust.)  #
Masongreystrange – Untitled#2 with Clarinet     (‘Interstate’ CD 2000 Adelaide)  #
the 3 O’Clock – With a Cantaloupe Girlfriend     (‘Baroque Hoedown’ EP 1982 Los Angeles, USA)
the Salvation Army – She Turns to Flowers     (‘Salvation Army’ LP 1982 L.A.)
the Bangs – Getting Out of Hand     (7”single 1981 L.A.)
the Church – Is This Where You Live     (7”single 1981 Australia)

     #  ‘Letter of the Week’  chosen randomly from the various CD/vinyl sections of the 3D library

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Technicolour Dreaming

The Cat and the Brat were in the mood for some heavy guitar sounds this week, as evidenced by Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ through to some Stooges and Radio Birdman. Of course there was plenty of psych goodness too, with tracks from Thee Oh Sees, Adelaide’s Mondo Phase Band (recorded ‘live’ in 3D Radio’s SoundLounge), the Lovetones, a pick from the new ‘singles collection’ by the Brian Jonestown Massacre and a keyboard freakout from Quasi. There was a classic early single by the Saints plus some mid-70’s Flamin’ Groovies and a demo from Adelaide punk legend, Liz Dealey. We finished with another track from ‘West’ by the Wooden Shjips, our current ‘Album of the Month’.....
..... but here is the full playlist.....
the Dave Miller Set – No Need to Cry     (7”single b-side 1970 Australia)
Sun Shepherd – Prevails the Beast     (‘Procession’ cd 2011 Perth, Aust.)
Black Sabbath – Paranoid     (‘Live at Last’ LP 1980 UK)
Capt Beefheart and the Magic Band – Dachau Blues     (‘Trout Mask Replica’ LP 1969 USA)
Public Image Limited – Public Image     (‘Public Image: first issue’ LP 1978 UK)
the Black Angels – Young Men Dead     (Passover)
the Sacred Cowboys – Nothing Grows in Texas     (7”single 1982 Melbourne Aust.)
the Brian Jonestown Massacre – Love is the Drug E!     (The Singles Collection)
the Lovetones – Stars     (Meditations)
Quasi – I don’t know you anymore     (When the going gets dark)
Radio Birdman – Burn My Eye     (‘Burn My Eye’ EP 1976 Sydney Aust.)
Liz Dealey – Kiss my ass     (‘Pure Purple Demos’ 2011 Aust.)
the Stooges – 1969     (‘the Stooges’ LP 1969 USA)
Fiendish Cavendish – Dungeon Daughter     (DepthCharge 10 – the 3D Radio Compilation of Adelaide Music 2011)
Molten Universe – The Green Ray     (The Green Ray)
Thee Oh Sees – Ruby Go Home     (Help)
Mondo Phase Band – Horshoe     (Live-To-Air from 3D Radio ‘SoundLounge’ 2011 Adelaide)
The Great! Society!! – Someone to Love [live]     (recorded 1965released onRock Machine - I Love You’ compilation LP 1968 USA)
the Flamin’ Groovies – I Can’t Hide     (7”single 1976 USA/UK)
the Fleshtones – Girl from Baltimore     (7”single 1980 USA)
the Saints – This Perfect Day     (7”single 1977 Aust./UK)
Wooden Shjips – Black Smoke Rise     (West)   #

    #  Album of the Month  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Obscured By...

Wow! A conjunction of our stars meant that all 3 ‘DOTS’... Michael, Peter and Megan... were in the studio this week, Obscuring together, once again! (please forgive the hype but it’s not a very common occurrence these days!) And accordingly, what a diverse show it was... from rare 60’s Australian pop and garage, to MerseyBeat from Iceland (that river sure flows a long way!), Canada and Spain, through to a sublime track by new European band, Birch Book. Along the way there was a swirly sitar blast from Truth, who emerged from the ashes of Irish faves, Them, a bit of classic Todd Rundgren, a nod to UB40 (whose iconic ‘dole’ cover has become apropos  with their recent bankruptcy case!), and some psychedelic, non-bubblegum Lemon Pipers. Also, we each snaffled blindly some ‘gems’ (or not!) from the ‘N’ sections of the various vinyl/CD areas of the extensive 3D Radio Library (over 70,000 items!) for our ‘Letter of the Week’ segment... hmmm, mixed results as usual, but definitely ‘obscure’ and/or rare! Ahhh, we had fun.....
..... as you will see from the full playlist.....
the Thunderbirds – Mandrake     (‘Quite a Party: Live at the Preston Town Hall’ LP 1961/62 Victoria, Australia)
Johnny Chester – Tossin’ and Turnin’     (‘Quite a Party’ LP)
the Questions – I Can’t Hear You     (7”single b-side 1967 Australia)
the Kompany – The Family Way     (7”single b-side 1967 Aust.)
the Allusions – The Fever (Burns my Brain)     (7”single 1966 Aust.)
Joe Dolci – The Wind Cries Mary     (‘The Wind Cries Mary’ CD 2008 Aust.)
Thor’s Hammer – A Memory     (7”single 1966 Iceland)
the Mojos – Forever     (7”single b-side 1963 UK)
JB and the Playboys – My Delight     (7”single 1965 Canada)
Los Salvages – Las Ovejitas     (7”single 1965 Spain)
5 Gentlemen – Dis-Nous Dylan     (7”single 1966 France)
Birch Book – Les Feuilles Mortes     (‘Birch Book’ cdEP 2011 France)
the Dillards – Lemon Chimes     (7” single 1967 USA)
the Rose Garden – Here’s Today     (7”single b-side 1968 Los Angeles USA)
Truth – Archimede’s Pad     (recorded but unreleased 1972 Ireland/USA)
the Nixons – In Spite of Herself     (‘the Nixons’ CD 1995 USA)   #
Nineteen Eighty Four – Distraction     (split 12” LP [with Co.Nation] 1999 Aust.)   #
Nervous System – Last Avenue/Rendition     (7”single 1981 Aust.)   #
Nick Cave’s Mustache – Lies     (demo 2008 Adelaide, Aust.)   #
UB40 – I Knew You     (Homegrown)
XTC – River of Orchids     (‘Apple Venus Vol. 1’ cd 1997 UK)
Echo and the Bunnymen – Forgiven     (‘Evergreen’ cd 1998 UK)
Todd Rundgren – Zen Archer     (‘A Wizard, A True Star’ LP 1973 USA)
the Lemon Pipers – Through With You     (‘Green Tambourine’ LP 1968 USA)

  # ‘Letter of the Week’

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Technicolour Dreaming

Beginning with the likes of Spacemen 3 and Adelaide’s Asteroid Belt, the Cat and the Brat played some 60’s garage from the Chocolate Watchband and the Plague, some 70’s punk from X Ray Spex and France’s Metal Urbain (the very first single ever to be released by the UK’s Rough Trade Records), a selection of recent releases including Adelaide’s Isomer and DieselWitch and much, much more... all in all, the regular Technicolour Dreaming.....
..... and so here is the playlist.....
Gun – Take Off     (‘Gun’ LP 1970 UK – played from ‘Sweet Floral Albion’ compilation cd)
Spacemen 3 – Revolution     (‘Playing with Fire’ LP 1989 UK)
the Asteroid Belt – Incantations      (demo 2009 Adelaide, Aust.)
Thee Oh Sees – Destroyed Fortress Reappears     (Help)
the Hoa Hoas – Intensity     (Pop/Drone/Pedals)
The Plague – The Face of Time     (7”single 1966 Canada)
The Chocolate Watchband – Don’t need your lovin’     (‘Riot on Sunset Strip’ soundtrack compilation LP 1967 USA)
DieselWitch – I Set Bugs on Fire    (pre-release from forthcoming album 2011 Adelaide)
the Sand Pebbles – Occupied Europe (take me across the water)     (Dark Magic)
Black Cab – Ghost Anthems     (Call Signs)
Clinic – Baby     (Bubblegum)
Dean and Britta – Not a Young Man Anymore [Velvet Underground cover]     (Andy Warhol’s 13 Most Beautiful)
Ladytron – Sugar     (Witching Hour)
Isomer – Poison the Well     (Face Toward the Sun)
Metal Urbain – Paris Maquis [fasciste!]     (7”single 1977 France/UK)
X Ray Spex – Identity     (‘Germ Free Adolescents’ LP 1978 UK)
Thee Stag Knights – Come On     (‘Wild About You’ CD compilation 2004 Australia)
Rebecca and the Sunnybrook Farmers – What do you think of the War     (‘Birth’ LP 1969 UK – played from ‘Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers Vol. 10’ compilation CD)
Plasticland – Mink Dress     (7”single 1980 USA)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – We got the Beat [Go-Go’s cover]     (So Many Things)