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, February 26, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

With occasional co-host Michael Hunter joining the Cat & the Brat for this week’s show, we had another first for our new 3D Radio studios – our first phone interview here, chatting at some length with Mike Rudd of Spectrum fame... though we actually spent most of the interview talking about his pre-Spectrum escapades, especially his involvement with garage legends Chants R&B in his native New Zealand. He also spoke of their move to Melbourne and the vibrant music scene they found there, his time with the Party Machine before Ross Wilson zipped off to the UK to join Technicolour Dreaming faves Procession, the post-Spectrum years with Ariel and lots more – a talkative and friendly chap who still tours and records both solo and with various permutations of Spectrum [and indeed even does the occasional Chants R&B reformation]. Apart from all the chat we did manage to play some music! We have just come into possession of the classic 1969Trip Thru Hell’ album by the C.A.Quintet and bookended the show with the two sections of the title track. We also bade farewell to the two Kevins, Ayers and Peek, who passed away recently, playing, amongst other things, Soft Machine and Johnny Broome & the Handels respectively, in their honour. There were some 60’s obscurities from the likes of the Sweetarts and the Mojos, as well as some modern psych from bands such as the Higher State and Temples, including a track from the excellent debut album by the Citradels... great stuff! And with a big package of new CDs and vinyl just arrived at our mail box, there’ll be lots to hear in the coming weeks... so tune in!!
..... and here’s the playlist.....
C.A.Quintet – Trip Thru Hell [Part 1]      (‘Trip Thru Hell’ LP 1969 California, USA)
Tully – Ice      (‘Living is Hard’ LP 1972 Australia)
the Handels featuring John Broome [aka Johnny Broome & the Handels] – Do’s & Dont’s      (7”single 1965 Adelaide, Aust.)
the James Taylor Move – Baby Jane      (7”single 1967 Adelaide, Aust.)
Soft Machine – Why Are We Sleeping?       (‘Soft Machine’ LP 1968 UK)
Kevin Ayers – Song For Insane Times      (‘Joy of a Toy’ LP 1969 UK)
Nico – Henry Hudson      (‘Drama of Exile’ LP 1981 UK)
the Sweetarts – A Picture Of Me      (7”single 1967 Austin, Texas, USA)
the Mojos – What’s She Done To Me      (7”single 1966 West Virginia, USA)
David Santo – Rising of Scorpio      (‘Silver Currents’ LP 1967 New York, USA)
Neil Norman (with Kim Fowley) – Phaser Laser      (7”single 1973 California, USA)
Chants R&B – I’m Your Witchdoctor [John Mayall cover]      (7”single 1966 New Zealand)
Spectrum – Superbody      (‘Part One’ LP 1971 Australia)
          – Mike Rudd interview –  [check out the website]
the Party Machine – Keep Your Cool      (unreleased – taken from TV show 1968 Australia)
Ariel – I Can Do Anything      (7”single 1976 Aust.)
Spectrum – Soul Man      (‘Breathing Space As Well’ 2011 Aust.)
Procession – Mind Magician      (‘Procession’ LP 1968 UK/Aust.)
the Citradels – Jantar Mantar       (‘Psychotic Syndrone’ 2013 Melbourne, Aust.)
the Higher State – Ain’t It Hard [Electric Prunes cover]      (7”single b-side [to I Just Pretend] 2012 UK)
Temples – Shelter Song      (7”single 2013 UK)
the Amazing – The Kirwan Song      (‘The Amazing’ 2009 Sweden)
Jim Noir – Driving my Escort Cosworth to the Cake Circus      (‘Jimmy’s Show’ 2012 UK)
C.A.Quintet – Trip Thru Hell [Part 2]      (‘Trip Thru Hell’ LP 1969 USA)

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