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, April 30, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

Beginning the show with Canadian band Rings and Things’ single from 1968 and finishing with a recent album track by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, we continued this week on our quest for what they called “groovy sounds” back in the 1960’s, exploring various genres and locations, from then until now – all vaguely linked to the psychedelic in some way – from the whispering gothic drones of Adelaide’s All The Leaves Have Fallen, through Jacques Dutronc’s fuzzed-out French epistles to the shimmering pop of brilliant young Dutchman Jacco Gardner and from the equally woozy psychedelia of Beaulieu Porch to the 60’s weird of the Astral Scene and onto the sharp power-pop of Adelaide’s Arch Menaces. We also included this week our occasional feature songsegment, playing first the original and then a cover version, in this case “No Silver Bird”, originally by the Hooterville Trolley and recently recorded by Germany’s Vibravoid. Of course there was much more, so..... is the playlist and some visual accompaniments for your perusal.....

Rings and Things – Strange Things are Happening         (7”single 1968 Canada)
the Black Angels – Manipulation         (‘Passover’  2006 Austin, Texas, USA)
Sheetah et les Weissmullers – Hallucinations         (’Hola Ye Yeah!’  2009 France)
France Gall – Les Sucettes [Serge Gainsbourg cover]         (‘Les Sucettes’  7”EP 1966 France)
the Travel Agency – That’s Good         (‘The Travel Agency’ LP 1968 San Francisco, USA)
All the Leaves Have Fallen – Lull Before the Storm         (demo 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Todd Rundgren – An Elpee’s Worth of Toons         (‘Todd’ LP 1974 USA)
the Arch Menaces – Not In My World         (‘Primitive Germs’  2013 Adelaide, Aust.)
Paul Messis – Sowing Seeds         (‘Case Closed’  2013 UK)
Drug Free Youth – Teenage Laughing Bean [The Laughing Soupdish cover]         (7”split-single [with Vibravoid] 2011 Greece/Germany)
Man or Astroman? – Journey to the Stars         (‘Is It … Man or Astroman?’  1993 USA)
les Liminanas –I Know There’s An Answer [Beach Boys cover]         (recorded 2012 France - taken from 'Mojo: Pet Sounds Revisited' magazine covermount-CD compilation 2012 UK)
Dieselwitch – UFO Surf         (‘Live at the Gov 2012’ demo 2013 Adelaide, Aust.)
Woodhead Monroe – (She’s a )Vampire         (7”single b-side [to Mumbo Jumbo] 1980 UK)
Baby Woodrose – Take It         (7”single 2009 Denmark)
the Flies – I’m Not Your Stepping Stone [Monkees cover]         (7”single 1966 London, UK)
the Astral Scene – (Astral Projection…Leaving the Body) Overture: The Sunshine Seekers         (‘The Astral Projection’ LP 1968 New York, USA)
Colours – Bad Day at Black Rock, Baby         (7”single b-side [to Love Heals] 1968 USA)
Beaulieu Porch – Greencroft Street         (‘Beaulieu Porch’  2012 UK)
Jim Noir – Don’t You Worry         (‘Jim Noir’  2008 UK)
Wolf People – Hesperus           (‘Fain’  2013 UK)
the Paperhead – Do You Ever Think of Me         (‘The Paperhead’  2012 USA)
the Point – All My Life         (‘Magic Circle’  LP 1983 Los Angeles, USA)
Vibrasonic – Kingsley J          (7”single 1994 Brighton, UK)
Jacco Gardner – Clear the Air         (‘Cabinet of Curiosities’  2012 Netherlands)
the Hooterville Trolley – No Silver Bird         (7”single 1968 USA)
Jacques Dutronc – La Responsable         (7”single 1969 France)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Secret Xtians         (‘Unknown Mortal Orchestra ll’  2013 New Zealand)
Pugwash – Fall Down          (‘The Olympus Sound’  2012 Ireland)
Vibravoid – No Silver Bird [Hooterville Trolley cover]         (‘Gravity Zero’  2012 Germany)       
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Bad Blood         (‘Beat the Devil’s Tattoo’  2010 USA)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

Joining the Cat & the Brat for this week’s show was our ‘Obscured by...’ co-DOT  Michael Hunter, who brought in some interesting items to share, including a bizarre one by Estonian band Winny Puhh, two versions of the song ‘You Never Know’, both from 1975, and a Steve Kilbey demo from his pre-Church days in Canberra. We also featured a sitar-drenched track from the brand-new EP by the Mynd Gardeners, a song from the latest Citradels recordings and another taster from the just-released Paul Messis LP, plus a few French 60’s delights from the likes of Claude Francois and Antoine, as well as playing a track in remembrance of Divinyls’ singer Chrissie Amphlett, who has passed away after a long illness..... Of course there were the regular nods to both 60’s and current psych from bands such as Pisces and Life On Earth! respectively, with oddities such as Giles, Giles & Fripp thrown in for good measure... all in all, another Technicolour Dream....
...... and here is the playlist, plus a few visuals.....
the Ones – Lady Greengrass      (7”single 1967 Germany – taken from ‘Ultima Thule: the Electronic Magic of Tangerine Dream’ anthology 2008 UK/Germany)
Eileen – Ces Bottes Sont Fait Pour Marcher [Nancy Sinatra cover]      (7”single 1966 France)
the Citradels – Here To Know      (‘Psychotic Syndrone’ cd-EP 2013 Melbourne, Australia)

the Mynd Gardeners – Shadow Man      (‘Partial Spyral Staircase Entanglement’ digital-EP 2013 Australia)
Richard Lockwood – Highest of the High      (‘Highest of the High’ cassette-EP 1993 Australia)
Charlie Drake – You Never Know      (7”single 1975 UK)
Giles, Giles & Fripp – Newlyweds       (‘The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp’ LP 1968 UK)
Claude Francois – Eloise [Barry Ryan cover]      (7”single 1968 France)
Paul Messis – It Doesn’t Matter to Me      (‘Case Closed’ LP 2013 UK)
Peter Gabriel – You Never Know      (demo 1975 UK)
Chrissie Amphlett & friends – Money [Barrett Strong cover]      (recorded ‘live’ at E.A.T. Benefit Concert 1985 Melbourne, Aust.)
       * R.I.P.  Chrissie Amphlett   1959-2013   [the Divinyls]
Split Enz – Xmas message for fanclub      (‘Friends of the Enz’ message 1983 Aust.)
Wendy Saddington & the Copperwine – Tomorrow Never Knows [Beatles cover]      (‘Live’ LP 1971 Aust.)

Baby Grande – Pure, White & Deadly      (demo 1977 Canberra – taken from ‘Steve Kilbey: Addenda One’ anthology 2012 Australia)
Red Angel Panic – Viet Rock      (7”single 1971 Adelaide, Aust.)
Antoine – Les Elucubrations d’Antoine      (7”single 1966 France)
the Cherokees – Minnie the Moocher [Cab Calloway cover]       (7”single 1967 Melbourne, Australia)
Bruner (aka Pisces) – Sam      (7”single 1969 USA – taken from ‘Pisces - A Lovely Sight: 1967-1970’ anthology 2009 USA)
Les Liminanas – Longanisse      (‘Crystal Anis’ 2012 France)
Life On Earth! – Listen       (‘A Space Water Loop’ 2009 Sweden)
Winny Puhh – Meiecundimees uks Korsakov laks eile latti       (recorded/filmed live on ‘Eesti Laul’ concert TV show 2013 Estonia)   [there are several clips of this with different costumes etc, but we liked the drummer playing upside-down suspended from the roof on this one – feel free to check out the others!]
the Five Man Electrical Band – Man with the Horse and Wagon      (‘Goodbyes & Butterflies’ LP 1970 Ottawa, Canada)
Machine – God’s Children      (‘Machine’ LP 1970 Netherlands)
the Magnificent Brotherhood of Eternal Love & the Happiness’s Close Companions – Old Tattoo      (taken from ‘Peace Frog #2’ covermount-CD compilation 2006 Greece)
the Warlocks – Bleed Without You Babe      (‘Surgery’ 2005 Los Angeles, USA)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

Being Record Store Day later in the week, we thought it appropriate to feature a number of vinyl singles and LPs, past and present, so we dug out a few favourites and obscurities including a classic from Big Star’s first album, some Australian 60’s-era singles from the likes of Mike Furber and former Masters Apprentices guitarist, Peter Tilbrook, a French tribute to Dr Wilhelm Reich by the Zorgones and a cut from the brand new LP by Paul Messis, released this week on the UK independent label, State Records. We also featured some of the artists appearing at the upcoming Austin Psych Fest, including organisers the Black Angels and Adelaide representatives Ride Into The Sun, plus some classic pop-psych from the Association and the Seeds as well as tracks from current purveyors such as Vibravoid and Clinic. Regular listeners will be aware of our fondness for  ‘suites’ of songs [most recently one from Procol Harum] so how could we resist playing - in full - the ‘audio-storybook LP’ tale of “Eyes Like The Sky”, narrated and written by Australian legend Broderick Smith [Carson/Dingoes etc] accompanied by the psychedelic/spaghetti western/surf sounds of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – brilliant stuff! On a more sombre note, we celebrated the lives of Chris Bailey and Annette Funicello, both of whom passed away recently, by playing some of their music and video-clips – R.I.P. Chris and Annette!
..... and so here is the playlist for this week’s show, plus some clips.....
Big Star – The Ballad of El Goodo      (‘# 1 Record’ LP 1972 Memphis, Tennessee, USA)

the High Dials – Space Hobo      (‘Moon Country’ LP 2008 Montreal, Canada)
Mike Furber – Watch Me Burn      (7”single b-side [to I’m on Fire] 1969 Australia)
Peter Tilbrook – All Mine To Play With      (7”single b-side [to Stop the Time] 1969 Aust.)
Bobby & Laurie – Every Second Day      (7”single 1966 Aust.)
Clinic – Harvest [within you]      (‘Visitations’ 2006 UK)
Vibravoid – The White Ship [HP Lovecraft cover]      (7”split-single [with Drug Free Youth] 2011 Germany)
the Seeds – Girl I Want You      (‘The Seeds’ LP 1966 USA)
Headband – Stay With Me      (7”single b-side [to Country Lady] 1973 Adelaide, Aust.)
     *  R.I.P.  Chris Bailey  1950-2013 (bassist - Headband/Red Angel Panic/the Angels/GANGajang etc)

Pleasure [feat. Billy Elder & Tandyn Almer] – Don’t take the night away      (7”single 1968 USA)
the Koolaid Electric Company – Over the Mountain      (‘Random Noises & Organised Sounds’ 2012 USA)
the Association – Message of our Love      (‘And Then... Along Comes the Association’ LP 1966 California, USA)
Tommy James & the Shondells – Crimson & Clover [LP version + reprise]      (‘Crimson & Clover’ LP 1969 USA)
the Picture – Evolution      (7”single b-side [to I’ll Be There] 1969 USA)
the Zorgones – Herr Doktor Reich      (7”single 1968 France)

the Barbarellatones – Gothic City      (‘The Breakup Ghost’ 2009 California USA)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard [with Broderick Smith narrating] – Eyes Like The Sky [suite {in its entirety}]      (‘Eyes Like The Sky’ EP 2013 Melbourne, Aust.)
the Black Angels – War On Holiday      (‘Indigo Meadow’ 2013 Austin, Texas, USA)
Ride Into The Sun – Lost At Sea (love story)      (CD-single 2013 Adelaide, Aust.)
Tame Impala – Mind Mischief      (‘Lonerism’ 2012 Aust.)
Paul Messis – Happy This Way      (‘Case Closed’ LP 2013 UK)
Annette Funicello & Fishbone – Jamaica Ska      (‘Back to the Beach’ soundtrack LP 1987 USA)
    *  R.I.P.  Annette Funicello   1942-2013 (Mouseketeer/actor/singer etc – USA)