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 28, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

We began this week’s edition with a tribute to the Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who passed away last week, by playing ‘Crystal Ship’, a classic example of a brilliant single b-side, before moving off on an exploration of location, era and genre under the (often tenuous) shadow of ‘the psychedelic’, with artists as diverse as Psychic Ills, Jacques Dutronc, the Murlocs and the Koobas, plus a great new cover  of Tyrnaround’s classic ‘Colour Your Mind’ by Germany’s Vibravoid. Later in the programme the Cat & the Brat were joined in the studio by Mark from the Arch Menaces, to talk about their album launch this weekend at the Enigma Bar here in Adelaide... during the interview we also discussed all things ‘power-pop’ and a mutual admiration for ‘the Medway Sound’, as well as playing some selections he’d brought in by bands such as the Len Price 3, the Happy Hate Me Nots and an obscure 60’s Australian single by the Familiars extolling the virtues of ‘the hula hoop’... so go see them if you can, it should be a great show!
.....and here is the full playlist plus some moving pictures.....
the Doors – Crystal Ship      (‘The Doors’ LP 1967 USA)
Mark Fry – Mandolin Man      (‘Dreaming with Alice’ LP 1972 UK/Italy)
Jacques Dutronc – L’idole      (7”single 1967 France – taken from ‘Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi: Jacques Dutronc 1966-1969’ anthology 2009 France/UK)
Deerhunter – Neon Junkyard      (‘Monomania’ 2013 USA)
Palms – This Last Year      (cd-single 2013 Sydney, Australia)
Vibravoid – Colour Your Mind [Tyrnaround cover]      (‘Delirio Dei Sensi’  2013 Germany/Italy)

the Pretty Things – Bracelets of Fingers      (‘S.F.Sorrow’ LP 1968 UK)
Inside Looking Out – Long Live Sivinanda      (7”single 1969 Adelaide, Australia)
Splashh – Headspins      (‘Comfort’ 2013 Aust./NZ/UK)
Psychic Ills – Drop Out      (‘One Track Mind’ 2012 USA)
the Tolpuddle Martyrs – Social Cell      (7”single b-side [to Time Will Come] 1967 Australia)
the Happy Hate Me Nots – You’re an Angel      (7”single 1985 Aust.)

the Parasites – When I’m Here With You      (‘Punchlines’ 1994 New Jersey, USA)
the Len Price 3 – She’s Not Really There      (‘Rentacrowd’ 2007 UK)
the Familiars – Go-Go Hula-Hoop      (7”single 1966 Australia)

the Arch Menaces – Not In My World/the Link      (‘Primitive Germs’ 2013 Adelaide, Aust.)

          Interview with Mark from the Arch Menaces
the Lighthouse Keepers – Seven Years      (7”single 1985 Aust.)
the Dukes of Stratosphear [aka XTC] – 25 O’Clock      (’25 O’Clock’ mini-LP 1985 UK)
Giobia – Jaws      (7” EP 2010 Milan, Italy)
the Arch Menaces – Hearing the Sounds      (‘Primitive Germs’ 2013 Adelaide, Aust.)
the Prisoners – Whenever I’m Gone      (‘The Last Fourfathers’ LP 1985 UK)
the Moods – Rum Drunk      (7”single 1966 Melbourne – taken from ‘Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts 1965-1967’ compilation 2012 Australia)
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers – I’m Your Witchdoctor      (7”single 1965 London, UK)
the Murlocs – Rattle the Chain      (cd-single 2013 Melbourne, Aust.)
the Rolling Stones – The Last Time      (‘Out Of Our Heads’ LP 1965 London, UK)
the Koobas – Barricades      (‘The Koobas’ LP 1969 UK)

Moon Duo – Sleepwalker      (‘Circles’ 2012 San Francisco, USA)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

Again this week we indulged our fondness for ‘suites’, this time by playing all the tracks from side 2 of DeWolff’s latest album ‘IV’, which are collectively entitled “A Mind Slip” – in our opinion, the best thing they’ve yet done! There were also songs from current bands such as Pugwash, Vibravoid, Youngteam and Clue to Kalo plus the debut recording by Melbourne psychsters Flyying Colours, as well as a selections from the past by luminaries such as the Adverts, Johnny Young, Naz Nomad & the Nightmares and the gloriously-named Frumious Bandersnatch. Finally, we featured a mystery song whose unknown provenance has been commented on by the ‘arch-drood’ himself – Julian Cope – who noted: the track ‘A Walk Down Emily Lane’ by The Unexplained, I was informed by a pretty reliable source, ... was an 80's studio creation by a mystery group that was recorded exclusively for the album, so don't waste your time trying to find the record, I don't think it exists”  .....  
..... so here is the playlist, with some moving pictures.....
Pugwash – Even I        (‘Jollity’ 2005 Ireland)
Steve Hillage – It’s All Too Much [George Harrison cover]         (‘L’ LP 1976 UK)
A Little Bit of Sound – Incense and Peppermints [Strawberry Alarm Clock cover]         (7” single 1967 California, USA)
Clue to Kalo – What Went Down Around         (‘Lily Perdida’ 2008 Adelaide, Australia)
the Mecki Mark Men – Free         (‘The Mecki Mark Men’ LP 1967 Sweden)
Flyying Colours – Wavygravy         (CD single 2013 Melbourne, Aust.)
Crocodiles – Hollow Hollow Eyes         (‘Sleep Forever’ 2010 USA)
Manfred Mann – A “B” Side         (7” single b-side [to Ragamuffin Man] 1969 UK)
Nazz Nomad and the Nightmares – Cold Turkey [Big Boy Pete cover]         (‘Give Daddy the Knife, Cindy’ LP 1984 UK)
Henri Salvador – Carnaby Street         (‘Pikabou’ 7” EP 1967 France)
the Adverts – One Chord Wonders         (7” single 1977 UK)
the Times – Glad Not Sad         (live recording, unreleased – taken from ‘Devil’s Children: Vol.2’ compilation 2000 Australia)
Johnny Young and Kompany – Caralyn [Strangeloves cover]         (7” single b-side [to Step Back] 1966 Australia)
the Apple – The Otherside         (‘An Apple a Day’ LP 1969 Cardiff, Wales)
the Unexplained – A Walk down Emily Lane         (‘Chocolate Soup for Diabetics Vol. 1’ compilation LP 1980 UK – taken from the ‘Chocolate Soup for Diabetics’ 5-CD boxset 2010 UK)
DeWolff – A Mind Slip [suite]   i Devil on a Wire   ii The Telephone   iii Black Hole Raga   iv Sixth Dimension Blues   v The Telephone Pt.2   vi Astral Awareness   vii Vicious Times      (‘DeWolff IV’ 2013 Limburg, Netherlands)
Vibravoid – The Politics of Ecstacy      (‘The Politics of Ecstacy’ 2006 Germany)
Pink Floyd – Come In Number 51, Your Time Is Up      (‘Zabriskie Point’ soundtrack LP 1970 USA/Italy)
Youngteam – Daydreamer      (‘Daydreamer’ 2011 Sweden)
Southwest F.O.B. – Smell of Incense [West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band cover]      (7”single 1968 Texas, USA) 
the Higher State – Levitation [13th Floor Elevators cover]      (‘Texas’ EP 2010 UK)
the Rising Sons – Take a Giant Step [Monkees cover]      (recorded 1966, unreleased – taken from ‘LA Nuggets - Where the Action Is: 1965-1968’ compilation boxset  2009 USA)
the British North-American Act – Don’t Run Away      (‘In the Beginning...’ LP 1968 Canada)
Frumious Bandersnatch – Hearts to Cry      (‘Frumious Bandersnatch’ EP 1968 San Francisco, USA)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

Our fondness for ‘suites’ will be familiar to regular listeners to Technicolour Dreaming, so it will come as no surprise that this week’s feature was ‘The Saga of Rodney Toady’ by Giles, Giles & Fripp in its entirety.... with recent psych and garage by bands such as les Liminanas, Vibravoid and Nothing People through some glam, courtesy of T.Rex and Shudder To Think [from the Velvet Goldmine movie], UK punk by Wire and Adam & the Ants, the odd slice of sunshine pop from a couple of Curt Boettcher-related projects plus a number of goodies from the likes of Lotus, Beaches and the Green Circles to round out the show....
..... so here is the playlist, with some visuals.....
les Liminanas – I’m Dead      (‘Crystal Anis’ 2012 France)
the Green Circles – Watermelon Sugar Blues       (‘Mr Cocking’s Descent’ 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Del Shannon – I Think I Love You      (‘The Further Adventures of Charles Westover’ LP 1968 USA)
Beaulieu Porch – Keep On Screaming      (‘Beaulieu Porch’ 2012 UK)
the Byrds – Change Is Now      (‘The Notorious Byrd Brothers’ 1968 USA)
Giles, Giles & Fripp – The Saga of Rodney Toady [suite] :  1)North meadow  2)Newly-weds  3)One in a million  4)Call tomorrow  5)Digging my lawn  6)Little children  7)The crukster  8)Thursday morning      (‘The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp’ LP 1968 UK)
Wire- Outdoor Miner      (‘Chairs Missing’ LP 1978 UK)
Adam & the Ants – Physical      (‘Kick’ 12”EP 1982 London, UK)
Lotus – Lotus 1      (7”single 1971 Australia)
the Besnard Lakes – People of the Sticks      (‘Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO’ 2013 Canada)
the Paperhead – Can’t Keep My Eyes Open      (‘The Paperhead’ 2011 USA)
Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin – I Wear Black      (‘Reverse Shark Attack’  2012 California, USA)
Nothing People – Enemy with an Invitation      (7”single 2010 USA)
Beaches – Granite Snake      (‘She Beats’ 2013 Australia)
the Psychedelic Furs – It Goes On      (‘Talk Talk Talk’ LP 1981 UK)
Spizzenergi – Where’s Captain Kirk?      (7”single 1979 UK)
Shudder To Think – Hot One      (‘Velvet Goldmine’ soundtrack compilation 1998 USA/UK)
T.Rex – Ballrooms of Mars      (‘The Slider’ LP 1972 London, UK)
Bryan Ferry – San Simeon      (‘Frantic’ 2002 UK)
the Millennium – Karmic Dream Sequence #1      (‘Begin’ LP 1968 Los Angeles, USA)
Sagittarius – The Truth Is Not Real      (7”single 1968 Los Angeles, USA)
Vibravoid – Incense & Peppermints [Strawberry Alarm Clock cover]      (‘The Politics of Ecstacy’ 2008 Dusseldorf, Germany)