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, July 30, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

One could suspect that for UK legend Mick Farren, dying suddenly on stage during a gig with his boots on would not have been an entirely inappropriate way to end an eventful life! A musician, writer, journalist and bon vivant, he first gained notoriety in the London of the late 1960’s with his band, the Deviants, from whose debut album “Ptoof!” we played a track exemplifying his anarcho-punk spirit, in tribute to a true original. Another rock notable, JJ Cale, also passed away this week, and so as not to forget his role as a studio session player in mid-60’s L.A. we played a track he wrote as part of a very cool faux-soundtrack ‘exploito’ album, “A Trip Down Sunset Strip”. Arriving in our letterbox this week was some new vinyl, including a recent tribute LP to the Velvet Underground’s debut which includes cover versions by the likes of Thee Oh Sees, White Fence, Ty Segall and the two we played this week, Kelley Stoltz and Blasted Canyons – expect to hear more in coming weeks. Of course there was also the usual variety of sounds you’ve come to expect from Technicolour Dreaming, with tracks from Sweden’s Leather Nun, London’s Toy and Teeth of the Sea, H.P. Lovecraft’s 1967 debut, Vibravoid and Joy Zipper plus some classic Scott Walker, a spoken word piece from Viv Stanshall’s Bonzo Dog Band and a delicious slice of instrumental psychedelia by Carlton Melton, all brought to you on Adelaide’s 3D Radio by the Cat & the Brat....
..... so here is the playlist plus a few moving pictures.....  
H.P. Lovecraft – The White Ship      (‘H.P. Lovecraft’ LP 1967 Chicago, USA)

Teeth of the Sea – A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.      (‘Your Mercury’ 2010 London, UK)

White Fence – Cyclops Reap      (7”single b-side [to Pink Gorilla] 2013 California, USA)
Ty Segall – Ghost      (‘Twins’ 2012 California, USA)

Edwyn Collins – The Gospel According to Tony Day [David Bowie cover]      (‘Uncut Magazine: Starman’ cover-mount CD compilation 2003 UK)
the Leathercoated Minds – Sunset & Clark      (‘A Trip Down Sunset Strip’ LP 1967 Los Angeles, USA)
the Deviants – Garbage      (‘Ptoof!’ LP 1967 London, UK)
Kelley Stoltz – Sunday Morning [Velvet Underground cover]      (‘The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castleface Records & Friends’ compilation LP 2012 USA)

Joy Zipper – For Lenny’s Own Pleasure      (‘The Heartlight Set’ 2005 USA)
Luna – The Owl & the Pussycat      (‘Rendezvous’ 2004 USA/UK)
Carlton Melton – Smoke Drip      (‘Photos of Photos’ 2012 San Francisco, USA)
Scott Walker – The Seventh Seal      (‘Scott 4’ LP 1969 UK/USA)
the Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale      (‘The Velvet Underground & Nico‘ LP 1967 New York, USA)
Hidden Masters – She Broke the Clock of the Long Now      (‘Of This & Other Worlds’ 2013 Scotland, UK)
the Bonzo Dog Band – Rawlinson End, Part 14      (‘Let’s Make Up And Be Friendly’ LP 1971 UK)
John Bryant – I Bring The Sun      (7”single 1968 UK – taken from the ‘Electric Sound Show’ compilation CD-boxset 2012 UK)
the Beacon Street Union – The Prophet      (‘The Eyes Of The Beacon Street Union’ LP 1968 Boston, USA)
Blasted Canyons [with Jeremy Cox] – Venus In Furs [Velvet Underground cover]      (‘The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castleface Records & Friends’ compilation LP 2012 USA)
Vibravoid – Brainplane      (‘Gravity Zero’ 2012 Düsseldorf, Germany)
Toy – The Reasons Why      (‘TOY’ 2012 UK)
Leather Nun – Prime Mover      (‘Alive’ LP 1985 Gothenburg, Sweden)
Anne Richmond Boston – You Just May Be The One [Monkees cover]      (‘Here No Evil: tribute to the Monkees’ compilation 1992 USA)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

We began the show this week with two tracks from Eric Burdon & the Animals 1967 album ‘Winds of Change’ and finished it with one from the new album by Australia’s Cloud Control, and so it was for the music we played in-between – the old and the new, here and overseas, soft and loud, fast blasts and slow drones – all the regular ingredients you’ve come to expect in the sounds of Technicolour Dreaming. From the b-side of Temples’ debut single to the Sons of Adam’s Arthur Lee-penned 1966 single a-side via Sula Bassana, Scott Walker, the Millennium and ex-Smallgoods songwriter Ben Mason’s latest psych-pop masterpiece and through to Beaulieu Porch, Mikal Cronin and the new Mynd Gardeners vinyl release, it was a varied journey through psychedelic realms and related states, which included a tribute to long-time Devo drummer Alan Myers who passed away recently, a1966 VOX radio ad, a track from the Gang of Four’s 1980 debut LP, a very electric version of a Serge Gainsbourg classic by Deep Sea Arcade and a strange 1970 b-side by Janie Jones, the London ‘identity’ immortalised by the Clash on their debut LP. So, business as usual here on 3D Radio with the Cat & the Brat.....
..... and here is the playlist, with some visual goodies thrown in.....   
Eric Burdon and the Animals – Poem By The Sea / Paint it Black [Rolling Stones cover]         (“Winds of Change” LP 1967 UK)
Crystal Stilts – The Dazzled         (“Alright of Night” 2008 New York, USA)
Scott Walker – Get Behind Me         (“Scott 4” LP 1969 UK/USA)
Janie Jones – Psycho         (7”single [b-side to Back on my Feet Again] 1970 UK)
Gang of Four – Return the Gift         (“Entertainment” LP 1980 UK)
Devo – The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize         (“Duty Now for the Future” LP 1979 Akron, Ohio, USA)
the Mynd Gardeners – Misinterpreted         (7”split-single [with the Stanleys] 2013 Australia)
Temples – Colours to Life         (7”single [b-side to Shelter Song] 2013 UK)
Sula Bassana – Perry Rhodan         (“Dark Days” 2013 Germany)
Deep Sea Arcade (with Megan Washington) – Bonnie and Clyde [Serge Gainsbourg cover]         (“Melodie Francaise” compilation 2013 Aust.)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Hate the Taste         (“Spectre at the Feast” CD single 2013 USA)
the Cosmic Gardeners – Way of Going         (“Fortune Bells and Magic Candles” 1995 Bavaria, Germany)
Blue Effect – Snakes         (“Blue Effect” EP 1969 Czechoslovakia)
the Millennium – It’s You         (“Begin” LP 1968 USA)
the Executives – Summerhill Road         (7”single 1969 Sydney, Aust.)
Django Django – Hail Bop         (“Django Django” 2012 Scotland, UK)
Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ – The Little Record Store Just Around the Corner         (“Songs from the Psychedelic Time Clock” EP 2013 Georgia, USA)
the Brian Jonestown Massacre – Stairway to the Best Party in the Universe         (“Aufheben” 2012 USA)
Vibravoid – La Vie En Dusseldorf         (“Gravity Zero” 2012 Germany)
Ben Mason – I Can See Again         (“Holes and Corners” 2013 Melbourne, Aust.)
the Sufis – I Don’t Know         (“The Sufis” 2013 USA)
Love – The Red Telephone         (“Forever Changes” LP 1967 USA)
the Amazing – Evil          (“Wait for a Light to Come” 2010 Sweden)
Beaulieu Porch – We Are Today         (“We Are Beautiful” 2013 UK)
Mikal Cronin – Shout It Out         (“MC II” 2013 California, USA)
Sons of Adam – Feathered Fish [Arthur Lee cover]         (7”single 1966 California, USA – taken from “Pebbles Volume 1” compilation LP 1979 USA)
Radio Promo – VOX ‘wah-wah’ advert 1966 [featuring the Electric Prunes]         (‘mystery’ track on “Pebbles Volume 1”)
Adnan Othman and the Wanderers – Revolusi!         (7”single 1970(?) Malaysia – taken from “Pop Yeh Yeh – Psychedelic Rock from Singapore & Malaysia – 1964-1970, Vol.1” compilation 2013 Seattle, USA)
Les 5 Gentleman – LSD 25 ou les Metamorphoses de Margaret Steinway        (“Qu’as-tu Katioucha?” EP 1968 France)
Cloud Control – Promises         (“Dream Cave” 2013 Aust.)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

We started off this week with a classic suite from the 1977 debut album by the Stranglers which was certainly a highlight of their live shows in that period, as can be personally attested. From there we ventured far and wide, with an as-yet-unreleased Barbarellatones track kindly sent to us by Robbie, their singer/guitarist, a song from Gary Numan’s “Pleasure Principle“ LP, a dreamy psychedelic take on an early Beatles song by Jacco Gardner, the new mono reissue of a Seeds favourite, a recent Raveonettes EP cut and, near the end, the Damned’s psych/punk tour de force from “The Black Album”. We also featured, amongst others, some tracks from another Psychic Circle label ‘sike-pop’ compilation of 60’s obscurities, one from the brilliant new Hidden Masters debut, the Marty Rhone version of the Michel Polnareff song we featured last week [by Vibravoid] and finally, a classic from Todd Rundgren who is currently touring here in Australia – a must-see show!
..... and so here is the playlist plus some eye-candy!.....

the Stranglers – Down in the Sewer [suite]     (“Stranglers 1V - Rattus Norvegicus” LP 1977 UK)

the Barbarellatones – Artificially Inseminate my Love      (demo 2013 USA)
Man or Astro-Man? – Sadie Hawkins Atom Bomb      (“Is It…Man or Astro-Man?” LP 1993 Alabama, USA)
John Cooper-Clarke – Psycle Sluts 1&2      (“Disguise in Love” LP 1978 UK)

Gary Numan – Metal      (“The Pleasure Principle” LP 1979 UK)

the Ears – The Lolly Hater      (7” single b-side [to Scarecrow] 1981 Melbourne, Australia)
Jacco Gardner – You Really Got a Hold on Me      (“Mojo: We’re With the Beatles” compilation 2013 UK/Netherlands)
Cate Le Bon – The Eiggy Sea      (“Cyrk 2” mini-LP 2012 Wales, UK)
Hidden Masters – Last Days of the Sun      (“Of This & Other Worlds” 2013 Scotland, UK)
Faine Jade – A Brand New Groove      (“Introspection: A Faine Jade Recital” LP 1968 USA)
the Peanut Butter Conspiracy – It’s a Happening Thing      (“The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading” LP 1967 USA)
the Seeds – Mr Farmer [mono version]      (“A Web Of Sound” LP 1967 Los Angeles, USA)
Sight & Sound – Little Jackie Monday      (7”single b-side [to Alley, Alley] 1968 Birmingham, UK – taken from “Let’s Ride: Fairytales Can Come True, Vol.3” compilation 2008 UK)
Winston G. – Riding with the Milkman      (7”single 1967 London, UK)
Rescue Co. No. 1 – Gotta Find You      (7”single 1971 UK)
Les Irrésistibles – My Year is a Day      (7”single 1968 France/USA)
Marty Rhone – No No No No No [Michel Polnareff cover/adaption]      (7”single b-side [to Tell Me Love] 1967 Australia)
Clinic – I Wanna Get You (Woman) [Loons cover]      (7”split-single [with the Loons] 2010 UK/USA)
the Raveonettes – Night Comes Out      (“Into The Night” EP 2012 Sweden)
Sonny & the Sunsets – Girl on the Street      (“Antenna to the Afterworld” 2013 USA)
Hidden Charms – Please Give Me Something      (“A Real Cool Time” compilation LP 1985 Sweden)
Mick Farren & the Deviants – Let’s Loot the Supermarket Again Like We Did Last Summer      (“Screwed Up” EP 1977 London, UK)
the Damned – Curtain Call       (“The Black Album” double-LP 1979 London, UK)
Todd Rundgren’s Utopia – Heavy Metal Kids      (“Another Live” LP 1975 USA)