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, August 27, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

The phones were ringing, subscribers knocking on the doors, volunteers filling out forms & taking details and payments.... yes, it was our annual Radiothon week at 3D Radio! The Cat & the Brat were busy playing a bunch of faves plus tracks from ‘giveaway’ albums, chatting to local musicians such as Brenton Manser, who brought in his latest album, and even managing to squeeze in a ‘live-in-the-studio’ interview with up-and-coming local band the Byzantines, who are releasing their debut EP this week. Whew! So we’d like to thank all those people who subscribed to help keep this great totally volunteer-run radio station continue to be independent and on-air – and you can still subscribe anytime... just go to the 3D Radio website and follow the prompts, and don’t forget that each subscriber receives a copy of the latest edition of DepthCharge, our annual CD compilation of Adelaide bands. here is the playlist plus a few associated clips.....
Ride Into The Sun – Hunt Like Wolves      (‘Ride Into The Sun’ LP 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Thee Oh Sees – Sweets Helicopter      (‘Floating Coffin’ 2013 California, USA)
the Barbarellatones – I am Verwolf      (mp3 demo 2013 USA)
Tall Tales & True – Wasted Life      (7”single 1986 Sydney, Australia)
Cate Le Bon – What Is Worse      (‘Cyrk 11’ EP 2013 Wales, UK)
the Purple Hearts – Early In The Morning      (7”single 1966 Brisbane, Australia – taken from ‘Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts 1965-1967’ compilation 2013 Australia)
Embryo – The Bad Times Are Gone      (recorded ‘live’ 1976 – taken from ‘Live Kraut: Live Rock Explosions from the Heyday of Krautrock’ compilation 2013 Germany)
the Electric Banana [aka the Pretty Things] – Blow Your Mind      (‘Even More Electric Banana’ LP 1969 UK)
the Beatles – Word      (‘Rubber Soul’ LP 1965 UK)
Wire – I Should Have Known Better      (‘154’ LP 1979 UK)
the Byzantines – CFC (Colourvision Football Club)      (‘Colourvision’ EP 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
the Dagoes – We Sell Soul      (7”single 1980 Adelaide, Australia)
Metal Urbain – Lady Coca-Cola      (7”single b-side [to Panik] 1977 France)
Death In June – The Scents of Genocide      (‘Peaceful Snow’ LP 2010 Adelaide, Australia)
the Bee Gees – The Earnest of Being George      (‘Horizontal’ LP 1967 Australia/UK)
Moon Duo – Sleepwalker      (‘Circles’ 2012 California, USA)
Tom Lehrer – Poisoning Pidgeons in the Park      (7”single 1961 USA)
the Walking Who with Soko – Mini Mini Mini [Jacques Dutronc cover]      (‘Melodie Francaise’ compilation 2013 Australia)
Jacques Dutronc – Et moi et moi et moi      (‘Jacques Dutronc’ LP 1966 France)
the Monkees – Your Auntie Grizelda      (‘More of the Monkees’ LP 1966 USA)
Tame Impala – Elephant [Todd Rundgren remix]      (cd-single 2013 Perth, Australia)
Brenton Manser – Abel & the Bad One      (‘Below the Moan’ 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Love – A Message to Pretty      (‘Love’ LP 1966 California, USA)
les Liminanas – Une Ballade Pour Clive      (‘Crystal Anis’ 2012 France)
the Alohas – Dagnabit      (‘Get Leid With The Alohas’ 2002 Australia)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

So.... have you ever wondered if there’s a process we go through when programming Technicolour Dreaming, to select the tracks we play?  Though it may seem surprising at times, yes there is!! It involves constantly listening to music – new purchases, forgotten gems, suggestions from friends, and whatever the Pod-of-i selects for us when we’re driving. Lists are made and re-made, the bags full of CDs and vinyl are packed and ready to go, then off we set to Three D Radio. But on the way, something strange happens…. the evil Pod-of-i tries to tempt us away from our plans with tasty musical morsels … then a stop at the Post Office heralds the arrival of more music from faraway lands, further derailing our resolve to stick with our list. And upon finally arriving at our destination, a quick scan of the “new releases” section of the 3D library tempts us further, and our steely determination collapses like a stack of 7” singles falling off the shelf! So with best made plans laid to waste, we give in and play whatever takes our fancy, track by track for your listening pleasure…..
..... and here are this week’s selections, with visual accompaniment.....
Roxy Music – If There Is Something      (‘Roxy Music’ LP 1972 UK)
Fourmyula – Nature      (‘Creation’ LP 1969 New Zealand)
the Modern Lovers – Modern World  [alternative version]      (recorded 1972, unreleased – bonus track on re-issue of ‘The Modern Lovers’ 2003 USA)
Pugwash – Waltz #714      (‘Jollity’ 2005 Ireland)
Ride Into The Sun – Too Cold      (‘Ride Into The Sun’ mini-LP 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
the Space Agency – Bombay Potatoes      (7”single 2013 Hove, UK)
Giobia – Fake Smiles on Statues     (‘Come and Get Me’ EP 2010 Italy)
the Story UK – Standing in the Rain      (‘Joy Ride on Memory Lane’ 2011 UK)
Crocodiles – Un Chant d’Amour      (‘Crimes of Passion’ 2013 USA)
Rangda – Idol’s Eye      (‘Formerly Extinct’ 2013 USA)
Dead Skeletons – Dead Mantra      (‘Dark Magick’ LP 2012 Iceland)
the Higher State – Ladder of Death      (‘Darker By The Day’ 2009 UK)
Plasticland – Let’s Play Pollyanna      (7”single 1989 Wisconsin, USA)
Siouxsie & the Banshees – She Cracked [Jonathon Richman cover]      (7”single b-side [to This Wheel’s On Fire] 1986 UK)
the Hierophants – There’s An Itch      (‘New Centre of the Universe, Vol.1’ compilation 2012 Geelong, Australia)
Montero – My World Fell Down [Sagittarius cover]      ('Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968' compilation 2013 Australia)
Sagittarius – Hotel Indiscreet      (7”single 1967 Los Angeles, USA)
Unnatural Axe – They Saved Hitler’s Brain      (7”single 1978 Massachusetts, USA)
Clinic – If You Could Read My Mind      (‘Visitations’ 2007 UK)
Beaulieu Porch – Laminations are Loaded      (‘Beaulieu Porch’ 2012 UK)
the Raveonettes – Be My Sunshine      (7”single b-side [to Love in a Trashcan] 2005 Copenhagen, Denmark)
Vibravoid – The Politics of Ecstasy      (‘The Politics of Ecstasy’ 2008 Germany)
Crystal Stilts – Dark Eyes      (‘Radiant Door’ EP 2011 USA)
the Strange Flowers – No Love, No Pain, No Fall from Grace      (‘The Imaginary Space Travel of the Naked Monkeys2007 Pisa, Italy)
Johnny YoungCraise Finton Kirk [Bee Gees cover]      (‘Surprises’ LP 1967 Australia/UK)
the Hollies – King Midas In Reverse      (7”single 1967 UK)
David McWilliams – The Days Of Pearly Spencer      (7”single 1967 UK)
Peter Murphy – The Final Solution [Pere Ubu cover]      (7”single 1985 UK)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

We began this week’s show with some psych-pop, old and new, by such luminaries as the Twilights, Jacco Gardner and Dungen, then plunged into the late 70’s/early 80’s UK electronic scene, exemplified by artists such as John Foxx and Death In June, before heading into orbit with the b-side of the Space Agency’s new single. We had tracks from Hookworms and Baptism of Uzi, and then plunged back in a psychedelic haze with the Sky Falling and the Seeds, plus tracks from the debut Byzantines E.P. We paid tribute to the late Bill Putt of Spectrum fame and also to ‘lost’ 60’s song-writer legend Tandyn Almer, who passed away earlier this year just as a retrospective of his work was being released, before ending with another track from the excellent new Sonny & the Sunsets LP. That was Technicolour Dreaming with the Cat & the Brat on 3D Radio for another week.....
....... and here is the playlist, complete with some clips [see the “Shebang!” dancers from 1967 grooving to the Seeds – worth the free admission alone!].....

Jimi Hendrix Experience – If Six Was Nine        (“Axis: Bold As Love” LP 1969 USA)
the Church – Myrrh         (“Heyday” LP 1985 Australia)
Jacco Gardner – The Riddle         (“Cabinet of Curiosities” 2013 Netherlands)
the Twilights – What a Silly Thing to Do          (“Once Upon a Twilight” LP 1968 Adelaide, Australia)
Dungen – Har du Vart I Stockholm?         (“Stadsvandringar” 2002 Stockholm, Sweden)
the Monkees – Shake ‘Em Up and Let ‘Em Roll / DW Washburn [alt. version] / Alvin [alt. version]      (recorded during sessions for “The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees” LP 1967 USA – bonus tracks on Rhino Records 3-CD reissue boxset 2009 USA)
Lene Lovich – Birdsong         (7”single 1979 UK)
the Byzantines – Cat’s Got Boots         (“Colourvision” EP 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
John Foxx – Europe After the Rain         (“The Garden” LP 1981 UK)
Tubeway Army – Replicas         (“Replicas” LP 1979 UK)
Eurythmics – Caveman Head        (“In the Garden” LP 1981 UK)
Death in June – We Drive East         (12”single [b-side to Heaven St.] 1981 UK)
Brian Eno – Dead Finks Don’t Talk         (“Here Come the Warm Jets” LP 1973 UK)
the Space Agency – Purple Power         (7”single [b-side to Bombay Potatoes] 2013 East Sussex, UK)
Leonard Nimoy – Theme from Star Trek         (“Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr Spock’s Music from Outer Space” LP 1967 USA)
Baptism of Uzi – Stray Current        (CD-single 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
Hookworms – Since We Had Changed         (“Pearl Mystic” California, USA)
the Sky Falling – Aimee-Lee         (“Burn Your Fingers on the Sun” compilation 2007 Australia)
Giles, Giles and Fripp – Elephant Song         (“The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp” LP 1967 UK)
the Byzantines – Cat’s Got Boots         (“Colourvision EP” 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Spectrum – I’ll Be Gone [demo version]         (recorded 1969 Melbourne, Australia – bonus track on “Spectrum Part 1” reissue 2007 Australia)
The Rationals – I Need You          (7”single 1966 USA – taken from “Think Rational” anthology 2011 USA)
the Seeds – A Thousand Shadows      (“Future” LP 1967 California, USA)
Tandyn Almer – Sunset Strip Soliloquy [demo]      (recorded 1966 Los Angeles, USA – taken from “Along Comes Tandyn” anthology 2013 USA)
Mikal Cronin – I’m Done Running From You      (“MCII” 2013 California, USA)
Sonny & the Sunsets – Mutilator      (“Antenna to the Stars” 2013 USA)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

We began the show this week with a prime example of 21st Century psychedelia by American band Eternal Tapestry. We then ventured far and wide for the next two hours, with a mix of singles and album tracks by bands such the Leopards, the Lee Kings and the Turtles as examples of the former, and the Barbarellatones, the Apricot,  Moon Duo and Jim Noir representing the latter. We featured a song from Ben Mason’s fine new album, another from the latest Mynd Gardeners release, plus the A-side of a very cool 7”single by the Space Agency which is due for release at the end of the month on Market SquareRecords [we’ve attached their suitably spacey clip!]. Throw in some Cate le Bon, a live track from Germany’s Vibravoid, a slice of French 60’s psych by Bruno Leys, a Nilsson single B-side [he’s on the cover of the current Shindig! magazine] and lots more, finish with a track from Lumerians [whose new album we eagerly await!] and there you have it... another edition of Technicolour Dreaming, brought to you again by the Cat & the Brat!
...... so here is the playlist plus assorted visuals.....
Eternal Tapestry – Cosmic Manhunt      (‘Beyond the 4th Door’ 2011 Chicago, USA)
the Chocolate Watchband – Don’t Need Your Lovin’      (‘Riot on Sunset Strip’ soundtrack LP 1967 USA)
the Barbarellatones – Gothic City      (‘The Breakup Ghost’ 2009 USA)
the Apricot – Mind Your Head      (‘A Forestful of Threes’ 2011 Finland)
the Leopards – Psychedelic Boy      (7”single 1986 Kansas City, USA)
the Sand Pebbles – Black Sun Ensemble      (‘Ghost Transmissions’ 2004 Melbourne, Australia)
Ben Mason – Black Sky Yellow Moon      (‘Holes and Corners’ 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
the Gothic Archies – The World is a Very Scary Place      (‘The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events’ 2006 UK)
Cate le Bon – Feel  [Syd Barrett cover]      (recorded 2010 Wales, UK – taken from ‘Mojo: The Madcap Laughs Again’ magazine covermount-CD compilation 2010 UK)
Syd Barrett – Dolly Rocker      (recorded 1970 UK – taken from ‘Opel’ 1988 UK)
the Dolly Rocker Movement – Enjoy a Paranoia      (‘Our Days Mind The Tyme’ 2009 Australia)
the Avengers – Midnight Visitation      (‘Medallion’ LP 1969 New Zealand)
Moon Duo – Seer [Psychic Ills remix]      (‘Mazes Remixed’ 2011 San Francisco, USA)
Golden Triangle – Blood & Arrow      (‘Double Jointer’ 2010 USA)
the Space Agency – Bombay Potatoes      (7”single 2013 Hove, UK)
the Lee Kings – Oriental Express      (7”single 1968 Sweden)
the Mynd Gardeners – Recharge Your Mynd      (7”split-EP [with the Stanleys] 2013 Australia)
Vibravoid – Suppose They Give a War & No-one Comes [West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band cover]      (recorded live 2011 Germany – taken from ‘Timemazine Vol.6’ magazine covermount-CD compilation 2011 Greece)
Jim Noir – Happy Day Today      (‘Jim Noir’ 2008 UK)
Bruno Leys – Hallucinations      (‘Maintenant je suis un voyou’ EP 1968 France)
the Fresh & Onlys – All Tomorrow’s Parties [Velvet Underground cover]      (‘The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castleface Records and Friends’ compilation LP 2012 California, USA)
Plasticland – Alexander [Pretty Things cover]      (‘Plasticland’ LP 1984 Milwaukee, USA)
the Whatt Four – You’re Wishing I Was Someone Else      (7”single b-side [to Dandelion Wine] 1967 Los Angeles, USA)
the Pillbugs – Here’s To The End Of Time      (‘Monclovia’ 2008 Ohio, USA)
the Turtles – Grim Reaper of Death      (7”single 1966 USA)
Nilsson – Sister Marie      (7”single b-side [to One] 1968 USA)
Lumerians – Hashshashin      (‘Transmilinnia’ 2011 USA)