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, September 24, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

Having just rediscovered a favourite TV cartoon, the Brat just had to start with the New York Dolls version of its theme song and dedicate it to his Cat! But it was not all frivolity this week – we had some seriously fine music to share, including a track from Ben Mason’s lovingly crafted re-creation of the Zombies’ classic ‘Odessey & Oracle’ LP which he has released as a very limited vinyl edition – we’ve included his Youtube “Making Of...” mini-movie to give you more details. We also played the long opening song from the excellent new King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard release, further tracks from the brilliant new Lumerians album and the White Fence and Permanent Clear Light vinyl singles, plus another from the second instalment of groovy Geelong label Anti-Fade’s “New Centre of the Universe” compilation series, as well as a Spizzenergi cover from the latest EP by Canberra surf punks, Space Party. There was some 60’s psychedelic excellence in the form of songs by H.P.Lovecraft, the End and Keith, a track from the Teardrop Explodes’ second album, Bow Wow Wow’s ode to cassette recording .... and lots more before we ended with yet another in our ongoing quest for ‘alternative versions’, this one of a Byrds’ standard. And there it was – the sound of Technicolour Dreaming on 3D Radio, Adelaide, Australia.....
...... and here is the playlist with links and clips for your perusal.....

the New York DollsCourageous Cat [TV cartoon theme cover]      (recorded 1974 New York: unreleased – taken from “Rock’n’Roll” anthology 1994 USA)
Lumerians – Life Without Skin      (“The High Frontier” 2013 USA)
Suede – Can’t Get Enough      (“Head Music” 1999 UK)
Electric Moon – Kleiner Knaller      (“The Doomsday Machine” 2011 Germany)
the Stoneage Hearts – Sick of You [Stooges cover]      (“Guilty as Sin” 2004 Australia)
Turtlenecjk – The Same       (“New Centre of the Universe, Vol.2” compilation 2013 Geelong, Australia)
Brown Recluse – Paisley Tears      (“Evening Tapestry” 2011 Philadelphia, USA)
Permanent Clear Light – Afterwards [Van Der Graaf Generator cover]      (7”single b-side [to Higher Than The Sun] 2013 Finland)
H.P.Lovecraft – Spin, Spin, Spin      (“H.P.Lovecraft II” LP 1969 USA)
the End – Shades of Orange      (“Introspection” LP 1969 UK)
Jésus – L'électrocuté      (7”single 1967 France – taken from “Midnight Massiera : the B-Music of Jean-Pierre Massiera” anthology 2009 France/UK)
Space Party – Where’s Captain Kirk? [Spizzenergi cover]      (“Future Surf” EP 2013 Canberra, Australia)
Bow Wow Wow – C-30, C-60, C-90, Go!      (7”single 1980 UK)
Big Richard Insect – Death to the Animals      (“Big Richard Insect” EP 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Ben Mason – Time of the Season [Zombies cover]      (“The Odessey Odyssey” LP 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
Starling Electric – St Valentine’s Day Massacre       (“Clouded Staircase” 2008 Michigan, USA)
Gothic Chicken – Pita Bread Man      (‘Shindig!’ magazine covermount-CD compilation “It’s Happening Vol.1” 2009 UK)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Head On/Pill      (“Float Along – Fill Your Lungs” 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
the Hidden Masters – Into The Night Sky [alt. version]      (‘Shindig!’ magazine covermount-CD compilation “It’s Happening Vol.1” 2009 UK)
the Teardrop Explodes – Passionate Friend      (“Wilder” LP 1981 UK)
Pink Floyd – Matilda Mother [alt. version]      (recorded 1967 – bonus track on disc 3 of “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” reissue boxset 2007 UK)
Keith – Charley Cinders      (“The Adventures of Keith” LP 1969 New York, USA)
David Bowie – The Bewlay Brothers      (“Hunky Dory” LP 1971 UK)
White Fence – Fragility      (7” single b-side [to Pink Gorilla] 2013 California, USA)
the Byrds – Eight Miles High [alt. version]      (recorded 1966 – bonus track on “5th Dimension” reissue 2004 USA)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

After last week’s ‘technical difficulties’, it was a pleasure to have a veteran of the Adelaide music scene, Vic Conrad [aka Mr V] join us in the studio for a chat about Gray Packham’s new album ‘La La Land’, the latest release from one of his ventures, Walking Bird Records. The album will be launched at the Grace Emily Hotel on Sunday afternoon with performances by most of the musicians involved, both individually and playing Gray’s songs, and should prove to be one of this year’s live musical highlights, so get along if you can. We also featured a number of other Australian releases including those of Melbourne psychedelicists the Grand Rapids, Davey Lane’s new E.P. and the latest compilation from Geelong’s prolific Anti-Fade Records. We also played the A-side of the debut single by our Finnish faves Permanent Clear Light on the wonderful vinyl-only Fruits De Mer label, presented in a 3D pic-sleeve [glasses included!] as well as a slice of dreamy pop from the UK’s Amor De Dias plus, as always, a bunch of 60’s psychedelic rarities from bands such as Pisces, the Golden Dawn and Austria’s Hide & Seek. So, until next week.....
..... here is the playlist plus some eye-candy.....

the Locked Ward – Breaker of Lives & Souls      (“Voyages into the Inner Psych of the Locked Ward” 2011 UK)
Bruner [aka Pisces] – Sam      (7”single 1968 USA – taken from “Pisces: A Lovely Sight” anthology 2012 USA)
the Wondermints – Truth or Consequences      (recorded 1992 – taken from “Kaleidoscopin’: Exploring Prisms of the Past” anthology 2009 USA)
the Strange Flowers – Mars Behind Your Eyes      (“Ortoflorovivaistica” 2006 Italy)
Hide & Seek – Riven Street      (7”single b-side [ of The Beggar of St. Pair] 1970 Austria)
Gift of Love [aka the Atlantics] – Flowers      (7”single 1967 Australia)
the Intercontinental Playboys – Can’t Find My Mind [Cramps cover]      (7”vinyl split-E.P. with “Larsen Magazine #19 2004 France)
Davey Lane – You Got Me On Side      (“The Good Borne of Bad Tymes” EP 2013 Australia)
Jacco Gardner – Help Me Out      (“Cabinet of Curiosities” 2013 Holland)
Rasputin & the Mad Monks – Too Much to Dream Last Night [Electric Prunes cover]      (7”single 1968 Massachusetts, USA)
the Grand Rapids – Blow Up      (“Great Shakes” 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
Demons of Negativity – Resurrection      (7”single 1988 Boston, USA)
Sic Alps – Drink Up!      (“Sic Alps” 2012 USA)
the Deep Six – What Would You Wish from the Golden Fish?      (7”single 1966 California, USA)
White Fence – Run Run Run [Velvet Underground cover]      (“The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castleface Records and Friends” tribute compilation LP 2012 California, USA)
Permanent Clear Light – Higher Than The Sun      (7”single 2013 Finland)
the Golden Dawn – Starvation      (“Power Plant” LP 1968 Texas, USA)
Tommy James & the Shondells – Crystal Blue Persuasion      (“Crimson & Clover” LP 1969 USA)
Fantastic Zoo – Light Show      (7”single 1967 California, USA)
the Baroques – Musical Tribute to the Oscar Meyer Weiner Wagon      (7”single 1967 Chicago, USA)
the Jigsaw Seen – Choreography Killed the Cat      (“Bananas Foster” 2010 USA)
the Stevens – Elpho Beach      (“New Centre of the Universe Vol.2” compilation 2013 Geelong, Australia)
the Apples in Stereo – Behind the Waterfall      (7”single b-side [to Everybody Let Up] 2000 USA)
Amor De Dias – Viento del Mar      (“The House at Sea” 2013 USA)
Gray Packham – Lincoln Told Me / The Way I Am      (“La La Land” 2013 Adelaide, Australia)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

Ahh, technology... don’t you love it? For this week’s show we’d lined up a ‘live-to-air’ phone interview with Rick Brewer, drummer with Australian pop legends the Zoot, and were looking forward to discussing his experiences with that band, their new CD/DVD of their 2011 reunion tour, his perspective on Australian music in the 60’s and 70’s and other highlights of his long musical career – he was on the line chatting and we went to air and...... nothing! A “technical difficulty” had intervened so the interview didn’t happen – ahh, the wonders of the age! Grrr!! Fortunately, the ability to spin discs was unaffected so we were able to play a selection of the music he was involved with, including 1960’s Adelaide group the Third Party and of course the Zoot. The rest of the show went without a hitch however, and we featured the latest recordings by Technicolour Dreaming favourites such as the Barbarellatones, Lumerians and Permanent Clear Light as well as new tracks by Adelaide bands, Glass Skies and Last Days of Kali. We also couldn’t refrain from throwing in a musical commentary on the recent Australian elections with our first few songs – the X-Ray-Z song, in particular, still remains a relevant reflection on the Liberal Party’s election, both in 1978 and 2013! And with summer approaching we thought it appropriate to play some Surf School Dropouts and Sunnyboys, plus a forgotten Move b-side, a perennial Mike Furber fave and much more.....
...... so here is the playlist plus some visual treats..... 
David Bowie – Big Brother / Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family     (‘Diamond Dogs’ LP 1974 UK)
X-Ray-Z – Three Glorious Years      (‘Lethal Weapons’ compilation LP 1978 Australia)
the Bitter Lemons – Canberra Blues      (7”single 1965 Australia)
Glass Skies – To Be True      (CDsingle b-side [to Highway] 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Peter Daltrey & the Asteroid No.4 – Holy      (‘The Journey’ 2013 UK/USA)
Cheval Sombre – Hyacinth House [Doors cover]      (‘Cheval Sombre’ 2008 USA)
Permanent Clear Light – Constant Gardener      (‘Beyond These Things’ 2013 Finland)
Giles, Giles & Fripp – Call Tomorrow      (‘The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp’ LP 1968 UK)
the Monkees – Daily Nightly      (‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.’ LP 1967 USA)
the Move – Omnibus      (7”single b-side [to Wild Tiger Woman] 1968 UK)
the Sunnyboys – Love in a Box      (7”single 1984 Sydney, Australia)
Lumerians – Dogon Genesis      (‘The High Frontier’ 2013 California, USA)
the Third Party – Russian Spy & I [Regents cover] / Now It’s Time     (7”single 1967 Adelaide, Australia)
Zoot – Better Get Going Now/1x2x3x4/Flying      (‘Zoot Live – the Reunion’ CD/DVD 2013 Australia/USA)
the Ferrets – This Night      (‘Fame At Any Price’ LP 1978 Australia)
the Zoot – Little Roland Lost      (7”single b-side [to Monty and Me] 1969 Australia)
the Demon Parade – Open Up Your Mind      (CDsingle 2013 Australia)
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs – Sorry [Easybeats cover]      (bonus track on Australian edition of ‘Under the Covers, Vol.1’ compilation 2006 USA)
Last Days of Kali – Last Days of Kali      (‘Last Days of Kali’ EP 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
the Electric Prunes – Get Me To The World On Time      (7”single 1967 California, USA)
Surf School Dropouts – Searching for the Perfect Wave      (‘Summer is a State of Mind’ 2012 Copenhagen, Denmark)
Mike Furber & the Bowery Boys – You Stole My Love [Mockingbirds cover]      (7”single 1966 Australia)
the Barbarellatones – Mermad      (‘mp3 final mix’ 2013 USA)