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, February 25, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

Another assortment of the varied soundscape of psychedelia and associated oddities brought to you once again by the Cat and the Brat on Adelaide’s eclectic 3D Radio 93.7 “fmmmmm” [as we like to say!] There were new songs from Crystal Jacqueline & the Honey Pot and Bronco Bullfrog (courtesy of Keith at the wonderfully idiosyncratic Fruits de Mer label), as well as Temples, Charlie Boyer & the Voyeurs, Graham Day & the Forefathers (thank you Mole from State Records!), Toy and les Limiñanas from their respective recent releases, plus a smattering of tracks taken from various compilations by the likes of Melbourne’s Dead Parties, Billy Nichols, the Tuneful Trolley and My Bloody Valentine and a whole bunch of others from various locales and eras – all in all, yet another episode of Technicolour Dreaming to enjoy, so until next week.....
..... here is the playlist, with some relevant visuals......

the Laurels – Tidal Wave         (“Plains” 2012 Australia)
the Loose Enz – The Black Door         (7”single 1968 USA)
Dead Parties – In Dreams of Decadence         (7”single 2011 Melbourne, Australia – taken from “Psychedelica 5” compilation 2013 UK)
Morgen – Of Dreams         (7”single 1970 USA)
Thee Oh Sees – Minotaur         (“Floating Coffin” 2013 USA)
Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs – Wicked Annabella [Ray Davies cover]         (7”single b-side [to Evil Mothers] 2013 UK)
Graham Day and the Forefathers – Love Me Lies         (7”single 2014 UK)
the Cosmonauts – Cult Your Hair         (“Laserbeam” EP 2012 Scotland, UK)
Wire – The 15th         (“154” LP 1979 UK)
My Bloody Valentine – Map. Ref. 41 N 93 W [Wire cover]         (“Whore: Various Artists Play Wire” compilation 1996 UK)
Dark Ocean Colours – When Both Our Worlds Collide         (“Close Enough To See” 2013 USA)
Toy – Frozen Atmosphere         (“Join the Dots” 2013 UK)
Espers – Another Moon Song         (“Espers III” 2009 Philadelphia, USA)
Temples – Sand Dance         (“Sun Structures”  2014 UK)
Bronco Bullfrog – Time Waits for Norman         (pre-release promo-CD of a 7”single 2014 UK)
the Small Faces – Here Comes the Nice [France-only alternative mono version]         (7”EP 1966 UK/France – taken from “Mojo: Small Faces & Friends” covermount-CD compilation 2014 UK)
Procul Harum – Homburg         (7”single 1967 UK)
les Limiñanas – Alicante         (“Costa Blanca” 2013 France)
Eric GhardinAmour limité zéro      (7”single 1967 France)
East Village – Here It Comes         (“Drop Out” LP 1992 London, UK – taken from 7”single b-side [to Circles] re-issue 2013 UK)
the Tuneful Trolley – Hello Love         (“Island in the Sky” LP 1968 New York, USA – taken from “Book A Trip 2”  compilation 2013 USA)
Serge Gainsbourg – Initials BB       ("Mr. Gainsbourg" EP 1967 France)
Ian Brown – The Gravy Train      (“Music of the Spheres” 2001 UK)
Crystal Jacqueline & the Honeypot – Too Much to Dream [Electric Prunes cover]      (pre-release promo-CD of double-7” EP 2014 Wales, UK)
Billy Nichols – Girl from New York      (“Would You Believe” LP 1968 UK – taken from “Mojo: Small Faces & Friends” covermount-CD compilation 2014 UK)
Serena Maneesh – Your Blood In Mine      (“Serena Maneesh” 2006 Norway)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

There were plenty of recent, new and soon-to-be-released songs featured on this edition of the show from the likes of Temples, Fogbound, the Luck of Eden Hall and Vintage Cucumber, as well as local releases by Black Coral and  Bubonic Babe, plus the usual plethora of tracks from the past, this week ranging from the 60’s psychedelic beat of the Netherlands’ Mother’s Love, the Standells and C.A.Quintet, the ‘exploito’ sitar sounds of Rajput & the Sepoy Mutiny, on to local punk legends, the U-Bombs, and up to Italy’s Strange Flowers, Russia’s Mystic Brew and Canada’s Sheepman, amongst others. But the primary feature this week was the up-coming series of releases from UK vinyl record label Fruits de Mer which are due out in March. Especially grabbing our immediate attention [apart from inspirational mottoes such as “a smile, a song and a nice piece of cod”!] were the brilliant version of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” by Welsh band the Honey Pot, Schizo Fun Addict’s intriguing take on the theme from 70’s Italian horror movie “Suspiria”, originally done by Goblin, and a new interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” by Swedish duo, Us & Them... But fear not, dear listeners, for we shall be bringing you more cool sounds from these fine artyfacts over the coming weeks, so until next time....
..... here is the playlist plus some visual treats.....

Fogbound – Whispering  Corridors       (demo 2013 Spain)
Vintage Cucumber – Das Mönchsgebrabbel        (“Yoki Style” 2013 Berlin, Germany)
the Strange Flowers – Please When You Come         (“The Imaginary Space Travel of the Naked Monkeys” 2007 Italy)
Mother’s Love – Saint Without Glory         (“Take One” LP 1968 Netherlands)
Black Coral – Swollen         (demo  2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Los Zooms – Algo Mas        (7” single 1968 Spain)
the U-Bombs – (What’s) Your Problem?         (7” single b-side [to Give Me a Medal] 1978 Adelaide, Aust.)
the Stained Glass – If I Needed Someone         (7” single 1966 USA – taken from “A Scene In-Between 1965-1967” anthology 2013 UK)
Sky Picnic – Abbie’s Bike Ride         (“Farther in this Fairytale” LP 2010 USA)
the Standells – All Fall Down         (“Try It” LP 1967 California, USA)
the Strawberry Alarm Clock – Sit With The Guru [2011 version]        (“Wake Up Where You Are” LP 2012 USA)
Permanent Clear Light – And the Skies Will Fall         (demo 2012 Finland)
Rajput and the Sepoy Mutiny – Do It With Flowers         (“Flower Power Sitar” LP 1967 USA)
Bubonic Babe – Jibber Jabber Jill          (“Jubilant Kiss” LP 2014 Adelaide, Australia)
Mystic Brew – Your Reality         (7” single 2014 Russia)
Dark Ocean Colours – My Barbara Closed the Doors         (“Dark Ocean Colours” 2011 USA)
the Luck of Eden Hall – Super Phantasmal Heroine         (“Victoria Moon” 2014 Chicago, USA)
Ringo Deathstarr – Rip         (“Mauve” 2012 Texas, USA)
Temples – Sun Structures         (“Sun Structures” 2014 UK)
Fairfield Parlour – Free         (recorded live on ‘Top Gear’ BBC Radio 1970 London, UK – taken from “Please Listen to the Pictures” compilation 2003 UK)
Walter Ghoul’s Lavender Brigade – Mary Jane         (“Retrospectoscope 1966-1970” faux-anthology 2009 UK)
Gary Walker and the Rain – Francis         (“Album No. 1” LP 1968 UK/Japan)
CA Quintet – Doctor of Philosophy         (7” single b-side [to Smooth As Silk] 1968 USA)
Lothar and the Hand People – Machines         (“Presenting ... Lothar and the Hand People” LP 1968 USA)
Sheepman – Chetwynd         (7” split EP 2014 Halifax, Canada)
Us and Them – Jabberwocky [Lewis Carroll/Donovan cover]         (7” single b-side [to By the Time it Gets Dark] 2014 Sweden)
Schizo Fun Addict – Theme from “Suspiria” [Goblin cover]         (7” single 2014 USA)
Bronco Bullfrog – Listen to the Sky [Sands cover]         (7” single b-side [to Time waits for Norman] 2014 UK)
Crystal Jacqueline and The Honey Pot – White Rabbit [Grace Slick cover]        (double-7” EP 2014 Wales, UK)
Schnauser – As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still [Soft Machine cover]         (7” single b-side [to Astral Traveller] 2014 Bristol, UK)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

Not only were we joined for this week’s show by Michael Hunter, the other ‘DOT’ from our old “Obscured by...” days, but also by ex-Masters Apprentices guitarist, Peter Tilbrook, who came into the studio to tell us about the current “Pop Treasures : Adelaide 60’s Music” exhibition [see link here] at the State Library and, in particular, a one-off performance event – “Memory Lane” – this coming Monday evening, the 17th February, by the Twilight Zone – a band consisting of former members of Adelaide legends the Twilights, the Others and the Masters Apprentices, including of course Peter himself. It promises to be a night to remember, so if you’re in town, don’t miss either the performance or the exhibition! [for details of the gig, see link here] In honour of this, we also sprinkled in a few tracks from the era by bands such as the Hergs and the Zoot from Adelaide, the Turtles, the Beacon Street Union and Lotus, as well as newer exponents of that psychedelic beat such as Ponyface, Temples, Black Market Karma, Toy and Lady Strangelove, plus new singles from Beaulieu Porch and Magic Bones. See you at the library on Monday night - and until next week on Technicolour Dreaming.....
..... here is the playlist and relevant visuals.....

the Hergs – Cadillac         (7” single b-side [to ‘Style of Love’] 1967 Adelaide, Australia)    
Red Plastic Buddha – Seahorse         (“All Out Revolution” 2011 Chicago, USA)
Temples – Keep In the Dark         (“Sun Structures”  2014 UK)
BeatPack – I’m Walking         (7” single 2014 UK)
Thunder and Roses – Moon Child         (“King of the Black Sunrise” LP 1969 Philadelphia USA)
Lotus – Lotus 1         (7” single 1971 Aust.)
Beaulieu Porch – The View from Gainsborough [summer psych mix]            (7” single 2014 UK)
Lady Strangelove – Somewhere in the Universe        (“Freakquencies”  EP 2009 Adelaide, Aust.)
Thee Wylde Oscars – White Light, White Heat [Velvet Underground cover]         (“Right, Yeah” 2010 Melbourne, Aust.)
Black Market Karma – Run, Run, Run         (“Comatose” 2012 London, UK)
the Beacon Street Union – Mystic Mourning         (“The Eyes of the Beacon Street Union” LP 1968 Boston, USA)
the Turtles – Grim Reaper of Love         (7” single 1966 Los Angeles, USA)
Ponyface – Silver Tongue        (“Hypnotized”  2012 Melbourne, Aust.)
the Flower Machine – The Sea is a Mellotron Trampoline / I am the Coelacanth        (“Chalk Dust Dream of the Tea Cozy Mitten Company” 2004 California, USA)
Dark Ocean Colours – She’s a Cornucopia         (“Dark Ocean Colours” 2011 USA)
the Photon Band – 9 of Dreams         (“All Young in the Soul” LP 1998 USA)
Toy – You Won’t Be the Same         (“Join the Dots” LP 2013 London, UK)
Tyrnaround – Francis  [Gary Walker and the Rain cover]        (“Colour Your Mind” EP 1987 Aust.)
Magic Bones – Round the Block        (cd-single 2014 Aust.)
the Masters Apprentices – Elevator Driver         (7” single 1968 Adelaide, Aust.)
the Twilights – What’s Wrong with the Way I Live         (7” single 1967 Adelaide, Aust.)
the Sounds of Silence – Running High         (7” single 1967 Aust.)
the Zoot – 1x2x3x4          (7” single 1967 Adelaide, Aust.)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

Rather than concentrate on some of the fine music played on this week’s  show, like the 7”singles by bands such as the Black Hollies and Peoples Temple, or new albums from the Luck of Eden Hall, Soft Hearted Scientists and [at last!] the very cool debut from Adelaide’s Slingshot Dragster, or even ‘blasts from the past’ by the Bee Gees and Tin Tin, we’d like to draw attention to a wonderful short film by Alex Innocenti that we’ve posted after the Red Angel Panic track. It centres on an iconic Adelaide venue from the 60’s that he ran, “the Cellar” in Twin Street in the city, and features great footage of some of the bands [including of course the abovementioned Red Angel Panic] that played there and some of the events associated with it. Of course, the building is no longer there, demolished recently as part of yet another upmarket ‘project’ – sigh! – though it emerged in its final decade as another Adelaide icon, the Jade Monkey, which continues in another location to provide great, local independent music... But do take a look at this fascinating slice of Adelaide music history, and while you’re at it, check out the final clip – an interview [plus some music] with Russia’s brilliant Messer Chups.....
..... so here is the playlist, along with some viewing pleasure.....
the Warlocks – Dead Generation      (“Skull Worship” 2013 USA)
David Bowie – We are the Dead      (“Diamond Dogs” LP 1974 UK)
the Beep Seals – Stars      (7”single 2007 Manchester, UK)
the Sunnyboys – You Need a Friend [original rough mix]      (“Our Best Of” anthology 2014 Australia)
Dean Allen Foyd – Insects       (“Road to Atlas” EP 2012 Sweden)
Sky Picnic – The Good Humor Man (he sees everything like this) [Love cover]      (recorded 2013 USA – taken from “The Active Listener Sampler 13” compilation 2013 New Zealand)
Anton Barbeau – Out Of My Mind On Dope & Speed [Julian Cope cover]      [“Psychedelic Mynde of Moses” E.P. 2012 UK)
Slingshot Dragster – UTI      (“Bite the Bullet” 2014 Adelaide, South Australia)
the Citradels – Take It Out      (“Our Lord’s Secret Service” 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
les Limiñanas Funeral Baby      (“Les Limiñanas” LP 2010 France)
the Green Pajamas – Such a Lovely Daughter      (recorded 1988 USA – taken from 7” flexi-disc  with “Unhinged Magazine” 1989 UK)
Soft Hearted Scientists – Song From The River      (“False Lights” 2013 Cardiff, UK)
8x8 – Azalia’s Room      (“Azalia’s Room” 2013 USA)
Red Angel Panic – Private Investigator      (7”single b-side [to Viet Rock] 1971 Adelaide, Australia)
the Black Hollies – Here Comes The Rain      (7”single included with “Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere“ LP 2013 USA)
Walter Ghoul’s Lavender Brigade – Old Man Arthur-Dragon Fly      (recorded 1999 – taken from “Retrospectoscope : 1966-70” faux-anthology 2008 UK)
the Luck of Eden Hall – The Collapse of Suzy Star      (“Victoria Moon” 2014 USA)
Peoples Temple – Twice Burned      (7”single b-side [to Brand New Thing] 2013 Michigan, USA)
Tin Tin – Swans on the Canal       (“Tin Tin” LP 1970 Australia/UK)
les Fleurs de Pavot - A Dégager      (Les Fleurs de PavotLP 1968 France) 
the Bee Gees – Playdown      (“Spicks and Specks” LP 1966 Australia – taken from “Morning Of My Life: Best of 1965-1966” anthology 2013 Australia)
Ted Mulry – Julia      (7”single 1970 Australia/UK)
White Fence – Chairs in the Dark      (“Cyclops Reap” 2013 California, USA)
Paul Revere & the Raiders – Just Like Me      (7”single 1965 USA)
the Barbarellatones – I am Verwolf      (recorded 2013 California, USA)
Messer Chups – Diabolik Boogie      (“Crazy Price” 2005 Russia)