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 19, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

There were lots of “cover versions” on the show this week, including ones by bands such as MMOSS, Pesky Gee and the Scientists, to celebrate the arrival of the promo-CDs for the Fruits de Mer Records upcoming ‘September Collection’, centring on their “7 & 7 Is” boxset of seven vinyl 7”singles, featuring current bands each doing ‘covers’ of their favourite songs by a particular US 60’s band. For example, we played one side of the single by King Penguin who chose a pair of songs by the Byrds, and another by the Chemistry Set, who picked Love to cover – we’ll be playing further selections over coming weeks [for more details about upcoming releases check out the FdM website here] Another part of the new collection is the debut single release of SimonesMajic Ship” which we also played – it’s previously only been available on limited edition LPs so hopefully this great song will gain wider exposure now as a single. Amongst other releases we were pleased to be able to share was “Balloon Age” by New Electric Ride, a young UK band who are currently doing a major UK & European tour and getting great reviews in the process. The album is “on high rotation” in our house, as is the brilliant “We Worshipped Cats” LP by Swedish psychedelecists Les Big Byrd – both are serious contenders for “Best Album of 2014”! Another contender, and a welcome surprise in the P.O. box, was a pre-release copy of the latest Soft Hearted Scientists album “The Slow Cyclone”, which is due for release at the end of September; this Welsh band are a “Cat & Brat all-time fave” and yet they just keep getting better and better, so have a listen to them – you won’t be disappointed! Then there was this edition’s “Band of the Week” – the Red Plastic Buddha – who hail from Chicago in the US and who have been making great music for nearly ten years, with their latest LP, “Songs For Mara”, about to be released and hopefully gaining them new fans – one of the tracks we featured, “Little White Pills” is easily one of the catchiest songs we’ve heard all year and features Curvey [from fellow Chicagoans, the Luck of Eden Hall] guesting on guitar – great stuff! And don’t forget that next week is our annual “Radiothon” so please open your hearts and wallets and help support 3D Radio [and, of course, our show Technicolour Dreaming] by subscribing to this great all-volunteer community music radio station – we’ve got a sort of “best of...” show planned for you plus some cool giveaways as “bribes to subscribe”, so until then.....
..... here is the full playlist, plus assorted visuals.....

the Psychedelic  Furs – India         (“The Psychedelic Furs” LP 1980 UK)

Sky Picnic – Upon Further Reflection        (“Her Dawn Wardrobe” 2014 USA)
Simones – Majic Ship         (recorded & released for Balloon Ride[private-press-LP 1999 Purple Phrogg Records USA] – re-issued as 7”single 2014 UK)
Quilt – Milo         (“Quilt” 2011 USA)

Fogbound – Whispering Corridors         (7”single 2014 Spain)

the Fast Camels – Penny Pinching Debt Collector         (“Deadrooms and Butterfly Dreams” 2014 Scotland, UK)
White Fence – Fear         (“For the Recently Found Innocent” 2014 USA)
King Penguin – 5D (Fifth Dimension) [Byrds cover]         (recorded 2014 New York, USA – taken from “Fruits de Mer label:‘7 and 7 Is’” vinyl 7”singles box-set 2014 UK)
the Gaye Blades – Ruby Tuesday [Rolling Stones cover]         (7”split-single [with the Girls at Dawn] 2010 New York, USA)
Violet Swells – Miracles of a Clockwork Kingdom         (“The Soft Focus EP” 2014 Tasmania, Australia)
the Scientists – You Only Live Twice [John Barry(James Bond theme) / Nancy Sinatra cover]         (orig. 7”single 1985 Perth, Australia - taken from "Weird Love" LP 1986 Australia)
Soft Hearted Scientists – Drifting Away         (“The Slow Cyclone” 2014 Wales, UK)
MMOSS – Cathy’s Clown [Everly Brothers cover]         (“Trouble In Mind Record Store Day 2013 Covers Split-EP” compilation EP 2013 USA)

Les Big Byrd – They Worshipped Cats         (They Worshipped Cats” 2014 Sweden)
the Chemistry Set – Live and Let Live [Love cover]        (recorded 2014 UK – taken from “Fruits de Mer label:‘7 and 7 Is’” vinyl 7”singles box-set 2014 UK)
Paul Messis – Nightmares         (7”single 2014 UK)

Jason Crest – Teagarden Lane         (recorded 1968 UK, unreleased – taken from “Love, Poetry and Revolution: A Journey Through the British Psychedelic and Underground Scenes 1966-72” compilation boxset 2013 UK)
New Electric Ride – Ode to a Bumblebee / Here Comes the Bloom        (“Balloon Age” 2014 UK)
Pesky Gee – Where Is my Mind? [Vanilla Fudge cover]         (7”single 1969 UK)
the Black Angels – The Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street         (“Clear Lake Forest” EP 2014 USA)

        #   BAND OF THE WEEK      the Red Plastic Buddha   #

the Red Plastic Buddha – Daisy Love         (“All Out Revolution” 2011 Chicago, USA)

the Red Plastic Buddha – Little White Pills      (“Songs For Mara” 2014 USA)

the Red Plastic Buddha – I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) [Electric Prunes cover]      (“All Out Revolution” 2011 USA)
the Byrds – Why?      (7”single 1966 USA – taken from “the Byrds : There Is A Season” cd/DVD anthology boxset 2006 USA)

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