During a normal year, all of the big clubs in Ibiza would be holding their closing parties this month. Although I have been to Ibiza three times, I never went to any of the nightclubs. I did, however, spend lots of time on Sunset Strip in San Antoni. My favourite spot on the strip is Café Del Mar, which has now been open for 40 years! If I was ever given the chance to DJ on Sunset Strip, my set might sound a little something like this…
This week’s playlist features two guys making modern music that sounds like two guys making Disco music in the 70’s. TFIF!
After a long, tough week, TFIF…
“I just want to hear something I haven’t heard before.”
John Robert Parker Ravenscroft was born on August 30, 1939. After living in America for most of the Sixties, he returned to England and landed a DJ gig on the offshore pirate radio station Radio London. He became known as John Peel.
He played everything from Blues to Psychedelic Rock always with a view to finding things that were completely left of center. In 1976, he received a copy of the Ramones debut album and it had a profound impact on him. The record tapped into his overwhelming enthusiasm for music outside the mainstream. In September 1978, the Undertones released ‘Teenage Kicks’. The first time it appeared on a John Peel radio show he played it twice back to back. He immediately decided it was the best record ever made. He even claims to have burst into tears, when he was driving and heard another DJ playing it on the radio for the first time. For the rest of his life it was his favorite record and his number one desert island disc.
This week’s playlist is just a sample of songs that he loved and played to death on his various radio shows. He was a total legend. A one-off. And, one of my all-time favorite DJs.
Hip Hop began as a musical culture in New York in the early 1970’s, when DJs played Disco, Funk and Soul records at block parties. They quickly realized the best part of the songs being played were the breaks, so they started using multiple turntables and techniques like mixing and scratching to extend the breaks. Next, MCs were introduced to excite the crowds by rhyming and boasting over the music, which evolved into rapping.
Fast forward to the late 70’s and early 80’s. Artists began to blend Hip Hop culture with Disco music and created a flurry of amazing records that brought Hip Hop into the mainstream and popular music charts. The week’s list includes some of my favorite tunes from that period of time.
After a short break, TFIF is back. This Sunday will be two years since The ‘Queen Of Soul’ passed away. This one is for you Aretha…
On July 30, 2001, the Strokes debut album, Is This It, was unleashed in Australia. The sound of the record was described as ‘a band from the past that took a trip to the future to make the record’. Most of the songs were recorded in one take. The result was a raw, lo-fi album with very little studio production. It eventually took the world by storm at the the height of DJ culture and electronic dance music. All the cool kids sold their turntables to buy guitars. What followed was an exceptional few years of Indie music. This week’s playlist contains some of my favorite tracks from that period. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great bank holiday weekend!
Since Tuesday was Bastille Day, this week’s playlist includes a few tunes from the French Touch thing back in the early 2000s. Vive Le Funk!
This week’s TIIF has a bit of everything from Blondie to LCD Soundsystem. I called it the ‘Hooky’ one because Mr. Peter Hook features on two tracks. He plays bass on Aries and sings on Dreams Never End, which was on the first New Order album after Ian Curtis died. The group were struggling to figure out who they were, an no one wanted Ian’s old job singing. If you ask me, Hooky dies a fine Ian impersonation on the track.