Category Archives: Music

ROTW – The Special AKA – Free Nelson Mandela

  This week’s ROTW is “get well” shout out to one of the towering figures of the late 20th century, Nelson Mandela. First released in March 1984 by The Special AKA, the Jerry Dammers-penned and Elvis Costello-produced track became an … Continue reading

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ROTW – Kraftwerk – The Model

  Formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1970, the men-machines of Kraftwerk were at the forefront of experimental electronic music. Their 1974 breakthrough album, “Autobahn” remains a great influence in the genre and is a favourite … Continue reading

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ROTW – Gorillaz – Gorillaz

  Hello ……. is there anybody there? To put paid to the rumour that I only bought vinyl in 1979 I’ve chosen Gorillaz’ self-titled  album, released in 2001 as this week’s Record Of The Week. I only bought this last … Continue reading

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ROTW – Devo – (I can’t get me no) SATISFACTION

Apart from the inclusion in Libertines album names, brackets are under-used in song titles (I love brackets)…… unless you are Devo. Devo were the bastard lovechild of a couple of blokes from Ohio called Gerald and Bob (proper rock names). … Continue reading

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ROTW -The Sex Pistols – Holidays in the Sun

“I don’t want a holiday in the sun, I wanna go to the new Belsen”, Mr Rotten certainly had a way with words ….. some of them were even swear words! Taken from their only real album, ’77’s “Never Mind … Continue reading

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ROTW – Siouxsie and the Banshees – Playground Twist

Taken from their 1979 (there’s that year again) album “Join Hands“, Playground Twist sees the Banshees living up to their name. Siouxsie wails, Banshee, John McKay’s guitar screams like a jet engine in a drainpipe. The result is like a … Continue reading

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Introducing Danika Smith

Some of you may be familiar with our enormously talented niece, Danika Smith, who entered the Triple J unearthed contest earlier this year and reached the finals. Well, Danika has been working hard and has now released her first EP on … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Ruts – Babylon’s Burning/Society

How do follow The Clash? Easy, play The Ruts. Another track from the Golden Year of 1979, Babylon is Burning was the follow-up to The Ruts’ debut single, “In A Rut”   It proved to be the soundtrack to ’79, strikes … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Clash – Bankrobber/Rockers Galore ……..UK Tour

Of course it would be very easy to have a Clash track every week as ROTW, such is the depth of their musical legacy, but we don’t like phoney Beatle mania ’round here. This rather unique 1980 release is a bit … Continue reading

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ROTW – Kate Bush – Strange Phenomena

Talk about Strange Phenomena! I hadn’t heard this track in years and then recently it was played  on Radcliffe & Maconie‘s, The Chain. ‘Nothing too strange there’ you may say, well, a couple of days later my family we’re just … Continue reading

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