Redefining the word “weekly” its been two months since the last of the promised weekly trawls through my analogue past. I should probably bin the piles of dusty VHS’s but when the first one you put in comes up with some vintage punk funk go-go goodness from The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, I just can’t do it.

The Word was essential “back from the pub” viewing in the 90’s, with its winning combination of granny snogging, shabba ranks baiting, and debut tv appearances from the likes of Oasis and Nirvana. As Terry Christian introduces the Disposables, Michael Franti launches into a tirade about the producers of the show cutting an anti-homophobia poem he was to read to make room for a piece on breast enlargement. Pulling his shirt off to reveal “FUCK HOMOPHOBIA” scrawled on his chest, he and fellow Hero, Rono Tse then launch into an absolutely storming version of The Dead Kennedy’s “California Uber Ales“.

The Late Show was BBC2’s late night high brow arts programme, most famous for the power cut they suffered during a Stone Roses performance (YouTube)  prompting Ian Brown to mutter on air about “Fucking amateurs“. It did however feature some classic live music, in this case from the Disposables again with “Famous & Dandy (Like Amos & Andy)“. Its worth watching for the posh presenters description of the band, not to mention her jumper and specs.

Tony Wilson’s death was marked by websites, and music fans across the globe, but I thought I’d post the Newsnight  from that evening.  Richard Madeley in particular has some great anecdotes, along with Paul Morley and Peter Saville.  I hastily edited the piece looking back at Tony’s life, and its a hell of a task to fit even a 10th of everything he did into a few short minutes. A true legend!


Another vintage show from the box of old Solid Steels, and a request that if anyone has a copy of the opening track, Shazam’s “We Are The Terrible Two” I’d love an MP3 (please 🙂 ). Featuring in this show from January 92 are The Orb, 69, Rakim, Fela Kuti and my own personal favourite a rarely heard dub version of the Longsy D produced “Searchin‘” by China Black (I’ll dig my vinyl copy out soon). All that and a hip hop mastermix from the hosts, including Chubb Rock, Gangstar, Stetsasonic, the Jungle Brothers and more.

Supercat – Nuff man dead” (MP3)

Eric B & Rakim – Know the ledge” (MP3)

Masters At Work – Blood Vibes” (MP3)

Coldcut – Solid Steel Jan 1992(Tape6)” (MP3) – (1hr 20mins)

Solid Steel is still going strong: Podcast here