This mix is based on an album released in 1968, in South Africa only. The first 16 tracks of this mix are the original album in their original order; the next 16 are songs with a similar vibe.
1. Soul Finger – The Bar-Kays 2. Soul Man – Sam & Dave 3. Shake – Otis Redding 4. Respect – Aretha Franklin 5. It’s Wonderful – The Young Rascals 6. Funky Broadway – Wilson Pickett 7. Mr Soul – Buffalo Springfield 8. Tramp – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas 9. In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett 10. I Can’t Turn You Loose – Otis Redding 11. Baby I Love You – Aretha Franklin 12. Hip Hug-Her – Booker T & The MG’s 13. Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd 14. A Girl Like You – The Young Rascals 15. Stag-O-Lee – Wilson Pickett 16. What’d I Say – Ray Charles 17. Time Is Tight – Booker T & The MG’s 18. Having A Party – Sam Cooke 19. Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley 20. Dance To The Music – Sly & The Family Stone 21. Show Me – Joe Tex 22. Hold On I’m Coming – The Flames 23. Love Man – Otis Redding 24. I’m A Midnight Mover – The Invaders 25. Restless – The Flames 26. I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin 27. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett 28. Land Of 1000 Dances – The Dream Merchants 29. I’ve Never Found A Girl – Eddie Floyd 30. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Una Valli & The Flames 31. Just One Look – Doris Troy 32. Suikerbossie – The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
‘ZX Dan’, the album’s opening track, is a wonderful piece of new wave space-rock whose similar lyrical theme is a nod to David Bowie‘s 1972 smash hit, ‘Starman’. The song was also inspired by the 1977 Stephen Spielberg film ‘Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind‘, and has a more polished production than the rest of the album, which is a closer reflection of the band’s raw live energy.
‘ZX Dan’ is still considered one of South Africa’s greatest pop rock songs of all time. In “The SA Rock Digest/Amuzine End Of The Century Big Vote” held at the end of 1999, ‘ZX Dan’ received the second most number of votes in the “All time favourite SA song” category, just behind Bright Blue’s classic, ‘Weeping’.
‘ZX Dan’ was released as a single (backed by ‘Rocking’) and it entered the Radio 5 (now 5FM) charts at number 15 on New Year’s Eve 1978. The song implores the listener to “turn up your radio, and play me that rock and roll”, and it seems that is exactly what the public did. The song scuttled up the charts until peaking at No. 2 on 28 January 1979, where it stayed for two weeks. It was kept off the cherished No. 1 spot by Michael Jackson.
The original album version of ‘ZX Dan’ featured a brilliant, lengthy play-out guitar solo by Jonathan Handley, but sadly this was edited on the single version, which later appeared on the ‘Best Of SA Pop Volume 2‘ CD.
All the songs on ‘Into The Night We Slide’ were generally written by Handley in the Wimpy Bar, The Palladium, and a café in Springs. The album contains references to some very weird and wonderful characters and places, based on his observations of life in this East Rand town. ‘Plague Cafe’ is about a real place on 3rd Street and ‘A Visit To The Cinema’ is a reference to the old movie house ‘The Palladium’.
My name is ZX Dan, I am a spaceman. My galaxy is doomed, so I’ve moved to your moon. So turn up your radio, and play me that rock and roll, Stop feeling so blue – I’m coming down to you.
I’ve watched you on my screen, you’re sweet, sweet sixteen I’ve monitored your mind, You’re just the loving kind… So turn up your radio, and play me that rock and roll, Stop feeling so blue – I’m coming down to you.
Meet me tonight at your window; Dress warmly for absolute zero And I’ll come down as quiet as the snow And we’ll go for a glide in my U.F.O.
The whole of outer space, is tuned into the human race From pole to frozen pole, your world transmits rock & roll So turn up your radio, and play me that rock and roll, Stop feeling so blue – I’m coming down to you.
Written by Jonathan Handley 12 April 1978
Die Lemme – ZX Dan feat Radio Rats, released 10 October 2013
A mix of South African Punk, Ska & New Wave tunes from 1978 to 1982.
1. Radio Youth – Wild Youth 2. Rock ‘n Roll – Illegal Gathering 3. Bokkie Bokkie – David Kramer 4. Schoolboy – Asylum Kids 5. South African In Paris – The Safari Suits 6. International News – National Wake 7. Nightmare – Peach 8. No Football – Flash Harry 9. Wot ‘Bout Me – Wild Youth 10. Law And Order – Radio Rats 11. Goddess – Corporal Punishment 12. Tudor Convertible – The News 13. School Kids – The Gents 14. Reaction Man – Gay Marines 15. Fight It With Your Mind – Asylum Kids 16. Rock ‘n Rolls Royce – Corporal Punishment 17. Button Your Lip – Illegal Gathering 18. Stuff Your Strut – The News 19. Pieces – The Safari Suits 20. A Lot Of Things – Peach 21. National Hero – Illegal Gathering 22. Station Road Rhythm – The News 23. Machines – Dog Detachment 24. No, No, No, No – Asylum Kids 25. Crazy Caroline – Radio Rats 26. Shock Time For Rock – The Popguns 27. Shame On You – Flash Harry 28. All Messed Up – Wild Youth 29. Why? – Dog 30. So Cold – Hotline 31. Iron Vest – Gay Marines
Punk Rock, as I know it, started in 1976 with the Sex Pistols and ended a couple of years later when everyone went New Wave. The so-called “Godfathers of Punk” were the late ’60s/early ’70s American bands, The Velvet Underground, the MC5, the New York Dolls (more glam, than punk though) and The Stooges with Iggy Pop. They in turn had been infused by the spirit of the ’60s ‘Garage Rock’ movement which said that anybody could make music, no matter how little talent or skill you had. Read more
Everything we do is psychotic… – Nielen Mirror, 1985
A mix of South African tunes, inspired by the title track off the Falling Mirror album.
1. Bus Station – Fly Paper Jet 2. Hammerhead Hotel – Falling Mirror 3. Alison – Dolly Rockers 4. Getting Better – Scabby Annie 5. Shock Time For Rock – The Popguns 6. Morrison Hotel – Jack Hammer 7. Werewolf In The House – Falling Mirror 8. Kamikasi – McCully Workshop 9. Mucking About In The Dungeons All Day – Radio Rats 10. Monster From The Bog – Psycho Reptiles 11. Bellville Rock City – New World Inside 12. Psycho Bitch – Toxic Shame 13. Boxstar Kitty – Three Bored White Guys 14. Blue Eyed Devil – Th’ Damned Crows 15. Psycho-Babble – Lancaster Band 16. Britney Spears – Tweak 17. Babydoll Blues – The Ragdolls 18. Psycho – Them Tornados 19. Woo Hoo! – Fire Through The Window 20. Baby Girl You’re Gonna Burn! – Peachy Keen 21. Drakilla – The Psykotix 22. Surfin’ With The Goth Gang – Martin Rocka And The Sick Shop 23. Krokodil – Retro Dizzy 24. Buccaneer – Moyawetu 25. Beethoven Is Dying – Koos Kombuis En Die Warmblankes 26. Only Yesterday – Sharkbrother 27. Boomtown Hotel – Valiant Swart 28. Kitchener – Piet Botha 29. Praha Paradise (2007 version) – Ernestine Deane feat Tim Parr 30. Die Gipsy In Jou Oë – Anna Davel 31. Farewell To Gypsy – Bonekey
Astral II including excerpts from The Kinks’ You Really Got Me and Sly & The Family Stones’ I Want To Take You Higher
I Need You
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones cover)
Bonus tracks on 2010 CD re-issue
Born On The Bayou
Joey Moses: lead guitar, vocals
Errol Gobey: rhythm guitar, vocals
Johnny Burke: bass
Dave Burke: drums
Spewy Pillay: organ
Lionel Petersen: vocals
1971, MvN, MVC 3512 August 2010, Fresh Music, freshcd173
Pointing The Way [sleeve notes from 2010 re-issue]
The rise of The Invaders to the pinnacle of South African pop and rock stardom can be traced directly to the 1961 Cliff Richard & The Shadows tour in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After seeing the show twenty one year old John Burke confidently declared “I was born for show business and someday I’ll be famous like The Shadows” – these would be prophetic words. Armed with a battered guitar he formed his first group called The Astronauts, the first pop band in Uitenhage but after several live dates that band splintered. Undeterred John and guitarist Errol Gobey continued in various groups including an embryonic Invaders before settling on the classic line up of John Burke-bass; Joe Moses-lead guitar ; Errol Gobey – guitar and Dave Burke – drums in 1963.
Over the next 3 years The Invaders proceeded to play every ‘session’, ‘school hop’ dance party and talent competition available, often thrashing the opposition bands. Word of mouth about their energetic live performances and in 1967 they released their debut album “Two sides of The Invaders” which rapidly achieved gold status. In December of that year they released the “Shockwave” single (also available on the “Astral Daze 2” compilation) – a seminal, fuzz drenched guitar workout that seemed to pre-empt the coming psychedelic revolution. This track climbed the South African charts peaking at No.10 and earning them a gold disc – “the “Shockwave” single and album was a huge success” recounts Gobey, “we toured the whole country and according to the media The Invaders were South Africa’s top band”. This success is confirmed by the band’s fan club which at it’s peak had over 50,000 members, rivalling that of The Beatles and Rolling Stones. Another two successful albums, “One more time” and “New image” were released before the band embarked on a European tour. Hassled by red tape and permit problems but inspired by the rock explosion in the countries that they played in, the band returned to South Africa with a new vision and direction for the next album.
Now joined by vocalist Lionel Petersen and organist Rodger Pillay they entered the studio to record “There’s a light, there’s a way”. Gone were the guitar driven pop instrumentals and light pop tunes of previous years and in it’s place was a more contemporary sound, incorporating elements of funk, prog rock and psychedelic soul. “Turn on the sun”, with it’s layered vocal harmonies manages to bridge the divide between early ’70s soul and pop whilst the funky “Ocean of peace” wouldn’t be out of place on a Rare Earth album; awash with swirling Hammond and driving guitar work the pastoral “Astral III” is the perfect counterfoil to the Grand Funk-like “Astral II”. With a nod to The Kinks’ “You really got me” the stomping riff of “I need you’ is the platform for Joe’s searing guitar solo. Tackling a Stones classic like “You can’t always get what you want” is a daunting task for any band but The Invaders ‘soulify’ the tunes with soaring vocals, funky piano/organ lines and some jazzy flute making it one of the best covers in rock history. The original album is boosted by the inclusion of two bonus tracks; a raw version of Creedence’s “Born on the bayou” and an earlier psych tune “Painter Man”.
With the long overdue release of “There’s a light, there’s a way”, The Invaders rightfully take their place alongside other shining lights in the rock firmament like Freedoms Children, Otis Waygood, Hawk, Suck and Abstract Truth.
1. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor 2. I Love Rock ‘n Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 3. The Peacemaker – Albert Hammond 4. Place In Your Heart – Nazareth 5. Kiss You All Over – Exile 6. She’s In Love With You – Suzi Quatro 7. Dancing In The City – Marshall Hain 8. Drop The Pilot – Joan Armatrading 9. Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk – Dr Hook 10. You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive 11. I Was Made For Loving You – Kiss 12. Urgent – Foreigner 13. Every Breath You Take – The Police 14. It’s A Heartache – Bonnie Tyler 15. Free Me – Uriah Heep 16. Shaddup Your Face – The Joe Dolce Music Theatre 17. Down Under – Men At Work 18. Get Down On It – Kool & The Gang 19. Upside Down – Diana Ross 20. Just An Illusion – Imagination 21. Sun Of Jamaica – Goombay Dance Band 22. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor 23. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash 24. I Don’t Wanna Dance – Eddy Grant 25. Rise – Herb Alpert 26. Never Never Never – Shirley Bassey 27. When Will I See You Again – The Three Degrees 28. Daddy Cool – Boney M 29. Devil Woman – Cliff Richard 30. Loving Arms – Dobie Gray 31. Lucille – Kenny Rogers 32. Words – F R David
1. Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler 2. Rosanna – Toto 3. Can You Feel It – The Jacksons 4. We Kill The World (Don’t Kill The World) – Boney M 5. Shaddup Your Face – The Joe Dolce Music Theatre 6. Man On The Moon – Ballyhoo 7. So You Win Again – Copperfield 8. If You Think You Know How To Love Me – Smokie 9. Run To Me – Bee Gees 10. Le Freak – Chic 11. Jeans On – David Dundas 12. Mississippi – Pussycat 13. My Daddy Was A Rock ‘n Roll Man – Johnny Gibson 14. She’s A Woman – Neil Herbert 15. Boy Oh Boy – Racey 16. Rock Your Baby – George McCrae 17. Jealous Guy – Roxy Music 18. Mad World – Tears For Fears 19. Living On The Ceiling – Blancmange 20. Down Under – Men At Work 21. Safety Dance – Men Without Hats 22. Dancing In The City – Marshall Hain 23. Barbados – Typically Tropical 24. Heart of Glass – Blondie 25. Queen Of Hearts – Juice Newton 26. Lost In France – Bonnie Tyler 27. Waterloo – ABBA 28. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – Julie Covington 29. Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill Gang 30. Solitaire – Andy Williams 31. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) – Margaret Singana 32. Barracuda – Heart
I bought this album in December 1975, at Hillbrow Record Centre in Johannesburg, on a sale and immediately fell in love with its tongue-in-cheek humour and superstar line-up. I remember receiving a 12-page comic with an issue of NME and not with the album itself. It has a full comic-strip of the story of Flash Fearless and also contains almost all the lyrics.
“To The Chop” is my favourite track. Its based on the old Danny And The Juniors track “At The Hop”, and manages to fit a piano solo, a guitar solo, a couple of sax breaks and a bass solo into 2 minutes and 40 seconds!