Posted in Online Marketing, Press Releases, South African Music






May 2010

“If you don’t know who Barney Simon is, there can only be one reason for that, you’re not from South Africa. Or, you live on a farm with no electricity and you haven’t turned on the radio and the television in the last 28 years.

The Barney Simon Official Biography

Barney Simon, one of the most outspoken and well known media supporters of South African music and entertainment, has been on our radios and televisions for over 25 years. He is the most widely-credited and -quoted music specialist and deejay in the country and besides having his own 5FM radio show for twenty-one years on 5FM, promoting rock music, South African bands, local music events and happenings as well as new music demos, he was consistently laboring away, doing whatever he could to bolster the local music and entertainment industry.

And now Rebel Records is releasing this SA music legend’s 2-disc compilation of the very best South African music has had to offer over the past three decades. So what were his motivations for creating Barney’s Radio Revolution? “I have never released a South African compilation including past and present bands and artists. Three good reasons are the 2010 Soccer World Cup; celebrating 30 rocking years in radio and turning 50 years young this year. Good timing, I guess and proof that one is never too old to rock and roll!”

For Barney’s Radio Revolution, SA’s best-known local rock fanatic has decided “to mix it up a bit and include legendary artists of the past and the best artists of the future. I played Piet Botha, Valiant Swart, Koos Kombuis, Bright Blue, Radio Rats, No Friends Of Harry, Johannes Kerkorrel, Anton Goosen and James Phillips when I started out in radio and these songs bring back good memories for me and hopefully for fans of South African music as well. Then came the rocking 90s, with the bands I rocked hard and got drunk with at club gigs, festivals and introduced many times on stage – Sugardrive, Lithium, Springbok Nude Girls, The Awakening, Battery 9, The Narrow, Saron Gas and Wonderboom. Of course the future of South African music is very important and that is why I included Fokofpolisiekar, aKING, Ashtray Electric, New Holland, Van Coke Kartel and Straatligkinders.

Barney Simon’s Radio Revolution will take listeners on a three-decade journey of the best South African rock has to offer. Whether you will reminisce to No Friends Of Harry and hear Fokofpolisiekar for the first time, or the other way round, this value-packed, hard rocking, party-starting compilation should have pride of place in every passionate supporter of local rock’s music collection.


Disc 1

1. Fokofpolisiekar – Fokofpolisiekar

2. Afrikaners Is Plesierig – Karen Zoid

3. Gewonde Standbeeld – Straatligkinders

4. Algehele Kontrole – Van Coke Kartel

5. Doodstraf – K.O.B.U.S!

6. Verslaaf Aan Ruk En Rol – Koos Kombuis

7. Johnny Is Nie Dood Nie – Wonderboom

8. Suitcase Vol Winter – Piet Botha

9. Help Me – Albert Frost

10. Ossewa – Johannes Kerkorrel en die Gereformeerde Blues Band

11. Hou My Vas Korporaal – Bernoldus Niemand

12. Pers Reen – Johannes Kerkorrel

13. Die Mystic Boer – Valiant Swart

14. Boy Van Die Suburbs – Anton Goosen

15. Die Volk (Is In Die Kak) – The Buckfever Underground

16. No Man’s Land – Breyten Breytenback ft. Arno Carstens

Disc 2

1. The Sounds Of Silence – The Awakening

2. Kiss The Machine – Battery 9

3. Disco Lazarus – Sugardrive

4. The Banded – The Narrow

5. The Last Time – Chromium

6. Never Enough – Fetish

7. 69 Tea – Saron Gas

8. Broken – Lithium

9. Bubblegum On My Boots – Springbok Nude Girls

10. Facebrick Constellations – aKING

11. Gallop – Ashtray Electric

12. No Disguise – New Holland

13. Competition Rules – No Friends Of Harry

14. Warsong – James Phillips

15. ZX Dan – Radio Rats

16. Weeping – Bright Blue

Retail price R149,95


Playlist Creator & Web Marketer. The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today. He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him. He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012. He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019. He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including which he founded in 1999.

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