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What Am I Listening To? Sunset Sweatshop!

Feel the good time vibes!

Sunset Sweatshop is a proudly South African feel-good rock band with reggae and folk influences!

Sunset Sweatshop
Sunset Sweatshop – Show Me Your Love (2022)
Sunset Sweatshop – Coming Along (2018)
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TIME FOR SOME ROCK FROM SOUTH AFRICA feat Freedoms Children, Otis Waygood, McCully Workshop, Hawk

TIME FOR SOME ROCK

This mix features some of my favourite South African rock tunes from between 1966 and 1979.

A few cover versions and lots of original tunes.

TIME FOR SOME ROCK FROM SOUTH AFRICA feat Freedoms Children, Otis Waygood, McCully Workshop, Hawk

Track List

1. In The Midnight Hour – The A-Cads
2. Woman Yeah – The Gonks
3. Purple Haze – The Flames
4. Fire – The Third Eye
5. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Una Valli & The Flames
6. Race With The Devil – The Bats
7. Evil Ways – The Attraction
8. The End – Dickie Loader & Freedoms Children
9. The Boy & The Bee – Omega Limited
10. You’re Late Miss Kate – Otis Waygood Blues Band
11. The Whip – Suck
12. That Did It – Freedoms Children
13. Astral III – The Invaders
14. Tokoloshe Man – John Kongos
15. Town Girl – Tidal Wave feat Peter Vee
16. Candlelight – Richard Jon Smith
17. Mumbo Jumbo – Hawk
18. Hard Ride – Rabbitt
19. Rock ‘n Roll Party – Ballyhoo
20. Conquistador – Circus
21. Johannesburg – Margaret Singana
22. Buccaneer – McCully Workshop
23. Record Companies – Wild Youth
24. Lonely Spaceman – Finch & Henson
25. Orang Otang – Harambee
26. Vudu – Harari
27. ZX Dan – Radio Rats
28. Silent Water – Ramsay MacKay
29. Blommetjie Gedenk Aan My – Anton Goosen
30. Jo Bangles – Baxtop
31. Makin’ Out With Granny – Falling Mirror
32. Suburbia – The Safari Suits
33. Better The Devil You Know – Stingray

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What Am I Listening To? Headlight Dreams!

Steve Louw – Headlight Dreams

Steve Louw released Headlight Dreams in May 2021. This Kevin Shirley-produced album has been nominated for a SAMA. The winners will be announced on Sunday 28th August 2022. A new album is planned for release in November!

Steve Louw – Headlight Dreams
Steve Louw | credit: Jacqui van Staden
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What Am I Listening To? Hau!

Hau!
Hau!
Hau!

“Hau!” is a Zulu expression of astonishment.

If you are not from South Africa, I hope you will be astonished at what great music you might have missed.

Hopefully this series of mixes will help to rectify that.

More information about most of these artists can be found at www.Rock.co.za

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What Am I Listening To? Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life!

Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life
Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life

A mix of just a few of my favourite rock songs by South African artists from the ’60s to the ’90s.

Some big hits and some more obscure tunes.

Some cover versions and a whole bunch of original tracks.

More info on all these artists can be found at www.Rock.co.za

Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life!

Track List

1 Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life by Neil Cloud feat Rene Veldsman
2 Buccaneer by McCully Workshop
3 Sex by Pressure Cookies feat Willem Moller
4 Conquistador by Circus
5 Samurai by Dr Jive & The Bluenotes
6 Here Comes The Sun by Hawk
7 Fever by Otis Waygood Blues Band
8 So Cold by Hotline feat PJ Powers
9 Astral III by The Invaders
10 Get It by Music Corporation
11 Race With The Devil by The Bats
12 The Boy & The Bee by Omega Limited
13 ZX Dan by Radio Rats
14 Jo Bangles by Baxtop
15 Jugular Jive by Norman Greenberg & His Joburg Horrorock Band
16 This Boy by Sweatband
17 As I Went Out One Morning (Damsel) by Tribe After Tribe
18 Johnny Calls The Chemist by Falling Mirror
19 Wild Warrior by Arapaho
20 Better The Devil You Know by Stingray
21 Six String Razor by Mauritz Lotz
22 Nightmare by Peach
23 Street Of Love by Jack Hammer
24 Shadows by éVoid
25 Blue Wednesday Speaks by Abstract Truth
26 Playgrounds In Paradise by Finch And Henson
27 Lifeline by Rabbitt
28 Miss Wendy’s Dancing Eyes Have Died by Freedoms Children

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Radio Rats – ZX Dan

Radio Rats – Into The Night We Slide
Radio Rats – ZX Dan
Radio Rats – ZX Dan

‘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’.

Lyrics

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


Radio Rats Family Tree
Radio Rats Family Tree | Brian Currin, November 2002

Website

radiorats.co.za

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Piet Botha – Goeienag Generaal

The real story behind the Border War; not for sensitive listeners. Originally released on ‘Suitcase Vol Winter‘ in 1997.

Here I am talking about my first hearing of Piet Botha’s Goeienag Generaal
I was at this concert!
Piet Botha’s Goeienag Generaal by Skuim
Piet Botha – Goeienag Generaal

Goeienag Generaal

Ja, dit was die oorlog vir die nuwe dag
Vir die kerkraad, swanger meisie wat wag
In die reën, al die kinders wat die dominee seën,
Al die jong laaities nou net uit die skool,
Welkom, welkom
Dit was vir die ryk man op Waterkloofstraat
Blink gebou, almal werk, maar niemand mag praat
Was vir die weduwees en die armes van gees
En almal in uniform, en die kapelaan lees

Maar Whitey, jou oë op daar dag
Was blou net soos die lug
Toe ons weer so kyk
Het ‘n AK jou fucked-up geskiet
Goeienag Generaal

Hulle was die oorlog vir die nuwe dag
Vir Harry Oppenheimer en al sy maats
Vir Rembrandt van Rijn en Alfred Dunhill
En die OK Bazaars
En die hele bloody spul by die SAUK
Julle was die oorlog vir die CIA
Generaal ry rond in sy blink swart kar
Speel skaak met die kinders van ons land
En agter hom is die wêreld nou erg aan die brand

Maar Whitey, jou oë op daar dag
Was blou net soos die lug
Toe ons weer so kyk
Het ‘n AK jou fucked-up geskiet
Goeienag Generaal

Maar Whitey, jou oë op daar dag
Was blou net soos die lug
Toe ons weer so kyk
Het ‘n AK jou fucked-up geskiet
Goeienag Generaal, slaap lekker

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Steve Louw – Train Don’t Run

Steve Louw – Train Don’t Run

This album (Headlight Dreams) is filled with great songs, from the bluesy, lyrically hard-hitting “Get Out Of My Heart” to the bouncy “Queen Bee Maybe” with its delightful Hammond organ solo from Kevin McKendree, however my favourite track on this album is the almost proggish “Train Don’t Run”. Clocking in at seven and half minutes this is an epic tune that you hope never finishes. There is a soaring guitar solo by Rob McNelly that David Gilmour fans will love. No surprise to discover that this track was mixed (by Kevin Shirley) on the same console as the classic “Dark Side Of The Moon“.

Brian Currin, June 2021, from Illuminating Headlight Dreams

Steve Louw – Train Don’t Run

My grandfather was a railroadman and in the 1930s my father rode trains looking for work. To me, trains symbolise our attempts to bend nature to our will – and we’re seeing that trying to do that will never work. Silence will always return to the plains, the wind will blow, tracks will crumble and the earth will breathe again. This song has the wide open plains in it; dry cracked earth and a broken land.

The song builds from a driving acoustic guitar and hypnotic bassline to a haunting guitar solo by Rob. The production brings out the relentlessness of the song and of what we inflict on our planet.

Steve Louw

Train Don’t Run

The wind blows across empty plains
That hold so many bones
The rails glow years since the rain
Horses roam on broken stones
Train don’t run round here no more
Train is gone for us all

Put down a coin on the track
Saw silver turn through black
Seeds thrown all come back
Haunt the earth broken and cracked
Train don’t run round here no more
Train won’t come for us all

I can help you cross if you’ll let me
Spirits roam across this broken land
What’s been lost you can see
Count the cost can’t understand
Train don’t run round here no more
Train is gone for us all

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50 Original South African Songs

A non-definitive list of 50 great South African songs, that are not cover versions of overseas hits.

Arranged in chronological order of release date.

1. Vuka VukaThe Manhattan Brothers
2. MeadowlandsArchie Coker & The Meteors
3. Ag Pleez Deddy (The Ballad Of The Southern Suburbs) (live 1962)Jeremy Taylor
4. Pata PataMiriam Makeba
5. Silence Is GoldenThe Square Set
6. Master Jack4 Jacks & A Jill
7. I Need SomeoneAlan Garrity
8. Orang OtangHawk
9. CharlieRabbitt
10. Playgrounds In ParadiseFinch & Henson
11. JohannesburgThe Julian Laxton Band
12. BuccaneerMcCully Workshop
13. Villagers Theme (from TV series)Mick Jade
14. You’re Living Inside My HeadJohn Ireland
15. ZX DanRadio Rats
16. Boy Van Die SuburbsAnton Goosen
17. Better The Devil You KnowStingray
18. Man On The MoonBallyhoo
19. Paradise RoadJoy
20. Roxy LadyNeill Solomon
21. SchoolboyAsylum Kids
22. You’re So Good To MeHotline feat PJ Powers
23. Bowtie BoogalooMorocko
24. Give Me The Good NewsCrocodile Harris
25. ShadowséVoid
26. See Yourself (Clowns)Ella Mental
27. JabulaniPJ Powers & Hotline
28. Baby You Been GoodRobin Auld
29. Burn OutSipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse
30. Johnny Calls The ChemistFalling Mirror
31. We Are GrowingMargaret Singana & Julian Laxton
32. This BoySweatband
33. WeepingBright Blue
34. Scatterlings Of AfricaJohnny Clegg & Savuka
35. Be Bop PopThe Spectres
36. HometalkMango Groove
37. ShosholozaLadysmith Black Mambazo with The Team
38. Afrikan DreamVicky Sampson
39. SarajevoJack Hammer
40. Shallow WatersJust Jinger
41. Who Killed Kurt CobainKoos Kombuis
42. Goeienag GeneraalPiet Botha
43. Die Mystic BoerValiant Swart
44. Un-EzSpringbok Nude Girls
45. NkalakathaMandoza
46. I’ll Remember YouBrian Finch
47. GasolineSaron Gas
48. Africa’s Not For SissiesSyd Kitchen
49. Another UniverseArno Carstens
50. Doo Be DooFreshly Ground