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What Am I Watching (And Listening To)? Thunder And Rain!

Latest release from Steve Louw.

I have the pleasure of being part of Steve’s team as his web marketer and media strategist.

Steve Louw – Thunder And Rain
Steve Louw – Thunder And Rain
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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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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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What Am I Listening To? Eric Clapton!

Eric Clapton – Born Under A Bad Sign

I loved Eric Clapton’s Blues tribute album “From The Cradle” when it came out in 1994.

This recently released cover of Albert King’s “Born Under A Born Sign” was from those sessions, and features on a new box set compilation “The Complete Reprise Studio Albums Vol. 1“.

Clapton had previously covered this song with Cream on the Wheels Of Fire album in 1968.

Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign
Cream – Born Under A Bad Sign

ERIC CLAPTON MIXES

Eric Clapton – Roots & Branches on the Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show – Wednesday, 24 May 2017
ROCK LEGENDS: ERIC CLAPTON [1964 to 1986] feat Cream, The Yardbirds, John Mayall, Blind Faith
ROUGH GUIDES: ERIC CLAPTON feat Cream, Blind Faith, Robert Johnson, Leroy Carr, Bukka White
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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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Jethro Tull – All The Best (Imaginary Disc 3)

An Imaginary 3rd disc to include some of my Jethro Tull favourites that were not on the 2012 “All The Best” 2CD set.

Track List

1Stormy Monday Blues (BBC)
2Come On All You Criminals (incl Thick As A Brick, edit #4)
3Critique Oblique (1972 Chateau d’Isaster version, reworked as part of A Passion Play, edit #5, 1973)
4A Passion Play, edit #8 (Overseer Overture)
5Rainbow Blues
6A Small Cigar (Too Old To Rock ‘n Roll: Too Young To Die! out-take)
7Moths
8Budapest
9Part Of The Machine
10Jack-A-Lynn (1981, remix 1988) The Broadsword And The Beast out-take
11Rosa On The Factory Floor
12Still Loving You Tonight
13Black Sunday (1980, remix 1993)
14At Last, Forever
15First Snow On Brooklyn
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Walk Away by Nancy Wilson (two different ones!)

The first one is by the ’60s Jazz-Soul singer Nancy Wilson covering the Matt Monro song in 1968. It was written by Don Black & Udo Jürgens in 1964. This Nancy Wilson was born on the 20th February 1937 and passed away on 13th December 2018.


The second one is by Heart’s Nancy Wilson (sister to Ann) who released it on her solo album “You And Me” in May 2021. Written by her and Sue Ennis. Nancy was born on the 16th March 1954.