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What Am I Listening To? Hammerhead Hotel!

Everything we do is psychotic… – Nielen Mirror, 1985

Hammerhead Hotel | photo: Michael Currin

A mix of South African tunes, inspired by the title track off the Falling Mirror album.

Hammerhead Hotel

Track List

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

Posted in My Favourite SA Songs, South African Music, Videos

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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NEXT STOP… SOWETO feat Mahotella Queens, Harari, The Movers, Flaming Souls, Reggie Msomi

NEXT STOP... SOWETO
NEXT STOP… SOWETO

Compiled from the four volumes of “Next Stop… Soweto” released by Strut Records.

Track List

1. Masisizwane – Abafana Bama Soul
2. Kokro-Ko (Hide & Seek) – The Actions
3. The Things We Do In Soweto – Almon Memela
4. Last Time – Anchors
5. Bazali Bam – Bazali Bam
6. Wenzani Umoya – The Big Four
7. Soul Time Nzimande Go – Bra Sello & His Band
8. Orlando – Dennis Mpale
9. Back Home Soul – Down Tones
10. Ain’t Sittin’ Down Doin’ Nothing – The Drive
11. Joe’s Jika – Dudu Pukwana & The Spears
12. Can You Feel It – Electric Six
13. Khombo Ranga – Elias Maluleke & Mavambe Girls
14. Mosquito – Flaming Souls
15. I Am There – Grasshoppers
16. Iza Wena – Happy Africa
17. Give – Harari
18. Funky Message – Heroes
19. Emakhaya – The Heshoo Beshoo Group
20. Get Down – Isaac & The Sakie Special Band
21. Khubani – J. K. Mayengani And The Shingwedzi Sisters
22. Take Me To Brazil – Jazz Ministers
23. Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo – Kabasa
24. Nkuli’s Shuffle – The Klooks
25. Mr J.S. Mpanza – Lucky Strike Sisters
26. Umkhovu – Mahlathini & The Queens
27. Wozani Mahipi – Mahotella Queens
28. Sangoma – Malombo
29. Ubukhwele – Margaret Singana
30. I Sivenoe – Melotone Sisters With Amaqola Band
31. Akulalwa Esoweto – The Mgababa Queens
32. Blockhead – The Monks
33. Soweto Disco – The Movers
34. Tiba Kamo – Phillip Malela
35. Nomacala – Piston Mahlathini & The Queens
36. Soul Chakari – Reggie Msomi & His Hollywood Jazz Band
37. Kuya Hanjwa – S. Piliso & His Super Seven
38. 1, 2, 3 – Saitana
39. 10 to 11 – Sammy Boy
40. Be There – Skyf
41. Pinese’s Dance – The Soul Giants
42. Little Girl – Soul Throbs
43. Joy – Spirits Rejoice
44. Take Off – Tempo All Stars
45. Stay Cool – Tete Mbambisa
46. Gwinyitshe – The Toreadors
47. Manano – Xoliso
48. Inkonjane Jive – Zed Nkabinde

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THE SUITCASE SHOW feat Piet Botha, Valiant Swart, Anton Goosen, David Kramer, Akkedis, Beeskraal

THE SUITCASE SHOW feat Piet Botha, Valiant Swart, Anton Goosen, David Kramer, Akkedis, Beeskraal

Every vagabond needs a suitcase.

This is a, mainly South African, mostly Afrikaans, series of shows with some well-known tjoons and many obscure ones.

Some happy songs, some angry songs, a few light songs, and quite a few dark ones.

“Die geraamtes in jou kas sal ewig kriewel”

The name of this show is inspired by the song “Suitcase Vol Winter” by South African Music Legend Piet Botha

Some lyrics are explicit and/or offensive.

Photo by Hein Waschefort, 2013

Track List

1. Girlfriends In Die Wimpy Bar (live 1996) – Die Naaimasjiene
2. Suitcase Vol Winter (live at Oppikoppi 1998) – Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
3. Die Gezoem Van Die Bye (live 1966) – Des Lindberg
4. Bokkie Bokkie – David Kramer
5. Somerslied – The Radiators
6. Pappa Ek Wil ‘n Popster Word – Springbok Nude Girls
7. Geraamtes In Jou Kas – Brixton Moord En Roof Orkes
8. Hou My Vas Korporaal – Bernoldus Niemand
9. Bossies – Wildebeest
10. Anderkant Die Berg – Akkedis
11. Boy Van Die Suburbs – Anton Goosen
12. Hell’s Angel – Al’astair
13. Bus Na Toronto – Andries Bezuidenhout
14. Jong Dames Dinamiek – Randy Rambo En Die Rough Riders
15. Strate Van Pretoria – Beeskraal
16. Cape Flats – Brasse Vannie Kaap
17. Verslaaf Aan Ruk-En-Rol – Not My Dog
18. Die Volk (Is In Die Kak) – The Buckfever Underground
19. Hillbrow – Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band
20. Sally Williams Nougat – Jak de Priester
21. Breyten se Brief – Jan Blohm
22. Vier Seisoene Kind – Spinnekop
23. Bicycle Sonder Slot – Koos Kombuis
24. Diep In Gauteng – Stefan Lombard
25. Afrikaners Is Plesierig – Karen Zoid
26. Rockpop – Diff-Olie
27. Roekeloos – Valiant Swart
28. Onder Engele Verniel – Voël
29. Meneer Geweer – Wouter van de Venter
30. Suikerbossie – The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
31. Binneland In (live 2001) – Spinnekop
32. Die Sommige Ou Tannies Blues – Koos Kombuis
33. Jane S. Piddy – Rodriguez

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GET UP AND DANCE feat Trevor Rabin, Harari, Pacific Express, HOT R.S., Disco Rock Machine

GET UP AND DANCE feat Trevor Rabin, Harari, Pacific Express, HOT R.S., Disco Rock Machine

In early 1999 I was asked by Derek Smith of Gallo Records to be involved with compiling a South African Disco mix, which was released as a double CD titled “Disco Fever” in July of that year. 

This “Get And Up Dance” mix is inspired by that now long out-of-print CD, which celebrated the classic Disco era, with a distinct South African flavour.

Track List

1. (Get Up And) Dance – Harari
2. Do The Boogie – Pacific Express
3. Loving Styles – Disco Rock Machine feat Trevor Rabin
4. Born To Be Wild / Gimme Gimme Some Lovin’ / Mony Mony / Born To Be Wild – Buffalo feat Peter Vee
5. Sunshine Of Your Love – John Ireland
6. You Really Got Me – Disco Rock Machine feat Trevor Rabin
7. Eloise Concerto: a.Eloise b.Love Lost c.Eloise Finalé – Rouge feat Zane Cronje
8. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) – Margaret Singana
9. Living For The City – Disco Rock Machine feat Trevor Rabin
10. Johannesburg – The Julian Laxton Band
11. Time Of The Season – Neil Cloud feat Rene Veldsman
12. You’re Living Inside My Head – John Ireland
13. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida + Garden Of Eden – Hot R.S.
14. You Keep Me Hangin’ On – Disco Rock Machine feat Trevor Rabin
15. Down The Line – The Julian Laxton Band
16. Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life – Neil Cloud feat Rene Veldsman
17. Money Runner – Hot R.S.
18. Man Gave Names To All The Animals – Margaret Singana & Richard Jon Smith
19. Magic Carpet Ride – Buffalo feat Peter Vee
20. Delta Queen – Hot R.S.
21. Gimme Some Lovin’ – Disco Rock Machine feat Trevor Rabin
22. Blue Water – The Julian Laxton Band
23. Love Will Find A Way – Margaret Singana
24. House Of The Rising Sun – Hot R.S.


Disco Fever [1999]

Disco Fever