Month: August 2015


I rarely make rockabilly retrotransmission playlists, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a soft spot for the music in this set: The Cramps, Demented Are Go, Guana Batz, The Sharks, Reverend Horton Heat, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis, on and on. When I was a teenager I used to stay up late on school nights with my radio next to my bed so I could listen to Hot Rod Ron’s Checkered Strip on Tucson’s community radio station, KXCI. I heard ska, rockabilly, surf, and old school Sun Studios classics on his show, and I loved it. I made this show (and another, that sadly, was lost to the ether), in homage to Hotrod Ron in spring of 2013 (I should also note that this music reminds me of my dad, a hot rod aficionado). This music also screams summer to me, and since we’re in the height of it…


I was reading this great interview with Brian Williams of Lustmord/SPK the other day, and in it he mentions his love of dub. Not surprising. Many writers have written about to what extent, for musicians creating the burgeoning industrial and punk scenes in the UK in the 70s, reggae and dub played a huge influence. John Lydon, Joe Strummer, and Ari Up were particularly taken with the music, and photographer Dennis Morris (whose photo is featured here) and the legendary Don Letts served as central connecting figures in merging the reggae and punk scenes. The sound of this vintage retrotransmission playlist “Punk and Reggae,” from spring 2013, is quintessentially summer to me. Do as John does, light one up, and enjoy.