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.
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Tonight was my final retrotransmission on rainydawg radio, and it was emotional for me. I hate goodbyes, so I wanted to end on a high note with a nonstop dance party, the kind where music blasts from a righteous sound system at top volume and people can’t get off the dance floor. Postpunk, pop, goth (I had to represent the goth stomp!), industrial dance, and electro kept it strong all night, and I sent retrotransmission off in style. I hope to be broadcasting live from the radio again soon…stay tuned. But until then, keep checking this blog every Monday for new and vintage retrotransmission playlists!
RIP Ian Curtis…35 years ago (5/18/80). Enjoy this classic mix of UK post-punk to honor his memory and impact.