Program Highlights

Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, June 4, 8-10pm) include the Motions, Troggs, Bubbles, Rich Kids, Ideal, Killing Joke, Dolly Mixture, Jackie and the Cedrics, New Pornographers, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.

COVER ART OF THE WEEK: Killing Joke, an industrial post punk band out of Notting Hill, London, were noted for their dark humor and use of shocking imagery on their album covers. Their third single, “Wardance/Pssyche,” for example, featured an uncredited photo of Fred Astaire dancing over an apocalyptic warfield littered with dead soldiers. It appeared in 1980 on the Malicious Damage label. Click on image to enlarge.

LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): Besides giving my radio show its name, the Mummies ushered in the 90s garage scene with their iconic stage costumes, raucous live shows, and gritty (lo-fi?) production aesthetic. It’s hard to image 90s garage without the Mummies. “Red Cobra #9” is classic Mummies, a punked out frat rocker with searing guitar and macho bravado. It appeared in 1992 on the “Never Been Caught” album on Telstar Records, as well as (in the UK) on the “Fuck C.D.s! It’s… the Mummies” on Hangman Records. Listen to it here:

Promo art from a 1994 Jackie and the Cedrics single on Hillsdale Records. Photo by Titan-Kawa Moto.