Program Highlights

Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, June 11, 8-10pm) include Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Davie Allan and the Arrows, David Bowie, 999, Wire, Martha and the Muffins, Shoes, Guadalcanal Diary, Apples in Stereo, Etienne Charry, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.

COVER ART OF THE WEEK: Davie Allan is an American guitarist known mainly for his soundtrack work on biker and teen movies in the 60s. Along with his backing band, the Arrows, he recorded a string of soundtracks for director Roger Corman, including for the classic film “The Wild Angels.” The iconic “Blues Theme” (from the movie) was their biggest hit, and appeared as a single, as well as on the original soundtrack album. It also appeared in 1967 on the collection “Blues Theme” on Tower Records. That record (shown here) includes a striking uncredited photo of the band on the front cover. Click image to enlarge.

LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The X-Rays were a garage punk band from Nottingham, England. They released three albums and several singles from the mid to late 90s, as well as some singles after regrouping in the mid 10s. “Totalled Baby” is a speedy, turbocharged three chord burner that clocks in at a short, but potent one and a half minutes. It appeared in 1994 on their first release, a split 7″ EP with Stewed on Dig the Fuzz Records. Listen to it here:

Promo art from a 1977 999 single on Labritain Records. Original design by George Snow.