Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, October 15, 8-10pm) include the Mojo Men, Jacques Dutronc, Magazine, Department S, Martha and the Muffins, F-Systems, Apples in Stereo, ’68 Comeback, Oblivians, Cobra Killer, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
COVER ART OF THE WEEK: The Teenage Filmstars were a British band that formed during the height of the late 70s punk and post punk scene. Their co-founder, Ed Ball, played in many other bands including the Times and Television Personalities. In 1980 they recorded a power poppy homage to “The Prisoner,” a 60s cult TV show starring Patrick McGoohan. Released on the Fab Listening label, its cover included an uncredited black and white illustration of McGoohan. The band reformed as the Times and rerecorded the song and released that version in 1982.
DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): G-Whiz were a pop punk band from the Phoenix area. They were active from 1989 to 1994 and released two full-length LPs and some singles. “Dine-o-mite” is an energetic popper with catchy riffs and lower-fi production that works. It appeared in 1989 on a split EP with the Lonely Trojans on the Toxic Shock label. It was their first release. Listen to it here:
Promo art from the Oblivians’ 1993 “Call the Shots” EP on Goner Records. Photo by Jim Cole.