Program Highlights

Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, December 10, 8-10pm) include the Mojo Men, Del Shannon, Crushed Butler, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Hubble Bubble, Tubeway Army, Kiling Joke, Nervebreakers, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.

COVER ART OF THE WEEK: The Panasonics were a 90s instrumental band based in London and fronted by the Japanese guitarist Mr. Pan (real name Takashi Manabe). They also included as second guitarist, American neo rockabilly artist Eddie Angel. In their brief run in the mid 90s they released two singles and a mini LP. The latter, “Introducing the Inscrutable Panasonics,” was released on 10” vinyl probably in 1994 or 1995, and featured artwork by Betelgeuse (real name Jules Hamer, AKA Aphid Moon). Click on image to enlarge.

DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Vice Barons, a surf garage band from Brussels, were one of many instrumental groups that proliferated in the 90s. They had several releases from 1993 until their break-up in the early 00s. They have just recently reunited and recorded a new album that came out this summer. “Interstellar 69” is an uptempo organ heavy tune channeling Telstar by the Tornadoes. It appeared in 1993 on their first release, the “In Space” EP on the Drop Out and Drag Beat record labels. Listen to it here:

Promo art from Brian Eno’s 1977 “Before and After Science” album on Island Records. Original design by Eno and photo by Ritva Saarikko.