Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, July 15, 8-10pm) include Devo, Cleaners from Venus, Starjets, Wall of Voodoo, Shonen Knife, Quintron, Andre Williams, Sons and Daughters, Peach Kelli Pop, Limiñanas, lots of new music as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
COVER ART OF THE WEEK: Shonen Knife are an alt pop rock band from Osaka, Japan with a career stretching back to the early 80s. They gained international recognition in the 80s, becoming a favorite in college radio and indie rock circles. They continue to perform though there have been a few line-up changes since 1999. Their 1991 album “712” on the Rockville label featured an uncredited cover design. The same art appeared on a 1991 EP (this image) on the Insipid Vinyl label. (Click on image to enlarge.)
DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): Bis are an indie rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed in 1994 they were most active in the 90s, releasing several album and singles. Since then, they have split up and reformed a few times. “School Disco” is a super catchy, super dance-y rocker with a driving beat and bratty vibe. Fun tune. It appeared in 1995 on the “Disco Nation” EP on the Chemikal Underground label. Listen to it here:
Promo art from a 2004 Sons and Daughters single on Domino Records. Illustration by Judd Brucke and design by Judd Brucke and Matthew Cooper.