Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, September 23, 8-10pm) include the Countdown 5, Fever Tree, Bonnie St. Claire, The Jam, Hubble Bubble, XTC, Korgis, Hollows, Eddie Current Suppression Ring, lots of new music as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
COVER ART OF THE WEEK: The Jam’s third single, “The Modern World,” was released in October of 1977 on Polydor Records and appeared the next month on their second album, “This Is the Modern World,” also on Polydor. The cover featured a design by Bill Smith, Polydor’s art director and the creator of their spray paint logo. (Click on image to enlarge.)
DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Riverdales were a Chicago based Ramones influenced punk band comprised of three members of Screeching Weasel. Formed in 1994 they broke up in 1997, reformed again in the 00s before disbanding again in 2011. “Fun Tonight” is a complete party punker with a catchy melody, buzzsaw guitar riffs, capped off by a manic faux radio voice recitation by Boris the Sprinkler’s Norb Rozek (AKA Reverend Norb). It appeared in 1995 on a single as well as a self-titled album, both on Lookout! Records. Listen to it here:
Promo art from Hubble Bubble’s 1977 s/t album on Warner Bros. Original design and photography by Alfie Falckenbach.