In my neverending quest to interview every single band I grew up listening to, your favourite Long Gone Loser is back with one helluva show. This week I bring you one of my most requested interviews. This interview with singer / songwriter, Simon Day, was conducted upstairs at the Corner Hotel before their show in November, 2014. While that was almost three years ago, it is as relevant today as it was then because this is a chat about history and music and the career of Sydney’s power pop band, RATCAT. Since I first started doing music journalism in the early 90s writing a zine, I had always wanted to secure an interview with RATCAT and it just seemed impossible but voila, here it is! I am so damn happy it is now in podcast form for you to hear. This is one of the best interviews found within the LGL archives. Please enjoy this chat by clicking on THIS LINK and if any of you have a copy of that Hummingbirds / Ratcat split 7″ and you would like it to go to a new home, please send it my way. I’d love you forever!

All tunes by RATCAT.

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For Eleanor.

 

This week on the Long Gone Loser Rock Show, my special guest is none other than director Jonathan Sequeira who is the brains behind the new Radio Birdman documentary, Descent Into The Maelstrom – The Radio Birdman Story. It’s one of the best music documentaries I have seen and Jonathan delivers a no holds barred look at one of the greatest, and possibly most underrated, bands in rock n roll history. We talk not only about the making of this documentary as we delve into the who’s, the why’s and the where’s, but also about film-making in general. It’s a great discussion where we both just openly express our love for the music of Radio Birdman and why this documentary needs to be seen by you. Listen right now by clicking THIS LINK. Read the rest of this entry »

This week’s show is a special live broadcast. A bootleg recording of the RAMONES live at the Hammermsith Odeon on June 5th, 1986. This record was found in Auckland at Real Groovy Records and features the line-up of Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny, and Richie. Recorded on the Animal Boy tour, this raw recording is here for your listening pleasure and features one hell of a track list. You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

The setlist:
Durango 95
Teenage Lobotomy
Psychotherapy
Blitzkrieg Bop
Do You Remember Rock’n’Roll Radio ?
Freak of Nature
Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
Rock’n’Roll High School
I Wanna Be Sedated
The KKK Took My Baby Away
Crummy Stuff
Loudmouth
Love Kills
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Glad To See You Go
I Don’t Care
Too Tough To Die
Mama’s Boy
Animal Boy
Warthog
Surfin’ Bird
Cretin Hop
I Don’t Walk Wanna Around With You
Today Your Love Tomorrow The World
Pinhead
Chinese Rocks
Somebody Put Something In My Drink
Rockaway Beach
Do You Wanna Dance ?
California Sun
We’re A Happy Family
I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
Judy Is A Punk
Beat On The Brat
Go Mental

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This week’s special guest is none other than Canadian born San Francisco artist, Dirty Donny Gillies! If you’ve been keeping track at home, Donny was in issue 6 of the Long Gone Loser zine and now he is on episode 125 of the podcast 16 years later. Who’d ever have thought? But alas, here he is and he tells all about his art and getting involved with the guys from Metallica and his love of Ed Roth and what brought him to Australia and all that cool stuff. Hell yeah! Also, the music… he requested all Australian bands cos he loves Australian rock n roll so there ya go, that’s pretty exciting! You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy these tunes:
RADIO BIRDMAN – Burn My Eye
THE SAINTS – Know Your Product
POWDER MONKEYS – Persecution Blues
MUSCLE CAR – Not The Kind Of Attitude
MUSTANG – Girls On Pills
HARD-ONS – Walk All Over You
ASTEROID B-612 – I Just Don’t Know About Girls
BROTHER BRICK – See You Tonight

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Michele and Damo return and Chris decides to pop in and give us his thoughts on anything and everything. We talk reality TV for like an hour (I don’t know why, we just did), we talk records (of course), Chris Cornell, and more. We also play some new releases from some quality Australian bands as well as the usual guff. Dig in and enjoy! You can listen right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy tunes by:
Iron Chic
Soundgarden
Mother Love Bone
The Go-Nuts
Dirt Bike Annie
Clowns
Evil Twin
The Cute Lepers
Sinkhole
The Wellingtons

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So for years people have been asking me if I will ever get someone from The Hellacopters on the show since the name of the zine I started in 1998 and this podcast I started in 2007 was named after one of their songs. Well, my friends, it finally happened and it’s awesome! I got The Hellacopters’ drummer, Robert Eriksson, on to have a chat about all things ‘Copters and the like in this two hour spectacular of radness. The Hellacopters mean so much to a lot of people, myself included, and so Robert coming on this show was pretty darn special for me. I have featured interviews with both Nicke Andersson (vocals / guitars) and Robert at separate times in the zine in the past and they were on the cover of the very first issue, but many years have passed since those zine days and The Hellacopters have reformed and the people have been more than excited. Is it just a reunion? Will there be more shows? New albums? What is coming next? Well I made sure to ask Robert all about those hot topics and it’s all here. We start from his beginnings, how the band formed, their unfortunate demise in 1998, to their reunion shows happening this year. It’s a great chat and I think you’re going to love it. Listen right now by clicking on THIS LINK. If you want to stay in the loop with all things Long Gone Loser, subscribe by clicking on the link over there on the left side of the page. Thank you for listening.

All music by The Hellacopters (of course).

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www.hellacopters.com

The annual Long Gone Loser Rock Show Record Store Day Round-Up is here! Michele (who didn’t participate but went to see Cock Sparrer) teams up with Damo (who did participate and didn’t see Cock Sparrer) and our good friend Chris in Chicago (who also participated and also didn’t see Cock Sparrer) and we talk Record Store Day shenanigans and what records we bought. It’s pretty darn silly. You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy tunes by:
Hey! Hello!
Against Me!
Radio Birdman
Kit Warhurst
The Happy Lonesome
Dwarves
The Side Eyes
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Razar
Kill Dirty Youth

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