Posts Tagged ‘Ratcat’

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.


For Eleanor.

GREEN DAY – Slappy 7″
Label: Lookout Records
Year: 1990

Words by Damo.

So back in 1990 there was an independent band in Australia named Ratcat who hit the charts with a catchy single titled That Ain’t Bad. It was released on an EP called Tingles and shot the band straight into the mainstream public with catchy hooks and a Buzzcocks-ish vibe that reeked of distortion and melody. This once little known trio from Sydney were now everywhere; on TV, in magazines, everywhere. Ratcat Mania had swept the nation and the band went on to have a successful album called Blind Love before disappearing into obscurity with their follow up that basically saw their ‘new’ fans move on to the next hottest newest what’s hip number one album of the year and forget about this power pop band and their three hit singles (all great). Still, people like myself were not going to walk out on our favourite bands at the time and Ratcat were still a band we supported and still do to this day. (more…)


Episode 24

We are back with a huge wrap up of all things Soundwave as the gang look back over the past week and delve into the good times that we had at the Soundwave festival and the side-shows that we attended. It’s good times the whole way through and we dish out some killer tunes. You’ll dig it. Awesome stuff! Have a listen now by clicking this link and it shall start immediately. Also, see that link on the left that says subscribe to the podcast? You should click that as well and subscribe so you never miss an episode. Hell yeah!

Enjoy tunes by:
Rise Against
Smashing Pumpkins
Body Count
The Aquabats
Judas Priest
The Flaming Sideburns


Episode 21

January 26th is Australia Day and so it just seems right that we do a show dedicated to the awesomeness of Australian music. Damo and Peta delved into their collections to dish up some mighty fine tunes from all genres of Australian rock music. You’re gonna hear nothing but good times! All the tunes selected are bonafide classics. You need to hear them all and you can do so by clicking this link!

Enjoy tunes by:
Hell Crab City
The Fancy Boys
Nursery Crimes
Exploding White Mice
The Spazzys
Caustic Soda
The Slaters
Velvet Hammer
Right Mind
Brat Farrar
Kit Convict & Thee Terrible Two
Swedish Magazines
Proton Energy Pills


Episode 14

This week’s episode is a solo effort as it has been hard to organise the heroic trio of podcasting as of late to do a show and I couldn’t make you listeners go without awesome tunes for another week so here we go with episode 14. This week I talk about Black Friday Record Store Day, the Ratcat show, other tours n stuff. It’s all kinda random but the tunes played here are all seriously bitchin! Click this link to begin listening now!

Enjoy tunes by:
Screeching Weasel
Young Statues
The Forecast
The Datsuns
Iron Chic
Young Guv & The Scuzz
The Get-Up Kids
Irma Thomas
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin


Episode 12

We’re back! Well, almost. Michele couldn’t make it but Damo and Craig got together and talked vinyl, vinyl and more vinyl. Buying records in the USA, travel tips, awesome shops in the USA to visit and much more! It’s a vinyl junkies feast of radness and there’s some brilliant tunes to boot! Listen to it right now by clicking here.

Enjoy music by:

The Bronx
Brown Lobster Tank
No For An Answer
Nursery Crimes
Sarah Silverman
The Original Sins
Roky Erickson
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine


Episode 10

Ok, so this week we delved into the world of body parts and we play the most interesting collection of tunes. Why we tackled this idea, I don’t know but it happened and it’s wild. Michele, Damo and Craig deliver another lengthy podcast of comedic value. You can listen in right now by clicking on this link!

Enjoy tunes by:
The Hard-Ons
The Specimens
The Midnight Evils
The Queers
The Nobodys
Ronnie Spector
The Hellacopters
Dum Dum Girls
Screeching Weasel
The Turkletons
Asteroid B-612