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    • February 25, 2017 10:09 AM CST
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      Radio What Wave Playlist February 24/2017 Black History Month Special


      Since February is Black History Month, it’s time to do another special on Radio What Wave. This time, we quickly covered a couple of the Canadian bands of African decent that have appeared at the local Sunfest Festival here in London. From there, we covered some of the early Toronto reggae scene, Toronto 60’s soul scene and into the later reggae scene. Then we went to Vancouver for a quick listen to some of their mid 60’s soul/R&B and back to London to cover Joey Hollingsworth, a name you’re going to be hearing a lot about shortly. One of the few punk/new wave combos from this area that featured black performers was The Dice….and we talked about their London Ontario connection. Then it was off to Jamaica for some real reggae! Hope you enjoyed the sounds on this show!


      1. Marcellus Wallace…..Brothers and Sisters….from their self titled debut CD and from London Ontario.
      2. Marcellus Wallace….Movin’ On Up…. As above.  One can only hope the band can get back together as they blew me away when opening up for Barrence Whitfield and The Savages almost 2 years ago!
      3. Mighty Popo…..Turaje….from the Ngagara CD from 2003 and from Ottawa. Canadian Afrobeat!
      4. Tarig Abubakar and the Afro Nubarians…..Yuma….from the Live CD from 1995 and from Toronto. Saw this combo a few times at Sunfest and they always got the crowd up and moving! My favourite show we saw by them, was when they  played the one off Winter Sunfest at the Western Fair and had a building full of people up and groovin’ to the tunes.
      5. Alpha Ya Ya Diallo….Gugha…from his Futur CD from 1996 and based in Vancouver.
      6. Ishan Band…..Egzebier….from the Last Pogo LP and the only non-white, non-punk band on the record.  Recorded in 1978 as part of the closing of the Horseshoe Tavern for punk/new wave combos and there’s an excellent documentary on this event called The Last Pogo and the more recent The Last Pogo Jumps Again, both by Colin Brunton (whom we had on Radio What Wave at the time of the latter’s release). Colin is presently producer of the CBC comedy Schitt’s Creek which is now on Netflix.
      7. Noel Ellis….Memories…from the Jamaica To Toronto Soul Funk and Reggae compilation and we’ll be hearing lots more from this compilation. Noel is the son of legendary Jamaican artist Alton Ellis and this recording is from 1983.
      8. Johnnie Osbourne….African Wake…. As above and from 1974.
      9. Jackie Shane….Dual Trumpet Bounce….from his mid 60’s Live LP on Caravan Records. A big star in the 60’s Toronto soul scene, but troubled due to gender difficulties and disappeared for decades until found for a short time. Flamboyant and talented, Jackie could have been a major star in a different place and time! This LP has been re-ished on the OPM imprint out of Toronto.
      10. Jackie Shane….High Heel Sneakers… above and this LP is from 1967.
      11. Shirley Matthews….Big Town Boy….from the original 7” and a big hit in Canada in1963!
      12. The Majestics….Sweet Soul Music….from the CTV After 4 compilation LP that came out around 1968. This was for the television show of the same name that I watched as a kid. Bought the LP back when it came out and still have it to this day!
      13. Eddie Spencer….If This Is Love…..from the Jamaica To Toronto Soul Funk and Reggae compilation as heard earlier and this track is from 1967.
      14. Jo Jo and the Fugitives…..Chips Chicken Banana Split…..from 1968 and from the same comp as above. Big Thanx to Alicks Gee who was the CHRW Music Director when this comp came out as she introduced me to it and played this tune many times on her Magical Mystery Mondays radio show on CHRW.
      15. Jackie Mitoo….Grand Funk….from the same comp as above and from 1971.
      16. Trials Of Jayson Hoover…..King Size….from the compilation LP The History of Vancouver Rock And Roll Volume 2 and this is the lead track for our short listen to some Vancouver soul. Way different than the Toronto variety as Vancouver was more influenced by the US West coast and even Mexico! This track is from 1966.
      17. Night Train Revue…..Walk On The Wild Side… above and from the mid 60’s.
      18. Little Daddy and The Bachelors…..Too Much Monkey Business….from the same compilation as above and from 1965. This features future comedy star Tommy Chong on lead guitar as does the next track!
      19. Little Daddy and The Bachelors……Junior’s Jerk…..both this, and the above track were from their 1965 7” and on The History of Vancouver Rock And Roll Volume 2 LP.
      20. Joey Hollingsworth…..In The Mood…..from the mid 60’s and played this from Youtube, first time I’ve ever done this on the radio as I don’t own anything by Joey Hollingsworth. Joey is from London and you’ll be hearing lots more about him in the not too distant future.
      21. Joey Hollingsworth…..Little Dandelion….as above. Joey was most known as a tap dancer, appearing on Ed Sullivan, Mr Rogers and many many CBC television appearances.
      22. The Dice….Young and The Wild….from their first 7” from 1980 and were based in Toronto at this time. Punk/new wave trio in which 2 of the band members were black which was pretty well unheard of in Canada at this time. Caught them a few times here in London at the Cedar Lounge. They did a live to air on Fanshawe College radio approx. 1980 and I’ve been searching for a copy of it since hearing it live! Any help appreciated.
      23. The Dice….Typical Lies…..from their 12” from 1983.  Singer/guitarist Gary Lima went on to Fanshawe College as head of the Music Industry Arts program for awhile and drummer Hayden Vialva is currently here in London drumming for blues bands and other projects. We had Hayden on the radio several years back.
      24. The Dice…..Chayla….their hit from their self titled debut LP from 1984. Lots of airplay on Much Music garnered them some success!
      25. Jimmy Cliff….The Harder They Come….from the compilation and the movie of the same name.
      26. Tommy McCook….Work Your Soul….from the compilation CD of the same name and features mid 60’s Trojan recordings from Jamaica.
      27. Lloyd and Glen…..Mini Skirt and Go Go Boots…..from the same compilation as above. Just love the sound on these 2 recordings as it’s so primitive, yet alive and vibrant at the same time!
      28. Boris Gardener……Melting Pot…..from a 1973 LP called Is What’s Happening on the Jamaican Dynamic Sounds label, yet it says licensed by Trans World Records from Montreal on the rear cover.  Very cool Memphis influenced reggae soul!!
      29. Norma Fraser…..Respect….from a Studio One Soul compilation CD and originally released in 1967.
      30. The Maytones…..Sha La La….from the Trojan Records compilation called Tight Rock from the mid 60’s. Way cool compilation LP I picked up the other day.
      31. Fela Kuti…..Zombie…..from his Greatest Hits CD and didn’t get to play the full length as Jessie arrived for his show. Fela is one of my faves and there was a documentary on Netflix recently, that blended footage from the Broadway play about Fela with live footage and interviews with band and management. This song goes out to what is happening south of the border these days.



      Big Thanx for all the emails, facebook messages and phone calls!!  This was a fun show to put together and barely skimmed the surface of Black music. Do yourself a favour, check out your local record haunts and pick up some soul, reggae, blues, Afrobeat and just about any other form of Black music and you might be in for a huge surprise!! Most of the records I’ve been buying lately are by Black artists and I’m really enjoying finding so many musical treasures! It’s great to keep an open ear to different styles of music!


      Next week we’ll be doing a special on London’s Legend Killers, a band that released an EP on What Wave Records as well as appeared on all our compilations but one!  We’ll be playing many studio tracks as well as some audio of their very first club gig here in town from  1985… might really surprise you!!  And we’ve got a stack of new releases just waiting to be  played!


      Here’s a link to the archived show:

    • March 17, 2017 7:48 PM CDT
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      Radio What Wave Playlist March 17/2017


      1. The Mongrels…..Piece Of Crap….from their demos of a few years back, The Mongrels are playing the SOHO, formerly the Victoria Tavern on Saturday night.
      2. Randall and The Rivieras…..All Work And No Play…brand new demo from this London and north of London trio, that features 3 veterans who have played in (and still do) some really cool local combos… Boy From Nowhere, 63 Monroe and….
      3. TVD….I’d Kiss You Honey But You’re Standing On My Bottom Lip…from the recent Salvation Through Distraction CD.
      4. Bath Salts….Cool Like The Music…from the recent Mardi Gras CD and also from London.
      5. Uranus…..53 Buick….from their very first EP from 1978 and one of the first of the new wave/punk/whatever records to come out of this city.  Uranus were inducted into the Jack Richardson London Music Hall Of Fame on March 8th. Congrats to Uranus on this well deserved award!!!
      6. Uranus….Handcuffs….. as above
      7. Uranus…..Tommy Get Your Gun…. as above.
      8. Uranus….I’m Wonderful… above.   Frank Ridsdale, one of the Uranus guitarist/vocalist has a show with his Stetson Brothers Band on Saturday at the London Music Club. Also in the band, is Uranus bass player Jerry Fletcher, who plays guitar in the Stetsons.
      9. Dany Laj and the Looks…..Sweet Pretender….from the brand new Alive and Kicking CD and are presently on a North American tour.
      10. Undertones…..Let’s Talk About Girls….from a 1979 7” on Sire Records and part of our St Patty’s Day tribute.
      11. Rudi…..Time To Be Proud….from The Radio Sessions 1979-1981 CD and also from Ireland.
      12. Protex…..Strange Things….from the Strange Obsessions LP on Sing Sing Records released in 2010 with recordings from the late 70’s/early 80’s. Another Irish powerpop combo and these guys played The Cedar Lounge here in London back then.
      13. Death Drive……Firestar……brand new demo from this trio from Montreal.
      14. Light Bulb Alley…..Who Do You Love….from their recent Bright Side Of The Dumpster CD and also from Montreal.
      15. Gruesomes……Bikers From Hell…..from the Hey! CD on Ricochet Sound and a request.
      16. The Hook Up…..Bellringer….from a recent demo and hopefully coming out soon on Transistor 66 Records.
      17. Johnny Terrien and the Bad Lieutenants…..Hate Van….from a 7” On Speed City Records and they are playing with Flesh Rag Saturday night at the Richmond Tavern.
      18. Paul James Band…..Trespasser….from a 1980 7” on Lick’n’Stick Records. Paul James Band were at the London Music Club last night and were just amazing!!! Smiles all around as everyone had a great time in the packed and sweaty club! Trivia, bass player Mike Theodore is the brother of Robbie Rox, the infamous singer from Toronto.
      19. Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons….Scars Of Love….from the cassette Slippery’s Club Hits that came with What Wave 24 and we’ll have copies of this with us at the London Record Show on Sunday March 19th at Centennial Hall.
      20. Coaching For Sara…… Stick With You…..from the 2/10/2017 live to air on Radio What Wave. Catch these guys live if you can as they put on a great powerpop show.
      21. Dahlmanns……Play It….from a brand new 7” on Beluga Records and from Norway.
      22. Rory Gallagher…..Secret Agent Man…..from the Calling Card LP from 1976. On the Chrysalis Record label and features keyboardist Lou Martin, who seems to really propel the band with his frantic keyboard style.
      23. Rory Gallagher…..Souped Up Ford….from the Against The Grain Lp from 1975 and as above.  Ireland’s finest guitarist and the master of the Stratocaster!!!
      24. Matt Lucas…..Movin’ On….from a 7” given to me by Jack Whiteside, guitarist/vocalist for Uranus. Jack worked as Matt’s guitarist for a summer, a learning experience that Jack still uses to this day.
      25. Rockin’ Bobby….Yup Yup Boogie……this one played for about 10 seconds and then the CD quit…..this is 2 shows in a row where this has happened…..both were home burned CD’s.
      26. Leroi Brothers….Darlene Darlene…. From the Lucky Lucky Me Lp from 1985 and features Evan Johns on guitar and vocals. Evan passed away last weekend, way too young!! One heck of a guitar picker and really nice guy whenever we met him.
      27. Evan Johns…..Rollin’ Through The Night….from the LP of the same name from the mid 80’s and recorded in 1982. This record was released on Alternative Tentacles as Jello Biafra was a huge fan of Evan’s! This is probably my fave Evan Johns LP as every track is an absolute gem of a song! Opener Vacation Time is such a classic song and brings the whole element of a vacation out in its lyrics! If you want to peruse the musical library of Evan Johns, this is a great place to start!
      28. Evan Johns…..If I Had My Way….from the self titled LP from 1986 on Jungle Records. I have many records on the Jungle label and all are great rock’n’rollers.
      29. Julian Taylor Band….Heard Good Things….from the recent Desert Star CD and these guys will be at Aeolian Hall on Saturday March 25th. Congrats to Laurie Hamilton for winning the tickets for the show we gave away!
      30. Pacanomad…..Strung Out….from their recent Take It Slow CD and they will be openers for the Julian Taylor Band at Aeolian Hall on the 25th.
      31. DT’s…..What’s Next To The Moon…..from the Hard Soul Hits Volume 1 LP from 2007 on Get Hip Records.
      32. Downbeat 5….Radiates That Charm…..from their self titled CD on SFTRI from 2003 and from Boston.
      33. Hiroshima Hearts…..14 Floors…from their debut CD and we had to cut this out as we went way over time…..


      Thanx for all the phone calls, emails, facebook messages and Heys!!!!!!   Back again next week, might even have a real pro wrestler on the show as there’s wrestling coming to London next weekend!

      We’ll be at the London Record Show on Sunday March 19th downstairs at Centennial Hall from 11 to 5 with loads of records, CD’s, ephemera, etc ! Come say HEY!!


      Here’s a link to the archived show:


    • March 25, 2017 8:38 AM CDT
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      Radio What Wave Playlist March 24/2017. Special Guest Al The Killer Coulter


      1. TVD….TVD…from their debut CD, Salvation Through Distraction and they are playing tonight at the St Regis Hotel and they will be celebrating the guitarists wife’s birthday, so just about anything might happen!
      2. The Fiends…..30 Something…..local combo who will be playing live to air on next week’s edition of Radio What Wave!!
      3. Blasting Fondas….Saddest Excuse….from a brand new 7” on Beluga Records and from Sweden.
      4. Tommy and The Rockets….Get Ready....another brand new 7” on Beluga Records and these guys come from Denmark.
      5. Dany Laj and the Looks….Defending Champ….from the brand new Alive and Kicking CD and they are on a North America tour right now! We dedicated this song to Al The Killer Coulter, London pro wrestler who joined us later in the show.
      6. Baby Giant…..Summer’s Almost Gone….local talent featuring Shawn McDonald (and his brother) who was in Radio What Wave faves The Fine Print and many many other bands over the years.
      7. Pacanomad…..Shot The Gun….from the recent Take It Slow CD and they will be playing tonight at Aeolian Hall along with….
      8. Julian Taylor Band…..Coke Bottle Candle….from the recent Desert Star CD and from Toronto.
      9. Chuck Berry….Bio….from the LP of the same name where Chuck tells the story of his life. It’s a slow bluesy little number and really shows off some of Chuck’s guitar picking.
      10. Chuck Berry….Maybelline….from The Great Twenty-Eight double LP. This is the song that started it all and set up the prototype for the hits to follow. Believe it or not, this came out in 1955!!! On this particular recording is the genius piano playing of Johnny Johnson (who incidentally was in London about 10 years ago), the rock solid bass playing of song writing legend Willie Dixon, rock solid drumming of Jasper Thomas and soon to be a legend maraca shaker Jerome Green (he helped create the Bo Diddly Beat!).  Absolute killer lineup that set up your basic rock’n’roll band sound that still rules to this day (at least in my books!). Can’t say enough about Johnny Johnson as it was his band that Chuck joined to start it all off. Without those essential piano licks, who knows what would have happened!

      If you only want to get one Chuck Berry LP for your collection. The Great Twenty-Eight is the one to get….all the hits from 1955 right up to 1965. It’s on the Chess label (Chuck’s original record label) and comes as a double LP with a gatefold sleeve with listing of all the musicians on each track (essential for geeks like me) and a few liner notes.

      1. Hiroshima Hearts….The Well….from their debut CD and they will be playing at the SOHO as an afternoon show on Sunday.
      2. Pack AD…..Blackout….from the Funeral Mixtape LP from 2007.
      3. Lauren Agnelli and Dave Rave….Can’t Stop The Rain….from the Confetti CD from 1997 and goes out to Lauren who celebrated a birthday this week! Lauren was a real early contributor to the NYC punk scene and went under the pseudo name of Trixie A Balm in writing for such legendary magazines as Cream, NY Rocker, Village Voice and many others. Later, she formed The Washington Squares, a folk type band that were nominated for a Grammy.
      4. The Secrets….All The Girls In The World….from the OPM CD called Teenage Rampage. Late 70’s Toronto garage/frat combo that were way out of step with the rest of the punk movement at the time. This one goes out to singer Freddy Pompeii who is in the hospital in Philadelphia fighting cancer. We send our best to Freddy!!!!
      5. Ray Condo and His Hardrock Goners…..Blast Off….from the brand new re-ish of the 1987 Hot’n’Cold LP. Can’t say enough good things about this band, Ray and the boys put on legendary shows back in the late 80’s, even came to London at least 3 times and left some great memories!!
      6. Ray Condo and His Hardrock Goners….Worryin’ Kind….as above, just couldn’t play one song from this long time fave LP of mine!
      7. Bloodshot Bill and The Hubcaps…..Touch Me….from the Crazy Fever CD that came out in 2003. This is prior to Bill going solo and touring the world on what seems like a non-ending cycle! If Bloodshot Bill comes to your town, he’ll put on a wild and sweaty show that you won’t forget!
      8. Catl….Gotta Thing For You….from the Soon This Will All Be Gone CD from a couple years back. Another band you gotta check out live if they ever come to your town! They’ve put on many a killer show with Bloodshot Bill, but recently they’ve been doing more and more trips way down south to Clarksdale, where the legends say the blues all started!
      9. Foreign Objects….Wrestling Is Real….from the Not Too Cool CD and recorded in 1981. This Boston area combo did a lot of wrestling and television related tunes back in that time period and this one is to start the wrestling portion of the show.
      10. Foreign Objects….Rock and Wrestling Roll…. As above.
      11. Tijuana Bibles….Custom Made Man…from the Custom Made CD and there might be a Leather Upper involved in this project!. Right about this time, Al The Killer Coulter arrived to talk wrestling and about the huge show happening on Sunday night at the London Music Hall. SMASH Wrestling is returning to London and they finally have a big enough venue to fit the people in comfortably! I’ve gone to several SMASH shows here in London and they’ve all been good entertainment value for the money. There’s always a few guys from the big leagues and this time is no exception as Colt Cabana, Cody Deaner, Tyson Dux, Davey Richards and many other big names will be at the show. Al layed it on the line and told us what he was going to do the young punks he and his partner Mr Atlantis were facing! I wouldn’t want to be one of those young punks!! Al also mentioned there were going to be a few surprises, but wouldn’t give out any hints…
      12. Fred Blassie….Pencil Neck Geeks…..from the Rhino LP from the late 70’s and a special request by Al The Killer Coulter…..believe me, whatever Al wants, he gets!!!
      13. The Dictators….Borneo Jimmy….New York New York CD on ROIR Records and Al was talking about working with Jimmy Snuka so this kind of fit in.


      Big Thanx for all the phone calls, emails, facebook messages and Heys!!! And a HUGE thanx to all that came up to say HEY at the London Record Show last weekend!!! That was a blast!

      And a HUGE THANX to Al The Killer Coulter for making time to chat with us on air about all things wrestling. If you haven’t figured it out, I’m a huge wrestling fan for Ring Of Honor and Lucha Underground wrestling leagues!


      Next week, we’ve got a live to air to kick things off as The Fiends are going to be playing live just after 4PM if everything works out technically! There’s a TON of work that goes on in the background to make these things happen and I’d like to thank our tech crew in advance as they are the best!!


      You can catch the archived show at:




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