April, 2024

Welcome to April, May and June 2024.

We’ve found the best punk podcasts for you and Dave Davies’ favourite books, and Dave Vanian’s top five albums.

Happy Birthday to these legends, past and present

2 April Marvin Gaye
4 April Dave Hill

6 April Black Francis
7 April Billie Holiday
7 April Ravi Shankar
8 April Julian Lennon
10 April Brian Setzer
11 April Neville Staple

What am I bid for Brian Setzer’s guitar?

12 April David Cassidy
15 April Dave Edmunds
16 April Dusty Springfield
16 April Gerry Rafferty
16 April Chaz Jankel
17 April Pete Shelley
19 April Alan Price
21 April Iggy Pop
21 April Mike Barson
21 April Robert Smith
21 April John Maher

The Cure - Never Enough

24 April Captain Sensible
25 April Ella Fitzgerald
27 April Kate Pierson
29 April Klaus Voormann
1 May Bernard Butler
2 May Link Wray
5 May Ian McCulloch
7 May Steve Diggle
8 May Chris Frantz
9 May Dave Gahan
10 May Graham Gouldman
10 May Lee Brilleaux
10 May Sid Vicious
10 May Bono
11 May Eric Burdon
12 May Burt Bacharach
12 May Ian Dury
16 May Krist Novoselic
18 May Rick Wakeman
18 May Wreckless Eric
19 May Pete Townshend
19 May Grace Jones
19 May Joey Ramone
20 May Nick Heyward
22 May Iva Davies
22 May Jerry Dammers
22 May Morrissey
24 May Prince Buster
24 May Bob Dylan
25 May Paul Weller
26 May Mick Ronson
26 May Stevie Nicks

Siouxsie and the Banshees

27 May Siouxsie Sioux
29 May Noel Gallagher
30 May Topper Headon
31 May John Bonham
1 June Mike Joyce
2 June Charlie Watts
3 June Ian Hunter
3 June Mickey Finn
3 June Suzi Quatro
7 June Tom Jones
8 June Nancy Sinatra
14 June Jim Lea
15 June Noddy Holder
18 June Sir Paul McCartney
20 June Brian Wilson
21 June Sir Ray Davies
26 June Mick Jones

What to play this month

The Best Punk Podcasts

Long Way To The Top

The cult Australian podcast with Shayne Brian, Long Way To The Top has punks Dave Vanian, Ed Kuepper, Glen Matlock, J.J. Burnel and Hugh Cornwell on the record for fans of The Damned, The Sex Pistols, The Saints, and The Strangers.

These relaxed interviews offer unique insights into punk and new wave history.

Shayne Brian says, “This series was developed off the back of both The Bad Boys Podcasts and the wonderful chats I have had with artists on LAFM. Some are brand new and some are resurrected interviews from the archives. In some cases I will be joined by my Bad Boys co-host, Andrew Hackett and then other times it is just me, the mic and my musical hero.”

“Even now, after countless interviews, I still get a nervous excitement in chatting with my guests, and I hope that will never change because it is that admiration for their music that I want you to experience as you embark on your journey with them on their long way to the top.”

Gary Crowley and Jim Lahat

In London, you can listen to the acclaimed show G.C’s Punk and New Wave on Mixcloud.

First in the punk chart and first in the new wave chart too, this is Gary Crowley’s own boat cast, moored on The Boat Pod – helped along by Jim Lahat and Buddy the Punk Poodle.


New Dave Vanian Playlist

Roxy Music and New York Dolls

Dave Vanian took time out from The Damned’s final world tour to let Spin magazine know his preferred playlist.

In case you are looking for inspiration, what follows is Vanian’s best pick of five from his record collection.

Roxy Music

Roxy Music’s self-titled album is top of his list.

Vanian: “They had a complete sound, but it wasn’t the smooth kind of 1930s feel [they] went to later with Avalon and stuff. Now that was how they broke America, with Avalon, but the first album, it was quirky and it borrowed from rock ‘n roll. It was very of that area of albums in the very early ‘70s, influences are very different than they were later.”

“No one had done it with that mix of sounds, which is so incredible. Of course, [Bryan Ferry] had such a distinctive voice as well. It was a strange voice, but on top of all that unusual-sounding material, and it was very filmic, which is something I’ve always liked. Without even the vocals the music gave you that openness and luxury, a feeling of luxury in the whole thing.”

Roxy Music by Roxy Music was released with model Kari-Ann Moller on the front who later married Mick Jagger’s brother Chris.
Virginia Plain is the standout track.

New York Dolls

Also on Vanian’s list? The New York Dolls by The New York Dolls. Other favourites are Plastic Palace People by Scott Walker; And Suddenly It’s The Left Banke; Andy Warhol’s Blood for Dracula by Claudio Gizzi.

Jet Boy is the standout track from The New York Dolls.

The Soundcheck Secret Stash

Friday On My Mind

If you want to see Friday On My Mind at soundcheck, there is only one YouTube channel for you.

The EasyBeats

Stevie Wright was filmed during rehearsal for the Melbourne Music Festival in 1988, with the stage still being set up around the band as they stun onlookers.
Laneway Music has other rarities in its collection too, like Colin Hay singing Down Under.

Memorabilia of the month

Punk Rock Museum New Store

Fans of Steve Diggle (a special guest at the Punk Rock Museum in March 2023) may want to know that there is a new store with limited edition T-shirts and more, online.


If you can’t make it to 1422 Western Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada then you can experience the museum on its website. It celebrates its first birthday on 1st April.

You can get married at the museum, which not a lot of people know; there is a dedicated Wedding Chapel.

Guided tours have featured C.J. Ramone as well as Diggle and Slim Jim Phantom will appear on April 19th through 22nd.


The B-52s have held an art exhibition there; Joe Strummer’s birthday was celebrated there.

There is also a tattoo parlour on site as well as Punk Rock Museum…hipflasks.

Punk Rock Museum…hipflasks


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