The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show: S5E51

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The Story of Rock and Roll Radio ShowPodcast
The Story of Rock and Roll Radio ShowPodcast
The Story of Rock and Roll Radio ShowPodcast

Welcome to the second last show of Season 5, i.e. Episode 51.  It marks the 5th birthday of The Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show.  This episode went out live on 22 December 2022 on Rebel Rock Radio at 19h00 sharp.  Sadly the cell phone towers did not play ball and the signal was a serious killjoy.  The show however went out just perfectly on the podcast.  I used the opportunity to showcase some of the tracks that make TSORR what it is.  Some of these tracks are pretty deep and have backstories that are detailed in the book The Story of Rock and Roll.   

This show gives an incredibly short reminiscence of some TSORR history and a bit of a run-through of the bands that form the foundations of The Story of Rock and Roll.   The idea was to celebrate the music and show appreciation for listeners who have supported the show for the last 5 years.  The celebration kicked off with The Boomtown Rats and the opening track off The Fine Art of Surfacing.  This album is part of the critical few albums that mark the start of my lifelong love of rock and roll. From there we moved to KISS and Judas Priest, two bands without which there wouldn’t be a TSORR.  The tracks ‘Strutter’ and ‘Metal Gods’ did the honours.  Next, we covered two very important SA bands, Radio Rats with ZX Dan and Rabbitt with ‘Working For The People.   

We checked out some of the key bands that form a big chunk of TSORR, Rainbow, Deep Purple, ACDC, and Ozzy Osbourne.  From there we covered some Punk because without a slight UK Punk detour this would not be TSORR.  We listened to The Strangler with Nice n’ Sleazy, Sex Pistols with ‘Submission’, and Stiff Litte Finger with ‘Alternative Ulster’ off Inflammable Material.  We went back to the Metal with Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Accept, W.A.S.P., and Metallica. 

From there we moved on to the Radio Show and the Mix FM days and how Leon Ekonomides offered me my own show in 2017.  I played the track Leon and I bonded over when he interviewed me about the book.  The track was ‘Gunfire’ by Blue Cheer.  We also celebrated the first-ever TSORR podcast (No 12, check it out if you haven’t heard it) by starting with Jack Hammer and Mr. Midnight.  It felt right to follow up with a track I played on the show when Piet Botha passed away in 2019 called Highway To The Sun by Johnathan Martin.  We also remembered some other losses that we marked in time on TSORR, Eddie Van Halen in 2020 and Charlie Watts in 2021.  With the signal so bad and so many people struggling with the signal the only way I could do this justice was to add another hour to the show.  What the hell you only turn 5 once.  The last hour was a tribute to some amazing people who have supported the show and just as we were reaching the high point the whole fucking thing ended abruptly with a systems crash that prevented me from saying thanks and goodnight.  Such is life, we will have another bash at getting this right next year  

Artists featured:  Sophie Lloyd (feat Nathan James), The Boomtown Rats, Kiss, Judas Priest, Rabbit, Radio Rats, Rainbow, Deep Purple, ACDC. Ozzy Osbourne, The Stranglers, Sex Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden,, Accept, W.A.S.P., Metallica, Blue Cheer, Rush, Jack Hammer, Johnathan Martin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Rory Gallagher, Cold Chisel, ACDC, Seether, Buckcherry, Joe Bonamassa, Kid Rock, The Clash, The Distillers, Massive Wagons, Foo Fighters, Halestorm, Thin Lizzy, Rose Tattoo, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Uninvited, The Cruel Sea, Social Distortion, My Chemical Romance, Fokofpolisiekar 

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