Another week, another playlist. Monday 28th December 2009

Hi again

Another week, another playlist.

I still can’t believe how fortunate we are that Richard Jones, Steve Milo and Hanz Stricker have “breathed life into the Demon” that is The Rockfest (with grateful thanks to Dave Hill, vocalist and founder of Demon, one of the UK’s best NWOBHM bands!), not forgetting the man who founded 93.8FM, Midrand Stereo, Scott Smith.

Thanks must also go to Bruce Dennill of The Citizen newspaper, for giving The Rockfest a mention in the CitiVibe section today (Tuesday 29th). Thanks for your support, as always, Bruce.

The Rockfest now has just on 18 presenters, bringing you everything from blues and metal, to country rock, alternative, krautrock and prog rock. The latest addition to the clan is Andre Du Rand, previously with 1485AM Radio Today, who will be taking the Saturday midnight to Sunday 02am slot (his baptism of fire will be tonight – Wednesday December 30th, when he will be standing in for Phil “The Voice” Wright’s 8 to 10pm show!).

The permanent line-up will soon be posted on the website
(, but, in the meantime, as slots are being filled, I’ll give you the odd “progress report” every now and then.

Apologies if schedules haven’t been strictly adhered to during the festive season, as many people are away.

The Rockfest line-up on 93.8fm Midrand Stereo is currently as follows:


8 – 9pm – Linda Sue

9 – midnight – Leon Economides

Midnight – 02am – Kevin Flee


8 – 10pm – Ingrid Botha

10pm – midnight – Lesley Wright (starting mid Jan)

Midnight – 02pm – TBA


8 – 10pm – Phil Wright

10pm – midnight – Jurgen Becker

Midnight – 02am – Renier Coetzee


8 – 10pm – Tamara Jeunette

10pm – midnight – Kevin Stuart

Midnight – 02am – TBA


6 – 8pm – Rosemary Royeppen

8 – 11pm – David Blood

11 – 01am – Mike Tymvios (starting mid Jan)


8 – 10pm – Max Aston

10 – midnight – Aris Binikos

Midnight – 02am – Andre Du Rand


8 – 11pm – Robert Laing

11 – 01am – Rick Gardiner

The last three weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, with so many exciting and promising things happening in 93.8FM Midrand Stereo. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their emails and sms’s of support and good wishes. You’ve proved again and again that, in spite of what the other radio stations will tell you, ROCK is very much alive, and has a very strong, supportive and passionate following in South Africa.

And to all of the presenters who have come on board – your willingness to share your time, passion, and music, is much appreciated.

To Brian Currin – you work your magic SO well. You are as much a part of The Rockfest as we all are! Thanks for your efforts and support (

Apologies to the friends / potential listeners in Cape Town, Durban, or anywhere else, who can’t hear the broadcasts – we are aiming to do something about that in due course!

I wish you a safe, prosperous and successful 2010.


Playlist – The RockIt Scientist – Monday 28 December – 9pm – Midnight

01. Tony Stevens’ Slowride – Looking For You, from “Back To The Fog”. 2009 – Eastworld (clever title, hey? Seeing he was a founding member of Foghat!)

02. Savoy Brown – Daybreak, from “Steel”. 2007 – Panache Records (Kim Simmonds – what a guitarist!)

03. Philip Sayce – Blood On Your Hands, from “Peace Machine”. 2009 – Provogue Records (excellent young blues/rock guitarist)

04. Peter Hanmer – Speed Freak, from his forthcoming solo album “Off The Record”. TBA (played last week – many requests to hear it AGAIN!)

05. Captain Beyond – Fantasy, from “Dawn Explosion”. 1977 – Warner Brothers Records (THE ultimate heavy rock band!)

06. Armageddon – Buzzard, from “Armageddon”. 1975 – A & M Records (Repertoire) (sadly short-lived potential supergroup – brilliant!)

07. Toad – Cotton Wood Hill, from “Toad”. 1972 – RCA Records (Second Battle / Akarma) (Power hard rock from Switzerland – original vinyl is worth a mint!)

The next three tracks were featured as a tribute / dedication to vocalist / bassist and founder of Blue Cheer, Dickie Peterson, who died of cancer, on 12 October 2009, aged 63

08. Blue Cheer – Gunfight, from “Dining With The Sharks”. 1991 – Rough Trade

09. Blue Cheer – Blue Steel Dues, from “Highlights And Lowlives”. 1990 – Thunderbolt Records

10. Blue Cheer – No Relief , from “What Doesn’t Kill You…”. 2008 – Rainman Records

Formed in the mid to late 60’s, Blue Cheer, who were once considered to be “the loudest band in the world”, recorded a host of albums before splitting in the very early 70’s. Peterson reformed the band in the 80’s and kept them going right up to the present day. At the time of his death, and on the band’s final album, “What Doesn’t Kill You…”, Peterson, together with longtime members Paul Whaley (drums) and Andrew “Duck” Macdonald (guitar), succeeded in reviving the fortunes of this legendary band who are considered by many to be the godfathers of the Stoner Rock movement, fondly and expertly embraced by the likes of Spiritual Beggars, Quill, Viking Skull, Electric Wizard and many others.

Not exactly the kind of band you’d try to get a bit of leg / head from your new girlfriend to, they were nonetheless an important and integral part of the psych / heavy rock scene. Their versions of “Parchment Farm” and “Summertime Blues” were powerful enough to straighten your perm or give you a permanent perky after one listen. Peterson will be missed.

11. Al Di Meola – Electric Rendezvous, from “Electric Rendezvous”. 1982 – Columbia Records (undoubtedly one of the world’s finest guitarists – check him out with the reformed Return To Forever!)

12. Max Bennett – The Car, from “The Drifter”. 1986 – TBA Records (session bassist with Joan Baez, Hoyt Axton, etc, with Grant Geissman on guitar)

13. Stray – Jimijam, from “New Dawn”. 1997 – Mystic Records (Del Bromham, sole original member, keeping this legendary UK band alive)

14. Blackwater Park – Indian Summer, from “Dirt Box”. 1972 – BASF Records (Second Battle) (ultra rarity from Berlin – featured on first Dinosaur Days CD – 1999)

15. Atomic Rooster – I Can’t Take No More, from “Death Walks Behind You”. 1970 – B & C Records (Akarma) (RIP Vincent Crane – no-one better, before, or since)

16. Magenta – I’m Alive, from 4 track EP. 2004 – F2 Records (Christina Booth – EISH!!)

17. Mellow Candle – Heaven Heath, from “Swaddling Songs”. 1972 – Deram Records (Eclectic) (If you have a mint copy of this, seal it and frame it! Alison O’Donnell has a new solo album)

18. Renaissance – Kindness (At The End), from “Song For All Seasons”. 1978 – Sire Records (featuring the stunning Annie Haslam)

19. Illusion – Madonna Blue, from “Illusion”. 1993 – TRC Records (original Renaissance members, with Jane Relf on vocals)

20. Black Widow – Sacrifice, from “Sacrifice”.1970 – CBS Records (new Black Widow album to be released in 2010!)

21. Gravy Train – Can Anybody Hear Me?(Sounds like a few South African politicians!), from “Ballad Of A Peaceful Man”. 1971 – Vertigo Records (Repertoire)

22. Fusion Orchestra – Have I Left The Gas On?, from “Skeleton In Armour”. 1972 – EMI Records (Walhalla) (A masterpiece. Look out for Fusion Orchestra 2 – not with Jill Saward, though).

23. The Tangent – Where Are They Now, from “Down And Out In Paris And London”. 2009 – InsideOut Records (Led by Andy Tillson – prog heaven!)

24. Transatlantic – Evermore / Set Us Free, from “The Whirlwind”. 2009 – InsideOut Records (surely the TOP prog album of 2009??)

25. Proto-Kaw – Physic, from “The Wait Of Glory”. 2006 – Steamhammer (pre-Kansas, formed and led by the ridiculously talented Kerry Livgren)

That’s it.

Be safe.





The Rolling Rock Show (Sat 8 – 10pm) – Playlist 26/12/09

Black Sabbath Iron Man Paranoid 1970 Vertigo Iommi, Osbourne, Butler, Ward
Pink Floyd Have A Cigar Wish You Were Here 1975 Harvest/EMI Roger Waters
Humble Pie The Fixer Smokin’ 1972 A & M Clempson, Marriott, Shirley, Ridley
Blackmore’s Night Way To Mandalay Ghost Of A Rose 2003 Hunter Blackmore, Night
Rainbow I Surrender Difficult To Cure 1981 Polydor Russ Ballard
Deep Purple When A Blind Man Cries Machine Head 1972 EMI Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice
Atomic Rooster Banstead Atomic Rooster 1970 B & C Crane, Graham, Palmer
Yes Rhythm Of Love Big Generator 1987 Atco Anderson, Kay, Rabin, Squire
Gentle Giant The House, The Street, The Room Acquiring The Taste 1971 Vertigo Shulman, Shulman, Shulman, Minnear
The Rolling Stones Rough Justice A Bigger Bang 2005 Virgin Jagger, Richards
The Pretty Things Honey, I Need The Pretty Things 1965 Fontana Button, Smithling, Taylor
Priestess I Am The Night Colour Me Black Hello Master 2006 Columbia Priestess
Led Zeppelin All My Love In Through The Out Door 1979 Swan Song Jones, Plant
Grand Funk Railroad Footstompin’ Music E Pluribus Funk 1971 Capitol Mark Farner
Free My Brother Jake Highway 1971 Island Fraser, Rogers
Chevelle Mexican Sun Sci-Fi Crimes 2009 Epic Loeffler
The Flock Tired Of Waiting The Flock 1969 Sony Music Entertainment Davies
Focus Hocus Pocus Moving Waves 1971 Imperial/EMI-Bovema van Leer, Akkerman
12 Stones Anthem For The Underdog Anthem For The Underdog 2007 Wind-up Records Gainer, McCoy, Weaver
Flyleaf Fully Alive Flyleaf 2006 Octone Records Bhattacharya, Culpepper, Hartman, Mosley, Seals
Red Breathe Into Me End Of Silence 2006 Sony Music Entertainment Armstrong, Graves, McArthur, Rauch
The Beatles When I’m Sixty Four Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Parlophone Lennon/McCartney
Love The Red Telephone Forever Changes 1966 Elektra Records Lee
The Kinks Waterloo Sunset Something Else By The Kinks 1967 Reprise Davies


1.EMPIRE-Raven Ride THE RAVEN RIDE 2006 (Metal Heaven)

2.WWIII-Fighting For The EarthWHEN GOD TURNED AWAY 2002 (Reality Entertainment)



5.HALFORD-We Three KingsWINTER SONGS 2009 (Metal God)

6.BRUCE DICKINSON-Dark Side Of AquariusACCIDENT OF BIRTH 1997 (Raw Power)

7.ANGEL DUST-BleedBLEED 1999 (Century Media)

8.BOSTON-Higher PowerGREATEST HITS 1997 (Epic)

9.YES-Changes 90125 1983 (Atco)


11.GLENN HUGHES-LiarFROM NOW ON… 1994 (Roadrunner)

12.GOTTHARD-I Don’t MindNEED TO BELIEVE 2009 (Nuclear Blast)

13.W.A.S.P.-Headless ChildrenTHE HEADLESS CHILDREN 1989 (Capitol)

14.SAXON-Are We Travellers In TimeMETALHEAD 1999 (SPV)


16.AXXIS-Sarah Wanna DieUTOPIA 2009 (AFM)

17.GAMMA RAY-Rebellion In DreamlandLAND OF THE FREE 1995 (Noise)

18.HELLOWEEN-Perfect Gentleman MASTER OF THE RINGS 2006 (Castle)


20.DON DOKKEN-Give It UpUP FROM THE ASHES 1990 (Geffen)

21.W.E.T.-InvincibleW.E.T. 2009 (Frontiers)

22.KOTIPELTO-Sleep WellSERENITY 2007 (Century Media)

Sunday December 27 Joe Blog playlist

8Pm to 11PM Sunday 27 December, all SA Music

Artist Song Album
1. Dear Reader Great White Bear Replace Why With Funny (admin Universal Music)
2. Laurie Levine Scrambling Living Room (Sony/Atv)
3. Black Hotels Shapes & Kings Films for the next century (Sony/Atv)
4. Radio Kalahari Orkes Kwagga Opgestook (EMI)
5. Josie Field The Freedom that I deserve Leyland (Gallo)
6. Farryl Purkis Kissing devils on the cheek Fruitbats & Crows (Sheer)
7. Dan Patlansky Frozen Dirt True Blues
8. Tidal Waves Vastrap Manifesto (Oppikippi Productions)
9. Evolver Keep on Moving (download from Sovereign)
10. Parlotones Louder Than Bombs Radio Controlled Robot (Sovereign)
11. Crash Car Burn Serenade (Sovereign download)
12. The One Night Stands 1992 The One Night Stands (Sting Music)
13. The Privates (International Band) Rabit Rabbit (demo)
14. The Death Vally Blues Band Strip Tease (demo)
15. Stealing Love Jones Don’t Blame Britney Bleed to Bloom (Sheer)
16. Zebra & Giraffe The Knife SAMA Nominees
17. Koos Kombuis Hartseerland Madiba Bay (Wildebeest)
18. Tidal Waves Hartseerland Muzik an de Method (bowline)
19. Koos Kombuis Johnny is nie dood nie Elke Boemelaar se droom (GMP)
20. Wonderboom Johnny is nie dood nie Rockhart Vol 1 (Sovereign compilation)
21. Koos Kombuis Lisa se Klavier Niemandsland (Shifty)
22. Parlotones Lisa se Klavier Rockhart Vol 1 (Sovereign compilation)
23. Thys Nywerheid United States of the World Husse met lang messe (One F Music)
24. Jim Neversink Palomino Gold Dust Saloon Jim Neversink (self published)
25. Saucetone efro Sacetone (African Dope)
26. Dear Reader Dearheart Replace Why With Funny (admin Universal Music)
27. Laurie Levine Advance Living Room (Sony/Atv)
28. Black Hotels Beautiful Mornings White Wedding soundtrack (Sovereign)
29. Josie Field Hey Man Leyland (Gallo)
30. The One Night Stands Heart of Japan The One Night Stands (Sting Music)
31. The Privates (International Band) Spanish Salad (demo)
32. The Death Vally Blues Band Strip Tease (demo)
33. Radio Rats Padded Rooms Big Beat (Shifty)

Aris B Playlist 26/12/09

Aris B presents Disco Heaven

Salsoul Orchestra – Christmas Medley (Salsoul Record Corp.)
Carol Douglas – Full Boom Suite (RCA Victor)
Michel Legrand – Disco Magic Concorde (Disques Festival)

Voyage – From East to West (Sirocco Productions)
Madleen Kane – Cheri (Warner Bros Records)
Love & Kisses – How Much, How Much I Love You (Casablanca Records)
Saint Tropez – Fill my Life with Love (Butterfly Records)

Foxy – The Way you Do the Things you Do (T.K. Disco)
Raul De Souza – Sweet Lucy (Capitol Records)
Musique – Keep On Jumpin’ (Unidisc Music inc.)
Amant – If There’s Love (T.K. Disco)
James Wells – My Claim to Fame (AVI Records)

Herman Kelly & Life – Dance to the Drummer’s Beat (T.K. Disco)
Isaac Hayes – Don’t Let Go (Polydor)
Frisky – You’ve Got me Dancing in my Sleep (Vanguard)
Harvey Mason – Groovin’ You (Arista Records inc.)

Gepy & Gepy – Body to Body (Baby Records)
Invisible Man’s Band – All Night Thing (Island Records)
Jim Capaldi – Shoeshine (Polydor)
The Hollies – Draggin’ my Heels (EMI)
Supermax – Love Machine (Atlantic)

DISCO HEAVEN Presented by Aris B – Saturday 10 til Midnite

I was born in Johannesburg in 1983. I have been DJing for parties since the age of 14 and still DJ for weddings, functions etc. to this day. I also play the piano and have been learning to play jazz as well as blues. I studied advertising, filmmaking and am working for my dad at Tivoli Restaurant in Villagewalk.

From an early age I’ve grown up and been exposed to all types of music. My parents owned a few restaurants as well as a Nightclub called Jaggers. Many of South Africa’s top leading bands performed there. This is where I got my passion for music from. I’m mainly into jazz, funk, classic rock, 70’s disco and Latin.

I was very much into dance music of today until I realized how much music from the 70’s and 80’s had been sampled. I started learning about different artists and bands which fascinated me. The 70’s disco era was the best time for dance music (in my opinion) because there were real bands and orchestras with such an incredible sound and still got you down on the dancefloor.

Thanks to Leon Economides and Midrand Radio for letting me share my passion and music. Leon interviewed me on Radio Today a few years ago where I played a few disco tracks and found it a phenomenal experience.

Not only will I be playing familiar disco tracks but I’ll introduce some rare gems and dance tracks that have a lot of rock influence.

I look forward to taking you back on a journey through Disco Heaven finding yourself getting down with that groovy sound.

Playlist for Tamara Jeunette – Thursday 24 December 2009

Band Track Album Year
Haggis and Bong The Black-toothed Bandit Fire in the Bowl 2008
HiKaToRi Gensai Kawakami HiKaToRi 2007
Myepic Slowly Happines Hurts 2008
Elusion Am I Here Elusion 2008
Squeal Happy Together Man and Woman 1997
David’s Confession The Machine About Time chapter 2 2001
Paul E. Flynn Of Girls and Guns Fields 2008
Live Good Pain Mental Jewelry 1991
Pearl Jam Alive Ten 1991
Incubus Circles Morning View 2001
Cutting Jade Sweet Sister Mercy From Nothing 2008
Straw Lonely Sin Breaking the Silence 2008
Jonathan Martin & No Quarter Higher Place In My Blood 2007
Architecture of Agression God of the New Millennium Democracy: Consent to Domination 2006
Tranquil Remains Black Leaves 2008
AGRO Willowmore Ritual 6 2006
Rhutz Sky The Colour of Television 2008
Underbelly Analyse Aim For a Cunical Science 2007
The Awakening Razor Burn Razor Burn 2006
Marilyn Manson Target Audience (narcissus narcosis) Holywood 2000
The Sisters of Mercy Vision Thing Vision Thing 1990
StoneSour Tumult StoneSour 2002
Deity’s Muse The Broken Scar The Eyes Don’t see What the Heart Bleeds 2006
Breaking Benjamin Evil Angel Phobia 2006
Stabbing Westward Lies Ungod 1994
Hurt Summers Lost Vol 2 2007
Pain of Salvation Flame to Moth Scarsick 2006
Soil Halo Scars 2002
Godsmack I Am Faceless 2003
Nonpoint The Truth Recoil 2004
Skunk Anansie Hedonism (just because you feel good) Stoosh 1996
The Cranberries Not Sorry Everybody Else’s Doing it so Why Can’t We? 1992
Garbage Vow Garbage 1995
Savatage Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24 Dead Winter Dead 1995