Friday, November 15, 2019

Panic Radio Cover Version Special

Just recorded an hours showcase of cover versions for Panic Radio on WCR (Warminster Community Radio). 

This is the track listing:

  1. 1.       Panic - 2012 Remaster Carte USM
  2. 2.       Kiss - Vocal Age Of Chance
  3. 3.       Yesterday Once More -Redd Kross
  4. 4.       Fancy -Colleen Rennison
  5. 5.       The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw -The Unthanks
  6. 6.       Grace Cathedral Hill- Cerys Matthews
  7. 7.       A Change Is Gonna Come -Aretha Franklin
  8. 8.       In My Life -Johnny Cash
  9. 9.       No Easy Way Down -Mark Eitzel
  10. 10.   Thunder Road -Frank Turner
  11. 11.   That's How I- Got To Memphis Karl Blau
  12. 12.   Walk On -Smith & Mighty
  13. 13.   This is How We Do It – Aluna George
  14. 14.   Temptation - Moby
Below is the Spotify Playlist .

Friday, June 14, 2019

DJ Eclair Fifi Bolier Room Edinburgh June 14th 2019

One of my favourite DJ  Eclair Fifi giving it some HOUSE in Edinburgh this morning! What do they put in the water up there :)

Charity Shop Special June 2019

Panic Radio is pre recorded this evening. An hour of charity shop finds. 9pm to 10pm.

Them - Gloria
Pernice Brothers - Weakest Shade of Blue 
Grant Lee Buffalo - Mocking Birds 
R.E.M. - World Leader Pretend
The Sundays - Can't Be Sure
Francoise Hardy - Voila
Nina Simone - Mode Indigo
Ancient Beatbox (featuring Shelia Chandra) - Raining (my eyes are filled with clouds)
Toumani Diabate - Mani Mani Kuru
Peter Tosh - The Day The Dollar Die
Bob Marley - Small Axe
Peter Gabriel - Red Rain

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures is one of the touchstones of the alternative music scene. It is the Rosetta Stone of new wave, from its deep vinyl grooves you can decode the influence in bands as diverse as Interpol and The Cure, Editors and Mogwi. Without the sonic template of Unknown Pleasures U2 would have never found a voice and a direction. Those early U2 records sound like smudged facsimiles of Joy Divisions latent power.

Unknown Pleasures was san genesis, an individual and eviscerating blend of punk fury, existentialist dread and post war industrial decay. An audio document that could have only been produced at a certain junction, immediately post the Sex Pistols and from a specific location, the UK . Despite its historical position it still sounds as vital and eerie as it did in 1979.

Inspired by a combination of the first wave of UK punk rock, and the American racket of The Stooges and The Velvet Underground Joy Divisions sound was a happy accident. Peter Hook’s high trebly bass playing a result of the cheap equipment the band initially used. Hook was forced to play higher than normal in order to be heard. His bass carried the melody of the songs, Barney Sumner’s guitar spiking the sound with caustic riffs and metallic textures. The whole sound was anchored by the breath taking human drum machine rhythms of Steven Morris.

The unusual combination of sounds marked the band out from the standard three chord thrash of the second generation of punk. Its not that the band could play any better than their peers, the reality is the opposite of that. They simply played to their strengths and in the process created a unique and potent sound. The majestic noise the band created was heightened by the poetic lyrics and sorrowful croon of Ian Curtis.

Curtis’ death hangs over the music of Joy Division draping it in a solemnity, carving it into memorial stone, yet on Unknown Pleasures, Curtis lyrics are troubled and questioning but not the extended cry for help of Closer. They have a depth that was out of time with the plastic nihilism of the moment more John Paul Sartre than Johnny Rotten.

Amazingly Sumner and Hook where disappointed with the production of Unknown Pleasures. They believed that producer Martin Hannett had emasculated their sound. Stripped away the fierce loud clanning punk rock and hollowed them out. Listening to the live tracks on the bonus disc you can see that he did prune away the volume but the harsh reality is that the songs are better for it.

Hannet’s use of found sound, breaking glass and empty lift shafts, coupled with a pioneering use of delay resulted in sound that owed as much to dub as it did to punk. The music is bathed in shimmering ether, the taut rhythms seem to ripple, the minimal bass lines stretching time. Sumner’s guitar adds textures, obtuse broken riffs, corrosive discordant tints over the restless clatter and hum.

The record has stuck with me since I first heard it as a callow fourteen year old. Other records that I loved at the time have fallen by the wayside, their adolescent angst unable to translate themselves into my adult life. There is something honest, harrowing and timeless at the heart of Unknown Pleasures that has kept me hooked. In my opinion it is the greatest debut LP of all time. If you don’t own a copy your music collection is missing a major cog, go and buy this record today.

Tony Heywood ©

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

China's Underground Club Scene

A great mix of tunes from China

Panic Radio Playlist 21st March 2018

Panic Radio March 21st 2018
• Pulp – Common People
• Marisa Anderson – Cloud Corner
• Finley Quaye – Butterfly Lovers
• Pixies – Bone Machine
• Guess the a-side - The Wedding Present – All Above Eve
• Sandy Shaw – Hand in Glove
• Robert Foster – I am So Happy For You
• Slonk – We’re Going to Be Fine
• Shopping – The Hype
• Junk Shop – Noel Coward – Nina
• X Ray Spex – I am Cliché
• Idlewild – The Wooden Ideals
• Long Track – Rising the Titanic (Big Drum Mix)
• Diana Ross & The Supremes – Love Child
• Mismatched socks – Circumstance
• John Tejada – Heal
• Location Kent – Kate Bush – Sunset
• Location Kent – Siouxsie and The Banchees – Cities in Dust
• Location Kent – Sawhney – Beyond Skin
• Why?- One Mississippi
• Cover Version of The Week – Meshell Ndegeocello – Waterfalls
• August Greene – Optimistic
• Portishead – Roads
• DJ Taye – Pop Drop (Featuring DJ Pay Pal)
• One Dove – Why Don’t You Take Me (rank outsiders mix)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Second Hand Music Special

Playlist July 13th Second Hand Special Panic Radio

1. Blondie – Rapture
2. The Killers – Jenny Was A Friend of Mine
3. Buzzcocks – Everbodys Happy Nowdays 
4. Guess the a-side – Disapointed – Everyday is Like Sunday B-side
5. The Cocteau Twins – How to Bring A Blush To Snow
6. Johnny Cash – Goodnight Irene
7. Nick Drake – Northern Sky
8. Lemonheads – Into My Arms
9. Rockingbirds – We Had It All
10. Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes
11. Monaco – Sweetlips
12. Moloko – The Time Is Now (Francios K Main Vocal Mix)
13. Aretha Franklin – (You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Women
14. Money Mark – Information Contraband
Location London
15. Soul II Soul – Joy
16. Leftfield – Open Up
17. The XX – Shelter
18. Bille Ray Martin – Loving Arms
19. KLF – 3 am Eternal
20. Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
21. Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
22. Smith and Mighty – Higher Dub

My playlist from the radio show on WCR FM. A second hand music special playing tracks from CDs and LPs I have picked up second hand from car boot sales, charity shops, jumble sales, second hand record shops, market stalls and school fetes. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Panic Radio Site

I have launched a new site that is focused on the radio show that I do weekly on WCR FM in Warminster Wiltshire on a Wednesday evening. The show is called Panic radio and below is a link to the site and also a link to the Mixcloud account that carries some of the shows. The one below is the third anniversary cover version special.

Panic Radio

Friday, February 10, 2017

Prince Panic Radio Tribute

My Radio show tribute to Prince. Two hours of Prince originals, b-sides, remixes and cover versions. I hope you enjoy it.

Track listing for the show

  • Lets Go Crazy
  • Anotherloverholenyohead
  • Guitar
  • She's Always In My Hair
  • Mavis Staples - Time Waits For No One
  • Purple Dub - Take Me With You
  • Chaka Kahn - I Feel For You
  • Star Fish and Coffee
  • Sign O The Times
  • Colonized Mind
  • Balltimore
  • Raspberry Beret
  • Kiss 12" Mix
  • You Got The Look
  • The Time - Jerk It Out
  • Gett Off (club mix)
  • Controversy
  • Musicology
  • The Family - High Fashion
  • Seven (acoustic version)
  • Supercute
  • When Doves Cry
  • The Cross
  • A Case of You (Joni Mitchell cover)
  • Sometimes in Snows In April

Panic Radio is live on Warminster Community Radio on Wednesday evening 9pm to 11pm. If you have music you would like me to consider then please email (tony.h at

The WCR Website is here -

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Albums of Year 2016

Top 20 LPS 2016 Panic Radio - Highway Five

1. Ed Scissor and Lamplighter – Tell Them It’s Winter
2. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
3. Towel – Wipe Me Dry
4. Serpentwithfeet – Blisters
5. Giaka – Security
6. Daughter – Not Too Disappear
7. Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus
8. Moor Mother – Fetish Bones
9. Ash Koosha – I AKA I
10. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
11. Lucy Dacus – No Burden
12. Higher Authorities - Neptune
13. Karl Blau – Introducing Karl Blau
14. Beans on Toast – A Spanner in The Works
15. Richmond Fontaine – You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To
16. Jah9 – 9
17. Olga Bell – Tempo
18. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
19. David Bowie- Black Star
20. Cavern of Anti-Matter - Void Beats / Invocation Trex