The pledge, the turn and the prestige – a show of three parts

Direct download: The Joint – 7 January 2017

The first part is all the tunes we are just catching up on after trawling through everyone else’s “Best of 2016” lists – including Bleep, Noisey, Metal Postcard, Hype Machine and The Guardian.


  • Cassetteboy – Trump (Charlie Brooker’s Wipe 2016)
  • Rude Audio – Crystal Pylon
  • Daijvhs – Friends
  • Kanye West – Famous
  • Frigs – God Hates A Coward
  • Mitski – Your Best American Girl
  • Leon Vynehall – Blush
  • Lady Leshurr – Where Are You Now? (Featuring Wiley)
  • Skepta – Man
  • 808 State – In Yer Face (Bicep Remix)

The second part is inspired by holiday reading material – Good Night & Good Riddance by David Cavanagh. All the following tunes are mentioned in the book and previously unknown to us.

Good Night & Good Riddance

  • 1969 Andy Capp – Pop A Top
  • 1973 Funkadelic – If You Don’t Like The Effects, Don’t Produce The Cause
  • 1979 Honey Bane – Girl On The Run
  • 1985 Dignitary Stylish – Pon De Attack
  • 1988 Big Lady K – Don’t Get Me Started (Stuff & Thangs Version)
  • 1988 R+R – Acid Off A Way
  • 1994 Sonic Subjunkies – Central Industrial
  • 1997 Piano Magic – Angel Pie / Magic Tree
  • 2000 Hefner – Don’t Give Up On Us Baby

The third part is our usual fare with one eye on new releases in 2017. At The Drive-In. Cate Le Bon. The XX. British Sea Power.

Business As Usual

  • At The Drive-In – Governed By Contagions
  • Sou Sou Band – Persist Persist
  • Brother Portrait – Rearview
  • Chino Amobi – Milan
  • Cate Le Bon – Rock Pool
  • Dag – Guards Down
  • XX – Say Something Loving
  • Oh No – The Troubled
  • J-Live – Eleven Nine
  • Uranium Club – Who Made The Man?
  • Slowcoaches – 54
  • Hand Habits – Flower Glass
  • British Sea Power – Bad Bohemian

The Show: Game over


Greetings friends, family, whānau.

Today is our last show before we head off on an indefinite sabbatical. Other commitments mean we need to take a break for a while.

The Joint first broadcast on RDU way back in July 2001 when the frequency was still 98.3FM. We started out on Sunday afternoons but after a while switched to Saturday afternoons. The reasons are lost in the mists of time.

By our really rough and unscientific calculations we reckon we’ve done 665 shows so far. That makes this final show today episode number 666. Not a shabby effort really. To put that in some completely unrelated context Ryan Giggs made 672 league appearances for Manchester United and David O’Leary made 558 league appearance for Arsenal.

Thank you for all your kind messages via Facebook, Twitter and the RDU text machine. It was a blast.

To paraphrase and plagiarise James Murphy…

Yeah, we lost our edge
The kids came up from behind
We lost our edge to the kids
From France and from London
And from Christchurch
But we were there
We lost our edge to better-looking people
With better ideas and more talent
And they’re actually really, really nice

Ka kite ano
The Herb Whisperer & Fraserhead

Direct download: The_Joint_2016-04-09-12-16.mp3

Here’s the playlist in full…

The Show: The weird and wonderful world of…

A quick round up…

The NWA movie “Straight Outta Compton” hits the big screen in the next week but if you don’t have $17 to spare for a movie ticket or are too busy to spend 147 minutes sitting in a cinema get the gist with the EXPLICIT CONTENT ONLY version of the classic album. One for the whole family to sing along to. Is “nuts” really a swear word though?!?!?!?!?

Before people queued up for Apple products they queued up for Microsoft software. Not a bad earner for the Rolling Stones. Strange days from 1995…

Lord Echo at the Christchurch Arts Festival tonight! Be bloody aware of large freaking eels though. If you’re on epic acid you’re not imagining it. That’s the power of art.

And here’s the playlist in full…

Direct download: The_Joint_2015-09-12-12-14.mp3

12pm – 1pm

1pm – 2pm

The Show: Happy Christmas From The Stars

neteToday’s show contained snippets from a flexi-disc that was given away with a December 1982 edition of Smash Hits. The top pop stars of the day (plus The Piranhas‘ Boring Bob Grover) recorded special Christmas greetings for the readers. The idea was Neil Tennant’s, the news editor at the time.

To hear recollections from other writers and editors have a listen to The Word podcast “Remembering Smash Hits” taken from one of this year’s Word In Your Ear events. One anecdote involves heroin, Marilyn, Jimmy Saville, sea cadets, French restaurateurs and a stroppy teenager from Rochdale – all the elements you need for a true Christmas tale.

And here’s the playlist in full…

Direct download: The_Joint_2014-12-20-12-14.mp3

12pm – 1pm

1pm – 2pm

The Show: Stop! Stop Winny Upload!!

Radio play alone cannot do this song justice, which is one the reasons it didn’t feature on the show today (the other being we forgot). Instead watch the video below to fully appreciate Maximum The Hormone.

Despite the difficulties presented by a broken microphone and other obstacles in our Bermuda Triangle of technology, here’s our Norman Collier impression and the playlist in full…


Direct download: The_Joint_2014-03-01-12-14.mp3

12pm – 1pm

1pm – 2pm

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