Black Wax Live! Show 9

It happened! We managed to run a show with a live guest in front of an audience. It’s been the plan from the start and on Sunday 19th March we welcomed people into the live lounge to watch a special session by Murray Torkildsen.

For a show that hasn’t had a tech-hitch free run yet it was a bit of a risk to add a live element into the show, but with some extra help on hand we managed to run smooth transitions between the studio and the live room, with the audience in the live room and everyone tuning in at home hearing the full uninterrupted show. The standard has been set, and we’re already preparing for the next one!

The list of ‘thanks’ is – The guys at Phoenix Community Radio for letting me do this, Sam Russell for running the live PA, the people who listen in at home week after week, the audience that fed their curiosity and came on down to the show, everyone who’s been supporting this venture, and of course Murray Torkildsen for performing.

A special mention also to Andy Lee for signing up to be the official Black Wax photographer. He’s documented the evening wonderfully in the photos below.

So… What ya waiting for!? Here’s the show… play it loud!

Track List –

  • 1 No Particular Place To Go by Chuck Berry
  • 2 Too Much Monkey Business by The Beatles
  • 3 Surfin’ U.S.A. by The Beach Boys
  • 4 Sweet Little Rock ’N’ Roller by Rod Stewart
  • 5 The Winter Of ’79 by Tom Robinson Band
  • 6 So You Want To Be A Rock ’N’ Roll Star by Patti Smith Group
  • 7 (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea* by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  • 8 Venus* by Television
  • 9 Donna* by 10CC
  • 10 Debaser* by The Pixies
  • 11 Snowman* by XTC
  • 12 Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon* by The Wave Pictures
  • 13 Beat Me Till I’m Blue* by Alan Hawkshaw
  • 14 Boil Yer Blood by Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind
  • 15 Love In Vain by Ruts
  • 16 New York Groove by Hello
  • 17 Trudy Tuesday (Live In Session) by Murray Torkildsen
  • 18 Rosie (Live In Session) by Murray Torkildsen
  • 19 Wrangler Boys (Live In Session) by Murray Torkildsen
  • 20 Why (Live In Session) by Murray Torkildsen
  • 21 On Stilts With Feathers In Your Hair (Live In Session) by Murray Torkildsen
  • 22 Toronto (Live In Session) by Murray Torkildsen
  • 23 Life’s A Gas (Live In Session) by Murray Torkildsen
  • 24 Slack Jack (Live In Session) by Murray Torkildsen
  • 25 King Of Harlow Town (Live In Session) by Murray Torkildsen
  • 26 What You Say Is What You Are (Live In Session) by Murray Torkildsen
  • 27 Walking Out On Love by Paul Collins’ Beat
  • 28 Repeat by The Ladykillers
  • 29 Another Day (Another Girl) by The Lambrettas
  • 30 Judy Says (Knock You In The Head) by The Vibrators
  • 31 Tonight’s The Night by The Shirelles
  • 32 Sunshine Of Your Love by Spanky Wilson

*Murray Torkildsen picks…

Photos by Andy Lee –


Black Wax 8 Is Up!

New show! Bit shorter than previous shows due to technical hitch at the start, but as always we get rocking’ eventually. This one is to be played loud!


Track list:

  • 1 Sonic Reducer by Dead Boys
  • 2 Waste My Time by Scraps
  • 3 Do The Death Drug by Tenement Rats
  • 4 Taking The Long Way by Swingin’ Utters
  • 5 Human Cannonball Explodes by Nick Oliveri’s Uncontrollable
  • 6 Tora! Tora! Tora! by U.S. Bombs
  • 7 Outlaw Racer by Black Radio
  • 8 Good Suits & Fighting Boots (Live) by The Bonevilles
  • 9 Roll The Balls by Giuda
  • 10 Police And Thieves by Junior Murvin
  • 11 Train In Vain by The Computers
  • 12 Pressure Drop by The Clash
  • 13 Now I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges
  • 14 Hit It And Quit It by Funkadelic
  • 15 Magnetic Shunk by Graveyard
  • 16 I Don’t Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky by Ripple
  • 17 Need You Lovin’ by The Muleskinners
  • 18 Money Money by Steve Marriott’s Moments
  • 19 Pool Hall Richard by Faces
  • 20 Putty (In Your Hands) by The Detroit Cobras
  • 21 Fighting Talk by Real By Reel
  • 22 Get Over You by The Undertones
  • 23 I Need You by Nasty Rumours
  • 24 Bury Your Sins by Some Other Day
  • 25 867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone
  • 26 Smash It Up by The Damned
  • 27 Another Girl, Another Planet by The Only Ones
  • 28 Crazy World by Brandy Row
  • 29 California Soul by Marlena Shaw
  • 30 Thinking Of You by Paul Weller

Open Decks

Went to the Herald pub in Harlow this eve for their ‘Vinyl Junkies’ open decks night. 

Didn’t really know what to expect, but I knew it was a musically open minded pub so packed a small box of mixed records.

Not a busy night by any means but it’s only the second one they’ve done so word will hopefully spread. I played around 40 mins. Was unsure of what would go down well but then one of the good things about a small crowd is that there are less people to impress. 

It was a fun night and all the DJs were different, will try and get to the next one if I can though I think the idea of having a theme is a good one so they can pull an audience who are into what’s on. It seemed a bit like DJ club, bring your girl (or boy) friend along. 

Anyhow, here’s what I played:

The Stooges – Now I Wanna Be Your Dog

Funkadelic – Hit It and Quit It 

Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed – Cut Ya Down

Ripple – I Don’t Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky

Betty Harris – Mean Man

Black Heat – Drive My Car

Detroit Cobras – Cha Cha Twist

Imperial State Electric – (Why Don’t You) Leave It Alone

Them – Baby Please Don’t Go

The Seeds – Can’t Seem To Make You Mine

Randy & The Rainbows – Denise

The Standells – Dirty Water

James Brown – Cold Sweat Part 1

Night Trains – No More Heroes 

Stevie Wonder – Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing 

Pama International – Heatwave 

Black Wax 7 is up!

The latest show from 5th March is up on mixcloud for you to listen to again and again. Check with widget below, and play it loud!

Track list:

1 I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick
2 Will Anything Happen by Blondie
3 She’s A Nosebleed by The About: Blanks
4 Just As Good As I Used To Be by Duncan Reid And The Big Heads
5 Making Her Mind Up by Cyanide Pills
6 Back Of My Hand by The Jags
7 No More Heroes by Night Trains
8 Just A Little Beat by The Phantom Keys
9 Miles Away by The People’s Temple
10 Guitar Date by The’s
11 Bitter & Twisted by The Revellions
12 Dirty Water by The Sugarman 3
13 Change My Mind by The Blueskins
14 The Kazoo Song by The Sweeney
15 Let Me Out by The Knack
16 Second Choice by Any Trouble
17 Blank Generation by Richard Hell And The Voidoids
18 Cruel To Be Kind by Nick Lowe
19 Forget About You by The Motors
20 Rock N Roll Girl by Paul Collin’s Beat
21 A Shot In The Dark by Roland Alphonso
22 Soul Sister, Brown Sugar by Sam & Dave
23 Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
24 Sweet Gene Vincent by Ian Dury
25 Keep A Knocking’ by The Sonics
26 Tainted Love by Bay Of Pigs
27 Hit The Road Jack by Helen Reddy
28 Going To a Go-Go by Secret Affair
29 Do Ya by The Move
30 Deadend Street by The Kinks
31 Destination: Anywhere by The Marvelettes
32 Exception Of Love by The Truth
33 Sheep by The Housemartins
34 C’mon C’mon by The Von Bondies
35 Twenty One by The Paddingtons
36 She’s Got A Reason by Dogs
37 Stranglehold by U.K. Subs
38 Ca Plane Pour Moi by Plastic Bertrand
39 Save A Prayer by Eagles Of Death Metal