September Update!

Hello Black Waxers!

It’s been a while since the last bit of Black Wax news so here it all is in one place.
Firstly – Black Wax returns Sunday 24th September, 5pm – 7pm on Phoenix Live Radio. Phoenix Live is the new name for Phoenix Community Radio and broadcasts from the same location, but everything’s been given a bit of a makeover. Set your bookmarks to as that is where it’s all happening. The show has a new look, new feel, new guests but the same great mix of Rock N Roll, Punk and Soul spinning on the decks.

Also – The live lounge at Phoenix Live has also been given an overhaul, something I’m very happy about. The room has been spun around and walls have tumbled down to create a bigger audience space that doesn’t feel so hidden away. You can come and see it on Sunday 15th October where we’ll be having a live session from the brilliant Henri Herbert. As pianist with the Jim Jones Revue, Henri has made his name as one of the finest Rock N Roll piano pounders of all time. His new band, The Fury, are on tour throughout the autumn and this is a great chance to see him up close and personal. But don’t worry. If you can’t make it down you can tune in to hear the session live on Black Wax. Full details of the event are here.

So, summer is pretty much over but the fun is just about to start. Every Sunday 5pm – 7pm, Adam Smith’s Black Wax is here to help you cope with the impending Monday morning. More Guests and News to be announced very soon so keep ’em peeled. In the mean time enjoy a photo of me and my son at a recent Chas & Dave gig I was working.




Black Wax 25 is up!

Woah there! Someone’s been slacking big time. This show took place on 16th July and I’ve only just got round to posting it here. Sorry! This was my last show before a scheduled break for summer (summer!? Umbrella season) and it’s the landmark show 25! Even if I do say so myself, this show is great! I’d been absent for a couple of weeks previous and it was good to be back in spinning records.

Lots of stuff has happened since this show, including the Harlow Is 70 Scooter Ride out which, again despite a badly timed downpour, was a success! Over 60 scooters took part in the ride which went all around Harlow ending up at Club Foot. My new live music venture which saw Eddie Piller (Acid Jazz Records) and Rhoda Dakar (Special AKA/Bodysnatchers) DJing whilst The Feb 21s (brilliant last min stand ins) and The Chords UK played live on stage. It was a great day and we’ve been asked to do it all gain next year. Well… ok!

So – summer break is happening, ideas are forming and news will be coming very soon.

Anyhow, here’s the show, play it loud x

Track list –

  • 1 Rentacrowd by The Len Price 3
  • 2 Pinhead by Ramones
  • 3 True Confessions by The Undertones
  • 4 Rockin’ Around (With You) by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
  • 5 Pictures Of Lily by The Who
  • 6 All Good Things by Proud Mary
  • 7 Quit This Town by Eddie & The Hot Rods
  • 8 Up Against The Wall by Tom Robinson Band
  • 9 Hold No Shame by Brandy Row
  • 10 I Don’t Fit In by Paul Collins’ Beat
  • 11 Rock! by The Sweeney (With John Cooper Clarke)
  • 12 No Sanctuary by Newtown Neurotics
  • 13 Glad And Sorry by Faces
  • 14 I’m In A Different World by The Four Tops
  • 15 This Boy by The Beatles
  • 16 Twistin’ The Night Away by Sam Cooke
  • 17 Maybe Tomorrow by The Chords
  • 18 Let’s Do The Rocksteady by The Bodysnatchers
  • 19 Can’t Be Told by Los Pepes
  • 20 Sweet Thing / Candidate / Sweet Thing (Reprise) by David Bowie
  • 21 Metadona by Pistones
  • 22 And More Again by Love
  • 23 How Does It Feel? by Slade
  • 24 School’s Out by Alice Cooper

Photo by Carl Gray

Black Wax 22 is up!


A return to the ‘mixed bag’ format of playing a cross genre mix of hot tracks! Cheap Trick were rockin’ London in the week so out came the Dream Police picture disc!

Track list –

  • 1 Knock On Wood by Eddie Floyd
  • 2 Louie Louie by The Sonics
  • 3 Milk And Alcohol by Dr Feelgood
  • 4 How Many Times by The Nomads
  • 5 You Really Got Me by Steve Marriott’s Moments
  • 6 Sing A Simple Song by The Ossie Layne Show
  • 7 Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who
  • 8 I Don’t Believe In Anything by Los Pepes
  • 9 Reptile Sludge by Imperial State Electric
  • 10 Charity Case by The Breakdowns
  • 11 Listen To Her Heart by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
  • 12 Dream Police by Cheap Trick
  • 13 Fox On The Run by Sweet
  • 14 Life On The Line by Eddie And The Hot Rods
  • 15 Something That I Said by Ruts
  • 16 Express Yourself by Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Band
  • 17 Here Come The Meter Man by The Meters
  • 18 Can’t Seem To Make You Mine by The Seeds
  • 19 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • 20 Nobody’s Baby by Sheer Mag
  • 21 Rain Stopped Play by Jonny Cola And The A-Grades
  • 22 Human Error by The Datsuns
  • 23 They Glued Your Head On Upside-Down by The Bellrays
  • 24 Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones
  • 25 You Keep Me Hanging On by The Vanilla Fudge
  • 26 I’ve Been Drinking by The Jeff Beck Group
  • 27 You Can’t Do That by The Beatles
  • 28 In My Street by The Chords
  • 29 Don’t Come Close by Ramones
  • 30 It’s Different For Girls by Joe Jackson
  • 31 In Like With You by Yeti
  • 32 Standing On My Own Again by Graham Coxon
  • 33 Strictly Reserved For You by Charles Bradley
  • 34 It’s Your Thing by Cold Grits

Black Wax live at Wolfson College June Event ’17

On Friday night I was invited to spin some records at Wolfson College, Cambridge Uni, as part of their June Event. Also on the bill were The Subways, who played at the same time as me… so I played records for the bar staff and the photographer. Great times!

It was a funky soulful affair and you can hear it here!


Track list –

  • 1 California Soul by Marlena Shaw
  • 2 Soul Time by Shirley Ellis
  • 3 Papas Got A Brand New Bag by The Funktified Enforcers
  • 4 Blow Up by The James Taylor Quartet
  • 5 This Girl by Cookin’ On 3 Burners
  • 6 Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder
  • 7 Lady Day And John Coltrane by Gil Scott Heron
  • 8 Cissy Strut by The Meters
  • 9 Mean Man by Betty Harris
  • 10 Cut Ya Down by Eli Paperboy Reed
  • 11 Express Yourself by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • 12 I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor by Baby Charles
  • 13 It’s A Shame by The Detroit Spinners
  • 14 Fever by Patti Drew
  • 15 Hit The Road Jack by Helen Reddy
  • 16 (Sitting On The) Dock Of The Bay by Peggy Lee

Black Wax 21 is up!

The black wax was melting during this show! The weather had me in a soul mood, so here it is for you to enjoy again whilst the sun stays out… and when it goes in play this show out loud for a reminder of brighter times.

A little bit of rock n roll and a nod to Father’s Day too. Enjoy!

Track list –

  • 1 Soul Time by Shirley Ellis
  • 2 Heat Wave by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • 3 Sun In The Sand by Lord Large
  • 4 California Soul by Marlena Shaw
  • 5 Pride And Joy by Marvin Gaye
  • 6 Runaway Child, Running Wild by Earl Van Dyke
  • 7 This Girl by Cookin’ On 3 Burners
  • 8 Les Fleur by Ramsey Lewis
  • 9 Double Barrel by Dave And Ansil Collins
  • 10 One Fine Day by The Chiffons
  • 11 Up On The Roof by The Drifters
  • 12 Drift Away by Ike & Tina Turner
  • 13 For Your Love by Yardbirds
  • 14 Tired Of Waiting For You by The Kinks
  • 15 Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
  • 16 Grow Your Own by Small Faces
  • 17 Twenty Five Miles by Edwin Starr
  • 18 I Second That Emotion by The Supremes & The Temptations
  • 19 Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) by Kim Weston
  • 20 Wherever I Lay My Hat by Marvin Gaye
  • 21 Knock On Wood by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
  • 22 I Wish It Would Rain (With A Trumpet) by Faces
  • 23 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • 24 Happy Together by The Turtles
  • 25 Coz I Luv You by Slade
  • 26 Revolution by The Beatles
  • 27 I Can’t Explain by The Who
  • 28 Boys by The Shirelles
  • 29 Twistin’ Postman by Marvelettes
  • 30 (Come Round Here) I’m The One you Need by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • 31 The Night by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • 32 Who’s Lovin’ You? by The Jackson 5
  • 33 Ride Your Pony by Lee Dorsey
  • 34 Soul Sister, Brown Sugar by Sam & Dave
  • 35 He Was Really Saying Something by Velvelettes
  • 36 Road Runner by Jnr Walker And The All Stars
  • 37 Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing by Stevie Wonder


Black Wax Live! Show 20

It seemed quite fitting that this milestone show should be a Black Wax Live session. Since launching the show I’ve always been thinking of ways of keeping it interesting for myself whilst making shows that people are going to enjoy listening to and being part of. This show ticked all the boxes. You get great music choices and a brilliant live performance from an ever charismatic Attila The Stockbroker. Punk poetry may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but listen in and I’m sure you’ll hear something you can at least agree with, and hopefully enjoy. It’s different, but different is good.


Track List –

  • 1 Keep On Keeping On by The Redskins
  • 2 Heavy Lounge #1 by Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind
  • 3 TV Eye by The Stooges
  • 4 Mambo Sun* by T Rex
  • 5 My Death* by Newtown Neurotics
  • 6 Heartbreak Hotel* by John Cale
  • 7 There There My Dear* by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  • 8 Live In Session by Attila  The Stockbroker
  • 9 Walls Come Tumbling Down by The Style Council
  • 10 Turning Up The Heat by Any Trouble
  • 11 Clampdown by The Clash
  • 12 Bully For You by Tom Robinson Band
  • 13 Sitting On A Fence by The Housemartins
  • 14 Far Far Away by Slade

Photos by Andy Lee