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Vapour Trails Special - Donald Ross Skinner

Vapour Trails Special - Donald Ross Skinner

June 28, 2020

Between 1984 - 1993 Donald Ross Skinner was Julian Cope's main man: co-writer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and calmer of his Scott Walker obsession! 

Since then Donald has produced and/or played with a wide range of bands and artists including Salad, Hotmotel, Kiosk, Fragile States, Love Amongst Ruin, Dan Laidler, Claire Nicolson, Know Escape, Dan Cross, CUD and many others. 

In this Vapour Trails special we have a zoom chat with Don about his career - his first meetings with Julian Cope, the recording of many of JC's most famous and infamous albums, and what he's been up to since (quite a bit!) 

Check out a number of great tunes Don's worked on (including a rare alternative version of If You Love Me At All from the Peggy Suicide sessions) during the chat then, afterwards, stick around for a selection of back-to-back tunes all, in some way or other, connected to the work Don has done over the years.

Playlist(s) below 

Donald Ross Skinner image design : Jane Durlacher

Donald Ross Skinner Interview Playlist

Julian Cope (feat. Donald Ross Skinner)-  Laughing Boy (excerpt), Me Singing, You, Eve’s Volcano, Robert Mitchum, China Doll, Double Vegetation, If You Loved Me At All (rare alternative demo version provided by Don), The Mystery Trend, Fa Fa Fine

Salad (Undressed) -Moonshine, Hotmotel- Brutal Reign, Kiosk – Reshape While Damp


Donald Ross Skinner Aftershow Playlist

MC5 – Looking at You

The Meters – Hey Pock A-Way

Roky Erickson – Night of the Vampire

The 13th Floor Elevators – You’re Gonna Miss Me (Live)

Scott Walker – 30 Century Man

Funkadelic – Hit It and Quit It

Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side

NEU! – After Eight

David Bowie – Always Crashing the Same Car

The Guess Who – Bus Rider (Live)

Johnnie Allen – Promised Land

The Stooges – Down on the Street

The Balfa Brothers – La Danse de Mardi Gras

Sly and the Family Stone – Brave and Strong

Syd Barrett – Here I Go

The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

Salad – You Got the Job

Faust – Gott ist Tot

The Seeds – Mr Farmer

David Bowie – Moonage Daydream

The Teardrop Explodes – The Great Dominions

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Vapour Trails: Episode 13

Vapour Trails: Episode 13

June 9, 2020

Welcome to ep. 13 of Vapour Trails

Unlucky for some but not for us.
Inching towards freedom we travel the world - on the trail of the lonesome pine. Join us on our journey into lo-fi sound - and Yes! We do feel better..........
Depeche Mode - I Feel You
Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding
Devics - Red Morning
The Psycho Relics - Rocking Chair 
Little Richard - She's Got It
International Teachers of Pop - Age of the Train
ATOM - Run Out
Holly Golightly - Satan is His Name
Laurel & Hardy - Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Johnny Cash - One Piece at a Time
John Moore & The Expressway
Josef K - Sorry for Laughing
The Raveonettes - Love in a Trashcan
David Bowie - In the Heat of the Morning
Joy Division - She Lost Control
Goldbirds - Giving Up
The Psychedelic Furs - Dumb Waiters
The Fall - New Big Prinz
Men Diamler - Jimmy's Jewels
Strange Eyes - Close
Julian Cope - Double Vegetation
XTC - Dear God
Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream
Foetus - The Need Machine
The Stranglers - La Folie
#depechemode #robertwyatt #devics #psychorelics #littlerichard #international_teachersofpop #ATOM
#hollygolightly #laurelandhardy #johnnycash #johnmooremusicofficial #josefk #theraveonettes
#davidbowie #joydivision #goldbirds #thepsychedelicfurs #thefall #mendiamler  #iamstrangeeyes 
#juliancope #xtc  #elvis #jgthirlwell #foetus #thestranglers
Vapour Trail Lockdown Special -  Harry Howard

Vapour Trail Lockdown Special - Harry Howard

May 23, 2020

Welcome to the first in an occasional series of Vapour Trails Lockdown Specials.

In this episode we spoke with influential Australian musician, Harry Howard (Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls, Pink Stainless Tail, Harry Howard and the NDE & ATOM) via a clunky old zoom link to Melbourne.

In a wide ranging conversation, we cover everything from the early days of the Birthday Party, Berlin in the mid 80's, the recent concerts celebrating the work of Harry's late brother, Rowland S. Howard, and his current project, ATOM, with a few tunes dotted along the way - and lots more besides.

Also, as a bonus, following on straight after the conversation, we've added an hour of back-to-back tunes, all related in some way to the bands/musicians Harry has worked with - full track listing below. So, if you like your emotions (and guitars) raw n close to the bone, keep on listening after the chat.....

Photo of Harry and design by Melbourne's very own Jane Durlacher

To order 'This Guitar Belongs to Rowland S Howard' - the book mentioned in the conversation, edited by Harry Howard, please visit (you can also purchase work by Pink Stainless Tail via this site, one of Harry's earlier projects)

Music by ATOM on It Records, Melbourne, can be bought here

Track Listings:
Harry Howard - Interview:
These Immortal Souls - Insomnicide (intro - excerpt)
Crime and the City Solution - Hey Sinkiller
These Immortal Souls - Hey! Little Child
Rowland S. Howard - Shut Me Down
Harry Howard and the NDE - The Only One
ATOM - Don't Come Back

Harry Howard - After Show
Mick Harvey - Back at Kiatora
Anita Lane - Lost in Music
The Birthday Party - Several Sins (co-written by Harry & Rowland S. Howard)
Ed Kuepper - Sleepy Head
The Moodists - Gone Dead
Mick Harvey, Lindelle-Jayne Spruyt - Sensuelle et Sans Suite
Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes - You're Just Too Hip, Baby
Epic Soundtracks - Fallen Down
The Birthday Party - Kiss Me Black
Minimal Compact - When I Go (from Wings of Desire OST)
Einsturzende Neubauten - Feurio!
Laughing Clowns - Holy Joe
Low + Dirty Three - I Hear...Goodnight
Beasts of Bourbon - I Told You So
Jacobites - When The Rain Comes
JP Shilo, Mick Harvey - Ss C'est Bon
The Immortal Souls - King of Kalifornia

Vapour Trails: Episode 12

Vapour Trails: Episode 12

May 12, 2020

Welcome to episode 12 of Vapour Trails, the radio show. Yes, that's 24 hours from Tulsa to you and me

Still locked down, our barely coherent mumblings from isolation are mercifully few and more than drowned out by some great tunes.

We're playing with technology we hardly understand - so sorry if some of it sounds like an elastic band.

But that's lockdown for you!


Throbbing Gristle – Hot on Heels of Love

The Human League – Being Boiled

Dolly Parton – Jolene

Dennis Wilson – River Song

The White Stripes – Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine

Courtney Barnett – Need A Little Time

Purple Mountains – Margaritas at the Mall

Simple Minds – Changeling

Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing

JarvIS – House Music All Night Long

Lee Hazlewood – Your Sweet Love

Buzzcocks – Promises

Echo & the Bunnymen – With a Hip

Iggy & the Stooges – Search and Destroy

Goldfrapp – Believer

Can – Vitamin C

Bandante – Bang Bang

The Beloved – The Sun Rising

The Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning

World of Twist –Sons of the Stage

Cordell Jackson – Basketball Man

Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds – Coyote Conundrum

Kesha (feat. Sturgill Simpson, Brian Wilson & Wrabel) – Resentment

Beans on Toast – Here at Homerton Hospital

Alabaster DePlume – Be Nice to People


Vapour Trails: Episode 11

Vapour Trails: Episode 11

April 14, 2020

Welcome to episode 11 of Vapour Trails - aka The April Lockdown Special!

In this episode we find ourselves the only Vapour Trail in the sky.

Howman, securely housed, compiling facts in his mighty bunker. 
Connelly, blissfully alone, whittling sticks on his secret Rockall island hideaway( o/s grid ref mc035165)
These are indeed challenging times that call for challenging, virtual, recording methods. So bear with us on this exciting musical journey. And this is important: the music (all 27 songs - count 'em! ) is as excellent as always. 
From our splendid isolation direct to yours, with love....Stay safe everyone xxx


The Osmonds – Crazy Horses

Roxy Music – Love is the Drug

The Cramps – What’s Inside a Girl?

International Teachers of Pop – Don’t Diss the Disco

Go-Kart Mozart – A New World

The Spinners – I’ll Be Around

East Village – Here It Comes

Suede – So Young

The Highwaymen – Highwayman

Julian Cope – No Hard Shoulder to Cry On

Flame Proof Moth – Cuckoo

The Fall – Mr Pharmacist

The Mighty Lemon Drops – Happy Head

Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris – Love Hurts

Rufus Wainwright – Going To a Town

Snapped Ankles – I Want My Minutes Back

Anthony Reynolds – I Was Born

Elvis Presley – Softly As I Leave You (Rehearsal)

Magazine – A Song From Under the Floorboards

Soft Cell – Bedsitter

Nova One – Where You Are

Aldous Harding – The Barrel

Pottery – Texas Drums pt.1

Pernice Brothers – Crestfallen

Fat White Family – Feet

Cousteau – Last Good Day of the Year

Antony & The Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone

Vapour Trails - Episode 10 16/03/2020

Vapour Trails - Episode 10 16/03/2020

March 16, 2020

Welcome to Vapour Trails episode 10

All people are now dangerous: Fact!

Only listen to this show in isolation but do share it with others – it’s how these things spread. Stay away from everyone until the alarm bells stop and remember:

Forget Everything You Know! It’s now officially all wrong.


Track Listing:

The Bob Crewe Generation Orchestra (feat. The Glitterhouse) - Barbarella  

The Divine Comedy – Something For The Weekend

Jimmy Campbell – On a Monday

Savages - Evil

Graham Coxon – Beautiful Bad

The Specials – Blank Expression

Bauhaus – Kick in The Eye

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Spellbound  

Norma Tanega – You’re Dead

Talking Heads – Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)

Portishead - Numb

The Sweet – Ballroom Blitz

Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Texas Sun

Primal Scream – Swastika Eyes

Soccer Mommy – Your Dog

Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

Alabama 3 – Ain’t Goin’ To Goa

The Jesus & Mary Chain – Reverance

The Hair & Skin Trading Company – Ground Zero

Gorillaz (feat. Shaun Ryder) – Dare

The Meters – Hey Pocky A-way

Stockard Channing – There Are Worse Things I Could Do (from Grease: The OST)

Joan As Policewoman – Warning Bell

Scott Lavene – Someplace New

Elliott Smith – Between the Bars

Talk Talk – I Believe in You

Vapour Trails: Episode 9

Vapour Trails: Episode 9

February 17, 2020

Welcome to Episode 9 of Vapour Trails on a Ship Full of Bombs

We travel all over this world of ours and leave every place just before we get asked to. 

Along the way we give you Walker, Bowie, Cope, Mackenzie, Gwenno, Haines & Buck (How did that happen!) and we dive with Cousteau, and many others. Howman avoids a 'mighty' fine and Scott Walker was Connelly's personal shopper - apparently.  

So, be good to yourselves: Listen live, or download and listen again at your leisure..

Track listing:

Jungle – Busy Earnin’ -

Luke Haines & Peter Buck – Jack Parsons

Japan – European Son

Bambara – Heat Lightning

Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth

Brian Eno – Third Uncle

Cousteau – Your Day Will Come

The Stooges – Loose

Gwenno – Tir Ha Mor

Scott Walker – The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime)

Billy MacKenzie – Give Me Time

Kacey Musgraves – Slow Burn

Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline

David Bowie – Everyone Says ‘Hi’

Tame Impala – Lost in Yesterday

Little Walter – Blue and Lonesome

Air (feat. Beth Hirsch) – All I Need

Bill Callahan – When We Let Go

Baxter Dury - Slumlord

Beastie Boys - Sabotage

Simon & Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy in New York

Pumarosa – The Witch

Townes Van Zandt – Waitin’ Around To Die

Spiritualized – Electricity

Mantranima – Alone With Shiva

 Vapourtrails #shipfullofbombs #sfob #bambara #thestooges #cousteau #juliancope #lukehaines #peterbuck #rem #gwenno #baxterdury #billymackenzie #japan #tameimpala #pumarosa #townesvanzandt #billcallahan #Bowie #neildiamond #brianeno #spiritualized #scottwalker #jungle #mantranima  #r2rsweetcarolinetour2020

Vapour Trails - Episode 8

Vapour Trails - Episode 8

January 21, 2020

Welcome to episode 8 and the first Vapour Trails radio show of 2020. 

Moving forward into a new decade whilst looking back on what has been before...please enjoy responsibly. Nobody was harmed in the making of this radio show. But someone may have lost a gall bladder. Available for download now.


Khruangbin – Maria Tambien

Sinead O’Connor – Success Has Made a Failure of Our Home

The Jim Jones Revue – Elemental

White Denim – Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)

Sturgill Simpson – Life of Sin

James Johnston (feat. Gemma Ray) – I’d Give You Anything

Sneaker Pimps – Post-Modern Sleaze

The Gun Club – Ghost on the Highway

Van Morrison – Sweet Thing

The Verve – Lucky Man

Villagers – Nothing Arrived

The Carpenters – Superstar

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – The Way

Richard Dawson – Two Halves

Fat White Family – Tinfoil Deathstar

Barry Adamson (feat: Billy McKenzie) – Achieved in the Valley of Dolls

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – People Ain’t No Good

Leonard Cohen – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

The Rolling Stones – Waiting On A Friend

Jacobites – Big Store

The Handsome Family – Far From Any Road

John Grant – Marz

Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It

Lou Reed – Lady Day

The Monkees – Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)


Vapour Trails Christmas Special -23/12/19

Vapour Trails Christmas Special -23/12/19

December 24, 2019

Its Christmas time and there is every reason to be afraid. But not now…welcome to the Vapour
Trails Christmas Special. Trying to avoid Morrisons we venture down a different aisle with the
help of Christmas orphans, giants, twins and aliens with flaming lips.
This could be the worst Christmas ever, or it might just work out fine .
And as Elvis once said…MurrryChristmas…..everyone xx


John Shuttleworth – The Christmas Orphan
Frank Sidebottom - Christmas is Really Fantastic
Sparks – Thank God it’s Not Christmas
Tuscadero – Holidays R Hell
They Might Be Giants – Santa’s Beard
Cocteau Twins – Frosty the Snowman
Tracey Thorn (feat. Green Gartside) – Taking Down The Tree
The Fall – (We Wish You) A Protein Christmas
The Fall – Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Live – John Peel session)
Sufjan Stevens – That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!
Scritti Politti – Snow in the Sun
Squeeze – Christmas Day
The Dandy Warhols – Little Drummer Boy
Muna – Pipes of Peace
Tom Waits – Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
Sia – Puppies are Forever
Julian Casablancas – I Wish it was Christmas Today
The Dickies – Silent Night
Lemmy, Billy Gibbons & Dave Grohl – Run Rudolph Run
Manic Street Preachers – Last Christmas
The Futureheads – Christmas was Better in the 80’s
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
The Flaming Lips – A Change at Christmas (Say it isn’t so)
Fountains of Wayne – I Want an Alien for Christmas
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
Orlando Roberton & Kate Daisy Grant – Silent Dark Night
Galaxie 500 – Listen, the Snow is Falling


Vapour Trails - Episode 6

Vapour Trails - Episode 6

November 25, 2019

Welcome to what has unavoidably become episode 6 of Vapour Trails (aka the prequel to episode 7, The Christmas Special) on Ship Full of Bombs!

Everything you had no idea you needed is here: We take in a lodger, we pull up to your bumper, we make you smile and discover our Irish blood and English heart via Alabama. And we think we may have unveiled a world's first (we think) on a Sunday afternoon...... but how can we be sure?
If you like what we do and want to support us here on Ship Full of Bombs, so SFOB can continue broadcasting free to air independent radio, please visit and donate as much or as little as you can - all very appreciated.
Till the next time xxx 
David Bowie - DJ
Grace Jones – Pull Up To the Bumper
Kraftwerk – The Model
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make me Smile (Come Up and See Me)
Blackbox Recorder – The Facts of Life
Echo & The Bunnymen – A Promise
Tom Waits – (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night
Neil Young - Alabama
Morrissey – Irish Blood, English Heart
Japan - Halloween
The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??
Bauhaus – Telegram Sam
Mink DeVille – Venus of Avenue D
Pixies – Where is My Mind?
Blur – Out of Time
PJ Harvey (feat. Thom Yorke) – This Mess We’re In
Roxy Music – Editions of You
The Black Angels – Sunday Afternoon
David Cassidy – How Can I Be Sure
Joni Mitchell – Carey
American Music Club – Royal Café
Barry Adamson (feat. Nick Cave) – The Sweetest Embrace
The Doors – LA Woman