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Vapour Trails: Episode 16

Vapour Trails: Episode 16

September 1, 2020

Welcome to ep.16 of Vapour Trails

Autumn is approaching – join us for Japanese Breakfasts;  a distinct lack of floor fillers at a French disco; cats and dogs; Joanna Lumley and a different kind of Chicago

Fail we may, sail we must…..

Ep. 16 Playlist

Ian McCulloch – September Song

JARV IS… - Must I Evolve?

Elastica – Line Up

American Music Club – Big Night

Stereolab – French Disko

Super Furry Animals – Something 4 the Weekend

Blaze Foley – Small Town Hero

Trashcan Sinatras – What Women Do To Men

Richard Strange – International Language

Jacques Brel – Amsterdam

Lisa Hannigan – Undertow

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Spread Your Love

Babybird – Radioactice Stars

Memphis Minnie – Hoodoo Lady

Radiohead – Bodysnatchers

David Bowie – Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

Longpigs – On & On

Rolling Blackouts Coastel Fever – French Press

The Auteurs – Show Girl

Phoebe Bridgers – Kyoto

Japanese Breakfast – Everybody Wants to Love You

Sufjan Stevens – Chicago

Kurt Vile – Loading Zones

Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next


#ianmcculloch #echoandthebunnymen #jarvisbransoncocker #elastica #americanmusicclub #stereolab #superfurryanimals #blazefoley #trashcansinatras #richardstrange #jacquesbrel #lisahannigan #blackrebelmotorcycleclub #babybird #memphisminne #radiohead #davidbowie #longpigs #rollingblackoutscoastalfever #theauteurs #lukehaines #phoebebridgers#japanesbreakfast #sufjanstevens #kurtvile #manicstreetpreachers  

Vapour Trails: Episode 15

Vapour Trails: Episode 15

August 4, 2020



Welcome to ep 15 of Vapour Trails


As you may be aware we don’t do themes as such but this month themes appear to include: film soundtracks, brand new songs, dead popstars found in salty snacks, has-been radio 1 DJs (don’t get us started) and white cars in Germany – or are there?


Up the Nurses! Up the Actors and Stage Crews! Let the music play on…..



Ry Cooder – Paris, Texas (from the OST)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Tall Skinny Papa

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Pish

Mercury Rev – Goddess on a Hiway

Rachel Angel – Highway Songs

The Breeders – Cannonball

The Bee Gees – To Love Somebody

Nelson Kempf – Sweetness and Strife

The Associates – White Car in Germany

Cardiacs – Is This The Life?

Protomartyr – The Aphorist

Barbara Lynn – Sufferin City

Fabienne Delsol – Chills and Fever

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

Francoise Hardy – Comment Te Dire Adieu

Stepbrother – White & Gold & Blue & Black

Grinderman – Palaces of Montezuma

Ron Moody – Reviewing the Situation (from Oliver! Original cast recording)

Tricky – Black Steel

Silverbacks – Up the Nurses

The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work

Primal Scream – (I’m Gonna) Cry Myself Blind (The Original Memphis Recordings)

Sault – Wildfires

Massive Attack – Teardrop

Vangelis – One More Kiss Dear (from Blade Runner ost)

Vangelis -Tears in Rain (feat Rutger Hauer – from Blade Runner ost)


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Vapour Trails: Episode 14

Vapour Trails: Episode 14

July 7, 2020

Welcome to Vapour Trails episode 14

As we move out of lockdown and into the 2nd year of Vapour Trails - Howman Tales, light-hearted remarks from Connelly throughout. We give you everything we have, even though you haven’t asked for it. 

Brought to you with love by Roister Doister and Shoe Horn. This has been an Empty House Production

Image Design: Jane Durlacher

Track Listing: 

Killing Joke – Love Like Blood

Spear of Destiny – Prisoner of Love

Baxter Dury – Say Nothing

Vivian Girls – Where Do You Run To

Nicole Atkins – Domino

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Deus Ibi Est

The Good, The Bad & The Queen – 80s Life

Karen Dalton – Something On Your Mind

People of K (KLF) – 3am Eternal

The Kinks – I Go to Sleep (demo version)

Gary Numan - Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

Crystal Stilts – Converging In the Quiet

Girls Names – Bury Me

Dirty Beaches – I Dream in Neon

Fire Engines – Meat Whiplash

Masahiko Satoh – TBSF

Chorusgirl – No Moon

Small Faces – Tin Soldier

The Fallen Leaves – Passing By

The Walker Brothers – Lines

Boogarins – Lucifernandis

Squeeze – Some Fantastic Place

MC5 – Looking At You

Jim Reeves – Adios Amigo

EOB - Olympik 

#vapourtrails #shipfullofbombs #killingjoke #spearofdestiny #baxterdury #viviangirls #nicoleatkins #isobelcampbell #marklanegan #thegoodthebadandthequeen #karendalton #klf #thekinks #garynuman #tubewayarmy #crystalstilts #girlsnames #dirtybeaches #fireengines #masahikosatoh #chorusgirl #smallfaces #thefallenleaves #thewalkerbrothers #boogarins #squeeze #mc5 #jimreeves #EOB

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

#juliancope #donaldrossskinner #salad #hotmotel #kiosk #mc5 #themeters #rokyerickson #13thfloorelevators #scottwalker #funkadelic #loureed #neu #krautrock #davidbowie #theguesswho #johnnieallen #thestooges #iggypop #thebalfabrothers #cajunmusic #slyandthefamilystone #sydbarrett #pinkfloyd #thesmiths #faust #theseeds #theteardropexplodes #petedefreitas #prolapse #cud #psychedelia #peggysuicide #jehovahkill #headheritage

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

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