“The 1987 album known Time Boom X De Devil Dead (yeah, it’s a mouthful, but why shouldn’t it be?) is one of the greatest three way musical collisions that ever happened, and further evidence that you just can’t trust the Music Biz when it comes to getting superlative noise from creators to appreciators. In fact, it may just be the whole reason for this list (the best stuff you’ve probably never heard). The music and science lovers in question here being i) Lee “Scratch” Perry (having recently split Jamaica for the UK), ii) the Dub Syndicate (absolute truth in advertising), and iii) Adrian Sherwood (mix magician extraordinaire) all taking the night train together, feeling no pain, even as the Cold War reality of the moment kept burning hotter and hotter, almost as if the only conceivable constructive action was to keep moving, keep grooving, keep smoking the ganja and cranking the echo, and spilling the mad truth in hopes it might someday one day, by whatever improbable means, finally find the sort of ears that need it, want it, maybe even deserve it. Time Boom X De Devil Dead. Seriously, seek it out — possibly the greatest album ever that hardly anyone’s heard.” (Philip Random)
“In which Lee Scratch Perry (aka Rainford Hugh Perry), the maddest mix-doctor of them all, nails us with a powerful ember of soul fire that manages to be equal parts easy and strange. Because it’s roots reggae (always an easy groove) and it concerns the human soul (always strange). Doesn’t matter if you’re in feverishly hot Trenchtown, Jamaica, or just some pointless suburb at the north-western edge of the crumbling civilization known as Babylon. It’s all humanity if you drill deep enough.” (Philip Random)
“With a small handful of exceptions, the very best Bob Marley is the very early Bob Marley, the stuff he recorded long before we, the godless multitudes of greater Babylon, had a clue that he even existed, when he was still just some struggling Jamaican local trying to believe in his soul. In particular, you’ve gotta love what he did with the singularly unsane Lee Scratch Perry in the producer’s chair. I do anyway, the two of them (and the band, of course) exploring far darker, edgier realms of soul and rebellion than what would eventually come to hog all the space on the Greatest Hits albums, get hippies dancing around bonfires, pretending they’re little birds.” (Philip Random)
“It’s hard to get a specific date on Bucky Skank, just sometime in the 1970s, probably post 1972, which I don’t even know for sure, it just feels right that it came from the Black Ark, Mr. Lee Scratch Perry and his Upsetters being known for their stoned and wistful wandering both in and out of time. The groove is odd, almost broken. The lyrics are mostly nonsensical to my non-Jamaican ears. But it always brings a smile.” (Philip Random)
“Mr. Brown is definitely the most garage sounding track I’ve heard from Bob Marley, which is not a surprise given Lee Scratch Perry‘s presence at the mixing board, conjuring his unique and multihued magic. Found by me on Rasta Revolution, a 1974 compilation of various pre-fame Marley and the Wailers odds and ends, which means it probably got recorded prior to 1972. Not that Marley saw much fame anywhere beyond Jamaica until after 1974 anyway. And then I didn’t stumble onto it until at least 1994. But it still felt fresh, if a little ripe.” (Philip Random)
Tracks available on this Youtube playlist (somewhat inaccurate).
The Final Countdown* is Randophonic’s longest, most random and (if we’re doing it right) relevant countdown yet – the end of result of a long and convoluted process that finally evolved into something halfway tangible in early 2018. The 1297 Greatest Records of All Time right now right here, if that makes sense. And even if it doesn’t, we’re doing it anyway for as long as it takes, and it will take a while.
Installment #9 of The Final Countdown* went like this.
1132. Prince – shockadelica
1131. Pharaoh Sanders – The Creator Has A Master Plan (remix)
1130. Tune-Yards – you yes you
1129. OMD – Final Song
1128. Black Star Liner – ethnic suicide of the Volga Boatmen
1127. Kid Koala – skanky panky
1126. Modest Mouse – Jesus Christ was an Only Child
1125. Donovan – hey gyp [dig the slowness]
1124. Nigel Kennedy – while my guitar gently weeps
1123. Can – hunters + collectors
1122. Holger Czukay – Oh Lord, give us more money 
1121. Black Oak Arkansas – high and dry
1120. Eugene Chadbourne – Nazi Punks Fuck Off
1119. Orb + Lee Scratch Perry – Congo
1118. Daedelus – Just Briefly
1117. Neil Young – roll another number
1116. Suns of Arqa – Ananta snake dance
1115. The Teardrop Explodes – seven views of Jerusalem
1114. Jerry Garcia – eep hour
1113. Ornette Coleman – virgin beauty
1112. Clash – time is tight
1111. Van Morrison – no religion
Randophonic airs pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and/or download options usually available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.
Tracks available on this Youtube playlist (not entirely complete or accurate).
The Final Countdown* shall be our longest, most random and (if we’re doing it right) relevant countdown yet. Which is rather a long of way saying, we’re not one hundred percent sure yet what it’s all about – just the end of result of a long and convoluted process that finally evolved into something halfway tangible this past February. Which is itself rather hard to explain, so it’s probably best to just to listen to the radio show one week at a time (most weeks anyway) for as long as it takes, and it will take a while.
Installment #1 went as follows:
1297. Percy Faith + Orchestra – Theme From a Summer Place
1296. Cut Copy – Future
1295. Brian Eno – China My China
1294. Bullion – I just wasn’t made for these times
1293. BGM – People Got to Be Free
1292. Gabor Csupo – Nomad Rap Shadow
1291. Dr. John – big chief
1290. 2 Badcard – Noise Polluters
1289. Genesis – in the beginning
1288. Air – dirty trip
1287. Residents – nice old man
1286. Scott Walker – Montague Terrace (in blue)
1285. Mashmakhan – Letter from Zambia
1284. Creatures – ice house
1283. The Do – Tammie
1282. Ellen Foley- torchlight
1281. Bob Dylan – million dollar bash
1280. Terry Edwards + the Scapegoats – version city
1279. Cosmic Invention – ryugin
1278. Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete + Friends – star song
1277. Lee Scratch Perry + Mad Professor – dub those crazy baldheads
1276. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – earth the circle [parts 1+2]
Randophonic airs pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options usually available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.
Installment #1 of what we’re calling The Research Series aired Sunday, March-10-2018.
The plan is for forty-nine movies, each forty-nine minutes long, featuring no particular artist, working no particular theme, pursuing no particular agenda beyond boldly going … who knows? Or as Werner Von Braun once put it, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” And we definitely have no idea where all this will take us.
001. reSEARCH – This Big Program
Mike Figgis – future strings
Eno + Byrne – the carrier
Jean-Michel Jarre – diva [excerpt]
Kraftwerk – radioland
Nitin Sawhney – Voices
Orb + Lee Scratch Perry – Congo
Brand X – Isis mourning
Windy + Carl – program
Harmonia – trace
OMD – Stanlow
Shriekback – this big hush
Further installments of the Research Stuff will air most Sundays at approximately 1am (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options usually available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.
Original reggae upsetter Lee Scratch Perry plus the Dub Syndicate plus Adrian Sherwood‘s mix mastery equals Time Boom X De Devil Dead, arguably the greatest (mostly) forgotten album of all time. Mad rants, left field boasts, insights that only make sense once you stop trying to make sense of them — all set to grooves that can’t help but melt in your mind. “Needless to say, we listened to this a lot whilst tripping the old lysergic back in the day. Who ever said reggae wasn’t psychedelic, or the 1980s for that matter?” (Philip Random)