Vive La France ! Bastille Day !


Just in time for Bastille Day, our very own Tom Stark returned to the BaNGWAvE! studios to record this special program. We think you will enjoy it especially if you are into French stuff.

In this program Tom takes you through a crash course in French Pop music, concentrating on the 1980s through today. All the best France has to offer the world and it’s right here on BaNGWAvE.ORG.

Happy Bastille Day! Long live the French nation!


Artist rendering of the Bastille Prison in France, circa 1780

That Last Ramone : Dead at 65


Tom Erdelyi, better known as Tommy Ramone, the founding drummer and last surviving original member of the Ramones, died on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens. He was 65.

The cause was cancer of the bile duct, his family said. Of the original Ramones, Joey (the singer) died in 2001, Dee Dee (the bassist) in 2002 and Johnny (the guitarist) in 2004. [Tommy died on July 11 2014. It’s been 2 years now.]

Mr. Erdelyi played only on the band’s first three albums, “Ramones” in 1976 and “Leave Home” and “Rocket to Russia,” both from 1977. And he cut a much more easygoing figure than his bandmates, who despite their fraternal stage names were notorious for internecine feuds. Yet Mr. Erdelyi played a crucial role in the sound and early development of the band, which was started by the high school friends from Forest Hills, Queens.

When the group first came together in 1974, Mr. Erdelyi, who had some experience in the music business as a recording engineer, was the manager. Equally in love with hard rock’s buzz-saw guitar and the sunny clarity of 1950s and ’60s radio pop, the four men, dressed in leather jackets and ripped jeans like B-movie juvenile delinquents, opposed the mellow singer-songwriters and opulent progressive rock that dominated pop at the time.

[ report by Ben Sisario ]

Ian Curtis’ Original Gravestone Missing



The former Joy Division singer’s memorial stone has gone missing from the Macclesfield cemetery where his cremated remains are buried.

The vile graverobber made off with the memorial stone sometime in the early morning on July 2, 2008. Local police continue to ask for anyone with information on its whereabouts to come forward. Surviving members of the band have since made public appeals to the thieves to return the stone, but to no avial.

His gravestone is inscribed “Ian Curtis, 18-5-80”, with the words “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. (see above)

The stone has not since been located and has been replaced with a new one. The message on the memorial stone is the same but the font is more basic. (see video below)

“There is no CCTV in the area and there are no apparent leads as to who is responsible for the theft,” a police spokesman said. “This is a very unusual theft and I am confident that someone locally will have knowledge about who is responsible or where the memorial stone is at present.” [ The Guardian ]


40 Songs to Rock Your 4th of July


We’ve collected the best and most relevant songs to date about America, American Culture, Revolution, Freedom and Independence Day. In this collection we are treated to Music Videos, Live Performances, Historic Radio and Cinema PSA, Patriot and Protest music alike.

Play the list all the way through to experience a great Forth of July TV Special. Get the songs and put them on shuffle for your BBQ party. Let us know what you think.

Happy Fourth of July! .. to everyone in the American diaspora, i.e.,  the world.



USA Independence Day 2016 Playlist

  1. “Happy 4th of July” – Dr Chorizo
  2. “God Bless America” – Kate Smith
  3. “Star Spangled Banner” – Jimi Hendrix
  4. “America The Beautiful” – Ray Charles
  5. “I Love The USA” – Weezer
  6. “Born in The USA” – Bruce Springsteen
  7. “The State Capitols Song” – Wakko Warner (Animaniacs)
  8. “Living in America” – James Brown
  9. “Back in The USA” – Chuck Berry
  10. “R.O.C.K in The USA” – John Mellencamp
  11. “Route 66” – Nat King Cole
  12. “(Coming to) America” – Neil Diamond
  13. “O’Oh” – Yoko Ono
  14. “American Girl” – Tom Petty
  15. “American Music” – Violent Femmes
  16. “American Woman” – Lenny Kravitz
  17. “American Pie” – Don McLean
  18. “Young Americans” – David Bowie
  19. “America” – Prince & The Revolution
  20. “Party in The CIA” – Weird Al Yakovic
  21. “This Land is Your Land” – Woody Guthrie
  22. “Buffalo Soldier” – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  23. “Banned in The USA” – 2 Live Crew
  24. “Democracy (is coming to The USA)” – Leonard Cohen
  25. “Vote Baby Vote” – Dee-Lite (PSA)
  26. “American Idiot” – Green Day
  27. “American Life” – Madonna
  28. “Fourth Day of July” – The Washington Squares
  29. “I’m Afraid of Americans” – David Bowie & Nine Inch Nails
  30. “Amerika” – Rammstein
  31. “America Number One” – Consolidated
  32. “Made in America” – Kanye West & Jay-Z
  33. “America” – Laibach
  34. “Bulls on Parade” – Rage Against The Machine
  35. “Counting Bodies Like Sheep” – A Perfect Circle
  36. “Revolution” – The Beatles
  37. “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution” – Tracy Chapman
  38. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – Gil Scott-Heron
  39. “Universal Soldier” – Buffy Sainte-Marie
  40. “Solidarity Forever” – Pete Seeger

[ Report & Compilation by Alex Velocity ]

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Moby Talks Hugging the Porcelain


In the late 1980s, Moby was drawn to what he calls “the dirty mecca” of New York City. As a DJ and electronic musician, he was a staple of the rave scene: massive crowds dancing until dawn, probably under the influence of a substance or two, all moving as one to his songs.

Moby says he never would have predicted his success spilling into the mainstream — but it did with the album Play, a mashup of techno, old blues samples and darkly poetic lyrics. Released in 1999, the record sold millons and spawned hit singles, including what may be the artist’s signature song, “Porcelain.” That’s also the name of his new memoir.

“Porcelain is fragile and white, and I am fragile and white,” he explains with a laugh. “And also, halfway through the book, I go from being a sober Christian to being a very un-sober, non-Christian. And when I relapsed, to be graphic, I did a lot of throwing up into porcelain things.”

That willingness to expose himself in unflattering ways is a hallmark of the book, in which Moby explores how his rise to fame related to an internal search for validation. “Whether it was the early dance scene in New York, or New York itself, or the rave scene, or Christianity, or sobriety, or drunkenness,” he says, he was looking to belong.

Moby spoke with NPR’s David Greene about finding his way from local buzz to international fame, and how the difficulties of his childhood still informs his creative process.

[report by NPR Staff]