In preparation for the upcoming WFMU Radio Greats Weekend, I've been sorting through old tapes of my WFMU radio show (I refuse to call them "airchecks"—that's down there with saying "imprint" instead of "record label" if you ask me—"check, check, is this mic on?") and I came across this entertaining interview with England's The Membranes. The Membranes were three (sometimes four) funny-as-hell lads from Blackpool, and for pretty much their entire existence as a band I was a huge fan. In fact, one of my first dates with the young woman who eventually became my wife was a Membranes' show at Maxwell's in Hoboken. This was originally aired in 1988, when the band were here on tour promoting what was then their latest album, Kiss Ass...Godhead!, and songs from the album are sprinkled throughout the 34-minute interview. The interview was recorded in the old production room, the "B" studio of WFMU's former headquarters under the Upsala College Froeberg Hall dormitory. The Membranes talk fast (especially John Robb, the lead singer and obvious "wit" of the band), but it's worth listening closely to hear them rap about Steve Albini, Hammer of the Gods, Slade, their favorite Beatles' albums, "cans" vs. "headphones" and where drummer Coofy Sid got his name, among many other things. Just don't mention The Fall or visas. If you listen hard, you can hear WFMU radio great Bronwyn C. chuckling in the background. The presentation ends with an impromptu sloppy doo-wop station i.d. followed by The Membranes' signature song, "Everyone's Going Triple Bad Acid, Yeah!"
I present this interview here as an mp3, rather than on the radio, as it's a bit long and worthy of being preserved in its entirety. Thanks to the generous offer of DJ Daniel Blumin, I'll be celebrating my 15 years on the air (1984–1999) with Daniel, on August 10, from 3–6 a.m. ET, playing choice excerpts of the music, humor and occasional mental breakdowns that characterized my show. Also joining us will be musicologist, author, former WFMU broadcaster and Dark Beloved Cloud records impresario Douglas Wolk. We'll also be presenting musical extracts from The Stork Club program. Hear us there!