The Today Programme should not attempt dance music

The most embarrassing item ever on The Today Programme? A DJ who can’t mix, a professor who can’t explain the theory, and an interviewer who hasn’t got a clue about the subject in hand. Genius!

Channel 5 ident

Lucy & I were asked to write the music for a couple of idents for the Channel 5 rebrand, the first of which is being broadcast today:

Keep an eye out for it when you’re watching the Gadget Show or CSI!

The second ident is due next week sometime; I’ll update this post when it’s on.

Gig: May 8th @ Luminaire

Yo, we have a gig coming up at the rather nice London venue The Luminaire.

It’s a fiver in advance, with the flyer above or by buying in advance using WeGotTickets: Buy Tickets!

p.s. It’s Oli’s birthday the day before so you are permitted to buy him an alcoholic beverage – after the gig! (We’re on first at 8ish I guess – will confirm nearer the time)

Cassette Electrik heart darts

You will of course have watched last week’s World Darts Championship coverage on the BBC. Therefore you will have noticed they used our song Friend or Foe on their ‘Friend or Foe’ segment.

Next stop: soundtracking curling @ the Vancouver Winter Olympics

Gig next Friday!

Friday 29th January, Purple Turtle

(yes, they spelt our name wrong…)

Doors open at 7pm, and we’re on second so I guess we might be on around 8:30…better get there at 8pm to be on the safe side!


Karel Fialka had hits in the 80’s with songs like ‘Hey Matthew’, and this is his first UK gig for a long time. Should be interesting.

More details from the Flag Promotions site

Advance tickets from us for £6 – send £6 to us via PayPal ( and we will email your  ticket by return.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Power Games

So when the sound engineer casually mentioned in the soundcheck that sometimes the power fails in the Mother Bar and that, being the sound guy, he often gets the blame, we slapped our thighs heartily, laughed and thought no more. Until 20 mins into our set when BOOM! Darkness and silence…Now neither of these things are your friend when you are on stage.

And the problem with being an electro band (the clue’s in the name), is that cracking on with a quick acoustic set in these circumstances just isn’t possible.  However, I was by this point on a bit of a roll so, like some latter-day Vera Lynn in black shiny leggings, I decided to get the troops singing till the power came back on. Surely the only sensible thing to do (not to mention pal Carrie furiously whispering ‘SING SOMETHING WE ALL KNOW’ in my ear…) The chorus of old favourite A Little Respect soon rang out over the Hoxton skyline and whilst the high notes somewhat escaped me, in the circumstances it could have been worse. Even Oli sang and that NEVER happens…

Sadly however we did eventually have to admit defeat and give in to Motherboard Failure. Maybe next time we should decamp to the Electricity Showrooms just opposite. They have loads of power there, surely..?


POSTSCRIPT 1: talking of covers, we at Cassette Electrik Towers keep toying with the idea of doing a version of an archetypal and still amazing 80’s hit by a well-known male/female pop duo. Then stepping back and going, ‘no, we CAN’T’… (Those of you who’ve seen me in a karaoke frame of mind can probably guess what that is). Could be sacrilege, could be awesome – but then that’s always the fine line you walk when doing a cover, I guess. Might be just something we pull out of our musical bag at next gig, so keep an ear out.

POSTSCRIPT 2: at the opposite end of the spectrum, we really enjoyed finally doing new tune Feels Good, despite the fact it was curtailed – hopefully we’ll do it justice next time. We also didn’t get to do our new favourite singalong anthem No Knowing.  So to all of you who were there but didn’t get a full gig out of us (Dawn & Duane, Rick, Andy, James, Zoe, Lisa-Marie, Adriana, Carrie, Lucio, Lili, Tony O’Dell, Blatchkey Kid, Matty T, Melissa, Marc KN, Damien, Neil, Lisa, Al, Olaf and all you other lovely peeps who gave us your support) we salute you and No Knowing goes out to you next time.

POSTSCRIPT 3: a final shout out (I’ve exhausted myself now with all this gushing – it’s a good thing I only blog about once a year) to bearded geniuses (genii??) The Flippers for their continually fabulous visuals. One of these days I’ll actually get to watch some. If anyone would like to sample more of their work there’s all kinds of visual trickery here – including some very cool Halloween goings-on from their front room in Romford. Scared the neighbours shitless, no doubt.

Gig at 333 Mother 7th November

Yo, people of the world! We are headlining the 333 club on Saturday 7th November!

(It’s the club next door to the main 333 Club – the Mother Bar)

We should be on around 10pm – see you there – or else.

Prices on the door are £6, but we can offer you an ultra-special price of £5. Simply clickee the linkee below to add many many tickets to your cart and pay using PayPal; you’ll receive a ticket by return of email.

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I’ll post details of the other bands and flyer when I have ’em!