The PopCulteer
February 24, 2023

We’re already in the last week of February and Friday afternoon we offer up new episodes of MIRRORBALL and Sydney’s Big Electric Cat. The AIR is PopCult‘s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player found elsewhere on this page.

At 2 PM, Mel Larch uncorks a new MIRRORBALL!  After five consecutive themed episodes, The AIR’s showcase of classic Disco music presents a decidedly random collection songs from the heyday of polyester, gold lamé, mirrored balls and lighted dancefloors. We don’t have a fancy theme this week, just meaty, beaty, funky Disco music.

Check out the playlist…


The Jacksons “The Life Of The Party”
Stargard “Which Way Is Up?”
Roy Ayers “Running Away”
Brass Construction “Movin'”
Tavares “Don’t Take Away The Music”
Kool & The Gang “Get Down On It”
Barry White “My Sweet Summer Suite”
The Spinners “Working My Way Back To You”
Narada Michael Walden “I Shoulda Loved Ya”
Sylvester “Going Down, Down, Down”
Natalie Cole “Party Lights”
Rhythm Heritage “Gonna Fly Now (Theme from “Rocky”)”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays throughout the following week, Saturday at 9 PM, Sunday at 11 PM, Monday at 9 AM and Tuesday at 1 PM.

At 3 PM, Sydney Fileen graces us with a new mixtape episode of  of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat.  This time around, Sydney brings you an uninterrupted sampling of the recently-released boxed set, Steven Wilson Presents: Intrigue-Progressive Sounds In Uk Alternative Music 1979-89.  Steven Wilson is a musician, producer and acclaimed re-release remixer who has worked with King Crimson, YES, Ultravox and many others.  Though Wilson is usually associated with progressive rock, he grew up on the New Wave era and Intrigue is a collection of some great music from the New Wave era, with a focus on deep album cuts and b-sides.

Check out this intriguing playlist…

BEC 101

Wire “I Should Have Known Better”
Gang of Four “Contract”
The Associates “White Car In Germany”
Cocteau Twins “Donimo”
Dalis Car “Dalis Car”
Thomas Dolby “Airwaves”
Cardiacs “R.E.S.”
No-Man “Night Sky, Sweet Earth”
Art Nouveau “Enemies”
New Musik “They All Run After The Carviing Knife”
Magazine “Back To Nature”
Slab “Gutter Busting”
Echo and The Bunnymen “All My Colours”
Joy Division “The Eternal”
Kate Bush “Waking The Witch”
The Sisters of Mercy “Corrosion”
XTC “Complicated Game”
This Heat “Health and Efficiency”
The The “Good Morning, Beautiful”
Momus “Murderers, The Hope Of Women”
Kitchens of Distinction “The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule”
The Stranglers “The Raven”

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon,  Monday at 7 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM, Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 AM, exclusively on The AIR.

That’s what’s new on The AIR Friday, and that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back for our regular features every day.