The PopCulteer
May 17, 2024

It’s the first episode after the big milestone, as Mel Larch returns with a brand-new MIRRORBALL! You can hear this and more cool music Friday on The AIR.

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Friday at 2 PM on The AIR, Mel Larch devotes her hour of Disco to a random assortment of classic dance tracks from the golden age of Disco. This time around she focuses on some of the lesser-known Disco hits, although we do have one mega-hit ringer, Amii Stewart’s “Knock On Wood” appears in a rare club mix.

You’ll also hear Cookie Monster, from his days binging on cookies while hanging out at Paradise Garage.

It’s a tasty collection of Disco goodies, to kick off MIRRORBALL”s second hundred episodes. Check out the playlist…


Rokotto “Boogie On Up”
Montreal Sound “Music”
Amii Stewart “Knock On Wood”
Black Star “Black Star”
Brenda Harris “Freakin’ Freak”
Cookie Monster & The Girls “C Is For Cookie (Larry Levan Mix)”
Grace Jones “That’s The Trouble”
Morning, Noon & Night “Bite Your Granny”
Patrick Adams & Phreek “Everybody Loves A Good Thing”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays throughout the following week Monday at 9 AM and Tuesday at 1 PM and a mini-marathon Saturday nights at 9 PM

At 3 PM, it’s encore time on the Big Electric Cat time as Sydney Fileen delivers a special mixtape edition of her show that presents a time capsule of the year 1980, one of the key years in the history of New Wave Music. This show originally aired in September, 2022.

Over the course of two hours you will hear such artists as The Police, Gary Numan, The Beat, Talking Heads, The B 52s, DEVO and more, all with music released in 1980. 1980 was the year when we vowed to whip it, at least once in a lifetime.

This is musical history at its most fun, so check out this playlist…

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat 096


Ultravox “Vienna”
Jim Carroll Band “People Who Died.”
Siouxsie & The Banshees “Paradise Place”
DEVO “Whip It”
Talking Heads “Once In A Lifetime”
Kate Bush “Violin”
Joe Jackson “Mad At You”
Gary Numan “I Dream of Wires”
Lene Lovich “The Night”
Units “Warm Moving Bodies”
The B 52s “The Devil’s In My Car”
The Cars “Gimme Some Slack”
The Beat (English) “Twist and Crawl”
The Clash “Somebody Got Murdered”
Adam and The Ants “Dog Eat Dog”
The Buggles “Kid Dynamo”
Martha and The Muffins “Echo Beach”
Spizz Energy “Where’s Captain Kirk”
Oingo Boingo “I’m So Bad”
Mi-Sex “A Loser”
The Plasmatics “I Want You Baby”
The Ramones “Do You Remember Rock’n’Roll Radio”
The Pretenders “Tattooed Love Boys”
Quincy “Roamin’ Catholic”
Split Enz “What’s The Matter With You”
Elvis Costello “5 Gears In Reverse”
Berlin “City Lights”
The Vapors “Spring Collection”
Toyah “Vision”
Models “Two People Per Square Kilometer”
Joy Division “Isolation”
Echo and The Bunnymen “Stars are Stars”

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. Classic episodes can be heard Sunday morning at 10 AM.

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