The PopCulteer
October 13, 2023

Your PopCulteer is still riding a Ringo high from Monday night, so this week’s PopCulteer column reverts to radio notes mode. We have a hot new episode of MIRRORBALL to tell you about, and a recent and terrific encore of an episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat.

Friday at 2 PM on The AIR, Mel Larch devotes a full hour to intricately curated classics of the Disco era.  The AIR is PopCult‘s sister radio station. You can hear our shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player found elsewhere on this page.

The Ohio Players make their long-awaited debut on MIRRORBALL this week with the classic, “Love Rollercoaster.” We also have some European Disco hits from Dina Carroll, Hot Chocolate and Tony Holiday, some massive hits by the top Divas of Disco and a song by The Average White Band, sung by Hamish Stuart, who was one of Ringo’s All-Starrs when they hit Charleston earlier this week.

It’s a cool collection of dance classics from the Golden Age of Disco.

Check out the playlist…


The Ohio Players “Love Rollercoaster”
Dina Carroll “Ain’t No Man”
Hot Chocolate “No Doubt About It”
Grace Jones “Pride”
Average White Band “Let’s Go Round Again”
The Blackbyrds “Walking In Rhythm”
Tavares “It Only Takes A Minute”
Tony Holiday “Tanze Samba mit mir”
Donna Summer “Love’s Unkind”
The Spinners “Are You Ready For Love”
Sister Sledge “Lost In Music”
George Benson “Never Give Up On A Good Thing”
The Three Degrees “You’re The One”
Gloria Gaynor “(If You Want It) Do It Yourself”

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 we bring you an encore of the one-hundred-and-first episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat from eariler this year.  This is a mixtape presentatio of tracks from the boxed set, Steven Wilson Presents: Intrigue-Progressive Sounds In Uk Alternative Music 1979-89.

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. Two classic episodes can also be heard every Sunday, starting at 10 AM.

And that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back every day for fresh content.