Known Pleasures

A sometimes wry look at the highly influential music that washed up in the seismic splash that was punk.

Known Pleasures Ep 31 -One Hit Wonders

July 31st, 2021

“The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long - and you have burned so very, very brightly”. Known Pleasures is back with a podcast of Bladerunner proportions - one hit wonders of the new wave era. Here we explore our favourite supernova tracks of the time and ask “where are they now? does that even qualify as new wave?” and “whose idea was this again?”


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Known Pleasures Ep 30 - INXS

February 7th, 2021

You might… know of… INXS as sinuous rock-funk exponents from the late 80s and early 90s. You might… know how…. they came to rule the world with their infectious hook laden songs. But_ did_ you_ know_ that back home in their native Australia there were plenty who saw them as just another rock band who’d graduated from the macho, 60s-influenced pub rock scene that had produced the likes of AC/DC. Well, here at Known Pleasures that really gets our goat up. INXS were not an Aus Rock band. They were a new wave band and a really good one.

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Known Pleasures Ep 29 - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

December 10th, 2020

When Andy, Paul and Winston took to the stage at a club in Liverpool in 1978, the small crowd assembled didn’t quite know what to expect. Especially because Winston was a tape recorder. What they wouldn’t have anticipated was that, within three or four years, this peculiar band - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - would rattle off a string of hit singles and eccentric inventive albums, placing them firmly on the frontline of the electro-pop invasion of the early to mid-80s.


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Known Pleasures Ep 28 - Magazine

October 11th, 2020

If 1978 can be regarded as Year Zero for post punk, then Magazine were already wide awake when day one dawned. From 78-81 they produced four challenging albums and set the tone for the next 30 years. Episode 28 of our Known Pleasures podcast examines what made Manchester’s Magazine one of the greats.


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Known Pleasures Ep 27 - Ian Dury and the Blockheads

August 25th, 2020
When the BBC website ran a poll on great disabled Britons, he came second only to Stephen Hawking. That’s how loved and admired was the geezer from Upminster.
So how does his music stack up after all these years? Has our trawl through the Ian Dury back catalogue left us thinking what a waste, or was it as good as cheddar cheese and pickle, a Vincent motorsickle or slap and tickle?

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Known Pleasures Ep 26 - Our Top Ten Bandwagon Jumpers

June 29th, 2020

In this special episode we discuss the New Wave Bandwagon Jumpers. Be it a post punk appropriation by genuine fans, a dabble in the New Wave by former wave makers or an opportunists opportunity to sell records. We went in hard and found our top ten recording artists who dared to try their hand at new music in the early eighties.

Our bandwagons are in a circle. Let the gunfire commence.

Known Pleasures Ep 25 - Tears For Fears

May 9th, 2020

If the Tears For Fears story ended after their first album we would gladly induct them into our own Post Punk Hall Of Fame, no hesitation. But in 1985, they went out to rule the world with well crafted, hook laden pop songs that America fell 'Head Over Heels' for and MTV heralded them as one of the bands at the forefront of the 2nd British Invasion. So, after that first album do Tears For Fears qualify as a New Wave band, and indeed does it really matter?

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Known Pleasures Ep 24 - The Birthday Party/Nick Cave

April 8th, 2020

It’s fairly safe to say there’s never been another Australian band, before or since, like The Birthday Party. While it would be unfair to blame these Boys Next Door entirely for the subsequent invention of Goth, they were most certainly grave-side when the body was being exhumed. We give you the lowdown on the wild ride of how St Nick got his start – and more.

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Known Pleasures Ep 23 - JJ Burnel/Stranglers Interview

January 30th, 2020

When talk turns to legendary bass players of the punk and post punk era, one name always surfaces near the top: JJ Burnell of The Stranglers. We caught up with the Euroman himself ahead of their 2020 Australian tour.


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Known Pleasures Ep 22 - The Cars

January 9th, 2020

At first glance, The Cars might seem an unlikely choice for a post-punk dissection, but they’re just as much a part of the US conversation as Blondie, Talking Heads and Devo. So, put the top down, your pedal to the metal and take a spin with The Cars.


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