The Captain Stax Show 193

Play Again (coming soon)

The Five Faces – Modern Christmas (3:22)
The Aim – Hold You Tight (+ Reprise) (5:55)
The Blues Band – Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) (Live) (4:15)
The Rolling Stones – Ride ‘Em On Down (2:48)
Wilko Johnson – When I’m Gone (5:47)
The Inmates – Stop It Baby (2:30)
Eddie and The Hot Rods – Media Messiahs (2:54)
Dr. Feelgood – Take a Tip (BBC) (3:27)
The Three O’Clock – In My Own Time (2:08)
Damned – Grimly Fiendish (3:48)
Andy Ellison – Fool From Upper Eden (2:53)
Pama International – Heatwave (3:03)
Man & The Echo – Operation Margarine (3:35)
Rasputin’s Stash – Mr. Cool (3:30)
Big Apple Band – Party & Get On Down (3:49)
David Bowie – Across The Universe (4:31)
The Moons – I Wish it could be christmas everyday (4:14)
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime (1:35)

The Captain Stax Show 193 “on air” at Mod Radio UK – Friday 23/12/2016 – 7:30pm



“The Mads in Italiano” EP

The Mads In Italiano Front.jpg

For my friends abroad, this is the translation of the press release I’ve written expecially for this archive material EP, out today, digital and CD. 

Title “The Mads In Italiano”

Label: Area Pirata / Sexy Groovy Rhythms
Format : CD & Digital (EP)
Cat.#: APC57
Release date: Dec 16th, 2016

The Mads … are Italian! So why this EP emphasizes the fact they are singing in our mother tongue? The reason is they are musically born English, the music they loved when they met at school was British (The Beatles the common matrix), the band name a deliberate mispronunciation (a triple sense, in fact) of the Mod culture in their blood, and the resulting original songs conceived and written in English. Except for this EP that collects rare and previously unreleased recordings dated 1979/1983. 4 tracks that have also the peculiarity of representing the evolution of the band

“Sono Chiuso In Lei” is the Italian version of their own “I’m A Lonely Boy” (1980), A video was shot for the seminal TV show “Punk e a Capo” and it’s the only video recovered from the first phase of The Mads (You can find it on youtube). Always played in English at the gigs tho.

“Psycho Rock’n’Roll Art” was written even before, in 1979, the riff is less mod-beat and more British blues. Also a double version: the original in English appears on the compilation “The Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men (Deluxe)” by Well Suspect Records.

“Io Dirò” is a Toni Graziani jewel, a song conceived in Italian and recorded in 1982. It highlights the growth of the band as compositional technique and influences. It blends an elaborate melody of late-beat influence with a nursery rhyme chorus, typical of bands such as Creation, and The Who.

“Solo Verità” is the last song written and recorded as The Mads [before the reunion, of course], in 1983. Soon after this demo the band split, having rejected a shameful proposal by a “major” requiring structural changes, morphing onto “Soul Express”. The song is amazing, almost Bowie-ish, the arrangement shifts the standard mod style and takes something from the (then) contemporary “wave”, but it also anticipates the sound of other bands rising in London in the early 90.

Flavio Candiani, Milano, December 2016

The Mads:
Luis Bergamaschi – Basso e Voce
Mauro Fossati – Batteria e Voce
Toni Graziani – Chitarra Solista e Voce
Marco Pertusati – Voce e Chitarra Ritmica

Management: Cpt.Stax (348 3951033)


Area Pirata:

Press Release by Sexy Groovy Rhythms



Secret Affair @ The Captain Stax Show

We are celebrating Mod Radio UK’s 20th Anniversary (first web transmission November 1996, isn’t it amazing?) so I really wanted a iconic band, for the whole Mod Scene, as special guest DJs for December. Secret Affair have kindly accepted my challenge and the songs they have chosen reflect perfectly the idea of eclectism behind this “VIP selectors” monthly show. Many thanks to Tracey Wilmot (my ambassador), the legendary duo Dave Cairns and Ian Page, Ed Pearson (Bass), Stevie Watts (Hammond) and John O’Neill (Sax) for the top playlist, I enriched with some Secret Affair’s own tracks (not the usual hits, just something as good, coming from different eras of the band). Enjoy!

Tracks selected by Secret Affair

Ian Page
Dave Cairns
Ed Pearson
Stevie Watts
John O’Neill

Streaming link: Click Here!

Here’s the artwork I made for this special. A variation of the 3rd album sleeve, also because they are currently promoting their live shows as “Business As Usual Tour 2016” 🙂  Track-by-track under the image.



[CPT intro] Secret Affair – Roadrunner (Live 1980)

[IAN] Junior Walker & The All-Stars – Mutiny
[DAVE] Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
[STEVIE] Kiki Dee – The Day Will Come Between Sunday And Monday
[JOHN] XTC – Jason and the Argonauts
[ED] Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

[CPT] Secret Affair – Dance Master (Live 2003)

[DAVE] The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again (Single Version)
[STEVIE] Brian Auger – Indian Rope Man
[IAN] Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
[ED] Jaco Pastorius – Come On, Come Over

[CPT] Secret Affair – Walk Away

[STEVIE] Erma Franklin – I’m Just Not Ready For Love
[IAN] Eddie Floyd – Big Bird
[DAVE] Humble Pie – Four Day Creep (Live at Fillmore)
[JOHN] Duran Duran – New Religion

[CPT] Secret Affair – None of Us Are Free (STX Edt)

[DAVE] Peter Green – The Supernatural
[ED] Spizzenergi – Where’s Captain Kirk
[STEVIE] Aretha Franklin – Until You Come Back To Me
[IAN] Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin And John

The Captain Stax Show #192
Friday 9 Dec 2016 / 7:30pm UK time
Mod Radio Uk / Radio a Go-Go



The Captain Stax Show 190

Play Again Here!

The Dap-Kings – Thunderclap (2:56)
Dr.Feelgood – Homework (Live) (2:22)
Mods! – Do You Think That Money (2:25)
Bruce Foxton feat Wilko Johnson – Full Circle (2:54)
The Last Shadow Puppets – Les Cactus (3:03)
The Family Silver – It Comes In Waves (Advanced Promo) (6:42)
You Am I – One Drink at a Time (3:28)
The Mads – The Way She Smiles (3:07)
Chris Pope & the Chords UK – Favourite State of Mind (3:55)
The Songbook Collective – Midnight (3:29)
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners (Live at BBC) (6:32)
The Who – Pictures Of Lilly (Live 2015) (2:50)
Ocean Colour Scene – The Needle Of Death (Live Unreleased) (2:46)
The Move – Vote For Me (2:50)
Nick Lowe And His Noise To Go – Tempted (4:23)
Peter Frampton – Day’s Dawning (3:34)
Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio – Money (5:19)

The Captain Stax Show 190 “on air” at Mod Radio UK – Friday 25/11/2016 – 7:30pm

Sharon Jones at Mod Radio UK

6 years ago, right back from my first Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings gig, Her Italian debut infact, I checked our station’s archives and collected together all the songs I played since I started my web-djing hobby at Mod Radio UK and mixed it all as a a cloudcast for friends and listeners (2004 – 2010). Yesterday, after the tragic news made my world crash, I did the same, privately at home, with all the remaining radio shows up to now (2011 – 2016).

After reading some words of Love coming from Saundra, I decided to share with you the 2nd part. A tribute to my Queen.

“Sharon had a ‘way’ about her. Once she was in your cipher, she was there and in deep, in your chest, in your head and heart. There forever. Infectious and vibrant. Courageous and beautiful. 100% pure”

Sharon Jones at Mod Radio UK

Part 1 (2004-2010) 

1 100 Days 100 Nights (Live)
2 Ain’t no Chimneys
3 Without a Heart
4 I learned The Hard Way
5 What Have You Done For Me
6 Nobody’s Baby
7 You Better Think Twice
8 Inspiration Information
9 What If We All Stopped Paying…
10 Better things to do
11 Genuine Pt.1
12 This Land is Our Land
13 When I Come Home
14 Natural Born Lover
15 Just Dropped In To See What…
16 Keep On Looking
17 Money (Live)

Part 2 (2011 – 2016) 

1 Mod Radio UK Jingle
2 I Heard It Thru The Grapevine (Live)
3 Representing Memphis (with Booker T Jones)
4 Retreat
5 You’ll Be Lonely
6 How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? (Ticklah Remix)
7 Little Boys with Shiny Toys
8 Wild Horses
9 The Way We Lived (with Wax Taylor)
10 I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues (with Joe Jackson)
11 Stranger to My Happiness
12 Switchblade (with The Soul Providers)
13 What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes (Live)
14 Longer and Stronger
15 New Shoes
16 Messin Up (with Steve Cropper)



The Captain Stax Show 189

Play Again Here!

Gazzara – MRUK Jingle
Gazzara – We Had a Ball (3:56)
Myles Sanko – Promises (4:14)
Smoove & Turrell – Now That Love Has Gone (3:12)
The Rolling Stones – Hate To See You Go (3:18)
Nick Waterhouse – Straight Love Affair (3:17)
Carleen Anderson – Upwards from the Ground (4:36)
The Family Silver – Overshadowed (New Acoustic Version) (4:52)
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations – Dazed And Confused (6:19)
Lee Fields & The Expressions – Make the World (3:40)
The Excitements – The Mojo Train (2:44)
Madness – (Don’t Let Them) Catch You Crying (4:10)
The Third Degree -Toxic (3:19)
The Third Degree – I Kissed A Girl (3:32)
Secret Affair – Do I Love You (4:10)
The Spitfires – Day To Day (4:06)
Eli Paperboy Reed – A Few More Days (3:11)
Brian Auger – Whenever You’re Ready (Live in Germany 2015) (9:13)

The Captain Stax Show 189 “on air” at Mod Radio UK – Friday 18/11/2016 – 7:30pm

Nine Below Zero @ The Captain Stax Show

The idea to leave the helm of my radio ship to my favorite bands is really fun! I had the pleasure of seeing Nine Below Zero live several times here in Italy and their 1st concert at the legendary “Odissea 2001” club in 1981 is in my all-time top ten. In addition to the tracks selected by Dennis, Mark, Mickey and Ben, I added a few from their own discography: 2 Mod classics from the new, great, “13 Shades of Blue” and 2 more from recent LPs like “Chilled” and “Duo (Dennis & Mark) “. Dear NBZ, big thanks for the time You have dedicated to me and Mod Radio UK, have a great UK Tour and see you soon!

Tracks selected by Nine Below Zero

Dennis Greaves
Mark Feltham
Mickey Burkey
Ben Willis
and Cpt.Stax

Streaming link:

Here’s the artwork I used as “coming soon”, a detail from their new album sleeve merged with a Mod-ified 70s Ukranian radio poster (!)


Playlist :

Intro – Nine Below Zero – Stone Fox Chase (Theme from the Ogwt) (0:38)
Cpt.Stax – Nine Below Zero – You Don’t Love Me (from “Chilled”)(2:43)
Mark – Steely Dan – Reelin’ in the Years (4:36)
Dennis – Slim Harpo – Shake Your Hips (2:31)
Ben – Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life (2:47)
Mickey – The Meters – Cissy Strut (3:07)
Cpt.Stax – Nine Below Zero – Crawling Up A Hill (from “13 Shades Of Blue”) (2:17)
Ben – Squeeze – Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) (3:59)
Mark – Matt Monro – From Russia With Love (2:34)
Mickey – Howlin’ Wolf – Wang Dang Doodle (2:24)
Dennis – The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (2:53)
Cpt.Stax – Nine Below Zero – It’s Your Voodoo Working (from “13 Shades Of Blue”)
Mickey – Bob Dylan – Mr.Tambourine Man (5:28)
Ben – Loudon Wainwright III – One Man Guy (4:13)
Dennis – The Velvelettes – Needle In A Haystack (2:29)
Mark – The Kingston Trio – It Was A Very Good Year (3:21)
Cpt.Stax – Nine Below Zero – One Scotch, One Borbon, One Beer (From “Duo”) (2:29)
Dennis – The Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze (6:12)
Ben – The 5 Royales – I Like It Like That (1:51)
Mark – Stop the World OST – Gonna Build A Mountain (2:48)
Mickey – Nine Below Zero – Three Times Enough(2:00)

The Captain Stax Show #188
Friday 4 Nov 2016 / 7:30pm UK time
Mod Radio Uk / Radio a Go-Go