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PIRATE RADIO - When Rock Ruled The Seawaves.....
November 13, 2009
6:43 pm

November 13, 2009

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Pirate Radio" shines a light on a neglected little truth about rock music: Its true nature is less "Won't Get Fooled Again" or "Satisfaction" than "Yellow Submarine." 😀

All the bubble and bounce (and seaworthiness) of the latter song defines Richard Curtis' affectionate 1960s comedy about a boat that rocked, just off British territorial waters. It broadcast pop tunes to a grateful audience when the airwave-controlling BBC largely refused to play such tommyrot. 😡

The boat is a libertarian wonderland in which an American deejay (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a wacky owner (Bill Nighy) and a dandified lothario (Rhys Ifans) frolic in peace, free of all government intrusion -- until a buzz-cut Cabinet minister (a briskly hateful Kenneth Branagh, who trained for this part by playing a Nazi in HBO's "Conspiracy") tries to invent a reason to shut it down. 🙁


SR: Looks good and we plan to see it over the weekend !

A Lovely lady from Holland named Fieneke told me of two Pirate Radio Ships that operated off the Dutch Coast called Radio Noordzee and Veronica on ships at the North Sea playing music.... :mrgreen:

If any of our Overseas TBV Members can enlighten us about this it would be appreciated !

November 15, 2009
4:48 am
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i can remember my friends overseas talking about those pirate radio ships.
it was the MOST popular broadcasts listenned to in the isles.
we had ours here as well, from mexico.
there was a TON of music that was banned from play, in the US. usually anything to do with anti war.

strangely enough, MOST of that, ended up being played on small college radio stations, funded by the FEDS!! lol
but because it was such a low amp power, usually no one heard, except in the small town it played in.
and usually during the early morning hours.

by the 80s, small college radio became so IN, it out played even the big wattage stations in the area.

there was a sabotage effort in the early 90s to undue that. young DJs and managers were getting paid under the table by the big money to get rid of the popular programs. it worked..
( i know this because i worked in such a small station in pittsburgh.)
strangely, when they stopped playing the alternative, and started playing the main stream walmart stuff, sales of CDs started dropping, sharing and eventually downloading became the rage.
the industry has never recoverd.

small business near or in the college areas, then started playing the alternative music, but the MOB moved in, such as the RIAA, and and the like, and started "fining" and threatening the store owners for playing copywrited material, without paying royalties..
it got to where, one couldn't even play copywritten stuff on a street corner..

again, music sold less.

and no one was hearing it.

so, in a quest to make money off of it.. music has been knocked out by BIG BROTHER like tactics, of "private enterprise". we only hear what the machine tells us to.

almost where england was in the 60s.

music is a strange biz.

anyways, boy those mexican stations must have been putting out some watts.
sometimes i could pick them up at night on the car radio.
we'd go parking JUST to listen.
i think that's where wolfman jack got started.

November 16, 2009
6:14 pm

Fieneke from Holland also had this to say....

When I was young my sisters and I always LOVED to listen to this station, but my dad wasn't a fan! He always wanted to listen to serious programs instead of that "noise” ! LOL I think it was on a Saturday when Veronica broadcasted the Top 40 hit parade.

One of my sisters had a Music recorder (such a big machine/appliance) with a separate microphone! LOL I put that one then in front of the radio and recorded the music I liked! LOL Of course you can’t compare the quality of the sound at that time with what we have these days, but hey it was cheap to record and keep those Music cassettes! ROFL

When I started living together with my husband we bought a “music tower” I think you know what I mean? There was also a recorder in that one and connected to a tuner I was able to record a lot of music. I still have all those music tapes since 1978!!..........The music on all those tapes has been a part of my life, so I’ll never throw them away, just like I always will keep my vinyl albums and singles! ROFL

Here is the link to Veronica:


Btw also radio North Sea/ Radio Caroline was very popular in our country.

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