you could download THE WTUL NEW WAVE HOUR * 1978

|July 22, 2010 | Found Sounds, New Orleans Music, Philosophy, You Could Download

I recently managed to get my hands on a tape of an old college radio show – 72 minutes of music and DJ banter – from WTUL, which is the station at Tulane University in New Orleans. I edited and smoothed things out a little bit, but what you have here is pretty much what went out over the airwaves on November 29th, 1978.




There’s a lot of music that you’ll be familiar with if you’re a fan of early punk and postpunk, but there are also some obscure treats – The Normals are widely considered, along with the Red Rockers ( who came along in 1979 ), to be the most happening early New Orleans punk band, and you can listen here to Almost Ready, the ultra-rare, ultra-great 45 that was their only release.


It’s easy to forget what an exciting time this was, with fresh records arriving weekly from the UK and underground American bands starting to pop up all over the place. When the DJ ( Jay Hollingsworth wrote in to identify him as John Guarnieri, who went on to work at IRS Records ) says, casually, that Captain Beefheart is playing at Tipitina’s that night, I think, God, I’d give my right arm to be able to travel through time and see that show. Anyway, you can download the whole thing here.



01. DJ : Elvis Costello – ” Emotional Fascism “

02. Elvis Costello : Tiny Steps

03. The Jam : I Need You

04. Sid Vicious : My Way

05. WTUL Kraftwerk promo : ” Your FM alternative .. in stereo “

06. The Stranglers : No More Heroes

07. The Normals : Almost Ready

08. The Damned : New Rose

09. The Adverts : Gary Gilmore’s Eyes

10. DJ : playlist – station ID – import album hour – Johnny Thunders

11. New York Dolls : Who Are The Mystery Girls?

12. DEVO : Social Fools

13. The New Hearts : Plain Jane

14. The Radiators : Million Dollar Hero

15. Chelsea : High Rise Living

16. Blunt Instrument : No Excuse

17. DJ : playlist - station ID – import album hour – ” riding streetcars at strange hours ”

18. Jilted John : Jilted John

19. Split Enz : Crosswords

20. Ultravox : The Quiet Man

21. Brian Eno : Alternative 3

22. Brian Eno : Strange Light – DJ : station ID – import album hour – playlist - Captain Beefheart at Tipitina’s – The Shirts

23. The Shirts – Lonely Android

24. The Clash : Tommy Gun

25.The Boomtown Rats : Like Clockwork

26. Peter Hammill : Pushing 30

27. DJ : playlist – station ID – import album hour – musical entertainment at The Contemporary Arts Center