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New Reptiles

This month’ll be a New Wavey kinda show with Italy’s Queen of rock Gianna Nannini, Japan’s Stance Punks, London’s old part New Wave/part New Romantic duo Intaferon, US basketball player Jim Carrol, land speed record holders Husker Du, Dunedin’s Toy Love, fake Japan/Korean movie band Paran Maum (featuring Shiori Sekine from Baseball Bear), US skasters Rancid and maybe even Burma’s Side Effect.
The latter, along with lots of other Punk, Gothic, and Metal bands can be found on leading Burmese alternative music site

Reptile Radio Caribbean Super Special!

Next week (Saturday) Reptile Radio will have an almost all Caribbean show, a departure from the Reptile norm, with not much from the 80’s New Wave stable. Instead, we got Toots and the Maytals, Brute Force Steel Band of Antigua BWI, Fonclaire, Peter Tosh, Lord Melody, something from 1955 Cuba, a bit of British two-tone from The Specials, The Selecter and The Beat, and maybe something from these guys – Hell’s Gate Steel Band, formed in 1945 and winner’s of last week’s 2013 Panorama competition…

Reptile Radio

Reptile Radio plays a wide range of music of appeal to nostagia freaks, retro hipsters and ageing punks. Everything from the early 1950s to the present day gets a look-in, but it tends to be heavy on the golden age of music from late 70s and 80s, plus more recent material from local bands.

There’s lots of rock’n’roll, new wave, easy listening punk, ska, some pop, the odd bit of country, reggae, and occasional oddities such as J-punk, Taqwacore (Islamic punk) Bollywood covers, Abba, steel band or whatever I come across. My favourite bands and musicians include The Users, Delaney Davidson, The Raskolnikovs, The Clash, Blondie, Prince Buster, The Beat, Wazzo Ghoti, Vicous Rumour, Tall Dwarfs, The Clean, The Hard Skins, Buddy Holly, Slim Chants, Hans Blix and the Inspectors, Spelling Mistakes, Peter Tosh, The Scavengers and the Shangri-Las.

Hosted by Sam Buchanan, each show follows a theme – love songs, sad songs, Kiwiana etc. Shows are broadcast at 8pm on Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays. Follow us on Facebook at