Posted on 1st October 2020 First there was Club Fandango, the gig. Then came Label Fandango, the record company. Now, with searing inevitably, comes Radio Fandango, the radio station.
While we may not be - quite literally - sailing forth into the North Sea from Harwich harbour to bob along with the likes of Caroline and Luxemboug, Radio Fandango will be endeavouring to embody that playful, slightly seasicky, spirit of the pirate stations from 50 frothy years ago with a shouty sea-shanty jingle to match.
To that end Radio Fandango will combine the best in new music with interviews, live sessions and podcasts to entertain and inspire new bands and music lovers across the country. We are therefore promising to Support The Support Bands as they are confronted by collapsing record sales, venue closures, cold-hearted major labels and - crucially - a radio world lost in a whirl of pop obsession. If it's grim up north, it's grime everywhere else.
There has scarcely been a worse time to be in a new band. There has therefore rarely been a better time to start a radio station.
There will be no genres, no pigeons holes and definitely no algorithms, Radio Fandango will be curated by humans. At its core Radio Fandango will be uncovering tomorrow's leftfield heroes today, picking out the perkiest, punkiest, new acts and giving them the most pure of fresh airtime. In other words, Supporting The Support Bands.
Better still, Radio Fandango will select one artist each week to feature in the Radio Fandango Artist Of The Week podcast, giving them added exposure with an interview, daily airplay and live session. Radio fandango is also aiming to agitate, educate and possibly even be a bit organised. There will be informative industry interviews and advice for the young of heart via The School Of Fandango.
Radio Fandango will also play from a cherishable treasure trove of underground indie music from the last 25 years. The station's foundations are built upon the 400-odd singles fierce panda records has released since 1994 (i.e.The Maccabees, Idlewild, The Walkmen, The Raveonettes, Art Brut) and the gazillion-odd live shows from Club Fandango promotions (eg Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, Death Cab For Cutie, The Kills, The Killers and quite possibly The Killers).
Then there will be the Album Review show and the Songs From A Padded Envelope, and a selection of the best sitcom-podcasts out there including the fantastic Brian & Roger, Wooden Overcoats, Twilight World of Ultimate Smoothness and Golden Ears.
And once we the other side of COVID there will be live acoustic sets from our Soho studio. And, so God help all of us, there will be full band sessions whereby some bunch of cheery up-and-coming lovelies are zipped up into Snorkel Studios in Forest Hill to record four tracks in one single, possibly slightly sinful, afternoon.
Plus! Lest we forget Radio Fandango is the best name for a radio station... ever.
Now sing along....
Supporting the support bands for 25 years,
Bringing new music to your ears.
So now its time we launched a station,
To help new bands across the nation.
Radio F-F_F Fandango
Coz venues are closing down fast,
And bands could become a thing of the past.
That's why we’ve erected a radio mast,
And built a ship that’s going to last….
Simon Cowell - he’s to blame.
Just coz something’s successful,
Doesn’t mean it good.
When will the majors understand?
You got to support the support bands!