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S35 (Part 2) Riot Act vs. Pop, Collaborate & Listen – Top 5 90s One Hit Wonders

It’s our third birthday, so here we present to you a very special surprise podcast with some very special guests. We are joined by Krister Geer and Dave Fensome from the Pop, Collaborate and Listen Podcast to discuss and dissect the fine art of the one hit wonder, specifically during the very best decade to be a one hit wonder artist… obviously we’re talking about the 1990’s.

Krister, Dave, Steve and Remfry have all picked our five favourite one hit wonders, and we also spend some time (a little too long if we’re honest) on trying to work out just exactly what it is that makes a one hit wonder. Does a second single count? Do they need to achieve a certain chart placing? Is it just as simple as being the one song that we all remember? We posit all those questions before getting into our choices. Some are legit bangers, some are hugely underrated and long forgotten gems, some are established and beloved anthems… and some are Remfry’s choices. Still, bit of a laugh innit!

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Special

S35 (Part 1) Riot Act vs. Pop, Collaborate & Listen – Top 5 90s One Hit Wonders

It’s our third birthday, so here we present to you a very special surprise podcast with some very special guests. We are joined by Krister Geer and Dave Fensome from the Pop, Collaborate and Listen Podcast to discuss and dissect the fine art of the one hit wonder, specifically during the very best decade to be a one hit wonder artist… obviously we’re talking about the 1990’s.

Krister, Dave, Steve and Remfry have all picked our five favourite one hit wonders, and we also spend some time (a little too long if we’re honest) on trying to work out just exactly what it is that makes a one hit wonder. Does a second single count? Do they need to achieve a certain chart placing? Is it just as simple as being the one song that we all remember? We posit all those questions before getting into our choices. Some are legit bangers, some are hugely underrated and long forgotten gems, some are established and beloved anthems… and some are Remfry’s choices. Still, bit of a laugh innit!

Part 2 out on Wednesday…

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Riot Act

154 – Alexis Marshall, Erdve, Descendents and Lower Automation

The heatwave continues but it won’t deter Steve or Remfry from reviewing the latest releases from the world of alternative music. In the news, we discover that Steve won’t have to get a tattoo of Corey Taylor on his face (boooo) all thanks to the Mercury Music Prize nominations, as good a reason to dislike awards shows as you could imagine. And there’s some good news in the UK as MPs finally acknowledge that musicians may not be getting paid their fair share of streaming royalties.

Albums reviewed this week include House of Lull, House of When by Alexis Marshall, Savigaila by Erdve, 9th and Walnut by Descendents and the self-titled full length album from Lower Automation. Oh and Remfry just about sneaks in a review of the Mastodon Live at the Georgia Aquarium livestream as well.

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Riot Act

153 – Q&A#2

Steve would like to personally apologise to you all (individually) because he assured us last week that ‘it’ was coming home. Due to circumstances completely beyond his or Riot Act’s control, ‘it’ didn’t come home. But, nevertheless, he’s on hand to divulge his post-match analysis all the same for you lucky lucky people … joy!

It’s pretty thin on the ground for albums this week and it’s been a solid 18 months since we’ve done a Q&A so … whether you want it or not, here’s Q&A#2. Find out the shocking truth about Steve’s secret Shikari addiction, the revelation that Remfry might not think Kanye is total balls and the question that’s been on the lips of the entire music industry … do the Riot Act lads fake their orgasms?

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Riot Act

152 – DC Dark Nights, Brockhampton, Sons of Kemet, Spirit of the Beehive, Panopticon and Squid

This week, Steve and Remfry discuss the ‘doomsday vault’ that is being created on the archipelago of Svalbard (just off the coast of Norway) to preserve the world’s best music and whether the lockdown restrictions lifting in the UK on 19th July will (hopefully) mean that some UK-based festivals (we’re looking at your Bloodstock and Reading and Leeds) will be able to go ahead (again hopefully). Happy days … (hopefully!) We also question the decision of a New Zealand based mother naming their children Metallica, Slayer and Pantera … naturally, Remfry brings you the pedophile angle on the story. 


There’s not an awful lot going on in terms of new releases this week, but there is a bunch of stuff that we’ve missed over the past couple of months that definitely deserves some recognition, so we review new(ish) releases including the OST to DC Dark Nights: Death Metal, Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine by Brockhampton, Black to the Future by Sons of Kemet, Entertainment, Death by Spirit of the Beehive,… And Again Into The Light by Panopticon and Bright Green Field by Squid.

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Riot Act

151 – Tyler The Creator, At The Gates, Year of No Light and Turnstile

We can officially announce that it’s coming home but no-one’s bothered to tell Remfry what ‘it’ is … luckily Steve’s on hand to inform, educate and entertain, three things that we’re super psyched to do on this podcast. We also discuss why Bruce Dickinson is a bit of a plonker and talk about the latest allegations against Marilyn Manson.
New releases reviewed this week are Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator, The Nightmare of Being by At the Gates, Consolamentum by Year of No Light and Turnstile Love Connection by Turnstile

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Classic Albums

CA35 Joy Division – Closer

For this week’s Classic Album podcast we take a look at one of the most significant, if short lived, careers of any band of the last 4 decades, as we try and reach beyond the story and mythology of Joy Division’s second and final studio album Closer from 1980.
It’s a name that everyone knows, but just how important are Joy Division? We look at their lasting impact on the Manchester scene, from the birth of Factory Records, their groundbreaking and fractured work with producer Martin Hannett on their debut album Unknown Pleasures, the illness and depression of frontman Ian Curtis that cast a shadow over the band, the recording of the record, Curtis’ tragic death before the records release, the reaction to them after his passing and the success of Love Will Tear Us Apart. All coming before Closer had even been released to the general public. So, what exactly are Joy Division? A short lived hyped band, famous only for one song and the circumstances surrounding the cult of their iconic lead singer? Or a genuine one off band who made unique, unusual, honest and widely influential material that continues to inspire bands way beyond the confines of the early 80’s post-punk bubble to this very day? We discuss it all here.
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Rioteers Review

RR35 Angels & Airwaves – We Don’t Need to Whisper

In a bid to annoy Steve, Remfry has taken a suggestion from the Download forums to discuss the debut album from our lord and savior Jesus Chr… I mean Tom Delonge. As suggested by Asthenia 912 (likely not their real name) we try to get to the bottom of Delonge’s messianic complex and how on earth he could have viewed this U2 knock off as “the greatest rock and roll revolution for this generation.”

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Riot Act

150 – Download Pilot, Amenra, URNE, Fucked Up and The Guru Guru

It’s a bumper 3 hour show this week because Stephen ‘I hate weather’ Hill has been to a festival (say whaaaaaat!?), the Download Pilot. We hear his views on this history making event as well as taking a look at the forthcoming Black Album re-issue from Metallica and the varied line-up of artists they have 
New releases reviewed this week are De Doorn by Amenra, Serpent & Spirit by URNE, Year of the Horse by Fucked Up and It’s a (Doggy Dog) World EP by The Guru Guru

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Riot Act

149 – Backxwash, Bossk, Fear Factory, Sleater-Kinney and Machine Head

Remfry and Steve honour Skunk Anansie’s Skin as she is set to receive an OBE from The Queen (the monarch, not the band), discuss Roger Waters being aggy over social media and James Labrie guesting on his son’s band’s cover of Kickstart my Heart by Mötley Crüe, a song that feels as if it were recorded single-handedly with the intention of enraging us both. 


We review new releases including I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dresses by Backxwash, Migration by Bossk, Aggressive Continuum by Fear Factory, Path of Wellness by Sleater-Kinney and Arrows In Words From the Sky by Machine Head.