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S23 – Covers Special #1

Remfry and Steve return to an idea as old as Riot Act itself as they pick 8 covers each to discuss over almost 3 hours. The songs that bands decide to cover and the way that they cover them can tell you a lot about the band itself, something that the boys dissect at length.


Together, they look at covers of songs by the likes of The Beatles, Refused, The Prodigy, Nina Simone, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Weezer, Deftones, The Police, Killing Joke and Frank Sinatra

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Classic Albums

CA09 Weezer – Pinkerton

It’s Remfry’s pick and this time we head back to 1996 (again!) to discuss Pinkerton, the sophomore album by geek rock wunderkinds Weezer. He delves into the fascinating history of this album, which was famously derided on release and considered a massive critical failure. The boys pick apart the initial concept for the album, a space opera entitled Songs From the Black Hole, which, whilst abandoned, sowed the seeds for many of the songs and b-sides that would appear on Pinkerton. And there’s also the patented Riot Act Politically Correct Assessment (RAPCA) on the album’s ‘troubling’ lyrics. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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60 – Why Are You Laughing at Rim Clicks?

Steve and Remfry review new releases by Opeth, Blink-182, Tides From Nebula and Soeur as well as the new song by Black Peaks. Plus, there’s yet more talk about ‘the most anticipated tour of next year’ The Hella Mega Tour and their rather extravagant VIP packages and Remfry went to see American Indie rock legends Pile.

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59 – Bring back Streetmate

Steve and Remfry review new albums by Pixies, Cult of Luna, Chelsea Wolfe and Mike Patton and Jean Claude-Vannier. Trade off this week comes courtesy of MDC and Imperial Triumphant. 

They also discuss Tool taking the No#1 spot from Taylor Swift, Green Day’s newly announced uber tour as well as ‘the most exciting new guitar band in Britain’ (The Guardian, June 2019) black midi.  

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49 – Come On Kids, It’s El Diablo!

It’s another incredibly busy week as Steve and Remfry review new releases by Thom Yorke, The Black Keys, Jamie Lenman, 3Teeth and Phoxjaw as well as live reviews of Converge, Weezer, Gojira, Rolo Tomassi, Will Haven and Conjurer (for the umpteenth bloody time!) They also discuss the Glastonbury headlines performances from The Killers, The Cure and Stormzy. 

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32 – Rivers’ Rogue McDonalds Tray

Steve and Remfry pay tribute to two musicians from polar opposites of the music spectrum this week, after the passing of The Prodigy’s Keith Flint and Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis. They discuss the impact both musicians had, one who united people across several genres and one who changed the face of modern contemporary music. RIP Keith Flint and Mark Hollis. 

In happier news, Remfry went to see The Armed again when they hit London to see if his experience was any different to the spaced out experience he had in The Netherlands. (Spoiler, it was even better!) There are also reviews of new albums by Weezer, Holding Absence and Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard and trade off comes courtesy of Joanna Newsom’s Divers and Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden. 

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27 – Get a Neck You Sad Little Goat

After nearly coming to blows the Riot Act chaps are both up for a ruck again this week as they review the surprise new covers album by Weezer. Which is either a genuinely brilliant piece of marketing, if you believe Remfry, or a cynical, stinking waste of everyone’s time, according to Steve.

There are also reviews on the new albums from Bring Me The Horizon, Ithaca and Spielbergs, a Trade Off between Cult Leader’s A Patient Man and Favez’s From Lausanne, Switzerland and a whole load of live reviews courtesy of Fucked Up, Boss Keloid, Mastodon and Sick Of It All.