The sounds below represent a (mostly) musical
tribute to the rogue radio broadcaster. Songs about or in support of pirate
broadcasting. Therefore, they should become staples on every pirate's
playlist. Then again, that might defeat the purpose...
No matter - give 'em a listen anyway. Suggestions
are always appreciated.
Compilations and Original Archives
Days Over Seattle
An audio document of free radio station Y2WTKO - broadcasting messages
of resistance during the Battle of Seattle '99.
Fleet Stings NAB
Interviews with microbroadcasters who conducted a mass occupation of Seattle's
FM dial, as an act of resistance and education during the NAB's 2002 radio
convention. Also includes the scathing "KJR Culture Jam" recording
and aircheck material from participating stations.
A massive four-volume sampling of catches from a Canadian DX'ers shack,
circa 2000-2001. Shortwave piracy is certainly alive and kicking, these
hours of audio stand testament.
of Free Radio Berkeley CD
An icon of America's free radio movement issues a jaunt down memory lane.
Meets Media Democracy: Sounds from the Street
We were there in San Francisco for the 2000 festivities, and miked.
Love Radio 2001 Sampler CD
Chicago's most bombastic broadcasters provide highlights from a year
of pirate life.
Ear Candy: Songs About Free Media
Slap around the corporate media with this punk-rock masterpiece.
Denney: Set Your Radio Free
Folk anthem tells the story of micropower radio's resistance to the FCC.
Sex: Raped By the FCC
Experienced punk-rockers lament contemporary indecency crusade.
This Is Radio Clash
Classic punk with multiple subtexts.
the Blastoffs: Airwaves
Gratingly catchy, tweaking the nose of big media and their "masters."
David Rovics: Pirate Radio Song (Seize the Airwaves)
A masterful marching order for microradio stations everywhere.
Idle: FCC Song
Python alum minces no words!
Gods Hate Kansas: Never Start a Sentence With "My Old Rap Metal Band"
Lamentation of the state of radio, with a brief nod to the pirates who
fought the good fight.
Madsen: Don't Shake Hands With a One-Eyed Pirate
Acapella guru turns children's musician with unexpected twists along the
Radio: Radio Caroline
Smooth rock tribute to Europe's most famous phenomenon of the offshore
Music: Free Radio Gainesville
Local punks made good pay tribute to the microradio station that helped
spread the word.
Noisy nonsense from some of the funniest punks around.
John Hiatt: Pirate Radio
Unhappy with commercial radio? So is he.
You like that punk? How about: "F*ck the f*cking FCC; what have you done
for me?" Sweet, to the point, and punk!
Nixon: Pirate Radio
Forget the law - pirates have Mojo on their side!
Pauline Black with Sunday Best: Pirates on
Lead singer of The Selecter kicks loose with a strange ditty...
Free: Screw the FCC (Set Your Radio Free)
Remake of Carol Denney pays special homage to Free Radio Santa Cruz.
Popman with The Disciples: Pirate
Reggae-ish track begs for a more diverse dial.
Radio 213 Freestyle
Extemporaneous radio rhymes performed sometime, somewhere from the heart
Ramones: We Want the Airwaves
It's a classic, go figure.
Against the Machine: Guerrilla Radio
Not a bad battle cry, if you ask me.
Ray Gradys: Pirate Radio
True to the DIY spirit, fresh three-chord punk rawk.
Our personal favorite.
The Roaring Sixties: We Love the Pirate Stations
The definitive anthem for the offshore scene of the 1960s.
Ranks: Pirates' Anthem
Straight-up props-giving to the vibrant UK scene by a Grammy Award-winner.
Smugglers: Pirate Ships
Homage to those who actually took to the sea to let the rock flow.
Telling it like it is doesn't get any better than this.
Steve Earle: F the CC
Rebel rock tells off various government acronym agencies.
Super Seed: Pirate Radio
Unknown band with a mostly unknown track, but it fits the bill for this
The Toasters: Pirate Radio
Skank away to this ska tune!
Against the Machine: You Can't Kill the Revolution
Bootlegged from a live show - not directly on-topic, but close enough.
No Radio God
Pure angst shrouds poetic philosophy.
Subs: Rebel Radio
Mainstay Brit punks declare war on the airwaves.
U. Utah Phillips: NPR Talkin' Blues
Recorded live from A Prairie Home Companion, of all places!
Top: Heard It On the X
Tribute to the Border Blasters from the bearded ones.