Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt join Deirdre in 1985 to talk the need for women's voices in songwriting, reproducing their music in a live context, and the best way to embed a political message in a pop song.
Deirdre talks with the Glasgow cult favorites in a rare 1985 interview about the long genesis of their debut, their collective struggle with self-doubt, and their imminent preparations for their second album.
Fresh off releasing “Daydream Nation,” Sonic Youth stopped by KCRW to discuss Thurston Moore’s association with Glenn Branca, the band’s philosophy on good (and bad) reviews, and what Kim Gordon calls “the urban thrash thing.”
On the heels of their sixth album, 1988's "16 Lovers Lane," beloved Australian indie outfit The Go-Betweens stopped by “SNAP!” to discuss their home country's influence on their music, the genesis of the album's title, and how they wrote its hit.
Underground luminaries Pylon were legendary by the time they reformed in 1989. They stopped by KCRW that spring to discuss their prescient sound. We’ve unearthed the session, plus rare shots of the band in the studio with Deirdre.
In 1985, Australian rock legends Midnight Oil were among many fellow-travelers making modest inroads into the American underground. They appeared on “SNAP!” that August to discuss their new album, “Red Sails in the Sunset.”
Legendary ambient composer Harold Budd stopped by “SNAP!” for a DJ set and candid interview. Deirdre and Budd discuss his relationship with Brian Eno, his reluctance around live performance, and his enduring love of Waylon Jennings.
South Africa’s Malopoets synthesized tribal influences with jazz and poetry, consciously sidestepping slick and Westernized “Afropop” sounds. Founding vocalist Patrick Sefolosha joined Deirdre to discuss the circumstances around his exile, his view on the “beginning of the end” of apartheid, and the paradox of joyful music arising from desperate circumstances.