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SA Rock Digest Issue #245 12 April 2004
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SA Rock Digest Issue #220 06 October 2003
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SA Rock Digest Issue #202 18 May 2003
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SA Rock Digest Issue #200 05 May 2003
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SA Rock Digest Issue #196 31 March 2003
SA Rock Digest Issue #195 24 March 2003
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SA Rock Digest Issue #192 03 March 2003
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SA Rock Digest Issue #188 03 February 2003
SA Rock Digest Issue #187
4th BIRTHDAY EDITION
27 January 2003
SA Rock Digest Issue #186 20 January 2003
SA Rock Digest Issue #185 13 January 2003
SA Rock Digest 2003 01 January 2003
SA Rock Digest Issue #184
Special Christmas Bumper Edition
16 December 2002
SA Rock Digest Christmas Gig Guide 16 December 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #183 09 December 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #182 02 December 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #181 25 November 2002
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SA Rock Digest Issue #180 18 November 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #179 11 November 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #178 04 November 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #177 28 October 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #176 21 October 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #175 14 October 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #174 07 October 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #173 30 September 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #172 23 September 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #171 16 September 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #170 09 September 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #169 02 September 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #168 26 August 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #167 19 August 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #166
SAMP3.com launch edition
12 August 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #165 04 August 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #164
First Top 20 with all songs available as MP3s
29 July 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #163 22 July 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #162
Rodriguez 60th Birthday edition
08 July 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #161 01 July 2002
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SA Rock Digest Issue #160 24 June 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #159 17 June 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #158 10 June 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #157
1st MP3 chart
03 June 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #156 27 May 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #155 20 May 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #154 13 May 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #153
1st Issue with Free MP3
06 May 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #152 22 April 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #151 15 April 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #150 08 April 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #149 02 April 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #148 24 March 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #147 18 March 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #146 10 March 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #145 03 March 2002
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SA Rock Digest Issue #143 17 February 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #142 10 February 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #141 03 February 2002
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SA Rock Digest Issue #140
3rd BIRTHDAY EDITION
27 January 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #139 21 January 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #138 14 January 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #137 07 January 2002
SA Rock Digest 2002 01 January 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #136 24 December 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #135 17 December 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #134 10 December 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #133 03 December 2001
SA Rock Digest Summer Gig Guide 2001 26 November 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #132 26 November 2001
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SA Rock Digest Issue #130 12 November 2001
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SA Rock Digest Issue #120 02 September 2001
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SA Rock Digest Issue #117 12 August 2001
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SA Rock Digest Issue #102 15 April 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #101 09 April 2001
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SA Rock Digest Issue #100 02 April 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #99 25 March 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #98 18 March 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #97 11 March 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #96 04 March 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #95 25 February 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #94 18 February 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #93 11 February 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #92 04 February 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #91
(2nd Birthday Issue)
28 January 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #90 21 January 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #89 14 January 2001
SA Rock Digest Special Edition
(2001: A No More Space Odyssey)
01 January 2001
SA Rock Digest Issue #88 17 December 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #87 10 December 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #86 03 December 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #85 26 November 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #84 19 November 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #83 12 November 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #82 05 November 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #81
first SA-only albums chart
29 October 2000
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SA Rock Digest Issue #80 22 October 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #79 15 October 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #78 08 October 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #77 01 October 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #76 25 September 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #75 17 September 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #74 10 September 2000
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SA Rock Digest Issue #72 27 August 2000
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SA Rock Digest Issue #70
first albums chart
13 August 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #69 06 August 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #68
first SA-only songs chart
30 July 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #67 23 July 2000
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SA Rock Digest Issue #60 04 June 2000
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SA Rock Digest Issue #44 28 January 2000
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SA Rock Digest Issue 2000
Special Millennium Issue
03 January 2000
SA Rock Digest Issue #42 12 December 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #41 05 December 1999
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SA Rock Digest Issue #40 27 November 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #39 21 November 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #38 03 November 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #37 24 October 1999
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SA Rock Digest Issue #35 07 October 1999
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SA Rock Digest Issue #22 30 June 1999
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SA Rock Digest Issue #20 16 June 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #19 10 June 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #18 02 June 1999
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29 May 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #17 19 May 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #16 12 May 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #15 05 May 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #14 28 April 1999
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SA Rock Digest Issue #12 22 April 1999
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SA Rock Digest Issue #10 07 April 1999
SA Rock Digest
Special April Fools Issue
01 April 1999
SA Rock Digest Issue #9 24 March 1999
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SA Rock Digest Issue #5 25 February 1999
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Top Ten Tunes: My Favourite South African Songs of the Decade

My top ten tunes by South African artists from 2000-2009

  1. Staan My By – Radio Kalahari Orkes with Chris Chameleon
  2. Jozi Town – Jack Hammer with Tidal Waves
  3. Bus Na Toronto – Andries Bezuidenhout
  4. Praha Paradise – Ernestine Deane feat Tim Parr
  5. Breyten se Brief  – Jan Blohm
  6. Natalie – The Black Hotels
  7. On My Holiday  – 7th Son
  8. I’m Only Human – The Parlotones
  9. Gasoline – Saron Gas
  10. I Remember You – Brian Finch

Please let me know your Top Ten South African Tunes of the Decade.

Disclaimer: I have decided to limit myself to only ten tunes, so of course many (about 75) of my other favourites have had to be omitted.

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SEETHER RETURN TRIUMPHANT

(Brian Currin was at The Mercury to watch Seether on their 2004 SA homecoming tour)

I had the privilege of seeing power trio Saron Gas play at the Jam in Cape Town on the 14th December 2001 on the eve of their leaving for the US to try, as Judas Priest sang, ‘Take On All The World’. Reviewing that show I wrote: “Saron Gas seemed to have mastered the elusive art of combining the energy and attitude of nu-metal with superb tunes and even sing-along choruses…”.

On the first weekend of this new year, I had the privilege of seeing them again, though a number of things have changed. The Jam is now the Mercury Live, Saron Gas is now Seether, the 3-piece is now a 4-piece, and the drummer has changed (a few times!). The current Seether lineup consists of Shaun Morgan (nee Welgemoed) taking guitar and vocal duties, Dale Stewart (the other original member) on bass and vocals, Pat Callahan on guitars and John Humphrey (from the Nixons) on drums.

Barney Simon introduced the band by reminding us that, “if it’s too loud, you’re too old” and then Seether roared in with ‘Gasoline’ which is currently in the Billboard top ten Modern Rock Tracks chart (and was the SA Rock Digest Song of the Year in 2002). They ploughed through all their hits and popular tracks including ‘Hang On’ from the ‘Daredevil’ soundtrack. ‘Fine Again’ (Billboard’s number 9 Modern Rock Track of the Year 2003) was dedicated to the late Dave Williams of fellow Ozzfest touring partners, Drowning Pool.

Morgan keeps his face hidden almost all the time behind a mane of hair, and he doesn’t talk much. That’s OK as we are not here to see his face or hear him speak, but rather to listen to the anger in his singing as he includes us in his healing process from his lack of acceptance as a teenager. In his solo spot during the set (‘Take Me Away’ with just him and his electric guitar) he looked like Andrew WK (without the bloody nose) and sounded like Kurt Cobain, tortured and alone. As he is quoted on the Seether website, “This, I suppose, is the only way I can purge, but it is therapeutic.”

On the side of the stage sat lead singer from Evanescence, Amy Lee, Shaun’s current girlfriend who he has described as “the girl he’s been looking for his entire life”. Amy Lee joined the band onstage for the closing number and though she may be small in size she has a huge voice, which soared above the grinding rock like the offspring of a banshee and an angel.

When Saron Gas left in January 2001 we wished them all the best as they plunged into the unforgiving US market. Now 2 years later they return home, acclaimed as new Rock Gods.

As the chorus of the anthemic ‘Out Of My Way’ from the ‘Freddy vs Jason’ soundtrack says; “Nobody’s gonna stand in my way, give it up, son, I’m doing it my way”. You better believe it.

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SARON GAS @THE JAM 14th December 2001

Not many of the crowd (if any) at The Jam last Friday night would have been around to see 3-piece power trios like Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker) or the early Grand Funk Railroad in their hey-day. Saron Gas are by no stretch of the imagination a retro-rock band, but the spirit of those early pioneering power trios lives on in their total commitment to keep on pushing rock’s envelope.

Human Error opened the show with oodles of energy and the crowd were well warmed up by the time Saron Gas hit the stage. The 3 guys from Saron Gas (Shaun, Dale & Dave) started their set with their new(ish) song ‘Gasoline’ and the rock didn’t stop until after the second encore. Despite the earlier comment about them not being a retro band, there were some fine guitar solo moments and even a drum solo.

Saron Gas seemed to have mastered the elusive art of combining the energy and attitude of nu-metal with superb tunes and even sing-along choruses (“don’t tell me that you’re trendsetters…” from 5FM #2 hit ’69 Tea’ for example). They recently signed to US label Wind-Up and they could just topple some US bands from their pedestals.
— Brian Currin

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