On Rabalder Radio (2007-2012)
Rabalder Radio was a local radio station in Elsinore, Denmark that I could just barely pick up on my FM radio in Græsted with a lot of noise and interference from stronger antennas. The host, Martin Christiansen, who I am glad to call a friend, played what wasn't played a whole lot on the larger stations, and what would probably get you kicked off the air on commercial ones. Martin played punk rock, noise, underground hip hop, sound collages and even a bit of country and heavy metal. He taught me about many a band I never heard of before, as well as encouraging me to dig deeper into demos and bootlegs of bands I knew about. In the five short years he aired his show he had international touring artists like Haunted George and the Spider Babies. As well as local guys, like St Konrad, Paul Butterfly, Kværn and myself visiting the studios and guest DJ’ing. On the episode I was on, I played everything from the tavern-pop/rock music of John Mogensen, the Folk blues of Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie and the nonsensical noise punk of Walls of Genius and he was equally interested to hear all of it. People like Martin Christiansen is what we need. To open our eyes and ears, and to teach us not to discriminate against things for being too noisy, too loud, too soft, too low, too harsh, too fast or too slow. Martin Christiansen is the ideal radio host in my book. You may not like everything he plays, but he will make you sit through it and have interesting facts about it to get you into it. If you still don’t like Captain Beefheart or The Fugs after having him explain it to you, you might never get it.
Martin also had a record label, Rabalder Records. And what was great about Rabalder Records was that you could go see every band on that label at a tiny local punk rock show for 30 kr (about four dollars) and have your mind blown, for a fraction of the price of a Metallica ticket. So I started going to see the Rabalder bands every weekend. Even if locals complained it was too expensive to pay 30 kr just to get in and listen to “some lame band”, I never had trouble finding the cash, and checking out bands with such creative names as Kussekannibalerne (vagina cannibals) Kværn (Hog) or the Idi Amins, who needs no translation. This is how I got into Danish punk rock. I knew about the likes of Bruce Haack and the Bevis Frond at this point, but had never gone to a rock n roll show quite as energetic as that. And I still haven't seen anything quite like these bands on a good night.
RIP Rabalder Radio and Records
Unfortunately there was no online archives of this show, or as Martin would put it “No f***ing podcast”. But if you search for Rabalder Radio on the Internet Archive you might find an episode or two.