What's it like to be Stalin's favourite piano player? Or a Trans woman, belting out soul classics on mid sixties Toronto stages? Or a exiled young Angolan athlete, fighting Portuguese colonial rule in your home country, who happens to have a golden voice? The Alternative History looks at these forgotten stories and more, exploring the points at which music meets revolution. Hosted by Charlie Lewis.

On-air from 23 December to 13 January

Playlist for Summer Program: The Alternative History
  • Rock MeSister Rosetha Tharpe
  • B.D Woman's BluesLucille Bogan
  • After You're GoneBessie Smith
  • Bessie SmithBob Dylan
  • Prove It On Me BluesMa Rainey
  • Cruel Cruel WorldJackie Shane
  • Billy Tipton's SongSan Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
  • Come e Baza featuring Pabllo VittarTitica
  • For Colored BoysDeep Dickollective
  • Animal StyleMurs
  • Express YourselfDiplo featuring Nicky Da B
  • ELTON JOHN (ft Hoodie Allen & Dr. Woke)LIL PHAG
  • El Dia Que Me DijisteChavela Vargas
  • Take Another Little Piece Of My HeartDusty Springfield
  • Goodbye To Teenage LoveJohn Leyton
  • Lady StardustDavid Bowie
  • She's My Best FriendLou Reed
  • Candy SaysThe Velvet Underground
  • Children of the RevolutionT-Rex
  • Breaking The LawJudas Priest
  • Take Me I'm YoursJobriath
  • RentPet Shop Boys
  • Drone Bomb MeAnohni
  • SeigfriedFrank Ocean
  • Back in the Closet AgainLavender Country
  • Different for GirlsShane McAnally
  • CryingKD Lang & Roy Orbison
  • Freakish Man BluesGeorge Hannah
  • Sissy Man BluesKokomo Arnold

About this program

From the rainforest to the sea, from Australia to Estonia, Strange Holiday explores proto-electronic, new-wave and oceanic sounds. Hunting for both local and foreign obscurities, Andras & Lewis try to uncover music that ties back to the roots of 3RRR, alongside new releases that typify our generations response to local music from the late '70s & 80s.