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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 92
Date Published: 25th October 2014

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks). 

Strange Fruit presenter Neil Nixon is currently working on a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

12-10-14 – SHOW 92

The Novas: The Crusher

Rt Hon David Steele MP: I Feel Liberal Alright

D.C. and Company: Bump to the Funk

Ethel Merman: There’s No Business Like Show Business

Portsmouth Sinfonia The Blue Danube

Bob Anthony: The Jersey Polka

The Orb: Montagne D'Or (Der Gute Berg)

Country Joe McDonald Bring Back the Sixties

Andy Williams: Love Story (Where do I Begin)

Ethel Merman: Something for the Boys

Petula Clark: Downtown 76

Steve Dahl: D’ya Think I’m Disco?

Sesame Street Fever: Rubber Duckie

Disco Bazouki Band: Do Ra Ma Fa Soul

Steve Miller Band: Macho City

The Fifty Milers: The Grunt

Dick D’Agostin: Night Walk

Ethel Merman: Some People

Wild Man Fischer: Disco in Frisco

Perplexer: Acid Folk (Vocal Mix)

Paraffin Jack Flash: I Can’t Get no Satisfaction

Nitin Sawhney: Sunset (Initin’s Radio Edit)

Faithless: Drifting Away (Floating Mix)

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Friday Night Progressive #167
Date Published: 25th October 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

Secret River

http://www.facebook.com/asecretriver

Ritchie DeCarlo

http://www.facebook.com/ritchie.decarlo

Dreadnaught

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreadnaught/135886783102455

Moon Tooth

http://www.facebook.com/moontoothband

United Progressive Fraternity

http://www.facebook.com/UPFrat?ref=br_tf

Dylan Furr

http://www.facebook.com/dylanfurrband

Elizabeth the last

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-the-last/167892503243585

Colin Tench Project

http://www.facebook.com/pages/BunChakeze/100320176689506

Protomythos

http://www.facebook.com/Protomythos

Jacqueline Taylor

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacqui-Taylor/167711123280082 — with Tom Treivish, John Bergstrand, Mark Truey Trueack, Ritchie DeCarlo, Dylan Furr, Richard Habib, Nick Lee, Colin Tench, Elizabeth the last and Jacqueline Taylor.

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Sub Reality Sandwich #25
Date Published: 25th October 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable radio show put together by none other than the lovely Jaki Windmill and the irrepressible Tim Rundall. An anarchic mixture of music, politics, current affairs and all sorts of other things really wrapped in a surreal miasma of post-psychedelic credibility. Sounds good?  You bet yer sweet pondos it does.

Tim approached me some weeks ago.  Apparently before he died Mick Farren told him about Gonzo Web Radio and some of the plans Rob and I had tentatively began to put together.  Would we like to broadcast some of the stuff he had recorded with Mick?

I’ve heard some silly questions in my time, but this takes the biscuit.  Of course we would. Mick Farren was one of my greatest heroes, and the fact that he took an interest in this magazine and helped me steer it into the direction in which it is currently sailing, meant that dear Tim’s question was completely superfluous. 

So I waited to see what would happen.  Soon after that I got approached by Jaki.  Apparently she has been co-hosting a radio show broadcast from a conceptual submarine together with Tim for some time.  Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio?  Of course we would. 

Somehow the titular submarine dwellers have turned up in Florida where they can bitch happily about the Disneyfication of the landscape and the way that much of the Everglades have been turned into a rubbish dump. Apparently one is not allowed to take cows into amusement parks which upsets Maisie.

There is a discussion about the global economics of cocaine, as Miami was once the ‘Cocaine Capital’ of the USA. The only time I was there I declined to go out and look for the stuff and stayed back in my hotel room. Then we find what happens when various Pink Fairies meet a Motorheadbod..

And like I say every week, what on earth is there not to like? Jaki, Tim and Maisie should be interplanetary superstars. Ummm. I don’t get out much, perhaps they are.

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GONZO WEEKLY #101: Jon and Tommy James think they're alone now
Date Published: 25th October 2014

Last week I reviewed Tommy James’ remarkable autobiography, and as I wrote then, I have been aware of Tommy James for some decades.  Like everybody I know the songs ‘Hanky Panky’ (although I think it means something different over here in the UK than it does in America), ‘Mony Mony,’ and ‘I Think we’re Alone Now.’

But it wasn't until I read the book and found out what a fascinating career this man has had, that I sat down with my trusty Spotify account and found out what a slew of great music I have been missing out on for all these years. I am particularly impressed by the music that the man usually considered as the "father of bubblegum music" made when he was allowed to let his hair down and play games with form and style. Why these more psychedelic outings aren't spoken of more often I have no idea.

But leaving the music aside, it’s the socio-political background to this book that I find most fascinating.  I had no idea, for example, that Tommy James had been such an important figure in the 1968 elections.  Hubert Humphrey had been unsuccessful in his two bids for the Presidency in the 1950s, he was Vice-President under President Johnson, and when – in 1968 – Johnson made his surprise announcement that he was withdrawing from the re-election campaign, Humphrey took his place.  According to James’ book he was planning to end the Vietnam War had he been elected, but as the other two Democratic candidates, Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy were campaigning on an anti-war ticket he decided not to make this part of his campaign until after he had won.

As we all know, this never happened.  Robert Kennedy was assassinated, and the arch-hawk Richard Nixon not only became president, but condemned the United States to another seven years of a pointless, unpopular, and quite possibly illegal war in southeast Asia.

Tommy James and the Shondells played a whole slew of campaigning concerts alongside Hubert Humphrey, and the two men remained friends with Humphrey quite possibly attaining a unique position in the annals of rock and roll by being the first , and quite possibly the only, senior politician to write the liner notes for a rock and roll album.

When one discovers the extent of Tommy James’ involvement in the politics of the time in what were – arguably – some of the most tumultuous years in American history, then the dramatic changes in his style, from bubblegum to proggy-psychedelic make perfect sense.  Usually when artists change stylistic horses quite so dramatically in mid-stream then the resulting work is less convincing as they move further away from their roots.  However, Tommy Jones is a member of an elite club which also includes The Beatles, of artists who have maintained their professional integrity through radically different stylistic and socio-political eras.

However, his relationship with Hubert Humphrey is far from being the most peculiar one detailed in these pages.  I wanted to find out more about the man and what makes him tick, so I inveigled his telephone number out of the powers that be and gave him a ring...

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Gonzo Weekly #100: Jon and Matt Malley talk about the new Jon An
Date Published: 17th October 2014

Legendary YES Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley To Release Charity Single

“The Family Circle”

London, UK - GONZO Multimedia is proud to announce the release of a new charity single “The Family Circle” by legendary YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley. The money received from the single will go to the following charities: Flutie Foundation - www.flutiefoundation.org (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation - www.sahajayoga.org (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society - www.autism.org.uk (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president)

“ 'Family Circle' came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year. I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy. Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo. We decided to have all sale proceeds go to our respective charities. It's a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life.” - Jon Anderson

“Not only am I a fan of Jon's voice but I’m a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music. A mutual friend said we should meet and got us in touch and after talking a little, Jon said, 'So send some music!' - so I had a cup of my best Darjeeling  tea, went into my studio and came up with the instrumental arrangement that you hear on 'Family Circle'. I sent the file up to Jon and it came back with his marvelous voice, lyrics…everything that brought the song to becoming fully realized.” - Matt Malley

Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the original lead vocalist and creative force behind YES. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album 'Fragile' as well as the series of  epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken”, “Gates of Delirium” and especially “Close to the Edge” which were central to the band's success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group's biggest hits, including “I've Seen All Good People”, “Roundabout”, and “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. In addition, Jon Anderson had great success with a series of albums he did with Vangelis, and most recently released the critically-acclaimed solo album entitled “Survival and Other Stories” (GONZO Multimedia). In the fall of 2014 Jon Anderson teamed up with jazz violin legend Jean-Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band.

Matt Malley is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter who is best known for co-founding the multi-platinum selling rock band Counting Crows back in the early 90's. He appears as bassist on their biggest hit records and songs. In 2004 Matt retired from the band so he could work from his studio at home and be with his family. He is a student of the Indian Slide Guitar and a fan of Progressive Rock, Celtic Folk, World and Indian Music.

Listen to a sample of the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hATdN-XMBSQ

To purchase Jon Anderson & Matt Malley's “Family Circle”: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/family-circle-single/id911786898

Read GONZO Weekly's 100th issue! http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-100.html

Jon Anderson's official website: www.JonAnderson.com

Matt Malley's official website: www.malleyablemusic.com

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Friday Night Progressive #165
Date Published: 17th October 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

Grus Paridae

http://www.facebook.com/GrusParidae

Katsumi Yoshihara

http://www.facebook.com/RocksKat

Alberto Rigoni

http://www.facebook.com/AlbertoTHEBASSRigoni

Orquesta Metafisica

http://www.facebook.com/orquestametafisica

Thierry Zins & Roberto Torti

http://soundcloud.com/thierry-zins

Robert M. Crawford

http://www.facebook.com/bobcrawford.rmcomusic

CTU - Channel The Universe

http://www.facebook.com/pages/CTU-Channel-The-Universe-/277196912334710

Astronomusic

http://www.facebook.com/Astronomusic

Unified Past

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unified-Past/189506772045

MurdRuss Intentions

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quicksilver-Night-Productions/183962139093

Backdrop artwork by: Greg P Onychuk — with Thierry Zins, Bill Austin, Katsumi Yoshihara, Robert M. Crawford, Alberto Rigoni, ORQUESTA METAFÍSICA, Rami Turtiainen, Warren Russell, Stephen Speelman and Zózimo Rech.

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Sub Reality Sandwich #24
Date Published: 17th October 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable radio show put together by none other than the lovely Jaki Windmill and the irrepressible Tim Rundall. An anarchic mixture of music, politics, current affairs and all sorts of other things really wrapped in a surreal miasma of post-psychedelic credibility. Sounds good?  You bet yer sweet pondos it does.

Tim approached me some weeks ago.  Apparently before he died Mick Farren told him about Gonzo Web Radio and some of the plans Rob and I had tentatively began to put together.  Would we like to broadcast some of the stuff he had recorded with Mick?

I’ve heard some silly questions in my time, but this takes the biscuit.  Of course we would. Mick Farren was one of my greatest heroes, and the fact that he took an interest in this magazine and helped me steer it into the direction in which it is currently sailing, meant that dear Tim’s question was completely superfluous. 

So I waited to see what would happen.  Soon after that I got approached by Jaki.  Apparently she has been co-hosting a radio show broadcast from a conceptual submarine together with Tim for some time.  Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio?  Of course we would. 

This week the submarine and its crew are in Transylvania where Tim has great difficulty in buying a pint of plum brandy.

Having drunk a pint of plum brandy on one unfortunate occasion I can sympathise. They then have an argument about the right to vote, and about the relative merits of Russell Brand and John Lydon. I have to admit that I am with Tim on that one.

They then have some problems with some apparently undead locals. Each week I say that this particular episode is the most peculiar one to date, but this one really takes the biscuit.

And like I always say each week. What’s not to like?

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 91
Date Published: 11th October 2014

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks). 

Strange Fruit presenter Neil Nixon is currently working on a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

05-10-14

Peter Singh: Rockin’ with the Sikh

Spoon: Rent I Pay

Aphrodite’s Child: Aegian Sea

Soft Walls: Won’t Remember my Name

Spiritualized: Symphony Space

Rocket Scientists: Traveller on the Supernatural Highway

Katie Lee: Guilty Rag

Merry Pranksters Merry Pranksters

Britain With Beat: Eight Days a Week

Neil Sedaka: Where the Toys Are

J Mascis: Every Morning

Janet Greene: Fascist Threat

Luluc: Small Window

Soft Walls: Never Come Back Again

Robert Reed: Sanctuary pt 1

Genesis: Twilight Alehouse

Soft Walls: Guided Through

Ethel Merman: I Get a Kick out of You

Psychedelic Guitars: Way Out

Psychedelic Guitars: Take a Trip

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Sub Reality Sandwich #23
Date Published: 11th October 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable radio show put together by none other than the lovely Jaki Windmill and the irrepressible Tim Rundall. An anarchic mixture of music, politics, current affairs and all sorts of other things really wrapped in a surreal miasma of post-psychedelic credibility. Sounds good?  You bit sweet pondos it does.

Tim approached me some weeks ago.  Apparently before he died Mick Farren told him about Gonzo Web Radio and some of the plans Rob and I had tentatively began to put together.  Would we like to broadcast some of the stuff he had recorded with Mick?

I’ve heard some silly questions in my time, but this takes the biscuit.  Of course we would. Mick Farren was one of my greatest heroes, and the fact that he took an interest in this magazine and helped me steer it into the direction in which it is currently sailing, meant that dear Tim’s question was completely superfluous. 

So I waited to see what would happen.  Soon after that I got approached by Jaki.  Apparently she has been co-hosting a radio show broadcast from a conceptual submarine together with Tim for some time.  Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio?  Of course we would. 

This week the titular submarine dwellers are in the frozen north way into the Arctic Circle, they listen to whale song with the inevitable Whales/Wales jokes,  Tim plays a demo of The Cramps singing ‘don’t eat anything off the sidewalk’,  There is Mongolian throat singing, and the submariners bemoan the rapidly melting icecaps. They play the strangest version of ’A Hard Day’s Night’ that I have ever heard, and Maisie the Cow has 23 dribbles coming from her mouth, but then again the number 23 seems very important this issue.

 There is even a stupid Russell Hunter joke. It doesn’t get much better than this.

 What’s not to like?

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Friday Night Progressive #165
Date Published: 11th October 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

The Samurai of Prog

http://www.facebook.com/thesamuraiofprog

Pervy Perkin

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pervy-Perkin/216528511714447

Moonwagon

http://www.facebook.com/Moonwagonband

Vincent Carr's SUMIC

http://www.facebook.com/vincentcarrssumic — with Vincent Carr, Steve Unruh, Prog Sphere and Jani Korpi.

Tags: Artist On Line Music Promotions Radio and Friday Night Progressive

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CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES: Episode Twenty
Date Published: 11th October 2014

CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES: Episode Twenty

We at Gonzo Web Radio are very proud to bring you Canterbury Sans Frontières - a podcast dedicated to the music of the 'Canterbury Scene' and more. Creator Matthew Watkins writes: 

As with Canterbury Soundwaves, a new three-hour episode will be released with each full moon.I decided to wind down Canterbury Soundwaves so that I didn't end up (i) repeating myself, (ii) scraping the bottom of the Canterbury barrel, or (iii) becoming increasingly tangential. This new podcast broadens the musical remit, so it'll be about one-third 'Canterbury sound', together with progressive/psychedelic/experimental music from the Canterbury of today, the remainder being a mix of music from various times and places which I feel to be in a similar spirit of creative adventurousness. I'll be doing a lot less talking, and the programme will be less expository – so no interviews, barely-listenable bootlegs, etc.

I also plan to include guest one-hour mixes from various musicians from the current music scene in Canterbury (Episode 2 features a mix from Neil Sullivan from Lapis Lazuli).

And for those of you who wonder what Matthew was referring to when he writes about Canterbury Soundwaves we have brought you all the back catalogue of that as well. Those wacky guys at Gonzo, eh?

EPISODE  TWENTY The last episode for a while (hopefully the series will be back at some point in 2015).

Featuring some classic live Soft Machine (and Soft Head), an hour of selections from Brian Eno's "Ambient" album series, various ex-Kent University students making splendid sounds, Ivor Cutler, Lindsay Cooper, Caravan, Gong, King Crimson, Syd Barrett and two Archbishops of Canterbury (one in a musical encounter with Robert Wyatt!).

http://canterburywithoutborders.blogspot.co.uk

p.s. if anyone's disappointed that there won't be new episodes in the coming months, this would be a good time to explore the CSF archive (scroll down the right-hand sidebar of the blog). And then there are 28 episodes of the earlier "Canterbury Soundwaves" series at http://canterburysoundwaves.blogspot.co.uk"

all the best,
m

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Gonzo Weekly #99: Jon meets Carl Blue Wise
Date Published: 11th October 2014

Carl "Blue" Wise, Producer/Songwriter/Owner of Blueboy Records in Memphis, TN, the home of Rhythm, Rock and Soul, has been writing and producing music for years. He recently produced an album on the legendary Sun Recording artists "The Climates" and the new band "Highway 51" on Blueboy Records at blueboyrecords.com. These are a labor of love recorded at Royal Studios - this is the same studio that housed Hi Records, home of Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Bill Black, Charlie Rich, and Ann Peebles. Keith Richards and Rod Stewart also recorded their biggest solo records at Royal. John Mayer and Tom Jones have recently recorded there as well.

Carl "Blue" Wise and his son Jordan formed Blueboy Records to exploit all genres of great music including R&B, Soul, Rock and Roll, Americana, and Pop. Carl "Blue" Wise, having been in every facet of the music industry since the Stax glory days, had the good fortune of working with some of the all-time greats in the music industry; Willie Mitchell, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice, Rufus Thomas, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zant, The Bar-Kays, and many more.

By anybody’s standards, that is an impressive resumé, but he has now started yet another new project as a concert promoter.

DENNY LAINE is a founding member of THE MOODY BLUES and co-founding member (with LINDA MCCARTNEY) of WINGS. Laine will be performing all his hits from the Moodys and Wings with THE CRYERS in Memphis, Tn. at Neil's Music Room.

"Go Now", "Band On The Run", "Time to Hide", "Jet", "Silly Love Songs", "With A Little Luck", "Mull Of Kintyre" and many more...

Advance tickets are $25 via paypal (blueboysoul@yahoo.com) or $30 at door. Info: blueboysoul@yahoo.com

This is all too exciting to ignore, so a couple of days ago, I telephoned him all the way over in Tennessee to talk about this and his other exciting projects.   Enjoy.

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GONZO WEEKLY #99: Jon meets Judge Smith and Edgar Allan Poe
Date Published: 11th October 2014

For those of you who don’t know, the opera The Fall of the House of Usher by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith has a long and complicated history.  Wikipedia may not be the most reliable source in the known universe, but this brief overview of its history is good enough for these pages:

“The Fall of the House of Usher is an opera by Peter Hammill (music) and Chris Judge Smith (libretto). It is based on the short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe. (Pictured below)

Hammill and Smith, two of the co-founders of Van der Graaf Generator, worked sporadically on the opera from 1973 until its first recording was released on Some Bizzare Records (the only instance of Hammill's work appearing on the label) in November 1991. The album was available on CD, cassette and a limited edition of 500 double vinyl LPs. The cast of singers was:

  • Hammill himself, playing Roderick Usher and the House
  • Lene Lovich, playing Madeline Usher
    Andy Bell, playing Montresor
  • Sarah Jane Morris, playing the Chorus
  • Herbert Grönemeyer, playing the Herbalist

Smith's libretto takes certain liberties with Poe's source text. The House itself becomes a vocal part, to be sung by the same performer who sings the role of Roderick Usher. The narrator, unnamed in the story, is given the name Montresor (the name of the narrator of another tale by Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado"), and a romantic attachment between Montresor and Madeline Usher is hinted at

In 1999, Hammill regained the rights to the music from Some Bizzare and set about revising the piece. He re-recorded some of his own vocals, although the parts of the other singers were untouched. He also removed the percussion, added more electric guitar and remixed the entire recording. The results were released as The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Deconstructed & Rebuilt) on Hammill's own Fie! label in November 1999. Hammill regards this version as the definitive recorded version of the opera.”

The Fall of the House of Usher is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1839.

“The story begins with the unnamed narrator arriving at the house of his friend, Roderick Usher, having received a letter from him in a distant part of the country complaining of an illness and asking for his help. Although Poe wrote this short story before the invention of modern psychological science, Roderick's condition can be described according to its terminology. It includes a form of sensory overload known as hyperesthesia (hypersensitivity to textures, light, sounds, smells, and tastes), hypochondria (an excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness), and acute anxiety. It is revealed that Roderick's twin sister, Madeline, is also ill and falls into cataleptic, deathlike trances. The narrator is impressed with Roderick's paintings, and attempts to cheer him by reading with him and listening to his improvised musical compositions on the guitar. Roderick sings "The Haunted Palace," then tells the narrator that he believes the house he lives in to be alive, and that this sentience arises from the arrangement of the masonry and vegetation surrounding it.

Roderick later informs the narrator that his sister has died and insists that she be entombed for two weeks in the family tomb located in the house before being permanently buried. The narrator helps Roderick put the body in the tomb, and he notes that Madeline has rosy cheeks, as some do after death. They inter her, but over the next week both Roderick and the narrator find themselves becoming increasingly agitated for no apparent reason. A storm begins. Roderick comes to the narrator's bedroom, which is situated directly above the vault, and throws open his window to the storm. He notices that the tarn surrounding the house seems to glow in the dark, as it glowed in Roderick Usher's paintings, although there is no lightning.

The narrator attempts to calm Roderick by reading aloud The Mad Tryst, a novel involving a knight named Ethelred who breaks into a hermit's dwelling in an attempt to escape an approaching storm, only to find a palace of gold guarded by a dragon. He also finds hanging on the wall a shield of shining brass on which is written a legend: that the one who slays the dragon wins the shield. With a stroke of his mace, Ethelred kills the dragon, who dies with a piercing shriek, and proceeds to take the shield, which falls to the floor with an unnerving clatter.

As the narrator reads of the knight's forcible entry into the dwelling, cracking and ripping sounds are heard somewhere in the house. When the dragon is described as shrieking as it dies, a shriek is heard, again within the house. As he relates the shield falling from off the wall, a reverberation, metallic and hollow, can be heard. Roderick becomes increasingly hysterical, and eventually exclaims that these sounds are being made by his sister, who was in fact alive when she was entombed and that Roderick Usher knew that she was alive. The bedroom door is then blown open to reveal Madeline standing there. She falls on her brother, and both land on the floor as corpses. The narrator then flees the house, and, as he does so, notices a flash of moonlight behind him, causing him to turn back in time to watch the House of Usher split in two, the fragments sinking into the tarn.”

Bizarrely, none other than Claude Debussy also tried to write an opera on the subject.  He worked on it intermittently between 1908 and 1917, but it was never completed.

Earlier this afternoon, fighting back a completely undeserved hangover, I telephoned Judge Smith to talk about the opera …..

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 90
Date Published: 4th October 2014

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks). 

Strange Fruit presenter Neil Nixon is currently working on a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

28-09-14 – SHOW 90

The Masked Marauders: I Can’t Get No Nookie

Stuart Masters: Heart Shaped Box

Joyce Green: Black Cadillac

Kaukasus: Reptilian

The Flaming Lips: Race for the Prize

Lol Coxhill: I Am the Walrus

Hawkwind: The Awakening

Hawkwind: Lord of Light

Hawkwind: Wastelands of Sleep

Hawkwind: The Secret Agent

The Future Sound of London: Flak

Moura Mint Seymali Tikifite

X-Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescence

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Floppy Boot Stomp

Pure Reason Revolotion: The Bright Ambassadors

Pure Reason Revolution: Fight Fire

Clint Eastwood: I Talk to the Trees

Yes: Siberian Khatru

Yes: Step Beyond

Yes: Looking Around

Yes: Going for the One

Frank Sinatra: One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)

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Sub Reality Sandwich #22
Date Published: 4th October 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable radio show put together by none other than the lovely Jaki Windmill and the irrepressible Tim Rundall. An anarchic mixture of music, politics, current affairs and all sorts of other things really wrapped in a surreal miasma of post-psychedelic credibility. Sounds good?  You bit sweet pondos it does.

Tim approached me some weeks ago.  Apparently before he died Mick Farren told him about Gonzo Web Radio and some of the plans Rob and I had tentatively began to put together.  Would we like to broadcast some of the stuff he had recorded with Mick?

I’ve heard some silly questions in my time, but this takes the biscuit.  Of course we would. Mick Farren was one of my greatest heroes, and the fact that he took an interest in this magazine and helped me steer it into the direction in which it is currently sailing, meant that dear Tim’s question was completely superfluous. 

So I waited to see what would happen.  Soon after that I got approached by Jaki.  Apparently she has been co-hosting a radio show broadcast from a conceptual submarine together with Tim for some time.  Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio?  Of course we would. 

This is quite possibly the weirdest episode yet. The submarine is in the Caribbean, but Tim and Maisie seem to have been swallowed by a whale from whence they are conversing with Jaki and the rest of us by means of Skype utilising the whale’s vocal chords.

They discuss Felix Dennis and the most expensive coffee in the world (except that it is a civet cat not a monkey). They play Wayne Kramer and The Pink Fairies doing a Jimmy Cliff song, and all sorts of other merriment ensues.

There are also various narcotic jokes and quite a lot of reggae. What’s not to like?

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GONZO WEEKLY #98: Jon meets Matt Malley
Date Published: 4th October 2014

Matt Malley will best be known as the bassist and founder member of American rock band, Counting Crows. Whilst Matt was with the band between the years 1990 and 2004, it achieved massive worldwide success, releasing a number of hugely successful albums and touring the world. Matt also received nominations for an Oscar, Grammy and a Golden Globe award

Since leaving Counting Crows Matt has concentrated on his craft as a bassist and working in his recording studio on his own projects and on production for others.  

Right after leaving Counting Crows in 2004, Matt purchased recording equipment with the plan of making his first solo record.

While learning to record at home, he made his first solo CD titled "The Goddess Within". Matt played all instruments and sang all vocals.

The Goddess Within was released in 2008 and will appeal to fans that have followed his career with Counting Crows and beyond.

Being a fan of World Music, Matt recorded a CD in his studio with Grammy-Winning Indian Slide Guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. This was released worldwide on the "Harmonia Mundi World Village" record label.

In 2009 he spent time recording with former Yes and Moody Blues keyboardist Patrick Moraz, and joined up with singer /song writer Emitt Rhodes playing bass. 

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Friday Night Progressive #140 to 164
Date Published: 4th October 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

Jartse Tuominen

http://www.facebook.com/jartsetuominenmusic?ref=br_tf

Ouroboros

http://www.facebook.com/ProjectVy

Karmamoi

http://www.facebook.com/Karmamoi

Karda Estra

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karda-Estra/67051130804

Neil Alexander

http://www.facebook.com/NailAlexander

Irene Ketikidi

http://www.facebook.com/ireneketikidi

Luiz Bertoni

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Luiz-Bertoni/100755237964

Blacklands

http://www.facebook.com/Progressive.Melodic.Rock

Dead End Space

http://www.facebook.com/deadendspace

Kingbathmat

http://www.facebook.com/kingbathmat

Back Drop art by: Greg P Onychuk — with Johnny Engström, Sonja Sledgehammer Sipilä, Richard Wileman, John KingBathmat Bassett, Neil Nail Alexander, Trili Smith, Daniele Giovannoni, Thomas Kelleners, Jartse Tuominen and Irene Ketikidi.

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Friday Night Progressive #163
Date Published: 27th September 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

CTU - Channel The Universe

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CTU-Channel-The-Universe-/277196912334710

Seconds Before Landing - exclusive from FNP!

https://www.facebook.com/SBLMusic

Regal Worm - exclusive from FNP!

https://www.facebook.com/regalworm

Freak Zoid Returns

https://soundcloud.com/tsmcgill

Faint Signal

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faint-Signal/261440247282353

Simplexity

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simplexity/499539430107726

The Fierce And The Dead

https://www.facebook.com/fierceandthedead

Active Heed

https://www.facebook.com/ActiveHeed

Mingmen

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mingmen/23481451711

Demon Dudes Revenge

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Demon-Dudes-Revenge/137200813001194

Backdrop art by: Greg P Onychuk — with Regal Worm, Active Heed, Bill Austin, Gordo Bennett, Varrod Goblink, Seconds Before Landing, Scott McGill, Al O'Dave, Umberto Pagnini, Matt Stevens, Henri Eisenbaum and Mingmen.

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 89
Date Published: 27th September 2014

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks). 

Strange Fruit presenter Neil Nixon is currently working on a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

14-09-14 – SHOW 89

Is  Buddha: Lament for Planet Earth

Motorhead: Speedfreak

Sam Doores; Drifter’s Wife

Elephant: Elusive Youth

Amy Lavere: Rabbit

Paul Horn: Initiation – Invocation

Paul Horn: Initiation - Psalm 1

Paul Horn: Initiation - Psalm 2

Paul Horn: Initiation – Psalm 3

Gruff Rhys: Painting People Blue

Bat for Lashes The Wizard

Halou: The Ratio of Freckles to Stars

Jim Stafford: Undecided

Charlotte Gainsbourg: Le Chat du Café

Charlotte Gainsbourg: The Time of the Assassins

The Future Sound of London: Dead Skin Cells

Octopus: Rainchild

Loudon Wainwright III I Knew Your Mother

Throne: Heavy Lies the Crown

Polly and the Billets Doux Calico Blankets

Fully Ugly: Hilly Street

Cut Chemist: Sound of the Police – b

Paul Horn: Enlightenment – Psalm 4

Paul Horn: Enlightenment – Psalm 5

Paul Horn Enlightenment – Psalm 6

Smashing Pumpkins: Farewell and Goodnight

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Sub Reality Sandwich #21
Date Published: 27th September 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable new radio show put together by none other than the lovely Jaki Windmill and the irrepressible Tim Rundall. An anarchic mixture of music, politics, current affairs and all sorts of other things really wrapped in a surreal miasma of post-psychedelic credibility. Sounds good?  You bit sweet pondos it does.

Tim approached me some weeks ago.  Apparently before he died Mick Farren told him about Gonzo Web Radio and some of the plans Rob and I had tentatively began to put together.  Would we like to broadcast some of the stuff he had recorded with Mick?

I’ve heard some silly questions in my time, but this takes the biscuit.  Of course we would. Mick Farren was one of my greatest heroes, and the fact that he took an interest in this magazine and helped me steer it into the direction in which it is currently sailing, meant that dear Tim’s question was completely superfluous. 

So I waited to see what would happen.  Soon after that I got approached by Jaki.  Apparently she has been co-hosting a radio show broadcast from a conceptual submarine together with Tim for some time.  Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio?  Of course we would. 

This week the inhabitants of the titular submarine are marooned in the Bermuda Triangle (try to see it from my angle) and (as any fule kno) the laws of space and time work differently in the aforementioned Bermuda Triangle as they do anywhere else in the known or unknown universe, they have found themselves in a temporal anomaly, with the show being broadcast a week later than it should have been.

Actually that is not true.

The real reason that it is being broadcast a week late is that, as you probably will remember, last week’s issue was produced early in rather a rush with the imminent arrival of baby Evelyn.  This episode of the Submarine Sandwich arrived just as we were uploading the final PDF.  By the way did I mention that I am a grandfather?

Tim and Jaki discuss American black ops.  They have a message on the leg of an albatross from the crew of the Marie Celeste, and there’s music from Panther Burns.  What’s not to like?

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