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Friday Night Progressive #195
Date Published: 23rd May 2015

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:

Hibernal

http://www.facebook.com/hibernalband?fref=ts

Secrets for September

http://www.facebook.com/secretsforseptember?fref=ts

Kinetic Element

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kinetic-Element-Official-Site/220146514695881?fref=ts

GammaLeonis

http://www.facebook.com/gammaleonis?fref=ts

The Greatest Funeral Ever

http://www.facebook.com/TheGreatestFuneralEver?fref=ts

Brad Bridges

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brad-Bridges-songsmith/109791355791141?fref=tsUnified Past

Murky Red

http://www.facebook.com/MurkyRed?fref=ts

Jacqueline Taylor

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacqui-Taylor/167711123280082?fref=ts

ONY

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ony/128343966123?fref=ts — with Mark Healy, Mike McGowan, Matthew North, Brad Bridges, Mike Visaggio, Stephen Speelman, Dave Long, Greg P Onychuk, Yolanda Flaming and Jacqueline Taylor.

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Strange Fruit #120
Date Published: 16th May 2015

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). The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight. Every other week the show is now presented by Jeremy Smith and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine!

He writes: I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers.   This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand. With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love..

Strange Fruit 120 - Ladbroke Grove

The music of Ladbroke Grove and what came after!Featured Album:  Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters: Robert Calvert

Featured EP:    Truth, Justice & a Wholesome Packed Lunch: The Redbirds

Tracks 

1  Pink Fairies: Do It

2  Michael Moorcock & the Deep Fix: Dodgem   Dude

3  Hawkwind: Doremi Faso Latedo

4  Mighty Baby: House without Windows

5  Deviants: You've got to Hold On

6  Skin Alley: Bad Words and Evil People

7  Robert Calvert: Hero with a Wing

8  Robert Calvert: Ground Control to Pilot

9  Robert Calvert: Ejection

10  Motorhead: Lost Johnny

11  Rings: I Wanna Be free

12  Warsaw Pakt: Believe me Honey

13  Uncle Dog: We've Got Time

14  Pink Fairies: Prologue

15  Pink Fairies: City Kids

16  Larry Wallis: Leather Forever

17  Mick Farren and Andy Colquhoun: Thunder on   the Mountain

18  Lightning Raiders: Break Out Rowdies

19  Russell Hunter and Andy Colquhoun:   Interview

20  Edgar Broughton: Evening over Rooftops

21  Pink Fairies: Taking LSD

22  The Redbirds: Do the Redbird

23  The Redbirds: Goin’ Some Place Else

24  Arthur Brown: A Hard Rain's Going to Fall

25  Quiver: Gone in the Morning

26  The Pretty Things: The Beat Goes On

27  Deviants: A Better Day is Coming

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Friday Night Progressive #194
Date Published: 16th May 2015

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:

Darkships

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Darkships/509485585764247?fref=ts

Telergy

http://www.facebook.com/telergymusic?fref=ts

Hasse Fröberg and the Musical Companion

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hasse-Fröberg-and-the-Musical-Companion/84014399944?fref=ts

Kant Freud Kafka

http://www.facebook.com/kantfreudkafka?fref=ts

El tubo elastico

http://www.facebook.com/ElTuboElastico?fref=ts

Absinthesis

http://www.facebook.com/Absinthesis?fref=ts

Cailyn Lloyd

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cailyn/88087502602?fref=ts

Joe Compagna

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-Compagna/141261019257226?fref=ts

Larry R Campbell

http://www.facebook.com/pages/LarryRCampbell/108094479234696?fref=ts

Quicksilver Night Productions

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quicksilver-Night-Productions/183962139093?fref=ts — with Larry R Campbell, Jon Chinn, Alfonso Ro Mo, Robert McClung, Jack Yang, Warren Russell, Hasse Fröberg, Cailyn Lloyd, Javi Herrera and Joe Compagna.

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Strange Fruit #119
Date Published: 9th May 2015

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).  Neil Nixon, the founder and co-presenter of the show  has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

PLAYLIST

Petite Maimie:  Girlfriend Baby Doll

Chief Kegwin:  Peggy Mitchell

Zola Jesus:  Dangerous Days 

Daniel Patrick Quinn and One More Grain:      Northern

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop: New Way of Life 

Charlotte Moorman: Waiting for Commercials

Disappears:   Halcyon Days 

Bruce Foxton:  Number Six

Electrafixion:   Zephyr 

Telly Savalas:  You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

Frank Sinatra:  You are the Sunshine of my Life 

Syphilic Diarrea:  Hooker Pinata

Rad Touch: Freddy Mercury Poisoning 

Eels: Swimming Lesson

Charles Trenet:  Boum

Funkadelic:  Lunchmeatphobia

  (Think it Ain’t Illegal Yet)

Gruff Rhys: The Court of King Arthur 

Daniel Patrick Quinn: Nine Standards Rigg

Bill Fay:  Jesus etc.  

Father Murphy:  Calvary

Deodato:  First Cuckoo 

Captain Beefheart and Magic Band:  Ice Cream for Crow

Anais Mitchell:  You are Forgiven 

Daniel Patrick Quinn: Jura

Sugar Minott: So Many Things 

The Beatles:  

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Friday Night Progressive #192
Date Published: 9th May 2015

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:

Jack Potter

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Potter-Celestial-Adventures/343341685640?fref=ts

Michael Bernier

http://www.facebook.com/BernierDeCarlo?fref=ts

Circuline

http://www.facebook.com/circulinemusic?fref=ts

THEO

http://www.facebook.com/pages/THEO/656605707769844?fref=ts

Sendelica

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sendelica/191174294239796?fref=ts

Brieg Guerveno

http://www.facebook.com/briegguerveno?fref=ts

Karda Estra

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karda-Estra/67051130804?fref=ts

Cold Flame

http://www.facebook.com/coldflameuk?fref=ts

ONY

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ony/128343966123?fref=ts

MDESTINY

http://www.facebook.com/MarquissMusic?fref=ts — with Pedro Kaldini, Greg P Onychuk, Jack Potter, Brieg Brendan Guerveno, Michael Bernier, Andrew Colyer, Richard Wileman, Jim Alfredson and Cold Flame.

 

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Friday Night Progressive #193
Date Published: 9th May 2015

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:

Philippe Karim and Angel

http://www.facebook.com/beurier.philippe

Josh Swann

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joshua-Swann-Music/454649144641680?fref=ts

Eduardo Aguillar

http://www.facebook.com/aguillareduardo?fref=ts

Dave Kerzner

http://www.facebook.com/davesquidskerzner

Moonwagon

http://www.facebook.com/Moonwagonband?fref=ts

Jeremy Cubert

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jeremy-Cubert-Project/44624435837?fref=ts

Andre Henriquez

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andre-Henriquez/98584367922?fref=ts

Seconds Before Landing

http://www.facebook.com/SBLMusic?fref=ts

The Samurai of Prog

http://www.facebook.com/thesamuraiofprog?fref=ts

Art design by: Christiane Heide — with Jani Korpi, Dave Kerzner, Eduardo Aguillar, Josh Swann, Beurier Philippe, Seconds Before Landing, Steve Unruh, Andre Henriquez and Jeremy Cubert.

 

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CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES: Episode Twenty One
Date Published: 9th May 2015

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-ONE: Canterbury Sans Frontières returns after a hiatus of several months. The middle hour of this episode is of course dedicated to the late, great Daevid Allen, godfather (and Pied Piper) of the Canterbury Scene, who passed away in March, with a guest mix provided by Canterbury sound artist and DJ Adam Dawson (a.k.a. Adam Oko). Also Robert Wyatt singing an e e cummings poem set to music by John Cage, some newly released archival Hugh Hopper live recordings, a couple of pieces from the Lindsay Cooper memorial concert last year involving Henry Cow and friends, the jazz piece from which Caravan borrowed one of their most famous motifs, Kevin Ayers with the Wizards of Twiddly live in 1995, a far-out Syd Arthur remix, a solo piano version of Terry Riley's "Rainbow in Curved Air", and much more...

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GONZO WEEKLY #129: Jon meets Andy Thommen
Date Published: 9th May 2015

Clepsydra are a truly excellent Neo Prog band from Switzerland. Many aspects feature in their beautiful music, mainly the outstanding voice of Aluisio Magini, which fits perfectly on top of a well structured instrumentation.

The style on "More Grains of Sand" is also very typical of the melodic rock produced by British bands since the '80s (ex: MARILLION, PENDRAGON, IQ). On their third album "Fears" CLEPSYDRA's main influence is still very much the Fish-era MARILLION. This is a fantastic and very powerful album with great vocals, a very tight sound with the bass and the dynamic drumming and some stunning guitar playing.#

Clepsydra has been compared to such artists as Step Ahead and Deyss during their career. Combining aggressive symphonic passages with quieter keyboard sections, Clepsydra has never been noted for their originality, but has developed over the years to sound quite close to neo-prog legends Marillion. Clepsydra has their origins in the all-instrumental band Delta Prophecy, formed in 1989 by Philip Hubert (keyboards), Lele Hofmann (guitar), Andy Thommen (bass), and Pietro Duca (drums). After searching for a lead singer, the group added Aluisio Maggini on vocals in January 1990 and renamed themselves Clepsydra.

In 1991 Clepsydra released their first album Hologram, which was followed by the EP Fly Man in 1993. Clepsydra then signed to InsideOut, who released their second album More Grains of Sand in 1994. This CD included the song Moonshine on Heights, which by many is regarded as neo-prog classic. 1994 also saw them performing two songs on national Swiss TV, a rare occurrence for a progressive rock band at that time.

Says Andy, “We had no idea that there was a progressive rock scene. In fact we never heard the expression progressive rock until about three months after the release of Hologram in 1991.”

In 1998 Clepsydra released their third album Fears, the first album with Marco Cerulli on guitar. In the wake of the album release Clepsydra had a 10-day-long European tour and was booked for a concert in Canada on the strength of this production. In 2001 the band released Alone with Nicola De Vita on bass. This album came with three different album covers: The Chicken, The Octopus and The Fish.

Following these four albums Clepsydra entered a state of hiatus. At this point they had established themselves as a popular entity among fans of neo-progressive rock, and they were often compared to the likes of Jadis, IQ and Fish-era Marillion.

In 2013 Clepsydra announced they were reuniting, with Andy Thommen back on bass guitar, and a reunion tour scheduled for 2014. Says Andy about the reunion, “On Sunday June 23 we met and decided to go for the reunion. The day after we did one single post on Facebook announcing the reunion, within 24 hours we had the first 3 concert offers!”

I have always enjoyed talking to Andy Thommen, so when he sent me a copy of their highly enjoyable DVD recorded live at last year's Rosfest, I gave him a ring to hear all about it, about their new guitarist, and their exciting plans for the future.

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Strange Fruit #118
Date Published: 2nd May 2015

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). The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight. Every other week the show is now presented by Jeremy Smith and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine!

He writes: I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers.   This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand. With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love..

Strange Fruit 118 - Back from the Dead

 

Reformation, Re-incarnation and Resurrection

Featured Album: Evergreen by Echo & the Bunnymen

 

Tracks

1 Doctors of Madness: Back from the Dead

2 New Order: Ceremony

3 The Stooges: Trollin'

4 Linda Perhacs: The Soul of All Natural things

5 Sparklehorse: Homecoming Queen

6 Sparklehorse: Someday I will Treat You Right

7 Echo & the Bunnymen: Don't Let it Get You Down

8 Echo & the Bunnymen: Altamont

9 The Kinks: Low Budget

10 The Everlasting Yeah: Taking That Damn Train Again

11 Love: Signed DC

12 SVT: Heart of Stone

13 Public Image Limited: One Drop

 

14 The Adverts: Back from the Dead

15 Ashton Gardner & Dyke: Resurrection Shuffle

16 The Psychedelic Furs: Alive (for once in my lifetime)

17 Linda Thompson: Never the Bride

18 Television: 1880 or So

19 Television Personalities: She's my Yoko

20 Echo & the Bunnymen: Nothing Lasts Forever

21 Echo & the Bunnymen: Baseball Bill

22 The Stone Roses: Breaking into Heaven

23 Linda Thompson: Love's for Babies and Fools

24 Jesus and Mary Chain: Happy When it Rains

25 Sixto Rodriguez: Crucify Your Mind

26 Neil Young: Eldorado

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Strange Fruit #117
Date Published: 25th April 2015

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).  Neil Nixon, the founder and co-presenter of the show  has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

PLAYLIST

 

Wild Man Fischer:  Circle

Stinky Picnic:  Sick Sick Sick

Demis Roussos:  On the Greek Side of my Mind 

Wesley Willis:  Rock n Roll McDonalds

Durutti Column:  Spanish Lament 

The Cardboard Lung:  Watershed

Ken Nordine Group:  Six Commercials in Search of a Client 

Black Sweden:  Tush/I Do I Do I Do

Lavender Country:  Back in the Closet Again 

Joey Ramone:  The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs

Marie Osmond:  Karawane

Hall And Oates:  Alley Katz 

General Electric Silicone Products Dept:  The Answer

Charlotte Gainsbourg:  Time of the Assassins 

Wayne:  Deep Bosom Woman

Eilert Pilharm:  Jailhouse Rock

Donnie Hathaway:  I Love the Lord He Heard my Cry

The Space Lady:  Radar Love

Robert Mitchum:  From a Logical Point of View 

Os Mutantes:  Trem Fantasmo

Sister Irene O’Connor:  Mass Emmanuel 

The Reverend O.W. Budd Spriggs:  What the Bible Says About Flying Saucers #1

Bing Crosby:  Hey Jude

William Shatner:  Rocket Man 

The Shaggs:  Philosophy of the World

Miss Pat Collins:  I’ll See you in my Dreams

Dust Cult:  You Suffer

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GONZO WEEKLY #127: Astronomusic interview
Date Published: 25th April 2015

Astronomusic are a duo from Brazil. I first heard them on Friday Night Progressive a couple of months ago, and was very soon captivated. This is what they say about themselves:

“It may be said that the seeds of Astronomusic were planted when, in 1991, Adrianne Simioni (electric guitar and violin) and Zozimo Rech (electric and acoustic guitar) were introduced to each other. The occasion was the creation of Orquestra Profana, a group dedicated to the interpretation of classical music with “profane” instruments, i.e., electric guitars and synthesizers. In their talkings, the subjects of science (mainly astronomy) and arts (mostly music) would come again and again.

It's not unusual to hear that the scientific point of view “sterilizes” or “unromanticizes” what it focuses. No matter how, it works and gives us access to wonderful advances in countless aspects of our welfare. Regarding this, suffice to acknowledge  the evolution of an observation of a mere shining point at the sky by the naked eye (which also has a very special appeal in its own simple nature) into a hi-resolution digital image of a planet only possible through the joint  effort of generations dedicated to techno-scientific understanding.

Aeons past, when primitive men sat around the fire, looked at the night sky and imagined the stars as others celestial fires, they certainly created art related to that. Nowadays, we contemplate the sky with knowledge of the life of the stars, that their light may be the support for civilizations in planetary systems and their collapse may affect catastrophically an entire region of the galaxy. It shouldn't be considered nonsense the fact that this new manner of seeing the skies might also generate a subjective manifestation. Thus, the “coldness” inherent to science does not create necessarily an obstacle to the artistic interpretation of its fruits and a creative mind will always discover new ways with dramatic potential yet to be explored. The study of the universe, its development, its beginning, its end will always have a strong call and the arts inspired by this theme will find people that appreciate them as much by the merit of the subject as, perhaps, through some instinctive association with art inspired by myths of creation and end of times.”

So, last weekend, soon after putting #126 to bed I shouldered my trusty iPad and Skyped them for a chat:

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GONZO WEEKLY #127: Roy Weard interview
Date Published: 25th April 2015

I first met Roy Weard in the late 1980s when he was the soundman for Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, and I was the bloke who ran the fan club, and did all sorts of other esoteric tasks.

We lost touch, but a couple of years back when my nephew David and I drove to Brighton to film what turned out to be one of the final shows Mick Farren ever played,  I was overjoyed to find him there, once again doing the sound.

We rekindled our friendship and I was very pleased to be able to sign him to Gonzo Books for his autobiography about which he writes:

After a life spent in and around music Roy Weard has finally written it all down. From his beginnings in the folk clubs of the early sixties, to playing the free festivals of the seventies with his own band 'Wooden Lion', to touring as a merchandiser with acts like Santana, The Pink Floyd and Genesis, to fronting cult London bands 'Dogwatch' and 'Roy Weard and Last Post', then touring again as a sound engineer and tour manager for many different bands and solo acts. A wide and varied life - this book spans all of that and more and is freely sprinkled with backstage stories and tales of a life spent on many different roads. It also contains many photographs, mostly taken by Roy, the crews he toured with, or by the fans of his various bands.

Even now he is unable to give up being involved in music. He still fronts the revived band 'That Legendary Wooden Lion', is part of the team that puts on monthly gigs in Brighton and Hove under the name of 'The Real Music Club' and does a weekly one hour radio show on Tuesdays at 4pm on Brighton and Hove Community Radio.

The book is published by Gonzo Multimedia and is out now.

It certainly is. Roy is a massively entertaining and good humoured writer, and the book is as much fun as I always suspected that it would be. I am very pleased to have been involved with it, and it was a great pleasure earlier in the week to ring him up for a chat, which you can listen to here.

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Strange Fruit #116
Date Published: 18th April 2015

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). The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight. Every other week the show is now presented by Jeremy Smith and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine! He writes: I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers.   This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand. With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love..

Strange Fruit 116 - The American East

A tour round the East Coast of America 

Featured Album:  A Box of Everything by the Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Tracks 

1  The Ramones: Blitzkreig Bop

2  The Old Crow Medicine Show: Levi

3  The Modern Lovers: Roadrunner

4  Talking Heads: Love Goes to a Building on   Fire

5  Coffin Fly: Spare the Human Race

6  The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: Tink (I   know its You)

7  New York Dolls: Pills

8  Aerosmith: Dream On

9  Dropkick Murphys: The State of Massachusetts

10  Coke Weed: Anklet

11  Bob McFadden: The Beat Generation

12  Richard Hell and the Voidoids: Blank   Generation

13  The Pixies: Winterlong

14  The Mamas and Papas: Creeque Alley

15  Joe Crookston: Good Luck John

16  The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: The Grand   Slambovian Bi-Polar Express

17  Blondie: Hanging on the Telephone

18  Violent Mae: Hole in my Heart

19  The Headies: Meta-Pop

22  Jazzhole: Ventura Highway

20  The Skunks: YMCA

21  The Gobshites: Hurry Up Harry

22  The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: Rocket

23  The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: Sunday in   the Rain

24  The Velvet Underground: What Goes On

25  Evan Dando: The Ballad of El Goodo

26  Marvin Gaye: I Heard it Through the   Grapevine

27  Patti Smith: Break it Up

28  The Stooges: TV Eye

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Friday Night Progressive #190
Date Published: 18th April 2015

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:

El tubo elastic

http://www.facebook.com/ElTuboElastico?pnref=about.overview

Kant Freud Kafka

http://www.facebook.com/kantfreudkafka

Hasse Fröberg and the Musical Companion

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hasse-Fröberg-and-the-Musical-Companion/84014399944

Brad Bridges

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brad-Bridges-songsmith/109791355791141

Absinthesis

http://www.facebook.com/Absinthesis

Steam Theory

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steam-Theory/229398167072825?fref=ts

The Greatest Funeral Ever

http://www.facebook.com/TheGreatestFuneralEver

Bob Crawford

http://www.facebook.com/bobcrawford.rmcomusic?fref=ts

Grant Weston

http://www.facebook.com/pages/gcalvinweston/107906902570224

Thierry Zins

http://www.facebook.com/thierry.zins — with Joni Sunshine, Alfonso Ro Mo, Robert M. Crawford, Jack Yang, Grant C Weston, Hasse Fröberg, Mike McGowan, Steam Theory, Javi Herrera, Brad Bridges and Thierry Zins.

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GONZO WEEKLY #126: Martin Eve interview
Date Published: 18th April 2015

4th Eden is better known as Martin Eve who lives in North Devon. The name '4th Eden' is just a re-work of Martin's name. Martin has been writing music since the early 1980's and has been compared to artists such as Mike Oldfield, Depeche Mode, Moby, Ulrich Schnauss and Ultravox. He only started re-recording compositions back in 2009. To date he has written in excess of 100 tracks (of which some are available to hear on his Soundcloud page) with many collaborations. In 2012, his first CD was released called 'Infinity' through Global Journey. Currently he is a full time 'immature' student at Petroc College in Barnstaple studying a degree in Music Technology & Production. The new EP, 'Organik Reflektion' will be released on April 17th and 'Pictures On A Soundscape' will follow later this year.

I caught up with Martin earlier in the week to chat about the complexities of the Organik Reflektion project.

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Gonzo Weekly #126: Colin Watkeys interview
Date Published: 18th April 2015

About six months ago we covered a story about theatre director Colin Watkeys imagining of the opera Fall of the House of Usher by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith. Perforce it was a cut down version, but we sent along none other than Judge Smith, who wrote:

“Apparently, Peter Hammill has, on occasion, performed a suite of numbers from the opera. I have never seen this, but the Director, Colin Watkeys, and the performer, Jamie West have followed a similar concept in presenting a few individual solo songs from the opera, linked, in this case, with suitable quotations from the Poe short story.

Jamie West is a tall, bearded young man, who plays good, clean guitar and equally precise keyboard. He also sings like an angel. Dressed in skinny jeans and a pork-pie hat, he delivered truly admirable versions of four tracks from the album, a selection of songs which more or less covered  the bare bones of the story.” 

Now a more intricate version is being performed, still directed by Watkeys, and we were so impressed by what Judge had told us about the first one that we phoned him up for a chat!

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GONZO WEEKLY #126: Paul May interview
Date Published: 18th April 2015

In 2011 the rock world was buzzing with proof that good and evil can in fact work together in the form of former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May. Together these extreme opposites combine creating a powerful new CD called ‘Serpent’s Kiss’, now available on Gonzo Multimedia. The 10-track album is the product of two of the Midlands finest architects of rock and metal coming together to create something that is unique and totally exhilarating!

There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest, working-class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses. The cover art for Serpent’s Kiss is also unique as it was created by world-famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews.

Al Atkins: More noted for forming UK’s Judas Priest and fronting them for four years, and laying down the foundations that would see them eventually selling 40 million albums worldwide. He also wrote songs for them that went gold like Dreamer Deceiver, Never Satisfied, Winter, Caviar and Meths, and Priest’s all time classic Victim of Changes. Al’s unique powerful vocal style sites influences by noted rock singers Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers and longtime friend Robert Plant. Al has done countless radio and TV interviews worldwide and recently was filmed for BBC TV British Heritage and Banger Films Canada for the metal evolution series on VH1. He has even written a book on his musical life about growing up in Birmingham, UK, alongside Robert Plant and Black Sabbath, called Dawn of the Metal Gods. Al has released 6 solo albums to date, toured the US twice, and has worked with Brian Tatler (Diamond Head), Dave Holland (Judas Priest), Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden) and Bernie Torme (Ozzy/Gillan). Al recently released a new self-titled album with his offshoot band Holy Rage and has now teamed up with brilliant Christian writer/guitarist Paul May and recorded an album called ‘Serpent’s Kiss’, which Al says are the best recordings to date!

Paul May: Some people learn to play guitar, Paul was born (again) to play guitar! Paul has become respected for his passionate, soulful guitar work and noted for his explosive and exciting solos. As a world-class professional guitarist and songwriter, Paul has played and recorded sessions across the globe, touring and playing throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the Eastern block. Paul appears on around 50 albums to date, featured in both the secular and Christian arenas. Paul is also a record producer and has covered the entire spectrum of musical tastes in production. Paul has played, recorded with and produced alongside the bands and members of: Al Atkins (Judas Priest), Dave Holland (Judas Priest), Roy Wood (Move, ELO, Wizard), Jon Brooks (The Charlatans), Smokin Roadie/Tempest, MC5, V-Rats, Janus, A.N.D, Dave Rowley Band, Larry Norman and many others. Along with working with Al Atkins, Paul currently plays guitar with A.N.D and Temple Dogs.

‘Working with Paul May on the Serpent’s Kiss album was a fantastic journey,’ says Al. ‘From the opening song The Shallowing to the last song Theatre of Fools, it was an honour to have been asked by the brilliant guitarist Paul May to put this project together… Without a doubt this is one of the best albums I have appeared on since my early days with Judas Priest and that says something having written and recorded several of my own works.’

‘This album was meant to be,’ explains Paul. ‘When Al agreed to do the vocals it inspired me to write specific tracks tailored for his voice. Not only did Al deliver in abundance, he did so with world class! It’s what I’d call a ‘Classic Hard Rock/Metal’ album; that covers a wealth of subject matters and life experiences. It’s all rock ‘n’ roll! And a real triumph to me in so many ways. I just feel blessed! To again, be involved with such a great vocalist and friend and end up with such a cracking album is a gift indeed – rock on!’

Four years later they have produced three studio albums and a new anthology. It is always a pleasure to talk to Paul, so this week I rang him up for a chat...

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Friday Night Progressive #189
Date Published: 11th April 2015

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:

Scott Jones

http://www.facebook.com/sjonesmusicofficial?fref=ts

Oleg Polyanskiy

http://www.facebook.com/olegpolyanskiyofficial?fref=ts

Oliver Contat

http://www.facebook.com/oliviercontatproject?fref=ts

Renaud Louis Servais

http://www.facebook.com/RLSGroup?fref=ts

Sebastien Gramond

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sébastien-Gramond/202662393941?fref=ts

Svarc Trio

http://www.facebook.com/pages/SvarcTrio/203215443106730?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Three Wise Monkeys

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Three-Wise-Monkeys/106937686000814?fref=ts

ZiZi Martins

http://www.facebook.com/zzmartins?fref=ts

The Sonic Chameleon

http://www.facebook.com/thesonicchameleon?fref=ts

Jones McGill DeCarlo

http://www.facebook.com/JonesMcGillDC?fref=ts — with Scott Jones, Ritchie DeCarlo, Brad Kypo, Oleg Polyanskiy, Olivier contat project, Renaud Louis-servais, Sandesh Nagaraj, Nik Svarc, ZiZi Martins, Scott McGill and Sébastien Gramond.

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Strange Fruit #115
Date Published: 11th April 2015

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).  Neil Nixon, the founder and co-presenter of the show  has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

 

1.  Bow Wow Wow:      Why are Babies so Wise

2.  T. Rex:      Planet Queen

3.   Conan Mockasin:      Do I Make you Feel Shy?

4   ANNOUNCEMENT      Strange@

  1. Black Tape for a Blue Girl:   

      The Turbulance and the Torment

6  L. Pierre:      Weir’s Way

7.  ANNOUNCEMENT 

8  Morton Valence:       Everything is Going our Way

9.  UXB:      Big Youth

10.  ANNOUNCEMENT 

  1. Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit: 

  Just for the Box

12.  Neil Young:       Like a Hurricane

13  ANNOUNCEMENT 

14  O Tereo:       Ultima Geracao

15  Mater Thallium:      Mother Free

16   Bill Oddie:     

  On Ilkley Moor Ba’tat

17   Northern Picture Library:    

  Norfolk Windmills

18  Michael Smith:      The Seaside Town

19  ANNOUNCEMENT      JEREMY’S GEOGRAPHICAL SHOW 22 FEB

20   Black Tape for a Blue Girl:   

       Remnants of a Deeper Purity

21  Emiliana Torrini:       Honeymoon Child

22  ANNOUNCEMENT 

23  Icarus Peel:      Avengers Theme

24  Man…or Astro-man:       The Man from UNCLE

25  ANNOUNCEMENT 

26  Steve Hillage:      Aftaglid, Sun and Moon Surfing/The    Great Wave and the Boat of Hermes/The

Si

27  ANNOUNCEMENT 

28  Bobby Sox:       Learn to Hate in the 80s

29  Destroy All Monsters:      Bored

30  ANNOUNCEMENT      Strange@

31  Mazzy Star:      Into Dust

31   Black Tape for a Blue Girl   

  Again, to Drift (for Veronika)

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Strange Fruit #114
Date Published: 4th April 2015

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). The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

Every other week the show is now presented by Jeremy Smith and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine! He writes: I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers.   This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand. With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love..

Strange Fruit 114 - Under the Covers

A veritable miscellany of cover versions to keep you awake at night.

 

Featured Album:  Yo La Tengo is Murdering the Classics by Yo La Tengo

 

1   Dustin's Bar Mitzvah: Total Eclipse of the   Heart (Jim Steinman/Bonnie Tyler)

2    Devo: Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)

3    Black Francis: The Cover of the Rolling   Stone (Shel Silverstein/Dr. Hook)

4    Paul Anka: Smells Like Teen Spirit   (Nirvana)

5    Neil Young & Crazy Horse: This Land is   Your Land (Woody Guthrie)

6    Yo La Tengo: The Night Chicago Died (Paper Lace)

7    Yo La Tengo: Roundabout (Yes)

8    The Stranglers: Walk on By (Burt Bacharach/Dionne Warwick)

9  Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain: Theme from Shaft (Isaac Hayes)

10 Make Friends With Strangers: Strong (London Grammar)

11 The Lemonheads: Mrs Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel)

12 Love Spit Love: How Soon is Now (The Smiths)

13 Richard Thompson: Oops I did it Again (Britney Spears)

14 Mike Flowers Pops: Wonderwall (Oasis)

15 Nouvelle Vague: A Forest (The Cure)

16 The Fall: Ghost in my House (R.Dean Taylor)

17 The Civil Wars: Billy Jean (Michael Jackson)

18 Marianne Faithful: The Ballad of Lucy Jordan (Shel Silverstein/Dr. Hook)

19 Mick Farren: Trouble Coming Every day (Frank Zappa)

20 I Fought the Law: The Clash (Sonny Curtis/Bobby Fuller)

21 Yo La Tengo: Downtown (Tony Hatch/Petula Clark)

22 Yo La Tengo: Route 66 (Bobby Troup)

23 Cowboy Junkies: Powderfinger (Neil Young & Crazy Horse)

24 Sugar: Armenia City on the Sky (The Who)

25 Yes: America (Simon & Garfunkel)

26 Kaptain Kopter & The Twirly Birds: Day Tripper (The Beatles)

27 Robert Wyatt: I'm a Believer (Neil Diamond/The Monkees)

28 John Cale: Memphis, Tennessee (Chuck Berry)

29 Vin Diesel: Stay (Rihanna)

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