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MACK MALONEY'S MYSTERY HOUR
Date Published: 17th November 2017

Both yer esteemed editor and yer Gonzo Grande Fromage are interested in the great mysteries of the universe, and so it was truly only a matter of time before Fortean related content began to seep its way into the magazine and onto Gonzo Web Radio…

"Mack Maloney is the author of the best-selling "Wingman" science-fiction series, plus "UFOs in Wartime, What They Didn't Want You  To Know," (Berkley Books).

He's a member of SKY CLUB, Gonzo recording artists. He's been a radio host since 2010. He lives with his wife, Doreen, on an island off the coast of Massachusetts."

AND LOOK WHAT MACK HAS FOR YOU THIS WEEK

THE LIVE AUDIENCE SHOW -- PART 2

The party continues with Dribbles the Bitter Clown, Ross Sharp, UFO mechanic Al Renaldo, Barbara With, The Black-Eyed Kid, Cindy Bailey Dove, Psychic Bill Stillman, Rob Beckhusen, Dr Carmen McGuinness, Superfan Barry Keefe (twice), plus Dave Greco owner of the restaurant where the gang always goes after every show.

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Strange Fruit #233
Date Published: 17th November 2017

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 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.

SF 233 – 5 Nov 2017 – Colossal Youths

Scraping Foetus off the Wheel:  Lust for Death

Junior Delgado:  Devil’s Throne

Waxahatchee:  Breathless

Young Marble Giants:  Brand New Life

Young Marble Giants:  Searching for Mr Right

Rothko:  Bloodtied

The Modern Lovers:  Dance with Me

Broken Social Scene:  Halfway Home

Ray Charles:  The Man I Love

Prince:  Scandalous

Sadistic Mika Band:  Tokyo Sunrise

The Kamikaze Pilots:   Sharon Signs to Cherry Red

Young Marble Giants:  This Way

Young Marble Giants:  The Man Shares a Meal with his Beast

The Beatles:  Cry for a Shadow

Napalm Death:  Self-Betrayal

Djet:  Stroke

Mahaon:  Oscilated Brain

The Sorry Shop:  Queen of the North

Neil Young:  Driftin’ Back

Mimi Karama:  Baba Varipi

Young Marble Giants:  Final Day

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MACK MALONEY'S MYSTERY HOUR
Date Published: 10th November 2017

Both yer esteemed editor and yer Gonzo Grande Fromage are interested in the great mysteries of the universe, and so it was truly only a matter of time before Fortean related content began to seep its way into the magazine and onto Gonzo Web Radio…

"Mack Maloney is the author of the best-selling "Wingman" science-fiction series, plus "UFOs in Wartime, What They Didn't Want You  To Know," (Berkley Books).

He's a member of SKY CLUB, Gonzo recording artists. He's been a radio host since 2010. He lives with his wife, Doreen, on an island off the coast of Massachusetts."

AND LOOK WHAT MACK HAS FOR YOU THIS WEEK

THE LIVE AUDIENCE SHOW, PART 1

In a first-ever event, the MMMX Files show is broadcast before a live studio audience. Mack, Juan-Juan and Cobra are joined by guests Lois lane, Superfan Barbara With, No Belly Button Man, Agent X, the Ghost of JFK, Dr Lira, UFO funnyman Phil Yebba, famous author Marc Zappulla and many more.  One of two parts.  Also includes the drawing for winners of the Wingman 18 audio book. 

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Canterbury Sans Frontieres #52
Date Published: 10th November 2017

CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES:

Episode Fifty-Two

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?

THIS EPISODE FEATURES:

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Phil Miller (1949-2017), guitarist with Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North and National Health. As well as an early guest appearance on a Caravan instrumental and an experimental improvisation with Hugh Hopper, the programme contains an hour-long mix of some of his finest work, and almost entirely of his compositions. Also, an Egg classic, a Riley/Softs-influenced mid-70s saxophone trio, fellow-Louth residents Kinfolk playing a folkie version of a Robert Wyatt favourite, Carla Bley with Julie Tippets, the cosmische sound of Agitation Free in '73, more neo-prog/psych from Jane Weaver and Magic Bus, and Hugh Hopper improvising with local pianist Frances Knight and others. From the Canterbury of today, the title track from experimental pianist Sam Bailey's forthcoming album "Shipwreck".

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Strange Harvest #29
Date Published: 10th November 2017

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 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.

 Strange Harvest - Show 29 – 22 Oct1

Nick Heyward:  The Stars

Mogwai:  Coolverine

Fairholt:   40 Floors up

Monk Parker:  Prom

Wand:  Plum

62 Miles from Space:  Timeshifts

Trupa Trupa:  Coffin

James Heather:  Bad Role Model

Neurosis:  Obsequious Obsolescence

Toby Twirl:  Dark Time of the Year

Tiny Magnetic Pets:  Radio on

The Dream Syndicate:  How did I Find Myself Here?

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Strange Harvest #27
Date Published: 3rd November 2017

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 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.

Strange Harvest - Show 27 – 20 Aug 2017

Realm Surfing Psionic Nomads:  Questing Visions

The Electric Prunes:  I Had too Much to Dream Last Night (mono)

Melvins:   Sober-delic

Camille Claudel:  Follow the White Rabbit

Waxahatchee:  Bonfire

Neil Young:  The Last Trip to Tulsa

Mothership:  Speed Dealer

Venus in Fuzz:  Deslizes

Male Gaze:  Pale Gaze

Quellsy:  Rudra

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MACK MALONEY'S MYSTERY HOUR
Date Published: 3rd November 2017

Both yer esteemed editor and yer Gonzo Grande Fromage are interested in the great mysteries of the universe, and so it was truly only a matter of time before Fortean related content began to seep its way into the magazine and onto Gonzo Web Radio…

"Mack Maloney is the author of the best-selling "Wingman" science-fiction series, plus "UFOs in Wartime, What They Didn't Want You  To Know," (Berkley Books).

He's a member of SKY CLUB, Gonzo recording artists. He's been a radio host since 2010. He lives with his wife, Doreen, on an island off the coast of Massachusetts."

 AND LOOK WHAT MACK HAS FOR YOU THIS WEEK

THE BEST OF SWITCHBLADE STEVE

Fresh off his five-star speech at the recent Mothman Festival, MMMXFiles national correspondent Switchblade Steve Ward re-visits some of his greatest stories, including the first ever report of the Men-in-Black and the day UFOs were seen over Loch Ness.

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MACK MALONEY'S MYSTERY HOUR
Date Published: 27th October 2017

Both yer esteemed editor and yer Gonzo Grande Fromage are interested in the great mysteries of the universe, and so it was truly only a matter of time before Fortean related content began to seep its way into the magazine and onto Gonzo Web Radio…

"Mack Maloney is the author of the best-selling "Wingman" science-fiction series, plus "UFOs in Wartime, What They Didn't Want You  To Know," (Berkley Books).

He's a member of SKY CLUB, Gonzo recording artists. He's been a radio host since 2010. He lives with his wife, Doreen, on an island off the coast of Massachusetts."

AND LOOK WHAT MACK HAS FOR YOU THIS WEEK

WEATHER AS A WEAPON: LIGHTNING BOLTS LIKE ATOMIC BOMBS In a special show, Mack, Juan-Juan, Cobra and Rob Beckhusen discuss the U.S. military’s attempts to use weather as a weapon, including killing thousands of enemy soldiers with directed lightning bolts. Also, rock star/UFO researcher Merrell Fankhauser introduces a hot new West Coast band, “JH & the Heart Tones.”

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Strange Harvest #27
Date Published: 27th October 2017

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 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.

Strange Harvest - Show 27 – 20 Aug 2017

Realm Surfing Psionic Nomads:  Questing Visions

The Electric Prunes:  I Had too Much to Dream Last Night (mono)

Melvins:   Sober-delic

Camille Claudel:  Follow the White Rabbit

Waxahatchee:  Bonfire

Neil Young:  The Last Trip to Tulsa

Mothership:  Speed Dealer

Venus in Fuzz:  Deslizes

Male Gaze:  Pale Gaze

Quellsy:  Rudra

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GONZO MAGAZINE #257: Jon meets Neil
Date Published: 27th October 2017

Those jolly nice folks at Gonzo Multimedia (that’s us baybee) have just published an extraordinary book by Neil Nixon and Owen Wilson. The introduction reads:

 “Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste.”

 And what man of wealth and taste could bear to be without his own jukebox, in his own residence, showcasing a selection of the inspired, insane, eclectic and cultish; the totality of which demonstrates our man’s wealth and taste to anyone who should happen to peruse the contents? Presumably the whole concept of this book needs no more introduction than this, so we’ll go beyond the idea and make a few comments that might help you understand these contents more fully.

Firstly, this is NOT A BOOK ABOUT SATANISM. Granted, we’ve read up enough on the subject to be able to make some comments on it, and on figures like Anton LaVey and Aleister Crowley who have helped define Satanism and strengthen its links with the music industry, but the purpose of doing that was to provide more detail for the various entries. So, Satanism and Satan as covered in this book is a general idea more than any one image or concept. Indeed, some of the entries test our understanding of the Lord of Darkness and his evil deeds. Elsewhere we’ve included works highlighted by campaigners against all things satanic even if we, personally, think the arguments about the evil content of these works to be misguided. The purpose of doing this is to show that the understanding of what is evil in music has been shaped by people with agendas of their own, often agendas of only marginal relevance to music. One or two such figures, notably Jacob Aranza, have earned a degree of celebrity that they haven’t necessarily sought or welcomed. In the case of Aranza, who wrote two books on the evils of backward masking in the eighties, his appearance in the online Encyclopedia of American Loons and the frequent derision heaped on his arguments and research (which often makes farcical claims; like Jim Steinman and Meatloaf being the same person or that Dr Hook were a “hard rock band”) may have done good for both sides of the satanic debate. His outspokenness drew people to his argument suggesting that popular rock stars, often of the soft rock and high selling variety, were corrupting the minds of the young, especially in the USA. By contrast, the claims made in his books often made established fans of the music laugh at the clanging errors and some of his arguments, confirming them in their belief that their music belonged in their lives and those arguing otherwise hadn’t a clue.

To put it succinctly, the Satan who owns the collection of sounds described in this book is a composite of everything people claim him to be. He’s at times a decidedly old testament figure. At other times, vain; vaguely reminiscent of a general rotter rather than being some all-pervading Lord of Darkness and not above the simple twisted pleasure of remembering and collecting fuck ups from those who set out to wrong him (which is why he has Sir Cliff’s greatest calamity on 45 rpm vinyl in the collection.) All of which makes him so inconsistent he can’t possibly satisfy everyone’s idea of how God’s nemesis might operate. We’re making no apologies for this because we’ve always seen this book project as a journey and exploration rather than a definitive trawl of Satan’s favourite slammers. If anything here – like maybe Satan’s guilty pleasures where Culture Club and James Last are concerned – really riles you, you might consider making your own list and publishing your own book. We’d probably buy it.

A few of the entries in this book draw words from an earlier book co-written by Neil – 500 Albums You Won’t Believe Until You Hear Them – this has occurred because the information in the original entries is so relevant to the present book it seemed pointless to reword the odd paragraph. Apologies if you bought the earlier book and get occasional bouts of déjà vu reading about Burzum or the Louvin Brothers.

The purpose of this book isn’t to offend, though there are works in here that were clearly intended to be offensive when released. Indeed, those of a gentler disposition, and – perhaps – anyone using this book for research rather than personal interest, might be genuinely appalled when they encounter works like Peter Sotos’ “Buyer’s Market.” We didn’t set out to make your life worse by including these. We did feel that ignoring them would be dishonest to the aims of the project and we reckoned that most of those motivated to buy this book could stand such discoveries if they were previously unfamiliar with them.

Similarly, we are not coming at this from any standpoint other than exploring the idea of how a being opposed to the main beliefs of the world’s leading religions might view of the problem of stocking a jukebox with 100 tracks to offer suitable sounds for all his moods. Our arguments are included, briefly, along with enough details about the various recordings to allow you to find out more if you choose. We’ve assumed along the way that our typical readers are likely to be open minded music obsessives, i.e. the people our publishers identify as the most frequent visitors to their website and buyers of their DVDs, CDs and books. So there are occasions when we skip basic introductions to a particular musical act, or discussion of an album. On these occasions we do make enough of a general comment to allow those unaware of what we’re going on about but interested to know more the chance to investigate the facts for themselves.

We’ve put in enough research to satisfy ourselves we know what we’re on about, but we also apologise for any mistakes. Please be clear, this is a factually based book, drawn from research, but – from the descriptions of the musical sounds to the reasons these cuts make Hell’s Hot 100 - the entries should be treated as opinions. These sound recordings exist, and we say enough about them to allow you to find all those that want to be found; though you’ll struggle beyond all reason when it comes to obscurities like “Teenybopper Death (He Loves you Bernadette.)” But the discussions should be treated – for legal purposes and to avoid your blood pressure rising unnaturally – as just discussions.

Beyond that, we genuinely hope to enjoy it, get surprised, get amused and begin to think about which 100 records you reckon belong in the lair of the Lord of Darkness.”

Neil and I have been friends now for over twenty years, so I decided to ring him and see what I could find out about this remarkable book.

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Canterbury Sans Frontieres #51
Date Published: 20th October 2017

CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES:

Episode Fifty-One

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?

THIS EPISODE FEATURES:

Soft Machine rehearsing at Ronnie Scott's in 1969, a 1977 Daevid Allen & Euterpe rehearsal tape, Coltrane and Pharaoh playing, and Robert Wyatt singing, the same jazz standard, an African Can cover, some Chilean spacerock, very Caravanesque sounds from Totnes's Magic Bus and something beautiful from the new Jane Weaver album. From the Canterbury of today, Syd Arthur live in Hyde Park a couple of summers ago plus sounds from local producers Xylitol and Humble Pious. The middle hour is a guest mix provided by local psych/prog musician Harry Hayes.

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MACK MALONEY'S MYSTERY HOUR
Date Published: 20th October 2017

Both yer esteemed editor and yer Gonzo Grande Fromage are interested in the great mysteries of the universe, and so it was truly only a matter of time before Fortean related content began to seep its way into the magazine and onto Gonzo Web Radio…

"Mack Maloney is the author of the best-selling "Wingman" science-fiction series, plus "UFOs in Wartime, What They Didn't Want You  To Know," (Berkley Books).

He's a member of SKY CLUB, Gonzo recording artists. He's been a radio host since 2010. He lives with his wife, Doreen, on an island off the coast of Massachusetts."

AND LOOK WHAT MACK HAS FOR YOU THIS WEEK

The ‘Not-Quite-A-Train-Wreck’ Show

Mack, Cobra and guest co-host Switchblade Steve talk to John Murray, Chief Pilot at the Mystery Airport. Rob Beckhusen on unusual secret bases around the world. Emily Mittermaier on how to see a spirit. Dribbles the Clown calls in from Vegas. Juan-Juan’s consecutive studio-appearances record comes to an end.

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GONZO MAGAZINE #257: Jon meets Judge Smith
Date Published: 20th October 2017

I am very fond of Judge Smith. He has had one of the most peculiar career arcs of anybody I know.

At university, in the mid-1960s, together with Peter Hammill, he formed the notoriously spiky progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator with Judge on drums. They were the first band signed to Charisma Records, but Judge left the band after the first single. The split was, apparently, perfectly amicable, and he was to work with Hammill and other alumni of VdGG over the years. He then formed a peculiar jazz-rock band called Heebalob, which included sax player David Jackson, who went on to join VdGG.

The third VdGG album - H to He, Who Am the Only One - featured one of the bands most memorable tracks. The opening song, ‘Killer’– the song about a killer shark – featured bits from an old song by Judge, called ‘A Cloud as Big as a Man’s Hand’.

The shark, in the song, became very lonely because he’d killed everything.

Judge then spent a while as a scientologist, before settling on a career as the composer of stage musicals for the next few decades. He was particularly adept at fusing avant-garde sensibilities with hummable tunes, and the subject of these slices of musical theatre included the ‘Kibbo Kift’; a peculiar youth movement from the 1920s and 30s, which has recently taken centre stage as the subject of a book by Annabella Pollen, who most recently surfaced as part of the 3 day event in Liverpool, which marked the return to the world stage of The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.

 After many years of work developing a new form of narrative music he calls "Songstory", Smith completed and released, in 2000, the double CD Curly's Airships, about the 1924 Imperial Airship Scheme and the R101 airship disaster of 1930.

Among many others, Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton, Arthur Brown, David Jackson, John Ellis and Pete Brown performed on the project. Smith believes that the 2 hr 20 min work might be the largest and most ambitious single piece of rock music ever recorded. Curly's Airships was to be the first of three Songstories so far written and composed by Smith.

After a gap of Lord knows how long, Judge has decided to return to the live stage, and has started putting a band together. He has also made an arty movie about life in his girlfriend’s old garden. You couldn’t make this stuff up. After a gap of a couple of years, I decided that a conversation with Judge was well overdue…

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Strange Fruit #231
Date Published: 6th October 2017

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 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

 

SF 231 – 8 OCT 2017?

Mercury Rev:  Moving on

The Cambodian Space Project:  Demon Lover

Porcupine Tree:  I Drive the Hearse

Mercury Rev:  Holes

Alison O’Donnell:  Memorial

Jimi Hendrix & Love:  Jam

Robin Trower:  Try Love

Yasmin Hamdan:  La Chey

The Unthanks:  What can a Song do to You?

Mercury Rev:  The Happy End

Mercury Rev:  Goddess on a Hiway

Voice of the Seven Woods:  If Luck Could Kill

Ride:  Home is a Feeling

Anupama:  Yeh Raat

Ken Nordine:  Spectrum

These New Puritans:  We Want War

The Boo Radleys:  Upon 9th and Fairchild

Elara:  Harmonia

Miranda Sex Garden:  Sweet Honey Sucking Bees

Mercury Rev:  The Funny Bird

Mercury Rev:  Pick up if You’re There

The Beatles:  Goodnight

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MACK MALONEY'S MYSTERY HOUR
Date Published: 6th October 2017

Both yer esteemed editor and yer Gonzo Grande Fromage are interested in the great mysteries of the universe, and so it was truly only a matter of time before Fortean related content began to seep its way into the magazine and onto Gonzo Web Radio…

"Mack Maloney is the author of the best-selling "Wingman" science-fiction series, plus "UFOs in Wartime, What They Didn't Want You  To Know," (Berkley Books).

He's a member of SKY CLUB, Gonzo recording artists. He's been a radio host since 2010. He lives with his wife, Doreen, on an island off the coast of Massachusetts."

AND LOOK WHAT MACK HAS FOR YOU THIS WEEK

Like Having S*x in A Car Crash

That’s how one Navy pilot described landing a jet fighter on a modern-day aircraft carrier. In a special episode, Mack, Juan-Juan & Commander Cobra talk with carrier pilot-turned-stand-up-comedian Mitch Stinson about life aboard a U.S. Navy super carrier. Switchblade Steve Ward on Haunted Aircraft Carriers. Rob Beckhusen on carriers of the future. Plus, the story of the USS Franklin D Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that experienced multiple UFO sightings during its 25-year career.

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GONZO MAGAZINE #255/6: Jon meets Tony Palmer
Date Published: 6th October 2017

Tony Palmer is undoubtedly one of the best known British film directors of the past 50yrs. However, music lovers will be more impressed by the fact that he was the bloke who wrote the liner notes for the Yellow Submarine album by The Beatles, and was – as far as I am aware – the first person to compare them as songwriters with the classical composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Over the years, Tony Palmer has been involved with a number of Beatles-related projects, but I had never heard how this relationship began until one day several years ago, when Tony, my wife and I were sitting down, eating cake and swilling back tea.

Back in 1976, the legendary Lou Reizner came up with one of the more peculiar Beatles related projects. All This and World War II is a 1976 musical documentary that juxtaposes Beatles songs, performed by a number of musicians, with World War II newsreel footage and 20th Century Fox films from the 1940s. It lasted two weeks in cinemas. I only ever saw it once and thought it was a horrendous idea, executed so slickly that it was bordering on the worst possible taste.

So, when I heard that Tony Palmer was directing a reboot of this, my heart sank. I had no idea that he had been involved with the original film, but apparently, he had been in some minor capacity. When the DVD arrived on my doormat, I will admit that I took a long time to get around to watching it. I was too afraid of what I would be likely to see. But I really shouldn’t have worried. Tony Palmer takes what was a terrible idea, that either upset everybody that watched it or left them totally baffled, and truly did something really rather remarkable with it.

So, in order to mark this outstanding – and, believe it or not, very emotional – film, I tracked down Tony Palmer, and got him to tell us the story of how he first met John Lennon. After this, we went on to a detailed look at ‘the Beatles and World War II’.

Enjoy…

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MACK MALONEY'S MYSTERY HOUR
Date Published: 29th September 2017

Both yer esteemed editor and yer Gonzo Grande Fromage are interested in the great mysteries of the universe, and so it was truly only a matter of time before Fortean related content began to seep its way into the magazine and onto Gonzo Web Radio…

"Mack Maloney is the author of the best-selling "Wingman" science-fiction series, plus "UFOs in Wartime, What They Didn't Want You  To Know," (Berkley Books).

He's a member of SKY CLUB, Gonzo recording artists. He's been a radio host since 2010. He lives with his wife, Doreen, on an island off the coast of Massachusetts."

AND LOOK WHAT MACK HAS FOR YOU THIS WEEK

Eighty-Two Aliens Walk into a Bar…Again!

In one of the most requested replays of 2017, Mack & Juan-Juan talk with Nancy “Two-Turtles” about how best to communicate with aliens. Rob Beckhusen on Russia’s new nuclear-armed monster tank. Chuck Stansburge reports on his latest adventures with the intergalactic space army. Switchblade Steve on the Nazi fighter pilot who turned into a werewolf. Special Guest: No Belly Button Man.

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GONZO MAGAZINE #254: Jon meets Mr Biffo
Date Published: 29th September 2017

Back in the late 1980s, when the Internet was not much more than a twinkle in Tim Berners-Lee's eye, I got mildly obsessed by Teletext, which was about as cutting edge as televisions could get. Then in 1993 the ITV and C4 Teletext services suffered an enormous upheaval, and all the different pages (proto websites) that I used to view each day ceased to be. They were replaced by a brave new world of replacement pages and characters, and - sad to say - I soon forgot about the pages that I had viewed so faithfully each day on Oracle, and started watching the new bunch equally avidly.

By far my favourite, though, was a Computer Games Page called Digitiser, which was presented by a mad bloke called Mr Biffo. The fact that I didn't actually own a computer at the time apart from an antiquated Amstrad word processor didn't matter. Nor did the fact that I had never played any video games, and had no intention of doing so, because Biffo made me laugh. His mixture of surreal inanity, peculiar Lovecraftian imagery and adolescent smut pushed all the right buttons for me, and he became essential viewing each day.

NOW WIKIPEDIA ME DO:

"Mr. Biffo, real name Paul Rose, is a UK screenwriter. He was the editor of the Teletext-based video games magazine Digitiser, which ran between 1993 and 2003. He is the co-creator of the CBBC children's sitcom Dani's House, on which he is also lead writer. He is also the co-creator and lead writer of CBBC's 4 O'Clock Club, the follow-up to Dani's House entitled Dani's Castle, and the screenwriter of Pudsey: The Movie, starring the Britain's Got Talent winner (a dog, voiced for the movie by David Walliams). In addition, he is writing for the fourth series of Stella.

He also worked on children's shows such as Half Moon Investigations, Barking!, The Worst Witch (1998), Sooty, My Parents Are Aliens, and a number of adult comedy shows, including contributing to The Armstrong and Miller Show, as well an episode of UK soap opera EastEnders in 2003. He has written for numerous magazines, including Empire, Total Film, .net, Official PlayStation Magazine and Deathray, Retro Gamer, and from 2003 to 2008 wrote a monthly column in Edge entitled Biffovision.

He also devised the storyline for the multi-format game Future Tactics. He has twice been nominated for a BAFTA award, once in 2004 for Best Children's Drama for My Parents Are Aliens, and again in 2012 for Best Children's Comedy for 4 O'Clock Club, and has won a Sony Radio Academy Award for his writing on the Christian O'Connell breakfast show on XFM.

He wrote a book entitled Confessions of a Chatroom Freak (published by Friday Books, which has since gone into liquidation). In it, Rose posed as a beautiful young woman called LoopyLisa21f who chatted to men online, mostly about sexual acts they wanted to do to Lisa, and then published the transcripts. He co-wrote a TV pilot which was broadcast on BBC3, but not taken up, Biffovision (Hartswood Films), a parody of children's television co-written with Tim Moore. He has also written a number of non-broadcast television pilots, including Too Much Too Young and Now The Weather.

In 2017, Rose successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to bring together "Mr Biffo's Found Footage", a comedy montage series in the found footage style."

When Richard Freeman and I started sharing a house in 1998, I introduced him to Biffo's humour, and (as I had thought) he took to it like a basket of prawns up an exhaust manifold, and soon was an even bigger fan than I.

Biffo left Teletext in 2003, and - a few years later - I got in touch with him, arranged a meeting, and eventually sent him to South America with Richard and the gang in search of giant snakes. That actually DID happen by the way pals, just in case you thought I was indulging in more surreal bollocks. The Biffster and I have been friends ever since, and he is a regular contributor to Gonzo Weekly, and even provided a foreword for a book I wrote a decade or so ago. Now, he has a remarkably peculiar webTV show out, and I had a great time interviewing him this afternoon.

Q: What do you call a giant killer bat?
A: Super beast 47!

Giggle me do.

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Strange Fruit #230
Date Published: 29th September 2017

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 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.

SF 230 – 15 OCT 2017 – Paradox Hourglass

Jon Pertwee:  Venusian Lullaby

Sonic Youth:  Teenage Riot

The Eccentronic Research Council feat Maxine Peak:  Maxine’s Dream

L’Ira Del Baccano:  Paradox Hourglass pt.1

British Sea Power:  Machineries of Joy

Sun Ra Archestra:  Batman Theme

Alice Coltrane:  Turiya and Ramakrishna

Davy Graham:  Both Sides Now

Blue Cheer:  (I Can’t get no) Satisfaction

L’Ira Del Baccano:  The Blind Phoenix Rises

Strange Fate:  Hold me Baby

The Flying Lizards:  Then he Kissed Me

Pop Makosa:  More Love

Hoops:  Benjals

Martin Rev:  Pace

David Sylvian:  Blemish

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard:  Lord of Lightning

Richard Bone:  Damfino

Nico:  Into the Arena

L’Ira Del Baccano:  Paradox Hourglass pt.2

David Crosby:  I’d Swear there was Somebody Here

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FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRESSIVE #289
Date Published: 22nd September 2017

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 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.

 SF 229 – 8 OCT 2017?

MILK OF TREE

Grapefruit:  Sweet Little Miss no Name

Tracie:  The Boy Hairdresser

Mew:  Learn our Crystals

Jaki Whitren:  Give her the Day

Lesley Duncan:  Mr Rubin

Essential Logic:  Crystal Gazing

Lothar and the Hand People:  Space Hymn

Sleepy LaBeef:  In the Pines

Robin Trower:  If you Believe in me

Trees:  Murdoch

And also the Trees:  Wooden Leg

Sister Carol:  Lost in Space

Coup d’état:  Refused

And the Native Hipsters:  There goes Concorde Again

Ben Watt:  Gradually

Shabazz Palances:  Are you Can you were You

Slowly:  In Bloom

Doug Tuttle:  Peace Potato

Iron Maiden:  Empire of the Clouds

Preston Epps:  Bongo Rock

Emily Muff:  Pass the Night

Mary Hopkin:  Aderyn Llwyd (Sparrow)

Al Bowlly:   Smile When you Say Goodbye

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