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I had a long chat this week with Joey Molland
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 edition features even more peculiarities from the communication deck of the titular submarine, and a peculiar discussion about what sort of sandwiches would be prepared by their bovine crewmate. It may be just me, but it seems even more peculiar this week, but then again we are living in very peculiar times.
What is not to like?
The revolution may not be televised, but it’s certainly coming over on the virtual airwaves. Listen to it live on Gonzo Web Radio.
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.
Strange Fruit 81 - 06-07-14
Neil Young: A Letter Home intro/ If You Could Read my Mind
Octopizzo: Swag feat Amina
Lee Fields and the Expressions: Magnolia
The Smoke Fairies: Eclipse them all
The Smoke Fairies Hope is Religion
Eye Sea: Stuck 8
Kurosounds: Menage d’Elephants
Alan White: Marching into a Bottle
Melanie: Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
Bob Geldof: Pale White Girls
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci Tsunami
King Tubby: Battle Axe Dub
King Jammy: Dub it in the Dancehall Dub
Neil Young: A Letter Home Intro/ A Reason to Believe
Octopizzo: Who Knew
Strand of Oaks: Goshen 97’
Smoke Fairies: Koto
Smoke Fairies: Frozen Heart
Robin Guthrie: Close my Eyes and Burn
Sam Brookes: Crazy World and You
Alan White: Oooh Baby (Goin’ to Pieces)
Engelbert Humperdinck The Last Waltz
The Groundhogs: Eccentric Man
Alan White: Spring-Song of Innocence
Tommy Cooper: We’ll Meet Again
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.
This week on FNP # 154 "THE MOON"
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Backdrop art by: Farzad Golpayegani — with Michael Farrell, Tom Slatter, Jeff Hamel, Enzo Ferrara, Dave Robins, Greg Bowman, Greg Bowman Blues, Irene Ketikidi, Renaud Louis-servais, Steve Unruh and Joe Compagna
I had a long chat this week with Joey Molland, the last man standing from the legendary Badfinger, who were undoubtedly the most successful band on Apple records who weren’t The Beatles.
Poor Badfinger; if ever there was a pop group “born under a bad sign” it was them. Things started off quite auspiciously. As The Iveys they signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records and had a hit single. However, they decided that their name and their image were a little old-fashioned and for reasons that remain obscure they switched guitarists. Exit Ron Griffiths and enter Joey Molland. Badfinger was born. They had hit singles with the Paul-McCartney-penned Come and Get It (recorded just as Griffiths was leaving the band) and No Matter What, and perhaps their greatest moment was when Harry Nilsson had a massive worldwide hit with their song Without You in 1972. After that it was all downhill. And downhill very, very fast. The band were the last non-Beatles artists to release an album on Apple and a move to Warner Brothers was not a success. There were grave management issues (which were so contentious that even now it is probably not safe to put in writing) and – probably as a result of these internal pressures – two members of the band (Pete Ham in 1975 and Tom Evans in 1983) committed suicide by hanging.
Following the death of Mike Gibbins in 2005 from a brain aneurysm, Joey is the last man standing. He is still writing music and releasing albums of an extraordinary quality.
I have interviewed him on a number of occasions and am always impressed by his humility, sense of humour, and by the fact that even after many decades of living in the United States he is still a cheeky Scouser at heart. It seems that you can take the boy out of Liverpool, but you can never take Liverpool out of the boy. As Ringo Starr wrote a few years ago “Liverpool, I left you, but I never let you down”.
Gonzo Publishing is very proud to announce that we have just published an updated version of Ian Abrahams’ stylish and erudite biography of The Waterboys and Mike Scott.
The biography follows Scott’s personal journey from punk musician to folky to mystic and all points in between. My only regret is that I can’t find my copy of the acoustic demo of The Return of Pan #2 or I would have made it a Gonzo track of the day so I could share it with you in all its glorious Fortean freakiness.
To mark this momentous occasion I had a brief chat with Ian this afternoon and we are also printing an exclusive extract from the book itself.
Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio? Of course we would. This edition features unreleased music by The Pink Fairies, discussions on the links between dragon scales and an edible cactus, and a long diatribe about Mayonnaise, stupidly rare music from Spacemen Three, a story about Sinead O’Connor, and an argument about elevators. What is not to like.
STRANGE FRUIT 80 - 29-06-14
The Monks: Monk Time
Black Box Recorder: The Art of Driving
A.C.: I Pushed your Wife in Front of the Subway
The Aphex Twin: Cliffs
Mark Fry: The Witch
The Jacks: Marianne/ Stop the Clock
Billy Fury: Baby How I Cried (B-side of Collette)
Blue Phantom: Distillation
Emmauel Brun: Le Voix Psychedelique
Crazy Elephant: Space Buggy
The Space Lady: Fly Like an Eagle
Jack Mudurian: Downloading the Repertoire (excerpt)
The Twiggs: Wobble
Kid Carpet: Green and Pleasant Land
William Shatner: Common People
Timothy Leary: Live and Let Live
Skip Spence: Little Hands
Tilted Tim: Hi I’m Tilted
Jon Wayne: But I’ve Got Texas
Medicine Head: Part of the Play (B-side of It’s Got to be Alright)
Alex Sanders: The Great Rite:
Zola Jesus: Fall Back
STRANGE FRUIT 79
The Men: Another Night
Strange Turn: Pint Litmus Paper Shirt
Wye Oak: Glory
Sonido Gallo Negro: Virgenes Del Sol
Toumani and Sidiki Diabate: Hamadoun Toure
Micah P. Hinson: How are you Just a Dream
Micah P. Hinson: On the Way Home (the Abiline)
Echo and the Bunnymen: Burn it Down
Octopus Syng: It’s Not Coincidence
Champs: White Satellite
Liz Green: Where the River Don’t Flow
Roddy Frame: Forty Days of Rain
Strange Turn: Elevator Operator
The War on Drugs: Red Eyes
The Ackerleys: Blue Valentine
Bernie Sizzey: Haunted (Motherless Man Mix)
Bernie Sizzey: Lady Dub
Joan as Policewoman: Witness
Joan as Policewoman Holy City
Joan as Policewoman The Classic
Stinky Picnic Sunglasses Adventure
Stinky Picnic The Little Buzzy Bee
Virginia Belmont and her Singing and Talking Birds: Ave Maria
Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio? Of course we would. And after a break of a couple of weeks Jaki is back, teaching Tim how to use Skype, and doing all sorts of strange things. Jaki reminisces about the past Glastonbury Festival, has a problem with Maisie the Submarine cow, whilst Tim is in Wales and has gone native. There is also a healing message for Daevid Allen. What’s not to like?
Kozfest takes place for three days from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July at Bobbie Watts (Wattsfest) farm in Devon EX15 2AW. Please note that this festival is not affiliated with Wattsfest.
Latest additions to line-up are Krankschaft, Al Stokes, Deviant Amps, P.F.R.P., Astral Voyagers From A Distant Plain, GLOBAL, The Azimuth Coordinator, Green Planet, Magic Bus, Peyote Guru and Kev & Gregg (tribute to Judge Trev).
Sunday night will be a Judge Trev memorial night featuring bands and people he played with. Dubbal, Paradise 9 and Inner City Unit. Additional DJs are: Chris Cambridge (Peyote Guru), Kev Ellis (Dubbal/Kev & Gregg), Paul Knighton (P.F.R.P.) and Garry Lee (Starship Overflow).
Zetan Spore, House Of Thandoy, Mugstar, Sentient, Inner City Unit and Astralasia, The Cult Of Dom Keller, RDF, Olympic Clamp Down, Crucified Twins, The Gliss Orchestra, SilverSpace, Magic Bus, Shankara, Doozer, The Magick Twins, The Archetypes, Paradise 9, Krankshaft, Aurora, Dubble, Bob Hedger (aka Bob Jah Buddha) The Cream People, Red Elektra 69, The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment, Mikrocosmik, The Timelords, Crucified Twins, One Eyed God, Electric Dub Guru, Underground Astronomy, Boss Dandy, K.E.S., The Dark Space Project, Kashmir Black and Ron Tree Inc... and of course Kozmik Ken.
An old skool style festival it will be an intimate affair, with limited tickets for sale. A three day festival with two stages, bar, food, chillout, stalls, entertainment, great people, fantastic music, FREE camping, communal bonfire on Saturday night, and, in the middle of summer in Devon.
The festival will also offer FREE camping, stalls, toilets, hot food and real ales and cider and a huge community bonfire on the Saturday night. This year’s Kozfest will be dedicated to musician Will Greenwood, following his sudden death in February, in memory of Will the Top Field at Kozfest will now be named The Will Greenwood field. They will also have a sacred area for quiet reflection. On Sunday they will remember Wally Hope plus Will Greenwood, Ben Jam and Steve Higgins and others taken from us too soon.
This week I committed the cardinal sin of a journalist and wrote quite a lot about one of my featured interviewees in my editorial, which does mean that in many ways it is difficult to know what to write in this section, but there is so much more that I could have said. It was Dean Phillips, the Gonzo Weekly House Wally, who first told me about the event. He will be hosting Wally’s Dome at the event. It is a tribute to the legendary Wally Hope and a community resource where people can find out more about this one-of-a-kind character. He put me in touch with Paul Woodwright who was kind enough to talk to me.
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 SEVENTEEN: Something from a National Health radio session in 1976, a Matching Mole classic, Soft Machine live with Phil Howard on drums, another obscure Robert Wyatt guest vocal, Faust, some Eno ambience and a couple of Orlando Gibbons compositions, plus a mix of Latin American fusion sounds from the early 70s and an hour-long mix of selections from the 'Free Range' series of avant garde events that have been taking place in Canterbury in recent times. Also, news about Daevid Allen's health, and some healing glissando drones recently played worldwide by Gong family affiliates for his benefit."
I have been a musician for just about the same length of time I have wanted to be a music journalist and I formed my first band in the spring of 1975.
My secretary Andrea, who is a cheeky young flibbertigibbet, who really doesn’t know her place in the potato shed and (just in case you think I am being disloyal to her) is typing this as I dictate, sniggered when I mentioned the spring of 1975 because that, apparently, was when she was born.
You can’t get the staff anymore, and she steadfastly refuses to behave in the subservient manner that I would wish, and leads me a terrible life.
I am now completely confused and have no idea where I was going with this due to dear Andrea’s girlish sarcasm, so I think I am going to have to start again.
In the spring of 1975 (shut up Andrea) I formed my first band, and wrote what I thought were terribly witty satirical songs about the then current political scene. With hindsight they were terrible, but what songs by a fifteen year old boy aren’t?
Over the years my musical skills, and I like to think my songwriting ones, have got somewhat better and I have released a whole string of albums which very few people have heard and which even fewer people have paid for.
But I still have the conceit to call myself a musician, and so this week my fragile ego got a particularly pleasant boost when I received an email from Paul May, guitarist with – amongst other things – the Atkins/May Project. He attached a couple of MP3s of the songs he is planning for the next album – their third.
To my great delight, he not only asked me to critique them but asked for my opinions on salient points of the mix.
In my fortieth year of musicianship, someone was taking me seriously at last!
I enjoyed the new material massively – with this third album the band are entering into pleasingly progressive territory with interesting key and rhythm changes, extended tracks, and a much more accomplished overall feel.
Al Atkins has never sounded better and I was astonished to hear that the massively groovy drumming was actually done by Paul himself. I needed to know more. Would he like to have a chat? I asked diffidently.
Of course he would, he replied, and after a few technical complications we got through to each other and proceeded to talk the hind legs off the proverbial donkey.
We will, of course be talking again when the album is finally released, and - as I always do with their record - go through them track by track with both Paul and Al.
Our full conversation is on Gonzo Web Radio...
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.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simplexity/499539430107726 — with Blake Carpenter, Wojciech Muchowicz, Hellmut Hattler, Colby Peters, Chris Cuda, John Beagley, Philip Ak Brown, John Bergstrand, Gordo Bennett and Mark Truey Trueack.
STRANGE FRUIT 78
Gay Dad: A Different Kind of Blue
Curved Air: Blind Man
Django Django: Hand of Man
Sonido Gallo Negro: La Patrona
Toumani and Sidiki Diabate: Hamadoun Toure
Kaukasus: Starlit Motion
Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Still….You Turn me On
Echo and the Bunnymen: Burn it Down
Echo and the Bunnymen: Ocean Rain
Mark Fry: Chalkey Down
The Free Design: An Elegy
Kyle Tomzo: Bicycle
Kaukasus: The Skies Give Meaning
Prefab Sprout: Cruel
Sweet Billy Pilgrim: Future Perfect Tense
The Ackerleys: Be Yourself
Agnes Obel: Aventine
Espers: Flowery Noontide
Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Karn Evil 9
Pooh Sticks: Sugar Baby
Pooh Sticks: The World is Turning on
Tin Tin Out ft Shelly Nelson: Here’s Where the Story Ends
This week on FNP # 152
PLAYLIST FOR THIS EPISODE
STRANGE FRUIT 77
JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers: No Rest for the Wicked
Pocket Genius:360 Club (Boss Tuneage)
The Ackerleys:Blue Valentine
Heidi Talbot:My Sister the Moon (demo)
The Dragons:Cosmosis/Food for my Soul
Strange Mix:(Incl: Super Furry Animals: Alternative Route to Vulcan Street (1)/ Unitz: The Drop (2)/ Paraffin Jack Flash: I Can’t Get no Satisfaction/ Dr John: Dance Kalinda Ba Boom (2 CD 1)/ Charles Bukowski: Law (8)/ Ivor Cutler: Life in Scotch Sitting Room (19 cd 1)/ Sheila Chandra: The Enchantment (5)/ Sigur Ros: Salka/Petrol Bomb Samosa: Eshaktillak (I Missed You)/ The Monkees: Zilch)
Howie Beck: Serves you Right
Smoke Fairies:Your Own Silent Movie
The White Stripes:I Just Don’t Know What to do with Myself
Wooden Wand:When the Trail Goes Cold
The Ackerleys:Three Years too Late
Medicine Head:His Guiding Hand
Traffic: Coloured Rain (B-Side of “Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush)
The Dragons:Mercy Call/ Pop’s Bag/Big Mike Requiem
Red Sovine: Teddy Bear
Margaret O’ DonnellThe Blind Child
Cocteau Twins: Musette and Drums
Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man: Mysteries
ACCIDENTAL CONVERSATION WITH AN ANARCHIST
I can’t believe that is already nearly a year since Mick Farren left us. The thing that hurts most, and I hope this doesn’t sound too selfish, was not that he had to die; we will all die sooner or later, but that he had to do so just as he and I were becoming friendly, and when he truly had so much going on in his life.
As I have written elsewhere in this issue Jaki and Tim have both taken leave from the submarine and left the cow in charge….or possibly the cat, I’m not sure. There is, therefore, no Sub Reality Sandwich this week but what there is, is this archive recording of Tim and Mick Farren. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.
Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio? Of course we would. And this is the latest of them and this week the titular submarine is sailing surrounded by seagulls including one called Boris. This week there is a rare Bevis Frond cover of a Beatles song, a Bo Diddley sandwich and more high strangemess than you can cock your hat at, and lots of other peculiar things. What’s not to like?
Electric Prunes fans are buzzing with excitement about the release of a new CD of unreleased live material titled ‘WaS’! Featuring 15 slamming cuts to keep you up at night! American psychedelic rock group The Electric Prunes first achieved international attention in the late 1960s. The band performed their 1966 hit song “I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)” on American Bandstand, and were also recognized for the song “Kyrie Eleison”, which was featured on the ‘Easy Rider’ soundtrack. After a period in which they had little control over their music, they disbanded for several years. In 1999, much to the delight of their fans worldwide, The Electric Prunes reformed, and resumed recording and touring!
And now an interplanetary message from James Lowe of the Electric Prunes…
“The Electric Prunes invite you, our closest friends, to a new adventure! WaS. That WaS the Electric Prunes! It has been a long journey here and we have waited till the planetary alignment was correct for a new release. The lunar eclipse signaled the start of something, tho no one is sure exactly what? We offer WaS as the saucer to fast forward you to the cosmic finish.
There is a fine line between ‘IS’ and ‘WAS’. If what you did is more important than what you are doing, you WAS. One moment you is and then you was. Somehow 1967 doesn’t seem much different from today; tastes change but I think people are always on the lookout for some fresh ideas from the ‘is’ that makes them remember the ‘was’.
Mark Tulin and I were collecting ideas and songs for our last adventure when he went through the door. I am not sure he is really gone because I hear his voice as clearly as if he were standing beside me. Usually, Mark and I would send each other song ideas back and forth until we had the rough story line and music in hand, then we would meet and pound everything into submission. This CD is a collection of those final ideas and messages between us and that is all we set out to present here; but a funny thing happened on the way to the recording studio. A new idea emerged behind a gig in Tokyo in an unusual snowstorm, and then someone sneezed on a girl in the subway, and a frozen winter chilled the planet; suddenly there were new thoughts, fresh ideas and new places to sketch our story in song. Everyone in the band felt it. Like a blast of energy. The ‘was’ became ‘is’.
The Electric Prunes have always been a little on the outside. Maybe it was the name? Maybe the music? In all, we have released 8 actual album offerings from the band (there are a few pretenders from the record company that we discount). Our legitimate recordings represent our thinking and, in some cases, lack of thinking. We were never mainstream enough to fret over what went on the records; witnessed by some of the goofy cuts we have released, we were just happy to be able to record our thoughts. It seems fitting that we release this 9th offering with the same abandon. This is a garage band and is not meant to be taken seriously. The music here is from all layers of the band from 1966 to 2014. This is a cool album, maybe the last we will ask you to support. But we do hope you will post it on the web and dance to it in the moonlight on 11! There is even a music video by the band for TOKYO floating around! Please bring your friends because the band wants to go out and play live one more time and we need you for that. Tell your local club to invite us. We will come…. We WaS but we still Is ….”
The 15-track CD features a throwback version of “Smokestack Lightning” from 2000 that was the band’s reunion call-to-arms with Ken Williams on lead guitar, Quint back up on drums, Mark Tulin on bass and an occasional harmonica by James Lowe. Original noise! There is also a live version of “Bullet Thru The Backseat” from a night in Bristol England featuring Williams, Lowe, Tulin, Dooley, more original fare.
That press release arrived last week on my desk, and to say that I was intrigued is an understatement. I have always been a fan of the Prunes since I first heard I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) from one of the Nuggets compilations. I then went on to a massively scratched copy of Mass in F Minor, and I was a complete convert.
The fact that I heard a bit of the latter record during the sublime Easy Rider was just another bonus.
Diffidently I emailed Billy James who had sent out the press release. Was there any chance that I could interview James Lowe, the singer?
Yeah, why not, came back the message, and, grasping my new iPad in my sweaty hands I Skyped him. Listen to our conversation
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