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Strange Fruit #105
Date Published: 30th January 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). 

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

1. Elvis Presley: Showime

2. Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper: Elvis is Everywhere

3. Betty Everett: Hound Dog

4 ANNOUNCEMENT

5. Elvis Presley: Promised Land

6 Elvis Presley: One Night

7. Elvis Presley: You Gave me a Mountain

8 Elvis Presley: I Feel so Bad

9. ANNOUNCEMENT

10. Eilert Pilarm: Jailhouse Rock

11. Mind Garage: Jailhouse Rock

12. Norman Gunston: Jailhouse Rock

13 Judy Nylon: Jailhouse Rock

14 ANNOUNCEMENT

15 John Cale and Brian Eno: Heartbreak Hotel

16 ANNOUNCEMENT

17 Elvis Presley: Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright

18 Elvis Presley: Tomorrow is a Long Time

19 ANNOUNCEMENT

20 Jimmy Ellis/Orion Lonesome Angel

21 Jimmy Ellis/ Orion Washing Machine

22 ANNOUNCEMENT

23 Elvis Presley: Polk Salad Annie

24 Elvis Presley: Here we go Again Man

25 U2: A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel

26 Jeff Beck Group: All Shook up

27 ANNOUNCEMENT

28 Elvis Presley: I’m Leavin’

29 Elvis Presley: Proud Mary

30 Elvis Presley: Reconsider Baby

31 ANNOUNCEMENT

32 Elvis Presley Séance: Part 1

33 ANNOUNCEMENT

34 Elvis Presley: You’ll be Gone

35                Elvis Presley A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix

36 ANNOUNCEMENT

37          Peter Singh: Rockin’ With the Sikh

38          Wesley Willis: Elvis Presley

39         Fernn Jenkins: A Letter to Elvis

40         CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENT

41         Elvis Presley: If I Can Dream

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Friday Night Progressive #179
Date Published: 30th January 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:

Karda Estra

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

Mark Wingfield

http://www.facebook.com/MarkWingfieldGuitar

Dave Kerzner

http://www.facebook.com/davesquidskerzner

Steve Cochrane

http://www.facebook.com/SteveCochraneMusic

SBL ll

http://www.facebook.com/SBLMusic

Mastermind

http://www.facebook.com/Mastermindband

TPE

http://www.facebook.com/tpe.psychedelicensemble

Ritchie DeCarlo

http://www.facebook.com/ritchie.decarlo?fref=ts

Gadi Caplan

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gadi-Caplan/176562585740440

Moonwagon

http://www.facebook.com/Moonwagonband — with Jani Korpi, Steve Cochrane, Tpe PsychedelicEnsemble, Richard Wileman, Seconds Before Landing, Mark Wingfield, Ritchie DeCarlo, Dave Kerzner, Gadi Caplan and Bill Berends.

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Friday Night Progressive #178
Date Published: 24th January 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:

Grand Tour

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grand-Tour/1575328136022464

Tobias Scheller

http://www.facebook.com/TobiasSchellerMusic

Majestic

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Majestic-Songs/182918543056

Unified Past

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

The Minstrel's Ghost

http://www.facebook.com/TheMinstrelsGhost

Side Effects

http://www.facebook.com/sideeffectszg

Corvus Stone

http://www.facebook.com/CorvusStone

Murky Red

http://www.facebook.com/MurkyRed

Jacqui Taylor

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacqui-Taylor/167711123280082

Hyper Planet

http://www.facebook.com/hyperplanet — with Blake GreenMan Carpenter, Yolanda Flaming, Joe Cairney, Tobias Scheller, Ivan Mihaljevic, Amin Saffar, Jeff Hamel, Colin Tench, Stephen Speelman, Jacqueline Taylor and Stef Flaming.

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Strange Fruit #104
Date Published: 24th January 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). 

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

28-12-14 – SHOW 106

 

Jethro Tull:  Living in the Past

Spacemen 3  Things’ll Never be the Same

Paul Revere and the Raiders  I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone

Rory Gallagher: (Rod D’Eath – drums)  Walk on Hot Coals (from Blueprint)

Rory Gallagher:   Moonchild (from Calling Card)

Rory Gallagher:  Who’s That Coming?

Lynsey de Paul:   Ivory Tower

Lynsey de Paul:  So Good to You

Lynsey de Paul:  Martian Man (from unreleased album Take Your Time)

Primal Scream:  Rocks

Primal Scream:  Movin’ on up

Mick Farren:  Let’s Loot the Supermarket

Mick Farren:  Screwed up

Jethro Tull:  Song for Jeffrey

Jesse Winchester:  Ghosts

Devo:  Secret Agent Man

Incredible String Band:  Antoine – FEAT STUART GORDON

Will Millar and Paul Horn:  Passing of the Gael

The Monks:  Complication

The Stooges:  Raw Power

The Ramones:  Teenage Lobotomy

Bobby Womack:  So Many Sides of You

Bobby Womack:  If You Think You’re Lonely Now

Bill Haley and the Comets:  Blue Comet Blues

Nash the Slash:  Dopes on the Water

Simon Stokes:  The Boa Constrictor Ate my Wife 

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GONZO WEEKLY #114: Jon Meets Barbara Dickson
Date Published: 24th January 2015

I have been a rock and roll journalist, man and boy for over three decades now, and have been privileged enough to interview many luminaries from John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin to Dave Brubeck, and from Steve Ignorant to Ken Campbell, and I wouldn’t even presume to try to rank my interviewees in importance.

But in the two years since I have been doing my own particular brand of Gonzo Journalism there is one artist who far more people want to know about and are impressed that I have interviewed, than anyone else.  It is Barbara Dickson.

During a long and stellar career, she has been the doyenne of Scottish folk music, the queen of light entertainment, collected songs of the Jacobite rebellion, and the First World War, and has carried a torch for the songs of Gerry Rafferty (amongst many other achievements).

Sadly, whenever I mention on Facebook that I have spoken to her, one or other of my more idiotic family, friends, or acquaintances always ask whether that means “I Know Her So Well”.  Actually, we have never met in person, but I always enjoy talking to her.

For those of you not aware of her achievements, here is a brief potted biography:

As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier-Award-winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular entertainers in Britain today.

Born in Dunfermline, Scotland, Barbara showed an early interest in music. By the tender age of five she had already started studying piano and by twelve had also taken up the guitar. She developed a love of folk music whilst at school, and began to perform at her local folk club. At seventeen she moved to Edinburgh, combining a job in the civil service with evening spots performing in local pubs and clubs. 

In 1968 Barbara was offered a three-week engagement at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, and when she was refused leave from her job she resigned, deciding that it was ‘now or never’ to try her luck as a professional singer.

The late ‘60s and early ‘70s saw her gradually ‘paying her dues’ on the Scottish folk scene, building a reputation and working with the likes of Archie Fisher, Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Rab Noakes. Her first album, The Fate o’ Charlie, a collection of Jacobite songs recorded with Archie and John McKinnon, was released on Bill Leader’s Trailer Records label in 1969. She then went on to record three well-received folk albums for Decca Records in the early ‘70s.

On the advice of Scottish performing legend Hamish Imlach, Barbara next began to look for opportunities south of the border in the booming folk scene of the north of England and she was soon well-established there.

It was in Liverpool that she became re-acquainted with musician and playwright Willy Russell. Their friendship led to Barbara being offered the singing role in his 1974 musical John, Paul, George, Ringo… and Bert, staged at the Everyman Theatre. Barbara was on stage throughout the entire performance, singing the songs of the Beatles at the piano. The show became a huge critical success and went on to enjoy a long run at the Lyric Theatre in London.

In the West End, the show was co-produced by Robert Stigwood, who signed Barbara to his small stable of artistes at RSO Records, which also included The Bee Gees and Cream. 

In 1976 she had her first hit single with Answer Me, produced by fellow Scot, Junior Campbell, and later that year she appeared on The Two Ronnies having been spotted in the theatre by Terry Hughes, their then producer at the BBC. This led to a guest residency on the show, which was drawing in regular Saturday night audiences in excess of 15 million viewers. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber had also been impressed by Barbara’s performance in John, Paul, George, Ringo…and Bert, and invited her to sing Another Suitcase in Another Hall on the original cast recording of their new musical Evita. Released as a single, the song went on to become her second hit single in 1977.

In 1980 Caravan Song from the film Caravans was released. Although it was to prove much less of a chart success than her other hit singles, it is still Barbara’s most requested song wherever she plays.

January, February, released the same year, provided another Top 20 recording, with the accompanying LP, The Barbara Dickson Album, produced by Alan Tarney, giving Barbara her first gold album.

In 1982 All for a Song, her first compilation album, shot into the UK charts at No.9, based on sales in Scotland alone. It was her first platinum-selling album and went on to spend 38 weeks in the charts.

Barbara then accepted the leading role of Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s new musical Blood Brothers, which opened in Liverpool at the Playhouse Theatre in January 1983. The show, which marked her debut as an actress, transferred to London’s Lyric Theatre and she was named ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the 1984 Society of West End Theatre Awards.

In tandem with her stage work, Barbara was also building a considerable reputation as a concert artiste, with lengthy sold-out tours that took her to every major town and city in the UK, culminating in shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In 1985 the duet I Know Him So Well was released. This was recorded with Elaine Paige and taken from the new musical Chess, written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice. It went on to become a Top Ten hit around the world and sold over 900,000 copies. Barbara’s subsequent Gold album, released later that year, was certified Platinum.

Further hits followed but in the 1990s Barbara began to move away from the pop scene and back towards acoustic and folk music. This resulted in the 1992 album Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, a selection of the songs of Bob Dylan and 1994’s Parcel of Rogues, featuring folk music from the British Isles.  1995 saw the release of Dark End of the Street, which combined traditional music with tracks by favourite songwriters including Randy Newman, Sandy Denny and Jackson Browne.

During the 90s, Barbara also began to diversify more and more into acting, with major roles on TV including Taggart, Kay Mellor’s award-winning Band of Gold and The Missing Postman, directed by Alan Dossor.

For many years, Barbara and Blood Brothers director Chris Bond had talked of working together again for the theatre and finally in 1996 this culminated in The Seven Ages of Woman, a musical walk through the life of ‘everywoman.’ The show toured the UK twice, in the process earning Barbara some of the best reviews of her career as well as the 1997 Liverpool Echo ‘Best Actress in Theatre’ Award.  In 1999 Barbara was delighted to return to the theatre again in the new musical Spend, Spend, Spend, based on the life of the infamous 1960s pools winner, Viv Nicholson. Her role as Viv won her the ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the 2000 Laurence Olivier Awards in London.

In 2004 she released her first studio album for eight years, Full Circle. Produced by Troy Donockley, it was widely acclaimed as a long-awaited return to her musical roots with The Daily Telegraph noting: 'it is no exaggeration to describe Barbara as a great singer. She stood out a mile among the Scottish folk singers of her generation, and she has consistently shown her class when performing for a wider public. This is Dickson at her most engaging.'

Her follow-up CD, Nothing’s Gonna Change My World, released by Universal in the autumn of 2006, took its title from Across the Universe, the Beatles classic included amongst a specially commissioned selection of the songs Lennon, McCartney and Harrison. The album was arranged by Troy and produced by Chris Hughes.

In 2007 Barbara was invited to guest on Channel 4’s long-running quiz show Countdown and she returned to television again the following year with a leading guest role in the BBC drama series Doctors.

2008 was to prove a busy year for Barbara. Her latest CD, Time and Tide, was released, featuring the new direction that has become a feature of her music, blending together old and new songs with a distinctive atmosphere prevailing throughout. The varied song choice included Lady Franklin’s Lament, Goin’ Back and Palm Sunday, which marked her first writing collaboration with Troy, who again produced the album.

Into the Light, Barbara’s first ever live DVD was also released to coincide with Time and Tide, and featured some of her best-loved hits, tracks from the new album and other favourites she has made her own through the years.

Barbara was then invited to perform The Sky Above the Roof for O Thou Transcendent, award-winning film director Tony Palmer’s film about the life of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, described by The Observer as ‘a mesmerising masterpiece’.

On BBC’s Songs of Praise in April 2008 Barbara performed a new arrangement of the beautiful hymn My Song is Love Unknown.

In the summer of 2008 she played live at the Stonehaven Folk Festival, her first festival appearance since 1973 and an experience she enjoyed immensely. In August that year she and Troy performed Smile in front of an audience of 9000 people at the Liverpool Unites concert at the city’s Echo Arena, helping to raise funds for the charity set up by the parents of murdered schoolboy Rhys Jones.

In September 2008 Barbara performed live in Ireland. Her sell-out concert in front of a capacity crowd at Dublin’s National Concert Hall marked her first concert in the city for 21 years and following the warm welcome she and her band received, plans are being drawn up for a return to Ireland for further dates in the near future.

In December 2008 Barbara was invited to record her first Christmas special for BBC Radio Scotland, produced by her old friend Rab Noakes.

A lengthy UK tour at the start of 2009 was followed by invitations to perform at the prestigious International Eisteddfod Festival in Llangollen, as well as the Brampton Live and the Linlithgow Folk Festivals.

Barbara’s long-awaited autobiography, A Shirt Box Full of Songs, was published by Hachette Scotland in October 2009. To tie in with its release Barbara undertook a major promotional tour with appearances on TV and radio, and at book festivals across the UK to talk about her life and career.

Following a 26-date national concert tour between February and March 2010, Barbara began work on her new studio album, The Magical West, for the Greentrax label, which will follow on from her recent musical collaboration with Troy Donockley, including some newly-written tracks of her own and songs from her ‘shirt box’ which she has always wanted to record. The album is due for release in late 2010.

Barbara has also recently presented a new series called Scotland on Song with Barbara Dickson for BBC Radio Scotland, featuring music from the acoustic/roots/ folk scene in Scotland with guests performing live in the studio each week. A new series is planned for later this year.

Married with three sons, Barbara lives in Lincolnshire. She has been made an Honorary Doctor of Music by Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen as well as a Fellow of Liverpool’s John Moores University and a Companion of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts bestowed by Sir Paul McCartney. In 2002 HM the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Year, Barbara was conferred with an O.B.E. for her services to music and drama.

Of her new album she writes: 

“My ‘Winter’ album is a collection of seasonal songs, some of which were included in the BBC Scotland radio show ‘Joy to the World’ several years ago now. We’re supplementing those pieces with more ‘wintry’ music and it’s been a brilliant exercise for Troy and me. We can’t bear the thought of not recording together so this is to keep us going until he comes back from Nightwish. It’s been a labour of love for us both and I hope you’ll enjoy it when it comes out”.

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode #103
Date Published: 17th January 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). 

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.

PLAYLIST

 

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Friday Night Progressive #177
Date Published: 17th January 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:

THEO

http://www.facebook.com/pages/THEO/656605707769844

Cailyn Lloyd

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cailyn/88087502602

MOTR

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mysteries-Of-The-Revolution/13339313306

Oleg Polyanskiy

http://www.facebook.com/olegpolyanskiyofficial

Leibowitz

http://www.facebook.com/LeibowitzMusic

Tom Slatter

http://www.facebook.com/tomslattermusic

Arcade Messiah

http://www.facebook.com/arcademessiah

Hox Vox

http://www.facebook.com/HoxVox/info?tab=page_info

Russ Sargeant

http://www.facebook.com/russ.sargeant

Dead End Space

http://www.facebook.com/deadendspace — with Jim Alfredson, Russ Sargeant, Joshua Leibowitz, Cailyn Lloyd, Tom Slatter, Johnny Engström, Peter Davis, Gianluca Missero, John KingBathmat Bassett, Oleg Polyanskiy and Michael Schetter.

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Friday Night Progressive - Blast from the Past (2)
Date Published: 10th January 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:

Hansford Rowe
Neil Alexander
Mastermind
Lisa LaRue 2KX
Papa Crash
Rob Martino
David McCoy and The Real
Alexperiments

 

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 101
Date Published: 10th January 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). 

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.

SHOW 101 – 14-12-14

101 Strings: I Remember

Pink FlOyd: Don’t Breathe

Tamikrest: Djanegh etoumas

Rachel Zeffira: Letters from Tokyo (Sayonara)

Haley Bonar: Last War

Dark Hippies (feat Aukan): Six Feet

Electro Hippies: Acid Rain

Hippie Skumm: Box Chugga (Original Mix)

Kormac (feat Irvine Welsh): Another Screen

Kormac: Everything Around me

Alice Cooper and The Bee Gees: Because

Gemma Ray: Long, Long, Long

Rachel Zeffira: Front Door

Vashti Bunyan: Blue Shred

Gandalf: Can you Travel in the Dark Alone

Gandalf: I Watch the Moon

Green River: This Town

The Ventures: Moon Over Manakoora

Mama Lion: Ain’t too Proud to Beg

Rachel Zeffira: To Here Knows When

This  Mortal Coil: Song to the Siren

Kontiki Suite: Magic Carpet Ride –

Strange Lullaby: Raga Gaga

Jason Crest: Teagarden Lane

The Velvet Underground: I Found a Reason

Kevin Ayres: Oh! Wot a Dream

Modest Mouse All Night Diner

Rachel Zeffira: Goodbye Divine

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GONZO WEEKLY '101: Gregg Kofi Brown remembers Joe Cocker
Date Published: 10th January 2015

Last week, along with most of the musical publications in the western world, we bade our farewells to Joe Cocker. He was undoubtedly a giant of the musical genre with which we are dealing in this magazine, but to leave it at an obituary culled from Wikipedia didn't sit well with me.
Then, the other night I was pootling about the Internet on my iPad, which is something I tend to do quite a lot these days as I am now free to surf  the net from the comfort of my armchair, rather than from the relative austerity of my office.

I was reading David Hepworth's blog when I came across this post from the shortest day of last year: 

"I got a few calls this evening to talk about Joe Cocker. I don't really have anything pat I wanted to say and I wouldn't have had time to do any revision so I passed. I just heard the BBC's Arts Correspondent on the 9 o'clock bulletin on Five Live. He said something like "Of course, Joe broke through with that amazing version of 'With A Little Help From My Friends' at Woodstock in 1968 and after that the Beatles sent a telegram congratulating him."

In fact Woodstock the event took place in 1969, almost a year after Joe Cocker had a huge hit with the song in the UK. If the Beatles had congratulated him it would more likely have been then. The first anyone in Britain really knew about the performances at Woodstock was when the film came out a year later in 1970.

The truth is never quite catchy enough, is it?"

And that got me thinking. So much about this issue of Gonzo Weekly has turned out to be about mythologising, and I didn't want to do any more. I could have written about the first time I saw Woodstock, and how Joe Cocker and the Grease Band were the epitome of a live rock and roll act as far as I was concerned. I could have talked about hearing Delta Lady for the first time when I was about fourteen and spending my school lunchtimes for about a week trying to figure out how to play like Leon Russell on the Bideford Grammar School grand piano, and I could even have written about when I was a student and trying to seduce an Israeli exchange student called Esther (of whom I have written elsewhere) to the tunes of that song he did with Jennifer Warnes (by the way, I failed miserably) but I didn't  want to do any of that, because I wanted to write something about him, and not about me.

And then earlier this week I was working on the autobiography of a remarkable musician Gregg Kofi Brown, who has been the bassist with Osibisa for over twenty years. He has also played with Eric Burdon, Robin Trower, and yes, Joe Cocker. And from his book, it is obvious that he was very fond of him. So I gave him a ring....

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode #100
Date Published: 3rd January 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). 

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.

SHOW 100 – 07-12-14

The Munsters: The Munster Creep

Jesse Winchester: Ghosts

Smoke Fairies: Koto

Regal Worm: Sovereign of the Skies

Earth: There is a Serpent Coming

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Fresh Air

The Polyphonic Spree: Hold Yourself Up

Cybill Shepherd: Find me a Primitive Man (NON CHART 1974)

Little Nell: Do the Swim

Six Organs of Admittance: Procession of Cherry Blossom Spirits

Robbie Basho: Seal of the Blue Lotus

DJ Earworm: The Night of Kitten’s Messy Adventure

Ex Hex: Waterfall RIPS (MERGE)

Vashti Bunyan: Across the Water HEARTLEAP (FATCAT)

Essential Logic: Fanfare in the Garden

Rutherford Chang: We Buy White Albums #2

Regal Worm: The King of Sleep

Medicine Head: Midnight

The Beatles: The End

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Friday Night Progressive - Blast from the Past
Date Published: 3rd January 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:

Neil Alexander

Mastermind

Martin Henry

Poligraf

Andre Enriquez

MDESTINY

Mathew Vincent Walker

Advent

Eduardo Pratti

Larry Cambell — with Andre Henriquez, Andrew Neil, Advent, Bill Berends, Eduardo Pratti, Christopher Stewart, Larry R Campbell and Matthew Vincent Walker.

 

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Friday Night Progressive #175
Date Published: 20th December 2014

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

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

ARTISTS:

TPE

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Psychedelic-Ensemble/268422653205782

Expedition Delta

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Expedition-Delta/158563394188705

Overhead

http://www.facebook.com/overheadband

The Minstrel’s Ghost

http://www.facebook.com/TheMinstrelsGhost

Hegemony

http://www.facebook.com/HegemonyTheBand

Jasun Martz

http://www.facebook.com/JasunMartzMusic

Gadi Caplan

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gadi-Caplan/176562585740440

Grant Weston

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

Alessandro Bertoni

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Sub Reality Sandwich #31
Date Published: 20th December 2014

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

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

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

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

Last week the submarine sailed up The Thames to the accompaniment of the titular submarine dwellers shouting about jellied eels and fish and chips, but this week, as the rest of the known universe celebrates whatever religion they follow, or simply gets legless in the local pub, Tim has disappeared and so has Maisie. There are hints that something is afoot elsewhere in the submarine but this week the lovely Jaki does her own inimitable thing solo.

Personally I have a sneaking suspicion that Tim has an alter ego at the North Pole, and that Maisie actually dons a red nose and becomes a reindeer at this time of year, but I am a Fortean and I am always coming up with peculiar theories. However, Jaki described all sorts of things that are even more strange than anything that I could imagine.

The submarine is moored up by Eel Pie Island, and any musical smorgasbord that features Louis Armstrong followed by Spinal Tap has to be admired and all that, and when that is followed by The Damned and then some avant garde weirdness, one is brought back to the reality that this is the greatest radio show ever to be broadcast by two nutters and a cow from an imaginary submarine.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

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Friday Night Progressive #176
Date Published: 20th December 2014

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

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

ARTISTS:

Dave Kerzner

http://www.facebook.com/davesquidskerzner

Mark Wingfield

http://www.facebook.com/MarkWingfieldGuitar

The Lobster Obscura

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

The Samurai of Prog

http://www.facebook.com/thesamuraiofprog

Cheap Dinosaurs

http://www.facebook.com/cheapdinosaurs

Moonwagon

http://www.facebook.com/Moonwagonband

Joe Compagna

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-Compagna/141261019257226?ref=br_tf

Michael Farrell

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Farrell/179157735457970

Regal Worm

http://www.facebook.com/regalworm

CTU

http://www.facebook.com/pages/CTU-Channel-The-Universe-/277196912334710 — with Dave Kerzner, Jani Korpi, Bill Austin, Mark Wingfield, Joe Compagna, Dave Long, Michael Farrell, Steve Unruh, Varrod Goblink, Regal Worm and Dino Lionetti.

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode #102
Date Published: 20th December 2014

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

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

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

 

Show 102 – 21-12-14

Voicedude: Here Comes Santa Claus

Wild Man Fischer: I’m a Christmas Tree

Saul T. Peter: Don’t Give me no Goose for Christmas Santa

Keith Christmas: Easy (2013 Mix)

Keith Christmas: Love Like This

Swamp Dogg: Santa is a Happy Fart

Christmas: Killer in Love FROM ALBUM SATANIC ROCK

Adam Faith: Lonely Pup in Christmas Shop

The Commodores: Jesus is Love

Diana Ross and the Supremes: Children’s Christmas Song

Pinky and Perky: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Freddy “Parrot Face” Davies: Give us a Kiss for Christmas

Leo Kottke: In Christ There is no East or West

Roy Buchanan: The Messiah Will Come Again

Neutron 606: I Cloned Myself for Christmas

The Fountains of Wayne: I Want an Alien for Christmas

Gayla Peevey: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Mantovani Orchestra: O’ Little Town of Bethlehem

Fat Daddy: Fat Daddy

Uknown Artist: Death May be Your Christmas Gift

Jethro Tull: Ring Out Solstice Bells

Keith Christmas: Falling Rain

Bert Jansch: In the Bleak Midwinter

Caldara: Make me Carry the Death of Christ

Oxford Camarata:

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode #99
Date Published: 13th December 2014

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

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

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

SHOW 99 – 30-11-14

808 State: Pacific 202

Phantom Surfers: Klingons vs Daleks

Mock Turtles: Why Must I Share this Air with Foolish Men

ATV: Viva la Rock n Roll

Thirteenth Floor Elevators: Slip Inside this House

Big Eyes Family Players Looly Looly

Julie Byrne: Emeralds

Big Eyes Family Players: Stretched on Your Grave

Jane Birkin: Love for Sale

Jane Birkin: What is this Thing Called Love?

ATV: Red

Keith Christmas: Sliding (2013 Mix)

Boards of Canada: In the Annex

The Monkees: For Pete’s Sake

Burzum: Hermodr a Helferd

The Cure: Catch

Half Japanese: The Time is Now

Half Japanese: Meant to be That Way

Boards of Canada: Sunshine Recorder

Flaming Pudding: Sunshine Citator

Miles Davies Quintet: I Could Write a Book

Lee “Scratch” Perry: Blood of the Dragon

Professor Stanley Unwin: The Populode of the Musicolly

The Goons: Bloodnok’s Rock N Roll Call

ATV: How Much Longer (Alternate Take)

Babeez: Hate

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Friday Night Progressive #174
Date Published: 13th December 2014

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

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

ARTIST:

Cailyn Lloyd

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cailyn/88087502602

Karmamoi

http://www.facebook.com/Karmamoi

United Progressive Fraternity – UPF

http://www.facebook.com/UPFrat

Arcade Messiah

http://www.facebook.com/arcademessiah

Mike Kershaw

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Kershaw/144511622309101

Oleg Polyanskiy

http://www.facebook.com/olegpolyanskiyofficial

Olivier Contat

http://www.facebook.com/oliviercontatproject

Bernier – DeCarlo Live!

http://www.facebook.com/BernierDeCarlo

Orquesta Metafisica

http://www.facebook.com/orquestametafisica — with Ritchie DeCarlo, Olivier Contat, Cailyn Lloyd, Mike Kershaw, Daniele Giovannoni, Obie Manson, Mark Truey Trueack, John KingBathmat Bassett, ORQUESTA METAFÍSICA, Oleg Polyanskiy and Michael Bernier.

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GONZO WEEKLY #108
Date Published: 13th December 2014

Merrell Fankhauser has led one of the most diverse and interesting careers in music. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to California when he was 13 years old. Merrell went on to become one of the innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock.

His travels from Hollywood to his 15-year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the United States and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 250 songs published and released. He is a multi-talented singer/songwriter and unique guitar player whose sound has delighted listeners for over 35 years.

In the early '60s Merrell led the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had a hit with their album titled Wipe Out, which was reissued in 1994 on Del Fi Records in the United States and in 1995 on Repertoire Records in Germany. They returned in 1996 and 1997 with two stunning CDs titled Surfin' 101 and Eternal Surf. Their Surf Music crossed over into the new millennium with the release of 'Sex Wax & Surf!

Upon moving to the high desert area of California in 1964 Merrell formed Merrell and the Exiles whose album Fapardokly is one of the most sought-after '60s psychedelic recordings.

In the late '60s, Merrell led his group H.M.S. Bounty to several hits with their album Things, which was released on Uni/Shamley Records.

Merrell joined forces with Jeff Cotton (a.k.a. Antenna Jimmy Semens) from Captain Beefheart's Band in 1970 to form the group Mu. In 1971 their first album was released in the United States on Era/RTV Records and became a FM radio hit. It was also released on United Artists Records in 1974.

In 1973 Merrell and his group Mu moved to the island of Maui to further their studies of the fabled Lost Continent of Mu or Lemuria. American Indian and Hawaiian legend says this continent existed some 11,500 years ago in the Pacific Ocean where the Hawaiian Islands now exist.

Mu's second album, End Of An Era was recorded on the island of Maui in 1974. The recording was done in their jungle 'studio house' and was engineered by ex-Quicksilver engineer, Barry Mayo. This music took on a more mystical, tropical feel. Mu was home!

This album finally came out in 1988 on Recklesss Records of London and San Francisco; and again, in an exquisite double CD package, on Sundazed Records of New York in 1997. These albums gained the attention of Billboard Magazine and reached the charts in England.

In 1975, after Mu disbanded, Merrell began work on a group of songs for a solo album that described perfectly the feeling of his lifestyle in his jungle house beside a free-flowing stream in the Maui rainforest. These songs were released in 1976 by a small, independent Hawaiian label and was titled The Maui Album.

In 1977 Merrell returned to Hollywood to record several songs with Gary Malabar, drummer from Steve Miller's Band; studio guitarists Ben Benay and Art Munson; and bassist Colin Cameron. One of the songs, Calling From A Star, featured Peter Noone singing with Merrell. This song and Dharmic Connection are part of the 1998 re-issue CD of The Maui Album on Subliminal Sounds of Sweden.

The following years found Merrell spending his time writing songs and performing in the Hawaiian Islands. During this period, several re-issues of the older LPs came out. However, all were not legal releases. Several were bootlegs, both foreign and domestic.

In 1986 Merrell teamed up with the late John Cipollina (ex-Quicksiver Messenger Service member) to record DR. FANKHAUSER, which went to #1 on French radio charts.

On October 3rd 1990 Merrell began hosting a national television show, California Music, which was shown nationally via satellite to over 100 stations. The show incorporated interviews, performances and videos featuring many stars from the '60s to the '90s, and ran for three years.

Merrell's 1991 album Back This Way Again included the song Only A Woman, which was used in the film Shadows In The Storm, starring Ned Beatty. This album also featured 1991 Grammy award winner, Louie Ortega, guitarist with the Texas Tornados.

In 1994, with the release of the film Pulp Fiction, instrumental surf music came back in a big way. Del Fi Records re-issued all of The Impacts material on CD and several other foreign and domestic labels also released Impacts CDs.

In 1995 Merrell and Ed Cassidy, drummer from the group Spirit, recorded a great blues rock CD titled On The Blue Road, which received substantial airplay around the world.

From 1995 to 1997 Merrell hosted a local California TV show called Route 66 TV Live. This show was a very popular music talk show on the central coast.

During the same period of time Merrell started a weekly radio show called Surf Beat at a small FM radio station in Grover Beach, California. This led to regular shows on larger stations in San Luis Obispo County, which evolved into Surf Music News radio segments. These segments can currently be heard on select stations nationally.

Merrell's project, produced by movie and record producer William E. McEuen, is titled Return To Mu. This project features a stellar cast of musicians including John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean, Nicky Hopkins, and many others.

In 2001 Merrell began hosting a music TV show called Tiki Lounge, which airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii, and parts of the East Coast.

In 2004 Merrell returned with a great solo surf instrumental CD, Rockin' And Surfin', which contained an outstanding instrumental version of Jimi Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower. Merrell's song, On Our Way to Hana, was included on Hawaii's best-selling commpilation CD, Island Summer '60s AND '70s, which also includes legendary Hawwaiian groups Kalapana, and Cecilio and Kapono.

Merrell and I share an interest in esoteric subjects. I directed a video for the title song of his 2012 album Area 51 Suite, and also typeset his remarkable autobiography, an extract from which follows.

However Merrell has recently embarked on a new esoteric project which brings together various strands including aliens, ancient folklore and the lost continent of Mu. How could I resist? I gave him a ring...

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GONZO WEEKLY #108
Date Published: 13th December 2014

Merrell and I share an interest in esoteric subjects. I directed a video for the title song of his 2012 album Area 51 Suite, and also typeset his remarkable autobiography, an extract from which follows.

However Merrell has recently embarked on a new esoteric project which brings together various strands including aliens, ancient folklore and the lost continent of Mu. How could I resist? I gave him a ring...

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