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STRANGE FRUIT #108
Date Published: 20th February 2015
Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample. The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks). 
The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight. Every other week the show is now presented by Jeremy Smith and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine! He writes: I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers.   This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand. With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love..
An exploration of the music of the southern states of America over the last 60 years.
Featured Album: Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus by Jim White
Tracks
1 Dash Rip Rock: I Saw the Light
2 Johnny Dowd: Nancy Sinatra
3 Tom Petty & the Heatbreakers: Louisiana Rain
4 The Roamin' Togas: Bar the Door
5 The Surrealistic Pillar: I Like Girls
6 The Satans: Makin' Deals
7 Jim White: Still Waters
8 Debauche (Russian Mafia Band): Man'ka
9 The Handsome Family: Far from any Road
10 Warren Storm: Prisoner's Song
11 Arlo Guthrie: City of New Orleans
12 Johnny Thunders: You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory
13 David Eugene Edwards: Wayfaring Stranger
14 John Fred & the Playboy Band: Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)
15 The Zydepunks: Dear Molly
16 Lil' Band o' Gold: Spoonbread
17 Coyotes: When We're Gone
18 Grateful Dead: Promised Land
19 Jim White: Handcuffed to a Fence in Mississipi
20 The Como Mamas: Old Landmark
21 The Zydepunks: Angel Whiskey
22 Larry Wallis: Mrs Hippy Burning
23 Sun Hotel: Suburb
24 Tess Brunet: When the Night Arrives
25 16 Horsepower: Black Soul Choir
26 Cookie and the Cupcakes: Mathilda
27 Creedence Clearwater Revival: Suzie Q
28 My Graveyard Jaw: Mean Dog
29 Bass Drum of Death: I Dunno
30 One Way Street: I See the Light
31 The Sun City Diplomats: Goodnight Louisiana

 

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friday night progressive #182
Date Published: 20th February 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.

 This week on FNP # 182

9:00 PM New York Time Feb 13 2015

TUNE IN HERE: www.fridaynightprogressive.com

ARTISTS:

Steam Theory

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steam-Theory/229398167072825

Oleg Polyanskiy

http://www.facebook.com/olegpolyanskiyofficial

Hox Vox

http://www.facebook.com/HoxVox

Jacqueline Taylor

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

Kinetic Element

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kinetic-Element-Official-Site/220146514695881

Joshua Leibowitz

http://www.facebook.com/LeibowitzMusic

C

http://www.facebook.com/ClaudioDelgift

Regal Worm

http://www.facebook.com/regalworm

The Samurai of Prog

http://www.facebook.com/thesamuraiofprog

Formativ

http://www.facebook.com/Formativ

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FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRESSIVE #181
Date Published: 14th February 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:

The Greatest Funeral Ever

http://www.facebook.com/TheGreatestFuneralEver

Grand Tour

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

Larry R Campbell

http://www.facebook.com/pages/LarryRCampbell/108094479234696

Hegemony

http://www.facebook.com/HegemonyTheBand

Cailyn Lloyd

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

UPF

http://www.facebook.com/UPFrat

SENDELICA

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sendelica/191174294239796

Biondi Noya

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

A lonely Crowd

http://www.facebook.com/alonelycrowd

Legend

http://www.facebook.com/LEGENDProg — with Mike McGowan, Biondi Noya, Cailyn Lloyd, Joe Cairney, Mark Truey Trueack, Stephen Paine, Larry R Campbell, Pedro Kaldini, Robert Ancell and Wojciech Muchowicz.

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STRANGE FRUIT #107
Date Published: 14th February 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.

Note: Big Album is Acrobats by Laura Moody, we make the mistake of calling it Acrobat (singular), sorry! Error started on the script.

Judge Smith: Weird Beard

Maya Beiser: Black Dog

Jon Downes and the Amphibians from Outer Space Invocation of my Daemon Brother

Obake: Burnt Down

Laura Moody: Memento

Jane Weaver: Argent

March Rosetta: Dartford Crossing

Genesis: In the Beginning

Genesis: The Silent Sun

Unfolding: Prana

John Hassell and Brian Eno Groit (over Contagious Magic)

Marcia Strassman: The Flower Children

Tubby Hayes: Voodoo

Reagan’s Polyp: Rock n Roll Music

Laura Moody: Cello Song

Al Stewart: Love Chronicles

Siouxsie and the Banshees: Strange Fruit

Husker Du: Eight Miles High

Willie Thrasher: Spirit Child

Los Holy’s: Holy’s Psichedlicos

The Ukranians: God Save the Queen

Laura Moody: Call This Time Love

Louis Balou: Bon Voyage

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Strange Fruit #106
Date Published: 7th February 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 founding presenter Neil Nixon has just released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

However, this week we introduce you to a new face, and we asked Jeremy Smith to introduce himself, and he wrote the following:

I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers.  At the age of 13, I discovered progressive music and went to my first gig which was Barclay James Harvest at Guildford Civic Hall.  This was shortly followed by what is still one of the best gigs I can remember, Alice Cooper and Roxy Music at Wembley. 

In 1976, I found myself going to the Nashville every week to see the Stranglers where my long hair and flares soon started looking out of place, but it was always the music that I loved and especially seeing bands in pubs and clubs. 

This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand.

With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love, whether it is bands from the seventies, eighties and nineties who never quite made it, unsigned bands of today from all over the world, or those bands that have kept going for twenty or thirty years through their love of music and performing rather than financial reward.

Strange Fruit 106 -

Songs with a Story to Tell

A collection of songs with meaningful or personal storie Featured Album: Workbook (25 year reissue) by Bob Mould

Tracks

1 Half Man Half Biscuit: The Light at the End of the Tunnel (is the Light of an Oncoming Train)

2 Wolf People: Painted Cross

3 Wreckless Eric: Lureland

4 Bob Mould: Brasilia Crossed with Trenton

5 Gene Clark and Carla Olson: Del Gato

6 Dustin's Bar Mitzvah: To the Ramones

7 American Music Club: I Just Took my Last Two Sleeping Pills (and Now I'm Like a Bridegroom Standing at the Altar)

8 Bob Dylan: Hurricane

9 The Decembrists: Here I Dreamt I was an Architect

10 Bob Mould: If You're True

11 Kevin Ayers: Stranger in Blues Suede Shoes

12 Jackie Leven: Poor Toun

13 Richard Thompson: Beeswing

14 Michelle Shocked: Anchorage

15 The Raconteurs: Carolina Drama

16 Blue Oyster Cult: Last Days of May

17 Bob Mould: Compositions for the Young and Old

18 John Prine: Sam Stone

19 The Ramones: Now I want to Sniff Some Glue

20 Doctors of Madness: Marie and Joe

21 The Handsome Family: The Giant of Illinois

22 The Velvet Underground: The Gift

23 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Where the Wild Roses Grow

24 Television Personalities: Goodnight Mr. Spaceman

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GONZO WEEKLY #116: Jon Meets Jeremy
Date Published: 7th February 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 founding presenter Neil Nixon has just released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

However, this week we introduce you to a new face, and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine!

We asked Jeremy Smith to introduce himself, and he wrote the following:

I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers.  At the age of 13, I discovered progressive music and went to my first gig which was Barclay James Harvest at Guildford Civic Hall.  This was shortly followed by what is still one of the best gigs I can remember, Alice Cooper and Roxy Music at Wembley. 

In 1976, I found myself going to the Nashville every week to see the Stranglers where my long hair and flares soon started looking out of place, but it was always the music that I loved and especially seeing bands in pubs and clubs. 

This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand.

With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love, whether it is bands from the seventies, eighties and nineties who never quite made it, unsigned bands of today from all over the world, or those bands that have kept going for twenty or thirty years through their love of music and performing rather than financial reward.

This guy sounded intriguing so, to welcome him to the  Gonzo Family, I rang him up for a chat. Now the hunter has become the hunted, or at least the interviewer has become the interviewee...

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GONZO WEEKLY #116: Jon meets Markus
Date Published: 7th February 2015

Robert Wyatt started out as the drummer and singer for Soft Machine, who shared a residency at Middle Earth with Pink Floyd and toured America with Jimi Hendrix. He brought a Bohemian and jazz outlook to the ‘60s rock scene, having honed his drumming skills in a shed at the end of Robert Graves' garden in Mallorca.

His life took an abrupt turn after he fell from a fourth-floor window at a party and was paralysed from the waist down. He reinvented himself as a singer and composer with the extraordinary album Rock Bottom that has brought him a loyal following not just in Britain but in France, Italy and Germany. For about a decade he was a member of the Communist party, and in the early eighties his solo work was increasingly political.

October last year saw the release of Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt by Marcus O'Dair. In promotion of the book Wyatt appeared at the Wire'​s "Off the Page" festival in Bristol on 26 September, and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 23 November. A companion compilation album, Different Every Time - Ex Machina / Benign Dictatorships was released on 18 November 2014. A month later Wyatt announced that he has stopped making music. “I thought, train drivers retire when they’re 65, so I will, as well,” Wyatt, now 69, told Uncut.

“I would say I’ve stopped, it’s a better word than retired. Fifty years in the saddle, it’s not nothing. It’s completely unplanned, my life, and it’s just reached this particular point.

Other things have happened – I’m more taken up by politics, to be honest, than music at the moment. Music tags along behind it. There is a pride in [stopping], I don’t want it to go off.”

Different Every Time is one of the best music biographies that I have read in years. So I telephoned up the author for a chat.

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FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRESSIVE #180
Date Published: 7th February 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:

Leon Alvarado

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leon-Alvarado-2014-Music-From-An-Expanded-Universe/693392357446802

RLSG - Renaud Louis-Servais Group

https://www.facebook.com/RLSGroup

THEO

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

Cheap Dinosaurs

https://www.facebook.com/cheapdinosaurs

Luiz Bertoni

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

Alex FriAs

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Innprata-ALex-Frias-Solo/451323614969309

Oliver Contat Project

https://www.facebook.com/oliviercontatproject

Moon Tooth

https://www.facebook.com/moontoothband

Jeremy Cubert

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jeremy-Cubert-Project/44624435837

Baraka

https://www.facebook.com/BARAKAJAPAN — with Leon Alvarado, Dino Lionetti, Luiz Bertoni, Renaud Louis-servais, ALex FriAs, Jim Alfredson, Oliv Keys, Nick Lee, Jeremy Cubert, Olivier contat project and Shin Ichikawa.

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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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