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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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Sub Reality Sandwich #30
Date Published: 13th 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. 

And they are back in dear old Blighty! The titular submarine dwellers have escaped from their captivity in Alcatraz and the submarine, complete with dear old Maisie the Cow is sailing up The Thames to the strains of The Sex Pistols singing ‘God Save the Queen’ which even 37 years later is still a powerful and iconoclastic slab of noise.

They spend much of their time sharing memories of London, but also talk about Gurkhas, Tim’s family tree, and Joanna Lumley. Viv Stanshall and Captain Sensible also make an appearance in the programme and a splendid time is had by all.

However, I had to stop listening to the show at this point as I realised that I am the only person left awake in the house, and listening to the sublime music on offer and laughing uproariously at Tim and Jaki’s witticisms was not going to be very kind to poor Julia the happy medium, who is desperately trying to sleep in the next room.

So secure in the knowledge that I have a treat waiting for me tomorrow, I switched off...

 

 

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 98
Date Published: 6th 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.

23-11-14 -   SHOW 98

 

Reginald Bosenquet: Dance with Me

Cradle of Filth: Absinthe with Faust

The Rubettes: Foe-Dee-oh-Dee

Kit Ream: Wines

Pat Boone: Smoke on the Water

Captain Goodvibes: Drivels of Babylon

Phil Manzanera & Brain Eno: The Fat Lady of Limbourg (Live)

Big Carrot: Squint Eyed Mangle

Black Sabbath: The Gates of Hell

Les Baxter Orchestra: Wake the Town and Tell the People

Christian Marclay: John Zorn

Esquivel: It Had to be You

Mark Emestus Meets Ben Zabo: Danna Dubwise

Mark Stewart Smokin’ Bowl

Fudge Tunnel: Good Kicking

The Lotus Eaters: Come Together

The Beatles: And Your Bird can Sing

Kit Ream: Funk

Orbital: The Box

Caribou: Can’t Do Without You

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers: Prelude in Blue

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers: Prelude in Blue Chez Miguel

Elvis Presley: You Drove 10,000 Miles Awww Yourself

Neil Young: Don’t be Denied

Kit Ream: Cool Water

Kit Ream: The End

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Friday Night Progressive #173
Date Published: 6th 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:

Bill Berends

Mastermind ( American Band )

http://www.facebook.com/Mastermindband

Cover top art by: Bill Berends

All members please come celebrate with us on this monumental moment in Friday Night Progressive history.

With the bonfire ablaze, that all FNP members may extinguish all other flames. That each FNP member then solemnly lights its hearth from one common flame, which by destiny is the heart of FNP, thus bonding the artists and listeners of the group together. And now at this date of recognition Bill Berends is bestowed the Friday Night Progressive INDEPROG AWARD.

The purpose of this award

For 20 plus years of outstanding independent prog artistry.

1. Outstanding guitarist

2. Outstanding compositions

3. Outstanding musicianship live

4. Outstanding recordings as an engineer

The award is understood by your peers as a testament of good will and gesture in recognition of accomplishment above and beyond the realms of excellence.

Friday Night Progressive will play the entire Mastermind III: Tragic Symphony

In recognition of Mastermind III: Tragic Symphony 20th Anniversary — with Warren Russell, Bill Berends, Blake GreenMan Carpenter and 12 others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phoenix Again

http://www.facebook.com/phoenixagain

The Aaron Clift Experiment

http://www.facebook.com/AaronCliftMusic

United Progressive Fraternity

http://www.facebook.com/UPFrat

Marcel Rocha

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marcel-Rocha/200640673357512

Sonic Winter

http://www.facebook.com/SonicWinter

Ritchie DeCarlo

http://www.facebook.com/ritchie.decarlo

Axel Manrico Heilhecker

http://www.facebook.com/axelheilhecker

ALex FriAs

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

Joey Stebanuk

http://www.facebook.com/JoeyStebanukMusic

Yuval Ron & Residents Of The Future

http://www.facebook.com/YuvalRonMusic

Backdrop art by: Greg P Onychuk

 

 

 

 

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Gonzo weekly #107: Jon meets Billy James
Date Published: 6th December 2014

Billy James is an author of rock biographies and a musician in his own right. As Ant-Bee he has reassembled great musicians from the psychedelic era. Featuring contributions from The Mothers of Invention, the Alice Cooper group and members from Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, amongst others, Ant-Bee has recorded several albums of material that bring together the styles of several branches of late-60s experimental rock music. He has made the editing of tapes an art form in itself, and utilises the decay of analogue recordings in a unique fashion. There truly is no-one else like Ant-Bee.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Ant-Bee began in 1987 in Los Angeles as a venue for James to showcase his musical affinity to the psychedelic and experimental music of the late '60s. Signing to Voxx/Bomp! Records in 1988, Ant-Bee released Pure Electric Honey, which featured guest appearances by former members of The Mothers of Invention and Captain Beefheart. Sounding like a cross between the Smile-era of The Beach Boys, early Pink Floyd, and late-period Beatles, the record became well known in the underground scene in Europe. Assembling a live band, Ant-Bee performed in the Los Angeles area in 1990 to much acclaim.

While the band recorded a couple of videos, the next recorded material Ant-Bee would release was a German EP, 1992s With My Favorite "Mothers" and other Bizarre Muzik. Reassembling the original Mothers of Invention for the first time in over 20 years, James and company performed material that was both humorous and spaced-out. James recorded with The Mothers of Invention once again on the second Ant-Bee record.  With My Favorite Vegetables & Other Bizarre Muzik (1994), received strong press and sold quite well. Three years in the making, Lunar Muzik(1997), explored both the pop and experimental side of the psychedelic spectrum and was bolstered by strong production and appearances from Daevid Allen of Soft Machine and Gong, and Harvey Bainbridge of Hawkwind and members of the original Alice Cooper group.

The latest album Electronic Church Musik continues the Ant-Bee journey into the unknown, with what is quite possibly the strangest but also the most psychically comforting music many of us have heard for a long time.

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Friday Night Progressive #172
Date Published: 29th November 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.

This week on FNP # 172

9:00 PM New York Time Nov. 21 2014

TUNE IN HERE: www.fridaynightprogressive.com

CHAT ROOM!: http://fridaynightprogressive.com/sample-page/

ARTISTS:

Cheap Dinosaurs

http://www.facebook.com/cheapdinosaurs

Sendelica

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

Regal Worm

http://www.facebook.com/regalworm

Steve Cochrane

http://www.facebook.com/SteveCochraneMusic

United Progressive Fraternity

http://www.facebook.com/UPFrat

Hellmut Hattler

http://www.facebook.com/HELLMUT.HATTLER

Circle of Illusion

http://www.facebook.com/circleofillusion

Dead End Space

http://www.facebook.com/deadendspace

Lo fi Resistance

http://www.facebook.com/lofiresistance

Advent

http://www.facebook.com/adventprog — with Circle of Illusion, Steve Cochrane, Dino Lionetti, Michael Schetter, Pedro Kaldini, Alan Benjamin, Mark Truey Trueack, Johnny Engström, Hellmut Hattler, Varrod Goblink and Randy McStine.

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 97
Date Published: 29th November 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.

16-11-14 – SHOW 97

Terry Reid: May Fly

Bible Party: Bulimia Rhapsody

Jim O’Rourke: Pictures of Adolf Again

The Seeds: Pushin’ too Hard

Knickerbockers: Lies

Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band: A Fifth of Beethoven

Noel Harrison: Just Like a Woman

Lemon Kittens: Shakin’ all Over – From New Wave Covers for Oldies Lovers

Sounds of the San Francisco Adult Book Store: Sounds of the San Francisco Adult Book Store

Timothy Leary: LSD

The Bee Gees: Barker of the UFO

Chocolate Watchband: Sweet Young Thing

Max Frost and the Troopers: The Shape of Things to Come

The Gentle People: The Soundtrack of Life

Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Pot Party Pot Party

Zoogz Rift: The Island of Living Puke

Laibach: Across the Universe

Joah Valley: Let it Be

Ram Das: Meditation 5

It’s a Beautiful Day: Imagine

The Zachery Thaks: Bad Girl

The Sonics: Pscyho

The Swinging Medallions: A Double Shot (of my Baby’s Love)

Christian Marclay: John Cage (from the album More Encores)

Scatman Crothers: Transfusion

Neil Cowley Trio: Revolution #9

Sarabeth Tucec Goodnight

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GONZO WEEKLY #106: Jon meets Steve Ignorant
Date Published: 29th November 2014

I first met Steve Ignorant in person during the autumn of 1982 when I was a student nurse at the now defunct Royal Western Counties Hospital for the Mentally Handicapped, in South Devon. 

The story of how I managed to blag the authorities to let me take a group of mentally handicapped children and young adults to see a performance by Crass (I told the powers that be that they were going to see a youth orchestra) has been told on many occasions, most notably in Steve’s autobiography The Rest is Propaganda, and I won’t repeat it here.

Some weeks later I went to visit Crass at their legendary open house in Essex. 

I met Steve again, and we talked briefly about the state of the nation, his plans for the future, and whether Margaret Thatcher was going to start World War III.

Fast forward thirty something years and through a series of coincidences I find myself working with him for the first time. 

He has released two CD/DVD packs celebrating firstly his 2007 show at The Shepherds Bush Empire where he and a pick-up band performed (nearly) the whole of Crass’ debut album, The Feeding of the 5,000 which had never been performed in its entirety before, even by Crass, and the second the final night of his 2011 world tour during which he played Crass songs on stage for the final time. 

Both of these have been reissued on Gonzo Multimedia and much to my pride, feature cover designs by yours truly.

Steve, together with his band Slice of Life, have just released their debut album which is an utter masterpiece, and which I have been proselytising left right and centre to anyone who will listen, with the fervour of a TV Evangelist.

It has been quite a while since I spoke to Steve, and, as it is always a pleasure to do so, I rung him up for what turned out to be a very revealing and interesting interview.

As you probably have gathered I am rather fond of Steve both as an artist and an individual, and I was very touched that I was able to ask him a couple of very ‘difficult’ questions. 

For example we discussed the savage rift which rent the ex-members of Crass asunder a few years ago when Penny Rimbaud, who co-founded the band with Steve in 1977, and his long-time artistic partner Gee Vaucher, were the prime movers behind a controversial series of reissues of the entire recorded output of the band as ‘The Crassical Collection’.

As a lover of fine wines and bad puns, I was very impressed.

This decision proved to be very Marmite-like; some people loved them, others – including several band members – hated them, and the scars from the resulting fallout are still around today.  I think that it is a measure of the integrity of Steve, himself, that he is able to discuss such matters with me. 

Thank you Steve, I feel very honoured.

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GONZO WEEKLY #106: Jon meets Dave Bainbridge
Date Published: 29th November 2014

Dave Bainbridge is best known as one of the founder members of Celtic Rock band Iona, of which he has been the mainstay since its formation in the late eighties.

As a solo artist Dave Bainbridge is a relative newcomer, only taking the plunge when Iona had a sabbatical in the early noughties.   This break was due to the band's vocalist taking time out to concentrate on her family.

In late 2003 Dave wrote and recorded his debut solo album ‘A Veil Of Gossamer’. The album was critically well received and this encouraged Dave to begin work on another album.  This will be completed as soon as there is a gap in the now reconstituted Iona's schedule.

In the meantime Dave has formed a working partnership with Troy Donockley, also of Iona.  The duo has made two albums and a live DVD recorded at Lincoln Cathedral. They also toured Japan in late 2004, performing a mixture of their own solo material alongside traditional and newer songs, plus selected items from Iona's vast back catalogue.

Dave, using the very 21st Century business of Crowdfunding, has just released a remarkable new album – Celestial Fire – and he was kind enough to send me a copy.  I listened to it late one night with what my ever useful amanuensis calls an expanded mind…..and bloody hell it’s good.

I wanted to know more about Dave and his creative process so I gave him a ring.

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GONZO WEEKLY #106: Jon meets David Mackay
Date Published: 29th November 2014

On Wednesday morning, by a roundabout route I received this email from noted record producer David Mackay...

Dear Friends 

Unashamedly I am sending a begging email!!!

Here is a link to a Christmas record I have produced. It features our friends John Parr (St Elmo's Fire) Lorraine Crosby (Meatloaf's Bat out of hell girl) and our lovely grand children Charlie, Millie, Eve and the children of St. Catherine's School.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhLynZqlnKs

A royalty from each sale will go to Great Ormond Street Children's hospital so it is in a good cause.

Christmas records have a limited time to make an impression.

Here is where we BEG for your help.

If we can sell enough downloads in a short space of time, we could grab the attention of TV and radio and maybe even make the charts.

To do it we need a concentrated number of sales over 3 or 4 days on iTunes

Here is the link to buy the record on iTunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ring-out-bells-feat.-john/id935888302

IF you can support this effort and purchase a download between Wednesday 26th NOVEMBER and Saturday 29th of NOVEMBER we may have a chance.

Any friends to can send this info to... Facebook... Tweeting.. Whatever, we will be extremely grateful.

Much love and apology for the blatant begging

David and Brenda xxx

Ever since reading Peter Pan when I was a boy, I have had a very soft spot for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and if somebody is doing a charity record for this most admirable institution, which I am surprised to learn has been in operation since 1852, deserves as much help as we can give them.

So I telephoned David up to find out more about the record.

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Sub Reality Sandwich #29
Date Published: 29th November 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. 

As this week’s episode begins our intrepid submarine dwellers are still captive on the island of Alcatraz.  There should be a good Martin Luther joke here, because at least part of the time they have been subsisting on a diet of worms.  Apparently they made friends with some seagulls that have been bringing them fish occasionally, somewhat reminiscent of the plot of Dr Doolittle’s Post Office (1923). It turns out that they have been captured by the ghosts of some of the prisoners who expired on the island between 1868 and 1963 when it was first a military prison, and then one of the most notorious of American Federal penal establishments. Maisie the cow has made friends with a mysterious sea creature, described as being a cross between a manatee and a giraffe (yes, boys and girls, such creatures have been reported along the California coastline from time to time).

Apparently there have been rock and roll parties featuring the submarine crew and some wild ghosts and some Elvis was played.  There is music from Skip Spence, Mick Farren and Andy Colquhoun, and Captain Beefheart.

However, I wish to register a complaint in the strongest possible terms.  During this programme Tim Rundall refers to earwigs as being ‘beetles’.  They are of course not beetles at all, but members of the order Dermaptera.  Such zoological blasphemy came close to ruining the whole show for me, and it was only that I wanted to see whether they would escape from Alcatraz or not that stopped me from hacking all my audio devices apart with a hatchet in protest….

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 96
Date Published: 21st November 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. 

09-11-14 SHOW 96

Thom Yorke: Skip Divided

Kay Martin and Her Bodyguards: Fever

Dead Kennedys: Viva Las Vegas

Mark Fry: Aeroplanes

Suzi Quatro: The Girl from Detroit City

John Lennon McCullough: Box of Tricks

Sable Noir: Chew

John’s Children: Jagged Time Lapse

Bill Nelson: End of the Season

Rachel Zeffina: Letters from Tokyo

Aphex Twin: Acrid Avid Jam Shred

Mark Fry: I Lived in Trees

Mark Fry: Dreaming with Alice

Simon Warner: Moody (from the album Waiting Rooms)

Brad Berwick: I’m Better Than the Beatles

Haiku Salut: Sounds like There’s a Pacman Crunching Away at Your Heart (album Tricolore)

John Martyn: I’d Rather be the Devil

Roy Rogers: Devil Got my Woman

Mark Fry: Little Flashing Light

Bridget St John: If You’d Been There

Mark Isham Tibet Part V

Bob Harris: End Title – Love Theme from Lolita

Mark Fry: River Kings

The Beatles: Goodnight

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Friday Night Progressive #171
Date Published: 21st November 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:

Arcade Messiah

http://www.facebook.com/arcademessiah

Fantacone - LaRue

http://www.facebook.com/fantaconelarue

Astronomusic

http://www.facebook.com/Astronomusic

Mastermind

http://www.facebook.com/Mastermindband

Karda Estra

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

Dreadnaught

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreadnaught/135886783102455

Daniele Liverani

http://www.facebook.com/Daniele.Liverani.Page

CuDa RenKo CuDa

http://www.facebook.com/chriscudamusic/timeline

Thierry Zins & Roberto Torti

http://soundcloud.com/thierry-zins

Cold Flame

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

Back Drop art Ron Marquiss — with Chris Cuda, Bill Berends, John KingBathmat Bassett, Thierry Zins, Richard Habib, Richard Wileman, Roberto Torti, Lisa LaRue Baker, Cold Flame, Daniele Liverani, Federico Fantacone, Zózimo Rech, John Baker and Adrianne Simioni.

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GONZO WEEKLY #1-5: Billy James remembers Peter Banks
Date Published: 21st November 2014

When original Yes guitarist Peter Banks died back in 2013, his friend, musician and publicist Billy James )aka Ant-Bee) wrote this:

Guitar Legend Peter Banks Passes – July 15, 1947 – March 8, 2013

London, UK - Best known for his innovative and unique guitar work with YES and Flash, as well as his own critically acclaimed solo albums, guitar legend Peter Banks passed away at his home in London on March 8, 2013. Banks, a founding member of the ground breaking progressive rock group YES, performed on the band's first two albums, 'Yes' and 'Time And A Word'. He would go on to form Flash and release 3 well-received albums (Flash, In The Can, Out Of Our Hands), along with several successful tours of Europe and the US, culminating in an appearance on the widely watched late night American TV show 'The Midnight Special'. With an admitted fondness for improvisation, music critics touted Banks as a cross between Pete Townshend and Wes Montgomery. Even Pete Townshend, one night after witnessing a YES performance, walked up to Banks, slapped him on the back and said, “You're great!”

After Flash, Peter Banks would form the band Empire in the mid '70s and eventually release 3 albums 'Mark I' 'Mark II' and 'Mark III'. During his career, Banks would release 5 solo albums (Two Sides Of..., Instinct, Self-Contained, Reduction, Can I Play You Something?) and had been active in recent times working with acts such as Harmony and Diversity, Prog Collective, ANT-BEE and Days Between Stations. Banks first solo album 'Two Sides Of Peter Banks' has been considered by many as one of the great 'prog' records of all time and features an all-star line-up of Jan Akkerman, Phil Collins and John Wetton. In the early 2000's Banks wrote his autobiography 'Beyond & Before' published by Golden Treasures publishing in the US. Peter was putting on the final touches of the log awaited live recording 'FLASH - IN PUBLIC' CD set for release on Cleopatra Records at the time of his passing

"I loved working with Peter on the many records I have produced over the years, he always delivered amazing stuff, creative, inspires and always with that classic original YES flavor that came with his playing. He will be missed by me and many many other fans of his music and playing." - Billy Sherwood

Peter Banks will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of progressive rock guitar and will be missed by musicians worldwide.

Peter Banks - July 15, 1947 - March 8, 2013

Gonzo are releasing a slice of unreleased Banksiana from his band Empire and so, in the first of two pieces, we spoke to Billy about his old mate...

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 95
Date Published: 15th November 2014

02-11-14 – SHOW 95

Glambeats Corp:   The Blitzkrieg Bop

Fire Engines:         Candy Skin

Northern Picture Library:    Paris

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention:               Hungry Freaks, Daddy

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention:               Wowie Zowie

Joni Mitchell:         Shine

Joan as Policewoman:          The Ride

ABBA:    Intermezzo

Neutral Milk Hotel:              Two Headed Boy Part 2

Shel Silverstein:    Julie’s Working

Bernie Sizzey: No Fear – Incredible Release

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: Help I’m a Rock

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra: Arabesque Cookie Arabian Dance

The Beatles: Happiness is a Warm Gun

Noseflutes: Perfect Cockney Hard-on

Jessie Ware: Strangest Feeling

Unkle: Bloodstain

Brightblack Morning Light: Come Another Rain Down

Kate Bush: Among Angels

Bob Dylan: Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

Frank  Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet

Mr Goon-Bones: Crazy Bone Rag

The Five Keys: The Glory of Love

The Flamingos: Lovers Never Say Goodbye

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Sub Reality Sandwich #28
Date Published: 15th November 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. 

Jaki writes:

"Forced to roam the streets of San Francisco for another week due to the state of a floating Tim who I take with me encased in a balloon on the end of a piece of string. Will we get away by next week? I have my doubts. x"

This sounds remarkably like the opening  verses of Plastic Palace People by the immortal and invisible Scott Walker:

Over the rooftop sails Billy
A string tied to his underwear
Through cobbled stone streets a child races
And shouts "Billy, come down from there"

"My mother's calling" his voice whimpers
A string clutched in his tiny hand
Not till I've seen the sky's not lit up
In tears, child try and understand
Don't pull the string, don't bring me down
Don't make me land

Are you getting all existential on us Timothy dear?

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Friday Night Progressive #170
Date Published: 15th November 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:

Psicolorama

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Psicolorama-Rock-Progresivo-y-Sinfónico/922383211108542?sk=timeline

Oleg Polyanskiy

http://www.facebook.com/olegpolyanskiyofficial

Grus Paridae

http://www.facebook.com/GrusParidae

Bernier – DeCarlo Live!

http://michaelbernier.bandcamp.com/album/michael-bernier-ritchie-decarlo-live

Orquesta Metafisica

http://www.facebook.com/orquestametafisica

Children In Paradise

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Children-in-Paradise/128677017168142

Joe Compagana

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-Compagna/141261019257226

ONY

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ony/128343966123

MDESTINY

http://www.facebook.com/MarquissMusic

Backdrop art by: Greg P Onychuk ONY — with Grus Paridae, ORQUESTA METAFÍSICA, Psicolorama Prog Rock, Oleg Polyanskiy, Greg P Onychuk, Rami Turtiainen, Dam Kat, Michael Bernier, Joe Compagna and Ritchie DeCarlo.

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