Web Radio

Sub Reality Sandwich #30

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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