Web Radio

Sub Reality Sandwich #31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It doesn’t get much better than this.


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