Rod Argent – And We Were Young Again

Sunday, 19 June 2016, 12:38 | Category : Articles
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“You took my hand and we were young again and magically the years just fell away.” The Zombies (2015)

Rod Argent and The Zombies are undergoing a remarkable renaissance at what is typically perceived as the twilight of a band’s career. Their latest album  ‘Still Got That Hunger’ climbed the US charts whilst the group packed out live shows on both sides of the Atlantic.

Looking back Rod has a stellar back catalogue too, writing massive hits such as ‘She’s Not There’, ‘Time of the Season’ for The Zombies as well as ‘Hold Your Head Up’ for Argent. Many of the albums he helped craft are universally revered including ‘Odessey and Oracle’ and ‘Ring of Hands’. 

Rod Argent

In this new interview, transcribed by Nigel Davis from a Strange Brew podcast, Rod tells Jason Barnard about his musical journey through the songs that shaped it:

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Saturday, 18 June 2016, 10:00 | Category : Podcasts
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One of our greatest songwriters, Gilbert O’Sullivan, talks about key tracks from his new album The Essential Collection plus we hear choice rarities and cover versions.

Gilbert O'Sullivan

  1. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Houdini Said (Himself, MAM, 1971)
  2. The Tremeloes ‎– You (Here Come The Tremeloes, CBS, 1967)
  3. Paul Jones – My Advice To You (Single A-side, Columbia Sweden, 1968)
  4. Gilbert – Mr Moody’s Garden (Single B-side to I Wish I Could Cry, Columbia, 1971)
  5. I Profeti ‎– Era Bella (Single A-side, CBS Italy, 1971)
  6. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again (Naturally) (Single A-side, MAM, 1971)
  7. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Matrimony (Single A-side, MAM, 1971)
  8. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Clair (Single A-side, MAM, 1972)
  9. Gilbert O’Sullivan – The Golden Rule (Back To Front, MAM, 1972)
  10. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Get Down (Single A-side, MAM, 1973)
  11. Gilbert O’Sullivan ‎– Miss My Love Today (Single A-side, MAM, 1978)
  12. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Lost A Friend (Single A-side, Dover, 1989)
  13. Gilbert O’Sullivan ‎– Answers On A Postcard (Please) (Piano Foreplay, EMI, 2003)
  14. Gilbert O’Sullivan ‎– End-vironmental Piece (Caricature: The Box, Rhino Hand Made, 2004)
  15. Rumer – We Will (Boys Don’t Cry, Atlantic, 2012)
  16. Gilbert O’Sullivan – I Guess I’ll Always Love You (The Essential Collection, Union Square, 2016)

Listen to our national treasure in an extensive interview, from Gilbert’s early years to his current album climbing the UK Top 20. 

Ken Scott – Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust

In a landmark podcast, Ken Scott, legendary recording engineer and producer, talks about some of his favourite recordings.

Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust, Ken Scott

  1. The Beatles – I Am the Walrus (Single B-side to Hello Goodbye, Parlophone, 1967)
  2. Jeff Beck Group – Ol’ Man River (Truth, EMI Columbia, 1968)
  3. The Beatles – Hey Jude (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1968)
  4. The Beatles – Glass Onion (The Beatles, Parlophone, 1968)
  5. Plastic Ono Band – Cold Turkey (Single A-side, 1969)
  6. David Bowie – Life On Mars (Hunky Dory, RCA, 1971)
  7. Elton John – Rocket Man (Honky Château, DJM, 1972)
  8. David Bowie – Moonage Daydream (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, RCA, 1972)
  9. Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (Transformer, RCA, 1972)
  10. David Bowie – Cracked Actor (Aladdin Sane, RCA, 1973)
  11. David Bowie – 1984 / Dodo (Diamond Dogs: 30th Anniversary Edition, EMI, 2004 rec 1973)
  12. Mahavishnu Orchestra – Open Country Joy (Birds of Fire, Columbia, 1973)
  13. Supertramp – Dreamer (Crime of the Century, A&M, 1974)
  14. The Tubes – Don’t Touch Me There (Young and Rich, A&M, 1976)
  15. Missing Persons – Words (Spring Session M, Capitol, 1982)
  16. George Harrison – I Live For You (All Things Must Pass: 30th Anniversary Edition, Parlophone, 2001)

Talking to Jason Barnard, Ken shares stories from his superb book Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off the Record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton and So Much More.

July – Tom Newman and Peter Cook

Friday, 27 May 2016, 20:18 | Category : July, Podcasts
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Tom Newman and Peter Cook of psych legends July take a trip through the last 50 years to tie in with their new Fruits de Mer single ‘Can I Go Back Again’ and The Tomcats RPM retrospective ‘Running At Shadows’ set.July - Can I Go Back Again

  1. July – My Clown (July, Major Minor, 1968)
  2. Los Tomcats – A Tu Vera (EP, Phillips, 1966)
  3. The Tomcats – Running At Shadows (Running At Shadows, Cherry Red, 2016)
  4. July – Dandelion Seeds (Single A-side, Major Minor, 1968)
  5. The Beatles – Get Back (Live at the The Beatles’ rooftop concert) (Anthology 3, Apple, 1996, rec 1969)
  6. Mike Oldfield – Mike Oldfield’s Single (Theme from Tubular Bells) (Single A-side, Virgin, 1974, 2009 remix)
  7. The Who – I’m Free (Tommy: Original Soundtrack Recording, Polydor, 1975)
  8. Tom Newman – She Said She Said (Fine Old Tom, Virgin, 1975)
  9. Mike Oldfield – Five Miles Out (Five Miles Out, Virgin/Epic, 1982)
  10. Tom Newman – Raphael’s Bicycle (The Secret Life of Angels, Viral, 2014)
  11. July – A Day To Remember (Resurrection, Neddysongs, 2013)
  12. Rob Reed – Marimba (Single edit) (Bandcamp, 2016)
  13. July – Can I Go Back Again (Single, Fruits de Mer, 2016)

Tom and Peter’s journey docks with the 60s beat of The Tomcats, The Beatles rooftop concert, Mike Oldfield, John Entwistle, Pete Townshend and Rod Reed. Not forgetting July, championed by Sean Lennon who called them “a great lost British psychedelic band.”

Mike McGear McCartney Interview

Sunday, 15 May 2016, 14:32 | Category : Articles, Beatles
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Liverpudlian Mike ‘McGear’ McCartney is a chart topping singer, songwriter and photographer. As well as being one third of comedy-poets The Scaffold he was co-founder of super-group GRIMMS and successful solo artist.

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However it’s the reissue of the legendary McGough and McGear album that draws us here. Recorded in 1967 and assisted in production by his brother Paul, musicians on the record included Jimi Hendrix, Graham Nash, Dave Mason and John Mayall.

Jason Barnard shares a Strange Brew with Mike: Mike McGear McCartney

Strange Brew Sounds for mid-2016

Reviews by Jason Barnard

There’s a dizzying array of new music being released so here’s the best from a range of Strange Brew genres.


Octopus Syng venture further into psychedelia with their marvellous album ‘Hollow Ghost/Rochelle Salt’. Arguably a little more experimental and Floydian in places than some of their earlier releases, it’s all the better for it. That’s not to say their songwriting takes a backseat. Check out the twisted pop of ‘Woman’ and Syd Barrett-esque ‘Lady Florette’ and you’ll want to enter the Octopus Syng world

Octopus Syng

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The Soft Hearted Scientists release their cracking four-part album, ‘Golden Omens’ on 8 July. The whimsical Welsh psychedelists give discerning listeners another masterclass in kitchen sink psychedelia. Favourites include the title track, low-fi stomp of ‘Zeds’, Dick Dale tribute ‘Surferella’ and the ghostly ‘From Broken Glass’. A White Album for the modern era!


Crystal Jacqueline‘s new 7 inch EP ‘Morning Dew’ shows Jacqueline’s and bandmate Icarus Peel’s strength in blasting off 60s gems. The title track adds a psych tinge to the Tim Rose favourite. A special mention goes to the Icarus Peel’s lovely psych-folk original ‘Ivy’ that holds its own amongst its lofty company on this quality 4 song package.

Acid Folk

Lisbon’s Beautify Junkyards present the haunting single ‘Other Voices 08’ hot on the heels of their superb recent album. As usual this release has all the things that make this band so good. It has a marvellous production splicing elements of pastoral folk and electronica all through a Portuguese lens.

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Former John Peel favourite Beau‘s has a new thirteen-song album  “An Original Thought”. Released forty-seven years on from his first release on Dandelion it was incredibly written in two weeks. It has all of Trevor’s hallmarks that have built up a new army of fans. As usual the songs are potted with political and historical lyrical thickets containing themes about patriotism, invention and modern-day surveillance. Highlights include the title track, ‘The Patriot’, the 12-string chiming ‘The Thinking of God’ and topical ‘Something Of A Loner’


And last but not lest there’s the new single from Jeremy & The Harlequins – “Into the Night’. It’s a vibrant burst of indie rockabilly. Essential.