Bowie and Hutch

Sunday, 4 December 2016, 16:18 | Category : David Bowie, Podcasts
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John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, David Bowie’s guitarist between 1966 and 1973, talks about David’s early days with The Buzz to the end of Ziggy Stardust. 

Bowie and Hutch

  1. David Bowie (and The Buzz) ‎– Do Anything You Say (Single A-side, Pye, 1966)
  2. David Bowie (and The Buzz) ‎– Good Morning Girl (Single B-side to Do Anything You Say, Pye, 1966)
  3. David Bowie (and The Buzz) ‎– I Dig Everything (Single A-side, Pye, 1966)
  4. David Bowie (and The Buzz) ‎– I’m Not Losing Sleep (Single B-side to I Dig Everything, Pye, 1966)
  5. Feathers – Ching-A-Ling (Stereo Mix) (David Bowie, Deram, 2010 reissue of 1967 album rec 1968)
  6. David Bowie – Sell Me A Coat (Love You Till Tuesday, Deram, 1984 rec 1969)
  7. David Bowie and John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – Space Oddity (demo) (Space Oddity, 2009 reissue, rec January 1969)
  8. David Bowie and John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – An Occasional Dream (Demo) (Space Oddity, 2009 reissue, rec March/April 1969)
  9. John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and David Bowie – Life is a Circus (unreleased rec April 1969)
  10. John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and David Bowie – Love Song (unreleased rec April 1969)
  11. David Bowie and John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – Conversation Piece (unreleased rec April 1969)
  12. David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars – Watch That Man (Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – The Motion Picture Soundtrack (30th Anniversary 2CD Edition), 2003 rec July 1973)
  13. David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars – Changes (Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – The Motion Picture Soundtrack (30th Anniversary 2CD Edition), 2003 rec July 1973)
  14. David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars – Farewell Speech/Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – The Motion Picture Soundtrack (30th Anniversary 2CD Edition), 2003 rec July 1973)
  15. John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – Standing Room (Old Hat EP, Desert Mine Music, 2016)

“Hutch’s story is a fabulous journey that takes him from hometown Scarborough to the Marquee Club in London 1966 to the Hammersmith Odeon farewell concert 1973 – via Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. From a ‘buzz around London’ to worldwide hysteria… in the company of David Bowie. Jealous? Me?” Marc Riley, BBC Radio 6 Music on Bowie and Hutch, Hutch’s excellent book.

More information on Bowie and Hutch, and the new Old Hat EP can be found at:

Tony Prince – The Royal Ruler

Sunday, 4 December 2016, 14:13 | Category : Articles
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By Jason Barnard

Tony Prince, former DJ on the boat that rocked, Radio Caroline went on to became DJ & Programme Controller of Radio Luxembourg. His role cannot be overstated, Tony and the station shaped broadcasting as we know it, bringing popular music to Europe from the 1960s to early 1980s. 

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Tony talks to Jason Barnard about his time as a DJ and his excellent new book ‘The Royal Ruler & The Railway DJ’: Tony Prince – The Royal Ruler

Us and Them: Fading Within The Dwindling Sun – When I Was Walking

Sunday, 27 November 2016, 20:38 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

Us and Them have two forthcoming records that highlight the captivating nature of this Swedish duo.


Taking on five signature Sandy Denny tracks is quite a challenge. So it was with some trepidation I gave their forthcoming Fruits de Mer 10 inch EP ‘Fading Within The Dwindling Sun’ a spin. How would Britt and Anders tackle songs made famous by the great British female folk singer? Exceedingly well in fact. My favourites are the Sandy’s penned tracks,  ‘Winter Winds’ – a softer take of the Fotheringay song, the stripped back glacial feel of ‘Next Time Around’, and finally the folky interpretation of Sandy’s ballad ‘Take Away The Load’.

The Swedes follow up their EP of covers with a 7 inch of two original songs that deservedly nestle alongside the Denny classics. ‘When I Was Walking’ is gorgeous Wicker-esque acid folk, with the introspective b-side ‘Green Couch’ more straight ahead pop-folk but no less enchanting.

The ‘Dwindling Within The Fading Sun’ 10″ vinyl EP is available from Fruits de Mer, released 12 December 2016:

The ‘When I Was Walking’ single is available as part of the Mega Dodo Single Club. 150 copies green vinyl, 150 copies black vinyl, released 20 January 2017:

Richard John-Riley – I Can’t Tell You (How This Feels)

Sunday, 20 November 2016, 20:29 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

The online reviews for this 12″ 45rpm yellow vinyl release by Richard John-Riley have been phenomenal but does it live up to the hype?


Yes, Side A’s extended mix of ‘I Can’t Tell You (How This Feels)’ is a thing of beauty. It’s 10 minutes of prog-synthness hypnotic perfection with echoes of meddle era Floyd, Stockhausen and George Harrison.

Side B’s ‘Your Honesty’ acts as a great counterpoint to the a-side – poignant lyrics, sparser production but no less appealing.

Clearly a great talent, there’s a few copies of Richard’s 2006 album, ‘Not If But When’ also still available. Grab this superb limited edition 12″ plus the LP while you can.

Derv Gordon – The Equals

Sunday, 6 November 2016, 12:16 | Category : Podcasts
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Derv Gordon, lead singer and songwriter from The Equals, joins Strange Brew host Jason Barnard, to talk about and spin tracks that shaped his career.


The Equals: Lincoln Gordon, John Hall, Derv Gordon (centre), Pat Lloyd and Eddy Grant 

  1. The Equals – I Won’t Be There (Single A-side, President, 1966)
  2. The Four Gees – Rough Rider (Single A-side, President, 1967)
  3. The Equals – Baby Come Back (Single A-side, President,1967)
  4. The Equals ‎– Police On My Back (Single A-side, President – Germany, 1967)
  5. The Equals ‎– Viva Bobby Joe (Single A-side, President, 1969)
  6. The Equals ‎– I Get So Excited (Single A-side, President, 1968)
  7. The Equals ‎– Softly, Softly (Single A-side, President, 1968)
  8. The Equals ‎– Rub A Dub Dub (Single A-side, President, 1969)
  9. The Equals ‎– A Room of Doom (Strike Again, President, 1969)
  10. The Equals ‎– Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys (Single A-side, President, 1970)
  11. The Equals ‎– Stand Up And Be Counted (Single A-side, CBS, 1972)
  12. The Equals ‎– She Lives For Today (Single B-side to Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes, President, 1974)
  13. The Equals – Funky Like A Train (Single A-side, Mercury, 1976)
  14. The Equals ‎– Nobody’s Got Time (Mystic Syster, Ice, 1978)
  15. His Name Is Alive – Teardrops (Last Night, 4AD, 2002)
  16. The Equals – Bad Boy (The Equals, Laserlight, 1990)

The Equals are one of the great bands of the 1960s and 1970s whose music continues to be influential today. Hear the stories behind the group, their greatest hits and fan favourites.

The Honey Pot – Ascending Scales

Sunday, 30 October 2016, 21:04 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

To celebrate Fruits de Mer Records 100th vinyl release, FDM favourites The Honey Pot embark on an audacious double album. Icarus Peel, Crystal Jacqueline and the band have fittingly assembled a crack FDM friends to guest on a set of psych/rock covers and Honey Pot originals.


Starting with a pair of 60s legends, ‘Ascending Scales’ features Electric Prune James Lowe on the excellent ‘1969’, whilst Pretty Thing Dick Taylor gives searing blues rock guitar to ‘Soloman Deep’, The Honey Pot’s baroque psych of ‘Love Is Green’ blooms into full psychedelia with Jack Ellister. Anton Barbeau then successfully tackles Orange Bicycle’s original psych monster, ‘Dr. Crippen’s Waiting Room’.

We then hear a searing duet from Crystal Jacqueline and Cary Grace on ‘Can’t You See The Witch’, with intense moog and guitar. Peter Cook and Tom Newman guest on ‘Half A Memory’, keeping up the high standard with a vibrant collaboration between The Honey Pot and the July duo. Ex Fairport lead Judy Dyble and Swedish folk duo Us and Them then partner beautifully on LP 1 closer ‘Sitting All Alone’.

Time Machine with Bevis Frond guests Nick Salmon and Ade Shaw launches platter 2, a track that builds throughout. The Luck of Eden Hall’s Curvey continues the space rock theme taking over the vocals for ‘Lucky Spaceman’. Steve Palmer from Mooch then guest on the Honey Pot’s take of The Strawberry Alarm Clock’s ‘Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow’, a challenging track to cover that succeeds on every level. Next on the guest list is Bruce Woolley – Buggles and Yes keyboardist – who adds a classic prog touch to ‘Into The Deep’.

Finishing with my favourite, Tony Durant from Fuschia provides a pastoral feel to ‘River Runs By’ – a track that matches the high standard of Tony’s reflective muse.

All credit to Icarus Peel for crafting ‘Ascending Scales’, an apt tribute to the great vinyl label of our times: