Glen Matlock

Friday, 21 October 2016, 20:43 | Category : Podcasts
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Before he embarks on a UK tour, legendary punk pioneer, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, takes time out from recording his new album to have a chat with Jason Barnard and talk about key tracks from his career.

Glen Matlock

  1. The Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the U.K (Single A-side, EMI, 1976)
  2. The Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen (Single A-side, Virgin, 1977)
  3. The Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant 1977 (Single A-side, Virgin, 1977)
  4. Rich Kids – Burning Sounds (Ghosts of Princes in Towers, EMI, 1978)
  5. Rich Kids – Ghosts of Princes in Towers (Ghosts of Princes in Towers, EMI, 1978)
  6. Rich Kids – Only Arsenic (Single B-side to Ghosts of Princes in Towers, EMI, 1978)
  7. Iggy Pop – Ambition (Soldier, Arista,1980)
  8. Iggy Pop – Take Care Of Me (Soldier, Arista,1980)
  9. Glen Matlock – A Different World (Who’s He Think He Is When He’s at Home?, Creation 1996)
  10. Glen Matlock, Slim Jim Phantom, Earl Slick – Happy (Unreleased, YouTube, 2014)
  11. Glen Matlock & The Philistines – Born Running (Born Running, Peppermint Records, 2010)
  12. SSHH – Problems (Issues, Available via Pledge Music – Benefitting Teenage Cancer Trust, 2016)

Tickets for ‘An evening with Glen Matlock’ are out now.

July – Resurrection

Friday, 21 October 2016, 19:32 | Category : Interview, July
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As they are about to release their new album on vinyl, Jason Barnard talks extensively to Tom Newman and Peter Cook of July about the band, past and present.

July - Tom Newman and Peter Cook

British psych band July burned briefly back in the late 60s. After this initial phase for the group, they thought they were forgotten with the band consigned to history. However July’s profile has steadily risen over the years, their album and single My Clown / Dandelion Seeds (in particular) have met escalating record prices, cover versions and name checked by influential musicians:

Let’s Go Down And Blow Our Minds: The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1967

Take a journey through the British psychedelic scene of 1967, with David Wells, compiler of a new 3 CD box set ‘Let’s Go Down And Blow Our Minds’. Speaking to Strange Brew host Jason Barnard, David plays highlights from this new collection, balancing the familiar with the obscure.

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  1. Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera – Flames (Single A-side, Direction, 1967)
  2. Geranium Pond – Dogs In Baskets (Not originally issued, recorded October 1967)
  3. The Slender Plenty – Silver Treetop School For Boys (Single A-side, Polydor, 1967)
  4. The Rats – The Rise And Fall Of Bernie Gripplestone (Not originally issued, recorded late 1967)
  5. The Tickle – Subway (Smokey Pokey World) (Single A-side, Regal Zonophone, 1967)
  6. Our Plastic Dream – Someone Turned The Lights Out (Not originally issued, recorded mid-1967)
  7. Sweet Feeling – All So Long Ago (Single A-side, Columbia, 1967)
  8. Procol Harum – Kaleidoscope (Not originally issued stereo version, recorded July 1967)
  9. T. J. Assembly – Ginger (Travellin’ Round, House of Sound, 1967)
  10. John Williams – Flowers In Your Hair (Single A-side, Columbia, 1967)
  11. The Honeybus – Delighted To See You (Not originally issued demo version, recorded April 1967)
  12. The Motives – Ice Woman (The World Is A Trapezium EP, Telstar Special Products, 1967)
  13. Tintern Abbey – Tanya (Previously unissued, recorded November 1967)
  14. QPR Supporters – Supporters – Support Us (Single A-side, Eyemark, 1967)

With a lavishly annotated and illustrated 40-page booklet, this set is nothing less than the story of the British rock and pop scene of 1967. Includes a number of hitherto unknown recordings. Available from Grapefruit-Cherry Red.

All Good Things – The Unheard Chad & Jeremy

Sunday, 9 October 2016, 12:48 | Category : Reviews
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Chad and Jeremy present a treasure trove of unreleased material with the release of ‘All Good Things… The Unheard Chad & Jeremy’. The 70 tracks start with their first ever live recording in 1963, the classic ‘Yesterday’s Gone’. The box set then takes the listener on a journey through four hours of unreleased outtakes, unheard rehearsals, home demos, and rare live performances.

Chad and Jeremy

The artwork takes its inspiration from different periods of their career. Disc One is takes an Ember Records theme – Chad and Jeremy’s original UK label. Highlights include the first take of ‘Donna Donna’ (a ‘Sing for You’ outtake) – a great showcase for their trademark harmonies. Also notable is Chad’s touching 1972 song for Jeremy’s newborn daughter, ‘Happy Birthday Little One’ highlighting the bond between the duo. The 5 tracks making up the 1974 reunion sessions are all superb, especially ‘Carmen Miranda’. Chad’s 1975 demo with Curt Boettcher – ‘Coming On To Rain’, and 1978 demo ‘Lullabye For My Children’ shows his songwriting chops were undimmed.

Disc two moves into the 1980s with its artwork inspired by Rocshire Records. It starts with some more excellent demo’s – including Chad’s ‘Poem’,and Jeremy’s ‘Zanzibar Sunset’. The early 1983 take of ‘Dreams’ digs out a lost gem. We get to hear the demo’s for the unmade second Rocshire album – ‘Farewell Dr. Livingstone’ being my highlight.

For disc three, the Electric Paintbox style is used to bring us up-to-date. Showcasing their renaissance through touring is the live material here, including a charming cover of John Lennon’s ‘If I Fell’, their own ‘What Do You Want With Me’ plus a stripped down ‘Pipe Dream’. The demo’s present more riches especially Jeremy’s Bottom Drawer Sessions demo of ‘That Will Be That’.

This 3CD set is limited to only 300 signed and numbered copies, and is packaged in an 8×8″ hardcover colour photo book of rare and unseen images from across the decades, with two bonus 5×7″ photo cards exclusive to this release.

‘All Good Things…’ is available on The Chad and Jeremy fall tour beginning October 10th, and online from November 10th:

The Cleaners From Venus – The Last Boy in the Locarno

Monday, 3 October 2016, 20:04 | Category : Reviews
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By Jason Barnard

DIY pioneer, Martin Newell, produces another excellent album with The Last Boy in the Locarno on Soft Bodies Records.


The last few years have seen a resurgence of interest in the the Wild Man of Wivenhoe, including a reissue campaign and regular releases of fresh material.

Of the new releases, his 15th album as The Cleaners From Venus, The Last Boy in the Locarno, does not disappoint.

Many of the tracks are reflective of love and life, with Martin deftly shifting music styles to suit. Worth the price of admission alone is ‘The Crystals and Ronettes’. A nostalgic ode to teen angst, the dance floor and the wall of sound – it’s up there with any of Martin’s songs.

‘Gorgeous Day’ shows Newell, in acoustic psych bossa nova mode with reflective video leading the album’s publicity.

Elsewhere Pauline channels his inner Ray Davies. ‘English Pier’ and ‘You’re Looking Great’ showing Martin’s knack for applying a deceptively simple approach to songwriting.

After a slew of memorable tracks, Martin finishes with the wistful ‘How the West Was Won’, an ode to changes in English pub culture and class.


‘The Last Boy in the Locarno’ is quintessentially Newell and is available digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and just about everywhere else.

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Jeremy Clyde

Saturday, 17 September 2016, 20:34 | Category : Podcasts
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Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy joins Jason Barnard to play a career spanning selection of tracks.

Jeremy Clyde

  1. Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde – Yesterday’s Gone (Single A-side, Ember, 1963)
  2. Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde – A Summer Song (Single A-side, Ember, 1964)
  3. Chad and Jeremy – If I Loved You (Single A-side, Ember, 1964)
  4. Chad and Jeremy – What Do You Want With Me (Single A-side, World Artists (US), 1964)
  5. Chad and Jeremy – Before and After (Single A-side, Columbia, 1965)
  6. Chad and Jeremy – Homeward Bound (Distant Shores, Columbia, 1966)
  7. Chad Stuart And Jeremy Clyde – Editorial (Of Cabbages And Kings, Columbia, 1967)
  8. Chad Stuart – Jeremy Clyde – Pipe Dream (The Ark, Columbia, 1968)
  9. Chad Stuart – Jeremy Clyde – The Emancipation of Mr. X (The Ark, Columbia, 1968)
  10. Chad Stuart – Jeremy Clyde – The Ark (The Ark, Columbia, 1968)
  11. Chad & Jeremy ‎– Zanzibar Sunset (Chad & Jeremy 2006, Electric Paintbox, 2006)
  12. Jeremy Clyde – That Will Be That (The Bottom Drawer Sessions No 1, Electric Paintbox, 2014)
  13. Jeremy Clyde – Can’t Keep Up With My Dreams Anymore (The Bottom Drawer Sessions No 2, Electric Paintbox, 2016)
  14. Jeremy Clyde – I’ve Saved All Your Letters (The Bottom Drawer Sessions No 2, Electric Paintbox, 2016)
  15. Chad Stewart & Jeremy Clyde – Like I Love You Today (Single A-side, Ember, 1964)

Journey back to 1960s with the fantastic music of Jeremy Clyde. Yesterday’s Gone: The Complete Ember & World Artists Recordings of Chad and Jeremy is also available.