Articles

To present a balanced picture of British rock music from the mid 1960s to early 1970s the Strange Brew Podcast is developing fresh content including new interviews and articles on artists from the era such as:

Jason Barnard is afforded the rare honour of an extensive career spanning interview with the Allan Clarke lead singer of one of the greatest bands of all time, The Hollies:

GrahamNash_Allan_Clarke

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/allan-clarke-hollies-microsite/would-you-believe

Colin Blunstone, lead singer of The Zombies talks about about his favourite tracks; old and new, rare and legendary.

Colin Blunstone

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/colin-blunstone-still-got-that-hunger

Rod Argent, writer and keyboardist of The Zombies talks about key tracks that shaped his career.

Rod Argent

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/rod-argent-and-we-were-young-again

gos promo

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/gilbert-osullivan

Al Stewart gives an extensive career spanning interview including his time in the 60s living with Paul Simon to Year of the Cat superstardom.

al stewart

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/al-stewart-past-present-and-future

As a founding member of The Moody Blues, flutist, singer and songwriter Ray Thomas chartered a path with the group from their early r’n’b days, psychedelia into symphonic prog rock.

Ray Thomas 1968

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/ray-thomas-the-moody-blues

One of the world’s great modern guitarists, former Guns n Roses and currently Sixx:A.M. axeman DJ Ashba:

dj-ashba

Bruce Sudano songwriter of huge hits for Tommy James and The Shondells, Michael and Jermaine Jackson, Dolly Parton and late wife Donna Summer.

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/bruce-sudano-interview/

See also Nick Warburton’s extensive feature on The Krewcuts – a group that for a time featured Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-krewkats-1962-1964

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-krewcats-1964-65

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-krew-part-1

Read more at: http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-krew-part-2/

Legendary engineer Phill Brown looks back on his incredible career as a young tape operator on sessions for Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Small Faces, and Traffic at Olympic Sound Studios; to engineering for Mott the Hoople, Led Zeppelin, Nilsson, Bob Marley and more.

Phill Brown

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/phil-brown-still-rolling-part-1

Ken Scott’s work as a recording engineer and producer spans much of the greatest rock music ever recorded. From The Beatles ‘White Album’, David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’, George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ to Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’: From Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust.

Ken Scott

Dennis Dunaway, bassist, songwriter, visionary for the Alice Cooper group talks about his definitive book on the band ‘Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/dennis-dunaway-of-the-alice-cooper-group

Mike ‘McGear’ McCartney, of The Scaffold and GRIMMS:

scaffold-do-you-remember

Mike McGear McCartney

Mike Pender, founder member and former lead singer of The Searchers tells Jason Barnard about his musical journey:

Mike Pender autobiography search for myself

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/mike-pender-origins-of-the-searchers-and-the-search-for-myself

Steve Ellis former front man of The Love Affair covers his time with the ‘Everlasting Love’ hit makers but also his work in Ellis, Widowmaker and acclaimed solo career:

Steve Ellis

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/steve-ellis-time-hasnt-changed-us

The unmistakable voice of Annie Haslam crowned the lush recordings of Renaissance in 70s:

Annie Haslam - Renaissance

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/annie-haslam-renaissance

A rip-roaring trip with Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney and The Who by Brinsley Schwarz singer-songwriter guitarist Ian Gomm:

Moves transit

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/ian-gomm-brinsley-schwarz

The British ‘Sugarman’? Nick Garrie’s story draws parallels with Sixto Rodriguez:

nick

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/nick-garrie

David ‘Davy’ O’List of The Nice, Roxy Music, The Attack, one of the most groundbreaking and talented guitarists of British rock scene:

Davy O'List

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/davy-olist-second-thoughts

Jason Barnard’s extensive interview with Badfinger’s Joey Molland. Read about his early years in Liverpool, the huge highs and lows of Badfinger, historic sessions with George Harrison and John Lennon, to his solo rebirth:

Joey Molland

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/joey-molland-from-liverpool-to-memphis

Legendary DJ Tony Prince: The Royal Ruler.

Royal Ruler cover

Composer Stephen Emmer who has worked with artists as diverse as Glenn Gregory, Julian Lennon, Tony Visconti, Midge Ure and Chaka Khan:

Stephen Emmer

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/stephen-emmer-interview/

Bob Jackson guitarist for The Fortunes and Badfinger here in the UK.

Bob Jackson

The Fleur de Lys (or Les Fleur de Lys as they were originally known) released a string of memorable records including ‘Circles’ and ‘Hold On’; universally recognised as classics of the era. Keith Guster from the band reveals the truth behind the myth:

LesFleurDeLys-reflections-m

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-fleur-de-lys-keith-guster

Renowned EMI producer and writer of the Teenage Opera, Mark Wirtz:

scrap-019

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/mark-wirtz

Irish folk legends Tír na nÓg share the stories behind some of the most gorgeous songs ever recorded:

Tír na nÓg - Sonny Condell (left) and Leo O'Kelly (right)

 http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/tir-na-nog-looking-up

One of the UK’s most respected guitarists, Gordon Giltrap:

thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/gordon-giltrap-the-last-of-england

Cleaners From Venus frontman Martin Newell speaks to Jason Barnard about the unique career he’s forged; from mid-70s glam, surviving the 80s, 90s success and current renewal.

martinnewell3

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/martin-newell-welcome-to-bohemia

Birmingham born and New York based singer-songwriter Edward Rogers whose sound was forged in the Strange Brew era: Edward Rogers.

Edward Rogers

Nick Warburton looks back at the various projects that Harry Vanda and George Young pursued with George Alexander after The Easybeats and Grapefruit broke up and the formation of The Marcus Hook Roll Band.

MarcusHookRollBand_TalesOfOldGrad-Daddy

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/george-young-harry-vanda-and-george-alexander

Writer, producer, director Tony Klinger talks about the making The Who’s ‘Kids Are Alright’ and Deep Purple’s ‘Butterfly Ball’ films.

Twilight

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/tony-klinger

Jason Barnard speaks to Andy Ellison, legendary John’s Children, Jet and Radio Stars front man about his amazing roller coaster half century in music.

Johns_Children_Club

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/andy-ellison-a-strange-affair

Jason Barnard rolls with Marquis Michael Des Barres legendary frontman of Silverhead, Detective, Chequered Past and of course, The Power Station.

michaeldesbarres

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/rolling-with-michael-des-barres

Jason Barnard catches up with Tony Durant of the pioneering prog-orchestral-folk legends Fuchsia:

tony durant

 

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/tony-durant-and-fuchsia

Jason Barnard met The Pretty Things backstage at The Borderline in London  to discuss their past, present and future. Read an exclusive extensive career spanning interview with this legendary group:

Pretty Things JasonBarnard

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-pretty-things

In an incredibly rare interview Jason uncovers the legend of Pig Rider and talks to John Mayes from the proto DIY psych pioneers:

Pig_Rider_duo

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/pig-rider

Jason speaks to the hottest psych-rock band to come out of Sweden, The Movements:

Movements1

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-movements

Jason speaks to Allan Crockford best known as the bassist in Medway’s seminal act, The Prisoners, who latterly has stepped out as lead for The Galileo 7.

The Galileo 7

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/allan-crockford-from-the-prisoners-to-the-galileo-7

Nick Warburton uncovers John Bonham’s pre-Led Zeppelin band The Way of Life, with help from Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg:

John Bonham

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-way-of-life

Nick Warburton uncovers Jeff Beck’s pre-Yardbirds band The Tridents:

Volare digital capture

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-tridents

Nick Warburton traces the formative years of Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band:

Geno on stage late 1966

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/geno-washington-the-ram-jam-band

plus The London Beats, the first Western rock band to tour behind the Iron Curtain:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-london-beats

Nick Warburton investigate’s Carl ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ Douglas’s mod years, with extensive interviews with his band mates and the man himself:

crazyfeeling

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/carl-douglas-stampeding-the-mod-scene-part-1

West London R&B/soul connoisseurs The Army have the distinction of being the group that spawned future Sweet bass player/singer Steve Priest:

ArmyAdelphiClubPhoto

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-army

Guitarist/violinist Mike Piggot’s journey working with The System Soul Band, Paul Brett, Denny Laine, Pentangle, Bert Jansch to John Lodge:

DennyLaineBand1980

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/mike-piggott

We hear from Chris Wade, the multifaceted singer-songwriter who’s recorded with Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, Trees’ Celia Humphris, Mellow Candle’s Alison O’Donnell and former Fairport Convention songstress Judy Dyble.

Chris Wade

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/dodson-and-fogg-chris-wade

Hailed a cross between Costello and Springsteen, Jason Barnard tracks down the enigmatic Chris Devotion:

ARM45 CDEX

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/chris-devotion-and-the-expectations-break-out

Jason Barnard interviews João Branco Kyron from Beautify Junkyards; the Portuguese group bringing acid-folk to a new generation:

beautify junkyards

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/beautify-junkyards

Jason Barnard speaks to one of the sixties and seventies most successful songwriters Tony Hazzard:

Tony Hazzard today

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/tony-hazzard

Jason Barnard catches up with guitar hero and rock legend Chris Spedding to talk about his new super group King Mob:

 http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/chris-spedding-and-king-mob

Jason Barnard of the Strange Brew Podcast talks to Patrick Campbell-Lyons, one half of psychedelic pioneers Nirvana:

The Story of Simon Simopath LP, Nirvana, Island 1967

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/patrick-campbell-lyons-nirvana

Jason Barnard speaks to multi-Brit award winning songwriter Mark Nevin about his time with Fairground Attraction, Morrissey and his work with Strange Brew era artists Mick Ronson, Ringo Starr and Sandie Shaw:

Mark Nevin Brits 89

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/marknevin

Plus: 2014 interview with Mark: http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/mark-nevin-love-love-love

2017 interview with Mark: http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/mark-nevin-my-unfashionable-opinion/

Jason Barnard speaks to Kaleidoscope/Fairfield Parlour’s lead singer Peter Daltrey to uncover the story of this truly legendary psychedelic group. 

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/peter-daltrey-kaleidoscope

Jason Barnard exclusively chats to Dave Slater of Liverpool band Focal Point who were the first act signed to Apple in 1967. For the first time Dave tells the Strange Brew about his time in the band, Apple and The Beatles.

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/dave-slater-focal-point-apple-the-beatles-pt1

Bill Gordon interviews country rock psychedelists Kontiki Suite; a new group gaining worldwide praise for their North West Coast sound!

Kontiki Suite

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/kontiki-suite-the-north-west-coast-sound

Keith Jones interviews Bristolian prog-psych marvels Schnauser.

schnauser

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/say-yes-to-schnauser

Jason Barnard speaks to Nathan Hall, leader of Welsh psychedelists Soft Hearted Scientists. This fantastic group have released a string of critically acclaimed albums.

soft hearted scientists

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/nathan-hall-soft-hearted-scientists

Brit psych renaissance man Andy Morten of Bronco Bullfrog is interviewed by Jason Barnard:

Andy Mortenhttp://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/andy-morten-bronco-bullfrog

Thomas McConnell is one of the most promising young singer-songwriters on the British music scene. His cover of Paul McCartney’s, “New”, recorded the day the song was released was shared online by Paul himself in September 2013. This led to an endorsement deal from Hofner Guitars earlier this year.

Thomas McConnell

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/http:/thestrangebrew.co.uk/thomas-mcconnell

Jim Peterman first met his future band leader Steve Miller at the University of Wisconsin in Madison during 1964. He talks to Nick Warburton about his time with The Steve Miller Band and recording the landmark albums, Children of The Future and Sailor.

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/jim-peterman-and-the-steve-miller-band-pt1

US Midwest folk-rock singer/songwriters Brewer & Shipley’s debut album Down In LA was tragically overlooked on its release in October 1968. Nick Warburton speaks to Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley to uncover the full story behind this classic album.

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/down-in-la-the-brewer-and-shipley-interview-part-1

Nick Warburton talks to  Mike Harrison and Tony Nolasco who came to England in December 1968 with their blues/rock band, McKenna Mendelson Mainline. They tell the Strange Brew about the Toronto group’s record deal with Liberty Records and recording their landmark album, “Stink”:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/mckenna-mendelson-mainline

As part of an exhaustive history of The All Night Workers, Nick Warburton tells the story of one of West London’s long forgotten bands:

The All Night Workers at Starlight, Greenford, 1966‏

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-all-night-workers-part-1

Nick Warburton chats to English-born Canadian singer/songwriter David Wiffen who remains one of the genre’s great unsung heroes.

David Wiffen - Coast to Coast Fever LP

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/david-wiffen

Jason Barnard speaks to Tom Hartman of the Aerovons who were responsible for the classic Parlophone single “World Of You”.  Tom wrote, produced and recorded an album’s worth of material at Abbey Road while just 17 in 1969.

The Aerovons recording

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-aerovons

Jason Barnard is given an extremely rare interview with psychedelic innovator nick nicely:

nick nicely EMI publicity photo c1982 (used with kind permission from http://www.willem.to/nicknicely/pictinacarr2.htm)

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/nick-nicely

Remembered as one of the UK’s leading ‘surf’ groups, they were a favourite of Keith Moon and rubbed shoulders with some of the best in the business. But the passage of time has not been kind to The Summer Set so Dominic Picksley uncovers their true legacy.

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-summer-set-part-1

Dominic Picksley reveals the story of the The Ways And Means who emerged from the bustling Kent music scene of the 1960s progressing from surf music to freakbeat, which culminated in the hidden gem, ‘Breaking Up A Dream’.

The Ways And Means

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-ways-and-means

The Strange Brew ventures across the Atlantic as George Cannon tells the remarkable story of The Mind Garage who had one the most fascinating and significant careers in rock and roll history. The group turned down a request to play Woodstock and recorded “Asphalt Mother”, one of the best garage/psych records ever recorded.

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-mind-garage

Nick Warburton reports on a little known chapter of Cat Stevens’ career and the band (Zeus) that fell under his wing. A story that links Cat, John Bonham, The Idle Race, and World Of Oz!

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/cat-stevens-and-zeus-part-1

Denny Alexander of Merseybeat r’n’b pounders the Clayton Squares as well as mod psych legends The Penny Peeps:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/denny-alexander

Anglo-Canadian cult legends Milkwood who drew praise from Jimi Hendrix and The Band:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/milkwood-part-1

Nick for the first time tells the full story Hedgehoppers Anonymous:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/hedgehopperspt1

Nick also pulls together the history of cult Canadian rock band Influence, who contained two Brits in their ranks:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/influence-part-1

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/andy-keiller

Jason Barnard scoops the latest on British psych legends July:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/july-magical-days-part-1

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/july-resurrection/

Jeff Christie of The Outer Limits and Christie:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/jeff-christie-and-the-outer-limits (2010 interview)

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/jeff-christie-for-all-mankind (2015 interview)

and Peter Waddington of The Dawnbreakers and The Amazing Friendly Apple:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-dawnbreakers

The most exciting group to come out of Manchester for years, The Electric Stars:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-electric-stars-sonic-candy-soul

The Electric Stars

One of the hottest groups on the mod scene Parisian stars French Boutik:

French Boutik

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/french-boutik

From California, new psych heroes, Sidewalk Society:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/sidewalk-society

John Peel favourite and Dandelion folk rock star Trevor Midgley (aka Beau):

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/beau-there-once-was-a-time-part-1

Alan Avon, holder of the finest voices in late sixties and early seventies rock, tells the story of his band The Toyshop:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/alan-avon-and-the-toyshop

Nick also shares information on these great Sixties acts:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-loose-ends

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/barney-j-barnes-and-the-intro

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/virgin-sleep

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-valkeries

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-all-night-workers-part-1

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/jo-jo-gunne

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/wainwrights-gentlemen

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-tribe

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-sassenachs

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-second-thoughts

Jason Barnard also reveals the story around Leeds beat band The Dimentions:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-dimentions

Jason also speaks to US soul producer Billy Terrell. During his five decade career Billy has sung, composed, arranged and produced for a dizzying array of artists and genres.

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/billy-terrell