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:
Colin Blunstone, lead singer of The Zombies talks about about his favourite tracks; old and new, rare and legendary.
Rod Argent, writer and keyboardist of The Zombies talks about key tracks that shaped his career.
Al Stewart gives an extensive career spanning interview including his time in the 60s living with Paul Simon to Year of the Cat superstardom.
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.
One of the world’s great modern guitarists, former Guns n Roses and currently Sixx:A.M. axeman DJ Ashba:
See also Nick Warburton’s extensive feature on The Krewcuts – a group that for a time featured Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder:
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.
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.
Dennis Dunaway, bassist, songwriter, visionary for the Alice Cooper group talks about his definitive book on the band ‘Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!
Mike ‘McGear’ McCartney, of The Scaffold and GRIMMS:
Mike Pender, founder member and former lead singer of The Searchers tells Jason Barnard about his musical journey:
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:
The unmistakable voice of Annie Haslam crowned the lush recordings of Renaissance in 70s:
A rip-roaring trip with Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney and The Who by Brinsley Schwarz singer-songwriter guitarist Ian Gomm:
The British ‘Sugarman’? Nick Garrie’s story draws parallels with Sixto Rodriguez:
David ‘Davy’ O’List of The Nice, Roxy Music, The Attack, one of the most groundbreaking and talented guitarists of British rock scene:
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:
Legendary DJ Tony Prince: The Royal Ruler.
Composer Stephen Emmer who has worked with artists as diverse as Glenn Gregory, Julian Lennon, Tony Visconti, Midge Ure and Chaka Khan:
Bob Jackson guitarist for The Fortunes and Badfinger here in the UK.
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:
Renowned EMI producer and writer of the Teenage Opera, Mark Wirtz:
Irish folk legends Tír na nÓg share the stories behind some of the most gorgeous songs ever recorded:
One of the UK’s most respected guitarists, Gordon Giltrap:
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.
Birmingham born and New York based singer-songwriter Edward Rogers whose sound was forged in the Strange Brew era: 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.
Writer, producer, director Tony Klinger talks about the making The Who’s ‘Kids Are Alright’ and Deep Purple’s ‘Butterfly Ball’ films.
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.
Jason Barnard rolls with Marquis Michael Des Barres legendary frontman of Silverhead, Detective, Chequered Past and of course, The Power Station.
Jason Barnard catches up with Tony Durant of the pioneering prog-orchestral-folk legends 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:
In an incredibly rare interview Jason uncovers the legend of Pig Rider and talks to John Mayes from the proto DIY psych pioneers:
Jason speaks to the hottest psych-rock band to come out of Sweden, 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.
Nick Warburton uncovers John Bonham’s pre-Led Zeppelin band The Way of Life, with help from Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg:
Nick Warburton uncovers Jeff Beck’s pre-Yardbirds band The Tridents:
Nick Warburton traces the formative years of Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band:
plus The London Beats, the first Western rock band to tour behind the Iron Curtain:
Nick Warburton investigate’s Carl ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ Douglas’s mod years, with extensive interviews with his band mates and the man himself:
West London R&B/soul connoisseurs The Army have the distinction of being the group that spawned future Sweet bass player/singer Steve Priest:
Guitarist/violinist Mike Piggot’s journey working with The System Soul Band, Paul Brett, Denny Laine, Pentangle, Bert Jansch to John Lodge:
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.
Hailed a cross between Costello and Springsteen, Jason Barnard tracks down the enigmatic Chris Devotion:
Jason Barnard interviews João Branco Kyron from Beautify Junkyards; the Portuguese group bringing acid-folk to a new generation:
Jason Barnard speaks to one of the sixties and seventies most successful songwriters Tony Hazzard:
Jason Barnard catches up with guitar hero and rock legend Chris Spedding to talk about his new super group King Mob:
Jason Barnard of the Strange Brew Podcast talks to Patrick Campbell-Lyons, one half of psychedelic pioneers 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:
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.
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.
Bill Gordon interviews country rock psychedelists Kontiki Suite; a new group gaining worldwide praise for their North West Coast sound!
Keith Jones interviews Bristolian prog-psych marvels 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.
Brit psych renaissance man Andy Morten of Bronco Bullfrog is interviewed by Jason Barnard:
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.
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.
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.
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”:
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:
Nick Warburton chats to English-born Canadian singer/songwriter David Wiffen who remains one of the genre’s great unsung heroes.
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.
Jason Barnard is given an extremely rare interview with psychedelic innovator 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.
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 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.
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!
Denny Alexander of Merseybeat r’n’b pounders the Clayton Squares as well as mod psych legends The Penny Peeps:
Anglo-Canadian cult legends Milkwood who drew praise from Jimi Hendrix and The Band:
Nick for the first time tells the full story Hedgehoppers Anonymous:
Nick also pulls together the history of cult Canadian rock band Influence, who contained two Brits in their ranks:
Jason Barnard scoops the latest on British psych legends July:
Jeff Christie of The Outer Limits and Christie:
http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/jeff-christie-for-all-mankind (2015 interview)
and Peter Waddington of The Dawnbreakers and The Amazing Friendly Apple:
The most exciting group to come out of Manchester for years, The Electric Stars:
One of the hottest groups on the mod scene Parisian stars French Boutik:
From California, new psych heroes, Sidewalk Society:
John Peel favourite and Dandelion folk rock star Trevor Midgley (aka Beau):
Alan Avon, holder of the finest voices in late sixties and early seventies rock, tells the story of his band The Toyshop:
Nick also shares information on these great Sixties acts:
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.