The Bobby Patrick Big Six

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 20:15 | Category : Welcome
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By Nick Warburton

The Bobby Patrick Big Six were arguably among the pioneers of British rock music. Overlooked in their native Britain, the Glaswegian sextet was one of the first British groups to perform on the Hamburg rock scene during the early 1960s.

Bobby Patrick Big Six – 1963. Back row from left to right: Pete McCrory, Freddy Smith, John Wiggins, Alex Young. Front row, left to right: Bobby Patrick, Archie Legget

While playing at the famous Top Ten Club on the Reeperbahn, the musicians became personal friends of The Beatles, influencing not only the Fab Four’s repertoire but also, in the case of multi-instrumentalist Alex Young (b. 28 December 1938, Glasgow), enabling the musician to draw on these connections in 1967 when John Lennon named his new group Grapefruit and signed them to a publishing deal with Apple.

Besides The Beatles’ connections, Alex Young (aka George Alexander) also came from an incredibly talented family, most of whom had moved to Australia in 1963. Younger brother George Young became the creative force behind Australia’s first internationally successful rock group, The Easybeats, while his younger siblings Angus and Malcolm have become guitar rock legends with the international phenomenon that is AC/DC:

DJ Ashba – Sixx:A.M. – The Magic Behind The Songs

Sunday, 11 December 2016, 12:27 | Category : Articles, Interview
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DJ Ashba, lead guitarist in Sixx:A.M. talks to Jason Barnard about the magic behind Sixx:A.M.’s songs.


Read an extensive interview with DJ covering new album Prayers for the Blessed: DJ Ashba of Sixx:A.M. – The Magic Behind The Songs.

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. 

Royal Ruler cover

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

Derv Gordon – The Equals

Sunday, 20 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.

Glen Matlock

Tuesday, 15 November 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.