Dennis Dunaway of The Alice Cooper Group

Monday, 28 September 2015, 19:22 | Category : Articles
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Dennis Dunaway, bassist, songwriter, visionary for the Alice Cooper group speaks to Jason Barnard to talk about his definitive book on the band ‘Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!’ Subtitled ‘My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group’, ‘Snakes’ is receiving rave reviews and is the must read rock autobiography of 2015.

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

Read this extensive interview with one of the great storytellers of the rock scene:

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

Old Rock New Routes

Monday, 28 September 2015, 19:10 | Category : Various
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In the past century, music has been transformed from something that could only be witnessed in a live setting, to a form of entertainment that can be enjoyed in a variety of circumstances through different media devices and digital platforms. The basic functions of music appear unchanged, however since the 1960s British rock music has pushed the boundaries of the number of routes that its music is channelled into.

Early life

From birth we’re exposed to the world of music through the form of simple nursery rhymes that forms an intrinsic part of our education. The childlike imagination inspired artists in the 60s to experiment from what is now known as the Toytown genre, with The Beatles psychedelic film ‘Yellow Submarine’ creating fun for all the family. Just last month David Bowie announced that he would be writing music for the Spongebob Squarepants stage show.

Video games

Again, the genre treading Beatles cut across fields with 2009’s Rock Band game, whilst www.rubyfortune.com provides a range of casino games that feature an atmospheric audio soundtrack to aid the gaming experience.

Music and mortality

Even in ageing and death, British rock led the way thanks to The Who’s seminal ‘My Generation’. Indeed their contemporaries The Pretty Things kicked off the rock opera genre with the death laden ‘SF Sorrow’. So in conclusion whilst Pete Townshend declared ‘I hope I die before I get old’ he also said ‘Rock is dead – Love live rock!’.

Cleaners From Venus – Rose of the Lanes

Sunday, 27 September 2015, 12:55 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

The king of the DIY music, Martin Newell aka Cleaners From Venus, presents another superb selection of tracks written, played and recorded by the Wild Man of Wivenhoe. His 14th under the Cleaners moniker sees Martin continuing to tread his songwriting path perfectly well worn over a 35 year period. Over the past decade the world is gradually waking up to his genius and I’m pleased to say that ‘Rose of the Lanes’ is quintessentially Newell.

Rose Of The Lanes

The reflective title track shows Martin’s knack of English wit is undimmed with Dr Who references “like a young William Hartnell, I come back again”, whilst ‘Denmark Street’ tours under threat Tin Pan Alley, highlighted by its gorgeous video.

Rose of the Lanes displays with the various sides of Martin with tracks like ‘Little French Blue’ – raw indie rock, the blues psych stomp of ‘Rusty River’, with ‘Tatterdemalion’ and ‘My Old Mum’ showing Bacharach flourishes.

‘Rose of the Lanes’ is available digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and other major outlets. The CD is exclusively available from Bandcamp: http://thecleanersfromvenus.bandcamp.com/

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Colin Blunstone of The Zombies

Tuesday, 22 September 2015, 18:26 | Category : Podcasts
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To mark the release of The Zombies fantastic new album Still Got That Hunger, their legendary lead singer Colin Blunstone talks about key tracks from his career. 

The Zombies - Still Got That Hunger

  1. The Zombies – Chasing The Past (Still Got That Hunger, Cherry Red /The End, 2015)
  2. The Zombies – Moving On (Still Got That Hunger, Cherry Red /The End, 2015)
  3. The Zombies – She’s Not There (Single A-side, Decca, 1964)
  4. The Zombies – Tell Her No (Single A-side, Decca, 1965)
  5. The Zombies ‎– Time Of The Season (Odessey And Oracle, CBS, 1968)
  6. The Zombies ‎– Care of Cell 44 (Odessey And Oracle, CBS, 1968)
  7. The Zombies ‎– Friends Of Mine (Odessey And Oracle, CBS, 1968)
  8. Foo Fighters – This Will Be Our Year (Medium Rare, Roswell, 2011)
  9. Colin Blunstone ‎– Say You Don’t Mind (One Year, Epic, 1971)
  10. Colin Blunstone ‎– I Don’t Believe In Miracles (Ennismore, Epic, 1972)
  11. Dusty Springfield ‎– Exclusively For Me (Simply… Dusty, Mercury, 2000 rec 1974)
  12. Colin Blunstone ‎– Planes (Planes, Epic, 1976)
  13. Mike Batt featuring Colin Blunstone ‎– Losing Your Way In The Rain (Single A-side, Epic, 1979)
  14. The Alan Parsons Project featuring Colin Blunstone – Old And Wise (Single A-side, Arista, 1982)
  15. The Zombies – I Want To Fly (As Far As I Can See, Rhino, 2004)
  16. Colin Blunstone ‎– For You (On The Air Tonight, Ennismore Records, 2012)
  17. Colin Blunstone ‎– Miles Away (Greatest Hits Plus, Mystic, 2007)
  18. The Zombies – Edge Of The Rainbow (Still Got That Hunger, Cherry Red /The End, 2015)

Listen to a fantastic new podcast where Colin Blunstone is interviewed by Strange Brew host Jason Barnard and tracks are played linked to Colin and The Zombies.

Nick Garrie Interview

Sunday, 6 September 2015, 9:55 | Category : Articles
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Nick Garrie’s story draws parallels with Sixto ‘Sugarman’ Rodriguez. He recorded the great lost album ‘The Nightmare Of J.B. Stanislas’ in 1969 but few heard it with the few copies released subsequently treasured by collectors. However Nick kept writing and over the past decade he discovered a fan base he never knew he had.

Nick Garrie

His current recordings match ‘Stanislas’ with his music continuing to be compared with contemporaries Nick Drake, Bill Fay and Leonard Cohen. With a new single out ‘Lone Ranger In The Sky’, Nick shares his incredible life story with Jason Barnard.

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

Dennis Dunaway – Alice Cooper Group

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 8:57 | Category : Podcasts
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Dennis Dunaway, bassist, songwriter, visionary for the Alice Cooper group joins host Jason Barnard to talk about his definitive book on the band ‘Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!’. Subtitled ‘My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group’ his account is the must read rock autobiography of 2015.

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

  1. The Spiders – Why Don’t You Love Me (Single A-side, Mascot, 1965)
  2. The Spiders ‎– Don’t Blow Your Mind (Single A-side, Santa Cruz, 1966)
  3. Nazz ‎– Lay Down And Die, Goodbye (Single A-side, Very Record, 1967)
  4. Alice Cooper ‎– Fields Of Regret (Pretties For You, Straight, 1969)
  5. Alice Cooper ‎– Nobody Likes Me (Live At The Whisky A-Go-Go 1969, Edsel, 1992)
  6. Alice Cooper ‎– Return Of The Spiders (For Gene Vincent) (Easy Action, Straight, 1970)
  7. Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen (Love It To Death, Warner Brothers, 1971)
  8. Alice Cooper ‎– Dead Babies (Killer, Warner Brothers, 1971)
  9. Alice Cooper ‎– Under My Wheels (Under My Wheels, Warner Brothers, 1971)
  10. Alice Cooper ‎– School’s Out (School’s Out, Warner Brothers, 1972)
  11. Alice Cooper ‎– Elected (Billion Dollar Babies, Warner Brothers, 1973)
  12. Alice Cooper ‎– Woman Machine (Muscle Of Love, Warner Brothers, 1973)
  13. Billion Dollar Babies – Battle Axe (Battle Axe, Polydor, 1977)
  14. Alice Cooper ‎– A Runaway Train (Welcome 2 My Nightmare, UMe, 2011)
  15. Blue Coupe feat Alice Cooper ‎– Hallow’s Grave (Million Miles More, CD Baby, 2013)

Playing tracks from across his incredible career listen to Dennis talk about Alice Cooper’s creation in the ’60s, strange glory in the ’70s, and the legendary characters they met along the way. More information on Snakes… is also available at dennisdunaway.com