Live review: The Burning Hell @ The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, 3 December 2016

The wizards are in attendance once again as Canadian cult heroes, The Burning Hell, make it back to our shores; this time ripping it up at The Shipping Forecast in downtown Liverpool.

Have a listen to Kicker and Chorizo pre- and post-gig right here (and there):

Pictures from the front row

And some more…

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The setlist


Kicker’s T-shirt Challenge

Did Chorizo correctly name all the acts on Kicker’s T-shirt?


Live review: Ezra Furman & The Boyfriends / Delmore Huggs @ The Ritz, Manchester 27th October 2016

Manchester was the place to be last week for the first date of Ezra Furman and The Boyfriends latest tour. The night was made even more special by a rare live appearance from the enigmatic Texas troubadour Delmore Huggs.

You can hear what we made of it all right here.



Have a look at our photos below.



A whole load of far better pictures by proper photographer Andrew Benge can be viewed here.


More Ezra Furman on our website:

Podcast number 66

It’s fashion week on the Trust the Wizards podcast, so join us as we take a sashay down the catwalk of sound.


You’ll find us modelling the works of some musical stylists both old and new, something borrowed, but no real blues. We do have the eagerly awaited return of Kicker’s Question Time (well, he likes it), and a couple of hot off the recording press album reviews from the cool kids’ favourites Three Dimensional Tanx and The Wolfhounds. It’s all going on here

Some of the physicality we played on the show:

Live Review: DTCV / Voo / Big Safari / Stadt Skulls @ Evil Eye, Liverpool, 29 October 2016

I thought I was alone until I realised I was in it.

the heart of south liverpool

the heart of south liverpool

Yes, me and friend of the pod, Texas Paul, spent last night very much watching the detectives. Actually Detective (or more properly the vowel eschewing DTCV) and three local Liverpool bands playing the second night of Evil Eye’s Day Of The Dead Weekender. This was the first time I had been to this particular burrito joint/venue in the south of the city, but I was immediately struck by the friendly vibe at the bar and was delighted to find a decent spec in the corner of an already packed front room when the first band started setting up.

This turned out to be the band Stadt Skulls, who announced that they were playing only their second gig. The three-piece (at least from my vantage point) sounded great and played pop punk in the style of Boyracer and Number One Cup. I was particularly impressed by the lead singer/guitarist’s ability to keep propping his glasses back up his nose mid lively song. The bloke next to me and Paul reckoned they sounded like Green Day, but they were much more interesting than that.

stadt skulls (yep, only three of 'em)

stadt skulls (yep, only three of ’em)

As The Skulls (as everyone is now calling them) were finishing up their set, I noticed a very tall American dude and a  stylish petite French woman enter the bar. They clearly weren’t from around these parts and yet no-one batted an eyelid. No-one except me, of course, as I recognised them to be James and Lola from the headlining band or more specifically Jim Greer, formerly of Guided By Voices, Jim Greer, who has written the definitive story of GBV: Twenty-one Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll. THAT Jim Greer. Tex managed to restrain the fanboy me from leaping up and embarrassing myself, but once The Skulls had finished I headed off to the back of the venue to find Jim and ask him to sign my copy of his book and the GBV EP he appears on. Despite to all intents and purposes interrupting their candlelit dinner (top quality burritos out the back albeit not cellophane shrink-wrapped), I was delighted to find a very welcoming set of people.

dtcv mid meal

dtcv mid meal

As followers of this blog and podcast (hello to both of you) will know, to say I am a fan of Guided By Voices is a little bit like saying Donald Trump is a fan of the odd white lie. I fucking love the band and have been obsessively collecting their music for more than 20 years. In that time I have only seen them play live once, so to meet up with a former member and current pal of the band was quite a thrill. Jim indulged me in not only signing my book and record, but also in telling me tales about the band and highlighting a couple of little known truths (see below).

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After chatting to the detectives for a while I went back inside with Kyle (the bass player) to see the next band. As we stood at the bar they started up with a burst of tribal drums that immediately grabbed everyone’s attention before launching into a set of Cramps/B52s surf guitar infused songs with reverb heavy Elvis (P not C) type vocals up front. Wow. They were excellent. Nobody around me was aware who they were so I politely enquired what they were called [“Yer fucking great, but who are ya?” – TTW Elocution Ed.] Turns out they were Big Safari and despite feeling that their name didn’t really do them justice (we preferred Poison Ivy or Mystery Plane or…), we will definitely be checking them out again. In the meantime, you can hear a couple of their songs here:


big safari

big safari

While all this was going on I was chatting to the very amiable Kyle and it turns out he’s Kyle Sowash out of off of The Kyle Sowashes. Yes, I know! For those of you less aware than you should be of the Ohioan rock scene, The Kyle Sowashes put out a couple of albums on Anyway Records about 5 years ago cleverly called Somebody and Nobody. As GBV had also released records on this label, I had checked them out and liked what I’d heard, contacted the label and done a deal on postage to get a whole bunch of their stuff sent over to the UK. Anyway (ahem), both the label and the band are still going strong and Kyle was impressed enough that I knew his band to give me a copy of their latest release (Everybody). What a gent! You can check their stuff out for yourself here.

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Up next were local legends Voo, whose alt-rock sound clearly nods in the direction of my Dayton, Ohio based heroes and their set was a tremendous mix of slower soulful numbers and quicker tempo rockers. They went down really well with the crowd, many of whom were obviously long-term fans. The harmonies on their records got a bit lost in the mix, but the guitar sounded particularly fine. I recognised one or two of the tracks from the records of theirs I own, but can’t recall exactly what was played. Have a listen to some of their stuff here (and then find out when they’re playing your town):



So then it was time for the headliners, and DTCV squeezed their impressive array of effects pedals into the corner of the bar. A warm up of the bass line to that Grand Prix song [Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain – AOR Ed.] later and BAM!! Possibly the loudest gig me and Tex have witnessed since The Lucid Dream at the Liverpool Psychedelic Festival a couple of years ago. This band does rock. Mixing French and English lyrics Lola is an impressive frontwoman ably supported by Kyle on lowslung Peter Hook style bass, Jim on screeching guitar and the wild intense drummer (whose name I didn’t catch, sorry). They soared through tracks from their current Confusion Moderne album in a way that brilliantly combined 60s French insouciance and post-punk Magazine. Lola’s guitar had a Buzzcocks sticker on it and that seems apt. Highlights included Radio Drive (from previous LP Uptime!) and a song about a Vampire (I think). Truth be told it was all great and it was fantastic to have them play in my adopted hometown

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Please check out the DTCV back catalogue on their bandcamp page and at

They are continuing their UK tour in Glasgow tonight followed by Durham, Sheffield, Brighton, London and Cardiff and are not to be missed.

Live review: Scott and Charlene’s Wedding / Ohmns @ The Continental, Preston 20th October 2016

A new venue in a new town for me tonight. Quite a few times I’ve seen gigs advertised in Preston and thought “naaah, that’s too far away!” But this week I learnt from Google Maps that it’s exactly 1 hour from my front door, about the same distance as Liverpool or Manchester in fact and I go to gigs in those cities all the time.

But what a great venue The Continental is. Extremely friendly staff and a brilliant selection of beers. A shame I was driving really, I could’ve easily have stayed all night. This was a local gig for my good friend The Lancashire Toreador so he was happy to attend despite his assertion that Scott and Charlene’s Wedding is really shit name for a band.

Before the gig, I had a prior engagement DJing at a children’s Halloween party where 200 creepily dressed kids insisted that all in attendance should watch them whip and subsequently nae nae. That meant I arrived too late to see Vukovar, a St Helens band which shares some bandmembers with wizards favourites The Bordellos and takes its name from the scene of some of the worst atrocities in the Yugoslavian wars of the 1990s. Vukovar’s latest EP is an intriguing listen and is available as a “name your price” download below.


We did catch the next band, Liverpool’s Ohmns and very good they were too. I read somewhere that they are following in the footsteps of other Liverpool psych bands such as Dr Phibes and The House of Wax Equations. I loved Dr Phibes and was lucky enough to see them live before their tragic demise but they didn’t sound the slightest bit like Ohmns.

Ohmns The Continental Preston 20th October 2016

Ohmns were a much heavier and hairier proposition altogether. The bass player is surely the progeny of either Tony Iommi, Derek Smalls or both. One of the songs was a Gories cover and many of Ohmns’ own songs are in similar dirty punk territory. Most of the best songs had little repetitive lead guitar lines (listen to the “Boil D. Rice” and the end of “Paul Is Sure” on the EP below). They started with a song that sped up and finished with one that slowed right down so bonus points for symmetry. The 2 guitarists and the bassist know their way around a pedal board and all 3 seem to have purchased one called The Make-The-Whole-Fucking-Room-Vibrate-o-matic which they used to tremendous effect in their last song.

Ohmns The Continental Preston 20th October 2016

But last words about Ohmns must go to the drummer. With a snare wound tight and sounding like a gunshot, he was a ball of energy and gave the kit a right good seeing to. If he were to ever get onstage with the drummer from fellow Liverpudlians Mind Mountain there’d be a city-wide epidemic of perforated eardrums. The lead vocals were shared around the band quite a lot and most of the best songs were sung by yer man on the drums. But no matter who was on vocals one thing remained the same: you couldn’t make out any of the words and IT DIDN’T MATTER AT ALL. Definitely worth catching live if they’re playing anywhere near your Ohmn-town.


Onto the headliners, the wonderful Scott and Charlene’s Wedding. Their album “Any Port In a Storm” was our Official Trust the Wizards Album of the Year™ in 2013 and we reviewed their Liverpool gig back in August of that year. They’re led by Craig Dermody who writes clever, reflective, honest, sometimes amusing, mostly autobiographical lyrics and sings with great passion in a voice reminiscent of Jonathan Richman or a male Courtney Barnett. They’ve released a great new LP “Mid Thirties Singles Scene” a couple of months ago and most of tonight’s set came from that.


Scott and Charlene's Wedding The Continental Preston 20th October 2016

The opening song of both the new album and tonight’s gig was “Maureen” an homage to a lady who lives in the country and communes with spiders. Here was the first of many great solos from lead guitarist Gill with her fantastic 70s Chrissie Hynde hair and bomber jacket.

Next up was “Don’t Bother Me”, probably the catchiest song on the new album in which Craig touches on the subject of depression, not for the last time this evening. “I’ve seen days turn my world black, black, black, black, black. Now these little things they don’t bother me.” Or “don’t sweat the small stuff” as my Kiwi mate Tom puts it. In this song Craig also reflects on his inability to dance and compares himself to a crab. As long-suffering fans of at best mediocre football teams, The Lancashire Toreador and I particularly enjoyed the verse that goes:

“When I’m at the football on Saturday
I look at the scoreboard like it was world affairs. 
And there’s just one team that we never seem to be able to beat.
But the beer still tastes the same at the end of the day to me.”

Amen to that. I long since stopped going to football matches with any genuine expectation of enjoying the actual match. Treat the match as an excuse to catch up and get pissed up with friends and if the team play well or win, well, that’s just an added bonus.



Soon after, one of my favourite tracks from the debut album is played, the magnificent “Gammy Leg” which starts with Craig working on a building site and ends with him moving to New York, all the while being hampered by a persistent “zombie” leg injury that won’t heal. This was followed by another older song “Footscray Station” a story of truck driving and redemption through music set in the band’s hometown. Fantastic stuff.

“Distracted” is another catchy tune from the current album. It’s uptempo and sounds very cheery but if you a listen a little closer it’s about fighting off depression. Great call and response vocals from Craig and Gill on the chorus here.


Another song from the new album “Hardest Years” was probably my favourite song of the night. It starts off with a verse about a loved one (his dad?) in a wheelchair who “laughs the biggest laugh that I ever have heard” and the chorus “I take my hat off to that”.

The next verse is worth quoting in full I think:

“Now when I was a teen we didn’t get on so much
When I left I ran, we just lost touch
All them years, running round the world, I never looked back
When I returned all unannounced the door was open
and all you said was “Mum’s cooking dinner, it might be bad but there’s beers in the fridge”
And that is all we ever ever said about that and I’m grateful for that”

I could easily go on because the next verse is brilliant too. An exceptional song full of heart-on-the-sleeve writing, once again touching on the theme of depression and battling inner demons.

Scott and Charlene's Wedding The Continental Preston 20th October 2016

As they started the encore, Craig explained that today was the 10th anniversary of the band’s first ever gig. Apparently the other bandmembers weren’t in the band back then but they were at the gig. In fact I don’t think Craig was the only bandmember there tonight who played in Liverpool 3 years ago. The band apologised for being jet-lagged and explained that they would play one more song which was “an Australian classic”. What would it be we wondered? The Go-Betweens? Nick Cave? AC/DC? Scott and Charlene’s duet “Especially For You”? It turned out to be a cover of “Live It Up” by Mental as Anything, a 80s hit on the back of the film “Crocodile Dundee”

I didn’t particularly like that song 30 years ago and despite Gill’s stirring guitar solo, their cover didn’t do a lot to make me change my mind. It seems a shame to play a cover when they’ve got so many great songs of their own. Earlier this year the band released a 4 track EP “Delivered” which features 3 truly brilliant tracks.* It would’ve been great to hear one of these songs or something else from the first 2 albums to close the gig.


The Preston gig was the first one of the tour, check out their other tour dates here. They’re off to Holland, Germany and Spain next before coming back to UK next month.

You can (and should) buy Scott and Charlene’s Wedding music from Fire Records website and from Bandcamp

Other Scott and Charlene’s Wedding stuff on our website:


* The 4th track is a cover of Elton John’s “Benny and The Jets”, a song that stands out as being particularly irritating and shit even amidst the huge pile of irritating and shit songs that comprise the Elton John back catalogue.

Bonus Mental as Anything fact: Lead singer Greedy Smith’s real name was Andy. He earnt the nickname Greedy because in 1979 he ate 15 pieces of KFC “chicken” before a gig. Sounds like the banter-ometer must have been off the scale in that band.

Mental as Anything rehearse at the Forum.

Podcast number 65

The wizards have had some work done, but are not all necessarily pleased with the results.


Fortunately, there is much to raise their spirits in the show, which features a timely tribute to the late Prince Buster and reviews of the new albums from Ben Reed and Ay Carmela.

There’s also the return of the gap-fill quiz, this time focusing on a former early member of the Mott The Hoople fanclub, as well as loads of great music.

Check it all out right underneath these words or directly on this word.


Some of the physicality we played on the show:


Kicker’s Quarterly – October 2016

Hello again, dear reader, and welcome to what will be the last Quarterly of 2016. I appreciate this does not mean it is December and the year still has 92 more fun-filled days left.


plenty more of this to come

But for now, buckle up and settle down for a whole bunch of music that has been on my radar these last few months. First up an instrumental from the Dundee band that isn’t Spare Snare. Yes, The Associates with a track from Sulk that showcases Alan Rankine for a change. More Scots after that with a track from the delightful surprise that is a new Urusei Yatsura album. Well, a new collection of songs in any case – the album You Are My Urusei Yatsura: BBC Radio Sessions, which brings together some tremendous versions of old favourites on pink vinyl. Then we have the band Miss Mary, who, as far as I can work out, is pretty much the work of one Mary Stopas, and a track of garage-pop candy from the rather wonderful Ready 2 Pop album that was out on Waxfruit in 2005. Next on the mix, but only available in video form here [Go and buy it! – TTW Ed.], it’s the SFA that’s not Super Furry Animals – our pals Schizo Fun Addict – who had a split cassette (with a K) out on Small Bear Records with label mates and sonic tyros The Bordellos last year that I should have banged on about much more. Have a gander and check out those ace backing vox.

A new favourite next with the all-caps CHUCK, whose latest release (the factually correct, My Band Is A Computer) on Audio Anihero is a must listen. However, here I have gone for the track of his that appeared on the sadly ill-fated Bern Yr Idols fundraiser. Time for a cover version after that and just pipping the choice of Kristin Hersh doing Like A Hurricane, comes Cristina Quesada doing The Jesus & Mary Chain, which I picked up on an Elefant Records sampler. Neat, huh? Eric Caboor and David Kauffman are perhaps best known, if at all, for their Songs From Suicide Bridge collection (it was the only record of theirs I owned until recently, certainly), but they also performed together as The Drovers on an LP called Tightrope Town (actually their second LP), which is well worth seeking out. Our next not-on-Spotify song is from the band Dumb, who came to my attention on the flip of a split single with JD Meatyard’s old band Calvin Party back in the day (OK, 1995). Calvin Party went like this, and Dumb go like that:

It seems appropriate that this mix’s Guided By Voices selection features Doug Gillard on guitar seeing as how he is now part of the newly reformed GBV currently touring the USA. This track comes from the Universal Truths An Cycles album, a fact I am happy to remind you of. Another fact is that the band Passenger Peru combines the talents of Justin Stivers (ex- The Antlers) and Justin Gonzales. This year they made the leap from cassette to vinyl by putting out a kind of self-titled ‘best of’ on Gallic taste-maker label, Big Tomato Records, which has had repeated plays in Kicker Towers. A bit of an oldie next as we venture into Television’s 70s album that isn’t Marquee Moon, or Adventure as it is otherwise known. An underrated gem, this one. They are followed by another band that I discovered because they shared a split single with a band I already loved – And His Voice Became. This song was the other side of Riding (Bracken Mix) by Spare Snare (yes, them again) and it goes like this:

That Canterbury Sound, eh? No, not yer Caravans, Soft Machines or Gongs, I mean Canterbury, New Zealand and the sound of Transistors, whose neat Cuppa Jarra Brossa EP comes highly recommended (with or without cream and sugar) especially the opening track, Confidence Man. And that links us nicely to Yesterday’s Man (calm down, you Suggs fans, it’s just the one) in the form of a blistering track off of the Velcro Hooks Gymnophoria album that came out a few years ago – described by Artrocher as “a band you SHOULD DEFINITELY HAVE IN YOUR LIFE. And we don’t write in caps lock very often, so we really mean that”. So there. All I can add is that the album title refers to the sensation that someone is mentally undressing you, something us wizards just have to get used to. Another fantastically named album that came out last year was Remember Me John Lydon Forever by Doubting Thomas Cruise Control from Brooklyn, New York. The album is top notch and full of intriguing lyrics. But as much as I appreciate the band’s name, I think they might have missed out an some fine portmanteau possibilities like Doubting Thomas Cook (unreliable package deals) or Doubting Thomas Brolin (a suspension of belief regarding the size of certain ex-Leeds United ‘stars’). Anyway, after that we are invited to go all the way by The Squires, who pop up on that brilliant Nuggets collection put together by Lenny Kaye that always rewards dipping into. Dip right in to the video below to see what I mean.

Another neat compilation that finds itself in my hands is the 6 x CD CMJ 500 collection, bought solely on the grounds that it featured a GBV song, but nevertheless a source of some great stuff, like the next track from Beat Happening, whose contribution represents the sound of 1988. Probably. No real reason for including a Captain Beefheart track next except for the fact that it is from The Spotlight Kid album and is therefore inherently brilliant. Back to the 80s after that for one of those bands who may well have recorded loads of ace albums, but that I only know from one single – but what a single! I refer, of course, to The Kamikaze Pilots and their wonderful Sharon Signs To Cherry Red tale that I have on the rather less well known Lowther International label and is dedicated to “everyone who has ever sent a demo tape to a record company” (or musical podcast show). I recently watched that documentary film ‘Lawrence of Belgravia’ about him out of off of Felt, Denim and Go Kart Mozart, and was struck by the lot of the creative artist seemingly ill-equipped to cope with not only the murky world of the record business, but life itself. Lawrence seemed to me to quite heroic in his own way and the film made me immediately put on records of his that I hadn’t listened to for far too long. And so it is that we finish this mix with Felt and a favourite taken from Ignite The Seven Cannons And Set Sail For The Sun, which sounds like a plan.

Before I leave you though, I also wanted to share the fact that I have just finished reading Robert Forster’s new autobiography, Grant & I, that has been an absolute pleasure (thanks, Rebecca!!), filling in all sorts of gaps in my knowledge of The Go-Betweens, not least the fact that at the initial demise of the band, Grant and Robert intended not only to continue as a duo, but had songs lined up for a new album, Freakchild, that included the likes of this…

Those all important tracks in full

In The Eye Of Consensus

  1.  The Associates – Arrogance Gave Him Up
  2.  Urusei Yatsura – No No Girl
  3. Miss Mary – I’m Waiting
  4. Schizo Fun Addict – Make A Stand
  5. Chuck – Rich Kids
  6. Cristina Quesada – Just Like Honey
  7. Eric Caboor & David Kauffman – Boulevard
  8. Dumb – Do One
  9. Guided By Voices – Eureka Signs
  10. Passenger Peru – On Company Time
  11. Television – The Dream’s Dream
  12. And His Voice Became – Lost
  13. Transistors – Confidence Man
  14. Velcro Hooks – Yesterday’s Man
  15. Doubting Thomas Cruise Control – Lenny Bruce
  16. The Squires – Going All The Way
  17. Beat Happening – Indian Summer
  18. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – Click Clack
  19. The Kamikaze Pilots – Sharon Signs To Cherry Red
  20. Felt – Primitive Painters

The Playlist

Live Review: The Wedding Present @The Lowry, Salford, 11 September 2016

Two wizards were in Salford to witness a stellar live performance from The Wedding Present of their new album Going Going…

An unusually an all-seated audience thrilled to the new sounds of the concept(?) album and accompanying visuals (no capes) and our intrepid reporters tell you all about it on the links here and there…

Some, frankly, pitiful attempts at photography from Row B:

and a couple more…

Podcast number 64

Creative differences are again to the fore, as the wizards announce their ideas for new musical ventures.


Fortunately, sense and taste take hold and we get a suitably sweary show that sees the long awaited return of both Rebel Rikkit’s World of Ska and Chorizo Garbanzo’s Kevin Rowland impression  Kicker’s now celebrity endorsed Question Time.

We’ve also got another album review, a celebration of Lancaster, a cheese conspiracy,”the sound of self-promotion reminiscent of wind chimes in a hurricane” and a heated debate about spelling.

Check it all out right here at the right click of a mouse and on that there picture below.

Some of the physicality we played on the show:

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Podcast number 63

Did you think we’d forgotten you? Yes, after a lengthy summer hiatus, the wizards are back with fuck all to report.


the current view from wizard towers

Luckily, in the world of music, there’s plenty for them to get stuck into and in this show there are songs from as far afield as Argentina and Wales, not one, but two album reviews, and a state of the nation address from Chorizo Garbanzo (with soul).

Kicker is also delighted to relate his recent correspondence with not one, but two former members of Guided By Voices and as a result we get to hear an exclusive track from Mitch Mitchell’s Terrifying Experience. And shit, yeah, it’s cool.

Hear all that right here and stream away below

Some of the physicality played on the show:

and that picture of the remarkable Adrian Street:


Also, Kicker was right about the DTCV gig in Liverpool being on 29 October – here’s a link for more detail.

Kicker’s Quarterly – July 2016

So, three quarters of the way through the year that is calling itself 2016 and nothing of note has happened, eh? Oh. Ah.


THE big news in Kicker Towers

This quarterly mix kicks off in fine instrumental style with the undoubted king of the melodica, Augustus Pablo, and a track from the self-explanatory Dub, Reggae and Roots from the Melodica King collection. This is followed by another oldie, and definitely a goodie, some proper blues from another self-titled king – he of the slide guitar – Elmore James and my favourite of his that tells a tale of sneaking out the window rather than facing the music, which seems apt. This is the title track from another compilation, One Way Out, that I would recommend everyone own even if it is their only blues album. Taking us up the M1, ahem, we next have San Fran punks J Church with one of many great tunes on the singles collection Nostalgic For Nothing. Then rounding up our compilation heavy start, we have a top track taken from the Sensible Record Labels RSD15 release curated by our pals at Alcopop and here featuring Best Friends from the label Art Is Hard, which you can buy here and hear there:

A band that certainly unites all of us wizards is The Wave Pictures and I am currently really keen on their album If You Leave It Alone and in particular the title track, so here it is. After that it’s Andrew Howie, who I was introduced to via the Grand Gestures collective first couple of albums, and whose own album The Great Divide I would heartily recommend. I would also suggest you go back and check out Andrew’s first band Calamateur too. A bit of European solidarity next with the inclusion of Berlin-based multilingual, French-German duo Stereo Total and a track from their second album Monokini, which as well as sporting a remarkable cover, also contains a load of great music including this track, which my CSE (ask yer parents, kids) German tells me means ‘nice behind’. Yeah. After that, we have more European culture from the very difficult to google Collection with a track taken from AB Records (out of Lyon, France) Go Goal 1 round up of their own artists that came out in January and which you can hear in full on this link and enjoy on the player below.

Here’s another free compilation that you should get hold of immediately – the Bloodshot Records Sampler 15 – which brings you a pleasing mix of genres, usually within the one song. It’s all good, but I’ve gone for the rip-roaring Banditos, who kick this set off in fine style. They’re followed by this year’s new sensation, at least according to the fine people on the Not For The Masses forum, and who am I to disagree, it’s London’s own Yak. Their debut LP Alas Salvation is going to be right up there in my best of the year list, no doubt, so now’s as good a time as any to catch up. Our GBV related track this time comes not from Robert Pollard, but from the equally gifted, if rather less prolific, Tobin Sprout, who has so far given us one fantastic single and here a taster track from a new album due later in the year. Maintaining the lo-fi aesthetic we then have a track from the magnificently monikered Dolby Fuckers’ album of Groovy Tunes that again you can get hold of fer nowt. This one is my favourite:

More from San Fran next in the form of new-wavers Tuxedomoon and the title-track from their debut EP No Tears from, bloody hell, 1978 – still sounds pretty contemporary to me. Another old favourite, although not from so far back, is the opener to the Peter Bjorn & John album Falling Out. I always thought there should be a comma after Peter, but perhaps the band’s name refers to two individuals not three. There’s definitely a bloke called Bjorn in the band, I know that.There’s only one Rowland S Howard though, and he’s up next with a killer track from his wonderful Pop Crimes album. Probably my second favourite ex-Birthday Party bloke if push came to shove, but it’s a close call. The S is for Stuart, you’ll be pleased to know. Our pals at Active Listener released a tremendous collection of psychedelic tunes on The Great British Psychedelic Trip Revisited back in March that features wizard favourites like Adam Leonard and The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, but how could I resist a song about a vacuum cleaner. It’s not Mission Of Burma, it’s Murmurs Of Irma…

The last 4 tracks of the mix start with a fab song off of the debut album from Number One Cup Possom Trot Plan. Unfortunately, you won’t get to hear it on Spotify, but as luck would have it Dundee’s finest, Spare Snare, do a rip roaring cover that you will. Well, you will if you get onto the playlist below. If you want to hear the original, there’s a video of a man having a shave at the foot of the page that you should check out. After that particular song, we have a bit of ‘reggae’s sweetest voice’ with Bim Sherman aka Jarrett Vincent aka Lloyd Tomlinson. The song here is taken from the Pay It All Back Vol. 3 compilation on On-U-Sound and I can confirm that Vols. 1 & 2 are equally ace. I am a recent convert to the lo-fi sounds of Tim Chaplin, but am increasingly building up a bit of a collection of the great man’s work. As good a starting point as any is the Boy To Make Me Worry double album that appeared on Bleeding Gold Records at the turn of the year with a whole bunch of home recordings with hatfulls (hatsfull?) of distortion. It really is excellent stuff. The final song to get you through the next 3 months is from Canada, a single entitled Triple Water from Les Chaussettes (which sounds much better than The Socks, right?). Anyway, this is the second 7″ I have got from them (both on Punk Fox) and both are fantastique. A bientot.

Those all important tracks in full

So Many Things To Explain

  1.  Augustus Pablo – Up Warricka Hill
  2.  Elmore James – One Way Out
  3. J Church – At The End Of The M1
  4. Best Friends – Wash Me Out
  5. The Wave Pictures – If You Leave It Alone
  6. Andrew Howie – Dead Ringer
  7. Stereo Total – Schoen Von Hinten
  8. Collection – Ghosts
  9. Banditos – The Breeze
  10. Yak – Plastic People
  11. Tobin Sprout – Future Boy Today / Man Of Tomorrow
  12. Dolby Fuckers – Liam Leads
  13. Tuxedomoon – No Tears
  14. Peter, Bjorn & John – Far Away, By My Side
  15. Rowland S Howard – The Golden Age Of Bloodshed
  16. Murmurs Of Irma – Vacuum Cleaner
  17. Number One Cup – Strange & Silent Staircase (covered by Spare Snare on the playlist)
  18. Bim Sherman – Nightmare
  19. Tim Chaplin – Stratospheric
  20. Les Chaussettes – Triple Water

The Playlist

The original Number One Cup version of Strange & Silent Staircase:

Q & A with M.J. Hibbett

Still Valid

There’s a new album out next week from M.J. Hibbett and The Validators. It’s called “Still Valid” and they definitely are. Lyrically it covers a lot of ground as it mentions Geoffrey Chaucer, X-Men, Indian food, masturbation, One Direction, middle-aged men with pony tails, a mythical Norse sea monster and Top Gear.  And that’s just in one song!

You can buy the album from the band’s website here and we highly recommend you do so.

You can hear a few of the songs from the album as well as some older favourites in our interview with main man Mark Hibbett right here.



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The Musical European Championships 2016 – Part Deux

UPDATE: And we have a winner! It really came down to a battle between Hungary’s Poster Boy and Turkey’s Reptilians From Andromeda, but in the end the song with an elephant trumpeting on it outdid the subtle ukelele backed song of heartbreak. As it should.

Thanks to everyone who voted and to all the bands for taking part.


As the football version of this musical extravaganza grinds its way to the knockout stages, so too do we take you skipping and jumping into the final round to discover the musical Euro 2016 champion.

oh, roy

oh, roy

The results from the group stages are in and there are no third place qualifiers here. The winners of each group can be found on the links below (correct as of 22 June) and they now go up against each other in what some are calling the greatest musical Euro 2016 play-off podcast ever.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Now, it is up to you, dear listener, to take the hand of destiny and thrust it deep in the pocket of hope, to emerge with the fluffy cough sweet of success. In other words, listen to the final six songs here and vote for your favourite on the link underneath.



We will announce the winner on 9 July to give football’s lesser version a final poke in the eye.

If you haven’t already enjoyed the smorgasbord of Euromusic from the group stages, please take time to check it out here:

The Musical European Championships 2016 (Group Stages)

Q&A with Peter Momtchiloff


As guitarist with Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Scarlet’s Well, Les Clochards, Razorcuts, The Would-Be-Goods and more, Peter Momtchiloff is indisputably indiepop royalty. Last year’s Tufthunter LP saw him collaborating with a whole host of other luminaries and the album was included in our Best of 2015 selections. We’d like to thank Peter for taking the time to be lightly grilled by us about that album, his career and of course his breakfast preferences.

tufthunter album cover

The Tufthunter album is a very strong collection of songs, is this a bank of songs that you’ve been building up for years?

Thanks, I’m glad you like the record. The songs span a very long period, though most of them were written in the last five years. You’ll have to believe me that I had no idea of making a record of my songs till about three years ago when the concept clicked: a different singer for each song. And the singers, like the songs, are from various different times of my life.  The earliest song, ‘Pirbright’, is from the 1980s (though subsequently revised), and is sung by my old friend Richard Ramage, with whom I was in a band (Here Comes Everybody) in the mid-80s. ‘My Future Band’ I wrote in the 1990s while I was in Heavenly, and it is co-sung by Amelia from Heavenly. ‘Low Life’ is a rewritten version of an unrecorded song I wrote for the Speed of Sound, who I played with from the late 1990s to the mid 2000s, and it’s sung by Kevin from that band. (I say something about each of the songs on the Tufthunter Facebook page.). Four of my colleagues from The Would-be-Goods appear on the record, three of my former colleagues from Scarlet’s Well, and three from my Oxford band Les Clochards.

Les Clochards, with Peter on the right.

Les Clochards, with Peter on the right.


With all the guest singers, did it take a long time to record? Did everyone come to you to record their parts?

It took about a year to record, with lots of gaps waiting for someone to be available. I did ropey demos ‘singing’ all the songs myself in a variety of keys, till all the songs were assigned to singers and we’d worked out the right keys for them. I rehearsed and recorded most of the basic tracks in Oxford with Ian Nixon (bass) and Gary Neville (drums) from Les Clochards. A few I did in London with my pal Jon Clayton. Over six months or so I got the singers to come into the studio in London or Oxford to do their thing, along with a few other guest players like Bid and Andy from the Monochrome Set.  Jessica Griffin did a lot of backing vocals.  The three US-based singers (Lois, Claudia, and Jeffrey) couldn’t make it in person, so we sent the backing tracks to them and they sent them back with vocals added.

Bid from The Monochrome Set

Bid from The Monochrome Set

How did you get all these people to agree to be on the album? I know that many of them are current or ex bandmates so is Tufthunter basically your mates?

They are all old friends of mine so I was pretty sure they’d say yes, and they all did.


For the song Pirbright, did you choose the place because you liked the sound of the placename or is there some other significance?

Pirbright is the next village to where I grew up in Surrey, and Richard who sings it also grew up in Surrey. I thought Surrey was the most boring place imaginable when I was young. I can appreciate its charm a little now that I have lived well away from it for all my adult life. The song imagines a disgraced local celebrity coming back to drink himself to oblivion there, because he’s got nowhere else to go.


Any singers you wanted but didn’t manage to get for the album or anyone you’d particularly like to work with in the future?

I had two songs which I didn’t get around to recording, one for Calvin Johnson of K Records and one for Delia and Dave from the Family Way, who I played with in the late 90s. I was thinking of doing them as a single; perhaps I will get around to that. Calvin sang his song on his UK tour last year. I would have liked to ask Debsey from Dolly Mixture to sing a song, but I didn’t manage to come up with a good one for her.  I would have liked to feature my old pal Greg from the Razorcuts, but he’s retired.



Why did you decide to give the album away for free?

I wanted to make sure that everyone I wanted to have the album would have it, and I thought going through a sales process would just be an obstacle to that. As for people I don’t know, I’m perfectly happy for them to download it for free from I had some money saved up to pay for the recording, mastering, and manufacture. And I’ve given out more than 400 copies without any difficulty, which is probably far more than I would have sold.


Amelia Fletcher is an economics professor with an OBE, you work in Philosophy for Oxford University, Elizabeth has won a Turner Prize. Surely that makes Talulah Gosh comfortably the cleverest band in the world!! I like to imagine you having extremely intellectual conversations in the back of the transit van back then, how accurate is that?

Talulah Gosh’s van talk, like most bands’, tended to be very infantile. In Heavenly one game we played was bad anagrams of bands’ names, like Nasty Soul Fonies for Nation of Ulysses. We didn’t care whether they were proper anagrams or not, so long as they had the ring of poetic truth. (I should say that we liked and admired Nation of Ulysses very much, it was just fun to be rude about them.) {TTW adds: We’ve tried to come up with an anagram for Talulah Gosh, the best we’ve got is all hush goat} 

Talulah Gosh, the cleverest band in the world!

Talulah Gosh, the cleverest band in the world!


You’ve had a long career making music, have you got to meet some of your heroes? 

My favourite band when I was young was The Monochrome Set, and I’ve been in the bands with Bid and Andy. My favourite album was Mondo by The Would-be-goods, and I’ve been in the Would-be-goods for fifteen years. So that would be a yes! In the 80s and 90s, when I was in Talulah Gosh and Heavenly, I met a lot of people in fairly well-known indie bands and I can honestly say that almost all of them were really friendly and encouraging. I think in particular of The Pastels, The TV Personalities, The Go-Betweens, Beat Happening, The Headcoat(ee)s, Fugazi, Bratmobile and the Magnetic Fields.


What’s coming up? (gigs / releases etc)

I haven’t got any releases coming up, but am playing early 60s r’n’b with the Count of Three in Oxford, and hope to have some Would-be-goods action before long.


What song would you choose to soundtrack your life aged 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50.

10: Rod Stewart, Maggie May (not that I was in a relationship with an older woman)

20: The Monochrome Set, I’ll Scry Instead

30: Heavenly, Cool Guitar Boy

40: Would-be-goods, Mystery Jones

50: Hot Hooves, Midlife


What bands/artists should’ve been massive but weren’t?

If quality of songs was enough, I’d say the Would-be-goods. But of course it isn’t. Very few people in my part of the music world have the drive needed to become massive, and it wouldn’t suit them if they were. OK, let me try harder. Joan as Police Woman, Cats on Fire, Club 8, the Research. Further back‎: Laura NyroJudee Sill.


What is your favourite song with a question in the title?

‘Are you with me now?’ by Cate Le Bon.

If you could magic yourself into any band, past or present, which would you choose and why?

I did manage to insinuate myself into several bands that I liked (the Family Way, the Would-be-goods, Les Clochards).  If I could be allowed sufficient instrumental prowess as part of the deal, I would have liked a spell deputizing in Booker T and the MGs or The Meters.


You’re in a caff ordering breakfast. You are given toast and your choice of tea or coffee. You are then allowed 4 more items, what do you choose?

Smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, capers, bircher muesli.  I’m willing to go to continental Europe for my breakfast if that would help.


Cricket, is it any good or is it a load of old bollocks?

I played cricket until I was about 30, when I came to dislike too strongly the good-bloke macho banter culture which appeared to come in from Australia and South Africa in the 1990s.  I prefer Oxford City FC.

oxford city fc


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Podcast number 62

Despite the wizards raising serious doubt as to whether an amusing musical podcast [Amusing? – TTW Ed.] is the way forward, and amidst threats of solo podcasting careers, the ever professional threesome [!! – TTW Ed.] soldier on to bring you the best off-beat music the EU (and beyond) has to offer.


In this show Rebel gives us a worrying insight into his youthful self, Chorizo turns to an old favourite, and there is a long overdue appreciation of Bristol.

All that, and three Replacements linked songs can be heard right here. Or down there.

Some of the physicality we played on the show: 


And as promised, check out the Ichi Maru Mini-Documentary:

Oh, and if you enjoyed any or all of that, you’ll definitely need to check out this:

Q&A with Peter Momtchiloff

Live Review Ben Folds 15th June 2016 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Put quite simply Ben Folds has made at least 10 of the best songs of all time, songs that everyone on the planet should, no darn it! must be made to listen to at least once. From Angry Dwarfs through Bricks into deep Philosophy and even going Underground the rapid fire piano playing, the quirky wit of the lyrics, the liberal smattering of profanity is surely a must for all music enthusiasts.  If Elvis Costello was the “Avenging Geek”, Ben Folds is the Avenging Geeks son who oozes musicality and sticks to his creative muse so rigidly that even with his genius he has managed to evade mainstream success for a quarter of a century.  But hold on. What Ben are we seeing tonight? A lot of those 10 must listen to’s are many years ago what about the marauding solo career that while interesting has not managed to excite me in the same way as the first 2 Ben Folds 5 Albums.

This was a while back

This was a while back

Now he arrives in Liverpool replete with classic musicians and an album with long orchestral pieces that I have not been able to listen to all the way through yet.  Will our hero deliver? Will he fall on his arse (that will then get kissed)? We have to wait and see as first there was the not so small matter of :

Lera Lynn

Let’s be honest all I knew of the support act prior to the gig was that her name sounded a bit like Vera Lynne (pointed out by a friend who works at HMV. The big kid!). Lera took the stage with Josh the guitarist and proceeded to play slow, spacious, breathy songs full of the ghost of Duane Eddy playing a twanging guitar from the grave. Lera has an amazing voice that whispered at times and then filled the room with a swirling intensity at peaks in the songs.  The half hour set allowed for 6 or so songs the highlight being My Least Favourite Life which gives a hint of the off kilter and strange nature of the lyrics and let’s be honest the whole performance.


Obligatory Terrible Picture

Obligatory Terrible Picture

I mean where does Lera play to get started? Does haunted chamber pop go down at the youth club (do such things still exist).  Well here at the Liverpool Philharmonic she went down just fine with reaction growing after each song and the on stage banter getting more relaxed and funny there was much to enjoy.  The climax was a cover of Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire which I doubt has ever sounded quite like this. She slowly eviscerated the song and ground it into the desert dirt until it cried Mercy. All in all a decent start!

So onto Ben Folds or more accurately yMusic the 6 classical Musicians who were to accompany him who took the stage first without the great man. Whilst respecting Ben and the need to follow his muse and push his creative envelope I did wonder how long they would go on for. They were however pleasant enough and it was not long before the man himself appeared. It would be great to describe the wit of Ben Folds and tonight we got plenty of rambling streams of consciousness and at one point a complete halt to proceeding until Ben said “How awkward can I make this”. He is the Stewart Lee of pop! However the introduction to the first song set the surreal comic tone for me “Thanks for coming. Heres a song”.

Nervously awaiting the master

Nervously awaiting the master

The first hour was basically the new album and while this can be a slow death for many an audience I think there are plenty of good songs on the album and particularly Capable of Anything and Not a Fan were excellent. Also this was setting the tone for the night that might be described as an evening of beautiful, emotional, contemplative chamber pop. Of course on the sly we all love classical music played live its something to do with wind and string and worked for me. When Ben left the stage again my inner Angry Dwarf was getting anxious that none of my top 10 must hears would be played. Fortunately that was another brief interlude and Ben started mixing it up with older songs and some strange but effective choices like Jesusland which I had not heard for ages. Also Boxings Been Good To Me that he explained was inspired by Mohamed Ali. Then some classics that drew in the yMusic people for some extended and impressive arrangements like Stevens Last Night in Town and Erase Me.. However it was not until late in the show till he pulled out the big guns The Song For The Dumped (Top 10 Alert) was played with an outrageous arrangement and dovetailed into…I kid you not..Hava Nagila done in a very authentic Jewish wedding way. The clarinet came into its own on the Jewish Folk song section and then from 9.43 pm to 9.48 we witnessed what can only be described as Clarinet led, free Jazz. The sheer audaciousness of the performance won me over!


Of course Ben was never going to let us one dimensional fans down and returned solo and asked for requests playing Kate (nearly top 10), Landed (top 10) and Army (top 10).

Did the risks work? Well there is nothing more awkward than your favourite artist telling you to like and buy albums by their friends and telling you to listen to classical music but its so great to hear him ramble on you kind of went with it and I will probably look their stuff up.

Mixing the new and old? I thought the pace of the evening struggled to deliver on the Foldian rituals for the encore like the crowd horn sections on Army and the sing alongs in Kate I was just too relaxed by the first hour and a half to get off my seat. But hey these are minor points in truth Johnny Cash was mentioned more than once from the stage tonight and made me reflect, did he “Walk The Line”? I think he did!

Tale a Bow Ben Folds and yMusic

Take a Bow Ben Folds and yMusic

oh oh oh oh Pun-der Road……

Having opted to attend the Manchester gig rather than Coventry on the recent Springsteen tour, that meant I didn’t get to take part in the 48 hour marathon queueing session to get a good spot at the front that the other 2 wizards enjoyed/endured.

The night before the gig my fellow wizards informed me they were out in Coventry having a curry and that was all the encouragement I needed to text them a load of Bruce Springsteen-related curry house puns.


A couple of days later when I heard about their adventure on their excellent podcast from the pit, I felt there was something missing. Namely all these wonderful puns……

  • Dhansak in the Dark
  • Wrecking Balti
  • If I Should Phall Behind
  • 4th July Asbury Park (Passanda)
  • 57 Chanas And Nothing Naan
  • It’s Hard To Be A Saag in the City
  • Souls of the Dupiaza
  • 10th Avenue Jalfrezi
  • The Ties That Bhindi
  • Bhuna To Run
  • Vinda(loo) Let Me Be The One
  • We Tikka Care Of Our Own
  • Tarka-ness On The Edge of Town
  • Rosalita (Korma Out Tonight)
  • The Rice You Pay


And of course, you know who’s he married to, don’t you?

ChaPatti Scialfa!


"and I want to Drive all Night, just to buy you some shoes and to taste your Tandoor charms again"

“and I want to Drive all Night, just to buy you some shoes and to taste your Tandoor charms again”


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The Musical European Championships 2016

It’s all about football! The European Championships! All About Football.  Nonsense! While the sweaty young men chase a ball around a field somewhere in France a more important competition is going on.  Yes, The Musical EUROs.  Just like the inferior Football counterpart 4 nations have got through to 6 group stages but this time with songs to represent their country.  So with 24 nations’ musical talisman in place, let battle commence.

So like, how’s that going to work? I hear you mumble!

2 Podcasts 6 polls and YOU! That’s all we need to decide what nation is the Champions of European music once and for all, or at least for the next 4 years.  Still confused? OK. Here are the instructions.

  1. Listen to the relevant podcast (Podcast 1 for groups A-C and Podcast 2 for groups D-F)
  2. Consider your musical preference for each group using whatever judging scheme you fancy and vote in the polls that are listed below

The Podcasts

The Polls

The Poll For Group A

The Poll For Group B

The Poll For Group C

The Poll For Group D

The Poll For Group E

The Poll For Group F

The winners of the group stages which, as we all know, conclude on 22nd June 2016 (UEFA Approved Deadline (at midnight for you late voters)) will go through to a knock out phase to pick the winner where I am confident the excitement will be palpable!!

Live review: Adam Ant @ Liverpool Philharmonic, 4th June 2016

Back in the very early 80s, the 10 year old me owned 4 proper albums.* One each by The Police, Madness and Shakin’ Stevens and “Kings of the Wild Frontier” by Adam and the Ants. My mate Fingers only had 1 album, the Adam and the Ants one and we will both go to our graves convinced that it is one of the greatest albums ever made.

It is a truly unique album that combines African chanting and drumming, Duane Eddy / Dick Dale twanging surf guitars, sea shanties, Native American vocalisations, Gary Glitter glam rock, funk basslines and spaghetti western tunes. Nothing before or since sounds quite like it. All of it sung by a man with film star looks dressed like some sort of pirate Native American brigadeer. This became the top selling album of 1981. Is there any other massively commercially successful LP which is as hugely experimental and such a one-off? More about this in John Robb’s brilliant essay.

So when we heard that Adam was touring again and playing the whole album in order then Fingers and me were adamant(!) that we had to go. Never mind that we live nearly 200 miles apart these days. Never mind that both of us already had a commitment to take part in a fell race to win a trout on the same day as the gig. It was a case of “don’t be square, be there!”

Adam 4

We had to rush there from the fell race so we didn’t have time to get facepainted up. It was great to see so many other people in the crowd who had made an effort though. Tricorn hats off to Adam’s fans. There are not that many bands who inspire such devotion that people want to dress up like them. I remember seeing a lot of Prince clones at Wembley Arena years back and you see saddoes with polo shirts and expensive-looking but still naff haircuts at Weller gigs. Here there were a range of fashions from different periods in Ant-hropological history. We spotted bondage trousers, lots of braided hair, quite a few dandy highwaymen and some fantastic Regency style dresses. Fingers and me agreed that his teenage daughters would definitely take the piss out of these outfits, but we thought everyone looked fucking brilliant. Ridicule is nothing to be scared of, my friends.

Adam 5 v2

As the first notes of album opener “Dog Eat Dog” sounded, a huge curtain fell to the floor revealing Adam and his 5 piece band with YES! two drummers and the response from the sell-out crowd was wild. You could tell straight away that there was a special atmosphere and this was going to be a great gig.
Adam 2

From our seats up on the top balcony, we couldn’t really hear Adam’s voice very well on that opening song but that technical hitch had sorted itself out for the next song, the anthemic call to arms “Antmusic” And wow, what amazing condition Adam’s voice is in.  If you know the album then you’ll be aware of all the Native American style yelping and yodelling as well as some very high notes. As they say on shit talent shows, he nailed it.

Adam 3

I used to have a VHS tape of the live “Prince Charming Revue” and watching him tonight reminded me of all Adam’s idiosyncratic dance moves. I’ve just discovered that it’s on Youtube so click to see the bending down one, the pantomime slap-of-my-thigh, the using the mike as a table tennis bat one and the spinning round one. It’s fair to say that he hasn’t really learnt any new moves over the last 35 years but who cares when the few moves you have got are as cool as Adam’s.

Adam 8

Every track from the album was just amazing. If I had to pick one song it would be the title track but really the whole thing was just brilliantly done.


Adam 9

After that, the rest of the evening was a bit of a mixed bag. I’m not as familiar with all the solo stuff as many of the crowd were and some of the solo singles that I really adore weren’t played (Apollo 9, Puss in Boots, Friend or Foe).

But we did get rousing versions of the hit singles “Goody Two Shoes” and “Stand and Deliver” (and its brilliant b-side “Beat My Guest”)

“Goody Two Shoes” was partly inspired by Kevin Rowland and having just received the new Dexys CD in the post that same day, it occurred to me how lucky we are to have Adam and Kevin, both of whom have had a lot of ups and downs over the years, still out there performing today. Long may they both run.

Adam 7

He also played some of the best Ants songs from the first album, particular highlights being “Zerox” “Cartrouble” and the amazing “Never Trust a Man with Egg on His Face”

The main set closed with an emotional “Prince Charming” much of which was played by Adam on guitar without the band as he led the crowd in a mass singalong.

Adam 1

The mantra of “ridicule is nothing to be scared of” is something I really took to heart as a 10 year old schoolboy and easy target and is a valuable creed to live by now as it was then. You can hear why he attracts such devoted tribal fans because Adam’s lyrics are full of exhortations to individuality, calls to ignore the superego, to accept the inevitable and let your more rebellious non-conformist character take over.

“You may not like the things we do, only idiots ignore the truth”

“Now’s the time I must digress from going through the motions, take my head out of its sling, free the warrior” 

“I feel beneath the white there is a red skin suffering from centuries of taming” 

“Get off your knees and hear the insect prayer”

“A new Royal family, a wild nobility, we are the family”

“So which side of the fence are you on?” 

Adam 6

After “Prince Charming” the band were called back for the encore which included a great cover of Marc Bolan’s “Get It On.”

So now I can add “Kings of the Wild Frontier” to my list of…….

…albums I love that I have seen performed in full:

  • Adam and the Ants “Kings of the Wild Frontier” (Liverpool 2016)
  • Manic Street Preachers “The Holy Bible” (Manchester 2014)
  • Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (Coventry 2013)
  • Dexys “One Day I’m Going To Soar” (Liverpool 2013)
  • The Wedding Present “Bizarro” (Holmfirth 2010) “Seamonsters” (Manchester, 2011) and “The Hit Parade” (Liverpool 2013)
  • David Bowie “The Man Who Sold The World” (Liverpool 2015)
  • The Clash “London Calling” performed by Chuck Prophet and The Spanish Bombs (Nottingham 2011)
  • Bob Dylan “Live 1966” (Manchester 2016)


Thank you very much to Andrew Winder for the photos. (Follow him on The Twitter @mrrayswigworld)

* If you want the whole truth, I also had a Mr Men album, a couple by the Wombles and a Smurfs one but they don’t really count (even though “Smurfing Beer” is a stone cold classic!)


Live review: Bob Dylan: Electric 50 @ Manchester Academy 3

Fifty years ago today, Bob Dylan played at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester. A recording of that gig, erroneously labelled as being recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall, became probably the most famous bootleg recording of all time and included rock’n’roll’s most notorious heckle.

If you’re not familiar with the events surrounding Dylan’s 1966 tour and the Manchester gig in particular, then stop reading this and listen to Andy Kershaw‘s outstanding documentary about it.


Andy himself was co-hosting tonight with ex-Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias and veteran of the 1966 gig, C.P. Lee who also wrote the definitive book on that tour. You could not wish for 2 greater experts or better hosts for this event.

Photo by Aidan O'Rourke


The evening was promoted as being a re-creation of the original gig with Dylan’s setlist being played in the same order with a different act performing each song. That’s exactly what we got but along the way there were a few unexpected twists and turns.

Photo by Aidan O'Rourke

Here’s my track-by-track review accompanied by some excellent photos courtesy of Aidan O’Rourke.

Photo by Aidan O'Rourke

The evening kicked off with an amazing poem called “And the Dreamers” (as in Freddie Garrity) from Tony “Longfella” Walsh. The poem told the story of Manchester’s rich musical heritage and it was quite literally breathtaking.

Photo by Aidan O'Rourke

“She Belongs To Me” performed by Andrew “Blind Boy” Butler

Striding onstage looking like the “walking antique” of the lyric, Butler’s attire suggests that tonight we’re going to party like it’s 1929. He played a great version of the song on the banjo with a completely different melody to Dylan’s version, the first clue we had that tonight was not going to just be a straightforward run-through of the 1966 set.

Photo by Aidan O'Rourke

“Fourth Time Around” performed by Kevin Hewick

Excellent version, sung very well by the first of this evening’s Factory Records alumni (FAC 48 in case any wannabe completists were wondering). Dylan has openly acknowledged that this song was written in response to “Norwegian Wood” so it was appropriate that a little snippet of the Beatles song was slipped in at the end.

Photo by Aidan O'Rourke

“Visions of Johanna” performed by The Speed of Sound

One of my favourite ever Dylan songs but not a highlight this evening. It was a bit of a ramshackle performance with a messy guitar solo and a bass guitar that needed tuning. A shame because I really like the latest single on their Bandcamp page.

My photos are nowhere near as good as Aidan's!

My photos are nowhere near as good as Aidan’s!

“It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” performed by The Freshies

This was more like it. Great to see the band formerly led by Chris Sievey a.k.a. Frank Sidebottom (more on Frank & me here) who had reformed for just one night and just one song. They were clearly having a good time with this uptempo power-pop version which reminded me of this Dylan cover by ex-Strangler Hugh Cornwell. The organist’s repeated 3 note riff was particularly joyful.

“Desolation Row” performed by John O’Connell

Probably the most challenging song on the setlist tonight was given to John O’Connell a.k.a. Simply Dylan. They bill themselves as “a tribute to Bob Dylan, not a Bob Dylan tribute” and that’s spot on.  There’s no attempt to look or dress like Dylan or imitate his voice. Why would anyone do that when even Dylan hasn’t sounded like Dylan for decades? Instead you get John’s excellent and powerful voice, enunciating the words clearly backed up by a brilliant bassist and violinist. Having seen a mixed bag of gigs from the man himself ranging from inspired to forgettable, you could quite easily make the case that John and his band do a far better job of honouring the richest back catalogue in popular music history. Definitely going to try and catch a full show.

“Just Like A Woman” performed by Poppycock

Whenever this song comes on at home, Mrs Garbanzo always takes the piss out of it for being patronising and sexist. She would’ve loved Poppycock’s lyrical amendments which gave the song’s subject a right to reply. One of the singers was making a second appearance of the night having already played guitar with The Speed of Sound. Great looking stylishly-dressed all-female-except-for-the-drummer band featuring Una Baines who I think was the first ever ex-member of The Fall.

“Mr Tambourine Man” performed by Edwina Hayes

The final song of the first half was played solo accompanied by just an acoustic guitar just as it was 50 years ago. The singer was Edwina Hayes and Andy Kershaw mentioned in his introduction that the great Nanci Griffith was a big fan. Hayes definitely shares some vocal qualities with Lubbock’s second most famous export. There’s a similar sweetness and sincerity in those vocal chords for sure. In Andy Kershaw’s documentary, you can hear descriptions of how you could hear a pin drop during the first half in 1966 and the same thing happened here as the room fell silent to enjoy this song being so beautifully sung.

Photo by Aidan O'Rourke

During the interval, there was a raffle with the prizes being 6 signed photos taken by Mark Makin who is, as far as anyone know, the only person who took any photos of the 1966 gig. Kershaw got him up onstage for a short interview and asked why it was that people were so surprised that Dylan was playing with a band when he’d had quite a few electric records out by then. But it wasn’t just that he was playing with a band that people found shocking. It was the sheer volume of it. At that time, bands just miked up the stage amps and balanced the vocals to match the backline. Nobody in the UK had ever been subjected to a P.A. system as powerful as the one that Dylan had flown over for this tour.

Anyway, I’m very pleased to say that I won one of the photos in the raffle. Here it is, this will soon be framed and on the dining room wall next to the Clash poster.

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“Tell Me Momma” performed by Dub Vampire

The fastest song from the 1966 gig was slowed-down and given a more soulful feel tonight.

Following that Andy Kershaw revealed why he had always suspected that the original recording was not taken from London’s Albert Hall as he had noticed that lots of the crowd had broad Mancunian accents. The clincher here is the person who can just about be heard straight after the infamous “Judas” shout. Andy played us that extract and we all clearly heard a northern voice shouting “yer great pillock” at poor old Bob.

Photo by Aidan O'Rourke

“I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)” performed by Thick Richard 

Like some of my other favourite Dylan songs (e.g. “Positively 4th Street” “Idiot Wind”) the lyrics here are full of anger, bitterness and twisted humour. Musically the song was given a right kick up the arse by Thick Richard & friends, namely serial C.P. Lee collaborator John Scott on guitar and Ste Spandex on synth. These 2 combined to make a right old racket. At times it was hard to tell if the synth was actually supposed to sound that way or be that loud or if it was actually malfunctioning in some way. This shouldn’t have worked but in fact it was a truly extraordinary performance of a great song and one of the night’s highlights.

It felt like some of the audience were taken aback, even a bit annoyed, by this radically different and challenging version of the song. But I thought that made it even better, even more in the spirit of the original concert. “It used to be like that, now it goes like this.” Don’t follow leaders.

“Baby Let Me Follow You Down” performed by George Borowski & E.P.I.

A packed stage with nine bandmembers onstage. But wait, who’s this centre stage? The thin wiry frame, the unruly hair, the polka dot shirt, the harmonica holder round his neck. People around me were shouting out “it’s Bob” but then the man concerned announced that he’d dressed up specially for the night and he’d come as John Cooper Clarke. Surprisingly this was the first time we’d heard a harmonica all night but they made up for it by having 2 of them on this rollicking party version of “Baby Let Me Follow You Down” similar to the version in “The Last Waltz”.

“Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues” performed by Jez Kerr

Former leader of the much-missed A Certain Ratio who were prolific Factory recording artists of course, see FAC 5 16 22 35 38 42 52 55 62 65 72 112 128 135 166 (my personal favourite) and 168. That band were “all about the bass” if you ask me and it was great to hear Jez’s signature sound again. Loved the wah wah pedal as well on this fast punky/psychedelic version.

“Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat” performed by The Creature Comfort

I reviewed The Creature Comfort last year when they supported Evil Blizzard and I was excited about seeing them and particularly their dynamic singer Ben again. They certainly didn’t disappoint. They transformed this song, reviled as a stupid joke song by many fans in ’66, into a stomping Stooges-style rock’n’roller. You can’t take your eyes off Ben as he jumps around and gets in the faces of the veterans of 1966, sat at the front. They look a bit suspicious him, fair enough really because you’re never quite sure what he’s going to do next. All of which adds up to a great frontman really.

Nice tip of the chapeau to the recently departed Prince too, with a mention of his millinery-themed songtitle.

“One Too Many Mornings” performed by Vocal Harum 

As you may guess from the name, Vocal Harum are a vocal harmony group featuring 5 singers, including C.P. Lee himself on bass vocals, and 1 acoustic guitar. Their version of this song, the oldest Dylan composition played tonight, was wonderful especially on the final verse where the acoustic guitar dropped out to leave just the singers.

After that Andy Kershaw was back to tell us about how he made it his mission to find the person responsible for the “Judas” shout, resulting in him initially finding Keith Butler and then later John Cordwell. Both claimed to be the “Judas” shouter but Kershaw leans towards Cordwell being the true culprit. Both men are sadly no longer with us but Kershaw played an extract from the documentary above where he conducted a scientific test of sorts. He made Cordwell go to the other end of a room and shout “Judas” to compare it with the version on the live album. Hear all that in the documentary above and read Andy’s account here.

“Ballad of a Thin Man” performed by Gerry and The Holograms

Two men are onstage wearing white boiler suits and weird creepy face masks. The man on the left is playing one finger basslines on a vintage synth whilst his accomplice intones the surreal lyrics in a robotic monotone.

Something is happening but you don’t know what it is.

This is Gerry and The Holograms. In 1980 Frank Zappa described them as “the hottest thing to come out of Manchester in at least 15 minutes.” They put out some records in the early 80s parodying the emerging synthpop sound and one of their songs was allegedly ripped off to become the biggest selling 12” single of all time (FAC 73). Nearly 40 years later, this is their first ever gig which makes Kate Bush look like a relentlessly prolific live performer.

I bet your favourite verse in this song is the same one as mine. It’s this one, right?

You see this one-eyed midget shouting the word “NOW”
And you say, “For what reason?” and he says, “How?”
And you say, “What does this mean?”
And he screams back, “You’re a cow, give me some milk or else go home”


“Like a Rolling Stone” performed by everyone

Our 2 fine hosts had warned us at the start of the evening that nobody was to shout it until the right time came, reminiscent of John Cleese at the stoning in Life of Brian.  Nobody is to shout “Judas” until I blow this whistle.

Are they any women here?

Are they any women here?

This directive hadn’t been complied with by everyone so there had been many premature ejaculations of “Judas” and even a few shouts of “yer great pillock”

But now the time had come so the whole crowd was encouraged to participate in a mass “Judas” shout. This was so much fun that we ended up doing it twice.

Once again, Andy Kershaw’s obsessive knowledge of the original recording provided more fascinating insight and he went into full-on mythbusting mode about Dylan’s angry response to John Cordwell’s accusation. He can clearly be heard saying “I don’t believe you….. you’re a liar!” But then there’s a further comment that can be heard off-mike. Like many other people, until tonight I was under the impression that a furious Dylan turns to The Hawks and says “play fucking loud!”

But as Andy Kershaw points out, this instruction to the band would make no sense at all. They were using amplification exponentially more powerful than any that had ever used on these shores in 1966. They already were playing fucking loud! Kershaw told us that what he actually said was “you fucking liar” and said that once you know this, you will never hear it any other way. He then played the extract in question and there it was. Have a listen yourself and see what you think.

The show finished with the whole ensemble onstage (along with a cardboard cutout of Bob) taking turns to sing a couple of lines each.

A great end to a great night. The event was organised to raise funds for MDMA (Manchester District Music Archive) which is an online repository of the city’s musical history. Music fans have contributed thousands of photos, tickets, flyers and memories going back decades. But be warned, you could easily lose a few hours browsing around this amazing resource.

Leopard-skin pill box hats off to all the musicians, technicians and staff that gave their time for free to make this event happen.

Photo by Aidan O'Rourke

But special thanks must go to the 2 hosts. As well as his authoritative voice on the 1966 gig and daft jokes onstage, C.P. Lee was responsible for putting this bill together. It would’ve been very easy for him to book a load of acts who would just play fairly faithful solo or band versions of these songs and to be honest that’s what I was expecting when I arrived. But instead he provided a great mixture of artists who interpreted Dylan’s songs in wildly different and sometimes avant-garde styles that challenged the audience’s artistic prejudices and pre-conceptions just as Dylan himself did 50 years ago. Then there’s Andy Kershaw whose music programmes were a huge inspiration behind us wizards starting our own podcast (as evidenced by our homage to him at the start of our very first full length podcast).

But as a journalist he excels in filling in the human details and whether he’s reporting on a faraway earthquake or forensically dissecting a Bob Dylan bootleg album he’s always passionate, knowledgeable, captivating and bloody good company.

See you in 9 years for the Rolling Thunder Revue 50th anniversary then.

Goodbye is too good a word babe, so I'll just say fare thee well. 

Goodbye is too good a word babe, so I’ll just say fare thee well.


“I Wanna Hold His Hand”, The Phenomena of Mass Bruce Springsteen Tactile Worship

The Wizards have been busy tracking The Boss (aka Bruce Springsteen) and the E-Street Band around the country recently and you can hear about their adventures. However, one issue that was raised was the desire from us to touch The Boss. With Bruce marauding the stage, fans, as a man, woman and child, dived forward to touch the hem of their hero.

Tactile Bruce Obsession In Action

Tactile Bruce Obsession In Action

This really begs the question: what am I? A 15 year old at a 1D concert? For the love of god, I have seen many stars of rock and pop live and never felt such and all embracing urge to embrace. Even in the first flushes of musical obsession, which for me was perhaps seeing The Clash live in 1981, I didn’t try to touch Joe Strummer. I did try to spit on Joe Strummer, but couldn’t because my mouth was so dry from all the exertion (and I was probably a bit shy (well I was 16)).

What can I say they were intimidating

What can I say they were intimidating

Its not just me either. The other Wizards felt the same as did the thousands of people in the ground. To give you an idea, I was in competition with a woman I am sure was over 65, a small boy who was 10, and 2 girls next to me who I estimated to be around 13.

Out of the way kid he's mine!

Out of the way kid, he’s mine!

So what is going on? Well, let’s explore various theories to attempt to explain this phenomena:

  • Hopes and Dream Emerge In A Human Form

All Bruce’s music is full of meaning and depth and repeated listening can embed a set of values and ways of thinking and being that transcend you as a human being. After 30 years of absorbing this potent mix of justice, energy, principles, hopes and dreams all tied up in some of the best sounds and tunes known to mankind, when this emerges in a Human Form  we enter a shaman like state and are drawn to want to make contact in a way that no rational analysis could explain.

  • Bromance

It’s not a sexual thing, but a deep affection that one feels towards someone who has become like a member of the family. What is a common way of greeting and recognising a member of the family? Shake their hand put your arm around them and give them a big cuddle.  Bruce fans may have listened and paid more attention to him more than many members of their family, so it’s only natural they would treat him like a family member without the snide remarks about the crappy Christmas presents (“Oh yea Norma a silver corkscrew I get the deeper meaning. Bitch”).

  • Peer Pressure

Let’s face it, you’re there in the middle of 2000 people and they are all doing it, what are you going to do? The Poznan?

Well this would be different

Well, this would be different

  • To Touch The Magic Dust

Bruce’s talent is not natural and most of us could practise and work from now until the next Bruce tour (if there is one (what do you mean of course there will be one (well I am just saying (Screw you)))) and we would still not have registered a single song that might appear on a outtake album two decades later. But if we touch the leg of Bruce, we might wake up tomorrow and have magic in our fingers and throats and be able to rock and roll with guts and soul (you never know its worth a punt).

  • I Am Gay

I say so often that there is nothing sexual about it, I am beginning to think I protesteth too much. After all Bruce has kept himself in good shape and is charismatic, handsome and has a few bob. If I was to be attracted to a member of the same sex, why not him? In addition, we are all on a spectrum and maybe this is a safe outlet for latent homosexual tendencies, maybe the first toe in the water or something.

Did I touch Bruce

Ok now we have the posturing explanations out of the way let’s look at the evidence. At Coventry there were limited Bruce touching opportunities at our podium. He did grace our section on quite a few occasions, but being at the side he tended to give more attention to the front section something to do with those 30,000 paying punters also wanting a good front-on view of proceedings no doubt.

There was a decent chance here

There was a decent chance here

Nevertheless, I contend that we got 2 high fives each and whilst I can’t speak for the other 2 wizards present, who are still too emotional to discuss the matter, I contend that I held hands with the great man. Let me explain. During his performance Bruce comes onto the walk ways and sometimes reaches out into the audience and at other times sings and allows his hand to drop to one side with a slight uplift on the finger. That was where I was able to put my palm firmly into his palm and there we were properly holding hands. I know it’s too fantastic to believe. OK,  well here is the proof…

Look closely there we are

Look closely there we are

Ok you cynics here it is in close up

Ok you cynics here it is in close up


As if that was not enough, here is Jake high-fiving the other 2 Wizards in attendance.

Jump Back Jacket after a clean contact

Jump Back Jacket after a clean contact

And Kicker of Elves not necessarily letting go

Kicker breaks a finger

Kicker breaks a finger

All further evidence can be examined here from 2 minutes 50 seconds to 4 minutes 24 seconds (not that we bothered to count)

Check out more Bruce related Wizard exploits here:

Live Review: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 3 June 2016

Podcast 10: Bruce Springsteen Special

Podcast 10a: Bruce Springsteen Album by Album Roulette

Podcast from the Pit: Bruce Springsteen Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 20th June 2013

Review of Bruce Springsteen at Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 20th June 2013

Podcast number 61

After a dusty opening catching up with a young Woody Guthrie at home with his mum, the Wizards settle into an evening of some of the finest and most eclectic music imaginable.


a wizard earlier

In this show, we also review the new album from Fog, play tracks from the wonderful new tribute album to Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, and take Rebel Rikkit’s World of Ska to Bristol.

To make sense of any of this listen to the whole turkey shoot right here!

Some of the physicality played on the show:



Live Review: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 3 June 2016

Kicker and Rebel head off at stupid o’clock to meet up with an old friend of the pod, Jump Back Jacket, to make sure they get a front row position in the pit to see the phenomenon that is Bruce Springsteen live.


just the 36 hours to go…

Have a listen to the trio’s hopes for the gig and what it is that makes otherwise reasonable people spend nearly two days in a queue, an interview with the brains behind the E Street Fans ‘Tougher Than The Rest’ charitable organisation (see below), and, of course, the tired and emotional reflections on a very special concert.

You can download here and stream just there:

We took loads of wobbly pictures, and here are a selection:


a solo bruce opens with ‘for you’


jump back jacket recognises someone


the sniffles couldn’t stop the boss – sniff


an acoustic thunder road closes the show

The setlist:

  1. For You (solo piano)
  2. Something In The Night
  3. Prove It All Night
  4. My Love Will Not Let You Down
  5. The Ties That Bind
  6. Sherry Darling
  7. No Surrender
  8. Two Hearts
  9. Save My Love
  10. Hungry Heart
  11. Out In The Street
  12. Crush On You
  13. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
  14. Death To My Hometown
  15. Youngstown
  16. Murder Incorporated
  17. The River
  18. Drive All Night
  19. The Promised Land
  20. Working On The Highway
  21. Darlington County
  22. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day
  23. Because The Night
  24. The Rising
  25. Badlands
  26. Travelin’ Band (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
  27. Born In The USA
  28. Born To Run
  29. Seven Nights To Rock (Moon Mullican cover)
  30. Dancing In The Dark
  31. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
  32. Shout (Isley Brothers cover)
  33. Thunder Road (solo acoustic)

For more information about the E Street Fans and their projects, click on the following links:

Light of Day

Backstreet Merch – for E Street Fans LOD T-shirts

E Street Fans Facebook Group


Live review: The Thyme Machine / David Leach @ Liverpool, May 2016

So last night I met up with my fellow wizard Kicker of Elves & his son Kicker Junior in Liverpool to see one of our favourite bands The Thyme Machine.

Support came from David Leach, a singer who was new to us but one who made an immediate impression with his intelligent witty songs sang unamplified with uke accompaniment. He sang songs about Bullseye, crap office dinners at Wagamamas, sneery snide Megadrive-owning teenage girls who turn into sneery snide adult women and Accrington Stanley. (“Who are they?” “Exackkkkkkkkkkkkly”)

All of these can be enjoyed on his new CD “Nothing Concrete” which both of us bought copies of, each in a unique handmade knitted CD cover.
Get your copy here:

After that, the evening went rapidly downhill because just minutes before the headline act came on, the venue staff asked Kicker Junior for I.D. to prove he was 18 which he didn’t have because he isn’t. Whilst we understand the reasons for this and we appreciate that dealing with city centre licensing laws is difficult for small independent venues,  the likelihood of this being enforced at this particular time was pretty slim. I think even Liverpool City Council licensing inspectors have got better things to do at 10pm on a Bank Holiday Monday!

So Kicker and Kicker Junior went home without seeing the band they’d come to see. I could’ve left too but being the selfish git that I am, I stayed and watched Kriss Foster and the band turn in another brilliant set. He really is a lyrical legend and the band are fantastic. Great to see his Freddie Mercury style shortened mike stand made from a table football table again. They played quite a few from the last album, “Going Steady with The Thyme Machine” starting with the song that sets out the band’s manifesto called, appropriately enough, “Manifesto” and ending with my favourite song from the album “I’m in Love with the Girl from the Argos Catalogue”

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They also played plently of older tunes, particular highlights being the library jigsaw misadventure “998 Pieces”, the homage to favourite seabird “Kittiwake Kittiwake” and the scratty gannet’s lament “The Amateur Taxidermist’s Bird.” Masterpieces every bloody one. They even got us to hold hands and form a circle for an impromptu hokey-cokey during “The Only Statue Cleaner In This Town”

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I was reminded me of a lyric from “Let the Weird Band Win” by MJ Hibbett.

“The songs that they sing
Are about all sorts of things
That no one else has sung about
Or thought about before”


But really that’s just the beginning of the story.

Kriss was aware of Kicker Junior’s troubles last night and even though it wasn’t his fault at all, he was very apologetic and said he’d do something to make it right. But we had no idea the lengths he was prepared to go to in order to do just that.

At lunchtime today, The Thyme Machine and support act David Leach turned up at Kicker’s house with a full P.A. to re-play last night’s gig. They set themselves up in the garden and made Kicker Junior’s day / month / year.

Here are some photos from an extraordinary day.

They even did the forming a circle thing and that’s not easy when there’s just Kicker, Mrs Kicker and their teenage son who’s not been awake long and is still in shock from it all!


Last summer at Indietracks festival, Kicker and I got chatting to a bloke who was wearing a Thyme Machine t-shirt. It turned out that his name was Benni from a band called Ice Pops for Breakfast and he was a neighbour of Kriss’s. I remember him telling us that Kriss was the kindest and most generous person he knew. He was right, wasn’t he.

Thanks a million to David Leach and The Thyme Machine for an unforgettable day

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Podcast number 60

The wizards learn all about bathroom etiquette from the get-go on this globally-reaching show.


note lack of queue

And despite struggling with not one, but two foreign tongues, they still find time to play a whole bunch of cracking new music including an exclusive new track, all the way from Chattanooga, from Mythical Motors. Oh, yes.

Check out all the usual nonsense right here and there:

Some of the physicality from the show: