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Although their music wasn't punk, per se, The Hammersmith Gorillas (later simply The Gorillas) deserve to be ranked along with the finest of the class of 1977. The band's association with independent labels--most notably Chiswick--their raw sound, frenetic live performances and overall back to basics attitude make them as punk in spirit as many of their more heralded contemporaries.
As I wander through the back streets of Waterloo SE1 on my way to interview Essex based band, Plastic Youth with their manager Bob Morris, my mood starts to brighten. Not that I was in a particularly bad mood, I just wasn't that focused, due to the usual hustle and bustle of Waterloo Station. However the mayhem and madness experienced around a busy train station, can have quite magical moments while you 'people-watch' under the neon lights. But once I escaped the clutches of commuter hell I began to think about the task ahead.
Every once in a while an album lands in my lap that becomes a travel companion and the theme tune to a stage in my life, but it's a rare thing.
Duncan McKenzie is perhaps one of those unsung stars who been there and done most of it, but has managed the trick of having a great career in music without too many of the drawbacks of 'sleb' life.
The record business has changed dramatically over the last two decades. There are now four large conglomerates, who control over 80% of the output of music in the world. Sales have plummeted, the industry is losing about 5% per annum and given that the current economic crisis will last for another ten years, will they be able to turn this around? And more importantly, will the record industry survive?
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- record business
- Going Underground by The Jam
- HMV Record Shops
- Guy Hands
- Lilly Allen
- Sir Paul McCartney
- The Rolling Stones
- Polydor's A & R
- Alan McGhee (Creation Records)
- Andy McDonald (GoDisc)
- Roger Ames & Tracey Bennett (London Records)
- George Martin and Chris Briggs (EMI)
- and Chris Parry (Polydor) On the other side of the Atlantic there was Berry Gordy (Tamla Motown)
- Nesuhi and Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler (Atlantic)
- Seymour Stein (Sire Records)
- Sam Phillips (Sun Records) Clive Davis
- The Beatles
- Paul Weller
- Bruce Springsteen
- Dennis Munday
“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, and religion. I shall try to fly by those nets”.
James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The bass is the beat, the groove and a musical line that transfixes the listener. The bass gives the song power and attitude. The bass player has to be able to listen to a guitarist strum a few bare chords, go away and add a strong substance to half-baked song.
That pent-up anger released in a majestic and magnificent manner via the six string. The guitarist has to be one of the most exciting and visual aspects of any band. Pulsating with passion, fuelled with anger and playing with pride. That is a definite criteria for Zanis. The guitar hero is the archetypal angry young man (or woman.); we love them and they fill our hearts with fire.
John died suddenly yesterday of a suspected heart attack and was best known for his work with ATOMIC ROOSTER where he was lead singer on their Hit Singles “Tomorrow Night” and “Devils Answer” (which he wrote). As a prolific songwriter and respected guitarist with his beloved Fender Telecaster John formed a number of significant psychedelic and progressive rock bands in the 60’s and 70’s including ATTACK, ANDROMEDA, BULLET and HARD STUFF. He also had a solo UK Hit Single in 1979 with “Don’t Be a Dummy”
- John died suddenly yesterday of a suspected heart attack and was best known for his work with ATOMIC ROOSTER where he was lead singer on their Hit Singles “Tomorrow Night” and “Devils Answer” (which he wrote) As a prolific songwriter and respected guitar
- BULLET and HARD STUFF He also had a solo UK Hit Single in 1979 with “Don’t Be a Dummy”
This is an extract from Simon Wells’ new book on the historic arrest and imprisonment of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger in 1967. “Butterfly On A Wheel” charts the extraordinary timeline of events that ultimately led to two of the Rolling Stones finding themselves behind bars. This act would spark a chain of events that would lead to public outrage, questions in the House of Commons, and the editor of The Times newspaper likening Mick Jagger to a ‘butterfly on a wheel’.
It was 1998, lunchtime, Year 11, The Mount School, Mill Hill. I was in the school toilets. There was no-one else in there. I went into the cubicle and shut the door behind me. A few moments later, I heard the toilet doors swing open. I heard footsteps, and then silence. I don’t think the girl who walked in had realized there was anybody else in there, because the next thing I knew she broke out into song, at the top of her lungs. I must admit, it was a bit surreal.
When Blondie performed "Die Young Stay Pretty" on "Eat To The Beat", I guess they didn't imagine that four decades later they would still be releasing albums capable of making you stop in your tracks.
Harry Levy was born in Cheetham Hill, Manchester in 1926. From an early age, Harry had set his sights on show business. He sang as a cantor in the local synagogue, and by the age of 14 he was appearing on stage as a professional singer and comedian.
There is no doubt the 1960’s were a great time for music, with a number of bands from that time becoming huge influences on musicians today. I was fortunate enough to be around the scene working for the infamous Don Arden and the booking agents Galaxy Entertainments