Monday 29 June 2020

Retrosonic Podcast Lockdown Lowdown Episode 3 with Raymond Gorman from That Petrol Emotion & The Everlasting Yeah

Raymond Gorman - Photographed by Paul Slattery
In the third episode of our Lockdown Lowdown series, we welcome Raymond Gorman, guitarist and vocalist with The Everlasting Yeah and That Petrol Emotion into the virtual Retrosonic Podcast studio. In this thoroughly entertaining episode Raymond talks us through some of his most memorable musical moments from hearing The Beatles for the first time and impressing the girls with his dancing to T-Rex. He explains about various gigs and records that made an impact on him and his guitar playing and there are some candid stories of why he stopped playing piano, why he couldn't get into the legendary Casbah Club and how That Petrol Emotion almost signed to Creation. Along the way we learn about his encounters with Iggy Pop, Kevin Rowland, John Cooper-Clarke, Pete Wylie, Dieter Meyer of Yello, Ian McLagan and of course The Undertones. This hugely enjoyable trip down memory lane is soundtracked by some of Raymond's favourite tunes from The Beatles, Marc Bolan & T-Rex, Taste (featuring Rory Gallagher), Horslips, The Undertones, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Iggy Pop, The Sweet and David Bowie. There's also a pick of some of Raymond's own work with That Petrol Emotion and The Everlasting Yeah along with a rare snippet of his first live performance with John O'Neill. "Self-consciousness is the enemy of good art" - Raymond Gorman

Full Tracklisting:
The Everlasting Yeah "A Little Bit of Uh-Huh"
The Beatles "She Loves You"
Marc Bolan & T-Rex "Metal Guru"
David Bowie "Life on Mars?"
Horslips "Furniture"
Taste (feat. Rory Gallagher) "Same Old Story"
The Undertones "True Confessions"
The Undertones "You're Welcome"
Raymond Gorman & John O'Neill "Pale Blue Eyes" (live)
That Petrol Emotion "Keen"
That Petrol Emotion "Lifeblood"
That Petrol Emotion "Abandon" (Boys Own Remix)
That Petrol Emotion "Sweet Shiver Burn"
That Petrol Emotion "Heartbeat Mosaic"
Iggy Pop & James Williamson "Kill City"
Dexy's Midnight Runners "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green"
Marc Bolan & T-Rex "20th Century Boy"
The Sweet "Ballroom Blitz"
The Everlasting Yeah "New Beat On Shakin' Street"
The Everlasting Yeah "The Grind"

Here's a Playlist that Raymond compiled for us featuring some more of his recommended records.

Television "See No Evil"
Roxy Music "Beauty Queen"
Stevie Wonder "Maybe Your Baby"
New York Dolls "Jet Boy"
Love "Maybe The People Would Be The Times..."
Bryan Ferry "Love Me Madly Again"
Buzzcocks "Time's Up"
Bob Dylan "My Own Version Of You"
Low "Congregation"
Free "Oh, I Wept"
New Order "Nothing But a Fool"
Jimi Hendrix Experience "Castles Made of Sand"
Bobby Charles "Small Town Talk" 

Useful Links - Please click on the highlighted links below for further information:

The Everlasting Yeah - Official website
Everlasting Yeah/That Petrol Emotion Story - Retrosonic Special with Raymond, Damian O'Neill & Ciaran McLaughlin
The King Alphonso Radio Hour - Raymond's own Podcast
That Petrol Emotion - Facebook Fan's Group
The Undertones - Official website
Rocking Humdingers Club - The Undertones Facebook Fan's Group
Damian O'Neill - Retrosonic Special with Damian on his "Refit Revise Reprise" LP

Podcover photo by Paul Slattery. Subscribe to Retrosonic Podcast for FREE at iTunes or at our Soundcloud site/archive here. This episode can also be downloaded or streamed directly below.

Saturday 20 June 2020

Ms Debbie Sheringham-Boom Reviews Two New Spinout Nuggets Releases from The Hurricanes and Paul Groovy & The Pop Art Experience

Paul Groovy & The Pop Art Experience "He's A Liar"
Ms Debbie Sheringham-Boom, bassist with the fabulous Thee Girl Fridays has a listen to two new releases from our busy friends over at the rapidly expanding Spinout Nuggets label. 

Paul Groovy & The Pop Art Experience "He’s A Liar / You’re Gonna Miss Me" (Single)
"With a musical history spanning no less than four decades, Paul Groovy and his band The Pop Art Experience release their first vinyl offering on Spinout Nuggets with original composition "He’s A Liar". From the get-go, Groovy’s gnarled vocals let you know that he’s in a bit of a tizzy about something, and luckily backing vox Jane Hornet provides a soothing counterbalance. If you like your Garage with the emphasis on Rock a la The Fleshtones, The Miracle Workers, The Stooges and even The Saints then this will be a sure fire hit for you. The flipside is a cover of a ‘60s garage holy grail classic - The 13th Floor Elevators "You’re Gonna Miss Me". It is a brave move to attempt such a monumental tune, but as it is done in their own Pop Art style, it is more of a compliment than a copy and thus sounds, you guessed it. Groovy."

The Hurricanes "Look Out! It's The Hurricanes"
The Hurricanes "Look Out! It’s The Hurricanes" (LP)
"I have been looking forward to hearing this The Hurricanes 2nd LP since last year’s single release on Spinout Nuggets "Look Out!/Shake It", the latter of which was a personal favourite from 2019. Although I admit I hadn't heard their output prior to that, but that’s not always a bad thing. The album opens with the velocity of a souped-up Vespa burnout, and indeed it is aptly named for the first track "Take A Ride Tonight". Shall we take a ride with The Hurricanes? The Hurricanes employ that powerful ‘dun-duh-na dun-duh-na’ guitar sound - the accumulation of many British ‘60s bands such as The Eyes, The Creation and of course The Who, and latterly that of many revivalist bands. Tracks like "Right Down Inside The Blackout" and blazer "Don’t Hold On" evoke a touch of pre-Brit Pop Mod Indie rock reminiscent of the criminally underrated Five Thirty, but theirs is a less frivolous, more mature model thereof. Jones’s wall-of-sound guitar barely lets up throughout the whole album. There is no room for ballads here. Stand out tracks for me are power pop driven "The New Contenders" and the more garage-esque "Look Out!" and "Dancing On The Rubble". Why? Distortion, fuzz guitar, and the addition of a keyboard adds an extra layer of sound synonymous with that of their influences; and in this case it is a triumph. Loud Garage Mod. Does what it says on the tin." - Thanks to Debbie, don't forget you can check out Thee Girl Fridays here and grab their brilliant 7" vinyl EP "The Love Witch", also released by Spinout Nuggets, directly from the label here.

You can hear the new single from Paul Groovy & The Pop Art Experience and a song from "Look Out! It's The Hurricanes" in our brand new Retrosonic Podcast Episode 39. Check it out here...

Retrosonic Podcast Episode 39: Be Seeing You - with The Clash, The Courettes, Jetstream Pony, The Prisoners, Fleur, Eight Rounds Rapid and more!

Podcover Star: Flavia Couri/Photo by Martin Couri
Welcome to Episode 39 of Retrosonic Podcast and you can probably tell that we've been watching a lot of TV during the lockdown as there are some musical montages inspired by two of our favourite shows (the original) Star Trek and The Prisoner. So, we have tracks by The Clash, Ron Grainer, The Vapors, The Prisoners, SpizzEnergi, The Times, The Galileo 7, The Wedding Present and William Shatner, yes indeed, Captain Kirk singing The Cramps no less...seriously! Then there's a round-up of some fantastic new releases from Damaged Goods Records with the new single from The Courettes, Bickerton Records give us some superb Dutch Ye-Ye from Fleur and also The Colour Collection and then our busy friends at Spinout Nuggets have yet more great stuff out now from Paul Groovy & The Pop Art Experience and The Hurricanes. The Plastic Pals provide their cinematic new single, there's a track from the excellent debut Jetstream Pony LP and a blistering unreleased taster from the forthcoming album by Eight Rounds Rapid. My original Podcast colleague Adam is back with Sam, the singer/guitarist of his old band The Jetsonics, in a new duo called Keller Machine and there's a track from the first of three EP's by The Cult Figures. Then there's some rip-roaring Punk Rock from The Anabollic Steroids and one of Sweden's first Punk bands, GLO. I hope you enjoy this episode, if you are interested in finding out more information on the bands/artists/record labels or would like to buy any of their music, then please click on the highlighted links below to take you directly to their web-sites. Thanks to all the featured bands and you for listening, be seeing you!

Full Tracklisting:
Ron Grainer "The Prisoner opening sequence"
The Clash "The Prisoner" (Studio version)
The Prisoners "Be On Your Way"
The Vapors "Prisoners" 
The Times "I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape"
The Clash "The Prisoner" (Live version from the Rude Boy movie)
SpizzEnergi "Where's Captain Kirk"
The Galileo 7 "Too Late"
William Shatner "Garbageman"
Jetstream Pony "The Very Eyes of Night"
The Cult Figures "Under The Overground"
Fleur "Petit Homme de Papier"
Eight Rounds Rapid "Passive Aggressive"
The Hurricanes "Baby Move On"
The Courettes "Want You! Like a Cigarette"
Keller Machine "Mystery Bag"
Anabollic Steroids "Abnormal"
GLO "Bajs!"
The Plastic Pals "Hangin' In The Louvre"
The Colour Collection "Ne Decide Pas Pour Moi"

Podcover Star: Flavia Couri, Photo by Martin Couri (The Courettes). Ms Debbie Sheringham-Boom from the fabulous Thee Girl Fridays has reviewed the latest Spinout Nuggets releases featured in this episode - you can check out her feature here. Retrosonic Podcast has a valid PRS Licence. You can listen/download/stream directly below or via our main Retrosonic archive on Soundcloud or subscribe for free on iTunes so you don't miss an episode!

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Retrosonic Podcast Lockdown Lowdown Episode 2 with Leigh Heggarty from Ruts DC

Leigh Heggarty at The 100 Club - Photo by Terry Heggarty
In the second episode of our Lockdown Lowdown series, we welcome Ruts DC guitarist Leigh Heggarty into the virtual Retrosonic Podcast studio. Leigh talks us through some of his most memorable musical moments from hearing The Beatles for the first time to gigs and records that made an impact on him and his guitar playing, right through to the present day touring and recording with Ruts DC. Along the way we learn about his encounters with Henry Rollins, Wayne Kramer, The Stranglers, Alvin Gibbs, Wilko Johnson and of course Paul Fox, Segs and Dave Ruffy of The Ruts/Ruts DC. There's also a look back on the now legendary but hugely emotional benefit show for Paul Fox, his last with The Ruts, which featured Henry Rollins on lead vocals and many special guests including The Damned, Misty In Roots, U.K. Subs, Tom Robinson and many more. This hugely enjoyable trip down memory lane is soundtracked by some of Leigh's favourite tunes from The Beatles, Marc Bolan & T-Rex, The Who, Rory Gallagher, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. Feelgood, The Stranglers and The Flamin' Groovies and of course The Ruts. There's also a pick of Leigh's own work with The Price, Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants and of course, Ruts DC.

Full Tracklisting:
Ruts DC "Music Must Destroy"
The Beatles "Ticket To Ride"
Marc Bolan & T-Rex "Metal Guru"
The Who "I Can See For Miles"
Rory Gallagher "Tatoo'd Lady"
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band "Candy's Room"
Dr. Feelgood "Roxette"
The Who "Won't Get Fooled Again"
The Price "So What About Love"
The Ruts "West One (Shine On Me)"
Ruts DC "Mirror Smashed"
Ruts DC "Psychic Attack"
The Stranglers "Hanging Around"
Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants "Ghost Train"
The Flamin' Groovies "Shake Some Action"

Ruts DC are keeping busy during the lockdown, broadcasting regular Ruts TV episodes, details of which can be found at their official Facebook page here. They are now taking orders for a new live album "40 Years of The Crack" recorded throughout the 2019 "Crack 40" tour and expertly mixed in the USA by Lee Groves. This very limited edition release will be available with unique double gatefold packaging containing two beautiful clear vinyl platters from 5th June 2020. Each gatefold sleeve will be lovingly signed by Segs, Ruffy and Leigh and will include a full download code sent to you personally on the morning of release while you await delivery of your package. You can order the album and keep up to date on all Ruts related news at their official web-site here. As discussed in the episode, you can also check out Leigh's excellent Blog/Tour Diary "Leigh's Mad World of Guitars" here. Info on Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedients Servants releases can be found at the Time & Matter web-site here and you can check out our features on the band in our Blog archive too.

Podcover photo by Terry Heggarty. Subscribe to Retrosonic Podcast for FREE at iTunes or at our Soundcloud site/archive here. This episode can also be downloaded or streamed below.

Wednesday 3 June 2020

Retrosonic Podcast Lockdown Lowdown Episode 1 with Brett "Buddy" Ascott from The Chords & The Fallen Leaves

Photo by Retro Man Blog
Brett "Buddy" Ascott, drummer with The Chords and The Fallen Leaves (and many more besides...) is our first special guest in a new series of Retrosonic Podcasts entitled "Lockdown Lowdown". Buddy tells us of his earliest musical awakenings, the first record he ever bought, his first gig and what event changed him from innocent fan of Pop music to the dark side of Rock & Roll. Along the way we hear who inspired him to pick up the drumsticks, some of his own memorable experiences as a musician and the favourite tracks from his own recordings. Buddy tells us of his favourite albums and singles and most treasured item of music related memorabilia. The episode is soundtracked by songs by David Bowie, The Kinks, Sex Pistols, The Who, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Undertones, That Petrol Emotion, The Auteurs, Dodgy, Lightning Seeds, The Thrills, Arcade Fire, The Clash and of course The Chords and his current band, The Fallen Leaves.

Full Track-Listing:
David Bowie "Jean Genie"
The Kinks "Dead End Street"
Sex Pistols "Problems"
The Clash "Garageland"
The Who "Doctor Jimmy"
That Petrol Emotion "Sensitize"
The Thrills "Found My Rosebud"
The Lightning Seeds "Pure"
The Kinks "Days"
The Who "Baby, Don't You Do It" 
The Chords "I'm Not Sure"
The Chords "What Are We Gonna Do Now?"
The Undertones "Get Over You"
The Auteurs "New French Girlfriend"
The Fallen Leaves "So Much More"
Arcade Fire "Modern Man"
Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers "Born To Lose"
Dodgy "In a Room"

You can order The Chords box-set "Re-Chordings 1979-1982" here. For more information on the forthcoming book "Remembering The Chords" by Ray Butler, please check out the link here. Details on how to donate and bid for the signed drum-skin can be found at the Roll Out The Barrel Trust web-site here. The Retrosonic Podcast special featuring the full story of Buddy Ascott's musical journey is still available to download/stream at our Retrosonic Podcast Soundcloud archive here.

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