For the latest episode of our Lockdown Lowdown Podcast series we welcome former bassist with The Adverts, Gaye Black into the virtual Retrosonic studio to discuss her life in Music and Art. In this thoroughly entertaining episode, Gaye takes us on a musical journey from growing up in a small town in north Devon and discovering music for the first time to buying her first record. We then discover what lured her into Rock 'n' Roll and what inspired her to play the bass. There are tales of her experiences of moving to London, being right at the heart of the early Punk Rock explosion and of course her time with The Adverts. This leads onto the bands and the characters she met and toured with along the way such as Iggy Pop, Lemmy and The Damned. We also cover her DJ'ing and the inspirations on her own Art as well as curating Art Exhibitions and working on the artwork for record covers by U.K. Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs. The episode is sound-tracked by Gaye's personal selection of her favourite songs from The Adverts and some of Gaye's most inspirational musical moments including Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, The Stranglers, The Damned, The Beatles, Mayhem, Motorhead, The Phobics, Mayhem, Turbonegro, Cyanide Pills, The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Iggy Pop, The Stooges, A Place To Bury Strangers, U.K. Subs and the Fireball XL5 Theme...! So, crank up the volume, sit back and enjoy!
Track-listing (click on the highlighted band name for further information)
The Beatles "She Loves You"
Don Spencer "Theme From Fireball XL5"
The Rolling Stones "19th Nervous Breakdown"
Black Sabbath "Paranoid"
The Adverts "Gary Gilmore's Eyes"
The Stranglers "Walk On By"
The Adverts "One Chord Wonders"
The Adverts "Bored Teenagers"
The Damned "Neat Neat Neat"
Iggy Pop "Lust For Life"
Iggy Pop "Tonight"
The Adverts "Love Songs"
The Adverts "Great British Mistake"
Mayhem "Freezing Moon"
Turbonegro "Are You Ready (For Some Darkness)"
The Phobics "When You're Dead"
Ramones "Teenage Lobotomy"
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing "Victoria's Secret"
Iggy & The Stooges "Search & Destroy"
Cyanide Pills "Suicide Bomber"
A Place To Bury Strangers "I Know I'll See You"
U.K. Subs "Warhead"
With many thanks to Gaye. For further information on Gaye's Artwork please check out her official Gaye Black Art web-site here. Retrosonic theme tune by Adam Donovan. Podcover photos and artwork by Minna Waring (top left), Retro Man Blog & Gaye Black. You can subscribe to Retrosonic Podcast for free at Soundcloud, Spotify or Apple Podcasts/iTunes.
Correction from Gaye: "I meant the Marquee, not the 100 Club when I was talking about The Stranglers!" (22mins:23secs)