Friday 28 July 2023

Retrosonic Podcast with Music Photographer Paul Slattery - Part 2 with Link Wray, The Yardbirds, The Byrds, Stevie Wonder, The Grateful Dead, The Others, Tim Staffell and Paul Stewart

In part 2 of our chat with legendary music photographer Paul Slattery we cover what it was like growing up in West London in the mid-60's during the heyday of the British Beat and R'n'B scenes of Twickenham, Richmond and Ealing. We talk about the Eel Pie Island museum, the much-missed local venues and of seeing a young Stevie Wonder in concert in nearby Sudbury in 1966. There's the impact of his schoolmates The Others and their one and only single released by Fontana "Oh Yeah!" and he updates us on their reunion shows and current musical projects. Paul pays tribute to Jeff Beck and David Crosby and discusses the first stirrings of Psychedelia. Then we get to hear about how he got to know and photograph his musical hero Link Wray and finally, he discusses the use of his photos in the impressive new Grammy award winning box-set from the Grateful Dead. You can subscribe to Retrosonic Podcast for free at Spotify, Amazon Music, iTunes, Apple Podcasts or direct from our SoundCloud site below:


The Yardbirds "Shapes of Things" 

Paul's original 1966 US copy of "Shapes of Things"

The Byrds "Eight Miles High"

The Others "Oh Yeah!"

 "The Others, Geoff Coxon, Paul Stewart and Tim Staffell playing at the Crawdaddy Club, Richmond  March 2022." Click here for Paul's report and feature on The Others reunion shows.

Tim Staffell & Paul Stewart "Wrong Place Wrong Time"

Stevie Wonder "Uptight"

"Stevie Wonder playing a few songs during our photo session at his Hotel Room in London 1991"

"My original 1965 US copy of "Uptight" thumbprinted by Stevie at the same photo session. he just sang the song right there in front of me there and then and I was transported back to '65".

Link Wray "Rumble"

Link Wray "Beans & Fatback/I'm So Glad"

"The great Link Wray, Soho, London, Spring of 1979."

The Grateful Dead "Cream Puff War"

"My photo of Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead in the booklet accompanying the Grammy award winning CD box set "In and Out of the Garden" with amazing surrealistic artwork by Dave Van Patten."

For more information on Tim Staffell please check out his web-site here. Tim and Paul Stewart also have a Facebook page here. You can also listen/download Part 1 of our special episode with Paul where he talks about his work with Penetration, Sharpers, Subhumans, Joy Division, Empire, The Smiths and Kas Product.

Thanks to Paul, all photos copyright Paul Slattery.

Wednesday 19 July 2023

Retrosonic Podcast Episode 52 "It's Clappin' Time" with The Courettes, Sensation Seekers, Jack Cades, Vannas Kasino, Jim Jones All Stars, Ian Person, The Priscillas, The Masonics and much more...

Cover Star: Elsa of The Jack Cades. Photo by Jeff Pitcher
Welcome to Episode 52 of Retrosonic Podcast, a Brexit-busting selection of 22 superb new International releases from as far afield as America, Denmark, Scotland, Sweden, Canada, England, France and Japan - strictly minimum chat and maximum Rock 'n' Roll! Please support the bands, musicians and artists by clicking on the highlighted links in the tracklisting below for further information and details on how to buy the music featured in this show. So pour yourself a drink, crank up the volume, sit back and be prepared to be blown away! Subscribe for free at Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts or listen/download direct from our SoundCloud site below.

Tracklisting & Links

The Sensation Seekers "It's Clappin' Time"

Ian Kay "Love Wasn't Built In A Year"

The Jack Cades "Chasing You"

Jim Jones All Stars "I Want You (Anyway I Can)"

The Jukeez "Too Late"

Vännäs Kasino "Savage" 

Gatuplan "Kidsen Från Provinsen"

Per Svensson Psychedelic Sounds "Born To Go"

Ian Person "Waltz of Love & War"

Stupidity "Fortune Teller"

Råttanson "My Head Is A Troubled Region"

The Priscillas "Angela"

The Routes "No Good"

French Boutik "Devant Moi"

Popincourt "Love On The Barricades"

Chris Casey "A Bit Better"

The Courettes "Night Time (The Boy of Mine)"

The Jackal IV "Live It"

The Voo-Dooms "Don't Drag Me Down"

The Sleazoids "VHS Death"

The Masonics "Somebody Stole The Heat From My Fire"

The Guy Hamper Trio "All The Poisons In The Mud"

Featured Record Labels

Spinout Nuggets

Damaged Goods


Static Wax

Clouds Hill


Discos Antifaz

Sound Pollution

 Sounds of The Suburbs Record Store, Ruislip

Thanks to all featured bands and record labels. This episode's cover star is Elsa from The Jack Cades, photo by Jeff Pitcher, please check out more of Jeff's excellent photos here. Please subscribe to Retrosonic Podcast at SoundCloud, iTunes/Apple Podcasts or Spotify - all for free - so you don't miss an episode.


Saturday 8 July 2023

Retrosonic Podcast with Music Photographer Paul Slattery on The Smiths, Joy Division, Thee Headcoats, Penetration, KaS Product and more...

Welcome to this special edition of Retrosonic Podcast where we talk to the legendary music photographer Paul Slattery about some of the recent books and records to use some of his iconic pictures. There's Johnny Marr's new book "Marr's Guitars" and Paul pays tribute to The Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke who sadly passed away recently. There's news of Paul's recent meeting with Mona Soyoc from KaS Product in France and their new compilation album. Penetration and Invisible Girls frontwoman Pauline Murray has included some of Paul's photos in her promisong forthcoming autobiography "Life's A Gamble". Then there's the comprehensive Subhumans book "Silence Is No Reaction" by Ian Glasper. The shortlived but influential band Empire featuring Bob Derwood Andrews and Mark Laff of Generation X used Paul's pics for their "Expensive Sound" album which was a favourite of Johnny Marr and John Squire and was an inspiration on Fugazi and the Washington DC Hardcore scene. Damaged Goods Records will reissue Thee Headcoats' classic album "Heavens To Murgatroyd" with new cover photography by Paul. Then we discuss the upcoming Joy Division walking tour and talk in Stockport which coincodes with Paul's book "Joy Division at Strawberry Studios". Paul also picks his favourite Joy Division track which also happens to feature on the most expensive record in his collection. Then Paul discusses his love of the German Electronic and New Wave 'Neue Deutsche Welle' scene and looks back on a special night in Blois in France with The Flamin' Groovies and local Pub Rock heroes Sharpers. Please kindly support the Bands, Artists and Authors by clicking on the highlighted links or images below to find out further information and details on how to buy the books, records and tickets to events discussed in this episode. Thanks! Listen in below...

Tracklisting and Links

Pauline Murray

1. Penetration "Stone Heroes" 

 2. Penetration "Beat Goes On"

Penetration, Pauline, Robert, Neale, Willesden Cavern, 27 March 1978

 Pauline Murray "Life's a Gamble" (Omnibus Press) 

3. KaS Product "Fever Lust"

Kas Product, Spatsz and Mona Soyoc, 18th Arondissement Paris, France 7 August 1982

4. Sharpers "Nobody Knows"

Sharpers, Joe and Simon at Maison de Begon, Blois, France, 17 June 2015

5. Empire "All These Things"

6. The Smiths "Girl Afraid"

Johnny Marr "Marr's Guitars" (Thames & Hudson) 

Paul Slattery "The Smiths: The Early Years" (Omnibus Press)

7. Joy Division "Dead Souls"

Stockport Music Map Walking Tour & Joy Division Talk with Paul Slattery

Paul Slattery "Joy Division at Strawberry Studios" (Legends Publishing) 

8. Fehlfarben "Gott Sei Dank Nicht In England"

9. Subhumans "Terrorist In Waiting"

Subhumans, Dick, Trotsky, Grant, Bruce, Warminster, 1 May 1982

Ian Glasper "Silence Is No Reaction - 40 Years of Subhumans" (PM Press/Earth Island Books)

10. Thee Headcoats "We're Gone" (Damaged Goods Records)

Look out for Part 2 coming soon where Paul discusses some of the early local gigs he attended in 1960's West London by The Yardbirds, The Others and Stevie Wonder, then he pays tribute to David Crosby of the Byrds and Jeff Beck. He talks about his musical hero Link Wray and how he fianlly got to meet and photograph him and explains about his photographic contributions to the new Grammy winning box-set from The Grateful Dead and plays his favourite Dead track. Please support the Artists, Musicians and Authors featured in his episode and if you like what you hear please click the highlighted links and photos above to find out more information and buy the products. All photos copyright Paul Slattery. Don't miss an episode - you can subscribe to Retrosonic Podcast for free at SoundCloud, Spotify or Apple Podcasts/iTunes.