Saturday, 28 February 2009

28th February Show Playlist

Greetings.All the tunes are hand picked and lovingly delivered to a radio station near you.
1) Motorhead & Girlschool - Please don't touch
2) Lita Ford - Kiss me deadly
3) Foo Fighters - Learning to fly
4) Damn Yankees - Pile driver
5) Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
6) Extreme - Hole hearted
7) Black Crowes - Hard to handle
8) Queensryche - Silent Lucidity
9) Rick Springfield - Don't talk to strangers
10) Skid Row - 18 and life
11) Hootie & the Blowfish - I only wanna be with you
12) Jimi Hendrix - The wind cries Mary
13) Muse - Super massive black hole
14) The Darkness - I believe in a thing called love
15) Ratt - Round and round
16) Bob Dylan - Hurricane
17) Metallica - Unforgiven
18) George Thorogood - Bad to the bone
19) Chris Cornell - You know my name
20) Dire Straits - Brothers in arms
21) Ozzy Osbourne - Goodbye to romance
22) Megadeath - No more Mister nice guy
23) Ian Dury & the Blockheads - What a waste
24) Thin Lizzy - Dancing in the moonlight

Saturday, 21 February 2009

A beginners guide to Marillion

One of my all time favourite groups, who despite popular misconception didn't break up after Kayleigh.Their original vocalist Fish left the group in 1988 and was replaced by the blissfully talented Steve Hogarth, who has now made 11 albums with Marillion. Their fan base is fiercely loyal, even financing albums before they're recorded (I'd like to see a Girls Aloud audience do that, or perhaps their parents wouldn't let them).Their line up is Steve Hogarth (aka "h") - vocals and lyrics, additional keyboards, guitars, percussion, Steve Rothery - electric and acoustic guitars, Pete Trewavas - bass guitars, backing vocals, additional guitars, samples and effects, Mark Kelly - keyboards, samples and effects, backing vocals, programming, Ian Mosley - drums, percussion
In concert is where they really shine, having played together for more than 20 years, a consistently tight and melodious sound providing to an intelligent audience who not only wan recent classics but also the new material the band continue to produce. Fashion dictates that we're supposed to be after the next big thing, but time and time again, the next big thing proves they have a maximum of two decent albums in them (step forward Razorlight, the Feeling and Oasis).Like Iron Maiden, Marillion can keep producing fresh music through a fiercely loyal fan base.And they will still be around when today's manufactured trash girl and boy bands are a distant pipe dream.
Here's ten of their best albums

1) Script For A Jesters Tear. The breakthrough.
2) Misplaced Childhood. Features the hits Kayleigh and Lavender. A concept album in the middle of the 1980s.
3) Seasons End. Steve Hogarth's debut with the band. Features the beautiful Easter.
4) Holidays In Eden.Regarded as Marillion's poppiest album. Features Cover my eyes, No one can and Dry land.
5)Brave. Regarded by many as their most adventurous work to date. Features The great escape.
6) Afraid Of Sunlight - Their last album with EMI,features Out of this world, about Donald Campbell. The wreckage of Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 and Campbell's remains were not recovered until May 28,it was 2001 when diver Bill Smith was inspired to look for the wreck after hearing "Out of This World". Both Steve Hogarth and Steve Rothery were present at the raising.
7) - Showed the way ahead that recording and promoting new material is possible without the support of a major record label.
8) Marbles - Pre-financed by the fans and easily my favourite of all their albums.Features Fantastic place, You're gone (a UK top ten hit) The invisible man and the sublime Neverland.
9) Somewhere else.The groups first top 30 hit album for 10 years.Check out Faith.
10) Happiness is the road. Released October 2008, standout tracks for me are the title track, Whatever is wrong with you, This train is my life and Dreamy street.

All of their current material is available via
I had the privilege of interviewing them last year at the Cambridge Rock Festival. Not only are they very talented men, they're all very nice men. I was introducing an alternative stage at the festival, and to show their support for new music, Mark and Steve came down and introduced a new all girl rock band called Joanovarc
I have footage of Mark and Steve cramming into my little Ford KA to get across the festival site. This will never be posted.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Soft Rock Classics Show playlist 21st February 2009

This weeks award winning musical choices look like this
1) Gary Moore - Over the hills and far away
2) Ozzy Osbourne - Flying high again
3) ACDC - Back in black
4) Asia - Heat of the moment
5) Van Morrison - Cleaning windows
6) Men At Work - Who can it be now?
7) The Scorpions - No one like you
8) Bob Seger - Even now
9) The Killers - Spaceman
10) Kiss - Beth
11) Journey - Open arms
12) Bruce Hornsby - Mandolin rain
13) Bon Jovi - In and out of love
14) Lynyrd Skynryd - Freebird
15) Marillion - Script for a jesters tear
16) Jethro Tull - Aqualung
17) Cinderella - Don't know what you've got 'till it's gone
18) Bad English - When I see you smile
19) Iron Maiden - Hallowed be thine name
20) Alice Cooper - Schools out

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Soft Rock Classics Show 14th February 2009

Hello my luvvers, here's this weeks attempt to entertain the world
1)Motley Crue - Smoking in the boys room
2)Quireboys - Hey you
3)Aerosmith - Dream on
4)Rolling Stones - Paint it black
5)Bob Dylan - Rainy day women # 12 & 35
6)Buffalo Springfield - For what it's worth
7)The Beatles - Got to get you into my life
8)John Martyn - May you never
9)Lenny Kravitz - Let love rule
10)Alice Cooper - Welcome to my nightmare
11)Papa Roach - Last resort
12)UFO - Doctor doctor
13)Deep Purple - Black night
The second half of this weeks programme features an in depth interview with Graham Bonnet, former lead singer with The Marbles, Rainbow, The Michael Schenker Group and Alcatraz
14)The Marbles - Only one woman
15)Electric Light Orchestra - Turn to stone
16)Graham Bonnet - It's all over now baby blue
17)Rainbow - All night long
18)Rainbow - Eyes of the world
19)Alcatraz - Hiroshima Mon Amour
20)Graham Bonnet - Night Games
21)Rainbow - Since you've been gone

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Soft Rock Classics Show Led Zep Too

The majority of this weeks show consists mainly of a live performance by Led Zep Too, the best Led Zeppelin tribute act. Below are a selection of albums from the original band.