Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Retrosonic Podcast Special Edition with Buddy Ascott of The Chords & The Fallen Leaves & News of His Charity Quest...


Buddy Ascott with Clem Burke from Blondie - Photo copyright Peter Stevens
Legendary drummer Buddy Ascott of The Chords and currently The Fallen Leaves, chats to Retro Man Blog about his life in music in this latest special edition Retrosonic Podcast. From being inspired by The Who's Keith Moon and Quadrophenia and witnessing the early Punk Rock explosion to playing the Roxy. There's encounters with The Undertones, Paul Weller and Jimmy Pursey and of course the story centres around his time with The Chords at the height of the Mod Revival. Buddy also explains about his theory of why drummers are the goalkeepers of Rock 'n' Roll and tells us of his involvement with an intriguing charity event. This honest and amusing account might just change your preconceptions about drummers! The Podcast is sound-tracked with music by some of Buddy's various (and many...) bands including The Chords, The Fallen Leaves, The Rage, The Moment, The Red Away Tops, The Way Out and we have an exclusive track from Speakeasy's forthcoming album. More details of the Roll Out The Barrel "Drummers on top of the O2" charity event - including the chance to bid for the signed bass drum skin as shown in the photos below - can be found here. Photographer Peter Stevens has been on hand to capture Buddy's quest to get this drum skin signed by an impressive list of drumming royalty such as Clem Burke from Blondie, Nick Mason from Pink Floyd, Dylan Howe from the Wilko Johnson band, John Coghlan from Status Quo, Mick Avory from The Kinks and many more...We'll keep you updated as the drum skin gets filled in with more names!

Buddy Ascott with Nick Mason of Pink Floyd - Photo copyright Peter Stevens
Buddy Ascott with Dylan Howe of the Wilko Johnson band - Photo copyright Peter Stevens
Buddy Ascott with Steve White of The Style Council - Photo copyright Peter Stevens
You can listen to or download the Podcast directly from our Retrosonic Podcast Soundcloud link below or subscribe on iTunes or Mixcloud. Buddy will be talking about his experience of playing the 100 Club in the next episode of Retrosonic Podcast so please keep an eye out for the release date.



With thanks to Peter Stevens for the excellent photos, you can check out his web-site with more examples of his superb work here. All photos copyright Peter Stevens.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Stranglers & Ruts DC at Guildford G-Live March 21st 2017 with Photos by Derek D'Souza

The Stranglers - Photographed at Guildford G-Live by Derek D'Souza
The Stranglers story started here in Guildford, indeed there was a far from subtle clue in their original choice of name – The Guildford Stranglers. Thankfully they ditched the prefix pretty quickly, I mean it doesn’t quite have the same Rock’n’Roll ring to it as say, The New York Dolls or Hanoi Rocks does it? It’s hard to believe that this green and pleasant area of Surrey could spawn a band that would become arguably one of the most challenging, violent and unpredictable bands of all their so-called Punk peers. The typically English picture postcard idyll of Chiddingfold, Bramley Village Hall and the Scout Hut in Shalford sound more like locations from an episode of Midsomer Murders rather than important landmarks in The Stranglers story. But just like a plot from the unlikely crime series there was something dark lurking beneath the veneer of suburban commuter belt respectability. But the inner cities don’t have it all and probably Paul Weller’s line “I know I come from Woking and you say I’m a fraud” came the closet, not just geographically (Woking is less than 10 miles away from Guildford) but also philosophically to prove that the "uncool" suburbs can also be a hotbed of seething, righteous anger and creativity.

JJ Burnel of The Stranglers - Photographed at Guildford G-Live by Derek D'Souza
The Stranglers played their first ever gig in Guildford and were initially buoyed by Jet Black’s local ice cream and off-licence businesses but the band seem to have maintained a rather ambivalent attitude to the town over the years. After all none of the members were born there and tonight there’s none of the usual trappings of a “hometown” gig as such. Indeed during the early years tensions seemed to be fraught between the band and the town and somewhat ironically, tonight's venue, the G-Live was built on the site of the old Civic Hall from which The Stranglers were once banned by the local council. Just down the road from here nearly 40 years ago, The Stranglers walked off stage half way through a gig being filmed for the BBC's "Rock Goes To College" with the parting shot "Guildford University never represented Guildford, we hate playing to elitist audiences so f**k off!" Unsurprisingly, the BBC never televised the show. Luckily nowadays there’s no such animosity between The Stranglers, the town and its local audience and the band are playing to a loyal and enthusiastic crowd where elitism couldn’t be further from anyone’s mind.

The Stranglers - Photographed at Guildford G-Live by Derek D'Souza
There’s nothing quite like that sense of anticipation when the lights go down and the familiar strains of the "Waltzinblack" intro boom out of the PA system. I still get shivers up and down my spine even now. The band takes the stage and they launch straight into "The Raven" which is the perfect opening number with its lengthy, pulsating intro. After last year’s stunning “Black And White” tour tonight, the emphasis is back on the "Greatest Hits". There is a twist though in that we don’t get "Duchess" or "Nuclear Device" but instead we do get "Who Wants The World" and "Bear Cage". These two tracks always seemed to be hiding under the considerable shadows of the band’s more commercially successful singles but tonight both sound unbelievable, particularly “Who Wants The World” which is transformed into a massive terrace chant with it’s slamming singalong chorus. Anyway, with such a huge back catalogue they are always going to miss out a few of your favourites but the one and a half hour show is packed with enough of the old familiar crowd pleasers to keep everyone happy. "(Get a) Grip (On Yourself)", "Nice ‘n’ Sleazy", "Peaches", "Hanging Around" and "Something Better Change" all sounding as fresh and vital as ever. There’s also the occasional album track thrown into the mix, “Never To Look Back” proves that despite “10’s” weak and dated production and its somewhat pedestrian cover versions, there were a few moments of sheer class to be found on the album. From the debut we get “Sometimes” and from the latest album “Giants” we get “Freedom Is Insane” and “15 Steps” which highlights Baz’s excellent guitar work.

Baz Warne of The Stranglers - Photographed at Guildford G-Live by Derek D'Souza
Baz certainly relishes his role and he’s got the balance just right - he can croon “Golden Brown” in his impressive baritone but also exudes that necessary Stranglers menace. He has a great rapport, not only with his band-mates, but also with the fans. I was reading some comments on Facebook after one recent show and someone mentioned that they thought Baz had 'saved' The Stranglers. You know, I think they might have a point in a way, he definitely re-energised and enthused both the band and many of those fans disillusioned with Hugh's departure and the Paul Roberts era. The band certainly look like they are enjoying themselves, at no point do you get the feeling that they are going through the motions despite JJ and Dave performing with the band for over 40 years. JJ has hardly changed over the years and his bass still sounds like a Triumph Bonneville revving up. He makes eye contact with members of the crowd, acknowledging some familiar faces with a grin here and a wink there and tries to upstage the serious tone of “Golden Brown” with some neat ballet pirouettes behind Baz’s back. Dave Greenfield takes a swig of drink while playing one of his trademark keyboard runs one-handed and takes over the lead vocals on “Genetix”. Now this track does your head in just listening to it on record so I’m not sure how they can play it live. With its weird time signatures it’s not exactly what you would call a dance number, well unless you’ve had a few pints and “have your feet the wrong way round” as Graham Day once sang. Although he is still considered part of the band Jet no longer performs live due to health issues and has been replaced full-time by the excellent drummer Jim MacAulay, who even resembles a young Jet! It’s a shame that Jet can’t make an appearance tonight here in the town were he somehow assembled the band from such an unlikely and disparate bunch of people. I bet during those early rehearsals in the Shalford Scout Hut they would never have imagined some 40 years later that they'd still be playing to sold out venues all over the world. So, thank you Guildford!

Segs of Ruts DC - Photographed at Guildford G-Live by Derek D'Souza
You certainly get value for money when you go to see The Stranglers - as support they have had acts of the calibre of Wilko Johnson and The Alarm and on this tour Ruts DC have been invited along to open the shows. Ruts DC, just like The Stranglers, are still producing superb new music and are riding high on a wave of positivity with the release of their excellent new album "Music Must Destroy". Following the "Rhythm Collison Vol. 2" Reggae and Dub orientated collaboration, the new album sees them stripped back to a more guitar based 'Rock' sound. The band have also pared down accordingly to a three-piece featuring the original Ruts rhythm section of bassist Segs Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy with Leigh Heggarty on guitar. Such is the strength of the new material that it comprises a large chunk of the night's well received set, "Kill The Pain" has a soaring memorable chorus and "Psychic Attack" is an absolute belter, spitting vitriol with a blistering energy that belies the band's age. You can hear what I mean in Episode 24 of our Retrosonic Podcast. Segs is looking dapper in his suit and trilby, he shows us a bright blue plaster on his finger and jokes "I’m struggling, me and JJ had a bit of a fight backstage but I think I got off quite lightly". It didn’t affect his bass playing noticeably! He handles most of the vocals and has a suitably gruff voice which is ideal when you think back to Malcolm Owen's trademark growl.

Dave Ruffy of Ruts DC - Photographed at Guildford G-Live by Retro Man Blog
Talking of gruff vocals, on the album itself Henry Rollins provides the backing vocals on the title track "Music Must Destroy", it's a slower paced yet heavy number which played tonight is another stand-out. The quality of the new songs and the fact that they are much rawer means that they fit in seamlessly alongside the familiar classics such as "In A Rut", "Staring at the Rude Boys" and "West One (Shine on Me)". Segs and Ruffy have sometimes been labelled the "Sly & Robbie of Punk", they even appeared in the BBC's "Story of Reggae" documentary. Tonight "Mighty Soldier" and a peerless "Jah War" remind us that they always had an instinctive love and grasp of Reggae that informed, but never overpowered The Ruts sound. It's a treat to watch Dave Ruffy drumming on these tracks. Of course we are treated to "Babylon’s Burning" and they even manage to squeeze in the manic two minute blast of "Society" before leaving the stage to warm and rowdy applause. You can check out some photos and see our feature on the now legendary Paul Fox benefit show at the Islington Academy back in 2007 here. The gig was sadly one of Paul's last ever live appearances with the band and featured some impressive special guests including Henry Rollins, The Damned, TV Smith, UK Subs, Misty In Roots and many more. Leigh Heggarty writes a humorous Blog about his exploits as a touring musician called "Leigh's Mad World of Guitars" and its well worth checking out.

Leigh Heggarty of Ruts DC - Photographed at Guildford G-Live by Derek D'Souza
Thanks to Derek D’Souza for the excellent photographs, you can check out more of Derek’s portfolio at his blinkandyoumissit web-site. Derek spoke to us about his new book on The Jam, "In Echoed Steps: The Jam and a Vision of The Albion" in our latest Retrosonic Podcast. You can listen to or download the episode below or subscribe for free on iTunes or Mixcloud. You can read more about the band’s Guildford connections in Malcolm Wyatt’s interview with JJ in his superb Write Wyatt Blog here and check out more photos of the gig at the Retro Man Blog Facebook page here. For our feature on The Stranglers "Black And White" at Brixton Academy and Reading Hexagon last year please check the Retro Man Blog archive here.




Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Fallen Leaves: Paul Slattery Photos from the New Album Launch Party at The Hope & Anchor with The Killer B's & The Nu Vandals

The Fallen Leaves at The Hope & Anchor photographed by Paul Slattery
Hot on the desert-booted heels of their "Best of" compilation "Punk Rock For Gentlemen", The Fallen Leaves have just released an album of all new material entitled "What We've All Been Waiting For" on their own Parliament Records. The band put on an excellent launch party as part of their residency at the legendary Hope & Anchor venue in Islington where copies of the album were on sale for the first time. It's on CD only for now and if we get any news of a vinyl release of course we will let you know. Some of the new songs have featured in the band's set over the past couple of years now and have become firm favourites alongside all those much-loved classics. New titles including "Motorcycle Girl", "All That Glitters", "Lavender Girl" and "Prodigal Son" are particularly impressive. We've played exclusive pre-release versions of a couple of the new songs in various episodes of Retrosonic Podcast and you can hear the brilliant "Funny World" in our latest Episode 26 here. The band had just got back from a mini-tour of the UK, taking in Manchester and another Marc Riley session and gigs in Glasgow and Middlesbrough and tonight they were on top form. Vocalist Rob Green pulls out all the stops and props - the cool shades, the flask of tea, the maracas, the blowing of smoke rings and even gunning down the crowd with a walking stick! Bassist Matthew Karas looks cool with his cravat and velvet smoking jacket, a bemused Cheshire Cat grin playing on his lips. Rob Symmons' assault on his guitar is still one of the most exciting visual treats you will see at any gig and Buddy Ascott's mightily impressive drumming once again proving that there's much more to these "Simple songs for complex people". Here's some great photographs from Paul Slattery...

The Fallen Leaves at The Hope & Anchor photographed by Paul Slattery
Rob Green of The Fallen Leaves at The Hope & Anchor photographed by Paul Slattery
Rob Symmons of The Fallen Leaves at The Hope & Anchor photographed by Paul Slattery
Buddy Ascott of The Fallen Leaves at The Hope & Anchor photographed by Paul Slattery
Matthew Karas of The Fallen Leaves at The Hope & Anchor photographed by Paul Slattery
The night started off with some down and dirty good time Rock 'n' Roll from The Nu Vandals which certainly put a smile on everyone's faces. A Punky cover of "The Harder They Come" was ambitious but they pulled it off thanks to some great drumming from Richard Grealish and impressive sax work from Natalie Lane. Vocals are shared between guitarist Alan Blizzard, who oozes Keith Richards style and imposing bassist Dale Senior who looks like he's stepped out of a Martin Scorsese movie. In fact the band do bring a touch of that New York Johnny Thunders Lower East Side Manhattan to Islington. One of my favourite songs was the short, sharp Ramones tribute "Ask Me No Questions" but "Feeling Good About Feeling Bad", "Have You Seen My Mama" & "My City" are all great tracks and I would thoroughly recommend catching The Nu Vandals play as soon as you can.

The Nu Vandals photographed by Paul Slattery
The Nu Vandals photographed by Paul Slattery
Next up it was the welcome return of The Killer B's who's raw, hypnotic R'n'B really went down well on the night. There's a slightly off-kilter twist to their take on the Blues to keep things interesting particularly on "You Don't Bug Me". It was when Chris Thompson started off that stuttering, scratchy Wilko Johnson style guitar on the superb "Unforgiven" that it reminded me of his old band The Screaming Blue Messiahs. I knew bassist Ricky McGuire had been in The Men They Couldn't Hang and I just found out he had also been in the early 80's Punk band The Fits, if I'd have known that I would have taken along my old "Last Laugh E.P." for him to sign...! He's a great bass player and both him and his rhythm section colleague, the dapper and laid back drummer David Morgan Mathias, keep things effortlessly in check. They don't play any songs at all from their only album "Love Is a Cadillac Death Is a Ford" so I'm hoping they will get round to recording some of this excellent new material very soon and not forgetting getting out there and playing some more gigs too.

The Killer B's photographed by Paul Slattery
The Killer B's photographed by Paul Slattery
The Killer B's photographed by Paul Slattery
The Killer B's photographed by Paul Slattery
Thanks to Paul Slattery for the excellent photos (copyright Paul Slattery 2017). Paul started off taking early photos of his heroes Dr. Feelgood and Link Wray and was inspired by Lemmy of Motorhead to dive head first into the music world. Over the years he's produced iconic shots of The Flamin' Groovies, Ramones, The Clash, The Fall, Joy Division, Manic Street Preachers, The Stone Roses and many more besides. Paul has had two books published "The Smiths: The Early Years" and "Oasis: A Year On The Road" which are available from Amazon. For more photos of the album launch party please head on over to the Retro Man Blog Facebook page and hit "Like" to sign-up and check out the exclusive photo albums. You can see some videos of all three bands filmed on the night too at our Retro Man Blog YouTube channel here. You can order copies of The Fallen Leaves new album  "What We've All Been Waiting For" from band's web-site here and don't forget our very special Fallen Leaves Podcasts where the two Robs talk us through their fascinating history and play a pick of some of their influences and favourite Fallen Leaves songs along the way. Episode 1 is here...




Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Jam - New Book "In Echoed Steps: The Jam and a Vision of The Albion" by Derek D'Souza, Paul Skellett & Simon Wells

The Jam photographed at Chiswick House by Derek D'Souza
"In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of The Albion" revisits Britain in the early 1980s through the words and pictures of The Jam. Using Derek D’Souza’s estate of rare and largely unpublished photographs, designed by Paul Skellett and written by Simon Wells this 12" square book will sit nicely inside a hard slip case and can be stored alongside your vinyl (or book) collection. Deluxe editions of the book come with exclusive prints, each photograph measuring 11×11 inches is printed using the revolutionary high definition LumeJet print system. The five curated images in each folio feature an embossed watermark of authentication, and they are presented in a uniquely designed commemorative LP album slipcase. Each folio comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by Derek, Paul and Simon and the sets are numbered 1-150. Photographer Derek D'Souza spoke to us about the book and his work with The Jam in our latest episode of Retrosonic Podcast which you can listen to or download below from our Soundcloud site or subscribe at iTunes or Mixcloud.



By 1981, The Jam was undoubtedly Britain’s most popular band. With a string of top ten singles and albums and a fan base that was measured in the hundreds of thousands, the loyalty shown to them by their fans was akin to what the previous generation had bestowed on The Beatles. Nonetheless, the group’s lead singer and writer Paul Weller, was not in a hurry to sit back on his laurels. A sharp observer of the inequalities of life, through his songs he’d noted the appalling and dire state of Britain in the early 1980s. Weller’s observations, told of a nation depressed and despondent – the opportunities for the young seemingly ring-fenced to a select few. Hailing from a working-class background, he’d escaped the predictability of a mundane existence and had followed his dream – and yet he never left the world he came from behind. Despite the dismal and unforgiving landscape, the poet within Weller was receptive to the beauty within the country he evidently loved.


In the early 1980s, he’d read and adored Geoffrey Ashe’s extraordinary book, “Camelot and a Vision of The Albion”. Ashe’s book looked at how King Arthur’s wondrous and magical template for Britain – loaded with truth, honesty and integrity – was being eroded. The ever inventive and receptive Weller saw a parallel with Arthur’s quest of embodying chivalry and integrity, qualities patently missing from the Britain of the early 1980s. Weller’s lyrics on The Jam’s Sound Affects album echoed heavily with his observations. With tracks such as “Set The House Ablaze” and “Man In The Corner Shop” Weller’s writing was elevated to a new level. Soon after would come “Absolute Beginners”, “Tales From The Riverbank” and “Funeral Pyre” – remarkable and precise dispatches from a broken Britain at street level. In 1981, few were expressing the decaying state of Britain – not least the pitiful organs of the mainstream press.

The Jam photographed at Chiswick House by Derek D'Souza
As a result, it was left to the likes of the NME & Morning Star to voice the disquiet. But it was the fanzine writers and artists who depicted better than anyone what was really going on in the country. Naturally, Weller was in tune with this mood of dissent, and he had established Riot Stories a small publishing outfit that would give voice to the many who shared his viewpoint. While The Jam weren’t the only band really communicating the disquiet, they were clearly the most outspoken group to occupy the top end of the charts, and their clarity of truth swept up legions of fans across the nation. On the group’s frequent concert tours of the UK, Weller took a sharp view of the landscape of Britain – especially beyond Watford where the so called beautiful South dissolved into the monochrome of the neglected and largely abandoned North of England.


What he, and many others witnessed, was a truly broken and divided country. While the ruling classes put on a grubby show of decadence and unbridled wealth, the reality of over 3 million unemployed back-dropped by a diminishing industrial landscape, was a more than apparent nightmare for many. “In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of The Albion” revisits Britain in the early 1980s through the words and pictures of The Jam. Using Derek D’Souza’s estate of rare and largely unpublished photographs, it’s a remarkable journey back to a remarkable time.

Paul Weller photographed at Chiswick House by Derek D'Souza
Please check out the various options available at the Pledgemusic site here and for regular updates and news on the book then please check out the Facebook page here. Words from "In Echoed Steps" publicity. All photos copyright Derek D'Souza, you can check out more of Derek's excellent portfolio of photography at his Blinkandyoumissit web-site here and don't forget our Podcast with Derek!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Graham Day & The Forefathers + The Len Price 3: Paul Slattery photos from the Medway Weekender at The 100 Club

Graham Day & The Forefathers photographed by Paul Slattery
The Medway Weekender at the 100 Club saw some of the now legendary area's biggest names performing over three nights. Friday saw the return of The Claim with a special guest appearance by Jim Riley from Wipeout (and now head of Ranscombe Studios) along with ex-Dentists guitarist Bob Collins and his new band The Full Nelson. Also on the bill were Theatre Royal who will be releasing a new album "...and Then It Fell Out of My Head" on March 31st. Unfortunately we couldn't make the Friday but we were there on the Saturday to witness Graham Day & The Forefathers and The Len Price 3. The Forefathers played a slightly different set to usual, after all they do have an absolutely huge back catalogue of classics to pick from. They kicked off with The Prime Movers scathing "Good Things" and took in early Prisoners tracks such as "Don't Call My Name" and "Till The Morning Light" as well as lots of classics such as "Reaching My Head", "Melanie" and "Whenever I'm Gone" along with a couple of Gaolers tracks and of course a heavy dose of The Solarflares including "Sucking Out My Insides", "You Want Blood" and "Can't Get You Out of My Mind". They threw in the (recently) rarely played "I Just Wanna Be Bad" a cover of Fire's Freakbeat classic "Father's Name Is Dad" and "I Drink The Ocean" which morphed into "Hush". They ended the set with a raucous run through of the Ramones "Glad To See You Go" and left a very satisfied audience baying for more. 

Graham Day & The Forefathers photographed by Paul Slattery
Graham Day & The Forefathers photographed by Paul Slattery
Graham Day & The Forefathers photographed by Paul Slattery
Before that, The Len Price 3 opened proceedings to a nicely packed club and played a great selection of tracks that took in oldies including "Dorolia" and "Lai Ha Lam" as well as some of their singalong classics like "Rentacrowd", "Billy Mason" and "Pictures". They also treated us to a couple of really promising new songs entitled "Ride On Coat Tails" and "Man In The Woods" which will hopefully appear on the band's forthcoming fifth album. This will be the follow up to the critically acclaimed "Nobody Knows", which they are currently mixing and preparing for mastering for a vinyl release. Of course we will keep you updated on news of the official release date as soon as we have it and even better, we may have an exclusive new track or two to play on Retrosonic Podcast

The Len Price 3 photographed by Paul Slattery
The Len Price 3 photographed by Paul Slattery
The Len Price 3 photographed by Paul Slattery
Thanks to Paul Slattery for the excellent photographs, all pics copyright Paul Slattery 2017. For more photos of the Saturday and Sunday night, which featured Russ Wilkins (from The Milkshakes and more...) and The Mindreaders, The Galileo 7 and The Masonics - please visit the Retro Man Blog Facebook page, hit "like" if you are not already following, and check out our Photo Albums.

The Len Price 3 photographed by Paul Slattery

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Retrosonic Podcast Episode 26: "You Sing Badly, But No One Cares, You Are Elvis"


Welcome to Episode 26 of Retrosonic Podcast. Steve from Retro Man Blog and rock photographer Paul Slattery with the usual eclectic mix of Psych, Punk, Power Pop, Mod, Indie and well...just good old fashioned Rock 'n' Roll. Plus waffle and chat about Paul's forthcoming photo book on The Skids and working with Mark E Smith and The Fall. There's music and reports on recent gigs with Michael Head, The Fall, The Blue Aeroplanes and lots of brand new releases including The Past Tense, The Fallen Leaves, John Hoyles, French Boutik, TV Eye and an EXCLUSIVE track from 5 Billion In Diamonds - an amazing collaboration featuring Garbage drummer and 'Nevermind' producer Butch Vig, James Grillo, Andy Spaceland, Ebbot Lundberg, Damian O'Neill and various members of Spiritualized, Massive Attack and others! There's oldies from Shack, The Bit 'A Sweet, Johnny Thunders, Tours and Manufactured Romance...Enjoy! 



The Bit 'A Sweet "Out of Sight Out of Mind" 1967 MGM Single.


The Blue Aeroplanes "Elvis Festival" taken from the new album "Welcome, Stranger!" Review of the Islington Academy gig on January 21st can be found in the Blog archive here.


French Boutik "Le Casse" taken from the current album "Front Pop". Review of the Retro Man Blog Night featuring Paul Slattery photographs of French Boutik can be found here.

French Boutik photographed by Paul Slattery
Five Billion In Diamonds "Broken Wing" exclusive track featuring Ebbot Lundberg on vocals from the forthcoming debut album to be released by 100% Records on July 14th. Paul Slattery photographs from recording sessions with Ebbot at Press Play Studios can be found here.

5 Billion In Diamonds photographed by Paul Slattery
Shack "Dragonfly" taken from the 1995 album "Waterpistol". Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band will release their debut album "Adios Senor Pussycat" on Violette Records later this year. Review of Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band at St. George's Hall Liverpool last December can be found in the Blog archive here. Photos and videos of Michael Head at The Social on January 25th can be found in the Blog archive here.

Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band - Photo Copyright Retro Man Blog
The Past Tense "Never Enough" new self released limited edition 7" vinyl single available now, for more information check out the band's Facebook page here.

The Past Tense photographed by Paul Slattery
TV Eye "Repartee" taken from the limited edition red vinyl album "TV Eye 1977-1978" to be released by Seventeen Records. The album can be pre-ordered from Easy Action Records here.


The Skids "Circus Games" 1980 single. Paul Slattery & Ronnie Gurr's Skids photo book will be available at the merchandise stall on the band's forthcoming 40th anniversary tour. For dates and ticket info please check out The Skids official web-site here.


Tours "Tourist Information" 1979 Virgin Records single, can be found on the compilation album "Album of The Year (That Never Was)".


The Fall "Wolf Kidult Man" taken from the 2008 album "Imperial Wax Solvent". Photos from the Southampton Engine Rooms gig on January 27th can be found in the Blog archive here.

The Fall at Southampton - Photo Copyright Retro Man Blog
Johnny Thunders "Leave Me Alone" taken from the Remarquable Records release of "Real Times" E.P. available from the label here.


John Hoyles "Talking About You" taken from the brand new album "Night Flight" available from Crusher Records here.

John Hoyles - Photo Copyright Retro Man Blog
The Fallen Leaves "Funny World" taken from the new album "What We've All Been Waiting For" available at the band's regular Minimum R'n'B Club nights at The Hope & Anchor In Islington or from the band's on-line store here.


Manufactured Romance "Time of My Life" 1980 single on Fresh Records. The band's vocalist Nina Spencer is starting up a new musical project entitled Stella and there is a crowd funding page here
R.I.P Nick Medlin.


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