gLASSsHRiMP radio: preview Tues 14th Dec 2010

live in session:  William D Drake

the ‘sHRiMP welcomes back the legendary William D Drake for at least his 4th session (going back over 7 years) – we will be having a chat with Bill about his forthcoming (4th?) solo album (due early 2011) & he will be performing live on the Resonance piano (thanks to Markson Pianos).

and by no coincidence we will again be featuring…

Leader of the Starry Skies – A Tribute To Tim Smith. Songbook 1
Tim Smith (Cardiacs) benefit CD (Believers Roast records, 2010)

Tim Smith, frontman, composer, producer of Cardiacs suffered a massive heart attack in 2008 that has left him in an extremely fragile state; two and a half years later he is still in hospital and friends really want to get him home. So a benefit album has been put together to raise money in order to hopefully do just that – Leader Of The Starry Skies (& sister album A Loyal Companion) released 13th December on Believers Roast featuring William D Drake And His So Called Friends, Ultrasound, Oceansize, Mark Cawthra, The Trudy, Stars In Battledress, Max Tundra, Julianne Regan, Knifeworld, The Magic Numbers, North Sea Radio Orchestra, Andy Partridge & Robert White, Rose Kemp, Steven Wilson, Silvery, Sidi Bou Said and many others.

please go and buy it here


Howard Aggregate’s Late Preview #9

Kev’s rehearsing for his new Resonance show ‘Kev’ll Fix it.’ It starts next Monday and it’s the subject of tonight’s Late Preview. As the title suggests, the format of the show resembles Jim’ll Fix it, a ‘70’s and ‘80’s tea time telly staple beloved of people of a certain age. People who, in their early teens, wanted Jim to Fix it for them to sit in a racing car, or meet the Prime Minister. There were those who wanted Jim to Fix it for them to sit in a racing car with the Prime Minister, for which foolish request they were ridiculed by the studio audience. Who were just like you, only that little bit more middle class.

Kev has sent us a sample of the letters, emails and texts sent to him along with his replies. We begin with an email from Cobwanner Crabwitch. He works unsocial hours as a despatcher for a late-night lingerie emporium, and has a young teenage son, Jason. Cobwanner writes: Dear Kev, would you please fix it for my son to visit the Galapagos Islands. He wants to be an evolutionary biologist like the ones on Melvyn Bragg’s programme. I can’t afford for him to go to South America because my job for the lingerie emporium doesn’t pay much (but then I don’t do it for the money). I would like you to help fix it for my son to realise his dream because if he doesn’t he has threatened to stop listening to Melvyn Bragg and go on Jeremy Kyle. Yours sincerely…

Writes Kev: Galapagos was formed by Ludo Chalkface, originally the bassist in The Nanas of Novocaine, with five members of the recently split Lemonfather, whose lead singer, Bob McGob, had been a leading member of the early seventies Ludlow pogo acapalla scene. Their first album came out in 1988 on the now defunct Ventnor Vinyl label. According to a recent book on the subject by Trish Hackensack, VV operated either out of a cave in Ventnor once used by eighteenth century wig smugglers, or in an abandoned Soviet Navy submarine which had run aground on nearby rocks while on manoeuvres in 1976. (Coincidentally, that was the year that Lemonfather brought out their first 12-inch, Dromedary Safari, recently re-released on Righteous Monkey, downloadable from their myspace page.) I last saw Galapagos at the 1998 Runty Munty Festival in Littlehampton – which, since it has been taken over by the Corsican Mafia, has really gone downhill – and although they did a good version of The Forehead Song they were, to be honest, rubbish.

Dear Kev, Please could you fix it for me to get in a racing car? Like the ones the Top Gear chaps have? I want to run over the Prime Minister. If you fix it for me I promise to make you a Baron! Name and address witheld.

Dear David, Smashing Gear Baron is in fact another name for Harvey Wallflower, aka the Trackie Bum Boys, aka Largactyl Ptereodactyl; and that’s just a small selection! Whatever the name, they were one of the most innovative bands of the golden age of pub rock. Despite their frequent changes of name, averaging two a month in the period ’82-5, they are not known to have ever recorded, or performed, or even met each other – even virtually over the internet. This is despite the fact that they all drank in the same pub in Erith, the Trunkshankers (good pint of Beardlifter there) and in summer shared a pre-fab bothy on Canvey Island. The core members of the band were Steve Rank, who some believe to have been the singer, though he is not known to have opened his mouth other than to drink Beardlifter, and the Dick twins, possibly interchangeable on guitar and drums. However, both Bee and Gus Dick were acutely allergic to musical instruments due to an Erith-centred epidemic of exploding plastic xylophones in the late sixties. This may have been connected with the expansion of the then-Purfleet based Semtex Sounds into instrument production. See Lester Weirdon’s book, The Inevitability of the SE London Exploding Plastic Xylophone Epidemic and its Possible Causes, available only in Kazakhstan. For more information on Baron Smashing Gear et al, just type any word into a search engine and then look on about the four-thousandth page.

Kev’ll Fix It starts next Monday.


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