Tag Archives: Liverpool

Space: the vinyl frontier – back in touch with Ian McNabb

It was the morning after the night before when I called Ian McNabb, and it was just sinking in that it wasn’t just a bad dream. Boris Johnson really was the new Prime Minister, as the Cold Shoulder and Icicle … Continue reading

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Even Better with The Real Thing – in conversation with Chris Amoo

Almost five decades after their debut single, The Real Thing are still out there, treading the boards, with no intention of slowing down for co-founders Chris Amoo and Dave Smith. The passing of Chris’ older brother Eddie Amoo in February … Continue reading

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Still winning Hearts and Minds – in conversation with Carl Hunter

Carl Hunter was stir crazy at the airport when I tracked him down, delayed an hour and condemned to sit around talking to me while drinking Yorkshire tea, his days of rock’n’roll excess with The Farm possibly behind him. He … Continue reading

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A new belief and sweet relief for The Coral – talking to Nick Power

No big moves to London or even Liverpool for The Coral, it seems, an outfit perfectly happy with life on the Wirral, 22 years after their first fumblings at getting a band together. As keyboard player Nick Power, at home … Continue reading

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Why Chas & Dave Mustn’t Grumble – in conversation with Dave Peacock

  When Dave Peacock lost his wife Sue to cancer in 2009, it seemed to mark the end of the Chas & Dave story, ending their professional partnership after 34 years. But a year later the pair announced a tour … Continue reading

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Mary Casio’s 2017 space odyssey – checking in with Hannah Peel

Space – the final frontier. But in this case we’re talking the voyage of Mary Casio rather than Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk, boldly going where no woman has gone before – via a garden shed in Yorkshire. Last … Continue reading

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Still acting nonchalant with The Searchers – the John McNally interview

John McNally was back home in Crosby when I called this week, barely five miles from his Kirkdale roots. It seems like he’s rarely there though, thanks to a punishing tour schedule for his band, The Searchers, one of the leading … Continue reading

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From The Jam – The Cavern Club Live Lounge, Liverpool

The hottest night of the year so far, and I was Going Underground. Not as a safe haven from the Sounds From the Street, but to hunker down and resolutely celebrate cultural values increasingly under attack. This was the first … Continue reading

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Spirit of ’77 – All Around the World with Russell Hastings and From The Jam

It was a cheap shot, but when I called Russell Hastings back seven hours after rescheduling our initial 10am date due to a dodgy signal, I couldn’t help but ask him, ‘So, Just Who is the Five o’clock Hero?’ “Ha! I … Continue reading

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The continuing adventures of the Magic Band, the Mothers of Invention, and the Muffin Men – the Denny Walley interview

Do you know the Muffin Men (‘the Muffin Men?’ I hear you ask. Yes, the Muffin Men), presumably based in Liverpool’s Drury Lane or Mulberry Place? Chances are that you might. They’ve been doing the rounds for more than a … Continue reading

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