My Generation of Sun. 17 January: The Sonics, Peter Sarstedt, Mick Abrahams [Ed’s Show 2016-03]

Specials: The Sonics, Peter Sarstedt, Mick Abrahams  ** John Fiddler (Medicine Head, Box of Frogs), The Zombies, Downliners Sect **
Radio 68: All the sounds and all the voices that made the sixties ** Happy To Be Different 

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SHOWTIME 12:00 noon, repeated 16:00, 20:00 and 24:000 hrs midnight CET **  Show ends at 04:00 (Monday morning)
RADIO 68 TIME is Central European Time (CET: Paris, Brussels, Rome) and is 1 hour ahead of GMT / UTC Time (London). For example: 14:00 hrs CET = 1 p.m. in London

MY GENERATION  & BLUESIDE: THE PLAYLISTS
PART 1: NEW SHOWS
MY GENERATION
SPECIAL: THE SONICS, 1965 ** SPECIAL:  PETER SARSTEDT: ENGLAND’s LANE, Angel Air cd reissue 2015** AND ALSO: DAVY O’LIST + interview  snippet (Second Thoughts, cd, 2015) ** THEM  (alt. Versions + BBC live) ** BILLY J.  KRAMER & DAKOTAS ** CROW            ** Voice: Joe Boyd **
BLUESIDE
SPECIAL:
MICK ABRAHAMS: this special was first aired in show The Savage Tree on Radio Sutch, Wednesdays at 2100 hrs Europe CET on www.radiosutch.net ** SPECIAL: THE SONICS, THIS IS THE SONICS (cd, 2015) **  AND ALSO: PETER GREEN **

PART 2: REPEATED
MY GENERATION

Medicine Head Oneandine cover

JOHN FIDDLER SPECIAL:  JOHN FIDDLER, BOX OF FROGS feat. Jeff Beck, Mark Feltham, BRITISH LIONS John Peel Session + Exclusive Radio 68 interview snippets **
Read my interview with JOHN FIDDLER here:  http://www.keysandchords.com/john-fiddler-interview.html
THE SONICS from  their new cd  This is The Sonics ** FIRE: MAGIC SHOEMAKER (1970) **  FRESH MAGGOTS: FRESH MAGGGOTS, LP, 1971 ** SOUL with IRMA THOMAS, THE ROLLING STONES , JEFF BECK ** THEM **
Voices:  Timothy Leary+ Huey P. Newton
BLUESIDE: TERRY GIBSON aka Terry CLEMSON SPECIAL  (Downliners Sect and more)

Downliners Sect cover

TERRY GISBON Special: Terry  Gibson with The Downliners Sect, his current band The TTs + The Yardbirds **
THE ZOMBIES blay the blue:s: in the sixties AT THE BBC and in 2015 from their new album STILL GOT THAT HUNGER ** WAR: WAR, 1979 ** OTIS RUSH **



MY GENERATION, incl. BLUESIDE: 
THE SHOW 
MY GENERATION: each week, a new 60 minute episode followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of all the sounds and the voices that shaped the 60s. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend. BLUESIDE: a new 60 minute episode every week, followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of the blues that influenced and inspired the sounds of the sixties – from the originators till the present day. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend.

SPECIALS 

THE SONICS: This is the Sonics, 2015
In the booklet that accompanies the cd compilation “Psycho-Sonic” released in 2003, Alec Palao writes that “no-one will ever come close to replicating the purity of purpose and fervour that The Sonics’ Etiquette sessions embody”. And that’s so true that The Sonics decided to do the job themselves. In 2015, original Sonics Jerry Roslie, Larry Parpya and Rob Lind recruited a new rhythm section [Freddie Dennis (bass, but also vocals) and Dusty Watson (drums)], recorded “This is The Sonics” and went on tour. Some fifty years adter their first singles. Their sound is as raw, rough and uncouth as in the mid-sixties. Had this album been released in the 70s,  it would  have topped the punk charts.  The Sonics are still very much inspired by Little Richard’s scream and holler, and they do a fine job on some R&B classics and their original material  – which sounds like their 60s compositions. They recorded in mono with producer White Stripes and Dirtbombs bassist Jim Diamond. What more can you expect from a band that wrote a song about strychnine in 1965?

RADIO 68 PLAYS: three sixties tracks in My Generation and three tracks from This is The Sonics in Blueside.
READ MORE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-rosen/might-the-sonics-be-the-great-american-rock-band_b_7174168.html

PETER SARSTEDT

Peter Sarstedt EnglandsLane cover

Scoring a world-wide hit with “Where Do You Go To, My Lovely?” at the end f the sixties and slightly troubling some charts with the follow-up ”Frozen Orange Juice”, Peter Sarstedt’s star soon faded. He kept on recording and performing for some years, then stopped altogether. In 1997, however, he recorded the album “England’s Lane”, now reissued by Angel Air. One track features Albert Lee and the Sarstedt brothers Clive aka Robin Sarstedt and Eden Kane aka Richard Graham Sarstedt. The album was produced by Sarstedt’s friend Brian Hodgson, a former member of Albert Lee’s backing band Hogan’s Heroes and The Rutles!
Sincere thanks to Angel Air at www.angelair.co.uk

MICK ABRAHAMS
In 1967, Mick  Abrahams co-founded Jethro Tull, but by 1968 he had left to pursue his own career.  He then founded BLODWYN PIG and released three albums, “Ahead Rings Out”  in 1969,  “Getting To This” in 1970 and “All Said And Done” in 1970 too. I suppose you would now call these “eclectic”, as they blend blues, jazz and the typical Tull sound, itself a mixture of sorts. On board were Ron Berg on drums, Andy Pile on bass and  multi-instrumentalist Jack Lancaster on violin, flute, sax, etcetera.  Abrahams released his first solo cd in 1971. 

In 2003 and 2004 he recorded a full album. Secret Records found out about this years later and decided to put it out as “Hoochie Coochie Man” in 2013. It’s a very nice album, bluesy throughout, though we couldn’t find any information on the other musicians. Radio 68 plays three tunes from that album:

JOHN FIDDLER

Medicine Head Oneandine cover

Singer, composer, guitarist, harmonica player John Fiddler was one half of Medicine  Head. He was instrumental in recording and producing the first reincarnation of The Yardbirds, knows as Box of Frogs. He later joined BIRITSH LIONS with Ray Majors and eventually embarked on a solo career, which lasts till the present day. John Fiddler is also a graphic artist and a poet.

Read my interview with JOHN FIDDLER here:  http://www.keysandchords.com/john-fiddler-interview.html

 TERRY GIBSON aka Terry CLEMSON (Downliners Sect and more)

THE DOWNLINERS  were named after a Jerry Lee Lewis b-side –  “Down the Line” , Jerry Lee Lewis being a favourite of founder Don Craine. Don Craine started the band in 1962 as a school band. They played Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent, but were also among the first to play rockin’ R&B, very much like their contemporaries The Rolling Stones.

After a comprehensive personnel change, the band was called THE DOWNLINERS SECT and this was the most famous line-up featuring founder Don Craine, bass-player Keith Grant-Evans, drummer Johnny Sutton, harp player Ray Sone – later replaced by Pip Harvey – and guitarist Terry Gibson, aka Terry Clemson. They recorded a string of singles, two EPS and no less than 3 albums between 1964 and 1967. Regretfully, their records didn’t sell well, except in Sweden where the band had a huge following. At any rate, The Downliners Sect must be remembered as pioneers of the British R&B boom.

After the DOWNLINERS SECT, he played with THE HOUSESHAKERS,  a rock’n’ roll band  formed in 1969 that  backed Gene Vincent , Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry!  The Houseshakers released one LP, Demolition Rock, with good old rock’n’roll tunes. Terry Clemson is still active today – The TT’s are his current band.  In this show, we stick to his SECT days.

This special is originally a show I made for Radio Sutch: listen to all the good sounds on Sutch and my R&B show The Savage Tree (Wednesdays) on www.radiosutch.net .

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