Shindig! Issue 43
In barely five years THE PRISONERS punched a hole through the artifice of the music business, lighting up the barren landscape of ’80s rock ’n’ roll like no other and profoundly touching the lucky few who witnessed their coruscating live shows and bought their records.
Their influence lives on, far out-reaching their original achievements, and can be heard in countless bands that continue to champion energy, attitude, musicianship and great, lasting songs. As singer/guitarist GRAHAM DAY and bassist ALLAN CROCKFORD prepare to unleash a new album in their latest incarnation as Graham Day & The Forefathers, ANDY MORTEN embarks on a mission to paint an accurate picture of the highs and lows of this iconic band’s journey.
DANA GILLESPIE’s singing career was launched in the white heat of Swinging London, where she was courted by the hippest musicians of the day. But dissatisfaction with the pop world and a spell with David Bowie’s management company led her to experiment with numerous career paths before she carved out a niche as one of Britain’s most in-demand blues artists.
As her latest album, Cat’s Meow, picks up rave reviews she tells JEANETTE LEECH about Dylan, Jesus Christ Superstar and the blues
Renegade musician SCOTT FAGAN enjoyed a dreamlike boho upbringing, was courted by New York musical giants Doc Pomus and Bert Berns, recorded scores of demos for Screen Gems Music and created the first rock opera to be staged on Broadway, one which lambasted the music industry and resulted in Fagan being blacklisted.
But his musical legacy hinges on a pair of complex, soulful albums recorded eight years apart in the ’60s and ’70s that have touched the lucky few who’ve heard them.
HUGH DELLAR salutes this mysterious figure and asks why he isn’t as celebrated as countless less worthy contemporaries
STARRY EYED AND LAUGHING
STARRY EYED AND LAUGHING were four guys on a mission to restore the pioneering
12-string jangle of The Byrds to its rightful place as one of rock’s most gloriously original and exciting sounds. That they attempted to so at a time when most of their British peers had their heads stuck up their collective glam-rock and progressive butts, placed SEAL firmly in the wrong place at the wrong time.
They debuted in 1973, only a month or so after Roger McGuinn had finally laid The Byrds to rest in New York.
Now, as a number of SEAL’s formative recordings are prepared for their first-ever release, NIGEL CROSS talks Rickenbackers and “alternative management strategies” with founder members TONY POOLE and IAIN WHITMORE
Californian mavericks FOXYGEN have been playing by their own rules for 10 years, messing with conventions, standards and the absurd.
JON ‘MOJO’ MILLS learns from Jonathan Rado what it’s like to have hundreds of songs under his belt at the age of 24
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