August 9, 2021
The Erasers with David Ebony in conversation with David Eastaugh
The Erasers were part of the ‘70s CBGB art-punk scene that included Television and Richard Hell, and though they made a brief appearance on a (long out-of-print) 1982 ROIR compilation, their music and history were lost for decades to everyone outside of a very small circle of critics, collectors, and old punks. But their one excellent, off-kilter single (“Funny/I Won’t Give Up”) is one of the standouts on Numero Group’s comprehensive, painstakingly curated Ork Records: New York, New York box set, which was released to well-deserved acclaim late last year.
The Erasers began around 1974, the brainchild of artists Susan Springfield (guitar, vocals) and Jane Fire (drums), who both saw the fine art world they were embedded in as too economically exclusive. “I wanted to do something in a more populist way,” Springfield says. “Fine art as I was doing it – you know, making paintings – you spend so much time on them that you can’t just sell them cheaply, and so at the end of the day I felt like if I continued to pursue [an] art career, I would only be able to sell it to rich people, because I would have to get enough money to support myself. Music, on the other hand – you can make that available – it was more immediate, and at that time the shows were, like, two bucks.” Fire calls their philosophy as a band “the dematerialization of art in the extreme.”
August 6, 2021
Global Village Trucking Company with James Lascelles in conversation with David Eastaugh
Lascelles was a co-founder of the Global Village Trucking Company, known to its fans as "The Globs", in the early 1970s. The band, the road crew and their families all lived together in a commune in an old farmhouse in Sotherton, Suffolk, and undertook numerous benefit concerts and free festivals, playing extended free-form jams, making them a well known UK live act. The band shunned record companies, but played on the Greasy Truckers Live at Dingwalls Dance Hall benefit album at Dingwalls in 1973, and in November 1974 they recorded an eponymous album at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales.
In 1973 the BBC made a documentary about Global Village Trucking Company, their communal living and their aim to make it without a record company. The BBC updated the documentary for the What Happened Next series, shown in May 2008, which included their first gig in 30 years. This re-union led to other Global Village gigs at Glastonbury 2008 and other festivals.
July 26, 2021
Keith Christmas in conversation with David Eastaugh
English singer and songwriter. In 1969, his first album, Stimulus, was released. Christmas played acoustic guitar on David Bowie's Space Oddity album, and appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970.
Through the 1970s he released four more albums, Fable Of The Wings, Pigmy, Brighter Day and Stories From The Human Zoo, while touring with and supporting bands such as The Who, King Crimson, Ten Years After, Frank Zappa, Roxy Music, Hawkwind, Captain Beefheart and The Kinks.
July 25, 2021
Breathless with Dominic Appleton in conversation with David Eastaugh
English band formed in 1983 by Dominic Appleton (vocals, keyboards), Gary Mundy (guitar), Ari Neufeld (bass) and Tristram Latimer Sayer (drums). Across nearly four decades, Breathless have released seven studio albums, one compilation album and 13 singles and EPs, all on their own label, Tenor Vossa Records.
Their music has been described as "melancholic", with AllMusic's Ned Raggett calling the band "underappreciated" and saying "the majority of Breathless' work has squarely fit into a lush vein of haunting, epic music unafraid of a moody theatricality".
July 21, 2021
Daisy Chainsaw & Queenadreena special with Crispin Gary in conversation with David Eastaugh
English guitarist and songwriter. Best known for his bands Daisy Chainsaw and Queenadreena, Gray has also played with Dizzy Q Viper, Vapid Dolly and The Dogbones. He is currently a member of Starsha Lee. His great uncle was British poet John Gray, allegedly the inspiration for Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Currently recording with Starsha Lee
July 21, 2021
Pat Thomas talking about the life of Jerry Rubin & his book Did It! with David Eastaugh
First biography of the infamous and ubiquitous Jerry Rubin- ”co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War activist, Chicago 8 defendant, social-networking pioneer, and a proponent of the Yuppie era”but a visual retrospective, with countless candid photos, personal diaries, and lost newspaper clippings. It includes correspondence with Abbie Hoffman, Norman Mailer, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Eldridge Cleaver, the Weathermen etc
July 20, 2021
The Bevis Frond with Nick Saloman in conversation with David Eastaugh
The Bevis Frond is an English rock band formed in 1986 in London, England. The band is fronted by Nick Saloman and has recorded many singles and albums on various independent labels.
Saloman was originally in a band known as the Bevis Frond Museum in the late 1960s, and in the 1970s, whilst at college, he played guitar with a duo called Oddsocks. They released one album, Men of the Moment. In 1979 he formed a band called the Von Trap Family, who released the first single on his own Woronzow Records label. The early Von Trap Family recordings, comprising three sessions, were released on the Bevis Frond Bandcamp site for the first time in May 2010.
July 19, 2021
Barney Hoskyns in conversation talking about his life in music and new book God is in the Radio with David Eastaugh
Barney Hoskyns is the co-founder and editorial director of Rock's Backpages, the online library of pop writing and journalism. He began writing for NME in the early '80s and is a former contributing editor at British Vogue and U.S. correspondent for MOJO
July 13, 2021
Country Teasers with Ben Wallers in conversation with David Eastaugh
Country Teasers were an art punk band formed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1993. Frontman Ben Wallers also performs solo as The Rebel. He plays live shows with a Gameboy backing-track or accompanied by Country Teasers bassist Sophie Politowicz on drums. Long-time members of Country Teasers include songwriter B.R. Wallers (vocals, guitar), Leighton Crook (drums), Robert McNeill (guitar, synth), Alastair MacKinven (guitar), Sophie Politowicz (bass guitar, drums). Original members of the band include playwright Simon Stephens (bass guitar), Alan Crichton (guitar), Eck King (drums), Lawrence Worthington (drums).
Wallers has been releasing music under various guises since 1995. He is best known for being part of the group Country Teasers, formed in Scotland in the mid 1990s.
Country Teasers bassist Sophie Politowicz plays drums in live performances and features on various Rebel recordings. The pair also play together in the band The Devil.
July 6, 2021
Paul Statham - Dido, Pete Murphy, B Movie - in conversation with David Eastaugh
Paul Statham is a songwriter/producer and sound artist whose commercial pop compositions have contributed to around 30 million album sales These include the lead single 'Here With Me' and the title track 'No Angel' from Dido’s U.S and U.K no 1 album ‘No Angel’ (22 million sales) and 2 co writes and productions on Kylie Minogue's international no 1 album ‘Fever’ - He is also known for his long standing 7 album collaboration with Gothic Icon Peter Murphy including the albums 'Love Hysteria', 'Cascade' , 'Holy Smoke' and the top 40 U.S album 'Deep'
June 30, 2021
Rig! special with Darren Jones in conversation with David Eastaugh
U.K. indie rock band from the early 1990's.
June 30, 2021
Marc Bolan special with Paul Fenton in conversation with David Eastaugh
English drummer, best known for his work with T. Rex. After leaving Christie, he started playing drums for T. Rex in 1973, after being recommended to Marc Bolan by his producer Tony Visconti. He also toured briefly with Marc Bolan & T. Rex in 1974, and played additional drums with Davy Lutton on the songs "Solid Baby", "Funky London Childhood", and "Visions Of Domino".
Fenton also played in Carmen, a progressive rock band with a flamenco focus. The band released three albums between 1973 and 1975.
June 28, 2021
Ron Johnson special with Dave Parsons in conversation with David Eastaugh
Ron Johnson Records was a UK independent record label based in Long Eaton operating between 1983 and 1988. The label contributed five tracks to the NME's C86 compilation. Run by Dave Parsons, the label released records by artists such as Big Flame, Shrubs, A Witness, Great Leap Forward, Stump, Mackenzies, Twang and Ex. Despite the press attention and critical acclaim for the label's bands and releases, sales were insufficient to make the label profitable and financial difficulties brought it to an end in 1988.
June 27, 2021
The Pandoras with Karen Basset in conversation with David Eastaugh
The Pandoras is an all-female garage punk band from Los Angeles, California with a run 1982 to 1991. The band is among the first handful of all-female rock bands to ever be signed. From the beginning, the band found a strong following in the Hollywood garage rock and Paisley Underground scene. The Pandoras enjoyed strong radio support from DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. The band graduated from the garage rock sound to a more contemporary, hard rock style in later years, spawning the off-shoot band The Muffs.
June 23, 2021
Porl Young in conversation with David Eastaugh
UK producer and DJ. Resident DJ at Heaven in London, and co-owner of the label Tuff Twins Recordings. He was guitarist for Rosetta Stone in the middle 90's.
Starting out as a recording engineer at The Townhouse, London, and Phil Manzanera’s Gallery Studios in Surrey, Porl’s worked with a diversity of international artists from every genre of music; from the funk of Prince to the punk of Nina Hagen. His first co-production was Rosetta Stone’s successful debut album “An Eye For The Main Chance”; Porl joined the band for 2 years as a guitarist, touring and co-producing another 2 singles with them.
June 22, 2021
Becky Wreck - Lunachicks - in conversation with David Eastaugh
Drummer for the New York punk band, the Lunachicks. Becky was with the band from 1987 to 1992 and was featured on two of the band's full length releases, as well as many 7" singles and compilation tracks. She also appeared on drums with La Muerte, Dog Ass, Uncle Becky, Bellylove, Blare Bitch Project, Sick Kidz.
June 21, 2021
The Shend special - The Cravats, Very Things, Grimetime - talking about his new book Rub Me Out with David Eastaugh
The Cravats are an English punk rock band originally from Redditch, England, founded in 1977. The 'classic' line up of Robin Dallaway (vocals, guitar), The Shend (vocals, bass guitar), Svor Naan (saxophone) and Dave Bennett (drums) remained constant between March / April 1978 until the close of 1982. Lead vocals in the original incarnation of the band were shared between Dallaway and The Shend. A reformed version of The Cravats including original members The Shend (vocals) and Svor Naan (saxophone), with Rampton Garstang (drums) has been performing since August 2009 and, since 2013 has included Viscount Biscuits (guitar) and Joe 91 (bass guitar)