The Stanton Brothers are back! Martin Stanley’s Teesside based crooks return in this short and brutal collection of cracking capers. DIRTY SNOW is choc-full of scams, violence, guady but authenic characters, razor-sharp dialogue and a great sense of place. If you haven’t read a Stanton Brothers book before, you could do a lot worse thanContinue reading “Recommended Read: Dirty Snow and other stories by Martin Stanley”
Well, I’ve certainly lifted plenty of story and book titles from songs over the years. Small Time Crimes, my new collection, has more than a few yarns with titles nicked from songs I like. Chelsea Girls I suspect most people would think that the title Chelsea Girls was pilfered from the 1967 Andy Warhol film andContinue reading “SMALL TIME CRIMES’ SOUNDTRACK”
When loan shark Alan Piper offers Eric Stanton a job, he reluctantly agrees. Against his better judgment, Eric enlist the aid of his psychotic brother, Derek. The pair are soon embroiled in dog fighting, mad junkies, Polish gangsters, and a hell of a lot of violence. Martin Stanley’s Fighting Talk is Brit Grit at itsContinue reading “Recommended Read: Fighting Talk by Martin Stanley”
Well, I’ve certainly lifted plenty of story and book titles from songs over the years. Small Time Crimes, my new collection, has more than a few yarns with titles nicked from songs I like. Over at Toe Six Press, I talk about those songs. ‘Chelsea Girls I suspect most people would think that the titleContinue reading “Small Time Crimes’ Soundtrack at Toe Six Press”
Ronnie Burke takes a gander at Big City Blues.
Over in downtown Middlesbrough, Ronnie Burke checks out TOO MANY CROOKS.
It is late summer ’72 and I am sitting in a café in Marton, Middlesbrough. I was supposed to meet a friend there from school but he didn’t turn up. There is a jukebox mounted on the wall, one of those where the cards flip as you leaf through them and you can choose aContinue reading “Guest Blog: Oh lordy! A personal recollection of being a Bowie fan as a teenager by Alan Savage.”
Amazing what you think is a break when you are young. Getting a support slot to The Damned was a big scoop in my mind. But I wasn’t in awe of them. After all, they had not at this point had a decent sized hit record. Support them we did: twice. This is an accountContinue reading “Guest Blog: Supporting The Damned by Alan Savage”
Recording ‘Kirlian Photography’ and ‘Celluloid Love’ with Bob Last, Cargo Studios, Rochdale, May 1979 (I think it was that month). ..and the formation of the ‘classic’ Basczax line up. Bob Last (Fast Records label owner and manager) first took an interest in Basczax (then called Basssax) before me and Jeff Fogarty joined in late ’78. HeContinue reading “Guest Blog: Recording Earcom 2 for Fast Records, 1979 by Alan Savage”
It is mostly a blur now of course, but there are plenty of flashes in my mind of those Friday nights back in ’79-’80 when Basczax played a residency at the Teessider pub. 50p on the door I recall, as we were trying to save money for a PA. Did we get one? I cannotContinue reading “Guest Blog: Basczax: Teessider nights: some flashes, 1979… by Alan Savage”