Saturday, December 30, 2017
The story of the Pellicci legend that was Jukebox Jimmy is told today over at Spitalfield's Life. It also features Jim talking about some of his favourite records, and where he first heard them - in a recording he made for Paul Tunkin and myself. It's a rare insight into East London and Bethnal Green during the sixties - a perspective on the pubs, the scene and the songs of the time.
On a visit to Pellicci's in 2010, and knowing I was a music avid, Nevio Pellicci sat me on a table with Jimmy, we got chatting about soul music, became a good friends, and met generally once a week, and occasionally outside of Pellcci's at record fairs - or other cafes, when Pellicci's was closed. Apart from sharing the same birthday (16th December) - we loved the same music and would rattle on for hours about soul, rock 'n' roll, country and Blue Beat (Jim refused to call it ska) , his love of Sam Cooke, The Beatles, Elvis and how he hated TV talent shows...
Jim was a fellow record collector and avid, a great pal and gateway to an archive of lost gems and nuggets by way of CDs kindly compiled for me from his vinyl collection - sometimes left in the Pellicci pigeonhole (by the side of the till). I'd regularly spin in Jim's tips during sets at The Railway (Nappy Brown, Sugar Pie DeSanto ) or Podrophenia (Lavern Baker, Robert John). In return I supplied him with the odd Elvis bootleg and DVDs of Hoss Allen's The!!! Beat
I'd always hoped to get Jim down to Southend for a DJ set. Unfortunately this never happened - however he contributed to our Podrophenia radio show by selecting records, making some jingles for us, and phoning in to choose a track or two...
He was a legend a gent and his passing is another part of the old East End lost forever
The JBJ story can be read here...and his guide to music heard below
A few from Jim's CD comps
Friday, December 22, 2017
The Podrophenia Christmas special gathers together some of most talented young musicians from the Southend area: BaVard - an award winning talented trio with a combined age of 40, and the acoustic magic of Caitlin King (16). So, settle yourself by our radio fireside for a live session from both, festive puns, and some seasonal songs - including Donald Trump covering two tinsel tunes. And who are Beanie, Bobble and Slouch..
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Solo artists and band members who've bolted the band for a musical breakout are the theme of this Podro. We've got a world exclusive spin of the new Rollin' Machine single - Off the Clock. A track from the new Owen Williamsalbum,TWO new tunes from Blow Up records - (Usselman and The Bongolian) plus a Lennon Pop quiz.
And live with their first acoustic session - Gary Bynorth and Paul Hill from Doojip, current faves of Pete Townshend and endorsed by the Who.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The Prog Chorus - Podrophenia and SFOB with Rick Wakeman and Dylan Howe
We've got an appearance from Pellicci legend Juke Box Jimmy, a fourtieth anniversary track selected by Pete from Fives Records, all the news from Fives 40th birthday celebrations,
We also reveal John Medd's tip off on a Wetherspoons secret and what is Swede Face with record sleeves..
AND the world exclusive airing of The Bongolians new single I'm a Bigger Badder Bro Than Any Game Of Thrones Dig and download here..
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Monday, October 2, 2017
Pretty much around the same time I started this blog - The Railway in Southend opened it's doors with new owner installed Dave Dulake . It's a three storey, ex hotel - that's since gone on to become one of the most celebrated boozers in southern England - if not the entire country..
Film crews, TV broadcasters and Sunday supplement scribblers all have made their way Southend Central-wards to capture the music and magic of the venue. And Wilko Johnson is such a regular - his boat-race has ended up on the Pub's banner.
Podrophenia has been broadcasting from The Railway for four years, putting on live nights their for five, While I've been quacking on about it since this...
So for the latest Podrophenia Piley and self celebrate 10 years of Southend's most musical and vegan foodie boozer - The Railway. There's a beautiful acoustic set from Dave Woodcock (with news on his second Blow Up album). Fi Dulake is in for a chat about the history of and future plans for the pub..
And we bring you tracks from some fave bands and gigs that have taken place over the last ten years at The Railway including a track from the due soon Steve West Weston album
Plus a pop quiz: what is the live Wilko tune played and which artiste gets on the playlist twice in TWO diff turns
Screen test: spot the Mondo blogging bass player and Fi Dulake on drums...
All here and all free...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
This Saturday - a roomful of loud sound as Lo Chief and Howling Black Soul ramp up the amps. Come on down for drums and decibels at The Railway Hotel Southend... Dates and details here abouts
Friday, September 8, 2017
For the latest Podrophenia, a Yacht Rock spesh, we pipe aboard Steven Hastings to adjudicate 'Sink or Swim' for the tunes, which, collect together Classic Yacht, Punk Yacht, Nu Yacht.
There's a run of boat puns and musical picks from Pope-a-pedia. And an impossible pop quiz - All here for your listening ears....
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Podpals: we're not boasting when we say this is the biggest Podrophenia ever.. Piley and Mondo bring you Jordan and Kyiah from Big Jacket live in the studio, who also pick some cherished tunes. A live Jingle from Phil Hubbs, an extended run of big songs, long songs and tall tunes as well school and size puns... All here for your listening ears...
Thursday, July 13, 2017
The Art Podrophenia is up for download and features two special guests - video director and photographer Carl Hawkins - chatting about his work and spinning some top tuneage.
And artist and guitarist Jack Browning endorsed by Wilko, Russell Brand and Ace Frehley Brush up on samples of their work above and download a freebie DL of Podro which comes loaded with a Bowie cover, a Steve Hooker newbie and pallete-loads more
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The latest Podrophenia is an acoustical special with Whom by Fire live and special guest Micky D, frontman with Grand Reunion (Lee brilleaux''s favourite Southend band) and entertainment correspondent for the Southend Standard through the sixties,. Micky joins us with tales of from his spell on the paper - meeting The Beatles and Stones at the Southend Odeon. a frisky and flirty meeting with Shirley Bassey at The Queens Hotel.
We spin in a playlist of acoustic tunes including: an early versh of Maggie May with Rod busking random lyrics, two acoustic pop quizzes, a Bowie Ziggy demo and acoustic Chas and Dave. All here for your listening ears...
Sunday, May 14, 2017
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Friday, May 5, 2017
Tomorrow we celebrate five years of Podro live nights here
Our first being a team-up with Retro Man - featured Bif Bam Pow and the Len Price Three
Our last was Thee Cee Cees featuring Joe Strummer's drummer, Paul Weller's bass player and Billy Brentford of Thee Faction
Between both we've been visited by travelers to Southend from Yorkshire and Holland.
Had sleb punters, Mike Herbage, Paul Slattery, Wilko Johnson and Gaye Advert
And Stage invasions, three single releases and me depping on bass for one gig
If you can make it come on down and dig in for a twin-fisted evening of post-punk and power-pop from Invaders and Treatment - at Peggy Sue's Leigh on Sea
If you can't - spread the word and whispers with this link Salut...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
For the Easter edition of Podrophenia we bring you Jack Bruce in a band that isn't Cream, a soul refit of Bowie's Starman, and Tom Jones covering The Archies.
A ton of puns based around chocolate/sweet/ Easter bands, news and tunes on our upcoming Podrophenia live night. Online dates and deets here
And listen in as 17 year old Leo C performs from his Woodstock style songbook, who joined us for a live Podrophenia session this month - and in a truly magical moment did an improv duet with his mum singing and harmonising on Goodnight Irene And there's new and tunes from our upcoming Podrophenia live night Dig into the Podrophonic hamper here
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
If you've never been to a Howling Black Soul gig at Peggy Sue's - Carl Hawkins has distilled the essence and sweaty energy of our Saturday night shindigs there..
Huge salutes to Carl for the filming, editing and production - and to the assembled drinkers and dancers seen shaking their tail-feathers herein..
Monday, March 20, 2017
The March Madness edish of Podrophenia is up for download, and it's possibly our most eccentric session yet.. Mae West goes Rock ‘n’ Roll. Petula Clark goes disco, Reginald Bosanquet goes funky, Hawkwind get schlagerd and there's a space-pop nugget wherein aliens land looking for new life in Northampton!See the info-tainment clip on the single below...
Special guest Grant Philpott brings in some of his spoken word mash-ups (including Jimmy Smith meets Mark E Smith and Pam Ayres with Roy Ayres) and talks about his television work on The Word, the Big Breakfast and his ten years on TV Burp…
There's Essex Films, Kitchen bands and Shart songs - and an 8 bit quiz based around rock classics getting digitised All here, all yours and all free
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Friday, February 17, 2017
The latest Podrophenia is up for grabs - and as it's the end of The Ends we're doing 'break ups, shake up & make ups' - with Joe Blamey from The Ends giving us the news on the band's new EP and their final gig.
Roll-out wise, there's cold bands, and some Trump-thumping with who said it - Partridge or Trump, fake music news and alternative rock 'n' pop facts... And possibly the worst album cover in history from a band who really should know better - all hereabouts and all free...
Friday, January 20, 2017
The latest Podrophenia is up for download and features Piley and m'selfs fave finds of 2016, plus - an interview with Paul Fleming of Baltic Fleet on the new album (some of the tunes you may recognise from Top Gear and Grand Tour). We've Star Wars songs contributed by the Podrophonic Massive, a stage invasion from some SFOB chums, news on a Southend themed wallaper- and an unreleased Howling Black Soul rarity- grab your copy hereabouts
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