We Came To Rock!

A series of quick interviews with rock fans, without whom there would be no rock ‘n’ roll…

The legend that is Batttttty! Webmistress to the stars and a big fan of all things UFO (the band not those funny green alien things)…

What was the song, album and/or band that got you into rock music?
Was Sweet classed as ‘rock’, at the time? If so…. it was probably Blockbuster

First album you bought and the latest…
Days Of Future Past by The Moody Blues (I was in my pram at the time, and my gran saw me jiggin to it and bought it for me).
The latest? Blimey I can’t remember that far back. Silver beer-mats just keep arriving through the post these days, and I can’t dammmn well stop them cascading through the letterbox. Tskkkkk!

First gig you went to and the latest…
Argent in Wulveramppppton.
UFO at High Voltage in London.

Vinyl, CD or MP3 which do you prefer and why?
Oh how can you even arx. It has to be vinyl. Not for the record itself, but for the size and warmth of the cardboard cover – and sometimes, if you’re lucky, a poster insert!

A lost gem of an album you’d recommend to fellow rock fans and why?
Steppenwolf Gold – for Magic Carpet Ride, The Pusher, and Snowblind Friend. Listen to those songs and you’ll understand why.

If you could be in any band who would it be and why?

Hmmmm… will have to check the riders before I answer this one, but pretty much any band that insists on a bottle of SoCo and a pyramid of Ferrero Rochers at every gig.

A band you loved back in the day but don’t now…
The Stones. Dunno why, but that was the first band that came to mind

…and a band you used to detest but have mellowed to over the years…
Abba. Blimey, did I really just admit that?

Any ‘guilty pleasures’ in your music collection…
The Four Bucketeers – with the Bucket Of Water Song

Anything else to add… (feel free to add your weblinks etc)
Buy t-shirts while ya can, because one day, they might be extinct. And so might the bands they represent. Just do it.

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Mike Exley who was a journo (including writing for the much missed ‘Metal Forces’) and now runs his own PR company who look after the UK end of things for AFM Records and AOR/Metal Heaven.

What was the song, album and/or band that got you into rock music?

There’s two…. Motorhead’s “Ace Of Spades” that got me into classic rock and heavy metal and Venom who I saw live at Hammersmith in 1984 who got me into the heavier stuff….. It was all downhill from there, Ha! Ha!!”

First album you bought and the latest…
“Metal Muthas….” on cassette. It opened with a track by Iron Maiden…. Last I bought was Venom’s Special Edition of Black Metal because it had the 1984 Hammersmith DVD on it, but also just got the new Touchstone live album, “Live In The USA” the other day, so looking forward to that.”

First gig you went to and the latest…
“Hawkwind on the “Sonic Attack” tour; had to see them do “Silver Machine”! Latest, Bloodstock….. My promo company was working with 3 bands (Ross The Boss, Onslaught and Gwar) so we didn’t see many bands, but Doro was superb as always!!

Vinyl, CD or MP3 which do you prefer and why?

CD. I like to own the original although I’ve still got loads of promos from my writing days…… Can’t bear downloads. They seem incomplete without a booklet.”

A lost gem of an album you’d recommend to fellow rock fans and why?

I’ll recommend two if that’s alright….? Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom’s debut of the same name – not only because it has Ross The Boss on it, but because it’s a great record and the two Liquid Tension Experiment albums – Dream Theatre members in mass studio jam… Priceless!!”

If you could be in any band who would it be and why?
“Ha! Ha! That’s an unfair question for an ex rock journalist but I’d have to say Slayer or Destruction because they’re my favourite bands…. It would also mean I’d learnt to play the guitar properly, ha! ha!”

A band you loved back in the day but don’t now…

“Got to be careful here, but I’d say Grunge bands like Nirvana and Alice In Chains…. It was very innovative in its infancy but somehow it lost its sparkle. The last time I saw Alice In Chains it was as if they’d never changed and they have a different singer – why would you want to be the same band after all that has happened to you?

…and a band you used to detest but have mellowed to over the years…
“Ahhh, now that would be telling!!

Any ‘guilty pleasures’ in your music collection…

“Not too many nowadays because every now and then I have a purge and throw out loads of stuff I don’t listen to. You can’t sit on the old stuff all the time….

Anything else to add…

Could flagrantly champion my labels I work with but won’t; but will say, “Check out a few new bands I like right now – Touchstone, Lost In Vegas (who’s new Mini Album “A State Of Mind” will be released in October….) and Onslaught who’s new album will give UK thrash a right old kick up the ass!!”   Cheers!!

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John Dryland of Cargo Records fame and a big rock fan…

What was the song, album and/or band that got you into rock music?

The initial bands I liked singles by were Slade, Sweet and Gary Glitter, Blockbuster by Sweet would be up there as one of the first

First album you bought and the latest…

Led Zeppelin II and Black Sabbath Paranoid were the first. A Todd Rundgren box set the latest.

First gig you went to and the latest…

The first gig was Status Quo at Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 closely followed by Led Zeppelin at Knebworth, Boston, AC/DC and Motorhead. The last was the excellent High Voltage festival in Victoria Park

Vinyl, CD or MP3 which do you prefer and why?

CD’s are easiest but vinyl is still something special.

A lost gem of an album you’d recommend to fellow rock fans and why?

Trigger by Trigger is a great Starz meets Kiss style US hard rock record and still sounds fresh. The Supergroupies debut album was an overlooked GlamPop classic

If you could be in any band who would it be and why?

Motley Crue in 1981 or Led Zeppelin in 1975. Crue were just starting and released the classic “Too Fast For Love” and Zeppelin were at their peak as the greatest band of all-time.

A band you loved back in the day but don’t now…

KISS (although Sonic Boom is ok) and Ozzy Osbourne

…and a band you used to detest but have mellowed to over the years…

Anything from the 1st Pearl Jam album is totally horrendous but the single The Fixer wasn’t.

Any ‘guilty pleasures’ in your music collection…

No. They have all been buried in the back garden in a locked suitcase.

Anything else to add…

www.cargorecords.co.uk

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Nick van der Meulen who likes sophisticated pop as well – good man!

What was the song, album and/or band that got you into rock music?Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the water” from “Machinehead”

First album you bought and the latest…

First album: Boney M’s greatest hits (I was 11 :-))
First rock album :Twisted Sister’s “Come out and play”
Latest: The Union, BLS – “Order of the black”, Iron Maiden – “The final frontier” (all in one order :-))

First gig you went to and the latest…

First gig: Voice of Destruction, local band.  First international gig: Foreigner ’94

Latest gig: Deep Purple/Uriah Heep/Wishbone Ash ’10

Vinyl, CD or MP3 which do you prefer and why?Vinyl…nothing can match the magic and warmth.

A lost gem of an album you’d recommend to fellow rock fans and why?Tony Martin’s “Back where I belong”.  It’s such a well written and performed album that both rock and metal fans love it!

If you could be in any band who would it be and why?I sing a bit, so it would be a band that featured Gary Moore or Zakk Wylde.  Imagine laying your vocals over guitars like that…<sigh>

A band you loved back in the day but don’t now…Bon Jovi…not what they used to be.

…and a band you used to detest but have mellowed to over the years…Hendrix, believe it or not.  Took years for me to appreciate him!

Any ‘guilty pleasures’ in your music collection…Plenty 🙂  Nik Kershaw? ABC’s “Alphabet city”?  I enjoy sophisticated pop.  Aaaah!  The secret is out!

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Musician and fellow GRTR! reviewer Nikk Gunns…

What was the song, album and/or band that got you into rock music?Can’t remember the exact songs, I have always loved The Rolling Stones, Hanoi Rocks, Kiss, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Europe, Whitesnake, Guns N Roses etc. 1986 was a massive year for me musically and probably the one that changed the course of my musical life most.

First album you bought and the latest…

First album I physically bought myself was “Rio” by Duran Duran. Last one I bought was Iron Maiden’s “Final Frontier”.

First gig you went to and the latest…

First was The Wombles- it was the mid ’70’s and I was only 3 or 4. Last was Europe/Foreigner at The ITunes Festival.

Vinyl, CD or MP3 which do you prefer and why?

I like the physical aspect of the CD- the booklet etc. I still have a soft spot for vinyl- you couldn’t beat a picture disc in the ’80’s. MP3 is convenient,and space saving, though. I’ll go with CD….

A lost gem of an album you’d recommend to fellow rock fans and why?

Andy Taylor “Thunder”. The former Duran Duran guitarist was definitely their secret weapon in recruiting the more rock orientated fans. He then went on to prodice the likes of Thunder.

If you could be in any band who would it be and why?

I can’t make my mind up between Europe, Def Leppard and The Stones.

A band you loved back in the day but don’t now…

I had kinda stopped listening to Kiss until their recent resurgence. There are also a lot of late ’80’s bands who only have 1 original member left and still milk it- no names mentioned!!!

…and a band you used to detest but have mellowed to over the years…

I have recently got into UFO- not sure how they ever really passed me by.
 
Any ‘guilty pleasures’ in your music collection…

Only Duran Duran and possibly the odd bit of Motown (blame the Mrs!!!).

Anything else to add…

Band wanted- apply within………….

See www.myspace.com/nikkgunns I am looking for like minded musicians to form a Lynyrd Skynryd type band.

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Mark Colton, vocalist with prog rockers Credo

What was the song, album and/or band that got you into rock music?

Queen – News Of The World and Rainbow – Rising

First album you bought and the latest…

Cheap Trick – Budokan first and Gaslight Anthem new cd

First gig you went to and the latest…

Black Sabbath with Van Halen Opening!!!  Francis Dunnery Bristol Colston Halls

Vinyl, CD or MP3 which do you prefer and why?

Vinyl!!! The sleeve, the feel, the sound THE RITUAL

A lost gem of an album you’d recommend to fellow rock fans and why?

CREDO RHETORIC or AGAINST REASON lol, its the album I always wanted to make

If you could be in any band who would it be and why?

CREDO lol


A band you loved back in the day but don’t now…  #

Can’t think of one…

…and a band you used to detest but have mellowed to over the years…

Springsteen

Any ‘guilty pleasures’ in your music collection…

Bloody too many, the prog Police would lock me up for ever!!!

Anything else to add…

www.credo.gb.com/
http://www.myspace.com/credogb

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Paul Timblick, he occasionally works in between rocking…

First song was Ballroom Blitz, Sweet (first single I bought and the B side is good too) but it was Quo’s Mystery Song that really got me into the heavier stuff (album version).

First album I bought was Sweet’s Fanny Adams (1974) and the latest ….dunno it was such a long time ago. Why would I need to buy another album after Sweet Fanny Adams???

First gig was Whitesnake on the Lovehunter tour. Latest was Quo in a marquee in Chichester in 2005 or UFO in Athens (2004?).

Vinyl of course. Rock music is big and an album should be at least the size of a large plate if not the size of a widescreen. CDs and MP3s are nothing more than musical place mats.

Don’t know if its a lost gem but never received its rightful plaudits (and sorry to bang on about them)….Sweet’s Off the Record. Sure theres one or two duds on there but theres some sublime quality too. Plus the album cover is a classic.

I’d be in Motorhead just to stand on the stage next to a rock god.

Band I used to love would be ….nobody. Still love them all.

Band I used to detest…..well, punk in general. But I now see that there wasn’t a world of difference between metal and punk in the 1976 – 1980 period. In particular the first Motorhead album (and Beerdrinkers EP) has some punky sounds. Classic crossover album.

Guilty pleasures….Three Degrees. Sheila Ferguson’s voice stokes me up (and I don’t even support Stoke).

Anything else….. I will demand Ace of Spades on a daily basis if I live long enough to end up in a nursing home.

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