This morning was the first ‘normal’ Monday of the year, and I have spent most of the day so far dictating wallages of deathless prose to my darling step-secretary, who – as always – is a veritable angel for putting up with my poor grammar and frequent expletives. There are all sorts of things in the air, but I can’t really talk about them until later this week or - probably – the next. But never mind. It will give you all something jolly to look forward to, as Britain shivers through a nasty, grey wetness.
I actually quite like January. I certainly prefer it to December. The days are getting longer, and – once again – I am presented by the peculiar conundrum of what biological imperative drives the local frog population to arise from hibernation long enough to lay their first spawn of the year when – invariably – the resultant tadpoles are killed by frosts within weeks. The frog population then waits until March or April, when it does a second spawning, a goodly number of which actually metamorphose into frogdom. This has happened for decades, and so the people who argue that it is a result of climate change are completely mistaken. There must be some reason for this, and I have been wondering what it is since I was a child.
Can anyone help me?
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Gonzo Weekly #265/6
THE RING IN THE NEW ISSUE
In this first issue of 2018 we take a look at the best albums of 2017, John B-G’s review of the year and hopes for this one, Graham’s review of the year for Hawkwind, Alan’s interview with Matthew Smith about Exist to Resist, and his rave review of Canadians the Slocan Ramblers, while John makes sense of the novel by the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney AND Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive AND 'cos it was a full moon last week, Canterbury Sans Frontieres. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are not good at household electrics, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bono, Steve Hackett, Procul Harum, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Nathan Strayer, Dave Christenson, Michael George Haynes (Michael Prophet), Richard Dobson, Ralph Carney, Kevin Bryant Mahogany, Jim Forrester, Leo "Bud" Welch, Reggie Joseph Osse (Combat Jack), Roswell Hopkins Rudd Jr., Halvard Magne Kausland, Jordan Feldstein, John Ray Sechler (Curly Seckler) Melton "Eahsaan" Mustafa Sr., Pam Warren (Pam the Funkstress), Roe Erister "Rick" Hall, Tony Calder, Erica Garner-Snipes, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Roger Waters, Gorillaz, Neil Young, British Sea Power, Peter Perrett, Gogol Bordello, Tricky, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Morrissey, Tim Bowness, Alan Dearling, Slocan Ramblers, Matthew Smith, Exist To Resist, John Brodie-Good, Kev Rowland, Richard Wileman, Secret World, Hollow Earth, Steelheart, Steve Hobbs, Sxuperion, Silhouette, Tankard, Threat Signal, Antisect, Trojan Horse, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Simon Wright, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Pink, Michael Jackson, Prince, Queen, David Bowie
And the last few issues are:
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
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