Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Bye Bye, Myspace.

So...the much maligned and even more talked-about apparent 'Myspace update'.

It's been a bit like watching a family pet turn from a spritely, mischievous puppy into a elderly crippled, half-blind old hound which can do little more than sleep in front of the fireplace, passing wind occasionally just to remind you of its existence.

Finally it seems, after several unsuccessful attempts to navigate the new layout and fix what they'd done to my profile (which initially took bloody ages to put together), I face the unsavoury task of taking it out for it's last walk in the woods with a cocked shotgun over my arm at the end of the year.

At one point it was THE place to go to to explore new music, and back in 2006-2007 or whatever, I happily signed up, customised a page for myself and literally watched the new & upcoming acts roll in before my eyes, eager to communicate and spread word of their existence.
Nowadays it seems that the only bulletins & announcements that bands post on Myspace are to advise their followers to go and find them on Facebook.

It's not without a certain degree of hesitance that I'm to cancel my account on Myspace at the end of the year; I met a lot, and I mean a LOT of great people through it and it was almost certainly the main reason for the majority of my DJ bookings. But right now, I seem to talk to a lot more people who've cancelled their Myspace account than those who still possess them. These are the people I still clung onto my account for in the first place, so if they're not still battling the sluggish, bandwidth-hungry, non-musician friendly, graphics-intensive advertisement board that was once King of the Social Networks, why should I?

It'll be a clean account deletion-the worst thing I could do is simply abandon it to be a perpetually out of date board of information where only half the graphics I'd painstakingly designed show due to the new layout. It just looks awful; awful to the point where any attempt to fix it wouldn't be enough to rescue it. I did try; it just decided to throw errors up at me whenever I chose style templates for the bloody thing. Nice work...

So there you go. A new year, a new 'back to basics' approach to self-promotion. Just me, my website & Twitter.

Oh, and this blog & podcast of course. But definitely NO FACEBOOK, okay? Most of you know my views on that bloody thing already.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Interview with Jim Hawkins & Gavin Baddeley from May 2010

I came across this footage while digging around in the back of the World Goth Day closet this morning.
It's a recording of an interview I had with Jim Hawkins on his morning show on Radio Shropshire from May 2010 about the Goth scene, which also included renowned occult author Gavin Baddeley on the telephone.
Typically, I sounded like a clueless idiot answering the simplest of questions; clearly it wasn't a good day for my brain and tongue to be in cahoots with each other. However, it's not a bad recording and should be shared rather than lost.

A couple of interviews from November...

I found out that 4Shared has a great little player widget which allows you to stream audio. With that in mind, here's two shows containing interviews from November 2010 with both Rhombus & Pretentious, Moi? respectively that shouldn't be lost forever in the ever-growing archive pile.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Nostalgia, good people and the service station that never was.

At the time of writing this I am a mere 2 days away from my 41st birthday; a good 11 years older than I initially thought I was ever going to live to. Like most people my age, I wish for little more than just a quiet day pottering about the house or in the pub. No socks, bathroom gift sets or humorous coffee mugs, just a bit of 'me-time' where I can relieve myself of the normal weekend duties I normally undertake. Also, like most people my age, I know I'm only going to accomplish about half a day at best of that, and will be grateful for whatever I can muster.

Prior to this non-milestone anniversary of the flesh, I was also breaking away from the normal weekend duties by taking a 4-hour solo road trip to Whitby, where I was to fulfil my guest DJ slot at Nostalgia, a goth night held around the Whitby Goth Weekend & founded by martin oldgoth (the lower casing of the name is deliberate and correct).

I quite like a long drive, though I'm not a huge fan of driving long distances without a companion. Circumstance dictated that was indeed going to be the case this time round, so my wife stocked up on large quantities of energy drinks for the trip. My companion for the journey was a three foot tall plastic skeleton who sat in the front passenger seat who didn't pay anything towards the petrol but was useful for hanging onto various wires & cables that were sprawling from the cigarette lighter socket into the iPod, mobile and sat-nav.

I managed to cover some serious distance before deciding that I needed to pee. Funny how long you can go before you see any service stops at all the precise moment you need to take a leak. Eventually a service stop emerged on the horizon the other side of the road, but had a slip road on my side which would presumably take me round to it. What it actually did was take me directly onto the same road back in the opposite direction, allowing me to watch the service stop disappear off to my left and add a whole bunch of miles onto my journey while still leaving me with a full bladder…

Anyway, bodily fluids aside, I arrived in Whitby at around 3pm and parked up at the Leisure Centre to the tumultuous roars (of laughter, it seems) emanating from the Whitby Gazette Football Stadium as Real Gothic were receiving somewhat of a ritual slaughtering from the Whitby Gazette team. I think the final score was 5-0. I know little about football but apparently that's not very good…

I caught up with Leeds based goth-rock combo Rhombus (minus backing vocalist Mya) for a long overdue and quite entertaining interview for Fadeout, which took place on the stands of the stadium. I've been wanting to get the dulcet tones of Ed Grassby & Co. onto the show for a long time, and I'm hoping to get that interview edited ready for airing as soon as possible, ie. next weekend.

The hunt for food was on, so after destroying a chip supper outside the Pavillion, I headed off to pick up Nightbreed Radio's DJ Wolfman who offered me a place to crash for the night while up in Whitby.

We arrived at the Raw Club to meet up with Martin, Velouria & Katy Kitten, whom I would be sharing the decks with for the night. Maybe I'm just lucky like that, but I do seem to get to DJ with the nicest people I could ever wish to meet (of course now that I've said that, the next person will turn out to be a complete arsehole or something…I hope not!).

Apart from the normal process of doing my set, popping outside for a ciggie and chatting, coming back in for a caffeinated beverage, listening to the other DJ's then taking my turn behind the decks again, I also managed to bag an impromptu interview with Tim Chandler & Gordon Young of Pretentious, Moi?, which only really happened by the magic of alcohol. Yes, they were quite drunk and would agree to anything. I supposed it was the journalistic equivalent of date rape in hindsight, but they put together a fairly cohesive dialogue which wouldn't even indicate that they ever been near a drink at all. 'Consummate professionals', and all that…

I also managed to chat to a few other people I hadn't seen for a while, not least Tron from Grooving In Green, who once again kept me amused with his drink-oriented tales of life in the moderately-paced lane.

After the evening/morning's proceedings, DJ Wolfman & I headed back home to eventually hit the sack at 4am Monday morning. Rock & Roll. Five hours of unconsciousness would pass before I was awoke from the bed with a cup of tea and a bacon sarnie (for which I will be ever grateful to Wolfman's other half, Mandy), followed by farewells then a smooth drive home to the family I was spending probably too much time missing.

It's still taking me several days to get over one late night. I must be getting bloody old…

Do you want to see the playlist from the DJ's at Nostalgia? Here it is:

Nostalgia @ Raw, Whitby 31-10-2010

Velouria Rose
Dead Can Dance - The Host of Seraphim
Cocteau Twins - Persephone
Dragons - Redemption
The Cranes - Adrift
Danse Society - The Theme
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Red Eyes and Tears
Blacklist - Poison for Tomorrow
The Opposite Sex - Turning Colours
Altered States - Tomorrow People

Cruel Britannia
Loud - D Generation
Torpedoes - Twisted Lovesong
Chatshow - Kings of Confusion
Marionettes - Like Christabel
The Cold - Summernight
Bauhaus - Spirit
The Last Cry - Haunting
The Cranes - Jewel

Katy Kitten
Rosetta Stone - Eye For The Main Chance
Nosferatu - Lucy is Red
Love Like Blood - Kiss and Tell
The Merry Thoughts - We Love To
Star Industry - Nineties
The Horatii - Daryll and Alicia
London After Midnight - Kiss

martin oldgoth
Lords of the New Church - Open Your Eyes
The Cult - Go West
The Cure - The Walk
Flesh for Lulu - Roman Candle
Chameleons - Everyday I'm Crucified
Joy Division - She's Lost Control (r)

Velouria Rose
Faith and the Muse - Sovereign
Fangs on Fur - F Boy F Girl (r)
Christ Vs Warhol - Paper Dolls (r)
The Cramps - Inside Out (r)
The Damned - New Rose (r)
The Stranglers - No More Heroes (r)
Virgin Prunes - Pagan Love Song (r)
Lords of the New Church - Russian Roulette (r)
Frankenstein - She Casts No Shadow
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Candyman

Cruel Britannia
Mount Sims - Grave
Anders Manga - The Last Alarm
Blacklist - Dawn of the Idols
Sisters of Mercy - Body Electric (r)
Bauhaus - Largartija Nick
The Cult - Resurrection Joe
Time Zone - World Destruction

Katy Kitten
Suspiria - Night Time
Corpus Delecti - Saraband
Sisters of Mercy - Ribbons
Garden of Delight - Shared Creation
Fields of the Nephilim - Psychonaut Lib III
Children on Stun - Sidelined (r)

martin oldgoth
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Happy House (r)
Rosetta Stone - If Only and Sometimes (r)
New Model Army - Poison Street (r)
Sisters of Mercy - Walk Away
Specimen - Returning From a Journey (r)
Gene Loves Jezebel - Desire
Japan - Quiet Life

Velouria Rose
The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
Killing Joke - Sanity
Clan of Xymox - Loiuse
Chameleons - Swamp Thing (r)
Pretentious Moi? - Living Dead and Undecided (r)
Pink Turns Blue - Missing You
Alien Sex Fiend - R.I.P (r)
Vampire Beach Babes - Tomb Mau Mau (r)
Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles (r)

Cruel Britannia
The Cramps - The Crusher
Zombie Ghost Train - Step Into My Coffin
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Cascade (r)
The Last Dance - Do You Believe in Angels (r)
Killing Joke - Kings and Queens
The Wake - Sideshow
The Marionettes - She Said

Katy Kitten
Suspiria - (Loved in) Emerald
Miranda Sex Garden - Peepshow
Manuskript - Rapscallion (coldheart mix)
Christian Death - Church of No Return
Rosetta Stone - ?
Emma Conquest - Such Pretty Things
The Horatii - Island of Zombie Women

martin oldgoth
Adam and the Ants - Zerox (r)
Sexbeat - Sexbeat
Ultravox - All Stood Still
Lene Lovich - Lucky Number
We've got a Fuzzbox... - XX Sex
James Ray - Texas (r)
The Ramones - Somebody Put Something In My Drink
The Cramps - Domino
Messer Chups - Music to Watch Zombie Girls By


Thursday, 21 October 2010

New (ish) show on Nightbreed Radio

November. Not an unusual month by any means, and carries no particular highlights (apart from my birthday-send me anything you like as long as it's cash), so it seems a good idea to break the cycle of its mundanity for once, and of that which has been quietly niggling away at the back of my mind with Fadeout.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm on average, quite happy with how the show has been going for the past three years, but while I have the space and flexibility to try something a little bit different in the format and the motivation to try it out, I'll do exactly that.
From Sunday 7th November 2010, Nightbreed Radio will play host to a new monthly show which will replace Fadeout's weekly airing, though Fadeout will air as normal on Phoenix Radio in the usual weekly format. It's an exerimental move for me, and if it doesn't work out then I'll simply put Fadeout back on the roster for Nightbreed.
Having racked my brains & agonised at length about a new show name, I decided on...The Other Fadeout Show.
It was funny at the time, and I appreciate how it gets steadily unfunnier the more time goes on, but as working titles go, it's at least accurate.
If I decide to change the show name in the future (likely) I'll let you know, but I'm still planning to have it aired at 8.00pm GMT every Sunday evening, just as Fadeout currently is being aired.
"The Other Fadeout Show" if of course, will be quite similar in feel to Fadeout, except each show will be aired for a whole month because (a) uploading a new show to the Radionomy server every week actually takes longer than the show lasts, and (b) unlike Fadeout, you've got more chance of catching the show 'on air' which will be the only option you'll have of hearing it as I'm not planning on releasing the show as a podcast.
Musically I'll be broadening the spectrum a little bit, though I'll still be keeping the Goth/Dark Alternative spirit of Fadeout alive within it.
I also see the show playing host to some great interviews I've aired in the past, so if you missed out on hearing Rogue from The Cruxshadows, Toyah Willcox, Voltaire, Fields Of The Nephilim, Peter Murphy, you'll get your chance to hear it again in the coming months.
The first instalment of The Other Fadeout Show will be scheduled for Sunday 7th November (my birthday, hint hint) at 8.00pm GMT. Please feel free to tune in and feel even more free to give me feedback on what you hear-did you like it, hate it were'nt able to tell the difference from any other Fadeout show?
To a certain degree your feedback will dictate what happens in the future. Right now I'm playing with ideas and feeling a little creative & inspired, so God only knows what I'll come up with next...

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Follow Friday.

There's a (bloody annoying) thing on Twitter called Follow Friday, denoted by the hashtag #FF.

It's one day in the week (Friday, obviously) where you recommend people you follow or who are following you to others.Strictly speaking by now, the whole concept of #FF should be redundant, because the point of saturation where everyone you follow now follows each other must have been met months ago.

But still, like sheep, we repeat the whole process over and over again without fail out of some misguided duty, like sending Christmas cards to relatives you don't even see once a year.
Depending on how long your #FF list is, it could take you all day to carry out the ritual. Who's got that amount of time on their hands? I know I don't...

Twitter's concept of making 'lists' for jobs like this is, like Twitter itself on occasion, frustratingly unusable.So this is why I've created this comprehensive #FF list of my own, and rather than type out every individual's name every week, I'll just post a link to this blog, adding & taking away names where I see appropriate.

If I've missed anyone out who consider themselves worthy of it, let me know.

DJ's & Radio Stations:


Other people of notable recommendation:



Tuesday, 28 September 2010

An interview with Fuzzbox on Fadeout

itunes pic

FADEOUT October 2nd-3rd features an interview with the UK's most successful all-girl indie band...FUZZBOX!

Shortly before taking to the stage at Shifnal Arts Festival last weekend, Vix, Mags & Jo chatted with me about their origins, what they did, why they stopped then got back together years later, what they're up to now and why Cliff Richard is lovely/a f*cking w*nker.

To hear FADEOUT, tune in (log on, whatever) every Saturday at 7.00pm (GMT) on Phoenix Radio and every Sunday at 8.00pm (GMT) on Nightbreed Radio.

If you miss it, you can download the podcasts of up to the past 7 shows at

The latest info on Fuzzbox can be found at

Just think; if they'd stuck it out through the '90's, we might not have had to put up with the Spice Girls...

UPDATE: for the next few weeks you can download the podcast from my Podomatic page here, or more permanently from the Fadeout Archives, here.

Friday, 10 September 2010

...I guess you had to be there.

When I'm at work, I occasionally email TJ Nexus, the presenter of Phoenix Radio's Twilight Zone. This week his interests have turned to gathering almost everything on the ZTT label, responsible for such acts as The Art Of Noise, Propaganda and Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
His closet passion for the latter act is legendary among our friend network, if you bear in mind that we only have a small social circle.
This is his short re-enactment of Paul Rutherford joining Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Holly (on phone to talent agent):- I'm looking for an icon, someone that impresses on first glance, someone that looks like they take no messing, a god on the dancefloor, a backing vocalist with the voice of an angel.
Agent:- Well, I have a half baked Freddie Mercury lookalike you can have cheap...
Holly:- Is he gay?
Agent:- As a window, sir.
Holly:- Sold.
Personally, I always had my suspicions about their butch looking drummer. He's clearly in denial...

Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Unfortunately, the integration of the email address function into Myspace leads to some rather interesting occurrences that don't quite make it into the Spam folder despite all attempts to prevent online crime being prevalent within its system.
Here's an email trail which demonstrates the Great British tradition of "if it sounds too good to be true, it normally is".
(Being an email trail, you sort of have to read it from the bottom up for it to make sense.)
Using my own email address instead of the World Goth Day account was so that I could bring it outside of the work-restricted internet and construct a meaningful response in my own time (c/o the office of course).
At the time of posting this blog, I'm still awaiting a reply. I doubt I'll get one...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Cruel Brit@nnia <>
Date: 18 Aug 2010 10:09

Hi Mr. Larry,
In my rush to respond to you at the very thought of being able to roll around on my bed in a blanket of used ten pound notes like they occasionally do in tired old '70's bank job flicks, a flash of common sense annoyingly took me & compelled me to stop in my tracks to send you over just a couple of pointers.
(1) The last time I looked, and to be fair I haven't travelled to London an awful lot recently, the unit of currency in our glorious capital was to the best of my knowledge the Great British Pound, exactly the same as the rest of the country. You'll find that this sort of pattern is followed in several other countries, if not all of them.
Being from London yourself as your address suggests, you might have noticed this too.
Consequently, I'm a little curious as to why I might have been sent the somewhat automated response below asking for details in a manner befitting an American application form for use of the World Goth Day logo in an advertisment for Blackberry on a poster in Luton station, or whatever the location you initially stated was.
(2) I'm hardly going to find use for, or ever want an agent who lives in a different country to me, or for that matter be insane enough to merrily send vast quantities of cash to one on the basis that something that took me an evening to create in Photoshop would be used to advertise a mobile telephone.
Don't get me wrong. I like the Blackberry. I beleive that the co-founder of World Goth Day whom I've BCC'd into this email regularly likes to use his to have a wee chuckle at emails such as this one (who says us goths have no sense of humour?). An image which I have given to the entire world to use how it likes to promote World Goth Day can, as long as I'm paid for it, be used to promote a cool gadget, because if any finanical gain is to be made from the logo, it should be made by the guy who created it.
You came to me via Myspace to ask permission to use the WGD logo in a Blackberry advertisment.
That's absolutely cool by me. It's about time I earned a bit of cash from my dabblings in graphic design. Just send me a cheque or better still, get Blackberry to send me a handset (the new Torch looks fantastic) & email me a photo of the poster in all its glory in Luton station to stick on Myspace before some jobless hoodie scrawls a huge Victorian moustache on it or a big cock going into its mouth or something (to my knowledge, that's what tends to happen to great works of art mounted on the walls of any public area).
But never, ever ask me to sign a 'legal' contract or send vast sums of money to an invisible agent.
It would have been quicker to just have sent an email with the word 'SCAM' in it & click 'send'.
However, if by any chance you're actually legitimately asking permission to use the World Goth Day logo, do accept my apologies for wanting to press the matter a little further. All you need to do is follow what I stated above and I'll be happy.
Understandably, I don't get a lot of emails asking me to send money to the People's Republic of Americania. They tend to come from the family of a recently deceased rich relative I didn't know about in Nigeria, the Euro Lottery office in Holland or wherever and land in my spam folder.
Actually, totally ignore my request details for a Blackberry.
If you don't mind, can you just pay me with a nice bottle of Zinfandel, as it seems that you happen to share the same address as AdVintage Wines, whom I've also BCC'd into this email just to let them know that someone is using their address as a business contact? I'm sure they're aware of this, but you never know, do you?
Have a wonderful day, I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Kind regards,
DJ Cruel Britannia.

On 18/08/2010, BLACKBERRY BILLBOARD ADVERT. <> wrote:

We quite appreciate your swift response concerning the modeling contract.Your profile picture has been accepted by the agency, "DREAM MODEL AGENCY" as one of the preferred pictures for the BLACKBERRY
Billboard advert @ Heathrow  Airport London, We don't discriminate sizes or shapes of individual models, we just acknowledge gorgeous pictures and use it for commercials. The financier will dispatch payment to you by courier service.

You will receive a Cheque or Money order (
$3,000) as payment for the billboard contract. You'll also be sent an agreement Form M20 via email. When you receive payment you will take out the 20% of the total sum for your gorgeous pictures that is being used, after which you proceed to sending the balance over to your appointed agent  for Legal Documentation of the deal. This payment will also be used as "sign-up fee" with the agent. I'll be waiting your urgent response with the following information:








Hope to read from you soon.

Mr Larry.
Financier:Dream model agency. London
 58 Buckleigh Avenue, Merton Park
London SW20 9JZ

> Subject: World Goth Day logo
> From:
> Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 07:00:28 +0100
> To:
> Hi,
> Further to the correspondence initiated by your email regarding the use of the World Goth Day logo in a Blackberry advertisement, as the designer of the logo I give you permission to use the design pending further details in what context you wish to use it, and any other information regarding your offer to pay for its use.
> DJ Cruel Britannia
> Co-Founder,
> World Goth Day.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Campaign to get The Wake to play live again.

DJ martin oldgoth convinced them that releasing a best of would be a good idea. They released BLACKlist in 2008.
He pushed them a little more and they released a new track, 'Emily Closer'.
He tried to get them to play live again, and all the band are really up for it.
...except vocalist Troy who feels that there's not enough people  who would want to see them again. 
oldgoth, of course, wasn't going to settle for no as an answer. He's funny like that.
He's campaigning for The Wake to play live and rightly so. They're a fantastic band with an enormous roster of great songs, the type that deserve to be blasted from a venue's PA system with a live band as the source of input. Nightbreed Radio will no doubt be thrusting quite a bit of The Wake into the airtime because promotion of the goth scene is what it's all about for the station. Especially the stubborn, hard to motivate areas that normally require scrubbing or boil washing.

You can find martin oldgoth's FaceBonk group by searching for "campaign to get the wake to play live again". Join it and get Troy to change his mind. You know you want to, and deep down, you know he wants to as well.
Tags: The Wake, gothic, rock, bloody ace, oldgoth, stubborn, git, won't, take, no, for, an, answer, thank, god

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Album Review: Grooving In Green, 'Post Traumatic Stress'.

By nature I don't write reviews.
They're often carried out by journalists who have a couple of decades of musical knowledge behind them either as a fan or a failed musician (you can usually tell which type by the amount of negativity & pickiness you read in the review).
Besides that I tend to ramble off on a tangent.
I know it doesn't sound like one, but when you're presented with the opportunity to give a constructive opinion on an album by a band consisting of a bunch people you already got to know well, consider mates AND you're a fan of their music, it's a sodding tricky job.
'POST TRAUMATIC STRESS' is the forthcoming album by Grooving In Green. It follows the release of two EP's, 'Ascent' and 'Dirt', selected tracks from which are included in this album. At just 10 tracks and a tickle over 35 minutes long it's seems almost too short, but when I think back to some of the stuff I've bought in the past that ran well into the 65-70 minute arena, I also remember skipping through the odd track regarding them as 'fillers'. I'm pleased to report that if this album lacks anything other than length, it's fillers. No prog-rock episodes, no pointless remix versions of album tracks at the end, nothing like that. Just ten songs with a reason to be there.
The golden fingers of Steven Carey (Eden House/Adoration) are all over the production & recording yet at the same time, held back enough to display the band's capabilities in the manner which they deserve. Production is glossy yet aggresive; Tron's vitriolic delivery is well balanced against Simon Manning & Pete Finnemore's wall of guitars and the pace of the tracks throughout the album is kept relentlessly constant, driving and soulful. Only one track, 'Some Kind Of Saviour' relaxes the pace a little, but even then it swiftly attacks at its chorus, backs off for the second verse to allow you to breathe only to get a run-up for another ambush...
Apparently Steven Carey's guitar & Tony Petitt's bass make a guest appearance in the album, but I was hard pushed to tell even though I knew already. Any guest efforts are made to build the songs here; not to feature, and that's a good thing in my books. Simon delivers some tasty bass alongside his guitar duties. The brief is uncomplicated playing with justified flourishes here and there to give the songs foundation.
As I mentioned before, selected tracks from their previous EP's make an appearance here; 'Premonition' and 'Dirt'. They bear only a slight resemblance to their previous incarnations after they've been put through the 'Gok Wan' treament of sleek production, double-tracked vocal takes and mystically enhanced guitars. In comparison, the EP's only gave you a rudimentary taste of what was to come much later from the now expanded, enhanced and steroid-fed creatures they are now.
I tried putting the whole album on 'shuffle' on my iPod after the second run-through to see if the playlist would bear rearranging. Most of the songs still flowed from one track to the other well, which is a rare occurrence. Try it yourself with an album of your choice and you might see what I mean.
'Post Traumatic Stress' is a finished product; a tight album with all the right noises you'd expect to hear from them. Guitars are the weapons here; minimal keyboard work is used throughout because it's a rock album; a 'Top Gear' CD for the darkly inclined.
I haven't seen the finished cover art yet as I was sent the album via email but I'd put money on the physical CD version looking as sexy as it sounds. Maybe they should release a limited edition CD version that comes with a housebrick to hit yourself in the face with at the start of each track, because frankly, I can't think of any other way of improving it.
Much has already been said time and time over about their origins (2/3rds Children On Stun, 1/3 Solemn Novena, blah, blah, etc.).
I personally think it's time to start referring to them as a band in their own right, justifiably resurrecting the good elements of '80's & '90's gothic rock. They've grown hairs in all the right places & stopped using as many Stun tracks to build their live sets.
Ladies and Gentlemen; Grooving In Green are open for business. Please obtain your copy of 'Post Traumatic Stress' the millisecond it's released.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Peter Murphy: The Fadeout Interview.

Charismatic Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy talks to Cruel Britannia about his upcoming solo 'Dirty Dirt' tour (see dates below) and recent cameo appearance as 'The Cold One' in the latest instalment of the Twilight films, 'Eclipse'.
Peter is also adding the finishing touches to his new studio album 'NINTH', which is due for release in the Autumn.

You can catch the interview on Fadeout on Phoenix Radio on Saturday 24th July and Nightbreed Radio on Sunday 25th July.


Fri, July 30 – Aletejo, Portugal – Evora Festival Alentajo
Sun, Aug 1 – Wolverhampton, UK – The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton Civic Halls
Mon, Aug 2 – Glasgow, Lanarkshire – UK Classic Grand
Tues, Aug 3 – Dublin, Ireland UK – The Button Factory
Thurs, Aug 5 – London, UK – Electric Ballroon
Fri, Aug 6 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sat, Aug 7 – Blackpool, UK – Rebellion Festival
Sun, Aug 8 – Hamilton, ON Canada – Festival of Friends
Tues, Aug 10 – Toronto, ON Canada – Lee's Palace
Additional worldwide dates to be added

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Introducing...Nightbreed Radio!

Out of the ashes of Radio Nightbreed comes a brand new dynamic station that features THE BEST and darkest music in the world...NIGHTBREED RADIO.

Our intention is to play the widest selection of tracks covering 80’s and 90’s classics as well as the underground releases of today from the Goth, Darkwave, Deathrock, Industrial and Dark Alternative genres. Even the automated playlist consists almost entirely of hand-selected tracks by its DJ's, so that you will experience less of that 'album filler' broadcast when you tune in at any time.

All of this painted upon the backdrop of the world renowned label, Nightbreed Recordings.

Nightbreed Radio is home to the hottest and most regarded Gothic DJ’s and shows as well as the coolest playlists in the world; a lot of hard work has been going on in the background to present what you will hear and see from today!

So how do you listen to this station?

1. You can head to our page at

Once you are there you can click on the page player or use any of the links to open the stream in any media player of your choice such as Itunes, Windows Media Player or Winamp

2 You can also get an iPhone app to listen to our station whilst you are on the move on your Iphone!

Just download the "Tuner" app from the app store (which costs about £ 3.00). Add the code below, name the station, then click 'add to bookmarks'.

Bands-we want you to send us your music to be part of the Nightbreed Radio Revolution.
Promoters-send us your event details so that we can spread the word.
The rest of you-tune in and spread the word. Let us know what you think of the station as Nightbreed Radio will only be as good as the people it serves!

Join the revolution!

Friday, 16 July 2010

All I need for 20 minutes...

A broadband internet connection at optimum working capability.
A house bereft of any inside or outside noise.
No salesmen or visitors of any kind.
Backup equipment running alongside main setup.
The Gods of technology smiling upon me.
As long as I have all of these together in one place at one time next week I shall have something special for you to listen to on the weekend 24th/25th July.
I'll update this accordingly after the event.

Monday, 5 July 2010

A time for change and giving.

Last week it was decided that Nightbreed Recordings and the social network site Pray Silence would part company. As of this weekend, Radio Nightbreed is no longer a going concern.
Very soon, Nightbreed Radio will be broadcasting from Radionomy with many of the original DJ's including myself, and will in all likelihood keep the same schedules for most of the shows.
We hope to give you the same if not better listening experience, and as we're operating the station as a team rather than one person looking after everything, we'll also try to give you far more 'uptime' than previously experienced when listening to Radio Nightbreed.
In the meantime, you can still hear Fadeout every week on Phoenix Radio ( every Saturday at 7.00pm GMT or download the podcast at as normal.
I'm also working on a podcast archive which will serve two purposes; (1) to make every show available since the beginning of the year as a download in case you missed any from way back, and (2) as a backup in case once again, my podcast page bandwidth allowance craps out. The price of popularity, I guess...
Watch this space; I'll be updating my official website this week with an archive page. If demand calls for it, I'll archive most or all of 2009's podcasts too.
I'm just too bloody generous to you lot, aren't I?

I've just included a link to the archives on my Downloads page at

(I've also increased the text size of this blog so Martin Oldgoth can read it. He said it was too small. Between you & me, I think his eyes are going with age... ;-)

Monday, 28 June 2010

Corporate Tree-Hugging. A Brief Insight.

With little to entertain me this weekend other than the distant strains of drunken singing in the streets of my neighbourhood on a Saturday night (let's face it, NOBODY sang the following night-Thanks, Germany), I resigned myself to catching the late night BBC coverage of Glastonbury Festival.
I watched little bits of Pet Shop Boys live, their performace alternating between somewhat entertaining & unique, right through to woeful examples of PA problems and forgetting the lyrics to 'Left To My Own Devices'-a travesty, I tell you!
I missed Gorillaz, but then I wasn't sure when they were going to be on. I caught Shakira by accident; the wiggly hips and all that onstage lapdancing she does is somewhat lost when she hasn't got a scrap of makeup on. It's Glastonbury, FFS. Make an effort, girl...
Now I have to say that I like Muse. Their albums and live sets are often quite staggering; I'd give vital organs to be able to play as well as their bassist. 'Hysteria' is an amazing song.
This weekend they were at best, all noise and trousers; their heart wasn't quite in it. The highlight of the set was of course, U2's Edge strolling on stage while playing the opening guitar part to 'Where The Streets Have No Name' which was as magical as it sounds, and my gawd they did the song justice. If you can iPlayer it or whatever then do so immediately.
Overall though, when did one of the UK's biggest festivals suddenly become 'Now That's What I call Music Live'??? I mean, Dizzy Rascal???
I'm pretty sure the rot set in with the BBC and their repeated entire-set coverage of Macey bloody Gray back in 2000, compared to the woefully minimal coverage (1 song, and not even their best) of one of the actual headliners; a certain 'not on our corporate playlist' Nine Inch Nails.
I attended the 2000 festival, and just to briefly remind you of the musical calibre back then, among the enormous lineup was Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Moby, Chemical Brothers, Leftfield, Fat Boy Slim, Utah Saints, Asian Dub Foundation, Muse, Elastica, Death In Vegas, Moloko, Wannadies, Bloodhound Gang and Semisonic (remember them? Me hardly, either). Oh, and bloody Travis, who were as commercially omnipotent back then as that bastard Oasis lot.
However, there was not a single girlgroup, boyband or Pop Idol winner in the mix. This was of course, back then when music journalists had testicles and major record companies knew better than to put forward their latest androgynous stick insect as a lineup entry. Glastonbury is now so corporate I wouldn't be surprised if the Hare Krishna stall was sponsored by Orange. 
Bah. The 'too posh to mudslide' generation get everything they deserve. Which apparently this weekend was heatstroke and one or two heart attack fatalities. Porschia & Tarquin will be as red as lobsters, mindless on weak cannabis, get picked up by Mummy in Daddy's four-by-four after abandoning their tent and losing their iphones and will in total, have contributed precisely fuck all to the spirit of what was once the biggest fringe festival in the UK.
So, you may ask, why am I ranting about something that I would never ever grace with my presence again?
Imagine if Wave Gotik Treffen was suddenly sponsored by Hot Topic?
Ahh, NOW you're shitting yourselves, aren't you?

Monday, 14 June 2010

Does anyone else see the irony...

...of me keeping a finger on the pulse of a music scene which mostly writes songs about...death?
Just thought I'd ask.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

I don’t want to sign up to MyFaceFreaks!

For some time now I've managed to evade following the herd in many aspects of life; music tastes, attitude, political and philosophical opinion and not least, fashion. If I've managed to achieve anything at all in this life it's the deft avoidance of joining in.

Where technology is an issue I don't so much avoid it as take a fleeting glance when all the bugs have been worked out. I generally believe that the people who dive head first into anything new are the ones who will have their time taken up with having to reassess their approach, continuously amend, upgrade, abandon, and ultimately end up out of pocket both in finances and time-you can't get either back easily if at all.

The same can be said for social networking. It was a good while before I created a Myspace page, and even then I wasn't sure what I'd use it for. I was primarily a musician years ago so of course being me, I made the first mistake of creating a 'personal' page rather than a 'band' page. So I had to close that down and start again. Once I'd done that I experienced trouble trying to get my music into the little Flash player thing. Then there was the page customisation and…oh my god, pretty much everything was hassle.

After several months I got the hang of it, used it to its full potential, then just as I was able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labour, swapped tack to be a DJ. At least then I didn't have to change my Myspace profile to a personal one, I just had to make a few text changes.
Meanwhile, it was about that time when everybody started to migrate in droves to Facebook.

Being the stubborn bugger I was, I staunchly refused. From what I could see, it wasn't customisable enough, had no music player support and was generally fiddly to use. Then even more people slowly migrated to it which really left me baffled.

What was the problem with Myspace? Nothing that I could see, apart from when they automatically (and almost stealthily) allowed band profiles to accept any old friend request from clearly inappropriate profiles 'for our convenience'. Bad Myspace; very bad social networking site. You caused me much frustration when all I got was additions by metal bands and hip hop labels that, lets face it, were sent by someone not intelligent or respectful enough to even take a look at my page. They see the 'DJ' at the beginning of my profile name and immediately think I'm going to be a target audience. Doctor Who is a Timelord. He flits round space in a telephone box and zaps daleks. I wouldn't take my high blood pressure problem to him just because he has 'Doctor' in his name, would I?

Then of course there's the irritatingly imposing Flash header adverts that expand all over the page you're trying to read just because your mouse pointer was a few pixels too near the bottom of it for a split second. It then takes a while to find the 'close' icon to get rid of it, by which time you've apparently ingested all of the information that the oh-so-clever marketing guy thinks you should have done whilst struggling to get shot of it.

Here's news for you, marketing guy; it's atrocious, invasive advertising. I'm not reading the details of the advert; I'm trying to find the 'close' icon. If I ever meet the person responsible for them I will more than likely cheerily stab them in the eyes with a plastic chip fork.

Anyway, I sorted that problem out easily enough. By then though, the rot had certainly started to creep in; Myspace was becoming as quiet as an old folks home post nuclear winter, and Facebook was filling up with its desperate refugees…

Nowadays, I'm a 'Twitter' man (and a 'Blogspot' man, obviously). Twitter blows away the competition when it comes to getting a message out in 140 characters or less; World Goth Day is evidence of this. To ramble on in further detail requires this blog page, and all I have to do is pop a message in Twitter about a new blog and people will come to read it without needing to sign in, give blood. No commitment, nothing. It's insanely simple.

The one infuriating thing about Twitter, though more about other users than the platform itself, is the synchronised 'links' thrown out by cross-connected social networking sites, worst of all, Facebook. There's been many a time when someone posts a tweet which might be interesting, so I click the associated link and presto; a bloody Facebook sign in is required to read the rest of the post or view the photo gallery. Thanks for that dead-end link, guys. No, really…

Nothing on earth is important enough make me sign up to yet another social networking site just to read something that probably isn't as life-essential as first thought. I've toyed with the idea, but right now Facebook is having a lot of bad publicity with its security issues. I'm too scared to submit little more than a username and password in fear of it having enough information on me to allow a kid in Pennsylvania to organise a Facebook House Party at my home while I'm at work. To quote a good friend of mine, "'s usually just telling me someone I don't know is doing something I don't care about and then demanding I take a quiz about it...". Well, screw that for a game of soldiers. Doesn't that sound suspiciously like work to you? If I had to dutifully log in each day, read some information then answer random queries, I'd expect to be paid for it.

I have constantly bemoaned social networking sites as been the cause of death of the 'official' band website. It's made bands lazy; their 'dot com' addresses frequently lead to landing pages which promptly redirect you to Myspace or Facebook pages. Almost any shred of originality and artistic quality are either discarded or suppressed in favour of uniform looking blocks of text and graphics. When even large corporate bodies see fit to sign up to Facebook pages and Twitter accounts in order to be seen around the world, you know we're in trouble (and I don't even need to point out the irony of such bodies imposing lockdowns on accessing such sites at work).

It's time to take back what is yours and not let your life become the intellectual property of backroom geeks that you've never met and who have full access to it. I won't waste my time or yours telling you why because it'll never happen. Seeing as I can't convince everyone to go and delete their social networking accounts for the sake of their own identity, and to be fair I put a LOT of time into getting my rarely updated Myspace page looking something like coherent to just go and erase all my work, maybe I can politely ask one request of all Twitter users:

If you're going to synchronise all your 'potential identity fraud outlets' to send a Tweet, please make it publicly viewable.

Meanwhile, here's my request of the internet in general:

Dear Internet,

Just give me the information quickly and without consequence. I don't want to sign in. I don't want to create an account. I don't want to register for a monthly newsletter. I don't want to enhance my old feller or purchase a Thai bride.

And I certainly don't want to take a bloody quiz.

Monday, 24 May 2010

On the flipside...

This is bloody legendary. Psycho Clown from the WGW forum; we salute you.

World Goth Day; The Holiday Blues Effect

Imagine being shut in a cargo container for five months and having the exterior repeatedly hammered by a hundred people with baseball bats for twenty four hours a day, then all of a sudden, stop. That's how it feels today. It's the feeling you get when you come back from a holiday; that sort of downward spiral into reality that wipes the smile off your face and all you have to show for it is a straw donkey and sunburn (or in my case a WGD badge currently living on my waistcoat).
I'm sat at my desk with Ikon quietly playing away on my iPod and flicking through the odd spreadsheet adding invoices to them like the weekend never happened. I'm keen to start working on next year's World Goth Day immediately.
I don't think Martin Oldgoth & I ever saw the reaction to this year being so huge, at least online, which is where all the correspondance with several promoters, website owners and members of the general goth scene took place. We've received emails and forum replies from promoters saying that they've had turnouts they hadn't seen for a long time, people who have driven for up to five hours to get to events that I imagine normally wouldn't go to that sort of effort and expense.
World Goth Day wasn't just a success, it restored my faith in humanity or at least the Goth scene; quite the opposite of the disillusioned stereotype that us Gothic types are supposed to live to.
For the rest of the year, there will in all likelihood be muted activity on the WGD forum, maybe a couple of weeks of reminiscing and photograph sharing, occasional bouts of adrenaline fuelled "what are we going to do next year?" and suchforth. I'm half tempted to put it and the website into hibernation straight away for the next six months so it doesn't look abandoned and dusty like a much loved childhood rocking horse in the attic. People don't want to see an annual museum exhibit; they'd much rather see a plaquard in its place, "Back in six months-See you in 2011". I guess I'm just reacting from my own 'holiday blues' right now, and will probably replace that notion quite quickly with a more optimisitc one after a few days. But oh, what a ride. And so many passengers.
Thank you, Goth scene.
Thank you everyone who ran the social network pages on Facebook, VampireFreaks and anywhere else we might not have been aware of.
Thank you to the people who run online and FM radio stations who took interest and even played music which wouldn't normally be part of the playlist policy. Radio Nightbreed, Phoenix Radio and BBC Radio Shropshire, I'm looking at you, personally, though I equally acknowledge those for whom with some embarassment I forget the name of at the time of writing this.
Thank you to the DJ's who donated their time and talents to create special WGD shows for people who couldn't leave the house for one reason or other to hear and join in with the celebrations.
Thank you to the Bloggers, Magazines and journalists who promoted our cause to people who would otherwise have missed our attempt to promote World Goth Day elsewhere.
Thank you to the promoters who took a chance on an event simply made up on the spot, and of course,
Thank you to the people who got woke up, dressed up, left the house where possible and even drove for hours to meet up with friends or people they've never even met before.
Thank you to my family who put up with me and of course, Mr. Oldgoth for sticking with this insane idea in the first place. It simply wouldn't have happened without his help.

Right. I have invoices to reciept. See you later.

Friday, 21 May 2010

World Goth Day. Not quite the Olympics.

I wrote an email to the newsroom of the Shropshire Star, my local newspaper the other day.
Seeing as they were all foaming and gushy about the new mascots for the 2012 Olympics being unveiled in the little village of Much Wenlock (just up the road from my house, incidentally) I thought, quite misguidedly, that if they like things that come from Telford and have potentially become world famous, they might like to have a copy of the press release we've been giving out to magazines for the World Goth Day articles you might see dotted about the 'tinterweb.
After all, the Olympic Mascots ('Wenlock' and whatever the other one is called) resemble a weird interbreeding between the T-2000 robot from Terminator 2 and the symptoms of bronchitis. But if they're willing to cover that, surely they must be suitably motivated enough to go out looking for another 'local man made good' story?
Apparently the answer to that is a resounding no. I heard exactly f*ck all from them.
Maybe I underestimated just how 'undergorund' the underground scene actually is. I'm completely immersed in the Goth scene, so my judgement of how important World Goth Day is to todays society may well be clouded.

Yes, I may be being cruel about the Olympic mascots, but equally I'm still sore about the amount of public money which went into the 2012 Olympics logo, which looks like one of those paintings you get when you give an elephant a brush and an easel, or as my good friend TJ Nexus once said, " looks like Lisa Simpson giving head".

Never mind. I'm quite happy to be living in a delusional state where World Goth Day is more important than the result of the General Election, a cure for cancer or finding out exactly what the f*ck is going on in the last episode of Ashes To Ashes.

I shan't be bothering the busy denizens of the Shropshire Star again; they're clearly to preoccupied with being on the starting blocks for the next big scoop.
After all, it's not every day that a local and quite nameless MP will be standing on the outskirts of some tattered third world Telford estate, needing desperately to be photographed pointing awkwardly at a pothole on a main road.

Sorry. My mistake. It is.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Phoenix Radio: The World Goth Day Takeover.

Its World Goth Day on May 22nd, and Phoenix Radio kindly donated a whole bunch of airtime to me to fill up with back to back goth shows & mixes.

I would like to loudly thank Nigel Wordsworth who runs Phoenix Radio for offering up the airtime in the first place, and of course fellow Nightbreed DJ's Martin Oldgoth, DJ Po, DJ Wolfman and DJ Ghost of Charnel House Radio for contributing shows especially for World Goth Day, without these people, you'd only have an hour of goth to listen to on Phoenix Radio on the 22nd May!

The mixes inbetween the shows are ones that I've previously had aired on Radio Nightbreed apart from 'Oldgoth's Girlie Show Mix' which is obviously Martin's mix.

12.00 - 80s & 90s Gotherama
13.00 - Charnel House WGD Special
14.00-16.00 - Wolfmans Monster Mash
16.00 - Oldgoth's Girlie Show_Mix
17.00 - Trinity Show World Goth Day Special
18.00 - Winterborne
19.00-21.00 - Fadeout WGD Special
21.00 - Hex In The City Revisited
22.00-00.00 - Thirteen13 WGD Special

Tune in to Phoenix Radio on

I've just got wind that the initial 12 hour takeover has been extended to *24 HOURS* as the schedule will be repeated after midnight so that international listeners can catch it all too.

How great is that?

12 noon to midnight of 22nd May: First play
Midnight to noon: repeats (4pm - 4am US Eastern time)

So everyone should be able to listen in wherever they are in the world. Nice.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

World Goth Day; The work so far (by absolutely everyone it seems)...

As normal, I was dead set against the concept of working for a living, so instead of battling with Excel I decided to crack open a healthy session of heavily restricted corporate internet access and Google "World Goth Day" and "" to see how far word has spread about the partially insane concept me & Mr. Oldgoth had launched earlier this year off the back of 2009's 1-week campaign in the UK.
Stuff me; there's pages and pages of results that don't repeat the same hit.
It makes interesting reading for someone who likes to watch humanity do its thing without any particular restrictions. Most results are from discussion forum threads which either treat the concept with total disdain ("why would I want to celebrate Goth Day? I'm a goth EVERY day!"), a little bit of disinterest, extreme suspicion as if there's some sinister marketing ploy behind it to hike up the price of event tickets or something equally bizarre, or treat it with enthusiasm ranging from mild curiosity to the peak of conceptgasm. Other results are journalistic reports about World Goth Day and event announcements by promoters, working hard as usual to get the word out about their impending celebrations.
Either way you look at it, the idea really has travelled some serious distance and frankly, I'm utterly stunned.
Just to put the point across, World Goth Day is something belonging to every goth across the planet. It's not something that is owned by me, Mr. Oldgoth or any of the people who have kindly given their time to run the social networking pages associated with WGD. It's an idea that without other people taking it on, doesn't exist. Obviously I'm chuffed to bits that I decided to run with the ball that was first presented by BBC 6Music in the first place, when they aired a subculture weekend from 21st-23rd May 2009 ('Goth Day' was on the 22nd May). I'm equally chuffed that I was backed both actively & spiritually by so many people around the world. The team behind the Goth Cruise documentary DVD have decided to release it on May 22nd to coincide with World Goth Day. The Sophie Lancaster 'Hope' compilation album will also be released on the same day. Several promoters around the world have organised events in the name of WGD, and many other things, too many to mention here, are all happening just over a week before this blog was posted to celebrate the gothic subculture on the almost literal say-so of a goth DJ from Telford.
For that reason I'd like to publicly thank every single person involved in some way with making World Goth Day so huge in its first official year of existence. With any luck, it'll be bigger next year and only grow over the consecutive years. But that will only happen as long as the idea is pushed every year; we can't rest on our laurels yet because disinterest can settle in much quicker than any work to promote it. With any luck I'll still be one of the people at the forefront of it nagging the world to join in for years to come. Who knows...

Sunday, 9 May 2010

The S.O.P.H.I.E fundraiser playlist. Since you ask.

Better late than never.
Here's the full playlist of the DJ's involved in the S.O.P.H.I.E fundraiser held at the Whitby Pavillion on April 22nd. As you can see just by the songs, it was a cracking night to do.

martin oldgoth
Creatures - Simoom
Autumn - Desert Winds of Jezebel
Among The Weeds - Beauty
The Eden House - The Dark Half
Collide - Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing
Drowning Season - Heaven Falls Hard
Abney Park - Under The Radar
Kooper Kain - Icy Stars

penfolds nemesis
In Strict Confidence - Silver Bullets
Diary of Dreams - Giftraum
Clan of Xymox - Farewell
Anders Manga - Mercy Seat
IAMX - Nightlife
Deine Laiken - Where You Are
She Wants Revenge - Tear You Apart

Children on Stun - Hollow
Chameleons - Don't Fall
Bolshoi - Happy Boy
Ghost Dance - Celebrate
Nick Cave - I Had a Dream Joe
Dance Society - We're So Happy
Dragons - Here Are The Roses
Ikon - Ghost in my Head

Cabaret Voltaire - Nag Nag Nag
Danse Society - Heaven is Waiting
B Movie - Nowhere Girl
Siouxsie - Fireworks
Suspiria - Alledgedly Dancefloor Tragedy
Nightporter - Blood Rite
Danielle Dax - Cathouse

Cruel Britannia
Furniture - Brilliant Mind
Anders Manga - Last Alarm
Last Dance - Do You Beleive in Angels?
Blacklist - Shock in the Hotel Falcon
Solemn Novena - As Darkness Falls
All About Eve - Flowers in our Hair

martin oldgoth
Autumn Cannibals - Monument to Shame
Andi Sex Gang / Marc Almond - The Hungry Years
New Model Army - Dawn
Rosetta Stone - Eye For The Main Chance
March Violets - Walk Into The Sun

penfolds nemesis
Orgy - Blue Monday
Pink Turns Blue - Dynamite
De/Vision - Addict
Depeche Mode - I Feel You

E Nomine - Mitternacht
Cruxshadows - Cruelty
The Eden House - To Beleive in Something
Sleeping Dogs Wake - This Little Piggy
Miranda Sex Garden - Peepshow

Eyes of the Nightmare Jungle - Shadowdance
Iggy Pop - The Passenger
Fad Gadget - Collapsing New People

Cruel Britannia
Creatures - Right Now
Killing Joke - Eighties
Shatner and Jackson - Common People