Out NOW! Basczax – Music From The Post Punk Dystopia 1979-80

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Basczax – Music From The Post Punk Dystopia 1979-80

Basczax were a British post-punk band that was formed in Redcar in August 1978.

The musicians were : Mick Todd (bass), Jeff Fogarty (saxophone), Alan Savage (2) (guitar, vocals), both members of member of The Flaming Mussolinis
Plus Nigel Trenchard (keyboards), Cog (drums) both later replaced by John Hodgson (keyboards), Alan Cornforth (drums), both from Blitzkrieg Bop

In February 2010, four members from the 1979-80 line-up (Alan Savage, Jeff Fogarty, John Hodgson & Mick Todd) started to record and released a digital album entitled This Machine Rocks was released on 1 September 2010.


Songs 1978 – 2010 by Richard Sanderson

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For the second release in Linear Obsessional’s “Retro Linear” series, we present a collection of songs recorded over a 32 year period by Richard Sanderson.

We have taken the unusual step of allowing tracks to be downloaded individually, as there is a wide stylistic variety.

“I am now mainly known as an experimental musician and free improviser. This collection, however, focuses on the other side of my work – as a singer and songwriter. This is an area I don’t really work in any more – my band “Foulkestone” (with Jude Cowan Montague) only performs traditional material, and I have found that traditional song can express more than enough of the things I’d like to say. So this is something of a “goodbye to all that”

The tracks on this collection run from “Hollow Call” recorded by an early version of Drop in 1978 to “Quill” a solo recording from 2010. Other tracks were recorded by the groups Halcyon Days and The Euphoria Case (in several incarnations)

The recordings range from 24 track studio recordings to mono cassette recordings. All the recordings have been re-mastered where ever possible from the original tapes.”
Richard Sanderson 2012

All songs composed by Richard Sanderson except “Babes in the Wood”, which is traditional, but arranged by Richard Sanderson.

Richard Sanderson – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Electronics, Alto Saxophone, Melodeon, Accordion, Laptop

Other musicians in chronological order-

Mark Spybey – Drums
Mark Sanderson – Percussion
Neil Jones – Keyboards
Chris Oberon – Bass
Andy Kiss – Drums
Paul D Brazill – Bass
Ronnie Burke – Drums
Peter Ord – Guitar
Martyn Simpson – Guitar, Bass
Gary Phillips – Keyboards
John Silvester – Tenor Sax
Pat Power – Bass
Dave Power – Guitar
Simon Lindsay – Drums
Chris Cundy – Bass Clarinet
Ian R Watson – Trumpet
Debra Scacco – Flute
Clive Pearman – Guitar/Banjo

With many thanks to the other musicians who’ve been kind enough to play on my songs,- Duncan Goddard, Gary Simpson, Stephen Weatherall, Helen Walker, Chris Burton, Mark Braby, Andy Coules.




Lotus Girl by Age Of Gold

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The  name, Age of Gold comes from the surrealist film by Luis Bunuel (1930).

Age of Gold is a trans-global collaboration between Sav (vocals and keyboards) and Doug Maloney (Guitars, bass, embellishments and mixing) The duo go back a long way in their musical partnership, when they were in The Flaming Mussolinis, who released two albums and five singles for Sony/Portrait/Epic back in the 80s.
Age of Gold’s music is created over the internet, with Doug Maloney (who lives in Sydney, Australia) sending backing tracks made in Garageband to Sav (in U.K), who then adds keyboards and vocals.

Having no home studio, Sav takes his laptop and mic and does the vocals in his car, in a convenient and discreet car park. Age of Gold prove that being a whole world apart does not stop you making music and where there is a will, and an internet connection, there is a way!

The duo have their first track, ‘Lotus Girl’  out now on all streaming sites. They are working to make a full album, to be released by summer 2020.



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I love television but recently I seem to watch less and less of it.

When I was a kid, I obsessed over The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan. I thought it was the greatest tv series ever made. And I was right. I love old black and white tv – The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Edgar Lustgarden’s Scotland Yard, The Human Jungle – all that stuff that Channel 4 UK reshowed when it first started. 1970’s tv too – The Sweeney, The New Avengers, Tales of the Unexpected, Thriller, The Survivors. There was a lot of great tv then, the quality of the writing was loads better.

I watch tv documentaries a lot – Adam Curtis makes amazing documentaries for the BBC. His latest work ‘Hypernormalisation’ should be mandatory viewing for everyone. I remember being floored by Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ tv show when I was a kid. I bought it on DVD ages ago and must get around to watching it again. The UK used to make brilliant tv documentaries like ‘World in Action’ but they seem to have had their balls cut off. Shame.

Comedy on tv is essential but we seem to have peaked a long time ago. ‘The Young Ones’ is probably the greatest comedy programme of my generation.  It still cracks me up. Rik Mayall was an exceptionally funny man. British situation comedy is the cream – ‘Steptoe and Son’, ‘Dads Army’, ‘Reggie Perrin’, ‘Fawlty Towers’ and ‘Rising Damp’. All brilliant. My daughter has got me watching BBC’s ‘Horrible Histories’ series. It is the smartest and funniest thing I have seen on tv this century. It’s fucking amazing.


I was a prodigious reader as a kid. I would read anything I could get my hands on, including my mums shopping receipts from Hinton’s supermarket. As I entered my teens, I can still remember the thrill of obtaining a copy of the ultimate rite of passage book for kids of my generation, James Herbert’s ‘The Rats’ from the local library.  A truly amazing book. James Herbert was so underrated. Usually by the type of snob dickhead people who slag off Black Sabbath for being ‘crude and unmusical’. I still love to read but mainly non-fiction these days. I have always possessed a healthy interest in reading books about international terrorism and just finished am reading Mike Davis’s ‘Buda’s Wagon: A brief history of the car bomb’.  I am currently a few pages into ‘Shock and Awe’, Simon Reynolds history of ‘Glam Rock’. Reynolds can usually be relied upon to be a decent read.

Do I have favourite books? Yeah, they are the ones I have read repeatedly. This would probably include ‘War of the Worlds’ by HG Wells, ‘Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72’ by Hunter S Thompson, ‘England’s Dreaming’ by Jon Savage, ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ ‘Give the Anarchist a Cigarette’ by Mick Farren, ‘Random Precision: Recording the music of Syd Barrett’ by David Parker, ‘Hollywood Babylon’ by Kenneth Anger and ‘Despatches’ by Michael Herr. I should re-read all the Graham Greene books sometime – proper writer. I tried reading Sartre once. Never again. Especially as I quit smoking about 4 years ago.

I will write a book one day.


When I first moved to London in 1987, I was introduced to the wonderful world of arthouse/exploitation cinema through regular visits to the Scala Cinema in Kings Cross. The place was amazing you could smoke in the cinema and buy cans of cider from the foyer. Saw loads of great films there – Herschel Gordon Lewis, Russ Meyer, Herzog, John Cassavettes. I went to the UK premiere of ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’ there which is one fucked up film. The Scala was basically shut down by The Man at the end of the 1980’s for putting on great films and letting people get loaded watching them. The Man has a problem with people having too much fun.

I love documentary film and whole-heartedly recommend the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman who is the Godfather of American documentary film making. Start with ‘Titicut Follies’ and take it from there. Also have to recommend ‘Hearts and Minds’ the amazing Peter Davis documentary about Vietnam and no documentary collection can ever be truly complete without a place for Julian Temple’s staggeringly brilliant film about the Pistols, “The Filth and the Fury”.

Any list of my favourite films would have to include ‘Get Carter’, ‘Head’, ‘Five Easy Pieces’, ‘The Parallax View’, ‘The Killers’, ‘Death Line’, ‘Frenzy’, ‘The Offence’, ‘Performance’, ‘The Swimmer’, ‘I Am A Fugitive from a Chain Gang’, ‘Psychomania’, ‘The Apartment’, ‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’, ’10 Rillington Place’, ‘Peeping Tom’, ‘Withnail’, ‘Lebowski’, ‘Bad Day at Black Rock’, ‘Dig!’. No big surprises. I wish there could be a proper release for ‘MC5: A True Testimonial’ as I think it’s the greatest film about a band ever made.


Music is the pivot on which my whole life has been balanced, the radio or the stereo were pretty much always on in our house when I was growing up. My dad is a big rock n roll fan and pretty much point-blank refuses to listen to anything other than ‘classic’ rock n roll. He hates The Beatles and The Stones. I think he would rather listen to The Pistols or Napalm Death than either of them. He has pretty much loathed every record I have ever made (not that many really but enough for him to give a consistent view), which I totally respect him for.

My own musical tastes are wide and driven by a fear of boredom and a thirst for a thrill. I spent my early years teaching myself guitar in my bedroom in the early-mid 1980’s, wanting to be Jimi Hendrix or Marc Bolan or Brian Jones or Arthur Lee or Syd Barrett or Jimmy Page or Mick Ronson. I love guitar players. Hank Marvin is hugely underrated, his tone and technique are pretty flawless. Grant Green’s ‘Idle Moments’ is a masterclass in how to play jazz guitar. I have always played by ear. It’s a far better to learn the instrument yourself rather than submit to formal training or tutorage. Do it yourself.

I’m always on the lookout for new music and spend far too much money buying it. Bandcamp is great for mooching around and so democratic, I stumble on loads of stuff there – mainly psychedelic and electronica stuff. Currently I am listening to a great Japanese band called Kikagaku Moyo and always check out new releases on labels like Ghost Box, Castles in Space, Cardinal Fuzz, Gurugurubrain and Polytechnic Youth. I got a bit obsessed with Leyland Kirby’s ‘The Caretaker’ project recently. He’s spent the past few years putting out a series of records that imagine someone’s slow descent into dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s unbearably beautiful, poignant and exhausting. It’s the musical equivalent of watching a film like ‘The Shining’ on an old television set that is slowly going out of tune. My latest favourite find is called ‘Jobcentre Rejects’; it’s a compilation of rare 45’s from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. It’s a total joy.

I have thousands of records and CDs in the house. Picking some of the best would be a ridiculously futile exercise. All I would say is every home should have a copy of ‘The Feeding of the 5,000’ by Crass, ‘Don’t You Cry, Beautiful Edith’ by Rahsaan Roland Kirk and ‘The Visit’ by Bob Smith.

My own 3-piece band, The Engine Room, will hopefully be putting out some music this year. We have hours of stuff mixed and ready to go. All the band members were in my first proper band called GOD which is the closest I would ever come to having music as a ‘job’. I call our music ‘intuitive psychedelia’ – mainly because it’s all one-take improvisations and we rely on our chops and deep love for each other to make stuff that I think is worthy of others to hear. I did ‘proper rehearsals’ for 30 years on and off with various bands. Where’s the fun in that? You can check out some of our mixes on Facebook: theengineroomband@facebook.com .


Travel for pleasure is something I wish I could do more of but I make the most of the chances I get. Some places are just great to hang out with friends and drink in – Barcelona, Gothenburg, Sydney, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City are all great places to get ruined in and soak up the ambience. The Vesuvio Cafe in San Francisco is probably the best bar I’ve spent time in – beautiful place. Kerouac used to drink there, the beer is awesome (‘Anchor Steam’) and the City Lights bookstore is a stone’s throw away. You just can’t get better than that, can you? I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the amazing Lisa Fancher, owner of Frontier Records in the US, for helping me have a far more entertaining life than I ever could have dared to imagine. Her knowledge of great places to drink is probably unrivalled. Thanks Lisa!


Cooking is therapy, eating is pleasure. I really enjoy dining on food that I can’t cook properly like curry and take great comfort in making a decent fist of a Sunday Roast, family heritage ham shank/leek/swede/carrot soup with suet dumplings or even panacalty. I eat too much meat and not enough fibre. The best meals I ever had were at the long-gone Yak and Yeti on South Ealing Road in London. Curry houses are still my dining out experience of choice; with water not beer and definitely not wine. It’s vulgar to drink beer with your curry. And disrespectful to the chef.


I used to drink far too much. I tend not to now. I was probably killing myself. I almost died because of it in New York City about 15 years ago – bad head injury could have been loads worse. Some of my friends haven’t been so fortunate and kept the hammer down all the way to Valhalla. Que sera.  I do love drinking heavily though, every now and then, but it rarely involves spirits. Irish Stout, English Ale or decent European Lager – that’s me. These new micro-brews with daft names that have sprouted up all over the shop in recent years are uniformly unimpressive and unimaginative ‘Trustafarian’ funded nonsense. Most of them taste like piss and give you bad guts.

London used to be great for pubs but now too many of them serve food to all hours, stinking the place out with beef fat and too many let kids in. They are all like Aberdeen Steak Houses now or Berni Inns. Gastropubs they call them. Shocking I call them. A few decent pubs survive like Bradleys Spanish Bar on Hanway Street, The Ship on Wardour Street, The Dove at Hammersmith, MacGlynn’s in Kings Cross, The Old Kings Head in London Bridge and The Lamb in Russell Square. I miss going on pub crawls.

I drink loads of tea. Ringtons Tea Bags are part of my survival kit. Life without them would be a lot shitter than it is.


I love painters but feel utterly unqualified to talk about it. I mean I can tell you that I love Goya, Turner, Magritte, Bacon, Hopper, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley and a load of others but I can’t intellectualise why. And I can’t draw. It’s probably why I identify more with Tony Hancock in ‘The Rebel’ than Kirk Douglas in ‘Lust for Life’. I collect artwork by illustrator Frances Castle. Her stuff is great. She has a record label called Clay Pipe Music; you should check it out.

I also have a lot of prints by Northumberland artist, Rebecca Vincent. I met her once at her studios near Newcastle upon Tyne. I explained why I liked her art so much (she does landscape monoprints and etchings) and how it related psychologically to so many things from my childhood in the 1970’s. She looked at me like I was insane.

The artwork of Marvel Comics in the 1960’s and 1970’s by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and others blew my mind as a kid. It still does now. All the Marvel films are shit by comparison. I wish they hadn’t bothered. Really.


I believe that if you can do a bit of good for others you should get on and do it.

BIO: Shaun Carlyle Rogan was born in Hartlepool in January 1969. He taught himself guitar before he left home for London in 1987 where has lived ever since. In a stop-start and resolutely uncommercial musical ‘career’ he co-founded the industrial noise innovators GOD and currently leads the improvised psychedelic hauntology trio, The Engine Room. Their debut release should be surfacing later in 2019. He is a former associate of the author known as Paul D. Brazill.

Steven Ball’s Bastard Island by Alan Savage

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Bastard Island

Like a director of some impressionistic unscripted film, Steven Ball has created what I can only describe as field poetry, with a soundscape that blurs the lines between the conscious waking world and the mystical world beyond the veil. The instrumentation is never intrusive, hinting at possibilities rather than finalities. The songs are pieced together as happenstance, yet there is a disciplined compositional method at work here. This is a textured and intriguing work that draws you in and no, you’re not waiting for the chorus or hook. I played this album for a good week solid on the way to work and I found it had a calming effect on me.

So this is a recording that has a functional purpose too. To call this music something clichéd like ‘left field ambient’ would be doing it a gross injustice. This is an album that is a prime reason to explore music that is outside the peripheries of the mainstream and everything you are familiar with. I enjoy the unfamiliar journey of music like this. Stick with it and return to it; you will find it richly rewarding.

 Alan Savage is a Middlesbrough born author, poet, singer and songwriter. His many previous bands include Basczax and The Flaming Mussolinis.


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I love Jeremy Brett as Sherlock as well having a soft spot for Richard Griffiths in Pie in the Sky. Growing up it was Not the Nine O’Clock News and Tiswas and Murphys Mob.

I have a realistic recollection of The Tube – most of it was pants with the occasional flash of fantastic-ness very much the same as The Whistle Test, Rock Goes to College, The Word etc.


I have a predilection towards detective and noir in general since reading the “Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigators” series by Robert Arthur Jr as a 10 year old kid from the north east of England attending an American school in Togo, West Africa. I read Block, Hiaasen, Doyle and Chandler.

I do enjoy Poe, Jules Verne and HP Lovecraft and I could bang on about Jean Paul Sartre however as with music I am a big fan of escapism and irrelevance.  I read a lot of Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

Music writing is a bit hit and miss however, Julian Copes’ book Head On is excellent as is a book called Our Band Could be Your Life by Michael Azerrad. Lester Bangs writes about the best bands but mainly about himself sadly.


Withnail and I, Big Lebowski, Mullholland Drive, The Black Dahlia, Grosse Point Blank, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush, Return of the Living Dead.


My first musical memory is Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Middle of the road and it still echoes today. After that my main memory as a child was Blondie and the specials!

I was brought up musically by some excellent people – mainly whilst loitering / helping out in my local second hand record emporium “The Other Record Shop”.

There is a fantastic Mini LP by The Unholy Trinity called “Rise to the occasion” made by half of the Sid Presley Experience (the other half formed The Godfathers) which I stumbled across aged 15 and still listen to today.

At school during the 80’s I found The Cramps, Rain Parade, Husker Du, Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Minor Threat, Robyn Hitchcock, The Jesus and Mary Chain, American Music Club, Thin White Rope, Loop and Spacemen 3 which I still listen to today and as fantastic as Bob Mould is I urge people to check out Grant Hart’s solo and Nova Mob stuff!

I love the “classics” the Velvets, Stooges, Can, Hawkwind, Dolls, Creedance, Elevators, Television, Clash, Wire, Yardbirds, Buzzcocks, Pop Group, Throbbing Gristle , Traffic

I managed to talk my way backstage aged 15 to interview Primal Scream and Pop Will Eat Itself for a fanzine I’d made up on the spot….

Thee Strawberry Mynde was born from a desire to try and get people into Billy Childish, Graham Day, The Fuzztones, Sonics, Elevators and the bands from the Pebbles Comps.

We have some world beaters in our area at the moment check out – Onlooker, Heel Turn, King Mojo, Fret, Mouses, Sleaze Queens, Milk Lizards, MT. Misery, GG Allen Partridge, Shakin Nightmares to name just a few

TRAVEL: Broadens the mind, lightens the wallet do it as often as you can!

FOOD: I have an intolerance to garlic!

DRINK: Love a good Single Malt, Rum or an ale.

ART: Big fan of Narbi Price and Slutmouth – Check them out great North East Based Talent.

OTHER: If you have friends who write, draw, paint, sculpt, strum, blow, sing, bang or drone give them a like and share their posts – it helps more than you can imagine x.

BIO:  Founder and main songwriter for Thee Strawberry Mynde a garage punk band from the North East of England – check out our Bandcamp page for releases – https://theestrawberrymynde.bandcamp.com/. Many. many side projects on the go once I get round to them …



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Photo (c)  Kayleigh Shepherd.


Miles Davis
Tufty Swift
Van Der Graaf Generator
Laura Mvula
Joni Mitchell
Bob Dylan
John Butcher
Blind Willie McTell
Gil Scott Heron
Henry Cowell
Judee Sill
Ennio Morricone  small group stuff
Mike Cooper
Derek Bailey
Philip Glass up to 1976
Laura Nyro


The Good Place
Vic and Bob’s Big Night Out
Line of Duty
The latest Doctor Who
Gerry Anderson
Inside No 9
Jonathan Meades
Red Riding Trilogy


Herman Melville –  Moby Dick
Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake
Ann Quin – Berg
Nicci French
Val McDermid
Samuel Beckett
Ruth Rendell
Jennifer Egan – A Visit from the Goon Squad
Robert Louis Stevenson – Treasure Island
JG Ballard
David Peace
Don Paterson – Nil Nil


Werkmeister Harmonies
2001: A Space Odyssey
Fish Tank
High Rise ( and everything else by Ben Wheatley)
Jeff Keen
Summer Interlude
Get Carter
Sexy Beast
Stan Brakage


Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough
The Dog and Bell, Deptford
The National Gallery, London
De La Warr Pavilion

Other Stuff

Hohner melodeons
Toy cameras
My wind up gramophone
Black cats
View-Master stereo viewers
Photography books
The Darjeeling, Lewisham
Timothy Taylor Landlord
David Aaronovitch
Tony Blair

Bio: Richard Sanderson. Born in Teesside in 1960. Was in punk and post bands. Moved to London in 1985. Active as a free improvising musician, playing around Europe and recording several albums. Presented “Little Atoms” on Resonance FM for 6 years, runs record label Linear Obsessional. Lives in Hither Green, South East London with wife, two adopted kids and two adopted cats. He has danced with Blackheath Morris Men for 12 years.