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Now I'm 64
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(Photo: John Forman)
Twiggy and Cashman on BBC Southeast
BBC South East Today: Click on 'Watch Now' (top left of page). The interview is circa 18 minutes in. (Thanks to Jon Myer and Brian Thompson)
Now it's Pirate BBC Scotland
(Thanks to Jon Myer)
Offshore and film-related Stories
(27/03) Guardian: All bands on deck
(27/03) Times: Kevin Mahler hated the film: Clichés, actually. A fake view of England served up for foreigners.
(27/03) Times Archive Blog on 60s offshore radio/Radio One
(27/03) Whitby Gazette: Blockbuster film brings back memories of coast's radio ship
(26/03)Telegraph: Richard Curtis talks about his new film - The Boat That Rocked "As (Richard) points out, The Boat That Rocked isn't exactly realistic drama. There's no reference to payola, which was rife. And no one even gets seasick, which was an occupational hazard."
(26/03) 3 News, New Zealand Pirate radio back on the high seas in new film Refers to the country's own Radio Hauraki, and the film role of Rhys Darby, from comedy trio 'Flight of the Conchords'. Sadly, they think Caroline was on its own off the coast of Suffolk.
(24/03) Daily Mail: Dishevelled Gemma Arterton looks worse for wear after The Boat That Rocked after-party
(23/03) The Independent: Battle stations: The fight for pirate radio Focuses on land-based operations, mentioning Sixties offshore radio in passing, repeating the myth that the film is inspired by the story of Caroline and naming the station as 'the most successful of them all'. Which Caroline would that be then? North or South?"Due to a loophole in the legal system, stations were able to broadcast from international waters – in this case, ships in the North Sea." Ah. So they don't even know about Caroline North, which of course was in the Irish Sea. And some of the stations weren't on ships at all.
(23/03) Glasgow's Sunday Mail: Stars Of Pirate Radio Movie Reveal The Songs That Float Their Boat There's a nod to Sixties offshore radio, but WHERE'S 242?
(23/03) Mike Barraclough spotted a four-page article in the new edition of Uncut magazine, pages 60-63, about Radio London by David Cavanagh (nothing on their website, but it may appear later): "It mentions Caroline, and that they continued after the MOA, but main focus is on Radio London. Well researched, there are interviews with Keith Skues, Tony Blackburn, Johnnie Walker, Tony Benn, Dave Cash and Gary Leeds of the Walker Brothers. It mentions the surreal knees-obsessed Kenny and Cash show. There are some photographs not seen in the other articles so far, additional photos credited to Hans Knot and Soundscapes. The only mistake I have spotted is a photograph of Duncan Johnson, with a Radio London 266 banner behind him, at an awards ceremony with Mick and Keith of the Rolling Stones, where he is named as 'Duncan Jordan'.
Mike continues, "Theo Bakker on the Radio Caroline Yahoo group spotted a long article on the BBC Radio Kent site, with a rather odd photograph of 'Radio Caroline' – 'Being a Pirate' by Jo Pattison. Radio legend Dave Cash talks about life on a pirate radio ship, working with Kenny Everett and being mobbed by hundreds of screaming girls."
Stephen Chesney quotes the following from the Mail's Weekend magazine: "Kenny Everett. The hyperactive broadcaster served on both Radio London – where he was sacked for mocking one of the station's sponsors – and later Radio Caroline."
(22/03) The Daily Record: The Boat that Rocked star Nick Frost on his incredible journey from Spaced to superstardom The Scots paper interviews Nick about his 'Boat That Rocked' role as Dave. It talks of 'illegal' pirate radio, but does at least – briefly – acknowledge the existence of 242.
(23/03) Scotland on Sunday: Richard Curtis interview: Captain comedy 242 is ignored by Scotland on Sunday and carries the gaffe "...1968, the year after Radio 1 hit the airwaves with some of the shipwrecked pirate jocks from Radio Caroline one of the stations scuppered by the hastily drafted Marine Offences Act."You might notice that the photo of Richard Curtis bears close resemblance to the one on the left of Steve Young, taken aboard the Mi Amigo!
The Hamilton Advertiser Reviews the film with the only mention of the original stations being a claim that Radio Rock is based on 'controversial pirate radio stations in the 1960s, in particular Radio Caroline'. Which of the two Carolines would that be, then? Hang on a minute - Hamilton is in Scotland. Where are the references to 242? No room, I suppose, as the paper had save space for top story 'Gay Penguins Wed In China Zoo'.
(19/03) The Independent: The swashbuckling rock rebels of Radio Caroline
The Independent also has a competition to win a day aboard the Ross Revenge. What they don't tell you is that the winners won't be allowed ashore again until they've repainted her from stem to stern.Talking of the Ross, the red ship has her own website, where the story of her involvement in 'The Boat That Rocked' is told in full.
(updated 14/03) The Sun, March 14th, has a feature 'When Britain Ruled the Radio Waves'. Mike Terry points out, "The caption on the main picture (which claims to be Caroline going down in 1966) is wrong as the picture was taken in 1991 when the MV Ross Revenge grounded on The Goodwin Sands!" The feature carries the same photo of the Big L DJs coming ashore on August 14th, as last week's Guardian feature, mentioned above, but the Sun has not even attempted to hazard a guess as to which DJs they were and when they were coming ashore! The page links to a related story 'Nude Girls Will Rock Your Boat' containing yet another film clip.
(Thanks to Mike Barraclough, Tom Edwards, Alan Hardy, Jon Myer, Mark Roman, Keith Skues, Mike Terry, PY, and others)
For the next two weeks, promotions will run on all Global Radio stations including; 95.8 Capital FM and The Hit Network, The Heart Network, The Galaxy Network, LBC, Gold and Xfm, but not Classic FM. (No doubt Nick Bailey is disappointed about that!)It's no surprise that Global would promote a film about offshore radio, seeing as their Big Boss Man is Richard Park, an ex-pirate whose career started on 242 Radio Scotland.
Keith attended a special 'multi-media' preview of 'The Boat That Rocked', as did pirates Gillett, Scruton and Wyatt from BBC Essex. They were obliged to sign the 'Official Secrets' act and cannot talk about the film until its official release on April 1st. Keith enjoyed the film but, "The only thing I can say is that 'unfortunately, there is nothing I can say'." However he did reveal that he enjoyed it, that Richard Curtis received a warm welcome when he introduced the preview personally and that the audience applauded at the end. So it can't have been too bad!
1) In four-part series 'The Single Story', Tuesdays from March 10th, 2330 – midnight, Radio 2, David Quantick explores the impact of the 45rpm single, with input from singers, songwriters and DJs. Part One told how the first vinyl releases in the States were pressed in different colours to represent different types of music. The first single released was a country song and the country music colour was green. The colour-coding system was short-lived, probably because the record companies soon discovered that certain songs defy categorisation.
2) Beginning Saturday March 14th, 1900 – 2000 on Radio 2, is a four-part series 'From Edison to iTunes: a history of the record label'. Paul Morley, with input from the 'industry giants' running famous labels, looks at, "How technology has influenced the making of music and how things have evolved over 130 years to where we are today."
3) 'Archive on Four: Beat Mining with the Vinyl Hoover', Radio 4 Saturday March 28th 2000 – 2100, shortened repeat Monday 1500 – 1545, will be of interest to the avid vinyl hounds known as 'beat miners' and 'crate diggers' - referring to their obsession with ploughing through obscure-single-loaded beer crates at record fairs to unearth that elusive gem. Toby Amies investigates their motives and the value of vinyl collections.
4) On Monday 15th, Radio 2, a new three-parter started, presented by Stephen Fry. 'Third Reich Rock and Roll', 2330 – midnight, reveals an unexpected link between Hitler and electric guitars! The Nazis, it transpires, were responsible for developing magnetic recording tape.
Sad news from Offshore Echoes Webmaster Chris Edwards writes:
The Future's in Norwich
Steve says: "I was invited back to Future Radio's studios to help a presenter with his 60s programme. We clicked, so we shared the programme, and I played several tracks. I picked 'Caroline' by the Fortunes, and was given permission to promote the Pirate BBC Essex Harwich weekend and of course the film. As a result, some text messages came in, showing interest in the Harwich broadcast and the station is now interested in the film, so that's great,
Dateline: 19th March 1980...
...the crew of the MV Mi Amigo were taken off the sinking radioship by lifeboat.
Dateline: 19th March 2009......the Radio Caroline story from Offshore Echoes concludes the story of the 1970s with the Mi Amigo sinking, with photos, press cuttings and audio clips. The 1960s and 1970s are now online and there is also a listing of Caroline 70s and Radio Seagull deejays.
Lyrics deemed offensive... after 33 years of airplay
Ian MacRae's latest edition of his newsletter, The Radio Wave includes the following stories: Station gives 'Only The Good News' * Radio show broadcasts in stereotype * Drama at Sunny 102 * Gosh, golly...Eagles lyrics censored.
Every issue of The Radio Wave, from the first one in April 2002, is archived at Ian's website All About Radio
Ian says: As a Radio Wave subscriber you may be interested in my new blog. It's not necessarily about radio – it's about what's hot. I hope to update it daily. (Yikes!)