“Final question, with all of the great stories in the book, have you left anything out?”
“It’s funny you should ask that Frank. I did realise the other day that there’s no mention of when I lived in Margate, where we had pole dancers practice in our lounge, that Ronnie Biggs’ Father-in-law was the headmaster at my first school, or that my girlfriend photographed a dominatrix as part of her photography degree”.
“Ronnie Biggs the great train robber? That’s amazing. You definitely need to come back and tell us about that, but maybe not the other two. I take it that you mean dancers from Poland and someone that does tricks with dominoes? Thanks Pete and good luck, we look forward to it.
Coming up we have a guest that I’ve wanted on the show for nearly as many years as I’ve fancied her, Suzi Quattro, who will be telling us, amongst other things about what it’s like on the GMTV sofa and about her forthcoming tour of Kent with Status Quo, ‘Rocking all over The Weald’ but before that, let me take you back to the late-60s, when Gerry Anderson’s supermarionation ruled the TV and we all loved watching Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90, his puppets on a string and here, with her puppet on a string, is the delightfully alliterative, Sandie Shaw”.
Emily Dean, Frank Skinner, Alun Cochrane & Gareth Richards from The Frank Skinner Radio Show.
Podcasts are a great invention and I listen to loads every week including Frank Skinner, obviously the inspiration for the three interview sections of the book. Other favourites include Radcliffe & Maconie (their 6 Music Radio show) and Richard Herring (also referenced in the book).
Despite the prog rock section not making the final edit it would be remiss not to include dutch prog rock giants Focus who managed to mix rock and yodelling.
This strange one-hit wonder from 1968 is definitely one of my earliest musical memories.
If you’ve read the book, apologies for some of the grammatical errors left it, I was let down a bit on the final edit. Hopefully a publisher will pick it up and I’ll get the chance to make those amends in a new edition / release.
A couple of errors that are mine that I’d like to rectify here;
Whilst 70s Olympic Gymnast, Olga Corbett’s name came be found online spelled like this (as it is in the book) the correct spelling is Korbut and Sooty’s puppeteer was Harry Corbett and not as stated Harry H Corbett who was the actor that played Harold Steptoe in the 60’s TV show Steptoe and Son. Ironically he was born Harry Corbett but added the H to avoid confusion with puppeteer of the same name. Doh!
I hope that it hasn’t – doesn’t detract from your enjoyment of the book.