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Benjy says...

Dear Rock of Ages fans,

It's great to be back from holiday and live on-air once again, I hope you enjoyed last night's show. Next week's 45 minuted special will be "Hands wet on the wheel" featuring Dutch rockers Golden Earring. Originally formed in 1965 they recorded an amazing 8 albums before striking the big time in 1973 with "Moontan" ... and who can forget the perennial "Radar Love"? The band currently comprises of original members vocalist Barry Hay, guitarist George Kooymans and bassist Rinus Gerrittsen as well as long time drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk and to date have released an astonishing 33 albums!

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Tokyo Dragons - Give Me The Fear

Tokyo Dragons

It is pretty quiet out there on the new releases front, most of the labels are only now getting back to business (nice job!) However I'm stoked that I have managed to get my hands on the debut album by UK classic rock hopefuls Tokyo Dragons. There has been a buzz on this band for a couple of years now, due mainly to their apparently high voltage live shows. However due to an undisclosed 'development hell' scenario the album, "Give me the fear", had been delayed for some months. The first inkling I had that here was a new ass kickin', full throttle rock 'n roll band was the track "Rocking the stew", featured on Classic Rock's "Best of 2005" sampler. The album is crammed full to the maximum with raunchy riffs, anthemic vocals, killer guitar solos reminiscent of great bands like Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, Judas Priest and the like. Check out "What the hell" and "Do ya wanna" for starters.

All Good Clean Fun

All Good Clean Fun

In the postbox this week was another incredible rock label retrospective called "All good clean fun", a journey through the underground of Liberty & United Artist Records 1967-1975. Following in the footsteps of last year's "Vertigo Time Machine" this 3 cd set showcases some classic psych, stoner and heavy blues rock bands including Man, The Groundhogs, Cochise, Hawkwind, If, Can, BB Blunder, Hapshash and the Coloured Goat (yes you read that right!), Idle Race, Brinsley Schwartz and even some early Motorhead ..... 39 remastered tracks in all, great liner notes and rare pics .....

Astral Daze
Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972

Astral Daze

A new Retrofresh compilation has just been released. 'Astral Daze - Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972' features 18 classic, rare and obscure tracks (16 of which have never previously officially been released on CD before). This CD was compiled by myself and Brian Currin with major input from SA rock collector Tertius Louw.

  1. The Whip - Suck
  2. Astral III - The Invaders
  3. The Boy And The Bee - Omega Limited
  4. Straight Ahead - Otis Waygood
  5. My Back Feels Light/What Can You Say - Abstract Truth
  6. The Eagle Has Landed - Dickie Loader with Freedom's Children
  7. You Keep Me Hanging On - The Flames
  8. Blurry Visions - Buzzard
  9. Fire - The Third Eye
  10. Predictions - Hawk
  11. Kafkasque - Freedom's Children
  12. Blue Machines and Dreams - Bryan Miller's Destruction
  13. The Mad Professor - John and Philipa Cooper
  14. Cathy Come Home - The Fireflies
  15. Morning Light - Tidal Wave
  16. Race With The Devil - The Bats
  17. Magic Dragon - The Idiots
  18. Birds Flying High - McCully Workshop

Get it online here or from Sugar Music / Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town. Phone Sugar at 021-423-7635.

Thanks to the hundreds of listeners who emailed to enter the Dire Straits competition, this is now closed. The following ROA fans each won a copy of the new DS album "Private Investigations" and "On The Night" concert DVD
  • Patrick Lakey (Plumstead)
  • Arlene de Geus (Pretoria)
  • Mark Ansley (Bergvliet)
  • Vernon Whyte (Ridgway)
  • Richard Peters (East London)
  • Hendry Frankenveld (Bloemfontein)
  • Shaun Cranko (Woodstock)
  • Scott Edwards (Sandton)
  • Sandi Cooper (Rivonia)
  • Cassandra Cammons (Jeffries Bay)
  • Craig Rentzke (Constantia Hills)
  • Patrick Friedrichs (Greytown)

Rock on until next Thursday...

Benjy Mudie

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January 1

Morgan Fisher (Mott the Hoople) - 1950
Joe McDonald (Country Joe & the Fish) - 1942

January 2

Chick Churchill (Ten Years After) - 1949

January 3

Sir George Martin (Beatles producer) - 1926
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) - 1946
Stephen Stills (Crosby Stills Nash & Young) - 1945

January 4

Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) - 1950

January 5

Chris Stein (Blondie) - 1950

January 6

Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) - 1946
Malcolm Young (AC/DC) - 1953
Wilbert Harrison (Canned Heat) - 1929
Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) - 1947

January 7

Kenny Loggins (Loggins & Messina) - 1948

January 8

David Bowie - 1947
Robby Krieger (Doors) - 1946
Terry Sylvester (Hollies) - 1947

January 9

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) - 1944
David Johansen (New York Dolls) - 1953

January 10

Pat Benatar - 1953
Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) - 1948
Rod Stewart - 1945
Michael Schenker (UFO) - 1955
Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash) - 1945
Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Whitesnake) - 1946
Neal Smith (Alice Cooper Band) - 1946

January 11

Clarence Clemons (E Street Band) - 1942
Tony Kaye (Yes) - 1943

January 12

Long John Baldry (Bluesology) - 1941

January 13

Trevor Rabin (Yes) - 1954

January 15

Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - 1948
Captain Beefheart - 1941

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Benjy Mudie was inducted into the South African Rock Hall Of Fame on 14th August 2002. Of Scottish origin, Mudie started out in the music industry working in record shops. He later became the A&R man for WEA records, signing such luminaries as Lesley Rae Dowling, Baxtop and Falling Mirror. He has ventured briefly into the realms of songwriting, getting co-writing credit for Little Sister's song 'You Got My Heart', but it is mainly for his running of record labels, notably Tusk and more recently Fresh and Retro Fresh that he is honoured. With these labels he has tirelessly dedicated himself to putting South African music out there, showing an unshaking belief in the quality of SA music.


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