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Explore our collection of interviews with people in the world and business of music that have a fascinating story to tell.
Cherry Red Interviews: Edward Barton
Edward Barton is a musician and artist who gained attention with his song It's A Fine Day, recorded with Jane Lancaster for Cherry Red in 1983. The song was successfully covered by Opus III and the tune has been used by Kylie Minogue (for her 1994 hit Confide In Me), Orbital and more.
Edward’s career began in poetry, with appearances on TV show The Tube, and his work in the arts led him to direct the video for James’ smash hit Sit Down, as well as contribute lyrics to albums by 808 State and Lost Witness, who he also wrote a trio of hit singles for. Edward is full of stories about his truly eccentric career - from hanging out (unknowingly) with Nico to his love of Egyptian pop music and being asked to mime at his school Christmas carol service, and much more. In this in-depth interview Edward talks about his work, but also gives us an insight into his life and how his creative spark manifests through his music and poetry. You can watch the full interview with video through Cherry Red on YouTube.
Cherry Red Interviews: Attila The Stockbroker
Attila The Stockbroker was one of the first Punk Poets to break though in the late 70s and is still as active as ever today. In this in-depth interview he talks about his life and work starting with his first band who only ever played one gig. In 1980 he signed to Cherry Red Records where his debut album ‘Ranting at the Nation’ was very well received. He tells many stories including supporting The Jam, John Cooper Clark and John Cale (who got him thrown out of the venue). Attila has always been very political and campaigned with Rock against racism and Red Wedge. He talks about working in East Germany, replacing Donny Osmond at a gig at the Marquee Club and his battle to save his beloved Brighton and Hove Albion FC. You won’t be bored for a second!
You can watch the full interview with video through Cherry Red on YouTube.
Cherry Red Interviews: Rick Brown
Rick Brown was the singer in the innovative American psychedelic rock band The Misunderstood formed in the mid-1960s. They were discovered by John Ravenscoft (soon to be Peel) and with his help moved to London where they signed to Fontana.
They were admired by many including The Move and the Pink Floyd and were considered highly influential in the then-emerging genre. They only recorded a handful of songs before being forced to disband. Rick was then conscripted into the US Army to fight in Vietnam but deserted and fled to India via the UK with a false passport. He moved into a Hindu ashram, became a monk, and stayed for over 6 years before being forced to move to Nepal when the US Army were onto him.
While there he learned to speak Bengali and Hindi and read Sanskrit and Hindi. In 1979, after 12 years in exile, he returned to the US where he was granted amnesty as a conscientious objector and discharged from the Army. He now lives in Thailand where he deals in gemstones.
His story is fascinating and has many phases; from potential rock star to fugitive to Hindi monk to rediscovering active life from a different vantage. It is quite a tale…
You can watch the full interview with video though Cherry Red on YouTube
Cherry Red Interviews: Jayne County
Jayne was originally Wayne; when she was a young boy she always felt like a girl. In her late teens, she moved to New York after being shot at by red necks. She was soon involved with the Andy Warhol circle which included Patti Smith and Lou Reed, and her first band Queen Elizabeth led to a deal with the management company Mainman who looked after several artists including David Bowie. Her first recordings were included on the Max’s Kansas City album before she signed to Safari Records. She became rock music's first openly transgender singer and continued gigging and recording. She is still recording new music and is also now also a highly regarded artist. In this interview, she talks us through her life with all the ups and downs.
Cherry Red Interviews: Toyah
Toyah talks about her music, her acting career, her relationships, her marriage, and her ups and downs in a very personal way. This is an in-depth interview which looks deeply at who the real Toyah is, what motivates and drives her and how she became so successful. She also shares many fascinating stories.
Cherry Red Interviews: Jah Wobble
In this episode, Matt Bristow sits down with Jah Wobble, a key member of John Lydon's post Sex Pistols band, Public Image Limited, Invaders Of The Heart, and more. Jah Wobble has been one of the most unique and diverse artists in modern music. In this interview he discusses the P.I.L. days, as well as his solo years and philosophies on life.