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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Neil Innes on ICR 105.7 FM

                                               Neil Innes with Eric Idle

Me and Tel are really chuffed that Neil Innes has agreed to come on our Friday Breakfast Show to talk about his concert in Woodbridge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Neil has had a long and varied career in films, TV and music. He was in Monty Python, was a member of the Rutles and much, much more!

Here is a song from Neil's days as a Rutle. I love this song which is very apt because it's called "I Love You". Me and Tel played it on the last Friday Breakfast Show.

The Rutles (also known as the Prefab Four) are a band that are known for their parody of The Beatles. And John Lennon loved The Rutles!

Initially created for a short sketch in Idle's UK television comedy series Rutland Weekend Television, The Rutles gained international fame after being the focus of the 1978 television film, All You Need Is Cash (often referred to as just The Rutles). Having been encouraged by the reaction to the sketch, featuring Beatles' music pastiches by Neil Innes, the film was written by Idle, who co-directed it with Gary Weis. It featured 20 songs written by Innes, which he performed with three musicians as "The Rutles". A successful soundtrack album in 1978 was, much later, followed in 1996 by Archaeology, which spoofed the Beatles' Anthology series which had recently been released.

And this is Neil during his time as a member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

"I'm the Urban Spaceman" was the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band's most successful single, released in 1968. It reached number 5 in the UK charts. The song was written by Neil Innes and produced by Paul McCartney and Gus Dudgeon under the pseudonym "Apollo C. Vermouth". The B-side was written by Viv Stanshall. Innes won an Ivor Novello Award in 1968 for writing "I'm the Urban Spaceman".

For more on Neil click below....

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Another Friday Breakfast Show

Hello Tel. Fancy a cheese and onion sandwich and a bag of Mr Walker's Tuna crisps?

It's that time of the week again. Friday morning with me and Tel.

Our guests:

Paul Brooks who is a Welfare Rights Advisor for Suffolk County Council. He will be telling us about benefits that you may be entitled to.

Ernie Ross who is a Fitness Teacher. He walked along Hadrian's Wall to raise money for the East Anglian Children's Hospice.

I know Hadrian's Wall very well. I have even written about it for a history mag. And I have a bust of the Emperor Hadrian in my study.

And don't forget the usual fab music, interesting chat and banter from Tel and me.

Turn that knob to ICR 105.7 FM at 7.00 am for three hours of fun. Or why not listen via the website?

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Shows on Wednesday

The Wednesday Breakfast Show

Gary has kindly asked me to do another Breakfast Show with him. Liz – his new co-host - can’t make it tomorrow.

You can listen to the Wednesday Breakfast Show from 7.00 till 10.00 am on ICR 105.7 FM. You can also listen via the ICR website

Terry and Cafe Americaine

Terry can be heard on Cafe Americaine every Wednesday from 2.00 to 4.00 pm.

My pal Terry loves music from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Do you like Jazz, Swing, British Dance Bands, Music Hall, Romantic Ballads and Jive? If the answer is yes, then Cafe Americaine is for you.

Listen to Terry on ICR 105.7 FM or via the website

And why not listen to Terry and his band on his myspace page

He plays fab music!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

The Friday Breakfast Show

Me and Tel. I'm the one with the finger.

How time flies! Has it really been a week since we were last on?

At 8.05, we will be interviewing Esmerelda Marsh of the African Women's Group. She will be telling us about a Mozambique music night at DanceEast in Foundary Lane, Ipswich. All profits will go towards building a children's playground in rural Mozambique.

The event will be held on October 23rd and starts at 8.00pm.

At 8.45, we have Leon Hall from the Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality. He will be talking about how they offer advice and services to individuals and organisations.

And at 9.05, our final guest will be Jenny James who is a Health Leader at the 7th Day Adventist Church in Ipswich.

She will be telling us about free health checks to be held at Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre on Sunday.

And don't forget the usual chat and banter from me and Tel. Tune in from 7.00 till 10.00am on ICR 105.7 FM. Or listen via the website

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

A Blast From Your Past: The Monkees

I love the Monkees. In fact, I would go as far to say that they were one of the greatest bands of the 60's.

Monkee Facts:

Mike Nesmith's mum invented Liquid Paper. He later inherited $25 million dollars from her estate!

Davy Jones trained to be a jockey.

Peter Tork played banjo on George Harrison's Wonderwall album. He borrowed it from Paul McCartney!

Micky Dolenz was a child actor. He starred in 'Circus Boy'.

I met Davy Jones in 1987. But that is another story!

On the Monkees' 1967 summer tour, Jimi Hendrix was the opening act.

'No Time' is taken from Headquarters. The album was released in May 1967 and reached number 2 in the UK charts. It was kept off the top slot by The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The line "Andy, you're a dandy, you don't seem to make no sense" refers to Andy Warhol.

Although 'No Time' was written by the Monkees, the songwriting credit lists Hank Cicalo as the only composer. It was The Monkees' way of thanking him for helping them put together their album. Cicalo was able to buy a new house with the profits he made from sales of Headquarters thanks to his credit.

And yes, they did play all their own instruments on this song!

Monday, 18 October 2010

A Blast From Your Past: Marc Bolan & T Rex

T Rex are one of my favourite 70's bands. They had a string of hints in the early 70's and are credited with inventing 'Glam Rock'. This video from Top of the Pops features 'Get it On' which reached number one in July 1971. Look out for Elton John on piano!

Get it On was the group's biggest hit overall, selling nearly a million copies in the UK.

Marc Bolan, the lead singer, sadly died in a car crash in 1977.

My brother's girlfriend used to be a hairdresser in the 70's. Marc Bolan was one of her customers!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

At the University Campus Volunteers Fair


The ICR display

On Thursday, I popped along to the Volunteers Fair at the University Campus Suffolk in Coprolite Street.

I was there to help promote ICR 105.7 FM and hopefully get a few volunteers to join the team.

A young lady from SAM was also there. SAM is based in the same building as ICR. But what is SAM? SAM is a programme offering support for those recovering from mental health problems. Through various training opportunities and social activities, the Project helps them to gain skills and attributes often sought after by employers. See their website for more information on how you can get involved:

And now back to ICR.....

We handed out loads of leaflets and car stickers to an eager crowd. I even persuaded one student to sign up as an ICR volunteer.

  Me enjoying a free lolly

The event was well attended and many students expressed an interest in listening to ICR or even going on the radio training course. I told them about my experiences at the station and how much I enjoyed my time training to be a radio presenter.

Me with the presenter of ICR's Ashanti in da Streets. Seconds after this was taken he was mobbed by dozens of his fans

I was also mobbed by my one and only fan. He later sold my autograph on Ebay for 5p

Friday, 15 October 2010

Terry and John on Friday

Hello Terry. Is it Friday already?

We are back again!

Our guests are:

John Cook, Secretary of the Ipswich Labour Party, who will be talking about Domestic Violence Control Orders.

Tina Todd and Marsha Flowers of Ipswich Central Library. They will be talking about 'World Music Day' and the various musical events at the library on Saturday. These include Chinese drummers and Morris dancers. It kicks off at 9.30 and finishes at 4.30.

Alistair McLaughlan of the Chromosome 18 Registry. But what is a chromosome? Chromosome 18 is one of the 23 pairs of chromosomes in humans. People normally have two copies of this chromosome.

But what do chromosomes do? And what happens if they go wrong? To find out more you will just have to listen in on ICR 105.7 FM! You can also listen via the website:

And don't forget that we will be playing loads of fab music and having a good old natter!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

John on the Wednesday Breakfast Show

Don't worry, I have not left Terry. I am just helping Gary until his new regular co-host joins him next week.

I will be there from 7.00 till 10.00 am. Tune in to ICR 105.7 FM for the fun!

We will be interviewing an asthma sufferer, a Suffolk geologist and Roger Fern of the Umbrella Trust which is there “to help support those on the margins of the local community or caught up in chaotic life styles”.

I used to be very interested in geology as a child. The first fossil I ever found was of a tiny shell. Sadly, I lost it years ago. I do know a few fossils but they will remain nameless!

A fossil of the future?

It should be an interesting show!

Terry and me were busy in Studio Two recording some adverts for our Friday Breakfast Show. We had a great laugh doing them. Listen out for them in the not too distant future!

Friday, 8 October 2010

Terry and John on ICR

Friday's show was a good one. We did our tribute to the great John Lennon. He would have been 70 on Saturday.

Here are some of the tracks we played:

Twist and Shout
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Jealous Guy
Watching the Wheels
All Your Need is Love

We also interviewed Hedley Griffin and Jennifer Gilders of the Erasmus Foundation.

The Erasmus Foundation is a spiritual teaching and healing centre based in Suffolk. It members believe in reincarnation and are interested in things like where we go after death. We had a very interesting chat with them about all things spiritual!

For more on the Erasmus Foundation see their website:

Friday, 1 October 2010

John West joins ICR 105.7 FM

Name of Show: Friday Breakfast Show
Time of show: 7-10 am.
Show details: Interviews, chat and good music. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

On the first of October, I officially joined the ICR team as a co-presenter of the Friday Breakfast Show. My co-host is Terry Mackley.

I first joined Terry for a trial run on 17th September. We got on very well and I was asked if I would like to join Terry as his regular co-host.

But that was not the first time I had been on ICR. I was a guest on the Monday Breakfast Show where I was interviewed about my books and the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident. I also appeared on Paul Salmon's Eternal Spirit Show where we discussed all things ghostly! I also did a stint on the Thursday Breakfast Show.

My first official show was on the first of October. I had a great time and the listeners said they enjoyed it. Nick Boast - presenter of Cop That! - has dubbed us the Pete and Dud of ICR. I assume he meant that as a complement!

Our show features fab music, great guests and some off the wall chat. Why not listen in?

Tune in to ICR 105.7 FM. You can also listen via the ICR website