Tag Archives: Post Punk

A Conversation With John Robb

He sports an impeccably-coiffed mohawk. In photos, he often appears shirtless or exposing his impressive ripped torso and well-defined biceps. Cameras always catch a striking scowl on an arresting-yet-handsome face. And, his unfiltered Lancashire brogue suggests you better not ask, “Sorry, what did you say?” As it happens, John Robb has a lot to say. He has experienced so much and he wants to share his thoughts, so…you better listen. Not because his stern visage is intimidating, but because John is a charming, polite and knowledgable man. Pick a topic, any topic and Mr. Robb will offer up a well-considered commentary.

Inspired by the DIY ethic of the punk scene, 16-year-old John Robb co-founded  The Membranes in his hometown of Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1977.  The energy he displayed then, is still in full effect today.  On June 6,  The Membranes released What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away, a double album deservedly receiving generous praise from critics and fans alike. Taking time out from his busy schedule, John chatted to Norman B about the new album, reflected on making music, the story of The Membranes, rock and roll, and selected cuts to play on Life Elsewhere. Make sure you don’t miss this entertaining conversation with one of rock music’s most eloquent voices.

portrait of John Robb by John Middleham

Show #332

Hear The Interview With Ski Patrol’s Nick Clift

Ski PatrolThe latest edition of Life Elsewhere features an exclusive interview with Nick Clift, guitarist for the short-lived but highly rated post-punk band, Ski Patrol. For over a year, Nick has painstakingly complied a long overdue collection of Ski Patrol‘s recored work. Formed in 1979 by singer Ian Lowery (later of Folk Devils and King Blank) with Peter Balmer (later of Fad Gadget) on bass and Clift on guitar, the band had risen from the ashes of two Sunderland college bands, The Wall and The Debutantes. Ski Patrol were active until 1981, creating a new vibrant angular guitar sound coupled with dub-reggae influences. The new anthology shines a fresh light on the largely under-appreciated strident, perhaps paranoid, yet poetic lyrics of the late Ian Lowery, who passed away in 2001. In the interview with Norman B, Nick Clift talks about the history of Ski Patrol, life on the road and compiling a tribute to a band-mate he had long been estranged from. It’s a revealing conversation that includes excerpts from the new Ski Patrol album, Versions of a Life .

Also in this edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B talks with Julie Garisto,  Arts and Entertainment Editor of Creative Loafing about David Letterman‘s recent announcement that he will retire from hosting Late Night in 2015.

The Life Elsewhere Podcast available here

 

 

 

Ski Patrol Exclusive!

Ski Patrol

On April 15, a long overdue collection of recorded works by the exemplary post-punk band Ski Patrol, will be released. The album titled Versions Of A Life (Recordings 1979-81)  features some of Ski Patrol‘s singles, alternate versions, remixes and two cuts from the famed John Peel Sessions for the BBC. Ski Patrol guitarist Nick Clift, compiled the album mainly as a tribute to the sadly departed vocalist and lyricist, Ian Lowery. Norman B will interview Nick Clift and play excerpts from the new retrospective compilation.

Life Elsewhere
Monday, 9.00am EDT, March 7
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