In three weeks time, I’m going to be entrance and centre of the Cockpit Theatre, placing London radio legend, Gary Crowley within the scorching seat. This irrepressible raconteur has gone from teenage punk fan to schoolboy fanzine editor to document plugger to NME receptionist, from whence he moved onto radio and TV throughout the magical years of 80s indie and pop.
He’s run a fanzine from a telephone field, was the primary to play Wham! on the radio (and have become their tour compere), helped deliver hip-hop and Brit pop to the plenty and schmoozed with Soho’s trend and music most interesting throughout the Wag Membership heyday. In the beginning a hardcore music freak, he at the moment hosts exhibits on BBC Radio London and this yr launched the frankly sensible ‘Gary Crowley’s Misplaced 80s’ compilation album. A potent cocktail of killer rarities and under-appreciated gems from 1980-1987, it runs the gamut from post-punk new wave and indie guitar pop to early hip-hop and dance electronica. (My most performed: Carry on Retaining On by the Redskins and Cease That Lady by Vic Godard).
On seventh October, Gary is returning to his NW8 roots to reply my loooong listing of questions on
The Conflict his most memorable moments within the music biz. Even higher, we’ve carved out time for Qs from the ground, so if you wish to come and see me within the Michael Parkinson seat, seize the previous couple of tickets right here. Or, to win a pair of tickets, depart your title within the feedback (e-mail addresses gained’t be printed), or on Twitter. The winner might be picked at random on 23rd September and notified by e-mail or social media.
Coming House – An Night with Gary Crowley is at 8pm (doorways at 7.30) on seventh October 2019 at The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Avenue, NW8 8EH ( 020 7258 2925)
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Gary Crowley and Joe Strummer
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