Thursday, 18 August 2011

Remembering....The Bullworker

I was laying in bed this morning, thinking about stuff to talk about in my radio shows, when I had this flashback to when I was a kid.

Do you remember the 'Bullworker'?

Well, my Dad had one. He was into Karate at the time, and I suppose he used it to build muscle (I can't remember as I couldn't have been more that 10 at the time).

Anyway, being only 10, I couldn't do the excercises, that you were meant to do with it because I wasn't strong enough. But I did try to do my own thing with it. I used to stand it on the floor, and push down from the top. At the time, I reckon the 'Bullworker' probably came up to my chest, so it was still hard for me to push it down.

Well, this one particular day, I'd sneaked it out of my Dad's bedroom, and had taken it into mine. As I was going through my routine of pushing it down, I heard Mum call me for tea.

Now before I carry on, I want to remind you I was only 10, and I wasn't quite as wise as I am now. But I did like my food as much as I do  these days!

Anyway, when Mum called me, I shouted back, 'On my way', and made the big mistake of letting it go before coming back up.

The next thing I knew, I was laid flat on my back and my chin hurt like hell. The bloody thing had so much pressure in it, the minute I took my hands off it, it shot back up and hit me!

I can remember my lot taking every opportunity to tell everyone they knew about it for weeks!

Till next time....

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Revisiting the past

I've been at a bit of a loose end this evening and I thought I'd revisit some of my earlier shows and listen to them again.

I started off playing the recent "Naughty But Nice" show I did, and found myself singing along to the shows and having a great time.

After that I took a show from 19th November 2009 - it was a 'Pure Grooves' 70s Soul Special show.

And there's some cracking music on it. After speaking to one of my listener's who wasn't a listener to my shows back then, I've decided I'm going to re-post the show so that people can have a listen.

These days I record all my shows as they are syndicated and so it's nice hearing one of my old live shows.

So in advance of re-running the show...

Here's the playlist:

1 First Choice - Armed & Extremely Dangerous
2 Chairman Of The Board - Everything's Tuesday
3 Barrett Strong - Man Up In The Sky
4 O'Jays - I Love Music
5 Leroy Hutson - They Got Love
6 Jnr Walker & The All Stars - Take Me Girl I'm Ready
7 Main Ingredient - Everybody Plays The Fool
8 Fantastics - Something Old Something New
9 Garland Green - Ain't That Good Enough
10 Barry White - Never Never Gonna Give You Up
11 Len Boone - Love Won't Be Denied
12 Isley Brothers - Harvest For The World
13 Johnny 'Guitar' Watson - I Need It
14 Ronnie Dyson - When You Get Right Down To It
15 Aretha Franklin - Until You Come Back To Me
16 J Blackfoot - Taxi
17 Gloria Scott - Case Of Too Much Lovemaking
18 Bobby Womack - I Don't Wanna Be Hurt By Ya Love Again
19 Loleatta Holloway - Casanova
20 Raydio - Jack & Jill
21 Emotions - Best Of My Love
22 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Bless You
23 Al Green - Call Me
24 Johnny Bristol - Do It To My Mind
25 Holland Dozier Holland - Don't Leave Me Starving For Your Love
26 Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin'
27 Marvin Gaye - Come Live With Me Angel
28 Brenda & The Tabulations - I Love You For All Seasons
29 Archie Bell & The Drells - I Could Dance All Night
30 Tavares - Never Had A Love Like This Before
31 Teddy Pendergrass - Come Go With Me
32 Detroit Spinners - Ghetto Child
33 David Ruffin - Until We Said Goodbye

While I think about it, don't forget that the Flashback show is a year old in 2 weeks, so if you'd like to leave a voice message to be played in the birthday show, email me your mp3 to

If you'd like a request played in the show, go to and leave your message and request in the guestbook

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Looking to the weekend

On Saturday, I'm playing at the 2nd Woodlands Charity All Dayer at the Woodlands Hotel, Haverhill. It's in aid of Help For Heroes.

I played at the first event last year, but as I needed to get away early last years I was first on the bill. This time I'm not sure when I'm playing, all I know is that I'm looking forward to it. On the decks as well that day is my fellow Solar Radio DJ, Ash Selector - it's looking to be a great day out. Starting at mid-day it's a full 12 hours with some quality DJs plying their trade.

I've been trying to decide what I fancy playing on Saturday, and it's a toss up as to whether I'll play a classic set or go for something a bit different, playing some newer songs or some remixes of some better known songs, or maybe even doing a latin jazz set.

There have been some great records out over the last 18 months or so, that I never really get chance to play out, like Sunlightsquare Latin Combo's 'I Believe In Miracles' ot Fab Samperi's 'Listen Up' that I really fancy giving a spin as well as Cuban Ize's mash up of 'African Message' which is a mash up of 'African Rhythms' and 'The Message'.

But then there are songs that I love to play like 'Mr Magician' or 'Get On Up' - the trouble is people know I like them and may be sick of me playing them.

One thing's for sure though, my set wil be dictated by what's been played by the DJ before me. So truth be told, I really don't have a clue what I'll be playing on the day!

All I know is I've got my mind on 40-50 songs that could get chucked into the mix - and to be honest... I can't wait!

It's going to be a great day, so if you've got a chance to be there, do it! 12 hours of great music... and for a good cause too. On top of that, I'll have chance to meet YOU!

See you there...