Let’s not forget Simon Hickson’s latest album

March 14, 2009

He keeps it very quiet. He probably posted that piece about my old Country and Western album to divert attention from himself. He’s very modest like that. But yes, Simon Hickson is a comedian, script writer, blogger, pool wizard and a talented singer/song writer. I’m sure he won’t mind me giving you a sneaky exclusive glimpse at the cover of his latest album – Simon Hickson, The Other Man in Black.

It’s an amazing album in which Simon brings all his musical influences together. Johnny Cash is there of course, as is the old Manchester Misery Morrissey but if you think that’s an unsual combination then listen out for some of the other stuff he’s pinched…er..I mean been influenced by…Sparks, ELO, Rick Wakeman and Alice Cooper (another Man in Black) to name but a few. This is a rich blend of some of the finest music that exists inside Simon Hickson’s head. Here’s your chance to stuff it inside your own head. Buy it. Play it. Try and bend it. It won’t break. This album is solid gold. I give it five stars even though the most I could give it in my imaginary music magazine review is four stars – that’s how good it is. No one’s gonna throw cheese at this man. This album is cheese proof. If you want to throw cheese at someone then go throw it at Gary Barlow. He loves cheese. Simon Hickson doesn’t…well unless it’s Black Cheese.

Simon Hickson – The Other Man in Black  * * * * * 



Trev Neal’s forgotten album

March 12, 2009

A few years back Trev tried to make it in the music business. He did his best to reinvent himself as some kind of Merle Haggard/ Waylon Jennings type outlaw. He adopted the Bakersfield sound and wrote a number of songs in the style of Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Merle and Waylon. Unfortunately there’s not much call for that kind of music in Kent. He got a few gigs here and there, mainly at Big Truck shows in East Anglia. However, when the crowd realised he was only going to sings about trains, and not trucks, they’d quite often turn nasty, throwing cheese at him and the odd pennant. I suggested that Trev should consider diversifying; just a bit, maybe singing about transport in general. But you need to be careful with Trev. My suggestion was met with a cold stare, and not long after that he penned the so far un-recorded track (no pun intended) “Simon’s scared of Trains”

He made one album; Trev Neal Sings the Songs of the Railroad. He sold a few copies through specialist train/record shops. But really, just a few. About three. He doesn’t like to talk about it much these days. I just hope he doesn’t mind me writing about it and putting up the cover art.


Breaking News. CO-OP reduces cakes to 60p!

March 4, 2009

Photo taken this morning in Broadstairs CO-OP. Bought one for kids and one for the podcast (coconut sponge). Sell by date 5th March. Better eat them quick.