Spirit Of Radio

Begin the day
With a friendly voice
A companion unobtrusive
Plays that song that’s so elusive
And the magic music
Makes your morning mood
Off on your way
Hit the open road
There is magic at your fingers
For the Spirit ever lingers
Undemanding contact in your happy solitude

[Chorus:]
Invisible airwaves crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle with the energy
Emotional feedback on timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price, almost free

All this machinery
Making modern music
Can still be open hearted
Not so coldly charted
It’s really just a question…
Of your honesty….
Yeah! your honesty
One likes to believe in the freedom of music
But glittering prizes
And endless compromises
Shatter the illusion of integrity

[Chorus]

For the words of the prophets were written on the studio wall
Concert hall
And echoes with the sounds of salesmen

Lyrics; Neil Peart
Music; Rush
From the album
“Permanent Waves”

The first Rush song I ever heard and I loved it straight away, from there I discovered a band that made fantastic music, coupled with excellent intelligent lyrics.
And for me both those elements are what makes great music. Music that you feel and lyrics that make you think.

Most people are content to accept the music/artists that appear on mainstream. Go looking, there’s a wealth of imaginative original work out there.

“Popularity is the hallmark of mediocrity” (Oscar Wilde)

Bands/Musicians That I like and have influenced my writing/music over the years

Bands/Groups/Musicians
That I like, their music and lyrics have influenced my own writing and music since I was a teenager. In no particular order other than as I remembered them as I was writing the list, some you may know and like, others you may have heard of but never listened to and some will be new to you. If you’re that way inclined search for the one’s you don’t know and have a listen. I realise it’s an eclectic mix, but that’s music, it’s very subjective. Hope you find something you’ve never heard but grow to love it as I do. I’ll probably keep adding to this list when I notice I’ve forgotten some. Mark.

Killing Joke
NoMeansNo
The Subhumans (UK)
Naked Raygun
The Dead Kennedys (With Jello, not since)
Ministry
That Petrol Emotion
Eat
The Blood
The Cateran
Front-line Assembly
Alice Donut
Head Of David
Bullet Lavolta
D.O.A.
S.N.F.U.
The Guantanamo School Of Medicine
UK Subs
Lard
The Jelvins
Discharge
Venom
Concrete Blonde
Slipknot
Gaye Bykers On Acyd
Fields Of The Nephilim
Slab
Sink
Motorhead
Rudimentary Peni
Flux Of Pink Indians
Conflict
Machine Head
Skinyard
Rush
Thatcher On Acid
The Ruts
The Stranglers
Culture Shock
Citizen Fish
Butthole Surfers
System Of A Down
Big Black
Fear Factory
Peter And The Test-Tube Babies
One-Way System
Sacred Reich
Carnivore
Murder Inc
The Partisans
The Levellers
The Fits
Prong
Nirvana
Linkin Park
Chumbawamba
The Saints (Australia)
BFG
Slum Turkeys
Amebix
Tad
Carnival Art
Pop Will Eat Itself
The Exploited
Psychedelic Furs
The Screaming Blue Messiahs
GBH
Chaos UK

Spirit Of Radio

Begin the day
With a friendly voice
A companion unobtrusive
Plays that song that’s so elusive
And the magic music
Makes your morning mood
Off on your way
Hit the open road
There is magic at your fingers
For the Spirit ever lingers
Undemanding contact in your happy solitude

[Chorus:]
Invisible airwaves crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle with the energy
Emotional feedback on timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price, almost free

All this machinery
Making modern music
Can still be open hearted
Not so coldly charted
It’s really just a question…
Of your honesty….
Yeah! your honesty
One likes to believe in the freedom of music
But glittering prizes
And endless compromises
Shatter the illusion of integrity

[Chorus]

For the words of the prophets were written on the studio wall
Concert hall
And echoes with the sounds of salesmen

Lyrics; Neil Peart
Music; Rush
From the album
“Permanent Waves”

The first Rush song I ever heard and I loved it straight away, from there I discovered a band that made fantastic music, coupled with excellent intelligent lyrics.
And for me both those elements are what makes great music. Music that you feel and lyrics that make you think.

Most people are content to accept the music/artists that appear on mainstream. Go looking, there’s a wealth of imaginative original work out there.

“Popularity is the hallmark of mediocrity” (Oscar Wilde)