From an informed
"I'd been unaware
that anyone was playing the UKís singles releases of fifty
years ago on a broadcast or podcast. Believe it or not,
about five years ago, I had wondered whether anybody was
brave enough to attempt such an ambitious enterprise. So
itís amazing to discover the existence of your programmes
The New Singles, which we are playing from 45 & 50 years
stumbled onto your show on Radio Seagull! I was instantly
hooked! This was that kind of radio I was used to from the
Since 2015 I
run a forum identifying unknown songs. I alerted the
other members in Europe and America... and your 'New
Singles' radio show... has helped to identify a lot more
For some reason, most of them have been singles from 70's,
which have not been released on any album"
from a media
me why you don't have some late night gig on the Beeb
somewhere - the quality of your music choice is excellent but
then I guess that opens a whole discussion topic of why radio
in the UK is so dire at present ...."
from a listener:
"What the hell are you smoking, or
sniffing ? I have spent an hour now listening to your show
this Saturday night and i have heard about four tracks worth
listening to. IF John Peel has affected you please get some
treatment, the man was an eccentric weirdo who loved playing
crap which is why he suited different youth cultures and the
BBC kept him on. Listening to your show i feel like i am on
drugs with weird folky Scottish tunes, then ethereal music
followed by god knows what. I know no offshore radio friends
that ever gave Peel a listen, and in the 70's Caroline never
played anything of his taste so maybe you should be working
for some some old radio one appreciation society where Peely
music is appreciated."
From a very famous Music Biz
Entrepreneur and Performer of many UK hits:
Chris .... fascinating! Sounds brilliant. Good luck with
A listener donated a batch of
New Singles lists, and wrote:
glad that the duplicate issues will find a home where
theyíll be used for such a laudable project. I support the
proposal that the show should be lodged with the British
Library Sound Archive."
vibes about The New Singles weekly listings being played
week by week:
"You're building a repository of UK singles history"
"I love a mixture of Rock, dance,
trance & progressive music, that's why I enjoy what you do"
anecdotes are occasionally offered by ex music biz
" I interviewed Dusty. One of my
Once met Mrs
Mills backstage on my way to interview Marianne Faithfull
"Hello", she laughed. "Just going for a wee"
UK Programme Director: You
have crazy left field ways of putting shows together,
musically! With the added straight-jacket of building a show
around the total mess that is a weekly singles release list
from just one week... even a great magician could not even
magic up an acceptable mix. But, you have then thrown in B
sides by unknown artists! The 60ís and 70ís were full of
magic music wise, but there was a lot more total nightmare
stuff released than good stuff. What is worse is that Record
Collectors and Psychedelic Music fans have elevated some
atrocious music to collectable and sought after status. So,
they appear on many horrendous rare-Psych compilations which
comments "maybe people lap up 'atrocious and horrendous
music' (in your opinion) because they actually do
like the music and were denied the chance of hearing it in
again (for the Nth time) for your most excellent shows. Sorry
if it sounds exaggerated but it is simply the truth - but then
I'm sure others will say so too!
Seagull - and your show being my absolute favourite, to hear
your selection of new music and the occasional Kraftwerk, Mr.
Coconut or Klaatu track..."
"please take a bit of advice and think again about that magic
word 'compromise'. (otherwise).. It's a bit like John Peel
without a producer!"
I think the above writer misses the point that Peel's
longtime producer, John Walters, actually encouraged Peel
rather than tamed him. Walters actively shielded Peel from the
BBC execs. As the Peel inspired
Dandelion Radio webcast announces when you login...
Independent, Original, Uncompromising..."
A Listener offers encouragement:
"You're both doing a great job, be sure of that
Hilarious final moments on the podcast,
remember Squeek. Les was right. We are on a journey with
these singles every week. Never knowing where it might takes
us makes it so fascinating
And I could
listen to you two nattering on all night"
to your wonderful show.. Just LOVE Emerge by Fischerspooner -
had to do a Shazam text check to find that out"
show from Seborga, Liguria, with co presenter Mark Dezzani:
all I can say
you've got me hooked to your shows,
regards to Mark D
'cause he sounds Kool too.. "
The Seborgan Seagull
with Mark Dezzani & Chris B
The Cure-The Holy Hour
Noir Desir-Le Vent Nous Portera
Senor Coconut Y Su Conjunto-Autobahn
Stanley Clarke-Desert Song
Robert Wyatt-Heeps Of Sheep
Lunar Drive-50 Cents
Lee Scratch Perry-African Hitch Hiker
Dr John-Take What I Can Get
Calexico-Alone Again Or
Les Negresse Vertes-Les Megots
from a DJ at another
radio station (previously on RNI, ex Radio Caroline etc.), this carefully considered and reasoned comment,
about the above Seborgan Seagull playlist:
What a load of obscure crap if you don't mind me saying
try to listen every time you are on Radio Seagull.
Love the show.
Why aren't you on Radio Seagull every night?"
general comment about Radio Seagull:
"I own a bar in Thailand. Most nights at 2am (Just before the
bar closes) I put radio Seagull on the PA system. We have a
large international customer base, from America, England,
Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Germany etc etc. It's interesting to
see their reaction when they realise what they are listening
"I'm now hearing your excellent show.
You played America by
Bert Sommer ??
Loved it, love the Simon & Garfunkel original, Love the YES
/ Jon Anderson version too..."
live on air at Radio Caroline Maidstone studio:
This is simple, either
follow our playlist or put the automation on and go home.
how you feel. I have an aching sometimes to be back in time
and experience it all again... The problem I have with the
programme is that it's done in real time and each week we
have around 60+ songs to choose from and unfortunately don't
have the luxury of time to schedule the sequence in advance.
It just kind of flows as we record and inevitably there are
casualties, such as Gulliver. I may joke during the show
about the focus group and the researchers but to do the
songs and the artists justice that is what it really needs!
Hey ho, but at least Les and I are having fun muddling
from a radio
"get it" in terms of doing creative radio. Your playlists are
the type of radio I love to see being done. Your ideas on how
a show should be presented are quite progressive. I can think
of no better compliment than to be told to "return to
playlist" as I was in the exact same boat here on an American
FM station. I was the operations manager and also handled
music and programming of the station until they realized I was
actually going to LOOK for music to play instead of sitting
back and passively letting the computer play things over and
over and over.. I had a vision to grow the station which was
from another presenter:
"...you were yet
another bloody presenter who refused to work to dull and
out-dated playlists. And quite right too !!!
Funny how people who make up
playlists always seem to know a hell of a lot less about music
than the guys who are actually doing the programmes. Weird
isn't it ?
Freeform rules !"