WELCOME TO December 2021.

Welcome to AMMP January-March 2022 and rare interviews with the original AC/DC frontman; a Kinks Soundwalk on East London Radio,  and a long feature on the relationship between Syd Barrett and his photographer, Mick Rock.  You can find out more about Madness on film and in video and the Ballad of John and Yoko (again).


Birthdays  January-March

January 5th 1950
Chris Stein born.
January 6th 1946
Syd Barrett born.
January 8th 1947
David Bowie born.
January 10th 1986
Alex Turner born.
January 13th 1961
Suggs born.
January 14th 1969
Dave Grohl born.
January 22nd 1962
Michael Hutchence born.
January 24th 1947
Warren Zevon born.
January 27th 1961
Gillian Gilbert born.
January 31st 1956
John Lydon born.
January 31st 1961
Lloyd Cole born.
February 3rd 1947
Dave Davies born.
February 6th 1945
Bob Marley born.
February 12th 1939
Ray Manzarek born.
February 13th 1956
Peter Hook born.
February 15th 1944
Mick Avory born.
February 18th 1933
Yoko Ono born.
February 20th 1967
Kurt Cobain born.
February 21st 1961
Ranking Roger born.
February 25th 1943
George Harrison born.
February 28th 1966
Ian Brown born.

The Who at Festival Hall Melbourne

March 1st 1944
Roger Daltrey born.
March 2nd 1943
Lou Reed born.
March 2nd 1977
Chris Martin born.
March 5th 1957
Mark E. Smith born
March 6th 1944
David Gilmour born.
March 9th 1958
Martin Fry born.
March 12th 1969
Graham Coxon born.
March 12th 1979
Pete Doherty born.
March 19th 1959
Terry Hall born.
March 20th 1953
Poison Ivy Rorschach born.
March 20th 1972
Alex Kapranos born.
March 21st 1943
Vivian Stanshall born.
March 25th 1942
Aretha Franklin born.
March 25th 1949
Nick Lowe born.
March 26th 1944
Diana Ross born.
March 29th 1949
Dave Greenfield born.










Some of the albums which changed Chris Difford’s life. For more visit Music Radar.

Chris Difford (BBC/Twitter)

Hunky Dory by David Bowie

“I could have gone for any Bowie album, but this one reminds me of a certain time in my life when the warmth of a record meant everything. The songs work as a cohesive whole; they’re beautifully written, played and sung. All round, it’s a terrific album. Try as you might, you cannot fault it.”

With the Beatles by The Beatles
“Again, this was one where I could have picked any of their albums. I went for this one because it was the first Beatles music I heard… my older brother had it in his collection. It was also the first time I’d really taken any notice of music and I automatically thought that all music was going to be this good. Ha ha! I soon found out it wasn’t!

“They were the band that gave music a sense of humour. They made it OK to enjoy music in the same way you’d enjoy life.”

Tommy by The Who

“It was either going to be Quadrophenia or this one. I went for Tommy because it was the first time I’d ever heard a ‘rock opera’.

“The story is genius, the lyrics are fantastic and the singing is exceptional. C’mon… who wouldn’t want to be in a band like The Who? Four amazing musicians, creating amazing music. Pete Townshend is one of the best songwriters this country has ever produced. And this is him at his peak.”

The Bill Bailey  Playlist

Bill Bailey (Twitter)

Bill Bailey’s life-changing songs as seen in Kerrang. (Go here for the full article). Visit Bill Bailey here.

Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime (1980)
“There’s a timelessness about it, which I love. There’s this idea of lyrics that mean something, too, in different times in your life, and this does that.”
The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated (1978)
“When our son was very small, I taught him this song. And he just picked it up really, really quickly. “
The Stranglers – Genetix (1979)
“I remember going to see The Stranglers in Bath. I must have been about 15, so that would have been like, 1980 or something like that. There was a track called Genetix, which I remember thinking was amazing – this incredible drums solo and keyboard and guitar combo.”
Motorhead – Ace of Spades (1980)
“This is the one that really gets you going. Anything of that era, like No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith, things like that. Sometimes it’ll be Master of Puppets by Metallica – something with loud, loud guitars.”
The Kinks – You Really Got Me (1964)
“I was in a school band. We used to play gigs around Bath and the surrounding area, and we’d do this.”


Collecting The Monkees in 2022

The best Monkees Collectable (sadly) of 2021 turned out to be Mike Nesmith’s director’s chair cover. Collecting the Monkees in 2022? We’ll have a feature in the next AMMP.

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