Banned Biographies

Banned Biographies is an audio documentary series charting the careers of some of the most notorious bands ever to grace the world’s stages.

Leo Ulph Interview Review, Punk Rock News and Tom’s Birthday

February 22nd, 2022

On this episode of the Banned Biographies podcast your host, Tom Austin-Morgan, and talks about what’s been going on in the last month and what you can expect from the next episode.

Firstly I’d like to thank Leo Ulph once more for the time he took to talk to me on last month’s interview episode, he’s such a nice bloke who I think is so engaging to listen to.

There has been a slew of reviews on Apple Music this month, all from the UK and all with five stars, so I give them a shout out, it was a really nice surprise to get so many in such a short space of time, and I noticed that the show charted higher in the Apple Music rankings, so there definitely is a correlation between the number of reviews and how visible the show is in the search, so keep it up, guys, it really does help.

As promised, I debut a news section from the world of punk from February including stories about The Dwarves, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, Angels And Airwaves, The Undertones, IDLES, The Last Gang, Jesse Michaels and Tim Armstrong performing a live version of Operation Ivy's "Sound System", Cancer Bats, Killing Joke, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong's car being stolen then found, New Found Glory, Beavis And Butt-Head, Dropkick Murphys, The Real McKenzies, Cro-Mags, Fontaines D.C., Frank Turner scoring his first number one album with FTHC and a review of the album, and Adam Ant.

I also talk about my birthday on the 20th February where I celebrated by playing two shows within 24 hours with my very first punk band, High Frequency our first in about 11 years. The reception we had from both audiences we played to over the weekend we really warm and engaged, people genuinely seemed to enjoy the songs we were playing, some of which are 19 years old now! So maybe covers aren’t the way forward after all? I’d like to thank Ant and Corky as well as our wives and partners for putting up with the disruption to their weekends and especially to the people who put us on the line ups for these two shows and finally to all the people who listened and even bough CDs which have been gathering dust in my loft for the last decade! If you want to find us, we’re on Facebook and Instagram @high_frequency_rocks or you can listen to that album by searching Welcome To Apathyville on Spotify.

Until next time, take careand stay safe.

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Interview with Leo Ulph (Wake Up Leo, Presenter and Producer at BBC Radio)

February 1st, 2022

On this special interview episode of the Banned Biographies podcast, Tom chats with Leo Ulph who fronts the band Wake Up Leo. However, he's probably better known as the presenter of BBC Radio Kent's Upload show, where he has featured clips for the documentary episodes of this very podcast along with a host of other podcasts, poets, bands and artists over the last couple of years. Leo also produces broadcasting legend Gabby Roslin's show on BBC Radio London.

This conversation covers all sorts of musical experiences as both a fan, a broadcaster and a player, including the question 'why is Ed Sheeran so popular?', how meeting your heroes can be a good thing, how he got into the radio business and the power of saying 'yes' (and then working really hard!).

During the course of the interview we also manage to draw a line from his early days of playing music and telling jokes between his early songs, for fear they weren't good enough, to the style in which he presents his radio show.

You can find him on Facebook, Twitter (@WakeUpLeo) and Instagram (@wakeupleo_1). Wake Up Leo's website is www.wakeupleo.com and you can also find them on Facebook, Soundcloud, ReverbNation, Spotify, and Apple Music

I think you'll agree that Leo's a great guy and really engaging, and I'd like to thank him very much for his time, especially as he was getting over a Covid infection at the time, what a trooper... and just think, if he's this chipper when he's feeling under the weather, imagine how much more energy he has when he's 100%!

Thanks for listening, stay safe and take care.

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Stiff Little Fingers And 2021 In Review

January 27th, 2022

On this episode of the Banned Biographies podcast, Tom gives a recap of the reactions to last month's Stiff Little Fingers documentary, the first documentary episode in about six months!

A change to the normal running of things is proposed so that Tom keeps in touch with new music after a year of brilliant album, EP and single releases, most of which passed him by. So, Tom looks back at some of them - as many as he's gone back to listen to, anyway - from the baffling resurrection of Nu Metal to the great punk, indie, ska and rock music that came out in the last 12 months.

Please do get in touch via the social links below to let us know what your favourite albums and track were in 2021 and what you're looking forward to in 2022. Also, if you are in a band or make music, we'd love to showcase you on these episodes and don't worry, as you'll hear from Tom's list, this is a judgement free zone!

Please do reach out to Banned Biographies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email as well as leaving those ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, but more than anything else take care and stay safe.

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Suspect Device - The Incendiary Stiff Little Fingers

January 1st, 2022

Founded in Belfast in 1977 out of the ashes of a heavy metal covers band, Stiff Little Fingers and their manager, Gordon Ogilvie, wrote hard-hitting, scathing songs about The Troubles in Northern Ireland. This was in stark contrast to their contemporaries like The Undertones who chose to ignore The Troubles to sing about teenage angst and chocolate bars.

Stiff Little Fingers was championed by the legendary John Peel and released the iconic Inflammable Material album, which became the first independently released album to chart in the UK, reaching number 14 and achieving silver-selling status.

The band changed its style over the next two albums which lost them a lot of fans and, due to the popularity of synthesiser-based pop music over guitar-driven bands in the 1980s, Stiff Little Fingers broke up in 1983.

A cynical, money-spinning reunion tour in 1987 saw the band enjoy better attended shows than ever and so they decided to give it another go. To this day Stiff Little Fingers continues to tour the world as well as recording and releasing albums - the latest of which became the band's first number one on the BBC Rock Albums Chart. 

Join me as I tell the (somewhat expletive filled) story of a 45-year-old band that is arguably more popular now than ever!

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Gizz Butt Review and Tales From Tour

November 26th, 2021

On this episode of the Banned Biographies Podcast, Tom has a brief recap of the reactions to the interview with Gizz Butt from last month's episode and lets you know which band the next documentary will be able when he finally releases it in December.

There's no main episode this month, mainly due to the fact that I've been playing gigs around the country this month with Sham 69 as well as onboarding new clients over the last couple of months which has made me busier than ever. Instead I tell a few stories from travelling round the country and let you know of the gigs the band has lined up for 2022 and what I'm trying to sort out for the podcast as well.

It's an exciting time right now and I hope you guys are as excited for what lies ahead as I am. Make sure to keep an eye on social media and your podcast feed for announcements of what's coming up next as and when I post them.

Thanks once more to Gizz Butt for his time and his guitar playing on the last episode and also. be sure to check out my appearance on the Free With This Months Issue Podcast where hosts Colin, Ian and I dissect a free CD from the cover of a Kerrang! Magazine from back in 2003!

Please do reach out to Banned Biographies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email as well as leaving those ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, but more than anything else take care and stay safe.

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Interview with Gizz Butt (Janus Stark, ex-The Prodigy, ex-English Dogs, ex-Steve Ignorant, one time Foo Fighters and many more)

October 29th, 2021

On this special interview episode of the Banned Biographies podcast, Tom chats with Gizz Butt, lead guitarist and singer with the band Janus Stark. Gizz has also played in a number of bands including The Prodigy, English Dogs, Steve Ignorant of Crass’s live band, The Fields of the Nephilim, The Destructors, Sabbat and a whole lot more, including a couple of appearances on stage with Foo Fighters.

Gizz was really generous with his time and we cover a lot of ground and he even plays a few songs live including a version of The Prodigy’s Fuel My Fire which never made the final edit. I also manage to point out something fishy on his Wikipedia which causes a lot of laughter but also opens up the more sensitive side of this life-long punk rocker.

Make sure to visit www.janusstark.co.uk or www.gizzbutt.com or find them on all the social media platforms. And, if you like what you hear of Gizz’s playing (and why wouldn’t you?), you can go to www.patreon.com/GizzButt, to gain access to loads of songs, pictures and videos from all his bands right back to his first school band when he was 12!

Once again, my sincerest thanks to Gizz for his time, for being such a brilliant guy to talk to and for all his wise words, which anyone thinking of starting a band, as well as anyone who has been in bands for years, should take on board.

Thanks for listening, stay safe and take care.

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Permanent Record Podcast and Skamouth Review

October 25th, 2021

Your host, Tom Austin-Morgan returns to talk about what’s been going on since the mammoth Permanent Record Podcast and Banned Biographies crossover podcast was released last month where they reviewed and dissected U2's iconic 1987 album The Joshua Tree and what you can expect from this months’ episode. I’ll also be talking about my experience at Skamouth Festival, which was my first gig in Sham 69.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Brian and Sarah again for allowing me to stich four of their episodes together and put it out on my feed. I wasn’t expecting big download numbers, because the episode was 8 hours long, and because they’d already been published individually by Permanent Record Podcast. However, it’s quickly become one of the most downloaded Banned Biographies episodes that isn’t a documentary, so I’d like to thank you all for downloading it and – hopefully – listening all the way through. If you enjoyed what you heard you really should subscribe to the Permanent Record Podcast and let Brian and Sarah know you found out about them through Banned Biographies.

I played my first gig with Sham 69 on Sunday 2nd October and I cover the whole weekend in some detail on this episode. Luckily, I survived being chucked in the deep end and will be playing with Sham 69 at four more gigs across the country in November:

Saturday 6th November, The Snig, Widnes (tickets from seetickets)

Saturday 13th November, New Cross Inn, London (tickets from New Cross Inn)

Thursday 18th November, The Old Courts, Wigan (tickets from eventbrite)

Friday 19th November, The Bunkhouse, Swansea (tickets from The Bunkhouse)

I'd love to see some of you listeners at these gigs, do come up and say hello if you come along.

Please do reach out to Banned Biographies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email as well as leaving those ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, but more than anything else take care and stay safe.

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Permanent Record Podcast and Banned Biographies Discuss and Dissect The Joshua Tree by U2

September 24th, 2021

Due to what's been going on behind the scenes here at Banned Biographies (listen to Monday's James Cruttwell Interview Review episode), this episode is all four of the appearance I made on the Permanent Record Podcast to discuss and dissect U2's iconic 1987 album, The Joshua Tree.

The hosts of the Permanent Record Podcast, Brian and Sarah, usually concentrate on synth pop albums, but have been known to dip their toes into the world of guitar bands. This was an education for all three of us because, despite the fact we've all listened to this album before but none of us was a particular fan of it or the band. As we go on we realise why The Joshua Tree is considered the classic it is and have garnered a newfound respect for U2.

In part one we start off by talking about the recording of "The Joshua Tree", which took place over the course of a year, but was interrupted by some rather life-changing events, which in turn shaped the lyrical/thematic content and sound of the album. They then spend time talking about the worldwide chart and sales success of the record, both immediate and lasting, and its ranking on various lists of albums over the years. Brian and Sarah can't help but bring up the cover art as well, as it allows them the opportunity to mention Anton Corbijn, who of course also works with their favourite band, Depeche Mode.

After a very long lead-up, Tom, Brian and Sarah finally get around to the song discussion. But the first song of the album is so massive, and has such a memorable video, that the trio decide to end the episode after wrapping up their look at "Where The Streets Have No Name."

If you want to hear conversation on such diverse topics as Lou Reed, chalkboards, Mission: Impossible, the vocabulary of Smash Hits writers, and Where's Waldo/Where's Wally-- oh, and a band from Ireland called U2-- this is the episode for you!

Part two finds them talking about three more songs and two more videos. They also end up talking about Las Vegas, oversized slot machines, the TV show Friends, Thomas Dolby, and some differences in American English versus British English.

Songs discussed in this episode:
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
With Or Without You
Bullet the Blue Sky

Part three covers five songs:
Running to Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God's Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill

A lot of facts, opinions, and laughs are shared in this episode as Tom, Brian, and Sarah finish talking about Side One and head over to the tracks on Side Two. Some topics that came up during this discussion were: the differences between the punk movement in the US compared to the UK; Lou Reed; Bob Dylan; "People Are People"; and hootenannies!

Finally, in part four the trio shoot the breeze about the darkest moments on the album: "Exit" and "Mothers of the Disappeared."  But in case you think this episode is all doom and gloom, they also talk about ice cream trucks, all the U2 back-catalogue Brian has been acquiring, the return of the live music scene around South London, and, of course, they finally get around to ranking the record as a whole on a scale of 1 to 100 record adapters.

There's also a surprise EXTRA extra-credit segment at the conclusion of the episode, just in case you needed just a tad more U2 chat!!

I'd like to thank Brian and Sarah once more for being such gracious hosts, putting up with various trans-Atlantic audio issues, having me on for such a long time and for allowing me to post these episode on my feed. Please do go follow Permanent Record Podcast on the following social media platforms:

Website - http://www.permanentrecordpodcast.com/
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Thanks for listening, stay safe and take care.

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James Cruttwell Interview Review and An Exciting Announcement

September 20th, 2021

Hello and welcome back to Banned Biographies, Tom Austin-Morgan is back to talk about what’s been going on since the interview with James Cruttwell was released last month and what you can expect from this months’ episode. There’s quite a bit to tell you, so strap in!

I thought it was interesting to hear about what James and I expected the end of the year to look like compared to how it actually is. For example, how long it would take people to return to feeling normal in everyday situations after lockdown was lifted. We were both looking forward to getting back to playing and attending gigs again, but worried that we might feel a bit uncomfortable in those environments again, or that it might take people a long time to feel comfortable in crowd environments.

It turns out that a lot of people seem to have clicked back into their pre-covid ruts straight away, which I guess shouldn’t have been a surprise. But what has surprised me is that, having played a few gigs now with my own bands, I feel more excited to be at a gig again than I am anxious. 

James and I have since met in real life and I’m glad to report he was just as easy to chat to and excitable as he was on the episode.

I'm now the bass played for Sham 69! So, you can listen to how that happened on this episode.

Also, Swampstomper is playing at the Hope and Anchor, Islington, London on Saturday 25th September 2021 supporting Janus Stark, whose front-man and guitarist, Gizz Butt, used to play live guitar for The Prodigy and appears on The Fat Of The Land. It’s going to be an amazing gig. If you’re able to come down, I’d highly advise it.

Please do reach out to Banned Biographies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email as well as leaving those ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, but more than anything else take care and stay safe.

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Interview With James Cruttwell (The Gonads, Furry Love Lickers and ex-East End Badoes)

August 27th, 2021

On this episode of Banned Biographies, Tom chats with James Cruttwell, bassist with The Gonads - a band fronted by broadcaster and author Garry Bushell - and The Furry Love Lickers.

In the episode we also talk about him being in East End Badoes, another old school London-based Oi Punk band, but since this episode was recorded he no longer plays for them.

We also talk quite a bit about lockdowns possibly being eased, which was something we were looking forward to in March or April when this episode was recorded. So, a lot of that is irrelevant now, but I kept it in because I found it interesting to look back at how we were feeling four or five months ago and how things have changed since.

Because we found out that we have similar tastes in music we get very excited talking about bands we both love and because we're both from the same area we both get a bit 'Estuary'; dropping our 'Ts' and turning double 'Ls' into 'Ws', which is what happens when you get two Kent-based punk fans together!

James is a great guy who has had some brilliant experiences playing in punk bands around Europe. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I had having it.

Thanks for listening, stay safe and take care.

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