Posts Tagged ‘Beatles’

If you want to succeed, you have to be a freak. Evolution happens because of freaks. When the environment changes, the herd is thinned and the only ones that survive are the mutants who are suited to the new environment. Survival of the fittest is really survival of the freaks. Elvis was a freak, so […]


There will be many touching tributes to Muhammad Ali at his funeral on Friday but it’ll be hard to top what he said about himself. Muhammad Ali is the only celebrity I can think of that got away with telling everyone how great he was without making himself unlikeable. In fact the more he said […]


I thought I had no real connection to John Lennon until now… For most of the 80s and 90s I lived in Australia and New Zealand and used to impress the locals with the fact that I was born in the same hospital as John Lennon. I was the frontman in a 60s cover band […]


This Craic appears in issue 220 of the Liverpool fanzine, Red All Over The Land. I have to admit that when John Pearman, the editor of Red All Over The Land asked me to review a new Beatles book for the fanzine, I was expecting something a bit lighter. I don’t mean the content, I […]


If you listen to Beatles singles, you’ll notice how clever their producer, George Martin, was at grabbing the listener’s attention at the very beginning. ‘The Beatles 1’, is getting the deluxe reissue treatment this autumn. It contains all 27 number one hit singles. All of the songs start with something designed to grab your attention. […]


Box Clever.

17Aug15

Sometimes you have to bend the rules. Today I found an old VHS tape of the first time I sang on live television. It was 1990, I was the lead singer in The Misfits, a New Zealand pub rock band. In the winter, TVNZ used to have a live Telethon. We sent them a demo […]


I can’t believe how fast we used to play everything! Today I found an old VHS tape of the first proper band I was in. It was 1986, I was 22 and lived in New Zealand. We played mainly 60s beat group covers. The band was called “Liverpool Direct”, which “suggested” that we were on […]


Although I left 5SE in South Australia in June 1995, I know my voice was still being heard on the radio station for many weeks afterwards, possibly months or even years. I’d accepted a job as drive-time presenter at 3GG in Victoria but was still at 5SE because I’d had to give a month’s notice. […]


What have Howard Stern, Jerry Seinfeld and Russell Brand got in common? OK they’re all successful entertainers, they also meditate. The more I looked into it, the list of celebrities and super-successful people who say meditation has helped them in their personal and professional lives is so long that it might be easier to list: “Successful […]


Strange Policy

19Nov13

I don’t understand why people buy so much insurance. One of the blokes who came around to give us a quote on moving house told me that he owns a rare numbered copy of The Beatles White Album signed by all four Beatles. He stuck his chest out and said, “I’ve got it insured for […]


Ticket to Ryde Newton’s second law of motion states that a force, acting on an object, will change the object’s velocity by changing either its speed or its direction or both. – I found an old cassette today from 1991, the year I decided to change speed and direction. I was 27, living in Sydney […]


The first time I played for Liverpool, over forty thousand spectators watched me miss two penalties in front of the Kop. That was 2003, it was a half-time penalty shoot-out for charity organized by the Liverpool fanzine ‘Red All Over The Land’. I’ve been a Liverpool fan for as long as I can remember. I’m […]