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Running Riot in 21

Founded in the early 70s, veteran London band Cock Sparrer are now one of the biggest bands on the punk scene, headlining the likes of Rebellion festival and attracting a whole new audience. These leading voices in the Oi scene often penned lyrics which dealt with topics related

Rainey Day Parade

Maxayn were an early 70s funk/soul band fronted by the charismatic vocalist Maxayn Lewis - imagine early Rufus crossed with Funkadelic. Between 1972 and 1974, they made three much-admired albums for Capricorn. Recently, Maxayn lent her powerful vocals to the critically acclaimed Netflix film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a drama

Feeling Felt

Fronted by the enigmatic, mononymous Lawrence, indie-pop band Felt remain one of the most enduring cult acts. Active between 1980-1989, the band made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. Other key members included Martin Duffy (later with Primal Scream), Phil King (who went onto Lush and The

Steve Thompson

Hailing from Teeside, all-rounder Steve Thompson has written songs for the likes of Celine Dion and The Hollies. We’re proud to bring Steve’s collection of recordings to Cherry Red. Alongside his own works are tracks by cult glam act Bullfrog, future Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor, pre-Curve singer Toni Halliday, an

The Boys Are Kids In America

The Boys is an American superhero streaming television series developed for Amazon Prime Video. Based on the comic book of the same name, it follows a team of vigilantes as they combat superpowered individuals who abuse their abilities and is as entertaining as it is gruesome. Every

Have Mersey On Us!

If you like your thrillers gritty, you’ll welcome the return of gruff antihero Tim Roth in Sky Atlantic’s Tin Star. We for one are grateful the show moved from its original setting in the rocky vistas of a Canadian town and over to the UK - without

UK Records: A Great British Label

UK Records was a music label launched in 1972 as an outlet for pop star/Svengali Jonathan King. First run by John Peel’s Dandelion Records chief Clive Selwood (amongst others), the label scored chart hits for the likes of Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs (fronted by Jona Lewie) and 10cc. UK also

Crock of Gold! A King Horror Show!

Julien Temple’s new film about the life and times of The Pogues’ enigmatic frontman Shane MacGowan was released on 20 November. Co-produced with Johnny Depp, the film combines new interviews with unseen archive footage and maps MacGowan’s childhood in Ireland through to his years on London’s

Holy Smokes

Helvete: The History Of Norwegian Black Metal is a documentary series about the country’s black metal scene, dating from the early eighties through to its most controversial heyday in the 90s. Instead of dwelling on the more storied murder, suicide and church burnings, this four-parter focuses on

Spri-ghtly Does It

Spriguns of Tolgus were a British folk rock group formed in 1972 by Mike and Mandy Morton. Having circulated a cassette album Rowdy Dowdy Day, they signed with Decca and released two albums. They were much hyped within the folk scene (prompting comparisons with Steeleye Span, whose