So, Bradford remains on localised lockdown for at least another week. Meanwhile the second of two shows we managed to record in that brief spell when Loz was able to visit has hit the…
It’s done nicely so far too, continuing the upward trend of downloads and listeners and taking the record for activity in the first 48 hours for an individual episode.
In sadder news, I was due to record The Final Programme Phase Two remotely with Hussein this week but yesterday he lost his uncle to Covid19. This coming so soon after losing his dad in March is a real blow. He’s doing it tough at the moment but he’ll be back and just like before he’ll have plenty of groovy insights to share.
On a slightly different note, I found out at the back end of last week that I’d been quoted and referenced in a Danish book of literary criticism. This is a rare thrill for me and all the more exciting and mysterious because I don’t read Danish. I instantly ordered a copy though and it’s a gorgeous tome. The chief side effect of this is that it’s nudged a Wheels of Terror episode that little bit closer and I already have a willing co-host.
There have also been some developments regarding the potential for a couple of shows looking at Moorcock’s relationship with music and Hawkwind in particular. I’m looking at a couple of very tasty collaborations with some esteemed and learned Hawkwind specialists. More on this soon.
Right, that’s about it for tonight.
Stay safe pards, and I’ll see you on the moonbeam roads.
It’s been almost three weeks since we put out our RPG focused show and debuted The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly. We’ve been on a very satisfying upward trend in terms of downloads and it continued with that show being our fasted downloaded and having the highest number of listeners in the first seven days to date. We’ve had some lovely feedback too, and one particularly spicy riposte from a long time Stormbringer player. All feedback is good feedback though. I love the exchange of opinions and ideas in our community, across all forums including here and on twitter, Instagram and via the WordPress pages.
Next up is our first delve into the tales of Corum. We ambitiously recorded this show immediately after the RPG one and inevitably we may have overstretched somewhat, particularly given the intake of bizarre birthday beers along the way, and our energy levels were somewhat affected. Nevertheless I’ve gone through the editing and got rid of all of the groaning, slurping and mumbling to hopefully leave behind a half-decent discussion on Book One of The Knight of the Swords. This show will also pick up the Journal with Chapter Two. I will also soon be detailing GAC’s weird encounter with that most inscrutable of powers, the Baker on the Rocks.
Meanwhile stay safe and I’ll see you soon for an old fashioned and a hand or two at the Terminal Cafe.
First, a hearty welcome to new patron John. Welcome aboard John, the good ship Donblas is delighted to have you aboard. The Blind Steersman has sorted your cabin out and laid out your demon bound pyjamas. For those unfamiliar you can check out our patreon page here.
[EDIT: Five minutes after I posted this friend of the show and podcaster-supreme-in-repose Clarkey joined us too… it must have been those pyjamas… WELCOME ABOARD. As a jugador you of course get the top bunk and your own clay vase to piss in (folks… don’t ask).]
Second, Simon Perrins has once again brewed us up some fantastic new imagery for site banners and visual identity/branding for the show, an example of which is above. I just adore Simon’s style. Check previous posts for more of his work.
Next, thanks for listening to our latest show looking at role-playing games and Moorcock. In particular we had some gentle digs at Stormbringer third edition and drank some really terrible beers. Obviously the beer thing is a staple of any shows with Loz, but moving away from Moorcock novels is something we’ll be doing infrequently as a side-excursion. Perhaps every ten shows or so. Lined up for the future I’ve had some early indications that we can have a look at Moorcock’s influence on rock music and comics, with a couple of special guest co-hosts that I can accommodate now I’ve finally figured out remote recording.
As for the usual instalments we’ll be finishing off The Eternal Champion with Phil, digging into Phase Two of The Final Programme with Hussein, and Loz and I will be re-recording our first stab at Corum (thanks largely to the aforementioned hideous beers and our perhaps too ambitious attempt to record two shows in one evening). When we do do it that will be the third attempt at covering Corum when you include that first aborted attempt I did with Lindsey back when I was figuring this stuff out. You can check that out as a Patron extra.
That last attempt at Corum and the RPG diversion were recorded during the July lockdown lull when we were briefly able to meet in person but Phil, Hussein, Loz and I are now all subject to local C19 measures in the North of England so remote recording will be the method for the most part for some while to come. The obvious exception is the Phil episodes so I can continue to enjoy her old-fashioned expertise.
Anyway, I hope you’re all staying safe out there. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on the moonbeam roads.
I’ve been thinking about how to vary the content on the show and one of the ideas generated is to do an ‘audio book’ version of an old write-up of one of Loz’s Moorcock themed games from a few years years ago.
Gerard Arthur Connelly is a character I created over 25 years ago (perhaps more) and have returned to regularly over the years. Being lazy and just playing variations of the same bod seems suitably Moorcockian.
I’ve shared some of the progress to date with patrons and, as nobody has told me it’s shit, I’ve done some more AND added some music. It’s still a work in progress and the atmosphere music is just to plug a gap until I get around to doing something original for it (probably with some help from Neil and Johnny Royale). I also realised when I got to the last chapter it was never finished so I haven’t recorded that yet. Will have to have a big splurge on the writing front if I decide to continue with it.
Once the individual chapters have had some more attention they’ll probably end up being dropped at the end of regular shows as an episodic deal or, if they don’t really end up working they’ll just stay on the Patreon site as oddities for our glorious patrons.
July is looking like a busier month (at last), I should have The Eternal Champ ep 2 uploaded this week, I’m catching up with Natasha a week tomorrow to round off The Jewel in the Skull and later this month Loz and I will embark upon our tour of the Corum books.
In other news the Gollancz Collection is finally almost complete. They may lack inspiring covers but they are definitive texts and are excellent reading copies. Sadly a lot of my older 60s, 70s and 80s editions are getting a bit fragile.
Finally for today, I just concluded play on Dirk the Dice’s terrific three-part Hawkmoon RPG scenario Casa De Mercurio.It was a ton of fun with a great plot, tons of Moorcockian flavour and a great group of players.
Incidentally, Dirk’s latest episode of The Grognard Files is all about the Hawkmoon Role-Playing Game and other associated bits and bobs. It’s required listening as always. Even if you’re not a gamer Dirk and Blythy’s observations on the Hawkmoon series of novels and the games they inspired are as astute, warm and informative as ever. Check it out here.
We’re back in Derry & Toms roof gardens to mull over 1970’s The Eternal Champion, the novel debut of Erekosë/John Daker.
It’s got everything. Bad pronunciation, silly names and nudity.
Phil returns to the co-host chair, we drink Old-Fashioneds and draw comparisons between Noonos and Grimsby, adding that ancient port-town to our list of mildly insulted settlements.
We have a brand new logo (actually a suite of logos) by the brilliant Simon Perrins (@hf_tf on Twitter). Check out his fabulous work at https://cjthorpe1.myportfolio.com/ and pay him cash money to draw you stuff.
Since the last show Dirk over at The Grognard Files asked me on to do a turn on his My First, My Last, My Everything spot. I thoroughly enjoyed it and you can find that episode here. If you didn’t know anything about Lyonesse by Jack Vance before listen to this and you’ll be all over it. While you’re there listen to all of his other shows too. They’re brilliant.
We also have a new patron, Jim. He runs a small press publisher and is working on a guide to Elric collectables. Pay him a visit.
Finally thanks to everyone out there that has stayed interested and enquired about the show. You’re great motivators.
The world is a funny place right now and, with Hussein experiencing a very difficult bereavement and Tash stuck in Sri Lanka, the BitR schedule is naturally taking a back seat to events.
As a result it will be a wee while before we get back to Jerry Cornelius on the podcast. Hussein was brilliant on the Phase One show and I have no wish to continue on to Phase Two with anyone else but Hussein so it’s on hold.
The more I learn about and see how the current world crisis is unfolding, the more I’m convinced that the Jerry Cornelius stories are as relevant today as when they were written. A few days before the pubs were closed Phil and I were sitting in a Bradford pub called The Corn Dolly with a small handful of locals and listening to them talking of flash mobs fighting over bog roll in Tesco. The landlord was speaking about his holiday, due to commence on Monday, being cancelled due to the destination country closing its borders. Meanwhile I was reading an Italian nurse’s blog on my phone in which she described ‘war-like’ conditions in her hospital and deaths of her colleagues due to ‘the virus’.
If Shaky Mo had come in and tried to sell me some ‘ludes and stolen army gasmasks from an old Derry & Tom’s carrier bag he wouldn’t have seemed out of place.
At times like this I wish I had the talent to do some Jerry Cornelius fan fiction, but I’ll just have to settle for getting something off the shelf for Phil and I to cover. Now we’re under lockdown we’re determined to fill our time with constructive activity lest we murder each other or end up like Steven and Fran in Dawn of the Dead. That would be terrible, particularly as it would mean I’d end up a zombie and Phil would fly off in a helicopter with young Ken Foree.
I’m just not down with that.
So, we are going to set ourselves a target of doing a show every weekend (setting myself up to fail there I’m sure). We have no idea whether this will work but we’re gonna have a go and in the meantime I’m going to figure out remote recording so we can pick up the schedule with Loz, Tash (if she ever gets back home) and hopefully one or two others.
Phil favours covering the first Erekosë novel but I’m going to dig out some other old stuff that Pops gave me to give us another potential switch from Moorcock. There are a few options when I think back on it and I still have a number of those original copies kicking about so we’ll see what we’ll see.
Stay safe out there and we’ll see you on the other side (on the moonbeam roads, obviously).