Carls Special Features 2023

Carl is the presenter of R U Ready 2 Party on Saturday evenings, and Just Can’t Get Enough 80’s & 90’s on a Sunday afternoon. He’s a huge fan of music from the 80’s, a fountain of musical knowledge, which serves him very well when conducting interviews. This page lists past interviews for anyone wanting to listen again. Please click here to find out more about Carl.

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Interview with Hurricance #1

Possibly one of our most multi-talented guests talks to Carl about being in Hurricane #1 and how the band are taking over the radio playlists with their new songs.

You can also hear how Alex could have been a professional boxer before choosing music as his career and how more recently he has sold paintings to people like Mike Tyson and Woody Allen.

About to release a new album and an autobiography in 2023 it’s set to be a busy year for Alex.

Talking about the early songs and candidly about his health problems including a near death experience it’s a fascinating interview and well worth checking out.

Interview with Nathan Moore from Brother Beyond

Nathan Moore joins Carl for a couple of hours of chat about his time with Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart. A candid behind the scenes chat about the music industry and working with Stock, Aitken & Waterman as well as playing all the tunes and a few of Nathan’s own song choices.

Chatting about his love of Spurs and how sport has played a big role in his life this interview leaves no stone unturned. A cannot miss show for fans of Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart, a fun interview that’s well worth listening to for everyone else.

MARCH 2023
Colin Blunstone from The Zombies

Unusually for a British band the Zombies had more success in the USA than their native UK. One of the bands that led the British Invasion Colin talks about the Zombies releases and songs that influenced him and Rod (Argent). Still going strong in 2023 with a new album and tour Carl plays some music from the critically acclaimed new album. A fascinating insight into the sixties music scene and well worth checking out if you missed the Zombies first time around.

APRIL 2023
Dave Hemmingway from the Housemartins, The Beautiful South, The South and the Sunbirds

Dave Hemmingway could easily be described as a national treasure. A member of the Housemartins, The Beautiful South, The South and now The Sunbirds. An unassuming musician from Hull Dave walks us through his career and tells us about his latest band The Sunbirds. Being a member of two bands with such a huge catalogue of massive hits made this two-hour special easy to fill with sing-a-long anthems. A great chat with one of our more interesting characters.

Leee John lead singer from Imagination

Could it be just an illusion? No, Carl was fortunate to catch up with Leee John lead singer with the fantastic disco and soul group Imagination. A walk through of Leee’s career as back singer for 70’s disco acts through the huge global success of Imagination in the 80’s and a career that has seen him exploring different genres and work with numerous other musicians and singers this two hour special is a must for fans of his music.

MAY 2023
Peter Cox lead singer with Go West

Best known as one half of Go West, Peter Cox is also a successful solo artist in his own right. This two-hour special, showcases some of this solo work alongside all the hits with Go West. Hear how he met Julie Roberts when their song was used in Pretty Woman and his thoughts on the music industry. Often described as “white boy soul music” Peter’s smooth voice alongside his long-time musical partner Richard Drummie were responsible for some of the biggest hits in the mid to late 80’s. A fascinating interview with one of Kingston upon Thames finest.

Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch from Milky Chance

When Clems and Philipp had a huge hit across Europe ten years ago with Stolen Dance they probably didn’t expect to be discussing the fact it has now become a Tik-Tok sensation. Playing some of the songs from the new album and some great interpretations of 80’s classics make this a fascinating show even if Milky Chance are new to you.

Martin Fry lead singer of ABC

Best known for his gold lame suits and the best selling Lexicon of Love, Martin talks us through the hits and albums of ABC. Responsible for one of the iconic albums of the 80’s and one of the first bands to use an orchestra, the man behind such classics as the Look Of Love, When Smokey Sings, All Of My Heart and Be Near Me tells Carl about his latest plans and some of the new releases ABC fans have to look forward to this year.

JUNE 2023
Bluey, Nathalie and Cherry V from Incognito

The man behind the jazz fusion outfit Incognito and two of the bands most recent singers join Carl for a walk through Bluey’s hits and more. From the New York disco scene in the 70’s to his support slot with the legendary Nile Rodgers Bluey explains the choice of songs and the way Incognito operates as an ever-changing group of singers and musicians producing some of the best jazz infused disco and soul music in the UK over the past 30 years.

JULY 2023
Miles Hunt lead singer from The Wonderstuff

Solo artist and lead singer of the Wonderstuff, Miles Hunt has a huge back catalogue of hits and songs from the late 80’s/early 90’s right through to the present. A huge number one with Vic Reeves singing Dizzy was one of the highlights of a long career where Miles has worked with many successful musicians producing a variety of different musical styles. Probably best known for his work with the rock band the Wonderstuff Carl takes a metaphoric walk-through of Miles career to date.

Fred and Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred

A sometimes controversial duo who straddle the line between comedy records and tongue in cheek commentary on life Right Said Fred had huge success with their singles in the later 80’s and early 90’s. Nonetheless they have played and sung with some of the greats from the last decade and are frequently supportive of gay rights, freedom of speech and Comic Relief. An enjoyable chat with both brothers and a walk through of their career.

Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order

One of our national treasures takes time out speak to Carl on Outreach Radio. Not only the bass behind two of our greatest bands of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s but also a key figure in one of the most iconic nightclubs ever. A four-part special that is a close to an episode of this is your life as you will ever find. Peter speaks candidly about the music, the highs, and the heartbreaks. Totally unmissable!

Kiaran Crook of The Sherlocks

Lead singer for one of Sheffield’s finest indie bands since the Arctic Monkeys Kiaran talks about the Sherlocks fourth album, the trials, and benefits of running your own record label and what it’s like to work with your brother. Best known for their songs about day-to-day life and nights out in a northern town The Sherlocks have built a following based on good honest singalong rock anthems.

Martin McAloon From Prefab Sprout

One of the most underrated bands of the 80’s and 90’s only looking back with the benefits of hindsight do we now see what a great songwriter Paddy McAloon was. Despite the lack of chart single success every album was a big seller and when you are nominated for a Mercury Music award alongside George Michael and Elton John, you know you must be doing something right. In this three-part series we talk to Martin McAloon, Paddy’s brother, and the bassist with Prefab Sprout about their entire back catalogue and how he ended up duetting with Stevie Wonder playing Alfie. A great interview with some real heartwarming stories.

Andy McCluskey of OMD

Andy McCluskey joins Carl to discuss the latest album and forthcoming tour along with a few of the earlier singles. Over 40 years in the music industry and always a fascinating interviewee Andy’s perfect pop melodies often hide darker messages.
The new album Bauhaus Staircase touches on climate change, politics, and corruption not to mention songs influenced by Covid and the subsequent lockdown. A true return to form!
One of our favourite guests and always easy to fill two hours with chat and OMD hits. A true gent and a fascinating interview.

Stevo Pearce artists and founder of Some Bizzare Records

Often overlooked by mainstream media Stevo is the man who brought us the Some Bizzare record label. Pushing boundaries with some artists and producing perfect pop music with others. From the industrial sound of Einstürzende Neubauten to the chart toppers Soft Cell Stevo chats to Carl about the music and what he looked for in an artist.
The Some Bizzare Sampler cassette released in 1981 featured Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Blancmange and The The. Never one to shy away from controversy Stevo doesn’t pull any punches about the state of the music industry. Now producing art in his own right Stevo is back also collaborating with new singers and songwriters over 40 years after he broke the corporate mould of what was expected of a record company.

Image courtesy of E Gabriel Edvy.

Andrew Roachford

One of our most talented soul singers and songwriters Andrew Roachford produced one of the most iconic hits of the 80’s. With a spell in Mike & The Mechanics and collaborating with other greats such as Beverly Knight Andrew has consistently produced fantastic songs. His diverse approach to writing and his services to the music industry saw him awarded an MBE in 2017.
With a Christmas tour and a new album release Andrew is still at the top of his game and a pleasure to chat to.

Dave Hill from Slade

One of the Midlands finest. Dave Hill is back to chat to Carl about the dodgy haircuts, outrageous outfits and their massive Christmas number one. Slade produced many timeless classics from the 70’s and 80’s and often overlooked as influencing many of the great rock bands that followed them. In the mid 70's Slade were rarely out of the top ten and more often than not the top three.

Join Carl talking to Dave Hill (lead guitarist) for two hours of all things Slade including a very candid chat about his own battle with depression and Noddy's recent battle with cancer. Both fun and touching in equal measures.

Kirk Brandon

Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the critically acclaimed Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny and super group Dead Man Walking. Kirk thought provoking lyrics on his own experiences and socio-economics of the world have produced tracks that never fail to be both interesting and relevant.

Sometimes slightly controversial the interview with Carl is both fascinating and candid.

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