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THE DIRECT HITS RADIO 1988 INTERVIEWS SURFACE


Two archive recordings of The Direct Hits live radio interviews on South East London Pirate Radio station, Skyline Radio have surfaced after almost 30 years!


Colin Geno and Brian are all featured on the first one, talking about the latest recording sessions for The House of Secrets album, which was broadcast on 11th July 1985 which lasts about 18 mins. The second one, which went out on 21st July 1985 features Colin and Geno  reviewing new record releases from the period, like a 'juke box jury' which is about 50 minutes long. Colin, Geno and host Nick Miller discuss a wide range of subjects, including the Live Aid gigs which had just happened. Both are a fascinating record of how the band were at the time.


The 11th. July show has been passed on to Eleanor Gray of the brilliant Cassettes and Chocolate Milk web site / blog. Please vist Eleanor's site to find out more about when the show will be aired. Click the link to go!


http://cassettesandchocolate.blogspot.co.uk



LOST BLAAMM RELEASES!

THE BOX SET OF SINGLES THAT

NEVER QUITE MADE IT PAST THE

DESIGN AND PRINT STAGES!


Click HERE for more on

this legendary abandoned project...


great job you're doing with the Shornecliffe Trust! I wanted to run something by you..we're putting some Christmas songs on line via our tiny independent Direct Records label, started by my band The Direct Hits in the 80's. Having always been massive fans of yours and probably the greatest christmas song ever made..we've recorded a tribute..its non money making and we're hoping you'd be ok with us posting it..heres a bit more on it:

DIRECT TAPES COMPLETE CATALOGUE LIST OF OUR RELEASES FROM 1982 - 1986

For a complete list of all our uk cassette releases, click HERE to download a copy.

SUNNY HONEY GIRL SOUNDTRACK

So what was it all about?

Click HERE

Hi Everyone!

Sorry we've been away so long!

Apart from the fantastic news that Colin has formed a new version of the Direct Hits for the Stanhope arms Music 80's Mod revival festival, we also have a new CD compilation available very shortly called 'The Missing Bits of The Direct Hits' which features 17 unreleased, lost or unavailable for some time tracks. More news on this soon!


NEW RELEASE! AVAILABLE NOW

"OK, so theres a bit of me that feels like it's let the side down. So many people have asked why it'll be Colin's Direct Hits 5 piece band on Saturday 30th and not the old 3 piece version. Before arranging anything, he did of course ask me what I was doing on the 30th September, and I'm flattered to hear how many people have asked why I'm not going to be up there on the stage on what will be our 35th anniversary year.

So, I'm here to explain for those that think I don't care enough to do it. There's a real reason, and that reason, I can't play that type of guitar anymore. Not electric, or power chords or the opening riff to "I cant explain"


As many of you probably know via the DH website,

how this happened. Way back in about 1995  I was watching TV when I inadvertently stumbled across some very early blues, via a British Rail  train advert actually, which featured Leon Redbone. Much like T. REX and David Bowie while still at school, and then The Who and the Mod lifestyle hit me like a lightning bolt, this music took me completely by surprise. So, quite by chance this authentic pre war American blues forced me out of my rock n roll comfort zone, to me this is the real thing a wonderous place I visited and I'm still here. I did what was probably alien to everyone around me. I went out and bought as many of the records as I could find, then the clothes and style followed. Spats, Waistcote, Hat and braces.


When The Liverpool Cavern gig came up years ago, what I said to Colin when he asked me then, still stands today. I loved being in the Direct Hits, and i'm royally proud of the records we made, but to me, it was a brief period in my love of music that yielded some unforgettable moments, but it appears now to have been  a forerunner to the music I really dig now. We had a real passion for what we were doing, and I knew what we were doing was good. But the fact is, I don't feel it anymore, and it would be wrong of me to play the gig without the passion I had for it then, I'd feel like a fraud. To be honest, The Direct Hits songs were mainly Colin's work, probably 80% of him is in those songs and its those songs that deserve to be heard again, with a band that will do them justice.

We were very limited as a 3 piece, and with the lack of musical ability and decent equipment at the time, I would say our best work was in the studio, and I'm really pleased that the music is still there for those who want to hear it. I'm also a little sad that I'm not gonna be up there when the first song starts up. but I'm practical enough to say I just couldnt do Geno the guitar player justice...especially as I know Colin's son Phil has grown up with the music, and is probably better at those licks then I am now! Anyway, go along to the gig, enjoy being reminded that we may not have been the worlds most technically gifted live band back then, but the songs? Man, theyre something else! 

Geno x

PAYPAL ORDERS ONLY ACCEPTED . CLICK ON THE PAYPAL LOGO, PAY VIA OUR EMAIL ADDRESS, diane@blaammrecords.com

BUY YOUR ONE DAY PASS FOR THE FESTIVAL!

  1. 1.Log on to your paypal account

  2. 2.pay £1.50 per pass you require

directly to the email address:

diane@blaammrecords.com

3. Your passes will arrive in the first week of July

A rare ticket for the Direct Hits gig at The Rock Garden in Covent Garden, Wednesday September 9th 1981

ENTRY PASSES

GOING OUT IN THE FIRST WEEK OF JULY.

Due to the increased demand for festival passes, if you have already paid they will be coming out to you in the first week of July.


Please don't worry, if you've already paid, your place is 100% guaranteed.

FROM GENO BUCKMASTER TO DIRECT HITS PEOPLE STILL OUT THERE!

"Why I can't

be there on September 30th!"