spent most of my afternoon at work pondering, with an image not too dissimilar to the one above being most prevalent in my minds eye.

been asked a question today of which i have searched for an answer for such a long time. fair pained over it at times to be honest.

don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing serious like the answer to the ultimate question (which we all know is 42) but a question that has nonetheless stumped me for an age.  


and i think i have it beaten. maybe.

i have given an answer to the person that posited it this aft, and currently i eagerly await their considered view on my reply.

watch this space pop pickers!




i was setting up Skype again a couple of weeks back and decided to try summat i once did before. i am going to try and simulcast a radio show on video streaming. now, whether this works or not is in the lap of the gods, and if if actually HAPPENS, relies on me getting a new webcam. or should i say ANOTHER webcam. cos i bought one. 

looked ok. said it would do what i wanted. and was cheap enough. too cheap. should have known really. brand new webcam for less than 3 quid. all the way from china. no p&p.


absolute pile of rammel. it works ok ish for skype, but won’t do the job for the shows. so if i can source one in the next 24hrs we’ll be going live visually AND aurally. if not it will wait until the new year.

watch this space.




to start, an apology.

i didn’t do an xmas show last year. making up for it this year.


so please join me HERE on friday 23rd from 8pm.

a show full of cracking tunes and whatever else we fancy. as usual, requests are welcomed, just mail them to sfrstudio@live.co.uk or tweet them to @sfrstudio #sfrxp

also looking at having a chat with folks live on air. so DOWNLOAD SKYPE HERE and add us as sfrstudioskype, TEXT me via skype and i shall call you back between songs.


see you friday



i got a new ride this year. meet Pauline.

she is an AJS Modena.

i love her.


here she is with my other love.


she looks a bit different now. she’s had a fly screen


and a few vinyls put on.

pauline panel


we’ve been getting about a bit now that the good weather is here


even managed to get out for a 200 mile run with my old friend Dave, aka Old Fart last weekend for the first time in about three years.


which was a perfect warm up for the 117 mile run to Scooter & Ska Rally this coming weekend. she’ll be fully loaded!


i’ll let you know how that goes.

ttfn. sime.




i have decided to start to blog again. not sure why, just a feeling. may be that it will be cathartic to do so. i figured if i need to vent, better here instead of at home.

so much has happened since, some good, some bad. i’ll let you in on a few of the good things. the bad ones can stay away.

the dj-ing lark has gone beyond my wildest dreams. do the radio still, trying to get back into doing a weekly wednesday morning show. i have done a few, it’s ok when i am sat there, it’s just the getting to the sitting there part. i am the same when it comes to doing owt around the house. takes me forever to start, but when i do i can’t stop.

the live dj-ing is another thing altogether. last time i was here i was about to play at the first Santa Pod “Back With Mods” Scooter & Ska Rally. it could not have gone better. the selecter, bad manners, small fakers, and many more played to a big crowd.


my sets went down well too, to the extent that i was asked to play this years, and i am already booked for NEXT YEAR too.

but back to this year….


once again i have the honour of being on the main stage for the whole of friday afternoon, and then between the bands on the saturday afternoon.


also, this year i am going down on two wheels. NEW two wheels. i still have Emily the PX but she now has a sister.

meet Pauline the AJS MODENA



not only am i riding her there, but she is going into the custom show too!

the enemy and the boy will be there too. they really enjoyed it last year. look! smiles all round!


the enemy wearing my parka!

what else?

oh yes, i was guest dj at the sheffield quadrophenia night, i have done more Rock & Roll Lounge gigs (every time i play it as one of the RARL djs) played my hometown, been support dj for a gig where Substitute and The Small Fakers were playing.


was asked to dj at the north london leg of march of the mods


and as such Rock & Roll Lounge are now hosting the Sheffield leg in 2015.


me and the boy have had season tickets fro the super reds down at oakwell. loved every single minute of having him at the side of me. taught him some new words pmsl, and we’ve been toa few local away matches also. highlight for me had to be after our (extremely unfair) loss to the our nearest rivals down the road he mturned to me, tears in his eyes and said 2you know what dad, forget man utd, it’s barnsley all the way for me now”. so proud. we looked a bit happier earlier in the day.


but no, it’s been an absolute joy to go to the games with him. and despite the fact that, as i write this, it looks like we will be relegated in two weeks, he has already affirmed his wish to renew his season ticket. top lad.

i channelled my inner Phill Jupitus too this year


uncanny huh?

i co-wrote a song! oh yes, that is true. an off the cuff remark to a local legend and musician Scott Doonican had me penning lyrics and next thing there it was! a song dedicated to the rather special toilets behind the old west stand at oakwell (also the name of the new fanzine for BFC)


take a look HERE and maybe download the single. it’s all for charity….

also helped fund a Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican lp, which in turn got my name on it!


bought some records…. LOTS of records. i’m a self confessed vinyl junkie


there was one more thing…. now what was it?

oh aye, got a text from a certain Mr A. Lewis and asked if i’d like to go backstage at Paul Weller’s Manchester Apollo gig and finally meet him and have a drink (Andy, not PW).

well i aint going to turn that down, especially as we have chatted for the last few years yet never actually met face to face.

so we finally did. (forgive the pic, it was taken on a dodgy phone by the enemy)


a true gentleman, and a pleasure to get to chat and share a bottle of red.

so yeah. thats about it. pretty much up to date.

been a long un today. the rest probably won’t be. but i promise i shall try to write more.



for now,





as of sunday evening, SFR, formerly scooter forums radio will now be SOLID FRONT RADIO.
we can be found at the same websites as previously, but we are changing slightly. we are returning to our Mod roots. the already established shows will continue as they already are, but we are looking to recruit new djs and have a couple lined up that are very mod influenced.

onwards. upwards.