Joining Eddie, Jonny and Dean this month are Ocean Colour Scene front man and Weller musician Steve Cradock alongside writer Mark Baxter. Million selling songwriter, accomplished musician, sharp dresser and all round top bloke, Steve Cradock is familiar to most as the long-serving guitarist in Paul Weller’s band. Recruited by Paul Weller for his band in 1993 (Weller recalling Cradock from his days in The Boys), the guitarist’s infectious enthusiasm soon kick-started OCS back into life, with second album Moseley Shoals spawning four Top Twenty hits including ‘The Riverboat Song’ .Follow up Marchin’ Already, meanwhile, knocked Oasis’ Be Here Now off the number one spot, the band’s place at Britpop’s top table confirmed with an appearance at Oasis’ Knebworth mega-gig.
Alternating between OCS and a role as The Modfather’s musical consiglieri ever since, Steve only got round to making his solo debut, the splendid Kundalini Target, twoyears ago. Chatting about in the show.. his latest album, Peace City West was recorded over a fortnight at Deep Litter Studios in Devon with a revolving cast of musicians including drummer Tony Coote, multi-instrumentalist Fred Ansell and actor James Buckley on guitar and vocals, it’s as richly melodic as you’d expect from someone with such an established musical pedigree.
Mark Baxter a late-comer to publishing with his first book “The Fashion of Football” (out 2004) under his belt.. has gone on to co-write “The Mumper” .. discussed on the show.. with previous guest Paolo Hewitt which is the inspiration for the film “Outside Bet” starring Bob Hoskins and Jenny Agutter being released this October. Next year another collaboration with Paolo sees the release of “The A-Z of Mod”.
Mark is also the PR Bar Italia in Soho and for various clothing companies, including Threadneedleman Tailors, Peckham Rye and Delicious Junction footwear. Both guests kindly offered up prizes.. Steve a goodie bag of solo material on vinyl and Cd for 2 lucky winners and Mark an exclusive 'Mumper' tie - Made by previous comp givers Peckham Rye Ties - questions and how to enter on The Modcast
Meanwhile.. Modcast HQ are getting ever closer to confirming a London date in October. More great guests lined up.. all to be announced shortly.