If you’re bored, and are not doing anything, and feel like listening to a bit of blues, a bit of rock, a bit of metal, a bit of prog, and a feature on UK blues/rock legends STEAMHAMMER, then tune in to The RockIt Scientist on Mix93.8fm TONIGHT (Friday) between 8pm and midnight. Yep, the studio has been temporarily opened despite the building, banging, dust and general mayhem, and I’ll be hopefully giving you a rocking start to your weekend! The show must go on, as they say in the classics! Would be great to “see”you later!! (streaming via www.mixfm.co.za). TUNE IN!!!!
Due to construction work on the building in which the Mix 93.8fm studios are located, all shows will be suspended (regular daytime and evening Rockfest shows) for a few days, or until further notice!! Electricity and telephone lines have been affected, and this in turn has affected the quality of the broadcasts going out. I will know late tomorrow if my show will go out tomorrow night, or not. Apologies for this break in broadcasting, but it’s out of the station’s control. It will all be worth the wait, though, so don’t give up on us just yet!!! Thanks in advance for understanding!!
Twenty Nine years after the first Off the Edge album was produced, it has now officially been re-released. Originally produced on vinyl, it is now available on CD featuring 8 bonus tracks that were recorded between 1982 and 1984.
“It feels like a lifetime ago that we ventured into a recording studio to put this first album together. That was in 1983! The additional tracks are mostly the original rough raw demos which we thought would be rather nostalgic to include.” Peter Hanmer and Tony Groenewald.
At that time it was to some extent unheard of for a band to record and fund its own album as an independent release. There was no record company involvement, just a group of guys who wanted to record and release their own songs. They got together, paid for studio time and ultimately 300 LP’s were produced. After it’s release and extensive radio play by 5FM (Radio Five), this is Chris Prior’s review in The Sunday Times at the time…
“….. Basically its straight down-the-line rock – no punk, no new wave, no cross-over and especially no disco. It’s guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and vocals – and it’s got a pretty sharp edge. Guitarist Peter Hanmer and bassist/vocalist Tony Groenewald are the main men behind this band; they formed it and do all the writing – and they probably did all the hassling to get themselves onto vinyl………… their debut album is an amazing effort – polished, professional and definitely promising. To have achieved this quality on a first outing demonstrates considerable talent. There’s no reason at all why that talent shouldn’t prosper and grow.” Chris Prior, The Sunday Times, 1983
When the album was first released, due to time and money constraints, the band was forced to go for a very plain cover design. It was some 15 years later that there was talk of re-releasing the album on CD and new artwork was commissioned. The new and quite spectacular ‘retro’ artwork was created by Mark Raats. He was asked to produce something in the style of Roger Dean which he achieved masterfully but at the same time, staying true to his own style. Mark Raats is a talented artist who works on a limited number of private commissions and provides illustrations for Lucasfilm and other Hollywood based companies. Mark went on to create and design all the future Off the Edge album covers.
For one reason and another, the CD release kept getting shelved and it was only after a huge amount of interest shown over the past 2 years, especially abroad, that the project finally came to fruition.
Five albums later, Off the Edge is still funding its own products with no record company involvement. For all of those who have supported and bought Off the Edge albums over the years, you can now finally complete your collection. Should you wish to purchase a copy of this CD, please email kerin for further information.
On The RockIt Scientist this coming Friday night (8 pm to midnight), the special feature will be a LIVE appearance by fantastic SA blues / rock guitarist, DAN PATLANSKY!! Dan will be talking about and might be playing (acoustically!) some tracks from his excellent new ”20 Stones” album! It’s one of his best albums to date, and certainly an essential purchase! PLUS, of course, the usual MIX of blues, metal, prog, classic rock, etc, etc! Streaming via www.mixfm.co.za! TUNE IN!!!!
Exciting days ahead!!! Tune into The RockIt Scientist on Mix93.8fm (streaming via www.mixfm.co.za) on Friday night between 8pm and midnight! Live interview with Ken Hensley and Toni Rowland, from around 8.30pm onwards!
Don’t forget your tickets to The Rockfest at New Life Church on Saturday (17th March), featuring Ken, Toni, Nanette Scott, Ghapi / Peter Hanmer Band and (Cindy) Alter – (Stewart) Ir…ving!! It’s gonna be one helluva day!
Tickets via www.strictlytickets.co.za, or they can be bought at the venue on the day. R 180.00 plus an item of canned food and / or an item of clothing gets you in to see one of the most legendary and respected guitarists / keyboard players / vocalists / songwriters in LIVE action, not to mention some stunning SA talent!!!
Doors open at midday, first artist on between 2.30pm and 3pm. Our own Shirley Hickman-Smith is MC for the day! Food and refreshments available, T-shirts and CDs for sale. GET THERE!!!!!!
Tonight (Monday) from 9pm til midnight: Michael Tymvios and I will be standing in for David Blood on The Rockfest on Mix93.8fm. We’ll be doing a tribute to Ronnie Montrose, who passed away at the weekend. Another tragic loss to rock, and to music in general. RIP Ronnie. Streaming via www.mixfm.co.za