Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: 50 Years of The Prisoner

January 19, 2018

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Stills from The Prisoner: Living in Harmony / Alex Fitch interviews Ian Rakoff and John S Smith

Stills from The Prisoner: Living in Harmony / Alex Fitch interviews Ian Rakoff and John S Smith

50 Years of The Prisoner: A special two hour programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of classic cult TV show The Prisoner. Alex Fitch talks to two editors of the show – Ian Rakoff and John S. Smith – and hosts a live commentary track for the episode Living in Harmony with Smith, Rakoff (who also wrote the episode), Prisoner historian Rick Davy, and Rob Fairclough, writer of The Official Prisoner Companion book.

Living in Harmony was broadcast on 29/12/67, exactly 50 years before the broadcast of this show, and the interviews and live commentary were recorded at the ‘Mind Mash 2015’ event organised by The Unmutual website. If listeners want to watch the episode while listening to the podcast, there’ll be a countdown to pressing play on your DVD player / Amazon video stream. The podcast also features classic tracks by Albert Elms and Ron Grainer from the soundtrack of The Prisoner. Originally broadcast 29th December 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 126 min podcast. To hear the 118 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

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Panel Borders: Performing The Search Engine and The Wolf of Baghdad

January 16, 2018

The Search Engine performed live in Montreal / original sketch by Henry Flint / Promo art for The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy

The Search Engine performed live in Montreal / original sketch by Henry Flint / Promo art for The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy

Performing The Search Engine and The Wolf of Baghdad: In a panel chaired by Alex Fitch, in front of a live audience at ‘Graphic Brighton presents: Caption’, cartoonist The Surreal McCoy and musician DJ Food discuss their projects The Wolf of Baghdad and The Search Engine, the former a wordless graphic novel set to Arabic music by 3Ayin, and the latter an album with art by 2000AD artist Henry Flint. The Surreal McCoy talks about the challenges of working on her first long form project and how the music performance will be timed to an animated version of the graphic novel, while DJ Food describes how the artwork from his album is incorporated into the stage version of his sets.
Originally broadcast 3rd January 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: More info about: The Search Engine by DJ Food
Watch an extract from The Search Engine ‘dome projection’ in Montreal
The Wolf of Baghdad blog by The Surreal McCoy
3Ayin’s facebook page
Listen to Robin Warren’s interview with DJ Food about music production
Info about the event on the Graphic Brighton and Caption blogs

Tomorrow’s show: Music and Comics

January 2, 2018

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Music and Comics

Cover of DJ Food: The Search Engine by Henry Flint / Alex Fitch interviews Gerard Way (photo by guccist41n) / art from The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy

Cover of DJ Food: The Search Engine by Henry Flint / Alex Fitch interviews Gerard Way (photo by guccist41n) / art from The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy

In a pair of interviews recorded in front of a live audience, the first episode of Panel Borders in 2018 investigates the work of a trio of creators who have an interest in combing music and comic book art. At Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds, Alex Fitch talks to My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way about writing such comics as Doom Patrol, The Umbrella Academy and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
Also, at ‘Graphic Brighton presents: Caption’, cartoonist The Surreal McCoy and musician DJ Food discuss their projects The Wolf of Baghdad and The Search Engine, the former a wordless graphic novel set to Arabic music by 3Ayin, and the latter an album with art by 2000AD artist Henry Flint.

5.30pm Wednesday 3rd January 2018, repeated 7am Tuesday 9th January, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: 50 Years of The Prisoner

December 28, 2017

Tomorrow at 7.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Electric Sheep presents: 50 Years of The Prisoner

Stills from The Prisoner: Living in Harmony / Alex Fitch interviews Ian Rakoff and John S Smith

Stills from The Prisoner: Living in Harmony / Alex Fitch interviews Ian Rakoff and John S Smith

A special two hour programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of classic cult TV show The Prisoner. Alex Fitch talks to two editors of the show – Ian Rakoff and John S. Smith – and hosts a live commentary track for the episode Living in Harmony with Smith, Rakoff (who also wrote the episode), Prisoner historian Rick Davy, and Rob Fairclough, writer of The Official Prisoner Companion book.

Living in Harmony was broadcast on 29/12/67, exactly 50 years before this broadcast, and the interviews and live commentary were recorded at the ‘Mind Mash 2015’ event organised by The Unmutual website. If listeners want to watch the episode while listening to the broadcast, there’ll be a countdown to pressing play on the DVD player / Amazon video stream. The broadcast also features classic tracks by Albert Elms and Ron Grainer from the soundtrack of The Prisoner.

7.30pm Friday 29th December 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

This week’s show: Approaching Baker’s End

November 13, 2017

On Wednesday 15th November at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Audio Dramatics: Approaching Baker’s End

Promotional image for Bakers End / Katy Manning and Colin Baker / Cover of The Happenstance Pox

Promotional image for Baker’s End / Katy Manning and Colin Baker / Cover of The Happenstance Pox

A new hour-long bimonthly series on Resonance FM in which Alex Fitch talks to actors and creators of audio dramas that have been broadcast on radio or released on CD and mp3 download.

In this episode Alex talks to the cast and crew of a comedy folk horror series entitled Baker’s End and produced by Bafflegab Productions. Lead actor Colin Baker discusses playing a fictionalised version of himself, Katy Manning explores being a companion of two Bakers, following the departure of Tom in this serial, and Ewan Bailey talks about joining the cast as the hysterical Reverend Ailing. Also writer Paul Magrs and director Simon Barnard discuss the history and genesis of the series.

5.30pm Wednesday 15th November 2017, repeated 7am Tuesday 21st November, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Independent Cinema

April 27, 2017

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Posters for Mad to be Normal / The White King / The Eyes of My Mother

Posters for Mad to be Normal / The White King / The Eyes of My Mother

Independent Cinema: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. In this episode we’re looking at the work of four independent filmmakers whose work celebrates eclectic personalities and mixes genres to beguiling effect. Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to husband and wife directing team Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht about their dystopian debut film The White King starring Jonathan Pryce and Agyness Deyn, and to Nicolas Pesce about the influences on his monochrome thriller The Eyes of my Mother, from Béla Tarr to Tobe Hooper.

Also, in a Q&A recorded at Chichester Cinema, Film Festival programmer Roger Gibson interviews Robert Mullen about his exploration of R.D. Laing’s anti-establishment psychiatric facility Kingsley Hall in Mad to be Normal. With music by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Puddles Pity Party, The Ramones and The Zombies. Originally broadcast 19th April 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Mad Robot Comics

February 28, 2017

Covers of Last Exit to Brighton and Madhouse by Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley / variant cover for Cadavers by Warwick Johnson Cadwell / Interior art from Skate or Die by Ed Bentley

Covers of Last Exit to Brighton and Madhouse by Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley / variant cover for Cadavers by Warwick Johnson Cadwell / Interior art from Skate or Die by Ed Bentley

Mad Robot Comics: The monthly show about comics and graphic novels. At Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex Fitch explores the Madhouse and Cadavers comics with creators Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley, published by their Worthing based imprint Mad Robot Comics. The creators also discuss their serialised graphic novel Last Exit to Brighton, sold in 50p instalments, and Ed’s latest kickstarter project, Skate or Die!
Partially broadcast 1st February 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Mad Robot Comics website
Skate or Die! kickstarter page (ends March 9th 2017)

Tomorrow’s show: 40 years of 2000AD

February 28, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: 40 years of 2000AD

D Israeli, Phil Winslade, Mike Collins, Alex Fitch, Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton at Birmingham Comics Festival 2016 (Photos by Nik Vincent-Abnett) / ABC Warriors by Clint Langley and Pat Mills

D’Israeli, Phil Winslade, Mike Collins, Alex Fitch, Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton at Birmingham Comics Festival 2016 (Photos by Nik Vincent-Abnett) / ABC Warriors by Clint Langley and Pat Mills


The monthly show about comics and graphic novels; To celebrate the 40th anniversary of 2000AD, “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic”, Alex Fitch talks to half a dozen of the writers and artists who have worked on the British periodical in recent years. At the Birmingham Comic Festival 2016, Alex talks to D’Israeli, Phil Winslade, Mike Collins, Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton about collaborating together, and at Cartoon County, Brighton, artist Clint Langley talks about his process in creating intricate artwork for strips such as Slaine and ABC Warriors.

5.30pm Wednesday 1st March, repeated 6am Sunday 5th March 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Comics on Film

February 27, 2017

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Tourbillon poster/ panels from The Seinfeld Matrix / Elsie Harris, Picture Palace

Tourbillon poster/ panels from The Seinfeld Matrix / Elsie Harris, Picture Palace

Comics on Film: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to actress Jessica Martin about her comic book tributes to Hollywood starlets and graphic novel Elsie Harris, Picture Palace about the Golden age of Cinema, and to artist Paul O’Connell about remixing images from The Matrix and other films to create satirical fumetti strips.
Also, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Alex talks to Alex talks to director Gene Ivery, and composer Gustavo Izquierdo of immortality drama Tourbillon. Featuring classic tracks by Nick Lowe, The Traits and Jenny Rock…
Originally broadcast: 18th January 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Today’s show: Medical Emergencies

February 1, 2017

Today at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Medical Emergencies

Surgeon X creators - Devlin, Kenney, Beger, Roberts at Gosh! / Madhouse cover by Bentley / Cadavers 2 cover by WJC

Surgeon X creators – Devlin, Kenney, Beger, Roberts at Gosh! / Madhouse cover by Bentley / Cadavers 2 cover by WJC

The monthly show about comics and graphic novels; Alex Fitch talks to two teams of creators who use knowledge of medical emergencies to inform sci-fi and fantasy titles. At Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex explores the Madhouse and Cadavers comics with creators Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley, published by their Worthing based imprint Mad Robot Comics.
Also, in a panel discussion recorded at Gosh! Comics, editor Karen Berger, writer Sara Kenney, colourist James Devlin and medical advisor Dr. Adam Roberts (UCL) discuss their speculative thriller Surgeon X.

5.30pm Wednesday 1st February, repeated 6am Sunday 5th February 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magzine podcast: British Dystopias

January 20, 2017

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DVD covers of The Call-Up / Arcadia / Fire Walk With Me

DVD covers of The Call-Up / Arcadia / Fire Walk With Me

Episode 50 – British Dystopias: The 50th episode of the monthly show about world cinema and cult films. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Tom Large about his low-budget dystopian drama Arcadia, and to Charles Barker about his virtual reality thriller The Call Up, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON.
Also, in a talk recorded at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Maura McHugh discusses David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me, and the novel The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer in advance of the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks. With festive tracks by Tim Phillips, Louis Armstrong, Ambre McLean and the Jive Turkeys.
Originally broadcast: 21st December 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Storifying Great British Comics

December 17, 2016

Posters for Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! / Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures

Posters for Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! / Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures

Storifying Great British Comics: Alex Fitch looks at the performance of comic strips outside of the pages of periodicals.
Sound designer Alistair Lock discusses the challenge of creating effects and voices for the new audio adaptation of Dan Dare, and Corinne Pearlman talks to Hamish McGillivray about co-curating “Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! – The Story of British Comics So Far” at The Lightbox, Woking, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Also, co-curator Paul Gravett and donor Peter Hansen introduce the exhibition of great UK comics

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at wwww.archive.org

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Tomorrow’s show: Performing Comics

December 6, 2016

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Performing Comics

By Gum! exhibition poster / characters by Danny Noble / cover of Dan Dare audio adventures

By Gum! exhibition poster / characters by Danny Noble / cover of Dan Dare audio adventures

In the penultimate Panel Borders of 2016, Alex Fitch looks at the performance of comic strips outside of the pages of magazines. Danny Nobel talks about her comics featuring Oliver Reed and Alan Bates having additional adventures beyond Women in Love, her novel Mary Deadly, and the relationship between her graphics work and her band The Meow Meows, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton.

Also, sound designer Alistair Lock discusses the challenge of creating effects and voices for the new audio adaptation of Dan Dare, and the curators – Hamish McGillvray, Paul Gravett and Peter Hansen – of “The Story of British Comics So Far: Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz!” exhibition at The Lightbox, Woking introduce their display of great UK comics.

5.30pm Wednesday 7th December, repeated 6am Sunday 11th December 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Graphic Brighton 2016 – 9th and 10th Dec

November 30, 2016

Graphic Brighton poster and books being discussed at the event by Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans

Graphic Brighton poster and books being discussed at the event by Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans

This year’s Graphic Brighton festival and conference is taking place at the University of Brighton City Campus on 9th and 10th December, with the theme of war comics and graphic novels about wartime resistance. Guests talking about their work include Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans, Ben Dickson, plus the editors and the creators of “Brighton’s Graphic War” and many more.

On Friday 9th December there is an academic conference in the University’s building on Edward Street, with talks by Irish cartoonist Fionnula Doran, broadcast journalist Alex Fitch, and Justin Wadlow, curator of the French comics festival Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens.

Friday evening and all day Saturday are public events; and on the Saturday in the University Main Building on Grand Parade, these include a Manga workshop run by Inko and Chie Kutsawada, a discussion of New Internationalist’s comic book anthologies, Bryan Talbot, Jaime Huxtable and Chris Geary exploring how they make their comics, and an ‘on stage’ interview with Dave McKean about his latest book Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash.

Tickets are priced between £5 and £20 for a ticket to all of the public events, and from £30 to £60 to include the additional academic strand; available from the University of Brighton online shop. (more…)

Panel Borders: Ben Dickson

November 29, 2016

Comics written by Ben Dickson - Fight the Power, Slum Droid, Falling Sky, Santa Claus vs. the Nazis

Comics written by Ben Dickson – Fight the Power, Slum Droid, Falling Sky, Santa Claus vs. the Nazis

Ben Dickson: At Cartoon County in Brighton, Ben Dickson talks to Alex Fitch about his satirical sci-fi comics Slumdroid and Falling Sky and his contributions to political anthologies Fight the Power and Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption.

Ben will be appearing at Graphic Brighton on December 10th to discuss Fight the Power alongside artist Inko who has worked on the follow-up title by New Internationalist.

(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 4th October 2016)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at wwww.archive.org

Links: Ben Dickson’s website and page at Scar Comics
Info about Fight the Power at New Internationalist (more…)

Panel Borders: Gay Manga

November 4, 2016 1 Comment

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Sketch of the Gay Manga panel by artist Myfanwy Nixon

Gay Manga: Alex Fitch talks to Ilya, Inko, Chie Kutsuwada and Emma Vieceli about gay representation in manga and Japanese style comics, including the phenomenon of Yaoi, titles that have inspired them, and LGBT characters in their own work. Recorded at Graphic Brighton 2015, University of Brighton

(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 12th July 2016)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at wwww.archive.org

Links: Emma Vieceli’s blog
Inko’s blog
Chie Kutsuwada’s blog
Page on Ilya on the British Council website

Tomorrow’s show: New to comics

November 1, 2016

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: New to comics

Comics by Mike Stock, Barnaby Eaton-Jones and Jack Devereaux / Excerpt from Just getting old by Eliza Fricker, wallpaper by Baines and Fricker

Cover of The Grand Tour, designed by Mike Stock, promo art for Perfect by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Robin Grenville-Evans and Simon Brett, and interior art from Next Stop Space by Jack Devereaux / Excerpt from Just getting old by Eliza Fricker, wallpaper by Baines and Fricker

In a pair of Q and As recorded live in front of an audience, Alex Fitch interviews a quartet of comic book creators who are relatively new to the medium. In a panel discussion from True Believers Comic Con, Cheltenham, Alex talks to designer and letterer Mike Stock, writer Barnaby Eaton-Jones and artist Jack Devereaux about their self-published and small press comics. Also, in a interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Eliza Fricker reads from her debut graphic novel Just Getting Old, and explores the links with her design company Baines and Fricker who make prints and wallpaper for Liberty, Heals and Urban Outfitters.

5.30pm Wednesday 2nd November, repeated 6am Sunday 6th November 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Baines and Fricker website and blog
Barnaby Eaton-Jones’ Chinbeard Books and Comics
Mike Stock’s website
Jack Devereaux’s tumblr site

Tomorrow’s show: Recycling Americana

September 6, 2016

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Recycling Americana

Extract from Last Driver by Chris Baker and Shaky Kane / photo of Kane, Fitch and Baker / excerpt from City Strips issue 4 by Stuart Bannock

Extract from Last Driver by Chris Baker and Shaky Kane / photo of Kane, Fitch and Baker / excerpt from City Strips issue 4 by Stuart Bannock

Alex Fitch talks to a trio of comic book creators who recycle ideas and art from American pop culture to create new stories and comics. In an interview recorded at Safari Festival, Alex talks to Chris Baker and Shaky Kane about their comic The Last Driver from Dead Canary Comics, currently on Kickstarter, which combines 1960s road movies with giant irritated monsters. Kane also discusses his comic Cowboys and Insects which is about to receive a new print edition. Also: Stuart Bannocks discusses his ‘zine City Strips which collages panels from superhero comics with the hero removed, to create a travelogue of fictional cities such as Batman’s Gotham.

5.30pm Wednesday 7th September, repeated 6am Sunday 11th September 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com
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Today’s show: Gay Manga

July 12, 2016

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Gay Manga

gay_manga_panel_by_myf_nixon

Sketch of the Gay Manga panel by artist Myfanwy Nixon

Alex Fitch talks to Ilya, Inko, Chie Kutsuwada and Emma Vieceli about gay representation in manga and Japanese style comics, including the phenomenon of Yaoi, titles that have inspired them, and LGBT characters in their own work. Recorded at Graphic Brighton 2015, University of Brighton

8pm Tuesday 12th July, repeated 9am Wednesday 13th July 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.)

Links: Emma Vieceli’s blog
Inko’s blog
Chie Kutsuwada’s blog
Page on Ilya on the British Council website

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Looking East / Thelma Goldman

June 22, 2016

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Cover of Thalma, An Artists Life by Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy / posters for Duke Fest, Temple Cinema and EEFF

Cover of Thalma, An Artists Life by Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy / posters for Duke Fest, Temple Cinema and EEFF

Looking East / Thelma Goldman: In this month’s show, Electric Sheep editor Virginie Selavy talks to East End Film Festival programmer Andrew Simpson, Masonic Temple programmer Josh Saco, and to Evrim Ersoy, programmer and presenter of DukeFest the Third. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch discusses Israeli-born British artist and animator Thalma Goldman with Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy, authors of Thalma, An Artist’s Life. Plus an extract from a conversation between Austrian filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky and British director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) recorded at the ICA. With music by The White Stripes and The Sex Pistols.
Originally broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 15th June 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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