Graham Day founded the Prisoners in 1982, a massively under-rated and highly influential band whose guitar & Hammond organ driven sound influenced the Charlatans and Inspiral Carpets. In the thirty years since he has played in various Medway Punk psychedelic garage bands such as The Prime Movers, The Solar Flares and more recently Graham Day & the Gaolers. An unsung hero of UK underground rock.
His latest band is a tribute to himself, ‘Graham Day & The Forefathers’ & features former bandmates Wolf Howard and Alan Crockford. They are said to “crank out choice live cuts from four Graham Day-fronted bands, distilling 30-odd years of high quality song writing, lo-fi production and high energy performance to their stripped down garage-rock essence”.
They make their live debut soon (dates below) but in the meantime we asked Graham for a Top Ten.
Here’s what he said about the process of making his choices…
“It’s practically impossible to list a top 10 of anything, particularly where music is concerned, as it’s so changeable according to mood, or it’s connected to past emotions or situations rather than current taste.”
“Hmm, I’ll have a go at albums which have inspired or influenced me, but definitely in no particular order.”
Piper at the Gates of Dawn – Pink Floyd
The Kink Kontroversy – The Kinks
Are you Experienced – Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Pretty Things – The Pretty Things
The fabulous Larry Williams – Larry Williams
Live at the Star Bar – The Woggles
Various – Nuggets: original artyfacts 1965-68
Shades of Deep Purple – Deep Purple
No strings attached – Barry Gray Orchestra
The Autumn Stone – The Small Faces
Graham Day plays the following gigs:
Saturday 3rd Aug 2013
Music Event One, Rochester, Casino Rooms Stage (main stage): Buzzcocks, Graham Day & The Forefathers (UK Exclusive), Dexters, Chris Pope’s Chords UK.
Doors 4.30pm – 10pm.
For more stages, bands and general info, go here.
Saturday 10th Aug 2013
The Cellar, Southampton. Graham Day & The Forefathers with support from The Mild Mannered Janitors ( one-off reformation gig by legendary Portsmouth band).
YouTube clips chosen by Ged not Graham. He apologises for the poor quality Hendrix clip, he tried to find interesting live footage to represent each album chosen by Graham, for the most part successfully.
All words by Ged Babey. More work by Ged on Louder Than War can be found here.