Graham Day (The Prisoners, Prime Movers, Solar Flares…) Top Ten AlbumsLouder Than War presents for you a psych, garage & rock ‘n’ roll top ten chosen by former member of The Prisoners, Graham Day. These are the albums Graham found most  inspirational & influential. 

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.

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


  1. Play some gigs up North Graham. Manchester would be good. We – all of us, the entire population of the North in fact – think that you are ace. I’ve loved all of your bands – event Planet! So glad to hear you’re still out there doing your thing. Salud!

  2. Good piece, do like a bit of Mr Day and his various bands. I’m partial it a bit of early Deep Purple myself too.

  3. Graham Day was a true inspiration to me. I’ve seen him in many guises over the years. Even joined him on stage at The George Robey at a Mighty Caesars gig many moons ago. Whenever I’ve spoken to him post gig he’s been an absolute gent. And the music he’s been involved in is amazing undervalued and undiscovered. My only beef is he rarely comes north of the Watford Gap.

  4. Come see Graham Day & The Forefathers playing in Stockton On Tees on Sat 5th March


  5. I’ve been a fan of the Prisoners for years, they like the Only Ones, and the Wasps, are sadly neglected bands who should have been huge. Apart from Barry Gray and The Woggles, all of the others I have on my ipod already I must admit, so Graham a great music lover and maker as well!


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