Shend’s weekly punk / psyche / weird radio, hour long show has run for 4 years (never missed a week)

Recorded live for: https://totallyradio.com/shows/the-spinning-man (in a Juice FM studio in Brighton)
and broadcast on ‘real’ radio: Radio Reverb 97.2FM (South Coast),
Sin Radio in Greece (https://www.sinwebradio.com/)
and podcast on Mixcloud (https://www.mixcloud.com/Shend/)
and Podomatic (https://theshend.podomatic.com/)

Garb your ears in tunes from The Shend’s garden shed. Piles of Punk, slabs of sixties psych, Rock and Roll rumblings, wodges of weirdness and steaming lumps of strange ranging from the forties to the day after tomorrow. Stuff you’ve heard and stuff you’ll wish you hadn’t. What the hell is going on?

The Spinning Man Radio Broadcast is an unashamed attempt to create a John Peel-esque radio prog.

Brought up, like many, listening to the great man and very occasionally getting the opportunity to play a few discs on his programme over the years, I always loved the intimacy of his ‘talking and playing records just for you’ style as well as the fact that I’d hear loads of tunes that I’d never heard before.

I trawl the internet late at night finding obscure punk tracks from yesteryear that I’ve never heard before as well as new bands found on bandcamp, free music archive, recommendations from listeners, stuff sent in etc.

I hate people my age moan that there is no good new music when there is. Tons of it! But you won’t hear it lying on your sofa in yer underpants watching Cash In The Attic on telly.

As you did when you were young, you need to search for it, go and see bands you’ve never heard of playing shitty local gigs, dig around on the internet to see what’s new and listen to other people’s radio progs.

I still get a genuine excitement hearing something I’ve never heard, blow my head off and I can’t wait to play it to my chums (the listeners).

Variety is crucial so, ‘Death Pedals’ may be followed by ‘Gene Krupa & his orchestra’, followed by ‘Coke Bust’ followed by ‘Cozy Powell’ followed by ‘The Buzzcocks’ followed by ‘Ant Trip Ceremony’.

Straddle those genres, I reckon. If the prog entertains me then I assume it will entertain listeners.

Hard to know audience figures but over the years (and thanks to the coverage of internet radio) I have built up a good few regulars in Australia, US, Europe, Canada and Australia as well as little pockets of listeners in Chile, Chad (??), Russia, Taiwan and Bolivia which is rather lovely.

It’s a labour of love obviously (paid to play music? Yeah, right) but want to get on Radio 6 because I flipping should!

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