BRIAN CURRIN MUSIC: PLAYLISTS | RESEARCH | MARKETING
The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today.
He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him.
He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012.
He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019.
He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including www.rock.co.za which he founded in 1999.
A re-creation of the artwork for the limited edition digital-only release “Singles & Rarities” which was available on Rhythm Music Store from 2008 to 2012. I compiled this virtual collection in 2008 and it was authorized by Tully McCully for downloading.
1. I Am The Actor (single a-side 1979) [3:29] 2. Makin’ Out With Grannie (b-side of “I Am The Actor” single 1979) [3:40] 3. Wish You Could Leave (single a-side 1979) [4:04] 4. Highway Blues (edit) [3:48] 5. Neutron Bop (single a-side 1980, b-side of “If I Was James Dean” single 1981) [3:01] 6. If I Was James Dean (single a-side 1981) [3:16] 7. As Sly As The Fox (single a-side France 1987) [4:45] 8. Encounter In A Takeaway Shop (b-side of “Johnny Calls The Chemist” single 1985, b-side of “As Sly As A Fox” single France 1987) [3:38] 9. Revolver Wolf (1985 version) b-side of “Makin’ Out With Granny” 12″ single 1985 [3:48] 10. Louise The Astronaut (Cosmic Night) b-side of “Let’s Paint The House Pink” single 1986 [5:19] 11. Let’s Paint The House Pink (single a-side 1986) [3:36] 12. Johnny Calls The Chemist (single a-side 1985) [4:40] 13. Camera Eyes [4:22] 1996 demo 14. Video Games [4:00] 1996 demo 15. Roses & Balloons [3:40] 1996 demo
Part of a weekly (hopefully) series of recommended listening from the guys who bring you the South African Rock Music Digest and SugarMan.org. Some old, some new, some borrowed, some blues, and mostly South African.
A collage of Roger Dean album covers from 1968 to 1977 (Just a small selection). I have been a fan of Roger’s fantasy art since I first saw the album covers for Space Hymns by Ramases and Fragile by Yes. Of course the music was cool too! A Roger Dean cover was pretty much a sure sign of good music.
Celebrating The Artwork of Roger Dean, 1968 to 1977
A mix of songs off some of the many, many albums that feature the artwork of Roger Dean, my favourite artist.
I created a fan site for Roger Dean way back in the late 90s.
1 Beginnings by Steve Howe (from Yes) 2 The Dawn by Osibisa 3 Long Gone by Snafu 4 Indiana Wants Me by R Dean Taylor 5 I Just Want To Celebrate by Rare Earth 6 The Mexican by Babe Ruth 7 Wind Of Change (live 1973) by Badger 8 Nobody by Midnight Sun 9 Give Me Your Hand by Paladin 10 Blue Skies And Alibis by Gracious 11 Natural Avenue by John Lodge (from The Moody Blues) 12 Winter by Mckendree Spring 13 Powerhouse by Billy Cox’s Nitro Function 14 One Fine Morning by Lighthouse 15 The Magician’s Birthday by Uriah Heep 16 Green And Orange Night Park by The Keith Tippett Group 17 Sundance by Greenslade 18 Race With The Devil by The Gun 19 Ruby Is The One by Earth & Fire 20 You Mystify by Clear Blue Sky 21 Breadfan by Budgie
I updated the SugarMan.org website today with information on two limited edition collections released in South Africa in 2005 and 2009. Both were titled “All The Facts” and I was involved with both projects.
There are 10 tracks on this album, ending with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” inspired by the Jimi Hendrix version and including a drum solo by Paul van der Waal, given the nickname “Duke” because he always dressed so smart.
However, there is an unlisted bonus track which caught me by surprise the first time. After a brief silence, Piet leaves the stage with the words; “I’ll catch you boys later”, then the rest of the guys led by Jacques (Jake Gunn) Groenewald jam on Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” obviously inspired by Cream’s 1968 version. Blistering guitar solo from Johnathan Martin. And there’s a short drum and bass duet from the powerhouse engine room of Paul and Tertius du Plessis (aka Bean), before it all winds down. “Se bietjie ou blues” shouts Jacques. Indeed!
Piet Botha passed away on the 2nd June 2019, and the guys have continued the legacy and hard-gigging schedule. Now calling themselves The Jack Hammer Band they are releasing a brand new CD “Second Chapter” on 11th November 2022.