Iain McNay


Favourite Albums:
Auteurs – New Wave
Blue Nile – A Walk Across the Rooftops
David Bowie – Ziggy stardust
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Heatbreakers -LAMF
KLF – White Room
Massive Attack – Blue Lines
Neil Young – Harvest

Recent Films I’ve Enjoyed:
The Square
Citizen Four
20,000 Days On Earth
Living In A Material World
Salt of the earth
New York Doll

Favourite Book:
Sebastian Faulks – Birdsong

Other Books I’ve Enjoyed:
Jah Wobble – Memoires Of A Geezer
Viv Albertine – Clothes Music Boys
Paul McGrath – Back From The Brink
Yeonmi Park – In Order To Live
Vassili Zaitsev – Notes Of A Russian Sniper

Great Gigs I Can Remember:
David Bowie – Epsom Town Hall 1972
New York Dolls – Bibas London 1973
The Police – a pub in Putney – 1977
Kevin Coyne – Stoke Row, Oxon 2004 (just before he died)
Fleetwood Mac – many times – always great
ELO – o2 greenwich 2016

Best Football Events:
AFC Wimbledon v Luton Town – Conference play off final Manchester 2011
Accrington Stanley re AFC Wimbledon – play off semi final May 2016

Adam Velasco


Top 5 Albums of All Time
Adam & The Ants “Kings Of The Wild Frontier”
David Bowie “Hunky Dory”
Massive Attack “Blue Lines”
The Stone Roses “The Stone Roses”
Kanye West “Late Registration”

Top 5 Books of All Time
The Count Of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
The Amazing Adam Velasco Story – Adam Velasco
Friday Night Lights – H Bissinger
A Life Too Short – Ronald Reng
All Played Out – Pete Davies

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
Bugsy Malone
City Of Gods
The Godfather
The Goal That Changed Everything

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Too many to choose from

Best Sporting Event Ever
May 26th 1989

Matt Bristow 


Top 5 Albums of All Time
The Beatles – Abbey Road
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
De La Soul – Three Feet High & Rising
David Bowie – Hunky Dory

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
It’s A Wonderful Life
Pulp Fiction
The Empire Strikes Back
The Shawshank Redemption
Almost Famous

Top 5 Books of All Time
Dear Boy – The Life Of Keith Moon – Tony Fletcher
Stoned – Andrew Loog Oldham
Revolution In The Head – The Beatles Records And The Sixties – Ian Macdonald
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
White Bicycles – Making Music In The 1960’s – Joe Boyd

Best Gig or Festival Ever
The Charlatans – Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 1991

Best Sporting Event Ever
London Olympics 2012

Paul Robinson


Top 5 Albums of All Time
Ohio Players – Contradiction
Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions
Herbie Hancock – Man-Child
Parliament – Mothership Connection
The Beach Boys – Surfs Up
…will all change tomorrow as like being asked to pick your favourite child!

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
Not keen on Films, but have seen a few recently Miles Ahead, Love & Mercy, Straight Outta Compton. Old one – Mary Poppins.

Top 5 Books of All Time
All autobiographies by the following:
Brian Wilson
Paul Gascoigne
Pete Townsend
Graham Nash
Keith Richard

Best Gig or Festival Ever
The one that stands out is Earth Wind & Fire at Wembley in the 70s, also Lenny Williams in Las Vegas.

Best Sporting Event Ever
Rugby World Cup Final in Sydney 2003

Eddy Ball


Top 5 Albums of All Time
Sade – Diamond Life
The Upsetters – Super Ape
Joe Henderson – The Elements
Dennis Waterman – So Good For You
Herbie Hancock – Sunlight

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
Weekend At Bernie’s
Weekend At Bernie’s 2
The Godfather Part 3
Doctor In Trouble
Revenge Of The Nerds 2: Nerds In Paradise

Top 5 Books of All Time
The World Was My Lobster – George Cole
Good Times – Justin Lee Collins
John Torode’s Beef (And Other Bovine Matters) – John Torode
Fly Fishing – J.R Hartley
Gregg’s Favourite Puddings – Gregg Wallace

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Jayda G –Rhythm Section, Friday 28th October 2016, Canavan’s Pool Hall, Rye Lane, Peckham.

Best Sporting Event Ever
£50 on Class Hi Blaze @ 3/1, Wimbledon Dogs, 24/09/2016.

Rob Duly


Top 5 Albums of All Time

Slipknot – Slipknot
Green Day – Nimrod
Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals
Clash – London calling
Iron Maiden – Fear of the dark

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Art of Flight
Breaking Bad

Top 5 Books of All Time

The Game: Undercover in the secret society of pickup artists – Neil Strauss
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band – Neil Strauss
Live at the Brixton Academy: A Riotous Life in the Music Business – Simon Parkes
NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories – NOFX
Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God – Greg Graffin

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Dolly Parton at Glastonbury 2014

Best Sporting Event Ever
Cherry Red Cricket team Vs Once upon a time

Matt Ingham


Top 5 Albums of All Time
Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St.
Thrice – The Illusion Of Safety
Swans – White Light From The Mouth of Infinity

Top 5 Films/TV Of All Time
It’s All Gone Pete Tong
Red Dwarf
Breaking Bad
The Wire
Life On Mars

Top 5 Books Of All Time
The Evolution Man by Roy Lewis
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Reading Festival, 2001

Best Sporting Event Ever
Arsenal 3 Hull 2, FA Cup Final, 2014

Richard Martin


Mostly Recently Listening To…
A recent urge to revisit Trip Hop finds me shuffling along to the likes of Tricky, Massive Attack and Portishead.
Also listening to a lot of Nick Cave, Steve Mason/Beta Band and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Plus the usual daily dose of Classsic Soul and pounding Electronica

Mostly Recently gigging…
Blancmange at The Red Gallery
The Fall at Electric Brixton

Most Recently Watching…
Better Call Saul…
Boardwalk Empire

Most Recently Reading…
The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

Most Recently Cheering On…
Adam Velasco – the triple winning champion of the Cherry Red Darts Tournament (only after I am knocked out of course).

John Reed


Top 5 Albums Of All Time
The Pretty Things ‘S.F. Sorrow’
Curtis Mayfield ‘Curtis’
Public Enemy ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’
The Stone Roses ‘The Stone Roses’
The Who ‘Sell Out’

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
Waynes World
Waynes World 2
Peep Show
Breaking Bad

Top 5 Books Of All Time
Cowboys And Indies (Gareth Murphy)
1974 (David Peace)
Keep The Aspidistra Flying (George Orwell)
A Games Of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
A Most Wanted Man (John le Carré)

Best Gig of Festival Ever
In The Heat Of The Night (film)
Night Of The Hunter (film)
The Walking Dead (TV show)
The Wire (TV show)
Doctor Who (TV show)

Best Sporting Event Ever
My kids
Manchester City
Cherry Red winning the AIM Award for Scared To Get Happy
Running my first 10K
Relocating to Manchester…

Jon Roberts


Most recently listening to…(Music)
Super Furry Animals – Mwng
Miles Davis – Blue Moods
Caveman – Positive Reaction
Isaac Hayes – Black Moses

Most recently gigging…(gigs)
The Cure, Hammersmith Apollo

Most recently watching…(TV/Films)
TV – Mad Men, Secrets of Great British Castles
Films – Avengers : Age of Ultron, Spongebob SquarePants the Movie

Most recently reading…(Books)
The Wayward Bus – John Steinbeck
Question Everything – New Scientist
The Nowhere Men – Michael Calvin

Most recently cheering on… (Sport)
Utd v West Brom  unfortunately

Jon Sidwell


The Streets
The Chemical Brothers

2021 Artists:
Daniel Avery
Greentea Peng
Divide And Dissolve
Nubiyan Twist
Dry Cleaning

Films/TV Shows:
Waynes World
Waynes World 2
Peep Show
Breaking Bad

Michael Crichton
Irvine Welsh
Nick Hornby

Sporting Clubs, Occasions or Proud Achievements:

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club
Harpenden Hockey Club

Ronnie O’Sullivan
Mark Cavendish
Roger Federer

Grant Mclennan


Top 5 Albums

Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
Genesis – Duke
Peter Gabriel – Plays Live
Blue Nile – Hats
The Chameleons – What Does Anything Mean Basically ?

Top 5 Films

Raging Bull
The Godfather – Part 2
Apocalypse Now
Event Horizon

Top 5 Books

John King – Headhunters
Irvine Welsh – Glue
Iain Banks – Espedair Street
George Orwell – 1984
Christopher Brookmyre – Quite Ugly One Morning

Best Gig / Festival

AC/DC – Monsters of Rock, Castle Donington, 1984

Best Sporting Event

Falkirk vs Kilmarnock, Scottish Cup Final, Ibrox Park, 1997

Lorne Murdoch


Top 5 Albums of All Time
David Bowie “Low”
The Byrds “Younger Than Yesterday”
Bob Dylan “Blood On The Tracks”
Fairport Convention “Unhalfbricking”
Television “Marquee Moon”

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
Robert Altman “McCabe & Mrs Miller”
Marcel Carné “Les Enfants du Paradis”
Gene Kelly / Stanley Donen “Singin’ In The Rain”
Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger “A Matter Of Life And Death”
Billy Wilder “The Apartment”

Top 5 Books of All Time
Margaret Atwood “Cat’s Eye”
Angela Carter “Nights At The Circus”
Robert Palmer “Deep Blues”
Dodie Smith “I Capture The Castle”
W.M. Thackeray “Vanity Fair”

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Eddie & The Hot Rods, The Marquee Club, August 1977

Melanie O'Toole


Top 5 Albums of All Time
1. All Mod Cons- The Jam
2. Days of Speed – Paul Weller / Paul Weller – Paul Weller /  Setting Sons – The Jam / Sound Affects – The Jam – really can’t choose between these as a 2nd fave, goes from one to the other!
3. Alone With Everybody – Richard Ashcroft
4. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
5. No Love Lost – The Rifles

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
Really not a big film or TV watcher but a few I’ve enjoyed…
Shawshank Redemption
Reservoir Dogs
CBS Reality Channel

Top 5 Books of All Time
No particular order, really enjoyed them all…
Ronnie – Ronnie Wood
Addicted – Tony Adams
Virgin – Richard Branson
True – Martin Kemp
Dust Upon The Sea – Benyon-Tinker

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Far too many brilliant gigs to pick one but a few stand out ones are:
Isle of Wight festival 2004
Paul Weller – Paradiso Amsterdam 2001
Boscombe Opera House 2008
Ashcroft – Brixton Academy 2003

Mike Los


5 Favourite Albums:

East West by The Butterfield Blues Band
Bless Its Pointed Little Head by Jefferson Airplane
Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix
Europe ’72 by Grateful Dead
Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones

Top 5 Books:

Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up by Tom Philips

Top 5 Movies:

Apocalypse Now
Reservoir Dogs
Full Metal Jacket
A Fish Called Wanda
Taxi Driver

Best Gig:

The Rolling Stones, Hyde Park 2013

Jack Clough


Top 5 Albums of All Time
Talking Heads – Remain in Light
Pixies – Doolittle
Madvillain – Madvillainy
Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
Nick Drake – Pink Moon

Top 5 Films/TV Of All Time
The Sopranos
Back to The Future
The Simpsons
Peep Show
The Muppets Christmas Carol

Top 5 Books Of All Time
John Le Carré – The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
George Saunders – Lincoln In The Bardo
Patricia Highsmith – The Talented Mr Ripley
Jon Ronson – The Men Who Stare At Goats
Stephen King – The Shining

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Recent classics – Sons of Kemet @ Somerset House / GNOD @ South Street Arts Centre

Best Sporting Event Ever
Watching Chelsea smash Spurs 5-1 in the FA Cup semi-final live at Wembley (2012)

Chris Allan


Top 5 Films:

Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

Halloween (1978)

Withnail & I

Midnight Cowboy

The Long Good Friday

Top 5 Albums:

Killing Joke – Night Time

Kitchens Of Distinction – Strange Free World

Depeche Mode – Violator

Ice T – Freedom Of Speech

John Carpenter – Escape From New York OST

Top 5 Books:

Homer – The Odyssey

Richard Pryor – Pryor Convictions

The Aurum Encyclopedia of Horror

DVD Delirium

Alan Jones – Dario Argento: The Man, The Myths & The Magic

Best Gig:

Killing Joke – Hammersmith Palais (September 28th 1986)

Best Sporting Event:

Rugby World Cup Final 2003 Australia vs England

or Scunthorpe v Millwall League One Play off Final (2009) Can’t decide!

Martina Elliott


5 top albums:

Miles Davis Milestones

The Clash London Calling

J Dilla Donuts

Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly

Sault Untitled (Rise)

5 Top Films or Box Sets:

Breaking bad

Moonrise Kingdom

Fantastic Mr Fox



5 Top Books:

Murakami Norwegian Wood

Murakami Dance Dance Dance

Camus The Stranger

Zadie Smith White Teeth

Haddon The Curious Case of The Dog in The Nighttime

Best Gig:

Massive Attack 2014

Kevin Siou


Top 5 albums:
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Mac Demarco – 2

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe
John Mayer – Continuum
Muse – Origin of Symmetry

Top 5 Films/TV
Star Wars (Original and 2nd trilogy + The Mandalorian)

Breaking Bad
Lord of the Ring
Into the Wild

Top 5 Books:
Harry Potter – JK Rowling
His Dark Materials – Phillip Pullman
The Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac
One Piece – Eichiro Oda
Lucky Luke

Best gig ever:

Pond at The Art School, Glasgow, 19 Jun 2017

Best sporting event ever:
I saw a baseball game in New York something like 12 years ago, I had no idea what was going on but it was very fun. I also think it’s one of the only sport event I ever went to!

Maria Bohan


Favourite Albums – in no particular order
Style Council – Our Favourite Shop
Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals
Foo Fighters – Skin and Bones
Rudimental – Home
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again

Favourite Film/TV – in no particular order

Breaking Bad
Along Came Polly
Goodbye Mr Chips
Rebecca – original
The Thomas Crown Affair – original

Favourite Book
Dear Boy, The Life of Keith Moon
Terrence Stamp – Stamp Collection
A Lion called Christian
Terry Wogan – Mustn’t Grumble
True – Martin Kemp

Favourite Gig/Festival – so many to choose from but these ones stand out.
The Who – Hyde Park 2015
Roskilde Festival – 2007
Foo Fighters – London Stadium 2018
Isle of Wight Festival – 2003

Lucy Thompson


Top 5 albums

Skinty Fia – Fontaines D.C

Blue Weekend – Wolf Alice

Everything You’ve Come To Expect – The Last Shadow Puppets

Songs of Praise – Shame

The Balcony – Catfish and the Bottlemen

Top 5 films/shows

Breaking Bad


This Country

RuPaul’s Drag Race

The Inbetweeners

Best gig

Fontaines D.C at Earth in Hackney April 2022 (but also every Fontaines gig)

Best sporting event

London Paralympics athletics 2012

Azeri Aghayeva


Top 5 Albums of All Time

Kouroush Yaghmaei- ‘Gole Yakh’

Duman- ‘Darmaduman’

Gloria Ann Taylor- ‘ Love is a Hurtin’ Thing

Vaqif Mustafazade- ‘Yollar’

Orchestra Baobab- ‘A night at the Club Baobab’

Top 5 Films of All Time


The Departed


Howl’s Moving Castle

The Colour of Pomegranates

Top 5 Books Of All Time

‘Master and Margarita’- Mikhail Bulgakov

‘The Notebook, The Proof and The Third Lie’- Agota Kristof

‘About Looking’- John Berger

‘Foul Perfection’- Mike Kelley

‘The Complete Cosmicomics’ – Italo Calvino

Best Gig Ever Been To

Orchestra Baobab at the London Union Chapel

Best Sporting Event Ever

Competitive Sleeping

Irina Shtreis


Email: Irina@cherryred.co.uk


Late Night Tales compilations (Air and Four Tet)

Playing With Fire by Spacemen 3 

Kaleidoscopic World by The Chills

Youth Of America by Wipers 

Younger Than Yesterday by The Byrds


Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Phaedrus by Plato

Short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov


I'm 20 and July Rain by Marlen Khutsiev

Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky

Submarine by Richard Ayoade

Shadows In Paradise by Aki Kaurismäki

Rokk í Reykjavík by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson


Sleep Party People, Berlin, September


Me trying snowboard for the first time

Steve Hammonds


Email: steve@hammonds.email

Top 5 Albums of All Time
English Settlement – XTC
Sowing The Seeds – Tears For Fears
Live and Dangerous – Thin Lizzy
Deliverance – Opeth
Rising – Rainbow

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
Gregory’s Girl
The Warriors
Love Actually
Lord of the Rings
Rambo: First Blood (They Drew First Blood!)

Top 5 Books of All Time
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Daredevil (Born Again) – Frank Miller
The Fountainhead – Ayran Rand
Have Gun Will Travel – Ronin Ro
Head On – Julian Cope

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Van Halen – Rainbow – 1980

Best Sporting Event Ever
Geoff Boycott – 100 100’s in a test!

Hugh Gilmour


Email: hugh@gilmourdesign.co.uk

Top 5 Albums of All Time
Black Sabbath “Vol 4”
Kate Bush “The Kick Inside”
Iron Maiden “Killers”
Toto “IV”
Hall & Oates “Private Eyes”

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
The Duellists (1977)
Bad News Tour (Channel 4 1983)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Lovejoy – series 1-4 (WitzEnd 1986-93)
Almost Famous (2000)

Top 5 Books of All Time
“Confessions of an English Opium Eater” by Thomas de Quincey
“Dispatches” by Michael Herr
“Heaven and Hell My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)” by Don Felder
“Trampled Underfoot” by Barney Hoskins
“Kill Your Friends” by John Niven

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Iron Maiden at the Hammersmith Odeon, London – 26th May 1983
David Bowie at Glastonbury – 25th June 2000
Led Zeppelin at the O2, London – 10th December 2007
The Eagles at Madison Square Garden, NYC – 9th November 2013
AC/DC at the Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid – 2nd June 2015

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Iron Maiden at the Hammersmith Odeon, London – 26th May 1983
David Bowie at Glastonbury – 25th June 2000
Led Zeppelin at the O2, London – 10th December 2007
The Eagles at Madison Square Garden, NYC – 9th November 2013
AC/DC at the Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid – 2nd June 2015

Vicky Powell


Email: esotericrecordings@aol.co.uk

Top 5 Albums
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
Genesis — Trick of the Tail
10cc- Original Soundtrack
Carole King – Tapestry
The Who — Who’s next

Films or Box Sets
Sex and the City (box set)
Mad Men-(box set)
Manhattan (Woody Allen)
The Graduate
Taking of Pelham 123

Top 5 Books
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit
Jane Eyre
The Peaceful Warrior

Best Gig
Paul McCartney at Earls Court

Best Sporting Event
Mmm —I struggle with this as don’t go to many! London Olympics 2012

Dave Henderson


Email: davehenderson@me.com

Top 5 Albums of All Time
Notorious Byrd Brothers by The Byrds
This one saw me through school along with the Burritos’ ‘Gilded Palace Of Sin’, not much pedal steel in Carlisle but plenty of power cuts.

A Wizard A True Star by Todd Rundgren
This was art college in Carlisle, a proper mind blower, stolen from ET Roberts when the disc was left in the sleeve which made it even better.

Here Come The Warm Jets by Brian Eno
Unbelievable wonky pop from a bald bloke, I have a lot of Eno, as long as he doesn’t pontificate he’s great and his four “pop” things are all great.

Entertainment by Gang Of Four
I lived in London in the late ‘70s, it was endless live gigs, so a tough decision between this and The Fall’s ’Live At the Witch Trials’.

Lightbulbs by Fujiya & Miyagi
I like a lot of new bands, I’m a devotee to this lot and Syd Arthur, Parquet Courts, Jim James, John Grant, The Big Moon, The Sundowners, Pictish Trail, it never ends.

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
Apocalypse Now
And the documentary of the making of it is nothing short of awesome – heart attacks, monsoons, arguments and all round bad behavior.

The Big Lebowski
A life-affirming epic with exceptional dialogue that’s even sweeter when reduced to just the swearing on Youtube.

Another French film but a classic of rhythm, slapstick and terror – like a night out with Slipknot. Seen on my first date with my long suffering wife.

Watched every Christmas by the whole family – Will Ferrell never fails (well almost never).

The Royal Tenenbaums
I like all of Wes Anderson’s films, they all stand up to repeated viewing and the music is always spot on – this is the best in my view, although Grand Budapest Hotel and Darjeeling Limited are classic too.

Top 5 Books of All Time
Ubik by Philip K Dick
I’ve read endless PKD, this is my favourite, a desperate lunge at reality that’s fast evaporating.

Breakfast Of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Jr
Again, read everything he ever did, his madness underpins everything he pens. Along with Tom Robbins, a true American legend of the surreal and a hopeless romantic.

Walking To New York by Will Self
All of his books are challenging but rewarding, this is a super real slice of surrealism but it could have been Dorian, Umbrella or The Book Of Dave.

All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
Coupland is on my list with William Gibson, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahnuik, Dave Eggers, Will Self and Jake Arnott – none to be missed when they get around to writing something.

The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western by Richard Brautigan
I bought Trout Fishing at a boot sale for 50p and have read every novel he did, he was so out there he’s coming back the other way – like a comic book without pictures.

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Jane’s Addiction on the first Lollapalooza tour
I was lucky enough to be there with Nine Inch Nails and Living Color, but Jane’s live was just unbelievable, it was like watching a play in the theatre that went mad.

Best Sporting Event Ever
Tour De France – forget the drugs, it’s just unmissable every year, that and the Six Nations are essential viewing live or on TV.

Lee Simmonds


Email: leesimmonds@hotmail.co.uk

Top 5 Albums of All Time
Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
Goodbye and Hello – Tim Buckley
Love Chronicles – Al Stewart
Affectionately Melanie – Melanie
The Phoenix Concerts – John Stewart

Top 5 Films/Box Sets of All Time
Dead Poets Society
The Godfather (Box Set)
On The Waterfront
Up In The World (Norman Wisdom)

Top 5 Books of All Time
Chronicles – Bob Dylan
Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith
I am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes
A Quiet Belief in Angels – R J Ellory
Anything written by James Lee Burke

Best Gig
Hot August Night Tour – Royal Albert Hall 1972 – Neil Diamond

Best Sporting Event
Whenever Brentford FC win!

Mike Alway


Email: infonet@cherryred.co.uk

Top 5 Albums of All Time
Dudley Moore – Bedazzled (film soundtrack)
Malcolm Arnold – Symphony No. 8 (BBC Northern SO – Groves)
Annie Ross / Christopher Logue / Tony Kinsey – Loguerhythms
Gary McFarland – The In Sound
Quarteto em Cy – Antologia do Samba Cancao (two volumes)

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time
Chimes At Midnight (Orson Welles)
A Matter of Life and Death (Powell & Pressburger)
A Song of Summer (Ken Russell)
If…. (Lindsay Anderson)
Dr. Strangelove… (Stanley Kubrick)

Top 5 Books of All Time
My Last Breath (Luis Bunuel)
Fake! (Clifford Irving)
The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change (Robert Hughes)
An Orderly Man (Dirk Bogarde)
Owning Up (George Melly)

Best Gig or Festival Ever
The Soft Boys / Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge, November 1978

Best Sporting Event Ever
An unplayable Derek Underwood mopping up the Australians against the clock on a drying wicket at the Oval 1968

Tim Madgwick


Email: tim.madgwick@btinternet.com

Top 5 Albums
Dirk Wears White Sox – Adam & The Ants
All Mod Cons – The Jam
I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You – Aretha Franklin
Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
Good Old Arsenal – Various Artists

Top 5 Films
The 39 Steps – Hitchcock version
Star Wars (Original Trilogy)
The Life Of Brian
The Godfather (Trilogy)
The Italian Job

Top 5 Books
The Popular Handbook Of British Birds  – P.A.D. Hollom
Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer
Allison Calling – George F. Allison (Autobiography)
The Thirty Nine Steps – John Buchan
Practical Lambing and Lamb Care – F.A. Eales & J. Small

Best Gig
The Unleashing Of Bow Wow Wow – The Rainbow

Best Sporting Event
Arsenal winning the league at Anfield – Old Trafford – White Hart Lane

David Nathan


Email: David@soulmusic.com

Top 5 Albums Of All Time
Diana Ross: Surrender
Stevie Wonder: Talking Book
Earth, Wind & Fire: That’s The Way Of The World
Aretha Franklin: Aretha Arrives
Marvin Gaye: I Want You

Top 5 Films Or Box Sets Of All Time
The King & I
West Side Story
Bullets Over Broadway
The Sunshine Boys
Harry Potter – Complete 8-Film Collection

Best Gig Or Festival Ever
Earth, Wind & Fire, Madison Square Garden, 1975

Top 5 Books Of All Time
The Secret
Lady Sings The Blues/Billie Holiday’s Autobiography
The Soulful Divas (My Own Book!)
The Prophet
Shambhala: The Sacred Path Of The Warrior

Barney Ashton-Bullock


Email: barney@strikeforce.tv

Top 5 Albums of All Time
Morten Harket – Wild Seed (1995)
The Redskins – Neither Washington, Nor Moscow (1986)
Mick Karn – Dreams Of Reason Produce Monsters (1987)
David Sylvian – Secrets Of The Beehive (1987)
Bronski Beat – The Age Of Consent (1984)

Top 5 Films Of All Time
The Last Of England (dir. Derek Jarman, 1988)
Terminus (dir. John Schlesinger, 1961)
Letter To Brehznev (dir. Chris Bernard, 1985)
A Taste Of Honey (dir. Tony Richardson, 1961)
This Filthy Earth (dir Andrew Kötting, 2001)

Top 5 Books of All Time
Richard Hoggart – The Uses Of Literacy (1957)
Paul E. Willis – Profane Culture (1978)
Mass Observation – Britain (1939)
Thomas Hardy – The Collected Shorter Poems (1966)
Derek Jarman – At Your Own Risk (1993)

Best Sporting Event Ever
Equestrian Showjumping Team – UK Gold Medal, London Olympics (2012)

Best Gig or Festival Ever
Eartha Kitt at The Pigalle Club, London (2008)

David Wells


Email: david.wells11@ntlworld.com


The Kinks – Are The Village Green Preservation Society
Love – Forever Changes
Radiohead – OK Computer
Todd Rundgren – A Wizard, A True Star
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead


Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
Get Carter (Mike Hodges, 1971)
Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
Breaking Bad as the box set


Kingsley Amis – Lucky Jim
Raymond Chandler – everything
Philip K Dick – Counter-Clock World
Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Keith Waterhouse – Billy Liar or There Is A Happy Land


Bowie-as-Ziggy (July 1973, Hammersmith Odeon)
Bruce Springsteen (November 1975, Hammersmith Odeon)
Arthur Lee’s Love (March 2005, Bisley Pavilion, NRA Centre)


West Bromwich Albion 2 Woking 4 (January 1991)

Dan Tobin 


Email: dan@cherryred.co.uk

Top 5 Albums

Like asking me to choose if I want to keep my lungs or my legs……

Dead Can Dance ‘Into the Labyrinth’

Iron Maiden – Live After Death

Swans – Soundtracks for the Blind

Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque

Terrorizer – World Downfall

Films or Box Sets

Not a  massive film buff but…….

Last of the Mohicans

The Devil Rides Out

The Piano Player

The Road


Top 5 Books

What an impossible question………

Post Office – Charles Bukowski

Last Exit to Brooklyn – Hubert Selby Jr

The Dice Man – Luke Rinehart

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren – Paul Gorman

Best Gig

Literally the hardest question ever…….

Nick Cave at Nottingham Arena 2017 was pretty special

Iron Maiden in Aberdeen on ‘The Books of Souls’ tour in 2017 also

Rolling Stones Marseille Velodrome in 2018

Those are just the recent ones……. Cult of Luna at the Scala in 2012, Decapitated at Derby Victoria Inn around 2000 – there are too many

Best Sporting Event

Arsenal winning the title in 1989 at Anfield followed by Arsenal winning the title at Old Trafford in 2002 – two of the greates moments of my life, never mind sporting event



Email: irusher@yahoo.co.uk

Top 5 Albums:

The Beloved – Happiness
Human League – Dare!
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814
Mary J Blige – What’s The 411?
Mandy Smith – Mandy


The Breakfast Club
Party Monster
Drugstore Cowboy
24 Hour Party People


Black Vinyl White Powder (Simon Napier-Bell)
The Hacienda – How Not To Run A Club (Peter Hook)
Kill Your Friends (John Niven)
Good As You (Paul Flynn)
Man Enough To Be A Woman (Jayne County)

Best gig:

Galliano – Town & Country Club – London 1992

Sporting event:

Eurovision 2006 – Athens

Adam Mattera


Email: adammattera@googlemail.com

Top 5 Albums of All Time

Rufus feat Chaka Khan – Ask Rufus
Prince – Dirty Mind
Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones
Sheena Easton – Madness Money and Music
Teena Marie – Starchild

Top 5 Films or Box Sets Of All Time

Six Feet Under
The Color Purple
American Horror Story
All About My Mother

Top 5 Books of All Time

Carrie Fischer – Postcards From The Edge
Armistead Maupin – Sure Of You
Maya Angelou – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Samuel Lock – Nothing But The Truth
James Baldwin – Giovanni’s Room

Best Gig or Festival Ever

Prince – Lovesexy Tour, Wembley Arena 1988



Email: infonet@cherryred.co.uk

Top 5 Albums

Exile on Main St - The Rolling Stones

Wowee Zowee - Pavement

More A Legend Than A Band - The Flatlanders

His Best 1947-1955 - Muddy Waters

Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival


The Big Leboswki

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Withnail & I

Enter The Dragon



The Suitcase - Sergei Dovaltov

The Hotel Years - Joseph Roth

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football - David Winner

The Apparently Marginal Activities of Marcel Duchamp - Elena Filipovic

Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr. -  Rudolph Grey


The Rolling Stones, Shepherds Bush Empire, June 1999

Sporting Event

Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur, League Cup Final, Wembley, 24 February 2008



Top Albums
Impossible to choose and depends on my mood but I always return to these:
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
Love - Forever Changes
The Kinks - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
The Who - My Generation
Curtis Mayfield - Roots
The Wailers - Catch A Fire
Top 5 films / TV
Apocalypse Now
The Ipcress File 
The Night Of The Hunter
The Wire 
Top 5 Books
Peter Guralnick - Last Train To Memphis The Rise Of Elvis Presley
Lloyd Bradley - Bass Culture
Graham Green - Brighton Rock
Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master And Margarita
John Le Carre - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Best Gig/Festival:
So many: Glastonbury 2009 with Blur, The Specials, Madness, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash etc., the It Came From Memphis Festival at the Barbican in 2005 especially the Stax day with Booker T & The MGs, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Mable John etc., Paul Weller Lazy Sunday at Finsbury Park 1996, The Jam at The Brighton Centre 1982 etc.