The Cockney Rebel Connection

“The Cockney Rebel Connection” is the name of a streaming radio program hosted by Stewart Griffin, an early and generous champion of Josephmooon, for which we are grateful.

There is something very uplifting about hearing one’s original music played in the context of other songs and artists, as on a radio show, or playlist, and the current edition of “The Cockney Rebel Connection” features not one, but two Josephmooon compositions.

We can’t thank Stewart Griffin enough for giving a spin to “Every Right Now,” from Ian Nice’s album, Love Revolution, and “Out of Tune,” from So Far So Good.

The show also includes an interview with singer Ceri Justice, which took me a while to search online as Stewart was calling her “Carrie” the entire time (ha ha).

It’s pretty cool to be part of the Cockney Rebel family, though I confess that in my callow youth, when Steve Harley’s very popular U.K. band was working hard to crack U.S. radio markets, my hipster rock critic peers and DJs seemed to favour the crooning of David Bowie and Bryan Ferry. No matter these days, as Mr. Harley appears to have done just fine for himself over the years.

So, what’s the “connection?” Thought you’d never ask.

So Far So Good was produced by Ian Nice and his teenage son, Ronnie Nice, at their studio in Hua Hin, Thailand, which is called Rocky Head Studios, “stone head” or “rock head” being the literal translations of hua hin.

Ian Nice was for many years the keyboard player in Cockney Rebel.

And by the way, Steve Harley (né Nice) is Ian’s older brother, and Ronnie’s uncle. It doesn’t take a genetic scholar to note the obvious, that music runs in the family.

So, if you’ve come to Josephmooon via Cockney Rebel, welcome and enjoy the music.

Published by billpaige

Interested parties are first directed to my memoir, “Everything I Know I Learned From Rock Stars” (Eckhartz Press). While I have taken music therapy classes and read extensively about music’s effect on the brain, I am NOT professionally trained -- just a music lover who recognizes that everyone benefits from music. Giving that gift to special needs youth is highly rewarding, but again, my process is intuitive, not academic. I draw largely on personal experience. I’ve spent most of my 67 years observing a wide world of music, from working as a music critic professionally for 20 years, and holding positions in music companies in the 1970s and 1990s. Since 1990, however, I have focused on learning more about music and improving as a singer, guitarist, and performer, both solo and in ensemble settings.

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