Garage Bands

I met Garage Band legend Billy Childish the other week at an anti-Brexit street event.  Billy headed Medway Garage Bands TV21, The Pop Rivets and Thee Milkshakes.  Billy was famously involved with artist Tracy Emin for many years and turned down Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

Billy Childish I

Billy has a self portrait in Rochester which was recently “abused” by Brexit supporters, who wrote “Brexit is Childish” in blood on the picture.  He claims that the attack on the painting has improved it.  In any case, it gave us the chance to discuss Brexit which Billy considers a mistake.  We’ll never know if Childish mutilated the painting himself.  This is the artist’s privilege.  That said, it would have been incredibly hard to mutilate the painting without a very long ladder …

Billy Childish II

I used to play alongside these bands with my own pop art punk bands in the 1980’s. To compete with the surf music style, we employed a spin dryer to help us in our “pop art” 🙂


Here is some of Billy’s Garage Band music:



The Brexit Party album

Announcing The Brexit Party Album. The ideal accompaniment to any party to end Brexit … containing 10 anti-Brexit hits and the bonus track “Bollocks to Brexit”.  The Brexit party is the party to end all parties and this album will help you end Brexit bullshit …

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Here’s the first track “We are Donkeys” – a very dark reflection from Nigel Farage on UKIP / The Brexit Party / ERG / BNP / DUP with a confessional style:

We are told that the songs go well with a milkshake …


And we have just a few hard copies left of our book on changing minds “Let’s talk about BREX .. it” – available for £13.00 inc P&P.

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Bernie Tormé R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that I write this article about my friend Bernie Tormé, songwriter, guitarist and collaborator with Ozzy Osbourne and Ian Gillan, who sadly passed on St Patrick’s Day.  I lost a friend, mentor and music legend.  My family’s hearts go out to Bernie’s wife and family for the good times we have shared together. This article does not dwell on the sadness of Bernie’s passing, instead the greatness of his life.

I first met Mr T at his studio in a chance encounter some 7-8 years ago, whilst recording some music for a friend’s wedding.  Bernie and I spent all day chatting whilst my friend laid down the tracks, as I only had to play bass.  Some while later, I asked Bernie if he would be willing to guest at a Music and Business event I was organising with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.  He was initially reluctant to be involved, thinking that it might involve meeting a load of “suits”, having experienced some of the worst excesses of music industry “management” in his time as a slave to Rock’n’Roll.  However, he agreed in good faith, being a trusting and humble soul.  I “baptised” the occasion by asking Bernie to set light to a guitar in the venue car park.  Once Bernie relaxed into the event, I recall that it was rather hard to extract him from the chatter … and the bar.  See Bloomberg TV for the flaming grilled guitar inferno.  It was a magical night and our friendship was forged.  Mr Tormé even forgave me when The Belfast Telegraph misread the press release I sent to them and mixed up Bernie Tormé with Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s writing partner.  As far as I know Bernie had never collaborated with the originator of crocodile rock and high heel sneakers.

Belfast Telegraph

Having gained Bernie’s confidence that not all business people are dull, he invited me round to his house the week after.  I wondered why and he just said he had something to talk about.  We spent the evening discussing his renaissance in a wide-ranging conversation about music, marketing and money.  For a while, little seemed to happen following our dialogue, but slowly, some of the things we discussed started to come to fruition.  Bernie kindly credited me on his album as making a contribution to his renaissance, alongside pyrotechnics rock icon Arthur Brown, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider and Ginger Wildheart.  It’s possibly the best feedback I’ve ever had, beating 10 out of 10 on a conference feedback form!

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Bernie Tormé – The man

Bernie typifies many musicians, in so far as I found him to be a gentle giant.  Unassuming off stage, thoughtful, intelligent and passionate about his art and many other topics from philosophy, history, literature, environmentalism and politics.  Many people think of rock musicians as being extroverts, but I sense Bernie gained a lot of his strength from a more introverted sense of reflection.  After all, all on stage performance is merely theatre and projection.  That said, the rock business is a vicious business and sometimes this means that quieter talents get pushed out of the queue by the narcissists.  Bernie maintained his authenticity throughout his career and he stands out for that quality alone.  His concern for humanity also extended to all God’s creatures.  I recall him insisting that a wasp nest in his garden be left alone despite the anger of the “yellow vests” around the back door of the studio!  This quality of seeing everything in balance seems to be a rare quality.  It reminded me of our own fragility and the need to realise that we are all part of a delicate eco system.


Bernie Tormé – The music

Bernie Tormé has two sides to his music.  One inspired by his Celtic roots via sublimely beautiful acoustic songs.  The other, pure hard Rawk ‘n’ Roll with the unique flavour of his guitar harmonics.  Rather that writing about it, take a listen to the two distinctly different styles.

For Bernie’s Celtic acoustic feel try Spirit Road. The last song on his last album “Farewell to Arms” is a poignant Celtic drone with an unique mix of harmonium and guitar.  Take a listen at Farewell to Arms.  For pure hard rock listen to Flow and Dublin Cowboy.  Both of these songs feature Bernie’s trademark guitar harmonics and dive-bombing tremolo use, which set him apart from the crowd.

Bernie is also a talented songwriter and lyricist.  I was captured by the song he wrote for Randy Rhoads who died in a plane crash, forcing Bernie to step literally into the dead man’s shoes.  It seems apt here.  Listen to Good Man Down.

For an insight into Bernie’s music, see our conversation via the interview.  I was honoured to have performed with him a few times on stage at his gigs in London and Brighton.

The last thing Bernie and I did together was to discuss helping him write a different kind of biography.  He also kindly recorded and produced several of the tracks we made for our Rage Against The Brexit Machine project.  I recall his extreme levels of patience, tact and diplomacy when working with one of my colleagues from The Bank of England who was not a great musician, singer  nor a great diplomat himself.  I also had the privilege of watching him coach singer Madeleina Kay from a low point of confidence and competence in her voice.  This requires mastery, as you are often trying to achieve fundamental identity level change when you are trying to change someone’s art.

It’s easy to be humble and authentic when you are not in the public eye.  The pressures of fame often bring out the worst in people.  I salute Bernie for maintaining his sense of self in the crazy world of entertainment.  I thank him for teaching me mastery of the art of music and simply for being Bernie Tormé.

Rest in Rock’n’Roll mate.

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Je T’aime

Please download copies of our anti-Brexit “sex anthem” Take Back Control which hit No 29 on Amazon !!!! just below Ariana Grande, The Beach Boys and ahead of Pet Shop Boys, Abba and Busted

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Please DOWNLOAD, GIFT and SHARE the song x 5 – ALL downloads count towards charting the song so a pint of beer buys five, a cup of coffee three etc.

FACEBOOK just banned an ad we did.  Apparently it’s OK to threaten to hang someone on social media or suggest they kill themselves, but not OK to make suggestive noises in a song !!!!!  Let’s ask Madonna and Taylor Swift for their views on the matter?

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Since they banned a perfectly innocuous film, we have made a PG rated one … 🙂

We plan to get it to the UK Top 40 this week. In doing so we gain the opportunity to mainstream the Brexit lies of May, Boris, Jacob, Gove and Fox via mainstream media.

Be part of a phenomenon to STOP BREXIT …

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Whilst you are here, and on a much more serious level, read our latest article at Voices for Europe on what the question for a People’s Vote should be – To BREXIT or NOT to BREXIT – what is the question?




Return to Sender – Letters to Theresa May

Add your name to The People’s Letters  to Theresa May via GOOGLE DRIVE – just type your name in an empty space on the spreadsheet.
We present the letters to No 10 on Wed 27 Feb at 16.30 with the worldwide premiere of “Take Back Control” – a satirical song to crush Brexit mayhem.

READ the letters below:

On LEADERSHIP – Europa United

On Business and Trade – Voices for Europe

On Strategy, Negotiation and Conflict – Newsleaf



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Breaking Brexit Before Brexit Breaks Britain

Just out, a book which provides support for people wanting a Better Britain in a Better Europe for a Better World …

Let’s Talk About BREX .. it” offers a practical companion for those of us who are not prepared to let Britain slide into oblivion, just because it is not the English way to point out that we’ve had 2.5 years and achieved absolutely nothing:

  1. No Deal is widely recognised as a catastrophe.
  2. Theresa May’s deal does not secure business continuity through the lack of a customs union, the Northern Ireland border and freedom of movement for our children to live and work in Europe.
  3. Quite simply none of the deals on offer compare with our current arrangement with the EU.

It is always a mistake in business to pursue a strategy in the face of compelling evidence that it will fail. If I waited 2.5 years to give a business proposal to my clients I’d rightly be sacked. Brexit is indeed more complex than my business proposal example, but 2.5 years is a fair test. We must stop before further irreversible damage is done to the UK.

“Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

The time has gone, the song is over

Thought I’d something more to say”

Pink Floyd – Time

We have reached a point of what I call “Brexit Apathy” on both sides of the false binary debate that has atomised our United Kingdom. Brexit voters are rightly tired of Remainiacs, proselytising, cajoling, shouting, singing.  In some cases they attempt to hug Brexit supporters to death, “killing them with kindness, understanding and warm fuzzies.” By the same token, some Remainers are also unimpressed with the ongoing tsunami of Brexit resistance, as active protest is not the “English” way. Some Remain supporters are now paradoxically of the view that we must follow the “will of the people”, especially if that avoids civil unrest.

My brother is a case in point. He voted Remain but now exhibits what academics call “learned helplessness.” In other words, he does not know what he could do to change the course of history. Nor does he believe he has the right to interfere with the will of the people. He also fears street violence.  This in spite of the fact that the evidence suggests that the vast majority of people have fallen asleep about Brexit. Some even believe we have already done Brexit in my area of “Brexit Central.”

You will find “Let’s Talk About BREX .. it” of value if you want to know how to:

  • Deal with Brexit apathy on both sides of the binary debate to change minds such that we stop the rush into Brexit self-harm.
  • Overcome the sheer despair of offering reasoned debate to leave voters, only to be shouted at with such platitudes as “Get Over It – We won – 2-Nil – End Off.”
  • Cope with verbally and physically aggressive leave voters in their attempt to silence democracy. I myself was punched in the face, receiving two black eyes, by 7 people who had run out of words to conduct a dialogue and found it easier to use fists as an instrument of persuasion. If you are to conduct what I call “Brexorcisms” we must expect aggressive reactions at times, although physical violence is very much an exception.

  • Win the battle for hearts and minds in populist media.
  • Heal strained relationships with friends and family after Brexit, at home, on the streets and on social media.
  • Ride the roller coaster of personal emotions that Brexit uncertainty has thrown at us – what J.K. Rowling would call “Defence Against the Dark Brexit Arts.”

In “Let’s Talk About BREX .. it, I’ve set out strategies, tools and techniques that I and others have used over nearly three years of anti-Brexit activism. They are illustrated with stories that give example as to how to turn around some of the most closed minds on the subject. I have done this in the hope that these will offer some inspiration and support to others.

Are you ready for some Brexit ghostbusting?

Find “Let’s Talk About BREX .. it” on Amazon now.  Support our work via the Crowdfunder.

A Country and Western Brexit? Resisting Brexit through music.

via A Country and Western Brexit? Resisting Brexit through music.

Read the article and then support the project:

Buy the song on all platformsEVERY click counts towards chart success and a cup of coffee gets you three copies.  Please gift the song to weary Remainers or Leavers in regret, or just your Brexity friends.  Just click the images and follow through: