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(added March 2010)
INTERVIEW WITH PAUL OXLEY
( BULL FIDDLE PLAYER WITH THE RADIACS AND THE KREWMEN )
As everybody knows The Radiacs are back. How did the comeback gig in Manchester last month go?
We had a wicked time, a great crowd of old and new faces, good reviews, what more could we have asked for (thanks to everyone again!!!).
Let’s turn back the clock. When and why did you start playing bass?
I was about 16 or 17 years old I didn't have a bass then, just an old acoustic guitar with a made up bridge, I drove my Mum and Dad bonkers as I played along to records and tapes. Why?? I saw Nigel Lewis with the Meteors at The Limit club in Sheffield, a night we'll all never forget but that's another story as they say!!
What are / were your main influences as a bass player and who do you think is the most underrated bass player in Psychobilly history?
The Radiacs originally started as the Epileptic Hillbillys in 1986. Why did you change the band name and who came up with “The Radiacs” moniker?
Sheffield is not only the home of The Radiacs, but also won’t be forgotten due to the live recordings taken at the Take 2 club. Tell us a little bit more about the venue and do you remember how often The Radiacs played there?
eventually released their debut album, Hellraiser, in 1989. How did
you get the record deal and what’s your favourite track on the album?
The band were getting a lot of attention at the time, it was Link Records AnR who simply got in first. They approached us through Take Two Promotions, the deal was done and we were put out on the Katz Keep Rockin compilation before signing up to do the Hellraiser LP. My favorite hmmm.... well it's got to be Hellraiser the song and I Was Wrong.
You left The Radiacs and became a member of The Krewmen. How did it happen?
I was poached basically, the Radiacs played a lot of gigs with the Krewmen and one day I got a phone call from Reg McMillan asking me to go for an audition for them.
What’s your favourite release from your stint with The Krewmen and why?
Final Adventures, it sounded like the Krewmen, how it should be!! Power was too far ahead of it's time so it has to be Final Adventures every which way!!!
Do you own a copy of “The Legend Of The Krewmen” –DVD? Any memories left from the video recordings?
What was your last gig with The Krewmen and are you still in touch with any of them?
Do you know I can't remember??? I am going to say Hessen on the last tour of Germany in 96. I left 97 & got a job in a studio. So it would be around that time. Yes we still give each other shit ( like old gits) on the phone, facebook etc.
You are also involved in a side project called Egor's Back Bedroom. What’s it all about?
Just havin' fun with music again really, trying new things and seeing what's possible and what's not, mixing styles with other styles that aren't supposed to go together. Revamping old songs from the early Radiacs stuff to Krewmen stuff. Tunes that didn't get out on disc.
Let’s take it finally back to the start. A new CD-EP, The Return Of The Radiacs, is out on Raucous Records, you will play some big festivals, including Pineda de Mar, later this year. Are you pleased with the new recordings and what will the future hold for The Radiacs?
Pineda De Mar will be the first time we've played as the original line up in Europe for over 20 years like the UK date. We've also been approached by promoters in Italy, France and Germany and it's not only the big festivals we are looking at? As for the mini EP! I think we are all very pleased with the outcome, it was recorded over 1 day and took 10 hours to be fair, so yes!!! As for the future, there is a lot of interest in the band at the moment and as long as we (the band) can keep the peoples interest with new material and stage performances if the people want it we will deliver!!!
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