Not been many updates for a while due to my hosting company deciding not to support ftp uploading anymore. It would have helped if they had told me that this was going to happen instead of leaving it to me to suddenly find I can't access the site!! No marks for customer service and communication for them. I've been deciding whether to kick them into touch or not. If I do it means all the palaver of finding another host, moving all the files etc., etc., or I can stick with them and work with the online solution they now provide. I can't really be arsed with the former which leaves me one option....
to the Merrell Fankhauser pages including a review
of the Signals From Malibu album.
Jim Ferguson. Sad to hear that Merrell & The Exiles bass player
Jim Ferguson has died suddenly after a heart attack. My thoughts
are with his family and friends.
September - October 2014
been doing a lot of general updating of setlists for the live
concerts I have listed.
the listing for The Magic Band reunion
shows that have been recorded including full setlists
details of a bunch of new releases from Merrell Fankhauser - find
a few pieces of Space Blues
after being contacted by former Exiles drummer Danny Martin
Don van Vliet ... the world is poorer without you. My short tribute
is on the Radar
added about a recording which has just surfaced of the Helsinki
1975 show by Don and the Magic Band
some setlists of Beefheart shows.
Some omissions were pointed out to me by Brainpang, to whom I'm
a scan of the decorated inner sleeve for the UK version of the
first MU album.
additions to Merrell's discography
changed my site host so the Frogseye site has been moved lock,
stock and stylesheet to its new patch on the web ... now with
its own url www.frogseye.co.uk ... hope you found it okay!
added a new section listing all the Magic
Band Reunion shows that are circulating plus their setlists.
I've also added setlists for the Bongo
Fury tour shows too.
from some tinkerings with the Beefheart shows setlists (which
I've not bothered to list here) I've not really done much to these
pages for a while...
I've just finished making a few large additions to Jeff
Cotton's story - thanks to some recent emails from someone
who knew him in the late 60s. I've also tidied up and added detail
to the MU discography too.
links to an interview with Art Tripp I conducted and an obituary
of Alex St Claire I've written. These can be found here.
Updated the live concerts list with setlist for the 1969 Amougies
show. See list of live Beefheart shows
I've been editing some of the text in Space Blues. Added a new
page with a bunch of stills
from a piece of rare footage showing MU playing live. Also added
a cracking picture of Jeff Cotton on stage in 1968 at the Rome
Pop Festival - it's on the Space Blues
Added a short piece I've written called The
Challenge of Trout Mask Replica.
Added a another photograph of The Exiles on stage taken in 1964
on the Exiles live page; also
added information about the 5 Hours Back vinyl issue of Fapardokly
on Merrell's discography
page. Some updates to the list of
live Beefheart shows
Nothing new I'm afraid, just a note to show these pages aren't
neglected ... I haven't had much spare time to do any work on
them apart from a few additions and corrections to some of the
Beefheart live show setlists.
Some updates to the list of live Beefheart
I've been tinkering with the text of Space Blues - several pages
but mainly those about MU. I've also added a new page of scans
of publicity adverts for
Exiles record releases.
An update to the interview with Greg
'Ellaguru' Davidson (see below).
I've added an interview I did with Greg
'Ellaguru' Davidson several years ago. Greg was guitarist
in the Knebworth/Roxy 1975 Magic Band.
Following up their release of Mu's first album the Akarma label
have now issued Mu's 'The Last
Album' (on CD for the first time), while Merrell's 'Return
To Mu' has been reissued on CD by Sundazed.
- added a new section 'Calling From A Star' which looks at the
lengthy career of Merrell Fankhauser and the many bands he's been
involved with over the years - the Impacts, the Exiles, Fapardokly,
HMS Bounty, MU, Fankhauser/Cassidy Band. I'll be working on this
over the coming months and (hopefully) adding new content on a
- just a piece of news. It seems that Merrell Fankhauser's 1978
reworking of the Mu song 'Calling From A Star' has been picked
up by several radio stations in the US and is being played as
a tribute to the astronauts lost on the recent Columbia shuttle
- a few more amendments and additions to the Beefheart
Blues Roots information. I've also added setlists to many
of the shows on my tape list.
- A piece of sad news has reached me concerning the tragic death
of former Exiles and MU bass player, Larry Willey. More info here