La’s Founder Member Mike Badger Launches New Book

‘It is difficult to underestimate Mike Badger’s contribution to Liverpool,’ local writer John Hodgkinson told The Guide this week. ‘Mike has been and remains a vital part of the life blood that makes the city’s musical heartbeat.’

The career of Mike Badger, artist and founder member of legendary Liverpool band The La’s, is ever moving forward, with a stubborn reluctance to stand still. He’s written a book with music journalist Tim Peacock; The Rhythm and the Tide is celebrated later this week at a special event. Published by Liverpool University Press, in the book they look back at the massive amount Badger has achieved so far.

After leaving The La’s, he formed Americana group The Onset and now fronts Mike Badger and the Shady Trio.

‘His back catalogue draws on country, folk, blues and rockabilly, using his influences positively to forge something that is distinctively his own,’ says Hodgkinson, who will be in conversation with the book’s authors at the launch on Thursday.

Mike Badger co-founded The Viper Label in 1999, notably releasing amongst others an album of the legendary night in Liverpool when Love’s Arthur Lee performed with our very own Shack as his backing band. In the imaginatively entitled “Arthur Lee Live in Liverpool”, the spirit of Love’s performances from a quarter of a century earlier is keenly captured. “The show in Liverpool is still the most memorable of my life,” said Arthur Lee in May 2000.

The Rhythm and the Tide

Mike Badger’s sculptures have been seen all over the country for many years now. In 2014 he worked as a scenic painter for the TV drama series Cilla starring Sheridan Smith.

Mike Badger and Tim Peacock talk about all the above (and more!) at Waterstones in Liverpool ONE on Thursday 19th November with John Hodgkinson, who has written for a number of publications including Liverpool Confidential, Shout and Merseysound. 6.30pm start. There will be a reading from Tim, followed by a signing by the authors.

Tickets are £3 (£2 for Loyalty Card holders) and are available in store or by calling 0151 709 9820.


Something else I am looking ahead to is COLORAMA  (Carwyn Ellis solo show) at The Baltic Social, Thursday 19th November. 

Colorama solo


Carwyn Ellis’ Soft Rains album under the pseudonym Zarelli is one the highlights of the year so far for me. On the record he slides an eerie and disturbing soundtrack underneath sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury’s dystopian tale There Will Come Soft Rains narrated rather grandly by the late Leonard Nimoy. In 2015 there’s been Sarah Cracknell’s Red Kite album to love as well, co-written, produced and arranged by Carwyn, a long time musical collaborator with Edwyn Collins.

The Colorama solo set at Liverpool’s Baltic Social is sure to be a belter, baroque pop joy to brighten a dark November evening; simply lovely.  Support is provided by Welsh band PLU and Liverpool’s Silent Sleep.

Baltic Social - Silent Sleep

Chris Mcintosh of Silent Sleep

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By Cath Bore

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