ModWear5 – E12 Gary Crowley June 24 2015
ModWear 5 with Gary Crowley - Episode 12
A year or so ago we were reacquainted with broadcaster, TV presenter, DJ and all round top bloke Gary Crowley. If you are familiar with the footwear section on our site you will know that we recently started stocking the Delicious Junction Desert boot, which was produced in collaboration with Gary. At that point we did some YouTube searches and watched Gary’s interview footage from ITV’s “The Beat.” Gary was kind enough to let us turn the tables on him and be the feature of our next ModWear5.
1) What has been the most memorable interview you've given to date? Or which Interview do people tend to remember the most? And which meant the most to you personally?
Probably the first one I ever did with Paul McCartney. I cannot over emphasise to you Mod Wear what the Beatles meant to me before the arrival of Punk/ New Wave. They were like my four bestest buddies. My world if ya like! I totally immersed myself in them and their work. Buying or swapping all of their albums, devouring their films. And reading anything I could get my hands on about them. I can even remember having to bribe my sister and brother to be quiet when their films were being shown on TV! Just so I could tape record the audio of them and listen back to them in bed every night!
I can even now still do a pretty mean impersonation of the opening scene of A Hard Days Night, upon request!
2) In any order, what would you say are your top three most spun records of all time?
That’s' a really tough one. But probably The Jam's - That's Entertainment, Candi Staton's - Young Hearts Run Free and The Stone Roses - She Bangs the Drums would all be right up there. There's so many but those three would be in contention for sure. All of them anthems for me.
3) How did your collaboration with Delicious Junction come about and why the desert boot?
Through a good pal of mine Mark Baxter, who introduced me to Pete at DJ. I’ve been a fan of the Desert Boot ever since my early teens. My Uncle Dave was a Mod, so I think that was an influence. I've just always loved the combination of comfort and style. They're a timeless classic in my book... and to have a Dessie of my own, really is the realisation of a boyhood dream. I'm rather proud of them.
4) Apart from your collection of DJ footwear what is your most valued item of clobber? and why?
I'm pleased I’ve still kept some of my old Punk/ New Wave t-shirts from back in the day, emblazoned with the likes of The Jam, The Clash and The Specials on them. I like to give those bad boys an airing every now and then. And they still fit!
5) Can you recommend any up and coming artists or bands that we should be listening out for?
The answer to this changes every day, but at the moment I’m loving new music from the likes of White, Leon Bridges, Formation, and a young singer songwriter from York called Luke Saxton.
You can listen to Gary presenting his Saturday Night BBC London 94.9 Show (6pm til 9) which mixes the music he’s grown up with, his favourite New Music as well as incorporating BBC Introducing.
He’s also recently started a new show called "GCs Punk & New Wave Show" which can be heard 'live' on Tuesday's at 4pm through till 6pm on http://www.sohoradiolondon.com/ and listened to again via https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/
Gary has also been working on a new book called ‘Growing Up With...The Jam’ which tells the story of the band through the eyes of their contemporaries and he’s also working on a forthcoming Jam documentary.
Gary told us “Both are very exciting projects about the band who provided the soundtrack to my (and so many others) teenage years. I’ve got a couple of other irons in the fire which hopefully may come to fruition. Life is good.”