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Kool FM

Birmingham’s sister station to the London Kool FM, both run by Justin Steele.

Kool FM Birmingham ran between 1996-2002

Dog Shit Sandwich

Legendary street punk band active from 1999 and 2004. Members were founder Rich, Neil, Sean and Chris and Rocky. Rich also founded Punk Shit Records.

Releases included the legendary 7″ Gary Glitter you Fuckin Cunt. Full discography at Discogs:

Video to Piss In The Ocean


80s rock band feat Andrew Parry

Tour de Force

80s rock band feat Andrew Parry

Bill Stickers

Screen printers of posters for bands and promoters

Raj Kamal

Between 1970 and 1972, we had Band (group) name Raj Kamal. Now we did made our EP with person name John. I assume he was originally from Darlaston. John was wonderful person. Recording with him was new experience. Studio name was Zella Recording Studio. John said the building was originally BBC radio or something. It was 4 track recording machine.

My question is it John alive and well. I hope he is. God bless him. Now I am 68 so I don’t play with band or anything but up until 1998 I was with Indian band. I can play Guitar, Keyboards.

Thanks to Champaklal Patel.


Much loved Birmingham second wave punk band.
Members were:
Gavin Lawson (bass/voc)
Joe Lampton (drms)
Andy Downer (gtr/voc)

Thanks to Lee for sending in his 35 yr old tee!

Tower Ballroom

The Tower Ballroom, near the ‘reser’ was a great venue, and like the Locarno, had a revolving stage.
Many star and local acts appeared here over the few decades it was open.
It was also well known for it’s ‘Grab-a-Granny’ nights, and I spent many night on those ocassions, even though most fellas, there were only in their 20’s and 30’s!

Sadly The Tower, closed down and was derilict for a while, untill recently and now, local people who are delighted  the Tower Ballroom is once again as a live entertainment venue. Entrepreneur Liam O’Connor has taken the derelict ballroom,  complete with its revolving stage,
and spent almost half-a-million pounds restoring it to its former glory.

Its grand reopening with a champagne reception featured 1960s stars Mike Pender’s Searchers,
the Merseybeats and the Cufflinks.

As a lifelong supporter of Chelmsley Wood Boxing Club,  Limerick-born Mr O’Connor, who also runs the Kerryman pub in Digbeth, said he was planning amateur and professional boxing matches and various activites, involving the whole community

Its prime aim is to attract an over-25s audience.  Other entertainers to appear here include the
American Four Tops, Abba UK, Joe Longthorne, the American Drifters, the Extreme Supremes and the Union Gap.


Compiled by Keith Law

Recording of New Order at the Tower 09/04/1985 sent in by Neil Hollins:


Aero Club

The Aero Club was a nightclub at Elmdon Airport, now Birmingham International Airport in the 60s and 70s 

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