Saturday, October 01, 2016
Twenty-two years after its release, Good Question Derek's seminal* album Sick Squid is currently in the process of being reissued in digital format via all your favourite online outlets. Watch this space for news of a release date.
*in all senses of the word
Friday, January 11, 2013
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Friday, May 01, 2009
Friday, October 17, 2008
Friday, June 29, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Friday, December 15, 2006
Please send your captions to us either by email or via the comments link at the bottom of this posting. The best captions will appear in a future article.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
This made me remember a story we heard a few years ago about our manager's sister who was doing some charity work in Ethiopia and travelling through the country in the back of a truck with other charity workers when the conversation turned to favourite bands. One the other workers said their fave bands included Good Question Derek to which the reply of course was "my brother manages them!" What a small world!
Anyway, that got me thinking about asking our friends all over the world to send us photos of our CD cover next to famous landmarks or sign posts near where they live...
- If you don't already have a copy of the CD, simply click on the image here and print it out.
- Take a photo of the CD cover with a sign post or landmark clearly visible in the background.
- Email the picture to us by clicking here. Don't forget to include a bit about how you know of Good Question Derek and where the photo was taken.
Any images we will receive will be posted on this web site!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Click here to fill your boots with GQD classics such as You Only Love Me Cos I’m Loaded or Shit You’re Ugly!
While you’re filling your iPods with your old favourites check out some of the previously unreleased stuff such as the Ugly Dance Remix or songs that we recorded for the very first episode of the BBC’s Dalziel & Pascoe.
If you bought one of our records, tapes or CDs back in the late 80’s or early 90’s and don’t feel that you’ve already gained £6 worth of pleasure from the music before it has become freely available on the Internet please contact our complaints department here.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Some things never change (like the crate of Stella on the stage - although Marty P is drinking water).
<- It takes a lot of practice to move your hand this fast!!!
Thursday, August 31, 2006
As Microsoft are jumping on the personal web space band waggon I thought it'd be a good idea to create a GQD site on their Live Spaces website. Check it out here. Again, there's not a great deal more than is available here but I thought I may as well continue the GQD campaign to dominate the web!!!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
These pictures were taken in the green room when we recorded the pilot to The Danny Baker Show at BBC TV Centre in London. Videos of the songs we performed on the show can be see in an earlier post. On the day of filming we gave Danny Baker a copy of the Sick Squid CD and a week or two later he played Ugly on his Radio One Saturday morning show (or at least he played up to the end of the first chorus before he realised there was swearing in it)!
Nice trousers Marty P!
And what sort of face is Midge pulling??
These ladies were the world's tallest twins.
It's Cheggers the loveable alchy!!
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Never as familiar as Bob (Triple 'T'), it was always immediately evident that Mark had arrived at a gig as his soul harboured the collective energies and excitement of a busload of 10 year old fat kids on their way to an 'all you can eat' night at the local KFC; an overwhelming, over-keeness swept into the room as he entered.
Ah Mark Spandex... sorely missed...
... perhaps a more careful aim should be taken next time.
If you know Mark Spandex, or you are Mark Spandex, contact us and let's set the story straight.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
During the early 90's Good Question Derek played a large number of gigs in and around the Reading metropolis. Starting with the debauchery that was Fat Jacks (at the Old Bell in Grazely Green) the band were soon spotted by a local promoter called Haydn Wood (aka PC God - but that's another story for later in this Blog). Haydn's Sound Foundation organisation promoted the band in the Berkshire area for a number of years and we played literally 100's of gigs in pubs and clubs from Reading to Wokingham and everywhere in between (Winnersh).
One thing (or person) was always present at these gigs. There standing at the front, licking his lips in an amphetamine induced frenzy was Bob The Chemist. Several gigs after we first noticed the speed freak Jules approached him and ascertained that his name was Rob and he worked in a chemist (how else did he get this much speed) and hence Bob The Chemist was born. It was only a couple of years later that we found out that the whole chemist thing was some confusion within Jules' mind (as many things are) and in fact Rob worked in a laboratory testing toys to destruction.
Bob became a good friend of the band and help us out many times at these Reading gigs however none of us know where he is now!
If you know Bob, or are Bob - contact us and let's set the story straight!
Monday, August 21, 2006
I first became aware of The Barenaked Ladies around 1992 when a sound engineer at a gig we were playing in Bracknell said that we sounded like them. The next day I bought their newly released first album, Gordon and played it to the rest of the band. We were all struck by the similarity of mixing lighter songs with bitter-sweet ones together with the fact that we also sounded a bit like them!!!
Another obvious similarity was apparent in the first song of that album, Hello City. Toward the end of the song the chorus changes to that of Happy Hour by The Housemartins. The Housemartins were a major influence on both Marty P and myself, and during our gigs we often played a few of their songs (Happy Hour, Me And The Farmer or The Mighty Ship, including one performance in front of The Housemartins' former bassist Norman Cook aka Fat Man Slim).
One of my favourite albums during my formative teen years was The Ups and Downs by Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy. Duffy had formed Duran Duran with Nick Tayor whilst attending Birmingham Polytechnic (where Good Question Derek was formed) before leaving to pursue a solo career. By the time I went to Birmingham Poly in 1988 Duffy had formed, and I was listening to, The Lilac Time. Another teenager greatly influenced by Duffy and The Lilac Time was Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies. This influence lead to Page writing to Duffy and the two forming a friendship resulting in Duffy writing a number of songs with Page for the Barenaked Ladies and even members of BNL appearing on stage with The Lilac Time and on several songs on their Lilac6 album.
The Barenaked Ladies' bassist Jim Creeggan and his brother Andy (a former Barenaked Lady) share a musical influence with Midge. All three were influenced by the dark side of heavy rock and share an interest in Rush, AC/DC and Van Halen.
Another connection with The Barenaked Ladies comes via another Canadian band, Moxy Fruvous. A tutor of Midge's mentioned to him "if you like Barenaked Ladies, check out Moxy Fruvous". Again, I bought their first album Bargainville and this too became one of my favourites and a definite influence. A year or 2 later we played at Aston University on the same night as Moxy Fruvous and gave them a copy of our Sick Squid CD. A few days later Midge and I went see them perform again, this time at JB's in Dudley) and were blown away to be mentioned during one of their songs - they had listened to the CD and had liked what they heard! The connection with Barenaked Ladies is that they were friends with the members of Moxy Fruvous (through the Toronto music scene) and Moxy Fruvous appear on If I Had $1,000,000 on the Gordon album. What a small world!
I guess when you mix the influences of The Housemartins, Stephen Duffy, Moxy Fruvous, Rush, AC/DC and Van Halen you get a band that sounds a bit like Good Question Derek and The Barenaked Ladies!!! If you have never heard The Barenaked Ladies (or never heard anything other than their only major UK hit "One Week") then I suggest you check out their first album Gordon, or to hear what (perhaps) Good Question Derek would have sounded like in 2000 (with Dan Was producing) check out the excellent Maroon.
Friday, August 04, 2006
If you time yourself during this puzzle, you too can work out your own brain capacity and therefore work out your ideal vocation in life...
1-2 hours) Vegetable cultivator
2-3 hours) Envelope licker
4-5 hours) Crash-test dummy
6 + hours) Electric shock treatment test subject
Friday, July 28, 2006
He was brought up by a pack of wolves in Somerset and spent his early years performing circus tricks for pennies and scraps of food. Sean was the first person any of us knew to have one of them there newfangled mobile telephones and always carried an extra overnight bag wherever we went for his spare battery and charger.
If you know Sean, or are Sean – contact us and let’s set the story straight!
16 August 2006
As Marty P quite rightly pointed out in the comments to this post, a simple Google search revealed that Sean was indeed Front Of House Sound Engineer on the last Bob Geldolf tour (what a come down for Sean)! A bit more Googling found a mobile number for Sean and a swap of text messages lead to trading emails and we're now back in touch!
As well as sound engineering, Sean confirmed that "I live in sunny Cornwall now in Newquay. My fiance and I have a restaurant here, check out the website."
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Every time we released a GQD fanzine (Kack, as it was effectionately known), it included a section known as 'Thickies Corner' featuring some really complex puzzle-solving fun. For your enjoyment, over to the right is the first in a series of 5 (as people taking part probably won't be able to count past that number)...
Monday, July 24, 2006
Chris was a founding member of the band in the early 1990's, when all 5 met at University in Birmingham (in the Midlands, in the UK). He was majoring in Animal Husbandry with minors (what he always referred to as his 'get-out clauses') in Psychology and Hair-dressing.
Chris was cast out of the ‘Flatulent 5’ in 1992, partly due to his inability to play a C# Major 7 whilst drunk, and partly because he had forgotten to turn up on several occasions, and he moved from a career in the spotlight, to one behind the scenes. He soon realised he wasn’t destined to be a Spotlight Operator for the rest of his life, so he jumped on a ship leaving from the Edgbaston reservoir, bound for Australia.
Chris spent 15 years of his decade in Australia as a missionary; spreading the ‘good word of the lord’ across the bible belt of central New South Wales (naturally), where he settled down to father 14 boys, and 2 girls.
He eventually got bored of ‘Down Under’ and returned to his roots in Swansea (he lives under an old tree). To this day, he can still be heard muttering if you stray too close to his conkers. He works as a receptionist in a beauty parlour by day, and is a professional gardener at the weekends.
If you know Chris, or are Chris – contact us and let’s set the story straight!
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I have started this off with a bit of sample banter...
As the band hadn't played together for 9 years (and in fact Jules and I hadn't really had any contact since Marty P's wedding in 1999) we needed a bit of practice. I couldn't even remember which end of a Bass Guitar to blow! We had 2 practices in a studio in Oxford and one practice, on the day of the gig, at Rich Bitch studios in Birmingham (where we used to practice in the olden days). It's good to see that some things never change - Jules was late, I forgot every song (despite having it all written down) and Midge's amp quickly turned up to 11!
The gig itself went really well and everyone seemed to have a good time (well, at least we did).
If you have any photos of the event please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them here.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
It became apparent at the reunion gig that a lot of people were interested in hearing the music again so after living on a CD Rom for several years I finally got round to making the music available to listen to over the Internet on Last.fm.
I am lead to believe that eventually the tracks will be available to download through Last.fm but in the meantime you can stream them to your PC or even listen to them through the Last.fm Player (in Radio Control search for Good Question Derek under Similar Artist Radio).
Click on the cover below to be taken directly to the tracks on each demo...
...or click here to listen to 2 unreleased remixes.
Brought together by a suitcase of heinous chemicals, strong continental lager and a mutual admiration for Elton Wellesby, Good Question Derek formed at Birmingham Polytechnic in 1989 and consisted of:
- Martin "MartyP" Porter - vocals
- Midge Ferguson - guitars
- Jules "Farquar-Peers" Harley - drums and backing vocals
- "Chirpy" Dave Thomas - bass
After various world tours of the Birmingham, Reading and Shetland Isle areas the band split in 1997 citing apathy as their driving force. After a successful reunion for Take That (one of the band's strongest musical influences) Good Question Derek reunited for a one-off special show in April 2006.