Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show

Sunday, 9 June 2019

A Hundred Years to Arras launches on Unbound!

Well, here we are. It's been a wonderful, twisty journey up to this point. Just as I was preparing the novel as a self-publishing venture, I was offered a contract with Unbound. Great news! for thos unaware, Unbound is a traditional publisher of some repute, and growing day by day, it seems. At least one of their boks has made it to the Booker Prize shortlist in the last few years.

The Unbound model is that readers offer support by pre-ordering the novel. It's a form of crowdfunding that covers the initial editorial and production costs and enables authors to find an audience that otherwise may not have been taken on by the big publishers.

I take it as a good omen that my campaign launched on my birthday, and in 48 hours we've got the ball rolling with pledgers edging us towards our goal. So, I'm unashamedly asking for your support. If you'd like to see the book become a reality, please pre-order. I'd love to have your support. Every backer gets their name in the book as a Patron, and there'll even be invitations to a launch party! There are special deals for bookshops and if you'd like me to deliver a talk on the book. Everybody wins.

So, please take a look and I look forward to being able to welcome you as a Patron!

Artwork by James Gray

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

From Topographic Oceans to Dinosaurs - an update from Cobblers.

So, 2019 has been busy so far. I started the year thinking that I wouldn't have much going on, but here I am with at least three projects to tell you a little more about.


My next Commando adventure, entitled 'The Sunken Avenger', comes out on 16th May. It's set in the Pacific, during the Phillipines War, and is centred on a stand-off between a downed Japanese kamikaze pilot and the crew of a wrecked American fighter. As ever, it's not as simple as that, with betrayal, danger and deadly sharks! I have anotherdue for 2020 at the moment, slated for then as it is to coincide with a particular anniversary. There may be more in between! Watch this space!

Our Kickstarter campaign for BRAWLER has reached the halfway point. This started as a speculative what-if that turned into reality: what if something like 80s anthology Warrior were around today? And here it is, with new Amnesia Agents and Keiko Panda strips from me and new material from a wide array of established and new UK indie comics talent. Check out the details at Kickstarter! So much credit for the success of the pre-order and promotion goes to Steve Tanner, as it's found a home at his Time Bomb Comics.


Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show continues to bring the best of the genre to the masses! Listen via the Radio Abbey website or the TuneIn app every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm. This week's show devotes half of it to The Story of Genesis Part One!

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Radio Show Playlist 10th April 2019

Playlist 10th April:
1.   CAIRO – SAY
5.   ROTUNDA – 37 COM
The Storyeller's Special with songs that have a narrative.
Listen again on Mixcloud!


1982. I was on my way home from delivering those free papers that everyone throws away, and I paused at a newsagent’s window. There it was: the first issue of Warrior, only 50p for six new action heroes!  I had to go back the following morning and grab it along with that week’s 2000AD. It was quite something – the first episodes of Marvelman, V for Vendetta and all those other action heroes. I had no idea who any of them were but finding out was the first step on a journey fondly remembered.
2018. Reminiscing about Warrior, I mocked up a cover of a hypothetical magazine that I called Brawler, a synonym for an action hero. What if, I pondered to my fellow comics creators, we pooled our talents to do something like this? What if a single anthology contained those comics that we were already creating? It was little more than a half-joke really, but suddenly we had a plan. Seven new action heroes. Some are established characters; some are brand new. Some are from established creators; some are from fresh talent. Time Bomb Comics as publisher was the natural choice for this creative explosion. Welcome to Brawler!

Featuring a new chapter of AMNESIA AGENTS by me and James Gray and the return of KEIKO PANDA by me and Mitz, BRAWLER features an array of telent from across the UK comics scene!

Take a look at the Kickstarter and judge for yourselves!

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show 03/04/19

21st Century Prog (with 2 diversions into the past) playlist for tonight:
Wednesday 3rd April Playlist
Theme One – VDGG intro
1. An Eye For An Eye For An Eye – The Sea Within
2. Who Are You – The Von Hertzen Brothers
3. Leopards – Big Big Train
4. El Dorado ii: The Gold – Marillion
5. Sky Burial – Gazpacho
6. Construct / Obstruct – Lonely Robot
7. Themes – ABWH
8. Jeremy – Pearl Jam
9. The Road of Bones – IQ
10. Ice Pop – Isildur’s Bane & Steve Hogarth
11. Anisina – Pink Floyd
12. Harry Patch – Radiohead
13. Everything In Its Right Place – Radiohead
14. Falling For Forever – Spock’s Beard
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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show Playlist 27th March 2019

Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show Playlist 27th March 2019:
Due to a minor computer hiccup, the storytelling special will now be next week. This week took the Journey to the Centre of Prog into the 1980s!
1. Intro - Theme One - VDGG
2. Goblin - Profondo Rosso
3. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
4. Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
5. Genesis - You Might Recall
6. Marillion - Kayleigh
7. Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
8. IQ - Nomzamo
9. Rush - Time Stand Still
10. Jethro Tull - Steel Monkey
11. Japan - Ghosts
12. Duran Duran - Planet Earth
13. Kate Bush - This Woman's Work
14. Fish - Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors
15. Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever
16. Rainbow - Street of Dreams
17. Genesis - Paperlate
18. John Coltran - Naima
19. The Police - Synchronicity I
20. Iron Maiden - Wasted Years
21. Yes - Tempus Fugit
22. Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart
23. Killing Joke - Love Like Blood

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show 20/03/19 Playlist

1.       Steven Wilson – Permanating
2.       Palladium – Happy Hour
3.       Frank Turner – Be More Kind
4.       Jack Johnson – Better Together
5.       Don Henley – The Boys of Summer
6.       Squeeze – This Summer
7.       Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way
8.       Matt Stevens – Lucid
9.       Radiohead – Myxomatosis
10.   The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
11.   Led Zeppelin – Ramble On
12.   Deep Purple – Black Night
13.   Yes – I’ve Seen All Good People
14.   Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall part 2
15.   Genesis – Firth of Fifth
16.   The Fierce and the Dead – Palm Trees
17.   Clint Mansell – We’re Going Home
18.   Rush – Fly By Night
19.   Van Der Graaf Generator – A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Radio Abbey Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show 13th March 2019 - Playlist and new shows added to Mixcloud!

New shows added to Mixcloud!

Playlist for 13th March 2019:

1.       Intro – Theme One by Van Der Graff Generator
2.       Black Friday – Steely Dan
3.       Don’t Believe A Word – Thin Lizzy
4.       Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
5.       Morpheus – Steve Rothery featuring Steve Hackett
6.       Every Day – Steve Hackett
7.       Feast of Consequences – Fish
8.       Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
9.       Nocturn – Kate Bush
10.   Road Rage – Catatonia
11.   Under the Sky – Heart
12.   Frozen Butterflies – Von Hertzen Bros
13.   Instagrudge – Suckerpunch
14.   Life’s a Happy Song – The Muppets
15.   Twilight Zone theme
16.   Zombie – The Cranberries
17.   Zombie Eaters – Faith No More
18.   All Over the World – ELO
19.   A State of Mind – Marillion
20.   The Sporting Life – The Decemberists
21.   Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
22.   Germ Patrol - Egg

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Radio Abbey Classic Rock and Prog Show Playlist 6th March 2019

Playlist: 3 hour show this week!

1. Intro - Theme One - VDGG
2. Pineapple Thief - Magnolia
3. XTC - Sgt Rock*
4. Stranglers - No More Heroes*
5. Suckerpunch - Blue Pill Red Pill
6. Joe Satriani - Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing
7. The Eagles - Journey of the Sorcerer*
8. Fish - Man With A Stick
9. The Prodigy - Firestarter*

Double Bill:
10. AC/DC - Highway to Hell
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11. AC/DC - Back in Black

12. Sound of Contact (with Hannah Stobart) - Beyond Illumination

Triple Lock:
13. The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
14. Genesis - Carpet Crawlers 1999
15. Yes - Our Song
connection: Trevor Horn
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16. David Bowie - The Bewlay Brothers*
17. Presidents of the USA - Peaches*
18. Magenta - Lizard King (single mix)
19. Thin Lizzy - Waiting for an Alibi
20. Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
21. Steven Wilson - Hand Cannot Erase
22. Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road*
23. Steve Hackett - El Nino
24. David Gilmour - 5AM
25. Alan Parsons Project - I wouldn't want to be like you
26. Cosmic Rays - Everywhere*
27. Von Hertzen Brothers - The Arsonist
28. Marillion - Warm Wet Circles (7" mix)

Epic of the Week:
29. Big Big Train - East Coast Racer*

* = requests & dedications

Monday, 4 March 2019

Mixcloud last week's show!

Last week's show now available to stream from Mixcloud. You can listen to me walking the dog or in the car or on top of a mountain.... as long as you've got a signal. ;-)

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show on Radio Abbey - Playlist 27th Feb 2019

Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show on Radio Abbey - Playlist 27th Feb 2019

1. Theme One - Van Der Graff Generator
2. Layla (album version) - Derek and the Dominoes
3. Why is Nothing Ever True? - Marillion
4. Life's What You Make It - Talk Talk
5. Ashes of Dawn - The Sea Within
6. Be My Girl - Sally - The Police
7. Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
8. Tubular Bells part 1 - Mike Oldfield
9. Dance on a Volcano - Genesis
10. Roundabout - Yes

Double Bill:
11. Spotlight Kid - Rainbow
12. Man on the Silver Mountain - Rainbow

13. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
14. Thick As A Brick edit 1 - Jethro Tull
15. Days of No Trust - Magnum
16. Cover My Eyes - Marillion
17. Why Not? - Gentle Giant
18. Supertwister - Camel
19. Happiness III - Steven Wilson

I'm going to bed now. If you didn't listen live his week, you should be able to ctach up with my radio show on in the next couple of days...

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show Playlist - 20th February 2019

1. Theme One (intro) - VDGG
2. Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
3. Boston - More Than A Feeling
4. Queen - Flash*
5. Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The World
6. Miles Davis - Miles Ahead
7. Ryan Adams - The Rescue Blues
8. AC/DC - Touch Too Much
9. Fish - Crucifix Corner **
10. Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
11. Motorhead - Ace of Spades

Triple Lock:
12. Pink Floyd - When The Tigers Broke Free
13. Villagers - Set The Tigers Free
14. Survivor - The Eye of the Tiger

15. Phil Lynott & Gary Moore - Out In The Fields
16. Moon Safari - Mega Moon
17. Van Halen - Why Can't This Be Love
18. Fish - Thistle Alley **
19. Snow Patrol - The Lightning Strike (first section)
20. Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
21. Queen - Don't Stop Me Now.*

* = This week's Double Bill.
** = sections from the Epic of the Week

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Cobley's Classic Rock and Prog Show Playlist 13th February 2019

1. Intro - Theme One - Van Der Graff Generator
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2. Hold the Line - Toto
3. Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
4. King of Dreams - Deep Purple
5. Love Reign O'er Me - The Who
6. Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
7. Darkness - The Police
8. Hocus Pocus - Focus*

Double Bill:
9. Any Major Dude Will Tell You - Steely Dan
10. Reelin' in the Years - Steely Dan
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11. Tumble Down the Years - Marillion
12. Magnificent - Elbow*
13. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Triple Lock:
14. End of Time - CoCoRosie
15. Know Your Time - Gazpacho
16. Big Time - Peter Gabriel
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17. This Ain't the Summer of Love - Blue Oyster Cult*
18. Dear Darlin' - Olly Murs (special request!)*
19. Arrive Alive - Pallas
20. Solitary Shell - Dream Theater
21. Cover Me With Rain - Ark
22. Cosmic Lover - The Flower Kings

* = requests

Epic of the Week:
23. And You And I - Yes

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