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Phonic FM is Exeter’s sound alternative — a community radio station for the city and beyond, broadcasting on 106.8FM and online since 2008.


Wild, weird, raw, trashy and sleazy tunes from the 50’s & 60’s.

Wild, weird, raw, trashy and sleazy tunes from the 50’s & 60’s.

Show name: Restless

Presenter/s names: Syke, Fuzz & Johnny Roxx

Show time and day: Every 4th Saturday 4-6pm

What type of music can we expect to hear on your show?
The very best of garage, beat, surf, rock & roll, rockabilly, R&B, Doo Wop, Northern, lounge, exotica and just plain trashy sounds.

Why do you like this music?
I love a whole lot of different music but always come back to the raw and the wild of the first waves of punk – ‘56 & ’66.

What is the format of your show?
Loads of wild trashy music.

Why should we listen to your show?
If you love your music fast wild and out there or want to know where today’s bands got their best ideas, then you’re gonna love Restless.

How did your show come about?
One of the Vibraphonic DJs lived on Syke’s street and came along to his house-warming.  He was playing the sort of tunes we play on Restless and by three in the morning he was talked into doing a show.

What goes on behind the scenes in the studio?
Most of our tunes are about two minutes long so its pretty frantic and complete mayhem with vinyl and cds everywhere.

What has been you best on air moment?
Our first show was pretty hard to beat for a buzz.

What has been your worst/ most embarrassing on air moment?
There’s been so many I’ve lost count but it’s usually the embarrassing stuff that makes it entertaining.

Who is your favourite artist? Why?
That’s a really tough question as I love such a wide range of music – it gets even harder with the sort of stuff we play on Restless because so many of the greatest tunes were by one (or no) hit wonders. Having said that, you can’t beat the Sonics for pure raw energy, Dean Carter for just plain inspired madness, Hasil Adkins for sheer lo-fi brilliance and The Monks for being wild and out there.  If you want one tune that sums up Restless, then check out The Hunch by Mad Mike and the Maniacs.

What is your all time favourite album? Why?
I don’t have a favourite album as such but right now I’m burning a hole through the Mad Mike Monsters collection from Norton Records – I’d also recommend a set of comps called Songs the Cramps Taught Us.


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