Steve Lamacq played ‘Typically English Day’ by The Astronauts on his radio show earlier this evening. Understandably I’m chuffed; not so much chuffed that my band got played on 6 Music but more that The Astronauts got played on 6 Music. I consider myself a fan of the band first and foremost, joining them years after many unforgettable nights seeing them as a teenager, throwing awkward shapes and singing every word back at the band. I’m often in disbelief that someone so revered by myself is so overlooked, not just by the mainstream but across the counterculture. Mark Astronaut has been going strong for over thirty five years and is showing no signs of stopping, and that’s something to be applauded. He’s a truly remarkable songwriter and he is so deserving of all the airtime and coverage he can get. Maybe in some parallel universe Mark is bigger than The Beatles, like Rodriguez was / is in ‘Searching For Sugar Man’. I hope so, anyway.
Joe Davin – The Astronauts