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By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: February 17, 2013

Gordon Charlton

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From journalist, to an A&R man for a record company, to setting up his own producer 
management and music publishing companies, Gordon Charlton from Bedford has worked in the music industry since the 1980s.

He has recently started XXL Talent, managing record producers and artists.

I HAVE reached a crisis point in my life, I think I may have finally stopped being a Radio 1 listener.

Being a fan of new music, Radio 1 had always been my favourite station and Radio 2 was the station my Nan listened to, the home of all that is bland and middle of the road.

However, since Radio 1 gave Chris Moyles the push in September last year I think it’s daytime output is lurching violently towards appealing to teenage girls and I often find myself listening for a song or two before turning over.

I still love Zane Lowe and Pete Tong, but the lure of Radio Two’s Simon Mayo (a music fan) and various DJs on the wonderful 6 Music have drawn me away. I hope this doesn’t mean I’ve become middle-aged.

I grew up in the Luton and my love of music was fostered by punk rock gigs at Luton’s Royal Hotel, Dunstable’s Queensway Hall (now sadly an Asda) and Friars in Aylesbury.

Consequently I was delighted when I was walking around St Paul’s Square in Bedford the other day to see that two of my favourite bands from that era, Stiff Little Fingers and The Buzzcocks are going to be playing at the Corn Exchange.

Following the success of The Damned’s show just before Christmas, local promoters, The Pad (you know, the people who have the cool club in Lurke St) have booked two more punk stalwarts for shows in April (SLF) and May (Buzzcocks) respectively.

Both bands are fronted by their original singers, Jake Burns and Pete Shelley as well as having almost their original line-ups. I’ll be the one at the back of room wearing bondage trousers (not really).

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