Feature: MAGNUM Month @GRTR! – Memorabilia

Magnum Month @GRTR!

Magnum in the Millennium

The Studio Albums
The Live Albums
What Magnum Means To Me…

Magnum are a highly collectible band, as you might expect with their ascendancy in the 1980s coinciding with a burgeoning market for shaped and coloured vinyl, 12″ singles, picture sleeves, and bonus tracks. 

And of course there is always something interesting on the merch stand including shirts, jackets, posters, tour programmes, badges, key rings, patches or head-wear.  For many years Bob Catley’s mum Ollie ran what was effectively the Magnum fan club providing hand written letters to the faithful and keeping them informed in the days before social media.  In the 1990s there was an official magazine ‘NiteLight’.

Magnum album launch, 25 March 2014
Photo: Simon Dunkerley

The band have always had a strong visual dimension and in the past twenty years, fans have been able to buy art prints from album artist Rodney Matthews who has also attended several launch events.

I first contacted Magnum in 1980 just in time to design their ‘Chase The Dragon’ cover. This, incidentally, was originally titled ‘The Spirit’ and was supposed to be a gatefold cover with my illustration ‘Sanctuary’ being the centrefold image.  Jet Records went cheap on us!

Magnum went on to commission more illustrations from me than any other band I’ve worked for and Tony Clarkin in particular became a good friend. He usually had a good idea of what sort of design he wanted and usually proceeded to scribble an idea on the proverbial beer mat!

Rodney Matthews, 2005

Send in photos of your own memorabilia and any background stories.  Use the contact page in the first instance.

Magnum "The Sword of Chaos"

Magnum T-Shirt - Est 1872

Magnum Merchandise Store

Magnum T-Shirt - Vigilante Tour 1986

The Vigilante Tour T-Shirt, 1986

Magnum - The Spirit Tour 1991 (beer mat)

“The Spirit” Beer Mat, 1991 advertising album and tour

The Studio Albums
The Live Albums
What Magnum Means To Me…

Josh Taerk’s latest Sunday Session was streamed on Sunday 17 July.

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David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 24 July 2022.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 26 July 2022.

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Power Plays w/c 8 August 2022 (Mon-Fri)
BORN LOST Take Time (Mouthpiece) (Revolver Records)
JAIME KYLE Driving With The Brakes On (Conquest Music)
SCARLET DORN Born To Suffer (SPV Recordings)
HOLDING ABSENCE Coffin (Sharptone Records)
TYRANNOSAURUS NEBULOUS Get Some (Echoed Past Records)
KROOKED TONGUE When The Beaches Bleed (indie)
SKYPILOT Knifed On The Beach (The Distortion Project)

Featured Albums w/c 8 August (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 LESSMAN VOSS Rock Is Our Religion (Atomic Fire Records)
12:00-13:00 H.E.A.T. Force Majeure (earMUSIC)
14:00-16:00 THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS A Very Unusual Head (indie)

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