The Rhythm and the Tide
Liverpool, The La's and Ever After
Mike Badger and Tim Peacock
Mike Badger founded highly influential Liverpool guitar band The La’s (of ‘There She Goes’ fame). He founded the Viper record label, directed videos for assorted Britpop bands, and has a parallel career as a sculptor (his Tin Planet providing the cover image and name of Space’s album Tin Planet). Both his musical and sculpture work is in the Museum of Liverpool and he has exhibited several times at the Bluecoat as well as extensive international exhibitions.
Tim Peacock is a music journalist writing for Record Collector. He is also the General Editor of the music website Whisperin' & Hollerin'.
1. Huyton (Two Dogs Fightin’ – A Black and a White’n)
2. Eric’s and Post-Punk Liverpool
3. The Smile that You Send Out Returns to You
4. The Kindergarten Paint Set
5. A Secret Liverpool
6. The La’s: Breakloose!
7. We Have Lift Off!
8. The Onset: A New Beginning
9. Tumbledown Garage Rock Eclecticism
10. Tin Can Alley
11. It’s a Long Way Back to Germany
13. The Pool of Life Revisited
14. One Man’s Fish Is a French Man’s Poisson
15. Tin Planet
16. Lost in Space
17. La, a Note to Follow So
18. Freedom Now
19. Double Zero
20. In a Viper Style
21. Callin’ All: Lost La’s 1986–1987
22. Growing Up Is a Killer
23. New York State of Mind
24. More Unearthing
Where to See Mike Badger’s Art
Full of the hope and madness of youth and the creative yearning played out against the backdrop red northern bricks and musical passion and history.
John Robb Louder Than War
The new book ‘The Rhythm and the Tide’ by Mike Badger with the assistance of Cork’s own Tim Peacock delves into Liverpool’s post Beatles cultural community seen through the filter of his own experience as founder member of lost pop heroes The La’s.
Mike McGrath-Bryan Cork Evening Echo
It all makes for a gloriously entertaining read, not least because the authors have an engagingly laidback, anecdotal style. I’ve not mentioned the regular reflections on the spirit and character of Liverpool, or the insights into the city’s cultural scene, or the memories of performing in the States and touring Germany. As you’ll have gathered, Mike Badger’s had an enviably full and fascinating life.
Merseysider Magazine (December, 2015)
The Rhythm and the Tide is a fascinating and rewarding experience packed with touching tales and adventures. It'sThe Rhythm and the Tide is a fascinating and rewarding experience packed with touching tales and adventures. It's not just the story of a prolific artist, but of a city and an era. An era which shaped the future of British music. Funny, sad, poignant and uplifting. A must for all music lovers, artists, historians and anybody who enjoys a good read.
Liam Doyle Mongoose TV (December 2015)
Pat McGuiness Record Collector
Animal My Soul (May 2016)
Mike’s book is available now and is an addictive read, not just for La’s fans but to anyone who has ever wanted to be involved in the music business. It shows that it’s not all about the Cowell model and it’s there to be enjoyed. It is also an insightful and affectionate account of the Liverpool Music scene in the late 70s and 80s with an overflowing cast list of Liverpool notables, all of whom are dear to Mike’s heart and have played some part in his fascinating story.
Del Pike Get Into This (June, 2016)
Publication: October 16, 2015