Clash Magazine x Tommy Hilfiger: Pete Denton And Portia Freeman

Clash Magazine x Tommy Hilfiger: Pete Denton And Portia Freeman

Clash Magazine x Tommy Hilfiger: Pete Denton And Portia Freeman

On an unassuming corner of a North London high street sits The Boogaloo, a pub that’s deservedly carved its own beer-soaked place in the annals of British rock and roll. Once home to Shane MacGowan, it has counted Nick Cave and the late, great Joe Strummer among its patrons, while The Libertines were formerly hired to pull pints behind the bar.

Nowadays, The Boogaloo is still rocking, but to the sound of its own playlisted beat. For, ensconced in its beer garden in a former bin shed is a humble studio from which Boogaloo Radio is broadcast: a 24-hour station transmitting shows that echo the pub’s heritage, courtesy of presenters drawn from that musical realm.

Today, two of its presenters have arrived early for their slot, and have brought some very special guests along for the adventure.

Portia Freeman and Pete Denton are the voices behind The Two Peez Pod-cast, a Wednesday morning programme that offers a steady stream of top tunes alongside the pair’s naturally intimate banter. The secret behind the show’s informality is the fact that the two are actually married. What you hear is the sound of a husband and wife just being themselves for two hours.

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Jesse Malin at 100 Club

Jesse Malin at 100 Club

Jesse Malin at 100 Club

The first time we met Jesse Malin was around 15 years ago. He was playing London and invited our spiritual leader Shane MacGowan to guest on a fast and furious run through of Elvis Costello’s old classic ‘Oliver’s Army’.

September 18th 2019 we were back in the 100 Club to see Jesse  Malin, this time without our spiritual leader who is resting but with the head honcho of Boogaloo Radio Jenny Crothers and Henry Shaw- aka ‘The Dancefloor Troubadour’.
The sold out show was the release of Jesse’s new album Sunset Kids- he opens with a bluesy ballad and then proceeds to rip the club apart with the rest of his set.
At one point he even covered our absent spiritual leader with a brilliant version of ‘If I should fall from grace with God’ complete with a full horn section and  later dedicated a beautiful tender song for and about our missing spiritual leader called appropriately enough ‘Shane’.
Jesse was just as good as ever and has excelled over the years. Tonight was a testament to that.
Keep your eyes peeled for his future appearances on Boogaloo Radio when we will be sure to get him to do a takeover and rip through his tremendous  back catalogue.
Long live Jesse Malin, “Queens baby, Queens”.

Listen to Jesse Malin’s interview on Boogaloo Radio: