Martin Harrison has joined Dad and the team in Manchester as a Director.
Martin is an experienced businessman in his own right with many years in sales and marketing and years on the road with Dad during the rock n roll years. Hanging around backstage with the likes of Peter Hook, Snow Patrol, Coldplay, Stereophonics, the Charlatans, Oasis, the Stones Roses as a youngster and later working with a hugely successful British audio brand within sales and licencing.
Martin was a talented footballer as a youngster and was offered a championship scholarship at fifteen but opted to turn it down to follow a pathway in business and continue to watch his beloved Manchester City along with Dad.
And yes, he grew up watching City play ‘when they were s**t’ as the taunts go. Martin had a season ticket in the third tier in English football albeit with gates of over 30,000!
Martin will work in recruitment, client management and
commercial aspects of the business going-forward, whilst he retains his other
There is no truth in the rumour that his first signing will
be eight-year old daughter Isobel who has been showing the girls on the DDG WhatsApp
Group a few her skills in the toilet roll challenge leading to comments of
‘Sign Her Up’!
More positive progress as the DDG expands and goes from
strength to strength…
We are pleased to confirm that the Dead Dead Good and Transworld Records catalogue is now live via distributors PMI and the platform will begin to populate with music from this weekend.
Its a soft launch with music being added on an ad hoc basis in the short-term with early tracks including the likes of The Cherrys, The Chameleons, Bowa, Digital Orgasm, Orange Deluxe and The Charlatans… so rock music, indie, techno and house music from the off… musicians from Northwich, Manchester, Antwerp, London and Walsall.
In total there will be an initial one hundred singles and around thirty albums… essentially the best part of one thousand songs, videos, and live recordings which will archive the history of the label and management company
We are thrilled to confirm that the Republic of Ireland International Number 9 and Bundesliga Striker at FC Koln has signed to Dead Dead Good.
Amber was born in the town of Milford in County Donegal, and
had an outstanding period in the Ireland National League with Peamount United
whilst completing her professional masters degree at university.
Three Golden Boot Awards, Player-of-the-Year and two Team-of-the-Year Awards along with eighteen International Appearances.
Amber signed to FC Koln in the summer of 2019 having scored
thirty domestic goals in her final season back home.
The FC Koln squad remained in Germany during the lockdown
break, and returned to small group training in the past month.
The Bundesliga side expect to return to behind doors action away at table-topping VfL Wolfsburg on 31st May.
Amber commented “I’m really looking forward to working with
DDG, and excited to see what the future holds”
Welcome to Team DDG Amber… we look forward to a positive and exciting future together.
Please follow and support Amber on social media on Twitter: @amberbarrett09 and Instagram: @amberbarrett9 #FCKoln #IRLNWT DDG Instagram : @dead_dead_good_mngt DDG Twitter: @dead_dead-good_
We are thrilled to announce George Sykes-Kenworthy as the newest member of the AB1GK team… the specialist Goalkeeper brand created by former Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic. George, born in Huddersfield, began his career in youth ranks of Bradford City, earning the captain armband in U18 and U23 sides, as well as being invited to England GK Camp in St George’s Park. He signed his professional contract with BCAFC when he was seventeen and gained experience playing for the National League club Guiseley AFC. After five clean sheets in twelve matches, he was brought back to Bradford City by manager Gary Bowyer. George joined the first team and made his senior debut in EFL Trophy. Great work George and we look forward to seeing you return to the game sooner than later.
We are pleased to announce that we have just concluded a deal which will see the entire Dead Dead Good, Transworld and Delicious Grooves label releases re-issued and online for the first time.
Final details will be announced soon, but we are excited to confirm that the deal extends across the globe and will see unreleased material, demos, live recordings together with the potential release of collectable physical releases and artists associated with the label ‘before DDG’, and ‘alongside DDG and ‘post DDG’ as well as remastered versions of existing music.
Our partners in distribution are Phoenix Music International.
The first artist we were actually involved with was a band called Treatment Organisation around the time of the first Omega Records shop in Cheshire circa 1983.
The Treatment Organisation ‘Forget the Democratic Process (Let’s just Shoot the Bastard)’ album is already allocated the catalogue number Good CD 14.
A deal was negotiated with Native Records by Steve Harrison and the ten-track album recorded but sadly never saw the light of day due to Native running into difficulty at the time in spite of early success with the band Darling Buds.
For those unfamiliar with Treatment… think of the industrial
funk landscapes at the time and bands such as 400 Blows, A Certain
Ratio, Quando Quango, 23 Skidoo, the Pop Group,
Section 25, Portion Control, Shriekback, Mark Stewart and
Not for the faint-hearted, and very edgy with underlying
Keith Martin of the band has since worked with and collaborated with the likes of ACR, Jez Kerr and Section 25.
A few DDG ‘firsts’ and reminders.
First official DDG release was the ‘Indian Rope’ single by The Charlatans (Good 1), which was a runaway success despite the industry showing little or no interest in the band
First dance record Katherine E ‘I’m Alright’ (Good 2) an Italian monster at the Hacienda in Manchester, Quadrant Park in Liverpool and Legends in Warrington, made famous by Cream DJ and owner… DDG friend James Barton
First Number One Single and First Million Seller… Oceanic ‘Insanity’ (Good 4) in Australia and four weeks at Number Two in the UK
First Number One album… The Charlatans ‘Some Friendly’ in the UK
First techno session on John Peel’s BBC1 Radio Show was Rhythm Eternity…
First European techno album release in North America was Belgium artist Digital Orgasm via DDG/Def America
We did record deals and worked with labels across the world… Atlantic, Beggars Banquet, Def America, East West, Elektra, EMI, Fontana, Flying, Island, MCA, Parlophone, PIAS, Polydor, RCA, Sire, Strictly Rhythm, R and S, Universal, WEA.
Exciting times ahead, and truly wonderful that we are in a position to share but also expand the catalogue with a number of releases already signed to supplement the original catalogue.
In an exclusive catch up with England Under-21 international Chloe Peplow, we speak about how her recovery from injury is progressing and how she’s been keeping herself occupied during isolation in Birmingham…
What’s a typical day at home been like for you during lockdown?
Chloe: “I’ll usually be ready to start my day at around 9am. I normally have two sessions to complete so I will start the first one at around 10am. My first session usually consists of conditioning or it will be a lower/upper body weight session. In terms of my conditioning, it’s a lot of being on a bike and boxing. During sessions, I’ll usually get on with some personal training work I’ve been doing alongside being a professional footballer. I’ve been using this time to trial sessions with my mum in the front garden – the neighbours have been coming out to watch, it’s been pure entertainment for them watching my mum doing my exercises. After that, I’ll start my injury prevention session which is exercises solely based around my foot.”
Do you do much in the evenings?
Chloe: “I think it’s important to take so time away from football, so I’ll usually play Fortnite on the PS4 with Anna Filbey. I’ve also been cooking dinner for me and my mum. I am not an amazing cook so it will be stuff like chicken, vegetables and mash or chicken fajitas, basically everything is based around chicken. I always cook for my mum at the minute which I think is very nice of me. She will go and buy the shopping and I will cook and that’s my way of giving something back to her. After dinner, we both walk our two dogs Rocco and Patch.”
Other than your mum, are you staying with anyone else or have you got any family near by?
Chloe: “It’s just me and my mum in Bromsgrove in Birmingham but my Grandad lives directly next door to us, and my brother stays there with him. So essentially, it’s the four of us which is really nice in these times – no one is on their own.”
How do you feel your rehab is going?
Chloe: “I do feel like I am making good progress but it’s hard to know exactly where I am at without seeing our medical team in person. I have a video call every Friday with Sarah (Sports Therapist) and Dan (Club Doctor) and then we have a WhatsApp group with our injured players where I speak to the other girls and Sarah regularly. We’ll post videos of our rehab sessions, seeing the progress that Sophie (Mclean) and Jess (Naz) are making motivates me and helps me on my journey to returning from injury. In terms of my foot itself, I’m not in any pain. I came out of my boot a few weeks ago, it’s feeling strong and I am feeling good.”
You must have been chuffed to get your boot off after all this time?
Chloe: “Yes I was for sure. Getting out of the boot is a big step in overcoming an injury and just being able to walk on my foot normally and without being in any pain was a relief for me.”
How often are you in touch with your team-mates?
Chloe: “I’ve been in touch with a few of them and I am in regular contact with Rianna Dean, Anna Filbey, Kit Graham, Siri Worm and Gemma Davison. I had my nan’s funeral the other week and the girls made me a nice video of them sending their wishes and support to me for the day which was lovely. We have our group chats too which are still quite lively and the quizzes we had the other week with Rosella Ayane and Becky Spencer helped massively with the group interaction.”
Which team-mates are you missing the most?
Chloe: “I am missing all of them to be honest and just the whole social environment. We’ve been doing some performance analysis tasks from some of our games so far this season and it just brings back memories of some incredible moments with the group and makes you really miss everything.”
Have you been doing any fitness challenges going around on social media or TikTok videos?
Chloe: “I have been doing a few TikTok videos…I did one of my mum which was really funny. Before lockdown, Jess Naz was showing me how to do some dancing TikToks at the Training Centre but it was just an epic fail…I can’t dance at all.”
What are you missing most about football?
Chloe: “I am definitely missing getting that matchday feeling.”
Have you been watching anything interesting on TV, any recommendations?
Chloe: “I am not a massive TV/Netflix fan, but I have been watching Tiger King and Love is Blind before I go to sleep.”
Reading any books/ listening to any podcasts?
Chloe: “I don’t read a lot, but I’ve been looking through bits and pieces from The Chimp Paradox. I’m not listening to any podcasts currently but on Spotify I have some playlists I have made that help keep me motivated when I am doing my rehab, I also have a boxing playlist too which includes some Eminem songs which seems to help me hit the bag harder.”
Learning any new skills/ online courses?
Chloe: “I am studying at the moment doing my Level 3 Personal Training course so it’s been a good time for me to get that work done and then when we get back to football, I can solely focus on getting back on the pitch and returning from injury. I’ve also been doing a lot of cooking. I wouldn’t say I am amazing, but I am definitely using this time to practice and expand my knowledge. I have been doing a lot around the house too, being more domesticated, walking the dog and helping my mum out etc, so I guess you could say I am building on my life skills.”
When we come out of lockdown, what’s the first thing you want to do?
Dead Dead Good is thrilled to have negotiated a new two and a half year deal for Jake Cooper at Rotherham United FC.
A superb deal for the nineteen year-old youngster who made his first team appearance debut for the first team as an eighteen year-old last season against Manchester United.
Sheffield born central-defender has been on loan at Conference side Gateshead FC in the current season and has been instrumental in seeing the north-east club progress into the play-off position since his arrival.
On his new deal Jake said: ‘I’m really happy to have signed a new contract. Coming into this season with a one-year deal, I had a point to prove in order to earn a fresh one… its great to know the staff at Rotherham trust me’
‘I’m enjoying my time at Gateshead, and its been a learning curve for me, having to adapt to men’s football. Words can’t describe how invaluable the experience is…’
‘For now I’ll just get my head down and continue working hard”
Steve Harrison DDG Managing Director made comment ‘It has been incredibly rewarding watching Jake progress from the ranks of the Millers academy to his first year as a professional, his first team debut, and supporting Jake and his family through these exciting times. His approach to the game is exceptional, which reflects in the way that his colleagues, coaches and club respect him. Jake has a bright future in the game, and we are very proud to represent him…’