Under The Spotlight

Published on May 28th, 2015 | by Sonic Bandwagon


Under the Spotlight – Chris Ridgway of Pure Supernova

Chris Ridgway from outstanding radio show Pure Supernova goes ‘Under the Spotlight’. Chris’ show airs 7pm-10pm on Friday on Pure 107.8FM, and he also hosts the Saturday afternoon show 2pm-6pm. He is also a musician and is currently in a band called, Level 7 Event. Read on to find a very modest set of answers including who he thinks is the greatest rock star of all time, which film character reminds him of himself, who he want to play him in a movie of his life, and also his very inventive book title if there was ever a biography written about him.


What are your top 5 favourite songs? Can only say current – seem to change all the time! Santana – Smooth, Guns n Roses – Dust n Bones, Oasis – Supersonic, Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar, Interpol – All the Rage Back Home.

Who are your top 5 favourite bands/artists? Oasis, Guns n Roses, Led Zeppelin, Augustines, Cage the Elephant. Again, a mixture of current and all time – too many to pick from!!

Who is the greatest rock star of all time? Me, Slash second.

What song best describes you? John Grant – GMF

What is your favourite song lyric? “You got a lotta talent but you fail to see, you paid for yours I got mine fo’ free.” ‘Because I got It Like That’, Jungle Brothers

What is your favourite thing about being in the music industry? Always finding new music and meeting people with decent stories.

What’s been your most rock n roll moment to date? Headlining the Cavern Club and bringing a sold out coach along with.

Name one underground/unsigned band that deserves to make it? Level 7 Event

What has been the best gig you’ve attended? My first ever gig with my old band was just at Gullivers – completely packed, crazy night. The other includes sneaking into Slash at the Academy – tiny venue with some of my best mates – one hell of a blag!!

If you’re a musician what is the best gig you’ve ever played? See q9…or 7…or playing with Rodger Wylde and Tom Bennett, albeit impromptu and terrible quality, yet still onstage with a couple of personal heroes.

If you could perform at any venue in the world where would it be? Leeds Festival Main Stage.

What is your karaoke song? Blondie – Heart of Glass. 


TV / Film / Literature 

What are your top 5 favourite films? Last Boy Scout, Red Hill, American Pie (only film that makes me cry), Heat, Casino

What are your top 5 favourite television shows of all time? The Wire, The (old) Simpsons, BoJack Horseman, Archer, Sopranos

Which ‘Binge TV Box Set’ are you watching at the moment? Hmmm….none really, sorry!

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? Superman or The Rock

What is your favourite music related film? Whiplash

What is your favourite line/speech in a film/TV Show? “it’s not about solving this problem, it’s finding out who to blame” – South Park

Which fictional character would you most like to date? Lara Croft

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Lara Croft 😉 or Randy Marsh from South Park

What fictional character reminds you most of yourself? James Bond

What is your favourite book? Homicide – A Year on the Killing Streets

What are you reading at the moment/last book you read? Wolf of Wall Street

What would you name the autobiography of your life? How I ended up drinking in Gotham with Spongebob Squarepants and Lana Del Rey after saving the world from aliens. 



Name one of your favourite quotes? “Don’t let em grind yer down.” Motorhead

What is your biggest fear? Mindless TV audiences in the masses…and insects.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Best family and friends in the world.

What makes you laugh the most? The idiots I doss around with.

Describe yourself in 1-5 words? Awkward, argumentative, patience-testing

What is your life mantra/ultimate goal? Rockstar, astronaut, WWE champion, Stockport County striker

Who is your hero/idol? John McClane

You can choose your last meal. What will the menu consist of? Bathtub of Coco Pops

Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world? Los Angeles, Madrid or where I am now!

What place would you like to visit that you haven’t already? Moscow, Chile, Argentina, China – too many more

What’s been your favourite holiday? Couldn’t say



What superpower would you have for one day? To run Rupert Murdoch’s empire…whilst being able to fly…invisible.

What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? Set up my band’s own state of the art studio, and invest into Stockport County FC.

If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? No X Factor or Reality TV of any sort.

What one item would you take with you on a desert island? Guitar or football….couldn’t pick between the two…Guitarball

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for? Pool Party, with a stage, would be an ongoing party with free everything to celebrate Stockport County winning the Champions League and the World Cup

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Speak every language fluently, including animal

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?” what would it be? Why isn’t the word ‘phonetic’ spelt with an f?!

If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self? Don’t wait for the opportunity, make it.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? England World Cup victory 1966

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? Slash and Axl Rose – act as peace maker, Robert Johnson – just to lay a few myths/legends to rest, George Best – As good as Lionel is, George is Best.


Inside the ‘Pure Studio’

What is your favourite word? Pudding

What is your least favourite word? Conference-North

What switches you on? Football, music

What switches you off? Bills

What sound or noise do you love? A bloody good guitar riff.

What sound or noise do you hate? Hairdryers

What is your favourite curse word? Knobhead (with full emphasis and elongated “N”).

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Lion Tamer

What profession would you not like to do? Corporate Jobsworth Douchebag

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Your welcome party is about to begin, is there anyone on Earth you’d like me to shoot a lightning bolt at?


About the Author

Andy Barnes, Nigel Cartner & Mike Ainscoe collectively post under the Sonic Bandwagon profile. Our individual pieces of written reviews can be found within SB Press

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