Podcast 2 is here!

New for 2020 is the Fanderson Podcast!

Hosted by journalist and broadcaster (and long-time Fanderson member) Ros Connors, our podcasts will share information, views and stories with fans – just like you.

  • Podcast 2 – Mike Jones talks design and FAB magazine, archive interview with Sylvia Anderson, Ralph Titterton tells all about the Barry Gray Archive
  • Podcast 1 – Ian Fryer discusses Doppelgänger, archive interview clips with Space:1999‘s Barry Morse, and a club update from Nick Williams.

Let us know what you liked, what you’d like to hear in future editions, and anything else at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com

UFO soundtrack coming from Silva Screen

The long awaited commercial release of Barry Gray’s freshly remastered score for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s 1970 live action series, UFO, will be available worldwide from 13th September in CD, digital and vinyl formats.

2019 would have been Gerry Anderson’s 90th birthday. To celebrate his legacy, Silva Screen Records will release a series of freshly remastered and compiled soundtrack albums from the iconic TV shows. Starting with UFO on 13th September, the Silva Screen releases will feature unforgettable TV themes and will cover all the major, worldwide popular series that Gerry Anderson produced. All the releases in this series are being newly compiled, mastered and designed by the creative team at Fanderson – The Official Gerry And Sylvia Anderson Appreciation Society.

Moving away from his signature militaristic sound which relied heavily on the brass and percussion sections, for UFO, Barry Gray produced a jazz tinged period score, rooted in lounge style. The softer sound, with extensive use of leitmotifs, follows Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s first live action sci-fi series. Featuring 26 episodes set in the futuristic 1980s, the series is inspired by the two big topics of the 60s – extra terrestrials and the first successful heart transplant. The timing was perfect for a story about the Earth community defending themselves from aliens intent on harvesting human organs and the storyline follows the constant battle of SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation), a secret organisation defending earth against the invaders from space.

Barry Gray was both a classically trained composer and a versatile musician who worked as musical arranger for Vera Lynn, Eartha Kitt and Hoagy Carmichael, resident conductor of the RAF camp dance band and a TV composer. Indeed it was Vera Lynn who introduced Barry Gray to Gerry Anderson. Equally at ease composing for big ensembles, electronica, military bands and jazz ensembles, Barry Gray is best known for creating the music for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s Supermarionation television series Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds, UFO, and Space:1999 and his influence on the TV score genre is still evident today.

For the best price, pre-order your double vinyl LP (£24.99) or the CD (£9.99) version from Silva Screen right now (prices correct at the time of publication).


Space:1999 40th anniversary CD available to pre-order now!

Space1999 Sountrack CD Pack ShotFanderson’s eagerly awaited Space:1999 40th anniversary Year One soundtrack CD is now available for club members to pre-order online. The CD will be launched on September 20th, and is a full update of the club’s 1998 double-CD release.

Back in March, Fanderson caused a surge of excitement among fans when we announced we would be releasing the most comprehensive soundtrack CDs ever of Thunderbirds and Space:1999 Year 1.

The new triple Space:1999 album runs for over three and a half hours and, across its 80 tracks, contains music from every Year One episode as well as the compilation films Alien Attack and Journey Through The Black Sun.

Additional remastering has been undertaken to further improve the quality of the recording, new library tracks and Barry Gray archive material has been identified and are included in this new edition. The whole package is completed with a full-colour booklet that is almost double the page count of that in the 1998 edition and a special 40th Anniversary slipcase.

The Space:1999 40th anniversary CD  is limited to just 1,000 copies, and is available exclusively for Fanderson members.

Due to expected very high demand for this product, we will initially restrict orders to 2 copies per member (we’ll be checking!). 

Approximate running time: 212 minutes

Pre-order your copy NOW!

Thunderbirds films sountracks to be released

The soundtrack to Thunderbirds are Go and Thunderbird Six  is almost here!

Barry Gray’s rousing scores are presented for the first time in their most original and complete formats. The score for Thunderbirds Are Go! is the original score recording, while Thunderbird 6 is available for the first time in stereo.


The CD is being released by LaLa Land Records and is limited to just 1,200 copies. It will start to ship from America from 15th August, priced $20 plus $10 shipping to Europe.

Produced by Ralph Titterton and Ford A. Thaxton, and restored, edited, assembled and mastered by Tim Mallett, the CD  also features in-depth liner notes and – as you can see – beautiful cover artwork.

Details on how to order, full track listings and preview of some tracks are available at http://lalalandrecords.com/Site/ThunderbirdsAreGo.html

50 Shades of Anderson tribute to Barry Gray

50 Shades of AndersonA tribute to the music of Barry Gray has been included on a new album, ‘Me/Lp v1’, by drummer/producer Mike Ellis. Released by Hot Foot Productions Records, the album was released on June 2nd in CD format, and as a download from bandcamp.com.

Titled ‘50  Shades of Anderson‘, the 9-minute track mashes together all our greatly-loved themes into a mad musical fusion! The album also includes ‘Brains 90’, a remix of the original Joe 90 that was released on download in August 2013.

‘Me/Lp v.1’ can be heard, purchased and downloaded at: http://mikeellis.bandcamp.com/

Joe 90 theme and Brains get remixed

Music in the modern idiom is too repetitive for my taste. But I must admit that the rhythm has a certain hypnotic effect.

– Brains, Ricochet

As you can see from the accompanying video, a new remix of the Joe 90 theme featuring Brains’s immortal words about modern music has been released for digital download! Brains 90 is the first track from the Me/Lp v.1 album by drummer/producer Mike Ellis.

The original Joe 90 theme by Barry Gray has been augmented by a new catchy drum track performed  by Ellis and edited and mixed by Chris Taylor of Bluebarn Mixing.

The Me/Lp v.1 album is planned for release later in 2013 on Hot Foot CDs & Records and will include not only ‘Brains90’, but a longer tribute to the work of Barry Gray featuring some of his most memorable themes from the 1960s and 1970s.

Download ‘Brains90’!

Fanderson releases Supercar soundtrack CD

Supercar soundtrack CDAs readers of FAB will already be aware, Fanderson has announced that the music of Supercar will finally receive its own dedicated CD release, in an expanded and updated collection of Barry Gray’s original music for the series.

The bold and exciting music composed by Barry Gray for Supercar set a template for all the puppet series that were to follow. Many themes originally composed for Supercar were also re-used in later Anderson productions, including the iconic Thunderbirds.

The release expands on the material originally released in Fanderson’s very first soundtrack CD from 1998 – a combined ‘Supercar and Fireball XL5′ album’.

The CD is scheduled for release on 20th August and can be pre-ordered by club members online through Fanderson Sales now!

Inside the disc…

The disc offers great value for money for all Anderson fans, with a total running time of nearly 80 minutes and a 20-page colour booklet containing detailed track notes of listing musicians, original recording session dates and alternative track versions.

Supercar soundtrack CD booklet

As has become traditional with Fanderson soundtrack releases, the music is arranged in episodic suites:

  • Amazonian Adventure
  • Calling Charie Queen
  • The Day That Time Stood Still
  • Hi-Jack
  • Jail Break
  • King Cool
  • Operation Super Stork
  • Precious Cargo
  • Rescue
  • The Runaway Train
  • Space For Mitch
  • The Talisman of Sargon
  • What Goes Up

The sleeve notes also contain the full lyrics to all the songs that were recorded for the series, including the opening theme songs for Seasons 1 and 2 (yes, there is a difference!).

Supercar soundtrack CD booklet

So what are you waiting for? Order your copy of the Supercar soundtrack CD!

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Barry Gray music re-released on EP for Record Store Day

The Cass Carnaby FiveSilva Screen has announced the release of a special edition 7″ EP of Barry Gray music based on the design of the original TV21 mini albums.

The release marks Record Store Day 2013, which takes place on 20th April this year, and includes tracks from Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90, as well as  “Dangerous Game”, the signature tune played by the Cass Carnaby Five in the famous Thunderbirds episode, The Cham-Cham. Limited to 1,500 copies and containing a special poster, this is an amazing collectible not to be missed by any Gerry Anderson fan !

The disc completes the 7″ Gerry Anderson Limited Edition Set that has been released to commemorate Record Store Day 2013.

The disc will only be available from record shops on the 20th of April. However, a small number will be held back for sale on the Silva Screen website two weeks later on Friday 3rd May at 10am.

Gerry Anderson tribute show on MarlowFM 97.5

The late, great, Gerry AndersonMarlowFM 97.5 will be hosting a live tribute show to Gerry Anderson on Wednesday 9th January, from 12.00-14.00PM, GMT.

Gerry’s son Jamie will be in the studio while veteran voice artist David Graham will be calling into the show to give his memories of the great man.

Rather than a detailed analysis or serious tribute, this will be a fond look at some of Gerry’s TV and film work plus related music. The special programme will form part of the regular Eclectic Light Show, which features something different in each edition. Listeners can hear a live stream of the show by clicking the ‘live’ button on the station’s website,  www.marlowfm.co.uk , while those in the Marlow transmission footprint can tune into FM 97.5.

Radio Tribute To Gerry Anderson

You may like to know that Radio Six International will be broadcasting an hour-long tribute to Gerry Anderson on Saturday. The programme will include music from every TV series Gerry worked on from Twizzle to Lavender Castle, except for the Japanese “Firestorm”. Also included will be the unused “Thunderbirds” theme.

The programme – The Tony Currie Show – can be heard online at www.radiosix.com on Saturday at (UK times) Midnight, 10am and 9pm. A number of USA , New Zealand and Singapore affiliates will also transmit the show locally. Details can be found on the Radio Six International website.