Goodge has always put no less than
100% into music. Starting briefly as a bass player in local bands with
friends, he was hungry to play and learn, feeding off as many gigs and
jams as he could find. This led him to play guitar for the highly
respected and long standing classical/rock fusion legends The Enid at
only the age of 17.
He went on to play with acts under
Tribal management (X-Wildhearts and 3 Colours Red), working closely with
Big Mick Hughes (Metallica's long standing sound engineer and regularly
voted best sound engineer in the world). This led him to work with
members of Wolfsbane most notably. He has also played with members of
Placebo, The House Martins, The Stranglers and has recorded in some of
the top studios in the UK.
" As a child I was introduced
to the vocal melodies and popular songwriting of The Beatles, especially
John Lennon, as well as other 60's artists. It was a friends parents
when I was in my early teens who opened me up to the true magic music
held. I was blown away to listen to albums in their collection such as
Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You were Here and The Wall by Pink Floyd,
Ziggy Stardust and Aladine Sane by David Bowie, Led Zeppelin IV, The Sensational Alex
Harvey Band and many others that I would listen to over and over again.
Then I was given the first 3 Yes albums on Vinyl, Close To The Edge
especially blew me away, and the album Argus by Wishbone Ash. At this
time I was also enjoying a healthy dose of popular rock such as Green
Day, Love/Hate, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam, Alice In
Chains, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, The Almighty. The Almighty's second album
Soul Destruction was one of my favourite. Faith No Mores The Real Thing
was also often listened to. I was a huge fan of the energy and
songwriting skills of Ginger and The Wildhearts. The Wildhearts are an
amazing live band and give 100% to everything they do.
I was lucky enough to see AC/DC on
their Razors edge tour as well as at Donnington Monsters of Rock and
they were one of the most amazing live experiences ever, such energy!
Mike Scott of The Waterboys has a very impressive energy live, he fills
the venue. Metallica at Milton Keynes bowl in 1993 was also one of the
most impressive live shows I have seen, it was their album Masters Of
Puppets that really turned me on to rock and metal and still to this day
stands as an extraordinary piece of work. I also thought Rage Against
The Machines first album is still an astonishing bit of work and the
for-runner for many that followed.
I enjoyed listening to varied
music, especially creative or delivered with true commitment, but
over the years it has been my ever increasing journey into the World of
Frank Zappa that has been the most influential. He was pure musical
genius. He wrote and performed just about every genre of music there is,
he invented many, he crossed all. Now one of his sons Dweezil continues
his work with a band called Zappa Plays Zappa. I went to see them at the
Birmingham Symphony Hall in 2009. It stands still as the very most
impressive thing I have ever experienced in music. The level of
musicianship was unsurpassed but still delivered with great energy and
in complete understanding of the essence of the piece. Absolutely
Goodge uses a Big Apple Fender
Stratocaster, a Crybaby Wah-Wah and a Yamaha DG Pedal.