News Archive 2008


Thankyou all for your support during the whole of 2008. We hope you continue to enjoy the SAILOR club website. Please keep coming back to us here at in 2009!

Watch some of the best and funniest SAILOR live moments 2008:



11 December 2008:

Oliver Marsh to leave ...

I have just been informed that Oliver Marsh has decided to leave SAILOR in the New Year in order to pursue his career in opera.
As a result of this, the SAILOR concert in Milton Keynes (UK) this Saturday will be Oliver's last performance with the band.

So any UK fans who have yet to buy tickets, try to make it to this event as it will be a very special one for Oliver, Henry, Phil and Grant, and they'd love to see you there.
We wish Oliver all the very best and thank him for 26 great months of SAILOR music and fun.
We will all miss that incredible voice.

If you go to Milton Keynes this Saturday, have fun and make sure that it will be a marvellous SAILOR's night on the town (as ever at SAILOR shows!) and show them your support.
Concert reports and photos are welcome!

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



11 December 2008:

News from Phil...

Some days ago, Phil Pickett sent me the following news. Here's what he said:

"Hi Katrin
Thought you - and some of our fans would like to see a video which is was delivered to Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street on behalf of the 40.000 musicians in the UK - and support us please!
I would like our fans to write to their MPs and call on the UK government to back the Directive on Copyright Reform (extending period for copyright earnings for performing musicians from 50 years to 95 years) like their brothers and sisters in Germany, France, USA, EU and many other places in the world.
It will also be on my website - together with a new blog entry about an amazing day at Abbey Road where the Beatles recorded all their music.
Click here to view the video message:
Best wishes,
Phil Pickett"



08 December 2008:

Here's the archive of Henry's Birthday Guestbook



19 November 2008:

Here's the archive of Phil's Birthday Guestbook



14 September 2008:

in music magazine "Good Times"

After ten years of saying "maybe" and "soon", German music magazine "Good Times" has finally published a big article about SAILOR in issue 5-2008.
Title is "Neue Kreuzfahrt - frische Besatzung", meaning "new cruise - fresh crew".
If anybody's interested, the magazine can be ordered via

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster


Update 01 September 2008:


re-release on CD:
"Sailor" (1974) and "Trouble" (1975)
+ bonus track

FINALLY somebody out there has taken the wishes of all worldwide SAILOR fans seriously...

Now you can get the long awaited re-release of the first two SAILOR albums "Sailor" from 1974 and "Trouble" from 1975 on 7Ts Records, a division of Cherry Red Records.
The re-release includes all songs from both albums, as well as a bonus track.

If this release is successful, there might also be other releases including all the original SAILOR albums (plus bonus tracks!) which are all unavailable at the moment. So... fingers crossed!

The CD includes the following songs:
From the 1974 "Sailor" album: Traffic Jam, Blue Desert, Sailor, The Girls Of Amsterdam, The Street, Let's Go To Town, Josephine Baker, Blame It On The Soft Spot, Open Up The Door, Sailor's Night On The Town

Bonus track: Harbour
From the 1975 "Trouble" album: Girls Girls Girls, Trouble In Hong Kong, People In Love, Coconut, Jacaranda, A Glass Of Champagne, My Kind Of Girl, Panama, Stop That Man, The Old Nickelodeon Sound

You can order the CD at

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



03 August 2008:

on TV...

This morning SAILOR played "Girls Girls Girls" and A Glass Of Champagne" at the German TV show "Fernsehgarten" which is broadcast live from Mainz.

  • Here's the video of SAILOR playing "Girls Girls Girls" and "A Glass Of Champagne". Check out Oliver, Henry, Phil and Grant at the TV show "Fernsehgarten":

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



03 July 2008:

Steyr to Slovakia - A journey report by Grant Serpell

Dear Everyone
Katrin asked me to write about our last trip to Bad Segeberg. Unfortunately, I was very busy at the time so I let her down. However, our concerts on 27th and 28th June were rather more interesting and maybe warrant a small report.
The trip started in a routine way with a flight to Vienna, but things began to go wrong when we were met by a man who spoke no English with a car that would hold us, but not our baggage.
Grant Serpell
After much sign language and mime we managed to get a van and driver to take the gear. Mark, our engineer, kindly offered to accompany the gear and off we set for Steyr.
Well, not really. We had to brave the traffic of Ring and Gurtel etc to pick up the representative of our agent.
This only took one and a half hours so now we were on our way with six people in a small Opel (I believe was the "Fruit").
The driver had a unique style which included much use of his mobile phone and the ability to steer at 145 kph with just two fingers resting lightly on the wheel. I politely asked if he minded holding onto the steering wheel, which he did, but then decided to drive faster.
Henry asked him to slow down so he now limited his performance to the inside and middle lane where he tried to force any innocent offenders out of his way by driving very close to them. The high spot of his repertoire in this part of the journey was to use his mobile while we were about two metres behind a Feurwehr vehicle.
We survived the motorway and then he came up with his "piece de resistance" by changing down to overtake while using his mobile -- I can  only guess at what piece of his anatomy he was steering with.
We at last reached Steyr and immediately requested that we never see this man again.
We related the events to Mark, who was in the other vehicle, expecting him to exude sympathy for us. Not the case -- his driver, in the midst of a thunderstorm, missed the exit for Steyr but still tried to turn off, resulting in the van travelling sideways along the motorway for about 200 metres. Afterwards he told Mark that everything was OK as his God protected him -- he failed to mention who was meant to protect Mark!
Great hotel, great crew, great gig -- about 3000 people for a town festival.
We played for 85 minutes -- our second longest ever and thoroughly enjoyed it.
On Saturday we drove to Slovakia with strict instructions not to excede 120 kph.
Great hotel again in Piestany, right next to a river, so I went fish spotting and saw a local man catch a bream and I also saw some large barbel. -- I know this is of no interest to you so I will spare you any info about the golf course on the other side of the river.
The gig was about 20 minutes away and was called Topfest. This was a typical rock festival with 20,000 young Slovakians.
In the dressing room there was a sheet showing who was playing. It did not mention us but did show that SLAYER were playing.
At this point I must point out that about 4 1/2 years ago we were booked to play in Salzburg but the gig was cancelled.  As it is such a lovely city we went anyway and while walking around the city saw a poster for the cancelled show. The interesting and relevant point is that we were billed as SLAYER, a band in a slightly different part of the musical spectrum.
Due to this previous experience I had a sudden dread that we were to perform to 20,000 people who were expecting to see Slayer and not SAILOR.
I quickly found the promoter who assured me that they had played on the previous night and that the festival included many types of band.
Anyway the gig was really great. A good reception and we played for just over an hour.
If my language skills had been more sophisticated I would love to have asked how 16 year old Slovakians react to a 64 year old man pretending to do a striptease.
On second thoughts, maybe I wouldn't.
We celebrated what we felt was a successful trip back at the hotel.
I was poured a glass of red and when I tasted it I thought that Mark had swapped it for a Jack Daniels and Coke as it tasted so weird; but no, it was the red wine from the dressing room.
Our best wishes to all our loyal fans out there in SAILORland. Hope to see you all soon at a gig.
Grant Serpell (Schlagzeuger)

SAILOR on stage in Steyr (Austria) 27 June 2008

SAILOR on stage in Bratislava (Slovakia) 28 June 2008



03 July 2008:

New Sweet CD featuring Peter Lincoln

For all of you who are interested: There's a new CD from The Sweet available which features former SAILOR-captain Peter Lincoln on lead vocals. The CD was available at their recent "Glitz Blitz & 70s Hitz" UK tour and includes some of The Sweet's greatest hits.
Songs on the CD are: Hellraiser, The Six Teens, Wig Wam Bam / Little Willy Medley, Teenage Rampage, Action, Blockbuster, Fox On The Run, The Ballroom Blitz
The CD is available at the
Shop section of
You won't regret it!! ;-)

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



30 June 2008:

"Traffic Jam - Sound And Vision" to be released on Angel Air...

In August 2008, Angel Air will release a CD/DVD set called "Traffic Jam - Sound And Vision" (catalogue number: Angel Air SJPCD267).

The set will include a CD with 19 songs from SAILOR's "Buried Treasure"/"Treasure Trove" anthology (a mix of both orginal CDs) - as well as SAILOR's DVD "Pirate Copy - SAILOR Live In Concert" from High Wycombe (UK) 2002 - but this time in the NTSC all regions format.
The songs on the CD feature the SAILORs in various band-line-ups.
The line-up of SAILOR on the DVD is Peter Lincoln (guitars, lead vocals), Grant Serpell (drums, percussion, vocals), Phil Pickett (bass Nickelodeon, vocals, lead vocals on "Mack The Knife") and Rob Alderton (Nickelodeon, accordion, vocals, lead vocals on "Josephine Baker").

The set includes the following songs:
Open Up The Door, Changes, Heart Of The Matter, Traffic Jam, Panama, Stereotype, Perfect Time, Brag Brag Brag, The Street, My Parachute, Blame It On The Soft Spot, The Natureman, The Old Nickelodeon Sound, Stay The Night, Jacaranda, Tomorrow, Lost My Mode, A Glass of Champagne, Girls Girls Girls

A Glass Of Champagne, One Drink Too Many, Blame It On The Soft Spot, Sailor, Mack The Knife, Josephine Baker, Vera From Veracruz, Jacaranda, Traffic Jam, Karma Chameleon, Panama, The Secretary, Girls Girls Girls, La Cumbia, The Frozen Man, Give Me Shakespeare, The Old Nickelodeon Sound, A Glass Of Champagne (Reprise), 1812 / Grant's Moment, The Full Monty (In The Navy / Hot Stuff), Girls Girls Girls (Reprise), Latin Medley (La Bamba / Volare / Bamboleyo)
: Band documentary with in depth interviews with all band members, History of SAILOR, Three bonus tracks recorded "unplugged".

For further details have a look at:

Personally I as the webmaster can only wonder who mixed the songs for the CD in this set and why because they won't give anybody an insight on the real SAILOR and they belong to the original anthology and have their own stories in that context. But if you haven't got the SAILOR DVD yet because you needed NTSC you shouldn't miss out on this now! It will bring you a marvellous memorable concert you shouldn't miss!

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



21 June 2008:

Forum / Guestbook "The Harbour Bar"

Unfortunately, the Forum "The Harbour Bar" had to be closed down. It was meant to be a place for SAILOR fans to meet, ask questions and exchange opinions etc. and I wanted everybody to be able to write there. Due to a LOT of spam-entries I had to restrict the forum. All forum parts could still be seen by everybody, but only registered members could post. Registration was free, of course. But from then on, hardly anybody left messages at the forum any more, apart from 5 or 6 fans. And still, about 100 - 150 spammers (or spam-robots) signed up every single day, trying to create an account. I had to delete each one of them by hand which took a lot of time.
So, due to all this, we're now back to the very original idea... the
Guestbook "The Harbour Bar". You can of course sign the guestbook with all your comments, thoughts and questions about SAILOR and all related topics or if you just want to drop us a line.

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



Update 15 June 2008:

Phil Pickett presents:
New Culture Dub album "Bonfire Of The Sanities"

You may have heard about Phil Pickett's project "Culture Dub - Cirque de Silvio".
Their new CD "Bonfire Of The Sanities" was released on 01 June 2008 through their official website at
If you want to know more about the band and listen to some songs, go to or to their MySpace page.

Phil says:
"We have a new release!!! - the first from Culture Dub - it's the basis of the live show, and features many of the songs, some of which I co-wrote with Culture Club in the 80's. It's a 'limited-edition' CD release for Culture Dub fan club only - at the moment. The CD with 17/18 tracks is presently available direct for our fan base.
Anyone who wants to order can go to
Paypal and pay at a special price of £ 10 + £ 2.50 p&p.
And I will sign every copy personally!!!"

The Culture Dub "Bonfire Of The Sanities" album includes the songs:
Miss Me Blind, Karma Chameleon, White Boy, I'll Tumble 4 Ya/War Song, Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, It's A Miracle, Time (Clock Of The Heart), Church Of The Poison Mind, I Just Wanna Be Loved, I Feel Love, God Thank You Woman, Move Away, Everything I Own, Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Loft Remix), Mighty Real, Hoedown Julie (DJ Mix), The Chameleon Overture.

Culture Dub - Cirque de Silvio: CD "Bonfire Of The Sanities"

Silvio and Phil on stage at a Culture Dub concert...

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



18 May 2008:

live in Bad Segeberg (Germany) 17 May 2008

You can now see new photos and some first video impressions of the SAILOR concert in Bad Segeberg, Germany, on 17 May 2008 at the Concert Photos-section
Last night SAILOR returned to the "Kalkberarena" in Bad Segeberg - the place where Georg, Henry, Phil and Grant celebrated their comeback almost exactly 17 years ago (18 May 1991). It was the 4th time that SAILOR played in Bad Segeberg: 1991, 1994, 2003 and 2008!
More photos, reports and videos bits (in better quality and from a different perspective) will follow soon... so please come back to the page about the concert.

Click here for the new SAILOR concert photos and videos from Bad Segeberg!

  • Here are some first video-impressions of SAILOR live in Bad Segeberg, Germany, on 17 May 2008...
    Check out a short piece of Oliver, Henry, Phil and Grant playing "The Old Nickelodeon Sound" and "Girls Girls Girls":
    filmed by Katrin Wagner ©

  • Here's a different perspective video of SAILOR live in Bad Segeberg, Germany, on 17 May 2008... Check out Oliver, Henry, Phil and Grant playing "A Glass Of Champagne":
    filmed by Karsten Wagner ©

  • And here's SAILOR's finale live in Bad Segeberg, Germany, on 17 May 2008... Check out Oliver Marsh singing "Con Te Partirò":
    filmed by Karsten Wagner ©

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



29 March 2008:

in the list of the most successful Oldies of all time in Germany...
"Girls Girls Girls" on place 15 of the most successful Oldies of all time in "Die ultimative Chart Show - Die erfolgreichsten Oldies aller Zeiten" on RTL television!!

On 28 March 2008 SAILOR appeared on the famous German TV show "Die ultimative Chart Show - Die erfolgreichsten Oldies aller Zeiten" on RTL television. SAILOR performed a medley of "Girls Girls Girls" and "A Glass Of Champagne", and afterwards Phil and Oliver were interviewed.
The show included a countdown of the 25 most famous "Oldie" songs, and SAILOR reached place 15.
Also on the show: The Sweet featuring "our" Peter Lincoln.

RTL: Die ultimative Chart Show - Die erfolgreichsten Oldies aller Zeiten

  • Here's the video of SAILOR playing a medley of "Girls Girls Girls" and "A Glass Of Champagne" at the show plus an interview.
    Check out Oliver, Phil, Henry and Grant at the
    TV show "Die ultimative Chart Show - Die erfolgreichsten Oldies aller Zeiten":

  • And here's the video of The Sweet with "our" Peter Lincoln... "Wig Wam Bam":

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



28 March 2008:

As mentioned on German RTL television today:

SAILOR's original first edition of "Buried Treasure" - their anthology CD boxed set - is still available directly from the band. The beautifully packaged boxed set includes 38 songs from the SAILOR history plus a 20-page coloured booklet, band commentary, archive photos and biography.
SAILOR have a very limited number of the original copies which are now a collectors item available for sale for 20 Euros (to include p&p).
The band would like you to know that you can order the double-CD via

Click here for details & track list about "Buried Treasure" anthology double-CD!!



16 March 2008:

on German RTL television
28 March 2008: "Die Ultimative Chartshow - Die erfolgreichsten Oldies aller Zeiten"

On 28 March 2008 SAILOR will be at the German TV show "Die Ultimative Chartshow - Die erfolgreichsten Oldies aller Zeiten" on RTL television. The show will be repeated again on the next day.
Also on the show: The Sweet featuring "our" Peter Lincoln.
Don't miss it!!!

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



01 March 2008:

"Girls Girls Girls" by Free Bears

The band "Free Bears" has recorded a great new cover version of "Girls Girls Girls" which will be released on 11 April 2008.

This is what the Free Bears say:

"Back in the 70s this has been a No 1 Smash-Hit by SAILOR which really everybody knows from the northpole down to Tazmania has been picked up, assimilated and refreshed without losing the quite nostalgic charme of the song. We simply built in a little rock..n..roll switch, a lot of fun and passion just make it a typical FREE BEARS song. Even Georg Kajanus, formerly SAILOR mastermind and songwriter gave his okay to this version and said: This does justice to the meaning of the song!
Place your order at Amazon or get the song as download at: AOL, I-Tunes, Musicload etc...
Have fun and a good time with that song."

To listen to the song and have a look at the video, check out their
MySpace page
or have a look at their official homepage:

The Free Bears version is a great new approach to the song, in a different style than previous cover versions by JBO, Krügers Nationalpark etc.

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



24 January 2008:

Live Videos...

  • Here's a video-clip of SAILOR live in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 23 January 2008... Check out Oliver, Henry, Phil and Grant playing "The Old Nickelodeon Sound":
    filmed by Karsten Wagner ©

  • And another video-clip of SAILOR live in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 23 January 2008... Check out Oliver, Henry, Phil and Grant playing "Karma Chameleon":
    filmed by Karsten Wagner ©



20 January 2008:


I have updated the Concert Photos, Reviews, Videos...-section so that it's now easier to see which pages about the concerts of all the various SAILOR line-ups show you concert photos, videos and/or reports. There is also new video material. You can see live and TV videos of all the SAILOR line-ups from the 1970s until today. Have a look... ;-)

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



15 January 2008:

Recent cover versions - "Jumping All Over The World" (= A Glass Of Champagne) by Scooter and "La Cumbia" by Cuba Club

What do you think about these two latest cover versions? Let us know at the Forum!

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



02 January 2008:

SAILOR mourn the sudden passing of their friend and agent in Denmark, Calle Nielson, on Christmas Eve. He was a wonderful guy and will be sadly missed.
Rest in Peace, Calle.


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