It’s A Very VENOM Christmas!

Venom causing havoc on Amanda Redington’s Monsters of Rock show. Aired on Sky Channel, Christmas 1985.

A fun bit about this program from Mick Wall’s book, Getcha Rocks Off: Sex & Excess. Bust-Ups & Binges. Life & Death on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Road

The other unforeseen benefit of writing for Kerrang! was that it led, in 1985, to my presenting a weekly rock show on the fledgling Sky channel. I fell into TV presenting and fell out again just as easily. I never felt I had any sort of career in it, until right near the end when people kept telling me how good I was at it. Just before the same people told me the show was cancelled.

It was the fledgling days of Sky in the mid-eighties, before most people in Britain had even heard of Sky, when cable and satellite TV was barely off the ground in America, let alone the Old Country. You could get it in Europe, across twenty-three countries, where the most popular show on the channel was Mister Ed, the Talking Horse.

They also did a weekly show they called Monsters of Rock, a bunch of heavy metal videos linked by a pretty blonde twenty-three-year-old named Amanda Redington. Amanda dressed in all the mid-eighties hair-metal gear but didn’t know anything about the music. She was a professional presenter who would end up fronting GMTV breakfast a few years later. Good for her. So Sky decided to bring in someone with some rock ‘cred’. They asked Geoff Barton to come on as a guest one week. But Geoff said no, he didn’t fancy it, but why didn’t they ask me? I was a pushy little show-off.

So on I went, acted like I knew something while trying not to stare at Amanda’s tits, and went home again with £25 stuffed in my pocket…


Matt G. Paradise is Executive Director of Purging Talon, a media company responsible for releasing groundbreaking and often imitated audio, video, print, and Web work since 1993, including the internationally respected Satanic magazine, Not Like Most. Paradise is also a Magister in the Church of Satan and, since the early-1990s, has also done media representative work for the CoS through all major media forms — network television, radio, print publications, and the Internet. He is the author of Bearing The Devil’s Mark, a collection of writings on Satanism; as well as editor of The Book of Satanic Quotations (First and Second Editions). He was also producer and co-host of Terror Transmission, a horror movie commentary podcast; and is currently the producer and host of three podcasts (The Accusation Party, Vintage Vinyl Vivisection and Strange Moments in Cultural History) on The Accusation Network.

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