Counting on a radio hit

St Helens Council worker Simon Cousins is playing his guitar onstage at Glastonbury
St Helens Council worker Simon Cousins is playing his guitar onstage at Glastonbury

A ST Helens Council worker is hoping to make the radio air waves as he releases his first solo single.

Guitarist Simon Cousins, who is an equality officer at the council, has handed out his track - Love’s Counterfeit - to various radio stations, including Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Radio Merseyside and aims to become a radio sensation,

The 46-year-old formed punk and folk-rock band Ophiuchus with his twin brother Jon in 1986 in Wiltshire, but left a year later to move to Liverpool.

There he joined Mike Badger, the founder of Liverpool’s Britpop band The La’s, to become one-fifth of The Onset as bass-guitarist.

Simon gave up music in 1996, but when his brother suffered ill-health, he decided to perform again.

A Facebook campaign led to him rejoining Jon for an Ophiuchus reunion, and they played at Glastonbury last year.

Simon then appeared at the same gig this year as a solo act, which has revived his enthusiasm for performing.

He said: “I have done some recording since I played at Glastonbury with an idea to put a single out and get radio play.

“So I have sent out my song to DJs on Radio 2, and Radio Merseyside, which play more mellow acoustic music, or where they might support an unsigned or new artist.

“I have also sent it to Wigan DJ Stuart Maconie at BBC 6 Music, so it would be nice for a local DJ to support it.

“The song went down very well at Glastonbury, which is why I chose it.

“It has already been played once on Radio Merseyside, as part of the Glastonbury coverage, but now I would like more people to hear it.

“If I can get played on the radio, I will have a bigger audience than when I play at different clubs.

“I just hope somebody plays it.”

Simon, who lives in Liverpool with wife, Deborah, and daughter, Olivia, 14, and has a stepson, Matthew, 24, described his song as a ballad, reflecting on what he does not want in a relationship.

The track is available to download on iTunes from November 11.

To listen to the song visit www.sthelenstoday.net.