Blaster Bates - Recordings


Currently available CD re-releases in the UK.

  • Laughter with a Bang +bonus tracks from 1001 Gelignites (CD BBCD01) (2003) Label: Topic Records
  • TNT for Two +bonus tracks from Hunting and Shooting stories (CD BBSV17) (2003) Label : Big Ben / Tangent
  • Watch out for the bits +bonus tracks from Gelly Babe (CD BVBSV16) (2002) Label : Big Ben
  • Blastermind +bonus tracks from Lift off (CD BBSV18) (2007) Label: Big Ben / Tangent

Original LP & Cassette Releases Label - Big Ben

  • Vol1 Laughter with a bang BB00.01/BBMC1 Mono 1967
  • Vol2 1001 Gelignites BB00.03/BBMC3 Mono 1968
  • Vol3 TNT for Two BB00.05/BBMC5 Mono 1969
  • Vol4 Watch out for the bits BB00.07/BBMC7 Mono 1971
  • Vol5 Lift-off BB00.09/BBMC9 Stereo 1973
  • Vol6 Gelly Babe BB00.11/BBMC11 Stereo 1975
  • Vol7 Blastermind BB00.13/BBMC13 Stereo 1980
  • Vol8 Hunting and Shooting stories BB00.15/BBMC15 Stereo 1984


  • Stand Well Back (VHS Video, PAL format, UK only) - live on stage

Other known recordings

  • Dunlop footwear Promo, extracts from Lift-off on Flexi-disk, given away at stand 36, Harrogate 1978.
  • Blast it, (Cassette only) compilation.
  • Blaster Bates with Redditch Controls, Marston Paxman and Norgren at the Stratford Hilton.
    Recorded March 1977 and given away as Christmas gift to Imperial Metal Industries staff and customers (Label - Tangent).


  • Blaster Bates at Huntingdon hall 4 October 2003.


  • The Master Blaster. Simon Schuster. 1994. ISBN 0-671-71386-8.

BBC TV Appearances or Contributions

  • 24 Hours 08-March-1966 LCA7927J.
    Nelson's Pillar in Dublin blown up, after the top was blown off by the IRA. Reporter Alan Whicker. Compilation on demolition.
  • It takes all sorts 13-03-1967 19SX8562.
    Blaster talks about his career. Includes many of his amusing anecdotes. Interviewer: John Hosken.
    Now aged 43. Got into demolition by accident. In RAF during the war & learned about explosives there. Now blows up all sorts of things:
    "I've got a touch like a bloody midwife".
    Art of getting chimneys to drop in exactly the right place.
    Has blown himself up - was playing about.
    Has put rockets on the back of a motorcycle.
  • Look North 14-Dec-1970 A:RNL5186T.
    Blaster talks to David Seymour about his career and about how many chimneys he's blown up.
  • Nationwide 25-March-1974 A:LCA3413R.
    Blaster demolishes three chimneys.
    Old factory chimney, camera pans from l to 2 others.
    Blaster arrives, Danger Demolition signs.
    Crowd watch.
    Blaster retreats.
    Blast & 1st chimney falls.
    Crowd reaction.
    Blaster & assistant run from behind stack.
    Blast & it falls neatly behind wall.
  • Look Stranger - The world of Blaster Bates 06-May-1974 LGF6321T.
    Film about Derek 'Blaster Bates' one of England's leading professional destroyers, who travels the country blasting chimneys, bridges & redundant factories, clearing trenches & canals; he is also a comedian using experience as a blaster.
  • The Fivepenny Piece Show 11-May-1979 NMRD805R.
    An Outside Broadcast concert from the Poco-a-Poco Theatre Club in Stockport. Fivepenny Piece sing some of their own songs with Blaster as special guest.
  • Nationwide 17-March-1983 D:LCAC311E.
    Hugh Scully reports on how Blaster makes a living by blowing up chimneys.
  • News 30-Sept-1983 ANBC773T.
    Blaster demolished a chimney which has been part of Sheffield skyline since 1870.
    Sheffield: ms chimney with group of people standing nearby.
    Man starts dominoes falling on model of chimney, the dominos set off some gelignite which demolished model chimney.
    Actual chimney being demolished.
  • Look North 30-Sept-1983 RNLF739L,
    John Thirlwell reports from Sheffield where a former BSC chimney is being demolished for an extension to Whitbread's brewery.
    from chimney, Bridge Street, Sheffield to marquee.
    Inside of marquee with Michael Cairney preparing dominoes.
    Blaster explaining charges & spectator.
    Blaster saying he does not like dominoes.
    Dominoes falling in chair & igniting.
    Chimney falls.
  • Pebble Mill at One 25-Oct-1985 E:NBMH111D.
    Josephine Buchan talks to Blaster about the 75th Anniversary of the motorbike & the present exhibition at the NEC.
  • Windmill-House and home 03-Nov-1985 LCHE133D.
    Demolition montage and clip of a Blaster after dinner speech.
  • Look North 25-Nov-1985 RNLH348L.
    Ken Cooper reports from Sharlston where Blaster demolished a large chimney - including interview with Blaster.
  • Gosling's Ganders 15-May-1987 RNWC738D.
    Ray Gosling meets Blaster at Sandbach & explodes marsh land to make a pond. Blaster tells jokes and clip from The Fivepenny Piece Show.
  • Coast to Coast - Wild boars, a shooting star and a Norman knight 27-Feb-1998 NMYK291D.

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