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Barney "The Skin" Simon started out as an engineer to DJ Keith Lindsay on Radio 5's [b]Saturday Shadow Show[/b]. He soon worked himself into a position where he was co-hosting the show as one half of the "Terrible Twins", ultimately ousting his other half and converting the show to [b]The Powerhaus[/b].
His late night radio show became essential listening for all SA rock fans. His love of all things alternative meant that South Africans were now being broadly exposed to the UK indie scene with bands like [i]The Fall, Fields Of The Nephilim, Bauhaus,[/i] and many more.
But Barney also embraced the domestic rock scene, championing such early local luminaries as [a=Dog Detachment] and [a=No Friends Of Harry] as well as a generation of SA bands and artists thereafter. As an ardent supporter of local talent and the single most influential SA rock DJ of the last two decades, Barney Simon could almost be considered South Africa's version of John Peel.
Additionally, Mr. Simon keeps himself busy with things like voice-overs for TV and radio, DJ/MCing at clubs, festivals and concerts, writing articles for music mags, training radio DJs, and producing music inserts for radio.