Podcast 402 – Amy Winehouse, XTC and the joy of “re-loved CDs”

Matters of high import thrashed out this week include Dylan’s Shadow Kingdom livestream, the Thunder Road lyric farrago, Apple Venus and Wasp Star – separated at birth!, the best reggae album ever, laughter on records, underwhelming follow-up albums and why Hot Rats makes the perfect crime thriller soundtrack. Supporting cast includes Kevin Turvey, Philip Glass, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express and Dave “Bucket” Colwell of Humble Pie.

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Podcast 401 – Word in The Park #2: Lesley-Ann Jones remembers John Entwistle’s riotous funeral

We had our first live event for 18 months on a fabulous, sun-baked afternoon in Holland Park on July 17 and the writer and former Fleet Street columnist Lesley-Ann Jones was one of the four guests (there’ll be a podcast of each of them). These are her crowd-pleasing, colourful memories of Queen backstage at Live Aid, living with Raquel Welch and tea with Bowie at Haddon Hall. The Stones are in there too.

@LAJwriter

LAJ’s books …
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Lesley-Ann-Jones/s?rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3ALesley-Ann+Jones

Podcast …
https://podcasts.apple.com/sn/podcast/11-porkys-pals-lesley-ann-jones/id1463527178?i=1000442129335

Podcast 400 – Summer in the City: Word in The Park presents … Gary Crowley

In our sun-baked return to live events on July 17, we had four guests onstage at a spectacular outdoor venue kindly lent us by Opera Holland Park in West London, the first our old pal the shy, retiring, hard-to-prise-a-word-out-of-him broadcaster Gary Crowley. Stories here include the time he was invited round to the Clash HQ for an interview (when still at school), the giddying sensation of meeting Paul McCartney and some unsung heroes of ’80s pop.

@CrowleyOnAir

Radio London …
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7z2

Gary’s ‘Lost ’80s’ CD box-sets … …
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gary-Crowleys-Lost-Various-Artists/dp/B07L51CSKH
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gary-Crowley-Lost-80s-2/dp/B093XGSJKW

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Podcast 399 – How do songs become terrace anthems?

Sports writer and old pal Nige Tassell traces the story of Sweet Caroline, You’ll Never Walk Alone and Yes Sir I Can Boogie – with fond memories of the Tranmere Rovers’ spontaneous vegan chant moment. Other piping hot topics include Dua Lipa and the stolen photo, have you ever booed a band?, the exact number of onstage hours Dylan’s played All Along The Watchtower, the magic of Freddie King and the Jayhawks, does Richard Branson like music?, indie weddings and are there any rap covers bands?

@nigetassell

Nige’s books …
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Nige-Tassell/s?rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3ANige+Tassell

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Podcast 398 – Flat Rabbit, Mandible Rumpus … what makes a band name work?

In which we salute Frogspawn Candy, Lord Snooty & his Pals and Steppenwolf, rejoice in the Onion’s coverage of Lorde, applaud the return of the Siffleur and pop tunes that feature whistling, back Elvis Costello on song-stealing, have a CD Date Night with the Decemberists and A Tribe Called Quest (while unravelling their Lou Reed court case), and inspect a new theory about the Manson murders.

Elvis Costello on song stealing …
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/elvis-costello-defends-olivia-rodrigo-150635978.html

Lorde in the Onion …
https://www.theonion.com/lorde-slammed-and-condemned-because-it-seems-like-it-s-1847175966

Chris Pratt’s former band names …
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x9obbpaVIvw&feature=youtu.be

Tickets for Word In The Park on July 19th here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-word-in-the-park-a-summer-afternoon-of-socially-distanced-storytelling-tickets-152091141699

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Podcast 397 – Bob Geldof: an unmissable hour of insight into rock stardom

Nobody is better qualified to talk about music as he’s seen it from every angle. Bob Geldof broke into the Beatles’ hotel room aged 12. He saw Dylan and the Stones when he was 13. Radio Luxembourg sent him messages from the ether. He worked out why the great lyrics work (“and the best opening line”). He studied the stagecraft of a host of musicians and formed a band of his own. He felt the lure of “screaming stadium whores and sex on tap”. He staged Live Aid. And he ended up a close friend of many of “the people at the top of pop’s Mount Olympus”. This extraordinary interview has revelations about what’s required to be a rock star you may never have imagined. And he nominates some Greatest Records Ever Made. 

https://www.theboomtownratsofficial.com/

Citizens of Boomtown …

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Podcast 396 – rock band gangs you want to join

Matters of high import discussed this week include … having a ‘date night’ with your old CDs. Can the one-piece jumpsuit ever return? The whole Billie Eilish apology saga. Do all first girlfriends have names like Deidre Birchwood? What pop location deserves a blue plaque? Why Court And Spark outranks Blue. The Foo Fighters’ Bee Gees moment. Rock’s second best year. And would you pay $998 to get some All Things Must Pass garden gnomes? Plus James Brown, Black Grape, Chicken Shack, Duckworth Lewis, Tom Petty and Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy. And David’s mist-filled 30-second reverie about a romance in summer ’67.

Tickets for Word In The Park on July 17th here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-word-in-the-park-a-summer-afternoon-of-socially-distanced-storytelling-tickets-152091141699

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Podcast 395 – If the England Squad were a rock band which would they be?

In which we shake down the piping hot topics du jour, among them … the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury, the genius of Miles Copeland’s management method, the new six-hour Beatles movie, Bob Geldof on what it takes to be a rock star, would Oasis have worked in the ’70s, why current songwriters are afraid to experiment, and whatever happened to Terry Reid? 

Terry Reid at the first Glastonbury in 1971 …

Tickets for Word In The Park in London’s Holland Park on July 17th here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-word-in-the-park-a-summer-afternoon-of-socially-distanced-storytelling-tickets-152091141699

Podcast 394 – DJ Princess Diana

In this week’s pod we explore whether Apple’s new spatial audio is actually worth it, ponder urgent listener questions such as “is pop music all about cymbals?” and “should we be paying attention to Van Morrison right now?” and chat to old pal Paul Burke about advertising in music and why the art of discotheque DJing is a little bit like foreplay.

http://www.paulburkecreative.com/

Tickets for Word In The Park in London on July 17th here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-word-in-the-park-a-summer-afternoon-of-socially-distanced-storytelling-tickets-152091141699

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Podcast 393 – Joni Mitchell’s golden month remembered

This week’s burning hot topics include …. the 50th birthday of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’. Songs about the joy of spending “a bankroll big enough to choke a donkey”. When Whistle Test went all Tomorrow’s World. Books or records: which could you survive without? Is there the Who without Pete Townshend? Films we’ve watched the most. Music that’s unfailingly cheerful. Is “Play Loud” the daftest thing ever put on an album cover? Was there ever a posher musician than James Lascelles of Global Village Trucking Company (in line of succesion to the British throne)? And the sweet story of Gravesend’s own rock gods Kinky Machine and their 50-year anniversary video.  

Kinky Machine’s reunion …

Whistle Test tackles the new technology, 1983 …

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