Podcast 380 – original gangs that are still together

In which David delivers a tremulous rant about the curse of the two-minutes’ silence at sport events, we note the Duke of Edinburgh’s Beatles connection, rummage through the BBC’s ‘black box’, salute the longest-lasting line-ups (Damned, Golden Earring, ZZ Top, Blind Boys of Alabama?), weep at the worst rock and roll tattoos, remember the Bowie album with three different covers and play ‘Oi! band member or friend of the Krays?’ and ‘no-frills Seventies drummer or cast member of Corrie?’

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Podcast 379 – what pop music will still be around in 200 years’ time?

In which we applaud Paul Simon’s light-fingered songwriting skills, delight in the fake Roxy Music rejection letter, trace the origins of rock’s black uniform (which Keith Richards reckons has it roots in cowboy movies), discover powerful new chemical benefits from being in bands, reveal the Spandau Ballet hit based on If I Had A Hammer, hear Philip Roth’s advice to an aspiring novelist and play rock band or children’s entertainment option (Angry Beavers?).

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Podcast 378 – “it ain’t ‘alf been a gas this time!”

In which we play theatrical moments from great live albums – Humble Pie, ELP, the Stones, James Brown, Sinatra & Count Basie, Free, the Who, the Allman Brothers (“Whipping Post!”) – relive the wit and wisdom of James Blunt on Twitter, examine the raw agony of having a rock star as a parent (warning: Eve Hewson’s Bono story involves public dancing to the Backstreet Boys in a dressing-gown) and reveal whose tour rider includes “oxygen tanks and a doctor available to give mid-set B-12 injections”.

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Podcast 377 – a 1971 Special on Nick Drake and Led Zeppelin at the Nottingham Boat Club

In which we’re joined by old pal Trevor Dann who was one of the 200 people sitting on the floor of the Nottingham Boat Club 50 years ago hearing the unreleased Stairway To Heaven (“maximum volume as it was on the river and there were no houses next door”). Plus memories of Nick Drake in 1971 (Trevor wrote the memoir Darker Than The Deepest Sea) – the underwhelming live shows, the mistakes on his album sleeves, the family tensions, why his legend is still expanding and what he might be doing if he was still with us today. And … the Stack Waddy game: real or fake Half Man Half Biscuit tracks (Eamonn Holmes Under The Hammer?) and Indie Rock Band or lower league football team?

@TrevorDann

Trevor’s excellent Nick Drake memoir …
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darker-Than-Deepest-Sea-Search/dp/0749951338

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Podcast 376 – the enduring magic of the mixtape

In which we relive the joys of cassette mixtape pop snobbery, discover a rock star’s mum who was a WW2 secret agent, name the best songs about mothers, salute Tony “Ian Faith” Hendra RIP and his part in Spinal Tap (and his National Lampoon gags eg ‘Yoko Is A Concept By Which We Measure our Pain’), note the coded messages in Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ sleeve and play ‘Lee Perry Tune or Item of Jamaican Cuisine?’

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Podcast 375 – the undignified history of the Ponytail In Rock

In which we salute Chris Barber and Bunny Wailer, listen to Robert Fripp’s £80-a-pop personal message service, marvel at the Kings Of Leon’s new crypto-currency, relive the agony of the Bob Harris vinyl flood, wonder if Bob Weir’s was the only decent rock ponytail, reconnect with the Drifters, Lonnie Donegan and Lewis Taylor (“the great undiscovered jewel of 20th C popular music”), and play ‘Van Morrison song or Richard Littlejohn headline?’, ‘Oasis track or children’s book?’ and ’50s wrestler or member of the Bonzo Dog Band?’.

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Podcast 374 – happy 50th, Nick Drake and the Stones ‘farewell’ tour!

In which we try the Obama/Springsteen pod, view astonishing footage of Sinatra recording in 1965, watch films we’ve never seen (eg “Life Of Brian” – merchandise at the stoning scene? “Two rocks and a bag of gravel”), remember the Stones’ satin-clad tax-dodging flit to the south of France, applaud the greatest one-man albums ever made, and play ‘Children’s book or rare psychedelic single?’, ‘European rave palace or Gwyneth Paltrow lifestyle accessory’ and ‘Spot the fake DJ’ (Spinston Churchill?).

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Frank Sinatra recording in 1965 …
https://www.openculture.com/2017/04/watch-frank-sinatra-record-it-was-a-very-good-year-in-the-studio-in-1965.html

Working with Frank …
https://youtu.be/ogC-D3jneGE

Cilla recording with Burt Bacharach …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj7-saWB4eQ

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Podcast 373 – a guided tour chez Dolly Parton!

In the event of the temporary indisposition of Mr Mark Henry Ellen his part is taken for today’s podcast by Mr Alexander Karl Gold and he and David Hepworth talk on the subject of which other songwriter-band leaders might arguably give Ray Davies a run for his money when it comes to sustained creation of brilliant singles, what it’s like to go to Dolly Parton’s home town and the contrasting accounts of the popular song experience which are available in the films “Framing Britney” and “Travelling For A Living” (https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-travelling-for-a-living-1966-online), a 1966 film of life with the Watersons. Plus, of course, the Stackwaddy Game.

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Podcast 372 – the Greatest Love Songs Ever Written

… a Valentine’s Day Special (which naturally involves Jackie DeShannon and Lucinda Williams), the curious case of Bruce Springsteen, the Jeep ad and the shot of tequila, and the 50th birthday of Tapestry. Plus Stack Waddy: ‘leafy English village or colourful minor celebrity?’ and ‘Tom Waits track or story by Damon Runyon?’

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Podcast 371 – Tom Lehrer, payola and the Midnight Train to Georgia

In which we navigate by way of pay-for-play bribery, Elvis Costello’s mum, the songs the Bonzos taught us, the man who helped cook the Beatles’ books, the eternal trials of posh pop stars, and Farrah Fawcett-Majors and the story of the Midnight Plane To Houston. And play ‘Pulp song or episode of Are You Being Served?’

The Bee Gees record a message for Pete Paphides’ ansaphone in 1997 …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcKi3-pYutQ&lc=UgwqHWpFK3w9utgLeH54AaABAg&feature=em-comments

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