Word Podcast 338 – Shea Stadium revisited

In which we we marvel at the Beatles’ 12-song set 55 years ago (four of them covers), applaud a virtual gig in the Natural History Museum, ponder Alan Bennett and Ellen DeGeneres, wonder when musicians became “creative artists”, spot the fake band (Canadian rock acts v 1972’s ‘Giants of Tomorrow’), and remember Fame, Bugsy Malone and the great Alan Parker.

I’m Down at Shea Stadium …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6D11NTWwU

Backstage at Shea Stadium …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QElpSMJiLv0

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Podcast 337 – David Mitchell on why writing about the rock boom of 1967 is “an open goal”

Novelist David Mitchell on Utopia Avenue, his fictional account of life in a band (Sunday Times No 1 best-seller!) – plus Bucks Fizz at the Malvern Winter Gardens, the lure of Marillion, the effect of Abba on tooth enamel, “the high register vocabulary” of Rush, the novelistic tangles of the White Album and Tales From Topographic Oceans, and Bowie’s piercing predictions about the internet in 1999 – plus “the Greatest Record Ever Made”.

@david_mitchell

Utopia Avenue …
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Utopia-Avenue-David-Mitchell/dp/1444799428

https://www.davidmitchellbooks.com/books/

Bowie talks to Jeremy Paxman about the internet …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiK7s_0tGsg

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Podcast 336 – Happy Anniversary: 50 and 40 years ago this week!

In which we salute the magnificent Peter Green (and hear Owen Parker’s memories of recording with him in the ’90s), look back at the great Q headlines – CarelessTalk Costs Wives! The Hoarse Foreman of the Apocalypse! – flick through a Melody Maker from 1970, spot the fake deejay, applaud the recent Springsteen radio shows and find Bob Marley & the Wailers photographed in lift.

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Podcast 335 – Live Aid’s “2,000 million global audience”: surely some mistake?

In which we remember Lady Di rollerskating in Kensington Palace with Duran Duran on her Walkman, invent fake rap stars and Mod Revival bands, applaud the world’s first DJ, light a candle for Judy Dyble, relive a Nick Lowe parlour game and watch a sensationally dreadful pop documentary.

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Podcast 334 – Graeme Thomson on John Martyn’s “lifelong grudges and huge, messy explosion of records”

Music writer, author and old pal from Word magazine, Graeme Thomson on his spledid new book, “Small Hours: the Long Night of John Martyn”, a tale involving immaculately delicate music, dark undercurrents, Glaswegian folk clubs, Nick Drake, Lee Perry, Joe Boyd, countless chaotic relationships, oceans of booze and a manager with two broken ribs.

@GraemeAThomson

https://www.graemethomson.net/

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Word Podcast 332: what makes an album cover ‘classic’?

In which we ponder American pop showbiz v shambling British charm, bands v solos acts, Will Farrell’s Eurovision movie, Ed Sheeran’s bank balance, Beyoncé at Glastonbury, which rock star will live the longest and Disco v Grunge in the Stack Waddy game.

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Podcast 331 – It’s the Bob Dylan Lyric Generator!

In which we ponder rock and roll stage names, the immortal gag that launched Billy Connolly, KT Tunstall versus the streaming system and best guests on chat shows – and the only British Prime Minister to ever host one.

That PM and his chat show …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4kS15y5MDE

KT Tunstall on the Broken Record Campaign …
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08hw0xl

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Podcast 330

In which we contemplate pop stars’ statues, 50th anniversary albums, excruciating things actors do in Lockdown, fictitious Monsters of Rock, the curious tale of Madonna’s Ray Of Light and the best/worst things about Oasis.

The Southsea Alternative Choir with Love’s Johnny Echols doing Alone Again Or …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Oeg5J028uI

… and (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding with Nick Lowe …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1yfkye_qR4

The London Symphony demonstrating their instruments: https://youtu.be/TMUwtGuOzFM

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Podcast 329

In which we spot the fake Country & Western song titles and ponder the man who launched the Undertones, Classics that leave us cold, eternally comforting sitcoms and the analogue childhood of Andy Partridge.

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