Word Podcast 215 – with Chas Hodges

For all the people who have been asking to hear the long version of our chat with Chas Hodges, who was our guest in the podcast on June 1st 2012, here it is. It’s all here: growing up in Edmonton, playing in Joe Meek’s house band, hearing “Revolver” on acetate, playing with Heads, Hands and Feet, the amazing story of Chas and Dave and much more.

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Word Podcast 290 – Mark King on forty years of funk

In the entire firmament of those who busted the charts in the 1980s there was nobody more reliably sane than Mark King of Level 42. Before they start on their 2018 tour he came in to the Islington to entertain an enthralled house with his account of importing the first Mahavishnu Orchestra album into the Isle Of Wight, turning up on Lenny White’s doorstep in America at the age of seventeen, treating the bass as a percussion instrument, his ride on the giddy carousel of chart success in the 80s, prodding Sean Penn in the chest at Madonna’s party, appearing with Elton John and Eric Clapton at the Prince’s Trust and a recent run-in with Ginger Baker. Level 42 tour dates are here. This was one of the best evenings we’ve ever had at the Islington.

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Word Podcast 289 – Mark Kermode on his life-long struggle against musical instruments

Ever since first hearing the siren call of The Rubettes’ “Sugar Baby Love”, Mark Kermode, TV and Radio’s Mr Movie, has been possessed by a determination to find out how it feels to be on stage with a band and to make the noise that bands made. His new book “How Does It Feel?” recounts every step on that journey, from making his own guitar while at school through leading his own bands The Bottlers and The Dodge Brothers and masquerading as the musical director of Danny Baker’s late-night chat show to trying to learn the chromatic harmonica on stage in front of a large orchestra and an even larger audience. It has been a life devoted to the noble objective of getting some kind of noise out of just about anything he has been confronted with and being prepared to treat the twin impostors of approval and derision both the same.

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