Podcast 355 – it was 40 years ago today …

In which we salute Jerry Jeff ‘Mr Bojangles’ Walker and Spencer Davis (at the ABC in Wakefield!), comedians with catchphrase singles, the marketing genius of Lily Allen and the grand tradition of pop songs about – how can we put this? – “self-love”.

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Podcast 354 – Rob Halford: when the Judas Priest commandant met Andy Warhol and the Queen

Rob Halford – still proudly “a big daft kid” – remembers old musichall acts at the Wolverhampton Grand, wearing polyester suits and kipper ties when the manager of Harry Fenton’s, slogging round Europe in a Transit van, booze, drugs, bullwhips, “being head-to-toe in leather”, standing in for Ozzy, coming out on MTV and “wearing my sister’s purple top Old Grey Whistle Test”.

Rob’s memoir Confess …
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Confess-Rob-Halford-ebook/dp/B07ZL2ZQSF

Rob on Instagram
@robhalfordlegacy

@judaspriest

Whistle Test …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=957N7EAtpY4&list=PL5jPQshWo8ry-36NEo4AudZMn2iP9CW8P&index=61

Podcast 353 – can you be too good looking for rock and roll?

In which we remember Peter Frampton and the second golden age of the Scream Idols (and his hard-nosed manager Dee Anthony), are weirdly gripped by the recent screening of Cliff’s Summer Holiday, look at rock stars’ cars, Krautrock acts and rejected album titles, and name “the shabbiest sleeve notes ever written”.

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Podcast 352 – our favourite ’80s albums

In which we salute National Album Day by digging out some much loved ’80s LPs, the Telegraph’s Neil McCormick tells us about the tyranny critics now endure from aggrieved pop fans and we invent fictitious Emo bands and live album titles.

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Podcast 351 – Lennon at 80 and the mystifying mysteries of the mysterious Marvel movies

In which we unearth NME’s best albums and singles polls from the ’70s (Jethro Tull? Spirit? Country Joe?), invent fictitious Calypso and Blues stars, rave about Call My Agent, remember Lennon’s Aunt Mimi and Steve Strange versus Mick Jagger, wonder if it’s curtains for the age of the movie star and hear our producer Magic Alex on the joys of “flying and explosions” as he binge-watches all 23 Marvel movies.

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