In which we’re joined by Sam Pope – the man who shantyised Eminem – on the new mass appeal of seafaring folk tunes, applaud the value of Happy Music (and name the tracks that never let you down), wonder why no-one’s made a biopic about Fleetwood Mac, Blondie or the Ramones, and watch Fran Lebowitz in Pretend It’s A City and wish we could have had breakfast with Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington. And play ‘Film noir or Springsteen song?’ and ‘Reggae soundsystem or Marvel superhero?’.
Sam Pope on Tik Tok & Instagram – @sampopemusic
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In which we tell the story of James Taylor’s tattoo, Bowie’s coded message to Hermione, Tracy Chapman v Nicki Ninaj, Gerry Marsden stealing George Harrison’s girlfriend, and the real life girls from Valerie and My Sharona – plus bracing rounds of ‘Republican Senator or Country Music star?’ and ‘Joanna Newsom song title or vegetarian restaurant in Brighton?’. And the lost Wombles-style Oasis tribute album (What’s the Story) Tobermory?.
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Surely the only podcast on God’s Earth that covers Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, Pulp’s Disco 2000, Zulu, voter fraud in Citizen Kane, Mother’s club in Birmingham, Prudence Farrow, the Alan Parsons Project, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly!, the Maharishi, ‘Lennon Remembers’, Gothmog (lieutenant of Morgul) and ‘Is it a craft beer or a Mercury Prize Nominee?’
The Beatles recording of ‘There You Go Eddy’, a song about Hunter Davies …