Podcast 383 – the eternal battles between Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf

In which we shake down the Bat Out Of Hell saga and Morrissey v the Simpsons, wonder what happened to the Bay City Rollers billions, explore Richard Thompson’s theory of folk-rock snobbery, salute pop memoirs that end early and remember how people reacted when Kraftwerk and the Ramones first appeared. And announce our Word in the Park live event in July! …

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Podcast 382 – on Jagger’s ropey new single and what made the Stones a dance band

A world-put-to-rights-special that tells the story of the man who hid in a crate on a three-day flight with only a book of Beatles song lyrics for entertainment, looks at the stupidity of 19 year-olds, considers Rob Lowe’s belief that “there’s no point in being famous today”, predicts that CDs will become as treasured and collectable as vinyl, and wonders if musicians could still play if as pissed as they claimed to be. Also includes Shit-faced Shakespeare and a round of Song Title By the World’s Most Pretentious Band or Artwork By Damien Hirst?

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Podcast 381 – Tessa Norton and Bob Stanley on the folklore of the Fall

Tessa and Bob are lifelong Mark E Smith devotees and have just published ‘Excavate: the Wonderful And Frightening World of The Fall’, a collection of essays inspired by the band’s unique and eternally beguiling back catalogue and divinely cranky modus operandi – along with artwork, ephemera, lyrics sheets, letters to fans and self-written press releases. It’s an atlas that navigates the Fall’s outer reaches rather than an investigation of the man himself “as you can’t look directly at the sun”. This terrific free-wheeling conversation touches on football, architecture, working men’s clubs, self-made mythology, the nature of Fall fans, the powerful impact of Kenny Everett’s World’s Worst Records Show album and the plastic carrier-bag left onstage that Tessa still has 25 years later.

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Yeah Yeah Yeah by Bob Stanley …
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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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