Podcast 412 – a Rock Snobbery Special plus 50 years of the Old Grey Whistle Test

.. where we consider the brave new world in which Rick Astley plays the Smiths, a documentary explores the reasons people detest Kenny G and Rolling Stone rather self-consciously revise their list of the Best 500 Songs Of All Time (should they declare 2001 the new Year Zero and just reset the clock?). And featuring … worst supergroups, acts who’ve never put out any cover versions, bands who arrived at the venue but never played and Morrissey answering the phones on Rock Around the Clock.

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Podcast 411 – acts with embarrassingly duff names and the absurd notion of “a real fan”

Among the white-hot news items fondly examined this week you’ll find … the eternal wars in Fleetwood Mac, how we broadcast our love of bands before the rock t-shirt arrived (involves a canvas bag, a biro and the words ‘Chicken Shack’), Michael Chapman, Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts, the one good thing about the pandemic, albums that were too long and a night featuring a navy surplus greatcoat and the non-appearance of the Move’s Ace “The Singing Skull” Kefford.

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Podcast 410 – “pop music + distance = sadness”

In which we consider the melancholy of Abba (and find a 45 year-old bar of Abba soap), applaud the hidden message in Lee Perry’s Cow Thief Skank, wonder how Judee Sill would be marketed today, remember the Beach Boys’ purple patch and note the only two things of any worth ever achieved by Iron Butterfly.

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