Podcast 425 – Lenny Kaye nails some moments “when the universe shifted”

Lenny Kaye’s just published ‘Lightning Striking: Ten Transformative Moments In Rock And Roll’, events in particular times and places that changed the landscape, among them (and discussed here) Liverpool in 1962, New York in 1975 and Seattle in 1991. In the digital world, will we ever have that kind of local music scene again? His fascinating observations include driving to San Francisco for the Love-In, the world of CBGBs, Norwegian Black Metal, life in the Patti Smith Group and some of “the eccentric characters I feel naturally drawn to” which include Joe Meek, Stiv Bators and the Ramones. Among the questions: what’s the correct way to file Captain Beefheart, under ‘C’ or ‘B’? This is a man whose record collection is divided into “food groups” and includes “a wacko section”. He’s wonderful company.

Lightning Striking …
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lightning-Striking-Lenny-Kaye/dp/1474615074

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Podcast 424 – Elvis Costello, aka rock’s “greatest communicator”

In which we watch a breathtaking 40-minute piece of oratory by EC that takes in David Hockney, TikTok, Laurel & Hardy, what Pete Thomas did during Lockdown and how to avoid your new album being “just another bucket of herring tossed into the stream”. And go to the Premiere of Peter Jackson’s Get Back. And remember some slightly hopeless second albums (ABC, Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Tracy Chapman) and some prime examples of the “front-loaded” LP (Let’s Dance, the Joshua Tree etc). And delight in discovering the snobbery of people who work in record shops is still apparent when you’re trying to buy an Ornette Coleman CD.

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Podcast 423 – inscrutable album covers and Hunky Dory’s 50th birthday

In which we salute the great ‘60s pop writer and Beatles associate Maureen Cleave, find a copy of Melody Maker from the week Hunky Dory was released (the Rainbow opens, Lindisfarne banned from Brighton Dome after fans dance in aisles! etc), talk to Chris Topham of the Plane Groovy label about the vinyl crisis (there’s a seven-month wait to get a record pressed), check the map of the biggest-selling music acts from each UK county and get to the root of the old Sounds headline “My naked bath-nights with Olivia Newton-John”.
 
Chris Topham’s Plane Groovy Records …
https://www.planegroovy.com/toppo.html
 
Maureen Cleave’s famous ‘How Does A Beatle Live?’ piece …
http://headsup.freeshell.org/beatles-articles/standard.html
 
Map of the biggest-selling music acts from each UK county …
https://brilliantmaps.com/best-selling-england/

Word In Your Ear live in London on November 22: https://john-ilsley-more-tba.eventbrite.co.uk

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Podcast 422 – McCartney’s lyrics & the Tom Tom Club plus Lionel Blair and other rhyming slang immortals

In which we kick about with music at weddings, spin-off groups, the bracing challenge of Trout Mask Replica, why pop music needs no awards, the Lionel Blair gag on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, a 42-disc boxset, skippable album tracks, the Stones still playing Midnight Rambler, McCartney on LP Hartley, Hamlet and Dylan Thomas, and rhyming slang we’d never heard – eg lunch: “a pint of Shaun Ryder, two Bills and a Giorgio Armani”. Plus the tragedy of the Astroworld Festival.
 
That Lionel Blair and Sammy Davis tap-off in 1961 …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrS_XEBuFSU
 
Bob Lefsetz on the rock festival safety crisis …
https://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2021/11/06/astroworld/

Word In Your Ear live in London on November 22: https://john-ilsley-more-tba.eventbrite.co.uk

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Podcast 421 – Happy 50th to the Pink Moon recording sessions!

In which we debunk the eye-watering Adele Hyde Park ticket prices, note the crowd-losing absence of choruses in Nick Drake songs, remember the strangest onstage guests, marvel at McCartney’s childhood memories and applaud Steve Van Zandt’s theory about the beginning and end of rock music. And birthday patron Giles Fraser is piped aboard plus his proposition about rock and roll legacy.

Giles Fraser’s Let’s Fly: https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/contemporary/lets-fly/

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Podcast 420 – Daniel Rachel hears 100 hours of Beatles audio – “it’s like the DNA in a crime scene”

Daniel Rachel, old pal of the pod, has just published ‘Like Some Forgotten Dream: What If The Beatles Hadn’t Split Up?’, much of it drawn from his access to the Let It Be tapes and full of enthralling details about the highs and lows of the band’s last year. This includes precisely what happened after George stormed out in Jan ’69, the stories of Gimme Some Truth, Cold Turkey and All Things Must Pass, missed press news opportunities, the Scottish car crash, the Toronto Peace Concert and a fantasy tracklist for the double album they could have made in 1970. And much fond talk of their personal chemistry. “There was no showboating, everybody served the song and the idea of making music surpassed everything.”

@DanielRachel69

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Podcast 419 – Tim Burgess: how Tim’s Twitter Listening Party raised the sum of human happiness

One of the great Lockdown success stories now has a book attached. This magnificent invention started in March last year and, at one point, Tim was hosting 10 Listening Parties a day. He looks back here at some of the ones he loved the most and how the Four Lions movie got the ball rolling. And talks about the Beach Boys, Iggy Pop, Discharge, Vashti Bunyan’s horse-drawn trip to the Hebrides and (aged 13) seeing Crass in a scout hut in Winsford.  

https://timstwitterlisteningparty.com/

All past editions … …

https://timstwitterlisteningparty.com/pages/all.html

@LlSTENlNG_PARTY

The Listening Party book …

Charlatans tour dates …

https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/the-charlatans-tickets/artist/1328349

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