Podcast 448 – you’re either a t-shirt act or a non t-shirt act: discuss

White-hot topics examined this week include:-

The sweeping return of Britpop (Shed Seven, Reverend and the Makers, how did they get so huge?)

Has Nick Mason won Pink Floyd? Has Liam Gallagher won Oasis?

Record shops that shaped our lives like the Record Bar in Wakefield.

The amazing Nick Cave merchandise range (now encompassing tea-sets, crockery, tiles, wallpaper, jewellery and “the Warren Ellis Pure Exploitation Egg Cup”).

What Frank Sinatra claimed was a “filthy Communist lie”.

Is there a better chronicler of the shades of middle age than Nick Lowe?

Can the current Little Feat line-up really be called Little Feat?

Acts that stand for something.

Happy 40th birthday to Moon Zappa’s Valley Girl!

Is there a more irritating adjective than “awesome”?

‘Dogs with fleas, allergies/A book of Greek antiquities …’

Plus birthday patron John Montagna gets to call a meeting. 

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Podcast 447 – which band played the Old Grey Whistle Test and was then completely forgotten?

Among the key questions being booted round the block this week in hot pursuit of entertainment:-

Why is the billing of the Rolling Stones as just “Stones” on the current tour posters a monstrous affront to human decency?

Why are Mozart and PG Wodehouse “like two peas in a pod”?

Is there a better literary simile than “the drowsy stillness of the afternoon was shattered by what sounded like GK Chesterton falling on a sheet of tin”?

Would pub rock, punk and the ‘80s club boom have ever happened if it hadn’t been for the mighty Time Out?  

What’s the howling error in all the Battle of Britain movies?

And what pitiful fee did Yvonne Elliman choose to accept instead of royalties for the Jesus Christ Superstar album?

And birthday patron guest Stephen Lambe has a couple of questions for the panel.  

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Podcast 446 – ‘Streaming Killed the Skit Track’ plus Toastface Grillah and the Sgt Peppermill

Among the delights this week:-
 
Pink Floyd’s single for Ukraine (the best peace anthem ever?) and the song Bruce Springsteen played the night Saddam Hussein’s statue came down in Baghdad.
 
A man who has 227 Kiss albums.
 
Warners’ talent scout Andy Wickham (RIP), the house hippy who opened the door for Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Gram Parsons and a-ha (a movie waiting to happen).  
 
The members of Big In Japan (a book and documentary waiting to happen).
 
The snack bar Brimful Of Rasher, the Greek restaurant I Should Be Souvlaki and other sparkling retail puns.  
 
The welcome return of “What gets my goat?”
 
And birthday patron Chuck Loncon on the comedy classics of Kinky Friedman and Bob Newhart.

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Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox singing the WW1 folk protest song “The Red Viburnum In The Meadow” by St Sofia Cathedral in central Kyiv …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYpOrwksgbA
 
Pink Floyd’s video for Hey Hey Rise Up …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saEpkcVi1d4

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Podcast 445 – We spot Will “Slapper” Smith’s biggest mistake at the Oscars and salute Ben Sidran’s foot

Will Smith did something at the Academy Awards which showed what he cared about most – did you notice it too? Our blow-by-blow account of the moment everyone missed.

  • Plus … a man who has 25 Big Country albums (and other unlikey acts whose records we obsessively collect).
  • Is there any band still going after 50 years with more original members than Roxy Music?
  • The enduring joy of Joe Jackson’s Look Sharp! and Night And Day.
  • And the kind of thing they let you put on an album cover 50 years ago.