Podcast 457 – the new Elvis movie and why we loved it

Among the things of great import we ran up the flagpole this week:-

Why Baz Lurhmann’s new movie will do for Elvis what Get Back’s done for the Beatles.

Highlights of our Word In Your Park show – what happened on Geoff Lloyd’s McCartney radio special involving a flugelhorn? What was Andy Miller wearing and why? What obscure McCartney track did Danny Baker say was a masterpiece? What did Graham Gouldman nick from Things We Said Today when writing hits for the Hollies?

The John Peel auction and the prices people paid for an Oz Obscenity Trial vest, copies of Sniffin’ Glue and a postcard from John Lennon.

Is punk the new pop memorabilia sweet spot?

Why gigs are getting longer.

How musichall shaped the first pop package tours.

Dads and daughters at concerts.

Plus patron birthday guest Andrew Stocks and a Fava’s Day gift from Keith Adsley.

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Podcast 456 – why music is largely about everything but music

Topics off the leash this week include …

The Talent v Charisma pye chart you can apply to any act.

“Double-concentrated Liam” versus “diluted Noel”, an update on the Oasis land-grab.

A second helping of the “Pete Doherty swaps crack for Camembert” story.

Liverpool taxi-driver, 25, claims to have never heard of the Rolling Stones: could this be possible?

Pop stars infinitely older (or younger) than you imagined.

Learning to speak fluent tabloid – “the Here Comes The Sun hit-makers”, “the Paint It Black chart-busters” etc …

Marc Bolan is a “thin” concept. Bolan + Pies/Booze doesn’t work.

Plus Petula Clark, Andy Summers, Japan, Michael Owen and Toni Basil.


Tickets for Word In The Park in London on June 18th here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/were-throwing-a-party-for-paul-mccartneys-80th-and-youre-invited-tickets-259008229587

Podcast 455 – Jeff Beck, Johnny Depp and how to ‘rockwash’ your tarnished reputation

We give the week a spirited shakedown to see what falls out of its pockets. And this includes …

The late Ronnie Hawkins – road hog, stunt diver, bootleg liquor smuggler!

Who’s the only original rock and roller now still alive?

If you went to see Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp lumbered on to “jam”, how monumentally hacked off would you be?

Kiss have handed in their lunchpails and eyebrow pencils. Shouldn’t more hoary old rock acts “retire out of self-respect”?

What Danny Boyle’s Pistol mini-series explains about the band’s urge to succeed – and its corniest moments revisited.

Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga … any other musicians who cut it on-screen?

What are the great songs about communal experience along with Thanks For The Memory, I Will Survive, Born To Run, Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) and Airhead’s Funny How?

What Americans call “hiking” we call “walking”.

Sir Tim Rice, Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Ian Rankin … our expanding list of beknighted podcast guests.


Tickets for Word In The Park in London on June 18th here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/were-throwing-a-party-for-paul-mccartneys-80th-and-youre-invited-tickets-259008229587

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