Podcast 458 – what links The Day Of The Jackal, Supertramp, the Sun and James Callaghan?

Appetising items on our lavish tray of conversational hors d’oeuvres this week include:-

Billie Eilish, 20, (“the youngest at headliner at Glastonbury”) and pop stars who started even younger – “Little” Stevie Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Ranking Roger, Annabella Lwin, Alex Chilton and Peter Frampton.

“The poison of criminal violence and gang warfare” (supposedly Brighton in 1948) and other highlights of Brighton Rock.

The Stones – what they heard when the screaming stopped and the Hyde Park show 53 years ago.

Kate Bush on Woman’s Hour.

Found in the attic: an old copy of Smash Hits from 1982 and the rich variety on offer – the Belle Stars, Monsoon, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, The Teardrop Explodes on a bill with Queen, Vic Godard goes swing, Scritti Politti, Neil Tennant on Hambi & The Dance.

A did-they-play-day-or-night-at-Woodstock parlour game.

TLC v Sam Fender in the Glastonbury highlights. One of them was “monumentally boring”.

Famous quotes that were invented – “Let them eat cake”, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on”, “Ringo isn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles” etc.

… and the winner(s) of this month’s quiz.


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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.


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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.


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Podcast 454 – Has any actor played a rock star convincingly?

Framed in the piercing super-trouper of perusal this week …

The highs and lows of Danny Boyle’s new Sex Pistols biopic.

The best in-car music for road trips (Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Rufus Wainwright …).

How do Thom Yorke’s children feel about their father’s brilliant new album (the Smile) still sounding like the work of a bleating teenager?

The late Alan White (of Yes), a working drummer since the age of 13. 

Has social media destroyed the celebrity interview by revealing how star-struck we all are?

The joy of never googling an artist and allowing them to remain a glorious mystery.

The unusual position in Depeche Mode occupied by Andy Fletcher. 

Can classical musicians understand pop music?

When Pink Floyd met Yehudi Menuhin.

The Common ground between cricket and Spinal Tap.

Irritating scenes in the new Operation Mincemeat movie. 

… and birthday patreon guests Ann Kember, Paul Thompson and Ray Roscoe.

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Podcast 453 – You spent HOW MUCH on speakers?

This week we’ve been mainly talking about….

Could The Smile be the first side-project to eclipse the mothership?

Is the kitchen the place we mainly listen to music these days?

Bob Neuwirth – the man who helped Dylan become Dylan

Vangelis – the man whose music was more famous than the film

Why do American newspapers make pop records sound as dull as set books?

Here’s friend of the pod Owen Parker.

https://www.owenparker.co.uk

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Podcast 452 – Can bands still “sell out”? – plus 50 years of Exile On Main Street and RIP the iPod

Entertainments, thrills and diversions at the end of the rock and roll seaside pier this week include …

Things we want to see in a Bob Dylan museum.

Why the upcoming Spinal Tap sequel fills us with excitement and dread in equal measure.

The pub in Cornwall that Vogue magazine tried to sue. 

Is ‘Exile’ the best Stones album or just their most fashionable? And a new book about Nellcôte – “urchins living in wealth and splendour”.  

The brief return of the Stackwaddy game – Springsteen or Taylor Swift lyric? YOU be the judge! 

The fizzing cacophony of the Smash Hits office.

Why do most TV series (apart from Breaking Bad) start well and fizzle out?

A trailer for ‘The Curious Chronicles of Villa Nellcôte’ by Geir Hornes here …

http://www.nellcotechronicles.com

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Podcast 451 – the world’s rarest records and the sartorial splendour of the satin tour jacket

Our recent encounter with John Lydon – his high viz shirt, his smoking habit and his usefully commercial righteous indignation about the upcoming Danny Boyle-directed ‘Pistol’ TV series.
 
Why Spinal Tap was a blessing and a curse for their real-life drummer Ric Parnell (RIP).
 
The magnificent bucolic frolic held in the memory of the Old Grey Whistle Test producer Mike Appleton.
 
The sad fate of Jackie Wilson.
 
The “pleasant illness” of record collecting.
 
Musicians who died onstage.
 
Why comedians might start to need bodyguards
 
The curious meaning of a “stone fox chase”.

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Podcast 450 – Kate Rusby (12) bought Bon Jovi tapes on hire purchase from Casa Disco in Barnsley

Folk deity, songwriter and festival figurehead, Kate Rusby was raised on Planxty and De Dannan but staged a rebellion with Smash Hits and “storytelling songs” by A-ha. High in the mix in this splendid pod are “people who sing like a bird”, Nanci Griffith, Nic Jones’ Penguin Eggs, being on Top Of The Pops with Ronan Keating, “2p bus rides anywhere in Yorkshire”, Lyle Lovett, stage fright in Hyde Park, winning a folk competition aged 15, Dan Tyminski as George Clooney and why she’s evangelical about Bob Fox and Stu Luckly.

30th Anniversary album … https://www.amazon.co.uk/30-Happy-Returns-Kate-Rusby/dp/B09VPMYB1F

Tour dates … https://katerusby.com/gigs/

Underneath the Stars Festival … https://underneaththestarsfest.co.uk/

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Podcast 449 – It’s our fantasy seven-decade Queen’s Jubilee line -up!

… which may or may not feature Noel Coward, Slade, the KLF and the Spice Girls.

Other key items in pursuit of entertainment this week include:-

When did British pop turn female?

The glorious notion that boyfriends who don’t work out are “Near Mrs”.

The best band this decade! (clue: it’s Wet Leg).

The endlessly rewatchable qualities of Moneyball and The Big Short.

Cary Grant: “All men want to be Cary Grant? I want to be Cary Grant!”

The singular magic of the Hot Club of Cowtown.

Who invented the term “rock and roll”?

Who bought a song called Real Ugly Woman from the teenage Leiber & Stoller? 

Band members who slept with each other.

Alan Freed being sued by Moondog.

And the certifiable fact that only one person was ever better as a solo artist than in their original band (and we name him).

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