Podcast 374 – happy 50th, Nick Drake and the Stones ‘farewell’ tour!

In which we try the Obama/Springsteen pod, view astonishing footage of Sinatra recording in 1965, watch films we’ve never seen (eg “Life Of Brian” – merchandise at the stoning scene? “Two rocks and a bag of gravel”), remember the Stones’ satin-clad tax-dodging flit to the south of France, applaud the greatest one-man albums ever made, and play ‘Children’s book or rare psychedelic single?’, ‘European rave palace or Gwyneth Paltrow lifestyle accessory’ and ‘Spot the fake DJ’ (Spinston Churchill?).

WIYE Merch: http://www.wiyelondon.com/merch

Frank Sinatra recording in 1965 …
https://www.openculture.com/2017/04/watch-frank-sinatra-record-it-was-a-very-good-year-in-the-studio-in-1965.html

Working with Frank …
https://youtu.be/ogC-D3jneGE

Cilla recording with Burt Bacharach …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj7-saWB4eQ

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Podcast 373 – a guided tour chez Dolly Parton!

In the event of the temporary indisposition of Mr Mark Henry Ellen his part is taken for today’s podcast by Mr Alexander Karl Gold and he and David Hepworth talk on the subject of which other songwriter-band leaders might arguably give Ray Davies a run for his money when it comes to sustained creation of brilliant singles, what it’s like to go to Dolly Parton’s home town and the contrasting accounts of the popular song experience which are available in the films “Framing Britney” and “Travelling For A Living” (https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-travelling-for-a-living-1966-online), a 1966 film of life with the Watersons. Plus, of course, the Stackwaddy Game.

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Podcast 372 – the Greatest Love Songs Ever Written

… a Valentine’s Day Special (which naturally involves Jackie DeShannon and Lucinda Williams), the curious case of Bruce Springsteen, the Jeep ad and the shot of tequila, and the 50th birthday of Tapestry. Plus Stack Waddy: ‘leafy English village or colourful minor celebrity?’ and ‘Tom Waits track or story by Damon Runyon?’

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Podcast 371 – Tom Lehrer, payola and the Midnight Train to Georgia

In which we navigate by way of pay-for-play bribery, Elvis Costello’s mum, the songs the Bonzos taught us, the man who helped cook the Beatles’ books, the eternal trials of posh pop stars, and Farrah Fawcett-Majors and the story of the Midnight Plane To Houston. And play ‘Pulp song or episode of Are You Being Served?’

The Bee Gees record a message for Pete Paphides’ ansaphone in 1997 …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcKi3-pYutQ&lc=UgwqHWpFK3w9utgLeH54AaABAg&feature=em-comments

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Podcast 370 – the story about Phil Collins, George Harrison and the congas …

In which the conversational spotlight alights upon the great Hilton Valentine (RIP), adventures with the KLF, Phil Collins’ disastrous session for All Things Must Pass, DJ EZ’s marathon, Clare Torry on the Great Gig In The Sky, Carey Mulligan v Variety magazine and John Otway’s version of House of the Rising Sun. Plus be prepared to play … “Rave DJ or Household Cleaning Product?” and “Queen track or fantasy novel by George RR ‘Games Of Thrones’ Martin?”.

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Podcast 369 – where Dolly and Phil Spector meet PG Wodehouse …

A snow-filled scenic ramble featuring the appeal of Dolly Parton for the under-fives, the Cilla Black/Phil Spector chart battle of ’65 (and Phil’s unsettling appearance at the Q Awards), a John Lennon birthday lunch in Paris, the post-Brexit future for musicians on tour, Midge Ure, Tucky Buzzard and Eddie Izzard … plus a bracing round of ‘Wodehouse character or rock musician?’ and ‘Morrissey song title or quote from Oscar Wilde?’.

Midge Ure on the impact of Brexit on touring the EU
https://twitter.com/BBCSounds/status/1352594601434099716

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Podcast 368 – it’s all gone Sea Shanty!

In which we’re joined by Sam Pope – the man who shantyised Eminem – on the new mass appeal of seafaring folk tunes, applaud the value of Happy Music (and name the tracks that never let you down), wonder why no-one’s made a biopic about Fleetwood Mac, Blondie or the Ramones, and watch Fran Lebowitz in Pretend It’s A City and wish we could have had breakfast with Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington. And play ‘Film noir or Springsteen song?’ and ‘Reggae soundsystem or Marvel superhero?’.

Sam Pope on Tik Tok & Instagram – @sampopemusic

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Podcast 367 – Neil Young and the concert that invented ‘the whoop’

In which we tell the story of James Taylor’s tattoo, Bowie’s coded message to Hermione, Tracy Chapman v Nicki Ninaj, Gerry Marsden stealing George Harrison’s girlfriend, and the real life girls from Valerie and My Sharona – plus bracing rounds of ‘Republican Senator or Country Music star?’ and ‘Joanna Newsom song title or vegetarian restaurant in Brighton?’. And the lost Wombles-style Oasis tribute album (What’s the Story) Tobermory?.

James Taylor’s tattoo story is at 4.20 …
https://youtu.be/ouR_PDffp40

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Podcast 366 – the priceless mishaps of Fleetwood Mac

Surely the only podcast on God’s Earth that covers Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, Pulp’s Disco 2000, Zulu, voter fraud in Citizen Kane, Mother’s club in Birmingham, Prudence Farrow, the Alan Parsons Project, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly!, the Maharishi, ‘Lennon Remembers’, Gothmog (lieutenant of Morgul) and ‘Is it a craft beer or a Mercury Prize Nominee?’

The Beatles recording of ‘There You Go Eddy’, a song about Hunter Davies …

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=beatles+there+you+are+eddy+youtube&docid=608013219034040298&mid=427E49A4B90193F58E80427E49A4B90193F58E80&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

Podcast 365 – to the sunlit uplands of the new Let It Be movie!

Surely the only podcast that’s ever included tantalising Beatles film outtakes, the knock-down sale of Michael Jackson’s Neverland, ‘the Great Fatsby’ by Leslie West, Frank Sinatra, E17 with sleigh bells and and Ladbaby’s We Built This City On Sausage Rolls. Plus we play energetic rounds of ‘Farrow & Ball paint colour or Tyrannosaurus Rex track?’ and ‘Lilith Fair acoustic act or Lush beauty product’?

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