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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Podcast 364 – in stout defence of the Bee Gees

In which we dust down a great new Bee Gees doc (How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?), applaud Bill Bailey, remember the absurdity of the Best Guitarist polls (and then name our favourite guitarists), mine the folklore of John Le Carre for possible band names (the Scalphunters, Madame Ostrakova), shake down the ‘river of dimes’ world of music copyright, and play a bracing round of ‘Black Metal Band or Item Of IKEA Furniture?

Bill Bailey doing U2 having a Catastrophic Technical Failure …
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bill+bailey+impression+of+U2++youtube&docid=608004010494658780&mid=093D1A58807BF3F7B1D8093D1A58807BF3F7B1D8&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

And his impression of Billy Bragg …
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bill+bailey+billy+bragg+youtbe&docid=608046294460467055&mid=933388ED5A44F42CF025933388ED5A44F42CF025&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

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Podcast 363 – $300m for Dylan catalogue officially “a bargain”

In which we salute the Taylor Swift publicity machine and the “sixth Stone” Ian Stewart, marvel at the money-spinning value of song copyrights (Dylan, Gershwin, Third Man Theme etc), listen to albums in the dark, point up McCartney’s superhuman achievement on June 14 1965 and spot fictitious music magazines (the Amazing Pudding?) and emo bands (Moose Blood?).

Ian Leslie’s 64 Reasons To Celebrate Paul McCartney …
https://ianleslie.substack.com/p/64-reasons-to-celebrate-paul-mccartney

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Podcast 362 – does anyone form a band any more?

Choice items discussed include Dua Lipa’s 5-million-tickets-sold online show, the full list of Altamont catastrophes, the magic of the rock press ‘on the road’ feature, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (oh yes!), Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter’s move into military defence and US Spy Satellites, David’s disastrous cinema outing, whether going to gigs is now largely about the ‘being there’ on social media, cult Xmas singles and the mystery of Griselda Pugh & the Horses of Instruction.

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Podcast 361 – and when did YOU last listen to ‘Apple Jam’?

In which we look at pop conspiracy theories (eg Britney Spears), the Christmas songs that work for 2020, the 36 different versions of the new McCartney album, the howling mundanity of Arsene Wenger’s Desert Island Discs, folk box-sets made in China, Gary Barlow in Sainsbury’s, “America’s truth crisis” and mangled celebrity band names. And the time David spent Christmas alone.

The #FreeBritney story in Vanity Fair …
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/11/the-oracle-of-britney-spears

The ‘Harry Smith B Sides’ in the New York Times …
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/14/arts/music/anthology-of-american-folk-music.html

Nick Lowe’s ‘Christmas At The Airport’ …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQoVB3Rd28E

Davitt Sigerson’s It’s A Big Country …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDXZsydJU2c

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