Podcast 424 – Elvis Costello, aka rock’s “greatest communicator”

In which we watch a breathtaking 40-minute piece of oratory by EC that takes in David Hockney, TikTok, Laurel & Hardy, what Pete Thomas did during Lockdown and how to avoid your new album being “just another bucket of herring tossed into the stream”. And go to the Premiere of Peter Jackson’s Get Back. And remember some slightly hopeless second albums (ABC, Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Tracy Chapman) and some prime examples of the “front-loaded” LP (Let’s Dance, the Joshua Tree etc). And delight in discovering the snobbery of people who work in record shops is still apparent when you’re trying to buy an Ornette Coleman CD.

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Podcast 423 – inscrutable album covers and Hunky Dory’s 50th birthday

In which we salute the great ‘60s pop writer and Beatles associate Maureen Cleave, find a copy of Melody Maker from the week Hunky Dory was released (the Rainbow opens, Lindisfarne banned from Brighton Dome after fans dance in aisles! etc), talk to Chris Topham of the Plane Groovy label about the vinyl crisis (there’s a seven-month wait to get a record pressed), check the map of the biggest-selling music acts from each UK county and get to the root of the old Sounds headline “My naked bath-nights with Olivia Newton-John”.
 
Chris Topham’s Plane Groovy Records …
https://www.planegroovy.com/toppo.html
 
Maureen Cleave’s famous ‘How Does A Beatle Live?’ piece …
http://headsup.freeshell.org/beatles-articles/standard.html
 
Map of the biggest-selling music acts from each UK county …
https://brilliantmaps.com/best-selling-england/

Word In Your Ear live in London on November 22: https://john-ilsley-more-tba.eventbrite.co.uk

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Podcast 422 – McCartney’s lyrics & the Tom Tom Club plus Lionel Blair and other rhyming slang immortals

In which we kick about with music at weddings, spin-off groups, the bracing challenge of Trout Mask Replica, why pop music needs no awards, the Lionel Blair gag on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, a 42-disc boxset, skippable album tracks, the Stones still playing Midnight Rambler, McCartney on LP Hartley, Hamlet and Dylan Thomas, and rhyming slang we’d never heard – eg lunch: “a pint of Shaun Ryder, two Bills and a Giorgio Armani”. Plus the tragedy of the Astroworld Festival.
 
That Lionel Blair and Sammy Davis tap-off in 1961 …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrS_XEBuFSU
 
Bob Lefsetz on the rock festival safety crisis …
https://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2021/11/06/astroworld/

Word In Your Ear live in London on November 22: https://john-ilsley-more-tba.eventbrite.co.uk

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Podcast 421 – Happy 50th to the Pink Moon recording sessions!

In which we debunk the eye-watering Adele Hyde Park ticket prices, note the crowd-losing absence of choruses in Nick Drake songs, remember the strangest onstage guests, marvel at McCartney’s childhood memories and applaud Steve Van Zandt’s theory about the beginning and end of rock music. And birthday patron Giles Fraser is piped aboard plus his proposition about rock and roll legacy.

Giles Fraser’s Let’s Fly: https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/contemporary/lets-fly/

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Podcast 420 – Daniel Rachel hears 100 hours of Beatles audio – “it’s like the DNA in a crime scene”

Daniel Rachel, old pal of the pod, has just published ‘Like Some Forgotten Dream: What If The Beatles Hadn’t Split Up?’, much of it drawn from his access to the Let It Be tapes and full of enthralling details about the highs and lows of the band’s last year. This includes precisely what happened after George stormed out in Jan ’69, the stories of Gimme Some Truth, Cold Turkey and All Things Must Pass, missed press news opportunities, the Scottish car crash, the Toronto Peace Concert and a fantasy tracklist for the double album they could have made in 1970. And much fond talk of their personal chemistry. “There was no showboating, everybody served the song and the idea of making music surpassed everything.”

@DanielRachel69

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Podcast 419 – Tim Burgess: how Tim’s Twitter Listening Party raised the sum of human happiness

One of the great Lockdown success stories now has a book attached. This magnificent invention started in March last year and, at one point, Tim was hosting 10 Listening Parties a day. He looks back here at some of the ones he loved the most and how the Four Lions movie got the ball rolling. And talks about the Beach Boys, Iggy Pop, Discharge, Vashti Bunyan’s horse-drawn trip to the Hebrides and (aged 13) seeing Crass in a scout hut in Winsford.  

https://timstwitterlisteningparty.com/

All past editions … …

https://timstwitterlisteningparty.com/pages/all.html

@LlSTENlNG_PARTY

The Listening Party book …

Charlatans tour dates …

https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/the-charlatans-tickets/artist/1328349

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Podcast 418 – the best five tracks of the ‘70s and massive applause for Paul Simon (80)

In which we watch the Harmony Game (the fabulous doc about the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water), wonder if the British are qualified to play Country, hear the new Let It Be outtakes (the Fabs playing ‘Fancy My Chances With You’ and George ordering cauliflower cheese), consider the genius of Every Breath You Take, the Stones dropping Brown Sugar and the moment dance music changed from songs to grooves, and salute the Apple Scruff who sang on Across the Universe.
 
The new Let It Be outtakes on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/1BdxbYp1FaNejpDgtDo25V?si=SDCZXciQRUqQTG0dcsP2dA
 
Paul Simon and fan:
https://youtu.be/AXBlY5CImUU

Podcast 417 – Kacey Musgraves’ naked TV appearance restaged by Alex Gold

In which we remember when one of the Stones was in the Air Force, the agony of loons pants, the genius of Irene Handl (and her screen roles: Mrs Crumbling, Miss Harker-Parker, Miss Slenderparts) and Bowie as the Goblin King in Labyrinth. Plus Cliff Richards’ new ‘perv breeks’, Steve Van Zandt visits Brian Jones’ grave, the best short songs, when haircuts wreck a band and Ian Martin’s live review of Rick Astley doing the Smiths.

Irene Handl and Peter Sellers in Shadows on The Grass: https://open.spotify.com/track/5cdRF3u4UsywY4dZ2g0imJ?si=d844271eba824b09

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Podcast 416 – Richard Balls: the intoxicating songs and chaotic life of Shane MacGowan

‘A Furious Devotion’ is just out, written by Richard Balls after long conversations and nights spent with Shane and interviews with members of the Pogues, old girlfriends, former teachers and collaborators (Nick Cave, Sinead O’Connor and Christy Moore among them). This covers childhood times in Tipperary, his ‘genius’ school years, fierce debates about his Irish identity, the full story of Fairytale of New York, his marriage, how the band put up with him and the cussed old curmudgeon he is today (a taste: this is a man who shuns computers, mobiles and email and won’t turn the TV down when being interviewed). A revelation from start to finish.

@RichardBalls
 
https://omnibuspress.com/products/a-furious-devotion-the-life-of-shane-macgowan-published-on-7th-october-2021
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Furious-Devotion-Life-Shane-MacGowan/dp/1787601080
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Balls/e/B0034Q6Q8C%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

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Podcast 415 – the late Commander Cody and other enthusiastic smokers

White-hot, pressing topics kicked around the rock and roll park this week include … can heavy metal ever be sexy?, why the Beatles would have made the greatest Unplugged act, the return of Scritti Politti, good deals in charity shops, what made Status Quo swing, how Jim Morrison wrecked the legacy of the Doors, the Floyd and the Stones discovering disco, Barry Ryan RIP and why Best Record polls in old music papers still get our goat. 
 
Rock stars smoking: https://art-sheep.com/old-photographs-of-musicians-smoking-their-cigarettes/

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