Saturday, 21 July 2018

Adrian Sherwood's Dub Theory - Music Extra 30th June 2018

ADRIAN SHERWOOD'S DUB THEORY - MUSIC EXTRA 30.06.18 (96kbs-m4a/35mb/50mins)
BBC World Service broadcast: 30th June 2018

Legendary British producer and founder of the On-U Sound record label Adrian Sherwood takes us on a personal journey through the experimental, mysterious world of his distinctive production style.

Producing and remixing tracks over the last 30 years by artists as diverse as Public Image Limited, The Slits, The Fall, African Head Charge, Tackhead, Depeche Mode, Primal Scream, Sinead O'Connor and Asian Dub Foundation, Adrian Sherwood's career has epitomised the inter-racial journey of so much UK music, helping to inspire a uniquely British fusion of reggae, post-punk, industrial and electronica.

London-born Sherwood's love affair with Jamaican music began in the late 60s when, as a child of 11, he would hang out at blues parties, dancing to the ska sounds of Prince Buster. It was the start of a passion that would define his career and change the UK's musical landscape forever. Sherwood's reputation as the pioneer of UK dub music has only grown with time, and in recent years, he's become a mentor to many of the leading UK dubstep producers, working with people like Mala, Pinch and Kode 9.

Hearing from his closest collaborators, we discover why Sherwood is such an important figure in UK music, and the continuing influence of his unique approach to production and mixing. Adrian himself takes us deep inside his studio in Ramsgate, deconstructing his brand new collaboration with Lee “Scratch” Perry and explaining first hand his ethos behind the creative streak that has gained him a cult and loyal following.

(Photo: Adrian Sherwood's DJ set at the Trinity Centre, BBC 6 Music Festival, Bristol, 2016)

Friday, 20 July 2018

Thin Lizzy - Live Regal Theatre Hitchin 1983

THIN LIZZY - LIVE REGAL THEATRE HITCHIN 1983 (320kbs-m4a/130mb/54mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th May 2018

Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak / This Is The One
Thin Lizzy - Cold Sweat
Thin Lizzy - The Sun Goes Down
Thin Lizzy - Holy War
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
Thin Lizzy - Rosalie
Thin Lizzy - Baby Please Don't Go
Thin Lizzy - Still In Love With You
Thin Lizzy - Dancing In The Moonlight

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Peel, Punk, Belfast And Beyond

PEEL, PUNK, BELFAST AND BEYOND (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 28th May 2018

How the punk scene of Northern Ireland found an ally in John Peel, with the music of the period inspiring future generations of noise makers who themselves went on to gain support from the iconic broadcaster. Hosted by BBC producer and Undertones bass player Mickey Bradley with Terri Hooley, Brian Young, Tanya Mellotte and Andy Cairns.

The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
Rudi - Big Time
Bob Marley - One Cup Of Coffee
Ramones - I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
The Damned - New Rose (Live Peel Session 1976)
Tunic - Wind Blows Strong
Therapy? - Prison Breaker
Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster
The Clash - White Riot
Rudi - Big Time
Therapy? - Meat Abstract
Tunic - Tunic In The Area
The Undertones - Teenage Kicks

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Belfast Soundscape

BELFAST SOUNDSCAPE (320kbs-m4a/130mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 28th May 2018

Presented by Stephen McCauley, who delivers a cinematic mix of contemporary classical, electronica and field recordings, with soundscapes recorded within the city itself. The programme will also feature a piece of music about the Titanic specially-commissioned by the BBC from Public Service Broadcasting and performed live at The Biggest Weekend, Belfast.

Cashier No.9 - Goldstar
Hand Models - Skate Shoes
Arvo Party - Liberté
Ruby Murray - Heartbeat
Rachel Boyd - Playing The Skyline
David Holmes - The Ballad Of Sarah And Jack
Phil Kieran - Polyrhythmic
Public Service Broadcasting - The Unsinkable Ship
Public Service Broadcasting - White Star Liner
Public Service Broadcasting - C Q D
Public Service Broadcasting - The Deep
And So I Watch You From Afar - The Voiceless

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Elevation: The U2 Story - 2. Part 2

ELEVATION: THE U2 STORY - 2. PART 2 (320kbs-m4a/136mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 29th May 2018

From school days in Dublin to globe stadium-conquering monsters, U2 have travelled a long way in a career spanning four decades.

In part two Simon Mayo picks up the story in the 90s with the band's transformation from cowboy chic to flying Trabants, wraparound shades and funky beats. With the release of Achtung Baby, the production that was Zooropa and the TV screens to 1997's Pop taking us up to 2000 with All That You Can't Leave Behind.

B.B. King & U2 - When Love Comes To Town
U2 - Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk/Korova 1
U2 - One
U2 - The Fly
U2 - Even Better Than The Real Thing
U2 - Numb
U2 - The Wanderer (Starring Johnny Cash)
Frank Sinatra With Bono - I've Got You Under My Skin
Passengers Featuring Luciano Pavarotti - Miss Sarajevo
Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen - Theme From Mission: Impossible
U2 - Discothèque
U2 - Staring At The Sun
M - Pop Muzik (Steve Osbourne U2 Remix)
U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Live In Sarajevo)
U2 - Sweetest Thing
U2 - Beautiful Day
U2 - Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
U2 - Walk On

Monday, 16 July 2018

Elevation: The U2 Story - 1. Part 1

ELEVATION: THE U2 STORY - 1. PART 1 (320kbs-m4a/136mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 28th May 2018

From school days in Dublin to globe-conquering stadium monsters, U2 have travelled a long way in a career spanning four decades.

This is the first part of a two part documentary taking them from their humble rocking roots in the 1970s through to making the albums, Boy, October, The Joshua Tree in 1987 and the movie and album Rattle and Hum. There are interviews with the band and many of the producers who've worked with them. Presented by long-term U2 fan Simon Mayo.

U2 - Elevation [Island]
U2 - The Electric Co.
U2 - Out Of Control [Island]
U2 - 11 O'Clock Tick Tock [CBS]
U2 - I Will Follow [Island]
U2 - Gloria [Island]
U2 - Fire [Island]
U2 - New Years Day [Island]
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday [Island]
U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love) [Island]
U2 - Bad [Island]
U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For [Island]
U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name [Island]
U2 - Desire [Island]
U2 - Zoo Station [Island]

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Quandary Phase

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 11th June to 2nd July 2018

Fourth series of the cult science fiction comedy based on Douglas Adams's book So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 11th June 2018

Arthur Dent has returned home to Earth. Not time travelled but hitchhiked back in his present to the planet he was born on, the planet described in the Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy as "Mostly Harmless" and the planet which was destroyed by the Vogon Constructor Fleet seconds after he escaped with the help of his friend, the Betelgeusian Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Researcher Ford Prefect.

In order to get to Earth, and then more specifically his home in England, Arthur has hitched rides from an Intergalactic Teaser, a lorry driver called Rob McKenna - who is, unbeknownst to himself, a Rain God - and, finally, a Saab driver called Russell whose sister Arthur has inexplicably fallen in love with. Whether or not she returns the sentiment is hard to establish because she is unconscious throughout their first meeting and, as Arthur only caught the name 'Fenny' before being dropped off at his cottage, he may have some trouble re-establishing contact.

Ford meanwhile has been researching drinks prices in a far from harmless bar on a far from harmless planet. Despite encounters with a bird which squawks the name of local contract killers and a disembodied hand with homicidal tendencies, he survives to learn from an update to his copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide that the Earth is suddenly a going concern once again. This gives him a Purpose In Life.

Meanwhile it is giving a headache to Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz , whose Constructor Fleet is recalled to Megabrantis, the administrative hub of the Galaxy, where he must explain how he has apparently broken the most fundamental of Vogon directives and failed to carry out a simple order.

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 18th June 2018

Having rediscovered a mysteriously intact Earth, Arthur Dent finds his cottage and his bedroom in a similar (mysteriously intact) condition. He has also found a mysterious Grey Glass Bowl bearing the inscription 'So Long And Thanks For All The Fish'. Having awoken, washed and breakfasted he has managed to explain his absence from work he has gone in search of Fenny, the unconscious girl he encountered in a Saab on the A303 and, amazingly, has found her.

During the ensuing conversation in a pub - despite the attentions of an over-eager raffle ticket vendeuse - it becomes clear that what the fates laughingly call 'chemistry' is occurring here and these two people are falling in love. It also emerges that the girl's name is Fenchurch and that she has a history of mental instability. This matters to Arthur no one jot. What matters to him infinitely more is that he has won the pub raffle, and the ticket he traded in for his prize bore Fenchurch's phone number.

Meanwhile Ford Prefect, having escaped a particularly nasty fate at the hand of a ... er, hand ... in The Old Pink Dog Bar in Han Dold City, has managed to hitch a ride aboard a Sales Scoutship of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, an organisation he particularly loathes and detests. The re-appearance of the Earth having inspired to a new and startling purpose, Ford has managed to patch the Scoutships comms system into the British Telecom Speaking Clock, a feat which has left him feeling fulfilled but in need of a rest. Unfortunately his choice of cruise vessel proves to be a Xaxisian Robot Ship engaged in a war which could severely shorten his life.

While Ford reprograms the Xaxisian Ship to seek out Possibly The Most Exciting place In The Known Universe (according to the Hitchhikers Guide), Arthur has gone in search of the prehistoric Islington cave we first met him in at the start of the Tertiary Phase, and finds it the site of a mews cottage occupied by ... Fenchurch.

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 25th June 2018

Arthur's new love Fenchurch - that is her name, for she was conceived in a ticket queue at that eponymous railway station - is troubled by an experience she had once in a cafe in Rickmansworth, which made her think the Earth was being ripped apart. This event is dismissed by the majority of people on the mysteriously re-appeared Earth as a mass hallucination, but to Arthur Dent it sounds suspiciously like the day the Vogon Constructor Fleet blew up his home planet and exiled him to bootless wandering about the Galaxy.

Meanwhile Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz has been called to account for the fact that the Earth he destroyed is still serenely sitting in that quadrant of the galaxy called ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha. Being a planet in a Plural Zone, the Earth actually exists on several levels of Probability, and thus when one Earth is destroyed, chances are pretty good that another will just pop into existence in its place. The Court of Enquiry on Megabrantis is a dangerous place to develop a tickly cough but it is agreed that a new method of destroying ALL the Potential Earths must be found if the paperwork is to be kept in order. This, however, may have to be undertaken in a less overt, more sneaky manner than before.

After a short romantic interlude, which includes the revelation that Fenchurch's feet do not touch the ground and that she shares Arthur's handy knack of flying, the disappearance of all the dolphins shortly before her nervous breakdown suggests to Fenchurch that a Californian scientist and dolphin expert named Wonko The Sane may be able to advise them on what may have occurred. Using contacts like the friendly if decidedly odd journalist Murray Bost Henson to find Wonko's whereabouts, they travel to the USA and meet him in a curious inside-out house on the shores of the Pacific Ocean called The Outside of The Asylum. It is here that Wonko reveals that the grey glass bowls, both inscribed 'So Long And thanks For All The Fish', are in fact vessels bearing the farewell messages of the dolphins.

This mystery solved, Fenchurch has decided she would like to leave the planet.

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 2nd July 2018

Arthur and Fenchurch return home to England, having discovered from Wonko the Sane that their gifts of mysterious grey glass bowls emit a message from the dolphins when pinged, viz., 'This Bowl Is Brought To you By the Campaign To Save the Humans. We Bid You Farewell'. Hitching a fortuitous ride aboard Rob McKenna's All Weather Haulage lorry from Heathrow, they arrive at Arthur's cottage in Somerset where Ford Prefect sleeps soundly on a sofa, having left a trail of havoc leading back to a huge Flying saucer in which he arrived and which has flattened most of Knightsbridge, London.

The saucer's pilot is a one-hundred foot high Xaxisian Robot who has somehow been led to believe that Bournemouth is one of the most exciting places to visit in the known universe. Having entirely failed either to be taken to a lizard (its preferred negotiating counterpart) or to find anything of interest in Bournemouth, it has decided to leave, and Arthur, Ford and Fenchurch hitch a ride off Earth with the help of the 'Share And Enjoy' novelty ringtone-equipped Sirius Cybernetics phones which Ford liberated on his travels.

As the ship coasts into deep space Arthur and Ford debate why Earth has reappeared and Arthur suggests the answer must be that Earth must exist in several parallel universes. Each time one Earth is destroyed, another takes its place. This may explain the strange existence of not one but two Trillians in his current existence - one, the girl he met at a party in Islington, the other a blonder, earthbound and more American version who goes by Trillian's original name, Tricia MacMillan.

Arthur and Fenchurch voyage to Preliumtarn, where Prak The Truthful said that God's Last Message To His Creation could be found. This, Fenchurch is sure, will help her come to terms with the experience she had in a cafe in Rickmansworth when it seemed as if the Earth exploded. On the way they encounter Marvin The Paranoid Android, now a rusted shell of his former self making a final pilgrimage. Together they help Marvin to where the message can be seen, and it proves to read ""We Apologise For The Inconvenience"". This satisfies Marvin so much that he promptly and poignantly expires on the spot.

Slightly sadder but a little wiser, leaving Preliumtarn to go on a tour of the Galaxy, Arthur and Fenchurch board a slumpjet which makes a routine hyperspace jump. Routine in all aspects except the very important one which involves Fenchurch suddenly not existing at all in Arthur's universe just as the jump occurs.

Arthur has lost the love of his life. His unhappiness is complete.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Archive On 4: The 1981 Ashes

ARCHIVE ON 4: THE 1981 ASHES (320kbs-m4a/130mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 17th June 2018

In 1981 Mike Brearley - 39 years old, retired and greying - took over the England team in the middle of a six-match series, already one-nil down against the Australians. His predecessor as captain was still in the side, but the side had not won a game for a year and that captain's poor performances were partly to blame. On his first two days back Australia ran up another huge total and Brearley's own side collapsed. Amidst baying newspaper headlines England were 500 - 1 against winning the game.

Yet Brearley's team achieved a victory to rival any in sport, which galvanised the nation and saw many who had never been interested in cricket before glued to the events on the pitch as Ian Botham led the team to the front pages.

Brearley himself goes back to the archives to tell the inside story of what remains one of the most remarkable summers of sport there has ever been. As the Royal wedding, the rise of the SDP and the inner city riots all came and went, the cricket united the nation. We hear from the players of both sides including Botham, Border, Willis and Lillee, as well as the memories of Sam Mendes, Donald Trelford, Scyld Berry and Gideon Haigh.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Archive On 4: Is That Machine On?

ARCHIVE ON 4: IS THAT MACHINE ON? (320kbs-m4a/130mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 26th May 2018

Stuart Maconie celebrates the golden age of the music press interview.

In the heyday of the printed music media between the mid-sixties and the early noughties, the music interview was many things - combative, intimate, confessional, unhinged, flirtatious, sometimes violent - but it was rarely dull. Still, it seems that long-gilded age of rock journalism is now over.

The days of extraordinary access, when a reporter might spend a week with a band on its tour bus or private plane, hanging out in their dressing rooms and hotel suites, are at an end. The music papers are gone. Earlier this year NME - the last inky survivor - went online only.

Stuart Maconie looks back at the lost world - those revealing encounters between journalist and musician. The programme features classic recorded archive interviews with Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley and Michael Jackson - as well as contributions from journalists Caitlin Moran, Barney Hoskyns, Allan Jones, Dawn Slough and others.

Presenter: Stuart Maconie
Producer: Jonathan Mayo
A TBI production for BBC Radio 4.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Disappearing Art Of The Mix Tape

THE DISAPPEARING ART OF THE MIX TAPE (320kbs-m4a/63mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 16th May 2018

The home-made compilation cassette was a distillation of its maker's character and emotion

Let's face it: kids with MP3s don't know they're born; they'll never grasp the art of crafting a mix tape. It's something personal, the musical expression of a generation...

The cassette age was a temporary window in which the art form of the bedroom briefly shone. Nothing says I love you like spending five hours in front of a tape deck and record player, wearing out the pause button and your stylus. Summing up your emotions through the strictly limited vocabulary of a small pile of records and what you could steal off Radio 1's chart show. But the tape could communicate so much more than romantic intentions. The tape for a new friend explains what kind of person you want to be, the mix for an old and distant friend tells them the person you have become in their absence.

But the download has killed off the cassette - now everyone has access to an almost infinite record collection and playlists can be of unlimited length. Writer, broadcaster and former NME journalist, David Quantick celebrates that art form. We hear from compilation makers including novelist Iain Banks and poet Simon Armitage and hear some of their favourite mix tape tracks. A professor of medieval history tells us how he had sustained a 30 year friendship with an HMV store manager by exchanging tapes every month. And Elbow's Guy Garvey explains how his sister Becky inspired his musical career with the many cassettes she compiled for him...

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The First Time With... Series 17 - 4. Shirley Manson

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 17 - 4. SHIRLEY MANSON (320kbs-m4a/130mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 4th March 2018

Shirley Manson talks Matt through the key musical firsts of her life, including her earliest musical memories, influences, live experiences and the formation of her band Garbage.

Garbage - Queer [Mushroom]
Garbage - When I Grow Up [Mushroom]
Shirley Bassey - On A Clear Day You Can See Forever [EMI]
Jacky - White Horses [Mercury]
Helen Barth & Al Smith - Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
Siouxsie And The Banshees - Happy House [Telstar]
The Pogues - Fiesta [Warner]
Garbage - Vow [Mushroom]
Garbage - Only Happy When It Rains [Global Television]
Patti Smith Group - Revenge [Sony Music]
Julie Andrews (Maria) & Christopher Plummer (The Captain) - Something Good [RCA Victor]
PJ Harvey - Dry
Garbage - No Horses

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The First Time With... Series 17 - 3. Paul Weller

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 17 - 3. PAUL WELLER (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 25th February 2018

Paul Weller talks Matt through the seminal musical firsts of his life. He discusses his very earliest influences, the early days of The Jam, the formation of The Style Council and the evolution of his solo career.

Paul Weller - Sunflower [Island]
Paul Weller - Kosmos
Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires - King Creole [RCA]
The Kinks - Wonder Boy [Castle Communications]
The Beatles - Getting Better [Parlophone]
Nina Simone - Mood Indigo [Polydor]
The Jam - In The City [Polydor]
Stevie Wonder - If You Really Love Me [Motown]
Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern [Parlophone]
The Jam - That's Entertainment [Polydor]
The Impressions - Choice Of Colours [Charly]
The Style Council - Speak Like A Child [EMI]
Paul Weller Movement - Into Tomorrow [Island]
Villagers - Courage [Domino]