Saturday, 20 January 2018

Joe Strummer's London Calling - 3. Series 1 Episode 3

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - 3. SERIES 1 EPISODE 3 (320kbs-m4a/66mb/29mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 7th December 2017


As the 15th anniversary of Joe Strummer's death approaches, there's a chance to enjoy twelve programmes the former Clash frontman recorded when he became a DJ for the BBC World Service.

Joe Strummer died on 22nd December 2002, aged just 50. His World Service programmes began in 1999, and show his great enthusiasm for music from all over the world and his eclectic tastes, ranging from the Beatles to the Wu-Tang Clan.

Joe often started these shows with a song by his favourite Jamaican toaster Big Youth. After that it was anybody's guess - from Bob Dylan to the Ramones via Nina Simone, Bo Diddley and Jimmy Reed. Here's a chance to see what he carried in his DJ box.

The Rolling Stones - Not Fade Away [Abkco]
Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra - Unza Unza Time
I-Roy - Noisy Place
Big Dog - Raise the Alarm
Eddie Bo - Check Your Bucket
R. Dean Taylor - Gotta See Jane [Motown]
Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness [Motown]
Franco & Sam Mangwana - Co-operation

Friday, 19 January 2018

Joe Strummer's London Calling - 2. Series 1 Episode 2

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - 2. SERIES 1 EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/66mb/29mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 6th December 2017


As the 15th anniversary of Joe Strummer's death approaches, there's a chance to enjoy twelve programmes the former Clash frontman recorded when he became a DJ for the BBC World Service.

Joe Strummer died on 22nd December 2002, aged just 50. His World Service programmes began in 1999, and show his great enthusiasm for music from all over the world and his eclectic tastes, ranging from the Beatles to the Wu-Tang Clan.

Joe often started these shows with a song by his favourite Jamaican toaster Big Youth. After that it was anybody's guess - from Bob Dylan to the Ramones via Nina Simone, Bo Diddley and Jimmy Reed. Here's a chance to see what he carried in his DJ box.

The Beatles - Rock And Roll Music [Parlophone]
Yellowman - Bunn The Kootchie
Ricardo Bornman - Umfaan
Amaswazi Emvelo & Mahlathini - Siwuhambile Umhlaba
Eddie Cochran - Nervous Breakdown
Nina Simone - Tell It Like It Is
Eric “Monty” Morris - Cinderella [Trojan]
Jimi Hendrix - Long Hot Summer Night

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Joe Strummer's London Calling - 1. Series 1 Episode 1

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - 1. SERIES 1 EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/66mb/28mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 5th December 2017


As the 15th anniversary of Joe Strummer's death approaches, there's a chance to enjoy twelve programmes the former Clash frontman recorded when he became a DJ for the BBC World Service.

Joe Strummer died on 22nd December 2002, aged just 50. His World Service programmes began in 1999, and show his great enthusiasm for music from all over the world, his eclectic tastes, ranging from Big Youth to the Beatles and Ray Charles to the Wu-Tang Clan.

Johnny Clarke - Top Ranking (I'm The Toughest) [Blood & Fire]
The Pogues - The Sunnyside Of The Street [Warner Specials Products]
Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra - Some Velvet Morning [Paradiso]
Thu Zahina - Sanga Mbele Mbele [Fiesta]
Wu-Tang Clan - Gravel Pit [BMG]
Jules Allen - Long Side Of The Sante Fe Trail [Yazoo]
The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Pennsylvania 6-5000 [Interscope]
Huey Smith & His Clowns - Free, Single & Disengaged [Ace]

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The First Time With... Charlie Watts

THE FIRST TIME WITH... CHARLIE WATTS (320kbs-m4a/132mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 9th December 2017


Charlie Watts discusses the musical milestones of his life in an interview with Matt Everitt first broadcast in 2011.

Jagger's ego might always occupy the centre stage, and Richards is the archetypal elegantly wasted rocker - but the heart of the Rolling Stones has to be drummer Charlie Watts.

His distinctive and deceptively powerful drumming has propelled the group throughout their career and countless hits. Other members may come and go, but as Keith himself admits: no Charlie? No Stones.

In this rare interview, Charlie tells of his life as the least rock 'n' roll, but always charming Stone. With his deadpan with and laconic style, he recalls his pre-Stones career; and the early, starving-in-a-bedsit days of what would become one of the greatest bands in the world; as well as the roots of his overriding passion, jazz.

He also sheds a light on his role in the complex relationships within the group; their golden years of recording; his own brief but hard-fought battle with heroin; and whether the Stones would, or could ever, tour again.

The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black [ABKCO]
The Four Aces - Three Coins In The Fountain [Good Music]
Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Walkin' Shoes
Alexis Korner - Watermelon Man (Radio 1 Session 1965) [BMG]
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated - Hoochie Coochie Man
The Rolling Stones - Come On [London]
The Rolling Stones - Little Red Rooster [London]
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (BBC Session 20 Aug 1965)
Sonny Rollins - Someone To Watch Over Me
The Rolling Stones - All Down The Line [Polydor]
Billy Strayhorn - Take The "A" Train (Live At Newport 1956) [Music & Memories]
The Rolling Stones - Sway [CBS]
The Beatles - I Am The Walrus [Apple]
Charlie Parker - Just Friends

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The First Time With... Series 3 - 8. Brian Wilson

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 3 - 8. BRIAN WILSON (320kbs-m4a/132mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 8th December 2017


Another chance to hear Brian Wilson sharing his musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

The creative force of the Beach Boys, a great American composer and one of popular music's true legends discusses his early influences, his experiments with recording music on a tape machine aged just 16, the huge difficulties he had creating masterpieces such as Good Vibrations and the Beach Boys' great lost album Smile (which was released 44 years after the original recordings) and how drugs influenced his work and then, sadly, forced his withdrawal from music.

While his fragile mental state does make Wilson a sometimes hesitant interviewee, his humour and passion for music still shine through. This interview was first broadcast in October 2011.

The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice [EMI]
The Beach Boys - Heroes And Villains [Capitol]
George Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue
Les Paul & Mary Ford - How High The Moon
The Delroys - Bermuda Shorts
The Four Freshmen - It's A Blue World
The Beach Boys - Surfin'
The Beach Boys - In My Room [EMI]
The Beach Boys - Don't Worry Baby [EMI]
The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA [EMI]
The Ronettes - Be My Baby [Phil Spector Int]
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows [EMI]
The Beatles - If I Needed Someone [Parlophone]
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations [EMI]
The Beach Boys - Surf's Up [Capitol]
Brian Wilson - California Girls
The Crystals - Da Doo Ron Ron [Phil Spector Int]

Monday, 15 January 2018

The First Time With... Series 3 - 7. Alice Cooper

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 3 - 7. ALICE COOPER (320kbs-m4a/132mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 7th December 2017


Another chance to hear Alice Copper sharing his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

The image of Alice Cooper as a cartoon-ish Halloween schlock rocker is one that the 63 year old Vincent Damon Furnier has worked had to establish, but his real musical and cultural impact is often ignored.

His band emerged from the Detroit garage rock scene of the mid 60s alongside the MC5 and Iggy & the Stooges and he can lay claim to helping inspire punk as much as either of those revered acts (it's no coincidence his track Eighteen was sung by Johnny Rotten at his audition for the Sex Pistols). But Alice also helped develop the idea of the rock concert as theatre - employing theatrical imagery and stagecraft way before Bowie picked up the pan stick.

In 2011, Matt Everitt spoke to Alice about his early years, how he developed his showmanship, and the massive international success that followed albums such as Welcome to my Nightmare and School's Out - albums that turned him into a household name. With typical grace and humour, Alice also discusses his battles with alcoholism, his creative rebirth with a cameo in Wayne's World, and his life as a born-again Christian - an interesting contradiction considering the characters he portrays and the battles he's endured with moral crusaders.

And, of course, we talk about his current addiction... golf (he plays six days a week off a handicap of two).

Alice Cooper - Elected
Chuck Berry - School Days [Backline]
Frankie Avalon - Venus [Old Gold]
The Beach Boys - All Summer Long [EMI]
The Beatles - She Loves You [Apple]
The Yardbirds - I'm A Man [Band Of Joy]
Frank Zappa - Dancin' Fool [Rykodisc]
Frank Zappa - Peaches En Regalia [Rykodisc]
Alice Cooper - I'm Eighteen
David Bowie - All The Young Dudes [EMI]
Alice Cooper - Poison [Columbia]
Alice Cooper - School's Out [Warner E.S.P.]
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
The Who - I'm A Boy [Polydor]
The Yardbirds - Train Keep A Rollin [Go On De Luxe]

Sunday, 14 January 2018

The First Time With... Series 3 - 6. Robbie Robertson

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 3 - 6. ROBBIE ROBERTSON (320kbs-m4a/132mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 5th December 2017


Robbie Robertson shares the musical milestones of his life in an interview with Matt Everitt first broadcast in 2011.

Robbie Robertson's music is woven through American cultural history in remarkable way - and he's rightly seen as something of a creative godhead in the US and his home country of Canada. In this episode of The First Time, Robertson gives a rare interview and discusses his childhood and the influence of his combined Mohawk and Canadian parentage, becoming the precocious guitarist in the Hawks at the dawn of the 60s and his bond with the early rock n roll scene, as it swept across the world.

And happily - for someone who has often distanced himself from his past - Robertson also talks about his time as a key member and songwriter with the Band - one of the greatest groups in music history; responsible for the legendary Songs From Big Pink album and whose authentic, folk and country-influenced music, shifted the psychedelic flamboyance of the late 60s scene into a more soulful direction.

Robertson also recalls the Band backing Bob Dylan on his first electric tour, which caused huge shock waves, even prompting cries of "Judas" in Europe.

Now a well-respected solo artist, Robertson chats about his role as a music director for Martin Scorsese, a role he's enjoyed since the 80s, working on Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Casino, The Departed and Shutter Island.

The Band - Up On Cripple Creek [Capitol]
Hank Williams - I Saw The Light [Polydor]
Little Richard - Rip It Up [Mercury]
Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes [Charly]
Ronnie Hawkins - Someone Like You [Columbia]
Bob Dylan - Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat [CBS]
The Band - The Weight [Capitol]
The Band - Rag Mama Rag [Capitol]
The Ronettes - Be My Baby [RCA]
The Band - Theme From The Last Waltz [Warner Bros]
The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [Rhino]
Dinah Washington & Max Richter - This Bitter Earth/On The Nature Of Daylight [Fat Cat]
Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down The Crazy River [Geffen]
Curtis Mayfield - People Get Ready [Eagle Vision]

Saturday, 13 January 2018

The First Time With... Series 3 - 5. DJ Shadow

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 3 - 5. DJ SHADOW (320kbs-m4a/131mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 4th December 2017


DJ Shadow shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in an interview first broadcast in 2011.

DJ Shadow discusses the music he first heard as a child, how a West Coast boy was so attracted by the New York hip hop, beat box, break dance & graffiti scene. He also remembers working with James Lavelle and his releases on Mo' Wax, including his record-breaking Entroducing album, and what it was like going from bedroom DJ to working with world-class artists.

DJ Shadow - The Number Song [Fontana/Island]
Lipps, Inc. - Funky Town [Polydor]
Devo - Jocko Homo [Virgin]
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message [2good]
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
The Gap Band - You Dropped A Bomb On Me [Mercury]
Vince Guaraldi - Christmas Time Is Here [Fantasy]
Public Enemy - Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos [Def Jam]
Zimbabwe Legit - Shadow's Legitimate Mix
DJ Shadow - In/Flux [Mo'Wax]
DJ Shadow - Organ Donor [MCA]
Portishead - Glory Box
Tricky - Black Steel
DJ Shadow - Midnight In A Perfect World [Mo'Wax]
UNKLE - Rabbit In Your Headlights [Mo'Wax]
DJ Shadow - I Gotta Rokk [Copyright Control]
The Royal Guardsman - Snoopy Vs The Red Baron [Old Gold]

Friday, 12 January 2018

The First Time With... Series 3 - 4. Michael Stipe

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 3 - 4. MICHAEL STIPE (320kbs-m4a/131mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 27th November 2017


Another chance to hear Michael Stipe, then of R.E.M., discussing the musical milestones of his life with Matt Everitt.

Michael steered R.E.M. from the cult underground into the mainstream and set a precedent for alternative rock bands, opening the door for the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Radiohead.

Michael talks to Matt about the early songs that shaped his musical outlook (a love of Tammy Wynette, the Beatles and The Parent Trap soundtrack hints at the eclectism that would define his career); his close relationship with Patti Smith (who appeared on the last R.E.M. album Collapse Into Now); his desire to celebrate the concept of the album in a broken market.

First broadcast in April 2011.

R.E.M. - Nightswimming
David Essex - Rock On
R.E.M. - Drive
Jonathan Richman - Roadrunner
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
R.E.M. - The One I Love (Live)
Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66 - Mais Que Nada
R.E.M. - Wendell Gee
R.E.M. - Discoverer
Patti Smith - Birdland
Pearl Jam - Better Man
R.E.M. - Mine Smell Like Honey

Thursday, 11 January 2018

The First Time With... Series 3 - 2. Björk

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 3 - 2. BJÖRK (320kbs-m4a/132mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 2nd December 2017


Another highlight of Matt Everitt's First Time series sees him delving into the mind of Björk and finding out what makes this unique Icelandic artist tick.

Publicly and critically acclaimed, Björk has 13 Grammy Awards nominations, one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards to her name, but it's her ability to use her distinct singing voice as an instrument to craft unique melodies that has won her millions of fans over the world.

Björk talks Matt Everitt through the her remarkable career. She discusses first falling in love with music after being fascinated by the artwork of her parents' collection of Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa LPs, recording her debut album aged just 11, forming the Sugarcubes, working with Thom Yorke and what inspires her to return to the studio and the stage.

First broadcast in September 2011.

Björk - Big Time Sensuality
Frank Zappa - Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
Joni Mitchell - You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us
Kate Bush - In Search Of Peter Pan
The Sugarcubes - Hit
Björk Guðmundsdóttir & Tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar - Kata Rokkar
808 State - Ooops (Feat. Björk)
Björk - Human Behaviour
Björk - Venus As A Boy
Björk Feat. Thom Yorke - I've Seen It All
Björk - Crystalline
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream