Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The First Time With... Series 9 - 5. Gaz Coombes

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 9 - 5. GAZ COOMBES (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 2nd February 2018

Gaz Coombes shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

Sometimes the perfect band comes along at the perfect time, a group that captures a moment in your life so well that you'll always have a place in your heart for them. If you were going to gigs or buying records during the 90s, Supergrass may be that band.

Following in the tradition of bands such as the Kinks, Buzzcocks or Madness who had a uniquely British take on pop, Supergrass released five great albums and a list of pretty much flawless singles, which have aged better than many of their peers. Their cartoon-ish image belied some great musicianship and songwriting.

Gaz talks about how digging though his uncle's record box led him to discover his early influences (Elvis, Neil Young, Dinosaur Jnr and the Smiths) and his first band, the Jennifers, who would morph into Supergrass, who were only 15 years old when they signed their record deal (Gaz's mum had to sign his contract for him).

He also looks back at Supergrass' breakthrough with singles such as Caught by the Fuzz, and how he feels about Alright (the song that in many ways defined the band's career), along with what caused their break-up in 2010, and if that reunion will ever happen. But there's also his solo career to cover, including the rather brilliant album Matador.

Supergrass - Going Out [Parlophone]
Supergrass - Coffee In The Pot
Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues [Virgin]
Huey Lewis And The News - The Power Of Love [Chrysalis]
The Smiths - This Charming Man [Rhino]
Dinosaur Jr. - Freak Scene [Blast First]
The Jennifers - Just Got Back Today
Supergrass - Caught By The Fuzz [Parlophone]
Gaz Coombes - Buffalo [Hot Fruit Recordings]
Neil Young - Southern Man [Reprise]
Supergrass - Alright (Live 1996)
Elvis Presley - Little Sister [RCA]
Supergrass - Fin [Parlophone]
Goat - Run To Your Mama

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The First Time With... Series 9 - 2. Marilyn Manson

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 9 - 2. MARILYN MANSON (320kbs-m4a/136mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 31st January 2018

Marilyn Manson shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

He recalls early passions (KISS, the Beatles' White Album and Xanadu by Olivia Newton John), how he rebelled against his strict religious education by stealing, selling then re-stealing his schoolmates' albums, and creating the character Marilyn Manson for a fake article while a teenage music journalist.

He also looks back on his career, from shock punk oddball to the rock superstar, who sold 7 million copies of his second album in 1996. Never shy of confronting his reputation, Manson also details his arrest and his experiences as a hate figure for the US media.

Marilyn Manson - Tainted Love
Olivia Newton-John - Xanadu
The Beatles - Helter Skelter
Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil
Ministry - Stigmata
Marilyn Manson - Lunchbox (Highschool Drop-Outs)
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
Marilyn Manson - Personal Jesus
Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
Larry Marks - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Marilyn Manson - Tourniquet
Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-A-Lula
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
Iggy Pop - T.V. Eye
Marilyn Manson - Rock Is Dead
Marilyn Manson - Odds Of Even

Monday, 23 April 2018

The First Time With... Series 9 - 1. Noel Gallagher

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 9 - 1. NOEL GALLAGHER (320kbs-m4a/131mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 30th January 2018

Noel Gallagher shares the musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

He remembers his first exposure to music (country and western and Irish bands such as Dermot Hegarty and Big Tom & the Mainliners) and the way football terrace anthems inspired him. He chats about the impact of the Sex Pistols, the Dammed, Leo Sayer (honestly) and his passion for the holy trinity of the Smiths, the Stone Roses and the Jam (and he may well mention the Beatles)

He also looks back on the very first Oasis rehearsal ("Mindblowing") and gig ("Great"), the difficult birth of their debut album Definitely Maybe and the all-important issue of what length your guitar strap should be. He also recalls his visit to Paul McCartney's meditation bubble, what it's like becoming so famous that when you get a haircut it ends up on the front pages of the tabloids ("the whole business is one huge joke"), as well as his realisation that Oasis had come to the end of the road and his feelings about stepping up to become a solo artist.

And, as you would expect, he's as charismatic, honest and funny as ever.

Oasis - Cigarettes & Alcohol [Creation]
Oasis - She's Electric [Creation]
Dermot Hegarty - Love Is Teasing [Harp]
Big Tom & The Mainliners - Before I Met You [MCA]
Leo Sayer - The Show Must Go On [Polygram TV]
Adam And The Ants - Stand And Deliver [Columbia]
Sex Pistols - Bodies [Shout! Factory]
The Damned - Neat, Neat, Neat [Big Beat]
The Stone Roses - Sally Cinnamon [Revolver]
Oasis - Live Forever [Big Brother]
Oasis - Columbia [Creation]
The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make? [Rhino]
The Beatles - She Loves You [Apple]
The Smokin' Mojo Filters - Come Together [Go! Discs]
The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset (Radio 1 Top Gear, 1 Jul 1968)
Oasis - Morning Glory [Creation]
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Death Of You And Me [Sour Mash]
Real McCoy - I Get So Excited [Sanctuary]

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Turntable Tales - Turntablists And Turntable Survival

BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 19th March 2016

In the second part of her history of the Record Turntable DJ and broadcaster Colleen Murphy brings the story up to the present. After the war there was a steady improvement in the quality of Turntables and their attendant amps and speakers but the biggest step was the introduction of small, self-contained units that allowed teenagers to find and refine their musical tastes in the relative seclusion of their bedrooms.

Colleen also tracks the recent rise in Turntable sales and visits a surviving and now thriving niche producer, Nottingham Analogue, to see how they go about creating the perfect Deck.

But there's been another revolution in the Turntable story which began on a very particular day in 1975 when DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore, with the help of his mother, developed the 'scratch'. Colleen chats to Grand Wizzard about his scratching discovery and the Turntablism which developed from it. She also hears from JFB, the UK DJ who's a three times British DMC Turntablist champion and the master of a myriad of scratching techniques.

As well as their own DJ world, of which Colleen is a part, the likes of JFB have also inspired classical compositions using Turntables. Gabriel Prokofiev talks to her about his concerto that's now on a list of pieces recommended for Secondary Schools.

It was the DJ's who, back in the nineties helped sustain the production of vinyl. Now it's the audiophiles who lead the charge. Turntable sales have turned a corner and the Turntable Tale is very far from over.

In searching for the magic of what the Turntable is, can be and has been, Colleen hears again from the Antiques Roadshow's Paul Atterbury about a memorable moment during his time on the show involving an old, wind-up Gramophone.

Producer: Tom Alban.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Turntable Tales - Berliner To Gramophone

BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 12th March 2016

In the first of two programmes telling the story of the record-playing turntable, Colleen Murphy spins through its early history and the dramatic take-up of this new technology in Edwardian society. It was an enthusiasm as spectacular as the computer's rise at the end of the same century and its impact on the music industry was profound.

Colleen talks to John Liffen of the Science Museum and Christopher Proudfoot of the British Phonograph and Gramophone Society about the earliest machines arriving from the United States by way of the German Emigre inventor Emile Berliner. She finds out why the HMV (His Master's Voice) image wasn't initially created for the Gramophone at all, and most important of all she gets to hear the sound qualities of the machines that developed in the first two decades of the 20th century.

As the Gramophone company took hold the potential for preserving singers, performers, speech makers but above all music was eagerly realised. Colleen discovers that by the outbreak of the First World War some forty percent of households had some sort of Gramophone, however primitive, and not surprisingly, travelling versions went with the troops to the bunkers behind the front lines.

That capacity to bridge the performer with the audience when the two were hundreds of miles apart was the great miracle of the early years and allowed the easy spread of musical styles from Ragtime to Jazz to the first superstars of the Turntable world - the Opera stars. And yet, as ever, it was popular culture that dominated the market and drove sales.

She also touches on the new opportunities for the Blues and Ragime musicians of African-American society to be heard beyond their geographical centres in the Southern States, and the preservation of performances which would go on to inspire British Rhythm and blues half a century later.

And Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury talks about the Gramophone as a blend of home furnishing and status symbol and why what appear to be exotic survivors of the period are actual part of a massive number of machines that were on sale from bike shops to music emporia.

Producer: Tom Alban.

Photo: Camilo Fuentealba

Friday, 20 April 2018

The First Time With... Series 8 - 6. James Murphy

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 8 - 6. JAMES MURPHY (320kbs-m4a/131mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 29th January 2018

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem shares the musical milestones of his life with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.

When acclaimed US band LCD Soundsystem bowed out at Madison Square Garden in 2011, it seemed that the group's founder, singer, songwriter and producer James Murphy had achieved everything he could ever have possibly imagined. Starting off as a child obsessed with sound, doing his time as a drummer in underground New York bands, learning how to engineer sound for live groups, becoming a DJ, remixer and setting up his own label (the acclaimed Death from Above) - all these experiences fed directly into forming LCD in 2001.

James talks about that journey and the music that inspired him to take it, as well as LCD's three-album career and what led him to disband the outfit at the height of their fame and success. He also tackles the myriad of projects that have followed the end of his band, including producing Arcade Fire, remixing David Bowie, launching his own coffee brand and creating a gigantic bespoke 50,000-watt touring sound system called Despacio.

LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum [EMI]
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends [DFA]
Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods [EMI]
David Bowie - Fame [EMI]
Gilbert O’Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally) [Castle]
Iggy & The Stooges - Penetration [Essential]
The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers [DFA]
LCD Soundsystem - All I Want [Parlophone]
LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge [DFA/EMI]
LCD Soundsystem - Yeah (Crass Version) [DFA]
LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean [DFA]
Arcade Fire - Reflektor [Mercury]
Suicide - Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne [Mute]
The Fall - Bill Is Dead [Mercury]

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The First Time With... Series 8 - 5. Grandmaster Flash

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 8 - 5. GRANDMASTER FLASH (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 28th January 2018

Hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.

There's a strong argument that hip hop started at the block parties in the Bronx in New York in the 70s, where lyrical, musical and technical innovation propelled the sound forward with an impetus that changed the world. Joseph Saddler, soon to known as Grandmaster Flash, was there.

Born in Barbados, but moving to NYC, an absolute obsession with music, vinyl and electronics led Flash to experiment with amplifiers and turntable mechanics and techniques, enabling him to open up a whole new world of scratching, cutting, back-spinning and punch phrasing. His skills as a DJ led to the groundbreaking 1981 track The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel, the first time scratching and mixing had appeared on record.

Flash, recalls his journey from bedroom equipment geek to sonic adventurer, covering the early records that shaped his musical aesthetic and the release of The Message. He also talks about his battles with substance abuse, his difficult relationship with the record industry and his feelings about his status as one of the architects of modern music.

Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five - Superappin'
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Charles Earlan - More Today Than Yesterday
Igor Stravinsky - Rite Of Spring
Nelson Riddle - Route 66 Theme
Grandmaster Flash - The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel [Snapper]
Bob James - Take Me To The Mardi Gras
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough [Epic]
Rob Base & DJ E‐Z Rock - It Takes Two [BMG]
Eminem - Lose Yourself [Interscope]
Camp Lo - Luchini AKA (This Is It)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
Quincy Jones - Killer Joe

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The First Time With... Series 8 - 4. Roger McGuinn

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 8 - 4. ROGER MCGUINN (320kbs-m4a/127mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 27th January 2018

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and former frontman of the Byrds, Roger McGuinn shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.

The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) [CBS]
The Byrds - It's No Use [Columbia]
Judy Garland - The Trolley Song [Music Club]
Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel [RCA/BMG]
Bob Gibson And Hamilton Camp - Well, Well, Well [Vanguard]
Lonnie Donegan - Cumberland Gap [Castle]
Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound Of Silence [CBS]
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand [Apple]
Bob Dylan - Mr Tambourine Man
The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man [Columbia]
The Byrds - So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star [Columbia]
The Byrds - Eight Miles High [CBS]
The Byrds - One Hundred Years From Now [Columbia/Legacy]
The Byrds - Hickory Wind [CBS]
Bob Dylan - Turkey Chase [Sony Music]
Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door [CBS]
Roger McGuinn - Old Paint [April First Productions]

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The First Time With... Series 8 - 3. Chrissie Hynde

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 8 - 3. CHRISSIE HYNDE (320kbs-m4a/127mb/55mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th January 2018

Chrissie Hynde, leader of the Pretenders, shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.

Born in Akron, Ohio in 1951, Chrissie became obsessed with rock n roll and the UK music scene and moved to London in 1973. She was part of the crowd that hung out at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's shop Sex in the Kings Road, Chelsea, which was the breeding ground of the UK punk rock movement.

She formed the Pretenders in 1978, and led them though a run of Top 20 albums and classic singles, keeping the band together despite the tragic deaths of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon.

Chrissie discusses the music that influenced her from her earliest days, through to the worldwide success of the Pretenders, and onto the release of Stockholm, the first album made under own name.

The Pretenders - Kid [Sire]
The Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang
Frank Sinatra - Love And Marriage [Capitol]
Freddy Cannon - Palisades Park [Rhino]
Jackie Moore - Precious, Precious [Rhino]
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand [Apple]
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels - Break Out [Rhino]
James Brown - Prisoner Of Love
The Clash - White Riot [CBS]
The Pretenders - Talk Of The Town [Rhino]
The Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing [Sire/Real]
The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket [Real]
Chrissie Hynde - Dark Sunglasses (Promo CD) [Caroline International]
Neil Young - The Needle And The Damage Done [Reprise]
Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack (C&J Radio Edit) [Warner]

Monday, 16 April 2018

The First Time With... Series 8 - 1. Courtney Love

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 8 - 1. COURTNEY LOVE (320kbs-m4a/132mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 24th January 2018

Courtney Love shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014. She discusses her heroes and influences, her success with Hole and memories of her late husband Kurt Cobain.

Born in San Francisco in 1964, after submerging herself in the UK post punk scene of the 80s, Courtney became a member of Babes in Toyland and then the leader of Hole, where she cut a defiant figure, making equally powerful music. A year later, she married Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and the couple seemed enmired in controversy at every turn. Four days after Cobain's suicide in April 1994, Hole released Live Through This, a deeply personal and brilliant album that would break them worldwide and prove the quality of Love's songwriting.

Hole released two more albums before breaking up in 2002, by which time Courtney had taken up acting. Despite her often turbulent life, Courtney is a survivor, who remained outspoken and unbowed.

Hole - Malibu [DGC]
Hole - Awful [DGC]
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman [Epic]
Patti Smith - Redondo Beach [Arista]
The Pretenders - 2000 Miles [Virgin]
Virgin Prunes - Unknown
The Teardrop Explodes - Reward [Island]
The Smashing Pumpkins - Today [Hut Music]
Hole - Celebrity Skin [Geffen]
Hole - Doll Parts [Geffen]
Nirvana - About A Girl [Geffen]
Hole - Miss World [City Slang]
Courtney Love - You Know My Name [Cherry Forever]
The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony [Hut Music]

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Bard Of Salford

THE BARD OF SALFORD (320kbs-m4a/64mb/28mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 3rd March 2018

Paul Morley traces the life and works of Manchester punk poet John Cooper Clarke.

Paul looks back at the punk movement in the mid 1970s, its DIY ethic and popular appeal and how Cooper Clarke, as the poet of the people, fit into the scene.

Through exclusive new interviews with Cooper Clarke, Paul delves into the most significant moments of his life and career, from his first job as a lab technician at Salford University to touring with some of the world's most famous punk bands, his domestic partnership and shared heroin addiction with Nico, the use of one of his songs in The Sopranos, his signing to the same label as Bob Dylan and his appearance in a Sugar Puffs advert.

Cooper Clarke has continued to tour and write new work for 30 years and despite being exasperated by the 1980s' flamboyant reaction to punk's DIY ethic, his influence today should not be underestimated. Jarvis Cocker, Noel Gallagher, Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and Kate Nash have all cited Clarke as an influence, as his distinctive style continues to pervade popular music.

Contributors include Mark E Smith, Pete Shelley, Kate Nash, Phill Jupitus and Clarke himself.

An All Out production for BBC Radio 4.