Thursday, 25 May 2017

From Edison to iTunes: A History Of The Record Label - 4. Episode 4

FROM EDISON TO ITUNES: A HISTORY OF THE RECORD LABEL - 4. EPISODE 4 (320kbs-m4a/130mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 25th April 2017

Paul Morley concludes his personal portrait of the music industry, told through the many iconic and generation-defining record labels that helped mould it.

Paul considers the future of the music industry in the dgital download age and asks whether there's still a place for record labels - with the help of such record label bosses as Lucian Grainge (Universal), Mike Smith (Columbia), Nick Gatfield (EMI), Martin Mills (Beggars), Richard Russell (XL), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Alan McGee (Creation), Lawrence Bell (Domino), Jonathan Poneman (Sub Pop), Steve Beckett (Warp), Mark Jones (Wall of Sound) and Seymour Stein (Sire).

First broadcast in 2009.


Burial - Ghost Hardware
T. Rex - Hot Love [Universal Music TV]
Deep Purple - Black Night [EMI]
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax [Telstar]
Pet Shop Boys - Love Etc [Parlophone]
The Ting Tings - Thats Not My Name [Columbia]
Take That - Patience [Polydor]
Louis Armstrong - Potato Head Blues [Living Era]
Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind [Dino]
Abba - The Winner Takes It All
Robert Johnson - Malted Milk Recording [CBS]
David Bowie - Sound And Vision [EMI]
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean [Sony TV]
Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra
Rainbow - Since You Been Gone [Debutante]
Just Jack - Starz In Their Eyes [Mercury]
Billy Bragg - Between The Wars [Chrysalis]
Take That - Patience [Polydor]
The Ting Tings - Thats Not My Name [Columbia]
Pet Shop Boys - Love Etc [Parlophone]
Forgemasters - Track With No Name [Warp]
The Prodigy - Firestarter [EMI]

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

From Edison to iTunes: A History Of The Record Label - 3. Episode 3

FROM EDISON TO ITUNES: A HISTORY OF THE RECORD LABEL - 3. EPISODE 3 (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 24th April 2017

A personal portrait of the music industry, told through the many iconic and generation defining record labels that helped mould it.

Paul Morley traces the winding path taken by record labels during the 80's and 90's in the company of such label bosses as Lucian Grainge, Mike Smith, Tony Wadsworth, Geoff Travis, Alan McGee, Lawrence Bell, Jonathan Poneman, Martin Mills, Steve Beckett and Seymour Stein (the men responsible for Universal Music, Columbia, EMI, Rough Trade, Creation, Domino, Sub Pop, Beggars, Warp and Sire). Would the CD bring untold wealth and expansion or sow the potential seeds of destruction for the record industry? Or would following a more traditional artist-centred way of operating save the day?

First broadcast in 2009.

Sigur Rós - Hoppipolla [EMI]
The Clash - White Riot [Sony TV]
Neil Young - Walk On [Reprise]
Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation [Debutante]
Buzzcocks - Boredom [Document]
Buzzcocks - Breakdown [Castle Music]
Joy Division - Digital [Centredate]
The Smiths - Hand In Glove [N/A]
The Normal - T.V.O.D. [Rough Trade]
Scritti Politti - The Sweetest Girl [Virgin]
The Smiths - This Charming Man [Warner Chappell Music Ltd]
The Strokes - Last Night [Rough Trade]
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric? [Sony TV/Columbia]
David Bowie & TV On The Radio - Province [4AD]
Enya - Orinoco Flow [Virgin]
The Beloved - Hello [Columbia]
Madonna - Everybody [Shire]
Sinéad O’Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U [Ensign]
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit [DGC]
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Upside Down [Castle]
Oasis - Live Forever [Virgin]
Spice Girls - Wannabe [Columbia]
The Cramps - Domino [IRS]
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out [Domino]
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor [Domino]

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

From Edison to iTunes: A History Of The Record Label - 2. Episode 2

FROM EDISON TO ITUNES: A HISTORY OF THE RECORD LABEL - 2. EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/130mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 23rd April 2017

Paul Morley's portrait of the music industry, told through the many iconic and generation defining record labels that helped mould it.

With the help of Jac Holzman, Morty Craft, Marshall Chess, Chris Wright and Simon Draper, the record men behind such labels as Elektra, Warwick, Chess, Chrysalis and Virgin, Paul Morley charts the changing relationship between artists and labels, and explores how record companies developed their own distinctiveness around the taste and style of certain individuals. To what extent did these maverick talent spotters, playboys, dreamers, moneymen and taste-makers mould the shape and momentum of popular music for decades to come?

First broadcast in 2009.

Billy Murray - Alexander's Ragtime Band [Saydisc]
Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians - Love For Sale [Pearl]
Muddy Waters - I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man [Epic]
Elvis Presley - That's Alright [RCA]
Little Richard - Tutti Frutti [EMI]
Pat Boone - Tutti Frutti [Starlite]
Little Richard - Tutti Frutti [EMI]
Sonny Boy Williamson - Fattening Frogs For Snakes [Charly Blues]
Bo Diddley - Gun Slinger [Chess]
Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour [Connoisseur Collection]
The Miracles - Tears Of A Clown [Motown]
Millie - My Boy Lollipop [Fontana]
Judy Collins - John Riley Folk Song [Wildflower]
Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues [Columbia]
Love - Alone Again Or [Knight]
Carly Simon - That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be [Rhino]
The McCoys - Sorrow [Immediate]
The Beatles - It's All Too Much [Parlophone]

Focus - Hocus Pocus
Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman [Island]
King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic [EG]
Jethro Toe (Tull) - Sunshine Day [Castle]
The Specials - Gangsters [Chrysalis]
Robert Wyatt - Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road Recording [Virgin]
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells [Mercury]
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road [CBS]
The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog [4 Music]
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Hoedown [Sanctuary]
Ramones - Judy Is A Punk Recording [Sire]
Talking Heads - Love - Building On Fire [Sire/Warner]

Monday, 22 May 2017

From Edison to iTunes: A History Of The Record Label - 1. Episode 1

FROM EDISON TO ITUNES: A HISTORY OF THE RECORD LABEL - 1. EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 22nd April 2017

Paul Morley and his guests consider how technological changes and record companies have influenced the music we listen to.

With the help of Jac Holzman, Morty Craft, Marshall Chess, Chris Wright and Simon Draper, the record men behind such labels as Elektra, Warwick, Chess, Chrysalis and Virgin, Paul Morley charts the changing relationship between artists and labels, and explores how record companies developed their own distinctiveness around the taste and style of certain individuals. To what extent did these maverick talent spotters, playboys, dreamers, moneymen and taste-makers mould the shape and momentum of popular music for decades to come?

First broadcast in 2009 and repeated to mark Record Store Day.

Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K. [Virgin]
Roxy Music - Virginia Plain [EG]
The Velvet Underground - Rock And Roll [Universal/Polydor]
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode [Universal]
Bob Luman - Let's Think About Living [Acuff-Rose Opryland]
Bobby Rydell - Sway [London]
Carla Thomas - Gee Whizz [Warner Platinum]
Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind [Dino]
Sousa's Band - Dancing In The Dark [Archeophone]
Marcello Sambrich - Ernani, Ernani, Involami. Tutto. Sprezzo
Enrico Caruso - Tosca: Act I: Recondita Armonia [RCA Red Seal]
Billy Murray - The Little Ford Rambled Right Along Recording [Saydisc]
Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five - Skid-Dat-De-Dat [Classics]
Louis Armstrong - Potato Head Blues [Living Era]
Mississippi John Hurt - Frankie Recording [Folkways]
Paul Whiteman - Whispering [ASV Ltd]
Vernon Dalhart - The Prisoner's Song Recording [RCA]
Roy Acuff - Great Speckled Bird [Opry Music]
Hank Thompson - The Wild Side Of Life [Capitol]
Kitty Wells - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels [Acrobat Music]
The Carter Family - I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blues Eyes [Proper]
Bing Crosby - As Time Goes By [Bing Crosby Radio]
Frank Sinatra - These Foolish Things [Universal]
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup - That's Alright [Boulevard Vintage]
Percy Mayfield - Strange Things Happening Recording [Ace]
Nat King Cole - Too Young [EMI]
Jackie Brenston - Rocket 88 [Rhino]
Roy Brown - Good Rockin' Tonight [Classics]

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Discovery - Lifechangers: George Takei

DISCOVERY - LIFECHANGERS: GEORGE TAKEI (96kbs-m4a/19mb/27mins)
BBC World Service broadcast: 11th April 2017

In the start of a new series of Lifechangers, Kevin Fong talks to three people about their lives in science.

His first conversation is with a man better known for his life in science fiction, George Takei, the Japanese American actor who played Sulu in the TV series, Star Trek. They discuss the voyages of the Starship Enterprise and the ideas of other worlds featured in Star Trek. He talks about his own epic life journey – how his family was imprisoned when the US joined the Second World War and his campaigning against social injustice.

Photo: George Takei making the Live Long and Prosper symbol, © Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Soulwax/2manydjs - Essential Mix 20th May 2017

SOULWAX/2MANYDJS - ESSENTIAL MIX 20.05.17 (320kbs-m4a/276mb/120mins)
BBC Radio 1 broadcast: 20th May 2017

Soulwax - Essential Intro
Soulwax - Essential 1
Soulwax - Essential 2
Soulwax - Essential 3
Soulwax - Essential 4
Soulwax - Essential 5
Soulwax - Essential 6
Soulwax - Essential 7
Soulwax - Essential 8
Soulwax - Essential 9
Soulwax - Essential 10
Soulwax - Essential 11
Soulwax - Essential 12
Soulwax - Essential 13
Soulwax - Essential 14

Asa Moto - Systema Naturae [DEEWEE]
Astarius - Ancient Times 1 [Invisible City Editions]
Sammy Burdson - Disco Cola [Sonoton]
Daevid Allen & New York Gong - Jungle Windo(w) [Charly]
Kayanza - Salutation Akazéhé [Ocora Radio France]
Sheila E. - Koo Koo [Paisley Park]
Ghassan Rhabani - 2nd Reggae
Poligam - A-Dur-Funk [Wiener Brut]
Klaus Weiss - Running [Sonoton]
Roland Vincent & Jean-Pierre Lang - Le Trou Noir [Disc'Az]
Funky 4 + 1 - Rappin And Rocking The House [Enjoy]
Crazy Bank - Up Down Push (Soulwax Edit) [White]
Nina Scott - Drap De La Contrebasse [Delta]
Klanken - Vier
Hossam Ramzy - Eshta [ARC Music]
Lazlo - Hazard
Bobby Heath & Eric Peters & Robert Hunter - Power Grid [Spectrum Mood Library]
Voice Of Authority - Stopping & Starting (Soulwax Edit) [White]
Doxa Sinistra - Modern Age (Soulwax Edit) [White]
DJ - Over Dose (Fear II) [Dance Mania]
Timmy Thomas - Funky Me [Glades]
Kamikaze - Tokyo Rose [A&M]
Osamu Mundi - Sexafari
Zohra - Badala Zamana (Soulwax Edit) [White]
Jean Philippe - Midi [F.F.E.P.M.M.]
Waffles - Poland
Yannick Chevalier - Rhythm Tom Drums 2
Peder Mannerfelt - Request Line (Soulwax Edit) [White]
Tristesse Contemporaine - Get What You Want [Records Makers]
Whyte Horses - Feels Like Something Changing [Not On Label]
Love Collection Starring Jean Sharon - Papa Bully (Soulwax Edit) [White]
Waffles - Croatia
Cornelius - Clap & Whistle & Walking [Warner Music]
Klanken - Vijf
John Cravache - Paris Roswell [Versatile]
DJ Bert & Eagle - I Am Your Master [Fleet]

Friday, 19 May 2017

Daft Punk - Live Tribal Gathering 29th June 1996

DAFT PUNK - LIVE TRIBAL GATHERING 29.06.96 (320kbs-m4a/49mb/21mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 16th April 2017

Daft Punk play live at the 1996 Tribal Gathering event held at the Luton Hoo Estate, Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Tribal Gathering - Daft Punk Intro
Daft Punk - Daftendirekt
Daft Punk - Da Funk
Ian Pooley - Chord Memory (Daft Punk Mix)
Daft Punk - Rollin' & Scratchin'
Daft Punk - Alive

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Chuck Berry Story - 6. Episode 6

THE CHUCK BERRY STORY - 6. EPISODE 6 (320kbs-m4a/62mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th April 2017

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was also one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey.

This final edition recalls Berry's 70s career, which included the uncharacteristic novelty number one My Ding-a-Ling. Jack White from the White Stripes discusses Berry's legacy, with plus contributions from British guitarists Big Jim Sullivan and Jimmy Page as well as keyboard player Ian McLagan and Bruce Springsteen.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

Chuck Berry - London Berry Blues [Chess]
Chuck Berry - My Ding A Ling [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Rock And Roll Music [Music For Pleasure/EMI]
Michael Cox - Sweet Little Sixteen [EMI]
Chuck Berry - Jo Jo Gunne [Chess]
Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues [Sony Music/Columbia]
Bruce Springsteen - Nadine [Instant]
Chuck Berry - Little Queenie [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Rockin' At The Philharmonic [Chess]
Chuck Berry - You Never Can Tell [Castle]
Chuck Berry - Oh Yeah

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Chuck Berry Story - 5. Episode 5

THE CHUCK BERRY STORY - 5. EPISODE 5 (320kbs-m4a/62mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 25th April 2017

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was also one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey.

This fifth episode explores the influence of Berry on key British acts of the mid-60s, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and the Animals.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

Chuck Berry - Go Go Go [Chess]
The Beatles - Memphis Tennessee [Apple]
The Animals - Around And Around [See For Miles]
Chuck Berry - Around And Around [Music Club]
The Rolling Stones - Around And Around [Decca]
Chuck Berry - You Can't Catch Me [MCA]
The Rolling Stones - Come On [ABKCO]
The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A [EMP]
Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen [Chess]
The Beach Boys - Fun Fun Fun [Capitol]
Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry - Bo's Beat [Checker]
Chuck Berry - Maybelline [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Big Ben [Pye International]
Chuck Berry - Beautiful Delilah [Charly]
Chuck Berry - Still Got The Blues [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Rock And Roller

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Chuck Berry Story - 4. Episode 4

THE CHUCK BERRY STORY - 4. EPISODE 4 (320kbs-m4a/62mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 21st April 2017

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was also one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey.

This edition recalls Berry's 1962 conviction under the Mann Act, which resulted in 18 months' imprisonment and also inspired classics such as Promised Land, Nadine and No Particular Place to Go.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

Chuck Berry - Have Mercy Judge [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Worried Life Blues [Ace]
Chuck Berry - O Rangutang [Chess International]
Chuck Berry - Bye Bye Johnny [MCA]
Chuck Berry - I'm Talking About You [Spectrum]
Chuck Berry - Come On [Connoisseur Collection]
Chuck Berry - No Particular Place To Go [Telstar]
Chuck Berry - Promised Land [MCA]
Chuck Berry - Nadine [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Memphis Tennessee [Virgin]
Chuck Berry - Let It Rock [Geffen]

Monday, 15 May 2017

The Chuck Berry Story - 3. Episode 3

THE CHUCK BERRY STORY - 3. EPISODE 3 (320kbs-m4a/62mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 20th April 2017

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was also one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey.

Part 3 recalls more of Berry's influences, including Nat King Cole's Calypso Blues, which inspired Berry's Havana Moon, which in turn inspired the rock'n'roll classic Louie Louie. Plus a look at Berry's touring with the likes of Fats Domino and Frankie Lymon and the appeal of his lyrics for teenagers. First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

Nat King Cole - Calypso Blues [Capitol]
Chuck Berry - Havana Moon [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Drifting Heart [Chess]
Richard Berry &  The Pharoahs - Louie Louie [Ace]
Chuck Berry - Wee Wee Hours [Ace]
Chuck Berry - Down Bound Train [Chess]
Elvis Presley - Maybelline [BGR]
Chuck Berry - Guitar Boogie [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven [Telstar]
Chuck Berry - Brown Eyed Handsome Man [MCA]
Chuck Berry - Too Much Monkey Business [BMG]

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Chuck Berry Story - 2. Episode 2

THE CHUCK BERRY STORY - 2. EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/62mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 19th April 2017

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was also one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey.

Part 2 recalls Chuck's upbringing in St Louis, Missouri, a rare recording of the Cubans, a few of his greatest "car" songs and Maybellene. First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode [Sanctuary]
Chuck Berry - St. Louis Blues
Louis Jordan - Ain't That Just Like A Woman [Coolnote]
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra - Boogie Woogie [MCA Coral]
Chuck Berry - My Mustang Ford [Chess]
Chuck Berry - I Want To Be Your Driver [Chess]
Chuck Berry - No Particular Place To Go [Telstar]
Chuck Berry - You Can't Catch Me [MCA]
Chuck Berry - Jaguar And Thunderbird [MCA]
Chuck Berry - Thirty Days [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Blue Feeling [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Oh Maria [Bear Family]
Muddy Waters - I Got My Mojo Working [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Wee Wee Hours [Ace]
Bob Wills - Ida Red [Flame]
Chuck Berry - Maybelline [Chess]
Nat King Cole - Calypso Blues [Capitol]

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Chuck Berry Story - 1. Episode 1

THE CHUCK BERRY STORY - 1. EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/62mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 18th April 2017

Chuck Berry, who died on 18th March 2017 aged 90, was a pioneering and highly influential singer, songwriter and guitarist. Known as the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll, he was one of its founding fathers. There's another chance to hear a 6-part series first broadcast in 2003, presented by Who vocalist and Berry fan, Roger Daltrey. This first episode offers a look at Chuck's seminal 50s Chess recordings and his enormous significance for British acts. First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2003.

Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode [Universal]
The Beatles - Rock And Roll Music [Parlophone]
Chuck Berry - Carol [Castle Communications]
Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Back In The USA [Music Club]
Chuck Berry - School Day [Music Club]
Chuck Berry - Reelin' And Rockin' [Chess]
Chuck Berry - Little Queenie [Chess]
Chuck Berry - No Money Down [Music Club]
Chuck Berry - Almost Grown [MCA]

Friday, 12 May 2017

The Ocean - 4. Episode 4

THE OCEAN - 4. EPISODE 4 (320kbs-m4a/68mb/30mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 7th April 2017

Richard Hawley travels the length and breadth of the country on a unique tour of the coast.

In this programme he explores some of the UK's most famous shipwrecks. He hears tales of sightings of ghost ships and finds out more about the British institutions which have long existed to keep sailors safe. The programme starts with boatman and former diver David Chamberlain, who used to work near Goodwin Sands who explains why it is the deadliest site for shipwrecks in Britain, responsible for the sinking of around 2000 ships. This lethal sandbank has inspired some of the UK's top writers from Shakespeare to Daniel Defoe. In Cornwall Richard dispels the myths about bands of wreckers, which were popularised in Daphne Du Maurier's book Jamaica Inn. In Liverpool Richard is treated to a private performance of one of his favourite songs of all time, The Wreck of Ellan Vannin sung by ex Spinners frontman Hughie Jones. In Filey in North Yorkshire, the Filey Fisherman's choir sing a version of Lower Lights and Three Score and Ten, which are classic Christian hymns about community, safety and loss of life at sea.

We hear from author and maritime expert Angus Konstam about the Titanic and the Flying Dutchman, broadcaster Ian Clayton describes the events surrounding the Hull Trawler Disaster and finally Jarvis Cocker explains why he chose Sailing By as one of his Desert Island Discs. Jarvis also explains why the Shipping Forecast is important to him as an artist and Carol Ann Duffy recites one of her greatest poems, Prayer.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Ocean - 3. Episode 3

THE OCEAN - 3. EPISODE 3 (320kbs-m4a/68mb/29mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 6th April 2017

Richard Hawley continues his tour of the coast. He investigates how jobs in seafaring industries have produced a wealth of music - from sea shanties to workers union songs sung by a shipbuilders' choir and communist pop songs. Richard travels from Cornwall to Aberdeen stopping off in Liverpool and north Yorkshire.

In Liverpool he meets shanty singer and ex-frontman with 60's band The Spinners, Hughie Jones, who explains the different types of shanty that relate to jobs on board ship. In Cornwall Richard speaks to local historian Tony Pawlyn about the history of smuggling in Falmouth. Tony also describes how piracy affected the southwest coast, particularly the invasions by Algerian corsairs, who captured whole towns and villages in the 18th Century. In the sleepy fishing village Robin Hood's Bay, broadcaster and writer Ian Clayton introduces us to a song about press gangs and the practice of capturing men for forced labour in the British Navy.


In Aberdeen Richard visits the maritime museum to find out about the importance of shipbuilding to the local area. We hear recordings of the Hall and Russell shipyard male voice choir, which were recorded in the late 1930's. We also speak to Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt about his song Ship Building, which was written by Elvis Costello and released around the time of the Falkland's War. It's an ode to the predicament of the British working class who were becoming expendable both on the battle field and off it, in the ship building industry that expanded to support the war. Finally we meet Richard's old bandmate Jarvis Cocker. Together Jarvis and Richard once recorded a sea shanty, A Drop of Nelson's Blood, and Jarvis explains how it came together.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Ocean - 2. Episode 2

THE OCEAN - 2. EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/68mb/30mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 5th April 2017


Richard Hawley travels the length and breadth of the country on a unique tour of the coast.

Richard investigates spirituality, religion, superstition and mysticism in sea-faring towns. We visit Filey in North Yorkshire where the Filey Fisherman's choir, a Methodist preaching band, sings about the parallels between spiritual salvation and literal rescue from stormy seas. At the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Richard is shown a boat shaped alter, where families of sailors would pray for their safety.

Religion has played an important part in sea faring towns but, when your life is at the mercy of the ocean, it's good to have as many higher authorities on your side as possible and in Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire, folk singers Mike and Norma Waterson talk about pagan rituals and a reverence for the sea god Oceana, which was also common amongst sailors.
Richard will discover that it's not just pagan gods and the Christian God who play a huge part in the lives of sailors and people who live on the coast. In Cornwall and Devon we will hear stories about mermaids and selkies and other mythical sea creatures and monsters that feature heavily in folk songs and stories in coastal towns.

Finally, in Glasgow Richard speaks to Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch about some of the most important fantasy novels written about life on the ocean and how the idea of going to sea has inspired some of the UK's most important novelists.

This episode features contributions from Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt, Poet Simon Armitage, Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, Jon Boden from Bellowhead, folk singer Christina Stewart and Mike and Norma Waterson.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Ocean - 1. Episode 1

THE OCEAN - 1. EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/69mb/30mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 4th April 2017


Sheffield singer / songwriter Richard Hawley travels the length and breadth of the country on a unique tour of the coast.

Programme one looks at the sea as a great trafficker of people and the songs and stories written about people leaving and visiting the UK. On his tour of the coast from Cornwall to Aberdeen, stopping off in Liverpool, North Yorkshire and Glasgow, Richard speaks to songwriters, folklorists, historians and poets to find out how the tradition of writing about emigration and immigration has developed over time.

With contributions from The Watersons in Robin Hood's Bay near Whitby, Stuart Murdoch in Glasgow, Aberdeen's city council historian, a shanty choir in Devon and poet Simon Armitage, to name a few, this programme will investigate the reasons why people have set sail towards life in a foreign land at various periods in British history.

First broadcast in 2010.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Swansong: The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come

BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 17th November 2012

In the summer of 1987 Britain's best loved indie band abruptly came to end when guitarist Johnny Marr sensationally quit. The Morrissey/Marr partnership that had produced such a wealth of finely crafted pop tunes was over, just weeks after the group finished recording their fourth album, "Strangeways, Here We Come." Since then, all four band members have separately pronounced the LP as their best work. Bass player Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce also claim that, at the time, they were blissfully unaware of any conflict. So what happened?

In this final part of the Swansong series, Stuart Maconie examines the circumstances surrounding the final recording by The Smiths, revealing the reasons behind one of the most famous breakups in British pop history. With new interviews from Mike Joyce, Andy Rourke and producer Stephen Street and contributions from music journalist Sian Pattenden and Morrissey biographer Simon Goddard.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Dark Horse: An Alec Guinness Archive

DARK HORSE: AN ALEC GUINNESS ARCHIVE (320kbs-m4a/131mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 16th April 2017


Alistair McGowan reveals the private side of a purportedly 'retiring' artist - a man who forged one of the most stunningly successful theatrical and cinematic careers of the last century with intelligence, guile and a deep understanding of the creation of image.

One of the most extraordinary aspects of the film, television, stage and radio career that made Sir Alec the most successful British character actor of the 20th century was his apparent talent for anonymity. Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness' mentor and co-star, famously described him as 'a dark horse' in a leading article in Time Magazine.

A remarkably good mimic, Sir Alec preferred, it seemed, to define himself by the roles he played. Was he really the scholarly, unworldly artist he appeared to be? He was a diarist, raconteur, and polished Hollywood operator, who turned self-deprecation into an art-form, took pride in not being recognised and disliked showmanship.

Alistair McGowan examines the many contradictions in the life of this enigmatic man through archive of interviews with the actor himself and those who knew him well.

Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Band - Live Washington, USA 1976

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 8th April 2017

The Band - Baby Don't Do It
The Band - The Shape I'm In
The Band - It Makes No Difference
The Band - The Weight
The Band - King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
The Band - Twilight
The Band - Ophelia
The Band & Bob Dylan - Tears Of Rage
The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Band - Chest Fever
The Band - Up On Cripple Creek
The Band - The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show

Friday, 5 May 2017

Shout Sister Shout: The Sister Rosetta Tharpe Story

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th March 2017

Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai slects this documentary in which Ruby Turner tells the extraordinary story of the guitar-playing gospel singer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Rosetta was one of the most innovative gospel musicians of her time. In her music you can hear blues, R & B and rock 'n' roll and she influenced the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

When she married, 20,000 people attended the wedding in a baseball stadium, yet when she died she was buried in an unmarked grave.

Ruby Turner charts her rise to fame and popularity and subsequent demise in a documentary that was first broadcast on Radio 2.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Classic Scottish Albums: Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 31st March 2017

To complement the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series in which musician Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2006, Davie Scott considers Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain, which blended infectious tunes and mature lyrics to create a debut with a very distinctive Scottish take on the world.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Classic Scottish Albums: Glasvegas - Glasvegas

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 30th March 2017

To complement the 6 Music Festival, taking place this year in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series in which musician Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2010 Davie tells the story of 'Glasvegas' - the debut album released by Glasvegas in 2008.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Classic Scottish Albums: Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 28th March 2017

To complement the 6 Music Festival, taking place this year in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series in which musician Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2005, Davie Scott talks to Edwyn Collins and friends to reveal the remarkable stories about Orange Juice's 1982 classic, You Can't Hide Your Love Forever.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Classic Scottish Albums: Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 25th March 2017

To complement the 6 Music Festival, taking place this year in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series in which musician Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011 Davie looks at Al Stewart's Year of the Cat, released in 1976.

We hear how its escapiosm resonated with UK listeners mired in strikes and unemployment. It was a far cry from Al Stewart's humble beginnings. As he tells it in one of his songs, "I came up to London when I was 19 with a corduroy jacket and a head full of dreams." A poetic singer-songwriter born in Glasgow, he moved to Dorset before falling in with the folk scene. So far, so Donovan, but then Al's story splinters off into peculiarly unique directions.

He bought his first guitar from Andy Sumners of The Police, shared a flat with Paul Simon and gave Yoko Ono all his money for an exhibition of naked bottoms. That came before landing in the US Top 5 with his 1976 album Year of the Cat. The single of the same name is a dreamy, meandering epic about a life changing meeting between a naïve young traveller and a worldly hippy. It's absolutely of it's time, but continues to get airplay around the world and has helped Al secure high-profile friends and admirers such as Tori Amos, Jimmy Page, Bert Jansch and Rick Wakeman.