Friday, 31 August 2018

Ivor Cutler - Ivor Meets Craig

IVOR CUTLER - IVOR MEETS CRAIG (320kbs-m4a/20mb/9mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 1st July 2018

'An artist is a sick person'. Ivor Cutler talks neighbours and art to New Zealand born-sculptor Craig Murray-Orr. From June 1993.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

The Near Jazz Experience & Adrian Sherwood - Gideon Coe In Dub Session 27th August 2018

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 27th August 2018

The Near Jazz Experience & Adrian Sherwood - Long Tail
The Near Jazz Experience & Adrian Sherwood - Mystified
The Near Jazz Experience & Adrian Sherwood - Songo

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Insight - 2. New Orleans

INSIGHT - 2. NEW ORLEANS (320kbs-m4a/136mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 19th June 2018

In a programme first broadcast in 1976 and repeated as a tribute to Allen Toussaint, who died in November, the late Charlie Gillett tells the musical story of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, also known as 'The Big Easy'. The programme includes an interview with Allen Toussaint and music from artists such as Fats Domino, Jewel King, Professor Longhair, Huey "Piano" Smith and The Meters.

Fats Domino - Mardi Gras In New Orleans
Jelly-Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers - Dead Man Blues
Fats Domino - The Fat Man
Jewel King - 3 X 7 = 21
Professor Longhair - Tipitina
Lloyd Price - Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Smiley Lewis - I Hear You Knocking
Fats Domino - I'm In Love Again
Huey "Piano" Smith - Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
Little Richard - Tutti Frutti
Larry Williams - Slow Down
Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
Frankie Ford - Sea Cruise
Jessie Hill - Ooh Poo Pah Doo
Ernie K-Doe - Mother-In-Law
Chris Kenner - I Like It Like That
Clarence "Frogman" Henry - But I Do
Barbara George - I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)
Lee Dorsey - Working In The Coalmine
The Meters - Look-Ka Py Py
Dr. John - Right Place Wrong Time
Allen Toussaint - Country John
LaBelle - Lady Marmalade
Jerry Byrne - Lights Out

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Insight - 1. Sun Records Of Memphis Tennessee

INSIGHT - 1. SUN RECORDS OF MEMPHIS TENNESSEE (320kbs-m4a/136mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 20th June 2018

As part of our celebration of rock 'n' roll, another chance to hear a programme, first broadcast in 1976, in which the late Charlie Gillett tells the story of Sun, the influential Memphis record label set up by Sam Phillips, which featured the likes of B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of Fire [El Toro]
Carl Perkins - Gone Gone Gone [Bear Family]
BB King/Jimmy Smith - 3 O'Clock Blues [Blue Thumb]
Junior Parker - Mystery Train [Rhino]
Rufus Thomas - Bear Cat [Carlton]
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup - That's Alright Mama [Husltlerz Inc Recordings]
Elvis Presley - Blue Moon Of Kentucky [RCA]
Elvis Presley - Good Rockin' Tonight [RCA/BMG]
Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes [RCA]
Johnny Cash - Hey Porter [Spectrum]
Roy Orbison - Ooby Dooby [Charly]
Carl Perkins - Dixie Fried [Charly]
Warren Smith - Ubangi Stomp [Carlton]
Jerry Lee Lewis - You Win Again
Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On [Music Club]
Bill Justis - Raunchy [Ace]
Charlie Rich - Lonely Weekends [Pickwick]
Roy Orbison - Only The Lonely [Virgin]
Booker T. & The MG’s - Green Onions [Warner Strategic Marketing]
Elvis Presley - Mystery Train [RCA]

Monday, 27 August 2018

A To Z Of Psychedelia On 6 Music

A TO Z OF PSYCHEDELIA ON 6 MUSIC (320kbs-m4a/1.38gb/13hrs51mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music podcast: 16th/17th July 2018

A definitive, but light-hearted look at the world of mid to late-Sixties psychedelia. Exploring the world changing counter-culture on both sides of the Atlantic via music, art, mind-bending band names and an impressive rogues gallery. Paying homage to legends such as Hendrix and Pink Floyd whilst celebrating lesser-known artists like Linda Perhacs. Some wonderful stories too - George Clinton’s hair-straightening job, The Beatles’ chauffeur on backing vocals and what Brian Wilson and his brothers did when their mum and dad went on holiday. Researched and presented by BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley and music journalist Rob Hughes. Adult themes and drugs references mentioned throughout.

01. A is for Acid, Animals and Ambrose Slade
02. B is for Barrett, Buckley and Byrds
03. C is for Cream, Crazy World and Chocolate Watchband
04. D is for Doors, Donovan and Dantalian's Chariot
05. E is for Easy Riders, Experiments and Electric Prunes
06. F is for Funkadelic, Fairport and Flowers
07. G is for Groundhogs, Garcia and Grace Slick
08. H is for Hendrix, Head and Hapshash
09. I is for International Times, Iron Butterfly and Incredible String Band
10. J & K are for Jefferson Airplane, John's Children and Kevin Ayers
11. L is for Love, Lewis Carroll and Lucy In The Sky
12. M is for Move, Monterey and Moby Grape. Part 1
13. M is for Moody Blues, Misunderstood and Magical Mystery Tour. Part 2
14. M is for Middle Earth, Mardas and Mamas and Papas. Part 3
15. N is for Nirvana, Nice and Nuggets
16. O is for Owsley Stanley, Other Half and Os Mutantes
17. P is for Prankster, Procul Harem and Pink Floyd. Part 1
18. P is for Parliament, Pearly Queens and Pink Fairies. Part 2
19. P is for Peel, Protest and Purple Band. Part 3
20. Q & R are for Quicksilver, Roky and Rolling Stones
21. S is for Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Part 1
22. S is for Seeds, Sky Saxon and Strawberry Alarm Clock. Part 2
23. S is for Skip Spence, Studios and Syd Barrett. Part 3
24. S is for Small Faces and Steve Marriot. Part 4
25. S is for Smoke, Shankar and Strawberry Fields. Part 5
26. S is for Steppenwolf, Spirit and Sly Stone. Part 6
27. S is for Soft Machine, Simon Dupree and Side Trips. Part 7
28. T is for T-Rex, Trip and Tintern Abbey. Part 1
29. T is for Traffic, Tomorrow and Technicolour Dream. Part 2
30. U & V are for UFO, Vanilla Fudge and United States of America
31. V is for Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart. Part 1
32. V is for Voorman, Vincebus Eruptum and Velvet Underground. Part 2
33. W is for Woodstock and Brian Wilson's Beach Boys
34. W, X & Y are for Who, Yardbirds and West Coast
35. Y & Z are for Yellow Submarine and Zombies
36. Z is for Zappa and Year Zero

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Nightmares On Wax - Essential Mix 4th August 2018

NIGHTMARES ON WAX - ESSENTIAL MIX 04.08.18 (320kbs-m4a/275mb/2hrs)
BBC Radio 1 broadcast: 4th August 2018

Nightmares On Wax delivers something funky and Balearic for the Radio 1 Ibiza Weekend. Featuring music from Emanuel Satie, Ron Basejam & Melé, plus new Nightmares On Wax material.

Nightmares On Wax - back2nature (house alt) [Warp]
Harrison BDP - Panacea [Lost Palms]
Prescription Pricing Authority - 1-2-1 (PPA Rework) [Gamm]
Melé - Brooklyn Bounce (Extended Mix) [Melé In The House Sampler]
Emanuel Satie - Don't Forget To Go Home (Feat. Billy Cobham) [Rebirth]
thatmanmonkz & Khalil Anthony - Take U 2 My House (Jimpster Remix) [Delusions Of Grandeur]
Nightmares On Wax - Gotta Smile (Folamour Remix) [Warp]
Nightmares On Wax - Look Up (Feat. Andrew Ashong & Sadie Walker) [Warp]
Ron Basejam - Raise [Futureboogie]
COEO - Flesh World (Kapote's Drum Jam Version) [Toy Tonics]
KS French - Lovin You [FKR]
Pontchartrain - Lambrusco [Whiskey Disco]
Tk - I've Always [Shall Not Fade]
Afro Medusa - Robot 84 (Ambient Remix)
Before Christ - Barry's K (Mushrooms Project Turkish Market Mix) [IsItBalearic?]
Session Victim - Over & Over [Delusions Of Grandeur]
Disco Luv Sci-Fi - Overdosed (Tomby Edit)
Liquid Pegasus - Sparkle [Bastard Jazz]
Junktion - Visions Of You [Razor-N-Tape]
Dawn Again - I Want You Hugh [Hot Digits Music]
P-SOL - When I See You [Hot Digits Music]
Nightmares On Wax - Untitled (Feat. Loyle Carner) [Unreleased]
Letherette - After 8 [Wulf]
Whitney Houston - My Love Is Your Love (Bonde Edit)
Emanuel Satie - Don't Forget To Go Home (Feat. Billy Cobham) (Nicolosi Ambient Mix) [Rebirth]
Sacha Puttnam - Abraham's Theme (Bartosz Kruczyński Remix) [Balearic]

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Sound Of Cinema: 213. Mission: Impossible - Fallout

SOUND OF CINEMA: 213. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT (320kbs-m4a/134mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 28th July 2018

Composer Lorne Balfe invites Matthew Sweet behind the scenes at Air Studios for the recording sessions of the score for the new Mission: Impossible film which is in cinemas this week.

Matthew finds out what goes into recording a Hollywood film soundtrack from the people at Air studios who make it happen. As well as Lorne, he talks to three-time Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Geoff Foster, music editor Cecile Tournesac, conductor Matt Dunkley, orchestra leader Perry Montague-Mason and principal double-bass Mary Scully.

Lorne Balfe - Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout [La-La Land]
Lalo Schifrin - Mission: Impossible (TV series) - Main Theme [GNP Crescendo]
Harry Gregson‐Williams - The Martian (2015) - Fly Like Iron Man [Columbia]
Eden Ahbez - Moulin Rouge (2001) - Nature Boy [Interscope]
Hans Zimmer - Gladiator (2000) - The Might of Rome [Decca]
Hans Zimmer - Dunkirk (2017) - Regimental Brothers [Watertower Music]
Lalo Schifrin - Mission: Impossible - Main Theme [Ace]
David Arnold - Stargate (1994) - Stargate Overture [Milan]
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now [Reprise]
Jacob Shea - Planet Earth II (2016) Something Worth Protecting [Silva Screen]
David Arnold - Casino Royale (2006) - The Name's Bond... James Bond [Sony Classical]
Lorne Balfe - Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Escape Through Paris [La-La Land]
Lorne Balfe - Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Mission Accomplished [La-La Land]

Friday, 24 August 2018

The Personality Test Series 2 - 2. Rick Wakeman

THE PERSONALITY TEST SERIES 2 - 2. RICK WAKEMAN (320kbs-m4a/65mb/28mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 27th July 2018

Progressive rock legend, Rick Wakeman quizzes a panel about all things Wakeman.

With Sue Perkins, Lucy Porter, Will Smith and Robin Ince.

Series with changing hosts who quiz the panel.

Script by Richard Turner and Simon LIttlefield

Devised and produced by Aled Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Who's Who - Keith Moon

WHO'S WHO - KEITH MOON (320kbs-m4a/134mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 3rd August 2018

Following on from Roger Daltrey's recent appearance on The First Time, a programme from the BBC archive in which Keith Moon, the Who's drummer, considers his career and fellow band members.

The Who - The Ox
The Who - Tommy's Holiday Camp
The Who - Happy Jack
The Who - Relay
The Who - Summertime Blues
The Who - A Legal Matter
The Who - It's Not True
The Who - Let's See Action
The Who - Don't Look Away
The Who - Amazing Journey
The Who - Magic Bus
The Who - Relax
Keith Moon - Radio 1 broadcast 1973
The Who - Going Mobile
The Who - Fiddle About
The Who - Bell Boy
The Who - Amazing Journey

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Who's Who - John Entwistle

WHO'S WHO - JOHN ENTWISTLE (320kbs-m4a/138mb/60mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 2nd August 2018

Following on from Roger Daltrey's recent appearance on The First Time, a programme from the BBC archive in which John Entwistle, the Who's bassist considers his career and fellow band members.

The Who - The Ox [Universal Distribution]
The Who - La La La Lies [MCA]
The Who - Much Too Much [MCA]
The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again [Polydor]
The Who - My Generation [Universal Polydor]
The Who - Postcard [Track]
The Who - Christmas [Polydor]
The Who - I'm Free [Polydor]
John Entwistle - Cousin Kevin [Polydor]
The Who - Run Run Run [Polydor]
The Who - Our Love Was, Is [Decca]
The Who - Substitute [Polydor]
The Who - 5.15 [Polydor]
The Who - My Wife [Polydor]
John Entwistle's Ox - Drowning [Rhino]
The Who - Sparks [Polydor]

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Who's Who - Pete Townshend

WHO'S WHO - PETE TOWNSHEND (320kbs-m4a/135mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 1st August 2018

Following on from Roger Daltrey's recent appearance on The First Time, there's a chance to hear a programme from the BBC archive in which Pete Townshend, the Who's guitarist and songwriter considers his career and fellow band members.

The Who - The Ox [Universal Distribution]
The Who - The Seeker [Universal]
The Who - Dancing In The Street [Polydor]
The Who - The Kids Are Alright [MCA]
The High Numbers - I'm The Face [Polydor]
The Who - I Can't Explain [Universal]
The Who - Love Reign O'er Me [Polydor]
The Who - So Sad About Us [Hiwatt]
The Who - Amazing Journey [Polydor]
The Who - I Can See For Miles [Polydor]
The Who - Baba O'Riley [Polydor]
The Who - See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You
Pete Townshend - Time Is Passing [Track]
The Who - Join Together [Polydor]
The Who - Amazing Journey [Polydor]

Monday, 20 August 2018

Who's Who - Roger Daltrey

WHO'S WHO - ROGER DALTREY (320kbs-m4a/138mb/60mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 31st July 2018

Following on from Roger Daltrey's recent appearance on The First Time, there's a chance to hear a programme from the BBC archive in which the Who's vocalist considers his career and fellow band members.

The Who - I Can't Explain [Universal/Polydor]
The High Numbers - I'm The Face [Polydor]
The Who - Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere [MCA]
The Who - I Can't Explain [Polydor]
The Who - My Generation [Polydor]
The Who - I Can See For Miles [Polydor]
The Who - Overture [Eagle Rock Entertainment]
The Who - The Acid Queen [Polydor]
The Who - Pinball Wizard [Polydor]
The Who - See Me, Feel Me [Polydor]
The Who - Young Man [Track]
The Who - Summertime Blues [Polydor]
The Who - Baba O'Riley [Polydor]
The Who - 5.15 [Polydor]
The Who - Love Reign O'er Me [Polydor]
The Who - Join Together [Polydor]
The Who - Long Live Rock [Polydor]

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Jacob Collier And Friends - BBC Proms 2018: Prom 7

JACOB COLLIER AND FRIENDS - BBC PROMS 2018: PROM 7 (320kbs-m4a/352mb/2hrs33mins)
BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 19th July 2018

Since becoming an online sensation with his one-man, multi-tracked arrangements of songs such as 'Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing' and 'Fascinating Rhythm', vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier has been forging a lightning-quick path through the musical world. Last year, aged 22, he picked up two Grammy Awards for his debut album In My Room.

Having made a guest appearance at the Quincy Jones Prom in 2016, Collier once again teams up with conductor Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest in a special collaboration for the Proms, featuring a host of new tracks and a smattering of special guests.

Live at the BBC Proms: Metropole Orkest with Jacob Collier and Friends
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Georgia Mann

Jacob Collier (arr. Evan Jolly) - Don't You Know
Jacob Collier (arr. Jamshied Sharifi / Jacob Collier) - Hideaway
Jacob Collier (orch. Jules Buckley) - Djesse
Sam Amidon (arr. Jules Buckley) - Pat Do This Pat Do That
Becca Stevens, Take 6 (Stevie Wonder, arr. Jacob Collier) - As
Jacob Collier (arr. Jamshied Sharifi / Jacob Collier) - Hajanga

c. 8.30pm
Interval: Proms Plus: Musicians from the Metropole Orkest talk about the life and work of the orchestra.

c. 8.55pm
Jacob Collier (Sting, arr. Jacob Collier, orch. Stefan Behrisch) - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Jacob Collier, Becca Stevens (orch. Jules Buckley) - Ocean Wide, Canyon Deep
Jacob Collier, Take 6 (Stevie Wonder, arr. Jacob Collier) - You And I
Hamid El Kasri (orch. Stefan Behrisch And Vladimir Nikolov) - Everlasting Motion
Hamid El Kasri (arr. Vladimir Nikolov) - Moulay Ahmed
Jacob Collier, Becca Stevens, Sam Amidon  - Wild Mountain Thyme
Jacob Collier (orch. Stefan Behrisch) - Once You
Jacob Collier, Becca Stevens, Sam Amido, Take 6, Hamid El Kasri (Lionel Richie, arr. Jacob Collier, orch. Vladimir Nikolov) - All Night Long
Jacob Collier - Blackbird

Jacob Collier (keyboards and vocals)
Sam Amidon (vocals, guitar, fiddle)
Becca Stevens (vocals)
Guembri Hamid El Kasri (vocals)
Take 6
Metropole Orkest
Jules Buckley (conductor)

Saturday, 18 August 2018

The First Time With... Series 18 - 5. Roger Daltrey

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 18 - 5. ROGER DALTREY (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 29th July 2018

Matt Everitt talks to the voice of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, front man of The Who, Roger Daltrey. They talk about rock operas, being in a band with Keith Moon and the film he is making about him. Plus seminal first times of his life.

The Who - I Can't Explain [Polydor]
The Who - Baba O'Riley [Polydor]
Glenn Miller - In The Mood [Music & Memories]
Hank Williams - I Saw The Light [Polygram TV]
Lonnie Donegan - Rock Island Line [Old Gold]
Chuck Berry - No Money Down
Sonny Boy Williamson - Eyesight To The Blind
The Who - Please, Please, Please
The Who - So Sad About Us
Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line
The Who - Happy Jack [Polydor]
The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again [Polydor]
The Who - I'm Free [Polydor]
The Who - Love, Reign O'er Me
Roger Daltrey - As Long As I Have You [Polydor]
The Crickets - That'll Be The Day [MCA]

Friday, 17 August 2018

The First Time With... Series 18 - 4. Tracey Thorn

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 18 - 4. TRACEY THORN (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 22nd July 2018

Tracey Thorn shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt. From punk to pop, Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks, David Cassidy, working with Massive Attack, her first group Marine Girls. Plus Everything But The Girl and meeting her life partner Ben Watt.

Everything But The Girl - Wrong [Virgin]
Everything But The Girl - I Didn't Know I Was Looking For Love [Blanco Y Negro]
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Let's Have Another Cup O' Coffee
Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen [Disky]
David Cassidy - How Can I Be Sure [Old Gold]
Buzzcocks - I Don't Mind [EMI]
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) [Disky]
XTC - Statue Of Liberty [Virgin]
Marine Girls - Tonight?
Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
Everything But The Girl - Missing [Blanco Y Negro]
Massive Attack - Protection (Feat. Tracey Thorn) [Wild Bunch]
John Grant & Tracey Thorn - Disappointing [Bella Union]
Tracey Thorn - It's All True [Virgin]
King Princess - 1950

Thursday, 16 August 2018

The First Time With... Series 18 - 3. Nick Mason

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 18 - 3. NICK MASON (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 15th July 2018

One of the founding members of Pink Floyd Nick Mason shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. Pink Floyd were pioneers of the 60's psychedelic scene. Nick discusses the early years. first impressions of his band mate Roger Waters and Syd Barrett.

Pink Floyd - See Emily Play [EMI]
Pink Floyd - Echoes [EMI]
Henry Hall Orchestra & Val Rosing - The Teddy Bears Picnic [EMI]
Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock [EMI]
Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes [RCA]
The Shadows - Apache [EMI]
Gene Krupa - Drum Solo
Pink Floyd - Nick's Boogie
The Fugs - Supergirl [Fontana]
Pink Floyd - Bike [Starline]
Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne [EMI]
Allen Ginsberg - Tonite Let's All Make Love In London
Pink Floyd - Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here [EMI]
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb [Harvest]
Pink Floyd - Breathe (In The Air)
Nick Mason - I Can't Get My Motor To Start
Pink Floyd - Interstellar Overdrive [EMI]
Pink Floyd - Louder Than Words [Parlophone]
Bruce Hornsby & The Range - The Way It Is [Telstar]

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The First Time With... Series 18 - 2. St. Vincent

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 18 - 2. ST. VINCENT (320kbs-m4a/130mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 8th July 2018

Anne Erin Clark, aka St. Vincent, the American multi instrumentalist tells us about her pivotal musical first times. Her latest album Masseducaiton was released in 2017 and in 2015 won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album for St. Vincent.

St. Vincent - Regret [Loma Vista Recordings/Caroline International]
St. Vincent - Prince Johnny [Loma Vista Recordings]
Michael Jackson - Thriller [Priority]
John Denver - Life Is So Good
Tripping Daisy - I Got A Girl
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy [Now]
Steely Dan - Fire In The Hole
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit [DGC]
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Wind Cries Mary [Polydor]
St. Vincent - Bliss
St. Vincent - Digital Witness [Loma Vista Recordings/Caroline International]
Igor Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring
David Byrne & St. Vincent - Who [Todo Mundo/4AD]
Billie Holiday  - I'm A Fool To Want You
Oliver Nelson - Stolen Moments
John Coltrane - Acknowledgement [Excalibur Recordings]
St. Vincent - New York [Loma Vista Recordings/Caroline International]
Mayhem - Silvester Anfang

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The First Time With... Series 18 - 1. Janelle Monáe

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 18 - 1. JANELLE MONÁE (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 1st July 2018

The American singer and rapper tells Matt Everitt about the pivotal first times in music. Since her critically acclaimed debut album in 2010 The ArchAndroid, Janelle has been a rising star, earning Grammy nominations and album sales along the way. Her third album Dirty Computer was released in April.

Janelle Monáe - Tightrope (feat. Big Boi) [Bad Boy]
Michael Jackson - Beat It [Epic]
Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill [Sony Music]
Janelle Monáe - Violent Stars Happy Hunting! [Bad Boy]
Stevie Wonder - I Was Made To Love Her [Motown]
Janelle Monáe - Cold War [Bad Boy]
Janelle Monáe Feat. Wondaland Records - Hell You Talmbout [Wondaland]
Prince & The Revolution - Sometimes It Snows In April [Paisley Park]
Janelle Monáe - I Like That [Atlantic / Bad Boy]
Erykah Badu - Phone Down [Motown]
Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel [Bad Boy]

Monday, 13 August 2018

The First Time With... Eric Clapton

THE FIRST TIME WITH... ERIC CLAPTON (320kbs-m4a/131mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 2 broadcast: 5th July 2018

Matt Everitt talks to Eric Clapton about his life and career, Jimi Hendrix, the 1976 concert, his recovery and Prince.

Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love [Polydor]
Cream - Badge [Polydor]
Flanagan & Allen - Underneath The Arches
Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues
Big Bill Broonzy - Walkin' The Lonesome Road
Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover [Universal/Island]
Jimmy Giuffre - The Train And The River
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things [Imagem Music]
The Yardbirds - For Your Love [Connoisseur Collection]
Aretha Franklin - Good To Me As I Am To You
Cream - I Feel Free [Premier]
The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Parlophone]
Derek And The Dominos - Layla [Polydor]
Cream - Toad
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Little Wing [Polydor]
The Band Feat. Eric Clapton - Further On Up The Road
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain [Warner Bros]

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sound of Cinema: 212. Music And British Animation

SOUND OF CINEMA: 212. MUSIC AND BRITISH ANIMATION (320kbs-m4a/134mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 14th July 2018

Matthew Sweet considers music for British animation as the BFI mark the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine. The programme looks back on scores for some of the classic children's animation titles from the likes of Oliver Postgate and Ivor Wood including 'Bagpuss'; 'Ivor the Engine'; and 'Camberwick Green'; music for Jerry and Sylvia Anderson's 'Thunderbirds'; the 1954 'Animal Farm'; and 'Watership Down' and 'Yellow Submarine'. The programme also features music from Aardmann Animation features 'Chicken Run' and the recent 'Early Man'; as well as Raymond Briggs's 'Ethel and Earnest' and The Snowman'.

And on a similar theme, as Incredibles 2 reaches UK screens this week, there's a chance to hear some of Michael Giacchino's new score.

John Faulkner - Bagpuss (1974): The Bony King Of Nowhere, The Prima Ballerina, Mouse Round [Small Folk]
John Powell - Chicken Run (2000): Opening Titles [RCA]
Julian Nott - The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (2005): Wallace & Gromit [Varese Sarabande]
Harry Gregson‐Williams - Early Man (2018): Prehistoric Prologue
Don Barreto - La Belle Creole [Harlequin]
Vernon Elliott - Ivor the Engine (1959): Theme [Trunk]
Freddie Phillips - Camberwick Green (1966): Music Box [BBC]
Freddie Phillips - Camberwick Green (1972): Windy Miller's Song [BBC]
Johnny Hawksworth - Roobarb and Custard [Virgin]
Mike Batt - The Wombling Song [Universal]
Alain Legrand - The Magic Roundabout [BBC]
Barry Gray - Thunderbirds Are Go (1966): Thunderbirds Theme, Alan's Dream, Martian Mystery [EMI]
Mátyás Seiber - Animal Farm (1954): Theme
Angela Morley - Watership Down (1978): End Credits [Vocalion]
The Beatles & George Martin - Yellow Submarine (1968): Suite
Roger Waters - The Wall (1984): Another Brick In The Wall [EMI]
Carl Davis - Ethel And Ernest (2016): Opening [Decca Digital Download]
Howard Blake - The Snowman (2016): The Snowmen's Dance [CBS]
Clint Mansell - Loving Vincent (2017): The Sower with Setting Sun [Milan]
Paul Leonard-Morgan - Walking With Dinosaurs (2013): 3 BFF [BFD]
Michael Giacchino - Incredibles 2 (2018): Incredits 2 [Walt Disney Download]

Saturday, 11 August 2018

The Cult Of Aphex Twin

THE CULT OF APHEX TWIN (320kbs-m4a/67mb/29mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 10th July 2018

Music writer John Doran ventures into the strange world of Richard D James. Over the course of three decades James, known to his legion of hardcore fans as Aphex Twin, has achieved the primary but evasive aim of most serious musicians - the invention, exploration and curation of a truly unique and inimitable sound.

Born in Ireland and raised in Cornwall, James was radicalised by the underground acid house phenomenon that swept UK clubs in the late 1980s but, unlike many of his peers, he seemed equally influenced by ambient, New York minimalism, power electronics, avant composition, techno, industrial and pop music.

By combining these strands, he became just about "as important as a single figure can get in electronic music" and the more that the press wanted to speak to him the more he treated their attention with a mixture of irritation, gleeful mischief and wilful myth building.

Realising that legend is often much more interesting than truth, he slowly began to construct a personal mythos that many still believe to this day. Does he really write songs while asleep after training himself in the practice of lucid dreaming? Does he drive a tank round Cornwall? Did he once live in a bank vault in the middle of the Elephant And Castle roundabout? Does he own a submarine? Does his DJ tech rider include a food processor and sheets of sandpaper? Does he move among his many fans on electronic dance music forums online, often trolling them and stirring up these very myths?

In an attempt to disentangle the man from the myth, we hear from fans such as comedian Vic Reeves and those who know him best such as musicians Tom Middleton, Leila, David Toop and Scanner.

Fan of 25 years John Doran believes that James should be seen as a Cornish folk musician. While a lot of time has been spent talking about how groundbreaking his music has been over the years, less thought has been devoted to discussing how he is also a conduit to the pre-Christian culture of the Cornish past, not just through the song names he chooses or the natural textures of plant and mineral that his music evokes, but also because he is a product of the Cornish myth-making tradition himself and part of a proud heritage that includes mermaids, giants, piskies and pobel vean.

Presented by John Doran
Produced by Barney Rowntree
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Étienne De Crécy - Quest Mix 11th July 2018

ÉTIENNE DE CRÉCY - QUEST MIX 11.07.18 (320kbs-m4a/84mb/37mins)
BBC Radio 1 broadcast: 11th July 2018

Annie Nightingale celebrates Bastille Day in France with a set from Étienne de Crécy.

JP Chronic & Thalie - It's Okay (Less Hate Remix) [Chronovision Ibiza]
Snacks - Deep Fry (Fouk Remix) [House Of Disco]
Den Ishu - Wish You Well [Mr. Nice Guy]
Vozmediano - Back2Soul [Roush Label]
Harvey Sutherland - Priestess [Clarity]
Sleazy McQueen - Huit Etoiles (Gerd Janson Remix) [Let's Play House]
Kiwi - Orca [Futureboogie Recordings]
Margot - Apple S [Hivern Discs]
Black Spuma - Onda [International Feel Recordings]
Th;en & Starkato - Sundance [Sprout]
Dee Montero - Solace [Selador]
Pete K - Azimuth [Zerothree]
Federico Locchi - Nebulosa (Cold Miles Remix) [Noir Music]
Fideles - The Border [Exit Strategy]

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Wooden Shjips - Freak Zone Playlist 15th July 2018

WOODEN SHJIPS - FREAK ZONE PLAYLIST 15.07.18 (320kbs-m4a/134mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 15th July 2018

Ripley from Wooden Shjips creates a psychedelic playlist from across the decades. Including tracks by These Trails, Wet Tuna, Fabulous Diamonds and Chris Cohen.

Hidden Ritual - Weird Middle [Monofonus Press]
Gun Outfit - Strange Insistence [Paradise Of Bachelors]
These Trails - These Trails [Drag City]
Cave - Machines & Muscles [Important]
Spacin' - Stopping Man [Richie/Agitated]
Wet Tuna - I'd Rather Be Hayin' [Child Of Microtones]
Chris Cohen - Torrey Pine [Captured Tracks]
Fabulous Diamonds - 4 [Siltbreeze]
JIBÓIA - London [Lovers & Lollypops]
Paul Marcano & Lightdreams - Who Is The One [Got Kinda Lost]
Baffo Banfi - Gang (For The Rock Industry) [Wah Wah]
Clara Mondshine - Memory Metropolis [Innovative Communication]
Visible Cloaks - Mimesis [Rvng Intl.]
Jack Adkins - Linda's Birthday [Boink]
Marvin Gardens - Down The Line [High Moon]

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

U2 - Live RDS Stadium Dublin 1994

U2 - LIVE RDS STADIUM DUBLIN 1994 (320kbs-m4a/134mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 21st July 2018

U2 - Zoo Station
U2 - Fly
U2 - Even Better Than The Real Thing
U2 - Mysterious Ways
U2 - One
U2 - Unchained Melody
U2 - Until The End Of The World
U2 - New Years Day
U2 - Numb
U2 - Trying To Throw My Arms Around The World
U2 - Angel Of Harlem
U2 - With Or Without You
U2 - Pride

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

UB40 - Live Hammersmith Odeon 1983

UB40 - LIVE HAMMERSMITH ODEON 1983 (320kbs-m4a/124mb/54mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 14th July 2018

UB40 - One In Ten
UB40 - Keep On Moving
UB40 - Don't Let It Pass You By
UB40 - Love Is All Is Alright
UB40 - Johnny Too Bad
UB40 - Sweet Sensation
UB40 - Cherry Oh Baby
UB40 - Red Red Wine
UB40 - Please Don't Make Me Cry
UB40 - Present Arms
UB40 - Tyler

Monday, 6 August 2018

World Party - Live Brixton Academy 1993

WORLD PARTY - LIVE BRIXTON ACADEMY 1993 (320kbs-m4a/125mb/54mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 19th May 2018

World Party - Is It Like Today
World Party - Message In A Box
World Party - Sooner Or Later
World Party - It's Too Late / Radio Days
World Party - Sweet Soul Dreams
World Party - Love Street
World Party - Private Revolution
World Party - Take It Up
World Party - Give It All Away

Sunday, 5 August 2018

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

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 9th to 30th July 2018

Fifth series of the cult science fiction comedy, based on Douglas Adams's book, Mostly Harmless.

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 9th July 2018

The Grebulons arrived some time ago upon the tenth planet in our Solar system, named Persephone upon its discovery, but now nicknamed Rupert after some philosopher's parrot. Their huge battlecruiser bristles with armaments and camouflage devices but has crashlanded on this cold and remote world far from anyone who can tell them their mission. They have been sent to monitor an unknown location for unknown purposes, the unknowns in this instance being caused by the fact that, while they were in hibernation, a meteorite took out that part of the ship that stored both their, and its, memories. In essence they have literally lost their minds, but on monitoring the considerable outpourings of Earth's popular media they are developing quite a taste for soap opera, puppet shows and reruns of 70s cop shows.

Searching for his lost love Fenchurch, lost on a routine hyperspace jump, Arthur Dent has hitchhiked across the Galaxy to the location where once he found the Earth - only to find an Earthlike planet called Nowwhat upon which there is very little to comfort him except the shapes of the continents. Nursing a bite on the thigh from a Boghog he accepts the advice of a telepathic pseudopodic creature on the Information Desk and moves on to look for Hawalius, a planet of soothsayers. Here he hopes to get guidance and advice. What he gets is a reminder that his old girlfriend Trillian is now a reporter for the Siderial Daily Mentioner, travelling through both time and space to get news stories, effectively putting the soothsayers out of work.

In a parallel universe, upon the 'new' Earth where Arthur met Fenchurch, Tricia MacMillan - the blonder, more American counterpart to Arthur's friend Trillian - interviews Gail Andrews, an astrologer, and confides that she is haunted by a party she once attended where she failed to get off with a tall two-headed alien called Zaphod. Those of us who have been following the saga know of course that the 'other' Tricia - the one we know as Trillian - in fact got off with Zaphod at the same party on HER Earth and that is why she is now roaming the Galaxy doing pieces to camera and noddy shots. Tricia - the blonder, more American one - is however still Earthbound. She made Zaphod wait while she went to fetch her bag, and, as (the other) Trillian could have told her, Zaphod waits for no-one.

In fact Zaphod's patience has run out completely. He has lived for nearly eleven episodes with the frustration of knowing that - whatever Trillian might have thought - he was NOT drunk on Pan Galactic Gargleblasters when he visited the Hitchhiker's Guide Building (in the Secondary Phase) and encountered a strange and sinister person called Zarniwoop, who had built a virtual universe inside his office, in which Zaphod was tortured by a machine called the Total Perspective Vortex, opening his senses so they could perceive Everything Everywhere All At Once. Now Zaphod returns to the Hitchhiker's Building, relocated to the planet Saquo-Pilia Hensha, where he finds Zarniwoop very much in charge of a very sinister operation.

Add to this zesty mixture Ford Prefect, who has snuck into the Hitchhiker's Building on a mission to clear his expenses. This is a mission that involves considerable subterfuge and cunning, as Ford's business affairs as a Hitchhiker's Guide Researcher are an accounting nightmare. In the course of finding his way past the security screens to the Editor's Office for a grovelling phase to open negotiations, Ford catches and reprograms one of the melon-sized security robots that patrol the corridors, renaming it Colin. Colin reveals to Ford that the Guide is under a wonderful new management. This immediately arouses Ford's suspicions. Things are Not Right with The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 16th July 2018

Arthur's search for guidance and advice on the Planet Hawalius leads him to memorable encounters with The Smelly Photocopier Woman - an extravagantly flatulent Hawalian soothsayer - and The Old Man On The Pole, who squats hundreds of feet up in the air on a series of tall sticks, swooshing about from one to the other nonchalantly. This is (a) off-putting and (b) irritating, and as the consensus of opinion among all the prophets and soothsayers seems to be that Arthur should go elsewhere and do something constructive with his life, he resolves to move on, catching a shuttle off the planet. His listlessness is not helped by his bereavement at the loss of his girlfriend Fenchurch, and his copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is proving not much use at all, except maybe for eating his sandwiches off, because some strange female voice keeps interrupting its normally urbane sophisticate presence, advertising a 'Guide Mark II', which is 'Coming Soon'.

Ford Prefect is in a position to help Arthur understand better what is happening to the Guide, but inconveniently he is thousands of light years away, having sneaked into the new Hitchhiker's Guide Building on Saquo-Pilia Hensha, with the help of a reprogrammed security robot called Colin. Ford has entered the office of the Editor of the Guide to discover that there's been a change at the top and the post is now occupied by a vaguely familiar and definitely sinister new Editor named Zarniwoop Van Harl. Zarniwoop explains that the Megadodo Corporation is now as defunct as a - um - Dodo, and some shadowy corporation called Infinidim Enterprises has taken over the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Their brainchild, the Guide Mark II, is a complete redesign of the Hitchhiker's Guide. Instead of selling to penniless hitchhikers, the product will be aimed at businessmen and their wives, people with lots of income and a predisposition to dispose it on gadgetry, the purpose of which may be much more than they imagine.

Zarniwoop further explains that whereas the business once relied on selling lots of old Guides to billions of people, the new plan depends on selling One Guide many many times to billions and billions of people. This is possible because the new Guide has been built to operate transdimensionally, available anywhere at any time across the layers of the multiverse. And instead of the voice of a plummy pompous pedagogue lecturing to penniless hitchhikers, it boasts a sultry Brantisvogan Escort Agency VIP vamp voice.

Ford is not over-impressed at this development but significantly more impressed - one might even say gobsmacked - when Zarniwoop presents him with a Dine-O-Charge card in his name. Zarniwoop wants Ford to be the Guide's new restaurant critic. If the Quota Permits. Unfortunately the use of the word quota has the same effect on Ford as it has throughout the ages on all free thinking independent spirits in the Galaxy who sense fences being put up to protect Corporate Mediocrity, and without thinking he orders Colin to kill Zarniwoop. Rhetorically of course. The upshot is that Zarniwoop is rendered unconscious before Ford can reverse the order. However as a result Ford (naturally) looks through Zarniwoop's pockets and finds an Ident-i-Eze card which is going to prove VERY useful in gaining access to the Hitchhiker's Guide Accounting computer, where he can clear his more reckless expense claims once and for all.

On the new Earth where Arthur Dent met and loved the disappeared Fenchurch, television reporter Tricia MacMillan lives in complete ignorance that a parallel, less blonde, more British version of herself called Trillian roams the Galaxy, once as a girlfriend of Zaphod Beeblebrox, now as a reporter for the Siderial Daily Mentioner. Tricia has longed to travel in space ever since she failed to get off with Zaphod Beeblebrox at a party, and when a party of aliens land their ship on her lawn and ask if she will go with them to the Planet Rupert and help calculate their astrological forecasts using her astrophysical expertise, she readily accepts.

Arthur Dent meanwhile is in a shuttle which fails to make a hyperspace jump at the Lamuella Nexus. It plunges towards the nearest planet and certain doom, with Arthur hoping very hard that the planet is NOT called Stavromula Beta, the location where the unhinged reincarnated creature called Agrajag more or less predicted he would die (see Tertiary Phase Episode 4, Fit The Sixteenth).

Back in the Hitchhiker's Guide Building, Ford enters the Virtual Reality computer-generated Universe that once existed only in an upstairs office for Zarniwoop's sole use, but now has spread through an entire basement level. Here it is, among staggeringly realistic computer-generated lofty mountains and distant seas, from rocky crags to lonely huts on beaches, that the Guide's accounts are manipulated using a three-dimensional ecosynthetic multidimensional interface. Having used Zarniwoop's Ident-i-Eze card to clear all

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 23rd July 2018

Far away out on the Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Planet Lamuella spins slowly, its iron age culture only occasionally enlivened by the arrival and departure of the Perfectly Normal Beasts, a vast stampede of buffalo-like creatures who appear at one end of the Anhondo mountains, thunder through the Anhondo Valley, and disappear at its far end. These animals provide the simple people of Lamuella with their principal source of protein, and since the arrival of the Sandwich Maker in the Fiery Chariot which Laid Waste the Great Forest, this means many fine Perfectly Normal Beast sandwiches are enjoyed on a daily basis by those who tend the crops which are fertilised by the droppings of the pikka birds, who tend to drop their droppings anywhere, anyway.

It is many moons since the cataclysmic arrival of the Sandwich Maker's fiery chariot which - according to the local shaman, soothsayer and fraud Old Thrashbarg - was responsible for filling the Great Forest with Ghosts, and since the Sandwich Maker recovered from his injuries this bucolic idyll has been, for him, a haven of peace and a chance to recover from years of wandering the Galaxy in pursuit of one thing or another, from white mice to a decent cup of tea to pieces of the Wikkit Gate to a lost girlfriend. Now he can give up rushing about and instead devote his time to the making of a perfect sandwich. Or so he thought till this morning. For into the village clearing has descended a new chariot, not fiery but smooth and with go-faster stripes, bearing within it a woman and a young girl. The woman's name is Trillian and, as Thrashbarg and the villagers scatter in fear, she gazes upon the Sandwich Maker and says, ""Hello Arthur"". For that is his name.

Trillian samples a Perfectly Normal Beast sandwich and explains to Arthur that the teenage girl she has brought with her is in fact their daughter. As Arthur has long financed his trips around the Galaxy with donations to tissue and sperm banks, and as he and Trillian were the only humans from the original Earth to survive its destruction by the Vogons, it was pretty easy for Trillian to find out who the donor was when she felt the need to visit a fertility clinic. Now about to jaunt off to cover the decisive arrival of a battlecruiser in a war which - due to the vagaries of sub-light travel - erupted millennia ago, Trillian is leaving the girl with Arthur. Both are horribly dismayed but Trillian has already gone. Arthur asks his daughter's name, ""Random Frequent Flyer Dent"" is the reply.

Arthur's attempts to bond with his sudden daughter are greeted with little success; Random is a product of a technological civilisation and is bored by the very things he values about life on Lamuella - its simplicity and freedom from gadgetry. When a package arrives from Ford Prefect, addressed to Arthur, the latter correctly surmises that it contains nothing harmless, and is horrified when Random runs off with it.

With her father in pursuit, Random stumbles across the secret of the ghosts in the Great Forest - they are in fact malfunctioning holovids from the in-flight entertainment system of the crashed shuttle which brought Arthur here so long ago. High up in a cave in the Anhondo Mountains she stops and opens the package. Out of it she pulls something looking like an ebony dinner plate, which unfolds itself and flutters to perch on a nearby rock. It is some kind of mechanical bird, but it identifies itself as The Guide Mark II. Calibrating itself so that Random can see and hear it, the bird explains it is her Guide, that it exists across all dimensions and can use Reverse Temporal engineering to show her anything she wants, do for her anything she wants and take her anywhere she likes. It shows her the Earth her mother came from, how it exists in a Plural Zone which is very unstable and where, when one thing is destroyed, another, near-identical one can pop up in its place. It shows her Tricia MacMillan, living on that Earth, a shock for Random who thinks this must be her mother and demands to be taken there. The bird, following orders, immediately reaches back as far into time as is necessary to bring about the instant arrival of a spaceship to take them there. Out of the spaceship emerges Ford Prefect, who Random promptly knocks on the head with a rock. As Random and the bird leave in the ship, Arthur arrives in the clearing outside the cave, discovering Ford's head is under his foot.

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 30th July 2018

Arthur and Ford are reunited on the distant and backward planet of Lamuella, and both have vital information for each other. Arthur's is that the young woman who just stole Ford's spaceship is Arthur's daughter by Trillian, Random. Ford's news is more sinister - the Vogons have taken over the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and have developed a new model of the famous book, the Guide Mark II, which exists in the form of a black bird and, with its Unfiltered Perception, exists across all layers of the Universe and at all times simultaneously, capable of changing any events or any bringing about any chain of cause-and-effect to achieve its owner's wishes. The result may be as simple as to manipulate events so that Ford Prefect survives a leap from a 23rd floor window and arrives on Lamuella in a spaceship which it new owner - Arthur's daughter Random - can then steal; or as complex as helping the Vogons effortlessly carry out their grandest schemes - from their general desire to turn the whole Galaxy into one vast Bureaucracy, to the more particular and irksome issue of making sure that once the planet Earth is destroyed it STAYS destroyed, rather than having replacement Earths keep popping up, due to the Plural nature of that particular Sector of space.

Lamuella itself is bisected by a Plural Zone and this is what causes the curious phenomenon of the Spring Migration of the Perfectly Normal Beasts, whereby a vast stampede of buffalo-like creatures appear at one end of the Anhondo mountains, thunder through the Anhondo Valley, and disappear at its far end. Arthur suddenly realises that this may be their ticket off the planet, and he and Ford scurry off to attempt to ride a Perfectly Normal Beast to ... wherever it goes ...

Meanwhile on the Planet Rupert, Tricia's help in recalibrating the Gerbulons' astrology computer has led to unforeseen complications. The Grebulon Leader's immediate future is revealed to be beset by adverse astrological signs, mainly to do with the positioning of the Planet Earth. It seems that the only solution to a very tedious month ahead is to somehow alter the movement of the planets. Perhaps eliminate one. He decides to investigate the astrological potential of his battle cruiser's gun turrets. As he does so, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz monitors his deliberations from a safe and undetectable distance. The Guide Mark II has fulfilled its function. Everything is being tied up neatly, thanks to the ""lost"" Grebulons. A tick will soon be put in a long-empty box on his clipboard. The black bird hovers nearby. He orders it to engage the Total Perspective Vortex.

Arthur and Ford arrive on Earth. Pausing only to use the Dine-O-Charge card to buy The Langham Hilton and organise the repatriation of all the animals in London Zoo, they track Tricia and Random to Tricia's favourite drinking haunt in London, Club Beta, where reports indicate the female occupant of yet another spaceship lately arrived has headed. Arriving at the club, Arthur and Ford encounter a strange man on the stairs who seems to know Arthur but isn't quite sure. Ignoring him they descend and enter the bar to find Tricia, Trillian and Random, who has a gun pointed at both her mother and her mother's doppelganger, hopelessly confused and hysterical. Trillian is desperately trying to get everyone to leave. The space battle she went to cover as a news story when she left Random with Arthur never happened. The battle cruiser sent to fight it never arrived, but crashlanded on the outer planet of this solar system and is about to do something dreadful. But Random is beyond reason. The man that Arthur and Ford passed on the stairs attempts to wrestle the gun from the girl, but in the melee it goes off. Arthur ducks and the shot misses him, but hits the man, who dies in his arms, and, as he does so, looks at Arthur and says, ""You ...."". Arthur is reminded of Agrajag, the unhinged reincarnated creature who predicted he would only die after arriving at a place called Stavromula Beta. Thus when Trillian says they must all leave, now, or perish, Arthur is relaxed. Nothing can happen to him here. He is is not on Stavromula Beta. Horrified, Trillian shows him one of the club's menu covers. It is run by a Greek/German called Stavro Mueller. His first club, in New York, was called Alpha. This is his second Club. Arthur is appalled to read the heading on the menu: STAVRO MUELLER BETA.

As the particle cannon beams crash into the planet, ripping it apart, destroying the Earth once and for all, Ford can be heard laughing. "Oh that's good. That's very good ...".

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Dr John Cooper Clarke: Heroes And Villains

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 7th July 2018

What makes a great hero? Why do some villains get all the best lines? The poet, rock star, broadcaster, comedian and cultural icon Dr John Cooper Clarke returns to BBC Radio 4 Extra to rummage through the archives for a curated selection of radio heroes and villains.

Along the way he will talk us through the heroic characters and the unscrupulous rogues who lit up his own childhood imagination.

Expect good guys and gunslingers, Second World War spy rings and a 'Shadowy figure', with stars including Humphrey Bogart, Orson Welles and Peter O'Toole. Through this surprising mix of hidden radio treasure, Dr John Cooper Clarke will discover whatever happened to all the heroes? And attempt to explain why sometimes good guys don't wear white.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Unpopped: Watchmen And The Superhero Concept

BBC Radio podcast: 16th July 2018

Released in 1986, first as a twelve-part comic book series and then collected together as a graphic novel, Watchmen came from the unique mind of writer Alan Moore alongside artist Dave Gibbons. It featured superheroes as they had never been seen before: flawed, vulnerable, evil and damaged; existing in a dystopian, alternative 1980s America where Richard Nixon was still the President.

Published by comics giant DC, Watchmen was an enormous critical success, introducing a new, adult audience to the comic book world, winning numerous awards and eventually included on Time magazine's 100 best books of the 20th Century.

But the afterlife of Watchmen has proven to be fraught. Alan Moore bitterly opposed any sort of film adaptation - but despite this, a big budget Hollywood version was released in 2009, to highly mixed reviews. Sequels, spin-offs and video games have also been released under the Watchmen banner without Moore’s blessing. And now a new television version of the book is about to be released.

Just why was Watchmen so successful? Why has it been so difficult to adapt and how much did it influence popular culture’s current obsession with all things superhero?

With Andy Riley, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and Nathaniel Metcalfe.

Presenter: Hayley Campbell
Producer: Dale Shaw

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Unpopped: Eurotrash And Revelation

BBC Radio podcast: 9th July 2018

The Channel 4 television series Eurotrash launched in 1993, ran for 16 series and was considered the most popular entertainment offering on the channel at that time with its mix of snark, sex, outrageous behaviour and bizarre individuals. Originally hosted by Antoine de Caunes and Jean-Paul Gaultier, it was a magazine style show with its tongue firmly in its cheek. Each week it showcased peculiarities from around the globe including strange animal acts, naked Germans, an obsession with defecation and terrible musical moments.

The show was massively successful, heralding the era of ‘post-pub TV’ and pushing the boundaries of what could be broadcast on British TV. Each episode received numerous complaints from viewers objecting to its focus on nudity, porn and fetishes while Home Secretary Jack Straw attempted to get the show banned due to its lewd content.

Why did Eurotrash prove to be so popular with audiences? What does the show tell us about British attitudes towards sex and the perception of Europe? Why was it so controversial and what influence has it had on wider popular culture and TV today?

With Stuart Heritage, Scott Bryan and Maria McErlane.

Presenter: Hayley Campbell
Producer: Dale Shaw

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Unpopped: Now That's What I Call Music And Survival

BBC Radio podcast: 2nd July 2018

First released in 1983, the Now That's What I Call Music compilation album series was a joint venture between music giants Virgin and EMI, which collected together 30 of the biggest chart hits from that particular period. The success of the first Now album led to a number of copycat versions including Hits and Out Now, but these were short-lived compared to Now, who saw every release reach multiple platinum sales.

And the series has continued to go from strength to strength despite enormous changes in the music industry. 1999’s Now 44 became the biggest seller in the series, 2008’s Now 70 sold the most units in its first week while 2016’s Now 95 was the biggest selling album of that year. There have been spin-off editions covering everything from Dad Rock to Video Games and global editions released in China, Argentina and Korea.

But why did this particular compilation capture the public’s imagination? Do compilation albums of this type help to form or frustrate musical tastes? Can they devalue music in some way? And how has the series survived in the age of streaming and downloads?

With Sheryl Garratt former editor of The Face and The Observer Magazine, Emma Garland from Vice and Now expert Rich Lally.

Presenter: Hayley Campbell
Producer: Dale Shaw