The Listening List: The “Not So Silly” (But Fun) Season

I haven’t done one of these blogs for a while, but whilst there’s been
a lot of interesting wireless shows of recent, my typing fingers are
itching with enthusiasm.

Let’s get on with it shall we?…

“How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love My Albatross”:
BBC Radio 4, 27.08.13

If you’re a singer or part of a band with a huge degree of success,
there’s a good chance that  the majority of fans will
favour one song above all the others, and you have to roll along with it.

Especially if it’s one that has been your only big chart hit.

Artists as diverse as Sandie Shaw, Clare Grogan from the Altered Images, and Mike Batt,
share their experiences of comedown from their success over the one song, and how
they recovered by learning to love their one fruit of labour that pleases their fans
the most.

Highlights include Sandie Shaw’s collaboration with 80s hitmaker Howard Jones
adding  a contemporary twist to her Eurovision winner, and Mike Batt revealing
how he felt when the early 90s band Thunder turned him down on the
advice of their producer who didn’t want them “working with a Womble”.

Whilst an entertaining insight, it could have gone even further by looking at those
Stateside who fared well with only one song, or even a few from the last decade.
(Trying so hard to avoid using the word “noughties”)

Maybe a follow-up could be made focusing on the likes of Vanessa Carlton,
who has a back-catalogue of tunes just as good, if not better than her 2002
release “A Thousand Miles“.

Dave Pearce’s Dance Years: Jeff Young Guests: BBC Radio 2, 24.08.13

We all have our own rose-tinted visions of various musical era’s and for me that
happens to be the popular culture of 1988-1992.

So it came as a delight on finding out that Jeff Young, Radio 1’s first Dance Music
presenter was guesting alongside former Radio London colleage Dave Pearce
on BBC Radio 2 for pretty much the majority of that era between 88 and 91
nicely enough.

A guy who doesn’t get the credit he deserves in revolutionizing specialist
music radio, and opening the doors for the likes of Pete Tong, Danny Rampling,
and Dave Pearce himself.

The anecdotes between the songs are entertaining and informative,
and the tunes themselves have a few surprises alongside the expected
favourites such as Dee-Lite, 808 State and Inner City.

Some of those surprises including the Belearic anthemSueno Latino, and
the late 80s soulful garage tune What About This Love by Mr Fingers AKA Larry Heard.

The most interesting part is towards the end where Jeff reveals how a trip to
New York inspired him to write to the then controller of Radio 1 Johnny Beerling
suggesting the station have it’s own show devoted to upfront house and soul rhythms
identical to those on stations in the big apple such as WBLS.

If you fancy learning more about the pioneering days of house music in the UK,
or just want to relive a memory or two, give this one an aural gander.

How Did This Get Made?: Earwolf Media (Podcast)

Over the last few months I have developed an obsession with bad movies, both hilariously, and panfully.

This lead to me being told by a mate of mine about this series of podcasts
from Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas,
who alongside special guests each week, provide a hilarious
insight into the worst of the worst to hit the big screen.

I haven’t listened to all the episodes as of yet, but highlights so far include
Spice World, the 1997 Spice Girls movie described as
“A Hard Day’s Night without the irony”, and the E.T knock-off/feature
length ad-breakMac And Me from 1988, showcasing the worst things
that can be done with a wheelchair.

But one heavily recommended epsiode from the series is the team’s dissection of
Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room”, which following it’s initial bombing in 2003 has developed
a cult following around the world, with fans flocking to cinemas to heckle
the bad photography, half-arsed acting, and sub-plots that come and go without
any sign of establishment.

Guesting with the team is Greg “Sestosterone” Sestero, who plays Mark,
and shares his experiences of working alongside the mysterious Tommy Wiseau.

Personal suggestions for future shows would include, “Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2“,
and 2003’s live action adaptation/abomination of “The Cat In The Hat“.

This is a podcast that can run and run.

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About Robin Blamires

I live in Canterbury and really enjoy radio and audio producing. I currently present a show at community station CSR FM called "Blam Jam" where I play a wide selection of soul, jazz and electronica music, and elsewhere in the station I help out with producing the station sound, creating on-air idents and sweepers. I would love to bring my skills into professional radio and continue to learn more.
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