Saturday, 24 February 2018

Ivor Cutler - Jelly Mountain

IVOR CUTLER - JELLY MOUNTAIN EPISODES 1 TO 5 (320kbs-m4a/172mb/73mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 10th December 2017 to 7th January 2018

IVOR CUTLER - JELLY MOUNTAIN EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/37mb/16mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 10th December 2017

Ivor Cutler's unique views on language, justice and scratching people's backs. With Craig Murray-Orr. From May 1996.

IVOR CUTLER - JELLY MOUNTAIN EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/35mb/15mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 17th December 2017

Ivor Cutler's unique views on how to promote a child's growth. Songs and stories, with Craig Murray-Orr. From May 1996.

IVOR CUTLER - JELLY MOUNTAIN EPISODE 3 (320kbs-m4a/35mb/15mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 30th December 2017

A visit to the circus heralds arcane amusements. Songs and stories from Ivor Cutler, with Craig Murray-Orr. From May 1996.

IVOR CUTLER - JELLY MOUNTAIN EPISODE 4 (320kbs-m4a/31mb/13mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 31st December 2017

Musing on old cuppas and paying with Fool's Gold. Songs and stories from Ivor Cutler, with Craig Murray-Orr. From May 1996.

IVOR CUTLER - JELLY MOUNTAIN EPISODE 5 (320kbs-m4a/34mb/14mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 7th January 2018

Musings on a footkerchief and a forest full of girls. Songs and stories from Ivor Cutler, with Beverley Crew. From May 1996.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Archive On 4: The Devil's Horn

ARCHIVE ON 4: THE DEVIL'S HORN (320kbs-m4a/131mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 21st January 2018

The saxophone is the most important musical invention of the last 170 years. Lauded for its adventurous sound, its sensuality and seemingly never-ending versatility, the brass woodwind horn has become one of the most popular instruments in the world. Today, it's at home in classical music as it is in pop with hundreds of famous composers writing significant pieces for its shapely curves. Neither of these musical homes compare to its place in jazz, where its presence is so influential it's hard to think of another instrument more associated with the genre.

But for some the sax produces a devilish sound, whether that's down to taste or decency. It's been shunned by polite society, banished from orchestras and even denounced by governments. Much worse, in recent times it has been accused of blandness and crowned the king of elevator music.

British jazz musician Soweto Kinch examines the saxophone's place in history in Radio 4's Archive on 4. An alto player himself, Kinch investigates the instrument's captivating and somewhat turbulent journey through musical and spoken archive. Aiding Soweto with expert analysis are his friend and fellow sax player Courtney Pine, leading classical saxophonist Amy Dickson, historian Dr Paul Cohen, director of the 2012 World Saxophone Congress Richard Ingham and comedian David Quantick.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Lenny Henry On Richard Pryor: The Making Of A Satirist

BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 23rd December 2017

Lenny Henry retraces the late comedian Richard Pryor's seven month stay in Berkeley, California - a crucial moment in his artistic development.

Richard Pryor is often hailed as the greatest stand up comedian of all time. For Lenny Henry, it was Pryor's fearless act in the mid 70s and 80s that inspired him as a young comic. And he remains Lenny's comedy hero to this day.

But the Richard Pryor that Lenny knows and loves had a very different act when he first started out in 1960s New York. A self-confessed Bill Cosby clone, charming audiences with his 'white bread' humour.

It's the stuff of legend how Pryor's biting social satires, salty language, and character-driven routines like The Wino and The Junkie came about after he threw away a lucrative job in Las Vegas and vowed to reinvent himself. But, for Lenny, the key to Pryor's artistic transformation lies in his short stay in Berkeley, California. When he arrived in February 1971, revolution was in the air. A hub for American counterculture, there were pitched battles in the streets between activists and the police. Berkeley was also home to the Black Panthers and a burgeoning black arts movement.

Pryor made friends with a local radio producer who invited him on to the local station KPFA, gave him a recorder so he could brainstorm new material, and taped several of his performances around town. With these little-heard tapes, Lenny pieces Pryor's life together during his self-imposed exile. Pryor immersed himself in black history and culture, hanging out with intellectuals like Ishmael Reed and Cecil Brown. For the first time, Pryor was taken seriously as an artist and we get a fascinating glimpse him recording free verse poetry. We also hear Pryor experimenting with edgier material at local clubs. For example, we hear blistering attacks on police brutality and his response to the 1971 Attica prison rebellion - which sound remarkably modern even today.

Contributors include: Novelist and poet, Ishmael Reed
Former poet laureate of California, Al Young
Richard's widow and keeper of his archives, Jennifer Pryor
Comedian and director, David Steinberg
Actress and comedian, Liz Torres
Author of Becoming Richard Pryor, Scott Saul

Producer: Victoria Ferran
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Archive On 4: Bing Crosby Meets

ARCHIVE ON 4: BING CROSBY MEETS (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 23rd December 2017

Ken Barnes - Bing Crosby's record producer - explores how this beloved American crooner also maintained a high profile radio career. One out of four Americans tuned into his Kraft Music Hall.

For 30 years, Bing Crosby was the King of Radio, hosting over 4000 broadcasts - including singing and speaking with stars like Louis Armstrong, Groucho Marx, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Hope.

Producer: Caroline Barbour

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The First Time With... Series 4 - 15. Pete Townshend

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 4 - 15. PETE TOWNSHEND (320kbs-m4a/134mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 24th December 2017

Pete Townshend, the Who's legendary guitarist and songwriter shares the musical milestones of his life with Matt Everitt.

Pete talks about meeting Roger Daltrey for the first time, his love of early swing, how Stevie Wonder was considered for the role of Tommy, and wild years of drugs and destruction while touring with the Who.

First broadcast in 2012.

The Who - My Generation
Glenn Miller - A String Of Pearls
Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock
The Shadows - Man Of Mystery
The Who - I Can't Explain
Henry Purcell - Chaconne
The Who - Pinball Wizard
The Who - Young Man Blues (Live At Leeds)
Herman's Hermits - Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Foxy Lady
The Who - The Seeker
The Who - The Real Me
The Who - Baba O'Reilly
The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
Eddie Cochran - Three Steps To Heaven

Monday, 19 February 2018

The First Time With... Series 4 - 14. John Cale

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 4 - 14. JOHN CALE (320kbs-m4a/132mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 23rd December 2017

As well as being one of the founding members of the Velvet Underground, John Cale has worked with some of the most influential names in music including John Cage, Nick Drake, Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, Patti Smith, the Stooges, the Modern Lovers, Happy Mondays, LCD Soundsystem and Siouxsie and the Banshees. John has also become known for his work in the classical field.

John talks to Matt about his early years growing up in Wales and borrowing records from the local library, the messy days of the first Velvet Underground gigs, how Nico inspired his desire to become a producer and leave the band, why he reformed the band back in 1993, working with the Stooges and his love of the Beach Boys and Pharell Williams.

First broadcast in 2012.

The Velvet Underground - Waiting For The Man
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Gesang Der Jünglinge
The Beatles - Revolution
La Monte Young - B Flat Dorian Blues
Shirley Ellis - The Name Game
The Velvet Underground - Black Angel Death's Song
The Velvet Underground - Venus In Furs
The Velvet Underground - White Light White Heat
Nico - These Days
Iggy And The Stooges - 1969
The Beach Boys - In My Room
John Cale - Cleo
Patti Smith - Gloria
John Cale - Paris 1919
Happy Mondays - 24 Hour Party People
John Cale - Halleluiah
John Cale - Nookie Wood
John Cale - Midnight Feast

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The First Time With... Series 4 - 13. Martin Fry

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 4 - 13. MARTIN FRY (320kbs-m4a/132mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 22nd December 2017

Martin Fry, frontman of iconic Sheffield band ABC, shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

ABC emerged from the same Sheffield scene that had produced Cabaret Voltaire, the Human League and Heaven 17. Their debut album The Lexicon of Love was released in 1982, was produced by Trevor Horn and topped the album chart.

Martin talks about growing up in Sheffield and his memories of the music scene in the 80s, as well as his own musical influences.

First broadcast in 2012.

ABC - Poison Arrow [Phonogram]
David Bowie - Starman [EMI]
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile [Polydor]
Mike And Bernie Winters - That Man Batman [CBS]
Buzzcocks - What Do I Get? [Cool Badge]
Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K. [Virgin]
ABC - Tears Are Not Enough [Mercury]
ABC - All Of My Heart [The Hit Label]
ABC - The Look Of Love [Premier]
ABC - How To Be A Millionaire [Mercury]
ABC - When Smokey Sings [Mercury]
Smokey Robinson - I Don't Blame You At All [Motown]
The Human League - The Things That Dreams Are Made Of [Virgin]
Everything Everything - Cough Cough [Sony/BMG]

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The First Time With... Series 4 - 12. Paul Heaton

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 4 - 12. PAUL HEATON (320kbs-m4a/132mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 21st December 2017

Housemartins and Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton talks to Matt about memorable moments and music. First broadcast in 2012.

The Housemartins - Sheep [Chrysalis]
David Bowie - Jean Genie [EMI]
Johnny Cash - Thing Called Love [Island/UMTV]
Aretha Franklin - Think [Rhino/Atlantic]
Al Green - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart [Hi]
The Housemartins - Happy Hour [Mercury]
Isley Jasper Isley - Caravan Of Love [Epic]
The Housemartins - Caravan Of Love [Mercury]
Womack & Womack - Teardrops [Debutante]
The Beautiful South - You Keep It All In [Go! Discs]
Willie Nelson - Valentine [Columbia]
The Housemartins - Flag Day [Mercury]
The Clash - Tommy Gun [CBS]
Buzzcocks - I Don't Mind [Cooking Vinyl]

Friday, 16 February 2018

The First Time With... Series 4 - 10. Norman Cook

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 4 - 10. NORMAN COOK (320kbs-m4a/138mb/60mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 19th December 2017

DJ Norman Cook shares the musical milestones of his life with Matt Everitt.

Norman talks about how his love of the punk ethic of DIY influenced his music making, from its origins with the Housemartins, through to his meteoric rise to superstar DJ Fatboy Slim.

First broadcast in 2012.

Fatboy Slim - Right Here Right Now [Sony/BMG]
Peter, Paul & Mary - That's What You Get For Loving Me
Honeybus - I Can't Let Maggie Go [Virgin]
Suzi Quatro - Devil Gate Drive [Knight]
The Osmonds - Crazy Horses [Polydor]
The Rolling Stones - Fool To Cry [CBS]
Tina Charles - I Love To Love [MCI]
The Clash - Safe European Home [Epic]
The Housemartins - Happy Hour
Fatboy Slim - Praise You [Virgin]
Grandmaster Flash - The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel [Castle]
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock [V2]
Eric B. & Rakim - I Know You Got Soul [Island]
Fatboy Slim - Everybody Needs A 303 [Skint]
Fatboy Slim - Funk Soul Brother
Al Green - Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy) [Hi]
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Sia - Never So Big
Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You [Now]

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The First Time With... Series 4 - 7. Jimmy Cliff

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 4 - 7. JIMMY CLIFF (320kbs-m4a/133mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 16th December 2017

The great Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff, star of the film The Harder They Come, shares his key musical moments with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2012.

Jimmy Cliff - You Can Get It If You Really Want [Reggae Refresher]
The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - This May Be The Last Time
Professor Longhair - Big Chief [Rounder]
Fats Domino - Be My Guest [Liberty]
Jimmy Cliff - Hurricane Hatty [Trojan]
Lord Kitchener - London Is The Place For Me [Universal]
The Rolling Stones - Jumping Jack Flash [ABKCO]
Jimmy Cliff - Wonderful World Beautiful People [Island]
Jimmy Cliff - Vietnam [Reggae Refreshers]
Paul Simon - Mother And Child Reunion [Warner]
Jimmy Cliff - Wild World [Universal]
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come [BR Music]
Bruce Springsteen - Trapped
Jimmy Cliff & Joe Strummer - Over The Border [ANA]
Jimmy Cliff - Reggae Music
Jimmy Cliff - One More [Trojan]

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The First Time With... Series 4 - 5. Graham Coxon

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 4 - 5. GRAHAM COXON (320kbs-m4a/132mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 14th December 2017

Blur guitarist and solo artist Graham Coxon discusses his key musical moments with Matt Everitt.

Graham chats about meeting Damon, Alex and Dave for the first time and the incredibly chaotic early days of Blur before There's No Other Way made them into popstars.

He discusses his difficulties in dealing with the tabloid attention and fame that followed the success of Parklife, and his own battles overcoming alcohol addiction. He also talks frankly about his clearly painful exit from Blur and his happy reunion with the band.

His fascinating solo career also gets covered, as his music evolves from low-fi garage rock, to jagged punk and from pastoral acoustic folk to upbeat indie pop hit singles.

It's a revealing and honest look at the musical life of Blur's experimental heart and - in the words of Noel Gallagher - "The greatest guitarist of his generation".

Graham Coxon - Standing On My Own Again [Parlophone]
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 In D Minor: Ode To Joy
Mary Hopkin - Turn Turn Turn
The Beatles - Revolution [Apple]
The Police - Roxanne [A&M]
The Who - The Kids Are Alright [Polydor]
The Kinks - You Really Got Me [Polygram TV]
The Style Council - Speak Like A Child [EMI]
The Smiths - William, It Was Really Nothing [Rhino]
Leonard Bernstein - Gee, Officer Krupke
Blur - She's So High [EMI]
Blur - This Is A Low [Food]
Blur - Tender [Virgin]
Pavement - In The Mouth A Desert [Matador/Beggars Banquet]
Blur - You're So Great [Parlophone]
Graham Coxon - I Wish
Blur - Coffee And TV [EMI]
Blur - Battery In Your Leg
Graham Coxon - Freakin' Out [EMI]
Graham Coxon - In The Morning
Graham Coxon - What'll It Take
Davey Graham - Jubilation