Sunday, 26 March 2017

Don't Look Back In Anger: The Story Of Britpop - 2. Episode 2

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 2nd March 2017

Steve Lamacq focuses on the great Blur v Oasis battle and Britpop's eventual decline. First broadcast in 2004 and repeated as part of the BBC's My Generation season.

Blur - There's No Other Way
Blur - For Tomorrow
Oasis - Supersonic
Oasis - Roll With It
Blur - Country House
Oasis - Wonderwall
Blur - Song 2
Sleeper - Inbetweener
The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work
Oasis - D'you Know What I Mean?
Pulp - This Is Hardcore
Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Don't Look Back In Anger: The Story Of Britpop - 1. Episode 1

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 1st March 2017

As part of the BBC's My Generation series currently looking at the 90's, there's another chance to hear Steve Lamacq's chronicle the Britpop years - from its early days, through the great Blur v Oasis chart battle and the eventual decline of the movement that, for many, defined the 90s. First broadcast in 2004.

Oasis - Rock 'N' Roll Star
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Suede - Metal Mickey
Elastica - Stutter
Blur - Parklife
Oasis - Cigarettes & Alcohol
Blur - This Is A Low
Supergrass - Alright
Pulp - Common People
Suede - Animal Nitrate
Elastica - Waking Up
Oasis - Listen Up
Oasis - All Around The World [Creation] 

Friday, 24 March 2017

How Britpop Changed The Media

BBC Radio 2 broadcast: 22nd February 2017

Britpop has been picked over a lot in the past 20 years. Mostly, we concentrate on the rivalry between Blur and Oasis, the notion of Britishness and the high times in general - for music, art, politics, even football - for mid-90s Britain. How Britpop Changed The Media looks at Britpop and its legacy in a different way.

In the late 80s and early 90s, pop music had its own specialist media: NME, Smash Hits, Record Mirror, Select, The Face. Major pop stars like Madonna would make the tabloids' entertainment pages, but pop culture was rarely covered by the broadsheets. This was partly due to snobbery, partly a lack of access - pop's stars tended to be American.

Britpop, coming as it did after rave and grunge - youth cultures that were astonishingly, suddenly popular; but inaccessible to the mainstream media - was seized upon by tabloids, broadsheets and TV news. Here were stars that were easy to find - they were in Camden, or the Met Bar - and a scene that was familiar and on their doorstep. This sudden explosion of alternative indie musicians into the mainstream was a shock to the musicians themselves and changed the way we think of stars.

Britpop's point (like punk's) was that musicians and stars are like their fans. This indirectly led to the idea of ordinary people becoming instant stars, to reality TV shows like Big Brother where non-famous people become overnight celebrities. But also Britpop stars didn't want to talk to tabloids or non-music media: hence the media methods of the 2000s - phone-tapping, paparazzi-stalking, paying friends to talk.

Finally, of course, pop and indie music is a stalwart of all media now, from The Observer to The Sun. Britpop brought pop into the mainstream media, where it still rules today.

Blur - End Of A Century [Food]
Elastica - Waking Up [Virgin]
Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box [Geffen]
Blur - Advert [Food]
Suede - The Drowners [Nude]
Suede - So Young [Nude]
Saint Etienne - Nothing Can Stop Us [Heavenly]
Menswear - Daydreamer
Elastica - Line Up [Deceptive]
Blur - Parklife [Food]
Sleeper - Inbetweener [Indolent]
Oasis - Rock 'N' Roll Star [Creation]
Pulp - Something Changed [Island]
Elastica - S.O.F.T. [Deceptive]
Oasis - Roll With It [Creation]
Blur - Country House [Food]
Oasis - Some Might Say [Creation]
Supergrass - Alright [Parlophone]
Blur - This Is A Low [Food]
Elastica - 2:1 [EMI]
Pulp - Sorted For E's & Whizz [Island]
Pulp - Mis-Shapes [Island]
Pulp - This Is Hardcore [Island]
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco [Bang Bang]
Blur - To The End [Food]

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Transglobal Underground - Radio 1 Session 20th September 1993

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 16th December 2016

Transglobal Underground - Ana
Transglobal Underground - Dub Yail
Transglobal Underground - Mambo On
Transglobal Underground - Topkapi

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Hear And Now: Basil Kirchin In Hull

BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 4th March 2017

Kerry Andrew presents a concert from Hull City Hall celebrating reclusive sound collage genius Basil Kirchin, who died in Hull in 2005. Goldfrapp's Will Gregory has curated a programme of music by Kirchin and musicians inspired by him, including Matthew Bourne, Will Gregory himself, Matthew Herbert and Jim O'Rourke. Performers include vocalist Brigitte Beraha, pianist Matthew Bourne, saxophonist Evan Parker, Hull University Chamber Choir, the Will Gregory Ensemble and the BBC Concert Orchestra with conductor Clark Rundell.

Basil Kirchin - Primitive London No 5 (Remixed)
Basil Kirchin - Primitive London No 6
Basil Kirchin - The Mutations
Basil Kirchin - The Abominable Dr Phibes
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs - Abstractions of Holderness
Basil Kirchin - Charcoal Sketches
Matthew Bourne - Twenty-Seven Areas of Contention
Jim O'Rourke - 12 Dollars Is A Lot
Basil Kirchin - Quantum (Shortened Version)
Will Gregory - Madame Merle
Basil Kirchin - L'Esprit d'Amour
Basil Kirchin - Prelude - Dawn: Listen

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Late Junction: Basil Kirchin Tribute

BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 16th February 2017

Nick Luscombe pays tribute to avant-garde musical genius, Basil Kirchin by showcasing some of his words and selected gems from his catalogue.

Born in 1927, Basil Kirchin was an elusive and enigmatic pioneer of British music. Originally a drummer inspired by jazz and mambo, his extraordinary musical journey included swing, rock'n'roll, film score, and pop songwriting, before he retreated to Hull, where he created experimental sonic landscapes that still challenge convention, until his death in 2005.

Mind on the Run: The Basil Kirchin Story, a celebration of the forgotten genius, takes place at Hull City Hall from 17 until 19 February as part of the UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations. On tonight's Late Junction Nick digs out some of his most amazing and overlooked music, and plays clips from a previously unheard interview, recorded by Jonny Trunk a few months before Kirchin's passing.

Plus, hear music by fans of Basil, from Broadcast to Brian Eno, who described his hero as "a founding father of ambient".

Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.

Sex Swing - Nighttime Worker [Self-released]
Basil Kirchin - Silicon Chip [Trunk]
Jana Irmert - bagful [Fabrique]
HAU - werte ..  (feat. Christoph Berg, Henning Schmiedt & Danny Norbury)
Alsarah & The Nubatones - Ya Watan [Wonderwheel Recordings]
Carlo Mombelli - In Between I'll Eat Dark Chocolate [Instinct Africaine]
Broadcast - Minim [Warp]
Brian Eno - Sample music from Reflection app
The Ivor and Basil Kirchin Band - Stone Age Mambo [Vocalion]
Basil Kirchin - Primitive London 5 [Trunk]
Basil Kirchin - Part 4 Evolution [Island]
Basil Kirchin - Silicon Sessions 1 [Trunk]
Basil Kirchin & Danny Shackleton - Days Work (1) [Music House]
Basil Kirchin - Concept Suite 'Secret Conversations Between Instruments' [Trunk]
Basil Kirchin - Once Upon A Time (Excerpt) [Trunk]
Sean O'Hagan - Basil Pelynne [Hull City Of Culture 2017]
Mica Levi - RidingThrough Drinking Harpo Dine
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Life On Mars [Milan]
Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk - Intervention: Stjerner [Banquet]
La Qualia - 5am  (feat. Toby Jones)
Endon - Just Like Everybody [Hydra Head]
René Costy & Janko Nilović - Strange Dream
Alexis Taylor & Beatrice Dillon - Crying In The Chapel [Moshi Moshi]
Pillow Person - On Your Way

Monday, 20 March 2017

Free Thinking - Hull: A Trip Down Memory Lane

BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 16th February 2017

Matthew Sweet visits Hull - the city where he grew up - and seeks out Basil Kirchin's sound world, Richard Bean's version of Hull during the Civil War and the re-opened Ferens Art Gallery where he used to spend Saturday mornings.

You can hear more of Basil Kirchin's music for films in tonight's Late Junction which follows at 11pm and Radio 3 is recording Mind on the Run featuring Goldfrapp's Will Gregory with members of the BBC Concert Orchestra - the event takes place 17th - 19th Feb at Hull City Hall and will be broadcast on Hear and Now on March 4th.

The Ferens Art Gallery is displaying Francis Bacon's Screaming Popes until May 1st; Pietro Lorenzetti's panel painting Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter until April. Exhibitions by Ron Mueck, Spencer Tunick's Sea of Hull commission and the Turner prize follow later in 2017.

Richard Bean's play The Hypocrite - dramatising what happened in the Civil War when parliament charged Sir John Hotham with denying King Charles entry to Hull - runs from Friday 24th of February - Saturday 25th of March at Hull Truck Theatre, and Friday 31th of March - Saturday 29th of April at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.