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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:30 am

The Great Songwriters: Bill Withers
A somewhat dry show, as Bill seemed none too interested in answering questions about his songs, and let his daughter Kori handle the singing (which to be fair she was fine at). I didn't know (or had long forgotten) that "No Diggity" samples "Grandma's Hands", about which Bill is generous. Many kids tell him that "Lean On Me" is the first thing they learn on the piano.
We pay tribute to people who make an impression on us.
He stopped his career to care for his family, and wasn't driven by ambition anyhow. Ah, but what songs!

Live With... Suzanne Vega
A decent half-hour plugging her latest album, which seems to be a concept record of sorts. She also played classic Marlene on the Wall, and a song I'd not previously heard called "I Never Wear White", which inevitably put me in mind of "The Man in Black".
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:40 am

The Red Box Story
Simon Tolson-Clarke told his engaging story, how the band met at a London polytechnic in 1979, gigged around London, mixed in different sounds. They took their name from a flight case left behind by Slade. Snapped up by Sire Records, they had a big hit with "Lean On Me", only pipped to UK #1 by Jennifer Rush. Record company gave them hassles. Told they should write a proper hit 'for America', they retaliated with next single "For America" Laughing which was another big hit (though not in America). They had a break and came back in 1990. But their single was recalled almost instantly after release, for no apparent reason (beyond record company sabotage). They split and pursued different goals, before a 3rd album finally came out a few years ago. An interesting insight into a less-remembered band.

The Monochrome Set Story
Bid was the main-man here. The band came together in 1978, had a few early singles and different record labels. 2 LPs didn't take off, and their record company folded. Having known Adam Ant before he took off, they were bemused (but pleased) at the chasm between his success and their failure. They were persuaded to sign to an offshoot of Warner Bros, but this turned out to be a mistake. There were co-ordination errors between getting radio airplay and released product into shops. A disastrous final American tour led to a split. After a few years apart, they reformed to capitalise on a hungry Japanese fanbase. But even that ran into the sand after a few years. Bid formed a new act - Scarlet's Well, and produced some other acts, such as the Karelia (who became Franz Ferdinand). Another interesting reflection on the difficulty in making it big.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:23 am

Carl Cox - Space is the Place
How a top London DJ spent the last days at work at a top Ibiza club, Space, which was closing its doors after 27 years (Cox having worked there for 15). It also served as biography for Cox, who's a likeable guy, and was already carving a DJ career at school, and now uses some of his earnings to support motorsport.

The Claudia Brucken Story

Started in bands as a teenager, in a busy German scene. Was invited to join Propaganda, whose demo came to the attention of ZTT. Dr Mabuse was their first hit. Trevor Horn was the big-shot producer, whilst journo Paul Morley liked Claudia so much he married her. Horn got too busy ruining Frankie Goes To Hollywood, but they did manage another hit with Duel, and a good first LP. But their recording contract was punitive, and the band split. Claudia stuck with Paul. She next formed Act, then released some solo material. Took a hiatus to raise kids. Worked with Paul Humphries of OMD as part of OneTwo, and they subsequently got together personally too. They released albums on eBay, in an early attempt at home industry. She even got to write songs with Depeche Mode's Martin Gore. Still releasing her own material. Propaganda tried to reform twice and it didn't happen.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:06 am

Alan McGee - The Assassin Complex
A hugely entertaining chat with Iain McNay, as Alan talks about bands he signed who had the requisite drive to succeed (such as Oasis) and those who backed away from the big time, or who otherwise didn't come up to scratch (such as Felt, who McGee did 5 albums with, and McNay also did 5 albums with). He sums up his theory as "whatever it takes, we're gonna win". Some acts blow the showcases they do to impress labels who might sign them. The modern music biz is so tough, and even in McGee's prime, it still took Creation Records 11 years to become truly solvent, and even that was not just down to Oasis, but Sony too. Patience is a vital quality. Also the determination to overcome any skills gap.

Alexander Armstrong: Fine Tuned
Comedian, quiz show presenter and now singer of albums for the Christmas market. His new one covers Fields of Gold, Scarborough Fair and Firestone, to show what a wide field he is ploughing.

Storyville: Sonita aka Bride For Sale
How an Afghani student living in Tehran wants to make a career as a rap star, when her family want to sell her into marriage. Things reach drama about 2/3 of the way in when the documentary crew put up the money to buy Sonita more time to stay in Iran. They shoot a video, which catches the attention of some Americans, who offer her a place at an American university. But! She has to get her birth certificate from Afghanistan, and a passport in Kabul, and if she doesn't, she won't be allowed back to Iran anyway. Thankfully for the film, she makes it.

The Old Grey Whistle Test - Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival, 1973
Judge Dread (those were the days) MCs a showcase of the likes of Winston Groovy, Dennis Alcapone, The Marvels, Nicky Thomas and The Pioneers. A pleasant change from usual viewing. Nicky did "Love of the Common People" later a bigger hit for Paul Young.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:51 pm

The Great Songwriters - Carly Simon
One of three sisters, but with the lowest voice. Her father was a friend of Gershwin. Used singing to surpass a stutter. Compares herself to Brian Wilson, in terms of following the song; words precede music. Summarises her faults as "the Beast". Feels lyrics should be grounded in truth. Sometimes has writer's block, but always has a ready instinct for ideas. Never intended to be a performer. "You're So Vain" took a really long time. "Anticipation" was inspired by a meeting with Cat Stevens.

Gary Numan - Android in La La Land
Amusing effort filmed around 2012-3, as Gary ups sticks from his UK home to live in the USA with his wife and 3 daughters. His battles with depression and that are considered; he places great value on meeting Gemma, who was a fan and luckily completes him in many ways. He records "Splinter" quite quickly, and bar a small mishap with a hard drive, gets it mixed and released to great acclaim and even a high chart position. Then he went on a long world tour.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:50 am

The Alan McGee Story
Lengthy 3-part chat with the impresario, from his rough upbringing, through friendship with Bobby Gillespie, brief attempts at being in a band, and ultimately to mixed trumphs with his label, Creation Records. Worked at various times with the Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, the House of Love, and most crucially Oasis. Financial issues always prevailed, but by selling parts of the business to Sony, he became a millionaire. After misadventures with drugs and alcohol, he went sober and saw business differently. Met all sorts of people from Quentin Crisp to Malcolm McLaren. He quit Creation, but later formed another label, Poptones, and was working on 359 Records at the time of this interview. Must catch up with his book sometime.

An Evening With... Dolores Keane
Never heard of her, but thankfully this wasn't long. She was a founder member of Irish harmony group De Dannan, but was now a recovering alcoholic, and had survived breast cancer. Thought it best to use humour against adversity, and was told she inspired others.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:47 am

The Van Der Graaff Generator Story
Peter Hammill obligingly promoted a new VDGG album with this chat. The band reformed as a trio around 2004/5. They find making an album easier with less members, managed a quick turnaround like the old days. Hugh Padgham came in to give an impartial mix to proceedings. They shake up setlists regularly because they can and feel they should. They had solo projects over the years, and suffered personal problems, but they persist.

Reggae at the BBC
This lengthy compilation from 2011 runs the gamut from the familiar to the esoteric, so UB40 rub shoulders with Susan Cadogan, and Maxi Priest with Burning Spear. It's an enduring music that will continue to find a wide audience.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:40 am

Fern Britton Meets... Alexander Armstrong
Actor and quiz show host with his 2nd album, reflecting on his life with religious undertones.

Classic Cellists at the BBC, with Julian Lloyd Webber
A pleasant hour in the visual company of JLW, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich and others.

BRITS Icon: Robbie Williams
The 3rd recipient of this award (after Elton and Bowie) did a gig at the Troxy, London, to celebrate, plugging his new album, and fitting in a brief TT reunion with Gary, Mark and Howard in the middle.

Britten's Endgame
Two hours covering the declining years of the great composer, his last major work (a version of Death In Venice), and his failing health (this 2013 show was repeated for the 40th anniversary of his death).
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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:31 am

Ball and Boe: One Night Only
In fact, they've done an album together, called "Together", which is #1 in the UK right now. They sang songs, bantered with each other, and had Rick Astley and Maria Friedman on as guests. Their finale was a medley from Les Miserables. Nice guys.

The Levellers - Live at the Water Rats
A fairly under-rated band, still slogging away clearly. I was glad they did some of the songs of theirs I actually knew, opening with One Way and closing with What A Beautiful Day, for instance. A good little show.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:43 am

Seymour: An Introduction
A film from Ethan Hawke about Seymour Bernstein, an ace pianist who packed up playing professionally at the age of 50, to become a tutor. He thrived on solitude, and had rented a one-room apartment for 57 years. He was taught by Clifford Curzon. He was bewildered that Curzon had not been awarded a Knighthood, so wrote to recommend him for one. Lo, Curzon got his KBE. "The struggle is what makes the artform". Feels that answers come from within, not without. His students spoke highly of him.

Fern Britton Meets... Rebecca Ferguson
Just got her new album out, having turned 30 back in July. She took singing lessons from 11, but had more natural talent. Had to postpone her dreams of a singing career when she got pregnant at 17. Her big break looked set to be an American show called P Diddy's Starmaker, but she soon dropped off that because she wasn't a dancer. Soon after, she got to audition for The X Factor, and finished up 2nd in 2010 behind Matt Cardle, and ahead of One Direction. She was bamboozled by a fast friend who took over her money management and swizzled her money. Now lives in Paris with her kids.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:27 am

Robbie Williams at Heart Live
One of many shows for him to plug his latest album, this short showcase has been used for Emeli Sande and Take That! before. He did a couple of new ones, a couple of oldies, talked about the new album, and did a duet with Emma Bunton on a cover of her old Spice Girls hit 2 Become 1, oddly.

The Luke Haines Story
A critically-loved but commercially unsuccessful star from the 90s, whose band The Auteurs never reached the top 40 despite much radio support. He later formed Black Box Recorder instead and did mildly better, then Baader Meinhof, and less so. Now he just makes solo albums, and suits himself. He was 45 when this was done in 2013, and loves concept albums. Keen to keep working.

Gojira - Live at Bloodstock Open Air
A French metal band in 2016 with over an hour of material, which was melodic enough to be listenable.

West Side Stories - The Making of a Classic
On the 60th anniversary of the stage & screen classic, how West Side Story overcame the odds to get made and become a monster success, thanks to Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, a good cast and so on. They took 17 curtain calls on opening night. The 1960 film won 10 Oscars. Whether the message about gangs and tolerance made any lasting impact is another matter.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:46 am

David Walliams celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey
The Welsh birthday girl gets a partial interview, some witless sketches, and the chance to sing a few songs like S'Wonderful and closing with I Am What I Am. She talked about Glastonbury, a diamond-studded dress, how singing was a cure for shyness. She claimed not to have understood the lyrics to her banned 50s classic Burn My Candle.

The Paul Conroy Story
Put on gigs at a local college, and was able to do that at better venues. He got to see and associate with bands from the then-New Yardbirds to Kursaal Flyers. Then he worked with Jake Riviera at Stiff Records, before becoming marketing manager at Warners, where he helped ZZ Top on their way. Then he went to Chrysalis, before finally joining Virgin just before an amalgamation involving loss of staff. 10 years later, it was him going out the door. Helped sign the Spice Girls, though there was no confidence in Wannabe. He spoke well of acts with great drive to succeed, like Meat Loaf and Howard Jones. He had a short-lived label of his own, Adventure, licenced Gary Jules' cover of Mad World that sold a million and became the 2003 UK Christmas #1. Still works with Universal (or did when this was shot).
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:41 am

Robbie Williams Rocks Big Ben - Live
After Bryan Adams last year, this time it's the ex-Take That! star having his own fun at BBC strictures on swearing, running through hits old and new, before and after the Big Ben chimes. He did at least think to mention George Michael when he did Freedom '96. He brought his Dad on to help on one song, and finally finished on My Way.

New Year's Day Concert from Vienna 2017
As ever, the Vienna Philharmonic, here conducted by Gustavo Dudamel ran through a mixture of favourites. They were celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Vienna Phil, and also the 150th anniversary of the Blue Danube tune, about which I expect to hear more through the year.

When Celebrities Go Pop
An amusing top 40 rundown of the not-so-great and the not-so-good and their attempts at pop stardom. Some were surprising, some were a bit desperate (Corey Feldman), but most were deserving of their drubbing. David Hasslehoff was voted #1, William Shatner only #10. Christopher Lee at #14 for that heavy metal concept album, though he did plenty enough "proper" albums. Steven Seagal, Hulk Hogan, Mr T and others were pretty poor (Eddie Murphy was oddly slated for a track featuring Michael Jackson, I'm sure he did something else that was quite good. Oh well).
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:55 am

Nathan Carter - The Wagon Wheel Show: Live
Filmed in Letterkenny, this 2-part show features a Liverpool ex-patriate running through a mixture of material, some country and pop, to an appreciative crowd. As well as old standards like Drift Away, he manages more recent stuff like Ho Hey. The latter part features a few extended melodies of old-time tockers and then Irish faves, too. Solid enough.

Birth of an Opera: Danielle de Niese on The Barber of Seville
The charming soprano takes us behind the scenes as she prepares for a lead role as Rosina in Glyndebourne's production of Rossini's gem, in its 200th year. de Niese tackles the costumes, set designs, make-up, vocal training, narrative themes, the comedy and so on. Didn't make me want to sit through a production, but a well-told narrative anyway.

Crowded House - Live at Sydney Opera House
A mammoth reunion gig (or the last of 4) to mark 20 years since they split up. Their drummer has sadly died since then, but the rest were in fine form, and joined for some sections by Neil's brother Tim. They had a large, appreciative crowd to work with, and saved some beauties for their encore. They suggested it wouldn't be their last work, either, so we'll have to see.

You Me At Six: On Record
Their new album "Night People" is out this week, and Josh and Max talked through its Making, as well as what inspired some of their decision making. They hope to headline festivals soon, and are also campaigning against secondary ticketing websites. The songs sounded fine enough.

Jazzie B's 1980s - From Dole to Soul
The latest in this series looks at the changes in a divisive decade, as Hornsey Rise's most notable DJ developed his sound and his act, to hit the top of the charts with Soul II Soul. From Jah-Rico onwards, whether going to gigs on the bus, building a patch at Camden market, attending warehouse parties, or benefitting from the technological revolution, and designing a strong brand identity, and retail environment, Jazzie B was a busy B.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:23 am

Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words
To accompany his recently-released autobiography, another career retrospective, mainly from new & old interviews with Bruce, and accompanying archive from early shows and more recent ones. He talks movingly about his father's mental illness, and his awareness that he might succumb himself one day. His lengthy shows, his childhood, his wife, his band, his home in Freehold, New Jersey... all topics that he has thoughtful things to say about.

Top of the Pops - The Story of 1983
As ever, somewhat skewed, but the rise of videos clearly took a toll, as did a new company compiling the charts, new presenters, and most of all new acts. That some of the bands featured, such as Culture Club, were represented not by band members, but by pluggers, shows either the decline of this format, or the cheapness of booking. Gary Kemp clearly wanted to be there, but no-one from Duran Duran was, nor the Human League. Not even Paul Young. So as long as you grasp you're being shown a version of the truth, it's fine.

Crown Imperial - The Queen's 90th Birthday Concert
A forgettable hour of tunes by Walton, Handel and Elgar, with 2 presenters to narrate the story, and 2 theatricals to read speeches by people in her life. The music was good.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:31 am

Top of the Pops - Big Hits 1983
Usual hour accompaniment to the main doc, notable for what that left out. So we see Freeez, KC and the Sunshine Band, Malcolm McLaren (not him in person, of course, just Double Dutch), Mike Oldfield and Bonnie Tyler. A fine crop.

Promises and Lies - The Story of UB40
How a folk singer called Ian Campbell had 4 sons, 2 of whom formed UB40, an 8-piece from Balsall Heath who had big success promoting reggae, until they realised they weren't making the money they should. One thing led to another, with three of the band leaving. The others continue as UB40, and the leavers tour as "Formerly of UB40". They never seemed to work out where the money went (although their 3 UK #1 singles were all covers, and there were 8 people in the band, so that's 2 clues, I would have thought).
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:29 am

The Great Songwriters: Ryan Adams
Personally, I wouldn't class this guy with all the others, but it's not my show. He was likeable enough. His first records were quirky choices like Black Sabbath, Prince and The Smiths. He got a cheap guitar, tuned it openly through ignorance, learned riffs, formed a 3-piece band, learned from mistakes. He writes into songbooks, and then works up stuff on a typewriter. Perhaps the quirkiest section concerned his process of "stocks", a forced random process of origination to counter blocks. Life is a master tragedy, and guitars are powerful pieces of wood. Alcohol and drugs can help creativity. You get the idea.

Discovering: The Eagles
Glad to see this series return. The band members all came from outside the West Coast, and came together in Los Angeles with help from Linda Ronstadt. They developed their sound, had line-up changes, greater success, and finally a long 14-year hiatus. Inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.


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The Ronnie Wood Show: Kelly Jones
The Stereophonics' frontman joined an old friend as a guest, to tell of how his band got their name (very dull), how he met Ronnie and did some work on one of his solo albums, where A Thousand Trees originated, and tales of ZZ Top and Otis Redding, among others.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Miss Renee Fleming...
This 2002 piece retold her story as a prodigious child singer, and her rise to become a great soprano, working on Verdi operas, singing for US Presidents, and guesting on what I assume was Sesame Street. Well, different.
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Amy Winehouse : Live at Shepherds Bush Empire
A reasonable hour or so with some bleary banter between songs. Most amusing was someone in the crowd complaining when she announced her last song, at which she responded boredly that it wasn't really, she was going to come back for an encore. That said, the encore was just a cover of "Monkey Man", so it might as well have been the end.

Discovering: Jethro Tull
Prog Rock legends who needed several name changes before they got lumbered with this one. They had huge success with concept albums in the 70s, and then tried other styles in the 80s, culminating with a notorious Grammy win for Metal. After many line-up changes, frontman Ian Anderson now prefers to use his own name rather than hiding behind Tull.

Live With... Belle Roscoe
Reasonable, fresh-faced Australian five-piece with brother & sister front-singers, and OK songs.
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Camille O'Sullivan Sings Brel
Over an hour from Wilton's Music Hall, East London, through a selection of Jacques Brel's material, with Ne Me Quitte Pas and Jacqui saved for near the end. Enjoyable enough.

Scott Robinson: My Career in 5ive
Boyband member easily overlooked given the others. Linking the videos they did with little anecdotes, such as where they were filmed, or who kept them from reaching #1. Likeable effort.
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HARDtalk: Petula Clark
Vintage chanteuse reflects on her lengthy career, that her voice hasn't changed much in 50 years. She first sang in public, aged 6, and became a small star on radio at age 9. Then a Forces sweetheart. Friction with her father being her manager, which she solved by getting married and moving to France. Experience different audiences, hit #1 with Downtown. Small furore from American censors over a duet with Harry Belafonte. Managed to raise her family and maintain her career. Plans to keep touring.

Writing The Song For Peace
A curious piece about Lauren Hope Omedal, and her plan to bring world peace with a song. Having started the project in 2001, it had gone through various forms, from "If I Believe Peace" and "Weave Me A Dream." She visited schools to drum up interest from various faith groups, shot a video in 2007, and this 2012 prog summarised the journey so far.

The John Fiddler Story
Formed Medicine Head with his school friend Peter, and others. They got a tape to DJ John Peel, who helped them out with gigs, and producing their LP, on his Dandelion Records label. They had a big hit with "One and One is One". Business tailed off, but John was able to buy a house, and experience being mobbed. He joined British Lions, but it didn't work for long. Then he joined most of the Yardbirds as Box Of Frogs. They had no interest here, so he went to the USA, made calls, and got a Top 40 LP. But the record company wanted them to tour, and the rest of the band just refused. Now John does solo projects under his own name.

Pop Profiles: Katy Perry
How she changed from Katy Hudson, how the record company didn't want I Kissed a Girl as the single, how she has a wacky fashion sense, how her 2nd album led to collaborations with Snoop Dogg. Obviously, there has been a lot more of her story since this was done in 2012.
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Scooter - Live in Hamburg 2010
A lengthy set of old & new material before an appreciative, large crowd. There's something amusing about Scooter, the lack of pretension perhaps. Their use of samples to take songs somewhere they were never meant to go, maybe.

Live With... Laurence Jones
A British 3-piece ran through several songs well enough.

Discovering: Carpenters
How Karen was pushed upfront where she didn't feel happy, how Richard found esoteric covers and gave them unexpected new arrangements. All went well until their appeal began to fade, Richard turned to drugs, and Karen met her sad end.
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Discovering: The Monkees
The usual saga of four lads brought together to take off the success of the Beatles, and accidentally inspire the development of pop videos. I never knew Mickey Dolenz couldn't actually drum at first. They had trouble live, trying to marry the on-screen perception and studio-made albums, with reality. When the band took control of the music, sales began to drop off. When they took control of the telly series, that got cancelled. Their movie, 'Head' is famously even weirder than usual. They had a revival in the mid-80s when the series got repeated. They kept reforming for tours, usually to coincide with anniversaries. Davy died in 2012, but the others keep going.

Arena: Alone with Chrissie Hynde
She had her book out last year, but this didn't mention it. Chrissie is too spiky to do a normal format look-back, so this saw her on Sandra Bernhard's radio show, painting at home in Maida Vale, helping out as guest at a pub gig for a little band called Mother's Little Helper, revisiting a cemetery near Akron, buying clothes and having her portrait sketched in Paris. You know, the usual. I did find her more likeable here than I often do.

The Dave Gregory Story
Lived in Swindon, and was flattered to be invited to join XTC after their first 2 LPs. Andy Partridge, the brains of the outfit, altered their sound to suit, and they had hit singles and albums. They had an accidental big hit in America with "Dear God". Sales declined, but Andy kept writing, and the band kept recording. Dave stayed for 19 years, but eventually lost his rag with Andy and quit. Elsewhere, he did session work on Peter Gabriel's 3rd solo LP, and does arrangements for acts as diverse as Porcupine Tree and Jason Donovan. So he seems content with how things have turned out.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:31 am

Blancmange at Electric Dreams
Charming set from the 80s festival held at Butlins, Bognor Regis. Lead singer bore uncanny resemblance to Charlie Brooker, but was clearly having a great time and put this across.

Off Camera with Sam Jones: Jackson Browne
A lengthy chat beginning from a shared heritage in Fullerton, Orange Co. JB's parents were both teachers, and he was drawn to the piano. Learned his trade in folk clubs, and his songwriting craft as he went along. He met the Elektra Records crowd, briefly played with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, then played guitar for Nico. He was unsure of his singing voice, but felt inspiration from Bob Dylan. Sometimes feels songs need performance time before they're ready to be recorded. Got a great break when David Geffen started his own label when others showed no interest. He was able to get his publishing back from Elektra AND Geffen. Certain songs gain extra meanings from universal response. Thinks short singles impose an absurd restriction. Had a big hit in Indonesia thanks to bootlegging. Feels it's vital to oversee production and protect the catalogue, or blunders get made, and money gets mislaid.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:05 am

The Nude Records Story, with Saul Galpern
Likeable Scots record label owner. He had early attempts in the 80s, managing to sign Simply Red to Island. After getting the sack in 1991, he opted to start his own effort, and almost his first signings to Nude Records were Suede. The first album went to #1, and the band took most of his time, and they won the prestigious Mercury Prize. The 2nd album suffered, and Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler fell out, with the latter leaving. Anderson was keen to carry on, and the 3rd LP was hugely successful. But other signings like Geneva and Ultrasound didn't work out too well. The label went into hiatus around 2000, which meant he was unable to capitalise on spotting Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs early. The label returned for a while in 2005.

Discovering: The Mama's and the Papa's
They had 1 outstanding song in California Dreamin'. Though John Phillips was the brains, people felt Mama Cass was the talent. They made a few albums before splitting, and Cass died in 1974.

Tom Waits - Tales From A Cracked Jukebox
He ploughs his own furrow, he sings like no-one else, he does the odd acting job, he writes classic songs like "Downtown Train", he made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he's still got a sense of humour.
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