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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:20 am

Lower Than Atlantis: On Record
Mike and Ben of the band talk about their latest album, their 5th, their 10 years together, being from Watford, seeing 5 Seconds of Summer as a gateway for youngsters to head towards harder rock bands like themselves, upcoming tours and music festivals, trying to control ticket prices and the financial sense of using their own studio.

Live With... CC Smugglers
Never heard of them, a 6-piece "busker band". Sounded alright, nice songs, though.

Star Treatment: Noel Murphy
From 1979, as a talent contest star gets his own show. "Murf" from Killarney was something of a comic folk singer, like an Irish Mike Harding or something. He did do Ralph McTell's lovely "From Clare To Here", and finished with Fairport Convention's "Meet on the Ledge".

Discovering: Stevie Wonder
Arguably Saginaw's most famous son, had a tough childhood, but developed a multi-talented musical touch when he was in Detroit. Motown capitalised, and tried to get him into movies. He progressed socially and spiritually, received huge royalties when he turned 21, and then re-signed to Motown on a better deal. He repaid them with a series of landmark albums that won more sales and Grammys. Wrote tribute songs for Martin Luther King, Bob Marley and Duke Ellington. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" added an Oscar to his trophy cabinet. He duetted with Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and many others, and was part of We Are The World. Though he releases less albums, he still keeps working.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:28 am

Star Treatment: Koffee n Kreme
A mixed-race singing duo, Lance "son of Ray" Ellington and Bet Hannah, who met in 1975, and shone on New Faces in 1977. They have an odd mixture of material, the lowlight being a medley of 1950s/early 1960s tunes like Lipstick On Your Collar and Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. But you could see they were talented enough.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Boy George
The outspoken journalist bandies words with the Buddhist who set many a debate on fire from 1982 onwards as the charismatic lead singer in Culture Club. The band quickly scored 2 #1 singles in a twelve month period, but eventually the industry moved on. George had troubles with drugs, and worse troubles when he ended up on community service, and later jail. But he's been clean for 9 years, tours happily with Culture Club, and has been one of the judges on talent show The Voice. He felt a sort of rivalry with George Michael, but they were cordial when they met. His stage show Taboo didn't take off too well in the USA, but he remains a forceful personality, and has strength from his family and friends.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:47 am

John Otway - Cor Baby, That's Really Me
John talking to Iain McNay about his career, a triumph of experiences over success. He's only had 2 hits (Really Free and Bunsen Burner), but several record labels, unusual gigs in places like the Royal Albert Hall, or Dunkirk, and he's written two volumes of autobiography about his status as Rock's Greatest Failure. It would be a hard-hearted person not won over by his charm, imagination and perspective.

Avec Sans at Electric Dreams
As with Blancmange, only half as long. A synthpop duo from London (female singer, male keyboardist), and several reasonable songs.

Gonks Go Beat
A 1965 film based loosely on Romeo and Juliet, notable here for its rock and roll backdrop, so that acts like Lulu and the Luvvers, or the Graham Bond Organisation (with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, among others), and the Nashville Teens. Many musical numbers in the tale of one island full of crazy rocking dudes, and the other which is more sedate and pop friendly. Love saves the day, if that's not too much of a Spoiler.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:17 am

360 Sessions with Katy Perry
From the Riverside Studios, London, a bit of chatter mixed in with some performance from 2012, including Peacock. The chat footage was the exact same as seen in the Pop Profiles show I watched a week or two back.

Mallory Knox: On Record
Their new album Wired is out later this week. Mikey and Sam spoke to Jon Mahon, about what they've been up to since their last LP in 2014., and how they put the new album together. Using multi-media ideas along the way, trying different song paths. They've grown as a band, with benefits in all departments.

Pop Profiles: Eminem
Raised in Michigan, was inspired by Melle Mel and the Beastie Boys. He came to the attention of Dr Dre, and the rest was foul-mouthed history. His first 2 LPs were hugely successful and had some classic singles. The 3rd LP went off the boil. He did the 8 Mile film, worked with D12, had a hiatus to deal with addiction problems, then returned to Grammy-winning form, with big news collaborations.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:42 am

Kiri te Kanawa at the BBC
The renowned New Zealand soprano looks back on a half-century of success, from the London Opera Centre, to the Royal Albert Hall, to BBC chat shows, to singing at the wedding of Charles & Diana, even Top of the Pops in 1991 when she sang the theme to the Rugby World Cup (World in Union). Expresses satisfaction at looking back on old clips.

The Suzi Quatro Story
Her father played music, her mother sang. She got a set of bongos at 7, around the time she saw Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show. A few years later, she saw the Beatles on the same show, and was soon playing bass in a family band called The Pleasure Seekers. This ended when Mickie Most offered her a solo deal. She struggled in London, but then worked with the Chinnichap team of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. They wrote hits, she would write the rest of the albums. She had #1 success with Can The Can. She toured America, where Elvis invited her to Graceland. She turned it down, feeling unready. She appeared in Happy Days, then left Most's Rak Records, and declined in the 1980s. She had 2 kids, and then divorced her husband. She remarried, and recently wrote her autobiography, Unzipped. And she continues to keep working, and rocking.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:01 am

Discovering: Roy Orbison
"The patron saint of the broken heart", he started off in a country sound with the Wink Westerners, then the Teen King. Music was an escape route. Johnny Cash recommended him to Sam Phillips. Had a hit with "Ooby Dooby". Wrote "Claudette" for the Everly Brothers. Felt more a songwriter than a singer. Only The Lonely was a big success. Had a huge vocal range. Wore sunglasses one night and found a style. Kept having hits. Changed label, to poor results. His wife was killed, two of his sons died when his house burned down. He had an artistic hiatus, and heart surgery in 1978. The Black and White Night event in 1987 helped reignite his career, as did the Travelling Wilburys super-group. But he died of a heart attack soon after.

Talent Spot: Emily Estelle
A short showcase for a rising opera singer who has performed with Russell Watson and Andrea Bocelli. She sang Coldplay's The Scientist and the Killer's Human. She'd like to collaborate with Calvin Harris.

Live With... Emily Barker
An Aussie singer-songwriter who apparently did the theme for the BBC version of "Wallander". Plenty of good material here.

Stages: An Evening with Josh Groban
From the Los Angeles Theater, 2015, to promote an album of theatre music, much of which was predictable, but no less enjoyable for that. And naff or not, the guy can sing.

All Time Low: On Record
Their new album is out this week. They didn't give a lot away, although they're on tour this month, too. They're being supported by Waterparks and Swmrs, because they like the idea of helping bands up if they can. They've been going since 2003.

Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack
This was more a preamble to the release of their 1991 album "Blue Lines" and notably none of the main band members were featured. Bristol developed its own sound from Jamaican sound-systems. Through post-punk and hip-hop, the band slowly coalesced, with help from Neneh Cherry too. And the rest was trip-hop history.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:56 am

Amy Winehouse - In Her Own Words
This 2015 half-hour culled snippets of chat on all sorts of topics, with performance footage from her brief, troubled career. Her sense of being out of her natural time, of her troubled relationships, and her influences at least made a change from the more familiar rest of it.

Dazzling Duets at the BBC
Mainly classical instrumentalists together, but with the occasional vocal effort. Nigel Kennedy and Victor Borge were among those managing to produce something quirky, though the talent was impressive all the way through.

Off Camera with Sam Jones: Taylor Goldsmith
Don't know him or his band, but a likeable enough chap. He grew up in LA, identified with Bob Dylan's impetus to evolve to survive. He's worked with Jackson Browne and Robbie Robertson. Doesn't shirk from uncool topics like feelings. Only 28 when this was done (in 2013). Wears his heart on his sleeve.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:12 am

Geri's 1990s - My Drive to Freedom
Continuing this series where musicians report on a decade as it affected them, the ex-Spice Girl recounts her formative years, her love for local lads Wham, her rave years, her father's death, her time in the Spice Girls, her solo career and so on. She met Nelson Mandela and George Michael, sang for Prince Charles, had many #1 singles, and used her humour in two notable Brit Award performances. Among other contributors, it was nice to see and hear from Alison Limerick.

Talent Spot - Sally Franklyn / Jarka Laclavikova
Two upcoming singers, both of whom seem to have benefitted from unusual teaching methods, and familiarity with foreign languages.

Discovering: Leonard Cohen
A poet first & foremost, born in Montreal in 1934. He formed bands at University and had 2 novels published. Once signed to Columbia, his debut solo album came in 1967. He would prove more popular in Europe than the USA. He had a gloomy image, and mixed fortunes with producers. His major works were Bird On A Wire and Hallelujah. He reinvented his sound, had a long gap between tours (I believe this was the infamous issue with a manager who fleeced his money, though not discussed in this show), and played Glastonbury. A mammoth 2 year tour earned millions. Entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:30 am

Classic Quartets at the BBC
An hour-long collection from all sorts of shows, and composers. The more notable ones were the particularly unusual (Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet, or those covering rock tunes like Baba O'Riley[i] or [i]Pills and Soap).

The Enid - Live at Electric Dreams
More from the festival, this time a largely electro-prog band and their pleasant acoustic journeys.

Discovering: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
A harmonic supergroup marred by a frequent lack of personal harmony. The main trio came from the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies, and had hits like Marrakech Express, placing them in the counter culture. But then Neil Young joined up, and they had songs like Ohio and Our House. Their line-up split and reformed several times, whilst Crosby had drug issues. When they had sales troubles in the 90s, Young helped them find a new record deal. They're all in the R&R HoF twice.

Happy 100th Birthday - Dame Vera Lynn
She had no formal training, and couldn't read music. But she was spotted by the right people, got a BBC radio show and became a Forces Sweetheart during WW2, visiting troops in places like Burma. Her versions of We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover have become iconic. She had 3 of the 12 records in the first UK Chart. She had radio and then telly shows, and achieved a #1 LP in 2009. And now she's 100.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:01 am

Discovering: Neil Young
Born in Toronto in 1945, and after some tough breaks, he started playing ukulele before his teen years. He met Stephen Stills, and had modest success with Buffalo Springfield. He got a solo deal with Reprise, and then got together with Crazy Horse. His 2nd solo LP was a winner, and then he hit really big with After The Goldrush and Harvest. To counter this success, he made a purposely less mainstream trilogy of LPs. Things picked up again in the late 70s. Made experiments in the 80s, leading to Geffen suing him. He went back to Reprise, and became seen as a icon to the Grunge generation. He continued to wrong-foot people with his records. He suffered a brain aneurysm in 2005, and continues to flex his political mood.

Andrea Bocelli: Cinema
A gig at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, to promote an album of songs from the movies. His pal David Foster helped out, and there were walk-on spots for the likes of John Travolta and Andy Garcia, and duets with Nicole Scherzinger and Ariana Grande. Some songs were in English, some in Italian. Nice stuff.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:20 am

Blancmange - Live at the Water Rats
Another hour or so from the early 80s electro-poppers. A few different numbers to their Electric Dreams set, but a few reliable faves.

John Bishop: In Conversation with Olly Murs
The scouse comedian's interview series tackled the 2009 X Factor runner-up. He came from a small town in Essex, and entered X Factor in 2007 and 2008 with no success, and won just £10 on Deal Or No Deal. He has an elder sister and a twin brother, but fell out with the latter when he had to prioritise X Factor over attending his wedding, and they've not spoken since 2013. Murs also spoke about his stint presenting the X Factor, which is only remembered for one mistake. Though he wanted fame so he could leave his hometown, he values going back there to have some normality time.

Live With... Ella Shaw
A Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist, apparently. She teaches kids to sing, but has done an album, which sounded OK from this short set.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:52 am

Bradley McIntosh: My Career in S Club 7
Brad recounts the short-lived heyday of SC7 through their videos. They had several #1 singles, but had split by 2003. I'd think only 2 or 3 band members are still remembered, and Bradley isn't one of them.

Kings Of Pop
A rather random hour compilation of 13 artists, from Elton John and Bruce Springsteen through to Stevie Wonder and Elvis Presley. Some unusual song choices too (You Can't Hurry Love for Phil Collins, Happy Birthday for Stevie Wonder).
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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:57 am

Deaf Havana: On Record
Matt & James talk about how things started off badly after their previous album was released in the Autumn of 2013. Not only did their management fail to capitalise on it, but they found themselves in debt for things they had no clue about. They came close to splitting, but kept working to pay off the debts, and realised how much they enjoyed working with each other. So their new LP came together much better, involving all the band in the recording process, and cutting down a longlist of 25-30 tracks to decide on the final running order. They feel more confident in themselves now, and set to crack other countries too.

Ben Adams: My Career in a1
Another set of old videos, one of the lesser-remembered boybands from the turn of the millennium, though they did get a couple of #1 hits in the UK. Apparently they made a modest comeback in 2010, but I don't remember it.

Marsheaux - Live at Electric Dreams
A Greek synthpop outfit with 2 lads and 2 lasses. They had some good material, so maybe we'll hear more from them sometime.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:17 am

Discovering: The Cure
The end of this series, for now, and an hour-long episode unlike most of the others, which is a bit spurious. They've been around for almost 40 years, and been fairly regular album creators, and supposedly one of the biggest rock acts in the world (yeah, right). They went through phases of having hit records as well as critically popular albums too. They've had a wide influence, and not just on Tim Burton's entire act.

Brian Pern: A Tribute
The spoof series of Simon Day and Rhys Thomas perhaps comes to an end. Peter Davison and Chris Eccleston featured among the contributors, while Phil Collins plugged his book and Peter Gabriel obliged with another cameo.

Brian Pern at the BBC
Send-up of the BBC fashion for clip show, here with half a dozen performances of varying styles, some parodies working better than others.

Noisey: Blackpool aka The Controversial Rise of Blackpool Grime
A chap called Poet visited the North-West England seaside resort to follow-up on YouTube vids featuring three characters from that scene, Afghan Dan, Soph Aspin and Little T. All three were intriguing in different ways, and once Poet talked to them about their beefs with each other, he managed to get them to perform a rap sequence together. This was from 2012, so goodness knows where they're at now. Not my scene, but for Blackpool I'll give it a whirl.
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MTV World Stage: One Republic
Froim the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, in Manila, from June 2016. A selection of familiar tracks from the unfathomably popular band.

Stunning Soloists at the BBC
A wide cross-section of clips, and all sorts of instruments from xylophone to sitar and harp. Typically, the more intriguing were those less seen, such as the closing Dudley Moore.

Fresh Blood Live: Astroid Boys
A 5-piece rock band from Cardiff who claim to mix rock and grime. They mention Creeper as a fellow band they respect. They had a track used by WWE. They're working on a new record. They like to challenge their audience. Their best number here was Tainted Love, which helpfully only takes a sonic sample as a basis for their won lyrics.

From Berlin To New York
A New Year's Eve Concert from 2013 at the Semperoper in Dresden, with Christian Thielemann conducting, and Renee Fleming and Klaus Florian Vogt handling the vocals. They covered a broad range of material, from European to American, with Gershwin nestling alongside Kunneke and Stolz.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:33 am

Aled Jones - Fy Nhaith Glasurol
Still in Nuremburg and considering Wagner and Hitler, Aled thankfully moved on to Bayreuth, where Wagner managed to get an opera house built, thanks to a friendship with a Bavarian King who cleared his debts, but got himself deposed by his people. Wagner married Liszt's daughter, and has a Museum to himself in Wartburg. Wagner's bombastic tunes appealed to Hitler, and their politics weren't a long way apart, either. But the music he wrote, and the opera house he originated, survive in their own rights.

Steel Panther: On Record
Comic heavy rock band with a new "Lower The Bar" LP managed to stagger through an interview, how they worked with Robin from Cheap Trick, a feud with Papa Roach, whether their Download spot prefaces a headline spot in the near future, how Motley Crue and Aerosmith are retiring soon, "you can't top your first record, because it's your calling card" and other matters.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:14 am

OMD: Live at Electric Dreams
Again from the Butlins, Bognor Regis weekend, this was a lively hour or so, with 13 tracks from across their career. Paul and Andy seem to be having the time of their lives.

John Bishop: In Conversation with Louise Redknapp
She was star spotted in a nightclub at the age of 15, and Polydor's A&R guy led her into Eternal. She had been going to stage school, though. She soon grew tired with Eternal, not having a great relationship with others in the band, so she left, and found herself expected to go solo. After a few albums, she gave that up too, having met and married footballer Jamie Redknapp and had 2 sons. She featured on Strictly Come Dancing last Autumn (the UK version of Dancing With The Stars), and finished 2nd. Now has hopes to return to performing in the West End.

An Evening With Take That!
They've got a new album, Wonderland, out, and they did some tracks from that, and others from their career, climaxing with Never Forget. They seem happy enough.

Dead! : On Record
Upcoming band who've got their debut LP due out sometime soon. It's been a 4 year journey so far, and they've raised their game through touring. They respect that audiences are diversified now. They reckon good songs should be able to transcend industry issues. They've been based in London for a while, and recorded the LP in SoHo. They've got Download to look forward to, and more tours to generate more exposure. They might make it big yet.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:08 am

The Voice UK - The Winner's Story
The talent show moved from the BBC to ITV, refreshed the judge line-up, and finished up with Mo Adeniran beating Into The Ark to the winner's circle. He has joined the majority of the previous UK winners, in making no chart inroads whatsoever.

Anne-Sophie Mutter - Live From Yellow Lounge
A 2015 gig in Berlin to plug her Neuheimat album, helped by Lambert Orkis on piano. She bashed through works by Vivaldi, Tchaikowsky, Bach, Saint-Saens and so on. Entertaining enough, and probably one of the world's foremost violinists.
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Artists Den Presents Alanis Morrisette
from the Judson Memorial Church, Greenwich Village, New York on Jun 9th, 2008, Lil Ms Ironic did a pleasant enough set, had some banter about the falseness of encores, and then ended with You Learn and Thank U. Can't fault that voice, I guess.

Artists Den Presents Sheryl Crow
from the Grand Ballroom, at the Plaza Hotel, New York, sometime in 2014. She spoke about her recent country stylings on an LP, and her health battles. She finished with If It Makes You Happy and Everyday Is A Winding Road. Good stuff.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 01, 2017 7:49 am

David Cross Band at Electric Dreams
Dave was apparently the electric violinist in King Crimson, and his band's songs were OK enough.

Passions: Hip Hop and Me, by Nihal
The radio DJ sings the praises of how this music has enriched his life, meeting Chuck D and Lady Leshurr as well as encouraging a schoolboy, Ricky Ramz with his rhymes, meeting Wretch 3 2 and Raleigh Ritchie for advice, ahead of a concert performance of his big song about being bullied. It seems pertinent that the rest of the series has been very much one person's worship of one other person.

The Friday Night Rock Show - 21/4/17
Timothy B Schmidt talked to Nicky Horne about his new solo LP, Leap of Faith, and his time in the Eagles, and how life has been since Glenn Frey died. He sang a couple of songs, My Hat and Red Dirt Road, too.

Aled Jones - Ny Fhaith Glasurol
The series opener, with Aled back in Wales to visit first Llandegfan, his hometown, and then Bangor, in whose cathedral he took his first steps to fame. The second half saw him in Hamburg, relating the story of Johannes Brahms, who was born there. Brahms didn't think much of Liszt, but knew the Schumanns, and married Clara even though she was 14 years older than him.

Needle Time: Timothy B Schmidt
Same channel, different show. Schmidt is clearly a nice bloke, but not exactly as ebullient, as, say, Joe Walsh. He did offer ideas to the Eagles, which were usually rejected. Though he grew up in a Trailer Park, it didn't seem to have the connotations it now does. They tried to reform in 1990, but it didn't come off. He couldn't get why the Stones could keep going despite antipathy. The vibe was better when they did reunite. With his new record, he feels he's far from finished.
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Post  misery guts on Fri May 05, 2017 7:05 am

Aled Jones - Fy Nhaith Glasurol
His tour brought him to Vienna, where he related the history of Gustav Mahler, from his tough childhood, through 10 years as conductor of the Vienna Opera, becoming artistic director and inventing ideas like dimming the lights for performance, and using his holidays to compose his symphonies. He had a happy marriage and two daughters, but things began to go wrong after he moved to New York in 1907. His wife had an affair, and he returned to Europe within 4 years, and died soon after at the age of 50.

Manic Street Preachers - Escape From History

A protracted Classic Albums-style effort on their 1996 career resurrection LP, "Everything Must Go", from the moment Richey mysteriously disappeared before an American tour, to their creative recovery, recording in Normandy, and seeing "A Design For Life" recognised as a massive hit, though James seemed to feel "Kevin Carter" was as important. It brought them to a wider audience and won several Brit Awards.

Manic Street Preachers - Live at Nynex Arena
From May 24, 1997, and with clips used in the above, this was part of their revival, a solid enough selection of material from their 4 LPs.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 08, 2017 7:53 am

Snowbombing 2017: Courteeners
Glad that this turned out to be a short set from the indie rockers with plenty of OK songs like Not Nineteen Forever.

Joe Cocker: Mad Dog With Soul
The bittersweet story of how the Sheffield gas fitter hit big with an idiosyncratic cover of a Beatles song, which got him a UK #1 single, and how a crap American agent led him to undertake a heavy US tour. He met Leon Russell, who helped organised a band for the tour, which turned into a different kind of difficulty, seemingly treating Cocker like an after-thought. Cocker was fond of drugs and alcohol, and despite big help from guys like Jimmy Webb and A&M's Jerry Moss, he stuttered into the sidings. Despite the occasional high-spot like a cover of You Are So Beautiful, he was still in trouble until Woodstock wizard Michael Lang came into the picture, and he met his wife Pam. He cleaned up his act and performed legendary gigs in East Germany in June 1988 (coincidentally, Billy Joel was a fan). He dropped Lang, though, but soldiered on and got an OBE in 2007. He was diagnosed with lung cancer, and died late in 2014 at the age of 70. Despite his failings, he had a lot of fans.
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Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road: Lars Ulrich
At Metallica's studio base in the San Rafael district of San Francisco, Brian and Lars talk briefly about their early years, then the spectacle of their warm-up gigs with both bands in the summer of 1991, before Metallica took to their mammoth "Wherever I May Roam" world tour, which extended to 1993. Manager Peter Mensch also chipped in, where the inclusion of private planes enabled more gigs to be added, as the global circuit extended to bigger shows in places they'd already played. Also how picking a town to use as a base between gigs made travelling slightly less terminal. The struggle to adjust to real life timing after the tour was also mentioned.

Artists Den Presents Alabama Shakes
From the Loveless Barn, Nashville, on Sept 24, 2014, with some chatter from Brittany and Steve to break up a lively hour of music.

The Soul Train Life of: New Edition
Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill and Bell Biv DeVoe were all present to ook back at their performances on the show, and how it told the evolution of the band, from Bobby going solo, to the others trying their own luck, too. They all seemed to retain affection for each other, and the band, which was a nice change, and it was intriguing to learn how their story continued after Candy Girl, which is usually all the UK gets to know.
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Aled Jones - Fy Nhaith Glasurol
All the way down to Sydney, taking in the Conservatorium of Music, but mainly the world famous Opera House. The winning designer got £5k for his effort, and it took 30 years to finish, with alterations on the way. It also has space for a theatre and smaller opera space. It's undeniably one of the most iconic buildings in the world.

Lee Brennan: My Career in 911
Another of these video compilations, but from a very middling boyband of the late 90s, who had plenty of original material, but only reached the top by covering More Than A Woman and A Little Bit More.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Lionel Richie
From 2015, the smooth-talking Commodores frontman talked about his upbringing, his views on racism, his marriages woes, his adopted daughter Nicole's problems, how he doesn't like being called Grandad, how proud he still is of We Are The World, his regret that the infamous Hello head was chucked because it would now be priceless, how Bob Marley put him off drugs, and thinking of himself as "a minister of love and a hopeless romantic".
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John Lees' Barclay James Harvest at Electric Dreams
So, not the real thing but with someone who was in the band. It was a decent enough hour or so anyway.

Lee Latchford-Evans: Steps Thru The Years
Perhaps the least celebrated member of the pop band linking their videos together with anecdotes about where they were shit, what themes they tackled, and which were his favourites. The least celebrated but possibly the nicest person.

Live With... Garland Jeffreys
An American soul singer with half a century of career to show off, and some fine songs, including a pretty decent cover of the Beatles' Help!

Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs and Englishmen
The concert tour from 1972, with Joe a willing prisoner of Leon Jackson's ego and band. His interpretations, rather than covers, varied but were worth hearing, and his version of With A Little Help From My Friends was worth catching.
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