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Post  misery guts on Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:37 am

Last Night of the Proms 2018
Carelessly, I managed to miss recording the 2nd half, but it's rarely much different year on year. Here, Sir Andrew Davis conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra, taking his 12th turn at being I/c. There were clips from events around the country to pad out the running time.

Capital's Up Close Presents: Ariana Grande
A short set from Koko in London, with her 2 current big hits and Breathin', presumably intended as the next one.

Proms in the Park 2018
Sean Fletcher and Yolanda Brown anchored this clip show from 4 events held in accord with the Last Night, in Hyde Park, Glasgow, Belfast and Colwyn Bay. Matt Goss, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Midge Ure, Lee Mead, Joseph Calleja, Josh Groban and Katharine Jenkins were dotted around keeping the crowds happy.

Pavarotti: Birth of a Pop Star
Impressive account of Modena's great tenor, whose love for food hindered him in the end, but his ear for mimicry helped. He was critiqued by the in-crowd for not learning more operas, but he did something more valuable which was to learn some English, which helped his chances of making himself appear a likeable guy in English-speaking markets.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:51 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variations
The stage supremo did an album in 1978 for his brother, cellist Julian. One of the tracks became the theme tune for the SBS: Variations Both brothers support Leyton Orient.

Legends of Opera: Luciano Pavarotti
Another of these series, like the Discovering one, where various characters relate a person's career. Here they also had Danielle de Niese as presenter, and stalwart Bonnie Greer on hand too. Pavarotti was known as the King of the High C's, and unlike the other doc on him reviewed above, they omitted facts such as his health and love life, and miming at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:37 am

Paul Carrack - The Long Detour
From the Birmingham Symphony Hall, earlier this year, a lengthy set summing up many of his past successes in Ace, Mike and the Mechanics and elsewhere.

Legends of Opera: Jose Carreras
He was born in Barcelona in 1946, worked well with Montserrat Caballe, but less well with Herbert von Karajan. He suffered with leukaemia in the mid-1980s, but recovered to be part of the Three Tenors phenomenon in 1990 & beyond. He also did the official theme for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He now has his own charitable foundation to fight leukaemia.

The South Bank Show Originals: Rhythm & Blues
The 1981 show saw Melvyn talking to 3 white British acts dealing with a black American artform. The Blues Band featured former Manfred Mann star Paul Jones, whilst Nine Below Zero are more famous now for appearing in cult sitcom The Young Ones. The 3rd act were Dr Feelgood, so we heard from the sadly lost Lee Brilleaux, and remarkable survivor Wilko Johnson.

The 3 Tenors: Birth of a Legend
A 2015 doc combining brief reminiscences from main players, but much footage of the concert, and how its 22 minute encore was put together by Lalo Schifrin so the three principals could collaborate even though tenor trios were not a normal part of opera.

Live From Abbey Road - Classics - Counting Crows
They had their turn in May 2009, lead singer Adam claiming the group was more than a glorified ego trip, and he had no solo plans. They did a Beatles cover for once on this show (Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End). The other act, Goo Goo Dolls, also paid respect to the Fab Four, but played Iris when they rocked up in June 2006.

Kylie - Live in Hyde Park
A recent gig in concert with Radio 2, notable for a surprise appearance from Jason Donovan (not singing) during Especially For You, and then Rick Astley on a medley of I Should Be So Lucky and Never Gonna Give You Up, then they did Kids.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:42 am

Classic Albums - Back to Black
Amy Winehouse's 2006 work considered by co-producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, members of her band, management and so on, even Ronnie Spector for the added touch. Most of the tracks were discussed, and even Amy herself felt that Rehab was a novelty song. Just as well it was, it helped launch the rest.

Legends of Opera: Maria Callas
A Greek prodigy who expanded the repertoire for female opera singers, had rather better times in Europe than the USA, suffered in love, and died at just 53. She suffered with the press, and legal hassles too. But she made her mark.

Arena - Amy Winehouse - The Day She Came to Dingle
Somewhat barrel-scraping, the story of an Irish music/talk show Other Voices, involving stars trekking out to a remote West of Ireland town. Amy gave inspired chat in an interview talking about her many and varied influences, as well as knocking through half a dozen tracks from her big hit album.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:02 am

Leeds International Piano Competition 2018
First held in 1983, a showcase of 5 finalists from around the world, chasing £25k for 1st place (the top 3 places all get some prize). American Eric Lu was judged winner, ahead of Germany's Mario Haring and China's Xinyuan Wang.

Legends of Opera: Placido Domingo
The King of Opera has a wide repertoire of 150 roles, has conducted more than half a thousand performances, recorded in several languages, is considered the greatest Otello ever, and was one of the Three Tenors. His motto is "If I rest, I rust" to explain why he keeps working (in recent years, having perhaps mastered all the tenor parts, he's now wowing in baritone roles). He founded Operalia to benefit others, and once took 101 curtain calls after a performance, which went on for well over an hour.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:44 am

Legends of Opera: Kiri te Kanawa
The Kiwi born in 1944 who was adopted and renamed thus, with a Maori father. She was tutored young, and soon marked out as a soprano. She learned her craft in London, and shone at various venues. Her fame hit the jackpot when she performed at the 1981 Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana. She was made an honorary dame in 1982, and also sang the theme to the 1991 Rugby World Cup. She has her own foundation to help the next generation, and retired from performing in 2017 to give others a chance.

Music Icons: Jerry Lee Lewis
Another series on a familiar angle. JLL was born back in 1935, and did session work for Sun Records when old enough, forming part of the infamous Million Dollar Quartet. He hit gold with Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and even more with Great Balls of Fire. But the discovery of his marriage to his 13 year old cousin capsized his career. He rebuilt it partly with a long run of country albums, including a rulebreaking 40 minute turn at the Grand Ole Opry. He made it to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, saw his film biopic out in 1989, and even managed a duets record in 2006. The "killer" continues...
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:39 am

Just Let Go - Lenny Kravitz Live
From his European tour in 2014, live footage mixed in with Len and the band discussing matters like soundchecks, band formations, camaraderie and so on. The songs were good, I've warmed to his music more over the years.

Wande Coal - London
Another gig from the Indigo O2 from back in 2009, a short set which was mercifully captioned title-wise, which made things easier.

Music Icons: Buddy Holly
The Lubbock prodigy who learned guitar from elder brothers and won talent competitions. He moved so quick, he was opening for Elvis in 1955. He had a short time on Decca Records but they didn't make it work, and felt That'll Be The Day was a flop. He proved them wrong, and how. He was helped by producer Norman Petty, but later they split acrimoniously when it was thought Petty was siphoning money off for himself. Bud got style advice from the Everlys, and married Maria Elena. They moved to New York, but Bud had legal troubles, and was forced into taking on a desperate Winter Party Tour, which led to the infamous plane journey with Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, where all three legends died.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:08 am

The Story of Pulp's Common People
The most amusing thing about this was realising late in the day that it was a repeat from 2005, rather than a brand new one. The bit where most of the band reconvene in a former rehearsal space and that they haven't played together since their 2001 LP is thus cast in a rather different light. Anyway, the long gestation of Pulp's career and their sudden career burst in the mid-90s and inclusion with Britpop were well covered, together with their Glastonbury headline spot too. Nothing on Jarvis' Brits antics from the following year, or much of anything else. There was an attempt to trace the infamous Greek lass who inspired the song, but no joy. Just as well.

Live From Abbey Road - Classics - James Blunt
The former soldier played in December 2007 when pushing his 2nd album. He talked of Abbey Road having a history that is more than just the Beatles, and how Art & Industry are two different sides of a same issue. James Morrison was the additional act, who played in January 2007, and has not quite proved as successful as Blunt.

Legends of Opera: Joan Sutherland
"La Stupenda" was born in 1926 in Sydney. Her mother was a mezzo-soprano, and Joan was presumed to be the same, though she was later reclassified as a proper soprano. She was exclusive to Decca Records, so sometimes they got things right. She was able to revive old pieces because of her vocal gifts. Her husband was a conductor and often insisted on him working with her. She was a mentor to Pavarotti, but her greatest roles strained her voice. She was awarded a Dame-hood, and even became an Order of Merit in 1991.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:07 am

Sons of Vienna - The Untold Story
6-part series looking at classical composers associated with the Austrian city. Apart from Mozart, Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven, other episodes looked at Franz Schubert (dead at 31) and Robert Schumann (bipolar), with the final episode serving to bring all the names together. Many contributors featured in more than 1 episode, but they were mainly pianists, violinists or other musicians.

Sounds of Tucson
This 2014 look at the music scene in Arizona took in Calexico, Giant Sand, Pork Torta and several others, though no mention of Linda Ronstadt. The very hot summers and warm winters, the cheap cost of living, the camaraderie among acts and so on were cited as pluses, not to mention it being a "lazy man's paradise".
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:20 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Annie Lennox
Interviewed in 2007, when promoting her "Songs of Mass Destruction" album. Her father played bagpipes. She apparently sang in her cradle, and took up the flute at 11. She got to some Academy, where she realised everyone else was more committed/talented than her. But she did meet Dave Stewart, and with synthesisers becoming obtainable, they made good use of it. She took 10 minutes to write Why. She uses rhymes in composition, and is surprised by some of her opening lines. The optimum pleasure is in recording. She felt betrayed over the Iraq War.

Legends of Opera: Montserrat Caballe
She was born in Barcelona in 1933, and was singing from the age of 5. Her big breakthrough was in Basel in 1956. She got married in 1962. Reached the NY Met in 1965, and La Scala in 1970, when Jose Carreras made his debut. She was managed by her brother Carlos. She started her recording career in 1972 for RCA Victor. Her 2 children had to be raised by her parents. She worked with Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti at times, but her most famous duettist was probably Freddie Mercury on 1987's Barcelona. She also performed with her daughter, who was also a soprano. A Eurotunnel train was named after her. 

Let The Music Play: The Barry White Story
His mother played classical music on the piano, inspiring Barry to learn. He grew up in a rough, tough area, in the SE of LA. He went to jail in 1960 for stealing, at which point he decided to make constructive efforts with music. He went to Hollywood, became a road manager for Bob & Earl, and then their drummer. He was made an A&R, and was soon writing and producing. He formed Love Unlimited. He made a demo and realised only he suited his material. And so on, to fame and fortune, and raising the country's birth rate. But he split from his wife Clodean, and his health dwindled, leading to a sad ending where his children were frozen out by his new partner and attorney.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:08 am

The Art of Drumming
Entertaining 4-part series which largely concerned drummers talking about their craft, and other drummers they admire. This culminated in a vote of their 20 favourites:
20 Keith Moon
19 Clyde Stubblefield
18 Jeff Porcaro
17 Carlton Barrett
16 Chris Dave
15 Cindy Blackman
14 Steve Gadd
13 Ginger Baker
12 Earl Palmer
11 Neil Peart
10 Ian Paice
09 Billy Cobham
08 Bill Ward
07 Louie Bellson
06 Dave Grohl
05 Gene Krupa
04 Ringo Starr
03 Hal Blaine
02 John Bonham
01 BUDDY RICH
Good to see rock getting as much due as pop and r&b and so on. Steve White effectively MC'd the series, and well.

Franco Zeffirelli - Directing From Life
Born in 1923, he made great waves directing operas with the likes of Joan Sutherland, before progressing to theatre and ultimately film. He worked a lot with Placido Domingo in Otello and other film productions. His last work was Don Giovanni in 2012.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:09 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Talking Heads
Helpfully shot back in 1979, so including chats with all band members including David Byrne, they performed a few tracks and talked about their craft. Don Letts spoke up for them from a modern perspective. They split in 1991, and bar a reformation for their 2002 entry to the R&R Hall of Fame, have remained split.

Our Musical History - Disco & Beyond
An intriguing new series with genres discussed for an hour with examples. Here, Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters discussed with Martyn Ware of Heaven 17. They ranged from Donna Summer to Barry White to Grace Jones, and Martyn managed to include the Dr Who theme.

What's Going On - The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye
Unsure if I've seen this 2005 doc before, it still felt fresh. Clarke Peters read extracts of Marvin's writing. He had a bad time with his dad, and his career forked when Berry Gordy didn't think much of What's Going On? His married life was a struggle, and his act deteriorated before his father shot him.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:07 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Hip-Hop
In 1994, Bragg made a general look into this scene, talking to Ice Cube and Chuck D, and Speech on the perhaps other side of the market, and frequent contributor Nelson George appearing for the prosecution for a change. There was a coda at the end with stuff about Kendrick Lamar and Drake, but it didn't really go much more than skin deep.

Funny Women - Bette Midler
She's mostly known for her stage work and her films, but she has had some notable hit singles, Wind Beneath My Wings and From A Distance for example. In her early club days, she was accompanied on piano by Barry Manilow. Her stage backing band were the Harlettes.

Living On Soul
The Daptone Super Soul Revue at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, perhaps top-lined by the late Sharon Jones and the late Charles Bradley. The Como Mamas, Antibalas and Naomi Shelton were among the other acts on show.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:41 am

Hywel - Ddoe a Heddiw
A "then & now" show with Sir Bryn Terfel, who was 19 back in 1984 and profiled as a new student at the Guidhall School, London. He was homesick at first, but soon blossomed under his hero, Sir Geraint Evans. He was then recommended to Sir Georg Solti, and went on to work with both Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. He recently started his own record company to help upcoming talents.

Our Musical History: Synth and Beyond
Stephen and Gillian from New Order talked about their sometimes contrasting influences, from Bowie and Can to Stevie Wonder and Soft Cell, Kate Bush and the Flaming Lips. A friendly form of nostalgia.

The South Bank Show Originals: Craig David
A film from 2002, as Craig worked on his 2nd album. He had had big success with his 1st, and impressed the likes of Elton John and Sting, the latter of whom collaborated on "Rise and Fall" because it took a sample from "Shape of My Heart". He was a little ratty about getting 6 Brit nominations but no wins. His 2nd album didn't match the success of the 1st either, but he has recently returned to some degree of success.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:17 am

Ray Charles - Live at Montreux 1997
The legend came to the Stravinski Auditorium to do his thing, with help from the Raelettes near the end. Entertaining work.

Shvpes: On Record
Griffin and Grant plugged their new album Greater Than, and about touring with acts like Trivium, making a video in Oxford, challenging themselves with songs, respecting Twenty One Pilots for doing their own thing, plans to tour Europe with Bullet For My Valentine, and then headline a tour themselves.

Alicia Keys: Live at Baloise Session
From 2017, she worked through a swathe of material, some of which I could recognise.

Beats, Bass & Bars: The Story of Grime
A new retelling of an old story, with Rodney P anchoring the chat to those who helped develop the sound and the scene over the last 20 years, over a pop slump around a decade ago, and its second wave with Stormzy and others.
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Legends of Opera: Mario Lanza
Born the same year Enrico Caruso died, he shone on the big screen after MGM signed him up to a 7 year contract. At first, he proved the success they expected, but he suffered jealous criticism from opera fans who felt he was wasting his talent by using it as he did. His work suffered and MGM fired him, and then sued him. He had to avoid the movies for 3 years, and then his comeback flopped. He found success in Europe, to the point where MGM took him back. But his health issues continued and he was dead at 38, following which, his widow committed suicide. Despite this, his legacy was in inspiring tenors ever since, not least the Three Tenors.

Diana Ross - For One and For All
Her infamous 1983 gig in Central Park, which got canned partway through because of thunder storms, and instead rearranged for the following day, when the sun shone. Her material was wide and varied (including a cover of Beat It), but some of her between song banter betrayed her ego and diva attitude.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:23 am

Messe Noire - Live Satanist
A concert from Behemoth, at Warsaw in 2016. Although Polish black/death isn't really my scene, they did at least put captions up to at least help viewers along, and it was no different then from watching a classical recital. Hard not to at least smile at the closing caption "I Loved You At Your Darkest In Stores Now!Laughing 

Ariana Grande at the BBC
Her album came out months back, but here was a pre-Christmas hour-long plug. No mention of her love life, but a poignant look at the Manchester attack & subsequent concert. She suffers occasional anxiety attacks and enjoyed collaborating with Pharrell Williams. She has 7 dogs, and is fond of her mother and granny. She's a big fan of Imogen Heap and was flattered to include Madonna on a track. She loves singing with an orchestra, and enjoys the challenge of making her tours better than the records.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:07 pm

Legends of Opera: Andrea Bocelli
He just turned 60 in September, he had glaucoma as a child, and a sports accident left him blind. Happily, it didn't affect his memory or his singing, and after going to university in Pisa, then law school and marriage, he did a demo for Zucchero. It impressed Luciano Pavarotti, and things went from there. He had a crossover pop hit with Time to Say Goodbye, and has worked duets with Celine Dion and others. He's a bit success with the American audience, and most of everywhere else. The opera critics were less impressed, but what's new? He sang at Pavarotti's wedding and his funeral, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his own charitable foundation, and his new album is #1 in the UK.

Music Icons: Creedence Clearwater Revival
After a couple of other names, the Fogerty brothers and friends composed their memorable moniker. John Fogerty took over the singing and the writing, and they released 5 albums through 1969-70, including a string of hit singles like Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising and Have You Ever Seen The Rain?. Though they headlined Woodstock, John was not impressed. When his brother Tom quit, he didn't really adjust, and his poor business management meant he lost his publishing to Saul Zaentz. CCR split in '72, and they entered the R&R HoF in '93.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:54 am

Lady You Shot Me - Life and Death of Sam Cooke
Lengthy look at the short but busy career of the black soul star who fell foul of Allen Klein's bad management, and died in mysterious circumstances shortly after making clear he wanted to cut ties with Klein. He spotted Bobby Womack and Billy Preston and gave them some help, and he sang Civil Rights anthem A Change Is Gonna Come. But he was dead at 33.

Our Musical History - Indie & Beyond, with Shaun Ryder and Alan McGee
An amusing pairing with plenty of expected choices, but also surprises like Generation X and Junior Murvin. McGee helped The Hives on their way to their 15 minutes of fame, he found Underworld a much better live force than he expected (though Ryder points out that even the Happy Mondays sound better now than they did in their heyday because they're clean). Ryder spoke up for Salford deserving more of the credit that it usually siphoned off to Manchester.
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Disturbed: On Record
Sophie spoke to Dan & David from the band about their new Evolution album, and their journey from the early 2000s, and how their feelings have changed. Their creative process seems to divide into acoustic bits and plugged-in bits. Fans crave their original sound, though they can't willingly return there because they've changed. They have had discussions about mental health since their beginnings. They've got gigs planned for January, and will support Metallica at Austin City Limits.

War Horse at the Proms
This repeat from 2014 was shown to mark as part of the Remembrance weekend. Michael Morpurgo's book became a play, a film and now a musical piece too. The animatronic/puppetry with the horse itself is quite brilliant, but they also have smaller successes with a goose too. A fitting tribute.

Music Icons: Earth, Wind & Fire
Maurice White knew Booker T Jones when he was growing up. He moved from Chicago to LA to form E, W & F, named after astrology. Clive Davis approved of their funk work, and things took off. Shining Star gave them a #1 single. They brought in the Phoenix Horns, and White signed Deniece Williams and the Emotions to his label. They used magician Doug Henning for stage shows. They evolved into disco. There was a hiatus in the 1980s, and White developed Parkinson's in 1987, though he didn't leave until 1994. They entered the R&R HoF in 2000, and played the White House for President Obama.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:17 am

BBC Radio 2 In Concert: Paul Weller
He's got a new album out, and this was an agreeable way of promotion. He did some Style Council numbers for once, and was unafraid to serve up less familiar stuff than some might have expected.

Legends of Opera: Renee Fleming
She was born in Pennsylvania in 1959, and has been popular with her home crowd at the Met. She was a Julliard student and made her break in 1988. She's made Mozart numbers central to her repertoire. She has 2 daughters and was signed to Decca Records. She didn't go down well at La Scala, but delighted at Covent Garden and the Proms, and even the Superbowl.

Our Musical History - Soul & Beyond, with Trevor Nelson and Corinne Bailey Rae
As predictable as expected, though there was the odd gem (Trevor raved over Prince's Money Don't Matter 2Night, as do I) amidst the namechecks for Bob Marley, Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse. No Beyoncé or Alicia Keys, though.
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BBC Radio 2 In Concert - Boy George & Culture Club
They're back with a new album, Life, and did a few tracks from it, as well as classics from across their career, and even slipped in a tribute to George Michael as they blend Church of the Poison Mind with Wham!'s I'm Your Man. George mentioned they've done a song with Gladys Knight, and he also told an anecdote about DJ David Hamilton. A good show.

Legends of Opera: Enrico Caruso
Born in 1873, his big success came with making some of the first recordings of opera for gramophone in 1902. Success at La Scala, Covent Garden and the Met did have a knock-on effect in anxiety and pressure, managed to be in San Francisco during the 1906 earthquake, he had 4 children with his first wife Ada, but they split up. He made a radio debut in 1910, and worked with Toscanini, and did charity work during WW1. He suffered a throat haemorrhage and was dead in 1921.

Architects: On Record
The last edition, as Scuzz TV have gone off air after 15 years. Sophie spoke to Sam Carter of this band, whose new album comes after losing Tom. They focus on raising targets, with Wembley next. They've been going 13 years. Their US fame is improving. They're vegan and are concerned with the power of social media, especially viz discussions of mental health. They've a tour coming too.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:49 am

The Secret Science of Pop
Dr Armand Leroi tries to use machine learning to analyse thousands of charts hits from over the years to see what he can learn. What he doesn't learn is what a fundamentally thick thing this is to do, but he makes arguments that the musical changes in the 1960s were more to do with aggression of London bands, whilst the Beatles wrote twee ditties for kids (!) Also the punk upheaval of the 1970s made barely a scratch (which is what sticking to the charts for analysis tells you). He decides the more average a song (by his criteria) the more successful, and with Trevor Horn, tries to help an unsigned act towards greatness. It all backfires somewhat. Trevor's own instincts run to 5 factors; Good material, good voice, having charm or charisma, having strength of mind and body, and wanting it. Which is nearer the mark.

The South Bank Show: Beverley Knight
Wolverhampton's wonder gets her fillip, with Annie Lennox and Trevor Nelson singing her praise, and songwriter Guy Chambers also keen. She was a massive fan of Prince and once got to sing with him. Her parents were of the Windrush generation. She's had seven albums.

Music Icons: The Grateful Dead
They made sure to control their own publishing, and made good use of merchandising logos, so they became rich and were able to support charitable projects, and endorse bootlegs for no profit. They made it to the R&R HoF in the mid-90s. They even scored a chart hit in the late 80s.

Primal Scream: The Lost Memphis Tapes
In 1993, trying to follow their Screamadelica album, Alan McGee sent the lads to Memphis, where they worked with producer Tom Dowd and Muscle Shoals session men and even the Memphis Horns. But McGee wasn't keen and got George Drakoulias and George Clinton to remix some of the tracks to guarantee they had a hit. Many years later, Andrew Innes found a tape of the Dowd mixes amongst his collection, and lo, it's out in the shops soon.
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Sigrid - Live Sessions
A short but fun show in which Sigrid bantered about being from Norway and so on, and performed three songs including current hit Sucker Punch.

Kiss Rocks Vegas
From November 2014, the classic line-up belt out the hits to an appreciative crowd. One thing you seem to be able to rely on with Kiss is that your chorus will include the title to stirring effect.

The Prince and the Composer
Prince Charles talks about Sir Hubert Parry and how English he finds his music to be, and under-rated, despite being responsible for tunes like Jerusalem and Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. The Prince makes a more engaging presenter than many.

Our Musical History - Vocal Giants and Beyond
James Morrison and Beverley Knight paid homage, sometimes revealing their ignorance as much as their knowledge. That James might seriously not have known Hound Dog was a cover makes me question what he is sure about. They did include Elvis and snottily remarked on his voice cracking on a difficult note. I can't abide an elitist attitude like that.
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David Rodigan - Reggae Fever
How a bloke from the Oxford area became a world authority on the sounds of Jamaica and elsewhere. He had his own record stall, and later started on radio in the late 1970s (hence this loose 40th anniversary tribute). He met Bob Marley in 1974 after a gig. He learnt his craft and has earned respect from fans on both sides of the Atlantic. And of course in his spare time as a jobbing actor, he once got a go in Dr Who (sadly not discussed here).

Belladrum 2018: You Me at Six
A short set from the rising rockers who gave the crowd what they wanted.

Holst and Vaughan Williams - Making Music English
How two friends met at college in the 1890s and decided to challenge the German dominance in classical music. They did this in part by touring the countryside and absorbing folk music. For example, they took an existing work called The Ploughboy's Dream, and put new words to it as O Little Town of Bethlehem. Holst scored big with the Planets Suite, whilst RVW had success with his 3rd Symphony (the Pastoral). Holst was always in poor health and he died at 59. RVW lived another 20+ years, but their work was done.
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