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  • 15. 15 - Thurston Moore - Part 1 (New York City)

    41:53
    This week we welcome Thurston Moore formerly of Sonic Youth - we talk about his childhood in Connecticut, some of the early records he including Iron Butterly, Abbey Road, Led Zeppelin & Black Sabbath, Buying the Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request, the influence of his Dad, seeing an early Patti Smith gig in Westbury, CT & later sending off for her Hey Joe 7” single. Sending money to Richard Hell, driving to 2nd hand bookstores with Tom Verlaine & the first mention of Tom's published poetry, finishing with his first trip to Max’s Kansas City to see the Cramps & Suicide. Part 2 next week.

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  • 14. 14 - Willy Vlautin (Reno)

    52:22
    Writer & musician Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine, The Delines) joins us to talk about his new book The Horse on Faber & Faber - we also go deep on his formative years in Reno, Nevada, his love for the Pacific Northwest - specifically Portland, Oregon. We talk about his early influences including Green on Red, The Long Ryders & the Cowpunk bands, The Jam, The Pogues, Bruce Springsteen & Australian songwriter Paul Kelly. Writers that had an influence including John Steinbeck, Barry Gifford, Larry Brown & Raymond Carver. We touch briefly on movies & end up discussing Mad Max: Fury Road & Andrew Haigh's All Of Us Strangers & more.
  • 13. 13 - The Human League with Martyn Ware (Sheffield)

    01:06:14
    Join us on our first trip to the mighty music city of Sheffield as Martyn Ware guides us through growing up in the city, meeting Phil Oakey at school, his formative early bands, the influence of science fiction on his work, he & Phil's shared love of Marvel & DC comics, seeing Star Wars on opening day at the Sheffield Gaumont, seeing Roxy Music at Sheffield University in 1972, coming up with the name the Human League, recording the demo that became Being Boiled, signing with Virgin Records, touring with Siouxsie & the Banshees & Iggy Pop, debut album Reproduction, their first headline tour, the early gig David Bowie attended, the quick follow up 2nd album Travelogue & it's Malcolm Garrett designed cover, the bands first TV appearance courtesy of Tony Wilson, his ultimate departure from the band & more.
  • 12. 12 - Acid House with Richard Norris (Ladbroke Grove)

    01:02:09
    Richard Norris talks us through the birth of Acid House at clubs such as Shoom, Future & Heaven, the Jack the Tab album, his time as a member of The Grid, their unexpected chart success, Alan McGee's brief tenure as manager, his early trips to Ibiza & collaborations with Andy Mackay and Phil Mazanera from Roxy Music, Robert Fripp from King Crimson, Brian Eno, PP Arnold, Sun Ra, Johnny Marr & surf guitar king Dick Dale.
  • 11. 11 - Kate Bush with Tom Doyle (East Wickham Farm)

    01:00:26
    Acclaimed music writer Tom Doyle is our guide this week as we take a deep dive into the formative years & early career of Kate Bush. From her upbringing on East Wickham Farm near Welling, her early songwriting, learning to play piano, David Gilmour's involvement in her early career, the visual aspect of her work, her early gigs with the KT Bush Band, cutting Wuthering Heights in 1 take, her huge early success with The Kick Inside album, the less successful follow up Lionheart & the 1979 Tour of Life.
  • 10. 10 - Kings Road with Max Decharne

    50:09
    Join us & take a stroll down the Kings Road with writer Max Decharne as our guide. Our first stop is the Angry Young Men of 1956, before moving on to the Swinging Londoners of 1966 & finally the punks of 1976. With mentions along the way for Mozart, the Beatles, John Osborne, Henry VIII, Rolling Stones, James Bond, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Charles II, Mary Quant, Andrew Loog Oldham, Vivienne Westwood & many more.
  • 9. 9 - DJ Paulette (The Hacienda)

    56:51
    Join us on our first trip to The Hacienda in Manchester as we talk to DJ Paulette about her early days & first DJ gigs, her influences, launching the iconic Flesh night at the Hacienda (Manchester's first gay club night), Manchester nightlife of the 80's & 90's, the 'it's queer up north' tagline, the birth of the LBGTQ scene in Manchester & much more.