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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Take Your Coat Off If You're Staying

Tonight's show passed by in such a whirl that I forgot to take some pictures for the blog, which is a shame.

I was joined by local writer Penny Reeve, who settled in to co-hosting with such ease it was as if she'd always been by my side in the studio. The response was great, there was a lot more interaction from the listeners this week, and the show was a lot more fun than it has been for a while. The only problem I had on a technical level was that I couldn't play the 1950s children's radio series Dick Barton: Special Agent. I needn't have worried though, as time soon caught up with us. With Penny as co-host, the show looks as if it will move back into a musical emphasis, which is a good thing for the show.

There have been a few tweaks to the format:
Spoken intro over 'At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbals' comes before the opening music hall song.
Dad rock plays up to the ten o'clock news. There is still a comedy song to bring in the second hour.
Louie Smells Like Rock and Roll now closes the show.

Gerry and the Pacemakers 'You'll Never Walk Alone' (played for the anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy before the show started properly)
Jessie Wallace (as Marie Lloyd) 'My Old Man Said Follow The Van'
Snuff 'The Sound Of The Underground'
Madness 'Bed and Breakfast Man'
The Specials 'Skinhead Symphony'
Nouvelle Vague 'Friday Night and Saturday Morning'
Practical Lovers 'Textbook Romance'
8mm Orchestra 'One Small Step'
One Direction* 'Dreaming'
Seether 'Careless Whisper'
Captain Dangerous 'Forgive Us We're British'
The Beatles vs Guns n' Roses 'Sgt Pepper's Paradise City'
Jimi Hendrix 'All Along The Watchtower'
Huey Lewis and the News 'The Power Of Love' (played as this week's 'dad rock classic' as I watched the Back To The Future trilogy last weekend)

*The American band One Direction, who are taking legal action against Simon Cowell for the use of the name.

Mike and Bernie Winters 'Batman'
The Only Ones 'Another Girl Another Planet'
The Fall 'Winter'
New Order 'Jetstream'
Bad Manners 'Wooly Bully'
The Decemberists 'Rise To Me'
Half Man Half Biscuit 'Joy Division Oven Gloves'
The Clash 'London Calling'
Swimming 'Neutron Wireless Crystal'

Louie Smells Like Rock and Roll:
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 'Louie Louie'
Patti Smith 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
Britney Spears 'I Love Rock and Roll'