Episode 96 – Songs About London

From being the centre of Empire to the Swinging Sixties and beyond, London has been an inspiration to songwriters for many a year. Here we look at just a few of those songs that have done just this. 

  • London Calling – Hayseed Dixie 
  • London Town – Laura Marling 
  • I’m Trying To Make London My Home – Sonny Boy Williamson 
  • Portobello Road – Ellie Janov
  • The Boy From Chelsea – Truly Smith
  • Chelsea Girl – Simple Minds 
  • Meet Me In Battersea Park – Peter Knight & Petula Clark
  • The Guns Of Brixton – The Clash
  • The Underground Train – Lord Kitchener
  • Waterloo Sunset (Mono) – The Kinks
  • ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street – The Jam
  • Werewolves Of London – Warren Zevon
  • Rainy Night In Soho – The Pogues
  • Soho (Needless To Say) – Al Stewart
  • Soho – Bert Jansch & John Renbourn 
  • Sunny Goodge Street- Tom Northcott
  • A Nightingale In Berkley Square – The Manhattan Transfer
  • Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
  • Mornington Crescent – Belle & Sebastian
  • The Battle Of Epping Forest – Genesis
  • Cockney Translation – Smiley Culture
  • Streets Of London – Mary Hopkin

Episode 95 – I Love To Ride My Bicycle

As Prefab Sprout once wrote, songs can be more about more than Cars and Girls. In this show, we are going to have a look at songs written about the glorious bicycle. 

  • My White Bicycle – Tomorrow
  • Daisy Bell (On A Bicycle Made For Two) – Dinah Shore
  • Lady On A Bicycle – Kippington Lodge
  • La Bicyclette – Yves Montand
  • Trip On An Orange Bicycle – Orange Bicycle
  • Bicycles, Roller Skates & You – The Archies
  • The Pushbike Song – The Mixtures
  • Broken Bicycle – Kes Wyndham
  • Silver Machine – Hawkwind
  • Bicycle Ride – Queen
  • Peddle Your Blues Away – R Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenades
  • Terry Keeps His Clips On – Viv Stanshall
  • Riding On My Bike – Madness
  • Cycling Is Fun (Early Version) – Shonen Knife 
  • Tour De France (Francois K Remix) – Kraftwerk
  • Bike Ride To The Moon – The Dukes Of Statosphear
  • See That My Bike’s Kept Clean – Half Man Half Biscuit
  • My Bike – Kimya Dawson
  • Bicycle Song – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Bike (Mono Mix) – Pink Floyd

Episode 94 – Where Are The Words?

In this episode, we are taking a look at instrumental tunes by bands that are more famous for having lyrics included with their music. 

  • Journey Of The Sorcerer – The Eagles
  • Boogie Woodie (Mono Mix) – The Beach Boys
  • Revenge (Mono Mix)  – The Kinks
  • 2120 South Michigan Avenue (Mono Mix) – The Rolling Stones
  • The Ox – The Who
  • Anji – Simon & Garfunkel
  • Don’t Make My Baby Blue – The Shadows
  • Captain Soul (Single Edit) – The Byrds
  • Interstellar Overdrive (French Edit) – Pink Floyd
  • Flying (Mono Mix) – The Bealtes
  • Wring That Neck (Mono Mix) – Deep Purple
  • Seven Seas Symphony (Mono Mix) – The Bee Gees
  • Side O’ The Road – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sunny Side Of Heaven – Fleetwood Mac
  • Fire On High (Album Version) – Electric Light Orchestra
  • Bron-Yr-Aur – Led Zeppelin
  • Behind My Camel – The Police
  • Walltzinblack – The Stranglers
  • The Brazilian – Genesis
  • Cecilia Ann – The Pixies
  • Is This Music? – Teenage Fanclub
  • Infinite Sadness – The Smashing Pumpkins

Episode 92 – It’s All Relative

If one member of your family has found success in the music business, why not have a go yourself. Here we take a look at some of the people who have had a famous relative and have had go at making records of their own. 

  • The Next Time You Feel Important – Freddie Lennon (Father of John Lennon)
  • Leaves – Murry Wilson (Father of The Beach Boys Wilson Brothers)
  • Deep Water (Mono Single Mix) – Grapefruit (Alexander Young, brother of Angus & Malcom from AC/DC) 
  • Some Velvet Morning – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood (Daughter of Frank Sinatra)
  • Reality – Carolyn Franklin (Sister of Aretha Franklin)
  • Woman – Mike McGear (Brother of Paul McCartney)
  • The Ballad of Bruce Lee – Robert Lee (Brother of Bruce Lee)
  • When I’m A Man – Simon Townshend (Brother of Pete Townshend)
  • If You Ever Believed – Lucy Simon (Sister of Carly Simon)
  • Hey, St. Peter – Flash & The Pan (George Young, brother of Angus & Malcolm from AC/DC)
  • Obscene Phone Caller – Rockwell (Son of Motown Founder Berry Gordy)
  • Dark Sunglasses – Edwina Laurie (Sister of Lulu) 
  • Love Sign – Prince & Nona Gaye (Daughter of Marvin Gaye)
  • Lights Out – Lisa Marie Presley (Daughter of Elvis Presley)
  • Something Good This Way Comes – Jakob Dylan (Son of Bob Dylan)
  • Just Noise – Norah Jones (Daughter of Ravi Shankar)
  • The Duellist – Air feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg & Jarvis Cocker (Daughter of Serge Gainbourg)

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Episode 91 – Label of Love: LHI Records Part 1

The first of two shows looking at the record label owned and run by the legendary Lee Hazelwood.

  • You’ll Be Sorry Someday – The Kitchen Cinq
  • Out Of My Hands – Virgil Warner
  • You Better Go – Raul Danks & Jon Taylor
  • The Lady Barber – Lynn Castle With Last Friday’s Fire
  • Linda Owens – One Night Stand
  • Don’t Stay Long – Barney Carl
  • Something’s Happening – Last Fridays’ Fire
  • California Sunshine Girl – The Shacklefords
  • Every Way But Loose – Don Rollins
  • The Message – Buddy Long
  • Invisible People – Hamilton Streetcar
  • Does Anybody Know – A. Handful
  • Angle Of The Morning – Danny Michaels
  • Lady Bird – Virgil Warner & Suzi Jane Hokom
  • Friday’s Child – Billie Dearborn
  • Pastel Dreams – Michael Gram
  • Monkey’s Uncle – Ray Sharpe
  • It’s A Nice World To Visit (But Not To Live In) – Ann Margret
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Phoenix 70
  • Drowning In A Sea Of Tears – Sandford Clark
  • Free Up (Part 1) – The Surprise Package
  • Hungry Eyes – Jon Christian

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Episode 90 – The Songs Of Laura Nyro

In another of our artist spotlights, we look at the work of songwriter Laura Nyro but playing some of artists who covered her material (along with the lady herself).

  • And When I Die – Peter Paul & Mary
  • Stoney End (Single Version with Alt Lyrics) – Laura Nyro
  • Wedding Bell Blues – Sandra Alexandra
  • Hands Off The Man (Flim Flam Man) – Peggy Lipton
  • Goodbye Joe – Carmen McRae With The Dixie Flyers
  • He’s A Runner – Mam Cass
  • I Never Meant To Hurt You – Barbra Streisand
  • California Shoe-Shine Boys – Karen Wyman
  • Eli’s Coming – Honey Ltd
  • Sweet Blindness – The 5th Dimension
  • Lonely Women – Linda Hoyle
  • Stone Soul Picnic – The Supremes & The Four Tops
  • Emmie – Ronnie Dyson
  • Woman’s Blues – Eternity’s Children
  • Save The Country – The Sugar Shoppe
  • Captain St Lucifer – Melba Moore
  • I Met Him On A Sunday – Laura Nyro & Labelle

Episode 89 – To The Ladies In The Band

For the amount of women who have made it in the music business throughout the years, the all female band it still something of a rarity. In this show, we take a look at some of those groups.

  • Ina Ray Hutton & Her Melodears – Doin’ The Suzie Q
  • If I Had My Way – Ivy Benson’s All Girl Band
  • Can’t Your Hear My heartbeat – Goldie & The Gingerbreads
  • Never Thought You’d Leave Me – The Pleasure Seekers
  • Six O’clock In The Morning – The Feminine Complex
  • Come & Hold Me – Fanny
  • High Flying Woman – The Deadly Nightshade
  • April Fool – Isis
  • I Love Playin’ With Fire – The Runaways
  • Icarus – Sweet Jayne
  • Never Underestimate The Power Of A Woman – Klymaxx
  • Demolition Boys – Girlschool
  • Cactus – Shonen Knife
  • Vacaton – The Go-Go’s
  • Getting Out Of Hand – The Bangs
  • Edge Of A Broken Heart – Vixen
  • Shove – L7
  • Hanky Panky – The 5, 6, 7, 8’s.
  • Con Man – the Tuts
  • Bender – Chastity Belt

Episode 88 – Before They Were Famous Part 2

We once again take a look at the song released by artists who became famous later on.

  • Lovingly Yours – Mockingbirds (Graham Gouldman/Kevin Godley)
  • London Is Behind Me – Justin Hayward
  • Till You Say You’ll Be Mine – Olivia Newton-John
  • How Long Must I Be Made To Wait, Wait – Giorgio & The Morodians (Giorgio Moroder)
  • You Never Wanted Me – Alex Campbell & Friends (Sandy Denny)
  • Say Those Magic Words – The Birds, Birds (Ronnie Wood)
  • Pulsar – Flaming Youth (Phil Collins)
  • Don’t Go Way Little Girl – Shame (Greg Lake)
  • Mr Poem – Mike Batt
  • Digger – A New Generation (Sutherland Brothers)
  • I Can Hear Raindrops – The Valentines (Bon Scott)
  • Who Has Seen The Wind – Simon Sisters (Carly Simon)
  • Amsterdam, The First Days – Brainbox (Jan Akkerman)
  • Silver Forest – Organisation (Kraftwerk)
  • Rocking Chair Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues – Elf (Ronnie James Dio)
  • Last Saturday – Pat Benatar
  • It’s A Happy Day – Ellen Amos (Tori Amos)
  • Arabadrengurinn (The Arab Boy) – Bjork
  • Never Grow Old – Aretha Franklin

Episode 87 – The Songs Of David Bowie

Before he became a household name and even into his early years of stardom, David Bowie released a good number of singles in his own name, bands he was then working with or songs he had placed with other artists. In this show we take a look at those songs.   

  • Good Morning Girl – David Bowie
  • Take My Tip – Kenny Miller
  • And I Say To Myself – David Bowie & Lower Third
  • I Dig Everything – David Bowie
  • Over The Wall We Go – Oscar
  • Silver Tree Top School For Boys – The Slender Plenty
  • Little Toy Soldier – The Riot Squad
  • Laughing Gnome – Ronnie Hilton
  • Silly Boy Blue – Billy Fury
  • Ragazzo Solo, Ragazzo Sala – Computers
  • Right On Mother – Peter Noone
  • Moonage Daydream – Arnold Corns
  • Andy Warhol – Dana Gillespie
  • Man Who Sold The World – Lulu
  • Life On Mars – Barbra Streisend
  • Growing Up, I’m Fine – Mick Ronson
  • All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople

Episode 86 – Talkin’ About The Good Times

Once again I am joined by Darryl Bullock to talk about some of our favourite records of all time.  

  • I’ll Be Back (Mono Mix) – The Beatles
  • Good Vibrations (Mono Single Mix) – The Beach Boys
  • Alone Again Or (Mono Single Mix) – Love
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday (Mono Mix) – The Monkees
  • I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
  • The Village Green Preservation Society (Mono Mix) – The Kinks
  • Because (Mono Mix) – The Beatles
  • Bell Bottom Blues – Derek & The Dominos
  • Going To California – Led Zeppelin
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
  • The Great Gig In The Sky – Pink Floyd
  • Teenage Kicks (Vinyl) – The Undertones
  • Love Will tear Us Apart – Joy Division
  • O Elbereth Gilthoniel – Stephen Oliver
  • Waves – Blancmange (Original Version)
  • Love Is (Dance Mix) – Troy Tate
  • Blind – Talking Heads
  • Dalliance – The Wedding Present
  • Mary Jo – Belle & Sebastian
  • All I Need – Air
  • Do You Realize? – The Flaming Lips
  • A Lady Of A Certain Age – The Divine Comedy