Twang finally finds the key to the pod and virtually gathers with Tiggerlion, Dave Amitri and special guest Hilary to discuss the 80s, a decade beloved and reviled by equal numbers of people. Perhaps, the team muse, a decade with plenty to feel down about in the world needed frothy, fun, happy and irreverent music to provide some respite. Unless, Twang sighs, you were a miserable git anyway.
Twang welcomes Leedsboy, MilkeyBarnet, and FeedbackFile to the pod for an involuted podcast about podcasts. For anyone who hasn’t got into the wild west that is podcasts all is here for a successful pod life. For regular listeners, many recommendations are within from minor league football, politics, music, true crime and even podcasts for pets. Please add further recommendations in the comments!
Twang welcomes Tiggerlion, Milkybarnet and Moseley Moles to the pod to discuss the enduring phenomenon that is disco. From its fully formed arrival in the mid 70 it quickly overwhelmed all competition through mutations into pop, rock and even jazz and all fell to the irresistible argument that it’s fun and everyone can dance to it. Even mass burning of Bee Gees albums couldn’t kill it, and and when it survived disco treatments from Rod Stewart and Kiss, lesser forms just gave up and went home.
Twang welcomes (The Mighty) Tull supremo Ian Anderson to the pod, who popped in to talk about the not one but two tours he’s running in parallel this year. We also cover the greasy spoon days of touring, guitarists past and present, choice of supermarket and the ultimate definition of prog from an anointed Prog God.
Twang welcomes Mousey to the pod for a 121 natter. We discover growing up in New Zealand, being a nerdy piano kid, seeing ELP at Wembley and writing songs for Play School. In a long career as a successful musician our guest is remains refreshingly keen and still got a kick out of walking across the Abbey Road crossing even whilst recording there.
In our 100th episode Twang welcomes Skirky, FentonSteve and Mister Pee to the pod to discuss how music is recorded. Partly a history lesson, partly a set of opinions strongly held and fiercely defended, the team can agree (more or less) that it’s never been easier to make and consume music and that this must be a good thing.
After one abortive attempt and significant re-education in modern technology Twang welcomes ColinH to the pod. We discover Colin’s story covering his favourites, writing, making music, Van Morrison and, shock spoiler, he likes the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Twang welcomes FeedbackFile, Tiggerlion and Steve T to the pod for a review of the cultural year, taking in music, TV, film, Twang’s ennui, old Hawkwind albums and Jenny Lewis’s strangely symmetrical mole. There is genuinely something for everyone in this bumper cast. Have great Christmas pod listeners.
Twang welcomes Blue Boy, Chiz and Eddie G to the pod for a ramble around the world of criticism taking in masters of the genre such as CSM, Nick Kent and Ian McDonald through Amazon reviews, Q, The Word, Afterword reviews and where the team have been on the receiving end (or otherwise) of the attentions of Grub Street.
Twang welcomes Eddie G, Neela, and Chris F to the pod to discuss James Bond. Martinis in hand (shaken not stirred), clad in immaculate white tux, they cover the films, the books, the actors, the baddies, music….many opinions are aired and we agree Connery was best.
Twang gathers Tiggerlion, Nigel T, Dai and occasional guest Simon for a discussion on the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and its recent remix/rerelease. A stimulating discussion ensues which has to be brutally cut short at 1hr 30m, lovingly represented here in stereo (the mono remix will be available shortly from specialist web shops). We cover the history of the album, where it fits in the Beatles universe, songwriting, recording, remix approaches… A wide spread of opinions are aired, context and judgement applied and in the end most of the team admit they’d buy it whatever it was like. Advice is offered for potential purchasers on the different formats available and Twang confesses it doesn’t sound much different to the 2009 remaster to him.
Ahead of a gig in Thornton Hough with family in attendance singer songwriter Kathryn Williams sits down to talk box sets – her 20 year spanning Anthology flying off the merch table like so many hot Kiplings. The excited hubbub is audible as we discuss covers, working with Neill MacColl (who makes an extended cameo appearance), outtakes and demos plus her tour and future projects
Twang welcomes Tiggerlion to the pod for a one to one taking in his lifelong love of music in almost all its forms (though our guest admits he hasn’t found the metal album he likes….yet). In a discussion ranging from The Beatles to Eminem via Miles, Coltrane and Lana Del Rey, Twang leaves with a list of actions of stuff he should have heard of. A playlist of the vast span of music Tig recommended is in the comments.
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This episode, germ-free adolescents Dr Volume, FentonSteve and Rigid Digit kick around in a post-industrial wasteland and talk all things Post-Punk with Twang, a man who chose not to attend *that* infamous Sex Pistols gig at Manchester Lesser Free Trade hall, nor pop round for tea with Ian Curtis. Is Post-Punk just Punk with keyboards and less spitting? What happens when Punks refuse to go ’Post’? How will Twang react to the swinging sounds of The Raincoats and Swell Maps and can the team make it through to the end without using the words ’Edgy’ and ’Angular?
Twang is joined in a pod basking in summer heat and thick with the sweet smell of sinsemilla to discuss reggae from its ska roots, a groove mutated by Caribbean musicians playing covers of American R&B, through the rock steady hits of the 60s and into the 70s global stardom of Bob Marley, The team consider the important acts of the time, consider British reggae, the rise and dominance of dub and later evolutions such as disco mix.
Twang welcomes Feedback File to the pod for a ramble through his musical past and other life stories. Unusually the boys are together in person, so Skype has no opportunity to introduce technical excitement this time. We cover teenage boy prog appeal, yuppies, classic pop, 80s work culture, writing music, books, podcasts….
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Twang is joined by Dai, Blue Boy and newbie Bogart to discuss Bruce Springsteen, AKA The Boss. From his earliest beginnings they consider the three phases of Bruce (an absurdly reductive concept inflicted on the team by ringmaster Twang), the monumental live performances and what they want him to do next. Much fun is had and the result is a stadium sized pod as befits its subject.
At the suggestion of Paws For Thought, Twang welcomes Malc, Dr Volume, Fenton Steve and Paws to the pod to discuss the band and their brilliant strain of indy punk folk and their superb hilarious and often deeply affecting lyrics. Much laughter transpires and HMHB newbie Twang becomes a fan for life.
Twang welcomes Steve T to the pod for a natter taking in his journey through music and life via the Everglades and Midlands metal to the Word and the comforts of a folkier vibe.
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Twang welcomes legendary record producer Mike Vernon to the pod to discuss his career spanning numerous classic albums but especially Afterword favourite John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton” (AKA “The Beano” album) and the first generation Fleetwood Mac, plus a catch up on Mike’s more recent activities. Mike is happy to go deep on the nerdy stuff and Twang periodically proves unable to avoid going into gush mode.
Twang welcomes Skirky, Carl and Feedback File to the pod for a general natter taking in Danny Baker, shameful admissions, definitive masterpieces, what we’ve learned, recommendations of the week, music, books telly, pleasures and pain of owning a dog and heron control.
Twang welcomes Word founder David Hepworth to the pod, apologising for the scruffy surroundings after the glitz of the mighty Word magazine recording suite. The Hep is in fine form, and we have an enjoyable wander through his career touching on some less known facts, the new book and his other current activities. Twang admonishes the great man for not popping in for a cup of tea and stresses the warm welcome which awaits…
Twang welcomes Tiggerlion, El Hombre Malo and Mike H back to the pod to continue the look at Miles Davis’s career from the departure of John Coltrane through the second great quintet, the embracing of electric instruments, drugs and his late period renaissance. There is much to cover and the team battle and beat the temptation to bottle it and accept there must be a part three.
Twang welcomes Pencilsqueezer to the pod for a rambling one to one discussion taking in life, art, music, creativity and Walter Trout’s liver. With true artistic control, the boys go approximately an hour over schedule and the resultant ‘cast is a sadly cut down version of the master tape which will be available in the to-be released AW Podcast Masters series.
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Twang gathers in the pod with Feedback File and Nick Duvet to discuss Joni Mitchell. We wander through her early folkie days, her (arguable) peak in the 70s, the great jazz scare and Feedback makes a case for the later albums where her unerring way with a tune and a chord progression fights with the unpleasant production values of the time and wins. We agree that her influence is enormous and toy with the idea that she is increasingly becoming a cult figure.