Burning Both Ends – Ollie And Moonie

I’m still regularly checking out BBC Radio for drama. Radio plays and book readings, etc.

Earlier in the week, I listened to this on…well, what is now BBC Sounds app (I’m still using the iPlayer radio app at the moment).

“Burning Both Ends: When Oliver Reed Met Keith Moon”. Originally broadcast in 2011, it had recently been repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

I enjoyed it and thought I’d highlight it. Check it out. Just click on the image to go to the page to listen to it.

Slow News Sunday Summary – May 5th

This week in SNSS

  • Sir talks cinema and “sphericals”
  • Cherisse in Lisbon
  • Sarah on her Mahalia Jackson project
  • The Anchoress finalising artwork on album two

A couple of posts from Mr Kerr this week on going to the cinema and catching up on musical delights (or possibly lack thereof). He spoke of seeing the film Wild Rose. All that uplifting stuff in which someone with dogged determination and an overabundance of ambition goes from the streets of Glasgow to the Grand Ole Opry to become country music star goddess.

Sometimes I do believe he thinks we can ALL just do it, you know? Which is a great attitude to have…until you become disillusioned with all the people you feel who are not on a par with you and then it feels like it can lead to some inverted snobbery. It is how it can make me feel a lot of the time. You know…all I’ll ever be is a fan, a spectator, a cop out, a failure – not a doer….just some pathetic under-achiever, or even non-achiever.

Anyway, I run the risk of this becoming a diatribe.

Maybe if I’d had Jim’s “sphericals”, lol, I’d have felt able to achieve SOMETHING? Rather than feeling a constant “oxygen sapper”?

I digress.

The “sphericals” references today’s post in which he discussed Billy Sloan, their lasting friendship and their mostly matched up music tastes, apart from a recent unfortunate disagreement about new work from Mr Springsteen.

I also dare say at this point that Mr Kerr has a HUGE propensity for the ability to “dish it out, but not take it”. Yes, Siree! But I will go no further with that, and metaphorically bite my tongue until it bleeds.

The crux of the post was him actually admitting that maybe…just maybe, he can jump the gun AND be too quick to pass judgement sometimes! As much as I try to remind myself constantly, Jim Kerr *is* but a man and is susceptible to faux pas just like the rest of us mere mortals.

Cherisse is off on a short break in Portugal before she has a busy couple of months touring around the UK with Kelly Jones. I shall miss my tutoring. I am really getting into this drumming stuff! But I will practice, practice, practice! in the meantime.

Sarah has been in the recording studio working on her project to bring to the world the gift of musical mentor and inspiration, Mahalia Jackson. I, for one, an excited to hear what’s to come of this venture of Ms Brown’s.

The Anchoress is continuing on putting together the final touches of album number two. A test pressing came her way a couple of weeks back, and just this last week she has been at record label, KScope, working on the artwork for the album.

And that’s it, in a nutshell. Nothing else to report…

Until next week,
Roger – over and out!

Photo courtesy of The Parietal Eye

Mick Produces Tales

Mick MacNeil’s show last night on Indy Live was the most brilliant one so far. If I had asked to interview him myself, I could not have asked for better. He literally picked up where I had finished off with my interview with Bruce – for Mick talked about the producers of Simple Minds albums, namely John Leckie and Jimmy Iovine, but he also brushed upon the Steves – Hillage and Lilywhite.

The anecdotes that came with them had me in stitches. I was enthralled with it all. I could listen to tales of the early days of Simple Minds for eternity and NEVER get bored. It’s the only way I have, personally, of getting a sense of being there and in amongst it. I find this stuff ssooo exciting and wonderful.

Thank you for last night, Mick (hmmm…that’s not sounding quite right…you know what I mean! Lol). I know you may not be able to continue doing the show EVERY week, but I hope we will still continue to present some kind of thing. Perhaps a monthly podcast would work? You definitely already have one subscriber right here! And I am sure you will have many others besides. Please consider continuing a show in some capacity or other.

I have truncated last night’s show for you guys here on the blog. Just concentrating on Mick’s chat, because that is, for me, the most interesting part of the show. Mick feels he waffles on and bores the listeners. He definitely doesn’t with me! The anecdotes. The technical talk. I find all of it fascinating.

UPDATE: All three of Mick’s shows can be heard in their entirity HERE – the audio below is an edited edition of last night’s show.

“I Rehearse Going For The Bus” – Mick’s Hurrah’s Memories

Listening in to Mick MacNeil’s show on Thursday night on Indy Live, I loved hearing him talk about SM’s gig in New York at Hurrah’s – so much so that I took this audio snippet out of it to share here.

 

Of course, you can listen in to Mick’s show on Thursday evenings at 9pm GMT on Indy Live. Just click the link HERE to go the website.

Mick MacNeil’s A Superstar DJ

I didn’t get to listen in when the show debuted on Thursday night but he repeated the show this evening at 9pm. I have just finished listening to it and I really enjoyed it.

Don’t know what I’m on about? Well, Mick MacNeil has himself a show called Mix Records on an Internet radio station feed called Indy Live. He plans it to be a regular weekly slot on each Thursday evening from 9pm GMT.

This first week had a good, eclectic mix to it with tracks from The Human League, David Bowie, Icehouse, OMD, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Kraftwerk, The Cars, Supertramp, Tangerine Dream, China Crisis, Fleetwood Mac, Clannad, Chris Isaac, Michael Jackson, and others in between – all blended with a surprising bit of banter from Mick himself. I thought he’d be quite reserved and not talk much, but he was quite chatty which was great to hear – especially his talk about being a self-confessed “synth slut”. Lol

The web address will work for desktop PC/laptop listening – but if you are on a mobile device, you’ll need to download the app for Apple iOS or Android (click the relevant device for app link).

To listen in next Thursday, just click on the image below to be taken to the Indy Live web page.

Love In Recovery – The Best Episode, Ever?

I brushed upon this series when I posted about Jim’s post about The Leopard abridged audio adaptation on BBC Radio 4.

I’ve listened to this series since its first episode. It’s amazing – but this week’s episode was beyond magnificent. It was just beautiful, the story of Ivy, Oscar and Arthur.
Amazing storytelling…amazing scripts…wonderful acting. If you think all the great storytelling is in film and on TV, you’re missing an element out.

Just look at the cast of this thing! They know! (PS: I miss Eddie Marsan but Johnny Vegas is great)

If you never listen to a single other episode…listen to Ivy. Listen to Oscar’s story. I felt for him so much…because I felt for Ivy – and oh, how I want an Arthur!

Click on the photo and it will take you to the Love In Recovery page where you can listen to episode 4 of series 3 – Ivy.

I’ll grab it tomorrow and keep it here for permanancy.