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.

Hail Caezar – On The Airwaves!

With just over a month to go until they are back playing at Oran Mor – Caezar have two radio slots coming up this week – see below (or view the band’s various social media) for details.

The Leopard

Brought up by a certain someone in a post talking about wanting to die under a lemon tree, thinking about his age (again!), being in Sicily, and loving a good story.

He always reels me in with his recommendations.

I used to listen to Radio 4 dramas a lot for a certain period. I still listen to the odd thing. There is a serial-based drama that has just started up again called Love In Recovery, about a group of people at a weekly AA group meeting.

I like the freedom radio dramas give you of being able to conjure up your own images and scenes. You can, quite literally, make your own film…paint your own characters exactly as you would want them (minus any vague descriptions of how a character looks to the novelist). The level of concentration for these is different to reading a book. I find it allows my imagery of things to be much more vivid.

This wasn’t a radio play but an abridged reading of the book. The way in which Alex Jennings read it was wonderful. I can certainly see why he was hired for the job!

Of particular enjoyment through the whole reading was the description of the days in which the newly betrothed Tancredi and Angelica would escape their chaperoned walks through the far flung quarters of Donnafugata. In the mind’s eye, such beautiful sensual images of soft pink skin, rose coloured lips (both male and female), fingertips delicately touching skin, etc, etc, quickened one’s pulse. Eluded to seductively, but all very much left to the imagination. Isn’t that how all the best written sex is? All the parts that you, as the reader, (or in this case, the listener) are left to imagine yourself? And of course in my current circumstance, my imagination ran amok!

I listened to all five parts in one sitting. Only breaking after part two to listen to the latest instalment of The Archers (some habits die hard).

I have never been to Italy, or indeed to Sicily…so my experiences of Palermo, Catania, the towering presence of Mount Etna, the deep azure of that “middling” sea are still somewhat a composite of things I see second hand…so far not experienced with my own naked eyes.

Perhaps that may change sometime soon?

I enjoyed listening to it very much. I may just download all the parts to it and share them here. It’ll only stay on iPlayer (ahem), I mean BBC Sounds for so long. And I’d like to keep it to listen to again and again in future – not have to rely on the Beeb to repeat it. In the meantime, if you click the image above of The Leopard – it will direct you to the BBC page for listening.

I think it may also be wise to invest in the novel, to read it in its entirety, unabridged.

I may also get back to listening to more BBC Radio drama.

Thanks for sharing it, Sir. As for the desire to die under a lemon tree? I’ll leave you with this…