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Mark Ellen and David Hepworth have been talking about and writing about music together and individually for a collective eighty years in magazines like Smash Hits, Mojo and The Word and on radio and TV programmes like "Rock On", "Whistle Test" and VH-1.
Over thirteen years ago, when working on the late magazine The Word, they began producing podcasts. Some listeners have been kind enough to say these have been very special to them. When the magazine folded in 2012 they kept the spirit of those podcasts alive in regular Word In Your Ear evenings in which they spoke to musicians and authors in front of an audience. 
Over these years they've produced hundreds of hours of material. As of the Current Unpleasantness of 2020, they've produced yet hundreds of hours more with a little help from guests kind enough to digitally show them around their attics such as Danny Baker, Andy Partridge, Sir Tim Rice and Mark Lewisohn. For the full span of the Word In Your Ear world, visit wiyelondon.com.
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Word In Your Ear Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Alex Gold

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Mark Ellen and David Hepworth have been talking about and writing about music together and individually for a collective eighty years in magazines like Smash Hits, Mojo and The Word and on radio and TV programmes like "Rock On", "Whistle Test" and VH-1.
Over thirteen years ago, when working on the late magazine The Word, they began producing podcasts. Some listeners have been kind enough to say these have been very special to them. When the magazine folded in 2012 they kept the spirit of those podcasts alive in regular Word In Your Ear evenings in which they spoke to musicians and authors in front of an audience. 
Over these years they've produced hundreds of hours of material. As of the Current Unpleasantness of 2020, they've produced yet hundreds of hours more with a little help from guests kind enough to digitally show them around their attics such as Danny Baker, Andy Partridge, Sir Tim Rice and Mark Lewisohn. For the full span of the Word In Your Ear world, visit wiyelondon.com.
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    Can bands still “sell out”? - plus 50 years of Exile On Main Street and RIP the iPod

    Can bands still “sell out”? - plus 50 years of Exile On Main Street and RIP the iPod

    Entertainments, thrills and diversions at the end of the rock and roll seaside pier this week include …
     
    Things we want to see in a Bob Dylan museum.
     
    Why the upcoming Spinal Tap sequel fills us with excitement and dread in equal measure.
     
    The pub in Cornwall that Vogue magazine tried to sue. 
     
    Is ‘Exile’ the best Stones album or just their most fashionable? And a new book about Nellcôte – “urchins living in wealth and splendour”.  
     
    The brief return of the Stackwaddy game - Springsteen or Taylor Swift lyric? YOU be the judge! 
     
    The fizzing cacophony of the Smash Hits office.
     
    Why do most TV series (apart from Breaking Bad) start well and fizzle out?
     
    A trailer for ‘The Curious Chronicles of Villa Nellcôte’ by Geir Hornes here …
    http://www.nellcotechronicles.com
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    • 39 min
    The world’s rarest records and the sartorial splendour of the satin tour jacket

    The world’s rarest records and the sartorial splendour of the satin tour jacket

    The dazzling super trouper of gentle enquiry is trained this week upon:-
     
    Our recent encounter with John Lydon – his high viz shirt, his smoking habit and his usefully commercial righteous indignation about the upcoming Danny Boyle-directed ‘Pistol’ TV series.
     
    Why Spinal Tap was a blessing and a curse for their real-life drummer Ric Parnell (RIP).
     
    The magnificent bucolic frolic held in the memory of the Old Grey Whistle Test producer Mike Appleton.
     
    The sad fate of Jackie Wilson.
     
    The “pleasant illness” of record collecting.
     
    Musicians who died onstage.
     
    Why comedians might start to need bodyguards
     
    The curious meaning of a “stone fox chase”.
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    • 38 min
    Kate Rusby (12) bought Bon Jovi tapes on hire purchase from Casa Disco in Barnsley

    Kate Rusby (12) bought Bon Jovi tapes on hire purchase from Casa Disco in Barnsley

    Folk deity, songwriter and festival figurehead, Kate Rusby was raised on Planxty and De Dannan but staged a rebellion with Smash Hits and “storytelling songs” by A-ha. High in the mix in this splendid pod are “people who sing like a bird”, Nanci Griffith, Nic Jones’ Penguin Eggs, being on Top Of The Pops with Ronan Keating, “2p bus rides anywhere in Yorkshire”, Lyle Lovett, stage fright in Hyde Park, winning a folk competition aged 15, Dan Tyminski as George Clooney and why she’s evangelical about Bob Fox and Stu Luckly.

    30th Anniversary album …
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/30-Happy-Returns-Kate-Rusby/dp/B09VPMYB1F

    Tour dates …
    https://katerusby.com/gigs/

    Underneath the Stars Festival …
    https://underneaththestarsfest.co.uk/

    https://katerusby.com/

    @katerusby
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    • 36 min
    It’s our fantasy seven-decade Queen’s Jubilee line -up!

    It’s our fantasy seven-decade Queen’s Jubilee line -up!

    … which may or may not feature Noel Coward, Slade, the KLF and the Spice Girls.
     
    Other key items in pursuit of entertainment this week include:-
     
    When did British pop turn female?
     
    The glorious notion that boyfriends who don’t work out are “Near Mrs”.
     
    The best band this decade! (clue: it’s Wet Leg).
     
    The endlessly rewatchable qualities of Moneyball and The Big Short.
     
    Cary Grant: “All men want to be Cary Grant? I want to be Cary Grant!”
     
    The singular magic of the Hot Club of Cowtown.
     
    Who invented the term “rock and roll”?
     
    Who bought a song called Real Ugly Woman from the teenage Leiber & Stoller? 
     
    Band members who slept with each other.
     
    Alan Freed being sued by Moondog.
     
    And the certifiable fact that only one person was ever better as a solo artist than in their original band (and we name him).
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    • 40 min
    You’re either a t-shirt act or a non t-shirt act: discuss

    You’re either a t-shirt act or a non t-shirt act: discuss

    White-hot topics examined this week include:-
     
    The sweeping return of Britpop (Shed Seven, Reverend and the Makers, how did they get so huge?)
     
    Has Nick Mason won Pink Floyd? Has Liam Gallagher won Oasis?
     
    Record shops that shaped our lives like the Record Bar in Wakefield.
     
    The amazing Nick Cave merchandise range (now encompassing tea-sets, crockery, tiles, wallpaper, jewellery and “the Warren Ellis Pure Exploitation Egg Cup”).
     
    What Frank Sinatra claimed was a “filthy Communist lie”.
    Is there a better chronicler of the shades of middle age than Nick Lowe?
     
    Can the current Little Feat line-up really be called Little Feat?
     
    Acts that stand for something.
     
    Happy 40th birthday to Moon Zappa’s Valley Girl!
     
    Is there a more irritating adjective than “awesome”?
     
    ‘Dogs with fleas, allergies/A book of Greek antiquities …’
     
    Plus birthday patron John Montagna gets to call a meeting. 
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    • 51 min
    Which band played the Old Grey Whistle Test and was then completely forgotten?

    Which band played the Old Grey Whistle Test and was then completely forgotten?

    Among the key questions being booted round the block this week in hot pursuit of entertainment:-
     
    Why is the billing of the Rolling Stones as just “Stones” on the current tour posters a monstrous affront to human decency?
     
    Why are Mozart and PG Wodehouse “like two peas in a pod”?
     
    Is there a better literary simile than “the drowsy stillness of the afternoon was shattered by what sounded like GK Chesterton falling on a sheet of tin”?
     
    Would pub rock, punk and the ‘80s club boom have ever happened if it hadn’t been for the mighty Time Out?  
     
    What’s the howling error in all the Battle of Britain movies?
     
    And what pitiful fee did Yvonne Elliman choose to accept instead of royalties for the Jesus Christ Superstar album?
     
    And birthday patron guest Stephen Lambe has a couple of questions for the panel.  
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    • 35 min

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