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Rockonteurs is a podcast all about the real stories behind real music.
Presented by Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, who wrote and performed megahits like ‘Gold’ and ‘True’, and Guy Pratt, a bass player who shaped songs for the likes of Madonna and Pink Floyd, you’ll hear exclusive stories of life on the road, in the studio and what really happened behind the scenes from artists who wrote, performed and produced the some of the biggest classic rock and pop tracks of all time.
Guests include Sir Bob Geldof, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, super-producer Trevor Horn, Chris Difford of Squeeze and their bandmate from A Saucerful of Secrets, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason

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Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

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    • 4.7 • 722 Ratings

Rockonteurs is a podcast all about the real stories behind real music.
Presented by Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, who wrote and performed megahits like ‘Gold’ and ‘True’, and Guy Pratt, a bass player who shaped songs for the likes of Madonna and Pink Floyd, you’ll hear exclusive stories of life on the road, in the studio and what really happened behind the scenes from artists who wrote, performed and produced the some of the biggest classic rock and pop tracks of all time.
Guests include Sir Bob Geldof, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, super-producer Trevor Horn, Chris Difford of Squeeze and their bandmate from A Saucerful of Secrets, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason

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    S6E2: Sophie Ellis-Bextor

    S6E2: Sophie Ellis-Bextor

    This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined by our good friend Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Sophie has evolved from an indie darling to a global pop princess and in this episode she talks about her first gig, falling in love with music, starting her own band, going solo and 25 years of making dance floor fillers. She also reveals what it was like working with Guy on the global phenomenon that is ‘Murder on the Dance Floor’ that is a hit all over the world again thanks to the film Saltburn.
    It's a great chat with a great friend.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    S6E1: Tony James

    S6E1: Tony James

    Rockonteurs is back and this week Gary and Guy chat with a classic storyteller. Tony James is much more than just a bassist, he is a musician, a producer, a visionary, and a pop and punk pioneer. In this episode, he chats to us about his band Generation X, his work and friendship with Billy Idol, the punk scene of the 70s, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and his current return to the touring stages of the world as part of Generation Sex.
    Back with a bang!
    Find out more about our next Rockonteurs Live at www.Rockonteurs.com
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    S5E12: Clare Grogan

    S5E12: Clare Grogan

    Happy New Year from Rockonteurs. This week join Gary and Guy for a chat with the delightful Clare Grogan. Clare is an acclaimed actress, best known for roles in films like Gregory's Girl and the TV show Red Dwarf. She is also the lead singer of Altered Images. This week she chats to Guy and Gary about her influences as a singer and songwriter and even how she influenced a certain smitten Mr Kemp to write some of the best songs from his catalogue on the 'True' album.
    Rockonteurs Live is coming on Feb 22nd at Battersea Power Station - A Quadrophenia special. Get tickets at https://www.thecinemainthepowerstation.com/film/RP-Quadrophenia
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    S5E11: Roy Wood

    S5E11: Roy Wood

    Happy Christmas from the Rockonteurs. This week Guy and Gary chat to Roy Wood about his long and successful career in bands such as The Move, ELO and Wizzard. Would Roy really wish it could be Christmas every day?
    Find out more about the next Rockonteurs LIVE - a Quadrophenia special with director Franc Roddam and star Phil Daniels. It's on Feb 22nd at Battersea Power Station. All the details at www.Rockonteurs.com
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    S5E10: Graham Gouldman

    S5E10: Graham Gouldman

    This week on the podcast, we welcome Graham Gouldman to Rockonteurs. Graham has enjoyed an extensive career, starting out writing songs for The Yardbirds, The Hollies, and Herman’s Hermits to name a few. Before embarking on a hugely successful career as a singer, guitarist, bass player and songwriter with 10cc. Their enduring classics include the seminal ‘I’m Not In Love’, ‘Rubber Bullets’ and ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ plus many many more. A delightful man with some great stories to share.
    Find out more about our upcoming LIVE shows in 2024 and sign up for early access tickets at www.Rockonteurs.com
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    S5E9: Twiggy

    S5E9: Twiggy

    This week we welcome a true 60s icon to the podcast. Twiggy joins Gary and Guy to talk about her career in modelling, music, and film. She is part of the very fabric of the culture of this country and has some incredible stories to share. Twiggy also has her own podcast too, called 'Tea with Twiggy' and the latest episode features our very own Mr Kemp.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
722 Ratings

722 Ratings

gpopgp ,

Entertaining

Enthusiastic conversation with and by industry people.
Amusingly, Guy has spent years backing Dave Gilmour but thinks guitarists can just "sing and play right off the bat". In reality the bass is handed to the vocalist when a band forms to save finding one and also keeping staff costs down, because one note at a time with no pedals and no real challenge means it's no problem for most.

Rt2210 ,

Please let the guests talk

This is a great podcast, really interesting guests. Please stop talking over them.

Corey Hunter ,

Great interviews. informative and entertaining

Nice to hear inside info on British musical history from the icons of the industry.
Even better recently since the hosts interrupt less and allow the guests to chat more.

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