The Take 5 is a music podcast where the people you love, share five songs they love. Each guest has a different theme, and the memories attached to their most beloved songs flip them to fan mode, often giving a rare insight into their creative heart. Hosted by Zan Rowe.
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Join Zan as she travels to Los Angeles, Nashville, and Melbourne, and sits down with extraordinary people to hear about the songs that made them who they are today.
Guy Pearce, Keith Urban, Missy Higgins, Tony Armstrong and Tori Amos join Zan as Take 5 premieres on ABC TV and can be heard exclusively on the ABC Listen App.
I still remember the first time I heard Santigold. It was like a bolt from the blue, an upload to Myspace that sounded like nothing else around.
The trilling high vocal, that deep bassy ownership of song. She came onto the scene demanding to be noticed, and I stood to attention with my ears wide open.
Her debut album would be a big hit, and I’d soon learn her backstory; in punk bands, working at labels, understanding the wild 360 of the music industry and spitting it back and making it her own. Santigold has always done it differently, and always been one of my favourite people to chat music with, which is why I asked her to Take 5.
From Jimi Hendrix to John Coltrane, hear the songs that elevate Santi White, and the pure poetry of her telling you why.
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Too $hort – Gettin’ It (ft Parliament Funkadelic)
Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (Pt 1)
Otis Redding – A Change Is Gonna Come
Marlon Williams' renewal
One of the most beautiful voices performing today, is that of Marlon Williams.
The New Zealand singer has been a rising star over the past few years, not only with his music but increasingly on screen with roles in A Star is Born, The Beautiful Lie, and True History of the Kelly Gang. It’s been around four years since his last solo record, but he’s just returned with My Boy.
And it’s quite the flip from his last, full of jaunty rhythms, 80’s synths, and a lighter quality all round. On the day he released it, Marlon joined me to Take 5. From Maori children’s songs to Duran Duran, this is a beautiful and grounded conversation about renewal and finding you way back to your foundations.
Martin Gore – Complusion
St Joseph's Maori Girls College ft. Maisey Rika – Hine
Hirini Melbourne – Ruru
Lee Hazelwood – Easy and Me
Duran Duran – A View To Kill
Jess Ho's taste
If you’ve ever worked in hospitality, you’ve seen things. The long hours, the patrons, those blurry lines between work and play, and, if you’re Jess Ho, the complex world of what is good and bad taste.
Jess has game in hospo. They may have started off as a waiter, but would become one of the most iconic gatekeepers at Melbourne’s coolest restaurant, would go on to be a venue owner themselves, a food writer, a podcaster, and now, a debut novelist.
They capture it all in their memoir Raised By Wolves. It’s a brilliant page turner that not only takes down the b******t of the foodie scene, but gives a heartbreaking insight into Jess’ personal life – the story of a fractured childhood and a found family with it’s own tragedies. I loved Jess’ book, so I invited them in to Take 5. From Bjork to Chris to LCD Soundsystem, this is the soundtrack to a curious and story filled life.
Bjork - Where is the Line
IDLES - Television
Elbow - Scattered Black and Whites
Christine and the Queens - Doesn't Matter
LCD Soundsystem- Losing My Edge
Alexisonfire have been releasing brilliant albums for more than twenty years, but it’s been a good thirteen since their last.
That changed recently when they returned with Otherness, a brilliant capture of a band renewed, and still holding the raw power and soaring beauty they always did.
Dallas Green is one of three lead singers in the band, and one of the friendliest fella’s you’ll meet. He also has a hugely broad musical palette, which we learned when I asked him to Take 5.
From Kimbra to Spiritual Cramp to Tropical Fuck Storm, this is a passionate embrace of those who do it differently.
Kimbra - Settle Down
Spiritual Cramp - Spiritual Cramp
Dead Tired - Vast Lethality
Zaki Ibrahim - Something in the Water
Tropical Fuck Storm – You Let My Tyres Down
Have a look at the Take 5 TV trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfEGnGSNlRM
Hilltop Hoods' show business
Hilltop Hoods are legends.
For more than twenty years they’ve dominated the local scene, with multiple Hottest 100 entries, ARIA’s and the record for the most #1 albums in Australian music. When they play a show, it’s an arena, and they’ve brought that energy to every one of their performances; on stage and on record.
Those are the accolades you hear about… but when I invited them to Take 5 I wanted to hear about their highlights in an epic career in show business.
From Def Wish Cast to Amy Winehouse, this is a fun and heartfelt ride through Pressure and Suffa’s peaks, and the music moments that have taken them to the top of the mountain.
Def Wish Cast - Rappin’ in my Sleep
Public Enemy - Welcome to the Terrordome
Maverick Sabre - I Need
Beastie Boys - Jimmy James
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black