26 episodes

Tim’s Listening Party is the new podcast from The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess as he brings his world-famous Twitter Listening Party to Absolute Radio. Back during lockdown with everyone missing live music, Tim realised we all had the opportunity to take part in one great big listening party. What has followed is over a thousand album playbacks in real time, together with the people who made them. Now, Tim will bring these listening parties to podcasts as he celebrates records alongside some of his favourite artists. We’ll hear unique stories and exclusive insights to albums as Tim once again creates the world’s biggest listening party. 

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    • 4.8 • 66 Ratings

Tim’s Listening Party is the new podcast from The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess as he brings his world-famous Twitter Listening Party to Absolute Radio. Back during lockdown with everyone missing live music, Tim realised we all had the opportunity to take part in one great big listening party. What has followed is over a thousand album playbacks in real time, together with the people who made them. Now, Tim will bring these listening parties to podcasts as he celebrates records alongside some of his favourite artists. We’ll hear unique stories and exclusive insights to albums as Tim once again creates the world’s biggest listening party. 

    ABC

    ABC

    This episode, Tim is joined by one of the stars of the 1980s, Martin Fry. With a career spanning over 4 decades, since the release of his band ABC’s dazzling debut in 1982, he continues to sell out concert halls up and down the country.
    The Lexicon of Love is an incredible debut record, going to number 1, achieving platinum in the UK, and it remains a captivating listen to this day, 42 years on.
    He speaks to Tim about Recording the Look of Love in front of David Bowie, the Sheffield scene in which ABC emerged alongside Def Leppard and the Human League, and working on the album with Trevor Horn. 
    The Lexicon of Love was released on 21st June 1982 on Neutron.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Libertines

    The Libertines

    For the first episode of this series of Tim’s Listening Party, Tim is joined by one of the most renowned song-writing duos in British music history, Pete Doherty & Carl Barat of the Libertines.
    Notorious, raucous, shambolic and ramshackle but brilliant, poetic, smart and witty, they are the indie heroes for a generation. Defined by extreme ups and downs, their music has survived through it all and so have they. Amongst a busy field of indie bands in Great British indie renaissance of the 00s, many would go as far as calling them the most important one.
    Now, they have returned with their first album in 9 years and their fourth record overall, All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade.
    Pete & Carl will be talking about that new album, recording in Jamaica, plus Carl & Tim remember a band they once formed together.
    All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade was released on 5th April 2024 on Casablanca & Republic.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Season 4 News

    Season 4 News

    Over the past year, Tim's Listening Party has seen Tim Burgess bring his world famous Twitter Listening Parties to the radio, as he's sat down to go through classic albums with the likes of New Order, Def Leppard, U2, Skunk Anansie, the Kinks, Tears For Fears, Simple Minds and many more. The show will return on April 14th with brand new episodes looking at some of the best albums ever made, with some of the biggest artists in the world.. Tune in to Absolute Radio from 10pm to hear the full show.

    • 2 min
    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    For this very special episode, Tim Burgess is was joined for a live Listening Party by Andy McCluskey, the lead singer and bassist of one of the most influential synth-pop acts in history, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
    Pioneers of electronic music, OMD were one of the earliest synthesizer-led bands to emerge from the post-punk scene, influencing many artists since, and making their presence felt in the Second British Invasion in the US with the advent of MTV.
    Simply put, OMD are partly responsible for the sound that defined the 80s, and the album they are discussing, Architecture & Morality, remains one of the enduring records of that era.
    Architecture & Mortality was released on 6th November 1981 on Dindisc.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Buzzcocks

    Buzzcocks

    This episode, Tim Burgess hosted a Buzzcocks Listening Party for the final episode of this series.
    The band's 1978 album, ‘Love Bites’, turned 45 years old this year and remains a seminal record for punk fans. So guitarist, Steve Diggle, joined Tim to talk all about the huge hit 'Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)', the legacy of the late great Pete Shelley, encounters with Mark E. Smith and of course, Manchester.
    Love Bites was released on 22nd September 1978 on United Artists.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Sleeper

    Sleeper

    This episode Tim is joined by one of the iconic figures from the 1990s British indie rock scene. Fronting the band Sleeper, Louise Wener was one of the biggest female stars in the Britpop era. She takes Tim through the band’s second album, the It Girl, which was released in 1996 and reached the top 5 of the album charts, going platinum in the UK. It is one of the lasting records of the era and they discuss standing out in a music world that was considerably dominated by male bands, journalists and execs, escaping life the suburbs for the stage and their love of Blondie.
    The It Girl was released on 6th May 1996 on Indolent.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

GT Gordie Boy ,

MattJohnson

Great podcast. Loved the Matt Johnson soul mining episode and Simple Minds were awesome. Made me hoot with laughter. Keep up the good work loving this a lot!

munski ,

Tim’s the man

Brilliant podcast, can’t wait for each one to come out.

Gail1- ,

Great addition to Twitter Listening Parties

Thoroughly enjoying my Sunday evenings listening to artists share some brilliant albums. As always Tim is a fantastic host. I enjoy the Twitter Parties, but love this new Podcast version.

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