David Hepworth, Mark Ellen and chums cast an occasionally jaundiced eye over the goings on in the world of music and entertainment
Word Podcast 352 - our favourite '80s albums
In which we salute National Album Day by digging out some much loved '80s LPs, the Telegraph’s Neil McCormick tells us about the tyranny critics now endure from aggrieved pop fans and we invent fictitious Emo bands and live album titles.
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Word Podcast 351 - Lennon at 80
In which we unearth NME's best albums and singles polls from the '70s (Jethro Tull? Spirit? Country Joe?), invent fictitious Calypso and Blues stars, rave about Call My Agent, remember Lennon's Aunt Mimi and Steve Strange versus Mick Jagger, wonder if it's curtains for the age of the movie star and hear our producer Magic Alex on the joys of "flying and explosions" as he binge-watches all 23 Marvel movies.
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Word Podcast 350 - do we still need Greatest Album lists?
We look at Rolling Stone's new Best 500 Albums update and think ... where's the 80s? Where's the British stuff? Where's the jazz, country, dance music, electronic, heavy metal? Is it just the classics plus hip-hop? Is it as useful as Elvis Costello's Best 500 albums in Vanity Fair or Dave Marsh's 1001 singles? Plus Michael Kiwanuka, the Mercury Prize and the Booker. And '80s Peel Show acts with amusing names.
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Word Podcast 349 - famous records whose timing speeds up
Old pal Owen Parker on Street Life, Message In A Bottle, Superstition and other recordings that accelerate and the nightmarish complexity of playing stadiums to a click-track. Plus we predict the fate of CDs, invent 'record collection wallpaper' and look at Vertigo label landfill prog bands and the songs of John Shuttleworth.
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Word Podcast 348 - David Hepworth book launch Crowdcast
Mark Ellen talks to David Hepworth about his new book "Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There" which describes how British imitations came out from under the shadow of American originators in the early 60s, how a handful of acts from the UK went on to command the heights of the worldwide music industry, the things they learned, the things they taught and the transatlantic traffic in sounds and styles which led from the Beatles to Boy George. Also includes: the amazing story of the Dave Clark Five, the strange genius of the Animals, how the British invented the guitar hero, what the Stones learned in America, the bands that were built in the UK with the US in mind, why punk rock took years to detonate in America, the one thing that makes American music stars different from their British counterparts and the reason 2020 may turn out to be just like 1961.
Word Podcast 347 - ‘Emma Peel’, ‘Sandie Shaw’ and other puns
In which we rope in a real musician – aka our producer Magic Alex – to discover why bands always play their big hits too fast (‘are you a dragger or a pusher?’), decode stage names (Perry Farrell, Lipps Inc, Fay Fife ...), delight in Trump’s recent campaign trail faux pas with John Fogerty’s Fortunate Son and remember pop exploitation films (Gonks Go Beat!) and ill-advised rock star advertising capers.
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Customer ReviewsSee All
Lightens my day driving to nimes and back every day. Thank you david an mark.
Your old pal chris mcc.
Often interesting guests, though Mark and David prefer to talk over their answers and get in their own anecdotes. But mostly a couple of guys talking over each other and having a who can be the most pretentious competition. Mr Hepworth usually wins.
Even so the guest make it’s better than many other music podcasts.
Cheering up my morning cycle ride
I’m not a great cyclist but during lockdown I ha e been trying to cycle every morning come wind, rain or shine. I had been watching a word in your attic on YouTube and stumbled across the podcasts. So funny, so engaging and often a rant which very much resonates with my own. Especially David’s rant about the Night they drove old Dixie down. I almost fell off my bike laughing.
This podcast is a must for all great music lovers and especially if you remember Mark and David from the Old Grey Whistle Test, Q Magazine (RIP) and Smash Hits. I can’t recommend it enough. Class!