A light-hearted comedy chat show in which guests who have done fascinating things reflect on their stories and journeys
Ep 57: Queen Victoria with Jasper Rees
Jasper Rees is the author of "Let's Do It" the authorised biography of Victoria Wood. The book was written with the consent of Victoria's children following her death in 2016.
Jasper wrote the book by listening to audio recordings mad by Wood herself in preparation to write a memoir. "Let's Do It" has just been published in paperback and is a must read for any Victoria Wood fan. The book was described by the guardian as "a brilliant tribute while also – somehow, almost – bringing Victoria Wood back to life in all her complicated glory".
This interview was recorded live at the Cat Laughs Podcast Festival in Kilkenny in December 2020.
You can buy "Let's Do It" by Jasper Rees here
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Ep 56: Pop and Pride with Bright Light Bright Light
Bright Light Bright Light is welsh musician, artist and songwriter Rod Thomas.
Originally from a small town in Wales, Rod has become one of our most respected independent queer artists with approval in the form of collaborations and touring opportunities from some of the world's biggest stars.
He began learning piano, guitar and saxophone as a child and began performing acoustically under his own name. In 2010 he defined his synth sound with the release of his debut single "Love Part ii". He has gone on to release 4 albums and has just released a compilation album "So Gay, So Dramatic". He has toured with Cher, Scissor Sisters and Elton John.
In this conversation we chat about LGBTQ representation, his place in the music industry and how he has done everything in his career himself.
You can support Fascinated by becoming a member of headstuff+ on headstuffpodcasts.com. In return for your support, you will get access to bonus exclusive bonus content. In the bonus content for this episode, you can hear Rod talk about remixing Dannii Minogue's iconic "All I Wanna Do" and we chat about our mutual love of Gayle and Gillian.
You can listen to Bright Light Bright Light's Music on Spotify, download on Apple or buy gorgeous physicals on brightlightx2.com
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Ep 55: Mother of Invention with Una Gibney
Ireland has always had a great reputation for rock music. In the 90s Sinead O'Connor, U2 and The Cranberries led the pack. It took a while for the explosion of bubblegum pop which was happening in the UK and Europe to hit Ireland. Una was one of the first Irish female pop vocalists to be launched around the time the success of Boyzone was starting to attract international attention. Already a session singer she had recorded backing vocals for Something Happens and Aslan. In 1994 she released her debut single "Crawl" which became a huge Irish hit. But it was with the release of a cover version of Randy Crawford's "You Might Need Somebody" that she discovered the harsh realities of the music industry.
Una continued to perform and formed Boogie Nights a hugely successful party band and continued to release music independently. She then went on a world tour as a solo vocalist in Michael Flatley's "Celtic Tiger". After this She performed in the TV special "The Voice Within" and in 2012 was beaten by Jedward in an attempt to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest after which she took time out to start a family.
When Una's back catalogue goes online there will be a link to it here!
EP 54: Back Home with Una Healy from The Saturdays
Una Healy was a gigging singer/songwriter when she answered an ad looking for a female singer for a girlband. What followed was a phenomenal seven years in The Saturdays one of the new millennium's biggest girlbands. A string of massive hits in the UK led to them getting signed by Island Def Jam in America and making their own reality series "Chasing the Saturdays" for the E Network. Since then Una has been a regular on Irish and UK television as a presenter and released a solo album "The Waiting Game" and a string of silly releases including a duet with Sam Palladio. Una returned to Ireland during the lockdown and is back living in the town where she grew up. She is one of the loveliest people and has an incredible new single "Until You".
You can support Fascinated by becoming a member of headstuff+ on headstuffpodcasts.com. In return for your support, you will get access to bonus exclusive bonus content. In the bonus content for this episode, you can watch the interview with Una.
You can listen to Una's music and The Saturdays back catalogue on Spotify.
Bonus Episode Teaser: Sean Smith Track By Track
This is just a teaser for the Bonus Episode that is now available to subscribers of Headstuff+. You can subscribe for €5 per month and get bonus material for each episode as well as a bonus episode each month.
For this month's Bonus episode I chat to Sean Smith about his new album "Swing For The 90s" and we dive in track by track.
You can listen to Sean Smith here
You can order CD and Vinyl copies of the "Swing For The 90s" here
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Ep 53: The Undercover Pop Star with Luciana Caporaso
What a guest and what a story. These are the episodes that I love to make!
Luciana Caporaso has been an undercover popstar hiding in plain sight since the 90s. Fate conspired against her for no less than five albums. This episode charts her journey from fresh faced teenager writing music for a detective series in the UK to becoming the Queen of Electro based in Los Angeles.
She has found herself in pop groups and rock bands, signed to 5 major labels. Albums were torpedoed by everything from mismanagement to world events. But when success came it was on her own terms as an independent artist now writing for and collaborating with the biggest artists in the world. This is one hell of a story.
You can support Fascinated by becoming a member of headstuff+ on headstuffpodcasts.com. In return for your support you will get access to bonus exclusive bonus content. In the bonus content for this episode I showed Luciana some photos and CDS and we continued our chat!
You can listen to Luciana's music on Spotify
Love this podcast!
Gearoid is a great interviewer and you can tell he puts so much research in! Some of the guests are very much a blast from the past!!
Gearoid is a great interviewer and clearly puts a lot of thought and research into each episode. He brings out the best in all his guests. Really enjoy the podcast.
One of my faves!
I love Fascinated – it’s such a great glimpse into the too-often-forgotten world of 90s / 00s celebdom and Gearoid is a really fun, likeable host.