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Episode #32 – ‘Girl – Anatomy of a Song’
Lennon the storyteller, the cynic, the victim—of his own insecurities and desires, controlled by the woman of his dreams…and nightmares.
The last song recorded for The Beatles’ Rubber Soul album, ‘Girl’ is one of its main composer’s most intriguing, sophisticated, nuanced lyrical efforts—brought to life by a young conversationalist’s charismatic, world-weary voice, wrapped inside tits, sighs and Greek-style guitar. It’s an amazing track. And it’s inspired this episode’s multiple takes on its two protagonists.
The Music: recordings of ‘Girl’ by…
* The Beatles
* Tiny Tim with Brave Combo
* DJ Style featuring KSS
* Medley: Kai Hyttinen (Finnish) / Dalida (Italian) / Johnny Hallyday (French) / Peppino di Capri (Italian) / Ovelha (Portuguese)
Episode #31 - 'Sex, Love and Misogyny - The Beatles in Song'
The Beatles' songs often have such creativity, depth and nuance. Lyrics open to multiple interpretations, married to music that simultaneously captures and conveys the 'feel' of those lyrics.
Here, together with sociologist Candy Leonard, author of the book 'Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World', we discuss the songwriters' journey: from the days of sexual innuendo in their lyrics to those, just a few years later, of overt references - while transitioning from misogyny to feminism with love thrown into the mix.
* Getting Better
* Happiness is a Warm Gun
* Why Don’t We Do it in the Road
* Don’t Let Me Down
* I’ve Got a Feeling
* I Saw Her Standing There
* Please Please Me
* She Loves You
* I’ll Get You
* All I’ve Got to Do
* You Can’t Do That
* I’ll Cry Instead
* Run for Your Life
* She’s a Woman
* When I Get Home
* Another Girl
* You’re Going to Lose That Girl
* The Night Before
* Day Tripper
* Lovely Rita
* Yer Blues
* Oh! Darling
* She’s So Heavy
* Woman is the N****r of the World
* Hi, Hi, Hi
Episode #30 – ‘It’s All Too Much - David Stark, the Beatles Zelig’
Sitting directly behind—and chatting with—The Beatles at the Yellow Submarine premiere, also gatecrashing that for The Magic Christian, photographed behind John and Yoko walking into court following their pot bust, attending The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, asking Ringo out for a drink, eating Aunt Mimi’s egg and chips… and also attending a couple of Swinging Sixties Beatles concerts.
These are among the “he did what?” stories recounted by David Stark in his eye-opening, sometimes jaw-dropping, I-was-there memoir, It’s All Too Much—Adventures of a Teenage Beatles Fan in the ’60s and Beyond. He was a kid with nerve and know-how who manufactured his own luck; now he’s a music biz veteran with tales that might be considered tall if he didn’t have the photos to back them up. (He does.)
This guy’s The Beatle Zelig. And now he’s popped up on our show.
* ‘It’s All Too Much’
* ‘Lovely Rita’
* ‘Hey Bulldog’
* ‘Yer Blues’
* ‘Gold Songs’ - written and co produced by David Stark (drums); featuring Ben Champniss (vocals), Dzal Martin (slide guitar), John Hamilton (bass, keyboards, co-production) and Phil Nelson (backing vocals).
Episode #29 – ‘Paul McCartney’s Vocal Journey’
It’s one of the greatest rock voices of all time: alternately melodic, raw, sweet and supercharged while also extremely versatile and infused with different characters. Paul McCartney’s lead, harmony and backing vocals have graced tender ballads, balls-to-the-walls rockers and almost everything else in between. But how did his talents in that regard develop and expand down the years? What has caused the vocal deterioration: insufficient technique, too much weed, old age or undisclosed health issues? And what, if anything, can be done about it?
The answers to the last two questions—provided in our interview with legendary voice teacher to the stars Seth Riggs and his wife/vocal technician Margareta—may surprise you. Heart lead guitarist Craig Bartock and acclaimed music critic/musicologist/author Allan Kozinn are our co-hosts.
For info on Seth and Margareta Riggs, go to theriggsvocalstudio.com (http://theriggsvocalstudio.com)
* Oh! Darling
* That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
* Any Time at All/A Hard Day’s Night
* I Saw Her Standing There
* Hippy Hippy Shake/Ooh! My Soul/Long Tall Sally
* All My Loving
* Something/Nowhere Man
* You Won’t See Me
* Till There Was You
* I’ve Just Seen a Face/I’m Down/Yesterday
* She’s Leaving Home
* Fixing a Hole
* Helter Skelter/Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?
* I Will/Lady Madonna
* Besame Mucho/Golden Slumbers
* Rocky Raccoon/Honey Pie/Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
* Monkberry Moon Delight
* Too Many People
* I’ve Had Enough
* Maybe I’m Amazed
* Lonesome Town
* Sing the Changes
* Hey Jude
* My Valentine
* Cut Me Some Slack
Episode #28 — ‘Along for the Ride - Barry Chang’s Memories of The Beatles' First Trip to Hamburg’
When, on Monday, 15th August, 1960, The Beatles left Liverpool en route to their first stint in Hamburg, West Germany, the five of them—John, Paul, George, Stu and the newly recruited Pete—were joined by five others: their manager/agent Allan Williams, Trinidadian calypsonian Harold Philips (a.k.a. Lord Woodbine), Austrian translator Herr Steiner, Allan’s wife Beryl… and her 19-year-old brother Barry Chang. 60 years later, Barry shares his memories of that fateful trip: in a van, on a boat and inside the Indra Club during The Beatles’ inaugural week there.
It was Barry who snapped the now-iconic photo of the travellers, mid-journey, posing at Holland’s Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, in front of a memorial bearing the legend Their Names Liveth For Evermore. Half of them have now passed on; he’s here to recount how his routine vacation became the stuff of legend.
* I’ll Follow the Sun
* The One After 909
* I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
* Roll Over Beethoven
* Ain’t She Sweet
* That’s All Right (Mama)
* Nothin’ Shakin’ (but the Leaves on the Trees)
Episode #27 – 'Post-Fab Frolics - The Beatles on TV 1967-1970'
After they transitioned from a performing group to a more experimental, studio-based band, The Beatles also changed how they utilised television. No longer needing to appear on variety shows—and in comedy skits—to charm audiences and promote their records, they largely relied on videos to achieve the same. And they also used the ‘box’ more for messaging—about peace, love and spirituality… as well as about their business ventures.
Nevertheless, there was still plenty of humour and some legendary small-screen performances: from ‘All You Need is Love’ on the global ‘Our World’ broadcast to ‘Hey Jude’ on the David Frost show—sandwiching their own critically-lambasted made-for-TV movie. The sequel to BN Episode 21, ‘The Beatles on TV 1962-1966’, this show transports us from the heady ‘Summer of Love’ days of ‘Sgt, Pepper’ to the public announcement of the group’s demise—by which time individual appearances were the norm and the world seemed to be a more serious place.