190 episodes

Clever talk about pop culture.


Bigmouth is pop culture talk for discerning grown-ups. Music, TV, movies, books or something else entirely – we’ll enthuse, argue, squabble and pick over the bones of what’s happening in the world of the stuff we love.


Presented by WORD magazine veterans Andrew Harrison (ex-editor of Q, Select and Mixmag) and Siân “Stan” Pattenden, a graduate of the Smash Hits and Select Mag Schools of Excellence.

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Clever talk about pop culture.


Bigmouth is pop culture talk for discerning grown-ups. Music, TV, movies, books or something else entirely – we’ll enthuse, argue, squabble and pick over the bones of what’s happening in the world of the stuff we love.


Presented by WORD magazine veterans Andrew Harrison (ex-editor of Q, Select and Mixmag) and Siân “Stan” Pattenden, a graduate of the Smash Hits and Select Mag Schools of Excellence.

    186: Uncut Gems, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Lab, Halsey, Georgia

    186: Uncut Gems, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Lab, Halsey, Georgia

    This week, TV oracles Julia Raeside of The Guardian and Michael Hogan of the Telegraph join Andrew and Siân to read pop culture’s spiritual aura. Submitting to past-life analysis this week… 


    BLING ME THE HORIZON: Can phoner-in of broad and basic comedy roles Adam Sandler rediscover his hidden talents as an actual thesp for avant garde diamond business thriller Uncut Gems? And is this the tensest moviegoing experience around right now?


    ELECTRIC YOUTH: Rave spawn Georgia’s incandescent album Seeking Thrills and US anxiety-pop heroine Halsey’s new one, Manic: what are they telling us about the Young People? And does it matter that Georgia’s dad was in Leftfield?


    WHO MADE WOO?: It’s brand extension time as jade-eggs-for-female-nethers entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow expands into a roundly absurd and widely panned Netflix show, Goop Labs. Exploitation of simple-minded narcissists? Performance art project for our times? Hate-watch or something worse? Our panel channel the Other Side (e.g. BBC4). 


    Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. 


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    185: Pet Shop Boys, Bowie graphic novel, Armando Iannucci’s Avenue 5

    185: Pet Shop Boys, Bowie graphic novel, Armando Iannucci’s Avenue 5

    Dance music guru Ralph Moore of Mixmag and well-dressed journo-about-town Justin Quirk join Andrew and Siân on the Pools Panel of pop culture. This week:


    BABYLON BERLIN: Recorded in the German capital, ‘Hotspot’ completes the Pet Shop Boys’ trilogy with superproducer Stuart Price. Are we in for sad bangers, what’s the laser quotient… and can you still rave in your seventh decade? (Spoiler: yes).


    CHEAP HOLIDAYS IN OTHER SPECIES’ MISERY: Armando Iannucci’s latest workplace satire is set on a space cruiseliner. Does Avenue 5 – starring Hugh Laurie and Rebecca Front and showing on Sky One and NOW TV from 22 Jan – have the spark and snark of The Thick Of It and Veep?


    THE ILLUSTRATED DAME: Does new graphic novel BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns And Moonage Daydreams capture the essence of dear, departed Davy Jones? And can Andrew and Ralph contain themselves re. the gorgeous Ditko/Kirby artwork of Mike Allred?


    Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. 


    Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 5 min
    184: 1917 movie, Dracula, January No.1s, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker

    184: 1917 movie, Dracula, January No.1s, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker

    ROCK ON, TOMMY: Why there’s more to Sam Mendes’s nerve-shredding trench epic 1917 than total WW1 immersion horror. 
    TYPE AAARGH! POSITIVE: Was Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s Dracula update too kitsch, or not kitsch enough?
    BRING YOUR DAUGHTER TO THE CHART RETURNS SHOP: The lost art of the Stealth January Number One. 
    REN & SKIMPY: We gather the nerds for final judgment on Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. 


    For the first Bigmouth of the Twenties we’re joined by Strictly Kev AKA Ninja Tune artiste DJ Food and Luke Turner, co-founder of The Quietus and author of Out Of The Woods, to assess the pop culture arrivals of the New Year period.


    Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. 


    Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 3 min
    End of Decade Special feat Bowie, Fleabag, St Vincent, Janelle Monáe and more

    End of Decade Special feat Bowie, Fleabag, St Vincent, Janelle Monáe and more

    Blackstar! Inside No.9! Arrival! St Vincent! Kill List! Robyn! Shame! Bicep! All these and more feature in our end-of-decade bloody assizes. As the Clanging Chimes of Doom bring us to the end not just of 2019 but the TwentyTeens™ themselves, what were our favourites of the decade that’s about to cash in its “chips”?
    Guests Jude Rogers of The Word and The Guardian and Eamonn Forde of The Final Days Of EMI fame join Andrew and Siân to sort it all out. As the late great Dame himself once sang, “Time will crawl/To the 21st century loos”. We prefer to say lavatory, David.
    We wish all Bigmouth persons a Happy Christmas and a delightful 2020. We’ll be back in the second week of the New Year. Until then… be excellent to one another. 


    Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. 
    Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 8 min
    182: Best of 2019 feat. Booksmart, Chernobyl, Nick Cave, Lana Del Rey and more!

    182: Best of 2019 feat. Booksmart, Chernobyl, Nick Cave, Lana Del Rey and more!

    Do we hear a middling mid-2000s rock track or is it time for the best, the best, the Best of 2019? 


    Joining Andrew and Siân to reveal their favourite films, albums, tracks, and other things are musician, yogi and Mojo writer Sophie Harris, and King of the Music Writer’s bingo board and Craig Finn fan Michael Hann.


    Among the top dogs are Booksmart, the screwball teen comedy turning the genre on its head, the HBO series Chernobyl and Succession.  


    Plus, the panel tries to avoid the waterworks - again - talking about Nick Cave’s heartbreaking album Ghosteen. 


    Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. 


    Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 10 min
    181. Sound systems book, Burial, Psychemagik, 8 Days on Sky

    181. Sound systems book, Burial, Psychemagik, 8 Days on Sky

    It’s a bass-heavy podcast as we welcome dance music guru and Bigmouth regular Joe Muggs and photographer Brian David Stevens to talk about their book Bass, Mids, Tops: An Oral History of Sound System Culture. Pre-order it here and get free badges! Plus…


    CEMETARY GREATS: Mysterious dubstep person Burial compiles all his free-range experimental EPs under the name ‘Tunes 2011-2019’. How does this enhance our understanding of the Vangelis of the night bus queue?


    APOCALYPSE NEIN: A meteor is about to obliterate Europe and everyone is losing their scheisse in grim German drama Eight Days, now showing on Sky Atlantic. Will this Deutsche spin on Bowie’s ‘Five Years’ tempt you to binge-watch before the end of to the world?


    THE COSMIC TRIP PRESENTS: Balearic mind-massagers Psychemagik finally release the debut album that’s been held hostage by major label shenanigans for ten years. Will ‘I Feel How This Night Should Look’ fit the ‘Moon Safari’-shaped hole in your life? 


    Plus the usual tunes, digressions and Closing Time Chatter. It’s what podcasts where made for. 


    Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. 


    Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

UKNick ,

Bigmouth is best

If you were looking for witty, banter-filled look at modern pop culture from a British point of view, your quest is over. Bigmouth is a funny and smart diversion from the weekly grind that covers all the best the arts have to offer

ChrisHarges ,

Fast & Funny Music-TV-Film Roundtable

Great weekly listen. It's a roundtable of British entertainment journalists covering the news of the week with a focus on music and TV. The panelists have been writing for British and US mags, websites and newpapers for decades so it's a good mix of current stuff and nostalgia. Funny, irreverent with a super wide range of tastes from electronica to disco to rock. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone over 60 or under 15. ; )

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