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Singer-songwriter Chris Difford (Squeeze) is joined by musical guests to talk about the highs and lows of their career in this new podcast from Help Musicians. Series 4 returns on Tuesday March 19th with James Blunt. Listen to our previous episodes now and find out more at http://www.HelpMusicians.org.uk

I Never Thought It Would Happen Chris Difford

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    • 4.8 • 53 Ratings

Singer-songwriter Chris Difford (Squeeze) is joined by musical guests to talk about the highs and lows of their career in this new podcast from Help Musicians. Series 4 returns on Tuesday March 19th with James Blunt. Listen to our previous episodes now and find out more at http://www.HelpMusicians.org.uk

    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Mark Knopfler

    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Mark Knopfler

    Joining Chris is Mark Knopfler, the revered singer-songwriter and a masterful guitar player, with a totally distinctive sound and style. Always fascinated with music, Mark worked as a junior reporter and studied English before finally realising his long held dream of finding the right band. That band was Dire Straits, whose ascent was remarkable with their 5th studio album 'Brothers In Arms' becoming a global juggernaut eventually selling over 30 million copies. But after several gruelling world tours and the almost impossible task of topping their best loved album the band splintered.

    But since 1995, Mark's kept busy with a steady stream of solo albums, soundtrack work and collaborations with like-minded artists like Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Chet Atkins.

    • 42 min
    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Alan Edwards

    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Alan Edwards

    Joining Chris for this episode is legendary PR man Alan Edwards. During his 45 years working in the music industry he's worked with the likes of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Spice Girls, Michael Jackson, The Stranglers, Blondie, Paul McCartney and Amy Winehouse.

    Alan began his career under the tutelage of another music PR legend, Keith Altham, whose clients included Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Beach Boys and Marc Bolan. As such, Edwards has so many amazing stories to share and is seriously great company. He's also just released his autobiography which is a must-read for any music fan.

    • 48 min
    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Guy Chambers

    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Guy Chambers

    Joining Chris today is songwriter Guy Chambers, best known for his work co-writing hits like 'Millennium', 'Angels', 'Let Me Entertain You' and 'Rock DJ' with Robbie Williams. 

    Having graduated from The Guildhall School Of Music, Guy went straight to work with Julian Cope, then joined The Waterboys before moving onto World Party. And alongside his hugely successful run of hits with Robbie, Guy has also written for and with James Blunt, Texas, Mel C, Diana Ross, Kylie, Rufus Wainright, Jamie Cullum and Katie Melua. His track record has made him one of Britain's most successful and in-demand songwriters. 

    • 40 min
    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Eddi Reader

    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Eddi Reader

    Chris is joined by Scottish vocalist Eddi Reader for this episode, to chat about her fascinating career in music. From busking around Europe, to singing backing vocals for artists as diverse as Gang of Four, Eurythmics and Alison Moyet to finding fame - and having a number one single - with Fairground Attraction. But the band's success was fleeting and they splintered after just one album.

    But Fairground Attraction have reformed to pick up from where they left off in 1989, and the two discuss the advantages a musician has being older and wiser. The conversation also covers Bob Dylan, appearing on Top Of The Pops and the artists Eddi cites as inspiring.

    • 40 min
    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Corinne Bailey Rae

    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Corinne Bailey Rae

    Chris' guest in this episode is Leeds born singer songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae. Though Corinne appeared to have success straight away with her first single, 'Like A Star', she'd already been through the painful process of having her first band fall apart - the punky 3 piece Helen she'd formed with friends. 

    But a change in musical direction - partly inspired by work at a jazz club - yielded immediate success from 2005 onwards. And Corinne's enjoyed a remarkable career including a string of hit singles and albums, Grammy and Mobo awards, a tour with John Legend and a performance with Herbie Hancock at The White House.

    • 43 min
    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Wolfgang Van Halen

    I Never Thought It Would Happen - Wolfgang Van Halen

    In this episode, Chris welcomes rapidly rising rock star Wolfgang Van Halen. Now fronting his own band, Mammoth, Wolfie made his stage debut at 16 playing bass alongside his dad Eddie and uncle Alec in the legendary rock band Van Halen. 

    Like his dad, Wolfie started his musical journey playing drums, before also picking up the guitar and bass. For his two albums with Mammoth, Wolfie is not only the songwriter, but also sings and plays everything you hear. He's not only an outrageously talented musician but a very nice bloke to boot - a couple of things he's taken from his main inspiration, Dave Grohl.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

LateAdaptor ,

Joyful listening

I guess I’m late to the party, but this recent discover has been wonderful. Full of insightful, relaxed and interesting questions (no surprise given the glorious, top-tier, widely experienced host, Señor Difford). Now that I’ve heard a few from artists I know and love, it’s time to dive in to the ones I’ve not heard of. Enjoy. Keep up the great work. Would love to hear Mr. Difford's answers to many of his own questions.

emaildaniels ,

Background noise is distracting

Interviews are good but Chris needs better soundproofing in his garden shed. The background noise ruins the pod. Too bad as I like Chris and his guests but had to give up.

Mythreebabies ,

Worth a listen!

Chris has a great soothing voice and asks thoughtful questions! So glad he decided to do this! There are so many things he could do, maybe take listeners questions one day?

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