Pop: The History Makers presents regular two-part interviews with icons of popular culture who have made history with their work. These can be pop stars, video directors, producers, remixers, writers, series or film directors, or even album cover designers. Most of them I have so far chose started their careers in the 70s, 80s, or 90s and have since created popular culture history.
Part 1 of each podcast interview looks at how the star became successful, where their drive originated, and what they felt success would bring them, and what it actually did.
Part 2 focuses on the period after their first commercial success, where they are in their creative life today, how they now look back at their careers, and what is now important to them.
Pop: The History Makers is not just an insight into some of our favorite pop stars, video directors, producers, remixers, writers, series or film directors, or even album cover designers who came to prominence during the 70s, 80s, and 90s. This is an opportunity for me to revisit the many stars I'd interviewed during my time as News Managing Editor and Presenter at MTV Europe in the late 80s and early 90s. I hope the interviews provide an insight into how we all change, what it takes to create popular cultural history, and reveals what we have been able to learn along the way.
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Justin Currie - Del Amitri (Part 1)
Between 1985 and 2002 the Scottish band Del Amitri released 6 studio albums, five of which charted in the UK. Their biggest single 'Roll to Me' reached the Billboard top 10 in 1995. After 2002, when the band split, the lead singer and main songwriter, Justin Currie went on to release 4 solo albums. Recently the band reformed, with both Currie and Iain Harvie and released their 7th studio album, Fatal Mistakes. I caught up with the charismatic singer, Justin, and talked to him about childhood, the early days of Del Amitri, and a formative trip to the States.
Justin Currie - Del Amitri (Part 2)
Between 1985 and 2002 the Scottish band Del Amitri released 6 studio albums, five of which charted in the UK. Their biggest single 'Roll to Me' reached the Billboard top 10 in 1995. After 2002, when the band split, the lead singer and main songwriter, Justin Currie went on to release 4 solo albums. Recently the band reformed, with both Currie and Iain Harvie and released their 7th studio album, Fatal Mistakes. I caught up with the charismatic singer, Justin, and he continues his recollection of the formative trip to the States, the split of the band, their reunion, and what being Scottish means to him.
Right Said Fred (Part 2)
The story of I'm too Sexy continues with the success of the track, how that affected their lives afterward, how the record companies have never taken Richard and Fred seriously, and how they seem to be finally getting recognition for what they achieved in the light of Drake's Me 2 Sexy. (Note: I do not talk about their stance on the Covid vaccine, this podcast is about music).
Right Said Fred (Part 1)
With Drake releasing Way 2 Sexy with rappers Future and Young thug as the first single from his sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy, the track 'I’m Too Sexy' by Right Said Fred which Way 2 Sexy relies heavily upon has come back into focus. A worldwide hit in 1991, 'I’m Too Sexy' even topped the US charts. Written by Richard and Fred Fairbrass along with Rob Manzoli, it’s a song that has seeped deeper into our popular culture. From Jay-Z's nod to the song on his 2001 The Blueprint, As part of the dialogue on The West Wing, and even used to see the Toyota Camry. But Drake's Me 2 Sexy has given the track a new lease of life, and in my opinion, another nod to the credibility the guys deserve for their songwriting. In this podcast, Richard and Fred Fairbrass talk about their lives pre-Sexy and how that track has stood the test of time. Note - I do not talk to them about their stance on the Covid vaccine - this podcast is about music!
Anne Clark (Part 2)
In Part 2 of this podcast with Anne Clark, she talks about her first album, The Sitting Room, and the success she had in the 80s with David Harrow's music on the next three albums that spawned Sleeper in Metropolis and Our Darkness. She also talks about some more recent aspects of her career, and although this interview is in-depth, we didn't have enough time to come fully up to date which I hope we'*ll be able to do in the near future.
Anne Clark (Part 1)
Anne Clark, a poet who delivers her poetry within a world of experimental music, remains one of the great pioneers in her field. Her first album The Sitting Room was released in 1982. This was followed by three albums, Changing Places (1983), Joined up Writing (1984), and Hopeless Cases (1987), where she was joined by David Harrow, author of the music and producer. The singles, Sleeper in Metropolis, and Our Darkness became staples of the 1980s, and remain two of the great tracks of that era. In Part 1 of this two-part interview, Anne talks about her early family life, and how those experiences have former her.