The Take 5 is a music podcast where the people you love, share five songs they love. Each guest has a different theme, and the memories attached to their most beloved songs flip them to fan mode, often giving a rare insight into their creative heart. Hosted by Zan Rowe.
Groove Armada's quarter century
It’s fair to say that most of us have a connection to Groove Armada. Whether you’re a turbo fan, or you’ve been at a festival going off to one of their bangers, their connection to Australia is huge.
Andy Cato and Tom Findlay are celebrating 25 years together, and with it a new box set of greatest hits, and their final live shows all over the world. In Australia to perform for the last time with all the bells and whistles, I asked them to Take 5 with their quarter century. Cos when you think back to Groove Armada’s legacy, it travels across scenes and sounds that have changed markedly. From chillout classics, to sound system megahits, and heartfelt songwriting, Andy and Tom have always done things their way.
They’re also legendary humans, who know how to spin a yarn and have some wild stories in their memory box. From early raves to Cotswold cottages, and the basements they met some of their biggest collaborators, this is a capture of a quarter century not just for GA, but for the scene itself.
Ray Mang – Number One
Xpansions – Move Your Body
Chris Rea – Josephine (French Edit)
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
Drew Hill – Talk To You (Groove Armada Remix)
Troy Cassar-Daley on country
If you talk about country in Australia today, one name comes immediately to mind. Troy Cassar-Daley. The proud Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung man is one of our most celebrated artists; he holds the record for Golden Guitar Awards and has been making music and telling stories for more than 30 years.
Many of those stories are of Australian life, from people in towns big and small, and so I asked him to Take 5 “on country”, and share the songs of place that meant something to him. From Gadigal Land to Katherine, to places very close to home, this is beautiful capture of a music loving songman with a lifetime of stories.
Midnight Oil Ft. Dan Sultan, Joel Davison, Kaleena Briggs & Bunna Lawrie - Gadigal Land
Sara Storer - Katherine
Archie Roach - Down City Streets
Missy Higgins - The Special Two
Slim Dusty - Walk A Country Mile
One of the most exciting bands of the last five years, is IDLES. The Bristol group grabbed our attention early, and have held it; prolific in their output, profound in their outlook.
Joe Talbot is their lead singer, and it’s his life experiences that fuel their songs. Loss, mistakes, gratitude, redemption and joy fill their four records, and their latest is all about forks in the road. In Australia to tour it, Joe Talbot joined me to Take 5 with songs that had marked crossroads for him. What he shared, was a wildly varying collection of songs; and that reminder that music imprints itself on us. It’s our memory bank, and it never fades. From The Pharcyde, to classic Garage, to The Walkmen, these are the stories and beautiful consequences of Joe Talbot’s choices.
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
The Pharcyde - Runnin'
STICKY feat. Ms. Dynamite - Booo! [Original Dirty Mix]
Van Morrison - Sweet Thing
The Walkmen - The Rat
Laura Jean's art for art's sake
She's one of Australia's best songwriters
He’s the guy that famously brought Nirvana to Australia on their one and only visit, he toured bands like Beastie Boys and Sonic Youth, and put on the Summersault Festival in 1995.
Trailer: Take 5 with Zan Rowe
Join Zan as she travels to Los Angeles, Nashville, and Melbourne, and sits down with extraordinary people to hear about the songs that made them who they are today.
Guy Pearce, Keith Urban, Missy Higgins, Tony Armstrong and Tori Amos join Zan as Take 5 premieres on ABC TV and can be heard exclusively on the ABC Listen App.
Amazing episode in one of my favorite shows
Zan Rowe is a very talented EJ interviewer on double J radio and this whole Series (take 5) is fascinating to anyone interested in music and/or the creative process. This particular one is with Max Richter, who is well known outside the popular Music world as a modern classical musician and composer. He talks about how a wide range of classical, electronic, rock and jazz music has inspired him, exemplified in the five pieces of music he chose to discuss. This is radio at its absolute best.
Love this podcast, takes me back!!
Zan is awesome and it’s so good they are doing more pop based artists. Jessica Mauboy, Kylie, Kacey M - keep it coming!