Monday, 29 December 2014

Album Of The Year & 2014 Review

It's that time of year again and we're looking back over the 12 months of 2014. We've enjoyed a good year as we moved to hosting the show weekly on Phonic FM, which has meant more output than ever before.  And of course as well as bucketloads of quality tunes from the nineties there has been a steady stream of great new music from both established names and new artists alike.

We promoted our first ever gig (former Geneva singer, Andrew Montgomery) which was a fantastic night.  As well as Andrew I've been fortunate enough to attend gigs by a number of Britpop bands including Suede, Dodgy and former Bluetone Mark Morriss and the Gene re-issue launch party but the undoubted highlight for me was seeing Speedy perform live for the first time in 17 years as their debut album finally got its release.

It's also been a pleasure to interview so many people this year for the show, from new unsigned bands to the legend that is Sir Bernard Butler.  

These are just some of the people we had on the show in 2014:
I'm already drawing up the a list of potential names for 2015!

One of the bands I want to get onto the show is our New Band Of The Year... Superfood.  A fantastic new band with a sound that owes a clear debt to the nineties without sounding like a pastiche. Their debut album Don't Say That was released in October to rave reviews and they've been nominated for Best New Band at the NME awards (though they'll undoubtedly be more chuffed with getting the nod from us!)

And now to our Album Of The Year. Last year it was Suede's magnificiant comeback, Bloodsports but with none of Britpop's big names in the studio this year, what will take the honours?

Album Of The Year - 2014

1. Speedy - News From Nowhere

2. Manic Street Preachers - Futurology

3. Superfood - Don't Say That

4. Mark Morriss - A Flash Of Darkness

5. Andrew Montgomery - Ruled By Dreams

Yes,  perhaps no surprise this one given the fact that we played this album before anyone else and played a (very minor) part in helping to get it finally released.  A time capsule of classic 90s indie-pop from a band who were always on the edge of something big but never quite made that final step, News From Nowhere is the missing piece of your Britpop record collection.

Album Of The Year... Speedy - News From Nowhere

You can listen to our review show here:

Sunday, 7 December 2014

The Mark Morriss Interview

When Tim, landlord of the Rose and Crown in Calverleigh, sent me an email to say that Mark Morriss was coming to play in his skittle alley, I knew that we had to get along to interview him.

The Rose and Crown is a great country pub and had hosted a fantastic Dodgy gig in their beer garden back in the summer.  And now the former Bluetones frontman would be performing in the skittle alley.  What's next?  I'm half expecting that the first Ride reunion gig will be in their beer cellar!
Mark Morriss live in a skittle alley near you
I'd sort of met Mark a couple of times.  He was due to be a live guest on one of our very first shows until a monumental cock-up on my part put pay to that. Then we'd chatted briefly at a Shed Seven gig where he was supporting and he'd promised to get back on the show sometime. Plus he's an active Twitterer (@thequill) and will often comment when we play his songs. So we asked and he said yes and we had chat about his old stuff and his new stuff and you can listen to it all below.

The gig itself was a delight. Old songs and new songs, plus a couple of bizarre covers, lots of chat (I'm avoiding using the word banter) and a wonderfully engaging evening in a skittle alley in a pub in rural Devon.  He even played Life Without Friction for me, which he says he doesn't normally play live acoustic as it's a bit tricky, because I said it was my favourite song on his latest album.

I enjoyed the interview and the gig and the next time he is playing round your way I strongly suggest that you go and see him.  More info at

Thursday, 27 November 2014

2nd Anniversary Request Show

Yes, incredible as it may seem it has already been 2 years since our very first show on Phonic FM.  So to celebrate we decided to host a request show. Thanks to everyone who got in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Email before and during show with their requests.  As we would should know by now with you lot, your requests were awesome.

What was really nice was realising how international we have become with requests from the USA, Portugal, the Netherlands, Finland and all over the UK, even Exeter!

Here is what you chose:

  1. Popscene - Blur
  2. Razzmatazz - Pulp
  3. Wide Open Space - Mansun
  4. Trash - Suede
  5. International Bright Young Thing - Jesus Jones
  6. Twisterella - Ride
  7. The Day We Caught The Train - Ocean Colour Scene
  8. What Do I Do Now - Sleeper
  9. Town - Northern Uproar
  10. Time For You - Speedy
  11. Babies - Pulp
  12. Lucky Man - The Verve
  13. After All - The Frank And Walters
  14. Live The Dream - Cast
  15. Slight Return - The Bluetones
  16. Monday Morning - The Candyskins
  17. For The Dead - Gene
  18. Monday Morning 5:19 - Rialto
  19. Dimstar - Gay Dad
  20. Disco Down - Shed Seven
  21. Never Here - Elastica
  22. Six - Mansun
  23. The Wild Ones - Suede
  24. Sleep Well Tonight - Gene
  25. I'll See You Around - Silver Sun
  26. Punka - Kenickie
and not a single request for Oasis!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Bernard Butler Interview

We love having guests on The Britpop Revival Show but being tucked away down here in Devon it does mean that most of our interviews are on the phone. So when we learned that Bernard Butler would be playing as part of the Ben Watt Trio in the Phoenix Centre where we broadcast from, we knew that we had to try and get him into the studio. 

Bernard was a real gent and very generous with his time. He made it clear that he didn't want the interview to be about Suede and Dog Man Star's 20th anniversary. However he did talk freely about his entire career, including his ongoing working relationships with Brett Anderson and David McAlmont, his new band Trans, his production work and his sheer love of music.

He reveals that he will be working with Brett again at some point, that the Union Chapel gigs with David McAlmont this year were his best ever, that when he and Brett formed the The Tears there was strong pressure to call the band Suede and that his Top 10 hit Refugees was originally written for Sophie Ellis-Bextor!  You'll just have to give it a listen really...

This interview was recorded live in the Phonic FM studios in Exeter on 23rd October 2014. An edited version of this interview was broadcast on our show on 29th October.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Scottish Indie Special

It was night before the Scottish Independence Referendum but we steered well clear of politics and instead enjoyed two hours of choice Scottish Indie cuts.  Plenty from bands you'll know but some from ones that might have passed you by, like the frankly excellent The Gyres.

We were also delighted to be joined by Andrew Montgomery, formerly of Geneva, to discuss their LP Further which was our featured album as well as newcomers Colin's Godson.

This is probably one of my favourite shows and thanks to our awesome listeners for all their Scottish suggestions.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Interview with Sonya Madan of Echobelly

We were recently delighted to be joined on the show by Sonya Madan from Echobelly, talking about the re-release of their first two albums.

BR: On and Everyone's Got One have recently been re-released. How did that come about?

SM: We got a call from 3Loop, the company that specialise in this sort of thing, who had done a deal with Sony who own the albums to re-release them, asking if we wanted to be involved or not.  They were going to do it regardless so we decided to get involved.

BR: Were you involved in putting the package together at all because there are loads of extras and live tracks etc.

SM: We got out the old boxes of photographs and rummaged through things that had never been heard before.  Every artist has got a box full of extra stuff lying around somewhere haven't they?

BR: There are a few previously unreleased tracks on there and we've been playing a few on the show today.  We've just played Car Fiction in French! Did you do many songs in French?

SM: No, that was a one-off. It was hilarious actually because I didn't know what I was saying.  We did it because we had such a good following in France and they were so supportive so it was just a bit of a thank you really.

BR: It's only the first 2 albums, your most commercially successful work, that is being re-released but I think that people have to look at Echobelly across all of your music rather than just the big hits.

SM: It's understandable that if you release something yourself [as they did for their later albums] it's not going to get the exposure and be that well known.  As an artist sometimes your favourite stuff is not the most commercial anyway.

BR: You're now playing with Calm of Zero, can you tell us a little about that?

SM: Calm of Zero is Glen the guitarist and myself, we wrote the songs [in Echobelly]. After Echobelly everybody went their seperate ways, settled down, had children, disappeared to live in strange countries but Glen and I never lost the passion for writing I suppose. We thought we'd do something together and that's Calm of Zero.

BR: As well as Calm of Zero haven't you and Glen also toured acoustically recently as Echobelly?

SM: We did, yeah. This was before the re-releases were even in the air and we thought it would be good to just air some of those songs again because they were hidden in our memories. We did it as a light-hearted sort of thing and just did a few shows around the country.  It was quite hard to play some of our songs acoustically so we had to choose them quite carefully.

BR: We've got a question from one of our listeners here.  What was your best memory of the 90s?

SM: You can't say one memory because the best times were probably those where you were so off your head you've forgotten! They were amazing times and the whole experience was amazing for a lot of people and is something that should be celebrated really.  It was a wonderful honing in of the experience of British music and its one of the things that this nation is really good at and is seen by the rest of the world as having a special energy for.

BR: It was a special time when bands just seemed to explode onto the scene and Echobelly were a band like that. You didn't flog the circuit for 5 years before getting a break...

SM: Not at all. I'd never been in a band before so it was all weird and wonderful for me. I think at our third gig it was just rammed full of A&R people. We didn't have that transit van experience. We did a bit but compared to most of the people I've spoken to it happened very quickly for us.

BR: Didn't you once do a gig though with no audience?

SM: It was hilarious. It was Braintree in Essex and we had a didgerydoo player that night! It was one of our first ever gigs and there was just nobody. We played anyway, just had fun and did it as a rehearsal really.

BR: Are we going to see you out on the road any time soon?

SM: Probably not. We're not planning any gigs but never say never.

BR: We're going to play something from those re-releases now, Dark Therapy. It's probably the song of yours that we get requested the most.

SM: I think it's aged really well. It seems to have a universal element to it.

BR: This is a live recording from Wetlands, New York City September 1995. DO you remember that gig?

SM: I think we broke the bar record - heavy drinking was going on that's for sure!

BR: Thank you so much for joining us, it's been an absolute pleasure having you on the show and those re-releases are out now on 3Loop music.

SM: Thanks to everyone for their response, it's really been great for us.

Or listen to the interview - starts at 01:27:30

Monday, 14 July 2014

Going For Silver: Streaming brings more Britpop success

It may be a few years since you last sat waiting eagerly for the Radio 1 Top 40 show, fingers eagerly hovering over play and record, so you'll be forgiven for not noticing a subtle change to how the chart is now being compiled.  From this month the chart now consists not only of the music that people buy but also the music that people listen to online, with one hundred online plays on sites like Spotify and YouTube being the equivalent to one purchase.

That seems fair enough to me. Lots of people consume plenty of music perfectly legally without every buying any and it's a logical progression that the chart now reflects that.  In fact they have started counting downloads since the 1st January and this has acted as a little fillip for a couple of Britpop tunes.

According to the BPI, Road Rage by Catatonia has now gone silver.  My guess is that the single sales of this have long sat just below the threshold for a silver disc, but add in half a year's streaming stats and Cerys is breaking open the bubbly.

Also of interest is the fact that Champagne Supernova by Oasis has gone silver. What's curious here is that the song was never released as a single in the UK (though it was in Australia, France & NZ). So presumably there was no sales base to start from. If 100 streams = 1 sale and Silver Status represents selling 200,000 songs, does that mean that Champagne Supernova has been streamed 20,000,000 times since 1st January? That can't be right.

However they work it out though, it's always good to see some recognition being given to a song that has become a classic.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

We interrupt this broadcast...

If you've tuned in to the show for the last couple of weeks you'll have noticed that it wasn't there.  Well actually it was.  Still broadcasting loud and proud on 106.8FM in the Exeter area. However the internet streaming of the show was not functioning. It hasn't been down the whole time, we've just been unlucky to be hit 2 weeks in a row. To make it worse the archiving wasn't working either today so there is not even the opportunity to listen again on our Mixcloud page.

So I wanted to say sorry for you not being able to listen and to explain why.

Why? Well the answer is money really.

Phonic FM is a small not-for-profit, community station. We're not allowed to advertise and we exist on fundraising, the occasional small grant and the goodwill of volunteers. (You can even donate by PayPal if you're feeling generous!) A lot of the equipment that we use is the same as was installed when the station went on air in 2008 and some of it has been running 24/7 for all that time!

When I arrived at the studio tonight one of our volunteers was there, trying to rebuild a pair of 8 year old PCs. He was still hard at work when I left 2.5 hours later.

It takes time to build a listenership and I'm delighted that so many of you tune in either regularly or once in a while. Interacting with people during the show, whether by text, Twitter or Facebook is half the fun for me!  So I guess I'm just saying sorry for the technical problems that we've been experiencing and I hope you stick around - we'll be back next week. It's nobody's fault, just the reality of running a radio station on a shoestring budget.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

The Story Ends - My Life Story call it a day

Lovers of orchestral pop will be sad to hear that My Life Story have decided to bring the curtain down on their reunion shows and finally call it a day.  However they are going out with a bang with one final show at the Shepherds Bush Empire on the 31st May.

[Update: Listen to our interview with Jake Shillingford]

Singer Jake Shillingford said:
"After 20 amazing years. We felt it was time to bow out with one last big theatre show. A final thanks to our utterly amazing and unhealthily loyal and devoted fans. Bring your memories, bring your laughter, dress up to the nines, and party like its 1994!"
My Life Story were a huge favourite on the live circuit with their flamboyant shows and loyal following, whilst enjoying a string of chart hits throughout the 90s.
Their 3 albums produced 6 Top 40 hits, including '12 Reasons Why I Love Her', 'Strumpet' and 'Sparkle', described by Melody Maker at the time as …satisfying escapism.  They even featured in last month's BBC poll for the best Britpop anthems, coming in at number 17 with '12 Reasons'.
My Life Story returned in 2006, after a six-year hiatus, with a ‘best of’ album entitled Sex & Violins. This was followed by Megaphone Theology (B-sides & Rarities). They have since performed packed-out shows at The Astoria, O2Shepherds Bush Empire and Koko.
We'll be putting on a special My Life Story edition of our show on the 28th May but why not get along to their final show? Details below:
My Life Story - Final Show
Shepherds Bush Empire, 31st May
Doors 7.00pm  Aftershow till 1am
Box Office 0844 477 2000
In addition to standard admission, fans can purchase a VIP Ticket, which includes an extra live show after the main performance, and one last meet-and-greet with the full 13 piece line up until 1am. These are limited and available on a first come first served basis.
Standard ticket holders can upgrade at the merch stall on the night.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

She's In Fashion - BBC4 want your Britpop Fashion memories

We're a very stylish bunch here at the Britpop Revival Show and our sartorial elegance and chiseled good looks are perfect for radio... So it came as no surprise when a researcher for BBC4 got in touch, wanting us to help them find some like minded fashionistas for their documentary.

Seriously though, if you like your fashion as well as your Britpop, get in touch with Lucy.

Were you a fan of Britpop in the 1990s?

We are looking to speak to people who lived through the early years of Britpop in the 90s for a BBC 4 documentary on the history of music and fashion in post-war Britain.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who perhaps took fashion inspiration from bands of the time and may still have some clothing from that period or people who were influenced in any other ways by the emergence of Britpop.

If you can identify with this and wouldn’t mind speaking to a member of the team about your experiences please contact
 Suede - She's In Fashion (No 13 in 1999)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Heard Seen Done Been: Speedy Live At The Leadmill 2014

I don't think I'd ever been looking forward to a gig quite as much as this one but before I say why, just in case you're not familiar with it already, we need to fill in a bit of the back story...

Speedy in 1996
Speedy were an archetypal 90s pop band (remember that back then pop acts often used to actually play instruments and not just be 'producers').  Rising from the ashes of previous incarnation Blammo! (who toured Europe supporting The Beautiful South at one point) they sparked something of a bidding war between labels before finally signing for Boilerhouse. Coming from Sheffield at the height of Britpop they combined lyrical storytelling about Northern life with bouncy, driving pop music, not unlike their more illustrious colleagues Pulp.  A series of excellent singles didn't quite do as well as expected and even their biggest almost-hit Boy Wonder only managed to get to number 56 in the charts, despite being a Radio 1 single of the week and numerous appearances on Saturday morning TV.  Still with an enthusiastic live following, the album recorded and songs for the next one already being written, they were a band with more to give.

Then came 1997 and the great Britpop cull.  As quickly as guitar bands had been signed, they were dropped and Speedy were one of many victims.  They found day jobs and that was the end of their musical careers.

Speedy in 2014
Fast forward a decade and more, one enterprising former fan (renowned crime writer Nick Quantrill) managed to get hold of the audio files to Speedy's long lost album News From Nowhere. He passed them on to some bloggers and started a chain of events that lead firstly to singer Philip appearing on what was only our second ever radio show back in January 2013 and more importantly, to my standing in Sheffield's famous Leadmill venue in April 2014, waiting for Speedy to take to the stage.

You can read our original blog post about how we first came to hear of Speedy here: A Speedy Recovery

You can listen to our full length interview with Philip which will give you more of their history.

At the end of that interview I ask Philip if there is ever any chance of seeing a Speedy gig and he replies; "Who knows, if someone wants to put the album out who knows? We just might do a one-off show, maybe I could get the gang back together for one last show."

From that point onwards Liam from 1palbumclub and Jack from the award-winning Alcopop Records set about trying to make this happen.  Between them they formed the imprint Lost Music Club and their first release? Speedy - News From Nowhere and as part of the deal the band would re-form to play two gigs to promote the album, one in London and one back in their native Sheffield at The Leadmill venue which was not only their musical home but also at one point their former employer - they even physically built parts of it!

And so I find myself stood in The Leadmill a couple of hours before the gig, watching the band soundcheck.  It sounds good to me but they're clearly still a bit short of match fitness, learning how to play as a unit again.  It's not surprising as not only have they not played together for 17 years, some of them haven't performed at all for 17 years!

Bass player Moony has stayed active in the music industry but for journalist Rich, architect Philip and, most rock 'n' roll of all, antique shop owner Bronwyn, this is a journey into not so much the unknown as the forgotten. Fortunately for Bronwyn her daughter has just started playing the drums and so for the first time in years there is a kit for her to practice on; "She's just passed her Grade 1, which means she's better than I am now" she explains, to which Moony deadpans "Unfortunately she wasn't available".

Despite only having had a couple of rehearsals, the gig in London the previous night had gone well and they seem ready for what is both their homecoming and their last ever gig. How are things different now, I ask. More relaxed, their enjoying their time on stage, getting along better than they did 17 years ago. "Philip was a bit of a prima donna" explains Bronwyn, "but he even made the tea today and that's never happened before". However as the doors open and the crowd starts to gather, the palpable anticipation and expectation downstairs is matched by growing nerves in the Speedy dressing room and Philip becomes increasingly quiet and pale.  I wish them luck and head down to the gig.

The Leadmill is the sort of traditional medium size venue that music lovers will be all too familiar with. It's good to see somewhere that comes steeped in history (if you're a Sheffield band you'll have been on this stage) and yet has kept its independence - seems like everything is an O2 Academy these days. So who would actually turn out for a band that had no proper hits and were last seen 17 years ago? It turns out the answer is hundreds of people, many of whom are wearing Speedy T-shirts.  There is no merch stand so the remarkable thing is not that the T-shirts have lasted so long, or indeed that people can still fit into them, but that this band meant so much to them that they kept the T-shirt for 17 years, never dreaming that they would wear it to a Speedy gig again. Although not a sell out the place is full and when the lights dim and the looped platform announcement to Nowhere that opens the album starts, the crowd roars and starts the first of many 'Speedy' chants.

The band take their places and Philip stands centre-stage, arms behind his back, dressed in what can only be described as a 90s T-shirt (perhaps it too is an original, kept for just such an occasion) and a questionable jacket. He looks like a rabbit in the headlights. The band kick into opener Anytime, Anyplace, Nowhere, the crowd bounce, Philip flicks his hips left then right and in an instance is transformed back into the pop star that he was clearly meant to be. 

The song fades and the band look momentarily fazed by the enthusiastic reaction they receive but by now they have found their stride and any doubts from the soundcheck are already behind them. "That was one side of a double A side that didn't do anything when we released it, and this is the other side" announces Philip as they launch into Heard Seen Done Been and sound like they've spent the last 17 years gigging together. Moony stands impassive at the mic, pumping out the bass whilst Phil prowls his corner of the stage, belying the fact that he'd only recently had to re-learn his own songs, Bronwyn diminutive behind her kit, never misses a beat.

Philip is all action at the front of the stage, cajoling the crowd through the songs, unable to stand still for more than a few seconds at a time he bounces, kicks and arms outstretched demands our attention. Mild-mannered architect off-stage maybe but very much still a prima donna on it!

After just a couple of songs I decide to stop watching from the middle and get down the front where the sweating, bouncing, singing people are as the band rattle through the hits that never were. There will be no obscure B-sides or missing 2nd album material tonight, the band don't know them.  They've played through their debut album and done it, the crowd and themselves proud. They leave the stage with the crowd ringing in their ears and return with a confession "We don't actually know any more songs, so which ones do you want to hear again?" asks Philip. We already know the answer, Time For You and Boy Wonder of course. At this point I take myself off to the back of the hall as I want to record the encore for our radio show.  However also from back here I can see the whole spectacle. A band playing the last 2 songs that they know they'll ever play, giving it their all and a crowd who know that they are in the middle of something special - arms outstretched, singing with gusto, going for it every bit as much as the guys on the stage.

And then it was over.

It was a special night for everyone concerned but especially for Speedy who have managed to take a career that fizzled out and choose their own ending, with the release of an excellent album and a gig that they would later admit was one of the best they've ever played. For our show to have had even the smallest part in the story of bringing Speedy back to life is something that I am very proud of but quite aside from that, it was simply a fantastic gig. After the show as the crowd filed away I interviewed a few of them and everyone was going home happy.

So I shall leave the final word of this piece to a lady who'd been dragged along by her boyfriend, "First time I've ever heard of Speedy, first time I've heard them. Absolutely fantastic, I'm just blown away".

Speedy - News From Nowhere is out now on Lost Music Club Records, also on Spotify and iTunes.

Our show on 9th April included an interview and the live encore, listen from 01:40:00

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Britpop Critical Legacy Top 10

Well this week it has been pretty much impossible to miss BBC Britpop week and you know what? It's been excellent, particularly on the radio, and I've especially enjoyed the revived evening session with Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq. I ever broke my personal vow of never listening to BBC Radio 2 in order to participate.

The centerpiece of their scheduling was a public vote to find the Top 40 'Britpop Anthems'. Now of course any chart is subjective but with such a large voting base (over 30,000 people took part) things average out don't they? The big hits float to the top and it all becomes a bit predictable. Except I don't think it was.

Yes, most of the Top 10 are probably the ones you'd expect and Common People is a worthy winner, but look further down the chart and there some refreshingly interesting and slightly obscure choices; Salad, Strangelove, Powder and Denim. Denim, good grief! And My Life Story at Number 17? These 30,000 people know their Britpop.

This is the full BBC 6music Britpop Anthem Top 40:

  1. Pulp - Common People
  2. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
  3. Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
  4. Oasis - Wonderwall
  5. Blur - Parklife
  6. Suede - Animal Nitrate
  7. Blur - Girls And Boys
  8. The Bluetones - Slight Return 
  9. Pulp - Disco 2000
  10. Ash - Girl From Mars
  11. Radiohead - The Bends
  12. Ocean Colour Scene - The Riverboat Song 
  13. Supergrass - Alright
  14. Mansun - Wide Open Space
  15. The Divine Comedy - Something For The Weekend 
  16. Longpigs - She Said
  17. My Life Story - 12 Reasons Why I Love Her
  18. Shed 7 - Going For Gold
  19. Suede - Trash
  20. Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
  21. Paul Weller - The Changing Man
  22. Sleeper - Inbetweener
  23. Space - Female Of The Species
  24. Elastica - Line Up
  25. Dodgy - Staying Out For The Summer 
  26. Catatonia - Road Rage
  27. Echobelly - Great Things
  28. Gene - For The Dead 
  29. The Boo Radleys - Wake Up Boo 
  30. Lush - Ladykillers
  31. Salad - Drink The Elixir
  32. Cast - Fine Time
  33. 60ft Dolls - Stay
  34. Menswear - Daydreamer 
  35. Denim - Middle Of The Road
  36. Northern Uproar - From A Window
  37. The Supernaturals - Smile
  38. Marion - Violent Men
  39. Powder - Afrodisiac
  40. Strangelove - The Greatest Show On Earth
(Bit of trivia for you, only 1 of those songs was a Number 1)

Now I like charts & lists and stuff like that, it appeals to my inner geek.  So I thought I could do something with this that reflects how well songs did to get in there. For Wonderwall to make the list is not that big an achievement but for a song that has never charted to make this list? Now that's impressive! So using a highly scientific formula and a level of advanced calculus that is known only to me, Stephen Hawking and a Tibetan monk named Keith, and with tongue only ever so slightly in cheek, I give you...

The Britpop Revival Show Critical Legacy Top 10:

  1. Denim - Middle Of The Road
  2. Marion - Violent Men
  3. Salad - Drink The Elixir
  4. Powder - Afrodisiac
  5. 60ft Dolls - Stay
  6. My Life Story - 12 Reasons Why I Love Her
  7. Strangelove - The Greatest Show On Earth
  8. Lush - Ladykillers
  9. Elastica - Line Up
  10. The Supernaturals - Smile

[You want to know how this was compiled don't you? Well it involved the position in the 6music chart and the actual chart position and some GCSE maths. I did genuinely work this out with a spreadsheet and stuff, so that makes it scientific!]

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Full, unedited interview with Ben Lloyd & Nigel Powell

If you listened to last week's show you'll have heard our interview with Ben Lloyd & Nigel Powell of Frank Turner's backing band, The Sleeping Souls. That was just a 10 minute edit of a 40 minute interview and so here it is in full.

They talk about their life in music, playing in a teenage version of Radiohead, The Unbelievable Truth, Dive Dive and falling in with Frank Turner and ending up on the opening ceremony of the London Olympics!

Recorded backstage at the Plymouth Pavilions in February 2014 (hence the background noise) this was a great interview to do with two great guys who I could have talked to all day.