Low Noise is a weekly podcast, which provides a (fairly) in-depth analysis of popular music and culture in (approximately) fifteen minutes. These episodes have ...
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NME (New Musical Express)
A (relatively) in-depth analysis of the British music newspaper NME (or New Musical Express as it was originally known) in (just over) twenty minutes. In this episode I am in conversation with with Dr. Andrew Webber.NME is currently a British music, film, gaming, and culture website and brand. Launched in 1952, it was originally a newspaper (or 'rock inkie') and was the first British newspaper to include a singles chart.In the 1970s, it became the best-selling British music newspaper. From 1972 to 1976, it was particularly associated with gonzo journalism, a style of writing that typically employs satire, exaggerated assertions, scathing critique, shocking descriptions and usually includes the writer as part of the story using a first-person narrative. It was closely associated with the punk rock movement through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley, and Tony Parsons. In the 1990s it moved from newsprint to a glossier magazine style format before leaving the physical format altogether and publishing online only.In the the Sex Pistols song 'Anarchy in the UK', I always assumed Johnny Rotten sang 'I use the NME, I use ANARCHY'. Maybe he actually did.I hope you enjoy this episode.Mathew Woodall
Public Image Ltd.
A (relatively) in-depth analysis of the English post-punk band Public Image Ltd. in (just over) fifteen minutes. In this episode I am in conversation with with Dr. Andrew Webber.Public Image Ltd. (or PIL) are an English post-punk rock band formed by John Lydon (previously of the Sex Pistols), guitarist Keith Levene (one of the original members of The Clash) bassist Jah Wobble (who cut his teeth in the band) and drummer Jim Walker. The group's line-up has changed frequently over the past few decades with Lydon being the only constant member.Public Image Ltd. released their eleventh studio album End of World in August 2023.I saw Public Image at Poole Arts Centre in November 1983. My lasting memory is when Lydon appeared on stage wearing a large, cobalt blue coat. I wanted that coat. After the first song (Public Image) he threw it into the crowd so I lunged for it. Everybody did the same and I watched in horror as it was wrenched from my grip and ripped to pieces. I hope you enjoy this episode.Mathew Woodall
A (relatively) in-depth analysis of American singer Britney Spears in (just over) twenty minutes. Mathew Woodall is in discussion with Meah and April.Often referred to as the "Princess of Pop", she is credited with influencing the revival of 'teen pop' during the late 1990s and early 2000s"You see my problem is this: I'm dreaming away, wishing that heroes, they truly exist"
The Long Run (Eagles)
A (relatively) in-depth analysis of the 1979 album 'The Long Run' by Eagles in (just under) twenty minutes. In this episode I am in discussion with Dr. Andrew Webber.
Willin' (Little Feat)
A (relatively) in-depth analysis of the ultimate truckin' anthem Willin' by Little Feat in (just over) twenty five minutes. In this episode I am in discussion with Mr. Keep on Truckin' himself Dr. Andrew Webber and if you give us weed, whites, and wine and you show us a sign, we'll be willin' to be movin'...As far as I am aware, the song has been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Seatrain, The Byrds, Gene Parsons, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, Phish, Bob Dylan, Phil Pritchett, Jackson Browne, Gregg Allman, Stein Ove Berg, Johan Berggren, Richard Shindell, The Black Crowes and Mandy Moore. Do get in touch if you have heard any other versions.The Linda Ronstadt version is featured in James Cameron's 'The Abyss' with several characters singing along as a submarine tows an underwater oil rig. Later another character destroys a radio that is playing the song. The Mandy Moore was used on the soundtrack for the 'This Is Us' TV series.The song we are discussing is the re-recorded version (at a slower tempo) and which was featured on Little Feat's 1972 Sailin' Shoes album. This was an era when everyone was lookin', feelin', wantin' and willin'.Mathew Woodall
Low Noise is a weekly podcast, which provides a (fairly) in-depth analysis of popular music and culture in (approximately) fifteen minutes. These episodes have been recorded ‘on the spot’ using the Low Noise Mobile Recording Studio (my iPad) at various locations throughout the UK. All broadcasts are recorded with passion, enthusiasm and substance. Low noise - high output. Thank you for listening!