Episode 13 Get your hands off the wall

Is having a milkman hipster? Does the milkman deliver Jesus juice? Was Jesus juice involved in Chris’ conception? Which artist made Marvin Gaye sound like Ford Fiesta driving on gravel?

Oh, and in other news….ladies and gentlemen, The Darkness!

This week we deep-dive into these 3 albums

  • Michael Jackson, Off the wall (1:54)
  • The Flaming Lips, Soft bulletin (18:01)
  • The Darkness, Permission to land (34:24)

Amazing, wasn’t it? A lot of people are saying this is the best episode ever, it really is, I mean everybody is talking about it. Except those guys over on that other podcast channel, i mean FAKE NEWS people, they don’t respect us. LOOOOOSERS. WE ARE THE BIG LEAGUES, i mean phenomenal, best ever. Check out more bigly, bigly episodes over here. Amazing.

Episode 12 The weird one

This episode we take a wander through the oddball freak show of music. All musicians are either freaks, eccentrics or drug takers. See if you can tell which are which!

This week we explore

  • The Mothers of Invention, Freak Out (1:32)
  • Kate Bush, The Dreaming (9:13)
  • The Boards of Canada, Music has the right to children (19:41)

It’s time to come clean…you’re addicted to podcasts, aren’t you? Want to go one step further and secretly go into the bathroom to listen, maybe away from your partner, pretending you’re constipated to buy more time to get your hit? It’s a great strategy! Let us feed your dirty habit with many other podcasts in our handy episode guide and articles index!

Led Zeppelin 1

This is the album that killed the 60s.

9 songs and 48 minutes and we could finally let go of sodding lace cravats.

Led Zeppelin began as a musical mission sent by God (Jimmy Page). Growing up around Clapton, Beck and 100s of blues records, Page went on to be one of the most prolific session musicians on the 60s scene. This experience and exposure to many music styles, artist’s mindsets and improvisation ability crafted one of Britain’s greatest axeman….now he only needed some handy mates to realise it.

Following his exit from the Yardbirds, Page founded Led Zeppelin with fellow band members Robert Plant (Vocals), Jon Bonham (Drums) and John Paul Jones (Everything else).

The first album was entirely self-funded by Page and ex-wrestler and now manager Peter Grant. This allowed complete creative control and production with the band. First thing, what an amazing level of confidence and belief in their project – As a band they knew exactly what they wanted to achieve and the step forward music needed to take.

The sixties gave birth to so many ideas and genres, however few of these had really fused outside its own musical silo. Folk was for hippies, Rock was for bikers, singer/songwriters were in some Californian woodhouse somewhere and Soul was owned in full by Motown. The Beatles, Zappa and Hendrix had started to fuse these elements but only superficially. Along came a band called Zep.

Led Zeppelin 1 features old time rock n’ roll, classic blues, and Norse/Celtic folk. Each of these genres has the pure sound of itself, yet fused in amongst each other and delivered through a WALL OF SOUND that were the 4 best musicians at what they did. Clapton? He was busy doing 12-minute random blue scales practice. Moon? He was busy cleaning his Rolls in outdoor pools. Hendrix? Yeeeeeeah you got a point, but he had checked out of England at this point…America for some reason now like him. Hendrix may have been the greatest flamboyant guitarist of all time but he none of the breadth that Page had.

Every track, be it rock, folk or blues sounds like the best version of that genre – The folk of Black mountain side beats Pentangle, Communication Breakdown trumps anything from the Who and even the oldest skool blues man in a rocking chair on a veranda who just woke up that morning to see his wife leave, and it started raining heard Dazed and Confused and thought ‘Damn, boy!’

There is such a signature sound, which is unmistakable Led Zep: Earth-moving riffs, kick-ass solos, spectral harmonies, and the Herculean vocals of Robert Plant, yelling out across a crowd of 10,000s. All this, yet nothing sounds excessive; every riff, every chord, every vocal scream is well-chosen and well-timed. It manages to sound like an academic music case study…yet it also just f*king rocks!

Funnily enough like any typical music journalists, they didn’t like it. Rolling Stone panned it with criticism of the production, writing skills and compared them to the lesser versions of the Jeff Beck Group and Rod Stewart. Thankfully, normal people such as the public violently disagreed and bought the album and made them into a highly successful live act.

Led Zep began their shaping of their discography with only releasing one token single to appease a record company, preferring the album to be listened to as a whole – another landmark album in not just a set of singles and filler, but as a journey of peaks and valleys.

Led Zeppelin’s legacy and influence

  • Helped paved the way for most stadium rock groups
  • Opened the door for heavy metal
  • Gave the album entity serious credence and a new battleground in shifting vinyl
  • Gilded the lead guitarist in a band with a new status of a struttin’, wieldin’, foot-on-monitor god
  • Made the Alpha-male front man into the mullet-banshee powerhouse we all love
  • Gave ‘the other one’ mystical status with keyboards and school percussion box
  • Somebody actually noticed the drummer

Quite simply, Led Zeppelin 1 is the finest 1st album from any rock band. No other band had the vision, the musicianship, the scale, the delivery or the courage of their own conviction.

  • Song of the album: Dazed & Confused
  • Score: 5/5

Want to hear what else we said about it? Of course you do. Listen to the full episode here.

Episode 11 Would sir care for some dessert rock?

This week we discover how Nick Drake is not Nikki Sixx or Daniel Bedingfield. We also discuss vegan fighting terms and what is the most affectionate song to cannabis…? Ever!

We deep dive into these brilliant and terrible albums:

  • Nick Drake, Five leaves left (1:12)
  • The Pixies, Surfer Rosa (15:42)
  • Queens of the stone age, 1st album (32:32)

If you hated this episode, maybe you just hate music…awwww just kidding, maybe you should take a look at our other better episodes with your favourite artist! Who we hate.

Listen along to the albums, be amazed, disgusted and then comment below. We may even read your comment and fire one of us and replace them with you.

Episode 10 Wouldn’t it be nice if we were Zeppelin?

This week we exploit child labour, discover the inevitable holy war against us and tell you which iconic artist sounds like a massive fanny. Oh, we also discover how one band was a small step away from playing the evil axis of gigs and tell you which album slew the 60s.

And…IT’S COMPETITION TIME! Find out how to win a custom t-shirt, created by our house band head honcho, Danny!

In this episode we deep-dive into the following albums

  • The Shamen, En-Tact (0:53)
  • Talking Heads, ’77 (4:24)
  • The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (17:15)
  • Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin 1 (34:05)

(Want to see your artist? Maybe they’re in one our previous episodes)

Want to hear more great episodes or read some articles? Check out the episode guide! There’s singing dogs, fun quizzes about Ch**s M%rt#n (sorry, lost it a bit there…in fact, get me a transit van, a hammer and a grenade…I’m sorting this mess out, once and for all!)

It’s not all bad news though, check out this fab playlist below and listen along with us! It’s like watch with mother but without the horrendous and scarring puppets.

Episode 9 Ew, a girl!

Were you picked on in school? We put our new guest editor (a girl) through childhood trauma. The Guardian: well, more importantly its readers and should they be allowed near music? Do other artists do Dylan better than Dylan?

We deep dive into the following albums and reveal why a girl and a blonde are frankly, wrong. And bitter.

  • Kendrick Lamar, Good kid, M.A.A.D city (4:38)
  • Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman (19:03)
  • Bob Dylan, The freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (33:01)

Well done you, you just made yourself that little bit more interesting! Why not take it a notch up and see the many other episodes in our episode guide. You never know, it could help you chat up someone before being inevitably dumped. Loser.

Episode 8 – Talking politics in our PJs

This episode we discuss Chris’ casual approach to child adoption, discover the world’s most savage frontwoman and will Danny preserve his genitalia in a glass jar for future listeners?

This episode’s albums

  • Joni Mitchell, Blue (2:39)
  • Billy Bragg, Talking with the taxman about poetry (24:42)
  • PJ Harvey, Dry (38:14)

Yeah, yeah yeah…we’re great! Did you know that our greatness has been recorded on OTHER EPISODES?! Impressive, huh? Check out our episode guide here!

Listen along to the 3 album playlist below….maybe with a glass of cognac, pretty laydees and then bash your keyboard in rage at us in the comments.

Talking with the taxman about poetry

With thanks to Billybragg.co.uk – Original picture link here

Barking’s most famous son, Billy Bragg is a singer/songwriter is somewhere between Bob Dylan, a Doc Marten boot and an Alan Bennett novel.

Talking with the Taxman about Poetry is Bragg’s 3rd album and the one that launched him into the hearts of lefties everywhere, The Socialist Worker and most people gathering round a fire bin.

The themes running through the album include the coming of age of young men and moving from the antics of youth to the responsibilities of family, the politics of Thatcher and unrequited love. All this is brought to life by Bragg with a faithful Rickenbacker with rich, biting chords, jangling arpeggios, cascading chiming riffs and the rallying voice; thick with a gruff diamond Essex punch.

Bragg has always had the wily-Essex spirit, famously opportunistic in his purchase from a local curry house to satiate a hungry John Peel and swap a biryani for airplay of his record. This helped get his name on the map and the rest is history.

The album opens with the sensational ‘Greetings to the New Brunette’ – An anthem to touch the heart and soul of any young man with the impending fear and apprehension of becoming a father, leaving their questionable career choices and entering a new chapter in their life. The essence of Bragg is capturing the bitter sweetness of these moments – Picturing the fear but also joy of these milestones with belting melodies and poetic lyrics

The people from your church agree

It’s not much of a career

Trying the handles of parked cars

Whoops, there goes another year

Whoops, there goes another pint of beer

Here we are in our summer years

Living on ice cream and chocolate kisses

Would the leaves fall from the trees

If I was your old man and you were my missus

A hooligan, a beautiful girl, the moments of joy and love….transitioning to the mundanity of family life. This theme runs again with ‘The Marriage’ and is an ode to a new life of domesticity.

In addition to the journey of a young man, the awakening of politics and the crash of Thatcherism, the ‘loadsamoney’ generation and the attack on the working man looms large. Ideology, Levi Stubbs Tears, There is power in a union and help save the youth of America cover the spectrum of political thinking at the time.  Bragg manages to deliver a message, but never with lecturing or sanctimony…just with fantastic tunes and the power of belief.

In my opinion, Billy Bragg was the natural heir to Bob Dylan, principally owing to the political earthquake that created the two artist’s canvases.

This album deserves to be here as few others capture in such pictorial detail and wonderful imagery which is spoken not only from the heart, but standing on a desk, waving bits of paper angrily.

Bragg went onto produce many other anthems on politics, social issues and love…good ones though. He remains a prominent speaker and leftist, going for the throat and speaking with great examination on many public affairs platforms.

  • Song of the album: Greetings to the new brunette
  • Score: 4/5

Episode 7 A podc…WAIT WAIT WAIT KANYE IS HERE!

This episode the college dropout drops in. Yes, we examine the all-seeing, all-powerful, all-mega juggernaut that is Kanye West. Yes we are. We are. Kanye made us put this paragraph first.

We also look at the sensational 60s starlet Dusty Springfield and what happens when aloof posh schoolboys don’t want other more rowdy boys trying to chat up girls at their gigs and would rather dress as flowers on stage. It can only be…Genesis!

  • Dusty Springfield, A girl called Dusty (2:05)
  • Genesis, A lamb lies down on Broadway (18:45)
  • Kanye West, A college dropout (39:52)

Not convinced by posh boys dressed as flowers? Maybe try another episode? We’re sure to have cleansed fancy dress from every one of them. Check out our episode guide!

Listen to the album playlist below and listen along with us! 🙂

Episode 6 Killing Queen

This week we look at how many have confusing feelings for facial hair, totally balls up reviewing a metal album and review our first (and probably only) dance album.

This episode we deep dive into the following:

  • Queen, A night at the opera (2:08)
  • Sepultura Roo…No wait, Arise (20:48)
  • Mylo, Destroy Rock n’ Roll (42:08)

Well wasn’t that lovely? If you didn’t come to this episode for the facial hair then maybe you’d like some of our other episodes? I promise we shaved everyone. Check out our episode guide!

Listen to our handy playlist, get enraged, then hammer out a semi-coherent response in the comments below