Saturday, 17 May 2014

33 & A Nerd #13: REM - Talk About Our Passion

Choose your favourite REM album they said
That's easy we thought - I have a very definite idea
But we were wrong
Oh so wrong

But we did it anyway


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You'll have to listen to find out which albums we selected to champion but here are the usual visual aids to the show

The gig setlist for the Grand Rex, Paris 20th June 1989 that Mr Sqwubsy attended

REM performing Shiny Happy Monsters On Sesame Street

the performance that sent a young Spencer barreling to his local record shop

REM performing 'Walk Unfraid' as they did in Hyde Park after the 7\7\ London bombings

Recent interview with Peter Buck about his 2nd solo album, that old band and what a retired rock star does all day

STOP PRESS: Since recording this podcast DaveDogFacedBoy has purchased a vinyl copy of REM's last studio album - 'Collapse Into Now' but has not listened to it yet. 

The dream continues....

Saturday, 19 April 2014

33 & A Nerd #12: You Can Hear The Beards


With the ever popular team of Ola, Blue Paul & Dr J on the line we address the latters bug bear - "authenticity in music". where b&w photographs suggest serious and sincere, humour has no home
and selling out is not an option

We also discuss those dream / missed / cancelled and downright terrific gigs we've moved heaven, earth and bank balance to see plus the retirement of a giant American television pioneer.

Yes! We talk about something that isn't music on the twelfth '33 & A Nerd' podcast!

Please - you're welcome to pull up a chair and listen - we won't 'jardine' you.


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Kevin Rowland's letter to 'Ant & Dec' after the band were asked to perform 'Come On Eileen' on the popular Saturday night entertainment television show.

That 'Nez' convention notice board in all its glory

King of Late Night David Letterman's extraordinary monologue on his first show following the 9\11 attacks

Dave, a monkey on roller-skates - what more do you need?

Friday, 4 April 2014

33 & A Nerd #11: Don't Mention The Ronettes!

The Shangri-las in their classic "yeah, what?" pose

Yes, the Girl Groups of the Sixties reign over this episode of the podcast. We talk about the big hitters but also those hidden gems you might not be aware of. 

Starting this month as for shows in the future with mucho music there will be a streaming only version of the show via Mixcloud where you can hear the tracks in full.




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As we say many times throughout the podcast, Ace Records are your first stop shop for all things girl pop but we specifically recommend

Girls With Guitars Vol.I
Destroy That Boy: Girls With Guitars Vol.II
and the newly released
The Rebel Kind: Girls With Guitars Vol.III

And their monumental 'Where The Girls Are' 8 volume (so far) series which kicks off with 'Condition Red' by 'The Goodees' 
Where The Girls Are Vol.I

All Shangri-Las is good but this catch-all comp is tough to beat buy here

The wonderful Light In The Attic Records are responsible for unearthing the solid gold class of Honey Ltd.
Honey Ltd : the Complete LHI Recordings

The Liverbirds complete discography is available on one handy CD 
From Merseyside To Hamburg: The Complete Star-Club Recordings
from (yes, you guessed it) Ace Records. 

Here are the band shaking up a storm on the very first episode of German TV's legendary 'Beat Club'.

The biker on the 'He's A Rebel' sleeve was a far less threatening prospect than the song or other pop culture of the time made him out to be. 

As The Whyte Boots sound in their dramatic disc 'Nightmare' - they are not to be messed with.

The Marvelettes 'Twistin' Postman' perhaps had a little more about it in the live version - see what you think.

The long deleted but wonderfully packaged 'One Kiss Can lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost And Found' can be picked up new and used from the tax dodgers if you're feeling flush.

And finally here are The Shangri-las standing on a street corner chatting about their guys.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

33 & A Nerd #10: 'Morrissey's Uncle Killed My Arsenal'

This episode is the first "in a room" podcast we've done for a while with Mr Sqwubsy, Adrian Specs and Vorgongod on a lazy post-pub Sunday afternoon in North London. Our topic was Morrissey's 'Kill Uncle' and 'Your Arsenal' albums, the latter of which has just been reissued but as usual we freewheeled everywhere.

- What's the best Morrissey B-side?
- Was 'Your Arsenal' the template used from then til now?
- Which John Deacon played on the album?

- The whole NME / Madstock debacle from an eyewitness POV.

You can find Adrian's excellent blog at

Morrissey's Wolverhampton Civic Hall 1988 debut solo gig where you had to wear a Moz or Smiths T-shirt to gain entry suddenly appeared online last year. Watch it!

One of the few points raised by DogFacedBoy during the podcast was the memory of a picture of Morrissey with a cat on his head. Here is the proof.

The original 'I Was Morrissey's Roadie' article is behind Murdoch's paywall at The Times but here is a little flavour of it here


You can find the NME's 1992 'This Alarming Man' piece at the stunning Morrissey Scans tumblr here


Here is the photo from Time Out magazine with Moz wearing the T-shirt that Mr Sqwubsy gave him at Hook End Studios during the album sessions.

'Your Arsenal (Definitive Master)' reissue is available now on CD (with bonus live at Shoreline Ampitheatre, 1991 DVD) and heavyweight gatefold vinyl



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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

33 & A Nerd #9: More Bloody Beatles Vol.2 (or "The Blue Podcast")

Are they still talking about the Beatles? - Yes we are!

Amongst the subjects covered include

- When did the Beatles "industry" begin?
- The U.S. Albums - worth the import taxes?
- Beatles songs for aliens
- A world without Beatles

Thanks again to Ola, Blue Paul and DrJ for the most enjoyable and satisfying podcast for me so far. I hope you enjoy it too. 

DRJ's Must See TV from 1st June 1987 - It Was 20 Years Ago Today





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Available from itunes

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

33 & A Nerd #8 : The Bloody Beatles Vol.1 (or "The Red Podcast")

You think that everything to say about the Beatles has been said? Well you maybe right right but that hasn't stopped an international panel of Beatles nerds from having a go.
  • Why are we still obsessed with the band 50 years on?
  • Have they ruined music for everyone since?
  • Why are they more popular now than they were during thier lifetime?
  • How many people and dogs were living in Sweden in 1963?

this and other conundrums are mused over in the next 45 minutes or so

Beatles spela till flera tittare och nĂ¥gra hundar i November 1963

Sky Arts On Demand has the David Quantick penned drama Snodgrass 
to view. Despite my nitpicking it is a nice litlle curio with another excellent Lennon from Ian Hart.



Liverpool fans at The Kop End of Anfield in 1964 - with apologies to Blue Paul!

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Until Fab podcast Part 2 or sooner - g'bye.

Friday, 17 January 2014

33 & A Nerd #7: They Might Be Giants

Recorded at the same time as our last podcast but svaed for it own little show, Hannah, Doctor J and I discuss another band we saw in Dublin and London - They Might be Giants. Apart from the gig we have a general love-in about one of America's Greatest Bands and why they mean so much to us beautiful freaks.

Includes discussion of the Joel\Giants matrix! 

Check out this episode!