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Helen May



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:26 pm    Post subject: The People's Songs Wednesdays R2 10pm Reply with quote

Now up to episode 3 of 50 this week's song is She Loves You. Great documentary from Stuart Maconie and a good insight into how life was mainly in 1963.

Well worth a listen IMHO.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've listened to the first one and the third, with Dame Vera and The Fabs, which I thoroughly enjoyed, also a bit of the second one, with Two Tribes, which I wasn't really in the mood for, so gave up after 15 mins or so. But excellent radio from Stuart Maconie, who has no peers when it comes to this sort of stuff.

Never thought I'd hear anyone say that The Undertakers were as good as The Beatles... Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done the same as you Raver. I've recorded the second one maybe I'll listen, maybe not. As you say you need to be in the mood.

Stuart is superb, a miss on mainstream R2.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too right, Helen. He's a massive loss.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sounds like a really good little series and Stuart Maconie is the right presenter for it, as he is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about this sort of thing.

In fact when it was first publicised late last year I submitted a few words on what I think was a very interesting and influential year, 1967, by email to the Beeb and got a phone call from a lady from the production company asking me in for an interview. In December at the BBC Sussex studios in Brighton I duly answered a few questions about that era, and nominated 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' as a key song from that year.
I suspect that much (or all) of it will be edited, but I shall be keen to listen to that episode when it comes out.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh you'll have to tell us if they broadcast your comments!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I certainly will, Helen. I don't yet know the date of broadcast.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're absolutely right about 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' Schiz - for me no other track sums up the wonderful late 60's period better Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Now up to episode 3 of 50 this week's song is She Loves You. Great documentary from Stuart Maconie and a good insight into how life was mainly in 1963.

Well worth a listen IMHO.

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It was,Helen ...loved it!

One of the contributors to the programme said something like "It was only in hindsight you realised how big The Beatles were ...you just sort of lived through it" I can't say I agree with her on that ...more or less as soon as I heard the first song from them I (and lots of others I'm sure) just knew these four were going to be massive ...it's hard to explain now but it was a real 'light bulb' moment Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It most definitely was Becky, I don't think I could explain it either.

Glad you enjoyed it as well. I like the way the songs don't seem to be in any chronological order either.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I certainly will, Helen. I don't yet know the date of broadcast.


Any news yet. Schizzo..?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I certainly will, Helen. I don't yet know the date of broadcast.


Looks like it will be next Wednesday, Feb 20th, according to RT Schiz!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oldraver and Helen:

Indeed, it is at 10pm this Wednesday (20th)! I only found out yesterday when the production company emailed me with details.

Don't expect anything too enlightening from me. The main gist of my contribution was that I was only 13/14 in the summer of 1967 and really too young to appreciate the ideaologies of the hippie movement and much of the weird psychedelic music (early Pink Floyd, Love, Frank Zappa, Hendrix etc) and spent my time listening to pop music such as Procul Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' which to me formed the musical backdrop of that unique summer and always transports me back to that time when I hear it. Along with Sgt Pepper of course.

Still, I will enjoy my brief period of fame. I expect much of what I said will be edited.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I shall look forward to listening, it may be via iPlayer though.

Is it just me or is everyone still having access problems with the board?

Yours is the first 'reply to post' email I've had for days!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
Oldraver and Helen:

Indeed, it is at 10pm this Wednesday (20th)! I only found out yesterday when the production company emailed me with details.

Don't expect anything too enlightening from me. The main gist of my contribution was that I was only 13/14 in the summer of 1967 and really too young to appreciate the ideaologies of the hippie movement and much of the weird psychedelic music (early Pink Floyd, Love, Frank Zappa, Hendrix etc) and spent my time listening to pop music such as Procul Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' which to me formed the musical backdrop of that unique summer and always transports me back to that time when I hear it. Along with Sgt Pepper of course.

Still, I will enjoy my brief period of fame. I expect much of what I said will be edited.


I listened (perhaps not attentively enough) but didn't hear comments like the above,Schiz....did I miss them?


Like the woman on the programme I thought, for years, it was "Knights In White Satin"
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you enjoyed the show Becky.
There was a brief reference to the above, and I was quoted four or five times in all which was pleasing. I was flattered that I had the final say, about 1968 being such a violent year (anti war demos, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King) compared to 1967.

I also appear briefly on March 6 in a prog called 'Je T'Aime' though can't remember what I said.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes,I did enjoy it,Schiz.

I don't know if it is a well known story about what Bob Dylan thought the lyrics" I can't hide" were in" I Wanna Hold Your Hand" but it's not one I've heard before... Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff Schizzo. I enjoyed the whole thing immensely. Looking forward to your next appearance, as long as it's not a Serge Gainsbourg impression, or worse still, a Jane Birkin one...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you enjoyed it, Raver.
I shall look forward to my brief encounter with the lovely Jane Birkin. I think my contribution was that a group called Sounds Nice did an orchestral version of Je T'Aime which was also very good and a small hit.

Becky, I had a laugh as well on hearing that Dylan thought the words were 'I Get High'.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've recorded it but haven't had time to listen yet, so I'll look out for your comments Schiz!

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Glad you enjoyed it, Raver.
I shall look forward to my brief encounter with the lovely Jane Birkin. I think my contribution was that a group called Sounds Nice did an orchestral version of Je T'Aime which was also very good and a small hit.

Becky, I had a laugh as well on hearing that Dylan thought the words were 'I Get High'.


Ah yes. Radio 1 wouldn't play the Jane and Serge, so I had to listen to Luxembourg's Top 30 programme , or whatever it was, to hear it..hormones a go-go... Embarassed

The Beatle/Dylan story is well documented. I'm surprised you both didn't know it!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldraver wrote:


The Beatle/Dylan story is well documented. I'm surprised you both didn't know it!

First time of hearing that for me,raver.. Embarassed Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made another brief appearance on tonight's show, right at the beginning!
The show was based on the song Dedicated Follower Of Fashion by The Kinks and was about the Swinging London scene of the mid 60s., Carnaby Street, Kings Road etc.

This is an excellent series and I hope Stuart Maconie and the independent production company get lots of awards for it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuart Maconie is another person who should be doing a lot more on Radio 2. As he was about 10 years ago. It was a travesty when his Critical List show was axed. Alright, this was replaced by a good Saturday afternoon show for a while, until it was chiselled down from three hours to two, then went the same way as The Critical List. I wish we can hear more of Stuart.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
I made another brief appearance on tonight's show, right at the beginning!
The show was based on the song Dedicated Follower Of Fashion by The Kinks and was about the Swinging London scene of the mid 60s., Carnaby Street, Kings Road etc.

This is an excellent series and I hope Stuart Maconie and the independent production company get lots of awards for it.


I'll listen back, maybe record it for later as I'd planned to. I've not heard too many of them but I think they are all still available to listen to ???.

Couldn't agree more with LEE that we should have more of Stuart Maconie on Radio 2. I always learned something from his programmes and Crictical List was excellent.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
I made another brief appearance on tonight's show, right at the beginning!
The show was based on the song Dedicated Follower Of Fashion by The Kinks and was about the Swinging London scene of the mid 60s., Carnaby Street, Kings Road etc.

This is an excellent series and I hope Stuart Maconie and the independent production company get lots of awards for it.


Was yours the first comment after Dedicated Follower Of Fashion?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Helen it was. I think I said something like the early 60s was an era of black and white and very American influenced, whereas everything had become more vivid and colourful by the mid 60s.

Not very earth shattering, but clearly Stuart MaConie was impressed!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't heard most of these but enjoyed this edition about musicals.

The story about Rizzo's song from Grease, by one of the contributors, was nice and sad at the same time.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pkrh8/The_Peoples_Songs_Dont_Cry_for_Me_Argentina_Musicals/

Julie Covington's version of Don't Cry For Me Argentina never fails to send a shiver down my spine ...her voice is beautiful on that.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Couldn't agree more with LEE that we should have more of Stuart Maconie on Radio 2. I always learned something from his programmes and Crictical List was excellent.


I like Stuart Maconie and always have. I thought the TV piece he fronted on the Abbey Road 50th Anniversary of "Please, Please, Me" was very, very good indeed (I have it on DVD) and his "Critical List" programmes have always been highly engaging. Sadly, he's underused in the same way that Mark Radcliffe is. Given Radio 2's obsession with "bland and shallow" perhaps the station doesn't deserve them? I listen to 6 Music and other web-based output much more than I do R2 these days.
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This series is coming to a close next week and just a shout out if you want to listen to any previous episodes to do it quick!

There is an error on the webpage which wrongly states there is still a year to listen to all episodes, which is wrong. The whole series disappears a week after the last episode goes out next Wednesday Dec 11th.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/peoplessongs

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