A bit of a mixed bag on today’s show: Fraggle Rock, a scary night owl, snow being an inconvenience plus songs that sound like other songs…
First, I spoke about an owl that was outside my window the other night – and proceeded to do an impression of it!
Snow (and Christmas) just a major pain-in-the-bum, innit? When you are a kid or have kids, it’s great – but for a single guy with a car and places to go, people to see, it’s just a big bundle of “meh”. Valentine’s Day and Easter Eggs feature.
I noticed that Haim’s “The Wire” sounded like an old Eagles song…
Have you heard the “oh, oh, oh” that Graham Norton makes when he introduces a guest? I think I’ve found where the idea came from…
Paolo Nutini’s “Pencil Full of Lead” sounds like Jackie Wilson’s “Reet Petite”…
Finally, in an attempt to cheer everyone up, I tried to put a smile on people’s face by playing a classic TV theme…
Friday’s at 3:30pm is movie time and our regular film guru Mark Searby was in to review Darkest Hour, a biopic on Sir Winston Churchill starring (an almost unrecognisable) Gary Oldman. Also out this week is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – a real emotional roller-coaster and billed as a “black comedy” despite the serious subject matter of the unsolved murder of a young girl. This stars Fraces McDormand and Woody Harrelson.
For home-based viewing, there’s Detroit from Kathryn Bigelow about The Algiers Motel incident during the race riots of 1967. John Boyega (Finn, from the recent Star Wars films) stars in this. Finally, Good Time starring Robert Pattinson (off of vampires) as Constantine “Connie” Nikas who, along with his mentally challenged younger brother, decide to rob a bank in New York.
Factoid : Our movie man Mark is known for his dislike of popcorn and other such noisy sweets whilst at the cinema – as evidenced by the following clip and picture!
There’s somebody at the door, there’s somebody at the door! Mark Searby was in on today’s Drive show to offer his views on the best (and worst) film offerings of this year. It was a good year for comic-book films as well as the horror genre.
Keith Rogers was away (we know not where), so Charlie Davy was in the hot-seat (actually he was standing-up)…
Click the player above to hear Mark’s opinions on the best+worst films from 2017.
Charlie spent 3 minutes before the show looking at Wikipedia and offered the Top 10 grossing films of the year for Mark to offer a mini-review on…
Today Phoenix FM had a special guest in the studio: Santa! Taking to the airwaves 10am-1pm with help from Charlie Davy, some great festive tunes were played and a few presents were opened.
Gifts included a little treat for the Phoenix FM staff (essential kitchen items) plus useful training tool for the boys of our West Ham Way to pass onto their favourite football club.
You can listen again to some highlights by clicking the player above…
Songs played included:
Saint Motel – My Type Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Holy Mountain Ronettes – Sleigh Ride Elle King – Ex’s and Ohs Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby Elton John – Step Into Christmas REM – Shiny Happy People Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas Harry Styles – Kiwi Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday Portugal The Man – Feel It Still
You can catch Charlie on-air Boxing Day from 1pm and Wednesday 27th on Eat My Brunch from 10am.
Ho ho ho – the festive season is now upon us so there was much ranting about Xmas shopping, being dragged about the town by your other half and I asked the question: “Which one of our West Ham Way team sabotaged the overhead lines ahead of today’s game at Man City?”
The super-moon (aka: cold moon) got a mention, as did resisting the temptation to eat ALL the chocolates from an advent calendar in one sitting. My summary of Christmas was proclaimed and will stand the test of time: Christmas is great if you’re a kid or have kids”... As a 37yr-old single bloke it is, quite frankly, crrrrap!
Click the played to hear the best/worst from today’s show!
Songs played included:
AZTEC CAMERA – GOOD MORNING BRITAIN GEORGE EZRA – DON’T MATTER NOW KASABIAN – YOURE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – GO ROBOT GABRIELLA CILMI – WARM THIS WINTER WOLF ALICE – BEAUTIFULLY UNCONVENTIONAL LIAM GALLAGHER – WALL OF GLASS TEMPLES – KEEP IN THE DARK SUGAR RAY – EVERY MORNING CONFIDENCE MAN – BETTER SIT DOWN BOY ALANIS MORISSETTE – ALL I REALLY WANT DAVID BOWIE – FASHION PORTUGAL THE MAN – FEEL IT STILL XX – ISLANDS BLACK KEYS – LONELY BOY IGGY POP – REAL WILD CHILD DEL AMITRI – ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW AVRIL LAVIGNE – COMPLICATED PRINCE – 1999 FLEETWOOD MAC – LITTLE LIES CURE – CLOSE TO ME [REMIX] JOURNEY – DON’T STOP BELIEVING
On today’s Drive show, our resident movie guru, Mark Searby, popped in today to talk all things cinema and DVD/BluRay should an evening at the flicks tempt you or perhaps a cosy night in with something on the idiot lantern…
Of course, there was a festive film in the mix courtesy of The Man Who Invented Christmas which features Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge. Of the DVD picks this week is My Feral Heart, filmed locally in Rochford and one of the cast is our regular “Drive” host, Keith Rogers!
Click the player above to hear the audio…
Mark is on Twitter @Mark_Searby and is back next Friday at 3:30…
Today’s show was made all the better thanks to the delightful aroma of our new studio air-freshener – orange blossom/pomegranate since you ask – and not 1 but 2 rounds of TrumpTrumpTrump News… There was mention of drones buzzing above our heads plus the new Liam Neeson film The Commuter…
Click the player above to listen to the best/worst from the show!
Songs played included:
PET SHOP BOYS – ALWAYS ON MY MIND ALICE GOLD – RUNAWAY LOVE ALANIS MORISSETTE – HEAD OVER FEET JAKE BUGG – LIGHTNING BOLT TOVE LO – TALKING BODY TRAVIS – TIED TO THE 90’S PAULA COLE – WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE CHARLATANS – HOW HIGH PRIMITIVES – CRASH WHITE TOWN – YOUR WOMAN MACCABEES – PELICAN ROLLING STONES – UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT OCEAN COLOUR SCENE – HUNDRED MILE HIGH CITY KT TUNSTALL – MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING PORTUGAL THE MAN – FEEL IT STILL MUSE – FEELING GOOD SPIN DOCTORS – TWO PRINCES
Hey – I’ll be covering Drive 3-6pm this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so be sure to tune in for more assorted gubbins on Driveltime!
Click the player above to hear the best/worst from today’s show!
Songs played included:
TEXAS – SAY WHAT YOU WANT FOALS – MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES HALL AND OATES – I CAN’T GO FOR THAT CORRS – SOS SIMPLE MINDS – ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID KYLIE MINOGUE – LOVE IS THE DRUG STRANGLERS – GOLDEN BROWN CRASH TEST DUMMIES – MMM MMM MMM MMM TEMPER TRAP – SWEET DISPOSITION FLEETWOOD MAC – EVERYWHERE DAVID GRAY – SAIL AWAY RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – THE ZEPHYR SONG CANDI STATON – YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE KASABIAN – FIRE ERASURE – SOMETIMES PAUL SIMON – YOU CAN CALL ME AL NEW ORDER – REGRET MANIC STREET PREACHERS – A DESIGN FOR LIFE LEMONHEADS – MRS ROBINSON
…and if that wasn’t enough, I’ll be sitting in for Keith on tomorrow’s Drive 3-6pm, yes-yes oh yay.
It was a busy show this week with not just the usual updates on local events and travel shenanigans (more buses, less trains) but we had news of Kanye West’s (invited) return to the stage, a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham plus the fact that it’s the season to be full of cold, cough and all-round “meh”.
Click the player above to hear the best (and worst) from today’s show…
Oh look, a guest… After 11am, the cheeky banter and fart noises were put on hold as I was joined by local teacher and author, Stuart Fryd. We spoke about encouraging children to read, the types of book to choose and steps to take when they’re less than keen…
Hear the interview by clicking the player above…
Stuart also shared his top tips towards encouraging children to read (especially the boys!) :
They have to enjoy it – don’t force them or else it becomes a chore etc
Encourage them to read what they enjoy, eg: comics, magazines, even computer games
Computer game guide books, too
Popular fiction for boys include: Star Wars novels, Batman, Spiderman etc.
Computer game books: Sonic, Mario, Halo, Pokemon, Minecraft
NO SUCH THING AS A BAD THING TO READ!
“Read to them until they go to secondary school. Short books, chapter books, non-fiction books, etc. Introduce them to harder texts this way… Never too late to start”
Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
David Walliams – children love the humour – Gangsta Granny etc.
The Beast Quest books – lots of boys love them
Anthony Browne is great for children of all ages – so much depth and pretty dark. Amazing artwork – The Tunnel, Into the Forest etc.
Neil Gaiman: Coreline, the Graveyard Book, The Wolves in the Walls, Odd and Frost Giants – (leads well into teen and adult books too!)
Phillip Pullman – Dark Materials trilogy and now a prequel – Book of Dust – children’s book but so much depth – awful film but amazing book!
A HA – TAKE ON ME JAMIE T – RABBIT HOLE ALPHABEAT – FASCINATION LIAM GALLAGHER – FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH ROLLING STONES – JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH WOMBATS – TOKYO [VAMPIRES AND WOLVES] X AMBASSADORS – RENEGADES LIBERTINES – DON’T LOOK BACK INTO THE SUN LUTRICIA MCNEAL – AIN’T THAT JUST THE WAY BLACK KEYS – LONELY BOY INXS – NEW SENSATION PORTUGAL THE MAN – FEEL IT STILL BEATLES – TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS CHICAGO – STREET PLAYER AMY WINEHOUSE – YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD CHAINSMOKERS AND COLDPLAY – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS LIGHTNING SEEDS – YOU SHOWED ME FRANZ FERDINAND – MATINEE
There’s more Sunday Service next week from 10am and if you didn’t get enough of me today you’ll be pleased to hear that I’ll be sitting in for Keith Rogers’Drive show this Tuesday from 3pm.
The Sunday Service returned (after an extra hour in bed) for another fun-packed 2 hours of music and assorted gubbins including a bit of Sunday Shame plus a game of I-Spy…
Also – what happens when you run out of things to say near the end of the show? It seems that trying the old Baywatch trick of running in slow-motion doesn’t work quite so well on the radio…
Click the player above to hear the best/worst of this morning’s show!
Song’s played included:
JAM – TOWN CALLED MALICE AMY WINEHOUSE – YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD CHIC – GOOD TIMES BLACK KEYS – GOLD ON THE CEILING DIVINE COMEDY – NATIONAL EXPRESS LOST FREQUENCIES – ARE YOU WITH ME MIKA – RELAX EURYTHMICS – SWEET DREAMS GORILLAZ – 19 2000 ROLLING STONES – GIMME SHELTER KAISER CHIEFS – RUBY PAOLO NUTINI – JENNY DON’T BE HASTY ARCADE FIRE – CREATURE COMFORT MOLOKO – PURE PLEASURE SEEKER LAZLO BAINE – I’M NO SUPERMAN FOSTER THE PEOPLE – DON’T STOP MAXIMO PARK – GET HIGH [NO I DON’T] MARIA MULDAUR – MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS