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Clever talk about pop culture. Bigmouth is pop culture talk for discerning grown-ups. Music, TV, movies, books or something else entirely – we’ll enthuse, argue, squabble and pick over the bones of what’s happening in the world of the stuff we love. Presented by WORD magazine veterans Andrew Harrison (ex-editor of Q, Select and Mixmag) and Siân “Stan” Pattenden, a graduate of the Smash Hits and Select Mag Schools of Excellence.

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Farewell edition! John Cooper Clark, Foundation, Y: The Last Man, Trunk Records, Shep Pettibone’s 80s bangers
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Bigmouth bids farewell in the outside world! From now on you can get us at The Culture Bunker… but we’re keeping the Bigmouth Patreon going with a few special extras for the Patreon faithful. And of course you can hear the music in full from every edition on our rolling playlist. On this week’s tearful end-of-an-era edition we meet John Cooper Clark, the William Blake of Salford, on the occasion of his new collection of poems – and he reads us one too. Plus, have Apple TV+ successfully filmed the unfilmable with their adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation? Is “all the men are dead” comic book adaptation Y: The Last Man any good? The genius of 80s remixer Shep Pettibone. And Jonny Trunk of Trunk Records on the out-thereness of library music. We hope you’ve enjoyed dear old Bigmouth these last five years. Her spirit will live on in The Culture Bunker, so head over there and subscribe now. In the meantime, sleep well, faithful podcast. You did us proud. Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Bigmouth was a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2021
Culture Bunker: The Specials’ Lynval Golding, The Farewell on Netflix plus Public Service Broadcasting
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Hear the music from every edition on our rolling playlist. Our new weekend pop culture roundtable returns with special guest Lynval Golding of The Specials, and their latest album, Protest Songs. Journalist Ian Harrison joins us to chew on new films The Farewell and Sweetheart, and we all listen to Bright Magic, the latest offering from Public Service Broadcasting. "The history of music can almost be seen as one long protest song." - Sian Pattenden. "I was born in Jamaica, I am living in America, but England is my home." - Lynval Golding "Gay men get films set in Lombardy. Gay women get the caravan park in Dorset." - Alex Andreou. Because of licensing issues we’ll have to use fewer music clips than usual in the main release – but Patreon people, rest assured you’ll get “a few extras” in this version. And all the music is on The Culture Bunker’s rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Alex Andreou. Assistant producer Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickenson. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2021
Culture Bunker: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s Dan Gillespie Sells, Sex Education Series 3, horror films
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Hear the music from every edition on our rolling playlist.  Welcome to the debut of our new weekend pop culture roundtable, as the podcast formerly known as Bigmouth joins The Bunker. This week, special guest Dan Gillespie Sells, composer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie joins us to talk over the musical’s transition to Amazon Prime film. Critic Michael Hann helps us unpack Sex Education Series 3 on Netflix, and The North Water. Plus friend of the podcast Naomi Smith joins to share her pick of the horror flicks out in cinemas now.  "Pop music is something you have on when you're dropping the kids off swimming. Writing for musical theatre is very different." - Dan Gillespie Sells. "Drag queens are superheroes." - Alex Andreou. "When I came out, I wore a white wedding dress and sang Don't Cry for Me, Argentina in the town square." - Alex Andreou. "Sex Education is for people to reminisce about the sex they didn't have as teenagers." - Michael Hann. Because of licensing issues we’ll have to use fewer music clips than usual in the main release – but Patreon people, rest assured you’ll get “a few extras” in this version. And all the music is on The Culture Bunker’s rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Alex Andreou. Assistant producer Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickenson. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2021
Culture Bunker: Saint Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell, Steve Martin’s Only Murders In The Building, new albums
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Hear the music from every edition on our rolling playlist.  Welcome to the debut of our new weekend pop culture roundtable, as the podcast formerly known as Bigmouth joins The Bunker. This week, special guest Sarah Cracknell of pop couturiers Saint Etienne joins us to talk over their new album I’ve Been Trying To Tell You. Plus critic John Mullen helps us dissect the new Steve Martin/Selena Gomez/Martin Short crime caper Only Murders In The Building plus new albums from Antipodean punks Amyl & The Sniffers and Art School Girlfriend, the ambient sound of Wrexham.  Because of licensing issues we’ll have to use fewer music clips than usual in the main release – but Patreon people, rest assured you’ll get “a few extras” in this version. And all the music is on The Culture Bunker’s rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickenson. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2021
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Vigil, Sean Lock’s 15 Storeys High, Sparks’s Annette… plus BIG NEWS
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We say goodbye to the Upsetter and ponder the extraordinary circumstances that created Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry with guests Justin Quirk and Mark Hooper. Plus, never mind the ballast! Is the BBC’s murder-on-a-submarine drama Vigil seaworthy? We look at beloved late comic Sean Lock’s sitcom 15 Storeys High, now on iPlayer by popular demand, and Sparks’s “idiosyncratic” movie Annette. And stay tuned for very, very big news about Bigmouth… Book lovers! Why not purchase Mark Hooper’s The Great British Tree Biography and Justin Quirk’s Nothin’ But A Good Time: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Glam Metal for your reading pleasure? https://www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2021
White Lotus, Lorde, Brit horror pic Censor, great stuff you missed
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This week, why you should be watching WHITE LOTUS, Sky’s brutal new satire of America’s beach-bound bourgeois bohemians. LORDE’s Solar Power brings us the horrors of fame but do we want to hear about them? Audacious female-led horror movie CENSOR spits on our grave (in the best possible way). And we round up the good stuff you might have missed with the Telegraph’s Michael Hogan. www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2021
Nico, rock star estates, Villagers, The Strokes at 20
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It’s a double-doctorate edition as Dr Jen Otter Bickerdike joins us to explain the truth about Rock’s Ice Maiden® in her new book You Are Beautiful And You Are Alone: The Real Story Of Nico… and Dr Eamonn Forde returns to fill us in his latest, Leaving The Building: The Lucrative Afterlife of Music Estates. Plus new Irish dream-pop from Villagers and The Strokes’ Is This It hits its 20th birthday.  www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2021
Zola, Summer of Soul, Hannah Peel, Kurupt FM
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In road trip movie from (and to) hell Zola a young African-American waitress finds herself conned into sex work, but she’s no victim. What will we make of this first movie based on a series of tweets? Plus the ravishing radiophonic of Hannah Peel, pirates of the airwaves Kurupt FM return in a documentary about the mockumentary, and we finally have our say on Questlove’s incredible Summer of Soul. NME and GQ veteran Iestyn George is our guest.  www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by AlexRees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2021
Prince, Billie Eilish, The Most Beautiful Boy In The World, summer tunes and reading
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Out early for Patreon people… Understated ASMR pop paragon Billie Eilish is the voice of a million teenage bedrooms, but how will her second album Happier Than Ever go down with our 45+ panel of oldies? Plus the perils of child stardom in jaw-dropping documentary The Most Beautiful Boy In The World, Prince’s Vault disgorges Welcome 2 America, and ideas for what to listen to and read on that beach holiday you can’t take. Travis Elborough, author of Through The Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles, is this week’s guest. www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by AlexRees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2021
Sparks movie, Joel Culpepper, Scritti Politti, Reclaiming Amy Winehouse
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Will The Sparks Brothers – a fraternal rockumentary from Edgar Spaced Wright – cast new insight on Mael pattern creativity? Plus a remarkable contemporary soul debut from Joel Culpepper with the unimprovable title Sgt. Culpepper, Scritti Politti reissue two none-more-80s pop epics, and does BBC2’s Reclaiming Amy cast new light on the most tragic music story of the past two decades? Daryl Easlea and Michael Moran are our guests.    www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2021
Britney Spears in chains, Jam & Lewis, yacht soul… and Max Mosley?
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Is the BBC’s new podcast series Pieces Of Britney a worthwhile exploration of a modern showbiz horror story, or just as exploitative in its own way? Plus the soul sounds of “newstalgia” with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, r’n’b goes all Miami Vice in Too Slow To Disco: Yacht Soul, and truly odd movie about F1 boss turned press nemesis Max Mosley. Michael Hann of the FT and Guardian and pop historian Lucy O’Brien are our guests.   www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
Sault, Gaspar Augé, Black Widow, a Filipino thriller… and Love Island
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You want eclectic? Novelist and Richard Allen du jour John Niven and Clark Collis of Entertainment Weekly join us for this week’s pop smörgåsbord. This week: Sault’s surprise album of boundary-breaking BLM r’n’b, bombastic Gallic prog rave from Gaspard Augé of Justice, a preview of Marvel’s Black Widow, and thriller from Manila On The Job – a real Netflix find. Oh, and we watch Love Island as a form of penance.  www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2021
Another Round, Tyler The Creator, Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth, WITCH
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Will all-day drinking restore your creative spark and joie de vivre, asks new Mad Mikkelson movie Another Round? What do YOU think, respond our guests Linda Marric and Jim Butler. Also, new albums from the Dennis the Menace of hip hop Tyler, The Creator and the Terry and June of doom-bound independent rock’n’roll Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth, and a truly different rockdoc: the heroes of Zambia’s insane “Zamrock” in Witch: We Intend To Cause Havoc. Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2021
John Grant, Ben Wheatley’s In The Earth, albums challenge
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Cult UK director Ben Wheatley returns to his folk-horror roots with the post-pandemic shocker In The Earth. Will we be able to see the horror for the trees? John Grant’s new album Boy From Michigan is searingly powerful on its creator’s chequered life, but is it, you know, fun too? And guests James Medd (ex-The Word) and Kate Hodges of The Hare And Hoofe challenge Andrew and Siân with albums to broaden their horizons. What will we like and what will we hate…?  www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2021
Sweet Tooth, Loki, Time with Sean Bean, Deap Vally
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The BBC’s intense Sean Bean/Stephen Graham prison drama Time… Marvel’s Loki gets a wildly original Disney+ series to confound all expectations… new music from Deap Vally… and if you’re only going to watch one series about a deer-human hybrid boy lost in post-apocalyptic America, make it Sweet Tooth on Netflix. Journalist Catherine Meyer and beer writer Pete Brown join Siân and Andrew to cover this week’s pop culture waterfront. And Catherine tells us about The Problem Of Leisure, an album of Gang Of Four covers celebrating the life and influence of her late husband Andy Gill.  www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2021
Greentea Peng, The Beast Must Die, Nu-Grass vs Fusion
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Out early for Patreon people… Is cosmic soul Londoner Greentea Peng’s debut album Man Made the spaced-out summer soundtrack we need? BritBox’s first original programming is Isle of Wight crime thriller The Beast Must Die, but can the streaming minnow’s own stuff compete with Netflix? Plus we challenge guests Sophie ‘Mojo/Guardian’ Harris and Simon ‘Wallpaper’ Mills to try an album they’ve never heard – and they challenge Andrew and Siân too.  www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2021
Ben Whishaw in Surge, Japanese Breakfast, Amazon sci-fi Solos
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Contemporary stress drives Ben “Q” Whishaw to a strangely ecstatic breakdown in strange London thriller SURGE. Why Michelle Zauner aka JAPANESE BREAKFAST is the Korean-American sophisto-pop turn you should be paying attention to. And what the hell is going on with that Amazon sci-fi star vehicle SOLOS, with its Helen Mirren, its Anne Hathaways and its Morgan Freemans? International guests CHRIS HEATH of GQ (Brooklyn) and DAVID KEEPS of Details and Star Hits (Phoenix, AZ) dial in to help us sort it all out.  www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2021
Gods Of Snooker, Billie Piper directs, Gruff Rhys, The Sound Of Metal
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Billie Piper’s astonishing directorial debut RARE BEASTS: genius reinvention of the romcom, cinematic ordeal, arthouse triumph or all three? GRUFF RHYS of Super Furry Animals writes a concept album about how a Korean volcano explains the essence of humanity. Plus we revisit Riz Ahmed’s bravura deaf jam of a movie THE SOUND OF METAL and worship at the feet of BBC2’s GODS OF SNOOKER. Film critic ANNA SMITH and The Times’s WILL HODGKINSON are our guests.  www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2021
250th EDITION! Mark Ellen and David Hepworth of A Word In Your Ear join us
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Crossover Episode! Our old bosses MARK ELLEN and DAVID HEPWORTH of A Word In Your Ear, Smash Hits, Q and Mojo fame join Siân and Andrew to mark our quarter century. On the agenda: the glory days of the Hits and why the music biz didn’t know how much it would miss the pop mags. “PAUL WELDER”’s new album. The Incredible String Band, Half Man Half Biscuit, Girl Band, Fargo on C4 and that BBC Mitford thing. Van Morrison’s harmonica redux. And “much, much more”!  Thanks to everyone who’s backed us and been on the podcast so far. It’s been a blast. Here’s to the next 250… www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast http://wordpodcast.co.uk Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
St Vincent, Matt Berry, Domina on Sky, art film special
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Art-pop provocateur ST VINCENT returns with an album inspired by her dad’s 12 year jail sentence for multimillion dollar financial fraud. Is this the key to Annie Clark’s oeuvre (and is it any good)? Plus MATT ‘TOAST OF LONDON’ BERRY’S frankly marvellous psych-pop freakbeat album The Blue Elephant, Sky attempts a female take on I, Claudius with DOMINA, and a couple of off-the-beaten track movies you might like. Broadcaster Jamie East and novelist, screenwriter and Nik Cohn of scally Kevin Sampson are our guests.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2021
Fifth Birthday special with guest NEIL TENNANT of Pet Shop Boys
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Dear God, it’s Bigmouth’s fifth birthday. We know, right? In celebration, we welcome the legend that is Neil Tennant plus “third Pet Shop Boy” David Quantick for a gala appreciation of the lost world of the music press that made us. Worst interviewees, biggest disasters, dinner dates with Freddie Mercury, the twilight of Marilyn’s career, the mags we’d bring back from the dead and more… plus we bring back the Smash Hits Nosey Questions for one week only. Bigmouth: it’s a party in a podcast.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2021
Sisters With Transistors doc, Teenage Fanclub, Field Music, Mare Of Easttown
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The astonishing stories of the little-known women who shaped the genesis of electronic music are told in new documentary Sisters With Transistors. How would you like your guitar music: unflinchingly realist with Teenage Fanclub or boldly avant garde with Field Music? And is Sky’s much-touted new cop show Mare Of Easttown, starring a heavily de-glammed Kate Winslet as a disconsolate detective, an American Broadchurch or something more still more pungent? Our guests Jude “Guardian” Rogers and Michael “Telegraph” Hogan have opinions!  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2021
Promising Young Woman, McCartney Remixed, Palm Springs, The Selecter
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The Carey Mulligan revenge thriller Promising Young Woman from Killing Eve writer Emerald Fennell: black comedy, proper serious commentary, or just too intense to enjoy? Up and coming young artist Paul McCartney hands over his music to everyone from St Vincent to John Home to Khruangbin, What will we think of McCartney III Imagined? Why time travelling subversion of the romcom Palm Springs is your new favourite movie. And The Selecter’s Too Much Pressure finally gets its pork-pie-hatted props. Eamonn Forde and Michael Moran are our guests.  Plus! Check out our brand new and updated Patreon packages for exciting news… Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 17, 2021
Nomadland, Raf Rundell, Wellington Paranormal, Matthew E. White
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Is Nomadland, with Frances McDormand as a van-dwelling “houseless not homeless” wanderer in the new America, really as good as all the awards imply? New albums by one-man rave-up Raf Rundell (ex-2 Bears) and cosmic soul man Matthew E White who’s gone all outsider art on us. And deadpan comedy in Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s NZ copumentary Wellington Paranormal. Strictly Kev AKA DJ Food and Michael Hann of the Guardian and the FT are our guests.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2021
The Fall, Dry Cleaning, Creation Stories, “militant funk”
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POD: SELFISH. In our most post-post-post punk edition ever, Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne and Tessa Norton join us to discuss Excavate! The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall, their magisterial co-edited hardback symposium on music’s most cryptic combo. Plus the debut album from post-Fall observationistas Dry Cleaning, a remarkable compilation of RADICAL! FUNK! from the Thatcher-bashing 80s… and what sort of truth does new biopic Creation Stories AKA I Am Alan McGee tell? Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Picture © Stefan Müller reproduced under Creative Commons licence via Flickr See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2021
Lana Del Rey, Falcon & Winter Soldier, The Flight Attendant, movie bonanza
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Will disaster princess Lana Del Rey hold on to her title as the F Scott Fitzgerald of the blasé Instagram generation with Chemtrails Over The Country Club? After the phantasmagoria of WandaVision, will the newly Marvelized Disney+ audience take to the bleakly realist political thriller The Falcon And The Winter Soldier? Plus a round-up of intriguing new streaming movies – The Columnist, The Banishing and Silk Road – and why you really really really should watch Sky’s new comedy thriller The Flight Attendant with Kaley Cuoco.  Hannah Verdier of The Guardian and film critic Linda Marric are our guests.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2021
Don Letts guests, Blitz club doc, Sananda Maitreya, Best Of Enemies
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Special guest and all-purpose film-directing dread about town Don Letts joins us to talk about his new book There And Black Again plus untold tales from 40 years spanning Bob Marley, The Clash and B.A.D. up to the present day. And film critic Linda Marric helps us disentangle Sky’s latest New Romantic documentary Blitzed: The 80s Blitz Kids Story, Netflix movie The Best Of Enemies – in which a KKK leader develops an unlikely friendship with a Black civil rights campaigner – and the latest sprawling opus from Sananda Maitreya, the artist formerly known as Terence Trent D’Arby.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2021
Poly Styrene documentary, WandaVision finale, Arab Strap, Ridley Scott’s The Terror
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The great punk misfit Poly Styrene features in new documentary I Am A Cliché, showing this week on Sky Arts. Will it earn her her proper place at last? Laura Snapes of The Guardian and writer Travis Elborough join us to examine it plus the first album in 16 years by Falkirk seediness connoisseurs Arab Strap and Ridley Scott’s The Terror, AKA I’m A Character Actor, Get Me Off This Ice Floe. Plus nerd squad Mike Moran and Alex Andreou parachute in for spoiler-laden look at the WandaVision series finale. (And yes that’s Leland Philpot’s unofficial trap mix of ‘Agatha All Along’). Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2021
I Care A Lot, The Anchoress, Zappa documentary
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There’s a con woman coining it in the care homes of America: will Rosamund Pike crime caper I Care A Lot on Amazon Prime Video scare us straight? The ecstatic grown-up grief-pop of The Anchoress. Andrew finally succeeds in turning the panel on to a comic book with The Department Of Truth – an X Files for the QAnon era (read Issue 1 for free here). And was Frank Zappa quite as charmlessly difficult as we thought? We take a look at a new documentary with guests Zöe Howe and William Shaw.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2021
Lupin, Class Action Park doc, Jane Weaver, SG Lewis
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Fyre Festival/Lord Of The Flies vibes in Class Action Park, a frankly astonishing documentary about America’s most insanely hazardous amusement park now showing on Sky Documentaries. New albums from the Radiophonic Kate Bush of cosmic Cheshire Jane Weaver and young disco turk SG Lewis. And why Lupin is the biggest deal yet in French telly’s bit to take over the world. Acid house veterans Anthony ‘placid casual’ Teasdale and Jim ‘Jockey Slut’ Butler are our guests.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2021
Adam Curtis’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, The Hold Steady, Django Django, 12 Hour Shift
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Hot from the podcasting mill for the Patreon people… Is Adam Curtis’s latest think-about-it-yeah epic Can’t Get You Out Of My Head worth the eight hours you’ll need to navigate his “emotional history of the modern world”? New music from electro noise-tamperers Django Django and the litfest Springsteens that are The Hold Steady. And the busy life of a drug-addled nurse/organ thief in dark horror comedy 12 Hour Shift. Katie ‘The Word’ Puckrik and James ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ Medd are our guests.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2021
Hip Hop history, slowthai, Stewart Lee’s Nightingales doc
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Does AMC’s ambitious Hip Hop: Songs That Shook America (all eps now on iPlayer) expand our knowledge of the boom-boom-bap? What happens when Stewart Lee makes a documentary about Robert Lloyd of The Nightingales, a man who makes Radiohead seem hungry for celebrity. King Rocker is on Sky Arts right now. And are we taken by young persons’ rapper slowthai’s “mature second album”? John Doran of the Quietus and Kate Hodges of The Hare And Hoofe join Andrew and Siân for judgment hour.   Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2021
White Tiger, Call My Agent, Black Country New Road and more
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Bass player to the gentry Guy Pratt of Pink Floyd, Bryan Ferry and My Bass And Other Animals fame and Harry Hill scriptwriter Dan Maier join us to delve into the pop culture bran tub. This week: Dirty deeds in Delhi in the stunning White Tiger on Netflix. The post-rock post-jazz post-everything sounds of Black Country, New Road plus delinquent Aussie motorboogie from the Psychedelic P0rn Crumpets*. Yet that is their name. And we get absoluement fabuleux with the return of Call My Agent on Netflix.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. * Yes we are doing this to get past your various internet decency filters. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2021
It’s A Sin, WandaVision, Scottish indie doc, Steven Wilson
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Everybody should be watching It’s A Sin, Russell T Davies’s riotous, heartbreaking and funny saga of AIDS in young London, and guests John “Kill Your Friends” Niven and Daryl “He’s the Disco Curator” Easlea will tell you why. Plus all the BMX Bandits, Vaselines and Shop Assistants you could wish for in Scottish indie rock-doc Teenage Superstars. Who is Steven Wilson and will his post-prog sounds freak your scene? And Alex Andreou of our sister podcasts The Bunker and Oh God, What Now? joins Andrew for a major geek-off regarding Marvel’s Truman Show-Avengers-David-Lynch mash-up WandaVision.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2021
Sleaford Mods’ Jason is our guest, Bowie biopic, Bicep, KLF
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On the actual day that new album Spare Ribs comes out, Jason from Sleaford Mods joins Siân, Andrew and guest Iestyn “NME/GQ/Golf Punk” George for pop’s most penetrating panel. On the agenda: that weird-looking Bowie movie Stardust (is it as terrible as they say?). Domestic bangers from Belfast’s Bicep. A movie about the KLF becoming undertakers – a grave experience? And the time Jason won a competition in Mixmag.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2021
The Serpent, Viagra Boys, Soul on Disney+, 2021 movie preview
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Is BBC1’s hippy-murderin’ heart of darkness horror show The Serpent what we need in a cold January? Why should you bone up on the new album from Viagra Boys? How did Disney/Pixar’s ‘Wonderful Life for kids’ Soul illuminate our Christmas? And a preview of the movies you might see in 2021. Deputy Editor of Esquire Magazine Johnny Davis and film critic Linda Marric (NME, HeyUGuys, Jewish Chronicle) join Andrew and Siân to sort it all out.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2021
Best of 2020 Part 2 feat. Baxter Dury, Childish Gambino, I Hate Suzie, Khruangbin and more…
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An appalling year comes to a glittering crescendo as Alexis Petridis of The Guardian and Pete Paphides – rock’n’roll impresario at vinyl Mecca Needle Mythology and author of Broken Greek – join us to select their (and Siân’s!) “fave raves” of the year. And here’s the playlist…  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2020
Best of 2020 Part 1 feat. Mrs America, Paul Weller, Róisín Murphy, John Boyega, Cornershop and more…
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God, is it that time of year again? Repeat offender guests Jude Rogers of The Guardian and Eamonn Forde of The Final Days of EMI: Selling the Pig fame join Siân and Andrew to choose their favourite albums, tracks, TV things and hidden gems of this terrible, terrible year for everything except pop and telly. More next week… And if you want to enjoy our guests’ music selections they’re all here on a Spotify playlist. Hurrah!  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 12, 2020
Shane MacGowan biopic, Avalanches, Mank on Netflix
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In Julien Temple’s biopic Crock Of Gold, Shane MacGowan is a wheezing wreck of himself. Is the Pogues frontman a neglected poet, a cautionary tale, an Irish hero or all three and more? Plus The Avalanches take the cut-and-paste sampledelic collage to wildly ambitious new places. And is David Fincher’s Mank – about the self-destructive alcoholic who wrote Citizen Kane – a work of dedication or just Orson Welles cosplay? Hannah Verdier of The Guardian and Sophie Harris of Mojo and Rolling Stone join Andrew and Siân to sort it all out. Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  ENDS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2020
Belushi on Sky, High Contrast, Mogul Mowgli
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John Belushi: kamikaze genius, drug disaster, wounded soul or all three? An epic new biography on Sky Documentaries tries to explain. Plus guest Robin Turner on his memoir of Heavenly Records, grown-up jungle from High Contrast, and Riz Ahmed’s portrait of a hip hop star in crisis, Mogul Mowgli. Worldwide FM DJ Kate Hutchinson joins Robin and regulars Siân and Andrew to thrash it all out.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2020
Steve McQueen’s Small Axe, Megan Thee Stallion, The Liberator on Netflix
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What’s in Steve McQueen’s miniseries exploration of Black Britain, Small Axe? Can our panel of senior b-boys plus one b-girl relate to hip hop raunchstress Megan Thee Stallion? World War II animated drama The Liberator on Netflix – is war hell or is it just drawn that way? Plus tales of DIY metal pyro mishaps and the pubs and doubling glazing adventures of our favourite footballers  One-man bible of terrace style Anthony Teasdale and Michael Hann of The Guardian, the FT, The Spectator and QPR join Siân and Andrew to deconstruct pop culture’s body politic. Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2020
HATE! Comic, Cabaret Voltaire and Paranormal – the Egyptian X-Files
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It’s a broad appeal edition this week as we look back at Peter Bagge’s HATE!, the infamously gross and hilarious ’90s comic book that stands as Generation X’s Great American Novel. How does it come across now in luxury box set form? Plus Cabaret Voltaire bring the electro paranoia back for the first time in 26 years. And why you should be watching horror nerve-twister Paranormal, Netflix’s first Egyptian series. Ian Harrison of Mojo magazine and arts TV producer John Mullen – veterans of Select mag both – join Siân and Andrew for pop culture judgment hour.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2020
ICONS Music photography doc with Gered Mankowitz, Dizzee Rascal and more
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Sky Arts’ epic series Icons: Music Through The Lens tells the history of rock photography on album sleeves, mag covers, publicity shots and beyond. Legendary photographer Gered Mankowitz – yes, he took that Hendrix shot!! – and director Dick Carruthers join us to discuss the stories behind one of the best music documentaries we’ve ever seen. Plus: Dizzee Rascal, piping-new country-folker Katy J Pearson and a woman who recorded every second of live TV for 30 years… Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2020
The Queen’s Gambit, Kylie’s disco, Sophia Coppola’s On The Rocks
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PAWN COCKTAIL: Is brilliant Netflix chess psychodrama The Queen’s Gambit the true apotheosis of the Bunty comic cruel orphanage story – or is it really a superhero tale? STUDIO 5’4”: Kylie Minogue returns to her (and our) happy place with new album Disco. OVERDUE BILL: Does Sophia Coppola/Bill Murray/Rashida Jones caper flick On The Rocks recreate the magic of Lost In Translation? Lucy O’Brien, author of She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Popular Music, and multi-purpose entertainment journalist Michael Moran join Andrew and Siân to sort it all out. Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2020
Trial Of The Chicago 7, Gorillaz, saving Pepe the Frog
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Is Aaron Sorkin’s Trial Of The Chicago Seven a timely look at the corrupt roots of cop/state bad vibes or just more burnishing of the hippy myth? Gorillaz: the only valid model for 21st Century pop or a big ol’ ego trip for Damon Albarn? And a startling BBC documentary asks if Pepe the Frog can be saved from the clutches of the alt.right. Select mag veterans Adam Higginbotham and Clark Collis join their old colleagues Andrew and Siân to thrash it all out.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2020
Simon Halfon’s album covers, John Cooper Clarke, Annie, more London Film Festival
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Sleeve designer to Weller, Oasis, George Michael and Madness Simon Halfon tells us about a life in pop art and the untold tales and unseen art in his new book Cover To Cover. Film critic Linda Marric brings us more gems from the London International Film Festival including eye-opening sneaker investigation One Man And His Shoes. MAD MANC: John Cooper Clarke’s brain-bursting autobiography. And Norwegian popstrel Annie returns with some quality sad bangers.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2020
Ivor Cutler, Autechre, Kajillionaire at London International Film Festival
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Under the electron microscope of pop culture this week: Outsider artist Ivor Cutler in a SKY documentary/love letter from KT Tunstall. Have Autechre, creators of bass-driven Barbican Centres of brutalist electronics, made their “accessible album” with SIGN? Can Good Sad Happy Bad bring back the shoegazin’ days of ’91? And we hit the London International Film Festival – now accessible to the whole country, thanks COVID! – for Kajillionaire, Shirley, Honeymood and more in the company of film critic and host of the Girls On Film podcast Anna Smith and co-founder of The Quietus, John Doran.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2020
New Romantic with Dylan Jones, White Riot, Idles, Fleet Foxes
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Who will win this week’s pop culture smackdown? The troubled peacocks of our guest Dylan Jones’s new epic work Sweet Dreams: The Story Of The New Romantics? Contemporary agit-punk shoutmongers Idles? Their spiritual forebears The Clash and other Rock Against Racism alumni, immortalised in the documentary White Riot? Or Mr Autumn Man himself Robin Pecknold, currently hermitlike sole operator of Fleet Foxes?  Culture writer Travis Elborough joins Dylan Jones, Siân and Andrew for another session of nozin’ around. Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2020
Brave New World, Working Men’s Club, Miss Juneteenth, Sylvan Esso
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Soma lovin’, had me a blast… Can NBC do justice to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, with Harry Lloyd and Jessica Brown Findlay free-lovin’ their way across futuristic New London? It starts on SKY next Friday. Can the debut album by Todmorden noiseniks Working Men’s Club superserve both the mature Fall/Cabaret Voltaire fan and today’s young ravers? Are US electro plinkers Sylvan Esso any good? And a really affecting movie about the beauty pageant battles of black mothers and daughters in Texas, Miss Juneteenth.  Film writer Linda Marric and Joe Muggs, co-author of Bass, Mids, Tops: An Oral History of Sound System Culture join Andrew and Siân to work it all out.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2020
Public Enemy, David Tennant in Des, Róisín Murphy, The Duchess
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Have Public Enemy really made a masterpiece with What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down, their first album for Def Jam in 22 years? A Pong From Under The Floorboards: David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen in Des. The discomatic return of Róisín Murphy with Róisín Machine. And is Katherine Ryan’s single mum comedy The Duchess just a bit too North London for its own good? Justin Quirk, author of Nothin' But a Good Time: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Glam Metal, and Craig McLean of The Times join Andrew and Siân to sort it all out.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2020
Flaming Lips, I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, Two Weeks To Live on Sky
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On this week’s bloody assizes of pop culture… Does THE FLAMING LIPS’ new album American Head constitute the headstone of psychedelic culture or a state of the nation rallying cry to let your freak flag fly? Can Maisie ‘Game Of Thrones’ Williams cut it in revenge comedy TWO WEEKS TO LIVE, now on Sky? And what the hell is Charlie ‘Adaptation’ Kaufman’s I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS supposed to be about? Film critics Claire Biddles and Matt Glasby join Andrew and Siân to gaze in bafflement.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2020
Guest NITIN SAWHNEY on Tenet, Disclosure, Nubya Garcia, BBC4’s Soul America
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Ultra-prolific gene-splicer of all musics Asian, Anglo and beyond Nitin Sawhney joins Will Hodgkinson of The Times plus Siân and Andrew for this week’s pop culture summit. WELCOME TO THE PALINDROME: Does Christopher Nolan’s mind-pretzeling Tenet make sense, and will it save Hollywood? MIND OVER PLATTER: New albums from leftfield jazz parper Nubya Garcia and house delinquents Disclosure.  STAX AND VIOLENCE: Why BBC4’s new three-parter Soul America – covering the rise of black music through civil rights, civil disturbances and beyond – is an unmissable milestone.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2020
Lovecraft Country, Lemon Twigs, Erasure, Project Power
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The weekend starts early! Just! Under the pop culture microscope this week… H.P. SOURCE – Sky/HBO’s Lovecraft Country: here’s that “Jim Crow-era American racism meets extra dimensional elder gods” mash-up you were looking for. But is it any good? GLAM RACKET – Is The Lemon Twigs’ magpie mid-70s power pop a wild pastiche, a glorious rock’n’roll adventure… or both? SAVED BY THE BELL (AND THE CLARKE) – Erasure are back back back!  POWER PILL – In Netflix super-action pic Project Power you neck a “Jimmy Hill” and get superpowers for five minutes. Bravura superhero reinvention, or just more stuff blowin’ up? Guests Adam Higginbotham (author of Midnight In Chernobyl) and Pete Brown, the don of beer writers and the author of Craft: An Argument: Why The Term ‘Craft Beer’ Is Completely Undefinable, Hopelessly Misunderstood And Absolutely Essential, join us to “sort it all out”.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2020
Diane Morgan’s MANDY, Cut Copy, Yes God Yes
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This week on pop culture’s premier inquisition… I’M MANDY, TRY ME: Does Diane Morgan’s new mini-series MANDY hit the highs of Philomena Cunk? CHILL BY SOUTH: Melbourne electro gadabouts Cut Copy go ambient on new sixth album Freeze, Melt. Will it assuage our panel’s heatstroke? DOING THE LORD'S JERK: It’s Catholic guilt vs teenage sexual “self-discovery” time in new comedy Yes God Yes. Will our panel experience holy ecstasy (followed by immediate shame)? William Shaw – Smash Hits and Details veteran turned writer of splendid crime books – and Guardian podcasts queen Hannah Verdier join Andrew and Siân to sort the sheep from the goats.   Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2020
The Real Thing doc on BBC4, Fontaines DC, Peanut Butter Falcon
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This week on the premier pop-probing podcast… MERSEY, MERSEY ME: The Real Thing, the 4-piece Marvin Gaye of Liverpool 8, finally get their props on a new BBC4 documentary. What do we think? DUBLIN UP: Fontaines DC are this year’s Great New Guitar Band. Will they excite our mature panel as much as they do the ragin’ teens?  GET IN THE RING: Leftfield dramady The Peanut Butter Falcon takes a Down’s Syndrome kid who dreams of being a wrestler on a Southern odyssey with Shia LaBoeuf. What’s the laughter:poignancy ratio here? Sophie Harris of Mojo and The Guardian and Jockey Slut veteran Jim Butler join Andrew and Siân to pronounce judgment…  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2020
Mrs America, Sylvie Simmons, Laurel Canyon on SKY, Shirley Collins
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Mojo mag contributing editor SYLVIE SIMMONS dials in from San Francisco to tell us about her new ukulele-powered album Blue On Blue and talk over this week’s pop culture stuff with fellow guest, award-winning podcaster KATE HUTCHINSON:   ISN’T SHE SCHLAFLY? Does Cate Blanchett convince as counter-feminist martinet Phyllis Schlafly in Mrs America? MOTHER FOLKER: Doyenne of traditional English music Shirley Collins deliver her second album after emerging from thirty years of silence. What do we think of Heart’s Ease?  LAUREL AND HEARTHROBS: Does Sky’s documentary Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time tell us stuff we don’t know about the hippie epicentre beyond Woodstock, Manson and Altamont?  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2020
Jarvis Cocker, 2000AD creator Pat Mills, Warrior Nun, Murdoch on BBC
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Attention, earthlets! 2000AD comic creator Pat Mills joins us to talk about the romance of violence and anarchy for teenage delinquents plus his new comic Spacewarp. Plus… COCKER THE NORTH: Is Jarvis growing old gracefully with his new band Jarv Is… and its debut album Beyond The Pale? BLOOD WIMPLE: Holy terror in Netflix’s Warrior Nun. THE DIGGER YOU LOVE TO HATE: The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty on BBC2.  Bigmouth regular Michael Moran joins Andrew and Siân for another rock’n’roll roundtable of rock. And pop. And “miscellaneous”.  Produced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2020
The Plot Against America, The Streets, Herzog’s Family Romance
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It couldn’t happen here… right? Philip Roth’s counterfactual of a fascist USA The Plot Against America gets a TV treatment from the team behind The Wire. The Streets return with None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive – will a lachrymose dad-rave “mixtape” bake our collective cake? And Family Romance LLC, Werner Herzog’s multi-layered tale of illusion and familial longing. NME and Loaded veteran Iestyn George and comedy writer and journo Sarah Morgan join us as we get judgy.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2020
Keith Haring on BBC2, Nadine Shah, Arca, Nic Roeg’s Walkabout
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Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson and Jude Rogers of The Guardian and New Statesman join us for this week’s bloody assizes of pop culture. Does the BBC’s Arena documentary Keith Haring: Street Art Boy finally do justice to the wild style graffiti artists of early 80s New York? New albums from Tyneside toughnut Nadine Shah and 9ft tall trans electronica artiste Arca. And we revisit Nicolas Roeg’s still-bewitching antipodean rite of passage Walkabout on the eve of a new Blu-Ray release.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2020
Paul Weller’s masterpiece, Wu Tang Clan documentary, The Vast Of Night
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Lockdown has given Paul Weller longer trog-hair than we’ve ever seen… but is 15th album On Sunset his actual prog-mod masterpiece? Wu Tang Clan documentary Of Mics And Men mesmerises our panel of ageing B-Boys and B-Girl. And we probe The Vast Of Night, the lo-fi sci-fi sleeper hit now on Amazon. Rob ‘Spotify’ Fitzpatrick and Michael ‘Guardian/Spectator/FT’ Hann are this week’s special guests  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2020
I May Destroy You, Jehnny Beth, Da 5 Bloods
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Is BBC1’s all-encompassing comedy drama of race, class, cities and, yes, sexual assault I May Destroy You as good as everyone’s saying? A pulsating polysexual solo debut arrives from Jehnny Beth of Savages while another frontperson-without-portfolio, ex-Maccabee Orlando Weeks, delivers a much more subdued one about – ahem – fatherhood. Which one’s the best? And is Spike Lee’s “Black Vietnam” movie Da 5 Bloods worth your Netflix time?  Assessing it all with Andrew and Siân are undisputed world Bowie expert and star of stage and screen Nicholas Pegg and film critic Linda Marric.   Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2020
McMillion$, Run The Jewels, Girlhood
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This week in the Inner Sanctum of pop culture: Will McDonalds heist documentary McMillion$ supersize your evenings in? And which of its cast of oddballs and nutcases deserve their own spin-off? Run The Jewels’ fourth album lands in a none-more-timely fashion, right in the middle of the BLM revolution. What do the panel think? And we revisit Céline Portrait Of A Lady On Fire Sciamma’s Parisian banlieu drama Girlhood in Old Film Club. Lords of lockdown James ‘GQ and The Word’ Medd and Simon ‘Sunday Times’ Mills dial in for the debate. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2020
Madness’s autobiography, Space Force on Sky, Erland Cooper
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This week in the Cell Block 9 of pop culture: Madness’s hair-raisingly criminal and violent joint autobiography Before We Was We is out in paperback, which is as good a reason as any to revisit it. Was Steve Carell wise to base an entire big-bucks sitcom on Trump’s whim toof creating a Space Force for the US military? And the cosmic sound of Orkney with post-folk mind-massager Erland Cooper. Men about town Justin Quirk and Dan Maier are our guests for the affair.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2020
Tim Burgess, Snowpiercer on Netflix, cult movie Adam & Paul
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This week on the lockdown get-down of pop culture: Does Tim Burgess’s new LP I Love The New Sky cement his position as Captain Cheer-up of the COVID calamity? Netflix turn Bong Joon-Ho’s dystopian weird-out Snowpiercer into a series. Is this a good idea? And in Old Film Club we settle down with Adam And Paul, a heartwarming tale of two Dublin pals who share a dream, a deep personal bond, and a crippling addiction to heroin. Popcorn at the ready! Pop fiend and illustrator of amazing children’s books Nadia Shireen and Michael Hogan of the Guardian and Telegraph join Siân and Andrew to sort it all out.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2020
White Lines on Netflix, Charli XCX, Idles, Scorsese’s After Hours
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Doyen of US pop journalist David Keeps of Star Hits and Details magazines fame dials from faraway Phoenix, Arizona to join Mark “Arena/The Face” Hooper, Siân and Andrew for this week’s bloody assizes of entertainment. In the dock: Netflix’s uncommonly clever clubbin’n’druggin’-in-Ibiza series White Lines, Mark and David’s choices of great albums for the Great Shut-In, and we revisit Martin Scorsese’s yuppie terror odyssey of 1985, After Hours.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2020
Special guest BAXTER DURY plus Sparks, Jarvis, Idiocracy and more
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We loved his new album The Night Chancers and now we welcome Baxter Dury plus guest Hannah Verdier of The Guardian to this week’s conference call of pop. On the agenda: The new Sparks album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip! Do they still have it in their *checks notes* SIXTH decade in rock and/or pop? Baxter and Hannah suggest great albums of the Lockdown Era, including Jarvis Cocker’s as-yet unreleased Jarv Is. And what will the panel make of Andrew’s Old Film Club selection, Mike Judge’s fable of a dimwitted future America, Idiocracy? BONUS: Video of this high-level pop plenary will be available to everyone on our Patreon site from Sat 16 May.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2020
Magnetic Fields, Sidney Lumet’s Network, Fiona Apple, Hollywood on Netflix
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Will Quickies, an album of VERY short songs by maudlin mandolin merchants The Magnetic Fields, have your knees a-tremble? What about that Fiona Apple album, eh? Is Ryan ‘Glee’ Murphy’s Netflix extravaganza Hollywood quite the turkey that everyone’s saying? And in the absence of interesting new stuff we institute Old Film Club with a look at Sidney Lumet’s media satire Network. Guests Sophie Harris of MOJO and Will Hodgkinson of The Times are mad as hell and they ain’t gonna take it no more.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early and without ads when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2020
Beastie Boys Story, Pretenders, Vivarium
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Does Beastie Boys Story, MCA and Ad-Rock’s hip hop TED talk, expand our knowledge of their journey from frat pack to woke MCs? The new Pretenders album Hate For Sale – they’ve put the release back but we’re talking about it anyway. And SURREAL ESTATE: will Kafkesque homeowning horror mystery Vivarium put you off househunting forever?  Guests William Shaw and Claire Biddles join Andrew and Siân for another pop culture plenary. Remember you can watch this discussion in all its riveting detail if you sign up to back us on Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2020
Devs, Why Don’t You Just Die?, Plone, Mike Judge’s Tales from the Tour Bus
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Who’s Zoomin’ who? Guests Joe ‘Mixmag’ Muggs and Jim ‘Jockey Slut’ Butler join Andrew and Siân for our first-ever LIVE ZOOM recording. On the agenda: Alex Garland’s paranoid tech fantasy Devs, the spectacularly bloody Russian comedy thriller Why Don’t You Just Die?, and foul and funky behaviour in Beavis & Butthead genius Mike Judge’s Tales From The Tour Bus.  Want to actually SEE all this? Sign up to Patreon for a full video recording (coming soon) so you can mock our interior decor choices.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2020
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Run, Ed O’Brien, Quibi
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Is Sky’s new Phoebe Waller-Bridge “screwball tragedy” Run up there with Fleabag and Killing Eve? How Radiohead-y is the first solo album by their guitarist Ed O’Brien? And would you watch US TV shows with titles like Murder House Flip in 8-minute bursts on your smartphone? New mobile media launch Quibi hopes so. Guests Adam Higginbotham – author of Midnight In Chernobyl – and Miranda Sawyer of the Observer dial into the COBRA meeting of pop’n’roll.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2020
John Niven on his new novel plus Kidding on Sky, The Platform and the worst albums ever
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With all the quality releases cancelled, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Duran Duran’s covers album ‘Thank You’, acclaimed as perhaps the worst album ever made. Plus slash’n’stab satirist John Niven on why his new book The F*ck It List might get him banned from America, and fellow guest Kate “Worldwide FM/Last Bohemians podcast” Hutchinson helps us to dismantle Jim Carrey’s dark comedy Kidding and The Platform, Netflix’s gastro-horror sleeper hit from Spain.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2020
The Strokes, Pen15, The Murder Of Nipsey Hussle
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Combating isolation frustration across the nation… This week, The Strokes are back! Is this a good idea? Bravura and very near-the-knuckle middle school cringe comedy Pen15, in which two 31-year old actors play themselves as 13. And does BBC3’s Mysterious Murder Of Nipsey Hussle do justice to the assassinated hip hop star? Guests Jude “Guardian/New Statesman” Rogers and Ralph “Mixmag/Muzik” Moore help us sort it all out.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2020
The Mandalorian, Tiger King, Ren Harvieu
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Remotely-recorded for your safety and comfort… Disney+ is here just in time for the Lockdown. Will spaghetti Star Wars western The Mandalorian justify your hard-earned Imperial credits? Big cat murder mystery cult saga Tiger King on Netflix: has any true story this insane been seen on TV before? And Salford torch singer Ren Harvieu returns after years of hardship. Will she get a good revieu? Clark Collis of Entertainment Weekly and Johnny Davis of Esquire magazine join us to sort it all out.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2020
Lockdown hoedowns, Baxter Dury, Eel Pie Island doc
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Excuse our sound quality… We’re all indoors for the foreseeable future, so you might as well enjoy the good stuff. In our first hygienic, remotely-recorded podcast guests Eamonn Forde (Guardian) and Martin Aston (MOJO) join Andrew and Siân to recommend what to watch, play and read in the self-isolation era. Plus Baxter Dury takes his urban dirty young man persona to “another level” and we assess next Friday’s BBC4 lock-in, the Eel Pie Island rock doc Rock’n’Roll Island. Do we learn anything new…? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2020
Ready Steady Go! on BBC4, Color Out Of Space, Nigel Godrich’s Ultraísta
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE (even though it’s Saturday). As BBC4 dedicates a evening to The Story of Ready Steady Go! we ask just what it was that made the bob-haired Cathy McGowan modfest the platonic ideal of youth TV? Plus alien gross-out horror in a new movie adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s Color Out Of Space and Radiohead’s sonic masseur Nigel Godrich returns with his micro-supergroup Ultraísta,  Frugging on the podium with Siân and Andrew this week are journo-about-town Michael Moran and Ian Harrison, MOJO Magazine news editor and free-spirited Liam to elder brother Andrew’s stern and humourless Noel.   Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2020
Noughts + Crosses on BBC1, Soccer Mommy, U.S. Girls, I Am Not Okay With This
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DON’T CALL ME BLANCA: Does BBC1’s adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s race-inversion counterfactual Noughts + Crosses work as drama as well as thought experiment? New albums from “queen of screwing up” Soccer Mommy and Toronto-based megapop torch singer U.S. Girls. And a lonely teen girl discovers her Hulk-like superpower is… incipient lesbianism? That’s I Am Not Okay With This on Netflix.  Legendary presenter of THE WORD, 6Music DJ and “smellologist” Katie Puckrik and Michael Hann of The Guardian and the FT join Andrew and Siân to crack the top of this week’s crème brûlée of pop culture.   Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2020
Steve Coogan in Greed and The Trip To Greece, Chic, Cornershop
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BLAME IT ON THE COOGAN: Does Alan Partridge’s alter ego acquit himself better as a thinly-veiled pastiche of charmless retail plutocrat Sir Philip Green in Michael Winterbottom’s gaudy comedy Greed? Or as an even-thinner-veiled version of himself in the final series of The Trip with Rob Brydon? (Food notes: this time it’s Greece). We talk to guest Daryl Easlea – writer for Record Collector, Mojo, Uncut and more – about the new edition of his book Everybody Dance: Chic And The Politics Of Disco. Jockey Slut co-founder John Burgess talks about his old mate Andrew Weatherall and his new turbo-pop venture, the Mighty Hoopla Festival. Plus Cornershop turn Brexit into defiant indie rock, and a whole lot more. It’s all your earholes desire.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 29, 2020
Andrew Weatherall tribute, Pete Paphides memoir, Best Coast, Intelligence on Sky
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After the great ANDREW WEATHERALL’s untimely passing, we assemble Weatherall-watchers Anthony Teasdale and Peter Paphides to appreciate the life, legacy and inspirational madness of Lord Sabre, the polymathic Oscar Wilde of acid house. Plus… UNSUNG HEROES OF CHIP SHOP: Pete’s marvellous, hilarious and moving memoir Broken Greek, on how pop music changed – and saved – the life of a son of Greek immigrants who ran a Birmingham chippy in the 70s and 80s.  YOU ARE WATCHING BIG BROTHER: Will GCHQ Cheltenham’s listening station prove to be fertile ground for a The Thick Of It-style workplace comedy? We interrogate Sky’s Intelligence with David Schwimmer. L.A. EXISTENTIAL: Does the heavily-therapised new album from Californian doom-wallowers Best Coast deliver what we want from our angsty power-pop? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2020
Parasite, Gil Scott-Heron, C90 indie rock
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HOME ALONE: Is Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-scarfing class-battle nerve-twister Parasite really as good as they say?  POSTHUMOUS POETICS: There’s another version of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album I’m New Here out. Makaya McCraven jazzes it up into We’re New Again. What are the pros and cons of the collab beyond the grave? MEMOIRS OF SHOEGAZING GENTLEMEN (AND LADIES): What does the vast new compilation C90 tell us about the idyllic, bowlheaded world of pre-Oasis indie pop? Guardian TV and podcasts writer Hannah Verdier and Kate Hodges – bassist and author of Warriors Witches Women: Mythology’s Fiercest Females – join Andrew and Siân to sort it all RIGHT out.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2020
188: Writing thrillers with Mat Osman of Suede and William Shaw plus Queen & Slim, La Roux, Tame Impala
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It’s crime fiction week! We talk to Mat Osman of Suede about his genuinely excellent debut novel The Ruins, and our old Smash Hits/Select colleague William Shaw about his spectacular new career as an author of superior crime fiction. Plus, does much-lauded new chase movie Queen And Slim deliver on its promise as the Black Lives Matter Bonnie & Clyde? New albums from day-glo ice queen of the rave La Roux and yacht techno space Jesus Tame Impala. And much more besides.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden, in the conservatory with the candlestick. Audio production by Alex Rees, with the lead piping in the ballroom. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2020
187: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Isobel Campbell, England’s lost baroque pop
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This week, presenter of radio, podcasts and Thronecast Jamie East and Lydon/Tricky biographer Andrew Perry descend into the BigmouthCave. On the menu…  THE ONCE AND FUTURE CRINGE: Curb Your Enthusiasm is back after three years. Does the comedy of squirm still work in a more censorious age? And how does Larry David stay away from caricaturing himself?  CARRY ON FOLLOW THAT CAMPBELL: Former desert bluesperson and Belle & Sebastianist Isobel Campbell embraces the Laurel Canyon sound on her first solo album in 14 years. Does she wear it well? THE DOILY EXPRESS: Sad-eyed ladies in Biba frocks, pots of Earl Grey, ginger cats, slathers of orchestra and woodwind, Honeybus, Mike Batt and Erasmus Chorum… Will Bob Stanley’s Tea And Symphony: The English Baroque Sound 1968-1974 rehabilitate this neglected sound? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2020
186: Uncut Gems, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Lab, Halsey, Georgia
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This week, TV oracles Julia Raeside of The Guardian and Michael Hogan of the Telegraph join Andrew and Siân to read pop culture’s spiritual aura. Submitting to past-life analysis this week…  BLING ME THE HORIZON: Can phoner-in of broad and basic comedy roles Adam Sandler rediscover his hidden talents as an actual thesp for avant garde diamond business thriller Uncut Gems? And is this the tensest moviegoing experience around right now? ELECTRIC YOUTH: Rave spawn Georgia’s incandescent album Seeking Thrills and US anxiety-pop heroine Halsey’s new one, Manic: what are they telling us about the Young People? And does it matter that Georgia’s dad was in Leftfield? WHO MADE WOO?: It’s brand extension time as jade-eggs-for-female-nethers entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow expands into a roundly absurd and widely panned Netflix show, Goop Labs. Exploitation of simple-minded narcissists? Performance art project for our times? Hate-watch or something worse? Our panel channel the Other Side (e.g. BBC4).  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2020
185: Pet Shop Boys, Bowie graphic novel, Armando Iannucci’s Avenue 5
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Dance music guru Ralph Moore of Mixmag and well-dressed journo-about-town Justin Quirk join Andrew and Siân on the Pools Panel of pop culture. This week: BABYLON BERLIN: Recorded in the German capital, ‘Hotspot’ completes the Pet Shop Boys’ trilogy with superproducer Stuart Price. Are we in for sad bangers, what’s the laser quotient… and can you still rave in your seventh decade? (Spoiler: yes). CHEAP HOLIDAYS IN OTHER SPECIES’ MISERY: Armando Iannucci’s latest workplace satire is set on a space cruiseliner. Does Avenue 5 – starring Hugh Laurie and Rebecca Front and showing on Sky One and NOW TV from 22 Jan – have the spark and snark of The Thick Of It and Veep? THE ILLUSTRATED DAME: Does new graphic novel BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns And Moonage Daydreams capture the essence of dear, departed Davy Jones? And can Andrew and Ralph contain themselves re. the gorgeous Ditko/Kirby artwork of Mike Allred? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2020
184: 1917 movie, Dracula, January No.1s, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker
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ROCK ON, TOMMY: Why there’s more to Sam Mendes’s nerve-shredding trench epic 1917 than total WW1 immersion horror.  TYPE AAARGH! POSITIVE: Was Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s Dracula update too kitsch, or not kitsch enough? BRING YOUR DAUGHTER TO THE CHART RETURNS SHOP: The lost art of the Stealth January Number One.  REN & SKIMPY: We gather the nerds for final judgment on Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.  For the first Bigmouth of the Twenties we’re joined by Strictly Kev AKA Ninja Tune artiste DJ Food and Luke Turner, co-founder of The Quietus and author of Out Of The Woods, to assess the pop culture arrivals of the New Year period. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2020
End of Decade Special feat Bowie, Fleabag, St Vincent, Janelle Monáe and more
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Blackstar! Inside No.9! Arrival! St Vincent! Kill List! Robyn! Shame! Bicep! All these and more feature in our end-of-decade bloody assizes. As the Clanging Chimes of Doom bring us to the end not just of 2019 but the TwentyTeens™ themselves, what were our favourites of the decade that’s about to cash in its “chips”? Guests Jude Rogers of The Word and The Guardian and Eamonn Forde of The Final Days Of EMI fame join Andrew and Siân to sort it all out. As the late great Dame himself once sang, “Time will crawl/To the 21st century loos”. We prefer to say lavatory, David. We wish all Bigmouth persons a Happy Christmas and a delightful 2020. We’ll be back in the second week of the New Year. Until then… be excellent to one another.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2019
182: Best of 2019 feat. Booksmart, Chernobyl, Nick Cave, Lana Del Rey and more!
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Do we hear a middling mid-2000s rock track or is it time for the best, the best, the Best of 2019?  Joining Andrew and Siân to reveal their favourite films, albums, tracks, and other things are musician, yogi and Mojo writer Sophie Harris, and King of the Music Writer’s bingo board and Craig Finn fan Michael Hann. Among the top dogs are Booksmart, the screwball teen comedy turning the genre on its head, the HBO series Chernobyl and Succession.   Plus, the panel tries to avoid the waterworks - again - talking about Nick Cave’s heartbreaking album Ghosteen.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2019
181. Sound systems book, Burial, Psychemagik, 8 Days on Sky
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It’s a bass-heavy podcast as we welcome dance music guru and Bigmouth regular Joe Muggs and photographer Brian David Stevens to talk about their book Bass, Mids, Tops: An Oral History of Sound System Culture. Pre-order it here and get free badges! Plus… CEMETARY GREATS: Mysterious dubstep person Burial compiles all his free-range experimental EPs under the name ‘Tunes 2011-2019’. How does this enhance our understanding of the Vangelis of the night bus queue? APOCALYPSE NEIN: A meteor is about to obliterate Europe and everyone is losing their scheisse in grim German drama Eight Days, now showing on Sky Atlantic. Will this Deutsche spin on Bowie’s ‘Five Years’ tempt you to binge-watch before the end of to the world? THE COSMIC TRIP PRESENTS: Balearic mind-massagers Psychemagik finally release the debut album that’s been held hostage by major label shenanigans for ten years. Will ‘I Feel How This Night Should Look’ fit the ‘Moon Safari’-shaped hole in your life?  Plus the usual tunes, digressions and Closing Time Chatter. It’s what podcasts where made for.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2019
180: Coldplay album, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, Country Music and Brett Anderson's new memoir
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Devon is a place on Earth: West Country sons Coldplay release their new album Everyday Life - a concept album of two halves, Sunrise and Sunset. We discuss this disparate mix of stadium-bothering plus acoustic wibblings and why the hell Nietzsche is on the cover. I Beg Your Parton: Dolly Parton's new Netflix series Heartstrings brings to life eight of her songs and features Julianne Hough, Kathleen Turner and Dolly herself amongst many others. Is it at good as the tunes? The Big Tome: Suede singer Brett Anderson's first memoir Coal Black Mornings garnered heaps of praise. We chat about his second book, Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn, examining life in Suede: fame, drugs, sex and dry shampoo. Ken Burns Effect: Country Music on BBC4 is an eight-part history from Doc God Ken Burns. Is this enormo-doc the definitive account - and does it serve as a history of America also? On the Extra Bit - inspired by Dolly Parton's Heartstrings - we talk about pop stars in TV shows. Duncan from Blue! Boy George! Suzi Quatro! Get it by backing us. Joining Siân are this week’s special guests: The Times' chief music critic Will Hodgkinson; plus culture writer for the Evening Standard and Sunday Times Simon Mills. Presented by Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2019
179: Leonard Cohen, Nasty Cherry, Lou Reed's lyrics, War of the Worlds
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Trawling through the muddy flats of pop culture this week…  HELLO, I MUST BE COHEN: Leonard Cohen's posthumous album Thanks for the Dance is released this week. Compiled by his son Adam, did Leonard have more to say after 2016's You Want it Darker? POP YOUR CHERRY: "You can't sing, you look awful, you'll go a long way..." Can Charli XCX's new girl band Nasty Cherry make it big in the Netflix show I'm With the Band, despite in-band rivalries and zero experience? OF COURSE THEY CAN. Reed United: The complete Lou Reed lyrics book I'll be Your Mirror numbers 670 pages. Is this the "autobiography" Laurie Anderson talks of in her introduction or does it offer less of a glimpse of the man (not The Man)? Beats Woking: BBC's War of the Worlds is a new adaption of the HG Wells novel, set in leafy Surrey. A lot of people run around in tweed as aliens arrive. What did the panel think? Joining Siân are this week’s special guests, Conde Nast Traveller and Times writer James Medd; plus actor and writer Dan Maier. Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2019
178: The Irishman, DJ Shadow, FKA Twigs, winter pop warmers Episode
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Revealed in the tea leaves of pop culture this week…  LEST WE FUGGEDABOUDIT: Does Martin Scorsese’s elegiac epic The Irishman put the capstone on mob movies forever? And who’s best in it: Bobby de Niro, little Joey Pesci, Al ‘The Animal’ Pacino or Stephen ‘The Scousefather’ Graham? ME AND MY SHADOW: Trip hop originator DJ Shadow rails against the digitally-saturated present on ‘Our Pathetic Age’. Modern hip hop masterpiece or old man shouting at iCloud? THE SPECIAL FKA: The fragile, suspended, subliminal soul-poptronica of FKA Twigs – what’s her album ‘Magdalene’ saying about life as a woman in 2019 and does she need to say it a bit louder? AUTUMN ALMANACS: We choose our favourite albums for the season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and is it time to put the heating on yet? Joining Siân and Andrew are this week’s special guests, Guardian TV and podcasts writer Hannah Verdier and alternative rock journo Martin Aston, author of The Story Of 4AD.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2019
177: His Dark Materials, Michael Kiwanunka, Doctor Sleep, Apple TV+
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Spelling themselves out on the ouija board of pop culture this week…  DÆMON DAYS: Does the prestige BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials do justice to one of the greatest and most philosophically challenging books in the young adult pantheon? Or what? MUSWELL HILL COMMUNICATION: We finally got that Michael Kiwanuka album. Does it deliver on the modern epic soul front? REDRUM HE WROTE: That sequel to The Shining that nobody ordered is here. Does all plot and no mystery make Doctor Sleep a dull sequel? THE IMPOSSIBLE STREAM: Apple think they can reinvent TV the way they did music, phones and, erm, not watches. Are the streaming shows on Apple TV+ enough to make you quit Netflix? Joining Siân and Andrew are this week’s special guests, film writer Linda Marric and Spotify’s top dog of original content, Rob Fitzpatrick.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2019
Terminator Dark Fate, Kanye’s Jesus album, Eddie Murphy as Dolemite
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Tumbling out of the pop culture piñata this week: THE BECH-DEATH TEST: Does the all-new all-female Terminator Dark Fate bring the much-rebooted “killer robots from the future” saga back online? Or is the story trapped in a repetitive subroutine? HOLY JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY: Kanye West has got God, but what will God think about that? And will Mr West’s holy-rolling gospel-powered album Jesus Is King save the souls of our heathen panel? BLACK COMEDY: Eddie Murphy’s magnificent starring turn as filthy cult comedian Rudy Ray Moore (the Benny Hill of blaxploitation) makes new biopic Dolemite Is My Name one of the most extraordinary things on Netflix right now. And Wesley Snipes isn’t bad either. Does it whitewash the world of pimps and hoes, or are we seeing a real story of American reinvention? Joining Siân and Andrew are this week’s special guests, comedy writer Sarah Morgan and Balearic-brained DJ and Bigmouth regular Anthony Teasdale. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Elsie Bath at Soho Radio. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2019
175: Watchmen, Dusty Springfield, Giri/Haji, Dukes Of Stratosphear, The Laundromat
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Bubbling out of the pop culture percolator this week…  NO SQUID PRO QUO: Has Damon “Lost” Lindelof done justice to Watchmen – the Citizen Kane of wearing your underpants outside your trousers – with his “remix” of the concept for HBO/Sky? And do we have any idea of what the hell is going on? KEEP IT DUSTY: What guest Lucy O’Brien discovered as she updated her definitive biography of Dusty Springfield.  STRIFE IN TOKYO: New high-end crime drama Giri/Haji on BBC2 – there’s a dead yakuza in London and detective Kelly Macdonald is having no luck on her dating apps. Will we keep watching? A PSYCH FOR SORE EYES: The complete works of Dukes Of Stratosphear, the exploding plastic psychedelic cosplay experiment by XTC, are re-released in psurround psound. CASH RUINS EVERYTHING AROUND ME: Does The Laundromat, Steven Soderbergh’s all-star comic dramatisation of the Panama Papers financial scandal, repay on its investment? And why are its principle subjects suing Netflix? Special guests Lucy O’Brien and Melody Maker veteran David Stubbs join Siân and Andrew this week, with a special cameo from comics fiend and Remainiacs escapee Dorian Lynskey.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2019
174: Joker, Suzi Quatro movie, Motörhead, Succession finale spoilerama
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Inside the tumble dryer of pop culture this week…  REPENT, HARLEQUIN! Is there more to Joaquin Phoenix’s turn in the hit Joker origin movie than half Taxi Driver and half King of Comedy? The movie has divided critics – will it divide our panel? FIRE UP THE QUATRO: Does the biopic of original beleathered rock vixen Suzi Quatro convey the supercharged excitement of her doing Can The Can? And do we actually need biopics of every single pop star? NO MORE KILMISTER NICE GUY: A major reissue programme for rock’s most horrible band Motörhead commences with their two 1979 albums Overkill and Bomber. Special guest Justin Quirk explains their unique and deathless appeal to a blankly confused Andrew.  WHAT A WAYSTAR: In a unique, spoiler-sodden post-credits sequence Andrew and Siân discuss the nerve-shredding finale to Season 2 of Succession. Could we believe what we were seeing and is it officially the Best Thing on Telly Ever (for now)? Special guests Iestyn George of NME, GQ and Golf Punk fame and men’s mags man about town Justin Quirk are Siân and Andrew’s oppo’s this week.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2019
173: Nick Cave, Michael Hutchence movie, Elbow, The Politician
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On this week’s pop culture perusal fest…  THE GREAT BARRIER, GRIEF: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ extraordinary new album Ghosteen leaves our panel floored and yet somehow elated. How did he turn unimaginable personal pain into something so beautiful? THE ROAD OF XS: Many saw Michael Hutchence as just a likeable accumulation of rock star clichés – but was there more to him and to his personal tragedy? And can new biopic Mystify open up the story? I WAS A TEENAGE TRUMP: Does the camp-meets-social-comment extravaganza The Politician – first fruit of Ryan “Glee/Pose” Murphy’s multimillion dollar Netflix deal – bring us closer to the tormented world of feverishly ambitious rich kids? And do we want it it? BURY, MY HEART: As Elbow pile into the vicissitudes of Brexit Britain on their eighth album Giants Of All Sizes, we ask where spiritual unifier Guy Garvey fits into our divided nation.  Esquire magazine deputy editor Johnny Davis and Mojo/Times writer Sophie Harris join Andrew and Siân to sort it all out.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2019
171: OMD SPECIAL: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark on the life electronic
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It’s a special Bigmouth this week as we’re joined by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys AKA Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark as they mark their 40th anniversary with their ‘Souvenir’ box set – half greatest hits, half Pharaonic treasure trove of all the things they’ve made (including the really weird stuff). ARCHITECTURE AND MORALITY AND SIÂN AND ANDREW: Dive in for a fascinating conversation that takes in the ups and downs of an “accidental” pop career, how Kraftwerk changed their lives, how Paul’s mum nearly derailed OMD entirely, the love/hate relationship between Liverpool and Manchester (and why Joy Division were so amazing), the critical reappraisal that means their ‘difficult’ art statement ‘Dazzle Ships’ is now among their best-loved albums… and how Kraftwerk (them again) invented Atomic Kitten.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2019
170: Mod weekend on Sky, Temples, State Of The Union
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We’re joined by Guardian telly and podcasts queen HANNAH VERDIER and Telegraph/Guardian TV writer MICHAEL HOGAN to read the tea leaves of pop culture. On the agenda…  FROM A VESPA TO A SCREAM: What it is with men and mod? Sky Arts’s Mod Weekend opens a window into the world of Weller worshippers and digs into the history of the thin-lapelled cult that won’t die. Is the world ready for Bradley Wiggins on Mod? OUT OF PSYCH, OUT OF MIND: Cosmic inner-spacemen of Kettering Temples return with their third album Hot Motion. Will the panel turn on, tune in or drop out?  DECREE NASTY: Does Nick Hornby’s bite-sized marital counselling comedy State Of The Union (now on BBC2 and iPlayer) convince us that Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd could really be a couple? Is it funny? And what’s with the outrageous anti-middle-aged-music-journalism propaganda? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2019
169: Factory Records exhibition, 2 Tone at 40, Ad Astra and the worst Netflix show ever
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This week Mojo mag news editor IAN HARRISON and Empire/ScreenWords/Jewish Chronicle film writer LINDA MARRIC join us to feel the bumps on the skull of pop culture. On the agenda…  CRISPY AMBULANCE CHASERS: Early Factory Records relics go on show in London as the Chelsea Space’s Use Hearing Protection exhibition displays the artefacts bestowed with the first 50 FAC numbers. What set Tony Wilson’s empire apart from the post-punk pack?  RUDE AWAKENINGS: It’s 40 years since the dawn of 2 Tone and celebrations are afoot. What were the best of the rankin’, skankin’ Midlands Motown’s output and can Ian still draw a Walt Jabsco on his schoolbook? ONE GIANT STEP FOR BRAD: Does spaceborne dad-and-lad intriguefest Ad Astra confirm Brad Pitt as the modern James Coburn? POLLUTING THE STREAMS: Why on earth did Netflix greenlight the putrid Lost-with-millennials miniseries The I-Land and how much more of this crap can we expect as the streaming wars escalate? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2019
168: Nouvelle Vague saga Shock of the Future, The Loudest Voice, and BBC's The Capture
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This week we have special guests Miranda Sawyer - author of Out of Time, she writes for the Observer, appears on Radio 4 and much much more – plus ex-Word magazine writer and Bob Dylan boffin James Medd to discuss the pop culture issues of the day. PALE AILES: Will Sky's The Loudest Voice plump Succession as the latest Citizen-Kane-for-our-times? Starring Russell Crowe as Fox News founder Roger Ailes and Sienna Miller as his wife, this aims to lift the lid on the controversial figure pre Fake News and #MeToo. But do heavy prosthetics simply... get in the way of a good story? BOOM-CHAQUE: New French movie Shock of the Future stars Alma Jodorowsky as proto-electronica pioneer Ana, a frustrated jingle-writer intent on making her own way in the music business. Huge racks of 1970s audio equipment! The Roland CR-78! Loads of cigs! What's not to like? AINT NO MOUNT HIGH ENOUGH: Metronomy Forever is the new album from indie emo dance-crew Metronomy - hence the name. On the heels of the Hot Chip album, are we expecting more sad dad bangers from head honcho Joe Mount? This album has 17 tracks. 17! CAM SLAM: The Capture is the BBC's new hot crime drama. Yes. Starring Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner, we enter a world where CCTV is King - but is it a reliable witness or is someone manipulating the live streams? And why are there so many posh people in it? Tune in and find out. Presented by Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2019
167: Succession S2, UK Rap Game on BBC3, weird cover versions status report
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LOGAN’S RUIN: Bravura dynastic betrayalfest Succession is back for a second jaw-dropping season on Sky. Are they satirising Murdoch, Trump or plutocrats in general? What do the Murdochs think of it (Simon knows)? And is this actually the new Greatest Thing Ever On TV?  MCS GOT TALENT: As long-running “X Factor of hip hop” The Rap Game comes to the BBC3, we assemble a roomful of middle-aged white people to see who’s Alexandra Burke of grime and hardcore, and who’s the Steve Brookstein of MCs.  TRAD. ARR. WARS: As guest Michael Hann brings ‘Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Van Halen’ by The Bird And The Bee to our attention, we assess the current vexed state of the cover version. As in, no more heartbroken minor key versions of ANYTHING, OK? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2019
166: Daisy Age hip hop, Definitely Maybe in the dock, Friendly Fires
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TRIBAL GATHERING: The first proper compilation of Daisy Age hip hop is out. What made A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Queen Latifah and friends so great and where can we still see the vibrations of “da Inner Sound, y’all”?  BACK TO THE OLD HOUSE: Can rave-besotted recovering indie band Friendly Fires elbow their way up to the Hot Chip/Simian Mobile Disco premier league of couture house music with, you know, actual songs? OUR KID’S ELECTRIC: It’s 25 years since Oasis released their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’. Greatest rock debut of the past half-century or catastrophic blind alley from which British rock has yet to escape? Or a bit of both?  Plus exciting tunes from our panel, Closing Time Chatter and David Bowie in dub… Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Elsie Bath at Soho Radio, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2019
165: Jeremy Deller’s rave documentary, Sky’s Euphoria, special guest Piney Gir
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ONLY CLUBBERS LEFT ALIVE: Why is everyone talking about Jeremy Deller’s exploration of rave culture, ‘Everybody In The Place’? And what makes it different from your standard “who invented house music” documentary? TEENAGE TORPOR: How truthful is ‘Euphoria’, Sky/HBO’s bleak new teen travails drama starring Zendaya from ‘Spider-Man’? Is a nightmare world of cyberstalking, indiscriminate hook-ups, revenge porn and poly-drug abuse necessarily going to make for your next box set addition? THE ALBUM ONLY I LIKE: Yes we’re adding to our collection of unloved albums. All this and more on the best pop culture talk show on the Internet.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Elsie Bath at Soho Radio, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2019
164: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Ride, best movies of 2019 so far
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This week on the pop culture podcast for free-range procrastinators – LIVE FROM ST. QUENTIN: Does Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood get away with “doing” the Manson Murders? Can our panel discuss it without ruining the ending? And is it the most divisive movie we’ve yet discussed?  YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT TO US: Sultans of shoegaze Ride are back, older and wiser. How is their sonic cathedral restoration project looking? HALF WAY FULL HOUSE: With 2019 just over half-done, film critic Anna Smith of the Girls On Film podcast chooses her five favourite movies of the year so far, and Andrew, Siân and fellow guest Eamonn Forde argue about which one’s the best.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Elsie Bath at Soho Radio, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2019
163: Mick Houghton's tales of pop excess, The Great Hack, Sky One's Manifest, "the album no one likes but me"
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This week’s special guests are NADIA SHIREEN – author, illustrator and pop nut – and Legendary publicist MICK HOUGHTON, who's just published his memoir Fried and Justified about working with Teardrop Explodes, KLF, Talking Heads, Echo & the Bunnymen, JAMC, Undertones, Sonic Youth and many more... Who took the Ramones for a curry? Mick did. Will The Great Hack on Netflix have us deleting our social media accounts in a hurry as it details the Cambridge Analytica scandal? In question: Facebook's access to user data during the 2016 Brexit and Trump campaigns. Whistleblowers speak!  And does Sky One's Manifest deliver as a series about a group of plane passengers who go missing for five years and just... turn up? Something strange is afoot - but no one yet know why. Plus the return of the old favourite, The Album No One Likes But Me. We have Nadia and Mick's choices. Are they really that awful? Presented by Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees at Soho Radio, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2019
162: Rave retro art, Blood Orange, Britpop cinema and special guest Rhoda ‘Special AKA’ Dakar
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This week’s special guests are RHODA DAKAR – ska stalwart of The Bodysnatchers and Special AKA fame – and film writer MATT GLASBY, author of new book Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England. On the agenda… A FIELD OF THEIR OWN: Does the Saatchi Gallery’s dance music exhibition Sweet Harmony: Rave Today properly summon up the necessary vibes for another Summer of Love?  TANGERINE DREAM: If electronic r’n’b “artiste” Blood Orange’s latest release ‘Angel’s Pulse’ isn’t an album, what is it? GRAVE EXPECTATIONS: The grand old man of American indie cinema Jim Jarmusch has made a zombie movie – why? And does The Dead Don’t Die hold up against stiff competition? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black at Soho Radio, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2019
161: Midsommar, albums for summer, Steven Bannon doc The Brink
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This week, ANIMIST NITRATE: Is pagan psycho-fest Midsommar a mere update of The Wicker Man or does it bring something new to the horror chopping block? HEATWAVE RAVES: Our guests David Stubbs and Linda Marric help Siân and Andrew choose a soundtrack for Summer 2019. IT’LL BE ALT.RIGHT ON THE NIGHT: Can our panel bear to spend 90 minutes in the company of far-right barfbag Steve Bannon in the damning fly-on-the-wall documentary The Brink? Plus the usual recommendations, denunciations and prevarications.  And we’ve put as many tunes from this show as we can find on a Spotify playlist. Enjoy! Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees at Soho Radio, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2019
160: WARP Records at 30, Catch-22, Thom Yorke
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This week, THE COLOUR PURPLE – We celebrate 30 years of out-there bleep explorers WARP Records with noted clattery music enthusiasts Strictly Kev AKA DJ Food and Luke Turner of The Quietus. WAR IS HELLER – Have Hulu and George Clooney successfully filmed the unfilmable with their adaptation of the legendary satirical WWII snafu-fest Catch-22? “COME ON, THOM!” – Will ‘Anima’, Thom Yorke’s third solo album, fill the Radiohead-sized hole in your life and what on earth is that Alternative Carpark-style short film all about? These things and more we bring to you.  BONUS: We’ve put our WARP recommendations plus a few more tracks from this week’s show on a Spotify playlist too. Enjoy!  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black at Soho Radio, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2019
159: Glastonbury 2019: Live and Lo-Fi
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Relive the atmosphere of 24 hours ago as Andrew heads into the Fields of Dreams to bring back what Glastonbury 2019 was really like. Ted Kessler of Q, Bigmouth regulars Ian Harrison of Mojo and Nadia Shireen, and indie labels mogul James Endeacott bring us the true flavour of Planet Earth’s Greatest Event. A word of warning: this is a lo-fi recording and we couldn’t budget for mobile phone interference from passers-by and those festival-goers that we buttonholed. Think of it as the full Glastonbury-in-the-raw experience: rough and ready, loud and bassy. Your regular helping of Bigmouth returns on Friday as usual. See you then.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2019
158: Hot Chip, horror satire In Fabric, Mark Ronson
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We recorded this week’s podcast before the sad death of French house legend Philippe Zdar, who produced HOT CHIP’s fantastic new album ‘A Bath Full Of Ecstasy’. Author and ex-Face magazine editor Richard Benson and Guardian TV and podcasts writer Hannah Verdier join us to talk discuss the Chip’s magnum opus for the older, wiser raver. Plus! The astonishing horror movie IN FABRIC from Peter ‘Duke Of Burgundy’ Strickland. (Are we ready for the Scarfolk ‘Are You Being Served?’) MARK RONSON completes this week’s “sad bangers” mood with his long-awaited album of small-hours introspection, ‘Late Night Feelings’. And our guests bring in a tune each too.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black at Soho Radio, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2019
157: Killing Eve S2, Prince Originals, I Am Mother on Netflix
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On this week’s Bigmouth, Will Hodgkinson of The Times and writer and film critic Claire Biddles join us on our fab new studios to discuss the releases of the hour. On this podcast – EVE OF DESTRUCTION: Does Series 2 of Killing Eve match up to that incendiary first season and are the carpings of the critics unfounded? PURPLE PATCH: The posthumous Prince compilation ‘Originals’ is streaming on Tidal now and released on June 21. What do we make of these songs that the late Imp of the Perverse gave to other artists? FROM HERE TO MATERNITY: Netflix’s latest lo-fi sci-fi movie I Am Mother gives us a girl raised by a motherly droid (Ma-2D2?). Does it have interesting things to say about nature, nurture and the love between motherboard and child? All this and more. Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black at Soho Radio. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2019
156: Booksmart movie, Liam Gallagher biopic, Divine Comedy
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This week, TEENAGE RAMPAGE: Why you NEED to go and see Booksmart, the most original and joyful high school comedy since Ferris Bueller’s Day off. OUR KID’S BATHETIC: The fly-on-Liam-Gallagher’s-wall doc As It Was shows him as less mad for it and more dad for it. But is it cosmetic exercise? And FIGHT THE POWER (POINT): Does The Divine Comedy’s satirical workplace album Office Politics meet its KPIs going forward in this space? We’ll shake the tree and loop you in once we’ve bottomed this one out with a 360º perspective, yeah? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black at Soho Radio, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2019
155: Memoirs of a Britpop Machiavelli, Elton’s Rocketman, Richard Hawley
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On the analyst’s couch of pop culture this week: YOU WANNA LIVE LIKE CAMDEN PEOPLE? Britpop’s Machiavellian publicist Phill Savidge joins us to talk about his memoir of the glittering 90s scene, and argue with Andrew about who really invented the last epic pop moment. DWIGHT HERE, DWIGHT NOW: Does Rocketman, the “musical fantasy” of Elton John’s life story, entertain as thoroughly as it settles Sir Elt’s score of grudges? RICH PICKINGS: Is Richard Hawley now making the Morrissey records it’s OK to like? And a whole lot more too.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Elsie Bath at Soho Radio, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2019
154: Amyl & The Sniffers, The Virtues on C4, Flying Lotus
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On the pop culture dissection table this week: TOP OF THE POPPERS – Do Melbourne’s Amyl & The Sniffers have the punk rock prescription we need? SHANE IN YOUR GAME – The great Stephen Graham in Shane Meadows’ riveting new C4 drama The Virtues. LOTUS POCUS – What on earth is going on with cosmic space-jazz funk-hop auteur Flying Lotus’s latest album? Special guests MICHAEL HANN of The Guardian and ANTHONY TEASDALE, the most Balearic man from West Lancashire, join us to sort it all out.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Elsie Bath, recorded by Tom Bullen at Air Edel, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2019
153: Rave movie BEATS, What We Do In The Shadows, the album only I like (slight return)
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This week, ECKIE THUMP: Why Scottish rave movie BEATS might be the best movie yet to capture the essence of waving your arms in a field while being chased by the “polis”. FANGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER: Can Taika Waititi’s TV adaptation of his bat-on-the-wall vampire houseshare movie What We Do In The Shadows match the original? And our two guests Michael Hogan of the Telegraph and NME and Select veteran Lucy O’Brien sell us on the virtues of the albums that only they like.  Please enjoy your weekly recommended intake of pop culture blather, produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Sophie Black, recorded by Tom Bullen at Air Edel, London. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2019
152: BEASTIE BOYS‘ ill Communication is 25, Chernobyl on Sky, coming of age comedy Eighth Grade
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RADIATION FOR THE NATION: Does HBO’s Chernobyl disaster epic work as either science or drama, or would you be better off reading this excellent book instead? HOUSE OF HOROWITZ: How the Beastie Boys’ rap-funk-jazz monster ‘ill Communication’ remade the 90s. TEENAGE LOBOTOMY: The bleak, comic and heartbreaking life of the contemporary American teenager in new independent drama-comedy ‘Eighth Grade’. And, naturally, a whole lot more. Music business journo and U2 fanatic EAMONN FORDE and Face and Arena mag veteran MARK HOOPER join us for our latest rummage in the bran tub of pop.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2019
151: AVENGERS: ENDGAME, Soft Cell’s Dave Ball, Vampire Weekend and more
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It’s an epic-length BIGMOUTH this week. First we welcome special guest DAVE BALL to our appropriately subterranean Soho lair to talk about Soft Cell’s one-off (?) reunion and his new memoir of life in pop’s sleaziest duo. Then Dave and guest MARTIN ASTON stick around as we look at BBC2’s THE LOOMING TOWER – can a doggedly factual 9/11 intelligence drama work and how soon is too soon? – and check out the fourth album by well-heeled New York ethnomusicologists VAMPIRE WEEKEND. And then it’s spoiler time as geek squad members LINDA MARRIC and MICHAEL MORAN join us to dissect AVENGERS: ENDGAME. Who lives? Who dies? What did it all mean? All will be revealed in a conversation that you definitely should NOT listen to unless you’ve already seen the movie. What do you mean, you haven’t already seen the movie…? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2019
150: Why LIZZO is large and in charge, Chimerica on C4, Stealing Sheep
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On this week’s pop culture death match we’re joined by JUDE ROGERS of The Guardian, New Statesman and The Word RIP and dance music man about town RALPH MOORE of Mixmag fame. On the agenda: Does LIZZO have the body-positive bangers to match her outsize personality? Can C4’s continent-spanning marquee drama CHIMERICA spin fake news, the purpose of journalism, geopolitics and Wham!’s visit to China into a coherent image of the way the world is right now? And can electro-pagan Scouse trio STEALING SHEEP negotiate the tricky step up to the big time? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Elsie Bath. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2019
149: SLADE streem the noize on Spotify, Game of Thrones S8, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
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We’re back from our recuperative week off with SLADE on Spotify at last – should today’s young people be force-fed stomping Midlands yob-pop from the Middle Ages? Also we read the runes for the final season of GAME OF THRONES and experience the antipodean antics of KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD, the pop Hawkwind we didn’t know we needed. Pop culture journo and Throneshead Michael Moran joins us as special guest.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2019
148: Being Frank Sidebottom movie, Andy Gill of Gang Of Four, Chemical Brothers, Billie Eilish
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On this week’s podcast… Special guest Andy Gill of THE GANG OF FOUR on new album ‘Happy Now?’, the return of angular rock for crisis Britain, and his secret past with Adam ‘The Power Of Nightmares’ Curtis. Plus Andy joins David Stubbs, Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison to debate the Brexit-blocking beats of the new CHEMICAL BROTHERS album, the surprising pathos of BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY and whether BILLIE EILISH is appropriate for impressionable older listeners. As ever, your leisure is our pleasure.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Elsie Bath. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2019
147: BIGMOUTH EXTRA: Scenes from Keith Flint’s memorial
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The death of The Prodigy’s much-loved KEITH FLINT by his own hand left countless people – ravers, rockers, ’90s veterans, lovers of pop and good times in general – shocked, saddened and broken up. Numerous stories emerged afterwards confirming that, far from the twisted firestarter of the videos, Keith was a friendly, warm and above all kind man. It was desperately unfair that evidently he could not feel the happiness that he brought to millions.  Friend of the show and radio producer ROBIN LEEBURN traveled to Braintree for Keith’s memorial service last Friday and spoke to Keith’s fans and friends. Here’s what he saw and heard, as a special mini-edition of BIGMOUTH and a way to remember a lovely man who deserved a much longer, happier life. Recorded and produced by Robin Leeburn for BIGMOUTH.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2019
146: Scott Walker, Us movie, Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt on Netflix and more
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On this week’s podcast… WE’RE LOVING ENGEL INSTEAD: The irreplaceable Scott Walker. AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: Is Jordan Peele’s latest horror movie ‘Us’ a worthy successor to ‘Get Out’? VERY METAL: Is the Netflix adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s infamous ‘The Dirt’ worth a watch even if you can’t stand their music? And does it whitewash the depravity? NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN: New albums from Jenny ‘Rilo Kiley’ Lewis and Andrew ‘you might not know him’ Bird.  Joining us to rummage through the bran tub of pop culture this week are GEORGINA GODWIN, presenter and Books Editor at Monocle24, and Bigmouth regular ANDREW MUELLER, himself a Monocle24 regular. Hey, it’s almost a podclash.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back uson the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2019
145: Edwyn Collins, New York voguing drama, the internet’s dark side and more
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On our latest pop culture patterfest, Q Magazine editor TED KESSLER and comedy writer DAN MAIER of Harry Hill fame join Siân and Andrew to sift through the week’s most interesting stuff. The great EDWYN COLLINS confronts age and mortality through the medium of sounding as much like Iggy Pop as possible on new album ‘Badbea’. Is ‘Feud’ and ‘Glee’ producer Ryan Murphy’s dramatisation of the New York drag ball scene POSE worth your eyeball time? Ted gives us a bumper crate of new release recommendations. And we stare into the abyss inhabited by freelance internet moderators on the BBC Storyville documentary ‘THE CLEANERS’.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2019
144: Terry Hall and David Quantick on Ricky Gervais’s After Life, Dave, Derry Girls and more
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It’s a legend-heavy podcast this week as we welcome TERRY HALL of The Specials to talk about the rebirth of every rude boy and girl’s favourite band – and music press and TV comedy giant DAVID QUANTICK of The Day Today and Veep fame.  On the agenda: Is Ricky Gervais’s new Netflix comedy AFTER LIFE brave, bold, funny… or just obnoxious egotism? And do we prefer DERRY GIRLS, TV’s premier all-girl comedy based on religious sectarianism, the threat of terrorism and Take That? Plus we get on the analyst’s couch with London hip hop debutant DAVE – that’s his name, how hip hop is that? – to unpick his debut album ‘Psychotherapy’. All this and more we bring to you.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2019
143: Keith Prodigy, Captain Marvel, Fleabag, Sparks and more
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This week, the immensely sad death by suicide of KEITH FLINT, The Prodigy’s magnificent monster of the id. We salute a self-made superstar and explore what made him so loved across the spectrum from ravers to rockers and beyond. Plus: CAPTAIN MARVEL – does Brie Larsen’s super-debut as Earth’s Mightiest Hero live up to its billing? And whose make-up works best, de-aged Samuel L “Nick Fury” Jackson or green-faced Ben “Skrull leader” Mendelsohn? FLEABAG – the worst-behaved woman in London is back for a second series. How will Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s leftfield comedy smash develop now it’s in the spotlight? And SPARKS’s discotronic classic ‘No.1 In Heaven’ is back in a 40th anniversary edition. Just how modern does it sound? Spoiler: very. Joining us this week to sort it all out are film journalist LINDA MARRIC and debonair man-about-the-Internet MICHAEL MORAN.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2019
142: Alan Partridge, Sleaford Mods, Get Out and more
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This week we scale the north face of Chatmandu with pop journo HANNAH VERDIER and pop-obsessed illustrator NADIA SHIREEN, both veterans of the sainted Smash Hits Academy of Excellence. What does our panel make of the return of ALAN PARTRIDGE, and will it make Andrew dial down his Piers Morganisms on the Bigmouth settee? Also: Can SLEAFORD MODS come to terms with the Big Time i.e. having a house with more than one bedroom? We delve into new album ‘Eton Alive’. And we missed the groundbreaking “woke horror” movie GET OUT when it first appeared, but it’s now on Netflix so that’s a good excuse to talk about it. And it’s farewell to episode numbers in the show title because Apple Podcasts have decided they don’t like them. What are you going to do, eh? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden (pictured above). Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2019
141: Podcast #141: Russian Doll, Shaun Ryder’s lyrics, Oscars and more
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This week we’re joined by Quietus co-founder JOHN DORAN and film writer LINDA MARRIC to pan for more pop culture gold among the gravel and bottle tops. RUSSIAN DOLL on Netflix: what’s the metaphysical subtext of TV’s funniest drinking, drugging and dying comedy? SHAUN RYDER’S LYRICS are finally collected in book form – is he the WB Yeats of Madchester as Tony Wilson claimed all those years ago? Who does Linda fancy for an Oscar? And loads of music too.   Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2019
140: Podcast #140: Das Boot, Out Of The Woods with Luke Turner, Bowie doc, Ladytron
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On this week’s podcast, ALAAARM! We talk over the stunning re-Boot of sub-sea nerve-wrangler DAS BOOT with our guests, Quietus co-founder LUKE TURNER (left) and pop culture journo MARK HOOPER (right). Does the story of a different U-boat match up to the original and where does it fit into Brexit Britain’s TV schedule? Plus: Luke Turner talks about his remarkable book ‘Out Of The Woods’, where self-doubt, masculinity, sexuality, Suede and Throbbing Gristle come together in the mysterious depths of Epping Forest. What did we make of the latest and possibly last David Bowie documentary, Finding Fame? The new album from severe electronic Scouse-Scots Hungarian electroids Ladytron. And much, much more.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  Get every episode of BIGMOUTH a day early, plus the famous EXTRA BIT, when you back us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2019
139: Podcast #139: Velvet Buzzsaw on Netflix, Death of EMI book, Prefab Sprout
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On this week’s high-end pop culture hootenanny, we’re joined by music business journo EAMONN FORDE – who fills us in on the cautionary tale that is his new book ‘The Final Days Of EMI: Selling The Pig’ – plus The Times’ rock and pop critic WILL HODGKINSON. On the agenda: Jake Gyllenhaal in art scene gorefest ‘Velvet Buzzsaw‘, the return of Paddy MacAloon’s orchestral masterpiece ‘I Trawl The Megahertz’, new tunes from our guests, and loads more. Listen up or feel like you’re outside the Velvet Rope forever. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Alex Rees. *Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. * See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2019
138: Podcast #138: Buzzcocks, Dr Dre & Jimmy Iovine, Mercury Rev on Bobbie Gentry and more
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It’s a rather more stylish Bigmouth than usual as GQ magazine editor DYLAN JONES joins us for this week’s pop culture dégustation along with SOPHIE HARRIS of Mojo, Time Out and… yoga? On the menu this week: Can HBO/BBC4 documentary ‘The Defiant Ones’ make compelling drama from the parallel rise of Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine? Psychedelic backwoodsmen Mercury Rev take on Bobbie Gentry’s country-soul classic ‘The Delta Sweete’ with an army of five-star female vocalists. And weren’t Buzzcocks just FANTASTIC? Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2019
137: Podcast #137: Fyre Festival, junk shop glam, Specials, The Beat and more
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“It’s not fraud, it’s just false advertising!” Special guests and major influencers ALEXIS PETRIDIS of The Guardian and LUCY O’BRIEN, author of ‘Madonna: Like An Icon’, join regulars Siân and Andrew on a microlite to misery as we gaze in disbelief at not one but BOTH Fyre Festival documentaries. What were the best bits, what did we learn about “millennials” and is there enough Evian in the world to douse this Bonfire Of The Inanities? Hey, dig our on-brand orange tile…  PLUS It’s la recherche de Fred Perrys perdu with new albums from The Specials – their first in 37 years – and the faction of The Beat that includes Ranking Roger. And we FEEL THE NOIZE on a new 60-track compilation of ultra-obscure glam rock from the actual real-life 1970s, ‘All The Young Droogs’.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2019
136: Podcast #136: Stan & Ollie, Trevor Horn’s 80s album, Steve Mason and more
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Have Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly brought back the real Laurel & Hardy, and how many hankies should you take to ‘Stan & Ollie’? Why is Trevor Horn reinventing the 80s if they weren’t broken in the first place? And former Beta Band man Steve Mason says his fourth album ‘About The Light’ is his first proper record – is he right?  Seasoned journos Ian Harrison of Mojo magazine and Michael Hogan of the Guardian and Telegraph join Siân and Andrew to push the piano of pop culture up the metaphorical staircase of criticism. Will it come clattering down and smash to bits? There’s only one way to find out.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2019
135: Podcast #135: That Bros movie, HMV, New Order’s Technique and more
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What do the letters H.O.M.E. mean to you? We’re joined in Conversation Corner by guests Ralph Moore of dance bible Mixmag and Anthony Teasdale – terrace style guru and Balearic soothsayer – to discuss the movie that made everyone’s Christmas, ‘Bros: After The Screaming Stops’. Plus: can we mourn HMV if we didn’t spend enough money there? New Order’s fluorescent classic ‘Technique’ is a whole 30 years old. And an unusually ravey selection of tunes from our guests.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2019
134: Podcast #134: More Best of 2018 inc Sally4Ever, Black Panther, Shame, Succession and more
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In our second End of Year special, guests MIRANDA SAWYER and EAMONN FORDE tell us their favourite records, telly, films and other stuff of 2018 – and Andrew gets to make his choices too. Who liked lesbionic romantic disaster SALLY4EVER? What did the panel make of the new DOCTOR WHO? And who was the most appalling monster on TV? Plus music from Christine & The Queens, Shame, Suede, Half Man Half Biscuit and Dave – just Dave. It’s all you need for the long dark winter evenings.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2018
133: Podcast #133: Best of 2018 inc The 1975, BlacKKKlansman and A Very English Scandal
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The 1975! The Lemon Twigs! Anna Calvi! That fantastic Jeremy Thorpe dramatisation from the BBC! And some films, telly and music you might not have heard of too! It’s the first of our ‘Favourites of 2018’ shows. MICHAEL HANN of The Guardian and FT and ANDREW MUELLER (once Melody Maker, now Monocle and you can’t say that about everyone) join Andrew and Siân to choose the best of the year. Plus: how do you persuade uptight business-y mags like The Economist and The Spectator to run stories on Cold War Steve and Lawrence from Denim/Go-Kart Mozart?  Help us cover our costs by supporting us on Patreon and get a little extra BIGMOUTH every week too. Find out more here.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Elsie Bath. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2018
132: Podcast #132: Bryan Ferry, Guy Pratt's bass tales, 1983 on Netflix
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This week on the pop culture podcast for today’s prancing popinjay: Bassist to the gentry, raconteur and stand-up comic GUY PRATT tells us about life playing with Pink Floyd, Madonna, Robert Palmer and – for about a week – The Smiths. And music journo and author MARTIN ASTON helps us dissect new Netflix ‘Polish noir’ drama 1983 and the surprisingly addictive new jazz album from BRYAN FERRY. (Guy is the soul of tact here – Bryan is his mate of old). Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2018
131: Podcast #131: Vic & Bob's Big Night Out, This Mortal Coil Reissues & The Kominsky Method on Netflix
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They wouldn't let it lie.  Spam! Pants! Soil! Is the all-new Vic n Bob's Big Night Out all we've been expecting from a big night in? The Kominsky Method on Netflix stars Mr Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, as ageing acting coach Sandy Kominsky - we ponder this dark, comedic "later life" series.  Plus with new reissues of the three This Mortal Coil albums on 4AD, we listen to Ivo Watts-Russell's ethereal studio collective and debate whether it still packs a punch 27+ years on. And goodbye Nic Roeg, director of Performance, Man Who Fell to Earth, Walkabout and more. Music boffins Rob Fitzpatrick and Hannah Verdier join Siân. Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a virtual pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Presented by Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2018
130: Podcast #130: The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Suede & The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix
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Dim the lights! It's the pop culture podcast for the louche lounge dweller. Does the Coen Brother's anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs cast a new light on the narrative of the Wild West and the lonesome cowboy? And did anyone recognise Tom Waits? We talk about the Suede documentary The Insatiable Ones - chasing the dragon or gettin' off that thar horse? And yes, it's Brett vs Damon week as we muse upon The Good, The Bad and the Queen, Damon Albarn's supergroup with new Brexit Britain album Merrie England. Ian Gittins from the Guardian, Melody Maker and Telegraph plus Sophie Harris from MOJO, The Guardian and Men’s Health join Siân to chew the cud. Support Bigmouth and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a virtual pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Presented by Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2018
129: Podcast #129: Kate Bush, Stan Lee, Happy Mondays, Outlaw King on Netflix
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This week on the pop culture podcast for the sophisticated procrastinator: The KATE BUSH reissues are out. How do her leotard years stand up at nearly 40 years’ remove? We mark the ascension of Marvel mastermind Smilin’ STAN LEE to the Astral Plane with guest Dorian Lynskey from the Remainiacs podcast. HAPPY MONDAYS’ infamous second album ‘Bummed’ is 30 years old. And is Netflix’s blood-sodden Robert the Bruce drama OUTLAW KING fit for purpose as the new Braveheart? Writer and rock’n’roll muso KATE HODGES joins Andrew and Siân to sort it all out.  Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Elsie Bath. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2018
128: Podcast #128: Netflix’s Cash/Nixon and Bob Marley, C4’s The First, Carlos Ezquerra
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Is Netflix’s new rockumentary series Remastered up to BBC4 music doc standard? We look for things we don’t know in their episodes on JOHNNY CASH’s relationship with Richard Nixon and the attempted murder of BOB MARLEY. The producers of House Of Cards stage a realistic Mars shot in THE FIRST – but is the myth-making too earnest? And Andrew gets all excited about a lost gem of comic books from the late 2000AD artist CARLOS EZQUERRA, a spaghetti western for kids called El Mestizo. Special guests JUDE ROGERS of The Guardian and New Statesman and JAMES MEDD of The Times – veterans of the late lamented WORD magazine both – join Siân and Andrew for this week’s pop culture autopsy.  Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2018
127: Podcast #127: The Prodigy, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Berlin Station
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THE PRODIGY: the electronic AC/DC who don’t ever need to change because they got it right 25 years ago, or relics of rave? Is THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA a fitting reboot to the 90s Saturday morning cult witchfest… is it a bit gother-than-thou… and does it still have a talking cat? And does C4’s euro-spy effort BERLIN STATION have das richtige Zeug for modern espionage drama? Special guests ANTHONY TEASDALE of Umbrella magazine and former editor of The Face RICHARD BENSON join Siân and Andrew to sift this week’s pop culture popcorn.  Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2018
126: Podcast #126: Neil Tennant’s lyrics, Bobby Gillespie vs Andrew Neil, Robyn, Julia Davis’s Sally4Ever
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This week we get all textual with NEIL TENNANT’S new book ‘100 Lyrics and a Poem’ – is he the pop TS Eliot or the Rave Larkin? – and gaze aghast at Julia Davis’s utterly filthy new comedy ‘SALLY4EVER’ in which a self-freeing and self-actualising lesbian affair turns into a disaster all round. Plus ROBYN’s new record of heartbreak on the dancefloor, Bobby Gillespie takes on The Man by refusing to dance with Michael Portillo on the BBC’s ‘This Week’… and much more. ANDY MILLER of the brilliant books podcast Backlisted is our extra special guest for the week. Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. *Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. * See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2018
125: Podcast #125: Cold War Steve, Neneh Cherry, St Vincent, Apostle on Netflix
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Twitter photomontage artist Cold War Steve: just another Banksy or the Fly-Tip Warhol of Brexit Britain? Neneh Cherry returns with the proper grown-up pop of ‘Broken Politics’ and St Vincent redoes her last album for solo piano as ‘Masseducation’ – does it work? And can our panel stomach the splattery historical horror of ‘Apostle’, the new Netflix movie from Gareth “The Raid” Evans. Britain’s best beer writer Pete Brown joins Andrew and Siân for an hour of quality pop culture wittering. Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2018
124: Podcast #124: Doctor Who, John Grant, Primal Scream in Memphis
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‘DOCTOR WHO’ returns with its biggest series debut in a decade, but what are the pundits missing about this new incarnation of the sci-fi institution? Will JOHN GRANT’s arch, observational electropop – showcased on new album ‘Love Is Magic’ – hit the spot with our panel? And we load up on collard greens and grits to explore PRIMAL SCREAM’s post-‘Screamadelica’ journey into fatback gumbo chicken-scratch soul as their lost Memphis tapes reappear after 20 years.  Guests HANNAH VERDIER of The Guardian and MICHAEL HANN of the FT, The Spectator and er The Guardian join Andrew and Siân to pick through the chitlins of pop culture.  Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2018
123: Podcast #123: Bowie’s 80s, Delia Derbyshire’s radiophonic secrets, Cat Power and more
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The massive David Bowie box set project reaches the 1980s. Will the highs – Let’s Dance, Absolute Beginners, Loving The Alien – win out over the lows and is it strictly kosher to reinvent unloved albums to sound better after the artist’s death? Plus our guests Mark “Hole & Corner Magazine” Hooper and actor and director Caroline Catz talk about the Cat Power album, their emergency go-to movies for a night when there’s nothing on TV, and Caroline’s new film documentary Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes about the High Priestess of Radiophonics. And it’s a sad farewell to producer Jack Claramunt who is leaving us for bigger things… Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. *Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. * See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2018
122: Podcast #122: Killing Eve, Chic, Maniac and more with guest Paul Morley
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On this week’s pop culture palaver-fest, ex-NME and ZTT mouth-on-a-stick PAUL MORLEY joins  Siân and Bigmouth regular Michael Moran to ponder the week’s key broadcasts and releases. Is serial killer drama Killing Eve – written by Phoebe “Fleabag” Waller-Bridge – the electrifying experience everyone says it is? How about Netflix psychonautical caper Maniac? Is the new Chic album any good? And which show does Michael think is “like watching a cultural reference mood board”?  All this and more on the show they’re all calling “Late Review except it’s still going and it’s a  podcast not a TV show.”  BIGMOUTH was presented and produced by Siân Pattenden with audio production by Sophie  Black. BIGMOUTH is a Podmasters Production.  Keep Bigmouth going and get the famous EXTRA BIT every week. Support us on the Patreon crowdfunding platform at http://patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2018
121: Podcast #121: Christine & The Queens, Madonna, Suede and more
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It’s Gender Non-Conformist Week on the smart pop culture podcast as guests Miranda Sawyer and author and pop journo Lucy O’Brien discuss CHRIS (the artist formerly known as Christine & The Queens), the magnificent return of pop polymorphs SUEDE, Lucy’s MADONNA biography ‘Like An Icon’ and loads more. Listen in as Siân cheers them on and Andrew has his appalling retrograde cis-male attitudes shaken to their very core. Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. *Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. * See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2018
120: Podcast #120: Special guests ORBITAL on their life in rave and new album MONSTERS EXIST
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Hands in the air and lasers akimbo: ORBITAL brothers Paul and Philip Hartnoll materialise in the Bigmouth bunker to talk about new album ‘Monsters Exist’ and their 30 years at the forefront of raving. What’s it like working with Prof Stephen Hawking and Dr Brian Cox? How did the self-confessed “Mitchell Brothers of techno” bury the hatchet and start working together again? What are their favourite current tunes and classic electronic records? And what telly and box sets are they hammering? Andrew and Siân don the torch-glasses of destiny to find out.  Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra from the podcast every week – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2018
119: Podcast #119: Idris Elba’s Yardie, Jungle, Bodyguard on BBC1
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On this week’s show, RUDE BOY CINEMA: does Idris Elba’s Yardie capture the truth about Jamaican gangsters without romanticising it? LAVENDER ON THE MOVE: we try and fail to discuss the Keeley Hawes/Robb Stark from GoT political potboiler BODYGUARD without spoilers. Should close protection officer David Budd stop clenching his jaw and enjoy his job a bit more? And the not-at-all difficult second album from West London slow-groovers JUNGLE. Our guests this week: MATT ALLEN of Q, Mojo and sports book fame, and JUSTIN QUIRK of Supplement magazine and a whole load of other stuff. Keeping the diary irie, your hosts Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden.  Support BIGMOUTH and get a little extra bit at the end, just for our backers if you buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2018
118: Podcast #118: Soft Cell box set, Spike Lee’s BlacKKKlansman, Succession on Sky
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LURING DISCO DOLLIES TO A LIFE OF VICE: This week we delve into Soft Cell’s enormous retrospective box set ‘Keychains And Snowstorms’ in the company of Times and GQ writer SIMON MILLS (who has some VERY interesting revelations about Marc’n’Dave from the good old days) and doyenne of the TV reviews JULIA RAESIDE of The Guardian. Plus: Is Spike Lee’s BlacKKKlansman really the most important movie of the year? And why you really ought to be watching the Murdoch dynasty series-a-clef Succession on Sky Atlantic. Saying hello and waving goodbye, your hosts Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden.  Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2018
117: Podcast #117: Disenchantment, Blood Orange, The Man From Mo’Wax
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ELF’N’SAFETY GONE MAD: Is Matt Groening’s sword-and-slapstick Netflix series Disenchantment up to par with Futurama and The Simpsons? Plus fractured r’n’b on the new album Blood Orange and a truly excellent new biopic of James Lavelle, The Man From Mo’Wax. Spoiler: it’s This Is Spinal Trip Hop and a bit more besides. Guests ANDREW MALE of Mojo and Sight & Sound and MICHAEL MORAN of The Mirror join Andrew Harrison for this week’s pop culture ponderfest. Keep BIGMOUTH going – buy us a pint on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2018
116: Podcast #116: The Meg, Boards Of Canada, REM and more
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SHARK LIFE! Who will be the only one of our panel who didn’t like this summer’s prime Statham-vs-Fish chompbuster The Meg? How does Boards Of Canada’s ‘Music Has The Right To Children’ sound 20 years down the line? And what will be our guest JUDE ROGERS’ choice for the album only she in the whole wide world likes? (Clue above). Andrew and Siân are on hand with the chum bucket and the mop.  Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2018
115: Podcast #115: Nuts In May, Jake Shears, Ant-Man & The Wasp
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GO WILD IN THE COUNTRY: Is Mike Leigh’s great rural comedy Nuts In May (now back on iPlayer) still in a field of its own? Has former Scissor Sister Jake Shears rediscovered his mucky mojo on his solo debut? And does Marvel’s shrinky-dink super-sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp have a sting in its tail – or will it simply show that little things please little minds? Guests NEIL DENNY of literary podcast and magazine Little Atoms and rock journo ROY WILKINSON of British Sea Power fame join Andrew and Siân to discuss these weighty matters. Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2018
114: Podcast #114: Robin Williams’ deranged life, Underworld vs Iggy Pop, Generation Wealth
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This week on the pop culture podcast for procrastinating polymaths… Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, Sky Atlantic/HBO’s masterful biographical documentary, will astonish and move you. As Iggy Pop hooks up with Underworld, will electronic talking blues become the lingua franca of the over-60s? And does new disgusting rich people documentary Generation Wealth capture the reality of the plutocracy – or are they even worse than we thought? Special guests Rob Fitzpatrick of Spotify/The Word magazine and Mark Hooper of Hole & Corner magazine join Andrew and Siân to thrash it all out.  Help keep BIGMOUTH in rude health! Buy us a pint (virtually speaking) via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Audio production by Jack Claramunt. BIGMOUTH is a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2018
113: Podcast #113: The secret history of electronic music, Roy Carr’s brilliant NME tapes and more
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As the studio melts and Siân and Andrew wilt in the heat, Melody Maker veteran DAVID STUBBS joins us to talk about his new book ‘Mars By 1980: The History Of Electronic Music’. Fellow bleeps’n’clonks devotee JOE MUGGS of Mixmag weighs in on the stuff you didn’t know about the avant garde sound that now owns the world. And yes that’s Karlheinz Stockhausen in the pic.  PLUS: We look back at the amazing NME cassettes that changed a generation’s way of listening, and the NME journo Roy Carr who compiled them. And David and Joe make their contributions to our grand compendium of summer listening and reading.  Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2018
112: Podcast #112: Who Is America? Picnic At Hanging Rock, Lotic, summer tunes
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We’re back from our hols with guests DAVID BENNUN, veteran of Melody Maker and Loaded, and the David Attenborough of football casual culture ANTHONY TEASDALE joining Andrew and Siân for more high-end pop culture natter. This week: Sacha Baron-Cohen’s Who Is America? brings his old-school gotcha comedy back – but does it work in a post-satire world? Can the miniseries remake of Picnic At Hanging Rock currently running on BBC2 match the deep strangeness of the original? Meet queertronica artiste Lotic, voted “most likely to collaborate with Björk”. And more summer selections from our guests and (at last) Siân. Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. *Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. * See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2018
111: Podcast #111: Duran Duran, Public Image Ltd, Captain America and more with Katie Puckrik and Ralph Moore
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On this week’s show… Did BBC4’s Duran Duran night remind us why we loved (or not) the self-styled Chic Pistols of Birmingham? Will new rockumentary ‘The Public Image Is Rotten’ change your mind about the irascible John Lydon? Can Marvel Comics successfully relaunch Captain America for a divided USA by handing the reins to uncompromising African-American author Ta-Nehisi Coates? Plus our guests KATIE PUCKRIK of Channel 4’s The Word fame/infamy and Mixmag Editor-at-Large RALPH MOORE give us their perfect choices of summer music. BIGMOUTH is presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2018
110: Podcast #110: ANNE DUDLEY of Art Of Noise in the studio plus Millie Jackson, summer tunes and more
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Oh to be in England… This week the legend that is ANNE DUDLEY, string arranger to ABC, Malcolm McLaren, Pet Shop Boys and the pop elite, joins us in the Bigmouth Bunker. Listen up as Anne discusses her Life In Pop™, how she helped create Careless Whisper and Getting Away With It, and her new album ‘Anne Dudley Plays The Art Of Noise’… on piano? Hold tight for an exclusive live rendition of Moments In Love on the hopelessly out-of-tune studio joanna.  PLUS Mojo and Guardian journo SOPHIE HARRIS joins Anne, Siân and Anne to discuss ‘Millie Jackson Exposed’, in which the potty-mouthed diva is lovingly reupholstered by producer Steve Levine. And our guests choose the tunes and books they're taking to the beach. It's your own personal Club Tropicana.  Picture: Anne on right with Sophie, courtesy of Shane O’Neill.  Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2018
109: Podcast #109: Lost Vagueness Glastonbury movie, Public Enemy, The The film and more
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On the probing pop culture podcast this week… Did post-crusty cabaret field LOST VAGUENESS really save Glastonbury’s vegan bacon? And why did it fall apart? A new documentary explains. Plus PUBLIC ENEMY’s Nation Of Millions is 30 years old, and a new documentary delves into the complex psyche of Matt Johnson of THE THE. Guests Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian and Steve Yates help Andrew and Siân sort it all out.  Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2018
108: Podcast #108: Johnny Marr, Microdisney, Fantastic Negrito, Get Shorty on Sky and more
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On the perspicacious pop culture podcast this week… Is it time to stop worrying and let JOHNNY MARR carry The Smiths’ banner? Who is rock-blues auteur FANTASTIC NEGRITO and why should you care? Is the TV version of GET SHORTY worth your eyeball time – and does Chris O’Dowd cut the mustard as a movie-obsessed mob enforcer? Plus guests Andrew Mueller and Eamonn Forde join Andrew at the fantastic comeback shows by the James Joyces of the midlife crisis, MICRODISNEY. All this and a whole lot more. Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. *Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. * See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2018
107: Podcast #107: Studio 54 documentary, Kanye West, Lily Allen and more…
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This week on the plugged-on pop culture podcast… DISCO VERITÉ: Why you really need to see this brilliant Studio 54 documentary, out on June 15. EGO FREAKO: Will we ever decide we’ve had enough of Kanye West? LIL COMMUNICATION: Has Lily Allen turned her middle-youth meltdown into quality adult pop? Plus guests Hannah Verdier (Guardian) and Michael Hogan (Times) join Siân and Andrew in ’fessing up to the things they wish they liked but just can’t, no matter how hard they try… Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a birthday pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. *Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. * Photo: Liza Minelli, Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol at Studio 54. Photo © Adam Scull-PHOTOlink.net See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2018
106: Podcast #106: Han Solo, Generation Grime, Paris ’68 in pop and more
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WOOKIEE MEETS ROOKIE: Is the Young Han Solo prequel spaceworthy? How good is Sky Arts’ UK hiphopumenatary Generation Grime? (Spoiler: it’s ace). Will Paris In The Spring – Saint Etienne’s compilation of music from France’s political turmoil of 1968 – leave you totally soixante-huitarded? And is Trump-baiting comedian Michelle Wolf’s new Netflix series any cop?  Guests MIRANDA SAWYER of The Observer and LUKE TURNER of The Quietus join Andrew and Siân to sort it all out… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2018
105: Podcast #105: Madness biopic, Half Man Half Biscuit, zombies on Netflix and more…
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Guests this week on the pop culture podcast for perspicacious popinjays are film writer LINDA MARRIC and Telegraph/Mojo rock’n’roll journo ANDREW PERRY. On the agenda: a highly idiosyncratic biopic of Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson of MADNESS, Martin Freeman flees Aussie zombies in CARGO on Netflix, and the glorious return of the only band which describes modern life as it truly is: HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT. Plus – added football content! How did Robert Plant react when he spotted Mr Perry’s Torquay United scarf? The joys of swerving the Checkatrade Trophy. Which US indie band thinks Johann Cruyff is the model for making America truly great again? And in non-football related matters, the return of Jim Lee from Slade. Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a birthday pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. *Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. * See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2018
104: Podcast #104: Arctic Monkeys, Patrick Melrose, Viv Albertine, Spotify.
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Is the new Arctic Monkeys album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino a return to form? Does Patrick Melrose just need a nice cup of tea and a lie down? We've also read Viv Albertine's To Throw Away Unopened and will be ruminating on New Moral Arbitraters Spotify, who've "banned" R Kelly. Special guests Sylvia Patterson and Sophie Black tell it like it is. Support BIGMOUTH – you can buy us a virtual pina colada via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Presented by Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2018
103: Podcast #103: Kraftwerk’s Man-Machine is 40, Beach House, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, The Rain
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Where would the future be without ‘The Man-Machine’ by Kraftwerk, which turns 40 this week, eh? What’s the sound of the summer: Beach House’s woozy, heat-hazy ‘7’, DJ Koze’s wayward disco or the Sky At Night sounds of Jon Hopkins? Special guests MICHAEL HANN of The Guardian and freelance heavy metal evangelist JUSTIN QUIRK are on hand to help Siân and Andrew sort it all out…  Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a birthday pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2018
102: Podcast #102: Infinity War with spoilers, Janelle Monae, HBO’s Barry, Too Slow To Disco Brasil
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It’s the greatest multi-character crossover in history! In a special extra-length edition packed with scarcely believable action, we assemble guests STRICTLY KEV AKA DJ FOOD of Ninja Tune fame, MARK HOOPER – editor of Hole & Corner magazine – plus a special cameo role from IAN DUNT of our sister podcast Remainiacs. Who are all these characters and what do they want? On the agenda: what did Infinity War mean and how are the Avengers going to get out of that? (WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS so we’re doing that bit at the end.) Plus we have a poke around inside Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer, we rave about Bill Hader’s new hitman-in-a-crisis HBO comedy Barry – now running on Sky – and we zone out with a caipirinha and the new compilation Too Slow To Disco Brasil.  Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden are your master and mistress of ceremonies for the affair.  Support BIGMOUTH – buy us a virtual pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2018
101: Podcast #101: Michael Smiley, the glory days of raving, Sting & Shaggy and more
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On this week’s show: actor MICHAEL SMILEY joins guest SARAH MORGAN for another gala pop culture digress-o-thon. Which tunes inspired Smiley on his journey from baldy late-night comic via ‘Spaced’ to ‘Luther’ and beyond? How are our guests feeling about acid house on the occasion of its 30th birthday? What on earth is going on with that Shaggy and Sting album? All this and more will be dissected… Help keep BIGMOUTH going for another 100 shows – buy us a pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2018
100: Podcast #100! Simon Day, Charley’s War, Juliana Hatfield, Chas & Dave, Andrew Collins and more…
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For our gala ONE HUNDREDTH podcast, special guests SIMON DAY of The Fast Show and ANDREW COLLINS (who was on the very first Bigmouth back when it was in black and white) join us for the finest in high-end pop chatter. This week: Untold pop tales in Sky’s Urban Myths. Legendary WWI story Charley’s War returns in a lavish new edition. Is it still the greatest British comic book of all time? Is Chas & Dave’s first proper album in 30 years any good, and what about Juliana Hatfield’s LP of Olivia Newton-John covers? Andrew Harrison slices the birthday cake and Siân Pattenden fills the lucky bags.  Help keep BIGMOUTH going for another 100 shows – buy us a birthday pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon.  Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Siân Pattenden. Studio production by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2018
99: Podcast #99: The City And The City, Confidence Man, the greatest ten seconds in pop
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This week, guests PETER ROBINSON of PopJustice and NME fame and DAN MAIER of Harry Hill and TV comedy fame join Andrew and Siân at the Algonquin Round Table of pop music, telly and similar.   On the agenda: Have BBC2 successfully filmed China Miéville’s unfilmable novel The City And The City? Are Australian pop-dance hipsters Confidence Man up to the job of being the new Deee-Lite? Will the reunited En Vogue free our minds and will our asses follow? And what are the greatest ten second bits in all pop? There’s only one way to find out… Help keep BIGMOUTH in rude health – buy us a metaphorical pint via the crowdfunding platform http://www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2018
98: Podcast #98: David Hepworth on his elegy for the rock star plus Eels, Idris Elba
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This week Andrew’s old boss DAVID HEPWORTH of Word, Q and Live Aid fame comes in to discuss his book ‘Uncommon People: The Rise And Fall Of The Rock Stars’, out now in paperback. Are rock stars really finished, and did Dave fiddle the scores so he didn’t have to write about Liam Gallagher? Plus fellow guest ANNA FIELDING of Stylist magazine piles in to look at IDRIS ELBA’S new comedy ‘In The Long Run’, dissect the latest LP by fun-with-depression rock hermits EELS, and confess to the album that only she likes. Clue: ratty dreads. It’s all in the pop culture podcast for discerning dilettantes, co-presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production. Help keep BIGMOUTH in rude health – buy us a metaphorical pint via the crowdfunding platform Patreon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2018
97: Podcast #97: Cunk on Britain, Suede, record shops book
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This week on the discerning pop culture podcast, FACE magazine veterans Richard Benson and Craig McLean join Andrew and Siân to discuss Philomena Cunk’s all-encompassing Reithian history of Britain. Turns out they would have put the Cunk on the cover of The Face… but doing what? Plus: We spank ourselves senseless with a tambourine for the 25th birthday edition of Suede’s debut, explore the lore of the Great British Record Shop, and find out how Craig broke his arm messing about with Björk. It’s what your Bank Holiday was made for.  Audio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2018
96: Podcast #96: Unsane, Pulp’s This Is Hardcore at 20, Jake Shears book
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On this week’s show… Can Steven Soderbergh’s UNSANE drag the stalker movie into the iPhone era? Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters writes a surprisingly moving book. How does Pulp’s Britpop comedown epic ‘This Is Hardcore’ stack up at 20 years old? And our guests reveal the records that they like but nobody else can stand.  KATE HUTCHINSON of The Guardian and Worldwide FM and movie critic LINDA MARRIC join Andrew and Siân to sort it all out. Audio production by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2018
95: Podcast #95: Annihilation, David Byrne, MFSB, tracking down Steve Ditko
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On this week’s show, Alex Garland’s ANNIHILATION: psychedelic sci-fi masterpiece, Ghostbusters done seriously, or Google Deep Dream: The Movie? DAVID BYRNE’s new album and the best of soul orchestra MFSB. The worst songs by our guests’ favourite bands. And the surprising story of how our guest Ralph Moore of Mixmag tracked down the infamously reclusive comics legend Steve Ditko… Justin Quirk of The Guardian and Supplement magazine joins Ralph plus Andrew and Siân for the smartest pop culture natter on your internets. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BGMitunes Audio production by Jack Claramunt with help from Rachael at Soho Radio. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2018
94: Podcast #94: Big Lebowski at 20, Tracey Thorn, Tribe Called Quest doc
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This week on the pop culture podcast for connoisseur time-wasters: Does The Big Lebowski still abide after 20 years? Has Tracey Thorn reinvented herself as the one-woman Pet Shop Girls of middle youth? Why you should investigate that A Tribe Called Quest documentary that’s finally on Netflix. And what's the deal with Superorganism, the Dalston Avalanches? Guests HANNAH VERDIER of The Guardian and Smash Hits and ANDREW MUELLER of Monocle and Melody Maker join Siân and Andrew to thrash it all out. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2018
93: Podcast #93: Janelle Monáe, Collateral, Go-Kart Mozart and more
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Can the panel discuss Janelle Monáe’s latest bangers without mentioning Pr***e? Was BBC2’s urban conspiracy thriller ‘Collateral’ any good? Can special guest MICHAEL HOGAN of the Telegraph withstand the uncut indieness of Go-Kart Mozart and The Lovely Eggs? And which flop movies should have been hits? Listen up and find out… Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BGMitunes Studio production is by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2018
92: Podcast #92: Shape Of Water, Oscar tips, Jonathan Wilson, our worst gigs
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Underwater love: Is Guillermo del Toro’s amphibiosexual romance The Shape Of Water more than just Oscar bait? And who will win the Oscars anyway? Can Father John Misty’s mate Jonathan Wilson update the sensitive Californian longhair songbook? And what are the worst gigs we ever went to. Special guests TERRI WHITE – editrix of Empire magazine – and Word mag veteran JAMES MEDD join presenters Siân “Stan” Pattenden and Andrew Harrison to sort the prize catches from the tiddlers. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BGMitunes Studio production is by Sophie Black. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2018
91: Podcast #91: Black Panther, I Tonya, U.S. Girls, Tin Machine and more
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Marvel’s Black Panther is the afro-futurist movie that’s bringing new audiences to the superhero genre – and dragging every mum and dad into the multiplex over half term. Which of our guests will unexpectedly love it: maquillage guru SALI HUGHES or Guardian/FT music journo MICHAEL HANN? Will they prefer ice-skating drama I, TONYA instead? What will they make of U.S. GIRLS’ womanpower megapop album? And what are the records that only they like? Spoiler: Sali is standing up for the much-maligned TIN MACHINE. Presenters Siân “Stan” Pattenden and Andrew Harrison look on in horror. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BGMitunes Studio production is by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2018
90: Podcast #90: Roxy Music’s debut, Bowie drama, Joan As Police Woman, The Good Place
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It’s ROXY/BOWIE night on Bigmouth this week as we’re joined by journo-about-town and one-time Evening Standard “parties editor” SIMON MILLS and Guardian TV writer JULIA RAESIDE to discuss the return of Roxy’s debut and a very odd BBC radio drama on David Bowie’s final days. Also: Joan As Police Woman’s new album, the return of sleeper hit afterlife comedy The Good Place… and cycling with Gary Kemp out of Spandau Ballet. Plus! The debut of our new co-presenter Siân “Stan” Pattenden! It’s like when they got a new member of Pan’s People. Only BETTER.   Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BGMitunes Studio production is by Jack Claramunt. Bigmouth is a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2018
89: Podcast #89: Mark E. Smith tribute plus Franz Ferdinand
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DRINK THE LONG DRAUGHT FOR THE HIP PRIEST: The world thought that Mark E. Smith would outlast cockroaches, Keith Richards and Later With Jools Holland… yet the sad day came to pass in January. Join horrid trendy wretch Andrew, mere pseud ’cast producer Matt and Fall fans Debbie Smith (of Curve, Echobelly and more) and David Stubbs to pore over the singular life, achievements and vocabulary of the artist otherwise known as Roman Totale XVII. Plus the new Franz Ferdinand album, and another sad farewell to our producer Matt Hall, who leaves us this week for an actual job with proper money. Who ever heard of such a thing? Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BGMitunes BIGMOUTH was produced by Andrew Harrison and Matt Hall with audio production by Jack Claramunt. It’s a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2018
88: Podcast #88: REMAINIACS crossover featuring Britannia, Django Django, Alan Moore
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Two universes clash in our senses-shattering first Podcast Crossover! Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey of our sister show REMAINIACS – the best Brexit podcast on the internet – enter the Bigmouth Bunker. This week: Sky’s Romans-in-Britain epic Britannia, the return of Django Django and BBC4’s latest music biz documentary. Plus: Can a roomful of comics nerds agree whether Doomsday Clock, DC’s controversial sequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, is a harmless sideshow or an actual war crime? There’s only one way to find out… listen to Bigmouth. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BGMitunes And if you like Remainiacs you can follow it here: https://audioboom.com/channel/remainiacs-podcast BIGMOUTH was produced by Andrew Harrison and Matt Hall. It’s a Podmasters Production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2018
87: Podcast #87: Three Billboards, The Moonlandingz, Derry Girls and more
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Is bleak comic thriller THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI as good as everyone’s saying? And what about the criticism that it doesn’t care about its black characters? Plus – a chance to catch up on The Moonlandingz’ mesmeric disgusto-pop, and two glimpses into the world of the modern teenager with the black humour of The End Of The F**king World and C4’s bravura situation BOMBedy Derry Girls. Guests SIAN PATTENDEN and JUDE ROGERS tell Matt and Andrew what’s what. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BGMitunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2018
86: Podcast #86: McMafia, Johnny Cash at Folsom and the albums nobody else likes
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What were you doing 50 years ago this week? Johnny Cash was about to play to a room full of murderers and robbers at Folsom Prison. Our guests MIRANDA SAWYER and MATT ALLEN wonder whether this – and not the old guy on Rick Rubin’s porch – is the real Cash. Plus the BBC’s crime epic McMafia, and the albums we love, but nobody else does. All on the pop culture podcast for the smart timewaster. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2018
85: Podcast #85: Feud: Joan & Bette, Bowie at Hansa, Shame with London Readers Wifes
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It’s a right royal rave-up as Bigmouth welcomes DJ legends Mark Wood and Mark “Jelly” Johnstone AKA the LONDON READERS WIFES (never Wives), hosts of the capital’s best night out, DUCKIE at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The chaps join Andrew and Matt to discuss BBC2’s bravura “hagsploitation” drama ‘Feud: Joan & Bette’, Sky Arts’ history of Berlin’s Hansa Studios, the debut album by south London noise urchins Shame… and why pop is always better than rock. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BGMitunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2018
84: Podcast #84: More Best of 2017 inc. Handmaid’s Tale, Death Of Stalin, Sparks!
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Our end-of-year round-up reaches a festive crescendo with guests ANNA FIELDING of Stylist magazine and EAMONN FORDE of The Guardian and Q on what they liked best this year. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’! Sparks! Kelela! ‘The Death Of Stalin!’ The Oreilles! Plus Matt Hall finally gets to Have His Say about his own favourites of the year. We’re back with the regular show on Sat 6 Jan – so have a lovely Christmas and an even lovelier New Year. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BigmouthiTunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2017
83: Podcast #83: The best of 2017 inc St Vincent, LCD Soundsystem, Dunkirk and more
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It’s end-of-term! Special guests MARK HOOPER of Hole & Corner magazine and Times/Rolling Stone/Guardian journalist SOPHIE HARRIS bring in the records, films and other stuff that’s wowed them in 2017. Which movies changed the way we think? Which great records did you miss? And how will Andrew squeeze some comics in at the last minute? There’s only one way to find out… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2017
82: Podcast #82: Music video history, Chris Heath, Disaster Artist
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The doyen of pop biography CHRIS HEATH drops into the Bigmouth bunker to talk about his Robbie Williams fly-on-the-wall epic book ‘Reveal’ and the art of reporting what celebs think you’re not noticing. Plus Chris and special guest NADIA SHIREEN talk over The Disaster Artist, a huge new DVD box set covering the entire history of British pop video, and the “swingorilliant” days of “classic” Smash Hits. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BigmouthiTunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2017
81: Podcast #81: Post-punk comp, She’s Gotta Have It, Miguel and more
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This week on Britain’s most polymathic pop podcast, special guests Richard Benson and Kate Hutchinson don the Army & Navy raincoats of destiny for ‘To The Outside Of Everything: A Story of UK Post-Punk 1977-1981’. Plus: Spike Lee remakes ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ for Netflix. Is Miguel the new Prince? And is the David Niven classic ‘A Matter Of Life And Death’ the most stiff-upper-lip movie ever made? Andrew and Matt are on hand to operate the escalator to black and white heaven. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2017
80: Podcast #80: Björk, Noel Gallagher, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula
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New albums from Björk and Noel Gallagher, Gregory Porter's TV series on singers and Laura Mvula's Radio 2 Gospel show are all discussed by author ANDY MILLER and pork aficionado MICHAEL HANN. They join Matt Hall and special guest presenter Laura Barton in the pod. Oh, and if anyone wants Michael to review trifle for them, he can be contacted via @Big_MouthUK. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2017
79: Podcast #79: Quietus podclash inc. The Face retro, Arab funk & more
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It’s Bigmouth vs. much-loved weirdo music outlet The Quietus in our first Podclash. JOHN DORAN and ANNA WOOD of The Quietus join Andrew and Matt to talk about new magazine memoir ‘The Story Of The Face’, discover vintage Arabic dance music, review BBC4’s documentary on Cambridge spy Guy Burgess – and tell us what “dungeonsynth” and “boiling the goat” mean. Intrigued? You will be. Visit http://thequietus.com for your Ordnance Survey of music’s outer limits. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2017
78: Podcast #78: Morrissey, Babylon Berlin, Queen, Saturday Night Fever
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Which Morrissey is on show on his new album – perpetual teenager with a way with words or sour Brexit grand-dad? How does Sky’s Weimar-era debauchathon Babylon Berlin – the most expensive German TV show ever made – stack up in the Anglophone world of novelistic TV? And how do near-twins ‘News Of The World’ by Queen and the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack sound on their 40th birthdays? Fêted beer writer and pop fiend PETE BROWN and movie critic LINDA MARRIC are here to help Andrew and Matt detect the subtle aftertastes and hoppy finishes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2017
77: Podcast #77: Stranger Things 2, Motörhead, Serge Gainsbourg
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Does Stranger Things 2 deliver – or is its Spielberg nostalgia wearing thin? How does Motörhead’s grot-rock debut stack up after 40 years? What were BBC1 playing at with that Sounds Like Friday Night mess? And a long-lost album by dirty old man Serge Gainsbourg. Comedy writer Sarah Morgan and man-about-town Justin Quirk join Andrew and Matt to sort it all out. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2017
76: Podcast #76: The Death Of Stalin, Ian Dury, Mindhunter
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What does ‘The Death Of Stalin’ tell us more about: genocidal totalitarianism or human resources issues in the workplace? Does Ian Dury’s ‘New Boots And Panties!!’ sit well in the modern world? What were the Japanese listening to when everyone else was going counterculture mad? And how ace is ’Mindhunter’? Guests Jude Rogers and Michael Hann are here to help Andrew and Matt with the quality opinionising. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2017
75: Podcast #75: The Queen Is Dead, George Michael doc, Dynasty
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On this week’s show: How does The Smiths’ masterpiece ’The Queen Is Dead’ stand up in the light of Morrissey’s current antics? What was going on with that George Michael documentary? Plus a bizarre Netflix resurrection of ‘Dynasty’ and a new rather good Roisin Conaty comedy on E4. Special guests SALI HUGHES and MICHAEL HOGAN help Andrew and Matt make sense of it all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2017
Podcast #74: St. Vincent, The Deuce, Nile Rodgers, XTC
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On this week’s show: Is pop polymath St. Vincent our new Kate Bush? Can ‘The Deuce’ do with the porn industry what creator David Simon did with policing in ‘The Wire’? And popumentaries on Nile Rodgers and XTC. Guests Hannah Verdier and Andrew Mueller join Andrew and Matt. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2017
Podcast #73: Blade Runner 2049, Liam solo debut, 33 1/3 rock books
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Can ‘Blade Runner 2049’ live up to the incredible advance press? The return of Liam Gallagher: what’s in Our Kid’s raging id? And the latest 33 1/3 rock criticism books on Björk and The Raincoats. It’s CARRY ON VOIGT-KAMPFFING week at Bigmouth with special guest Laura Snapes and Andrew Male plus geek desk correspondent Michael Moran. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2017
Podcast #72: Star Trek Discovery, Wolf Alice, Ken Burns’ Vietnam
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Is the latest version of Star Trek the one we need right now, or just the one we’re getting? Will Wolf Alice regenerate the indie band template? And will famed documentarian Ken Burns change the way we think about the Vietnam War? All this and more as guests Rebecca Nicholson and David Stubbs join Andrew and Matt for more high-quality pop procrastination. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2017
Podcast #71: Mother! movie, The Horrors, C4’s Philip K. Dick series
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Is Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ a deeply-felt work of visionary genius… or a load of ludicrous cobblers and the worst movie of the 21st Century so far? Have The Horrors finally come good? Can Channel 4 and Amazon make sci-fi master Philip K. Dick work on TV? Journos Siân Pattenden and Ali Catterall join Andrew and Matt to thrash it all out. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2017
Podcast #70: Bowie box set, rock writer memoir and more
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This week on the pop culture podcast for the discerning flâneur, Michael Hann welcomes special guests Laura Barton and Travis Elborough to talk Bowie, rock memoirs and more. Producer Matt Hall twiddles the knobs appreciatively. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2017
Podcast #69 - Susanne Sundfor, The National, Nick Broomfield's Whitney Houston doc
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Andrew's on holiday, so Michael Hann, former music editor of The Guardian is in the chair. He's joined by music writer Sophie Heawood and SFA costume inhabiter Robin Turner. We talk new LP's from the Nationaland Susanne Sundfor, Nick Broomfield's Whitney Houston doc, and Sky Arts' music series Rock N Roll. Subscribe po.st/BGM // iTunes po.st/BGMitunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2017
Podcast #68: GoT S7 wash up and LCD Soundsystem return
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This week on the pop culture podcast with added snap and crackle, it's a Game Of Thrones S7 wrap-up special with Thronecast's Jamie East together with superfans Dorian Lynskey and Anna Fielding joining Andrew and Matt to pick over the bones of the penultimate season, and try to divine how the story is going to pan out. Plus, we look at the return of LCD Soundsystem. Subscribe po.st/BGM // iTunes po.st/BGMitunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2017
SPARKS ON BIGMOUTH: A bonus mini-cast
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This studio ain’t big enough for the both of them… SPARKS brothers Ron and Russell Mael visit the Bigmouth bunker where they talk to Andrew Harrison and Eamonn Forde about their 45 years as pop’s least predictable duo. How did new album ‘Hippopotamus’ come about? Why are they the only brothers in music who don’t hate each other? Where did Russell’s trademark falsetto come from? How did Ron choose “that” moustache? These questions and more will be answered! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2017
Podcast #67: Detroit movie, Ghostpoet, Marvel’s Defenders
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This week on the smart pop culture podcast… Kathryn Bigelow’s nerve-wracking new movie DETROIT, hypnotic post-hip-hop from GHOSTPOET, and is Marvel’s DEFENDERS a hit or a miss for Netflix? Special guest Steve Yates joins Matt and Andrew in the Bigmouth bunker. Subscribe po.st/BGM // iTunes po.st/BGMitunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2017
Podcast #66: Sky Arts on acid house, Elvis and pop’s What Ifs?, The War On Drugs
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This week on the pop culture podcast for thinking layabouts: Would pop have turned out different if Elvis had never met Col. Tom Parker? Can Sky Arts bring a new angle to the genesis of house music? Is The War On Drugs’ new album any good? Special guests film critic Linda Marric and Rob Fitzpatrick of Spotify join Andrew and Matt to argue the “toss”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2017
Podcast #65: Summer LP round-up with Beatles, Jane Weaver, Radiohead, Noga Erez
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The smart pop culture podcast is on its hols for a couple of weeks, so tide yourself over with some of our most fun music talk from the summer. Our guests look at new talents Jane Weaver and Noga Erez plus reissues of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ and ‘OK Computer’ – and everyone has a fab time. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BigmouthiTunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2017
Podcast #64: Arcade Fire, Black Grape, The Fall, Mash Report
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This week on the pop culture podcast for thinking time wasters… Are ARCADE FIRE suffering from a profundity overdose? The BLACK GRAPE album that nobody expected. And have THE FALL made their LP again, or something different? Special guests JUDE ROGERS and JUSTIN QUIRK join Andrew and Matt to thrash it all out. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BigmouthiTunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2017
Podcast #63: Game Of Thrones S7, Goldie, more summer tunes
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Winter is here… well, that's the British summer for you. Special guests JAMIE EAST of Thronecast/Virgin Radio and ANNA FIELDING of Emerald Street/Stylist join Matt and Andrew to talk about the penultimate series of television’s most brutal fantasy. Plus the Goldie album we missed, and our guests’ selections for beach listening. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BigmouthiTunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2017
Podcast #62: Summer tunes special – 99 problems and a beach ain’t one
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On this week’s sun-baked special, guests JULIA RAESIDE and MICHAEL HANN join Andrew and Matt with ideas of what to play (and read) on your summer hols. Who will choose latin electro, who thinks metal goes well with Ambre Solaire, and will customs see our choices and order an invasive body search? Click to play now or download: http://po.st/RMNCS Subscribe via iTunes: http://po.st/RMNCSitunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2017
Podcast #61: Spider-Man Homecoming, goths, Morrissey movie, Doctor Who finale
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Special guests KATIE PUCKRIK from the telly and novelist-journo-metal-fiend JASON ARNOPP join us for an epic-length pop culture natterfest. This week: Katie’s adventures in smells, Jason’s making a movie with Ron Howard, Peter Capaldi’s exit report as the Doctor, and is it time we stopped worrying and learned to love goth? Plus geek desk correspondent MICHAEL MORAN assesses ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ with Andrew. Click to listen now or download at http://po.st/Bigmouth See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2017
Podcast #60: Prince’s Purple Rain, GLOW, Public Service Broadcasting
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It’s Wales vs Northern Ireland on the smart pop culture podcast this week, as we welcome special guests SaIi Hughes and Eamonn Forde. We look on in awe as the vaults of unreleased Prince tunes creak open, Sali reconnects with her Welsh roots on Public Service Broadcasting’s magnificent picture of the rise and fall of the mining industry, and we all argue about Netflix’s lady wrestlers show and the pros and cons of Glastonbury. Click to stream now – or subscribe at http://po.st/BigmouthiTunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2017
Podcast #59: Live at Glastonbury Special
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In a possibly unwise podcasting experiment, Andrew talks to friends of Bigmouth old and new in the shadow of the Pyramid Stage. Who was great this year? Who wasn’t? What does “charging the robot” mean and which song titles will the participants get wrong, having been on the Otter Ale since mid-morning? Click to stream now via high-speed optical leyline – or subscribe at http://po.st/BigmouthiTunes Joining us (on dry grass for a change): Danny Eccleston and Ian Harrison of Mojo magazine, “our woman in LA” Eve Barlow, rock writer and erstwhile British Sea Power manager Roy Wilkinson, and Spotify content mastermind Tom Calderone. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2017
Podcast #58: Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ revisited, Beth Ditto, ‘Churchill’
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What’s in the new version of ‘OK Computer’ and is it still the greatest album of all time, ever in history? Is the new album by leather-lunged LGBT belter Beth Ditto any good, and how about the latest cinematic incarnation of Winston Churchill? We sort it all out with guests John Niven – author of ‘Kill Your Friends’ – and journalist Mark Hooper. Click here to listen now or subscribe at http://po.st/BigmouthiTunes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2017
Podcast #57: Billy Bragg’s skiffle book, space electronica, Glen Campbell’s farewell
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Billy Bragg’s new book reckons that skiffle was the original punk DIY explosion – is he right? Can you enjoy an album by a desperately ill star who has to be coaxed through the recording? And why did cosmic synth music sell so well in health food shops? Special guests Kate Mossman of The New Statesman and Travis Elborough join Andrew and Matt to sort it all out. Click here to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2017
Podcast #56: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, Noga Erez, Cigarettes After Sex and the worst political records
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They’ve made us an Offred we can’t refuse… On the smart pop culture podcast this week, we review C4’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, look at new albums by Israeli sound-mangler Noga Erez and ambient pop newcomers Cigarettes After Sex, and ask why political pop records are so grim. Special guests Kate Hutchinson and Andrew Male join Andrew H and Matt in the Bigmouth Election Command Centre. Click to listen now or download here: https://audioboom.com/channel/bigmouth See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2017
Podcast #55: Twin Peaks returns, Sgt. Pepper deluxe edition, new Saint Etienne
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This week on the smart pop culture talk show: Is Twin Peaks the weirdness we need right now? What’s in the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ tape cupboard for non-Beatlemaniacs? And can Saint Etienne’s ‘Home Counties’ mythologise the last mysterious region of England? Special guests Dorian Lynskey and Anthony Teasdale join Andrew and Matt to argue the toss. Listen now or download at http://po.st/y9wbZs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2017
Podcast #54: Are rock stars over? Radiophonic Workshop, BBC4 Americana and more
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Is the Age of the Rock Star finished? David Hepworth’s new book reckons so. We argue the toss with this week’s special guests DJ Justin Robertson and actor-comedian Wendy Wason. Plus: the first Radiophonic Workshop album in 32 years, BBC4’s new epic documentary on American roots music, and much much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2017
Podcast #53: Paul Weller, Jane Weaver, C4’s Chicago house history and Alien: Covenant
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On this week’s show Rebecca Nicholson and Stevie Chick join Andrew and Matt to talk about new albums from Paul Weller and Jane Weaver, and check out All 4’s dance music documentary ‘I Was There When House Took Over The World’. Plus Michael Moran stops by to eviscerate Ridley Scott’s latest prequel ‘Alien: Covenant’ in the manner of a hungry xenomorph. Click to listen! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2017
Podcast #52: The year so far with The xx, Stormzy, Flaming Lips and more
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A special round-up of 2017’s best releases so far: Sleaford Mods, Stormzy, The xx, Run The Jewels and Flaming Lips. Special guests Zoë Howe, Andrew Male, Mark Hooper, Siân Pattenden and Andy Miller weigh in. Click to listen. And don't forget you can hear all the tracks played on this podcast in full at our Spotify Playlist - https://open.spotify.com/user/11102554473/playlist/2Z1nBHE2qqEpX1SGRMcSkS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2017
Podcast #51: Blondie, Gorillaz, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’, Kendrick Lamar
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Is Blondie’s new album ‘Pollinator’ a top buzz and is Deborah Harry still queen bee? Can Gorillaz exorcise Damon’s demons? And is Marvel’s soft-rock space opera fit for a second outing? Special guests Travis Elborough and Polly Birkbeck, plus special correspondents Michael Moran and Joe Muggs, join Andrew and Matt in the bunker. For the full versions of all the songs played on this podcast visit our Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/11102554473/playlist/2Z1nBHE2qqEpX1SGRMcSkS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2017
Podcast #50: ‘Doctor Who’ series 10, Sky’s ‘Guerrilla’, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and more
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It’s our first birthday! Special guests are best-selling author and ‘Doctor Who’ geek Jenny Colgan (writer of ‘Who’ spin-offs and beach romances) plus our grime and dubstep correspondent Joe Muggs. Is Bill a good fit for the Tardis? Is Idris Elba too tall for TV? Has Joe Goddard of Hot Chip made a dad house classic? All this and more will be revealed… Click to listen! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2017
Podcast #49: Father John Misty, Jack Whitehall's 'Decline & Fall', Simon Amstell's vegan comedy and more
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This week on the smart people’s pop culture podcast… Father John Misty – genius, dick, or a bit of both? Will comedian Simon Amstell’s sci-fi vegan mockumentary ‘Carnage’ put Andrew off his sausage sandwich? And why can’t we stop watching toff porn like the BBC’s ‘Decline And Fall’? Common oiks Robin Turner and Justin Quirk weigh in. Click to listen! And don't forget you can hear all the tracks played on the podcast in full at our Editor's Recommends playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/11102554473/playlist/2Z1nBHE2qqEpX1SGRMcSkS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2017
Podcast #48: One flew over David Tennant’s nest, Marvel vs diversity, Future Islands, Jamiroquai
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This week on the smart pop culture podcast: David Tennant plays “acid Marxist” psychotherapist RD Laing in ‘Mad To Be Normal’. Marvel Comics’ have a Gerald Ratner moment regarding non-white-male superheroes. Future Islands’ oddball synthpop. And, is it time to stop moaning and learn to love Jamiroquai? Special guests Julia Raeside and Ali Catterall help us sort it all out. Click to listen! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2017
Podcast #47: Art! Sex! Music! Cosey Fanni Tutti book, Goldfrapp, British Sea Power and more
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This week: Our special guests Jude Rogers of The Guardian and Ian Gittins tackle ART SEX MUSIC – the astonishing new autobiography of Throbbing Gristle's Cosey Fanni Tutti – plus new albums from Goldfrapp and British Sea Power and more. Click to listen. And don't forget you can listen to all the tracks played on the show in full by visiting our Spotify playlist See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2017
Podcast #46: ‘Free Fire’ movie, Jesus And Mary Chain, ‘Inside No.9’ and more
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Special guests Michael Hogan (Guardian and Telegraph) and Siân Pattenden join Andrew and Matt to look at Ben Wheatley’s gun-crazy new movie ‘Free Fire’, the first new Jesus And Mary Chain album in 19 years, and BBC2’s dark comedy series ‘Inside No.9’. Click to play! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2017
Podcast #45: Bee Gees, Marvel’s Iron Fist, Anohni, Spoon and more
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We expose our chest hair to salute the glory of The BEE GEES – who made their first British recordings exactly 50 years ago – and step warily into the dojo with MARVEL’S IRON FIST, new on Netflix. Plus guests Peter Paphides and The Guardian's Michael Hann on new music by Spoon and whether Anohni is the opposite of a guilty pleasure. Click to stream now – or go here to download: http://po.st/y9wbZs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2017
Podcast #44: Laura Marling, BBC4 on the 90s, The Shires
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Dude, where's my country? Guests Laura Barton (The Guardian, R4) and Andrew Mueller (Monocle, Melody Maker) join Andrew and Matt to dissect Laura Marling’s new album, marvel at the baffling success of The Shires, and look at the last episode of BBC4’s People’s History Of Pop. Click to stream now – or see below for download link. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2017
Podcast #43: Sleaford Mods, Stormzy, BBC4 Science of Pop and more
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Who's got the best handle on Modern Britain Today: the duo that Noel Gallagher compared to Viz Comic's Brown Bottle or grime don Stormzy? Can computers predict hit songs? And what are the most boring conversation topics in all pop? Special guests Andrew Male of Mojo and Mark Hooper of Hole & Corner magazine join Matt and Andrew to sort it all out. Click to listen! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2017
Podcast #42: 40 Years of 2000AD comic, The Magnetic Fields, SS-GB and more
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Special guests Strictly Kev AKA DJ Food of Ninja Tune plus sport and music writer Matt Allen join Andrew and Matt in the Bigmouth Command Module. This week: Happy Birthday to 2000AD, The Magnetic Fields’ ‘50 Song Memoir’ and BBC1’s SS-GB. Plus Shriekback, Sir Anthony Beevor’s Desert Island Discs and Alan Moore “singing”. Click to listen! And remember you can hear tracks on this podcast in full on our Editors’ Recommendations Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/11102554473/playlist/2Z1nBHE2qqEpX1SGRMcSkS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2017
Podcast #41: Lego Batman, bad stage patter, ‘Girls’, Wombles and more
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Is ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ more realistic than Christopher Nolan’s batfilms? What’s the worst onstage banter? Does the new series of ‘Girls’ make any sense if you haven’t seen the rest of it? Guests Ali Catterall of The Guardian and Justin Quirk of AskMen.com join Andrew and Matt to thrash it all out. Click to listen – and don't forget, to listen to the tracks on this podcast in full, visit our Editors’ Recommendations playlist on Spotify… https://open.spotify.com/user/11102554473/playlist/2Z1nBHE2qqEpX1SGRMcSkS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2017
Podcast #40: 'Roots' remake, David Axelrod RIP, Sampha and more
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Guests Joe Muggs of Mixmag and Anthony Teasdale of Umbrella magazine join Matt and Andrew to discuss a 21st Century take on Kunta Kinte, the late cosmic soul man David Axelrod, and the debut album by Sampha, the Frank Ocean of Cricklewood. Click to play, or see links on the right to subscribe… And don’t forget that all the music you hear on the show is available in full on our Editors’ Recommends playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/11102554473/playlist/2Z1nBHE2qqEpX1SGRMcSkS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2017
Podcast #39: Trainspotting 2, female Doctor Who, Rag'n'Bone Man and more
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Is T2 as good as T1? Are we ready for a Time Lady in the TARDIS? Special guests Will Hodgkinson of The Times and Miranda Sawyer of The Observer join Andrew and Matt to discuss these weighty matters and more. Click to listen or see download link on right of page. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2017
Trainspotting 2 – a spoiler-packed Bigmouth Minicast
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So what actually happens to Renton, Spud, Begbie and Sick Boy – and does it work as a movie? Miranda Sawyer of The Observer, Will Hodgkinson of The Times, Matt and Andrew go right round the Edinburgh u-bend on T2. Warning: don't listen unless you've seen the film. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2017
Podcast #37: La La Land, Run The Jewels and pop-lit mergers
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Show us another podcast that discusses hardcore hip hop and light-loafered musicals with the same panache. Guests Siân Pattenden and Andy Miller join Andrew and Matt to see whose game is mad tight and whose gavotte is rot. Click to listen. And don't forget, to listen to the music played on this podcast in full go to the Bigmouth Editors Recommends playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/11102554473/playlist/2Z1nBHE2qqEpX1SGRMcSkS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2017
Podcast #36: Stevie Nicks book, The xx, Flaming Lips and more
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This week on the smart pop culture podcast: Zoe Howe on her Stevie Nicks book plus new albums by The xx and Flaming Lips with Matt, Andrew and special guest Eamonn Forde. Click to listen! And remember you can hear all the music on this podcast in full on our Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/11102554473/playlist/2Z1nBHE2qqEpX1SGRMcSkS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2017
Podcast #35: The OA, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Rick Parfitt and more
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The smart pop culture podcast is back from its Christmas break with special guests David Stubbs and Michael Hann of The Guardian. This week we talk about Netflix's inexplicable chiller The OA, the brilliant new album by Flo Morrissey and Matthew E White, plus the talent we lost in 2016's last few days. Click to listen! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2017
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: A Bigmouth All-Star Edition
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While we're on our Christmas break, here's a special edition of the smart pop culture podcast. Throughout 2016 we've been asking our guests to name the one thing they'd rescue – humans and animals excepted – if their flat went on fire. Hear answers from guests including Dorian Lynskey, Jude Rogers, Simon Reynolds and more, plus our own Matt and Andrew. Have a good one. We'll be back in January. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2016
Rogue One – a spoiler-heavy Bigmouth Minicast
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WARNING – THIS PODCAST CONTAINS SPOILERS!!! Right, now that's out of the way: Jedi wannabees Andrew Harrison and Matt Hall are joined by space scum Ian Harrison and Michael Moran to pick over the bones of the latest Star Wars movie, work out how it fits into the galaxy far, far away, and ask where in the list of ‘Best Star Wars movies’ does it exactly fit. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2016
Podcast #34 - Spoiler-free Rogue One review, plus more 2016 favourites
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Michael Moran and Ian Harrison (some relation) join Andrew and Matt in the studio to discuss the latest movie to roll off the Star Wars production line. Where does it fit in the 'best Star Wars movie' chart? Plus Michael and Ian talk about their favourite books, TV and music of the last 12 months. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2016
Podcast #33 - What we loved in 2016
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Whiskers on kittens and snowdrops on mittens. Neither of these things crop up in this show, as Dorian Lynskey and Jude Rogers join Andrew and Matt to race through a few of their favourite things of 2016. Bowie's final album, Westworld, The Hateful Eight and The Avalanches all make an appearance. Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2016
Podcast #32 – Brad Pitt in Allied, Nordic noir show Modus, albums by Pete Doherty and The Weeknd
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Guests Ted Kessler of Q Magazine and James Medd join Andrew and Matt to pick over Modus ( the latest Scandi Noir to hit BBC 4), make like Pat Benatar with Brad Pitt's WWII romance thriller Allied, and review the latest LPs from Pete(r) Doherty and The Weeknd. Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2016
Podcast #31 - Clarkson’s Grand Tour, Kate Bush, Kanye West meltdown
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This week special guests Miranda Sawyer and Hannah Verdier join Andrew and Matt to discuss the return of Clarkson, Hammond and May in Amazon's The Grand Tour, and Kate Bush’s live album. Plus London club Fabric gets one last chance, and Kanye West cancels his tour amid rumours of breakdowns. Warning: contains the phrase “Totally Quatermass!” Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2016
Podcast #30 - A Tribe Called Quest, Arrival movie, David Mancuso
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This week we talk about A Tribe Called Quest’s incredible final album, alien first contact movie Arrival and godfather of DJ culture David Mancuso with guests Joe Muggs of Mixmag and Mark Hooper of Hole & Corner magazine. Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2016
Arrival – a spoiler-laden Bigmouth Mini-Cast
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A spoiler-heavy discussion of Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi brain twister Arrival, with Andrew, Matt and guests Joe Muggs and Mark Hooper. WARNING: If you haven’t seen the movie – don’t listen! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2016
Podcast #29 - Bowie art auction, Marr and Springsteen autobiogs, protest songs
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This week Laura Barton and Laura Snapes join Andrew and Matt in the pod to discuss the Sotheby’s auction of David Bowie’s art, autobiographies by Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Marr, and the plague of articles asking “Where is all the protest music?” Click to listen… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2016
Podcast #28 - Rock photog Kevin Westenberg, music and the Presidential vote, Solange
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On the smart pop culture podcast this week: rock photography war stories from the legendary Kevin Westenberg, the man responsible for the look of 4AD Records and much more. Plus Luke Turner from The Quietus joins Matt and Andrew to talk Solange Knowles’ extraordinary album and ask whether your musical tastes shape your politics, or vice versa? Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2016
Podcast #27 – Bowie play and book, Dr Strange, Pete Burns and more
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It's a cosmic week on the smart pop culture podcast, as we look at the Bowie ’Lazarus’ play and Marvel’s Doctor Strange plus Pete Burns and Steve Dillon. Special guests are Nicholas Pegg – author of ’The Complete David Bowie’ – and Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian. Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2016
Podcast #26 - Leonard Cohen, Half Man Half Biscuit, Liam Gallagher vs the World, Wu-Tang MPs
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Guests Andrew Male and Johnny Davis join us to discuss the new album from Leonard Cohen and Half Man Half Biscuit’s rarities compilation. And we enter the 36th (debating) Chamber to figure out which MPs sound like they should be in the Wu-Tang Clan. Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2016
Podcast #25 - Simon Reynolds’ glam rock book Shock And Awe, Westworld reboot, Goat and more
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Guests James Medd and author Simon Reynolds (Energy Flash, Retromania) join Andrew and Matt to talk Bolan, Bowie and more from Simon's new glam rock epic Shock And Awe. Plus Sky Atlantic’s new robots-go-wrong series Westworld, wild world psychedelia from Scandinavia enigmas Goat, and much more. Click to listen now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2016
Podcast #24 - Marvel’s Luke Cage, Bon Iver, Pixies, Rod Temperton tribute
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Special guests Andrew Perry of the Telegraph and Jody Thompson join Andrew and Matt to chew over Netflix's new hip hop-soaked Marvel adaptation, Luke Cage. They also dissect the new albums from Bon Iver and Pixies, and look back at the life of Cleethorpes' own songwriting legend, Rod Temperton of ‘Thriller’ fame. Click to listen! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2016
Podcast #23 - Oasis’s ‘Be Here Now’ vindicated? How to write TV comedy. Songs we love by bands we hate.
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This week's slice of “premier league culture punditry” (cheers, The Guardian) sees Supplement magazine editor Justin Quirk plus Joel Morris (top comedy writer and co-creator of the grown-up Ladybird books) join Andrew and Matt. They revisit the hubristic heights of Britpop with the 3CD reissue of ‘Be Here Now’, admit to records they love by bands they hate, and talk about some new tunes too. Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2016
Podcast #22 - Nick Cave, Yello, #SaveFabric and secrets of record reviewers
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On the smart pop culture podcast this week – Nick Cave, Slaves and Yello’s new albums, the fight to save beleagured superclub Fabric, and the dirty underbelly of reviewing records. Special guests are Jude Rogers of The Guardian and Simon Price of Q and Melody Maker. Click to listen! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2016
Podcast #21 - Mercury Prize Preview Special
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On this week’s smart pop culture podcast, the Mercury Prize: will it be Bowie, Kano, Radiohead, Bat For Lashes…? In a special edition our guests, writers Sîan Pattenden and Eamonn Forde of The Guardian, talk through the list and give our verdict on this year's nominees. Plus we look at Amazon’s summer pilot season shows ‘The Tick’, ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ and ‘I Love Dick’ . Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2016
Ep #20: ‘The Ramones’ turns 40, BBC zombie sitcoms, nationalising pop
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This week on the smart pop culture podcast: Gabba gabba oh God, is it really 40 years of The Ramones? Did the BBC remake or ruin ‘Porridge' and ‘Are You Being Served?’ And should we nationalise pop music? Special guests are Andrew Male of Mojo and David Stubbs of The Guardian. Click to listen See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2016
Ep #19: Aliens at 30, Frank Ocean, The Get Down
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On this week‘s smart pop culture podcast: Happy 30th Chestburstday to James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’ – plus Frank Ocean’s new album, ‘The Get Down’ on Netflix and our fantasy festival picks. Special guests this week are Luke Turner of The Quietus and Joe Muggs of The Guardian and Mixmag. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2016
Ep #18 - Obama’s playlists, Gary Numan movie, and De La Soul Aren’t Dead
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On this week's smart pop culture podcast: Obama's summer mixtape, the return of De La Soul, a surprisingly moving Gary Numan documentary, and more. Special guests are Esquire Magazine's Johnny Davis and Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2016
Ep #17 - Music review special with Bat For Lashes, The Monkees, Roísín Murphy and more
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We're skiving off on our hols – so here’s some of our favourite music discussion from the last few months: Alexis Petridis and Sylvia Patterson on ABC, Michael Hogan and Hannah Verdier on Bat For Lashes, Kate Mossman on The Monkees… and the obligatory much, much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2016
Ep #16 – Stranger Things, Wild Beasts’ sexy new album, narcissism in pop
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On the thinking person’s pop culture podcast this week: Netflix’s fantastic ‘Stranger Things’, Wild Beasts’ new album, and has music gone ME-ME-ME mental in our new age of narcissistic pop? Special guests Laura Snapes and Michael Hann join Andrew and Matt to argue the “toss”. Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2016
Ep #15 - Age Of Bowie book, superhero trailer tsunami, British psych rock, Star Trek
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On this week’s smart pop culture podcast: Paul Morley’s book ‘The Age Of Bowie’… Luke Cage, Wonder Woman and the Marvel/DC trailer tsunami… Star Trek: Beyond… classic British psych rock, and more. Special guests are Dan ‘Harry Hill’ Maier and Michael ‘The Internet’ Moran. Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2016
Ep #14: Pink Floyd vs Mary Beard, Alan Vega, great bad reggae covers
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This week on the smart pop culture podcast, special guests Laura Barton of The Guardian and Robin Turner of Caught By The River join Matt and Andrew. On the agenda: Laura goes up Pompeii with David Gilmour and Mary Beard, the legacy of Alan Vega, the joy of terrible reggae covers, and is it time to stop worrying and learn to love Simple Minds? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2016
Ep #13: Top Of The Pops from beyond the grave, Melody Maker babylon, The Avalanches
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Can it really be ten years since the very last Top Of The Pops? Could it ever come back? We ask this week's special guests Simon Price and David Stubbs – and get their tales from life at their alma mater, the Melody Maker paper. Also, is The Avalanches new album any good? This and more with co-presenters Andrew Harrison and Matt Hall. Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2016
Ep #12 - Caroline Aherne, Judge Dredd uncensored, Miranda Sawyer’s new book and more
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On this week’s smart pop culture podcast: #CarolineAherne remembered, #MirandaSawyer on her new book #OutOfTime about the changing nature of middle age, #EamonnForde on Apple buying streaming minnow Tidal, and we rediscover a classic #JudgeDredd comics series. Click to listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2016
Ep #11 - Game Of Thrones S6 wrap-up, Glasto wash-up, Roisin Murphy tear-up
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Andrew Collins and Sarah Bee join Andrew and Matt in the studio to discuss the sixth season of #GameOfThrones and wonder who'll be left standing when the epic finally draws to a close in two seasons' time. Andrew reports back from #Glastonbury and we review the latest album from Roisin Murphy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2016
Bigmouth Ep #10 - Bat For Lashes, great TV you're missing, 'Odelay' at 20
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This week top TV journos Hannah Verdier and Michael Hogan join the smart pop culture podcast to tell us – literally – what we're missing. Also, Bat For Lashes' new album 'The Bride', the attack on the #Radiohead playback in Istanbul, and can #Beck's 'Odelay' really be 20 years old? Dear God, apparently so. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2016
Bigmouth Ep #9 - Grace Jones, Glastonbury squabbles, and pop vs. Brexit
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This week on the smart pop culture podcast, Andrew and Matt are joined by music writers Justin Quirk and Sîan Pattenden. Our topics: why are no musicians engaging with the Euro Referendum? Is Grace Jones the best pop star ever? And why do people get angry about who's headlining Glastonbury? All this and much more… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2016
Bigmouth #8 - Ali and hip hop, C87 indie and Ted Kessler's 'My Old Man' book
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Is Muhammad Ali the grandfather of hip hop? How did we get from winsome C86 indie to today’s lairy guitar pop? And are our dads reponsible for our musical taste? Special guests Laura Snapes and Ted Kessler – author of new book ‘My Old Man’ – join Andrew and Matt to talk over these matters and more… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2016
Bigmouth Ep #7 - The Monkees, Top Gear and Moby’s book
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This week on the smart pop culture podcast: Should UKIP and Donald Trump stop pinching beloved songs for their campaigns? Are Moby’s autobiography and the first Monkees album in 20 years any good? The new ‘Top Gear’: decent refurb or candidate for the scrappage scheme? Guests Kate Mossman of the New Statesman and writer David Stubbs join Andrew and Matt to argue on this and much, much more… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2016
Bigmouth #6 - EoDM, The Return of ABC, Dexys & S'Express, and Sylvia Patterson on Smash Hits
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This week on the smart pop culture podcast: Should Eagles Of Death Metal be kicked off festivals because of their singer’s politics? Comeback albums from Dexys, ABC and S’Express. And legendary Smash Hits writer Sylvia Patterson talks us through ‘I’m Not With The Band’, her hilarious memoir of life at the sharp end of pop journalism. Also joining us is special guest Alexis Petridis, the Guardian’s chief rock and pop critic See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2016
Bigmouth Ep #5 - Retro Special: 90's music, Trainspotting and Punk at the British Library
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Special guests Dev Sherlock of music blog digest The Hype Machine and music writer Arwa Haider join Andrew and Matt for another edition of the smart pop culture podcast. This week: What’s set off this sudden 90s revival, with the returns of Richard Ashcroft, the Manics, the Stone Roses and even Black Grape? Will ‘Trainspotting 2’ match the original? Just how punk is the British Library’s punk exhibition? And, as ever, much much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2016
Bigmouth Ep #4 - Dylan, Lush and Mercury Prize re-boot
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On the show this week Eamonn Forde and James Medd join Andrew & Matt in the studio to discuss the 50th anniversary of #blondeonblonde, review the return of Lush, 'the shoegazing ABBA', and peer into Eamonn's big bag of terrible showbiz auto biographies... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2016
Bigmouth Ep #3 - Radiohead, Paul McCartney and Bands You Know You Should Like But Don't
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This week we talk #radiohead, #beatles, a new @paulmccartney book and the bands you should like but don't. With @michaelmoran and #pauldunoyer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2016
Bigmouth Ep #2 - Captain America Civil War, Prince and Jonathan Pie
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Bigmouth talks #CaptainAmericaCivilWar, #prince #jonathanpie and #GameOfThrones with @JoeMuggs and @Sarahcrbee See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2016
Bigmouth Ep #1 - Game Of Thrones, Record Store Day and Sandy Denny
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Andrew Collins & Jude Rogers join Andrew Harrison in the studio to discuss #GameOfThrones, #RSD2016, the enduring appeal of #sandydenny, and career ending LP's See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2016