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Jan 18, 2019
E11: The Specials + Dave Laing + Juliana Hatfield
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Hailing 'Ghost Town' as "one of the great British records", RBP podcast hosts Mark Pringle and Barney Hoskyns consider The Specials and their politically conscious combination of punk and ska. They then pay tribute to Dave Laing and reflect on his role in the influential Let It Rock magazine, presenting pieces of Dave's on John Martyn, a Bill Monroe live show in a Scottish monastery and singer-songwriters from Jim Croce to John Denver. The week’s audio interview sees Juliana Hatfield in conversation with Ira Robbins about not wanting to get pigeonholed as the Lemonheads' bassist and her subsequent solo album Hey Babe. Beyond all of that, Mark and Barney somehow find time to discuss an early Beatles piece, get confused about Dawn James interviewing her sister Twinkle and berate Robert Fripp for his lack of self-awareness...

Produced by Jasper Murison-Bowie

Pieces discussed: The SpecialsThe SpecialerThe SpecialestJohn MartynBill Monroethe evolution of the singer-songwriterThe BeatlesTwinkleHot Chocolate's Errol BrownMorrissey on the New York DollsRobert FrippMark EitzelOasis' fan lettersNik Cohn's TrikstaVan Dyke ParksBob DylanJimmy Page

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