A couple of this weekends radio highlights from the BBC’s Sound of Style season (a collaboration between BBC 4 (TV) and 6 Music (Radio) looking at the inextricably linked relationship between fashion and music):
JOHN COOPER CLARKE DESCRIPTION: John Cooper Clarke takes a look at the Suit within a musical context as part of The Sound of Style season.
The bespoke and bespectacled Bard of Salford spins two hours of sartorial songs for the switched on generation. John will join his tailoring mate, the Savile Row taught Tom Baker at his Soho establishment to get his inside leg measured and chat about the many intricacies of the modern day suit.
Expect music from Eddie Cochran, The Hives, Nancy Sinatra, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Adam Ant.
John Cooper Clarke is an English performance poet who first became famous during the punk era of the late 1970s. He released several albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s and a written anthology of his work entitled Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt.
At the end of the 1990s, he was included as part of the English GCSE syllabus which led to a whole new audience discovering his work. This is where Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys first came across him and it was the championing done by Alex and others that led to John being on an almost continuous tour for the last few years.(BBC 6)
THE WHO PLAYLIST DESCRIPTION: This week The Who unveiled their brand new single ‘Be Lucky’ – their first new material in eight years – to mark the band reaching its half century this year. All royalties from the single will be donated to Teen Cancer, the charity set up by Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend in 2011.
It’s ahead of their anniversary tour which kicks off in November, the same month as the release of their forthcoming ‘Who Hits 50’ career-spanning compilation, featuring their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up through to present day.
BBC 6 listeners are invited to create an unmissable playlist themed around these rock’n’roll icons – whether classic tracks and rarities by band itself, music from their 60s peers, acts they’ve influenced, collaborations or any other interesting musical connection.(BBC 6)
& finally, The Who’s Greatest Hits, because it’s hard to beat the originals: