Richard Pierce

Richard Pierce – author, poet, painter


A new season of Radio Stradbroke’s Sunday Sessions

Today marked the beginning of winter for real, as the great crew at Radio Stradbroke ramped up with the new season of the Sunday Sessions. When I say it marks the real beginning of winter, what I mean is that we schedule our season of weekly broadcasts to coincide with the season of the worst weather, when we think people would probably rather stay at home and listen to the radio than go out shopping or playing sport.

Anyway, I had the honour of opening this year’s season, and decided to do a show made up of tracks from some of my favourite albums – and all on vinyl as well. Which left me well out of my comfort zone seeing as I usually do my shows using mp3 files and a tidy piece of broadcasting software.

The show was great fun. Lots of people on twitter, facebook and email said unnecessarily nice things about me, despite my appalling cueing of records (at the start anyway), and my incessant chat. The best thing was that putting the 3-hour show togather (which took me about 8 hours!) reacquainted me with some long-lost friends of albums. I think we often just don’t make the time any more to listen to complete albums, and mp3s make music into so many soundbites rather than an hour-long experience. Perhaps I will do another vinyl album show next time, just to get more of these old things played, although it is hard work cueing, fbing, tweeting and emailing, all at the same time.

I love radio.

Here’s the podcast

Here’s the track listing:

The Sex Pistols – Seventeen
The Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK
Nina Hagen Band – Der Spinner
Nina Hagen Band – Pank
The Stranglers – London Lady
The Stranglers – Princess of the Streets
The Stranglers – Hanging Around
Graham Parker & The Rumour – You Can’t Be Too Strong
Graham Parker & The Rumour – Passion Is No Ordinary Word
The Cure – In Between Days
The Cure – Kyoto Song
Kraftwerk – Geiger Counter
Kraftwerk – Radioactivity
The Cranberries – Zombie
Siouxsie &the Banshees – Placebo Effect
Siouxsie & the Banshees – Icons
Madness – Razor Blade Alley
Madness – Swan Lake
Emerson Lake & Palmer – Promenade
Emerson Lake & Palmer – The Gnome
Billy Bragg – The Saturday Boy
Billy Bragg – Island of No Return
Konstantin Wecker – Willy
Joy Division – The Eternal
Joy Division – Decades
The Smiths – Still Ill
The Smiths – Hand in Glove
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make
Pink Floyd – Have a Cigar
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
ABC – Poison Arrow
ABC – Many Happy Returns
ABC – Tears Are Not Enough
ABC – Valentine’s Day
BAP – Drei Wuensch frei
BAP – Sendeschluss
Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls – Screaming in the Darkness
Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls – Dream Sequence 1
Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls – European Eyes
Nena – Rette Mich
Nena – ?
Nola Wren – Young

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