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Archives for April 2012

Spring clean songs...

Bryan Burnett | 20:01 UK time, Monday, 30 April 2012

There was not a spare seat to be had on our train theme tonight and as always I loved the range of tunes that were suggested. Eels was great but it was good to include something like Eruption for out and out fun. It's a theme we did only last year but it seems there's such an appetite for railroad music and no shortage of good tunes.

Spring cleaning is on the agenda for many folk so tomorrow evening I will be asking you to add one more item to your list of chores. If you've been spring cleaning your music collection then what gems turned up that you'd forgotten about?
I know every time I try to sit down and weed out my CDs to make more room then I spend the day sitting on the floor listening again to albums that have slipped through the net in years gone by.

Let me know about the records you blew the dust off and rediscovered...

Train tracks...

Bryan Burnett | 19:39 UK time, Friday, 27 April 2012

Two hours in the studio with Miss Babs has sent me off the rails ( once again!) so I've decided to use that as inspiration for Monday's show.

Train songs have always been a part of popular music and the romance of the railway is still providing inspiration for the songwriters of today. There's a particularly rich seam of songs in the country genre with artists like Cash and Merle Haggard recording entire albums of train songs.

Don't feel you have to stick strictly to the trains themselves as tickets, stations, platforms and long, long delays may all feature on Monday's show.

Your voice choice...

Bryan Burnett | 20:01 UK time, Thursday, 26 April 2012

Thanks for all your suggestions of 'concept albums' for tonight. Some good tracks came in as well - Sham 69 was fun, Sinatra was classy and Tony Christie ( reborn as Roy Orbison) was one that blew us away.

For the last Friday of every month we want to do a theme that reflects what's been talked about in the preceding weeks and for this week we've gone with The Voice, BBC 1's new Saturday night talent show. The gimmick is that the coaches don't see the singers when they appear and have to judge them only on their voice.

So tomorrow I'll be asking you to nominate those artists whose voice is so distinctive that you would recognise it with your eyes shut. Whether they are croaky, sweet, or soulful it doesn't matter, they just need to be recognisable...

Linked in...

Bryan Burnett | 19:40 UK time, Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The fact that we have a different theme every night, kind of makes Get It On is kind of like a concept album on radio.

Which I suppose is how Miss B came up with the idea of doing concept albums as a theme. According to her, " A concept album is a record in which all the songs are linked by a theme - Sgt Pepper is one that is debated - as it seems to have persuaded others to record concept albums, but the concept of Sgt Pepper was lost in the final recordings - it was originally going to be about the life of an ex-army bandsman. Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys is sort of similar - it's a group of songs unified by emotional content - Brian Wilson's state of mind at the time - but you are likely to get people suggesting tracks from both of these I suspect. Pink Floyd's the Wall, and even Frank Sinartra's In the Wee Small Hours is considered a concept album."

So that's the premise for Thursday's show. We have come up with the concept, now you just have to come up with the songs...

Posh pop...

Bryan Burnett | 20:03 UK time, Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Tonight's 'movie themes' show was wildly oversubscribed and one listener even suggested we should have run it across the week. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the nice range of film music we had tonight.

Tomorrow we begin the search for Britain's poshest pop stars. From James Blunt to Mac Bolan let's have your suggestions of the singers whose breeding shine through on everything they have ever recorded.

It's your suggestions of the double barrelled, plummy voiced poshos who are never going to sing Working Class Hero. Mind you, even if they did I would not be playing it as I've been caught by that song once before. Not one for teatime listening, no matter how posh the singer!

The sound of film music...

Bryan Burnett | 20:06 UK time, Monday, 23 April 2012

Thanks to our amazing multi-talented listeners it would appear that we have enough gifted musicians to put together a pretty unforgettable edition of Radio Scotland's Got Talent. As well as the Rev Steele, a minister who likes to play The Clash on bass guitar we have listeners who can do Rio on the violin, Lady Gaga on the flute, Adele on The Clarsach and Mhairi's Wedding on the chime bars. It was a really fun show tonight and I loved hearing all your stories about the first songs you learned to play. Today's teenagers seem to have much more fun. They get Nirvana and we got Greensleeves.

Tomorrow we celebrate singer-actor Barbra Streisand's 70th birthday by turning to the silver screen for inspiration and feature the best movie themes of all time.

Play like Bert...

Bryan Burnett | 19:59 UK time, Friday, 20 April 2012

To those who think Get It On might have lost some of it's eclectic nature I offer up as evidence tonight's playlist featuring everything from Dizzee Rascal to Danny La Rue with a bit of Nick Cave thrown in to liven things up. Superb mix if, not a little bit mad.

On Monday we mark the death of Bert Weedon whose promise to 'play in a day' made many of us pick up a guitar. Legends like Eric Clapton and Brian May were among those who learned to play using his techniques. So I'd like to ask those who are musical, what was the first song you learned to play? I won't ask you to prove it by playing it for me, but any photographic evidence of the bloggers brandishing an 'axe' would be welcome.

Good taste / bad taste

Bryan Burnett | 20:01 UK time, Thursday, 19 April 2012

Tonight's show was a great laugh and there were some outrageous tales of 'borrowing'. There were stories of people hanging on to their mate's records for thirty years or more.
It also prompted a series of texts from folk who realised they had lent out stuff and never got it back. One women lent her entire cassette collection of Paul Simon albums and hasn't seen them in decades.

Tomorrow night I want you to further confess. Pick two songs: one cool...and one not so cool. We will play one of them, but the question is which one? Prepare to expose your musical split personality!

A loan again, naturally...

Bryan Burnett | 20:01 UK time, Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A brilliant evening of music tonight. Classics like The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again sounding just as powerful as the day they were recorded, new discoveries like Happy Particles and then gorgeous tracks like I Don't Know Why that you hadn't heard in ages.
While 'opening tracks' was filled with upbeat, instant pop songs, 'closing tracks' was much more considered and proves that some artists really do save the best till last.

Tomorrow's theme is 'borrowed tracks'. Is there a record that you borrowed from a chum and forgot to give back. Fess up tomorrow night...

The last waltz...

Bryan Burnett | 20:01 UK time, Tuesday, 17 April 2012

'Meet Me on the Cornea' and 'Love of the Common Pupil' were two of my favourite puns from tonight's theme of 'eyes'. Edwyn and Paul Quinn's Pale Blue Eyes sounded magnificent tonight but it was also good to hear a Springsteen track that doesn't get played a lot. I was bit shocked to get a text from someone who used to play I Wish I Was Blind to his baby daughter and now she is 18!

Last week, we asked you to nominate your favourite opening track on an album, so tomorrow I'd like you to fast forward to the best closing tracks. Is there a hit song at the end of an album that deserves a play or a hidden gem that is rarely heard?

I actually think it would be fascinating to play the same albums that were used for the opening tracks theme so feel free to double up on your suggestions from last week.

Jeepers creepers...

Bryan Burnett | 20:03 UK time, Monday, 16 April 2012

A big response for tonight's 'repeat play' theme proved that there really are songs that you never get fed up with. I love the idea that people could love a song so much that they can play it 200 times over a weekend and not get fed up with it.

Tomorrow's theme should be a visual delight as well as an audible one as the theme is eyes. From lyin' ones to ol' blue ones we should not be short of material. Don't just limit yourself to eyes though as we will also accept songs about what you do with them.

Play it again Sam...

Bryan Burnett | 19:58 UK time, Friday, 13 April 2012

I wonder if the great Robert Wilson ever imagined that he would end up played on the same programme as X Ray Spex and Kings of Leon. Such is the joy of Get It On and your wonderful suggestions. The stories were outstanding tonight - I loved the 3 year old claiming that everyone at nursery was into Oasis!

Monday's programme is all about the songs that make you want to instantly hit the rewind button. It could be the ones that are so short you feel you've been cheated, the tracks that are so complex you might have missed a bit, or maybe the tunes that deserve to be put on repeat play just for the fun of it.

What would you put on instant replay? Get in touch and let me know...

Thanks, Mum and Dad...

Bryan Burnett | 20:05 UK time, Thursday, 12 April 2012

We definitely rocked around the clock tonight with your suggestions of songs that mention times of the day. Panic At The Disco and Londonbeat both sounded great and Faron Young was most definitely a sing out loud moment for me.

Among the more interesting texts was a 14 year old asking for The Monkees and a 10 year old requesting Thin Lizzy. It's brilliant to think these old bands are still exciting young kids and I suppose one of the great joys of being a parent is being able to influence your kid's taste in music.

That's really the basis of tomorrow's theme which is 'thanks mum and dad'. I'm looking forward to hearing about the songs that your parents introduced you to. That could be a song your mother used to sing to you or maybe an album that you borrowed from dad's treasured record collection.

My mum and dad were into quite traditional Scottish music which is why I know the words to random Alexander Brothers songs. Don't suppose we will be getting much of that asked for tomorrow night...

Time of your life...

Bryan Burnett | 19:58 UK time, Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Going from The Black Keys to Billie Holiday was my favourite musical moment in a show that was packed out with goodies. I suppose a theme of 'great album opening tracks' was always going to give us a bunch of tunes that really made an impact. I never imagined it would be as good as tonight's playlist though and we had a ball in the studio.

Tomorrow night it's songs that mention times of the day, so I suppose Bill Haley and The Comets are a shoo in? Get the thinking caps on then and see what else springs to mind.

Opening songs...

Bryan Burnett | 20:05 UK time, Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Thanks for all your synth suggestions tonight. We certainly tried to fit in a lot of songs tonight but apologies if yours got left out. Tomorrow's theme is what we like to refer to as 'one for the bloggers'. I'm looking for your suggestions of the best opening tracks of all time. My favourite bit in High Fidelity is where he comes up with a list of his top five of best 'side ones - track ones'. Maybe you could have a go at something similar?

The key to success...

Bryan Burnett | 20:04 UK time, Monday, 9 April 2012

I am away for a lie down after tonight's show. Most folk get to take it easy on Easter Monday so I don't know why I chose to do one of our most challenging themes ever today.

It was great fun though and truly spontaneous. I was also really thrilled that we managed to come full circle and end Monday's show where we started on Friday night. So many people got in touch to say they liked the idea of connecting each song we played to the previous one. It's a theme that I want to return to later in the year.

You'll be glad to hear that normal service is being resumed on the blog and we look forward to reading your suggestions for tomorrow's theme. We focus on one of the most versatile instruments in pop...the synthesizer. It's appeared on some of the most famous songs recorded as well as one or two surprising ones. Although it was ubiquitous in the 80s it's still being used extensively today so there should be no shortage of material to request. It would be good to hear some of the synth pioneers as well.

Welcome back bloggers and get posting your shouts...

Hart to Hart...

Bryan Burnett | 20:01 UK time, Thursday, 5 April 2012

What a brilliant night of music tonight and there were so many great memories of gigs you have enjoyed over the years. I enjoyed hearing about the support acts that took you by surprise and it seems lots of folk felt rightly proud of the unknown bands they had seen who later went on to fame and fortune.

Top tracks for me were APB, Talking Heads and the really lovely Roddy Hart song, Boxes. Don't forget his new Thursday night late night slot on BBC Radio Scotland.
I hope you all have a nice Easter weekend planned.

As far as the show goes I thought we would do something different. We are going to be spontaneous and do one of those shows where everything has to link together. You will only be able to suggest a song after you have heard the previous one. Stressful but fun I think.

Gimmie support...

Bryan Burnett | 20:00 UK time, Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Anything by 'Peter, Pollen and Mary' was my favourite pun on tonight's 'flower power' theme. We had a glut of roses suggested and as Miss B pointed out maybe we should have done a roses only theme. Perhaps we will sometime later.

Tomorrow it's all about support as we feature two hours of the most memorable opening acts of all time. Who were the ones that really stood out for you? I suspect not many of you saw Jimi Hendrix support The Monkees but I am interested in hearing about the gigs that you got to.

The Floral Dance...

Bryan Burnett | 12:25 UK time, Wednesday, 4 April 2012

It's clear that we all love a good cover version as tonight's show was one of the busiest in a long, long time. There was enough material to run for a week and I wonder if we might try something like that later in the year? Perhaps we could divide it into sub-genres like men covering women, 80s covers, folk doing pop etc. I just quite like the idea of going a whole week without playing the original.

The daffs may well be buried under snow in some parts of the country, but that will not stop us stepping into spring for tomorrow night's theme. Flower power will rule as I play everything from Build Me Up Buttercup to the Yellow Rose of Texas. Let's not forget the artists either, as The Lilac Time and Lilly Allen could both qualify for Wednesday's playlist.

Take cover...

Bryan Burnett | 19:56 UK time, Monday, 2 April 2012

Thanks to everyone who spent the night at Susan's House, Shirley's Apartment or even in the 7 Rooms of Gloom. I can't vouch for the standard of the accommodation but I thought the music was pretty splendid tonight. Some really interesting things I'd never heard before including George Jones doing Heartbreak Hotel.

Tomorrow's show will be a good excuse to dig out the interesting and unheard as it's 'song-changing covers' as a theme. I'm keen to try and steer clear of just ordinary cover versions and instead feature the artists who really tried to do something with the song.

Johnny Cash doing Hurt or Scissor Sisters doing Comfortably Numb both fit the bill. It doesn't have to be the best version of the song either. I thought Whitney did a remarkable thing with I Will Always Love You but it will never replace Dolly for me.

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