A Charmed Life
A Charmed Life
That particular track by my beloved Divine Comedy - that had to be in there.
Presenting for the first time a show I grew up besotted with, listening every night, practically stalking Mike Edgar...yes, Monday 28 January 2002 was quite a big day. Donna Legge and Paul McClean were, a mere few weeks previous, people I bothered at gigs and club nights. I'd bend their ear about their show and my own take on local music. Hopefully just about staying on the right side of irritation.
Now we were a team.
Ten years later (five since she moved to her new slot) myself and Donna co-presented Across The Line again, enjoying a mere drop of the good stuff this island has given ATL playlists in the last decade. While the music was all Irish, we couldn't resist chatting about daft adventures with Noel Gallagher and the Foo Fighters. About the time I made Tim Burgess from The Charlatans cry and how Donna accidentally flirted with the same man. I cringed as I remembered the moment the world stopped just as my face made contact with Connor from The Thrills' groin, as Interpol and The Polyphonic Spree looked on.
We presented three series of ATL TV together, hosted all sorts of gigs, made good friends and occasional foes along the way. The three of us (including long suffering producer Paul McClean) fought like….family. We almost sickened ourselves of music festivals and were responsible for some fantastic, ambitious outside broadcasts.
We often got it wrong, misguided zeal getting in the way of ….common sense. But it was always fun and, for myself personally, I still get the same ridiculous buzz presenting this show now as I did back then, even if I do (and always will) miss sharing enthusiasm, laughs, tears and high fives with my wonderful co-presenter.
It's been emotional!
Listen to the show now!
Tracklisting and further listening below.
DESERT HEARTS - OCEAN
THE CHALETS - THEME FROM CHALETS
V/FORMATION - LITTLE HEART
SIROCCO MCS - SIROCCO CONVERSATION
REINDEER SECTION - CARTWHEELS
THE THRILLS - SANTA CRUZ
JETPLANE LANDING - BRAVE GRAVITY
ELEMENT - WAKE FROM THIS
LIFE WITHOUT RORY - YOU MISSED THE POINT
THE TIDES - HOW DOES IT FEEL?
AMAZING PILOTS - THE PRICE OF WINTER
DAVID KITT - ANOTHER LOVE SONG
LITTLE HOOKS - PLAY IT LIKE IT'S OVER
OPPENHEIMER - BREAKFAST IN NYC
CORRIGAN - FORGET IT
TORGAS VALLEY REDS - TORGAS VALLEY BLUES
BROKEN THUMBS - BIG AMERICAN GUN
DIVINE COMEDY - CHARMED LIFE
RIVALS - THE ENDING
ALLOY MENTAL - GOD IS GREEN
SNOW PATROL - FALLEN EMPIRES
SNOW PATROL - ABSOLUTE GRAVITY
RED SIRUS - UPSIDE
THE DEBONAIRES - BABYSTEPS TO NOWHERE
THE CRIMEA - LOTTERY WINNERS ON ACID
DAMIEN RICE - THE BLOWERS DAUGHTER
Unplayed extras/further listening:
KIDD DYMAMO - I AM A LANDSLIDE
LEYA - LET'S PRETEND
FOY VANCE - INDISCRIMINATE ACT OF KINDNESS
OLYMPIC LIFTS - HORIZONTALLY VERTICAL
PANDA KOPANDA - I THREW IT ALL AWAY
CASHIER #9 - TO MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER
DUKE SPECIAL - LAST NIGHT I NEARLY DIED
THE FRAMES - STAR STAR
BELL X1 - FLAME
MOJO FURY - SHOOT'N FOR A LIVIN
THE FREE ASSOCIATION - DON'T RHYME NO MO
EDGEWEATHER - HOME DRUNK LATE
POCKET PROMISE - INSIDE OUT