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Simon Mayo | 08:53 UK time, Friday, 8 October 2010

Well well a busy day all round yesterday. It's quite a circus when big pop stars come to town and Gary and Robbie singing together was quite an event I think. You can watch the videos of the songs now on this here site and see if you can spot members of the team walking hither and thither as they attend to their duties. While being distracted by the boys. Confesions and the quiz all back Monday.

A two show day again and the first is live from the Phoenix cinema in Finchley. Its 100 years old and been refurbished in a lovely way (so Kermode tells me). Very excitingly, our guest is Aaron Sorkin who wrote the West Wing, one of my favourite TV shows of all time. In fact probably THE favourite. He's written the screenplay for The Social Network, a film about the students who created Facebook. It is compelling drama and highly recommended.

Then the bike! And time for another All Request Friday. All those plans,parties and performances to hear about and only two hours to fit them all in. That song you fancy? You know, the noisy one for 1705? The inviting box below is there for you...


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  • Comment number 1.

    “Is Ringo the best drummer in the world?” they asked him
    “Ringo? He’s not even the best drummer in The Beatles”

    Happy Birthday John Winston Lennon

    You would have celebrated turning 70 today had your life not been so cruelly taken from you in December 1980. Thank you for the wit and wisdom, and most importantly, thank you for the music – without which, my life would have been somewhat emptier.

    My ARF request, just for today, in celebration of the great man himself


    John, doing what John did best. Rock ‘n’ Roll!

    RIP Dr Winston O'Boogie




  • Comment number 2.

    Right well a good morning all and hopefully a better day work wise for myself. As it is Friday I'll start the ball rolling with "Beautiful Day" by U2 of course. High standard I think you will agree!

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning All,

    So it has got to be a good 'thumping the steering wheel' kind of track to set you up for the weekend ahead......hmm.... how about considering


    Just a thought.

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning all

    My original thought for the first song was 'Time to Pretend' by MGMT - a jaunty number that would have got the evening off to a bouncy start.

    However, having read the first post I think I'll change that. How about 'No.9 Dream' by the great Mr Lennon?

  • Comment number 5.

    Missed you yesterday, Deevs. Can't believe that John Lennon would have been 70! I wonder how many more fabulous songs we could choose for ARF had he still been around today?

  • Comment number 6.

    Monrning all (again)

    My offering for today, please Simon, which is good and loud and should please Matt:

    ALL RIGHT NOW by Free

    Back later (work to do)

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 7.

    Andrew/MCW - I was brought up on the music of Lennon & McCartney, and althougth not to everyone's taste, it has seen me through to the ripe old age of 42. At 15, I did my O Level History project on The Beatles (much to the horror of my history teacher, but my argument that they did change the social scene won the day!), and when John was murdered in 1980, even though I was only 12, I sobbed and sobbed on hearing the terrible news.

    Last November we had a blog meet in Liverpool and I instantly fell in love with the vibrancy of the city and the warm welcome we received. I spent some private time alone in the Beatles museum at Albert Dock, as well as taking a Beatles Taxi Tour with 4 fellow bloggers on the Saturday. To top it all off, 4 of us ended up in The Cavern on the Sunday afternoon, drinking beer and singing Beatles songs along with a fab fella on an acocustic geetar - he even invited Bingo and I up on stage to sing with him. We foolishly declined! (pics on FB is you feel the need ...)

    I think had John been alive today, he would embrace technology whilst shuddering at the youth culture, the rap pap, the manufactuered pop we have in today's charts.


  • Comment number 8.

    I agree with #1 - absolutely!

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning All,

    My ARF 'Dignity' by Deacon Blue

    It's a bit the same as every week doing the same numbers on the lottery (Other prize draws available etc) you think better not change it in case this is the week.....

    Of course I would be very chuffed if a certain ELO song was picked,

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 10.

    Right, you are all in for a treat from me this morning!

    I am going to sing a song.

    Cue music.............

    I have a Dream, a song to sing.

    To help me cope with anything.

    If you see the wonder of a FAIRY tale,

    You can take the future,

    Even if you FAIL.

    (and I probably will)

    I believvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve in.......

    *** TWILIGHT *** By ELO.

    And curtsey!

    What do you reckon??

    Nah me neither, but it beats the usual grovelling eh. LOL!

    Ok earplugs out now.

    Good Luck everyone.

    Hurrah for the Blogpoppets.


  • Comment number 11.

    lmao MTF! You rock!!


  • Comment number 12.

    #10 - Aw MTF - how can he resist? That's is the loveliest request ever and should be honoured. Fingets crossed.

    As i'm in a disco frame of mind (sorry all you Beatles fans), I'd love to hear BORN TO BE ALIVE by PATRICK HERNANDEZ. Takes me back to the days when my friends and I went to "the dancin'".

    Good luck all fellow blogpoppets and ARF requesters.

    Off to see to the domestic engineering now. I have a lovely friend coming round for luncheon today. I'm treating her to the delights of a fish finger sandwich ;) x

    Byeeeeeeeee x


  • Comment number 13.

    Deevs - we are exactly the same age and, like you, the Beatles' music was an important part of my formative years. I was out of time chronologically but they were certainly played at home, together with ELO (also mentioned above) and ABBA. A musical grounding which I've always thought has stood me in good stead.

    I smiled at the mention of your O level project. I wanted to do my dissertation on the links between visual art and the Beatles. My tutor managed to dissuade me on the basis that, in his words, 'There's nothing new to say about the Beatles...'

  • Comment number 14.

    Whats a girl to do eh Deevs?

    Desperate times calls for desperate measures!!


  • Comment number 15.

    Fingets crossed for a blogging ARF whoever it might be.

    Top Bloggers that we are.


  • Comment number 16.

    Gaily, fancy some scampi with those fish fingets??

    Right, time for me to get down and dirty in the garden.

    Toodles, oodles to doodles, again!!!


  • Comment number 17.

    LOL Andrew - good one! Peter Blake springs to mind!

    When I was doing my O Level English Literature, we were asked to hand in our favourite piece of poetry. I copied out the lyrics to Lennon's Love, and was laughed at by my classmates. My English teacher, a lovely guy and fellow muso (friend of John Peel) commended my thinking for not going down the "classic" poet route and for realising that song lyrics are indeed another form of poetry.

    Few phone calls to make then I think it's going to be a Beatles day on Poddypod!


  • Comment number 18.

    morning all :-) a bit dark here in the Shire today

    after listening to Simons guest yesterday talking about vinly would like to suggest..
    'DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) ' FRANK WILSON on the Motown lable. Only 2 copies of this fine 7" exist and one changed hands for £25,742 last year...

  • Comment number 19.

    Wow ... how much!?!? Time to dust off those 12" LPs in the study methinks!


  • Comment number 20.

    Good Morning All

    "Throw those curtains wide.............."

    #1 Oh Deevskiboo I agree with you. (That ryhmes)

    BUT I DO want MTF to get her wish and she has asked so nicely in #10

    AND I also want to hear my faves THE BEAT by The Look

    so what's a girl to do?



  • Comment number 21.

    yep a serious amount of ££££...

  • Comment number 22.

    Morning Simon, team and Blogpoppets.

    For the ARF opener I would love to hear SOMETHING ABOUT YOU by Level 42.

    Thank you.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 23.

    Just remembered, from the previous blog - Alex-Girl asked for this to be pasted into todays:
    Good morning Simon and Team!

    Unfortunately, I won't hear the ARF opener today so in line with my new philosophy, please play:

    KASHMIR - Led Zeppelin (the full version please)

    Failing that, it HAS TO BE:




  • Comment number 24.

    As I said yesterday, I don't really 'get' all this hype about celebrities. However, I think an exception would have been the aforementioned Beatles. They were in a class of their own, and I still don't think there has been anyone since to match them. I really can't believe John Lennon would have been 70 today. As the saying goes "only the good die young..."

    #10 LOL MTF!! Did you hear me singing along on the harmonies?

    #15 I second that. We haven't had a blog ARF opener for a while - must be our turn!

    Okay, back to work. See you later.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 25.

    Errrrrm ... humbleDeevs ... seems John's birthday would have been tomorrow. But ... hey ho! He was still a bloody genius!!!


    for ARF!!


  • Comment number 26.

    Well, the first vinyl album I ever bought (with my own money) was Howard Jones - Human's Lib. So, as an upbeat starter, how about Pearl In The Shell?

    First vinyl single I ever bought with my own money was The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me (the original, not remix)!

    I'd be quite happy with either of those... :-)

  • Comment number 27.

    #24 Deebee I'm sure I heard Simon say last night that the only way to get an ARF played was via the blog - so definitely fingets crossed today!

  • Comment number 28.

    All Request Friday -

    in the spirit of 3-word Friday (which I KNOW doesn't happen today), but if it did, mine would be "SCHOOL QUIZ TONIGHT"...

    So, my ARF suggestion is "Ask" by The Smiths.

    For everyone who's going to a school quiz or pub quiz tonight.

  • Comment number 29.

    Skeeve - HoJo! That's evoked many memories too! My first single was Queen's Crazy Little Thing Called Love and I was mortified when I saw Freddie on TOTP draping himself over a motorbike clad in leather .....!

    I think my 1st album with my own pennies would have been Dare by The Human League, and I still play it endlessly today, although through my poddypod and not the vinyl one.


  • Comment number 30.

    #24 - Deebee

    How was John Barrowman?

  • Comment number 31.

    #16 - Mind if I pass on the scampi MTF? Apples a-plenty here too so before you ask... :) x


  • Comment number 32.

    #27 Did he say that, Tortie? Usually it's either the blog, Twitter or email - although in Chris' day I think it was only via the blog. Fingets crossed indeed.

    #30 He was good, Billy. I'll write a bit more about it at lunchtime. I am 'supposed' to be working right now!

  • Comment number 33.

    #30 There are 2 messages about him for you yesterday #267/268

  • Comment number 34.

    GB have you come over all 'Prince' like and just using ~ as your name? ;-)

  • Comment number 35.

    Thank you Tortie!

    Slight change of plan - as I normally request the Chaka Demus version, I have to fully endorse Deevs request and plump for:

    TWIST & SHOUT - The Beatles

    My Dad bought their first EP for my Mum when I was born - April 63 (a fine vintage). I too grew up with the Beatles.

    Deevs - missed you yesterday!

    Off again............ izzy wizzy, let's get busy........


  • Comment number 36.

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww, you guys and gals on here are absolutely fantabulous!!


  • Comment number 37.

    Deebee - I was just about to ask if anyone had seen you today. Busy again in HR. Hope you enjoyed JB.

    A~G - you're approximately 4 months younger than me, similar age to one of my bestest pals. :)

    #34 - PSL - yep that's me. I may even change my blog name to Artiste Formerly Known as. Watch this space.

    ~36 - aren't they just - a real tonic :D

    rightio off for the worst type of domestic engineering - cleaning of the loo :(

    toodle-oo for noo.


  • Comment number 38.

    Morning all! Just had to pop into town briefly and pick up some bits for the weekend. It will be full ahead both later to Brands Hatch for the final of the British Touring Cars!

    Hope everybody is ok. I'm going to decline for putting an ARF opener, but I will come up with a 3 word Friday...later.

    Weasant Pleekend!


  • Comment number 39.

    Morning Malcolm

    I heard your metion on the Breakfast Show earlier!

  • Comment number 40.

    Howdy doody Tortie :-)

    Wow - I missed it. D'oh!! Good to hear it was there somewhere. How is everybody?

  • Comment number 41.

    Morning all

    Having spent ages last night watching and listening to various versions of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour doing "Fat Old Sun" (it's all Spike's fault!) on a well known video site I was going to suggest something like DG's "Blue Light" as a suitably noisy opener.

    But instead For the ARF opener today could we please hear:

    "Black Dog" - Led Zeppelin, which I think defines "noisy" quite nicely.

    Beatles - don't really do it for me. I have the red and black albums as I feel I *should* have them, but they've been played maybe a couple of times. Perhaps if they were live albums ....... :-)

  • Comment number 42.

    Can I please just say I'm afraid I agree with Mr Ken about the Beatles. I'm not a huge fan and have only 1 of their songs amongst my electronic music collection.

    Things seem slower on the blog today - where is everybody? Hellew??

  • Comment number 43.

    my arf is twilight-elo if that fails how about
    remember your a womble-the wombles
    havent heard it on radio 4 ages lol

    gary xx

  • Comment number 44.

    Is it sacrilege to say I prefer the Carpenters' cover of "Ticket to Ride"? ;-)

  • Comment number 45.

    If we all liked the same music / football teams / food / drink / people, the world would be so dull!

    Variety is the spice of life, and a wonderful base for conversation!


  • Comment number 46.

    #42 It's always quieter on here on Fridays Malcolm.

    #45 Totally agree, Deevs!

  • Comment number 47.


    I've had to come in from the garden. I was being savaged, savaged I tell you!

    Self medicating with a Cornetto. Just the one mind you!


  • Comment number 48.

    my 3 word friday merry xmas everyone

  • Comment number 49.

    have i

  • Comment number 50.

    made 50

  • Comment number 51.

    #47 by what, MTF?

  • Comment number 52.

    Killer greenfly Tortie!


  • Comment number 53.

    Like flying pirhanas they were!!


  • Comment number 54.

    MTF -Yuk!

    Well done on the 50 gazza!

  • Comment number 55.

    thanks tortie-cat


  • Comment number 56.

    where is everyone im bored anyoneone got facebook or twitter wont 2 add me i accept anyone i got nearly 2000 friends on facebook i only know about 50 of them lol

    gazza xx

  • Comment number 57.

    Well done on the 50 Gazza whoo hoo!

    MTF - that's as bad as the giant man-eating frog in my garden last weekend. It terrorised me and almost had my leg off!!! Didn't have any C*rnett*s tho', self-medicated with a lie down in a darkened room with a damp edition of the Radio Times (other listings blah blahs are blah...).

    KJ & MP - I'm on your side when it comes to The Beatles. I don't have any of their albums in any of my collections, vinyl, cd or electronic. Bit of a heathen eh? Thank you Deevs for being magnanamous - it is true, I agree. Having said that, I remember spending a rather enjoyable Saturday afternoon with my sis a few years ago listening and singling along to her copy of the red album. *New word for the dictionary alert - can you spot it?*

    I bought two albums with my first week's wages from my weekend job - they were Blondie, Parallel Lines and Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Armed Forces. I thought I was very daring! I got them in the most wonderful wee independent music shop where my folks used to buy sheet music and their, amongst others, Jim Reeves and Kathleen Ferrier LPs. Said music shop is now a turf accountant's and I can't think of any music stores, independent or otherwise, in my home town now - v sad :(


  • Comment number 58.

    ....... and breathe.

    Phew, I made it through the morning! 3 meetings and managed to finish off my project reports and send them to the Chief Exec ahead of schedule! Am I good or am I good? Another 3 meetings this afternoon and then a dash into ELH then HOME!!!

    Well done on the 50 gazza!
    Bad news on the killer greenfly, MTF!
    #45 Quite agree, Deevs! Even with the bands I really like, there are certain songs that I just can't listen to so there are choices within the choices (if that makes sense!).

    15 mins to the next meeting so I have time to travel down the 24 floors, get some fresh air (which I will pollute due to my desparate need for a cig) and travel back up the 24 floors, to arrive in the meeting room as fresh as a wilted daisy.


  • Comment number 59.

    thanks gaily~bevs

    gary xx

  • Comment number 60.

    Gazza, on FaceCloth have a look for Blogpoppets of Simon Mayo (or something like that!) We're all on there. There's also a group called CLP bloggers for those of us that play "next door".

    I think there's a discussion thread somewhere on Twitter names, but yes, a fair few of us are Tweeters too!

    I'm listening to The Specials at the mo. Absolutely brilliant stuff from Gangsters up to the AKA stuff of the mid 80s. Loved Terry Hall!

    Deevs, CBA-ville


  • Comment number 61.

    #58 - AG - you make me larff so much. Well done on all you've achieved today.

    #59 - most welcome, gazza :)

    I'm off to stuff bags this aft. Running Club have a couple of races on tomorrow and they need helpers to stuff goodie bags so I'm being a happy helpful person, apu. :)

    Will be tuned in at 5.05 to hear who got the ARF. Fingets crossed it's from the blog. :)

    Toodle-oo for noo x

  • Comment number 62.

    Good ARFternoon Each! Special welcome to the newbie, Lophoman, and please do stick around for a while. We love fresh meat, oops, I mean new blood. Seriously, 'tis a most amenable place full of friendly types, who rarely bite.

    Luey and I, and a few hundred others, spent yestereve in the company of another giant of radio, namely one Ivan Brackenbury. Hilarious. Incidentally, if Kev is lurking, you might like to know that his slot, Ivan Brackenbury's Disease Hour, goes out on a Tuesday evening. Sound familiar?
    Ivan had an assistant named FOXY. I prefer our more familiar Foxy, if I am to be honest.

    Anyway my ARF. Anything at all suggested by MTF, or...

    'Baby, I love You' by The Ramones. For Luey!

  • Comment number 63.

    I've just been informed that I am low on virtual memory!

    Is that an insult, or helpful advice?


  • Comment number 64.

    As usual, my ARF request would be After The Gold Rush by Prelude.

    But since Simon says "the noisy one", that probably won't work.

    How about TWO OUT OF THREE AIN'T BAD - Meatloaf.

  • Comment number 65.

    Ah Paul, now I remember you!



  • Comment number 66.

    #63. Can't remember!

  • Comment number 67.

    Deebee, from earlier on....

    Your harmonising was simply divine dahling. You got those high notes that I didn't dare to attempt.


  • Comment number 68.

    And I've gone again. Good luck with the ARF's each!

  • Comment number 69.

    Remember you're a womble!


  • Comment number 70.

    Well Deevs, you have started a discussion, despite getting one of your heroes' birthday wrong. Perhaps the wrong Beatle was shot - the smug McCartney would have been better!

    Cherry Ghost - Thirsty For Romance.

    Good day to all.


  • Comment number 71.

    You know me bab, can't be perfick all the time! Just most of it .....



  • Comment number 72.

    Dear Simon,

    I think lines are due this weeend - "I must learn to spell confession"!!


  • Comment number 73.

    What's a weeend?

    Not a Wiiend?!?


  • Comment number 74.

    And yours are Nic?


  • Comment number 75.

    MTF, a gentleman never spills ......

    I have to admit, when I saw the title of today's blog, I thought Simon had been looking at our photies on FB!



  • Comment number 76.

    Afternoon from a windy but warm Liverpool.

    Skeeve - I really like Howard Jones and I second, third and fourth your ARF.

    My first cd bought with my own money was T'Pau - China in my/your hands.

    Beatles. I am a fan, but when I was growing up my brother was into Elvis and rock and roll and in Liverpool a few years ago they had a travelling exhibition which I went to and seeing his cars, clothes and guitars brought chills down my spine, in fact thinking about it has the same effect.

    Malcolm - good luck with the touring car stewarding, a big fan of it and looking forward to watching it on Sunday, I dont mind who wins apart from Matt Neal, but if I had to choose one it would be Jason Plato.

    Gazza D - I am on facebook but not a member of the blogging group so it would be difficult to find me and me to find you.

    ~ blogger formally known as Gailybevs, hope the bag stuffing isnt aching your arms. I am taking part in a 10k race on Sunday, just to keep my fitness levels up and looking for a half marathon soon to take part in.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend and see you all on Monday.


  • Comment number 77.

    Nics lines Deevs......


  • Comment number 78.

    Oops - typo!
    Please don't play The Beatles - over-rated moptops.


  • Comment number 79.

    P.S. Liverpool to be deducted 9 points when their parent company go in to Administration next week.

  • Comment number 80.

    No. 77 ... with what!?!?


  • Comment number 81.


    I must learn to spell wee-end!


    Ps have you had the photies done?

  • Comment number 82.

    No - it's going to be nearer Christmas now. Time to shape up a bit beforehand!!



  • Comment number 83.

    You know where I will be at 6.30 from Monday!!


  • Comment number 84.

    Just pooping back for a look-see at what you're all up to.

    Killer greenfly, MTF? That doesn't sound good. I thought greenfly were vegetarians... It's an education, this 'ere blog.

    Nic - I wasn't going to mention Simon's typo. Nobody can accuse ME of being a pedant... ;o)

    Anyway, for Billy Pepper and anyone else who's interested - John Barrowman was very good last night, in a Saturday tea-time entertainment kind of way. He's got a great voice - he can really belt it out when required. Deevs - you'd have loved his 'Copocabana', which he got the dancers to act out as he was singing it. And I love his macho campness, if that's not a contradiction. There was quite a lot of innuendo and banter going on with the audience. He clearly has quite a female following, of which I'd like to make it clear I am NOT a member. I like him, yes, but there are others higher up my list. Although the GD (who I'd dragged along, as Mr B didn't want to come) had a text from a friend who she'd told we were going, that said 'I do love your mum and her crushes!' I have no idea what she was talking about .... ;o)

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 85.

    #84 blimey - 10 posts in the time it took me to write that!

  • Comment number 86.

    Deebee .... coolio! Not a fan of the Barrowman but I saw Barry Manilow last year at Promas In The Park Mr Barrowman made an appearance with Bazza and he was raaaaaaather good!

    Can't be doing with that Torchwood pap tho!


  • Comment number 87.

    #84 I have to say Deebee, I think John Barrowman is gorgeous! Camp definitely, but so what! : )

  • Comment number 88.

    Oooh the site went down then!

    Hope it behaves itself and you all have a lovely afternoon.

    That time of day again.

    Must fly......



  • Comment number 89.

    #84 Oh, and I forgot to say - Jodie Prenger (sp?) the 'I'd do anything' winner was a guest. My, she has a powerful voice!

    #87 He is very pleasing on the eye, I agree Tortie. But as I say, not top of my list... ;o)

  • Comment number 90.

    Hi Y'all

    #84 Glad you enjoyed Mr. B. Not at all surprised.

  • Comment number 91.

    Deebee - Jodie turned up in the phone room at CiN last November - she's tiiiiiiiny small!


  • Comment number 92.

    #91 Really Deevs? She didn't look that small on the stage. Mind you, she was wearing killer heels!

  • Comment number 93.

    ARF opener - nice and loud

    Mr Blue Sky - ELO
    Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
    Here comes the summer - The Undertones

  • Comment number 94.

    just sneaking in quietly to request my ARF, even though I feel a bit like an interloper as I 'don't come here often'
    Can I please second (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, whatever....) Beatles choice but plump for I SAW HER STANDING THERE, or alternatively in the Terry Hall theme THE TUNNEL OF LOVE

    ta very much, lurker and occasional CLP blogger these days

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 95.

    Tiggs, you jolly well ought to come here more often!

    So there!


  • Comment number 96.

    Consider myself told off, and I will, especially as you lot are over here! Been awfully quiet 'over there' today
    How's the writing and dancing going?

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 97.

    Well, I find it ne'er on impossible to do both at once!


  • Comment number 98.

    now Deevs, I thought with you being Superwoman an' all that you could multi-task with the best! Seriously though, I hope they're going well for you.

    Big news from me, I'm under 15 stone for the first time in 20 plus years, now lost around 8 and a half stone!!! go me!! (nothing like blowing your own trumpet is there?)
    laters peeps

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 99.

    Afternoon all ...

  • Comment number 100.

    Hi Glenn!


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