Playing: Come Rain Or Come Shine by Natalie Cole
BBC Radio 2

It seems amazing that we’re fast approaching the halfway mark to this landmark series and with each passing week we continue to be amazed at how music marks collective experiences in our nation’s history as well as touching us in incredibly deep ways. And to allow you to journey further into these stories we’ve just added a set of profiles of the songs featured in the show, filled with facts, extra links and clips about the songs and the artists who recorded them.

Meanwhile, last week’s show focussed on the way British Electronica mirrored how our vision of the future had changed in two decades, from the optimistic strains of Joe Meek’s ‘Telstar’(1962) to the doomy repetition of Tubeway Army’s ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’ (1979). Yet while the overall mood of Gary Numan’s dystopian song may be sombre, it had a profound effect on one eight-year old who left this rather wonderful (and passionate) Audioboo for us:

Listener Rob Puricelli talks about hearing Gary Numan at the age of eight.

It’s clear that what makes The People’s Songs so powerful for many of you is the way it captures music’s ability to be both binding and deeply personal. And just as with Rob’s Audioboo above there will now be a generation of young people who will remember where and (more importantly HOW they first heard a song.

This week our show’s all about the rise of the ‘I’ word in the way in which we listen to, consume and express our (dis)approval of music: yes, the internet. It uses the Arctic Monkeys as an early example of how music now longer needs the traditional models of big record company promotion, heavy radio airplay or even an appearance on Top of the Pops to reach a huge audience.  More often than not the songs that gain commercial and audience approval will reach us via online channels, from fan sites to Youtube. Here’s Graham, a contributor from this week’s show talking about this change in the way artists grab our attention in a post-web age:

Contributor Graham remembers discovering music such as Lily Allen via Youtube

The big upside for us here at The People’s Songs is that these new frontiers in sharing and communicating also allow you, the listeners to share your experiences with us. Audioboo itself is only barely four years old while Youtube is only eight! History, it seems, is happening, even as we make the series…



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