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Getting there (slowly)

Simon Mayo | 09:32 UK time, Friday, 18 February 2011

Greetings and good morning to all bloggers. Especially to new contributors, freshly arrived - you are very welcome. Thanks for all the advice and sympathy for my dodgy back. Thanks also for the recommendations of treatments, potions and witch doctors. I'm just back from my osteopath (7am appointment! How keen is that!) and had more needles in my back than my grandma's had in her sewing basket. I am hardly leaping and jumping but hopefully might manage the double show day with a degree of honour and respectability. The taxibike is a no no of course but the Radio 2 sedan chair would be welcome. Though it's quite booked up at the moment apparently.

Really enjoyed hearing Robert Plant on with Chris this morning. We spoke at the Electric Proms (may they rest in peace) and know him to be charming and a great music historian. But hearing his stories and music choice made me want to have lots more! Let's book him to dep for Bob Harris. And to have Buddy Miller load up your ipod with 31,000 songs! Now that I would like to have.
So it's 5 Live(Mr Plant's favourite) from 2 for some movie conversation and Mark Kermode and then, through the barricades, the sunlit uplands of the all-request-Friday.
Get that show opener down now. Impress your friends! Be the talk of the blog!
Have an energy filled and exuberant Friday. See you after 5.

Simon Mayo Blog BBC Radio 2


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon.


  • Comment number 2.

    Morning Simon, you auld crock!

    How's about starting the weekend with


    as I think this would be quite simply .. wonderful!

    Ta muchly

    Deevs of Da Blog!

    x x x x

  • Comment number 3.

    OOoh, impress your friends and be the talk of the blog!!!

    There's only one way to do that.

    So, please impress all my friends by playing....

    *** Twilight ***

    By ELO.

    Its on the time album, track two. In fact eight tracks before 'Here is the news' which you played earlier in the week.

    Happy Days.


  • Comment number 4.

    Morning Simon, Team NYM and all Blogpoppets

    My choice for tonight is:


    Should get everyone dancing around their kitchens or singing along in their cars!

    Glad to hear that the back is a little easier today, Simon.

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning Simon, bloggies and all...

    There's an under-used band little-heard on Radio 2, ultimate fun-time, pop-tastic, rock-docious, and ready to kick any weekend off with a bang ("kick with a bang..."?) so I am going to suggest three from them to kick the ARF off with. Take your pick:

    ALL THE WAY TO MEMPHIS - Mott The Hoople
    ROLL AWAY THE STONE - Mott The Hoople
    HONALOOCHIE BOOGIE - Mott The Hoople

    and - if you just wanted the easy route...

    ALL THE YOUNG DUDES - Mott The Hoople

    Ian Hunter is still rocking - let's hear him!

  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning again -

    Simon - hope the back gets easier as the day goes on.

    Please may I request -

    THE BEAT by The Look ?

    It's a splendid number from the very first second and would get the weekend off to a stomping good start.



  • Comment number 7.

    Morning Simon, NNYM, Team and fellow blogpoppets! It's Friday, Woo Hoo!

    Hope the back feels better for your early appointment Simon. Although in my world that's not very early. I am at my desk by 7!

    Lonely day in the office for me today but have got my music on so well happy.

    Choon for today.....

    THE WHO - WHO ARE YOU - just because it's the CSI (other forensic TV shows etc) theme choon.

    Was almost tempted to ask for Level 42 for the absent Deebee but since she wouldn't hear it not a lot of point really.


  • Comment number 8.

    Morning Simon, team and fellow blogsters

    Now, in order to be 'talk of the blog', for all the right reasons! ;-)

    Please would you consider TEARS FOR FEARS and that excellent song of theirs: EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD... it is the most feel good, fabulous track, and the opening bars make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I hear them! And I may even boogie round the kitchen to it!

    Have a wonderful weekend one and all,

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning all.

    Great to hear Robert Plant on Chris' show. I feel like I've been listening to him all my life.

    I'm not going to request a track (still can't believe last night's success) but I'd like to suppurt B&B; we don't hear enough Mott the Hoople on radio.

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning Simon, team, NNYM and bloggers old and young,

    Simon, back pain is pure evil. A word from the wise ... my back problems are always triggered by the wrong chair - sitting slumped on the sofa/armchair in the wrong position, or , more commonly, the wrong position at your desk, especially if you're always reaching out with one hand on a mouse or to twiddle all those buttons in the studio. It creeps up on you, puts your back under strain without you noticing, and then, "Ping!", it will snap at the slightest little thing, like emptying the dishwasher or sneeezing.

    Don't twist, don't hunch, don't get stuck in one position. Be kind to your back.

    Which leads me nicely to today's ARFO suggestions, which might just reflect what you're feeling at the moment.




    Nice day all, getting ready for half-term here.

    Be good.

  • Comment number 11.

    And, in support of the blog: what a warm, welcoming place this is! I've recently tranferred here for my daily commune from the Guardian crossword site; what a vicious place that has become!

    Great to be here!!

  • Comment number 12.

    The Guardian Crossword has its own site? Blimey!

    I am pleased to announce that Ryan Giggs has arrived. He is sitting on my desk, looking at me, promising to extend my playing career and keep me at my peak for longer. And yes, I want to go home and play with him.

    It's going to be a bendy weekend!


  • Comment number 13.

    #11 Harry you will fit in really well here. Well done for yesterday!

  • Comment number 14.

    #11 and we're delighted to have you HtS

  • Comment number 15.

    #12 I love the Guardian crosswords as does my wife. I get the paper everyday but do the crosswords online to leave her a free run. There's a comments section attached to each one and it used to be quite genial but there has been some very nasty squabbling recently. I just do the crossies now.

    www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords if you want to have a look.

  • Comment number 16.

    #9 - Thanks Harry, and Mott are great fun, great style, and under-played, so here's hoping!

    Having suffered back problems for years Simon, my advice is to find two or three children under the age of six, lie on the floor face down, and have them step onto your ankles and walk the full length up to your head before they climb off. It does wonders for the back. Sadly, my helpers are all over six foot tall now and too heavy to help. One word of advice though - tell them that when they get to the top, step off carefully AND NO JUMPING. I learned that to my peril quite early on. But it works, and it's free, and the kids love it. Afterwards you feel fantastic!


  • Comment number 17.

    Good Morning Everyone and, of course, the old crock they call Simon, The Team and The Very Nice Young Man,

    Glad you've had some treatment, Simon. Just beware, sometimes the pain can be worse for a day or so after a treatment and then, as if by magic, it's gone :) Fingets crossed for a speedy recovery.

    Haven't caught up yet just jumping in with my ARFO:-


    pleasies :)

    Off to catch up on what I've missed out on.

    ~ :) x

  • Comment number 18.

    Blimey O'Riley, it is quiet in here today. We could have a record for the lowest number of posts in one day:(

    Deebee and Katy - hope you have a lovely time on your holibobs.

    MTF - I've really missed you the last few days - lots of love, TD xx Enjoy your lie ins this week. I'm sure your GB will, bless him.

    Ha! Mo, Long lies - a phrase that raised an eyebrow or two when I used it a few years ago in these 'ere parts - apparently it's not a phrase used in The Shire, not sure about elsewhere south of the border. I stood corrected. They can't take away my accent tho'! Been away from home for 20-odd years now and I'm happy to say, I still have my accent, although it has been toned down a bit to assist with the locals' understanding. ;)

    Harry - woo hoo and whoop whoop on your mensh last night - the first one is always special. I didn't manage to hear the show but will try to listen at a time more convenient.

    Rightio, guys, I'm outta here - off to have lunch with two of the loveliest ladies I know.

    Have a wonderful day one and all.

    Toodle-oo for noo

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 19.

    Shhhhhh!!!! Anybody there?

  • Comment number 20.


    Where is everyone?

    No ARF of my own so can I second #8 Madchickster's Tears for Fears. Great Band and great song.



  • Comment number 21.

    Morning Simon, glad to hear the back is a little improved. JBG is right, its all about the way you sit. Do the Beeb not have 'risk assessors' ? hubbs was one at HMRC is a former life I can get him to come round and assess you. Your arms need to be at right angles so your chair needs to be the right hight - and once it is, dont let ANYONE fiddle with it.

    Deeves, im guessing Gigsy is a bobble head or such ?

  • Comment number 22.

    #21 - Gill I think Ryan Giggs has a yoga DVD out - I could be wrong though, I usually am!

  • Comment number 23.

    Guardian crossword site rocks!

    ARF suggestions...

    Babies - Pulp
    Breaking down the walls of heartache - Dexys Midnight Runners
    Song for a future generation - B52's
    Superfreak - Rick James

  • Comment number 24.

    How about starting the weekend with Pressure Drop by Toots and the Maytals?
    The Clash version is awesome, but you can't beat the original.

    Thanks, Rob

  • Comment number 25.

    Tortie - you are spot on! I plan to get flexi and bendy with Giggsy (and that, coming from an Arsenal supporter!)

    Gill - what's a bobble head? That sounds like fun, whatever it may be!


  • Comment number 26.

    In my parallel universe on the iThingy the show has just finished. So a few comments on last night's toons..

    Deebee - congrats, even if Sir Cliff deservedly received a luke warm reception. (But I still think the version I suggested by The Farmers Boys would have been better!)

    Billie - Ricky Skaggs was a really frantic country and western song - I had a vision of Dolly Parton running around on the Benny Hill show. Are she and Barbara Windsor twins separated at birth?

    Needle in a Haystack - glad it was played. I am not Alan Jones.

    PSL - fantastic choice.

    Harry the Snapper - excellent, and congrats on your first mensh.

    Is it just me or is there a lot more country being played on DT at the mo?

    Oh, one more thing to Simon or the NYM - why don't you dig out the version of "Enjoy Yourself" recorded at the Folk Awards a couple of weeks ago, and use it as an alternative version after 6? Just an idea.

    Will disappear for the rest of the day now. Good luck on the ARFO fellow bloggers, have nice weekends, enjoy yourself, and be good.

  • Comment number 27.

    Deeves, its a doll with a wobbly head :-)

  • Comment number 28.

    BTW, can I request TWILIGHT by ELO ???

  • Comment number 29.

    Hi everyone. Trying to get off work early for the first part of Si's Double Header Tonights opener- well, lets start with a real kick....

    Do Anything You wanna Do- Eddie and the Hot Rods or
    My Sharona- The Knack or
    Into the Valley- The Skids

    Short, loud, Adrenalized.

    See ya soon

  • Comment number 30.

    Hello again! Still trickling by - we may get to fifty posts by the time the show starts eh? JbG - you're right: that Ricky Scaggs track was insane, but great fun. As for more country being on DT, I think there's a lot more country and folk around generally, as the routine "pop" music scene (that word dates me) is so moribund. Used to be that pop music was eclectic, cool, funky, inspiring, fun... all the things it nowawdays ain't (barring, of course, several notable exceptions), and more people are finding the kind of wit and song-writing skill and passion and style in what used to be more minority genres in the UK. That's my MA thesis on the subject anyway. On a more mundane note - when is Pancake Tuesday?? Have I missed it?

  • Comment number 31.

    #30 8th March. Are you offering to provide on the day?

  • Comment number 32.

    My day and today's blog have something in common ;-)


  • Comment number 33.

    Good afternoon Simon, Team, New Nice Young Man and fellow blogpoppets!

    Once again I have to tender my apologoes for my absinthe over the past couple of days. I do pop by and read the blog, usually with a lot of laughter at the wonderful punnage, but have had little opportunity to contribute. Tons going on at work and home.

    Welcome to the new bloggers! And well done Harry on your first blog mensh last night. I did shout a whoop whoop on your behalf!

    Deevs, let me know how you get on with dear Ryan. Might have to give it a try!

    Enjoy being a lady wot lunches, Toots.

    B&B - Shrove Tuesday will be late this year as Easter is not until late April. Don't worry, you haven't missed out on the pancakes!

    4 houses to view tomorrow, all in different parts of Kent/E Sussex so its going to be a mad dash around the SE for us. Lets hope we remember which house is which!

    Simon, look after that back.



  • Comment number 34.

    Oh, I forgot! ARF:

    Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond

    For my Rosie-child.

    Note: Once you have played this, I have 3 other cats to request songs for so that should keep us going for a number of ARFs. Coupled with ELO's Twilight, we could have years of much requested but not played songs.

    In fact, maybe we should have an Anti-ARF. Along the lines of:

    Dear Simon,

    Please DON'T play (insert song title and artist).

    That way, when the song isn't played as the ARFO, we can go "whoop whoop, he read my request" and start the weekend happy.

    Just a thought.


  • Comment number 35.

    #31 Mo - you wouldn't be suggesting that I'm a "t*sser" would you??

  • Comment number 36.

    I just discovered something... the blog has a "profanity blocker", as proven by my attempt above to refer to the job description of someone who tosses pancakes for a living!!

  • Comment number 37.

    #35 wouldn't dare suggest such a thing BandB ;-)

  • Comment number 38.

    #36 I play Boggle on the DS and it always surprises me that the word you couldn't use is allowed. There are many other similar words that don't get you points!


  • Comment number 39.

    #38 Ah - Boggle, Mo - a mighty game!! As to the pancakes, I could perhaps spare a few for fellow bloggers. I wonder if KatyMac could design one for us?

  • Comment number 40.

    This time yesterday there were over 350 posts. Who is on holiday???

    On the positive side, it must improve ones chances for ARF.

  • Comment number 41.

    I only caught the tail end of that that "Enjoy Yourself" version by Coope, Boyes and Simpson for the Folk Awards preview show but thought it sounded fantastic with thei voices blending like that.

    Barry Coope sings a mean harmony. Saw him with John Tams at the Borderline once, and although Tams had a serious cold and sore throat, which made it through the gig with the help of a medicinal snifter or six, he and Barry both sang their hearts out. To hear them sing "Lay Me Low" is one of life's pleasures.

    I think Simon's idea to get Robert Plant to sit in for Bob sometime when Bob's off is a superb idea. Radio 2 should make it happen!

    Probably too late for an ARF suggestion so will keep my powder dry (or at least no wetter than usual) until next week :-).

  • Comment number 42.

    Song to start the show "Back in Black" by AC/DC.

    My eldest boy (Samuel Lannacombe Oliver)has a Theatre company he is trying to get going called Awkward Cough and they want to have posters that say AC/TC..for those about to "cough" we salute you (Awkward Cough/Theatre Company by the way)..Copyright issues perhaps but hes keen!!!!

    So play it for him, his Awkward Cough collegues and all the friend of the Olivers..PLEASE

  • Comment number 43.

    #20 Thank you, Alice, 'tis indeed a mighty fine song!

    BTW, Deebee was wondering yesterday whether Alice, who was mentioned on the homework question on the show yesterday, was you?(her post #311).

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 44.

    Who is the proud owner of the ARFO crown?

  • Comment number 45.

    To help the blog roll on to its half century...

    The Kennel Club have recognised the following new dog breeds:

    Collie X Lhasa Apso = Collapso- a dog that folds up easily for transporting

    Pointer X Setter = Poinsetter- a traditional Christmas pet

    Pekinese X Lhasa Apso = Peekasso- an abstract dog

    Spitz X Chowchow = Spitz-Chow - a dog that throws up a lot

    Terrier X Bulldog = Terribull - a dog that makes awful mistakes


  • Comment number 46.

    Mcw, that is very funny.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 47.

    Even LOL!


  • Comment number 48.

    Anybody there?


  • Comment number 49.


  • Comment number 50.


  • Comment number 51.

    Is everyone having a catnap!


  • Comment number 52.

    #43 - MCW, I did indeed notice that Alice had sent in a homework sucks question but it wasn't me.

    My question would be something along the lines of:-

    The men in my life can take the mouthwash* out of the bathroom cupboard but for some reason cannot but it back. Opting instead to leave said mouthwash on the sink side instead of putting it back where they got it from. Why is this?

    *Feel free to substitute anything that belongs in the bathroom cupboard i.e. deodorant, aftershave, shavers etc.


  • Comment number 53.

    afternoon all

    arf song

    ymca-village people

  • Comment number 54.

    well done on the 50 csn


  • Comment number 55.

    #45 LOL!

  • Comment number 56.

    Is Mr of Sheffield around? if so, you'll be amazed to learn that I am listening to Tull! Not out of choice, but it's being played at me whilst I hold on the line for someone from PlusNet to help me!

  • Comment number 57.

    #45 peppermint tea on the screen!

  • Comment number 58.

    #52 Now then, Alice - you're making a mistake at the very outset here. They don't belong in the bathroom cupboard at all - they belong by the kitchen sink. Or on the passenger seat of the car!

  • Comment number 59.

    #44 Our very own Posh Soul Lady wears the ARF Crown!

  • Comment number 60.

    Thank you Gazza.


  • Comment number 61.

    Simon, how about....

    THE SAW DOCTORS ~ "Joyce Country Ceili Band"

    A lively way to start the weekend please!

    LuciesMum xx

  • Comment number 62.


    B&B, I think that elder and younger boys would say that car seats are for filthy, mudded up rugger boots and yoghurt pot lids belong next to the kitchen sink, hahaha!


  • Comment number 63.

    name change i think

  • Comment number 64.

    Hi csn, how is your lovely dogpoppet? Hopefully, well and truly on the mend. x

    Alex, good luck with the house-hunting at the weekend. Glad it's still going ahead.

    #56 Tortie, they must have known how much you 'love' Jethro Tull! I bet Paul will have a chuckle when he reads that back!

    #52 Alice, I have the very same problem with the coffee jar. Both the men in my life, father and son, seem to think that it should be focal point of the kitchen. I would like a £1 for every time I put it back in the cupboard!

    Hi gazza, how's your week been?

    Hi Mo, are you having a 'slow' day then, like the blog?

    Welcome Lannacombe, Awkward Cough is a brilliant name for a theatre company, I understand that mobiles ringing during performances is another actor pet hate.

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 65.

    Please feel free to insert the word 'the' in post #64!

  • Comment number 66.

    Afternoon all

    And may I add my welcome to the newbies .. lovely to have you along .. by the way, we keep the Friday blog going over the weekend, so please keep tuned in ..

    I know I'm late out to play, but please may I request
    WALKING IN MEMPHIS by Mark Cohn .. a top choon, in my humble opinion ..

    #30 Pancake night is any night you want it to be .. we had them last Tuesday as I was looking after a friend's 10 year old who likes cooking (we did the From Eastleigh favourite baked bean and frankfurter pizza last time) .. after my next one, he said, finishing his fourth pancake .. that was your last one I said

    Have a fab rest of Friday x

  • Comment number 67.

    #64 fraid so MCW.

    Thanks Alex-G, of course it's PSL. I hope her apisectomy (other spellings are definitely available) is going ok. I won't pass on my horror story ;-)


  • Comment number 68.

    are you going to wow us with some magic Gazza?

  • Comment number 69.

    Izzy wizzy let's get busy! ;-)

  • Comment number 70.

    Mcw, Holly is much better now.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 71.

    Mcw. LOL!

    Izzy Wizzy!


  • Comment number 72.

    #64 hi mcw weeks been ok how have you been i think i might post more videos on the blogpoppet page

    #68 hi mo abracababra have you seen my topic on the blogpoppet page on fb its got about 170 posts now

    gazza x

  • Comment number 73.

    Will have a look at the weekend Gazza

  • Comment number 74.

    if you like music and have favorite years check out my topic on blogpoppets page on fb loads of vids and comments on there would like 2 see more people come 2 on and post vids and comments

    gazza x

  • Comment number 75.

    Steve Wright is playing Hazel O'Connor's 'Will You' right now. The greatest sax solo ever? I think so :-)

  • Comment number 76.

    you will like it mo had good feedback on it

  • Comment number 77.

    #75 i think the gretest sax solo is from baker street

  • Comment number 78.

    #77 I agree Baker Street is good but I think it's played too much and lacks that tingle-factor these days, IMO

  • Comment number 79.

    i also e 2 like the sax playing on lilly was here,dave stewart nice 2 see a blonde woman get her lips round a big sax lol

  • Comment number 80.

    #72 gazza (can I still call you that? now that you have such a grand title), I would love to see what you post on there, as long as it is not the Village People- you might scare everyone away! ;-)

    Glad that Holly is better, csn.

    Hi Alison- my son could eat 8 pancakes in one sitting when he was little! I couldn't cook them fast enough! Makes me feel quite ill remembering it. He is now nearly 22, is as thin as a rake and still has hollow legs! (Not fair!)

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 81.

    There's a lovely wee bit of sax in Joan Armatrading's 'Love & Affection' which always sends shivers down my spine.

  • Comment number 82.

    mcw i havent put the village people on there but i wouldnt put it past mtf 2 put it on,she did put on wagner lol

  • Comment number 83.

    #75 Ooh, there's a challenge. Greatest sax solo ever?

    For me, it's the Richie Buckley solo when he's in Van Morrison's band during live versions of the Summertime in England/Common One combo, right after Van says "Go Ahead and squeal!" And squeal he does :-).

  • Comment number 84.

    #79 Careful, Gazza.

  • Comment number 85.

    # 80 - very impressive .. I had 2 pans on the go to keep up with the demand, so know what you mean x

  • Comment number 86.

    #82 Don't tell them that, you'll put the others off! ;-) x

  • Comment number 87.

    #79 Candy Dulfer on that wasna't it? Have seen her guest in Van Morrison's band once too. Richie Buckley was left a bit on the sidelines that night (Brighton Centre years ago) as Van was a bit of a Candy fan and showed her off that night.

  • Comment number 88.

    #79 Just watched Dave Stewart on youtube; very good.

    There's a local band here in Cumbria, The Olly Alcock Band, with a female, and blonde, saxophonist. She's superb! They play some great blues.

  • Comment number 89.

    Good Afternoon All :)

    Hope your back soon rights itself Simon. If not can you still get Fiery Jack? My old nan always swore by that!!

    Not had a chance to read through the blog yet (will do so in a mo)

    My twins will be home any second, bringing with them their own special brand of havoc and pandemonium, so I'd better jump to it!

    Hope everyone has a lovely weekend, if I don't back it back on later xxx

  • Comment number 90.

    Listening to Simon's 5 live show. He didn't sound in pain, until he started singing ;-)


  • Comment number 91.

    candy dulfer i just left school when i first heard this i bought the record at the time the b side i think was called lilly robs a bank

  • Comment number 92.

    hi alex g

    ive put a couple more songs on the blogpoppet topic you have 2 check the page out,alex g

    gazza x

  • Comment number 93.

    Will the blog make the ton before the show starts?

  • Comment number 94.

    If it does, afraid I won't be here to see it. Have a great weekend everyone!

  • Comment number 95.

    Let's nudge it along a little

  • Comment number 96.

    Thinking about great sax solos in songs, how about these from the 80's?

    Maneater - Hall and Oates

    Your Latest Trick - Dire Straits

    and one of Deevs favourite groups, Duran Duran with Rio

  • Comment number 97.

    Mcw, I agree with you.


  • Comment number 98.

    Chickster!!! I'm have a Durannie heaven this afternoon, working my way through their stuff on my iPod! Started with the new album, then went into Astronaut, then Big Thing, just finishing Duran Duran and I think Rio is next!

    Wooo Hoooo!


  • Comment number 99.

    I know someone is waiting to pounce on the 100, so I shall just leave them to it!

    Have a great weekend one and all, and good luck folks with the ARFO!

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 100.

    i like the dire straits tune


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