In praise of the lyricists

Tuesday 12 November 2013, 15:10

Adam Walton Adam Walton

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There's a tonne of magic and wonder in a remarkable piece of music, sure, but I think what sets a great song – and a great songwriter – apart is brilliant, sharp, insightful, evocative and original lyrics.

Admittedly there are many fine-ish songs with dawdly, cliched lyrics that sleepwalk through the rock 'n' roll lexicon – fire, desire, higher... yawn – but, for me, a great song has to, as a prerequisite, have a great lyric.

But where do great lyrics come from? Is it an innate verbal aptitude, something that is prompted by leading an interesting life? Or is it about having a fine eye and an acute ear for other people's interesting lives? Or is it a combination of all of these things, and probably many more besides?

One of the finest UK lyricists of the past two decades is Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine's frontman Jim Bob. He's now also an acclaimed author and released an excellent new solo album in September.

On this week's show Jim Bob offers us his illuminating Words of Wisdom on the songwriting process.

Elsewhere in the show Ben 'Soundhog' Hayes brings in some Doctor and the Medics and talks about the mid '80s UK psych revival, and we have debut plays (and fine lyrics) from The Rifts, Cave Story, Burning Ferns, The Barry Massive, Shoot the Rabbit, Lloyd Best, Wired to Follow and Bloom.

Please send demos/new releases/gig info etc. to themysterytour@gmail.com or via the BBC Introducing Uploader.

IFAN DAFYDD - 'Celwydd (Feat. Alys Williams)'
Llanrug

BLUEBOTTLE VEINS, THE - 'Raindrop Blues [EP Version]'
Deeside

HEAVY PETTING ZOO - 'Hunger [Single Version]'
Swansea

ESTRONS - 'My Turn'
Aberystwyth/Cardiff

I FIGHT LIONS - 'Chwara' Hi'n Saff'
Bangor

BABY QUEENS - 'Life Goes By'
Cardiff

COTTON WOLF - 'Cassette 98'
Cardiff

CUT RIBBONS - 'Bound In Love'
Llanelli

RIFTS, THE - 'Between These Times'
Wrexham

CAVE STORY - 'Ghost Steps'
Cardiff/Portugal

TELEGRAM - 'Follow [7" Version]'
London/Cardiff

SWEET BABOO - 'Motoring Home'
Bangor/Cardiff

MEXICAN WALKING FISH, THE - 'Remember Me To Mum'
Bangor

HAIL THE PLANES - 'Telescoping'
Unknown.

BURNING FERNS - 'I've No Mind'
Newport

BARRY MASSIVE, THE - 'Wicked Safe'
Barry

SEAZOO - 'Dog Hotel'
Wrexham

SHOOT THE RABBIT - 'Let Me Down'
Wrexham

EUROS CHILDS - 'Give The Girl A Hand/The Peanut Vendor'
Pembrokeshire

JOHN LAWRENCE AND JACI WILLIAMS - 'If I Would'
Gwynedd

ERSATZ - 'Collapse Of The Wave Function'
Unknown.

GWENNO - 'Chwyldro'
Cardiff

OPEN MIND, THE - 'Magic Potion (Soundhog Edit)'
London/Ruthin Producer

BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE, THE - 'Liberty'
Rhyl

CATE LE BON - 'I Can't Help You'
Penboyr

FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Johnny Borrell After Life'
Cardiff

CARTER THE UNSTOPPABLE SEX MACHINE - 'The Only Living Boy In New Cross'
London

JIM BOB - 'Words Of Wisdom'
London

JIM BOB - 'My New Walk'
London

LLOYD BEST - 'Hurting'
Cardiff

WIRED TO FOLLOW - 'On Screen Kiss'
North Wales/Liverpool

TRAMPOLENE - 'My Bourgeoisie Girl'
Swansea/London

BLOOM - 'Can You Hear The Sea?'
Penarth

Y PENCADLYS - 'Mae Pawb Yn Haeddu Glaw Yn Waeth Na Fi'
Cardiff

BEN HAYES - spoken contribution
Ruthin

DOCTOR & THE MEDICS - 'Round And Round'
London

LOS CAMPESINOS - 'Cemetery Gaits'
Cardiff

ANTONYMES - 'A Light From The Heavens'
Hawarden

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