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Transmission: Tuesday, 22nd May 2007

Scott Walker

For a time in the 60s Scott Walker was more popular than the Beatles. Then, one of the all time great voices of pop, he disappeared. Imagine... tells the story of one of music's greatest enigmas with insights from people such as Jarvis Cocker, Radiohead and David Bowie, and rare interviews with the man himself.

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Scott Walker 

Video: Listening To Scott

Video: Listening To Scott Play Video

Posted: Tuesday, 22nd May 2007

CONTENT ADVICE: This video content contains strong adult language.

Sometimes you just want to listen… And sometimes it’s fascinating to watch other people listening.

Musicians Jarvis Cocker, Dot Allison, Johnny Marr, Damon Albarn, Alison Goldfrapp, Sting and others, listen to and comment on a their own selections of Scott Walker's early work. Fans like these, and Julian Cope, who published an anthology of Scott Walker songs in 1981, have kept the buzz alive about one of the great enigmas of pop over the years.

Watch Scott Walker on 22nd May 2007 on BBC One.

Scott Walker 

Tracks: Scott Walker

Tracks: Scott Walker

Posted: Monday, 21st May 2007

Listen to samples from tracks featured in Scott Walker.

Listen to:
Montague Terrace (In Blue) - Scott Walker
from Scott (1967)

Listen to:
The Electrician - The Walker Brothers 
from Nite Flights (1978)

Listen to:
Jesse - Scott Walker
from The Drift (2006)


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Watch Scott Walker on 22nd May 2007 on BBC One.

Scott Walker 

Video: Scott Walker's Pork Percussion

Video: Scott Walker's Pork Percussion Play Video

Posted: Friday, 18th May 2007

Scott Walker’s most recent album The Drift, contains songs inspired by real events, or political ideas. One song, Jesse, seems to juxtapose the death of Elvis’s twin brother Jesse with the destruction of the twin towers.

Watch Walker in rehearsal for the track Clara, which features a percussionist punching a slab of raw pork. The song's based on the execution of the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, when the fascist leader’s mistress, Claretta Petacci insisted on dying with him, and Walker recounts memories of seeing newsreel footage of their bodies strung up by their heels as a child. But as Scott himself warns; “You shouldn’t take the songs too literally”.

Watch Scott Walker on 22nd May 2007 on BBC One.

Scott Walker 

Episode Guide: Scott Walker

Episode Guide: Scott Walker

Posted: 3rd May 2007

With his life story told by the likes of Julian Cope, Goldfrapp and Marc Almond, Imagine… gains a unique insight into the life of the enigmatic figure Scott Walker.



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