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The Ace of Bass, Mark King

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 15 August 2013

It's an anniversary edition of Brekkie, with pogonophobia, pooches, playground buddies, and the ace of bass Mark King!

"Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people" Socrates didn't say what he thought of those who discuss beards, but we pick up on press pogonophobia, with a chin-stroking census in the studio.

We raise our brows a little higher, before descending into Dante's Inferno, as we wonder where gossips would sit in his circles of hell.

Finlay Kilbride, from Edinburgh, fills us in on the brilliant buddy system at his school.

And Level 42's Mark King is very all right, on the Isle of Wight, as he talks about playing with Prince, Carlos Santana and funk pioneer Larry Graham.

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for U2

    U2 Angel Of Harlem

    U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990, Island, 12

  • Image for Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle and Melanie C Loving You

    (CD Single), Absolute, 1

  • Image for Roberta Flack

    Roberta Flack The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

    Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Atlantic

  • Image for The Who

    The Who Pinball Wizard

    My Generation - The Very Best Of..., Polydor

  • Image for The Fratellis

    The Fratellis Whistle For The Choir

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Kiss The Bride

    The Very Best Of Elton John, Rocket

  • Image for Booker T. & Jay James

    Booker T. & Jay James Broken Heart

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for Paul Simon

    Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al

    The Paul Simon Anthology (Disc 2), Warner Bros, 4

  • Image for Lenny Kravitz

    Lenny Kravitz Fly Away

    21st Century Rock (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole On The Street Where You Live

    Take A Break (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Valentine's Day

    The Next Day, RCA, 1

  • Image for Roxette

    Roxette The Look

    Now 15 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Simple Plan

    Simple Plan Summer Paradise

    (CD Single), Atlantic

  • Image for The Undertones

    The Undertones Teenage Kicks

    Beautiful Game (Various Artists), Universal

  • Image for Duran Duran

    Duran Duran Rio

    Duran Duran - Greatest, EMI

  • Image for Texas

    Texas Detroit City

    The Conversation, Pias, 1

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel The River Of Dreams

    Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volume III, Columbia

  • Image for Go West

    Go West We Close Our Eyes

    Now 1985 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Wings

    Wings Listen To What The Man Said

    Paul McCartney - All The Best!, Parlophone

  • Image for George McCrae

    George McCrae Rock Your Baby

    The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Level 42

    Level 42 Lessons In Love

    Now That's What I Call Music '86, Now

  • Image for Level 42

    Level 42 Running In The Family

    Heaven (Various Artists), Spectrum

  • Image for Emma Stevens

    Emma Stevens A Place Called You

    (CD Single), Rising Tide Music, 1

  • Image for Del Amitri

    Del Amitri Roll To Me

    Twisted, A&M, 007

  • Image for Hazel O'Connor

    Hazel O'Connor Will You?

    And Then She Kissed Me Vol.1 (Various, Debutante

  • Image for Streetband

    Streetband Toast

    (CD Single), Logo

  • Image for Florida Georgia Line

    Florida Georgia Line and Nelly Cruise

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Bananarama

    Bananarama Cruel Summer

    Now 1983 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for The Jackson 5

    The Jackson 5 ABC

    The Best Michael Jackson & Jackson Fi, Polygram Tv, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    From Simon Cohen, who runs a communications agency.

    There seem to be protests everywhere at the moment, from fracking protests near me in Sussex, to outcries about Russia hosting the Winter Olympics. But what’s the point?

    On 1st December 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, a black seamstress riding a bus was asked by the driver to give up her seat for white passengers. She recalls 'When he saw me still sitting, he asked if I was going to stand up, and I said, 'No, I'm not.'

    The seamstress of course was Rosa Parks, and her ‘no’ helped spark the civil rights movement in the US. The word protest comes from the Latin ‘testis’ meaning ‘to witness.’ The Old and New Testaments, testify, all share this same root of protest - of seeing the way things are, and saying ‘no.’

    The truth is, it’s not always easy to say no. It sometimes feel a bit rude, inappropriate. When you witness some kind of injustice along life’s journey, it’s much simpler to quietly slip away, than to ring the bell of protest, right? Have you ever stayed silent as a mutual friend is gossiped about?

    Martin Luther King says that ‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’

    When we fail to take a stand against what we believe is wrong, we stand for nothing. Your yes means nothing when you don’t say no. And when we fail to say ‘no’, we actually say no to ourselves, to our core values and our sense of what is right and wrong in the world.

    Bob Marley challenges us to ‘Get up, Stand up. Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don't give up the fight.” But it’s not enough that we say no, how we say no matters just as much. Rosa Parks stood up for her beliefs by sitting down. How will you stand up & speak out for what you believe in?


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