Now Playing Kele & Bloc Party
Bloc Party sprung themselves onto the music world without much notice in 2003 after handing 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq a copy of She’s Hearing Voices at a Franz Ferdinand gig – and the rest is history.
Their debut LP, Silent Alarm, was anything but quiet – voted album of the year by the NME in 2005 – and tracks like Banquet and Helicopter winning fans from indie magazines to commercial dance floors.
Two more albums followed – A Weekend in the City and Intimacy – and an ever growing reputation as an exceptionally exciting live act which has seen the band put in special performances on stages from Reading to New Zealand.
The last couple of years have been quiet for Bloc Party, though lead singer Kele Okereke has started an exciting solo career. Moving in a more electronic direction The Boxer was released last year, and the video for new track What Did I Do, featuring Lucy Taylor, has emerged on YouTube over the past seven days.
The future of Bloc Party has been called into question this week, with rehearsals and auditioning for singers going on – but let’s forget that for the time being and celebrate what Kele, Russell, Gordon and Matt have given us.
For the show this Friday we want your:
- Favourite Bloc Party tracks
- Favourite tracks from Kele
- Tracks from bands who have influenced them (Radiohead, Mogwai, Joy Division, Sonic Youth etc)
- How about Franz Ferdinand – that’s the gig where Lamacq was given the demo
- Artists the Bloc Party boys have worked with – Chemical Brothers, Ash...
- Some of the remixes
This really is Pandora’s box!!
Get your requests in the usual way – Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, e-mail or leave a comment here.
And see you on Friday at 7pm on BBC 6 Music.