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Train, Jeff Lynne, Grayson Perry, Earth, Wind & Fire

Chris is joined by Train, Jeff Lynne, Grayson Perry and Earth, Wind & Fire.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Bellowhead

    Let Her Run

    • (CD Single).
    • Island.
    • 001.
  • Bill Haley and His Comets

    Shake, Rattle And Roll

    • Bill Haley And The Comets.
    • Bulldog.
  • Blondie


    • Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie.
    • EMI.
  • David Bowie

    Rebel Rebel

    • David Bowie - Best Of Bowie.
    • EMI.
  • The Clash

    London Calling

    • Billy Elliot O.S.T. - Various Artists.
    • Polydor.
  • Sammy Davis Jr.

    Talk To The Animals

    • Sammy Davis Greatest Hits.
    • Curb.
    • 1.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire

    Let's Groove

    • 15th Anniversary Music Celebration (Various Artists).
    • Rhino.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire

    Got to Get You Into My Life

    • The Very Best Of Earth Wind & Fire.
    • Telstar.
  • Electric Light Orchestra

    All Over The World

    • Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO.
    • Epic.
  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Hold On Tight

    • Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artists).
    • Columbia.
  • Lenny Kravitz

    The Chamber

    • Strut.
    • Roxie Records.
  • Manic Street Preachers


    • Futurology.
    • Columbia.
    • 001.
  • Dolly Parton

    Lay Your Hands On Me

    • Blue Smoke - The Best Of.
    • Sony Music.
  • Pratt & McClain

    Happy Days

    • Television's Greatest Hits Volume 3 70s & 80s.
    • Silva Screen Records Ltd.
  • The Pretenders

    Don't Get Me Wrong

    • WEA.
  • The Psychedelic Furs

    Pretty In Pink

    • Teenage Kicks (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Todd Rundgren

    I Saw The Light

    • My Girl (Original 1992 Film S/Track).
    • Epic.
  • Scouting for Girls


    • (CD Single).
    • Epic.
  • Patti Smith Group

    Because the Night

    • Rock Of America (Various Artists).
    • Trax Label.
  • U2

    The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)

    • Songs Of Innocence.
    • Island.

Pause for Thought

From Abdul-Rehman Malik, journalist and broadcaster


This month marks an important anniversary in my life. Two decades ago I embarked on what has turned out to be  a truly long-term relationship. It started a little patchy, it took time to grow and when it finally started to take shape it was messy and a little wild. At times I wished I could let it all go - to replace it with the smooth, easy days that had preceded it, but I persevered and now I can't imagine life without it.


So, it's with a fair degree of pride that I wish a Happy 20th - to my beard.


Growing up, I was usually so far behind the fashion curve that I couldn't even keep up with the high street.


But When it came to the beard, I was way ahead of the crowd, being one of a very few 19 year olds sporting one. I associated the beard with rugged strength and earthy wisdom. I wanted to channel the creativity of bearded men like Jeff Lynne, but I had other reasons for growing the beard - spiritual reasons.


In my tradition, the beard is synonymous with being a man. It's a physical reminder of our duty to God - to live an honourable, dare I say, chivalrous life. We patiently grow this thing out, deal with the naysayers when they say it makes us look old, stroke it when we're deep in thought. I feel it connects me with the great philosophers, prophets and revolutionaries of the past.


"God does look at your appearances or what you possess", counselled the Prophet Muhammad. "God scans your hearts and looks at your deeds."


The hipsters who surround me in London's East End have made the beard not just acceptable, but fashionable - and I thank them for it. But for me, my beard will always be visual cue about who I am and who I aspire to be.


With every white hair that now sprouts from my chin - and there are far too many - I am reminded of growing older and the urgency of life. To live well is to live beautifully and for the benefit of others - and of course you don't need to be bearded to that.



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