Featured image: Me with Jack Lukeman in Midlands 103, Feb 2017.
So, as you may know, while the day job is radio production (making the ads and making the station sound good basically), sometimes I get to jump into the presenters seat too. Last night, from 10pm to midnight, I filled in for Anne Marie Kelly on “The Roadhouse Café” – a show on Midlands 103 where she showcases new music, pays tribute to legends and finishes with “The Drive Thru” – half an hour or so of music on a common theme. It’s good to play it safe when filling in for someone – don’t try to make the show your own but, if possible, stick as closely to the existing format as possible and do it justice… so I spoke to Anne Marie about the content a couple of days beforehand!
Last night I marked Paul McCartney’s recent birthday with 3 tracks from him, I played new music from a variety of artists and my chosen theme for the Drive Thru was ‘different’ cover versions – remakes that did something new with the song – whether it was just a genre change or just a re-imagining of some sort. I was a bit shorter on time than the show usually would be (due to it being encumbered by advertising – this show would most often be ad-free, but the station is doing really well in ad sales lately and the schedule is filling up with them…) so I ended up having to cut some stuff out.
Here’s the playlist:
Paul McCartney & Wings – Live And Let Die
Paul McCartney & Wings – Jet
Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run
O Empereror – Fish Tank
We Cut Corners – The Specialist
Jack Lukeman – Ruby Tuesday (Rolling Stones cover)
Childish Gambino – This is America
ZALI – Girls Like Us
George Ezra – Shotgun
The Riptide Movement – Plastic Oceans
The Decemberists – Once in My Life
Weezer – Africa
Weezer – Rosanna
Reel Big Fish – Take on Me (A-Ha cover)
The Lemonheads – My Name is Luka (Suzanne Vega cover)
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie cover)
Luka Bloom – I Need Love (LL Cool J cover)
Luka Bloom – Bad (U2 cover)
Billy Bragg – When Will I See You Again (3 Degrees cover)
Shane McGowan – Cracklin’ Rosie (Neil Diamond cover)
Scissor Sisters – Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd cover)
Johnny Cash – Desperado (The Eagles cover)
Glen Hansard – Everytime (Britney Spears cover)
U2 – Everlasting Love (Love Affair cover)
Songs dropped due to time constraints: Passenger – Hell or High Water, Editors – Magazine (or Hallelujah [So Low]), Soulwax – Essential Four, Alanis Morissette – King of Pain (Sting cover), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Disco 2000 (Pulp cover), Talking Heads – Take Me to the River (Al Green cover), The Doors – Gloria (Van Morrison cover).