Podcast

Interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters.

Chromeo Episode 60 – Chromeo

Dave 1 and P-Thugg of Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo chat with Simon and Brian about the writing of recent songs like ‘Come Alive’, ‘Jealous (I Ain’t With It)’, ‘Over Your Shoulder’, ‘Lost on the Way Home’, ‘Old 45s’, and older songs like ‘Fancy Footwork’ and ‘Hot Mess’. The guys also describe their approach to working with vintage synthesisers and the music that has influenced them.

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Loudon Wainwright III Episode 59 – Loudon Wainwright III

Veteran singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III joins Simon and Brian for a chat about the writing of his latest album Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet) and songs from throughout his career such as ‘School Days’, ‘Motel Blues’, ‘Dead Skunk’, ‘The Swimming Song’, ‘Rufus is a Tit Man’, ‘Unhappy Anniversary’, ‘Hitting You’, ‘White Winos’ and ‘The Days That We Die’. Loudon also speaks about his illustrious family and his work as an actor.

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Adam Schlesinger Episode 58 – Adam Schlesinger

Songwriter/producer Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne chats with Sodajerker about the songwriting process behind songs like ‘Stacy’s Mom’, ‘Hackensack’, ‘Strapped for Cash’, ‘Someone to Love’ and ‘All Kinds of Time’. Adam also talks about a number of songs he has written for film, TV and theatre, including the title song for ‘That Thing You Do!’, ‘Way Back into Love’ (Music & Lyrics) and ‘There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In’ (A Colbert Christmas).

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Eg White Episode 57 – Eg White

Songwriter Eg White, the pop powerhouse behind songs like ‘Chasing Pavements’ (Adele), ‘Leave Right Now’ (Will Young), ‘Once’ (Diana Vickers), ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ (Rebecca Ferguson), ‘You Give Me Something’ and ‘Wonderful World’ (James Morrison), joins Simon and Brian for a chat about his creative process and the life of the professional songwriter. Eg also discusses the music he has made for himself, such as his solo album Adventure Man, and the critically acclaimed Eg & Alice album 24 Years of Hunger.

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Chris Difford Episode 56 – Chris Difford

Lyricist and songwriter Chris Difford, known for his work in Squeeze, talks about the writing of such classic songs as ‘Cool for Cats’, ‘Up the Junction’, ‘Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)’, ‘Tempted’, ‘King George Street’, ‘Hourglass’, ‘Some Fantastic Place’ and more. In addition to describing his 40+ year songwriting partnership with Glenn Tilbrook, Chris also talks about some of the songs from solo albums like Cashmere if You Can, and his collaborations with a number of other artists.

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Glenn Tilbrook Episode 55 – Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook, lead singer and guitarist for Squeeze, talks about the writing of such classic songs as ‘Cool for Cats’, ‘Up the Junction’, ‘Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)’, ‘Another Nail in my Heart’, ‘Tempted’, ‘Hourglass’, ‘Some Fantastic Place’ and more. In addition to describing his 40+ year songwriting partnership with Chris Difford, Glenn also talks about some of the songs from his new album Happy Ending.

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Rufus Wainwright Episode 54 – Rufus Wainwright

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright talks about the writing processes behind such songs as ‘Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk’, ‘The Art Teacher’, ‘Zebulon’, ‘Out of the Game’, ‘Montauk’, ‘Swings Both Ways’, ‘Me and Liza’ and much more. In addition to describing his collaborations with people like Guy Chambers, Robbie Williams and Mark Ronson, Rufus also provides details about his new album Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright.

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Paddy McAloon Episode 53 – Paddy McAloon

Singer-songwriter Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout joins Simon and Brian for a chat about his songwriting process. Beginning with his latest release Crimson/Red, Paddy talks about the writing of songs like ‘The Best Jewel Thief in the World’, ‘Billy’, Devil Came A Calling’ and ‘The Songs of Danny Galway’ before moving on to the processes behind such classic Prefab Sprout songs as ‘Faron Young’, When Love Breaks Down’, The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll’, ‘Hey Manhattan’ and much more. Paddy also discusses songs that he contributed to the Jimmy Nail television show Crocodile Shoes.

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Billy Bragg Episode 52 – Billy Bragg

Singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg shares his thoughts on the songwriting process and details the writing of songs like ‘A New England’, ‘The Milkman of Human Kindness’, Greetings to the New Brunette’, ‘Levi Stubbs’ Tears’, ‘Sexuality’, ‘Tank Park Salute’ and ‘Never Buy The Sun’. Billy also talks in detail about his guitar playing and songs from his most recent album, Tooth & Nail.

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Van Dyke Parks Episode 51 – Van Dyke Parks

Songwriter, composer, arranger and producer Van Dyke Parks chats with Simon and Brian about his solo career and his work with other artists. In this interview, Van Dyke illustrates the writing processes behind his recent album Songs Cycled, as well as pieces like ‘High Coin’, ‘Hominy Grove’, ‘Tokyo Rose’, ‘Trade War’ and ‘Orange Crate Art’. He also gives insight into his seminal work with The Beach Boys on SMiLE-era compositions like ‘Heroes and Villains’, ‘Surf’s Up’ and later collaborations such as ‘Sail On, Sailor’.

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Nick Lowe Episode 50 – Nick Lowe

Songwriter and producer Nick Lowe, whose credits over more than four decades include hit songs like ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding’, ‘Cruel to be Kind’ and ‘I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass’, joins Simon and Brian for a special 50th episode chat about the writing of those beloved classics as well as later works like ‘You Inspire Me’, ‘The Beast in Me’ and ‘All Men Are Liars’. Nick also discusses his new Christmas album, Quality Street, which includes original songs like ‘Christmas at the Airport’ and ‘I Was Born in Bethlehem’.

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Suzanne Vega Episode 49 – Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega illustrates her approach to songwriting by talking about the processes behind songs like ‘Marlene On The Wall’, ‘Tom’s Diner’, ‘Luka’, ‘Men In A War’, ‘Book of Dreams’ and ‘In Liverpool’. Suzanne also discusses her early history as a dancer and musician, attending the Greenwich Village Songwriter’s Exchange, the thinking behind the recent Close-Up series of releases, and her plans for a new album of original material.

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