Podcast

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

Jeff Daniels Episode 64 – Jeff Daniels

Actor, singer-songwriter and playwright Jeff Daniels is the guest for this special holiday episode. Jeff joins Simon and Brian to talk about his songwriting process on songs like ‘Grandfather’s Hat’, ‘Allen Parkway Inn’, ‘The Dirty Harry Blues’, ‘The Michigan in Me’ and ‘Mile 416′. Jeff also talks in detail about his new album, Days Like These, and the ways in which his acting and writing inform his music.

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Jeff Barry Episode 63 – Jeff Barry

Songwriter Jeff Barry chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of his many hits, including ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, ‘Leader of the Pack’, ‘Chapel of Love’, ‘Then He Kissed Me’, ‘Be My Baby’, ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’, ‘Doo Wah Diddy Diddy’, ‘River Deep – Mountain High’, ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’, ‘Iko Iko’ and ‘Sugar Sugar’. Jeff also discusses his work with Brill Building collaborators like Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector.

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Episode 62 – Joan Armatrading

In this episode, Joan Armatrading shares details about her songwriting process and the thinking behind songs like ‘Love and Affection’, ‘Drop the Pilot’, ‘Like Fire’, ‘Show Some Emotion’, ‘Me Myself I’, ‘I’m Lucky’, ‘(I Love It When You) Call Me Names’, ‘Kind Words (And A Real Good Heart)’, and ‘Starlight’.

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KT Tunstall Episode 61 – KT Tunstall

Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall joins Simon and Brian to chat about the writing of songs like ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’, ‘Suddenly I See’, ‘Uummannaq Song’, ‘Fade Like a Shadow’, ‘Difficulty’, and songs from her recent album, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon. KT also talks extensively about her approach to looping sounds using pedals, techniques for developing new ideas, and her plans for the future.

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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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