Episode 38 – Richard M. Sherman
As one half of The Sherman Brothers, along with his late brother Robert, Richard M. Sherman is responsible for co-writing the most memorable Disney songs of all time. From the Academy Award winning compositions for Mary Poppins such as ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, ‘Feed the Birds’, ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, ‘Jolly Holiday’, ‘I Love to Laugh’ and ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’, to other landmark works such as The Parent Trap, ‘It’s a Small World (After All)’, ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ (The Jungle Book), The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Winnie the Pooh and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (non-Disney), the Sherman Brothers have enchanted people of all ages for half a century. In this hour of conversation, Richard M. Sherman joins Simon and Brian to talk through the writing of many of these classics in his own inimitable style.
Episode 37 – Heaven 17: Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory
Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 chat with Simon and Brian about the creative processes behind songs like ‘(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang’, ‘Let’s All Make a Bomb’ (Penthouse and Pavement) as well as hits like ‘Temptation’, ‘Crushed by the Wheels of Industry’ and lesser known gems from The Luxury Gap such as ‘Let Me Go’ and ‘The Best Kept Secret’. Martyn and Glenn also talk in detail about their early lives in Sheffield, their approach to synthesisers and multi-track recording technology, and early songs for The Human League such as ‘Almost Medieval’ and ‘Being Boiled’.
Episode 36 – Paul Williams
Paul Williams, the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter of hits like ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ and ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’ (The Carpenters); ‘An Old Fashioned Love Song’, ‘The Family of Man’ and ‘Out in the Country’ (Three Dog Night); ‘You and Me Against the World’ (Helen Reddy), and songs for films such as ‘The Rainbow Connection’ (The Muppet Movie), ‘Evergreen’ (A Star is Born) and the scores for Phantom of the Paradise, Ishtar, and Bugsy Malone, sits down with Sodajerker to talk about his approach to the art and craft of songwriting. Paul also talks in detail about the documentary Paul Williams Still Alive, which chronicles his extraordinary life.