Episode 32 – Mike Stock

Mike Stock

Mike Stock of Stock, Aitken and Waterman joins Sodajerker to talk about the writing of songs like ‘Say I’m Your Number One’ (Princess); ‘Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)’, ‘Respectable’ (Mel and Kim); ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ (Rick Astley); ‘I Should Be So Lucky’, ‘Better the Devil You Know’ (Kylie Minogue); ‘This Time I Know It’s For Real’ (Donna Summer), and other ‘Hit Factory’ smashes for artists like Cliff Richard, Jason Donovan and Bananarama.

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Episode 31 – Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds, Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge, known collectively as Ben Folds Five, sit down in person with Simon and Brian for a special edition of Sodajerker On Songwriting.

In this video podcast, the band talk about the writing of songs like ‘Brick’, ‘Battle of Who Could Care Less’, ‘Philosophy’, ‘Steven’s Last Night in Town’ and songs from their new album The Sound of the Life of the Mind, such as ‘Do it Anyway’, ‘Sky High’ and ‘Michael Praytor, Five Years Later’.

Special thanks to the band for taking part. There is an audio only edition available below.

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Episode 31 – Audio Version

This is the audio version of the Ben Folds Five interview seen above including the usual intro/outro from Simon and Brian plus extra music cues missing from the video version. Think of this as the deluxe edition with the bonus features, ideal for the Ben Folds Five fan on the move.

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Episode 30 – Graham Gouldman

Graham Gouldman

10cc’s own Graham Gouldman joins Simon and Brian for episode 30 to talk about the writing of songs like ‘For Your Love’ (The Yardbirds), ‘Bus Stop’ (The Hollies), ‘No Milk Today’ (Herman’s Hermits), ‘Johnny Don’t Do It’, ‘Wall Street Shuffle’, ‘I’m Not in Love’, ‘Iceberg’ (10cc) and ‘Bridge To Your Heart’ (Wax). Graham talks in depth about his work with 10cc, the late Andrew Gold, and his latest solo album Love and Work.

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Episode 29 – Stephen Bishop

Stephen Bishop

Veteran singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop talks about the writing of songs like ‘On and On’, ‘Save it for a Rainy Day’, ‘Looking for the Right One’ (Art Garfunkel), ‘Losing Myself in You’, ‘Red Cab to Manhattan’ and his Academy Award-nominated song ‘Separate Lives’ (Phil Collins). Stephen also speaks about his work on a number of movie soundtracks, such as National Lampoon’s Animal House, Tootsie and The Money Pit.

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Ben Folds Five to appear on Sodajerker Xmas podcast

Ben Folds Five and Sodajerker

We’ll be seeing out 2012 in style with a podcast every week in December culminating in a special episode with one of the finest piano-fuelled beat combos ever to walk the earth – Ben Folds Five! Simon and Brian caught up with the band in Manchester on their current UK tour to talk songwriting and their new album The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Look out for that in the week prior to Xmas. Until then, we’ll be filling up your feed faster than a generous farmer. Enjoy!

Episode 28 – Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson, one half of legendary songwriting team Ashford and Simpson, joins Sodajerker to talk about the writing of Motown classics like ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘You’re All I Need to Get By’ and ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’. Valerie also speaks about ‘I’m Every Woman’ (Chaka Khan) and Ashford and Simpson’s own hits including the seminal ‘Solid (As A Rock)’.

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Our podcast featured in the Telegraph

Review in the Telegraph

We were humbled to be included in a short collection of the week’s best podcasts in the Telegraph recently alongside The Bugle and The Economist. Many thanks to Pete Naughton for such a great review! We are celebrating our first year of podcasting this month, so this comes as a very welcome surprise.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us in our work thus far and for all of your emails and comments. We are thrilled to be connecting with songwriting fans around the world and your support means a lot to us.

If you haven’t yet checked out the show, you can get all of the episodes for free on our site, or in iTunes. Hope you enjoy the episodes. We have some very exciting stuff on the way too, so stay tuned!

Episode 27 – Brendan Benson

Brendan Benson

Singer-songwriter and producer Brendan Benson provides Sodajerker with insights into his songwriting process and creative life by discussing songs like ‘Spit it Out’, ‘What I’m Looking For’, ‘Broken Boy Soldier’, ‘Bad for Me’ and ‘Keep Me’. Brendan also speaks about his many collaborations with artists like Ashley Monroe and Jack White of The White Stripes in their band The Raconteurs.

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Episode 26 – Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen

Pianist, songwriter, musical director and vocalist Patrice Rushen sits down with Sodajerker to chat about the writing of songs like ‘Hang it Up’, ‘Haven’t You Heard’, ‘The Funk Won’t Let You Down’, ‘This is All I Really Know’, ‘Remind Me’ and her seminal dance floor hit ‘Forget Me Nots’. Patrice talks about her early jazz-fusion work, the Elektra albums and her eclectic approach to sustaining a career in music.

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Episode 25 – Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka

Veteran singer-songwriter and pianist Neil Sedaka joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of songs like ‘Oh! Carol’, ‘Stupid Cupid’, ‘Calendar Girl’, ‘Breaking Up is Hard To Do’, ‘Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen’, ‘Where the Boys Are’, ‘Amarillo’, ‘Solitaire’ and ‘Laughter in the Rain’. Neil also talks in detail about songs from his new acoustic solo piano record, The Real Neil.

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Episode 24 – Mark King

Mark King

Level 42 bassist, vocalist and songwriter Mark King is our guest for this episode of the podcast in which he talk about the writing of songs like ‘Lessons in Love’, ‘Running in the Family’, ‘Something About You’, ‘The Chinese Way’, ‘Mr Pink’, ‘The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)’ and ‘Dune Tune’.

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Strippers vs Werewolves soundtrack

Strippers vs Werewolves soundtrack

Grammy nominated Swedish soundtrack label MovieScore Media have released the soundtrack for the cult British horror comedy Strippers vs Werewolves featuring the instrumental score by Neil Chaney and songs by Sodajerker.

It is available now on iTunes, catalogue no. SWD0003.

Check it out at the MovieScore Media website, or on the iTunes store.

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