Episode 23 – Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw

Singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw talks with Sodajerker about the writing of songs like ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’, ‘I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, ‘The Riddle’, ‘Dancing Girls’, ‘Don Quixote’, ‘Human Racing’ and ‘Wide Boy’. Nik also talks about penning hit songs like ‘The One and Only’ (Chesney Hawkes), ‘The Woman I Love’ (The Hollies) and ‘Seventeen’ (Let Loose) as well as his approach to writing his new solo album, Ei8ht.

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Episode 22 – “Weird Al” Yankovic

Internationally renowned parodist, singer-songwriter, actor and accordionist “Weird Al” Yankovic takes some time out to chat with Simon and Brian about his approach to writing comedy songs and style parodies. Al discusses the processes behind songs like ‘Trapped in the Drive-Thru’, ‘Hardware Store’, ‘The Night Santa Went Crazy’, ‘Pancreas’ and ‘Skipper Dan’.

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Episode 21 – Deaf School: Clive Langer and Steve Allen

Clive Langer and Steve Allen

Clive Langer and Steve Allen of cult Liverpool band Deaf School join Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of songs like ‘What a Way to End it All’, ‘Taxi’, ‘Hi Jo Hi’, ‘2nd Honeymoon’, ‘Knock Knock Knocking’, ‘Working Girls’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Boy’ and ‘Golden Showers’. Clive also talks about his work as a producer and the classic Robert Wyatt song ‘Shipbuilding’, which he wrote with Elvis Costello.

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Episode 20 – Mike Viola

Mike Viola

Prolific singer-songwriter and producer Mike Viola, also known as the man behind Candy Butchers, sits down with Sodajerker to talk about the writing of songs like ‘Girly Worm’, ‘Falling into Place’, ‘Good Ideas Grow on Trees’, ‘Kiss Alive II’, ‘Soundtrack of My Summer’, ‘Field of Guns N’ Roses’ and ‘Closet Cutter’. Mike also talks about his work with singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore on the Amanda Leigh album and his work on songs for movies like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Get Him to the Greek and Tom Hanks’ directorial debut That Thing You Do.

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Episode 19 – Albert Hammond

Albert Hammond

Veteran writer Albert Hammond joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of his incredible catalogue of hit songs, such as ‘The Air that I Breathe’ (The Hollies), ‘One Moment in Time’ (Whitney Houston), ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ (Starship), ‘When I Need You’ (Leo Sayer), ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose You’ (Tina Turner) and ‘Don’t Turn Around’ (Aswad). Albert also talks in depth about his work with songwriters and artists like Hal David, Diane Warren, Carole Bayer Sager, The Carpenters and Duffy.

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Episode 18 – Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby

Musician and producer Thomas Dolby is the guest for episode 18 during which he talks about his illustrious career and the writing of songs like ‘She Blinded Me With Science’, ‘Europa and the Pirate Twins’, ‘Hyperactive!’, ‘Nothing New Under the Sun’, ‘Evil Twin Brother’ and ‘The Toad Lickers’. Thomas also discusses his work as producer on the classic Prefab Sprout album Steve McQueen (aka Two Wheels Good).

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iTunes episode of the week!

iTunes Podcast Episode of the Week

We  are very proud to announce that our podcast featuring songwriter, producer and drummer Narada Michael Walden has been selected by Apple as Podcast Episode of the Week! Thanks to the kind folks at Apple and everyone who downloaded and listened to this episode of Sodajerker On Songwriting. Feel free to check out our other episodes.

Episode 17 – Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay

Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay spends some time with Sodajerker talking about her life, her work, and the writing processes behind songs like ‘David’, ‘Sari’, ‘Ding Dong’, ‘I Wanna Get Married’, ‘Mother of Pearl’, ‘Columbia is Bleeding’, ‘Identity Theft’ and ‘Caribbean Time’.

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iTunes Podcasting – Episode of the Day

Episode of the Day on @iTunesPodcasts

We are very pleased that our interview with Guy Chambers was chosen by Apple as the episode of the day on their official @iTunesPodcasts Twitter account, June 19th, 2012. Guy spoke with us a couple of weeks ago about his work with Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum and others. Thanks to the boys and girls back in Cupertino, not to mention Mr Guy Chambers for taking the time to talk with us, and all of you for subscribing to the show in iTunes and listening in regularly.

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Episode 16 – Guy Chambers

Guy Chambers

Guy Chambers talks to Sodajerker about his work with artists like Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Beverley Knight, Cathy Dennis and Jamie Cullum, and the writing of hits like ‘Let Me Entertain You’, ‘Millennium’, ‘Rock DJ’ and ‘Angels’. Guy also discusses his time in World Party and the intimate musical explorations of the Isis Project and Songs for a Boy.

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Talk of the Town (demo)

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Here’s a recent demo of a song called ‘Talk of the Town’. We’ve since started to rework and re-record this song but we thought we’d post our demo here because we liked its rough vibe (we played and sang everything). This song came from Brian’s desire to write a synth pop tune that had the flavour of a 1970’s glam rock shuffle. We were thinking of Mike Chapman’s rough demos for songs like ‘Devil Gate Drive’ and ‘Ballroom Blitz’ when we started it.

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Episode 15 – Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannon

Singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of songs like ‘Put a Little Love in Your Heart’, ‘When You Walk in the Room’, ‘Splendor in the Grass’ and ‘Bette Davis Eyes’. Jackie also discusses her work with Bacharach and David on ‘What the World Needs Now is Love’ and touring America with the Beatles in 1964.

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