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)

Sodajerker demos
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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Episode 14 – Narada Michael Walden

Narada Michael Walden

Songwriter, producer, drummer Narada Michael Walden sits down with Simon and Brian to talk about his work on pop hits like ‘How Will I Know’ (Whitney Houston); ‘We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off’ (Jermaine Stewart); ‘All American Girls’ (Sister Sledge); ‘Freeway of Love’ and ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’ (Aretha Franklin); ‘Jump to the Beat’ (Stacy Lattisaw); ‘I Love Your Smile’ (Shanice); ‘Sweetness’ (Michelle Gayle); ‘You’re a Friend of Mine’ (Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne) and his solo work on songs like ‘I Shoulda Loved Ya’ and ‘Divine Emotions’.

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Episode 13 – Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau

Seven time Grammy award winning jazz/pop artist Al Jarreau spends an hour with Simon and Brian talking about the writing of songs like ‘Boogie Down’, ‘Breakin’ Away’, ‘Mornin”, ‘Roof Garden’ and the theme from TV’s ‘Moonlighting’ among others. The trio are also joined by Al’s musical director, Joe Turano, who offers further insights into Al’s songwriting process.

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Episode 12 – Mike Stoller

Mike Stoller

Mike Stoller of legendary songwriting team Leiber and Stoller joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about the writing of timeless songs like ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Yakety Yak’, ‘Love Potion No.9’ and ‘Stand By Me’ among others.

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Episode 11 – Neil Innes

Neil Innes

Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Monty Python and The Rutles joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about songwriting, comedy, children’s television, and the writing of unforgettable songs like ‘Death Cab for Cutie’, ‘How Sweet to be an Idiot’, ‘I’m the Urban Spaceman’ and ‘Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik’ among others.

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Fangs for the sync!

Strippers vs Werewolves

Forthcoming grindhouse-style British horror comedy Strippers Vs. Werewolves starring Steven Berkoff, Robert Englund, Lysette Anthony and Sarah Douglas among others, prominently features several songs by Sodajerker on its soundtrack.

When werewolf chief Jack Ferris is accidentally killed in a strip club, the girls who work there have until the next full moon before his bloodthirsty wolfpack seek murderous retribution.

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