Episode 8 – Andy Partridge

Andy Partridge

Andy Partridge of XTC and The Dukes of Stratosphear joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about the writing of some of his greatest songs, including ‘Senses Working Overtime’, ‘Love on a Farmboy’s Wages’, ‘Ballet for a Rainy Day’, ‘Scarecrow People’ and ‘Brainiac’s Daughter’ among many others. With his guitar at hand, Andy talks Sodajerker through his writing process in a way only he can!

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A World Within You (demo)

Sodajerker demos
Here’s a demo from the vault that was captured one afternoon before we were working together under the name Sodajerker. It was 2008 and there was a great deal of discussion taking place about our hometown of Liverpool which had just begun its year long reign as European Capital of Culture. Brian and I gave ourselves the task of writing a song with the word Liverpool in it.

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Episode 7 – Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith

Simon and Brian welcome Seattle based singer-songwriter Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed) to the show to talk about the writing of some of his most enduring songs, including ‘Screen’, ’20th Century’, ‘Land of Gold’ and ‘Wrapped in My Memory’. In this interview, Shawn speaks about his solo career, his numerous band projects, and his collaborations with Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam.

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Coma Kid (demo)

Sodajerker demos
We thought we’d make a habit of digging out old demos and posting them here on the blog. This one is an unreleased song from the critically acclaimed (but wholly under-appreciated) Liverpool art-rock band Santa Carla, of which Brian and I were founding members.

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Episode 6 – Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Simon and Brian talk to legendary songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil about their incredible career from the Brill Building era to the present day, and the writing of songs like ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”, ‘On Broadway’, ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’, ‘Don’t Know Much’, ‘Just Once’, ‘Here You Come Again’ and ‘Somewhere Out There’.

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Episode 5 – Mike Batt

Mike Batt

Simon and Brian talk to five-time Ivor Novello-winning songwriter, composer, conductor, arranger and producer Mike Batt about his diverse career including projects like The Wombles, The Hunting of the Snark and the writing of hit songs like ‘Bright Eyes’ (from Watership Down) and ‘The Closest Thing to Crazy’ (Katie Melua).

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Episode 4 – Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb

Simon and Brian talk to legendary American songwriter Jimmy Webb about the writing of classic songs like ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’, ‘Wichita Lineman’ and ‘MacArthur Park’.

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Episode 3 – Sacha Skarbek

Sacha Skarbek

In the third episode of Sodajerker On Songwriting, Simon and Brian talk to Grammy nominated and two-time Ivor Novello winning songwriter Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt, Adele, Duffy, Jason Mraz) about his work as co-writer of a range of recent pop hits including James Blunt’s worldwide no. 1 ‘You’re Beautiful’.

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Lovers Undercover (demo)

Sodajerker demos
Brian and I are in the studio together today and whilst rummaging through the hard drives we came across this demo of a song called ‘Lovers Undercover’. We wrote and recorded this one afternoon earlier in the year for a pitch to an artist, but we’ve never shared the demo.

Hope you enjoy it.

‘New & Noteworthy’ on iTunes

New and noteworthy

Thanks to all of you that have checked out the first two episodes of our new podcast Sodajerker On Songwriting featuring guests Billy Steinberg (episode 1) and Todd Rundgren (episode 2) and have left reviews and ratings for us in iTunes. We are happy to discover that our fledgling show has been featured among ‘new & noteworthy’ podcasts in the iTunes store!

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Episode 2 – Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren

In the second episode of Sodajerker On Songwriting, Simon and Brian talk with writer/artist/producer Todd Rundgren (Nazz, Utopia, Meat Loaf, XTC) about his approach to the art form and the writing of hit songs like ‘Hello it’s Me’, ‘I Saw the Light’ and ‘It Wouldn’t Have Made any Difference’.

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We’ve launched a songwriting podcast

Sodajerker on Songwriting

In addition to our writing and recording activities, we’ve launched a podcast called Sodajerker On Songwriting. It’s a programme devoted to the art and craft of songwriting and features interviews with some of the most successful songwriters and musicians in the world.

In our first show, we chat with Grammy winning songwriter Billy Steinberg about the many pop classics he has written including Like A Virgin (Madonna), True Colors (Cyndi Lauper), Eternal Flame (The Bangles) and I Drove All Night (Roy Orbison).

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