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Interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters.

Sparks Episode 104 – Sparks

Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks sit down with Simon and Brian in London to discuss the writing of their terrific new album Hippopotamus. The brothers describe the processes behind the music and lyrics of songs like ‘What The Hell Is It This Time?’, ‘Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)’ and ‘Missionary Position’ alongside classics from their catalogue like ‘My Baby’s Taking Me Home’, ‘When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way” and ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us’.

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Colin Hay Episode 103 – Colin Hay

Multi-talented singer-songwriter and former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay talks with Simon and Brian about the writing of his excellent recent album Fierce Mercy. During the episode, Colin reflects on his writing partnership with Michael Giorgiades and tells the stories behind a cornucopia of stunning songs from his back catalogue like ‘Down Under’, ‘Who Can It Be Now?’, ‘Overkill’, ‘Waiting For My Real Life To Begin’, ‘Oh California’, ‘Send Somebody’ and ‘If I Had Been A Better Man’.

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Imelda May Episode 102 – Imelda May

Singer-songwriter Imelda May sits down with Simon and Brian in Liverpool for a chat about the writing of her recent album Life Love Flesh Blood including songs like ‘Black Tears’, ‘Should’ve Been You’, ‘Leave Me Lonely’ and ‘The Girl I Used To Be’. Imelda also talks about her collaboration with producer T Bone Burnett, co-writing in Nashville, and songs from previous albums like ‘Mayhem’ and ‘It’s Good To Be Alive’.

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Declan McKenna Episode 101 – Declan McKenna

Rising star Declan McKenna talks to Sodajerker about the writing of his fantastic debut album, What Do You Think About The Car?, including the songs ‘Humongous’, ‘Isombard’, ‘Paracetamol’ and ‘Brazil’. Declan also reflects on the process of being socially and politically aware in his music.

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Jason Isbell Episode 100 – Jason Isbell

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell joins Simon and Brian in London to mark the milestone of the 100th Sodajerker podcast. Jason talks about the writing of his incredible new record, The Nashville Sound, classic songs from his solo and Drive-By Truckers periods, how TV’s Hoarders impacted upon the new album, and the songwriting significance of the humble weed vape.

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Jack Savoretti Episode 99 – Jack Savoretti

Singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti sits down in Liverpool with Simon and Brian to talk about songs from his career to date and his most recent album, Sleep No More, including ‘Catapult’, ‘Not Worthy’, ‘When We Were Lovers’ and ‘Deep Waters’. Jack reflects on the collaborative process, why ‘demo’ is a dirty word, and how his cultural heritage has influenced his songwriting.

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Robbie Robertson Episode 98 – Robbie Robertson

Following the publication of his fascinating memoir Testimony, Robbie Robertson joins Simon and Brian to talk about his songwriting process across a range of projects, from his early work with Ronnie Hawkins, to classic songs for The Band like ‘The Weight’, ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ and ‘Ophelia’. Robbie also describes creative collaborations with Martin Scorsese and Eric Clapton (‘It’s In The Way That You Use It’) and details the processes behind solo tracks like ‘Somewhere Down the Crazy River’ and ‘This is Where I Get Off’.

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Tom Odell Episode 97 – Tom Odell

Singer-songwriter Tom Odell joins us to discuss the writing of songs like ‘Another Love’, ‘Hold Me’, ‘Wrong Crowd’, ‘Silhouette’ and ‘Somehow’. Tom talks about a range of strategies including writing on planes, co-writing with hitmakers like Rick Nowels and Eg White, and using pop’s conventional limitations to your advantage.

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Robyn Hitchcock Episode 96 – Robyn Hitchcock

In this episode, Robyn Hitchcock shares insights into his decades-old relationship with songwriting. Reflecting on the creative process behind such titles as ‘Do Policemen Sing?’, ‘I Often Dream of Trains’, ‘My Wife and My Dead Wife’, ‘Balloon Man’, ‘Strawberries Dress’ and ‘Trouble in Your Blood’, Robyn unpicks an array of Hitchcockian classics in his own inimitable style.

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Kevin Godley Episode 95 – Kevin Godley

On the occasion of our 5th podcasting anniversary, songwriter, drummer, music video director and artist Kevin Godley joins us to talk about songs from the 10cc and Godley & Creme catalogues. In this fun, in-depth chat, Kevin reflects on the creative process behind classics like ‘Iceberg’, ‘Donna’ ‘Rubber Bullets’, ‘The Dean and I’, ‘Somewhere in Hollywood’, ‘An Englishman in New York’, ‘Snack Attack’, ‘Under Your Thumb’, ‘Cry’ and more.

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Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones Episode 94 – Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones talk about the writing of their excellent album Little Windows as well as tracks from their solo catalogues like ‘Love Her for That’, ‘I Should Get Up’, ‘In My Arms’, ‘The One I Can’t Have’ and ‘There Goes My Baby’. The pair also speak about collaborating with their co-writing partner Bill DeMain, and producer (and former Sodajerker guest) Mike Viola.

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Neil Hannon Episode 93 – Neil Hannon

Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy sits down in London with Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of his fantastic new album Foreverland and older classics from his catalogue like ‘At The Indie Disco’, ‘Our Mutual Friend’, ‘A Lady of a Certain Age’ and ‘National Express’. Neil also reflects on his love for vintage synthesisers and his work on projects such as The Duckworth Lewis Method and TV’s Father Ted.

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