Podcast

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

Joe Jackson Episode 81 – Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson chats with Sodajerker about his latest album Fast Forward and the writing of classic songs from his catalogue like ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him?’, ‘It’s Different for Girls’, ‘Steppin’ Out’, and ‘Be My Number Two’. Joe also reflects on his early career, his work on film scores alongside directors like Francis Ford Coppola, and why not every song needs an origin story.

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Marcus Miller Episode 80 – Marcus Miller

Bassist, composer and superproducer Marcus Miller sits down with Simon and Brian in Liverpool to discuss his latest album Afrodeezia and his collaborative partnerships with renowned artists like Miles Davis, Luther Vandross and David Sanborn. In addition to describing the writing process behind tracks like ‘Instant Love’ (Cheryl Lynn), ‘Jump to It’ (Aretha Franklin), ‘You’re the Sweetest One’ (Luther Vandross), ‘Run for Cover’ (David Sanborn) and ‘Tutu’ (Miles Davis), Marcus also talks about his early career as a session musician, his melodic approach to the bass, and key tracks from his solo career, such as ‘The Only Reason I Live’, ‘Bruce Lee’ and ‘Blast!’

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John Grant Episode 79 – John Grant

Celebrating the release of his new album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, John Grant chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of songs like ‘Snug Slacks’, ‘Voodoo Doll’ and ‘Disappointing’. In addition to describing his love for horror film scores, synthesisers, and languages, John also talks about his songwriting process on tracks like ‘Pale Green Ghosts’, ‘Black Belt’, ‘Marz’ and ‘Chicken Bones’.

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Nick Heyward Episode 78 – Nick Heyward

Singer-songwriter Nick Heyward discusses the writing processes behind songs for Haircut One Hundred and his solo career, including ‘Love Plus One’, ‘Fantastic Day’, ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)’, ‘Love’s Got Me In Triangles’, ‘Whistle Down the Wind’, ‘Blue Hat for a Blue Day’ and ‘Kite’. Nick also talks about the recording of a brand new album that he has undertaken in Key West, Florida.

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Lamont Dozier Episode 77 – Lamont Dozier

Motown legend Lamont Dozier sits down with Simon and Brian in Liverpool to discuss the writing of songs like ‘Where Did Our Love Go’, ‘Baby Love’, ‘Stop! In The Name of Love’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ (The Supremes); ‘Heatwave’, ‘Nowhere to Run’, ‘Jimmy Mack’ (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas); ‘Baby I Need Your Loving’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’, ‘It’s the Same Old Song’, ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’, ‘Bernadette’ (The Four Tops); as well as solo tracks like ‘Fish Ain’t Bitin”, ‘Going Back to My Roots’ and the Phil Collins smash ‘Two Hearts’.

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The Bacon Brothers Episode 76 – The Bacon Brothers

Actor/musician Kevin Bacon and composer Michael Bacon, aka The Bacon Brothers, sit down with Sodajerker to discuss the songwriting techniques behind songs like ‘Hookers and Blow’, ‘Only A Good Woman’, ‘July Away’, ‘Ten Years in Mexico’, ‘New Year’s Day’, ‘Guess Again’, ‘Unhappy Birthday’, ‘She is the Heart’ and ‘Go My Way (The iPod Song)’. In addition to the stories behind the songs, the brothers describe growing up in Philadelphia, their working relationship, and plans for the future.

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Glen Ballard Episode 75 – Glen Ballard

Songwriter and producer Glen Ballard joins Simon and Brian to discuss the writing of classic songs like ‘What’s On Your Mind’ (George Benson), ‘Dance Electric’ (The Pointer Sisters), ‘Man in the Mirror’ (Michael Jackson), ‘Hold On’ (Wilson Phillips), ‘I Wonder Why’ (Curtis Stigers) and ‘Pink’ (Aerosmith). Marking the 20th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, Glen also talks in detail about co-writing and producing the landmark Alanis Morissette album, including songs like ‘Ironic’, ‘You Oughta Know’ and ‘Head Over Feet’.

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Mike Scott Episode 74 – Mike Scott

Mike Scott of The Waterboys talks about the writing of his latest album, Modern Blues, detailing the processes behind songs like ‘November Tale’ and ‘The Girl Who Slept for Scotland’. Mike also speaks in detail about classic Waterboys tunes like ‘A Girl Called Johnny’, ‘All the Things She Gave Me’, ‘The Whole of the Moon’, ‘We Will Not Be Lovers’ and ‘Universal Hall’.

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Meshell Ndegeocello Episode 73 – Meshell Ndegeocello

Singer, songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello shares details about her writing process on such songs as ‘If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)’, ‘I’m Diggin’ You – Like an Old Soul Record’, ‘Shopping for Jazz’ and ‘Conviction’. Meshell talks at length about her recent album Comet, Come to Me, her approach to the bass guitar, and her contributions to classic songs like Chaka Khan’s ‘Never Miss the Water’.

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Gilbert O'Sullivan Episode 72 – Gilbert O’Sullivan

Celebrated singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan chats with Simon and Brian about his new album, Latin ala G!, and the songwriting process that has produced such classic songs as ‘Nothing Rhymed’, ‘Clair’, ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’, ‘We Will’, ‘Get Down’, ‘So What’ and ‘All They Wanted to Say’. Gilbert talks in detail about his approach to writing melodies and lyrics, and explains how he developed his musical skills in the early days of his career.

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Stuart Murdoch Episode 71 – Stuart Murdoch

Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian joins Simon and Brian for a chat about his songwriting process. Stuart talks about the work behind songs from his latest album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, as well as older classics from the Belle and Sebastian catalogue, such as ‘The State I Am In’, ‘Seeing Other People’, ‘The Fox in the Snow’, ‘The Boy with the Arab Strap’, ‘The Model’, ‘Step into My Office, Baby’ and ‘I’m a Cuckoo’. Stuart also talks in detail about the process of writing songs for his musical film, God Help the Girl.

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Adam Duritz Episode 70 – Adam Duritz

As the frontman and principal songwriter for Counting Crows, Adam Duritz has been captivating audiences worldwide for almost 25 years with his literate, melodic and introspective songs. In this special 70th episode of the podcast, Adam sits down with Sodajerker to talk about the writing of the recent Counting Crows album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, and the methods behind classics from their catalogue such as ‘Mr Jones’, ‘Round Here’, ‘A Long December’ and ‘Mrs Potter’s Lullaby’.

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