Welcome to Connections, the programme that brings music together like a game of dominoes. The simple rule is that each song played on the show has to 'connect' to the next one in some way...The science stops there...

You can listen to the programme LIVE at and on good old fashioned radio on 94.9FM in the Istanbul area at 17:00 Istanbul time every Saturday. (That's 15:00 GMT, 10:00 EST (Where it's a sort of breakfast show) and 03:00 Sunday NZST (Where it's a through night jam) In addition, I'm steadily adding the archived programmes that date back to October 2009, so there's plenty to keep you going...

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Connections 96 24/9/2011 (9/24/2011 US)

**Please note...I'm updating a large back catalogue of shows, so the shows appear currently in a rather random order on the right of the blog. All the shows are there from 24/09/11 to the latest one from 28/1/12...Anyways...welcome to show 96!! You can listen to the show here:-

Connections 96 24th September 2011

...and as ever to the playlist...

Get Thy Bearings by Donovan (Epic Records 1968)

 Come and Stay With Me by Marianne Faithfull (Decca Records 1965)

Under Mr Thumb by The Rolling Stones (Decca Records 1966)

Well All Right by Blind Faith (Polydor Records 1969)

The Girls On The Beach by The Beach Boys (Capitol Records 1964)

The Click and Fizz by The High Llamas (Drag City Records 2003)

To The Height Of A Frisbee by The Voluntary Butler Scheme (Split Records 2011) 

I'll Take The Rain by REM (Warner Bros Records 2001)

Hero Worship by The B52's (Warner Bros Records 1979)

Uh- Oh, Love Comes To Town by The Talking Heads (Sire Records (USA) 1977)

No One Receiving by Brian Eno (Polydor Records 1977)

Trudi by Donovan (Epic Records 1969)

...and that's the end of yet another show...more on the way!

Keep connected and stay safe...


Monday, 30 January 2012

Connections 97 1/10/2011 (10/1/2011 US)

Hello and welcome to show 97! As I'm always pointing out, I'm in the process of adding a shed load of old shows, that means that, well, I'm not really doing chronology right now, so for the show you want to hear, see the dates on the right hand side...

You can hear this show here:-  Connections 97 1st October 2011 ever, the playlist..

Remember A Day by The Pink Floyd (Columbia (EMI) Records 1968)

Angel Eyes by Roxy Music  (E.G. Records 1979)

Move Over By Janis Joplin/ Full Tilt Boogie (Columbia Records 1971)

Ball and Chain by Big Mama Thornton and her Hound Dogs (Arhoolie Records 1964)

Harlem by Bill Withers (Sussex Records 1971)

What You Got by John Lennon (Apple Records 1974)

Paperback Writer by The Beatles (Parlophone Records 1966)

The Boy With The Thorn In His Side by The Smiths (Rough Trade Records 1985)

Careering by Public Image Limited (Virgin Records 1979)

Shadows On Behalf by The Stepkids (Stones Throw Records 2011)
The Narrow Way by The Pink Floyd (Harvest Records 1969)

...and therein lies another show...hope you enjoyed!

Keep connected!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Connections 114 28/1/2011 (US 1/28/2011)

Welcome to show 114!! Well, this weather doesn't get any better, so here's a pic I took of a beach hut roof last Summer, just to warm things up a little....Today's show starts and finishes with The Jimmy Castor Bunch. Jimmy Castor is one of those folk whose name had got lost in the fullness of time, but whose work has been sampled many, many times, even by some with a fairly dubious repute...Anyway, without more ado, you can listen to the show here:-

Connections 114 28th January 2012

'...and so to the playlist..,' said the, erm, walrus to the carpenter...
Troglodyte by The Jimmy Castor Bunch (RCA Records and Tapes 1972) It's basically an obscene publication!! The 'Way back in time' at the start has been much sampled, as indeed has a substantial part of this album, 'It's Just Begun.' It makes you wonder how those pioneers of Hip Hop and so on arrived at this stuff. It's rap in itself really, 8 years afore the likes of Fab Five Freddie and Grandmaster Flash et al. A far cry from Jimmy's days as a Doo Wop singer. Jimmy was very 'street' and was not one to be screwed over. His rule was, 'You sample me, you damn well pay me...' So, given that The Spice Girls were one of the groups that used his work on 'If You Can't Dance, ' it might have been appropriate to play the flip side..I'll sock it to yer, Daddy...

Who Do You Think You Are by The Spice Girls (Virgin EMI Records 1996) According to Rolling Stone  journalist and biographer David Sinclair, "Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty were the most widely recognised group of individuals since, "John, Paul, George and Ringo..." Uffff time has passed by this shall we....Luckily, and somewhat controversially, Jimmy Castor's samplers also included...

 Sabotage by The Beastie Boys Grand Royal Records (1993) Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence... Some of the Beastie Boys' work has been described as 'The Pet Sounds of Hip Hop..' They started circa 1979 as a hard core punk band and this track's described as 'Rapcor' ...scratching and punk riffs, just a case o' gettin' em together, great stuff! The video was a real feature, directed by Spike Jonze (Do you think he's really Jones?!) a spoof 70's cop show intro...

...that is said to have inspired the opening sequence to Danny Boyle's 'Trainspotting...' Not bad for 3 wide boyz from Brooklyn. The Connection? Well, they appeared on 'American Bandstand, 'as did a number of folk really, but as did...

 The Boat That I Row by Lulu (Columbia (EMI) Records 1967) Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie
changed her stage name to Lulu, it would seem, to save time. In 1967, she was still only 19 years old, having hit the big time in 1964, with 'Shout, ' a song in which she did very effectively...This is a Neil Diamond song that in itself is unusual as it's not the usual girlie 'lustful lament' of the day, but rather an introspective philosophical song that, had a fella of 33 sung it, would have been a bit self indulgent, but for Lulu was douze points...No wonder she married a Bee Gee....Lulu has sung in duets with, and in Aida written by Tim 'nicey' Rice(y) and...

Curtains by Elton John (DJM Records 1975) When you put it on paper, a concept album about two folk having a mediocre time trying to cut it in London and not really making it, might not really cut the mustard with record execs. But somehow, that's what Elton and partner in crime Bernie Taupin did with Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy. 

This was a very lavishly packaged album, presumably to put the consumer into that 'place' as it were. It's not one stacked with hits, rather works as a cohesive whole (we like cohesive holes!). Albeit, this song, Curtains, not really about soft furnishings, rather name checks 'Scarecrow,' and 'A dandelion Dies In The Wind,' that were a couple of the first songs that Elton and Bernie wrote together. The Connection:- Elton utilised the services of multi instrumentalist Caleb Quaye (I said percussionist on the show) as did Stephen Stills...part of...

Season Of The Witch by Super Session (Columbia Records 1968) One day, presumably, Al Kooper, the bloke who played the Hammond Organ on 'Like A Rolling Stone,' by Bob Dylan, was bored and thought, 'Sod it, let's make an album...' He called together some session players of good repute and blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield. For one day, they played away, all bluesy and all good. There were two days studio time booked and the next day, Al got there with the boys and Mr Bloomfield, well, he'd just...buggered off!!! Luckily, if you're a man of Al Kooper's means, you can just ring up Stephen Stills and get him out of bed to come down and play to make up side 2...All in the process of making a master piece...This song is over 11 minutes long but is by no means a waste of 11 minutes of your life...both Al and Mike (when he could be arsed) played with...

 On The Road Again by Bob Dylan (Columbia Records 1965) Bob was the darling of the folk scene in the early 1960's but by 1965, was hitting some fairly copious amounts of sherry trifle, which resulted in his lyrics becoming more cryptic than ever. He was also very much influenced by the Chicago Blues and was rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Beatles, whom he inspired, and rather like with the Beach Boys, there came this competitiveness...although I'm not sure Bob would ever be so crass as to allude to it!! This song is a far cry from his earlier protest songs, full of imagery of Grandma's in fridges and Grandads brandishing walking swords. All good whole some stuff...His song 'All Along The Watchtower,' connects us to...

Angel by jimi Hendrix (MCA Records Recorded c 1970 released 1997) Unfortunately, dying is one of the biggest career moves you can make in Rock and Roll. After poor Jimi's untimely demise and ascension into the 27 Club...

much of the material he'd been working on since Electric Ladyland got into the hands of a bloke called Alan Douglas, who took it on himself to put post humus session musician backing on to some of the work Jimmy had left and well, it was a bit of a mess really. The ethereally named, 'First Rays of The New Rising Sun,' was released eventually released in 1997 and readdressed this issue to some extent...Great song to sing along to after a couple of Rakis it is too...In one of those bizarre historical twists, Jimmy supported The Monkees for a run of 5 nights in 1967. Rumour has it he got booted off the tour for giving the crowd a one finger salute...The Monkees had Mike Nesmith and Mike Nesmith was in...

 Joanne by  Michael Nesmith and The First National Band (RCA Records and Tapes 1970) In 1970, it was hard to be taken seriously if you were an ex Monkee, The First National boys were playing with the likes of The Flying Burrito Brothers. The shame of it is that Mike was a very accomplished musician whose work was oft overlooked. As it was, this song was the spawn of what has become known as 'Country Rock...' and all the Tipp-ex you need...:-D

 The First National Band covered, 'I Looked Away,' written by Eric Clapton, erstwhile with...

 Wrapping Paper by The Cream (Reaction Records 1966) Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in 1965 because he felt they had got a bit commercial, so he got together Rock's first 'Supergroup' and recorded this Jack Bruce/ Peter Brown composition...cutting edge, Man....Drummer Ginger Baker once endearingly referred to this as 'The biggest piece of s*&t he'd ever heard...' It's not that terrible, but it aint White Room...Cream toured with The Loading Zone, who were on RCA Records as were....

 Bad by The Jimmy Castor Bunch (RCA Records and Tapes 1972) 15 years before Mr Jackson!! Bad is good!! Rest in peace, Sir...

and, as ever, that's the end of another show, I hope you enjoyed...spread the love!!

Stay cool 


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Connections 98 8/10/2011 (10/8/11 US)

Hello and a warm welcome to show 98! You can listen to this show at:-

Connections 98 8th October 2011

So...the all important play list...
The Worst Band In The World by 10cc (UK Records 1974)

No Time Or Space by George Harrison (Zapple Records 1969)

Awaiting On You All by George Harrison (Apple Records 1970)

Let It Grow by Eric Clapton (RSO Records 1974)

Apache by The Incredible Bongo Band (Pride records 1973)

The Rainbow Connection by Weezer with Hayley Williams (Walt Disney Records 2011)

Carol Brown by Flight Of The Conchords (Sub Pop Records 2009)

I Once Had A Sweetheart by Pentangle (Transatlantic Records 1969)
Field Day For The Sundays
Three Girl Rhumba by Wire (Harvest Records 1977)

Connection by Elastica (Deceptive Records 1995)

Filmstar by Suede (Nude Records 1996)

Gizmo My Way by 10cc (UK Records 1973)

...and that seems to be about it...hope you enjoyed...Keep connected!


Connections 99 15/10/2011 (10/15/2011 US)

Hello again...Sorry if I keep repeating myself, but as this is the first thing you see when you arrive on the 'blog, ' you need to look at the show numbers and dates on the right hand side to get to the show you want. I'm striving to correct this, but it does give the site that 'lived in' look...

Anyways, welcome to show 99! You can listen to the show here:-

Connections 99 15th October 2011

...and so to the playlist..

Mathilde by Scott Walker (Philips Records 1967)

Vambo Marble Eye by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (Vertigo Records 1973)
Vienna by Ultravox (Chrysalis Records 1981)
I Got You by Split Enz (Mushroom Records (Aus) 1980)
 It Shall Be by Spirit (Epic Records 1968)

 Behind The painted Smile by The Isley Brothers (Teaneck/ Tamla Motown Records 1969)
Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder (Tamla Motown Records 1976)
Essence of Sapphire by Dorothy Ashby (Atlantic Records (1965)
Friday The 13th by Atomic Rooster (B&C Records 1970)
Amateur Hour by The Sparks (Island Records 1974)

The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More (Smash Records 1966)
Boy Child by Scott Walker (Philips Records 1969)

As ever, that's the end of another show...Keep Connected!


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Connections 100 22/10/2011 (10/22/2011 US)

This was the 'centenary' show, so I decided to reflect 100 years of music writing...These songs were written between 1911-2011. Something a bit different, but the music still had to connect in the usual ramshackle ways!!

You can listen to this show by clicking on this link:-

Connections 100 22nd October 2011

It may take a few moments....

So, the 100 year playlist...

Any Old Iron by Peter Sellers (Parlophone Records 1957)

Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by The Crystals (Philles Records 1963)

Minnie The Moocher by Cab Calloway (Blues Brothers Version Atlantic Records 1980)

Alabama Song by The Doors (Elektra Records 1967)

Sonata V by John Cage & 4'33" (Unknown, 1940's)
Milk Cow Blues by The Kinks (Pye Records 1965)

Cherry pink and Apple Blossom White by Perez Prado (RCA Victor Records 1955)

The March Of The Dribcots by Joe Meek (Triumph Records 1959)


Tomorrow Never Knows by The Beatles (Parlophone Records 1966)

Keep on Going by Fleetwood Mac (Reprise Records 1973)

Landslide by Cabaret Voltaire (Rough Trade Records 1981)

 Song 2 by Blur (Food Records 1997)
Since I Met You by The Avalanches (Modular Records 2000)

Bess Street by White Denim (Downtown Records 2011)

Peter Sellers Sings George Gershwin (Parlophone Records 1960)

and there's 100 years!!

Keep it real and keep connected!


Connections 101 29/10/2011 (10/29/2011 US)

Welcome to show 101! Hopefully not akin to the room!! The backlog is steadily getting smaller, though I realise this is always a moving target. As ever, if you are looking for more recent shows, check the links on the right...they're all there, just not in the right order!!

You can listen to the show by clicking this link:-

 Connections 101 29th october 2011

So...the Autumnal Playlist...
Going Underground by The Jam (Polydor Records 1980)

Turning Japanese by The Vapors (United Artists Records 1980)
Lost Woman by The Yardbirds (Columbia (EMI) Records 1966)

Spaceball Ricochet by T.Rex (Fly (EMI) Records 1972)
Song Of Love By Stephen Stills and Manassas (Atlantic Records 1972)
Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners (Mercury Records 1982)
I'm Still in Love With You by Al Green (Hi Records 1972)
Need Your Love So Bad by Fleetwood Mac (Blue Horizon Records 1968)

Sell Me A Coat by David Bowie (Deram records 1967)

Breakfast In Bed by Dusty Springfield (Philips/Atlantic (US) Records 1969)
Start! By The Jam (Polydor records 1980)

...and that's the end of another show...Keep connected!


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Connections 113 21/1/2012 (1/21/2012 US)

 First and foremost, you can listen to the show here:-

Connections 113 21st January 2012

I wonder if anyone can tell me where that was taken?! I just thought it looked sort of, well, connected. The clue is it's in Istanbul...Any road up, welcome to show 113! Today's show started and finished with something a bit schmaltzy if you will, David Soul and some Starsky and Hutch elevator type muzak. I was recently watching a BBC retrospective about 1977, and someone commented about how particularly, 'Silver Lady' sounds 'good' now. Something you don't hear too often on the radio anyway...
You'll be also delighted to know that some of today's connections were pretty damn's all good...I did make a hasty addition to tonight's playlist following the sad news of Etta James' death. We salute you... the playlist...

Silver Lady by David Soul (Private Stock Records 1976) Although Mr Soul was in the likes of 'Flipper' and then Starsky and Hutch, word has it that one of his earliest TV appearances was on the US Merv Griffin Show with a bag over his head proclaiming that he wanted to be judged as a singer on his own merits...It seems eventually he got his wish, and it makes an interesting biog for the start of the show, where I'm normally listing what instruments folk play and what bands they were in! This song is the very fabric of 1977...even in the midst of punk! A guilty pleasure....also giving us, via David's Starsky and Hutch connection, an ideal opportunity to play...

Theme from Starsky and Hutch (Gotcha) by The James Taylor Quartet Feat Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis (Urban Records 1988) Forgive me, I think I said 1995 on the show...'I stand corrected,' said the man in the orthopedic shoes...  Not to be confused with the bloke that did, 'You've got a friend,' this is the Acid Jazz James Taylor, and quite possibly his Acid Jazziest rendition of this theme from Starsky and Hutch. This music goes through my head every time I'm in a Taxi with a maniac driver, 'Yo, if ya want some marmalade from the Grand Bazaar, just yell for Huggy Bear...' etc etc. Just wants to make you reach for a Gran Torino...Save to say the air Hammond got another pounding this week...JTQ appeared on the John Peel Sessions (yes! I said they were good connections...) as did...

Vas Dis by Wishbone Ash (MCA Records 1971) This is a funky little number by Brother Jack McDuff. The Wishbone boys started off with a more straight laced approach to more or less blues oriented material, and they wanted to get that tomato and make a creamy soup from it. This is using their two guitar player format to best effect, covering what was essentially a jazzzzz standard, replete with Crosby Stills and Nash esque harmonies on the scat singing. A classic!! The Connection? MCA Records were the 'parent company' for the smaller and of course now defunct Uni Records...
..and this company was later revived by Sire Records, who were host to (at some point in time, but of course not on this release!!)...

Ca Plane Pour Moi by Plastic Bertrand (ANC Records 1977) Danser Pogo de Belgique!! Roger Allen Francios Jouret doesn't sound quite as punk as Plastic Bertrand, but I recently found out to my dismay that for his forst 4 albums, Plastic's voice was actually his producer Lou Deprijck. The 'real Plastic Bertrand defended this for many years saying the voice was his, but finally caved in after the voice on a greatest hits record he put out, claiming to be Plastic Bertrand or Roger, well call him, in 2010 had the voice of Lou Deprijck on it in 1977...A mere oversight, I'm sure~~~~~~~Still, that said, no matter who sings on it it's a great track and brings the pogo out of the best of us....The Uni Records loose connection worked very well in connecting Plastic Bertrand, whoever he may be, to....(Although this release was on Techniques, they were affiliated to Uni Records at some juncture...

Double Barrel by Dave and Ansell Collins (Techniques/Trojan Records 1971) Dave and Ansell were not Collins brothers, as I always thought! Dave Barker was a session vocalist and Ansell Collins was a keyboard player who worked for Lee 'Scratch' Perry, one of the itchiest dudes in Jamaica....One can only wonder how these pairings happen...are they sat eating peas and rice in some Kingston Cafeteria one day, and one says to the other, 'Hey, let's make a record called Double Barrel...'...? This track also boasts premier appearance by a 14 year old drummer Sly Dunbar who became 50% of Sly and Robbie...The connection? This song was covered by...
Ghost Town by The Specials (2 Tone Records 1981) The Specials had been known for their basic approach to Ska music and their popularity in the early 80's was waning. Band members weren't so keen on this song, as it contained some very jazzy minor chords that were out of character, plus producer John Collins, who was relatively unknown was using a primitive sampling technique that required all members to sing the chant 'This town is comin' like a ghost town' all the way through. Therein lies the record's genius. Originally conceived based on a dodgy club, The Locarno, in Coventry...

the ghost town metaphor was taken to reflect the sorry state of the nation in the UK in 1981. Coventryers hated it though, as it bought the town a bad name!! Herein lies the diciest connection in the whole show...The Specials did at some point record on Virgin Records, as indeed did Mike Oldfield, quite famously actually...anyways, he moved recently to MCA Records who at one point were home to (but you know of course, were not on this particular release...)...

Leaving on a Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight and The Pips (Buddah Records 1973) I always thought 'The Pips' was a great name for a backing group, apparently Pip was a cousin of Glad's who wasn't actually in the line up that folk tend to remember! this was one in the eye for Motown Records, their first release on Buddah Records...feel those horns peel off~~~~~The Connection? Gladys and the boys were on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, as were hundreds of people, but as were ELO...who in a former incarnation were...

No Time by The Move (Harvest Records 1971) In 1971, The Move were morphing into Electric Light Orchestra and both 'bands' were operating in tandem...Maybe Roy Wood and co needed the extra pennies, as Harold Wilson's charities had gleaned all the royalties from 'Flowers In The Rain' (1967) following a court settlement for libel. They did differentiate the ELO sound in that the Move songs had saxes, the ELO ones had cellos! This song boasts what sounds like some mean recorder playing...The Move had dates in Colston Hall, Bristol as has, somewhat more recently...

Let England Shake by PJ Harvey (Island Records 2011) Polly Harvey hails from Dorset, UK, and a mate of hers who was a pastor at St Peter's Church in Eype said he'd be thrilled if she used it to record or rehearse, so she took him up on it! Worship and Rock n' Roll, there's two good uses for a church.  The acoustics  reflect on this recording as does PJ's instrument of choice, as in the picture, the auto harp, liberating auto harpists everywhere~~~~~ Another one of those records that has, like The Specials 30 years prior to it, challenged the state of the nation.  PJ was on the soundtrack to  'Queer As Folk,' a 2000 UK TV series, as was...

I'd Rather Go Blind by Etta James (Chess records 1968) I put this into the show at the last minute as a tribute to this great, great singer. RIP Etta. She once said that she didn't care much for the hours before noon...very much a nocturnal lady, she strove to transcend merely being branded as an 'R&B' singer, once citing that she wanted to be Otis Reading meets Star Wars. Nobody could read a song quite like Etta couldXXXX
Etta was included in DJ John Peel's 'Peelennium' with this song as was...
The Black and White Rag by Winifred Atwell (Decca Records 1952) Pure class!! I've always loved Winifred's records...this was Rock n' Roll before Rock n' Roll. Winifred was a classically trained pianist who influenced the likes of Elton John and even Booker T. She had a grand piano, but everyone liked it best when she moved to her 'other' piano, which was a battered upright 'honky tonky' piano, now allegedly owned by Nationwide novelty songsmith, Richard Stilgoe...

and the BBC used this piece of music for many years for 'Pot Black,' a snooker show... The Connection back to our 'anchor man of the week' was again patchy. But it works! Winifred was once on Philips Records, as were Dutch group Luv, who moved to Private Stock Records...Home to...

Don't Give Up On Us Baby by David Soul (Private Stock Records 1977) Number one in the UK this very week in 1977! The thing with Private Stock Records was that promises were made about the storage of their master tapes that weren't kept, so they were auctioned off. As a result most Private Stock erm stock, is garnered from vinyl, so has a bit of click and fizz!! It gives it that 1977 feel anyhow!

Anyways, that's the end of another show, hoping you enjoyed!!

As ever spread the love and keep connected!!