Friday 29 April 2011

A missed opportunity

One Sunday night a few years ago (September, 2007) I was listening to BBC6 Music and heard a Listener's Mix.  It was really great but I knew I could do better so, in a spirit of cockiness and fired-up with righteous missionary zeal, I sparked up my PC and submitted one of my own.  A few days later I got a nice email from one of the production staff saying that they loved my choices and would like to broadcast my mix. Of course, I was  thrilled and fizzing with delight at the prospect of a trip to London to record my song introductions.  Unfortunately, however, it didn't happen. During the process the original production company lost the rights to produce the shows.  The new producers were still keen to air my mix but instead of recording the intros ahead of time, they wanted me to appear live on the show at the time of airing and have convivial chit-chat with the presenters (the Queens of Noize, if I remember right). Being a bashful sort that was never going to happen, so I thanked them for their interest but declined their offer. A few years on, it feels like a missed opportunity. I mean, how often do you get to hear your choice of tunes coming through the radio?  The opportunity to drone on about the genius of The Pastels,  Bettye Swann etc. at length would've been fun, too.  Ah well, it wasn't to be.  Below is the tracklisting I submitted.  I still think it would've sounded just champion on the radio!

  1. The Pastels – Comin’ Through
  2. Black Tambourine – Throw Aggi Over The Bridge
  3. Angela and The Fans – I Know You
  4. Oddfellows Casino – Ballad Of Oddfellow
  5. Beach HouseTokyo Witch
  6. Xavier Cugat – Perfidia
  7. Club 8 – The Beauty Of The Way We’re Living
  8. The Field Mice – If You Need Someone
  9. Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop
  10. Mahogany – One Plus One Equals Three Or More
  11. Flying Saucer Attack – Wish
  12. Chuck and Mary Perrin – The Violets Of Dawn
  13. The Eyes – When The Night Falls
  14. Erase Errata – Another Genius Idea From Our Government
  15. The CrabapplesLondon Belongs To Me, Pt 2.
  16. Bubblegum Lemonade – The Tomorrow People
  17. The Clientele – I Hope I Know You
  18. Bettye Swann – (My Heart Is) Closed For The Season
  19. Kenny Carter - Showdown

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