Frogcast!

Mr Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter

To keep you amused till midnight…and possibly beyond! This is my first ever attempt at a podcast, and it’s about my musical journey from when I first got interested in music, in the early 60s, till now. Plus there’s a competition, with valuable ‘Spill points for prizes – your challenge is to tell me, from those musicians/bands represented here…whose music do I have a complete collection of? (Clue: it’s more than one.)

I know this is a bit like the idea that Blimpy suggested the other day on bluepeter’s EOTWQ post, but I’d already started doing this then and I didn’t want to waste it.

The Frogcast is in two parts, the first being just over 30 minutes long and the second 37.

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65 thoughts on “Frogcast!

  1. What a lovely soothing voice you have, tfd. (Not that I haven’t heard it before, but nice to be reminded!) Won’t get a chance to listen through the whole thing this eve, but look forward to a leisurely hour (or so) over the weekend.

  2. Tfd. That is terrific. I’ve just listened to part one (have to admit to skipping The Who! Sorry). Our paths must have crossed several times because I think I mentioned before, I was at Dylan’s Albert Hall Concert, having got a free ticket from one of the secretaries at the place I worked. Her Daddy was frightfully posh and a trustee of The Albert Hall, so he got 6 tickets for everything that was on. I saw the Blues Caravan in 64 courtesy of her (Big Joe Turner, Little Walter, Sleepy John Estes, etc. etc.)

    I’ll listen to part 2 later as “Question Time” beckons. However, I’ll guess at The Everlies, Buddy and RT as your complete collections.
    (If I win, please give my Spill points to charity(

    • Well, I knew you’d skip the Who anyway. Didn’t realise you’d been at the Albert Hall, but we did see several of the same ‘package’ shows, didn’t we, though not at the same venues.

      Your guesses are not entirely right.

    • Our TFD is male & from Merseyside, who’d have thunk it? (Great surprise, can’t wait to listen. This’ll be perfect to soothe my Friday morning hangover).

    • Glad you answered that query, tfd: was wondering who Naomi Rose was.

      Too late to listen before MFF, but I promise I’ll get through it when I get back from my weekend at the mother-in-law’s.

  3. TFD: Lovely, you have such a relaxed natural delivery and it’s all interesting, takes me all the way back, we share many musical tastes, loved Dylan and the Who plus Fairport, the Who were great at that period, all periods really, they were so creative and musically imaginative, different from anything else around. Your talk of obsession sent my into the other room to check my Dylans, 10 albums and 10 CD’s, not close to comprehensive but they cover a lot of the earlyish period. I evolved through the whole skiffle/folk era and I was in LA when Fairport began and I realised that something important was happening, it was very traditional and yet very modern, I wished I could have been there.
    On to part 2, loving it.

  4. TFD -Outstanding job! Way to hoist the 49er banner. Many of my favs well represented & with excellent taste on the picks. Emmy Lou still can give me goosebumps & I like what you said about her being a pathway to country. I would argue however you were already there with the Everlies. They were claimed by both pop & country here, making both charts multiple times. They also charted heavily on the R & B charts. Anyway, great fun & perhaps a new Spill standard.

    • We didn’t have separate charts over here, Fintan, and I never thought of the Everlys’ 50s music as country – though I knew they had country roots. (And I have their album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, which is folk songs.)

      There have been much better ‘Spill podcasters before me though – before your time probably.

  5. @ tfd re “complete” collections of – without listening past the opening song, I’d only put money on Richard Thompson and Tom Petty; maybe Buddy Holly given the slightly strange phrasing of your question.

    See you all over on the mothership.

  6. I’ve just listened to Part 1, and it was like a good late evening radio programme. I’d forgotten how good Crazy Man Michael is and I’m intrigued by the strange boyfriend from that era.

  7. As for complete collections, I’d say it’s not likely to be The Who, as I’ve met frustrated Who completists. But ‘I Can See For Miles’ is a v good choice, much more to it than I remembered.

    Mitch – I gave up on Question Time this week. I’d heard good things about Yvette Cooper but I couldn’t make sense of anything she was saying. I didn’t know whether to agree or disagree, she just had words coming out of her mouth that wouldn’t form themselves into meaning for me. I listened to this instead and I’m glad I did !

    • I agree. Yvette Cooper was crap. Like most of Labour’s front bench, they still have vestiges of Blair and New Labour about them.
      And why, oh why do they insist on putting on that bigoted racist wanker Nigel fucking Farage?

  8. TFD: Back in the 60’s when I was working at a university in LA a friend of mine there organised an annual ‘folk’ festival, the year that I remember EmmyLou was booked as the headliner and I was really looking forward to seeing her. That was the summer that she hit big and she cancelled on us at the last minute, she had much better offers. It must have been ’75 ‘cos I’d just bought her album ‘ Elite Hotel’, basically because I liked the picture on the cover.

    • Can anyone (briefly) explain how such things are done? One day I might contemplate it. I have a digital voice recorder thing if that helps…

      • First you download Audacity, bishbosh (which is free). Then you spend days and days trying to understand it and wondering why they can’t write a manual that actually explains to people how to do the things they downloaded it to do.

        Then a magical transformation takes place and you suddenly find it will do what you want after all.

  9. Good work TFD.
    I too had a secret Country Krush in the 1970s. Must have been one of very few punks with a copy of Don Gibson’s greatest hits.

      • well….we are a bit in limbo at the moment, we moved out of the old place, but the new house is not quite ready yet as we are having quite a few renovations done.

        Luckily, the house has a smaller second house next to it (the main reason we bought it – it will hopefully be the premises of the new improved (and much much less busy!)version of Mrs Panthers shop), so we are camping out in that for the time being and have only been able to move stuff into the kitchen so far. But, we are having fun painting and taking doors off and things like that.

        Life in the sticks is certainly different to living in the centre of Tokyo, there are only about 2 places to eat in town, which both close super early and seem to open and close whenever they feel like it! Not to mention the fact that we are a good 30 years younger than every one of our new neighbours!

        The commute is loooooong, but i’m enjoying it so far as I get plenty of iPod time, which is why I wanted to DL the Frogcast….if you have any advice Maki….?

      • Ah, I’m with you on the joys of the long commute with iPod, ‘Panther – my 45-minute journey to work used to be my main way of listening to music (until I started spending every evening listening to TP&TH that is – the ‘Pod’s on shuffle).

        Maybe if we all shout very loudly…MAKI! Oh, but he’ll be at work, won’t he?

      • 1. Use Safari as your browser. Click on posts on the top right of the page. Shows any attached files for the last 10 posts. Or
        2. Google reader will do the same thing if you add ‘Spill to your subscriptions. Or
        3. Go to the ‘Spill dashboard & search the media library in the left column.

  10. But-but-but I’ve got 20 minutes in and still no Richard Thompson! How can that be? Ah yes, chronology… Very much enjoyed The Crickets record in particular. Boo to the anti-recorded music fella! Ah, here comes the first Fairports mention. Ah, “Crazy Man Michael” is lovely – but then, Sandy Denny could make most things sound lovely, couldn’t she? Great stuff, tfd. Will listen to Part 2 later.

  11. Onto Part 2 and loving it. Lovely, lovely stuff. “Boulder to Birmingham” gets me every time – and very moved by your tribute to Springsteen. Thanks for sharing all of this with us. (Oh, and the Tom Petty is gorgeous!)

  12. Really enjoyed that. I’m afraid Springsteen is still a closed book to me but I liked all the others and loved the narration.

    I assume you have the complete works of Tom Petty…….

  13. really enjoyed that TFD.

    Listened on the way back home yesterday with the darkened Japanese countryside, with the dramatic mountain backdrop whizzing past me. It made the commute go so quickly! Especially enjoyed the female country tracks and that Springsteen tune is one of my favourites, from by far my favourite of his albums.

    I’ve filed it under Frogcast #1 in my iTunes in anticipation of many more to come!

  14. Thanks all for all the upcheerimg comments so far, and some of you are part right about the competition, but none of you has gone far enough! Here’s a supplementary question – one unusual word is used both in the first bit of narrative and the last bit – what is it?

  15. Very accomplished and very interesting, tfd. It’s amazing how a couple of years age separation makes such a difference: you go for the Everlys and ignore (unless I’m jumping to conclusions) The Beatles, whereas I classed the Everlys as ‘old’ and was hooked by the moptops. And yet we’re in sync for the ISB and Fairports, leading to an interest in country/folk on both sides of the Atlantic in the early 70’s (fuelled in my case by Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty). The four tracks at the start of pt.2 are great. Oh and I did love that Who record despite getting bored with them soon after. Sorry but I only get Brucie in theory; in practice he leaves me fairly cold. Mea culpa, I’m sure.
    My guess for the completist list: Dylan, ISB, Ricardo T, Gillian Welch, Brooooce, The Gourds and TP&THB (a work in progress). But given your previous account of impecunious times, I’d guess you’ve only been able to indulge your obsessions relatively recently, so maybe one of the other country ladies is also in the list?

  16. A nice listen. Where were you born, I couldn’t help wondering – I detected a slight accent, but perhaps i’m imagining that, since you obviously started out in London. Sounded about Western-super-Mare on some of the vowels. But only very very slight.

    Envious that both you and Mitch made it to the Albert Hall (I was a babe in arms, so no chance, but took a similar trajectory from Dylan into country and other kinds of folk). I particularly enjoyed hearing ‘Boulder to Birmingham’ again – it always stirs me up emotionally. Like the Everly track v much too!

    • Never lived in the West Country, sourpus – I was born in Watford and have moved around a lot in the South-East, East Anglia and the South and West Midlands. And currently SW Scotland. I would think my current accent is from the Bucks/Northants/Estuary mix that characterises Milton Keynes.

      Incidentally Naomi says she didn’t mean I have a boring voice – she meant I sound like a proper DJ!

  17. That was simply wonderful, TFD.

    Thanks so much for ‘Spilling such lovely music.

    You and I share a few favourites; Dylan, Fairports, Bruce and The Band, and I also harbour a liking for a bit of C&W (well, as a Deadhead it could hardly be otherwise really), a swelling pedal steel guitar gets me every time.

    As for the completism, I think it is Dylan, The Band and the Fairports, also possibly the ISB and Springsteen too.

  18. DaddyPig and bishbosh: that strange boyfriend/anti-recorded music fella was in fact my late ex-husband and the father of my children (who are all musical, and they didn’t get it from me unless the bagpipes skipped a generation);

    bishbosh: people who use Garageband swear it is the easiest thing since boiling an egg. But as they’re all Mac-heads, I tend to ignore them;

    Pairubu: Don Gibson’s greatest hits – tee hee. I like Don Gibson and don’t know why I don’t seem to have any on the ‘Pod;

    Chris: I didn’t like the Beatles at all to start with. I often say I was the only person in my school who didn’t (it was a girls’ school). I did start to like them a bit when I heard Rubber Soul and Revolver though.

    The competition is still on, though things are hotting up, with one entry very very close…last chance, everybody, to try for the big prize!

  19. I have heard the word, and the word is – MOJO !!

    I claim my bonus ‘Spill point and will use it in part payment for some Mazzy Star stuff, having spent almost two hours transfixed by one song on Carole‘s melancholy playlist last night.

    And I’ll make my final “complete” guess, by adding Bob Dylan to TP&tH, Buddy Holly, RT.

    I figure it isn’t The Everlies as you said there was too much stuff you didn’t like …

    • Oh, and stating the obvious … thanks, tfd, I really enjoyed that, particularly the middle of the three country ladies: who was that one again? (I can’t quite decide from your commentary which it was).

  20. One ‘Spill point goes to DsD for correctly picking out MOJO, and the middle woman (rats, I obviously don’t get the John Peel gig after all) is Mary Gauthier, pronounced Go-Shay.

    You have not, however, improved your chances in the main competition…

  21. Thanks. Ah well, I’ll settle for that one point then.

    And I was hoping you’d say the song was Mary Gauthier. I have two MG albums, which don’t get played as often as they should; time to put that right, methinks.

  22. FROGCAST – the results:

    OK…so who, of the musicians/bands I played for you, do I have a complete collection of?

    1 The Everly Brothers – NO
    2 The Crickets – NO. (Buddy Holly YES, but he was a red herring.)
    3 Bob Dylan – NO. I didn’t care for his Christian period.
    4 The Yardbirds – NO
    5 The Who – NO. Only up to the death of Keith Moon
    6 Incredible String Band – NO
    7 Fairport Convention – NO. Only up to the departure of RT. But RT – YES (and he DOES count, as he was on the track I played)
    8 The Band – NO
    9 Emmylou Harris – NO
    10 Gillian Welch – YES
    11 Mary Gauthier – YES
    12 Diana Jones- YES
    13 Bruce – YES
    14 The Gourds – YES
    15 Robert Earl Keen – NO
    16 Tom Petty – YES (and that includes Mudcrutch, his solo albums, TP&TH and the Traveling Wilburys. So those who said TP&TH are also right.)

    and the winner is…

    Chris, with a stunning 5 correct answers (and a hint of a 6th but he doesn’t quite go for it). So that’s 5 ‘Spill points to you, Chris, and thanks very much to everyone who listened, and even more to those who commented, and more still to those who had a go at the competition. In fact I think everyone who had a go should get a point, so that’s…oh, work it out for yourselves.

    Bye for now!

  23. The results have prompted me to listen to Part Two – thanks TFD. That was a lovely set if tunes, which I may listen to again when I’m not answering DsD’s questions. I did stop for Emmylou and Bruce though. Racing In The Streets is a great choice, I like the way it borrows the title from Martha and the Vandellas and the middle section riff from The Crystals. I can see why people don’t get him, but for me he’s like Otis Redding in the way the warmth and humour comes through everything. Thank you !

    • Plus that tambourine, which I described in my Melody Maker-prizewinning essay (swank!) as “as if announcing the imminent participation of the Ronettes”.

      • Although my brother is the real Bruce fan in the family – he first saw him on the Darkness On The Edge Of Town tour, and the last time was a treat before starting-a-family-second-time-around, involving a trip to actual Noo Joisey.

  24. TFD – I just wanted to say that I listened to all but 10 minutes of the last part and loved it. You have a lovely voice, and I liked the music – some new to me, some very familiar. I was going to wait to comment till I’d heard the whole thing, but I’m having such a hard time getting back to it!

  25. Well, that was most enjoyable! I thought the first half was great, I liked ALL of those tracks. Not so keen on the rest since I don’t care for Country music – although I thought Mary Gauthier (I think it was her anyway) interesting, and I do enjoy a bit of Gourds (I’ve been in that car! Great times : ), and the Bruce bit was sad-making (but good to know how much he helped, and I did realise that at the time too). Tom Petty… not for me… but well, if we all liked the same things…

    Awesome, thanks John Peel!

    Abxxx

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