The Young’uns have been involved in some inadvertent spying. We reveal some covert recordings taken from backstage at a recent Young’uns gig. Find out what venue staff honestly think about the Young’uns, plus they become extremely vexed by a mysterious voice. Sean Cooney introduces us to Baby Sam, who wiggles, giggles, skips, slips, jumps and dives through a crazy world of monsters, snakes and dinosaurs. The Young’uns in the mix returns, mixing a sea shanty with the Prodigy. And this week’s guests are Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, recently signed to navigator, whose album Fire and Fortune is released in July. We play a couple of tracks from the forthcoming album and chat to them about their music.
This week, the Young’uns are getting a bit shirty with each other. We’ve advice for anyone seeking to end their lives in a fun and novel way. David Eagle showcases his cheaply and cynically produced football song that is destined to make him a millionaire. Puns this week feature whales, Jesus and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Other subjects covered include the Holiday Inn Express, and nipples. Musicwise, we’ve got live Young’uns and a track from Gavin Davenport’s latest album, and Gavin joins us on the phone to talk about music and phone apps.
Young’uns podcast fans, your time of grieving is over. We’re back with the first podcast of 2013, and the first in our new weekly series.
This week, we speak to journalist, author and folk music blogger Emma Hartley about her book Did David Hasselhoff
End the Cold War? and she reveals information about her work in progress. We talk cats with Jim Molyneux from 4Square
and The Old Dance School. There’s a spontaneous Young’uns in the mix courtesy of Sean
Cooney’s malfunctioning car stereo. We reveal the football song with a difference. We discuss a rather unusual pulling technique witnessed on a London
train, and we’ve anecdotes about supermarkets and the National Portrait Gallery. Plus there’s music from 4Square and some live Young’uns.
At the end of BBC 3′s Russell Howard’s good news, the continuity announcer said: “; And more brand new funny on 3 next Tuesday at ten, as Nick Grimshaw hosts a new panel show, Sweat The Small Stuff, making a big deal out of the little things in life, such as should I put the milk in the tea before or after I’ve taken out the tea bag? Stuff like that.”
Well, understandably desperate to discover what the panellists’ consensus was on this subject, I immediately went onto the Internet to see whether there were any spoilers. But alas not. So I suppose I’m just going to have to try and be patient and wait until tonight to find out what Nick Grimshaw and a couple of radio presenters from Kiss FM who I’ve never heard of have to say about when they deem it correct to put the milk in their tea.
I have booked the day off work today, just so that I can mentally prepare myself for the programme. After I’ve published this blog I’m going to do some yoga and some meditation so that I’m in the right frame of mind for the show. I’m starting to think I should have booked the following day off as well, just in case I need some recovery time if one of the panellists says something particularly revelatory or radical. I think I’m pretty liberal and open-minded when it comes to opinion on hot beverages, but perhaps I’ll be surprised and someone will shatter all my preconceptions.
It’s things like this that inspire me to keep trying to develop a presenting career. Maybe one day I’ll be famous enough to get booked to be on shows like this. After all, I happen to have some startling, paradigm shifting philosophies regarding milk in tea, and don’t get me started with my theories on coffee.
Well, I suppose I better go and prepare myself mentally and physically for the programme. Sweat The Small Stuff is on BBC3 at 10 PM tonight. And before you have a nervous break down, if you’re reading this after 10 pm, fear not, you can watch it on the IPLAYER. I’ll be doing both. I’ll watch it live while following all the Twitter and Facebook comments about the show. Then I’ll watch it again on IPLAYER, as I’ll no doubt find new insights and hidden nuances that I missed the first time round. Then I’ll download it and watch it in slow motion, just to make sure I’ve definitely not missed anything.
I’d normally make a cup of tea at this time of the day, but I don’t feel confident enough to do it; not until I find out from Nick Grimshaw when I should be adding the milk. Public service broadcasting is still very much alive.
New Young’uns Podcast should be about a week away.
This is yet another first episode of a new project. This is a pilot that may go further at some point, but I thought I’d put it up on my website for you, meaning that if it doesn’t get taken up then at least it hasn’t been a total waste.
David Eagle’s Blind Spot is a portrayal of how ordinary, everyday events can be suddenly transformed into the extraordinary, simply because of being blind. It is a light hearted, humorous look at attitudes to disability, and the unusual ways in which people interact with me as a result of my blindness.
This particular episode is a re-done, dramatised version of my blog post From Chickens to Pelicans.
This is just a pilot episode, so I won’t be releasing them on a weekly basis (despite what the introduction says), although I may do some more at some point, regardless of whether it gets picked up or not.
Download David Eagle’s Blind Spot, Episode 1, here.
In other news: I’ve updated the Clips section of my site, so that there are some more presenting clips, taken from Young’uns and Southside Podcasts. I’ve also removed the Southside Podcast link from the homepage, because it’s getting a bit antiquated now. But the archive is still there if you should ever want it.
And finally: If you’re reading this before Friday April 12, you should try and listen to the amazing 45 minute radio drama from David Nobbs, the creator of Reginald Perrin; it’s called Silent Nights. It’s currently available on the BBC IPlayer
Well, that’s quite a bit for you to be getting on with. Enjoy.
Rarely does a day go by without me overhearing a conversation that I become absorbed in. Sometimes, I have become so captivated by someone else’s conversation that I have inadvertently missed my stop on the bus or the train. I find There’s something magical about entering these unknown worlds, unbidden and unobserved. I can’t help myself. I might be reading a book or listening to a podcast, and my attention will gradually begin to shift from here … to there: to the people behind me on the train arguing, or the couple in the café presumably on a first date … I will inevitably give up trying to concentrate on my book. That story can always be revisited, but the story taking place right now, over there … that is fleeting, there are no repeats, not available on-demand, there is no rewind facility. And so I become absorbed in this new, exciting, organic story, which has never taken place in this same way before, and will never do so in this same way again. It’s magical, free theatre, unless you miss your stop on the train, in which case it’s potentially quite costly theatre.
Often I will write conversations down, thinking that I might talk about them at a gig or blog about it. I have a file on my computer, full of observations and overheard conversation. Most of the time I don’t use any of what I’ve written and so most of this material is unused.
This brings me on to explaining about my new experimental project, the first episode of which is available to download on this page.
David Eagle’s Earwig features some of my favourite conversations that I’ve had the privilege of overhearing. I will dramatise these conversations. Sometimes I might even develop the conversations further, imagining how the conversation might have panned out if I hadn’t been thrown off the train for only having a ticket that was valid up until the previous stop.
The first episode is only five minutes long, so you won’t be detained for two long. Let me know what you think. I may do some more at some point. Also, if you have any examples of conversations that you’ve overheard then get in touch with me and I might feature it on a future Earwig.
Incidentally, I’ve added this episode to the podcast of my blog, rather than setting up a new podcast for it, so if you’ve subscribed to the audio blog podcast then you’ll get it automatically. If you haven’t then you can subscribe in Itunes here, or view the RSS feed and subscribe that way.
P.S. I confess that the next Young’uns Podcastmay have to wait until April, but we shall make up for our absence, as Podcasts will shortly be released once again on a weekly basis. More on that later.
A piece I recently wrote on the subject of genetically modified soldiers has been published here. It’s a much shorter, and less joke-filled affair than my first draft, but the people in the know consider anything over 700 words to be too much for blog readers; regular readers of this blog will no that I’m only just getting into my stride by 700 words. So I had to whittle it down to this. Anyway, give it a read if you like.
I should be back tomorrow with a new audio blog post, and a new project that I’m planning on developing. More details to come tomorrow.
Last week, Sir David Attenborough came under fire from a media lecturer for snubbing gay animals. The following audio clip is from a radio pilot was involved in (that I won’t talk about, because nothing might come of it and it would be embarrassing to prematurely divulge). The clip explores this point and considers the possible ramifications this allegation might have had for Sir David Attenborough.
Two years ago this very day, I released my first ever David Eagle's Pick and Mix. And now, finally, thanks to begging letters, death threats, blackmail and sexual favours (OK, I made the last one up; but you probably knew that) I am releasing the 2nd David Eagle's Pick and Mix. David Eagle's Pick and Mix is a DJ set with no rules, no restrictions. Anything goes! Music of
Any style, and from any decade. It's a DJ set designed for the music fan, for the discerning listener; not a continuous barrage of dubstep or drum and bass. My aim is to take completely different types of music and mould them together to create unlikely and interesting results. It's kind of like the musical equivalent of cross-breeding. I know there will be some of you who feel that this is a sinful act, that I shouldn't be playing God and tampering with music like this. "Flanders and Swann crossed with the Chemical brothers; it isn't natural!" I have been branded a musical deviant, and people have picketed outside my home. Nonetheless, I return, with David Eagle's Pick and Mix: Volume 2!So, what do you get when you cross the Darkness with the Grand Stand Television theme? Find out by downloading the 2nd David Eagle’s Pick and Mix here.
Below is the complete tracklist of the music featured in the mix. There’s also a Spotify playlist containing those tracks of the mix that Spotify has. You can open the Spotify playlist here.
Enjoy the Mix.
- Oasis – Liam’s Track
- Rod Stewart – Maggie May
- The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- Abba – Mamma Mia
- The Lone Ranger – Quantum Jump
- Blur – Song 2
- Redlight featuring Ms Dynamite – What you talking about!
- Sonny J – Enfant Terrible
- Coldplay – Clocks
- Magnetic Man ft Angela Hunte- I Need Air.
- Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
- Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
- The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
- Young Heart Attack – Starlite
- Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now
- Sweet – Fox On The Run
- Clor – Good Stuff
- SL2 – On A Ragga Tip
- Major Lazer – Pon De Floor
- Communards Featuring Sarah Jane Morris – Don’t Leave Me This Way
- Love Sculpture – In The Land of The Few
- Guns n’ Roses – November Rain
- Oasis – D’You Know what I Mean?
- 50 Cent – In Da Club
- Mint Royale – The Effect On Me
- Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares To You
- Aphex Twin – Girl/Boy Song
- Mint Royale – The Effect On me (Max Tundra Remix
- BasementJaxx – Where’s Your Head At
- The Darkness – I Believe In a Thing Called Love
- Grandstand Television theme
- Martin Solveig – Hello
- M.I.A – Paper Planes
- Art of Noise – Close To The Edit
- AFX – Flow Coma
- M.I.A – Sunshowers
- Lisa Left Eye Lopes – Blockparty
- Utah Saints – What Can You Do For Me
- The KLF – 3 a.m. eternal
David Eagle’s Pick and Mix is available as a podcast. Visit
the Pick and Mix page for subscription options and to listen/download the first Pick and Mix.