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New Beds,Sheets and Ida!!!

Sunday 3rd August 2008


Following the news at 7am on this Sunday I started with Little Jackie and The World Should Revolve Around Me and having discussed whether August was now part of Autumn….the weather being rubbish again you see, I proceeded with today’s featured artist. This was Ida Maria and he new CD which is called Fortress Round my Heart. Her current single entered the UK Top 40 last week at number 11.

The tunes I played were



                                    Queen of the World

                                    I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked (This is the

                                    current single )

                                    Morning Light


The NME said of her “she’s the midpoint between the Strokes and MS Winehouse”


Whilst Sunday Times Culture described this as “a remarkable debut album”


All in all good stuff !


                                    Paul Weller                                           All I want to do

                                    Sam Sparro                                           21st Century Life

                                    George Michael and Aretha Franklin        I knew you were waiting


7.30 Saw the latest instalment of Lounge Lizards where I featured


                                    Doris Day          Move Over Darling

                                    Bobby Darin      Beyond the Sea

The latter written by a Frenchman during the war….but more of France lateeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrr……….



                                    Sandi Thom       Devils Beat

                                    U2                    Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me

                                    Coldplay            Viva La Vida


                                    Jason Mraz       I Don’t Want to??????

                                    Richard Hawley  Tonight the streets are ours

                                    The Strokes       Last Night

                                    Sarah Bareilles  Love Song



Between 8 and 9am I delved (sometimes deeply) into the local papers. In what appears to have become a regular holiday occurrence……..some were missing!!


Some of the headlines were these


                        Green Belt Under Threat                         Billericay and Wickford Gazette

                        Youths Beat Up Taxi Driver                     Brentwood Weekly News

                        Young Drink Drivers on Rise                    Essex Enquirer

                        Mayor Tees Of Fund Raising Efforts         Brentwood, Billericay and Havering


                        Cinema Plans The Final Cut                    Brentwood Gazette



                                    Fratellis             Old Black and Blue Eyes

                                    Orson               Happiness

                                    Gabriella Cilmi   Sweet about me

`                                   The Darkness    I believe in a thing called love                 





At 8.30 I did Essential…….and this week for two reasons I did Essential France…..bonjour!!!!!!!!


            The first reason is that next week I am going there on holiday and the second that the papers this week appear to have been full of stories about the French President Monsieur Sarkozy but maybe even more

importantly his other half Mrs Sarkozy (formerly known as Carla Bruni. It is possible that our own Heathcliffe could learn a thing or two from these two. Anyway amidst speculation about Carlas (allegedly) chequered past I played TWO songs. These were…


Chambre Avec Vue                    Henri Salvador  

Quelqu’n m’a dit                         Carla Bruni


This is the title track from Ms Brunis’ 2003 album .


At 9am I did The Golden Year


            Tunes this week were


                                    RAH Band         Clouds Across The Moon

                                    Talking Heads    Road to Nowhere

                                    Paul Hardcastle 19


Random Clues included


             Ruth Lawrence, 13, achieves a first in mathematics at Oxford University, becoming the youngest British person ever to earn a first-class degree and the youngest known graduate of Oxford University.


British Telecom announces it is going to phase out its famous red telephone boxes


Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. (The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than 3 months.)


Live Aid pop concerts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and London raise over £50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia



And the Year Was Of Course……………………………………………………………………………………….



                                        1           9           8            5


                        MacAlmont & Butler       Yes

                                    The Kooks                     Shine On

                                    Craig David                    6 of 1

                                    The Rileys                     Baby Blue

                                    The Mystery Jets           Half in Love with Elizabeth

                                    James Blunt                  I really want you

                                    Martha and the Muffins   Echo Beach


Anyway as I was casting about looking for a new target for a Top Twenty Show I noticed that the Batchelors are back in the Top 40 Albums….and quite high up too……WHAT!!!!! So My next Top 20 Show……incredible (yes incredible that they should have been) hits by the Batchelors…………Perhaps this is something I need to consider in more detail during my Gallic Sojourn……Watch this space…..And See You in Two weeks!!!!!!













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