Amelia Fletcher on Radio 4, Monday August 2nd 9.30am

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Amelia Fletcher on Radio 4, Monday August 2nd 9.30am

Post by graysonscolumn » Mon Aug 02, 2010 08:44

From the Radio 4 website:


Alan Johnson: Failed Rock Star
Episode 3
Today, 09:30 on BBC Radio 4


Ex Home Secretary Alan Johnson goes in search of the life he thought he nearly had: as a rock star. In the 1960s Alan Johnson was in a band ("The Area") that cut a single but couldn't get it released. He gave music up for a career that took him from Postman to Union Leader to The Cabinet. So what has he missed out on? Does the fame of being a senior government minister compare in any way with that of being in a successful band.

In this series he meets five people who tasted the fame he craved. Each of the warm and engaging interviews reveal something different about life in music and the truth behind the myths.

In Episode three Alan meets Amelia Fletcher - singer with a number of successful indie bands in the eighties and nineties. She's still in a band today, whilst simultaneously holding down a serious office job - as chief economist with the Office of Fair Trading. Amelia and Alan talk about the joys and perils of combining the rock life with a demanding job. Did Alan make a mistake by thinking the two don't mix?



I think it'll be available to listen to online for a week after a broadcast, in case this is too short notice to catch it live.

Cheers!

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Post by humblebee » Mon Aug 02, 2010 09:52

Wow, Alan Johnson owns an All Girl Summer Fun Band album!

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Post by Silver Girl » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:32

Yeah! We heard that being trailed on Today this morning (cue puzzled looks across the kitchen...)
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Re: Amelia Fletcher on Radio 4, Monday August 2nd 9.30am

Post by moopind » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:40

I have to point out my Radio 4 nerdness factor by having pointed this out in the Tender Trap thread last week. I feel better now. Couldn't listen though. Will do a 'listen again' when I can.
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Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:58

For some reason, 'The Lesson of The Smiths' comes to mind...

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Post by graysonscolumn » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:18

moopind wrote:I have to point out my Radio 4 nerdness factor by having pointed this out in the Tender Trap thread last week. I feel better now.
Ah, didn't look there. I hope the redoubling of effort won't have annoyed anyone. :-)

LOL A Layer Of Chips - understand where you're coming from! Next week - Michael Gove reveals himself to be a Cherryade Records completist...

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Re: Amelia Fletcher on Radio 4, Monday August 2nd 9.30am

Post by sweepingthenation » Mon Aug 02, 2010 19:27

TUC Is The Heavenly Option

The Wedding Present never appeared on Top Of The Pops? (Alright, probably not when Amelia was singing with them, but even so)

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Post by graysonscolumn » Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:09

sweepingthenation wrote: The Wedding Present never appeared on Top Of The Pops? (Alright, probably not when Amelia was singing with them, but even so)
That can't be right! Certainly remember the Weddoes miming to both Brassneck and Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) on the show during 1990, even before the numerous appearances in support of their single-per-month two years later are factored in.

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Re: Amelia Fletcher on Radio 4, Monday August 2nd 9.30am

Post by graysonscolumn » Tue Aug 03, 2010 21:31

Well here's one at least. Love the Bert mask!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dhaOJb0AWQ

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