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Word In Your Ear

Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Alex Gold

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Mark Ellen and David Hepworth have been talking about and writing about music together and individually for a collective eighty years in magazines like Smash Hits, Mojo and The Word and on radio and TV programmes like "Rock On", "Whistle Test" and VH-1. Over thirteen years ago, when working on the late magazine The Word, they began producing podcasts. Some listeners have been kind enough to say these have been very special to them. When the magazine folded in 2012 they kept the spirit of tho ...
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Join Fernando Augusto Pacheco for a spin through the hits and misses of the world’s music charts, from the sublime to the ridiculous and everything in between. Whether it’s tropical treats from his native Brazil, a surprise hip-hop smash in Mongolia or the latest Swedish pop sensation, Fernando is on hand every week to ensure you never miss a beat.
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Smashing Podcast

Smashing Magazine

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An interview show from your friends at Smashing Magazine. Drew McLellan and Vitaly Friedman talk to design and development experts about their work on the web, as well as catching you up with the latest news and articles at Smashing Magazine. Suitable for cats.
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On the Wind Sailing

59º North Sailing Podcasts

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The definitive podcast about sailing. Professional sailors Andy Schell, Emma Garschagen, and August Sandberg interview sailors from around the world to discover what motivates, scares & inspires them. For over ten years and through 400+ episodes, our hosts have interviewed sailors like Dee Caffari, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Liz Clark, John Kretschmer, Kirsten Neuschafer & many, many more. We talk to boat builders, yacht designers, YouTube stars, performance racers, and many more. HOLD FAST!
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The 605 Show is the official podcast of 605 Magazine, based out of Sioux Falls, SD. Interviews with South Dakota business people, artists, musicians, movers, and shakers of all kinds.
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Breaking Beauty Podcast

Dear Media, Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins

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Get ready with us! We’re Jill and Carlene, two longtime beauty editors who have seen it all and swatched it all, and now we’re here to tell you what’s good. Whether you’re searching for the latest insider-fave foundation, building a gimmick-free skincare routine, or interested in exploring culture through a beauty lens, tune in every Wednesday for epic guests like Makeup By Mario, Dr. Pimple Popper and Jonathan Van Ness (say what?!) Plus, don’t miss our monthly #DamnGood reviews of trending ...
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The Giddy Carousel of Pop

The Giddy Carousel of Pop

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Welcome aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop! We are a Smash Hits appreciation podcast dedicated to the swingorilliant British pop magazine which ran from 1978 to 2006. In each episode, we take an old issue of Ver Hits (usually from the 1980s but may slip a year or two either side of that) and discuss what’s on its pages, looking at who’s riding high on the carousel and who’s heading down the dumper. We always have a guest to help us along the way, so we’ll be talking to the readers, the writers ...
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Each week, Q Magazine Editor Ted Kessler interviews a superstar songwriter and musician about their life and career in music, about their ups and downs, their hits and misses. We also employ the famous “Biscuit Tin” method devised in ancient times by Smash Hits for unlocking their deepest secrets.
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Bigmouth

Podmasters

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Clever talk about pop culture. Bigmouth is pop culture talk for discerning grown-ups. Music, TV, movies, books or something else entirely – we’ll enthuse, argue, squabble and pick over the bones of what’s happening in the world of the stuff we love. Presented by WORD magazine veterans Andrew Harrison (ex-editor of Q, Select and Mixmag) and Siân “Stan” Pattenden, a graduate of the Smash Hits and Select Mag Schools of Excellence.
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Ian Carey is and has been for many years a legendary key player in the house scene worldwide. Ian grew up in a small town in Maryland, USA; about 2 hours from Washington DC. He was exposed to music at a young age, as his father (RIP) was a live sound engineer and ran a sound reinforcement company. His father engineered for such groups as Kool and The Gang and The Duke Ellington Orchestra. Also, his mother played guitar and sang as a hobby. By the time he was 7 years old he was able to mic a ...
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Alex Laline is a lifelong sailor and one of our full-time staff at 59º North. Growing up in a multinational family, he sailed dinghies as a kid in the UK, Spain and Indonesia, then got inspired to sail around the world when he saw an ad for Clipper. As a teenager he saved all his money and joined Clipper as a paying crewmember, completing a circumn…
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Whether it’s the satin pillowcase, minimalist scrunchies or the viral, XL heatless rollers, there’s a good chance that you have a Kitsch favourite in your beauty routine already. Today, Founder and CEO Cassandra Morales Thurswell traces the brand’s humble beginnings, from selling handmade hair ties door to door at the tender age of 25 to creating a…
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We lobbed the feathered arrows of enquiry at the rock and roll dartboard this week and these got the highest scores … … rock stars v the new league of the Super-Rich. … package tours of the mid-‘60s – eight acts, an interval, a compere plus God Save the Queen. … ‘Hits, Flops and Other Illusions’ by Edward Zwick and the fantastic tale about arroganc…
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Neil’s an old friend from our days back at Smash Hits in the early ‘80s. The first Pet Shop Boys demos were played on the office tape machine, though he was a bit self-conscious about “the one with the rap on it”. He’s always had a journalistic capacity for story-telling, remembering everything in famously entertaining detail, and we had so much ma…
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Richard Thompson first appeared onstage aged 14 playing Beatles covers in a school group “so bad we were pelted with pennies”. Sixty years later his range of operations includes touring solo and with his band, occasional reunions with Fairport Convention, residencies on Adriatic cruise ships and running a Guitar Camp in the Catskill Mountains (alon…
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Memberships, perks and points, oh my! This week we’re dissecting the world of beauty loyalty programs to see how they stack up against each other. Listen in as we reveal which loyalty programs really make it worth your membership, along with the one place we believe serves the most covetable G-with-P (gift with purchase) and the best, lowkey source…
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Neil’s an old friend from our days back at Smash Hits in the early ‘80s. The first Pet Shop Boys demos were played on the office tape machine, though he was a bit self-conscious about “the one with the rap on it”, and he’s one of the few people who’s seen the music press from every angle - as a reader in the ‘70s, as a writer and interviewer and as…
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Sailing was never a part of Lutz Kohne’s life growing up - it hit him square in the face as an adult, and completely changed his trajectory. He’s since worked as a professional skipper, as Race Director for the ogr and the ggr, and he is now preparing to set sail himself, around the world, solo, retro and unassisted as a participant in the golden g…
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We lobbed the cracked wooden ball of enquiry at the rock and roll coconut shy this week and a few choice items dropped off their perch, among them … … was Kate Bush ‘the Queen of Prog’? … ELP, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple playing to 350,000 people on a Speedway track. … the three things that sparked the Abba revival. … the Further Adventures of De…
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Henry Mickle & Bayley Richardson are self-described "Mates from the Land Down Under", cruising around the world in an old Beneteau. These two twenty-something friends made a pact, worked their asses off, saved their money, bought a boat and are living the dream — figuring it out as they go, but with knowledge and experience earned from working prof…
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Today we’re welcoming Jen Atkin, dubbed “The Most Influential Hairstylist in the World,” by The New York Times. Prior to founding Ouai, Mane Addicts and now Mane, Jen lent her highly polished hair skills to a veritable who’s who of young Hollywood – everyone from the Kardashians, the Jenner sisters, Hailey Bieber, Chrissy Teigen and even Madonna! L…
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We’ve applied our celebrated sheep/goats separation technique to the rock and roll pasture and shepherded the following into this week’s pod … … Beyoncé and why it’s hard to connect with songs written by committee. … are we too old for biopics? … Marvel films, the Arctic Monkeys and other things you either love or avoid. … reviewing Human Touch and…
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Paul Cook’s post-Pistols band the Professionals were once, rather surprisingly, on the cover of Smash Hits - “the pinnacle of our success!” – and they’re including the 100 Club on their upcoming tour, the location of another career highlight. He talks to us here about how the first time he played live was also the Pistols’ first appearance (Saint M…
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Just ahead of Earth Month, this week we’re welcoming Brook Harvey-Taylor, Founder and President of Pacifica Beauty, the affordable, clean beauty brand that’s been championing vegan beauty for nearly 30 years. Join in to hear about Brook’s journey, from selling her first aromatherapy fragrance at a Grateful Dead show in Eugene, Ore. in the early 199…
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exas are touring in the autumn and she talks to us here about what’s required to make it all look easy, a conversation that includes … … why working in a Glaswegian hair salon was the perfect preparation for pop stardom. … the difference between the first second onstage and everything that follows. … the advantage of being a singer with an instrume…
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Jojo Pickering grew up with sailing as a central part of her life, vagabonding on the high seas with her family and sailing from Africa to the UK. As she got older, she spent more time ashore, starting a traveling theatre company with her husband and kids and bouncing around the UK, France and Spain. But the sea called her back — she recently compl…
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The all-seeing telescope of truth scanned this week’s rock and roll heavens and noticed a few patterns emerge, among them … … the real story of the writing of Layla and who nicked what from where. And who didn’t get paid. … why Sally Grossman was on the cover of Bringing It All Back Home. … album sleeves with overflowing ashtrays that screamed ‘wel…
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Phil Manzanera – who thought “every day in the band felt like Christmas” – has just published his memoir, Revolución to Roxy, and talked to us about it in front of a rammed and captivated audience at London’s 21Soho, an evening so full of detail, intrigue and revelation we’re putting it out as two podcasts. This is the second. He lifts the bonnet o…
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Phil Manzanera – whose relatives include a Colombian pirate, a spy and an Italian opera musician - has just published his memoir, Revolución to Roxy, and talked to us about it in front of a packed and enthralled house at London’s 21Soho, a life so fascinating, detailed and colourful we’re releasing the conversation as a two-part podcast. Here’s Par…
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Fish has announced a Farewell Tour in 2025. “I’ve been there, done that and sold the t-shirt.” He’s moving to a croft on a remote Scottish island with nesting eagles, a flock of sheep named after the Hibernian FC team of 1972 and part-ownership of what’s just been voted “the best beach in the world”. Getting there is like the journey in Brigadoon. …
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Who are we?! With the first day of spring comes Breaking Beauty Podcast’s 7th anniversary and today we’re celebrating with some of our brightest throwback memories, unlocked. If you’re new around here, we’re hitting you with an explainer on who we are and how we got here, along with some real talk on the struggles we’ve been experiencing lately – a…
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Sailor, kitesurfer, and paddler Liz Wardley returns to the show to talk with Emma about her record-breaking row across the Atlantic. She completed the World's Toughest Row at the end of January after 44 days at sea. She beat the previous record by 15 days. Liz has competed many times in The Ocean Race and was last on the podcast in 2019 when she wa…
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Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) was a slow-paced, vicious dirge about the band members who forsook and betrayed him which magically evolved into what appeared to be an optimistic love song, a radio staple that never stopped selling. David and Mark remembered its transformation. Subscribe to Word In Your Ear on Patreon for early - and ad-free - a…
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Various items set off the alarm in the rock and roll bag-check this week and were hauled back for closer inspection, among them … … when did records first try to sound like the past? … why Karl Wallinger and Robbie Williams fell out over She’s the One. ... how Marillion and Chuck D changed the digital landscape. … the only word for the sound of Fre…
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The 605 Show! is back again, this time Dan found the time and good health to join us again in the studio. Sit down, an join us as we welcome our friends from The Diamond Room into the studio to talk bling, St. Paddy's Day, and the sacred vows of matrimony. As always, you can catch episodes on most reputable streaming platforms, and our YouTube!…
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Stephen Fall wrote reviews of his records, one a day, to make him a better listener. A decade later he published them in a book so colossal that we drop it on a desk to prove it’s passed the Boff Test. ‘Reviewing My Record Collection: 3,333 Albums from A to Zuma’ is a laudable labour of love, records he bought years ago and revisited, records he fo…
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MLM company scams are everywhere. So, just what is an MLM company? Better known as multi-level marketing companies, MLMs are businesses that involve selling products to family and friends while recruiting other people to do the same (think: Avon, Doterra, Arbonne, Rodan and Fields, and more). Except that only 1% of people who join an MLM company wi…
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Arthur Brown – enduring psychedelic godfather – is out on tour again 57 years after first performing Fire in a flaming metal crown. He’s nearly 82. This is the most old-school podcast we’ve ever done, talk of seeing Salvador Dali in his audience in a Paris nightclub, jazz bands on the back of trucks, his grandmother’s hotel being bombed in WW2, the…
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Capt. Jen of Schooner WOODWIND returns to the podcast after having just sailed with Andy aboard FALKEN on the 2,100 mile passage across the Atlantic! Jen and Andy reflect on Jen's first big ocean crossing and what it was like to leave the wintry Chesapeake Bay for tropical Tradewind sailing. They also talk about challenges of running a small busine…
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Suzi Ronson was working in a hairdressers in Beckenham in 1970 when a Mrs Jones dropped in for a shampoo and set talking gaily about her son, “an artistic boy who plays guitar and piano”. The same son who’d had a hit with Space Oddity and occasionally drifted down the High Road in a dress. Within weeks she’d become the first rock stylist, transform…
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Nutritious items on the rock and roll tasting menu this week include … … the curious life of Tom Verlaine, his grocery cart and his 50,000 books. … was March 9 1984 the worst week ever for the British album charts? … what all great records have in common. … Yesterday’s news today! ‘Soundies’ at the cinema and the Scopitone colour video jukebox. … w…
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On the heels of M.A.C’s epic 40th anniversary party, Carlene and Jill take a trip down memory lane as they chat about the nostalgic matte lipstick shades that helped form their lifelong beauty obsessions. Then, listen in as your seasoned hosts reveal the latest beauty brand imports that have got them legit excited, from the Scandi ‘no makeup makeup…
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Caught in the piercing super-trouper of perusal this week … ... the BRITS 2024, a howling embarrassment. … Medieval Beatles! She Came In Through the Privy Window, Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Kestrel, Comely Rita, I’m Happy Just To Joust With You … … the wisdom of Tony Hancock. … The Last Dinner Party and other ‘art concepts’.…
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Buy us a coffee and help keep the carousel spinning: https://ko-fi.com/giddypoppod Welcome to The Giddy Carousel of Pop! In this episode, Gav and Si are joined by pop critic, author, DJ and Chart Music podcast regular, Simon Price. The carousel spins us back to October 1979, Simon's very first issue, and inside we discover punk, mod, disco and a wh…
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Henry Normal set up Baby Cow Productions with Steve Coogan, co-wrote the Royle Family, Coogan’s Run and Mrs Merton and produced Gavin & Stacy and Red Dwarf. He’s been a central plank in British comedy since the early ‘90s and, throughout it all, developed his own stage show built around poems and stories. He’s touring the UK with Brian Bilston. Thi…
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Steve Howe talks to us from the old house and studio in Devon where they rehearsed ‘The Yes Album’ in 1970. He’s been recording there for 54 years and is part of the current line-up about to set out around Europe. He looks back here on what he’s learnt from 60 years onstage and mentions … … the effect of seeing Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins and The Ani…
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