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Each Monday, Pop: The History Makers presents a new interview with an icon of popular culture. Season 3 In the latest season of POP; The History Makers I'll be interviewing Pop Stars, Authors, Artists, and other people who have stories of pop-cultural history. Season 2 Interviews with video directors Jonas Åkerlund, Steve Barron, Jimmy Helms (Londonbeat), Belouis Some, Mousse T., Wolfgang Flür, Billie Ray Martin, Belouis Some, Mark Reeder, Marcus Vere (Living in a Box), Raz (of Rob n Raz), U ...
 
Boxing Podcast🥊🎧 Danny Z and Michael "Shep" Shepherd cover the biggest boxing events from around the globe with the most in-depth fight previews, guests, and hard-hitting analysis. Episodes released weekly. Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram: @thelastround12
 
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A milestone in sampling culture, Pump Up The Volume started as an original basic idea by Ivo Watts-Russell. He was the label boss of the two bands that he brought together to make the track, Colourbox - an electro outfit and A. R. Kane, an indie band. But what made the track a phenomenal success were the samples, scratching, and effects that C.J Ma…
 
As the main man of Imagination, Leee John enjoyed hits in 28 countries with Body Talk, Just an Illusion, and Flashback. In this interview, Leee talks about Flashback - a documentary about Black British Music, life during 80s Britain, his musical influences, the time as a child that he spent in New York, and his first appearance on Top of the Pops. …
 
Two guys, Al Mackenzie - a DJ, and Peter Cunnah, with a more popular approach to music. They meet in the club that Al plays in, and start writing and recording track which would eventually be under the band name D: Ream. Their first single 'U R the best thing' is a club hit, and their second release 'Things can only get better' reaches number 24 in…
 
Warning; This episode has very explicit language. Season 3 starts on POP; The History Makers with Man Parrish. With hits like Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop), and Boogie Down (Bronx), his stripped-down early hip-hop/electro music was to prove influential, and his single Male Stripper with Man 2 Man was to be his biggest hit.⁠ He suffered parental abus…
 
Closing out Season 2 - Dr. Alban, the 7th biggest selling Swedish artist of all time, who has sold over 14 million records, and who is best known for his 90s hits, Hello Afrika, It’s my Life, and Sing Hallelujah. In this interview, he talks about growing up in Nigeria, and what life was like in a family of 10 siblings. He also recounts his move to …
 
In Part 2 of this revealing interview with Martin Glover, or as he is known - Youth, he talks about his work as a producer. As someone who has been at the forefront of new styles, from post-punk to trance, ambient, and dub, he makes a fascinating interviewee - and he tells me about his approach to production, and working with Durga McBroom on their…
 
Martin Glover aka Youth, who is probably still best known for his time in Killing Joke, is one of the most prolific producers of our time. He has worked with Durga McBroom in the band Blue Pearl, with Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Erasure, INXS, and Paul McCartney. He has been at the forefront of new styles, from post-punk to trance, amb…
 
Part 2 is a continuation of the interview with Louis C. Oberlander, keyboardist with The Jeremy Days. If you're not from Germany you may not have heard of the band, but their music is Brit-pop influenced, and they were one of the bands that MTV Europe, where I worked, pushed. They reached number 11 in the German charts in 1898 with Brand New Toy, a…
 
An interview with Louis C. Oberlander, keyboardist with The Jeremy Days. They were one of the bands that MTV Europe, where I worked, pushed. That was back in the late eighties. Influenced by Brit-Pop, The Jeremy Days were not identifiable as to which country they came from. They reached number 11 on the German charts in 1988 with Brand New Toy, and…
 
In Part 2 of this interview with Marian Gold, he talks about his success with Alphaville, and how he has recorded new versions of his hits with the Babelsberg Orchestra. That album, Eternally Yours, is out on September 23rd of this year. Connect to me on Instagram to keep up with the latest on who's coming up for an interview at - steve.blame See a…
 
Marian Gold’s career stretches 38 years. 8 studio albums with Alphaville, a number of compilation releases, and two solo albums. But it was the first two Alphaville albums that had enormous success, not only just within Germany and the German-speaking territories, but worldwide and their hits Big in Japan, Forever Young, Dance with Me, and Sounds l…
 
Happy 60th birthday (May 9th, 2022) to Dave Gahan, who as the lead singer of Depeche Mode since 1980, has enjoyed worldwide success. An amazing live band, Dave's voice, and stage presence are legendary, as is his brush with death. This is my memory of interviewing Dave Gahan for MTV in 1993. ⁠ ⁠ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informa…
 
In Part 2 of this interview with Ulf Ekberg of Ace of Base, he talks about the attack on Jenny and the resulting fallout. But first back to what he said at the end of part 1. If you haven't heard Part 1 it is already online. Connect with me on Instagram; steve.blame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Ulf Ekberg, one of the founding members of Ace of Base along with Jonas, Jenny, and Malin or Linn Berggren, co-wrote most of the tracks on their debut album Happy Nation which included the hits All that she wants and Wheel of Fortune, and subsequently gave the band worldwide success. At the height of their success in 1993, stories appeared in the S…
 
Rasmus or 'Raz' Lindwall, as half of the production team Rob n Raz, scored an international hit with Leila K in the late 80s. Got to Get charted in 1989 all over Europe and the US. They both worked extensively as remixers, and on production and scratching. Their careers have included work with Papa Dee, Raz is still producing music - amongst others…
 
In Part 2 of this interview with Marcus Vere from Living in a Box, he talks about what happened after 1990, when Richard Darbyshire left, and the band split in accordance with the contract they had signed in 1985. In 2004, they reformed for one gig with the original lineup. But this was not to be. And over a decade later, Tich and Marcus returned t…
 
Living in a Box, with Marcus Vere on keyboards and synthesizers, Anthony Tich Critchlow on drums, and Richard Darbyshire on vocals, formed in 1985. and released their first single, also titled Living in a Box in 1987. That track reached the top 5 in the Uk and the top 40 on the Billboard charts. During my early days at MTV, their songs were played …
 
And Mark Reeder continues his story in Part 2. We start back in the early eighties when he arranged a shoot for the British TV show The Tube and follow through until the Berlin Wall comes down, and end with Mark on his latest album, Life Everywhere. Make sure you connect with me on Instagram at steve.blame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-…
 
Mark Redder has become the go-to man for the Berlin music scene. He moved there from Manchester in 1978 and quickly ensconced himself in what was then the West Berlin scene. He played in various bands, arranged performances in the then East Berlin for Die Toten Hosen, a german punk band, and was the first who managed to get an East German band on t…
 
In Part Two of this podcast interview with Neville Keighley aka Belouis Some, he talks about the years of success, and how, after it ended he went through a period of loss, eventually leading to a different life, and how his unexpected experience of going back on stage in 2019 has given him hope of more stage appearances in the future. Connect with…
 
In a highly entertaining interview, Neville Keighley aka Belouis Some who had worldwide hits in the mid-eighties with 'Some People' and 'Imagination', talks about his early influences and his early recordings which led up to his first album. It's an amazing story of someone who clearly was extremely driven, and eventually achieved his dream of worl…
 
Billie Ray Martin's 'Your Loving Arms' was a top ten hit in the U.K, a massive club hit worldwide, and remains one of the great dance anthems. Her story reads like a Hollywood movie, full of twists and turns. It even contains the obligatory 'singer looks for band' advert which leads to Electribe 101. But when a second album is rejected, the band sp…
 
Billie Ray Martin's 'Your Loving Arms' was a top ten hit in the U.K, a massive club hit worldwide, and remains one of the great dance anthems. Her story reads like a Hollywood movie, full of twists and turns. It even contains the obligatory 'singer looks for band' advert which leads to Electribe 101. But when a second album is rejected, the band sp…
 
Rob Pilatus, once half of Milli Vanilli, died on the 3rd of April 1998. It was the eve of a promotional tour for a new Milli Vanilli album on which both he and Fab Morvan featured. The story of the downfall of Milli Vanilli is a tragic tale, they are not the only non-singers in music history, yet they felt the full force of a media backlash. This i…
 
Part two of this interview with Wolfgang Flür looks at more tracks on his album Magazine 1, and how Trans Europe Express inspired him to make his track Night Drive, and he talks about an emotional final meeting with ex-Kraftwerk bandmate, Florian Schneider. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Born in 1947 in post-war Germany, Wolfgang Flür made his name in the band Kraftwerk. The last time I met him was in 1997 when he released his first post-Kraftwerk album with his band Yamo. His latest album, Magazine 1, is a masterpiece, a mixture of old and new, a commentary of today's world from Flür's perspective. In the first part of this two-pa…
 
Record producer, film composer, DJ, and judge on Deutschland Sucht den Superstar - Germany’s version of Pop Idol, Mousse T. has achieved worldwide success with his written and produced tracks Horny '98 and Sexbomb, his collaboration with Tom Jones. His songs are infused with house music and an element of fun, but when you talk to him, you realize t…
 
Al Green is often referred to as ‘The Last of the Great Soul Singers’. In the 1970s the masterpieces he released, like ‘Let’s stay together’ and ‘Tired of being alone’, were in part due to record producer and vocal mentor Willie Mitchell, who signed him to his label Hi Records. Mitchell's influence stretches from the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, …
 
After chart success in the 1970s, Jimmy went back to session playing, but by the late 80s he was desperate to get his own band together. Finally, it happened and Londonbeat hit the top of the Billboard charts in February of 1991 with I've been thinking about you. Jimmy realised a dream that he had been working for his whole life. In part 2 of this …
 
When Londonbeat hit the top of the Billboard charts in February of 1991, Jimmy Helms realised a dream that he had been working for his whole life. He was approaching his 50th birthday. He had achieved chart success earlier, in 1973, with ‘Gonna make you an Offer’, a song inspired by the most famous phrase from the Godfather movie - I’m gonna make y…
 
Jackson, A-ha, Madonna, and Dire Straits. One of the shapers of the 1980s' music video scene, Steve Barron talks about his work with the greatest stars of that era and concludes this second and final episode with where he is in his life today and how he looks back upon that golden age. And if you are interested Steve has written a book on his exper…
 
Music Video Director of 80s IconsDirector of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean', of A-ha's 'Take on Me', of Dire Straits 'Money for Nothing', and of Madonna's first video, 'Burning Up', Steve Barron was one of the shapers of 1980s music video. He tells his story in part one, of learning his craft on the job, and of almost getting fired when working wi…
 
My Personal Interview Memories Kurt Cobain was born on the 20th of February 1967 and died on April 5th, 1994. In Mini-Memories today, I look back on my time working for MTV Europe where I was lucky enough to interview many world stars, often more than once. These are my Mini-Memories of those interviews, all seen from today’s perspective. And in th…
 
My Personal Interview MemoriesBetween 1987 and 1996, when I worked for MTV Europe based in London and later for Viva 2 based in Germany, I was lucky enough to interview many world stars, often more than once. These are my Mini-Memories of those interviews, all seen from today’s perspective. If you are interested in more about Madonna go to the podc…
 
Whitney Houston (born Aug.9th 1963 - died Feb. 11th 2012)Between 1987 and 1996, when I worked for MTV Europe based in London and later for Viva 2 based in Germany, I was lucky enough to interview many world stars, often more than once. This is my Mini-Memory of the time I interviewed Whitney Houston in Los Angeles in 1992. See acast.com/privacy for…
 
Working with Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and his film work.In this part of the podcast interview. director Jonas Åkerlund talks about working with some of the major music stars of the world, including Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé, what those at the top of their game have in common, what he brings to the mix when he works with them, and about the…
 
Jonas Åkerlund is one of the great music video directors of the modern era. He has worked with Madonna, Prodigy, Rammstein, Lady Gaga, and many more. Part 1 of this podcast looks at his route into the pop video business from his first short films which caught the attention of Hollywood, his professional development through working as a film editor …
 
A roundup of the best interviews.With Season 1 of POP; The History Makers now at an end, this is a roundup of some of the best interviews with Fish, Leee John, Martin Ware, Kevin Godley, Sam Brown, Westbam, and Durga McBroom from Blue Pearl. Look out for Part 2 and also watch out for Season 2 starting sometime in January 2022! See acast.com/privacy…
 
The role of music in the fall of the Berlin Wall.In the second part of the podcast interview with WestBam, he talks about how he developed a manifesto as a teenager which described the DJ as the star of the future, and how music played a role in bringing down the Berlin Wall. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
From Münster to BerlinGerman DJ WestBam talks about his early life in Münster and his unconventional upbringing. This episode is an insight into an artist born into a culturally privileged background, but who, like many children do, rebelled against his hippie-era parents. This episode gives an insight not only into his early years in his home town…
 
From Childhood to the StatesBetween 1985 and 2002 the Scottish band Del Amitri released 6 studio albums, five of which charted in the UK. Their biggest single 'Roll to Me' reached the Billboard top 10 in 1995. After 2002, when the band split, the lead singer and main songwriter, Justin Currie went on to release 4 solo albums. Recently the band refo…
 
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