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It all started in a garden shed , everything started in a garden shed - allthough Hawking may contest that - but thats another story - this story is about his dad helping him to put up an Ariel in his shed - and we cast off .......
why ? because our hero had decided at the age of 14 he wanted to start broadcasting on the
Pirate Radio airwaves - no bandana ,no beard and looking more jim the cabin boy...
but he does becomes a Radio pirate - .........from his garden shed..., turntables, transmitter and a mic to practice well rehearsed nonchelant delivery
But less of that - well no actually , more of that - becuase from - Civic radio in the shed...... The journey goes to radio Invicta 92.4 - but only because someone had teafed their transmitter and our hero still had his ......and so in an dubiously honourable - show for transmitter scandel , and what dya know .....
Our hero lands himself a show on .....Invicta - it’s mastermind roadshow it’s soul over london it’s glamour, the big time, it’s steve devone steve jackson and any other steve with a soul record collection - it’s ..... climbing up tower blocks in leighton , crystal palace and kilburn trying not to get caught and everybody trying to steal your transmitter -
He’s living in FM heaven - horizon radio (94.9) and all night shows with Nelson, catologue numbers remixes first pressings and cameo sleeves to stop the draft from the crack in the wall ...Then
Big split and i’m not talking the crack in the wall , revolt chaos , failed exams mum not happy but thats not it - It’s horizon becomes Solar radio (94.5) well only some do - and thats the problem - messy big split - our hero gets pushed down some stairs it’s ok he lands on his Roy ayers - a copy - not original so we can all relax
But the split is permanent - to the station and the record - And its now ....Solar Radio (94.8) ...officially - well unoficially becuase it’s actually illegal but lets not split the hair - and oh wait - who’s that !!
Radio london(94.5) on the phone and the airwaves and it’s - night FM - mad on jazz - and legal - so his mum feels much better and begins to forgive him for failing the exams and the transmitter gets Left up which ever tower block it was left in ...and he sails .....for
BBC land - bad pay, bad haicuts and worse coffee so he’s back to the pirates - no , only joking - their coffees worse -
He takes the BBC shilling , splices his tape,try’s to grow a jazz beard - reels his reel to reel and gets money from them to start a new sunday session at dingwalls - .........but wait who’s that ?
Jazz FM (102.2) they got a license and don’t care if he don’t play that much jazz - so he starts with public enemy and they do mind - but never mind - too late now - so mind out - and it’s saturday afternoons 4 hour sessions .... legendary !! ...... and then rants about the gulf war and gets sacked - whoops
But wait !! whos that ? - it’s Kiss FM (100.nothing) and their legal too - at least they are now because they got a license as well - their giving them away - anyway ....back to the point and it’s sunday night and it’s a kind of two step latin boogie house hip hop rare soul popcorn twisted sleeping bag , R&B , R&R , R you board yet backroom babylon kind of sound ..........yeh
but wait !! ........
who’s that on the phone ? thats turned into a large mobile ..... speak up!! who is it ? - ah Radio 1
Better pay , A swivelly chair but the coffees still crap - it’s swapping records with peel - and it’s sunday night and it’s outside broadcasts - and it’s coming on after carl cox and it definitely can’t be right - but it’s called a learning experience - and passable smelling mics and who’s in session this week - and it’s listen again - and it’s broken and jungle and minimal step dub tech blues - and anyone board again - ok
so it’s 13 years later and who’s that - hallo
say that again -
Radio 6 - thankgod - that seems like a good idea - have you got your own transmitter ? good - coz he lost his ,how’s the coffee ? - in that case it’s a deal ........
Saturday 3pm till 6pm - forget the football the shopping and your grannies hospital appointment
Gilles peterson voyages of an airwave odyssius - (who looks like jim the cabin boy) New show on BBC 6music
and ..he did’nt even have to bribe them with a transmitter .........did he ?
i don’t know i’m just saying he could of ......... not as tho he hasn’t done it before - he’s got form