Albums turning 40

Albums from the Class of 1978: The Kick Inside

Grant Smithies and Graeme Hill dissect The Kick Inside, much of which was written when Kate Bush was 13.

20/05/2018

Albums from the class of 1978: Rolling Stones, Some Girls

This week Grant Smithies tries to find greatness in The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls.

14/05/2018

Albums from the Class of 1978: Big Star

This week Graeme and music critic Grant Smithies delve into the cult classic, Big Star’s alternately titled “Third” or “Sister Lovers”.

06/05/2018

Albums From The Class of 1978: XTC

This week Graeme and music critic Grant Smithies pick the eyes out of the first two XTC albums White Music and Go2, both released in 1978.

29/04/2018

Albums from the Class Of 1978: Devo

Graeme is joined by music critic Grant Smithies, as they delve into the heart of the dystopian world and brilliant edgy sounds on Devo’s debut album.

22/04/2018

Albums from the Class Of 1978: After The Heat

Graeme Hill is joined by music critic Grant Smithies, as they replay the “lost” Brian Eno album 'After The Heat' by Eno, Moebius and Roedelius.

25/03/2018

Albums from the Class Of 1978: Pere Ubu

Utterly unique and marvelous, yet sorely unloved, Pere Ubu were and are a musical movement unto themselves.

11/03/2018

Albums From The Class of 1978: Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model

Music critic Grant Smithies joins Graeme as they chew through the tracks on Elvis Costello’s second album and his first with The Attractions.

04/03/2018

Albums from the Class of 1978: More Songs About Buildings and Food

Graeme is joined by music critic Grant Smithies as they delve into Talking Heads’ 1978 masterpiece - More Songs About Buildings And Food.

24/02/2018

Albums From The Class of 1978: Prince, For You

This week Graeme and music critic Grant Smithies re-spin Prince’s debut effort, For You.

18/02/2018

Albums From The Class of ’78: Wire - Chairs Missing

Music Critic Grant Smithies and Graeme delve into the second album in Wire’s massively influential and revolutionary masterpiece trilogy.

11/02/2018

RIP Mark E Smith and The Fall

This week Graeme Hill is back for Weekend Variety Wireless, with Grant Smithies as they celebrate the life & music of The Fall.

28/01/2018

Albums From The Class Of 1977

Grant Smithies and Graeme take turns about showcasing their picks for the best of the best from a very rich and varied year.

24/12/2017

Albums of 1977 - Chic's Self-Titled Debut

02/12/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977 - Can’s Saw Delight

25/11/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977 - ELO's Out Of The Blue

18/11/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977 - The Congos’ Heart Of The Congos

11/11/2017

Albums from The Class Of ’77 - Steely Dan’s Aja

04/11/2017

Albums from The Class of 1977 - The Jam’s In The City.

28/10/2017

Albums from The Class of 1977 - Augustus Pablo

21/10/2017

Albums from the Class Of 1977 - Culture’s Two Sevens Clash

02/09/2017

Albums from the Class of 1977: Bryan Ferry In Your Mind

Albums of the Class of 1977: Bryan Ferry In Your Mind

28/08/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977 - Decade by Neil Young

20/08/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977. Police and Thieves

This week we steer away from the punk explosion to a roots reggae classic, Junior Murvin & Lee Scratch Perry’s Police & Thieves.

30/07/2017

Albums from The Class of 1977 - Radio Birdmans's Radios Appear

22/07/2017

Albums from The Class of 1977

Once maligned as muddy & demo-sounding but now hailed a Masterpiece. Iggy Pop and James Williamson’s Kill City (remastered) examined by Graeme & Grant

16/07/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977 - Kraftwerk’s Trans Europe Express

Graeme and Grant almost come to blows over the true legacy of this electronic wonder from Kraftwerk.

02/07/2017

Albums from The Class of 1977: Brian Eno - Before & After Science

Graeme and Grant Smithies take a look at arguably Brian Eno's finest work - Before & After Science.

11/06/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977 - Wire / Pink Flag

Graeme and Grant Smithies listen back at a pivotal moment in modern rock, the advance guard of art-punk post punk, Wire’s magnificent debut Pink Flag.

04/06/2017

Albums from The Class of 1977 - The Damned

31/05/2017

Albums from the Class of 77 - The Saints / Stranded

20/05/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977 - The Damned

Graeme and Grant spin one of the first fully-fledged UK Punk albums from The Damned.

13/05/2017

Albums from The Class of 1977 - Bob Marley’s Exodus

Albums from the Class of 1977. This week Graeme and Grant Smithies respin Bob Marley’s mega hit LP Exodus, featuring One Love and Jammin’.

06/05/2017

Albums from The Class of 1977 - Marquee Moon

This week Graeme and Grant Smithies take a listen to Television’s Marquee Moon, applauded by many as the best thing to come from a fine year.

01/05/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977 - Never Mind The Bollocks

This week Graeme and Grant Smithies review and album that shook the world, Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks. STRONG LANGUAGE AND THEMES.

09/04/2017

Albums from The Class of 1977 - Talking Heads

This week Graeme and Grant Smithies delve into the stunning debut from what would become a world force band, Talking Heads 77

02/04/2017

Albums from The Class Of 1977 - Suicide

This week Graeme and Grant Smithies delve into the brilliant debut by Suicide that took years to be properly appreciated and now regularly sits in Best Ever lists.

26/03/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977: Ian Dury and the Blockheads - New Boots and Panties!

A good year! This week Graeme & Grant Smithies re-spin Ian Dury And The Blockheads’ cracking debut “New Boots And Panties” and get some personal testimony from a friend of Ian Dury, Terrorway, Dean Martelli. Thanks Dean!

04/03/2017

Albums from The Class Of 1977: David Bowie - Heroes

This week Grant Smithies and Graeme dissect Bowie’s most celebrated song - but how does the rest of the album shape up after 40 years?

26/02/2017

Albums from The Class Of 1977 - Iggy Pop

This week Grant Smithies and Graeme delve into the creation of Iggy Pop’s first solo album. David Bowie was intimately involved as was the whole crew that went on to make Low and Heroes.

18/02/2017

Albums From The Class of 1977 - David Bowie Low

This week Graeme and Grant Smithies re-examine David Bowie’s LOW, perplexing to many at the time but is today lauded as a triumph.

12/02/2017