Friday, September 18, 2015

Phoenix FM – Friday Night Extra 18.9.15 Music to curl up to

As the rugby alternative tonight, Nikki and I in my preview on her programme decided that the weather made you feel tired and just want to curl up. The title of the show was born. The music was an eclectic mix as ever. Thanks to Paul for informing us via twitter of the 50 songs that scientist say make you feel good. So the number had to be squeezed in tonight. Chris via e-mail was suggesting duos and also telling us about a family connection to the band Lightening Seeds. Rene arrived late in the chatroom and watched the rugby whilst listening to PhoenixFM. Now that is dedication! We looked at the Ig Nobel Prizes awarded yesterday at Harvard. These are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. The stated aim is to “honour achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think”. Michael Smith, of Cornell University, subjected himself to several bee stings a day all over his body to match out which section of the body was the most sensitive. The worst place was the nostril. Entomologist Dr. Justn Schmidt had created a Sting Pain Index and had allowed himself to be stung over 1,000 times by over 150 species. The highest pain was inflicted by a bullet ant. There were also a prize for Professor Gregory Weiss for inventing a chemical recipe to unboil and egg. Altogether there were ten awards. We also heard about Aretha Franklin singing for the Pope on 26th of September at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia as part of his USA tour that begins on September 22nd.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Michael Buble & Van Morrison – Real real gone
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant – Killing the blues
Rhydian – Come on ye faithful – Welsh Rugby World Cup anthem
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
Aretha Franklin – Respect – will she sing it for the Pope?
Queen – Don’t stop me now – tweeted by Paul as the best feel good song
Dido – White flag – requested by Patrick
Nora Jones – Sunrise
Kacey Musgrave – My house
Lightening Seeds – Don’t walk on by – played on 123 today by Mike Jones
Jimmy Cliff – The harder they come, the harder they fall
Darius Rcker – Alright
Simon & Garfunkle – America – for all listening in USA
Colin Blunstone – Without her – with a strange bossa nova beat
Chicago – Colour my world
Michael Jackson – Much too soon – requested by Michael
Elvis Presley – Teddy bear – just 1 minute and 44 seconds long!
Love – Alone again or
Gerry Rafferty – Get it right next time
Will Young – Gold
Leon Bridges – River
Billy Joel – Honesty – loved by Rene who had not heard it for years
Shires – Nashville grey skies
Lou Reed – Perfect day – loved by Sonny jay who has it on vinyl

Join me next week for our second instalment as the rugby alternative.
Why not copy Rene’s example and watch the rugby and listen to phoenixfm? You know it makes sense.

About the author: Patrick Sherring View all posts by Patrick Sherring

As a child I listened to the pirate radio ships, particularly Radio London on 266. I loved the romance of the djs playing the latest music for the listeners to hear. After most of the pirate stations closed in August 1967 I used to listen to Fabulous 208 Radio Luxembourg, the continuing Radio Caroline, Radio North Sea International and Radio 1. I particularly enjoyed listening to radio in the evening and at night. One of my favourite shows was Late Night Extra in the early days of Radio 1. All kinds of guests would just turn up and be part of the show. As a listener radio should feel like a friend is talking directly to you. I dreamed of being on the radio for many years. In 1988 I began on Hospital radio with Radio Enfield in north London. I had my own request show and used to commentate from Spurs and Enfield F.C. home games. I was also part of the Radio Enfield Roadshow team, taking part in many outside broadcasts. Now I am delighted to be on Phoenix98FM, where I have had a Friday show since May 2011. On the show there are a mixture of musical genres. Often there are guests giving lengthy interviews on a wide range of topics. There are also some live music performances. The little boy's dream has come true. @RevpatrickS

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