Rob’s Radio Hour

An eclectic mix of music from across the decades

Back in 2009 and 2010 I was trying to get a radio production company off the ground. It was called Local Radio France (see here). Rob’s Radio Hour was not a programme I intended to sell; more a bit of fun on my part. At the time I was renting a cottage in middle-of-nowhere France, which I used as a studio. It had a very high ceiling, a bit like a chapel, and no insulation. The first eight Radio Hours were done in the winter of 2010. It was bloody freezing. The cottage had a big wood burning stove, but still struggled to keep the place warm. My recording desk was located as near to the stove as possible without risk of fire. I had some really bad colds during that winter, and you can probably hear it in my voice in those first eight Radio Hours; and on that subject, I make no claims to be a great DJ (people say I talk too slowly in the programmes); in fact I sound pretty awful in the early Radio Hours. I suppose this is just me rabbiting on about and playing my favourite music.

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Radio Hour No.1: 8th Jan 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys
Featured artists: Orange Juice, Ian Dury, Laurent Voulzy, Lou Reed, Henry Mancini, Jefferson Airplane, Sebastien Tellier, Billy Bragg, Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman, Beatles.

Radio Hour No.2: 15th Jan2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: Low by David Bowie
Featured artists: The Pogues, Charles Trenet, Tom Waits, The Buzzcocks, Dooley Wilson, Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Buffett, Jacques Brel, Brian Eno, The Stranglers, Serge Gainsbourg, Bob Dylan.

Radio Hour No.3: 22nd Jan 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: Debut by Bjork
Featured artists: Nick Drake, Maurice Jarre, Marvin Gaye, Monty Python, Lou Reed And John Cale, Bela Bartok, Joy Division, Melba Moore, Louis Armstrong, Pink Floyd.

Radio Hour No.4: 29th Jan 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: War by U2
Featured artists: Ian Dury & The Blockheads, The Small Faces, Matthews’ Southern Comfort, Liza Minnelli, The Smiths, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison.

Radio Hour No.5: 5th Feb 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake by The Small Faces
Featured artists: Henry Mancini, Tim Curry, Gaida, The Rolling Stones, Carly Simon, Vaughan Williams, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, The Three Degrees, Don McLean.

Radio Hour No.6: 12th Feb 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
Featured artists: America, Aretha Franklin, John Barry, David Bowie, Gary Miller, Cockney Rebel, The Cure, Mehdi El Glaoui, Peter Hammill, Blur.

Radio Hour No.7: 19th Feb 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: White Light/White Heat by the Velvet Underground
Featured artists: ABBA, Lee Marvin, Annie Lennox, Vaughan Williams, Queen, Sex Pistols, Simon and Garfunkel.

Radio Hour No.8: 26th Feb 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane
Featured artists: Spyro Gyra, The Cure, The Doors, Liza Minnelli, The Kinks, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Dvorak, The Isley Brothers, Love, Billy Bragg.

Radio Hour No.9: 13th Aug 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: Shaved Fish by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band
Featured artists: Electric Light Orchestra, David Bowie, Jacques Offenbach, Bill Bailey, Vlado Perlemuter, Velvet Underground and Nico, Edif Piaf, Francis Poulenc, CocoRosie, Pink Floyd.

Radio Hour No.10: 20th Aug 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
Featured artists: The Smiths, Jacques Brel, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Billy Bragg, Art Pepper, Ignacy Paderewski, Simon & Garfunkel.

Radio Hour No.11: 27th Aug 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: Shooting at the Moon by Kevin Ayers and the Whole World band
Featured artists: Soft Machine, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed and John Cale, Mike Oldfield, Fairport Convention, Simple Minds, The Stranglers, Nick Drake.

Radio Hour No.12: 3rd Sep 2010 – CD quality Radio quality
Featured album: Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
Featured artists: Ian Dury, John Cale, Gorky’s Zygotic Monkey, Gene Kelly, U2, Joan Sutherland, Bessie Smith, Lieutenant Pigeon, Arthur Rubinstein, Wings.