Don Letts' Culture Clash Radio [6 Music]

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Crucial Goldie20170514 (6M)

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre, plus his Crucial Vinyl is by Goldie.

Crucial Oasis20171029 (6M)

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre. and his Crucial Vinyl comes from Oasis.

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre. Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and way beyond,
Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished item from his own record collection. This week it's Definitely Maybe, the debut album from Oasis, released in 1994.

Don says, 'I was around 38 years old when this came out and more than aware of its influences, but that didn't stop me recognising it's role in the story of rock. Tapping into the 90s zeitgeist, it wasn't hard to see and hear its appeal. If I'd have been in my teens at the time, I'd have been bang on it, and even though I was approaching
my forties and I was still bang on it.'.

Crucial Shack20170528 (6M)

Don's selections cross time, space and genre, plus Crucial Vinyl is H.M.S. Fable by Shack.

Crucial Strokes
Crucial Strokes20170507 (6M)

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre, plus his Crucial Vinyl is by The Strokes

Crucial Troubadours20170521 (6M)

Don's selections include Crucial Vinyl from Les Troubadours du Roi Badouin.

6M1989 Style20161204

Following on from 6 Music's 1989 day, the Don casts his mind back and selects some of his favourite music from that year. Including Prince, the Stone Roses and Dennis Brown and Crucial Vinyl from Soul II Soul. He also recalls the recording of his own band Big Audio Dynamite's fourth album Megatop Phoenix.

6M79 Style20161016

Don presents his selections from 1979, the year he was making videos for the Clash and the Slits, and he features Michael Jackson's Off the Wall as his Crucial Vinyl.

Don says, "Many would have you think the late seventies was all about punk, the emerging post punk scene and the golden age of reggae, and for many of us it was. But a quick look at the diverse releases around that time reveals a story that's not quite that simple - hey, it never is. In keeping with 6 Music's 1979 theme, this show will feature an honest reflection of what was really going on for me at the time, with culture clash of cuts, which, for example, will include Michael Jackson's Off The Wall as my Crucial Vinyl album... Especially since fellow station DJ Steve Lamacq's already bagged London Calling!"

Born in London in 1956, Don's Jamaican father was a part-time DJ, who'd play ska and more on his own sound system after church on Sundays. Don's love of music matured in the seventies as he immersed himself funk and soul as well reggae, rock and much else. He began his career as a DJ forty years ago in 1976 at the Roxy in London's Covent Garden, which was Britain's first punk club. He played reggae and dub tracks between live sets from the likes of the Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Buzzcocks. He briefly managed the Slits, but turned to making films. In 1978, he travelled to Jamaica with Johnny Rotten (as he was still known), who'd recently quit the Sex Pistols. Then, in New York with his friends the Clash, he was introduced to rap and hip hop. The seventies was the decade that really shaped Don's musical tastes.

6MCarnival!20160828

The Don, a veteran of the annual celebrations at Notting Hill, plays his own mix of danceable tunes as part of 6 Music Carnival. Expect bass-heavy selections from the likes of Toots and the Maytals, Congo Natty, Benji Boko, Mungo's HiFi and Delroy Wilson.

6MCrucial Lennon20161113

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from John Lennon.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and way beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him, and features three key tracks. This week it's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, released in 1970.

Don says, "Even though John had already released three experimental albums, and would release seven more afterwards, this is the one he'll be remembered for. It documented his feelings at that time with a raw, brutal honesty and an artistic integrity that's rarely heard on record, and certainly not from a Beatle. But then again, as this record proves, John wasn't just a Beatle.".

6MCrucial Miseducation20161106

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from Lauryn Hill.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and way beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him, and features three key tracks. This week it's Lauryn Hill's 1998 solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Don says, "Lauryn Hill's debut solo venture is, without doubt, one of the greatest ever committed to vinyl. Musically it combined R&B, hip-hop, soul and reggae, indeed most of the album was recorded at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studio in Jamaica.

Lyrically Lauryn took on a range of personal themes - from the troubles within her band the Fugees, to her pregnancy by Rohan Marley. The end result was a record that received the most nominations and awards ever in a single night at that year's Grammy awards - an astounding effort.".

6MCrucial Mondays20161127

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from Happy Mondays.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and way beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him, and features three key tracks. This week it's Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, released by Happy Mondays in 1990.

Don says. "Released at the height of the whole Madchester thing to mixed reviews, at ground level this record was an immediate hit. It perfectly captured the whole sex, drugs and on the dole indie dance scene that the city basically ruled. Their couldn't-give-a-damn attitude delivered with tunes you could dance to made them the daddies of UK sound in the early nineties.".

6MCrucial Scientist20161120

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from Scientist.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and way beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him, and features three key tracks. This week it's 'Scientist Meets the Space Invaders' released by Scientist in 1981

Don says, "A protégé of King Tubby, Scientist's dub releases on the Greensleeves label ruled the early 80s. Besides his 'scientific' approach to the mixing desk, he'd use familiar riddims by the likes of Wayne Wade and Johnny Osbourne to showcase his very individual approach to the art of dubology - and the Tony McDermott album artwork is a classic too!".

6MCrucial Shins20161211

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from The Shins.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and way beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him, and features three key tracks. THis week it's Wincing The Night Away released by The Shins in 2007.

Don says, "The Shins are another band I discovered when listening to BBC 6 Music before I got my own gig on the station! From Albuquerque, New Mexico, their diverse and experimental approach (we're talking anything from psychedelia and hip hop samples to Hawaiian folk sounds) makes for a great listen that speaks to my pop sensibility.".

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre.

6MCrucial Terence20161218

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from Terence Trent D'Arby.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and way beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him, and features three key tracks. This week it's Terence Trent D'arby's 1993 release 'Symphony or Damn'.

Don says,"To my mind, Terence Trent D'Arby is one of the greatest soul vocalist of the late 80s / early 90s. I had a real hard time picking this album, such is the talent spread across his first four releases. Not without fault, it's a striking body of work that contains more than a moment of genius. I've not listened to him since he moved to the West Coast and changed his name to Sananda Francesco Maitreya - I'll have to remedy that!".

6MCrucial Yoshimi20161030

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from the Flaming Lips.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classic selections from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and way beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him, and features three key tracks. This week it's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, released by the Flaming Lips in 2002.

6MSkinhead Moonstomp!20161009

Don paves the way for his new film Skinhead, which will be broadcast on BBC 4 on Friday 14th October, with his moonstomping mix of the original movement's best-loved sounds from the likes of Laurel Aitken, Desmond Dekker, Derrick Morgan and the Pioneers.

He says: "When I tell people my first point of entry into youth subculture was via skinheads, they look somewhat confused, not understanding I'm talking about the fashion version not the fascist version. I hope my film goes some way to clarifying what was the UK's first real multi-cultural movement."

In Skinhead, Don looks at this very particular and very provocative British subculture. He explores how skinhead has become associated with street fighting, trouble on the football terraces and violent racism in the public consciousness, both in Britain and around the world. He reveals that its origins actually lie in a cultural coming-together that could not be further from its tarnished image.

6MWith Crucial Vinyl From Blur20160918

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from Blur.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl â€" a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him and features three key tracks. This week it's Blur's Parklife, released in 1994.

Don says, "It must have been great to have been a teenager in the UK when this came out. I would have been 38 back then, and it still struck a chord. One of the two daddies of the so-called 'cool Britannia' scene, it's a brilliant pop record that is, without doubt, quintessentially British. It spawned a string of hit singles that still sound fresh today.".

6MWith Crucial Vinyl From Local Natives.20161002

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from Local Natives.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him and features three key tracks. This week it's Gorilla Manor, released in 2009 by Local Natives.

Don says, "This record hit me out of the blue - in fact if it wasn't for my gig at BBC 6 Music, I might well have missed what is a fantastic debut by this L.A alternative indie rock outfit. With intelligent beats, afro-pop-influenced guitar licks and gorgeous three-part vocal harmonies, it really is a beautiful thing.".

6MWith Crucial Vinyl From Neil Young20160904

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from Neil Young.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new releases with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him and features three key tracks. This week he picks Sleeps with Angels, released by Neil Young and Crazy Horse in 1994.

Don says, "This is a beautiful record inspired, in part, by the death of Kurt Cobain - indeed the title track as written as a direct response to the suicide note in which Kurt quoted some of Young's lyrics. This deeply affected Neil and, consequently, the making of this album. And yet it's not melancholy - in fact it's quite the opposite.".

6MWith Crucial Vinyl From Peter Tosh.20160911

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from Peter Tosh.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new releases with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him and features three key tracks. This week he picks Peter Tosh's Legalize It, released in 1976.

Don says, "Talk about throwing down the gauntlet! This was Peter's debut solo album after leaving Bob Marley and the Wailers, and he did just that with bunch of politically charged songs, which reflected the man they called the Stepping Razor's very militant attitude. It includes the anthemic Legalize It, and made him a legend in his own right.".

6MWith Crucial Vinyl From Tricky20161023

The Don's selections cross time, space and genre and include Crucial Vinyl from Tricky.

Each week, as well as blending his favourite new music with classics from the UK, USA, Jamaica, Africa and way beyond, Don highlights a piece of Crucial Vinyl - a cherished album from his own collection. He explains why it means so much to him, and features three key tracks. This week it's Maxinquaye, Tricky's debut album released in 1995.