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Adam Ant20200402 (6M)
20110227 (6M)

Another chance to hear Adam Ant discussing pivotal musical moments in his life with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

Adam was a key member in the nascent UK punk scene before leading a band who eventually made him one of the biggest stars in the world - blending pop tunes with a punk sensibility and an inspired image that was part Byronic hero, part Beau Brummell and part Highwayman.

Matt Everitt speaks frankly to the man once known simply as Stuart Goddard, about the birth of punk, his emergence to become probably the most recognisable and successful major solo pop star of the early 80s, his spectacular and tragic fall from grace, and how he's been tackling Asperger's syndrome to return to the stage and recording studio.

Another chance to hear Adam Ant discussing pivotal musical moments in his life.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Alan McGee20200331 (6M)
20101121 (6M)

Alan McGee, former boss of Creation Records, shares the musical milestones of his life.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Alice Cooper20200417 (6M)
20111016 (6M)

Another chance to hear Alice Copper sharing his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

The image of Alice Cooper as a cartoon-ish Halloween schlock rocker is one that the 63 year old Vincent Damon Furnier has worked had to establish, but his real musical and cultural impact is often ignored.

His band emerged from the Detroit garage rock scene of the mid 60s alongside the MC5 and Iggy & the Stooges and he can lay claim to helping inspire punk as much as either of those revered acts (it's no coincidence his track Eighteen was sung by Johnny Rotten at his audition for the Sex Pistols). But Alice also helped develop the idea of the rock concert as theatre - employing theatrical imagery and stagecraft way before Bowie picked up the pan stick.

In 2011, Matt Everitt spoke to Alice about his early years, how he developed his showmanship, and the massive international success that followed albums such as Welcome to my Nightmare and School's Out - albums that turned him into a household name. With typical grace and humour, Alice also discusses his battles with alcoholism, his creative rebirth with a cameo in Wayne's World, and his life as a born-again Christian - an interesting contradiction considering the characters he portrays and the battles he's endured with moral crusaders.

And, of course, we talk about his current addiction... golf (he plays six days a week off a handicap of two).

Another chance to hear Alice Cooper sharing his musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Andrew Weatherall20200302 (6M)
20110313 (6M)

DJ Andrew Weatherall talks Matt Everitt through the musical milestones of his life.

While some DJs emerged out of the early house movement to settle into a comfortable and predictably lucrative careers as superclub-orientated superstar DJs, Andrew Weatherall has always followed his own musical compass.

Andrew discusses his career from the first track he ever DJ'd (the WWII War film theme 633 Squadron) onto his residency at the UK's earliest acid house club Shoom. He also talks about producing Primal Scream's genre-breaking Screamadelica and his later work delving into the darker side of vintage rock 'n' roll and techno.

This interview features the humour, style and impeccable musical choices that one would expect from one of contemporary music's most innovative and original figures. It first broadcast in March 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Bernard Sumner20200322 (6M)
20100919 (6M)

New Order's Bernard Sumner remembers pivotal moments and music. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Bill Drummond20200318 (6M)
20100822 (6M)

The one-time manager, record label boss, popstar, musical terrorist, author and conceptual artist talks to Matt Everitt about his remarkable career.

Bill discusses all aspects of is extraordinary career to date. From guiding the Teardrop Explodes, to writing the definitive manual on getting a number one single, from creating then destroying Stadium Rave with the KLF to his now infamous burning of a million pounds, and onto his current attempts to deconstruct the way we experience and interact with music - and reinvent it in wholly remarkable and original ways.

This interview first broadcast in August 2010.

Bill Drummond talks to Matt Everitt about his remarkable career.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Bjork20200413 (6M)
20110911 (6M)

Another highlight of Matt Everitt's First Time series sees him delving into the mind of Björk and finding out what makes this unique Icelandic artist tick.

Publicly and critically acclaimed, Björk has 13 Grammy Awards nominations, one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards to her name, but it's her ability to use her distinct singing voice as an instrument to craft unique melodies that has won her millions of fans over the world.

Björk talks Matt Everitt through the her remarkable career. She discusses first falling in love with music after being fascinated by the artwork of her parents' collection of Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa LPs, recording her debut album aged just 11, forming the Sugarcubes, working with Thom Yorke and what inspires her to return to the studio and the stage.

First broadcast in September 2011.

Bj\u00f6rk discusses her musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Bob Geldof20200405 (6M)
20110327 (6M)

Bob Geldof shares his the musical milestones of his life. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Bob Stanley20200411 (6M)
20110508 (6M)

Bob Stanley of St Etienne discusses his musical milestones. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Brett Anderson20200403 (6M)
20110306 (6M)

Brett Anderson from Suede discusses his musical first with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

Blur and Oasis may have ridden the Britpop zeitgeist to a place in the popular consciousness - but Suede made it possible. Before Suede, the UK music scene was largely in the grip of post grunge Americana - it was Brett Anderson's band who wrestled back dominance and gave people a reason to be proud of their musical heritage - trading freely on the glamour of Bowie, the sexual ambiguity of the Smiths and the passion for pop of both.

Brett Anderson from Suede discusses his musical firsts. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Brian Wilson20200418 (6M)
20111023 (6M)

Another chance to hear Brian Wilson sharing his musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

The creative force of the Beach Boys, a great American composer and one of popular music's true legends discusses his early influences, his experiments with recording music on a tape machine aged just 16, the huge difficulties he had creating masterpieces such as Good Vibrations and the Beach Boys' great lost album Smile (which was released 44 years after the original recordings) and how drugs influenced his work and then, sadly, forced his withdrawal from music.

While his fragile mental state does make Wilson a sometimes hesitant interviewee, his humour and passion for music still shine through. This interview was first broadcast in October 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Brittany Howard20200329 (6M)

Matt Everitt interviews artists on the music and moments that have defined them.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Bryan Ferry20200401 (6M)
20110102 (6M)

Roxy Music and solo star Bryan Ferry shares musical milestones. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

David Byrne20200321 (6M)
20100912 (6M)

Another chance to hear David Byrne talking about the musical milestones of his life.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Debbie Harry20200407 (6M)
20110410 (6M)

From their early days as part of the CBGBs scene in New York in the late 70's - it was obvious Blondie were a new kind of band. They absorbed influences such as Warhol, '50s Americana and '60s girl group pop with the rough edges of their new wave contemporaries. Fronting the band was Debbie Harry - sounding and looking smarter, cooler, more beautiful and charismatic than any other singer in any other band around.

On this week's First Time, Matt Everitt speaks to Debbie about Blondie's early career developing alongside CBGBs bands the Ramones, Talking Heads and Television, the pressures that came with the band's enormous fame (and her place as the focal part of that), the management problems that dogged Blondie's history, her strong views on the role of women in rock and her dislike of being called 'an icon'.

First broadcast in 2011.

Blondie's Debbie Harry discusses the musical milestones of her life with Matt Everitt.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Devendra Banhart20200412 (6M)

Matt Everitt interviews major artists revealing their pivotal moments and songs

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

DJ Shadow20200414 (6M)
20111002 (6M)

DJ Shadow shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in an interview first broadcast in 2011.

DJ Shadow discusses the music he first heard as a child, how a West Coast boy was so attracted by the New York hip hop, beat box, break dance & graffiti scene. He also remembers working with James Lavelle and his releases on Mo' Wax, including his record-breaking Entroducing album, and what it was like going from bedroom DJ to working with world-class artists.

DJ Shadow shares his musical milestones in an interview first broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Ed O'Brien20200304 (6M)
20161009 (6M)

To complement his appearance as EOB at this year's 6 Music Festival, another chance to hear Ed O'Brien of Radiohead share his musical milestones with Matt Everitt, in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

He tells how his childhood was dominated by the pop charts and his early passion for the more unusual guitar heroes that emerge after punk, and his first impressions of meeting the school friends who would go on to become Radiohead. He discusses the band's early musical insecurities, their unusual route to recognition, and their reaction to the attention that followed. Ed also looks back at the band's back catalogue, how The Bends was a reaction to being called one hit wonders, the wonder of the OK Computer sessions, and how the group transformed their whole approach to creating music with Kid A and Amnesic. Matt also asks about his love for Brazilian music, his plans for a solo album and Glastonbury 2017.

Ed O'Brien of Radiohead shares his musical milestones. First broadcast in 2016.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Evan Dando20200330 (6M)
20101114 (6M)

Evan Dando of the Lemonheads shares his musical milestones. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Frank Black20200313 (6M)
20100718 (6M)

Pixies frontman and solo artist Frank Black shares the musical milestones of his life.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley20200405 (6M)

Matt Everitt talks to Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley from Portishead.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Goldfrapp20200320 (6M)
20100905 (6M)

Alison Goldfrapp and her musical partner Will Gregory share their musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

As Goldfrapp, the pair have been responsible for some of the most original and influential pop music in recent history - forming a blueprint for contemporary electropop that has since become ubiquitous for everyone from Britney Spears and Girls Aloud to Madonna.

Matt traces the key moments in the duo's career - from Alison's formative years as a stage-struck singer with Orbital and Tricky, through to how the couple forged a musical marriage that blended Carmina Burana and Kraftwerk - and onto Alison's emergence as truly singular frontwoman - combining her music with a theatricality and visual flair that hadn't been seen since Bowie's heyday.

First broadcast in 2011.

Matt Everitt talks to the formidable Alison Goldfrapp and her musical partner Will Gregory

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Harvey Goldsmith20200409 (6M)
20110424 (6M)

Impresario Harvey Goldsmith shares the musical milestones of his life.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Ian Brown20200319 (6M)
20100829 (6M)

Ian Brown, the frontman of the Stone Roses, shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

Ian's swagger was certainly a big influence on Liam Gallagher and some argue that the band's 1989 album is the greatest debut of all time.

As well as the songs that defined his life, Ian discusses the making of that debut album, the break-up of the band and the breakdown of the relationship with his childhood friend and guitarist John Squire.

Ian also shares his memories of serving a four month prison sentence for air rage and his rebirth as a solo artist.

This programme first broadcast in August 2010.

Ian Brown, frontman of the Stone Roses, shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Jean Michel Jarre20200301 (6M)
20151004 (6M)

Jean-Michel Jarre shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

Jean-Michel Jarre, one of the architects of modern electronic music, a man who's sold over 80 million albums worldwide and has made and broken the world record for highest concert attendance three times - the current record is for his 1997 show in Moscow for an audience of 3.5 million people. But he's also a groundbreaking musician whose work with synthesizers influenced Daft Punk, Air, Massive Attack, Hot Chip, Moby, Bjork and the whole electronica movement.

In an interview recorded at the time of the release of an album (a series of collaborations with the likes of Air, Massive Attack and Laurie Anderson) fittingly called Electronica, Jean talks about his deeply musical early life, when he was exposed to jazz, rock n roll, soul and classical music, as well as studying with electronic and experimental music pioneer Pierre Schaeffer.

Jean-Michel discusses how, along with the likes of Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, he helped define what was possible with the synthesizer, and how he took it to new peaks of popularity with his albums Oxygène (1977) and Equinoxe (1978). He also discusses his enormous outdoor live concerts (featuring his famous laser harp) and the relationship between electronic music and art.

Jean-Michel Jarre shares his musical milestones in music.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Jim Reid20200329 (6M)
20101107 (6M)

Jim Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain shares musical milestones. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

John Lydon20200325 (6M)
20101010 (6M)

Matt Everitt talks to John Lydon, from the Pistols to PIL and beyond. First broadcast 2010

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Johnny Marr20200312 (6M)
20100711 (6M)

Mancunian maestro Johnny Marr shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. Inlcuding his first fumbled grapplings with a guitar and his initial, and crucial, meeting with Morrissey leading to the formation of the Smiths. The programme also explores his post-Smiths career and collaborations with the Pretenders, Electronic, Modest Mouse and the Cribs.

First broadcast in 2010.

Johnny Marr shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Jonny Greenwood20200311 (6M)
20160619 (6M)

Radiohead's guitarist, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

In their thirty-year career, Radiohead are have shifted the parameters of what a rock band is capable, having continually pushed themselves in new musical directions.

Jonny Greenwood is a hugely respected and innovative composer in his own right, performing around the world with the BBC Concert, Australian Chamber and London Contemporary Orchestras, and has created award-winning film scores, including There Will Be Blood and The Master. He talks about the music that obsessed him growing up - from the Fall and New Order to classical composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, who continues to have an impact on Jonny's work today. He also looks back to Radiohead's early days and how they coped with the huge success that followed 1997's OK Computer, as well as their creative processes in the studio.

Jonny also discusses his acclaimed film soundtracks, working with director Paul Thomas Anderson, how Radiohead missed out on doing a James Bond theme and the writing and recording of their album A Moon Shaped Pool.

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood shares his musical milestones. First broadcast in 2016.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Manic Street Preachers20200317 (6M)
20100815 (6M)

Manic Street Preachers discuss their musical milestones. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Marianne Faithfull20200410 (6M)
20110501 (6M)

Another chance to hear Marianne Faithfull discussing the music that changed her life.

Matt Everitt leads Marianne through a warm, engaging look at a career which has spanned five decades. She has worked with many great musicians including David Bowie and Dr. John, Blur and PJ Harvey.

Marianne discusses the music she grew up with - including Chuck Berry and the Everly Brothers - and the way it influenced her solo work. She also covers her forays into country music, her love of jazz, and explains why she received a credit on the Rolling Stones' song Sister Morphine. The singer also talks about her past drug problems and the way that she has now made peace with difficult periods in her life.

First broadcast in May 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Mark Everett (E from Eels)20200324 (6M)
20101003 (6M)

Mark 'E' Everett of Eels shares the musical milestones of his life.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Mark Ronson20200323 (6M)
20100926 (6M)

Mark Ronson discusses the pivotal moments of his life in music. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Massive Attack's 3D20200316 (6M)
20100808 (6M)

Massive Attack's 3D shares his musical milestones, in conversation with Matt Everitt.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Neil Tennant20200328 (6M)
20101031 (6M)

Neil Tennant discusses musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Paul Simon20200310 (6M)
20160529 (6M)

Paul Simon shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

Paul Simon remains one of the most acclaimed and popular songwriters of all time. His first recording was released in 1958, but these days he rarely puts his craft under the spotlight and often avoids discussing his extraordinary back catalogue. However, in this special edition of The First Time, recorded in the lead-up to the release of his acclaimed album Stranger to Stranger, Paul discusses the songs (both his own and those by his heroes) that changed his life.

Paul remembers a childhood obsessed with "baseball, girls and rock 'n' roll", first meeting with Art Garfunkel, his time in the UK as part of the burgeoning and inspiring ealy '60s folk scene and the stories behind the writing and recording of some of Simon & Garfunkel's biggest songs.

He also discusses his approach to songwriting, the impact the phenomenal global and cultural success of his album Graceland had, and the making of the Stranger to Stranger album.

Paul Simon shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

R\u00f3is\u00edn Murphy20200303 (6M)
20160306 (6M)

Róisín Murphy, a two-time star of the 6 Music Festival, shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

Róisín tells of her upbringing in a small town in Ireland amongst a very musical family that knew how to party. When she was 12 she moved to Manchester and she talks of how this opened her eyes. From there she moved to Sheffield and this is where she really started to find her own identity and crowd, mainly through her love of alternative music. She realised she didn't have to be part of the mainstream and try to fit in, instead she could, in her words, 'fit out'. In Sheffield she met DJ Parrot who has remained a key influence and producer in her musical career. This was when she discovered dance music, which became central to her musical career.

She recalls how her old band Moloko fell into place one step at a time, and how that pretty much encapsulates the band's career. She goes on to talk about meeting Matthew Herbert who produced her first solo album, and what an enormous help he was to her at that time.

R\u00f3is\u00edn Murphy, a two-time star of the 6 Music Festival, shares musical milestones in 2016.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Ray Davies20200406 (6M)
20110403 (6M)

Ray Davies of the Kinks shares the musical milestones of his life in conversation with Matt Everitt.

Ray Davies is arguably one of the greatest songwriters that England has ever produced. His catalogue of songs helped define whole eras of British cultural life, and the legendary songs he recorded with the Kinks reflected, celebrated and critiqued the concept of Englishness in a way that no pop band had ever done before.

Ray discusses a childhood dominated by a love of Mississippi blues, the difficult relationship with his brother - Kinks guitarist Dave, and the infighting which caused the band to be banned from the US. This led to Ray focusing on the idea of Britishness and inspired some of his finest work.

Ray also discusses the writing of proto-rock anthem You Really Got Me, the controversial (at the time) cross dressing epic Lola and, quite possibly, one of the greatest pop songs ever written - Waterloo Sunset.

First broadcast in April 2011.

Ray Davies shares the musical milestones of his life. First broadcast in April 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Richard Hawley20200315 (6M)
20100801 (6M)

Richard Hawley shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Matt Everitt is in conversation with Sheffield crooner Richard Hawley.

Ringo Starr2011090420190928 (R2)

Ringo Starr discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

Ringo discusses his remarkable career - from the early days when his family inspired him to pick up the drumsticks, the influence of Radio Luxembourg and his very first performance with the Beatles; to Beatlemania, conquering the world and how the band's slow and painful break-up felt to an insider.

Ringo also discusses life after the Beatles, his solo career and his All-Starr Band in an interview first heard in September 2011.

Ringo Starr discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Ringo Starr2011090420190928 (R2)

Ringo Starr discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

Ringo discusses his remarkable career - from the early days when his family inspired him to pick up the drumsticks, the influence of Radio Luxembourg and his very first performance with the Beatles; to Beatlemania, conquering the world and how the band's slow and painful break-up felt to an insider.

Ringo also discusses life after the Beatles, his solo career and his All-Starr Band in an interview first heard in September 2011.

Ringo Starr discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Robbie Robertson20200415 (6M)
20111009 (6M)

Robbie Robertson shares the musical milestones of his life in an interview with Matt Everitt first broadcast in 2011.

Robbie Robertson's music is woven through American cultural history in remarkable way - and he's rightly seen as something of a creative godhead in the US and his home country of Canada. In this episode of The First Time, Robertson gives a rare interview and discusses his childhood and the influence of his combined Mohawk and Canadian parentage, becoming the precocious guitarist in the Hawks at the dawn of the 60s and his bond with the early rock n roll scene, as it swept across the world.

And happily - for someone who has often distanced himself from his past - Robertson also talks about his time as a key member and songwriter with the Band - one of the greatest groups in music history; responsible for the legendary Songs From Big Pink album and whose authentic, folk and country-influenced music, shifted the psychedelic flamboyance of the late 60s scene into a more soulful direction.

Robertson also recalls the Band backing Bob Dylan on his first electric tour, which caused huge shock waves, even prompting cries of "Judas" in Europe.

Now a well-respected solo artist, Robertson chats about his role as a music director for Martin Scorsese, a role he's enjoyed since the 80s, working on Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Casino, The Departed and Shutter Island.

Robbie Robertson shares the musical milestones of his life. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Roisin Murphy20200305 (6M)
20160306 (6M)

Roisin Murphy shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

Roisin tells of her upbringing in a small town in Ireland amongst a very musical family that knew how to party. When she was 12 she moved to Manchester and she talks of how this opened her eyes. From there she moved to Sheffield and this is where she really started to find her own identity and crowd, mainly through her love of alternative music. She realised she didn't have to be part of the mainstream and try to fit in, instead she could, in her words, 'fit out'. In Sheffield she met DJ Parrot who has remained a key influence and producer in her musical career. This was when she discovered dance music, which became central to her musical career.

She recalls how her old band Moloko fell into place one step at a time, and how that pretty much encapsulates the band's career. She goes on to talk about meeting Matthew Herbert who produced her first solo album, and what an enormous help he was to her at that time.

Roisin Murphy shares her musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Sinead O'connor20200418

Sinéad O'Connor discusses the musical milestones of her life with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2012.

She also talks about her issues with mental health, how, when she tore up the photo of the pope on US television, she was wearing the dress Sade wore at Live Aid and living with success after Nothing Compares 2 U became a hit.

First broadcast in 2012.

Sin\u00e9ad O'Connor discusses her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in 2012.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

The Manic Street Preachers20200317 (6M)
20100815 (6M)

The Manic Street Preachers discuss their musical milestones. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Tim Burgess20200327 (6M)
20101024 (6M)

Matt Everitt talks to singer Tim Burgess about the career of the Charlatans, one of the UK's best loved bands. Recounting their experiences weathering twenty years of trends and fashions - from baggy upstarts to classic rockers and LA experimentalists - and surviving the storms of fortune and tragedy. First broadcast in 2010.

The Charlatans' Tim Burgess talks about his career in one of the UK's best loved bands.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Tori Amos20200416 (6M)
20120902 (6M)

Tori Amos shares the musical milestones of her life in conversation with Matt Everitt in 2012.

The American singer-songwriter and pianist, who has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, talks about her early musical influences, her love of Joni Mitchell and classical music. She also remembers being allowed to see Elton John for the first time, aged 11; her relationship with her father who was a minister and the way she dealt with the pressures of fame. She also reveals what, and who, inspires her to make music.

Tori Amos shares her musical milestones in conversation with Matt Everitt in 2012.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Tricky20200326 (6M)
20101017 (6M)

Tricky discusses the pivotal musical moments of his life. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Yusuf / Cat Stevens20200314 (6M)
20100725 (6M)

Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, shares musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

02Adam Ant20200402 (6M)
20110227 (6M)

Adam Ant reveals the musical milestones in his life, in conversation with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

Adam was a key member in the nascent UK punk scene, before leading a band who eventually made him one of the biggest stars in the world - blending pop tunes with a punk sensibility and an inspired image that was part Byronic hero, part Beau Brummell and part Highwayman.

Matt Everitt speaks frankly to the man once known simply as Stuart Goddard, about the birth of punk, his emergence to become probably the most recognisable and successful major solo pop star of the early 80s, his spectacular and tragic fall from grace, and how he's been tackling Asperger's syndrome to return to the stage and recording studio.

Adam Ant reveals the musical milestones in his life. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

02Brett Anderson20200403 (6M)
20110306 (6M)

Brett Anderson from Suede shares the musical milestones of his life in conversation with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

Blur and Oasis may have ridden the Britpop wave to a place in the popular consciousness, but Suede made it possible. Before Suede, the UK music scene was largely in the grip of post-grunge Americana. It was Brett Anderson's band who wrestled back dominance, trading freely on the glamour of Bowie, the sexual ambiguity of the Smiths and the passion for pop of both.

Suede's Brett Anderson shares the musical milestones of his life. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

02Mick Jones20200412 (6M)
20110515 (6M)

Mick Jones of the Clash and Big Audio Dynamite discusses the musical milestones of his life in conversation with Matt Everitt.

Many people consider the Clash the greatest band of all time - they took the spirit and anger of the Sex Pistols and combined it with an idealism and passionate political righteousness that's never been matched. They broke the mould of punk, by finding international success, absorbing a host of different influences and in doing so, producing a collection of great albums in their decade-long career - a collection that includes at least one genuine classic in London Calling.

At the helm of the band were the late great Joe Strummer - and this week's guest on The First Time, Mick Jones.

Mick talks Matt through his years with The Clash - the birth of their gang mentality, their love of musical experimentation and his eventual split from the group (something which clearly still smarts), while also looking back on his early life as a rock 'n' roller (even though his first musical memory was the Coldstream Guards) and the formation of the groundbreaking Big Audio Dynamite, as well as his work as a producer with bands including the Libertines and his experiences as a member of Damon Albarn's supergroup Gorillaz.

First broadcast in 2011.

Mick Jones discusses the musical milestones of his life. First broadcast in 2011.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.