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Alice Cooper20190925 (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.

Billy Corgan20191002 (6M)
20120819 (6M)

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discusses his key musical moments in 2012.

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

Bjork20190921 (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 Stanley20190918 (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.

Charlie Watts20190927 (6M)
20111225 (6M)

Charlie Watts discusses the musical milestones of his life in an interview with Matt Everitt first broadcast in 2011.

Jagger's ego might always occupy the centre stage, and Richards is the archetypal elegantly wasted rocker - but the heart of the Rolling Stones has to be drummer Charlie Watts.

His distinctive and deceptively powerful drumming has propelled the group throughout their career and countless hits. Other members may come and go, but as Keith himself admits: no Charlie? No Stones.

In this rare interview, Charlie tells of his life as the least rock 'n' roll, but always charming Stone. With his deadpan with and laconic style, he recalls his pre-Stones career, and the early, starving-in-a-bedsit days of what would become one of the greatest bands in the world, as well as the roots of his overriding passion, jazz.

He also sheds a light on his role in the complex relationships within the group, their golden years of recording, his own brief but hard-fought battle with heroin, and whether the Stones would, or could ever, tour again.

Charlie Watts shares his musical milestones in an interview first broadcast in 2011.

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

Debbie Harry20190914 (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.

DJ Shadow20190922 (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.

Graham Coxon20191001 (6M)
20120812 (6M)

Blur guitarist and solo artist Graham Coxon discusses his key musical moments with Matt Everitt.

Graham chats about meeting Damon, Alex and Dave for the first time and the incredibly chaotic early days of Blur before There's No Other Way made them into popstars.

He discusses his difficulties dealing in with the tabloid attention and fame that followed the success of Parklife, and his own battles overcoming alcohol addiction. He also talks frankly about his clearly painful exit from Blur and his happy reunion with the band.

His fascinating solo career also gets covered, as his music evolves from low-fi garage rock, to jagged punk and from pastoral acoustic folk to upbeat indie pop hit singles.

It's a revealing and honest look at the musical life of Blur's experimental heart and, in the words of Noel Gallagher, 'The greatest guitarist of his generation'.

First broadcast in 2012.

Blur guitarist and solo artist Graham Coxon discusses his key musical moments in 2012.

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

Harvey Goldsmith20190916 (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.

Jimmy Cliff20191003 (6M)
20120826 (6M)

The great Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff shares his key musical moments with Matt Everitt.

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

Jonsi20190922 (6M)

The Sigur Rós vocalist and multi-instrumentalist talks to Matt about the music that has shaped his life and work. With tracks from Black Sabbath, Billie Holiday and Alex Somers.

Hear about his early love of heavy metal, the benefits of starting a band in the supportive community of late nineties Reykjavik, and how they used their made-up language – Hopelandic - to deal with success and fame.

Sigur Ros vocalist Jonsi talks to Matt about the music that has shaped his life and work.

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

Marianne Faithfull20190917 (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.

Michael Stipe20190915 (6M)
20110417 (6M)

Another chance to hear Michael Stipe, then of R.E.M., discussing the musical milestones of his life with Matt Everitt.

Michael steered R.E.M. from the cult underground into the mainstream and set a precedent for alternative rock bands, opening the door for the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Radiohead.

Michael talks to Matt about the early songs that shaped his musical outlook (a love of Tammy Wynette, the Beatles and The Parent Trap soundtrack hints at the eclectism that would define his career); his close relationship with Patti Smith (who appeared on the last R.E.M. album Collapse Into Now); his desire to celebrate the concept of the album in a broken market.

First broadcast in April 2011.

Michael Stipe, then of R.E.M., discusses the musical milestones of his life in 2011.

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

Mick Jones20190919 (6M)
20110515 (6M)

Mick Jones of the Clash and Big Audio Dynamite discusses the musical milestones of his life 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.

Perry Farrell
Perry Farrell20190929 (6M)

The Jane's Addiction frontman chats to Matt Everitt about the music that has shaped his life & the stories behind classic LP Ritual de lo habitual plus his latest LP Kind Heaven.

Perry talks about his early life in New York, the musical community and inspiration he found in 80s LA and how he dealt with the much-reported excesses that his lifestyle bred.

The Jane's Addiction frontman chats to Matt Everitt about the music that matters to him.

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

Ray Davies20190913 (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.

Ringo Starr20190920 (6M)
20110904 (6M)

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 Robertson20190923 (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.

Roger Taylor20190911 (6M)
20110320 (6M)

Queen drummer, Roger Taylor, discusses the musical milestones of his life. Presented by Matt Everitt and first broadcast in 2011.

Roger remembers the band's formative years as impoverished Hendrix obsessives, scratching around west London, the recording of their masterpiece Bohemian Rhapsody, being mistaken for a black American funk band when they released Another One Bites the Dust, their Live Aid performance, their precious talent (all four members have written Top 10 hits) and how he and the rest of the band dealt with the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991.

Queen's Roger Taylor discusses the musical milestones of his life.

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

Slash
Slash20190930 (6M)
20120729 (6M)

Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash discusses his key musical moments with Matt Everitt.

Slash talks about his youth in Stoke-on-Trent; how he fell in love with the sound of his signature Gibson Les Paul guitar; the early days of Guns N' Roses; what the debauched LA rock scene on the Sunset Strip was really like; and reflects on how a gang of punk rock kids with a seeming lack of morality became the biggest band in the world.

He also chats about the pressures of fame; the excess that accompanied Guns N' Roses' legendary two and half year long Use Your Illusion tour (still one of the biggest concert tours in history); his own long battles with drugs and drink; and his successful reinvention as a much-loved solo artist.

First broadcast in 2012.

Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash discusses his key musical moments. First broadcast in 2012.

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

Stephen Malkmus20191004 (6M)
20120909 (6M)

Stephen Malkmus shares the musical milestones of his life. First broadcast in 2012.

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

The xx20190915 (6M)
20190811 (6M)

Romy, Oliver and Jamie talk to Matt about the artists and events that have shaped them.

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

Tori Amos20190924 (6M)
20120902 (6M)

Another chance to hear Tori Amos talking to 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.

Matt Everitt talks to American singer-songwriter and pianist Tori Amos.

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