The Release Of Telstar

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Stuart Maconie looks back at another momentous event in pop music, the release of Joe Meek's Telstar. An incredibly futuristic-sounding pop single, it marked the launch of the Russian satellite (which, in itself, had rocked the western world). It pre-empted Kraftwerk, the Human League, Pet Shop Boys et al by decades and pointed a new way forward for pop.

First broadcast on Radio 2 in 2004.

Stuart Maconie looks back at the release of Joe Meek's Telstar.