The Ace Records Podcast
We welcome you to the all-new Ace podcast, lovingly presided over for us by journalist, record collector and broadcaster Pete Paphides. This occasional series will feature interviews with guests from many branches of the extended Ace family, detailing their own careers, the artists that have influenced their lives and the records that they love, all enjoyably explored over two microphones and plenty of cups of tea.
How do you manage to fit into one hour everything that Bob Stanley has done - his band, his tours, his journalism, his books, his compilations? For Ace alone, he’s put together albums covering everything from a double CD of Charlie Rich’s Groove & RCA recordings and a compendium of folk legend Robert Kirby’s orchestrations, as well as delving into the global politics of the late sixties and the effect of street-rioting and high-profile assassinations on everyone from Frank Sinatra to Serge Gainsbourg with “State of the Union” and “Paris In The Spring” respectively.
The answer is, you can’t. So our host Pete Paphides also opts for asking Bob questions from a tin, Smash Hits-style! Hurray! So you can hear what Bob has to say about Roy Orbison’s dark side but you can also find out what he thinks of the logistics of running a butcher’s shop with Sam Fox.
We’ll no doubt be inviting Bob back soon as there’s so much more to say (Or as Smash Hits would put it: back! back! BACK!!!)
Episode five features girl group expert, album compiler, vinyl collector and radio & club DJ, well-travelled New Yorker Sheila B. The conversation covers the thrill of starting a fanzine and gig-going as a teen, diving down Discogs-rabbitholes, the ups and downs of working in the modern music industry and the sheer adrenaline of being besotted with records - which for Sheila, includes everything from Megadeth and Stereolab through to loving Japanese girl pop so much she then learnt the language.
But to begin - let's confirm what Pete and Sheila feel are the essential components of an English breakfast.
A fascinating conversation with author, critic and collector, Jon Savage. Listen to his journey from teen music fan, dutifully logging everything he heard on the radio, through his life as a music journalist and gig-goer, then back to enjoying being a fan once more with the comfort and joy he’s found in compiling. Find out what it meant to be “the anti-Nick Kent”, which bands advised you to take LSD and which definitely didn’t, alongside Jon’s surprisingly strong thoughts on beards and disco. Two things occasionally found at the same time.
Join Pete in Graham Gouldman's own kitchen, to talk 10cc, the Yardbirds, the Merseybeats, ‘Bus Stop’ being the greatest song of all time and what it was like to produce the Ramones, who were apparently surprisingly punctual. A charming listen with one of the UK's greatest ever songwriters, punctuated by boiling kettles and bird song from the garden.
For further Graham Goldman songwriting: (Graham-Gouldman-Songbook-1964-2005)
In our second episode, Pete and actor David Morrissey talk over David's musical upbringing in his home city of Liverpool, the gigs he went to growing up, and David's love of everything from Julian Cope to Northern Soul and Rita & The Tiaras. Let's hope the mentioned Julian Cope film could still happen some day.
Listen in to Bernard and Pete's chat, recorded at audiophile's dream venue, Spiritland in the heart of King's Cross to talk over Bernard's illustrious career throughout its many ongoing manifestations, his love of groundbreaking guitarists such as James Burton and Link Wray, the lush orchestral arrangements of Jack Nitzsche, and his fondness for Ace's own "Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures" compilation series.
The podcasts have been uploaded to Soundcloud, iTunes etc with more episodes coming soon, including legendary music journalist, Emmy-winning comedy writer and author, David Quantick (David Quantick Top 10).
For Pete Paphides' own Top Ten list complete with an exclusively put together Ace mixtape, clink here: (Pete Paphides Ace Top 10)