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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.

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Episode One - Bernard Butler
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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.

Further listening (Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures) (Bernard Butler Ace Top 10)

 

Episode Two - David Morrissey
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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.

Further listening (Copendium) (David Morrissey Ace Top 10)

Episode Three - Graham Gouldman
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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)

 

Episode Four – Jon Savage
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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.

Further listening – (Jon’s 60s comps for Ace). (Jon Savage Ace Top Ten)

 

Episode Five - Sheila B
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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.

 

The podcasts have been uploaded to Soundcloud, iTunes etc with more episodes coming soon, including Ace's star compiler Bob Stanley joins Pete to take questions from the tin, Smash Hits-style, (Bob Stanley Ace Top 10) and 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)