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Radio 1: The Jocks


From Live Aid to legal aid, anyone?VOICEOVER-monopolising ‘professional northerner’ and Liz’s rather more credible brother roped in as response to a brief World Music craze, which lasted for about a fortnight in the mid eighties when Janet Street-Porter’s mates all bought the same Bhundu Boys record and then forgot to listen to it. Dry wit and patronage of Peel and Walters ensured he stayed around, but as time went by became an increasing incongruity and pushed further and further into the night until he vanished completely.

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  1. James C

    May 12, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    I’ll give Andy this, he seemed to have a genuine interest in the music he played and would go out of his way to actually learn how to pronounce the artists, the song titles and the regions of origin, which contrasts with fellow world music enthusiast Peelie who would often outright admit he had no clue how to say the musician’s name before playing the record (at the wrong speed). Often credited with “introducing” Billy Bragg and Ted Hawkins to the UK music scene, but then depending on who you ask, Peel’s the one owed that credit.

    Sadly his show was probably the last place you could hear music from below the equator in a non-pretentious setting before it got relegated to nighttime slots on Radio 3. Andy, meanwhile, comes across as a bit of a loudmouthed nob when he’s asked to participate in anything other than music discussion, for instance (and for a laugh) his brief cameo as an angry commuter in the trainspotting documentary The Bashers (2000).

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