Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Graham Gouldman (Airdate: February 21, 2018)

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Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP (Wienerworld, Rosala Records)

Veteran singer-songwriter Graham Gouldman guested last night on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his new EP, the lovely collection of songs known as Play Nicely and Share.

Gouldman, whose history writing and performing wonderful melodic pop songs is long and prosperous, has amassed a collection of work that is nothing less than peerless, from the songs he wrote for other artists in the 1960s, such as  “Bus Stop,” “No Milk Today,” and “For Your Love,” to the songs he wrote and sang while a member of 10cc and Wax and the songs he writes and performs today for his top-shelf solo releases.

During this exclusive program, Graham spoke with me about Play Nicely and Share, and we played three of the EP’s six songs (we also played one song from Graham’s previous album, Love and Work). We talked about his approach to songwriting and the delightful art direction, by StormStudios, that graces the panels of his latest release. StormStudios’ lineage is directly connected with that of the classic design firm Hipgnosis, which created so many rich cover designs for 10cc and Pink Floyd and many other recording artists. And there was more on our docket, including a personal and perhaps surprising Beatles nugget and news about Graham’s place in Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band in Europe this summer. What a fun hour this was!

Sample the songs played during this show: “Let’s Get Lost,” “Come to Mine,” “Play Nicely and Share” (from Play Nicely and Share) Amazon and “The Halls of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (from Love and Work) Amazon.

Purchase Play Nicely and Share: Amazon. Purchase Love and Work: Amazon.

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pprListen to my interview with Graham Gouldman from the February 21 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

 

 

Listen to a wide selection of previously-aired Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews by clicking here.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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This Week: Graham Gouldman Stars in an Exclusive Interview on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and the Romance of Trains and New, Hit-bound Tunes (Plus a World Internet Radio Premiere) Power Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

ppr logo breaking out of paperIt’s another big week for Pure Pop Radio’s specialty shows, all broadcast on the powerhouse Internet radio station Pop that Goes Crunch. Veteran singer-songwriter and performer Graham Gouldman stars in an exclusive wide-ranging interview on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and the romance of trains–and terrific, hit-bound new releases, including a World Internet Radio Premiere of a brand-new track from The Weeklings–power two all-new episodes of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show.

Graham Gouldman guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation
tomorrow night–Wednesday, February 21 at 9 pm ET. Gouldman, whose history writing and performing wonderful melodic pop songs is long and prosperous, will be my guest on an exclusive, hour-long edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, airing on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP (Wienerworld)

Graham Gouldman’s work is peerless, from the songs he wrote for other artists in the 1960s, such as  “Bus Stop,” “No Milk Today,” and “For Your Love,” to the songs he wrote and sang while a member of 10cc and Wax and the songs he writes and performs today for his top-shelf solo releases. His delectable current EP, Play Nicely and Share, continues his ongoing tradition of producing only the best melodic pop music for waiting ears around the world.

During this exclusive program, Graham speaks with me about Play Nicely and Share, and we play three of the EP’s six songs. We talk about his approach to songwriting and the delightful art direction, by StormStudios, that graces the panels of his latest release. StormStudios, whose lineage is directly connected with that of the classic design firm Hipgnosis, created so many rich cover designs for 10cc and Pink Floyd and many other recording artists. And there’s more on our docket, including a Beatles nugget and news about Graham’s place in Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band in Europe this summer. It’s a rich hour you won’t want to miss.

enter-to-winTo celebrate this very special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, we’re giving away a copy of Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share; to enter, simply click here. Featuring five new songs and a very different cover of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On,” it will be your instant favorite new release.

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The romance of trains and new release magic, including a World Internet Radio Premiere of the new single by the Weeklings, power this week’s two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, airing tonight–Tuesday, February 20–and this Thursday, February 22 at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallAfter hearing the O’Jays’ classic “Love Train” on a favored Internet radio station, I got the idea to explore the romance of trains for a special themed edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show. So, I put on my engineer’s hat and placed the pop train on our tracks to deliver an hour’s worth of songs about all kinds of trains and songs with the word “train” in the title. You’ll hear Albert Hammond’s “I’m a Train,” Johnny Cash’s “Train of Love,” P.F. Sloan’s “Lollipop Train (You Never Had It So Good),” the Monkees’ “Last Train to Clarksville,” songs from West Coast Consortium, the Marthas and Arthurs, the Hardy Boys, the Kinks, and a whole lot more. All aboard tonight at 8 pm ET!

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This Thursday night, February 22 at 8 pm ET on the week’s second edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, we broadcast the World Internet Radio Premiere of the Weeklings’ punchy new single, “In the Moment.” Is it Beatlesque? Is it Fab? Is it in keeping with the rich pop traditions that fuel the Weeklings’ substantial efforts? All will be revealed here on the Pure Pop Radio website this Thursday. (By the way, the song, recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios, goes on sale March 2.)

In addition to the World Internet Radio Premiere of the new Weeklings track, we’ve got two new songs from Linus of Hollywood’s upcoming Cabin Life, and two archival tunes from Winterpills’ Philip B. Price, whose two-CD collection, Without Your Love I’d Be Nowhere at All: Best of the Solo Archives 1988-2004, is a clear winner.

But that’s not all: Thursday night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show offers up new songs from Juliana Hatfield, who is channeling the majesty of the records of Olivia Newton-John on her forthcoming release; Christopher Cash and the Brilliant Deductions; Chris Price; Dragsterbarbie; Brady Harris Band; Daisy House, and the aforementioned Graham Gouldman. It’s another can’t-miss hour.

ppr radio green backgroundDon’t miss a minute of this week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows, featuring an exclusive, hour-long interview with Graham Gouldman, and two all-new editions of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show, with the World Internet Radio Premiere of the Weekling’s “In the Moment” in the spotlight on Thursday night. See you on the radio!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Win Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP!

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

enter-to-win-kidWe are celebrating this Wednesday night’s exclusive hour-long interview with veteran singer-songwriter Graham Gouldman by giving away a copy of Graham’s current EP, Play Nicely and Share, which features five originals and a reimagined cover of Buddy Holly’s classic song, “Rave On.”

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Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP (Wienerworld)

To win a copy of Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share, simply fill in the form below and send it to me by this Thursday, February 22 at noon ET. United States residents only. Don’t forget to include your email address and type “Graham” in the Comment field. Good luck!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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This Coming Week on Pure Pop Radio’s Specialty Shows?

Gonna be epic.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

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Veteran Songwriter and Recording Artist Graham Gouldman Guests on a Very Special Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP (Wienerworld)

Graham Gouldman, whose songs have provided a sweet soundtrack for so many lives, guests next Wednesday night, February 21, at 9 pm ET on a very special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Two of Gouldman’s classic songs–“Bus Stop,” a top five Billboard magazine chart-topper in 1966, and “No Milk Today,” a top 40 hit in 1967–are my top favorite pop songs of all time, and that’s just scratching the surface of this veteran songwriter’s output achieved over a veritable lifetime of service to music lovers around the world.

Whether you’ve heard and loved his music from his years with 10cc; Wax; GG06, his duo with 10cc’s Kevin Godley; his extensive solo career, or all of these periods, you’re sure to enjoy listening to this in-depth conversation with one of music’s greatest talents.

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Booklet illustration from Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP

Gouldman joined me for a spirited and informative In Conversation talk about his wonderful new EP, Play Nicely and Share, stocked deep with five new classic compositions and a reimagining of the classic Buddy Holly track “Rave On.” But wait…there was more: We talked about the creative and wonderful design for this EP’s package, created by StormStudios, and if you feel a connection with the equally creative and wonderful album covers designed and realized during the days of yore by the design group Hipgnosis, it’s because there is one. And, by the way, you’ll hear all about it.

Of course, we talked about the process of songwriting and other topics, including the writing of the aforementioned “No Milk Today.” You’ll hear three songs from Play Nicely and Share, and one from Gouldman’s previous release, Love and Work. This was a fascinating conversation that you will treasure.

Don’t miss this very special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with Graham Gouldman, next Wednesday, February 21, at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Bill Lloyd (Airdate: January 31, 2018)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

bill lloydBill Lloyd’s It’s Happening Now is yet another in a long line of sterling albums from one of pop music’s most proficient practitioners. Bill’s first set of original songs since 2012’s Boy King of Tokyo extends his unwavering winning streak. Acoustically based and typically heartfelt, these melodically-charged numbers touch the heart and soul.

bill lloyd it's happening now coverBill joined me on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on January 31 to talk about It’s Happening Now. He talked about, and we played, three songs that are among the best he has written and recorded thus far: “Ruby Falls,” which cleverly references Mel Tillis’s song “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” driven hit-bound by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in 1969; the pretty, mid-tempo “Let Me In Your Life Again”; and the gorgeous waltz, “Happiness,” powered by Bill’s strong vocal and a lovely melody.

It is always a pleasure to welcome Bill to the In Conversation microphones. Enjoy this latest visit, and be sure to purchase a copy of It’s Happening Now, one of Pure Pop Radio’s Favorite Records of 2017. Click here to add this glorious album to your collection.

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pprListen to my interview with Bill Lloyd from the January 31 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

 

 

Listen to a wide selection of previously-aired Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews by clicking here.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Dave Caruso (Airdate: January 24, 2018)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Dave Caruso performing live on the “Strange Magic” radio show, on Rewind 94.3 WERW. Photo by show co-host Brad Schreiber.

Singer-songwriter Dave Caruso released in 2017 Buddha Pesto Manifesto, his shining masterwork, an album that raises the stakes from his 2014 release, Cardboard Vegas Roundabout, itself quite a momentous collection of melodic pop gems.

Dave sat before the mobile Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation microphones on January 24 to speak with me about Buddha Pesto Manifesto. Among the topics discussed: Dave’s exacting songwriting process, his wide-ranging music-oriented activities, the importance he places on lyrical content, and three of Buddha’s great songs: the baroque “God’s Green Acre,” the early-Beatlesque “Hanging With You,” and the heartbreaking album closer, “I Get to Make You Laugh.” This is another can’t-miss show.

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pprListen to my interview with Dave Caruso from the January 24 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

 

 

Purchase Dave Caruso’s Buddha Pesto Manifesto by clicking on the following link: Dave Caruso Music’s website.

Listen to a wide selection of previously-aired Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews by clicking here.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

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