By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio
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!
Listen 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.)
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