These are your favourite things, When you're a boy...
As I skimmed through the pages of The Guardian review section this morning I very nearly choked on my coco pops, for there in glorious technocolour was a large picture of those handsome* maniacs Mark and Lard. The feature attempts to track down the recordings that the two lads enjoyed in their youth and that they feel remain special in their adult lives. Here is the first paragraph from the piece:
Luckily, Radio 1's only double-act DJs share similar musical tastes. Especially about David Bowie. "I remember seeing Bowie doing Starman on telly at 20 past four on a Thursday afternoon," says Marc Riley (aka Lard, at right in the picture above), "and it changed my life. I thought, 'I don't know what this is, but I want some of it.'"
The pair go onto discuss the physical dangers of being a Bowie fan among the "tough kids at school" and specifically being clobbered by a Slade fan. Both DJs brought in Ziggy Stardust to put on their lists and other albums that really made the grade were; Kraftwerk's 'Trans-Europe Express', 'Marquee Moon' by Television, Captain Beefheart's 'Clear Spot' and even releases by Dr Feelgood and Genesis.
Pick up a copy of the article if you get a chance, it's a jolly funny read...and thanks to Mark and Lard for continuing to fly the flag!
* Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Total Blam Blam - (European Correspondent)