John Cleese: ‘Why don’t you Irish spell your names properly?’

The comedian and actor on his pet hates and staying with the real Basil Fawlty

Yes, John Cleese is as tall as we think, and he still has that gait as he strides on stage to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. He obliges with occasional oral explosions and outrageous comments, as we require. As he leaves, he snatches his notes from the podium, intentionally all Fawlty-like.

He’s casual, wearing a navy polo short and jacket, and, delightfully, (I’m almost sure) no socks under what look like navy moccasin slippers.

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Richard Thompson speaks at Folk Alliance 

Richard Thompson at 2018 Folk Alliance

Richard Thompson and John Oates separately discussed what’s kept their careers sustainable.

Thompson said his guitar-playing technique also evolved with the times. By using alternate tunings and bending the strings and the neck, he used the electric six-stringed instrument to create a sound “closer to the human voice” or to a bagpipe, especially when interpreting or extending Scottish folk traditions on songs like “A Sailor’s Life, “Matty Groves” and “Meet on the Ledge.”

Regarding his practice in recent decades of alternating solo acoustic performances and recordings with those of an electric band, Thompson said he likes the intimate solo concert because it’s “sort of like being in church. It’s heart to heart.”


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BBC Radio 2 – Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of the 70s, Clash City Rockers, The Clash chat with Johnnie

Johnnie is joined by Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon from original punk rockers The Clash who talk about their role in the seventies punk explosion, the genesis of their biggest hits and the lasting impact of their music on artists today.

They discuss:
– I’m So Bored With The USA
– Police And Thieves
– Safe European Home
– Julie’s Been Working For The Drug Squad
– Train In Vain
– London Calling

The guys also discuss punch-ups,  ghetto blasters, Bernie Rhodes, and of course their former bandmate Joe Strummer.

Give a listen:

Source: BBC Radio 2 – Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of the 70s, Clash City Rockers, The Clash chat with Johnnie