Misadventures in Music with Ian Prowse & Mick Ord
By Urbanista Magazine
The presenters aim to educate and push opinion on subjects such as protest songs, musicians who changed genres and also the significance of artists they have toured with.
Ian Prowse is an Merseyside singer-songwriter, currently frontman of Amsterdam and previously of Pele.
Mick Ord is the former head of BBC Merseyside and now a crisis communications consultant.
Misadventures in Music with Ian Prowse & Mick OrdMay 08, 2023
Andy McCluskey of OMD
There aren't too many bands from the 70's and 80''s who're still producing compelling new music and not just replaying their biggest hits, but then Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have always ignored the prevailing musical trends and ploughed their own furrow, which is why the Wirral band's blend of classic Synthpop and contemporary Electronic Dance Music is still wowing audiences.They're smack bang in the middle of a European tour and their last album The Punishment of Luxury was greeted with widespread critical acclaim, but Andy McCluskey says OMD's next release, Bauhaus Staircase, will be their last.
He's our special guest in this month's Misadventures in Music podcast, with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord.Andy talks candidly about OMD's history, their musical influences and looks to the future with optimism as fans await the release of Bauhaus Staircase, their 14th studio album.
A big thanks to Roy and Clare from the Podcafe in Liverpool for use of their recording studios.
- Autobahn by Kraftwerk (extract)
- Warm Leatherette by The Normal (full track)
- Electricity by OMD (full track)
- Pyjamarama buy Roxy Music (full track)
- Dazzle Ships/ Genetic Engineering by OMD (extracts)
- Radio Prague by OMD (extract)
In 1969 they sold more records in America than any other band including the Beatles and the Stones but within a few years Creedence Clearwater Revival had split up with a bitterness rarely matched, even in the topsy-turvy world of rock music.
Fast forward 50 years, and former leader and main songwriter John Fogarty is back on tour, including the UK and Ireland, so now seems as good a time as any to look back on his former group's unique musical legacy and discover what made them one of the biggest bands in the world....and what destroyed them.
In 1993 Bruce Springsteen said that CCR were "not the hippest band in the world, but the best".
Writer John Lingan has written a critically-acclaimed biography of the band - 'A Song for Everyone - the Story of Creedence Clearwater Revival.' It's an engrossing tale.
John's our special guest in this month's episode of Misadventures in Music, with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord."
Frank Collins and Sweet Soul Music
It's difficult to imagine now but back in the early sixties, soul was 'underground' music in the UK - rarely played on the radio, and only appreciated by a small number of aficionados.
Within a few years, records by artists on the Tamla Motown label would sell in their millions but in the very early 60s, very few people had heard of it.
Among a small cult of fans was a Liverpool teenager Frank Collins who went on to form a blue-eyed soul band The Excels who later played at the Cavern Club, not singing rock n roll or Merseybeat, but soul music with intricate harmonies.
Frank's 60-year career would take him onto the singles chart with the band Arrival then the British soul/funk pioneers Kokomo and later working with Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Tom Robinson and many more.
He's still writing and performing regularly today.
We're delighted to have Frank as our special guest on this month's Misadventures in Music with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord
'Bill Harry's Sixties Snapshots - on Arrival/Kokomo' - https://sixtiescity.net/Mbeat/mbfilms191.htm
BBC Four soul documentary- 'When Motown Came to Britain'.
Money - Barrett Strong
Be My Baby - The Ronettes
Friends - Arrival
I Will Survive - Arrival
A Little Bit Further Away - Kokomo
Romance in Durango -Bob Dylan
Swansong - Kokomo
MIM - S02 EP02 - James Campion
Millions of words have been written about The Beatles so why would James Campion spend 2 years writing ANOTHER one?
You could be excused for thinking, "Either he's jumping on the bandwagon to earn a quick buck or because he has something genuinely original and thought-provoking to say."
Thankfully 'Take a Sad Song - the Emotional Currency of Hey Jude' charges headlong into the latter category.
In Misadventures in Music episode #14 Ian Prowse and Mick Ord meet New York based author, journalist and broadcaster James who reveals many of the fascinating layers to Hey Jude.
Yes, it was written by Paul McCartney for John Lennon's son Julian who'd just seen his parents split up after John left the family home for Yoko Ono, but the song is SO more than that, as James explains in his critically-acclaimed book.
He takes us back to 1968 (the Year of Revolution, according to many social historians) when the band appeared on the David Frost show in front of the cameras to sing Hey Jude in front of a studio audience (well, THREE studio audiences actually) for the first time in 2 years, having given up touring in 1966.
James takes us behind the scenes of that performance and explains why and how the song became a worldwide number one single and why, in his view, it's the best song they ever recorded.
As one of the contributors to the book says, " It was 7 minutes we needed at the time'
Find out more on James' website - www.jamescampion.com
MIM S02 -EP01 - Post Punk with Russell Craig Richardson
In the new season of Misadventures in Music' (episode 13) Ian Prowse and Mick Ord take a deep dive into the UK's Post-Punk music scene (1978-1982) with New Jersey-based writer and filmmaker Russell Craig Richardson who has been working on a documentary film about the genre, having lived among many of the musicians in the UK at the time.
He talks about some of the leading characters, including those he interviewed such as Jah Wobble from Public Image Ltd. and Paul and Steve Hanley from The Fall.
Russell's a great storyteller and his musical choice contains more than a few surprises as well as post-punk classics.
MIM Episode 12 - The best bits from season one
Season one of Misadventures in Music has now come to an end and what a great year it's been.
Ian Prowse and Mick Ord have had some fantastic conversations, debates and uncovered a few truths in 12 amazing episodes, plus bonus content.
In this episode we look back at some of the highlights and our favourite moments. From David Fishel discussing getting stabbed at a gig to the difficulties of working with Shane McGowen.
Our presenters also discovered how popular and talented Lindisfarne’s Alan Hull was with some amazing feedback from fans across the world.
In fact, there were so many great moments it really was really difficult to get them all in one episode. However, you can listen back over season one and enjoy some of the great discussions with brilliant guests such as Paul Hemmings, Malik al Nasir and Rory Taylor.
Season two will be along later in the year with more debates and Misadventures in Music
MIM Episode 11 - Rory Taylor
Rory Taylor runs the Positive Vibration Festival, regular Reggae Socials at District and represents international reggae artists at home and abroad. He is on a mission with Positive Vibration to bring reggae to a wider audience.
Rory came to Liverpool to study law in 2003. He is an intellectual property lawyer who is also passionate about raising the profile of reggae in Liverpool and beyond. In 2013, as part of a collective, Rory began Positive Vibration with a small event in the Kazimer gardens featuring local DJs and a couple of bands.
Rory and Positive Vibration have brought a range of acts to its Baltic-based festival include Lee Scratch Perry, Roni Size, Sister Nancy and many others.
Rory also works with the Jamaican High Commission and tourist board, linking up with organisations and charities as well as artists and musicians. For an example of Rory’s close working relationship with the Jamaican High Commission, Rory was contacted to look at ways of promoting the Jamaican netball team whilst based in Liverpool:
Baba Brooks Band - Teenage Ska
Toots & The Maytals - Do the Reggay.
Bob Marley - Concrete Jungle.
King Tubby & Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
Madness - Night Boat to Cairo
Sister Nancy - Bam Bam
Prince Fatty ft. Shniece and Horseman - The Model.
MIM Episode 10 - David Fishel
Episode 10 of Misadventures in Music was recorded at SVARA Radio based in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle.
The boys are joined by David Fishel who is musician from Liverpool and has produced the JazzScene radio show broadcasting in several countries between 1992 - 2002.
David Fishel has worked with Malcolm McLaren, Patti Boulaye, Steve Levine and 'discovered' Anabella from Bow Wow Wow.
He spent 21 years in Norway as a producer/presenter for NRK, Norwegian national radio where he interviewed some of his jazz heroes. David's love for music started when he was introduced to Liverpool R & B band, Derry Wilkie and the Pressmen, who played in Hamburg before the Beatles in 1960.
To say that he knows how to tell a story is the understatement of the year. He's now in the middle of writing his autobiography - he's given Misadventures in Music a sneak preview.
You have been warned! - podcast contains swearing and sexual referencesTrack Listing
- Derry Wilkie and the Pressmen - Hallelujah I Love Her So
- Charlie Parker - They Can't Take That Away from Me
- Bow Wow Wow - Go Wild in the Country
- Brecker Bros - Skunk Funk
MIM Episode 9: The Viper Label with Paul Hemmings
Paul Hemmings, co-founder of the amazing Viper Label is our guest in episode 9 of the Misadventures in Music podcast with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord.
Paul, ex-Las's and Lightning Seeds guitarist, co-founded the label in 1999 with another ex-La's stalwart and solo artist in his own right, Mike Badger.
The label specialises in vintage blues, rock n roll, country & gospel recordings and has released more than 150 "roots" albums and singles along with notable releases from the La's and Captain Beefheart, in addition to noted Merseyside artists such as Edgar Jones & Mr Badger himself.
Paul's love of these iconic recordings shines through and he's already agreed to return to our studios in the future to continue the Viper story and showcase the vintage roots recordings of which he is rightly so proud."
PLAYLIST - all from Viper Label
1) Buddy Jones - Rockin Rollin Mama - from Out There - The Wondrous Roots of Rock n Roll
2) The Reefer Song - Fats Waller - from Ultimate 30's and 40's Reefer Songs
3) Then We'll Need that True Religion - Rev Edward Clayton from The Very Best of American Religious Songs
4) Rock Me - Sister Rosetta Tharpe as above
5) Riot in Cell Block Number 9 - The Robins ( from Banged Up - American Jailhouse Songs)
6) Folson Prison Blues - Johnny Cash ( as above)
7) Space Guitar - Johnny Guitar Watson --- from Hot Guitars album
8) Bo Meets The Master - Bo Diddley --- The Ultimate Halloween Party
All music is licensed with PRS - Read more about the Viper Label here
MiM Episode 8 - Songs of War and Peace in Times of Trouble
Many political and military observers are calling the current war in Ukraine the most serious conflict that Europe has faced since World War Two, without for one moment demeaning the impact of other conflicts such as the wars in the former state of Yugoslavia 30 years ago.
In episode 8 of Misadventures in Music Ian Prowse and Mick Ord discuss how different songwriters have viewed some of the other conflicts that have plagued the world over the years, from the Spanish Civil War in the Thirties, through to Vietnam and the Falklands War, taking in a range of differing perspectives such as Nina Simone, Bruce Springsteen and Christy Moore.
MIM Episode 7 - Malik al Nasir
When 18 year old Mark Watson met the American jazz musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron after a gig in Liverpool in 1984 little did he realise that the star was going to play such an important role in his life.
Mark had just been released from 9 years in the care system and could barely read or write. Nevertheless he WAS streetwise and blagged his way into the backstage area of the Royal Court theatre in the hope of shaking Gil's hand and praising him for his performance.
Something about Mark's character affected Gil and he invited him to become a roadie with the band and over the years their relationship blossomed and Gil became his friend and mentor.
Fast forward to 2022 and Malik al Nasir ( Mark changed his name when converting to Islam 30 years ago) is doing a PhD at Cambridge University and has just released a book - Letters to Gil - describing the impact Gil had on his life and telling HIS story about how the musician saved him where the care system in the UK had failed.
Malik is this month's guest in the Misadventures in Music podcast with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord - both huge Gil fans.
It's a genuinely astounding story about generosity of spirit and the power of music."
- "Cane" from the album "Secrets" based on a novel called "Cane" by Gene Toomer about post slavery segregation in the rural south where he grew up. It aligns with my fathers experience in the cane fields of Demerara in Guyana. The song is adapted from the characters in the book and poems about them. "Karintha" and "Becky".
- "Washington DC" from the album "Moving Target" This was the song that first introduced me to Gils work and caused me to go to that fateful meeting at the Royal Court Theatre in 1984 which forever altered the course of my life.
- "On from a broken home" from the last album "I'm New Here". I was with Gil when he wrote this poem in 1988 whilst we were on tour in the US with Ritchi Havens. I'd been telling Gil about my issues and he said "you're not the only one with issues" and proceeded to read me what he'd just written. That was 88 but it didn't get released until 2010.
- "Immigrants - Free at Last" by Malik & The O.G's (Song features Gils drummer Rod Youngs & Gils percussionist Larry McDonald). It was my response to the xenophobia that we faced growing up by people always telling us to "go back to where you came from". After working with Gil I attained the knowledge to answer that trope.
MIM Episode 6: One hand on the starry plough
Our presenter Ian Prowse chats to Mick Ord about this latest album released on Feb 11th. One Hand On The Starry Plough.
After releasing albums with his bands, Pele and Amsterdam. This is Prowsy's 4th solo album that combines a feel good Indie, folk and Celtic vibe throughout.
Find more about how the inspiration behind his hit single Battle and his noir-style ode to Diego Maradona, with discussions about his up-coming UK tour and supporting his friend Elvis Costello and the Imposters tour.
MIM Episode 5: Alan Hull
Ian Prowse and Mick Ord discuss the career of Lindisfarne musician Alan Hull with documentary producer Ged Clarke. The songwriter penned hits such as 'Lady Eleanor' and 'Fog On The Tyne' but relatively little is known about his work away from the North East.
Ged joined the boys after the airing of his hugely popular BBC documentary featuring Sam Fender, Sting and Elvis Costello to name a few.
The documentary is available on iPlayer for 12 months
- Lady Eleanor by Lindisfarne which Hull wrote ( based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story The Fall of the House of Usher)
- One More Bottle of Wine - Alan Hull
- Breakfast - Alan Hull
- Statues and Liberties - Alan Hull
- The Money Game - Alan Hull
- January Song - Lindisfarne (from their best-selling album 'Fog on the Tyne')
MIM Episode 4: Men who have changed musical direction
Following on from episode 3, Ian Prowse and Mick Ord discuss male artists who have changed musical direction.
Following on from the episode 3 of the Misadventures In Music with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord... Our presenters discuss male artists who changed their musical direction for the better or worse.
Ian starts with a band close to his heart in The Waterboys. It's discussed how their huge success with This is the Sea with probably one their most notable songs on it - The Whole Of The Moon. Ian explains that the band were on the verge of U2 style stardom and all they had to do to follow the success of the last album - to find out what happened next, check out the latest episode.
For links and track listings - go over to Urbanista Music Magazine
MIM Episode 3: Women who have changed musical direction
One of the most fascinating things we love about musicians, is when they decide to completely change their direction. Whether thats musical direction or they simply fall out of love with the business. We have all experienced moments when our favourite music icons leave their fans confused and scratching their heads, wondering what happened. Or in some cases when it's an ex band member, who completely rips the band apart with them to go do something else.
In this podcast episode we look at a few female artists that interest both Ian and Mick and explore the music they started creating and then suddenly decided to change direction in music or actually quit altogether. This episode looks at their reasons for doing so, was it the right choice or should they have stayed?
Our hosts discuss stars such as Alanis Morisette, Anne Briggs and Bobby Gentry and the fascinating stories on both their music and lives.
Shane MacGowan - Siobhán McAndrew Bonus Material
Leading on from Episode 2 - Mick spoke to producer Siobhán McAndrew on the making of Crock of Gold - A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan.
The interview details what it was like onset when filming with the man himself. An extraordinary insight, especially if you have seen the documentary
Misadventures in Music - Shane MacGowan
Welcome to the second episode of Misadventures in Music with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord.
In the second episode of the Misadventures In Music Podcast - Presenters Ian Prowse and Mick Ord look back on the work of Pogues frontman Shane McGowan.
The conversation looks back on MacGowans English upbringing and his identity as an Irishman, discussing how his accent developed from when he was cockney teenager to his now evident Irish twang.
The guys also discuss the current state of MacGowans health and attitude after interviewing a producer of Shanes' documentary, Siobhán McAndrew. The documentary that was also produced by julien Temple and Johnny Depp is called Crock Of Gold - A few rounds with Shane MacGowan.
You can listen to the interview with Siobhán in the bonus Material available on the MIM channel.
Ian also talks about his band Pele touring with the Pogues and his experience of the man, and his aura around the venues they played.
There's no doubt that everyone who has contributed to this episode has huge respect for the man, poet and musician. But Shane is most certainly a complex man.
Read More about the interviews and podcast on Urbanista Music Magazine
Misadventures In Music with Prowse & Ord : Protest Songs
Urbanista Mag brings you the first episode in a new series of podcasts from Amsterdam & Pele Frontman Ian Prowse and former BBC Producer Mick Ord - Misadventures in Music
In this episode the the guys discuss protest songs with Mick and Ian choosing a powerful mix of artists that inspired them from the Punk and New Wave era.
The discussion casts an insight on what it was like hearing and seeing bands such as The Jam & The Clash for the 1st time and why anger played such a huge part in the success of Punk Bands across the UK and USA. But more so, how the music became a channel of information and opinion you didn't get through mainstream TV and News.
About Ian Prowse & Mick Ord
The presenters of this show have a pedigree in the world of music - Ian Prowse is a successful musician with Bands Pele and Amsterdam who achieved success in the early 90's and is now touring a new album The Story of Ian Prowse.
Mick Ord began his career as a journalist in the 80's and went on to become head of the BBC in Liverpool. Mick now runs a crisis media company but still championing the music and bands he loves across the UK.
All music is licensed via PRS