Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

Rockonteurs is a podcast all about the real stories behind real music. Presented by Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, who wrote and performed megahits like ‘Gold’ and ‘True’, and Guy Pratt, a bass player who shaped songs for the likes of Madonna and Pink Floyd, you’ll hear exclusive stories of life on the road, in the studio and what really happened behind the scenes from artists who wrote, performed and produced the some of the biggest classic rock and pop tracks of all time. Guests include Sir Bob Geldof, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, super-producer Trevor Horn, Chris Difford of Squeeze and their bandmate from A Saucerful of Secrets, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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January 23, 2022 58 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt are like kids in a candy store as they get to talk to a guitar hero. We are delighted to welcome Steve Hackett to the podcast. From his early influences, to his PROG years in Genesis and his incredibly successful solo career, we try and cover of much of this man’s career as we can. He embraces and has conquered so many styles and sounds from pop, blues, rock, world music and classic...

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This week on Rockonteurs, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt chat to the excellent Andy Bell from Erasure.

Erasure were one of the biggest artists of the 80’s and 90’s with 24 Top 40 singles and selling 28 million albums worldwide. Erasure won the Brit Award form Best British Group in 1989. Still gigging despite the complexities of touring in the current climate, Erasure are about to embark on a new US tour and Andy chats to Guy and Gary from ...

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January 9, 2022 55 min

This week Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt return for Series 2 of Rockonteurs. Joining the podcast this week we speak to Curt Smith from Tears For Fears. The band return with their first new album in 18 years, The Tipping Point is out in Feb and we get the lowdown on the record and those huge decade defining albums of the 1980’s. After chatting to Roland last year on the show, this is a fascinating listen to hear the other side of the story...

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December 19, 2021 62 min
This week, it’s our final show of the year and Guy and Gary chat to the ever excellent Jamie Cullum about his career and his stunning Christmas album ‘The Pianoman at Christmas. Jamie talks about his love for the jazz greats and the weight of responsibility going back to Abbey Road to record this festive collection of original songs. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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December 12, 2021 51 min

This week on the podcast, Guy and Gary chat to one of the men who shaped the sound of the 60’s – the legendary producer Shel Talmy

Shel produced hits like ‘You Really Got Me’ for The Kinks and ‘My Generation’ for The Who. He came to London in 1962 for a holiday and ended up getting a job producing some of the defining hits of the decade, working with a young David Bowie and also a band who influenced the sound of Britpop, The Creati...

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December 5, 2021 58 min

‘The Art of Losing’ is one of the best albums of the year and we are delighted to welcome Catherine Anne Davies aka The Anchoress to our podcast.

This album has been winning praise from across the industry and fans include Elton John, James Dean Bradfield and Prog Magazine. Both Guy and Gary love this album and we hope you’ll have a listen too. It’s a record about love and loss and a deeply personal record that has rightly found cri...

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November 28, 2021 86 min

This week on Rockonteurs we sit down and chat with Rick Wakeman. He embodies everything this show is all about, great stories from great artists about great songs! We love him and barely scratch the surface on his incredible career from Bowie to Yes, T-Rex to Knights on Ice…hee has sold 50 million albums across 5 decades in music. Rick is a one off and never fails to entertain. Go catch his ‘Not Quite as Grumpy as Last Xmas’ tour t...

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November 21, 2021 57 min
This week on the show, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt chat to the acclaimed producer Arthur Baker. Arthur has enjoyed an incredibly diverse career from working with Afrika Bambaataa, New Order, the Pet Shop Boys to remixing Springsteen and producing Bob Dylan. We cover some genres on this episode from rock to dance, hip hop and rap this man has had his fingers in some tasty musical pies and shares those stories on this week’s episode of R...
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November 14, 2021 73 min

This week Gary and Guy return with another fascinating and insightful episode of Rockonteurs.

Our guest this week is John Illsley from Dire Straits. Yes….a bass player! John was one of only a few members to play from the bands start to their finish and remains great friends with Mark Knopfler.

He has a new book out this week that charts the bands meteoric rise to the top in the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s and in this episode h...

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November 7, 2021 68 min

This week Guy and Gary return with Rockonteurs and are joined by Chris Frantz from Talking Heads.

Chris is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, a drummer with Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club and an acclaimed record producer too.

With stories that range from the NYC punk scene with Blondie and The Ramones to working with Brian Eno and even producing Happy Mondays…it’s another epic set of stories and a great listen.

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October 23, 2021 66 min
In this week’s episode Gary and Guy welcome Sir Tim Rice, a legendary EGOT winner with a 50 year career under his belt, and collaborations with everyone from Rick Wakeman and Abba to Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Elvis. Tim’s best known for his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, providing the lyrics to the Webber’s music. The duo have co-written a string of musical theatre blockbusters, starting with Joseph And The Amazing Technicolo...
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October 16, 2021 58 min

In this episode of Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined by legendary label boss Alan McGee. The founder of Creation Records and the man who brought us The Jesus And May Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine…oh and Oasis. In a fascinating conversation, Alan discusses the influence of 70s rock and glam, making of the game-changing "Screamadelica" album, and the life-changing night in Glasgow where he saw Oasis completely ...

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October 9, 2021 66 min

This week on Rockonteurs we are delighted to welcome the hugely talented songwriter and producer Patrick Leonard to the show.

Pat is best known as a longtime collaborator with Madonna having worked on albums such as ‘True Blue’, ‘Who’s That Girl’ and ‘Like A Prayer’.

But his musical credentials stretch far wider and include Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Elton John and Leonard Cohen to name but a few.

As you ca...

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October 2, 2021 69 min

Joining Gary and Guy in this episode is Zombie and solo artist Colin Blunstone. With a long, illustrious and incredible career, there's much to discuss. From forming The Zombies with school pals, to rapid success with "She's Not There" to an equally quick descent into obscurity, despite the Zombies second album, "Odessey And Oracle" being rated as one of Rolling Stones top 100 albums, and Paul Weller's f...

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September 25, 2021 72 min
This week on Rockonteurs we speak to the wonderful Peter Hook. Peter is one of those musicians that really deserves about 4 episodes as he’s had so many incredible chapters, but we’ll try and cover off as much of his journey as we can. From Joy Division, to New Order, the Hacienda to his band ‘Peter Hook and the Light’. This is an open, honest and heartfelt conversation about falling in love with music, falling out of love with you...
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September 18, 2021 73 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy chat to a titan of music broadcasting, Bob Harris.

It’s a fascinating discussion on his remarkable career in radio and TV that takes us from being a John Peel protégé to Radio 1, from his love of country music to The Old Grey Whistle Test and the eclectic artists that show beamed into our lives in the 70’s.

Bob is a natural storyteller and this episode features encounters with Elton John, John L...

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September 11, 2021 65 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary chat to musician, producer, bassist (obviously) and founding member of The Stranglers, JJ Burnel!

It’s a fascinating chat that takes us from ice-cream vans in Surrey to punk pubs in London. We discuss the massive success of the band with hits like Peaches, Golden Brown and No More Heroes through to the new album Dark Matters (out now) and the recent passing of Dave Greenfield who died from Covi...

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September 4, 2021 62 min

Out today Gary and Guy chat to the excellent Steven Wilson.

Singer, songwriter, producer, remixer, and founder of the band Porcupine Tree, Steven is a hugely talented artist and we’re delighted to welcome him to Rockonteurs.

He has worked with so many artists from Elton, Roxy Music, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Tears for Fears and many more.

It’s another fascinating journey through music connections, shared experiences and a passion fo...

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August 28, 2021 61 min

This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary are joined by musician, songwriter and founder of Supergrass, Gaz Coombes.

Gaz has been making music since he was a lad and started Supergrass in 1993. They exploded in the mid 90’s with Britpop anthems like ‘Alright’, ‘Caught By The Fuzz’ and ‘Sun Hits the Sky’.

Gaz has also enjoyed a successful solo career with albums like ‘Matador’.

In this episode Gaz talks to Guy and Gary about his early int...

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August 22, 2021 68 min

Joining the Rockonteurs this week is Jethro Tull frontman, bandleader, song-writer and mainstay Ian Anderson. In a deep dive into Ian's career, Gary, Guy and Ian discuss how Jethro Tull grew out of the British blues boom to become one of the leading progressive rock bands, delivering huge selling concept albums like Aqualung and Thick As A Brick. The conversation also covers how and why such a strikingly unique band managed to ...

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