414. With the Family (Part 2) My Uncle Met a Rock Star

Listen to my uncle Nic telling some stories about British rock stars he has met over the years, including an encounter with one of the most famous musicians in the world!

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Introduction (transcript)

In this episode I’m going to play you another conversation which I recorded during the recent Christmas holiday. In this one you’re going to hear my brother and me talking to our uncle Nic about some of the amazing rock stars that he’s met over the years.

Nic has always been a huge fan of rock music and because he was born in the early 1950s he saw many of Britain’s greatest rock stars performing live on stage quite early in their careers. I’m talking about the late 1960s, throughout the 70s and beyond.

So, Nic has met a lot of musicians at gigs but he also just has a knack for bumping into rock stars in normal everyday situations and then being very cool, calm and casual in their company. It’s almost like they’re on the same wavelength or something.

Anyway, my brother and I have always enjoyed hearing Nic’s anecdotes and I’m very glad to have recorded some of those stories for this podcast.

If you’re a fan of rock music, especially some of the classic bands of the 60s and 70s then I’m sure you’re going to be impressed by some of the people my uncle has met, talked to, and even had breakfast with.

And there is one person in particular that he once bumped into – who is not only a bonafide legend of the music world, but also just one of the most famous people on the planet today. Any idea who that is? Well, to find out just listen on.

So, here’s a chat with my Uncle Nic, with some help from James.

I say “help” from James, what I mean is that he just takes over the interview at one point because he thinks he can do a better job than me, and maybe he’s right. Anyway, that’s enough rambling… here’s the conversation.

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Thank you very much to Uncle Nic and belated happy birthday to him too.

Let us know what you think, and which one you think is the most impressive story. Because they are impressive stories, aren’t they. Come on! Paul McCartney of The Beatles. Pink Floyd! Fast Eddie from Motorhead!

I realise there will be people out there who don’t really know a lot of the people we were talking about. I’m sure you know Paul McCartney, but you might not know The Who, Motorhead, Pink Floyd (hard to imagine), The Damned, Slade…

And I’m sure there are others too, not necessarily in the toilet but in other situations, but who knows.

VIDEOS

The Who – Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltry, John Entwistle

Motorhead – “Fast Eddie” & Lemmy

Free “All Right Now” live at The Isle of White Festival (1970)

Paul McCartney & Wings “Junior’s Farm” (Nic’s favourite)

Pink Floyd recorded at Live 8, Hyde Park in 2005

Slade in 1973

The Damned

Have you ever met a famous musician? Let us know in the comment section.

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  • Nick

    Sir Paul is winning! ✌

  • Agnes

    Nice episode, I like it! But to be honest I don’t know the half of the bands you mentioned, maybe I followed typical girls bands as a teenager, that’s why.

    But I agree with you Luke, British music, singers are unique. This is not bullshit from somewhere, this music is outstanding, even in the newest bands I see great beats.

    It’s hard to stay calm when you meet a famous person, you don’t know what to say etc. I typically am shy, and don’t even come up to this kind of person, because I couldn’t know what to say. So your uncle did perfectly, having chat with Paul. Great.

    cheers
    have a nice day

    • Catherine Bear

      Agnes, did you believe everything Uncle Nic said? Maybe he was making it up a little bit, for a sensational effect. ;))

      How could it happen that one ordinary lad would meet so many famous persons? I almost don’t believe it…

      • Agnes

        I think it was the truth anyway, he was convenient. Wasn’t he?

      • Catherine Bear

        Yeah, I guess so…

      • Nick

        A Compliance Officer is here :))

      • I assure you all the stories are true and actually I think he could have exaggerated them a lot more than he did. In my opinion he tells the stories in quite an honest and matter of fact way. The reason he met most of those people is because he’s been to so many concerts in his time and ends up bumping into musicians in toilets or backstage areas, especially during the 70s when there wasn’t a lot of security. For me the McCartney story is best because it’s so coincidental and reveals Sir Paul to be a normal down-to-earth guy. It’s by far the most impressive encounter for that reason, and because Nic was not too star struck, which I think put Paul at ease.

      • Catherine Bear

        Yes, Nic-Paul encounter was definitely the best! Your Uncle must be a very easy-going and extravert kind of person.

        I also liked the Pink Floyd playing soccer, just like ordinary blokes. Today, it is almost impossible — with all this madness going on in some people. The world was a more safe place back at that times — the good old times literally.

  • Catherine Bear

    What about female singers in the UK, Luke? Do you like Annie Lennox? And Tanita Takiram? I quite like “Sweet Dreams” and “Twist in My Sobriety”.

    • Nick

      One of my favourite songs – “Sweet Dreams”. Why do you think there are cows in the video clip?

      • Catherine Bear

        Funny, I just thought the same about the cows… :)
        Hilarious clip, just ridiculous. Don’t you think so?
        I like Annie’s hear and eyes in this video, they are so shiny — as contrast to the rest of the clip. Everything seems quite dull. Don’t you think so? What are these cows doing there, anyway. Can anybody explain please? :)

      • Nick

        I have an explanation for that, I think that cows are symbolizing one thing. But it’s my personal view, maybe it’s not right.

      • Catherine Bear

        What thing?

      • Nick

        It’s my personal explanation I don’t want to share it. Sorry ;) I just want to say that maybe it’s not a coincidence. In fact, I think the whole song about that thing and the song name. Maybe you’ll guess it yourself ;)

      • Catherine Bear

        Hm… a new mystery to be solved. :)

    • Agnes

      yes, “Sweet dreams” the old beautiful song, I like it.

      • Catherine Bear

        I also quite like “Who Is That Girl”. Those are only two songs I know by Eurythmics. :)

      • Hiroko Nakata

        I like both of them, and I like ” There Must Be an Angel” too. This song sounds a little different from other ones by Eurythmics, but it’s really beautiful.

      • Catherine Bear

        Oh, yes, I remembered. Thank you, Hiroko. ;)

      • Hiroko Nakata

        You remembered it :) Beautiful music can make us friends.

      • Catherine Bear

        Very true! :)

    • I love The Eurythmics definitely – Annie Lennox has an incredible voice and that song Sweet Dreams is an absolute classic. Also PJ Harvey is a bit of a legend isn’t she? Also The Pretenders were a great group with a great female lead singer.

      • Catherine Bear

        I like the Scottish accent of Annie — “who’s that gih-RRR-l” :)

      • Marta KL

        I can´t agree more – PJ Harvey + Nick Cave = the best duo ever :) But she´s stunning even on her own :)
        Also Kim Gordon (Sonic youth), Shirley Manson (Garbage) or Beth Gibbons (Portishead).,, And many others :))
        And recently I´ve discovered an amazing girl Ashia Grzesik, I think she is worth listening to :)
        www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBQp9XH1zpE

    • Nick

      Cat do you know this Russian female singer ;)
      www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZhvmOH-IFk

      • Catherine Bear

        Nice! No, I didn’t know her… Don’t watch the Russian TV… :(
        I like Russian songs, they are always so romantic and sad. :))

      • Nick

        Yes, I like her nice voice and her songs, which she writes herself :)

      • Catherine Bear

        Oh, that’s impressive!

  • Catherine Bear

    Funny, Uncle Nic sounds younger than James (despite the almost 20-year age difference).

    I found this “Well, stop talking then, okay?” (at 05:50) a bit rude. Or was it not, Luke?

    • Oh yeah it was rude alright! But I don’t really mind, it’s just brotherly ‘love’, isn’t it.

      • Catherine Bear

        Maybe it is the British humour. You sometimes insult each other on purpose, just for fun. :)

      • Yes we do ‘take the mickey out of each other’ in the UK quite a lot especially if we’re close to each other. James and I also fight sometimes but it’s just what brothers do. We actually get on fine. The bird chirping is funny isn’t it? I’m glad you’re listening to Wittertainment. Hello to Jason Isaacs ;)

      • Catherine Bear

        I know the “brother love” quite well, having myself two of them. They are 2,5 years apart (with myself in the middle). :)

        Yes, enjoying the Wittertainment very much. Thank you for your The OPPs episodes! Those brought me to them. Enjoying since then.

      • Catherine Bear

        Who is Mickey? :)

      • I believe his full name is Mickey Bliss, but nobody really knows who he is.

        “take the mickey” is cockney rhyming slang which means “take the piss” (to make fun of someone)

        Cockney rhyming slang involves substituting words with other rhyming words. But the way it works is that the rhyming part is often removed, and you’re left with a pretty bizarre bit of slang.

        e.g. Barnet fair = hair
        “Look at his barnet!”

        Apples & pears = stairs
        “Get up them apples and get into bed!”

        Take the mickey bliss = take the piss
        “Are you taking the Mickey mate?”

      • Catherine Bear

        Thank you, Luke! Great explanation!
        Cockney are bizarre, indeed. :)

      • Catherine Bear

        Luke, maybe you put some bird chirping over that piece (like Mark and Simon do sometimes). :)

  • Catherine Bear

    Enjoyed the episode while jogging in the woods. Even the trees listened. :)
    Thanks, Uncle Nic. Your experiences were beyond believe.

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    • Catherine Bear

      The trees got excited to listen to some rock music, danced and waived back to Luke and to the LEPsters. :)

  • Nick

    Yeah! Good old classic Rock! Music is fantastic! You may don’t understand what they sing but music is taking control of your mind and moving your body without any command.
    ***Belated Happy birthday to Nic!***

    • Catherine Bear

      I wonder how that would look like… :)

      • Nick

        Muscles in my body begin to move by themselves when I’m listening something like this…
        www.youtube.com/watch?v=26-DhyR7-Ao
        Does you feel the same, Cat?

      • Catherine Bear

        That means that you are musical, Nick. Which is a good thing for your language learning. Each language has his own rythm, own bit. If you are musicially sensitive, you can be great at your pronunciation and intonation. :)

        I also like music, of course, but not so much into the hard rock. What makes me dance is a more Latin dance ispired music. :)

      • Nick

        Yes, I think listening to songs is the best way of learning language. If you like this song you’ll listen it a million times you’ll read the text while listening a million times. So it’ll be stuck in your head for a long time.

      • Catherine Bear

        Agree totally.

      • Agnes

        In addition to this you guys said, I think that music is like open gates to languages. People who are musicians are more likely good language learners. They learn effortlessly.
        I see that in example of my daughter, is amazing when she seats at the piano and plays, without notes, from her mind, she hears music, but I also think that it is a genetic thing, she plays like her grandpa.

      • Catherine Bear

        Do you play any instrument, Agnes?
        You have very talented daughters, well done! :))

      • Agnes

        Now I don’t play any instrument now, but I used to play on the guitar as a teenager, you know, during summer camps, because I was a scout.
        Everyone from my family forces me to play on something, especially on the piano, but I prefer to sing, when my daughter plays with my husband, I sing:-) It’s like a family band, ha ah. The best time we spend together.

      • Catherine Bear

        Wow, brilliant!!! :)

      • Nick

        Music unites your family, and I think it’s unites the whole world.

      • Catherine Bear

        Do you play any instrument, Nick?

      • Nick

        I play on my old bad guitar from time to time :) But I’m not a good player. Do you play any instrument, Cat?

      • Catherine Bear

        Old bad guitar :))
        No, unfortunately I don’t play. But I grew up in a very musical family. My dad and brothers play баян, of course. And accordeon, and guitar, and piano. And we all sing. We spend most of the time making music and singing, like Agnes’s family. :)

      • Nick

        Good for you and for your family ;) Do any of you make it professionally and earn money on that?

      • Catherine Bear

        Thanks! :)
        My younger brother sings at times on stage (just for fun). He is an IT expert in his professional life. But he does some DJ-ing for private events on a regular basis, just for fun and to earn some additional money to sustain his family.

        He sais his real passion in life is music. I think he is similar to James. :)

      • Nick

        I think he can make musical tracks like James if he doesn’t do it already ;)

      • Nick

        Even I did musical tracks on my computer very long time ago. You know I used to take folk Russian music notations and used different electronic instruments for sounding. It was cool.

      • Agnes

        hmm it reminds me what my husband does, his true love is music, but as a young man he had chosen another profession, as an adult he started play the piano, just for fun, and he became a role model for our daughter. What’s more they feel music,and this is beautiful, because this makes their life colorful.

      • Agnes

        just seeing my comment, a lot of mistakes, what a shame:-( ha ha

      • Nick

        We all here make mistakes ;) One who makes no mistakes makes nothing. And it’s not the worst kind of shame anyway :)

      • Agnes

        yes Nick I know that you have to make mistakes to learn new things, but these are such simple mistakes like “play the piano” not “play on the piano”, it means that I translated it from my language ha ha.

      • Nick

        It’s normal, your mind is used to think in your own language. You say “on the piano” in Polish? You’re from Poland, right?

      • Nick

        I myself always do simple mistakes even in my own language :))

      • Nick

        El Monster6
        I’ve always loved the Monkeys. But I really want to punch Alex in the face

        Aleeza T. Brown
        eargasm.

        LOL

      • Catherine Bear

        What? :)

      • Nick

        It’s YouTube comments about Alex Turner and his band Arctic Monkeys ;) LOL is mine.

      • Catherine Bear

        Ah… Thank you for acknowledging the source! ;)
        You are a quick learner. :)

      • Nick

        Sorry that I didn’t write that it’s from YouTube in the first message :))

      • Catherine Bear

        I thought those were some bands or songs names. :))

      • Catherine Bear

        No problem! :)
        I wish you a wonderful weekend, Nick!
        Have to go to my previous office and prepare it for our new team member who is to start on Monday.

        Cheers!
        Cat

      • Nick

        Thanks, have a good weekend too, Catherine!

      • Catherine Bear

        You are like the real Brits — apologising a lot, well done! ;)

      • Nick

        Yeah, I also can stay in a shop in front of a cashier and wait silently when somebody notice me and take my money :))

      • Nick

        But it doesn’t mean that I’m a real Brit, it’s just my character.

      • Catherine Bear

        Oh, that’s really cute… :)

  • Bringing people around the world together to create peace . Destroy racism and terrorism by embracing the melody as well as dances . Music makes you more tolerant of cultures and religions . It is a best tool for diplomacy . Let it play to rid evilness of men . Give up hatred and link understanding . 2017 is here and with it comes so many brand new exciting moments . Get HYPE !!!

  • Hiroko Nakata

    Hi Luke, I ‘m Hiroko from Japan. I was born in the late fifties and I’m a great fan of classic rock. I know The Who, Pink Floyd, Slade, Free, Jethro Tull, and of course Sir Paul McCartney!! I have “record discs ” of most of the tunes you introduced at the end of #414.
    I’ve started listening to your podcast 10 days ago, and I’m completely hooked on it. I’m one of the Orion Team now. And today’s episode #414 with your uncle Nic is the BIGGEST HIT for me so far‼︎!

    • Catherine Bear

      Hiroko rocks! :)

  • Hayato Murotani

    Hello from Japan! Thank you for the new episode.
    I’m so impressed by Nic’s anecdotes. I’ve been a big fan of The Who for more than 20 years. Unfortunately, many Japanese people don’t know the most important rock band in the human history. So I had been a lone fan of the band. But since they came to our country in 2004 for the first time, I feel the situation in Japan has slightly changed for the better. Although I’m so sorry not to be able to see John and Keith anymore, I’m going to love The Who as much as possible.

    • Hiroko Nakata

      Hi. I I love their “Summertime Blues”!

      • I used to play that song in a band in Japan. I was on drums, but I couldn’t replicate Keith Moon’s style.

      • Hiroko Nakata

        Really. You lived in Japan for 2 years, didn’t you. I don’t play musical instruments myself. I’m just a listener. I listen to Summertime Blues when I want to cheer myself up.

      • Catherine Bear

        Yes, Luke stayed there for two years, then returned to the UK again. He just didn’t want to get stuck there, although he liked it there very much and he misses Japan very much. And… — he is going to visit you (I mean Japan) any time soon, possibly in April. :)

        (I’m speaking here as if I were his manager, am I not?) :))
        Just a follower.

      • Hiroko Nakata

        Really! Great news. You could work as Luke’s manager:-). Thanks for letting me know!
        I just started listening to this podcast around 2 weeks ago, so haven’t listened to his episodes about Japan yet. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to his visit to Japan!

      • Catherine Bear

        Nice to meet you, Hiroko! :)
        I’ve signed here on August the 25th and since then posting and posting like mad. :))
        I’m glad you are enjoying Luke’s work too. He mentions Japan every now and then and always points out how great Japan and Japanese are. :)
        Lovely Sunday to you!

      • Hiroko Nakata

        Nice to meet you, too, Catherine Bear! :) ! You are relatively new here, too. So Luke likes Japan, right? I’m glad to hear that. Thanks! By the way, may I ask where you are from?

      • Catherine Bear

        Hi Hiroko!

        Luke’s English Podcast is quite popular in Japan. Japan is regularly on the top 3 of the website statistics. Amazing, isn’t it?

        I’m a RUS expat living in GER since the last century. I came across Luke’s work through a news post on the British Council’s website about the Elton Awards. Luke was nominated there in the category “Digital Innovation”. How did you find the LEP, I wonder? :)

        Cheers
        Cat, aka Catherine Bear

      • Hiroko Nakata

        Hi Cat, thanks a lot for your reply,
        I’m so sorry my response is this late…. :( :(
        I was late because I’m not accustomed to this site and didn’t notice your reply until yesterday. I’m so sorry…!!
        So you’re from Russia, right? You’ve been in Germany for such a long time.
        I discovered LEP on iTunes, accidentally, searching for some interesting podcast. LEP got 62 customer reviews and almost all of them gave LEP the highest scores! There are a lot of podcasts for learners of English, you know, but those high scores are rarely seen in Japan.
        Yes, Russia as well as Japan are in the top 3 of the statistics last year. Your English must be very good due to LEP. :)
        Best,
        Hiroko

      • Catherine Bear

        Hi Hiroko! Thanks! :)
        You can adjust your Discqus notifications, if you want, of course. For example “once a day” or “once a week”. Then you’ll see all the replies you get.
        Enjoy! :)
        Cat

      • Hiroko Nakata

        Oh I see. Thank you, Cat! That’s very kind of you :-) I’ll try adjusting later.
        Matane. (“See you” in Japanese)
        Hiroko

    • Catherine Bear

      It did sound like an extended Anecdote Telling episode. :)
      Remember the episode where Thompsons were talking about meeting famous (or crazy) people?

  • Ptholome

    Hi people the episode is ready to be transcribed. Is there some LEPsters who with the purpose for 2017 transcribing the whole year 1 chunk 3 min long per week?

    414 ep: docs.google.com/document/d/1LLz22t7htfKZM6OH5Yo78AdAbTRxiFohmilRA4HBqMc/edit?usp=sharing

    The Orion team