Politics of Sound

Politics of Sound

By Politics of Sound

Politics of Sound is the podcast in which political figures pay an imaginary visit to the virtual PoS Record Shop, emerging with their life-long favourite albums. Multi-instrumentalist Iain Carnegie hosts the discussion as guests speak about (and sometimes perform!) the music which has shaped, inspired, amazed and amused them over the years.

Episodes

Politics of Sound #30 Tom Mayhew, 'Working Class' Comedian

In the August edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie welcomes comedian and star of BBC Radio 4&aposs Tom Mayhew is Benefit Scum, Tom Mayhew to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop. In a fascinating, revealing interview, he discusses the challenges of creating a career in comedy from a background beset with financial struggles, his experience of the benefit system, his love for his family, Christianity, his first stand-up gig, Radio 4, the pandemic and much more.Tom emerges from the Politics of Sound Record Shop with an eclectic selection of three albums by Spook School, Minnie Birch and Plan B and the Politics of Sound House Band are on hand to provide their own reworking of tracks from her chosen albums.Follow us on Twitter: @politics_sound for all the latest news and don&apost forget to hit the Subscribe button!All PoS episodes available now on Global Player.
31/07/2151m 18s

Politics of Sound #29 Edwina Currie, Former Health Minister, Author and Media Personality

In the July edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie welcomes the former Conservative MP and Health Minister, Author and Media Personality Edwina Currie to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop. In an often personal and revealing interview, she discusses her upbringing within an Orthodox Jewish household in Liverpool and subsequent estrangement from her father, her political awakening, the struggles of being a woman MP in the 1980s and 90s, her political triumphs, the salmonella in eggs scandal and its legacy, her affair with John Major and the joyful musical experiences of her youth as an audience member at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in the 1960s.Edwina  emerges from the Politics of Sound Record Shop with an eclectic selection of three albums by The Beatles, Dolly Parton and Queen and the Politics of Sound House Band are on hand to provide their own reworking of tracks from her chosen albums.Follow us on Twitter: @politics_sound for all the latest news and don&apost forget to hit the Subscribe button!All PoS episodes available now on Global Player.
30/06/211h 15m

Politics of Sound #28 Mark Francois, Conservative Party, ERG

In the June edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie welcomes the Conservative MP for Rayleigh and Wickford and Chairman of the European Research Group,  Mark Francois to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to discusses his formative years growing up in Essex,   his abiding affection for and pride in his parents, his years in student politics at Bristol University, the battle he fought in Parliament, both before and after the Brexit vote and the place that music plays within his life.Mark  emerges from the Politics of Sound Record Shop with an 80s Synth Pop selection of albums by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Depeche Mode and the Politics of Sound House Band are on hand to perform their own version of tracks from his album selections.Follow us on Twitter: @politics_sound for all the latest news and don&apost forget to hit the Subscribe button!All PoS episodes available now on Global Player.
31/05/2141m 16s

PoS #27 Max Fosh, YouTuber and London Mayoral Candidate

In the May edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie welcomes celebrated YouTube sensation and now candidate for the London Mayoral Election, Max Fosh to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to discuss the whether the power of social media can defeat the power of vested interest and money; the processes that have to be followed to stand as a Mayoral Candidate; why Max is standing the first place; why he wants to beat fellow old Harrovian Laurence Fox and what happens if he actually wins...?Max  emerges from the Politics of Sound Record Shop with an eclectic selection of albums by ,  Ben Platt, Bear&aposs Den and Busted, and the Politics of Sound House Band are on hand to perform their own version of tracks from his album selections.Plus Max reveals his very particular musical skill...!Follow us on Twitter: @politics_sound for all the latest news.All PoS episodes available now on Global Player.
30/04/2158m 36s

Politics of Sound #26: Dalia Gebrial, Journalist, Activist, Author, Novara Media

In the April edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie welcomes prominent journalist, author and regular contributor to Novara  Media,  Dalia Gebrial to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop for a deeply personal and reflective conversation about her life, activism, challenges and aspirations, while discovering her three all-time favourite albums.Dalia  emerges from the Politics of Sound Record Shop with an eclectic selection of albums by Yasmine Hamdan, Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse, and the Politics of Sound House Band are on hand as ever to perform their own version of tracks from her album selections.This interview was recorded just before the death of the feminist, author and humanitarian, Nawal El Saadawi, whose influence on Dalia is discussed within the podcast.Don&apost forget to subscribe to the pod! Follow us on Twitter: @politics_sound for all the latest news.All PoS episodes available now on Global Player.
31/03/211h 0m

Politics of Sound #25 Laurence Fox, Reclaim Party

In the March edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie welcomes actor, musician and leader of the newly-formed Reclaim Party,  Laurence Fox to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to discuss the origins of his political thinking, his family, his schooling, his music, his acting career, his facing up to controversy, his relationship with Twitter and other social media, his determination to oppose &aposcancel culture&apos - and much more.Laurence  emerges from the Politics of Sound Record Shop with an eclectic selection of albums by Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Buckley and...Laurence Fox, and the Politics of Sound House Band are on hand to perform their own version of tracks from his album selections.Follow us on Twitter: @politics_sound for all the latest news.All PoS episodes available now on Global Player.Album track links:Laurence Fox - The Distance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0NrIEt8rrwBruce Springsteen - Born in the USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPhWR4d3FJQJeff Buckley - Corpus Christi Carol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxqwq9BnjT0
01/03/211h 2m

Politics of Sound #24 Jonathan Reynolds, Labour Party

In the February edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie welcomes Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary,  Jonathan Reynolds, Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to discuss his political career, his beloved Sunderland FC, Strictly Come Dancing, the direction of the Labour Party under Keir Starmer and of course, his three all-time favourite albums!Jonathan emerges from the Politics of Sound record shop with an eclectic selection of albums by Belle and Sebastian, Gomez and Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Sound House Band are on hand to perform their own version of tracks from his album selections.Follow us on Twitter: @politics_sound for all the latest news.All PoS episodes available now on Global Player.
01/02/2159m 26s

Politics of Sound #23 Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrats

In this special Hogmanay/New Year edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie welcomes Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for the UK&aposs northernmost constituency, Orkney and Shetland to the PoS virtual record shop to discuss his political career, his life as an islander,  what makes the communities he represents so unique and, of course, his three all-time favourite albums!Alistair emerges from the Politics of Sound record shop with a rockin’ selection of albums by Supertramp, Keane and Fiddlers&apos Bid, and the Politics of Sound House Band are on hand to perform their own version of tracks from his album selections.Follow us on Twitter: @politics_sound for all the latest news!
01/01/211h 6m

Politics of Sound #22 Capri Cafaro, Former Democratic State Senator, Ohio, USA

In this special trans-Atlantic Christmas edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie welcomes former Ohio State Senator and media political commentator Capri Cafaro  to the PoS virtual record shop to discuss her political career, her new recipe book which draws recipes from all sides of the political spectrum. the state of the nation as America awaits the inauguration of its 46th President, Joe Biden and, of course, her three all-time favourite albums!Capri emerges from the record shop with a rockin’ selection of albums by Led Zeppelin, Faith No More  and Simply Red and the Politics of Sound House Band are on hand to perform their own version of tracks from her album selections.Merry Christmas!Twitter @politics_sound
01/12/201h 9m

Politics of Sound #21 Calum MacDonald, Presenter, Times Radio

In the November edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie invites political journalist and presenter of the Early Morning Breakfast Show on Times Radio,  Calum MacDonald to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to select his three all-time favourite albums.Calum emerges with an brilliant selection by Taylor Swift, Jason Isbell and Del Amitri and reveals how his fascination with broadcasting started very young, the case for a new political news radio station in the UK, his musical journey as an accordion player and his experience of playing the Cowardly Lion in a production of The Wizard of Oz!Calum&aposs Early Breakfast Show can be heard Monday - Fridays on Times Radio from 5 - 6am.Follow Politics of Sound on Twitter: @politics_sound
01/11/201h 13m

PoS #20 Matt Forde, Political Comedian.

In the October edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie invites the political comedian, impressionist, author and tv personality Matt Forde to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to select his three all-time favourite albums.Matt emerges with an eclectic selection by Johnny Cash, Dire Straits and Oasis and offers a brilliant, irreverent behind-the-scenes peek at New Labour, the secrets of successful mimicry (if there are any), his upbringing in Nottingham, what inspired him to write his first book and why voicing characters on the new series of Spitting Image is just about as exciting as it gets! Matt&aposs autobiography, Politically Homeless is released on October 8th.Follow Politics of Sound on Twitter: @politics_sound
02/10/201h 0m

PoS #19 Carwyn Jones, Labour Party, ex-First Minister, Wales

In the September edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie invites the former First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones  to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to select his three all-time favourite albums.Carwyn emerges with an eclectic selection by AC/DC, The Pogues and Max Boyce and offers a fascinating insight into Labour Party politics of the 1980s and beyond, his experiences of the Miners&apos strike in his community, his early career within the legal profession, his achievements as First Minister of Wales and his experiences as a teenage heavy rock fan at the local discos!Carwyn&aposs autobiography, Not Just Politics is released today.Follow Politics of Sound on Twitter @politics_sound
02/09/2050m 4s

Politics of Sound #18 Conor Burns, Conservative Party

In the September edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie invites the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West, Conor Burns  to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to select his three all-time favourite albums.Conor emerges with an inspired and eclectic selection by Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks and Phil Collins and offers a fascinating insight into how his Christian beliefs have guided his life and thinking, his relationship with Margaret Thatcher, his reasons for resignation and his love of Coronation Street!Follow Politics of Sound on Twitter @politics_sound
31/08/2050m 4s

Politics of Sound #17: Layla Moran, Liberal Democrats

In this August edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie invites Liberal Democrat Leadership Candidate Layla Moran MP to pay her own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to select her three all-time favourite albums. Layla emerges with an inspired and eclectic selection by Radiohead, Jacqueline Du Pre and Guns N&apos Roses and speaks of her impressive musical pedigree, her vision for her party, her love of Karaoke and much more.After a short absence over the past few months, the Politics of Sound House Band returns!Follow us on Twitter @politics_sound for all the latest developments.
31/07/2055m 41s

Politics of Sound #16 Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative Party

In this July edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie invites the longest-serving Member of Parliament and Father of the House of Commons, Sir Peter Bottomley to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to select his three all-time favourite albums. Sir Peter emerges with an inspired and eclectic selection by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, Dave Brubeck and Cecil Armstrong Gibbs and offers his fascinating insight into a life devoted to public service, his reasons for joining the Conservative Party (it nearly didn&apost happen!), his take on the Coronavirus epidemic and much, much more! Drinks and home-made cakes are generously served during the recording by his wife, Lady Virginia Bottomley!Follow us on Twitter @politics_sound for all the latest developments.
30/06/201h 1m

Politics of Sound #15 Dr Mark Pack, Liberal Democrats

In this June edition of the Politics of Sound, Iain Carnegie invites President and Co-Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Mark Pack to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop to select his all-time favourite albums. Mark emerges with an inspired and eclectic selection by Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and The Beautiful South and offers his fascinating insight into life during lockdown, his gradual immersion into the Lib Dems, his own podcast, Never Mind The Barcharts, cheese toasties - and much more! Mark also courageously takes on the Chocolate and Music Challenge! But how does he do...?! Follow us on Twitter @politics_sound for all the latest developments.
31/05/2055m 36s

Politics of Sound #14 Carole Walker, Former BBC Political Correspondent

In a special first anniversary edition, Iain Carnegie invites journalist, broadcaster and former BBC Political Correspondent  Carole Walker to pay her own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop and select her three all-time favourite albums. Carole emerges with an inspired and eclectic selection by Sex Pistols, David Bowie and Stan Getz and offers a fascinating insight into her life before journalism, her experiences of reporting from some of the world&aposs most dangerous war zones, the night she attended a Sex Pistols gig in Cromer - and much more! The episode concludes with an airing of the brilliant new single release by Carole&aposs daughter, Sofia Grant, &aposStorm&apos. Happy Anniversary to all Politics of Sound listeners - here&aposs to our second year!
30/04/2054m 28s

Politics of Sound #13 Simon Fell MP, Conservative Party

Iain Carnegie invites the newly-elected Conservative MP for Barrow-in-Furness, Simon Fell to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop and select his all-time favourite albums. Paul emerges with celebrated releases by The Stone Roses and Jeff Buckley and speaks of how his family are coping under the lockdown, his journey into politics and election at the third attempt, the family tortoise - and his glasses!Follow Politics of Sound on Twitter: https://twitter.com/politics_sound
20/04/2038m 49s

Politics of Sound BITES #4: Stefan Simanowitz, Coronavision Song Contest

Iain Carnegie presents another edition of the companion podcast to the regular monthly Politics of Sound: Politics of Sound BITES. In this occasional release, Iain speaks to those making the news now about their actions, motivations and the role that music plays within their lives.His guest is the journalist, writer and campaigner Stefan Simanowitz, who discusses the launch of the Coronavision Song Contest, the concept and ideas behind it, the acts that have submitted their songs so far, and how every musician can become involved.
06/04/2013m 29s

Politics of Sound #12 Paul Scully, Conservative Party

Iain Carnegie invites Conservative MP, Business Minister and Minister for London, Paul Scully to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop and select his three all-time favourite albums. Paul emerges with celebrated releases by Prince, Dr. John and Elbow and speaks of the importance of his origins, his political passions, beards (good and bad!) and running.He also reveals the extent of his own instrumental talents - an impressive list!Follow Politics of Sound on Twitter: https://twitter.com/politics_sound
31/03/2042m 44s

Politics of Sound BITES #3: Ed Blunt, Camden Voices

Iain Carnegie presents another edition of the companion podcast to the regular monthly Politics of Sound: Politics of Sound BITES. In this occasional release, Iain speaks to those making the news now about their actions, motivations and the role that music plays within their lives.His guest is the Musical Director of Camden Voices, Ed Blunt, who discusses how the choir has overcome the isolation of the Coronavirus restrictions to bounce back by going &aposvirtual&apos, and creating a beautiful, celebrated version of Cyndi Lauper&aposs &aposTrue Colours&apos. Enjoy the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqWQCWc_zCc
29/03/2013m 58s

Politics of Sound #11 Pete Wishart, Scottish National Party

Iain Carnegie invites Scottish National Party MP and former member of Runrig and Big Country, Pete Wishart to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop and select his three all-time favourite albums. Pete emerges with celebrated releases by Pink Floyd, Deacon Blue and Big Country and speaks of his career as a professional rock musician, his political awakenings and the unique beauty of his constituency, Perth and North Perthshire.See the Politics of Sound LIVE! with special guest, former BBC political correspondent, Carole Walker. Friday 20 March, 7.30pm, The Calder Bookshop and Theatre, The Cut, London SE1 8LF.Tickets available now from www.trybooking.com. Here’s the link!https://www.trybooking.com/uk/book/event?eid=10612&
01/03/2052m 4s

Politics of Sound #10 Thangam Debbonaire, Labour Party

Iain Carnegie invites Labour MP and Shadow Minister for Exiting the European Union, Thangam Debbonaire to pay her own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop and select her three all-time favourite albums. Thangam emerges with classic recordings of works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Talking Heads and Johann Sebastian Bach and speaks of her career as a professional cellist, her political beginnings and beliefs and her battle with serious illness. Oh yes, and her enduring love of knitting!See the Politics of Sound LIVE! with special guest, former BBC political correspondent, Carole Walker. Friday 20 March, 7.30pm, The Calder Bookshop and Theatre, The Cut, London SE1 8LF.Tickets available now from www.trybooking.com. Here’s the link!https://www.trybooking.com/uk/book/event?eid=10612&
01/02/2047m 18s

Politics of Sound #9 Jacqui Smith, Former Labour Party Home Secretary

In this special January New Year edition, Iain Carnegie invites former Labour Party Home Secretary, Media Personality and Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, Jacqui Smith to pay her own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop and select her three all-time favourite albums. Jacqui emerges with classic titles by Buzzcocks, Mark Ronson and Fleetwood Mac and offers a fascinating insight into the state of the post-election Labour Party, life after politics, her musical talents and much more! The other members of the PoS house band are taking a well-earned Christmas break so Iain plays all the instruments himself this month...!Happy New Year to all from the Politics of Sound.
01/01/201h 1m

Politics of Sound BITES #2: Olga Fitzroy, Studio Engineer and Labour Party

Iain Carnegie presents another edition of the companion podcast to the regular monthly Politics of Sound: Politics of Sound BITES. In this occasional release, Iain speaks to those making the news now about their actions, motivations and the role that music plays within their lives.His guest is prominent Award-winning Studio Engineer and Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate, Olga Fitzroy.They discuss her recent experiences as a candidate at the General Election, the state of the Labour Party, her campaigning work for self-employed parents and her award-winning studio work.
20/12/1926m 32s

Politics of Sound #8 Iain Dale, Broadcaster, Journalist and Author

In this special Christmas edition, Iain Carnegie invites LBC presenter, journalist and author Iain Dale to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop and select his three all-time favourite albums. Iain emerges with classic titles by Blondie, Dire Straits and Mango Groove and offers a fascinating insight into his political passions, the mood of the nation, podcasting, Christmas, Eurovision - and much more! As ever, the PoS house band are on hand to perform some great reworkings of tracks from the albums that Iain has selected.A fitting Politics of Sound finale for 2019!
01/12/1956m 42s

Politics of Sound #7 Michael Dugher, CEO UK Music, Former Labour Party

Iain Carnegie invites ex-Labour MP and CEO of UK Music, Michael Dugher to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop and select his three all-time favourite albums. Michael emerges with classic titles by Paul McCartney and Wings, Crowded House and Carole King and discusses his political passions, his exit from the Labour Party, the state of the British Music Industry and much more.The episode ends with Michael giving a wonderful performance of the Lennon-McCartney classic, &aposBlackbird&apos, in a new version specially recorded and produced by double Grammyaward-winning producer Cameron Craig.
01/11/1948m 25s

Politics of Sound BITES #1: Cathy Eastburn, Extinction Rebellion

Iain Carnegie launches a new occasional companion podcast to the regular monthly Politics of Sound: Politics of Sound BITES. In this occasional release, Iain speaks to those making the news this week about their actions, motivations and the role that music plays within their lives.In this first episode of the BITES series, Iain speaks to prominent Extinction Rebellion activist and musician, Cathy Eastburn. They discuss her role in a number of actions, including the recent spray painting of the Treasury, her fears for the environment, her arrests and her impressive musical pedigree.
21/10/1921m 27s

Politics of Sound #6 John Whittingdale, Conservative Party

Iain Carnegie invites Conservative MP and Vice-Chairman of the 1922 Committee, John Whittingdale to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop and select his three all-time favourite albums. John emerges with classic titles by Meat Loaf, Rainbow and Status Quo and discusses his love of film, music of all kinds (including heavy rock!), his years working for Margaret Thatcher, Brexit and...Marmite.The episode ends with John joining forces with the Politics of Sound band to sing his own version of Meat Loaf&aposs &aposBat out of Hell&apos!
30/09/1936m 0s

Politics of Sound #5 Tim Farron, Liberal Democrats

Iain Carnegie invites Liberal Democrat ex-leader and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron to pay his own visit to the Politics of Sound virtual Record Shop and select his three all-time favourite albums. Tim emerges with classic titles by Prefab Sprout, Public Service Broadcasting and The Avalanches and discusses life, the universe and everything...well, Politics, Christianity, his former life in the band The Voyeurs, his triumphant appearance on Celebrity Mastermind and his abiding love of music, space flight, Blackburn Rovers and Dr Martens shoes! 
31/08/1956m 54s

Politics of Sound #4 Kevin Brennan, Labour Party

Iain Carnegie invites singer, guitarist, harmonica player and Labour Party MP Kevin Brennan to pay his own visit to the PoS virtual Record Shop and select his three all-time favourite albums. Kevin emerges with classic titles by Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and David Bowie and speaks of his abiding love of music, his former career as a school teacher and his membership of the rock band made up of Members of Parliament, MP4.The episode ends with Kevin and Iain combining their musical talents to perform a classic 1970s song by Little Feat, Willin&apos.
02/08/1948m 12s

PoS #3 Mary Honeyball, former Labour Party MEP

Iain Carnegie invites ex-Labour Party MEP Mary Honeyball to pay her own visit to the PoS virtual Record Shop and select her three all-time favourite albums. Mary emerges with selections by Joan Armatrading, George Gershwin and Bob Dylan, and speaks of her reasons for leaving the Labour Party after forty years of membership, her aversion to Brexit and the projects that are currently inspiring her.
30/06/1939m 44s

PoS #2 Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrats

Iain Carnegie invites Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake to pay his own visit to the PoS virtual Record Shop and select his three all-time favourite albums. Tom emerges with selections by Gabriel Fauré, Plastic Bertrand and Pink Floyd and reveals an impressive musical ancestor, an early political exchange with a President of France and his love of running.
01/06/1929m 0s

PoS #1: Jonathan Isaby, Brexit Central

POLITICS OF SOUND is a brand new podcast in which political figures pay an imaginary visit to the virtual PoS Record Shop, emerging with their life-long favourite albums. Iain Carnegie leads the discussion as his guest Jonathan Isaby, Editor of Brexit Central, discusses his political beliefs and reveals a love for the music of the Pet Shop Boys, the Now! compilation series and more... 
13/05/1953m 47s
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