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28Apr2008

Ranting..



Hi all
I’ve been get­ting a bit car­ried away on my radio show, what do you think?
Lots of emails saying people like it, but if anyone has any ideas on how I could per­haps make it better I’m all ears..
xxGuy

24 comments

  1. Nate - April 28, 2008 2:49 PM

    Your rants are top notch Mr Prantt 😉
    How can a rant be improved? Mmmmmm… not sure. Perhaps you could make one of your main rants one of your seg­ments, com­plete with a dis­claimer jingle before and after… You know… ‘The views that you are about to hear are the opinion of Mt Guy Pratt and not those of Planet Rock’. Let your mini-​​rants against par­tic­ular emails con­tinue though 🙂

  2. Thomas Robinson - April 28, 2008 4:18 PM

    I can’t really think how you could improve your show to be honest. The rants are cer­tainly enter­taining to listen to to say the least, and Rick Wakeman seems to be facing some serious com­pe­ti­tion. I don’t think there is any­thing that you can do to improve the show apart from get­ting Planet Rock to update the listen again fea­ture and your page a bit more.

    Other than that, it’s just down to per­sonal pref­er­ences for the music really. For instance i might think that it would be nice to hear Fairport Convention played on Planet Rock but someone else might think that this would make the show worse. So in short, all you need to do is keep it up.

    About the hypono­tising idea, i don’t think you would be allowed to do it because it is in a way dan­gerous because if people are hyponi­tised but then walk away from the radio they can’t be unhy­poni­tised, which could be a big problem. Thats why when hyponi­tists are on tv or the radio they never show or play someone actu­ally being hyp­no­tised incase someone at home is hyponi­tised as well.

    And finally, could i just ask, have i done some­thing to annoy you? I can’t think of any­thing but when you read out my bank of pratt email yes­terday you went “oh hello thomas” in a voice which sug­gested you weren’t best pleased with me. Sorry if i have done or said some­thing wrong.

    Sorry for the long response,
    Thomas

  3. Phoenix - April 28, 2008 7:41 PM

    Well, the con­tent is the con­tent and as such, what the DJ says goes (unless you have hulking sta­tion man­age­ment who’ll smite you from upon high if you play cer­tain things). As Thomas said, it’s a matter of per­sonal pref­er­ence as to what would make the show better or worse in that regard.

    However, the tech­nical side of the show could use a little improve­ment, in my humble opinion. It’s never com­fort­able for me to hit the wrong button or to have to cover for the wrong song or bumper being queued up, but some­times that hap­pens, gen­er­ally when I’m not paying atten­tion. I don’t know what gear you gents use in your broad­casting, or how com­plex the switching of stuff from mic to recorded mate­rial is, but little gaffes like that do detract from the professional/​polished quality of the show.

    It’s all well and dandy for my sta­tion, because we’re just a bunch of ama­teurs broad­casting from our houses (or hos­tels in the middle of Cardiff), but for a pro­fes­sional show, mm, prob­ably some­thing to look at in terms of run­ning a tighter ship…?

    Luv,
    Nix.

  4. Thomas Robinson - April 28, 2008 8:21 PM

    I know what you mean Phoenix but at the same time it also makes the show a bit better in a way. There’s the old idea of a girl having a ‘cute’ mole. They’re the imper­fec­tions that add to things. After all, Guy is only human but the show having little faults here and there sort of brings the audi­ence and Guy closer together. There isn’t any of the “im the DJ, your the audi­ence,” instead it sounds more like a music fan has broken his way into the radio sta­tion and is just there to have fun and play music, even if things don’t go as well as they should. And it is kinda funny to have a song finish and then there is just silence until Guy’s voice comes back into the room, before the news sud­denly starting.

    I know i haven’t explained that at all well and in case you are won­dering, no i haven’t been smoking, swal­lowing or sniffing things that i shouldn’t, although looking back at what i’ve written you could be for­given for thinking it couldn’t you?! Oh, and i’m not sug­gesting that you broke into the sta­tion or any­thing like that Guy, honest!

  5. Phoenix - April 28, 2008 9:39 PM

    Oh, I get what you’re saying, Thomas, no wor­ries.

    And even that’s down to DJ pref­er­ences. On my sta­tion, we have DJs who laugh off stuff like that, then we have others who are per­fec­tion­ists with regard to their shows, to the point of being anal-​​retentive about it. While I agree that some­times the occa­sional flub can add ‘flavor’ to a show, too much makes it seem, as you put it, like a music fan who broke into the studio. While there’s a cer­tain bit of ‘yay, one of us!’ flavor to that sce­nario that is appealing to lis­teners, too much can detract from the legit­i­macy and pro­fes­sion­alism of what’s being pre­sented.

    I’m sure there’s a bal­ance between the two… but it’s up to the DJ as to where that bal­ance will be and which end of the spec­trum they’re com­fort­able with. Me, I’d listen either way. But when the ques­tion was posed as to pos­sible improve­ments, that was the only thing I could come up with as a sug­ges­tion for some­thing to con­sider. 🙂

    Nix,
    Not playing World of Warcraft today.

  6. Ricardo Padua - May 4, 2008 8:42 AM

    I think you might enjoy this…

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    What do I do?

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    When do I do it?

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    don’t forget to visit the pic­ture gal­leries of the past years!

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  7. Michèle - May 4, 2008 3:49 PM

    Douglas Adams… Didn’t he choose the name for Pink Floyd’s ‘The Division Bell’ in 1994 ?

    Michèle

  8. Phoenix - May 4, 2008 7:50 PM

    Mr. Padua, this site just became twice as cool. I adored (and very much miss the genius of) Douglas Adams, and anyone who ‘gets’ his work auto­mat­i­cally gets twice as much respect as someone who doesn’t. Cheers!

    Michèle, bon­jour, mon amie, you are cor­rect. Douglas did report­edly sug­gest the name of the album, and he did per­form with Pink Floyd one night at their Earls Court con­cert in 94. There’s a photo of him on the PULSE DVD in the stills gallery, if I recall cor­rectly.

    Nix,
    Listening to the show at the moment.

  9. Thomas Robinson - May 5, 2008 12:48 PM

    Firstly i’d just like to apol­o­gise for taking so long to email you about the start of WYWH last night but my grand­par­ents were at my house so it was hard for me to listen to your show and then to email in, thus the delay.

    As for the radio 4 bit i’ve read that it was a radio play or a top­ical dis­cus­sion show. To be honest, i think it will always remain a mys­tery.

    I know that you said not to out-​​anorak an anorak and i’m not trying to but i think you might have made a mis­take about the email about Wish You Were Here in 1977. You said that there was a 1975 tour but according to sev­eral books and web­sites at these con­certs Pink Floyd played Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Raving and Drooling and Gotta Be Crazy. After the tour Pink Floyd started to record WYWH which was when Have a Cigar, Welcome to the Machine and Wish You Were Here were written and recorded. So it wouldn’t have been until the 1977 tour that the song Wish You Were Here was played live, so the 1977 tour was a Animals and WYWH tour in a way. Also you said that Pink Floyd played in Olympia but if you look on the Brain Damage web­site where they have the tour dates and venues the only two places Pink Floyd played in the UK were Empire Pool, Wembley and New Bingley Hall in Stafford.

    Sorry if i sound like an anorak but i thought i should point it out. I could be com­pletely wrong though because i am basing quite a lot of this on the book that also quoted you as calling Keep Talking and “unlis­ten­able mess” which you dis­proved a couple of months ago.

  10. Caroline - May 6, 2008 7:07 AM

    It’s a bit late, but I have to whole­heart­edly agree with Thomas and ‘Nix about the show not really needing much improve­ment, Guy. I think all of the fea­tures, alive and defunct, have their merits. My only real com­plaint about the show is that I have a band/​artist or two I’d love to hear being played once in awhile that has yet to have been played (*cough*Hawkwind*cough*). But everyone does, so that’s a moot point.

    Speaking of the fea­tures and e-​​mails, I apol­o­gize for the some­what screwed up WYWH quest response this past Sunday. The sym­phonic bit came two sta­tions after the radio play/​soap opera/whatever…(does her best Homer) D’OH!! Didn’t realize that until it was too late…I was appar­ently more sick and out of it than I real­ized, for I had the great luck of starting to come down with a cold then. *sighs*

    In closing, I got the PULSE DVD set recently…and it has safely made its way to my top favorite con­cert DVDs. The pic­ture and sound quality is simply breath­taking. I lost count of how many times my jaw dropped in awe. I thought the con­cert was fan­tastic through the CDs, but actu­ally seeing the per­for­mances made them that much more incred­ible. My only com­plaint is “Astronomy Domine” and “Hey You” being left out, but the inclu­sion of “One of These Days” more than made up for that. 😀

    - Caroline

  11. Thomas Robinson - May 6, 2008 8:58 PM

    Hope you feel better soon Caroline.

    Sunday’s show was another good one, maybe we could have more quests in the future. I was won­dering if you have any idea when the name com­pe­ti­tion will be put up on the web­site or do you just want people to email in their ideas?

    I’ve re-​​read my pre­vious post and i haven’t so much put my foot in it as my neck but hope­fully i didn’t sound like to much of i a git. I didn’t mean to but it prob­ably sounded like i am. Sorry about that.

    As we all seem to agree, it basi­cally just comes down per­sonal pref­er­ence for songs. i loved your com­ment when someone said that so-​​and-​​so wouldn’t go a miss and you replied it would because you can’t stand them. That was just sheer genius, and although never having had the mis­for­tune to see a Richard Gere film i do agree that Bladerunner is one of the best films ever made. Similar to the DSOTM and Alice in Wonderland idea i was told that WYWH and bladerunner synch up and i tried it (yes i know how stupid it sounds but nev­er­mind) and do you know what? as any fule kno it don’t match up! what a swizz eh?

  12. Pedro - May 8, 2008 6:46 PM

    Hello Guy,

    I can´t listen your show live on sun­days, but I usu­ally listen it during the week through the web, and I obvi­ously enjoy it and laugh a lot!

    As a sug­ges­tion to make it even better, I sug­gest that for once in a while you invite some of the many friends and col­leagues you had from the var­ious bands you´ve played and toured with (the ones you describe in your book and we usu­ally see them playing with you), and make a small inter­view with them about inter­esting and funny sto­ries you had together during record­ings, or tours, or shows.

    Cheers from Portugal,

    Pedro

  13. Thomas Robinson - May 10, 2008 4:36 PM

    Just to let you all know, Planet Rock have updated their web­site so ideas for Guy’s show can now be sent in. It doesn’t say when the com­pe­ti­tion ends though.

  14. Caroline - May 10, 2008 10:08 PM

    Thank you, Thomas, for both your well-​​wishes (as of last night, I am offi­cially feeling better, I.E. I can actu­ally breathe again and my nose isn’t con­stantly prac­ticing for the Boston Marathon) and let­ting us know that the show-​​naming con­test is offi­cially on. I have done my duty and sent in my entry…and all I’m going to say is that I think it is con­sid­er­ably better than what I sent in on the Sunday that Guy started asking for show names (and for any of you won­dering, yes, he read my sug­ges­tion that day, but with­held from men­tioning my name…and for that, I thank you, Guy). But, that is up to Guy and Planet Rock to decide… 😉

    I have to say that my being sick wasn’t totally a hor­rible thing…when I wasn’t spending a half to two thirds of the day in bed, I was on my com­puter finally making the final rounds on my bass hobby research AND starting to have that hobby come together. In other words, I finally have my first ever bass arriving here next week!! *does a happy dance* Just got to get an amp and all that good stuff for it…

    - Caroline

  15. Karen - May 13, 2008 6:29 AM

    Umm, why do you have panda eyes after falling into the bath, did you fall on your eyes ?

  16. matthew - May 17, 2008 11:40 PM

    so get this i,m a bus driver on a pop­ular route for goths an rock fans and against all the com­pany rules on dri­ving pro­tocol i,ve got my dab on dri­ving the bus on route from derby to not­tingham on sunday night sure enough i,m get­ting the usaul crowd of young­sters on there way to rock city an the old sal pub plus a group of sol­diers from chill­well bar­racks and sev­eral stu­dents from not­tingham uni (which i,d like to give a big up as they really are a mar­vel­lous bunch of kids from all over the world ) anyway the bus is totally rocking singing to the tracks and broad smiles all round when we got to toll­house hill the goths and like are get­ting off praising my choice of sta­tion and asking if i will be doing this route every sunday made a real change for me to see people get­ting of the bus all talking to one another instead of wearing those unso­ciable ipods an walkman type things so thank you guy for turning a mun­dane travel expe­ri­ence from derby to not­tingham into a rocking time for all on board .

  17. Caroline - May 18, 2008 9:10 PM

    I thought that wasn’t really Sir Paul on your show for this week. ;D And I thought ‘Paul’s’ com­ments were hilarious…but your taking out ‘James Blunt’ was what seri­ously took the cake. I cannot express enough how much I heavily dis­like that “You’re Beautiful” ‘song’ of Blunt’s…and it’s always nice to know that I am not alone with that opinion. 😉

    Great show, as always…and in addi­tion to “The Punk and The Godfather”, Roxy, and “Coming Back To Life” (the more I’ve lis­tened to “The Division Bell” lately, the more “CBTL” has come to be quite pos­sibly my most favorite song from that, though really, the whole album is great and unde­servedly over­looked), it was just great to hear some Beatles on your two hours. 🙂

    - Caroline

  18. Phoenix - May 18, 2008 10:07 PM

    Not a half-​​bad vocal imper­son­ator, but his voice was too deep/​too rough to be Sir Paul’s. He had a good chunk of the accent down, a few of the expres­sions, but, yeah.

    Good try, tho. 🙂

    I agree with Caroline re: Coming Back to Life. Just love that song. It and High Hopes are my two favorites on that album.

    Luv,
    Nix.

  19. Thomas Robinson - May 22, 2008 4:19 PM

    Sorry this is so long after the show but i was out on Sunday and i’ve been having prob­lems with my internet con­nec­tion since then.

    The show was cer­tainly enter­taining, thats for sure and even my par­ents are prob­ably going to listen to it. Just one ques­tion, you say at the end you haven’t really had Paul McCartney on and you didn’t really hit James Blunt but was it really James Blunt that knocked on your door or was that just another imper­son­ator. We never really heard enough of him to be able to tell which it was.

    Besides that i really can’t under­stand why people got so upset about it. Did they really think that you were trying to con them? Surely they realised it was just a bit of fun?!

    That and what is it with all the swingers emails?

  20. Guy Pratt - May 27, 2008 1:51 PM

    Paul Mcartney Al Pacino and James Blunt were all played by the bril­liant Lewis Mcleod…

  21. Thomas Robinson - June 2, 2008 4:08 PM

    It was another good show last night as i’m sure everyone will agree but we didn’t get to hear you thoughts/​theory about prog rock bands like Yes. I was looking for­ward to hearing your thoughts on it, because although Pink Floyd get called prog rock some­times they don’t really fit in with it that much IMO. It’s pretty hard to com­pare Yes and Pink Floyd for example.

    I was thinking about pod­casts again the other day and although there couldn’t be an option to down­load entire shows because of music rights and fees etc. how about every so often doing apod­cast of all the best bits of your show? some­thing like the wit and wisdom of Guy so that you best pee-​​takes or answers to stupid ques­tions wont be for­gotten?

  22. Caroline - June 3, 2008 6:15 PM

    Ooooh…that’s right, Guy didn’t do his thoughts about prog rock, did he? I too was looking for­ward to hearing that…even if it ended up being one of those ‘agree to dis­agree’ kind of things, prog rock geek I tend to be.

    But that said, I do agree that while Pink Floyd has had the VERY OCCASIONAL prog rock leaning (I’m looking at you, Atom Heart Mother), they are very much more-​​so ‘art rock’ than prog rock. Outside of AHM, while there are plenty of moments where the Floyd comes across as ‘prog-​​ish’, par­tic­u­larly the jazz influ­ences of Dark Side of the Moon, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond“‘s length and being divided into two ‘suites’, DSotM, Animals*, and The Wall being con­cept albums, etcetera; Gilmour and Co. have just never struck me as prog. But, I very much con­sider them art­work in not only regards to those said ‘prog-​​ish’ aspects, but also because I think no other band could/​can convey atmos­phere better than Pink Floyd…and I don’t know about you or anyone else, but that is very much an art in and of itself.

    Speaking of art, while I have my PF fanatic hat on (pulls the string on it to make a pig decal bleat out “One of these days, I’m gonna cut you into little pieces!!”), I have to say some­thing I meant to say a couple of weeks ago: I loved the Rick Wright piece you played on the May 18th edi­tion of your show, Guy. And as someone who had read a lot about Mr. Wright’s solo work but had yet to sample it, your playing that sample was very much appre­ci­ated. Perhaps you can play more in the near future? 😉

    Also, I don’t see how Planet Rock couldn’t do a mini ‘Best Of’ com­pi­la­tion pod­cast of Guy’s jokes, waf­flings, etc. for each week’s ‘episode’. Afterall, I haven’t checked lately to see if it’s still up, but for awhile, the PR player had a ‘Why You Should Listen To Guy’ entry, which had a couple of Poke Pratts from one episode. If PR can do that, I don’t see how they could not do a pod­cast fea­turing more than two of such moments.

    - Caroline

  23. Thomas Robinson - June 4, 2008 6:05 PM

    There’s no reason why planet rock couldn’t do the pod­cast now that they’ve been saved. Finally they have a new owner! (how do i make a smilie face on this blog?)

  24. Phoenix - June 4, 2008 7:57 PM

    Just type in the smiley like normal (such as : ) without the space) and the site will auto-​​correct it like so. 🙂