The Relationships are ‘the Godfathers of the Oxford music scene’. They’ve been around pretty much since your presenter was born, and the individual members were on the scene even before that, during the 80s when Talulah Gosh was around. In this radio show, I talk with three out of their four members – Andy, who ‘only’ joined in 2001, could not make it – about The Relationships and its history. Guided by a chronological overview of their catalogue, we discuss the idea of Englishness of their music, the term ‘soft rock’, and the music scene in Oxford. Very interesting!
Next week we’ll be back with an interview with the editor of Oxford’s Nightshift Magazine, another long-running institution of the scene. Yours truly’s review of Jesca Hoop’s gig at The Bullingdon will appear in their next copy, so keep an eye out for that too!
Here’s the playlist:
1. Eels – Beautiful Freak
2. Jesco Hoop – The Coming
3. R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
4. Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey
5. The Relationships – All God’s Children
6. The Relationships – English Blues
7. The Relationships – Soft Rock Canyon
8. The Relationships – Guitar Heroes at the BBC
9. The Byrds – I See You
10. Caravan – Love Song with a Flute
11. Felt – Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow
-- Beautiful Freaks, February 7, 2018