When Doctor Z met Pete Atkin (and Clive James)

On Saturday 23 March 2002 Pete Atkin and Clive James played The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham as part of their Together At Last -- Again! tour of England and Wales. Pete took time out from his schedule to record a one-hour interview for "Dr Z and the Family Z", for broadcast on Stevenage community radio station Lyon FM. The interview covers the first two albums and the Lakeside Sessions, and includes talk about Pete's work as a producer.

Dr Z has granted Smash Flops permission to carry this interview, for the benefit of visitors to the site and members of Pete's on-line "fan club" Midnight Voices.

The interview was originally broadcast over several days of the Dr Z programme, and interspersed with tracks from the albums. We present it here in 15 sections for your convenience, preserving the original gaps for the songs. Listeners might like to have to hand the CDs Beware Of The Beautiful Stranger / Driving Through Mythical America and The Lakeside Sessions, Volumes 1 and 2 to complete their listening experience.

Since this page was created, we have removed the site's RealAudio streaming and MP3 downloading support. Each segment of the recording may now be accessed using our HTML5/Javascript media player via the playlist in the right-hand column, below.

Here's the interview:

1 9'37" On tour; BBC Radio career; Just A Minute; Jonathan Hewat
 2002 - Atkin & James, The Dr Z Interview 
 
 2 5'07" Internet rebirth, Website; Buxton, The Tour
 
 3 3'21" First album; Master Of The Revels; Kenny Everett; power tuba
[ play MASTER OF THE REVELS ]
 4 3'05" Categorisation; Beware Of The Beautiful Stranger song form
[ play BEWARE OF THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGER ]
 5 0'48" Girl On The Train
[ play GIRL ON THE TRAIN ]
 6 5'07" Biro anecdote, Honky Tonk Train
[ play THE ORIGINAL ORIGINAL HONKY-TONK NIGHT TRAIN BLUES ]
 7 4'59" Second album, rock band sound, sessionmen
[ play NO DICE ]
 8 2'01" No Dice, 'live' recording setup, vocal slip
[ play THE FLOWERS AND THE WINE ]
 9 1'42" Cover version opportunities
[ SWAP CDs ]
10 5'49" Lakeside Sessions; Dreamboat: song not poem
[ play DREAMBOAT ]
11 5'37" Dreamboat; Commercial Traveller; Homer; modulation
[ play THE COMMERCIAL TRAVELLER ]
12 6'11" Composition; Wiseacre; expectations
[ play WISEACRE ]
13 2'42" Canoe (Clive enters)
[ play CANOE ]
14 1'19" Canoe; Urban Guerrilla
[ play URBAN GUERRILLA ]
15 2'00" Sad songs

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