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Back to NOW!

32 EpisodesProduced by Pop RamblerWebsite

Celebrating all things related to the variously compiled world of pop. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

32 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

NOW 26 - Autumn ‘93: Will Hodgkinson

January 19th, 2023

1:20:44

Welcome to 1993. Autumn, to be exact. 


And how was it all looking?


Well, it wasn’t really baggy like 1990, or rave-y like 1991, but it wasn’t Britpoppy like 1995. It was all a bit…well, who knows? Can we say, a bit of a …

Back to NOW Christmas Flexidisc 2022

December 19th, 2022

17:22

Welcome to this bonus edition of Back to Now!

A small but perfectly formed bite-size extra serving of Festive Pop!

To compliment the end of year review …

The Back to NOW Review - 2022

December 6th, 2022

1:12:39

Festive greetings and welcome to what all of the Pop Kids are rightly calling the 2nd annual Back to Now review for 2022!


Can it really be a whole 12 …

NOW 9 - Spring '87: Will Harris

October 28th, 2022

1:23:52

Jack, jack, jack….wait? What? Who is this Jack?


It’s 1987, and the future has arrived in the shape of the first No1 of the year courtesy of Steve …

NOW 19 - Spring ‘91: Niall McMurray

September 16th, 2022

1:12:38

1991.


It was the first palindromic year since 1881, and to be honest I’m not really up on the hits of that particular Victorian number. 

(Newsflash: …

NOW 18 - Autumn ‘90: Lucy Bright

August 23rd, 2022

1:07:40

1990. 


Well it certainly was time for the guru, but as the first year of the new decade was drawing to a close, it was time - a little time, if you will - for so much more. And as always, our favourite compilation series …

NOW 6 - Autumn ‘85: Polly Birkbeck

July 30th, 2022

55:06

‘One goal, one mission…one vision!’.


November 1985, and the latest poptastic edition of NOW kicks off with the unifying cry from Freddie and the boys, after an unforgettable summer when music really did seem to change …

NOW 14 - Spring ‘89: Andrew Harrison

July 5th, 2022

1:11:47

Welcome to the end of the eighties! Pop’s greatest (it was, wasn’t it?) decade was getting ready to pack away it’s shoulder pads, leg warmers and …

NOW 35 - Autumn ‘96: Neil Kulkarni

June 9th, 2022

1:06:54

Welcome to Autumn 1996. Royal divorce, Mad Cow disease, Take That helplines, TFI Friday. 


But it wasn’t all bad news, oh no – the pop charts were continuing to dazzle and amaze the CD buying public! Indeed, if we weren’t …

NOW 23 - Autumn '92: Zoë Howe

April 12th, 2022

1:06:31

It's Autumn 1992! Damn, Would I Lie To You?


What an interesting time for the UK singles charts. Is it fair to say the decade was at some sort of apex …

NOW 12 - Summer '88: Jude Rogers

March 3rd, 2022

1:13:36

Enjoy this trip.

And it is a trip!


What a poptastic year 1988 was turning out to be at NOW HQ! As the 80s were speeding their way towards a dayglo …

Now Millennium 1996 - Grant McPhee

February 3rd, 2022

46:57

For this episode I am joined by award winning film director Grant McPhee.


Amongst Grant’s films are Big Gold Dream, which tells the story of FAST …

NOW 34 - Summer ‘96: Lee Thompson

January 1st, 2022

1:12:46

Can 1996 really be over a quarter of a century ago? Yes it can, and this is where we find the hot hits of summer as sizzlingly delivered in NOW34!


The charts as ever, were serving up a veritable feast of genres, hits and …

2021 - The Back to NOW Review!

November 26th, 2021

1:03:00

Welcome and indeed the most festive of greetings, as the back to NOW podcast brings 2021 to a close. 

And from a variously compiled world of pop …

NOW 64 - Summer '06: John Earls

November 4th, 2021

1:08:21

Welcome to summer 2006! 


And things were, indeed, Crazy. 


That top selling nine-week run at No1 was significant for not just featuring (the not crime fighting rodent) Dangermouse but for being the first UK chart topper …

NOW 57 - Spring ‘04: David Manero

October 11th, 2021

59:59

So, where were you in 2004?

The pop charts were as fast moving as Dame Kelly Holmes in Athens and every week brought another selection of shiny pop …

NOW 43 - Summer '99: Daryl Easlea

August 13th, 2021

1:03:13

Summer 1999.

The End of the Century beckons.

As we prepared to send the clocks back to zero, millennium bugs threatened our very existence. David Bowie …

Back to NOW - We Are One!

July 29th, 2021

34:21

The podcast that celebrates the variously compiled world of pop is one year old.Over the past twelve months, thirteen wonderful guests have joined me …

NOW 16 - Autumn ‘89: Siân Pattenden

July 8th, 2021

1:09:17

It’s autumn 1989 and a decade where pop has transformed itself into an all encompassing mass culture is drawing to a spectacular close. Ten years …

NOW 10 – Autumn ’87: Justin Quirk

June 1st, 2021

1:16:36

Autumn 1987 and the pop world is at a crossroads. Some of music’s Big Names are in need of some inspiration, trends were fast moving and the decade that brought us a plethora of pop glitz and glamour was looking for …

NOW 13 - Autumn '88: Pete Paphides

April 27th, 2021

1:15:48

It's November 1988, and the latest chapter in the successful NOW compilation series is launched - and looking at the cover, it really is heading out …

Now, That's What I Call Music: Alexis Petridis

March 19th, 2021

1:10:50

Every story has a beginning and in November 1983, EMI and Virgin came together to create their own piece of compilation history. And so it was, that a poster of a certain pig signalled a change in how various artists …

NOW 8 - Autumn '86: Johnny Kalifornia

February 22nd, 2021

57:48

It’s Autumn 1986 and the charts are once again filled with a glittering array of colourful, confident pop. The post-Live Aid landscape of 1985 has …

NOW 11 - Spring '88: Mark Wood

February 4th, 2021

1:00:22

It’s Spring 1988 and pop music is BIG once again!And as always, NOW That’s What I Call Music is there to capture the charts in all of its late 80s …

Compiling Stories: Bob Stanley

December 13th, 2020

56:28

For this special episode, I am joined by musician, writer, DJ, and film producer Bob Stanley.Bob is a founder member of Saint Etienne, and a regular …

NOW - The Christmas Album: Ian Wade

November 19th, 2020

1:13:26

It's Christmas!!!In this episode we shamelessly deck the halls, crack open the eggnog and pass around mince pies in honour of NOW - The Christmas Album. Cue, sleigh bells!Join pop pundit & musician Ian Wade and I as …

NOW 2 - Spring ’84: Simon Philo

October 23rd, 2020

1:00:12

In 1984, it wasn't George Orwell's Big Brother that was beaming out of our TVs, it was (to quote Rick Astley), the Ruddy Big Pig.As the year began, the first NOW LP was dominating the charts, but its successor was not …

NOW4 - Autumn ‘84: Richard Drew

October 2nd, 2020

56:28

Joining me for this episode is RTS Nominated TV Production Designer Richard Drew. As well as ‘creating the magic’ for, amongst many others, The Inbetweeners, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and most recently After Life, …

NOW 5 - Summer '85: Simon Galloway

September 10th, 2020

1:04:18

1985 - a positive jamboree of pop and a fascinating year for the increasingly competitive compilation LPs. As NOW! faces stiff opposition from the record companies in the shape of HITS & OUT NOW! amongst others, the …

NOW 17 - Spring ‘90: Michael Mulligan

September 10th, 2020

57:48

1990 - A new decade dawns and with it comes a genre-bursting variety of pop opportunities. Dance, Indie....Indie dance!Whilst the top of the artist …

NOW 7 - Summer ‘86: Pete Selby

July 29th, 2020

55:44

For this episode I had the great pleasure of chatting with author and publisher with Nine Eight Books Pete Selby. Amongst other accolades, Pete has …

Back To Now! Trailer

July 24th, 2020

0:48

Welcome Back to NOW! A series of podcasts that celebrate all things related to the variously compiled world of pop.


As we open up the gatefold vinyl …

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