Well, my three-week George Lamb/Cerys Matthews run on 6 Music ended with a bang today – well, with a fuck. Sylvain Sylvain, legendary, dapper, surprisingly well preserved guitarist with the New York Dolls and one of only two surviving members from the classic 70s lineup, came in for an interview which went really well – we even played in a clip of Morrissey introducing a Dolls track from Desert Island Discs. However, due to my innate ability to make interviewees relax, in the second part the good-natured, throaty and utterly professional Sylvain forgot himself and said “fuck” while telling an anecdote about driving with Malcolm McLaren from Florida to New York. If you want to hear the “fuck” it’s around 1:21 on the iPlayer (apparently the current policy is not to edit the swears out, but warn of “language which may offend”, which they have done).
In a way, it was the perfect end to a great week in the Cerys seat – live and dangerous! I apologised immediately, which is all a BBC presenter can do on live radio. Funnily enough, a week ago, in the Lamb slot, Paul King, director of Bunny & The Bull and The Mighty Boosh, said “pissed off” and I had to apologise for that too. I am Bill Grundy.
I’ve had a fantastic three weeks back at the old ranch. Today was Steve Lamacq’s second annual Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day, so I even got to be in a staff photo with all the people half my age who now work there. You may or may not be able to see that I am wearing a UB40 World Tour 1986-87 t-shirt. This is not mine. I borrowed it. Because I do not own a single band t-shirt.
And here’s me in Sylvain’s hat.
I’ll be back on 6 Music, this time filling in for Steve, on December 22 and 23, then in the Cerys slot after Christmas before it reverts back to being the Nemone slot midway through January 2010. Thanks for all the supportive comments I’ve received by email, text and Tweet throughout the run. It makes all the difference.