Jim Lister from Folded Wing shares a current inspiration:
I find listening to the radio is quite a ritualistic thing, you get used to listening to certain shows on certain stations at certain times of the week. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, the sound of Sundays in my house is definitely Station 89.8 FM - “London’s Leading Community Radio Station” playing “music for the more mature listener”.
I first discovered Station FM about five years ago, after moving from South (SW4) to North London (N16)… I was suddenly able to pick up this wicked reggae station on the left hand side of my dial. Talking of more mature listeners, as I get older I seem to spend most Sundays cooking in the kitchen…. and Station FM is the best soundtrack for Sunday cooking, bar none!
On a Sunday (and most days) Station FM plays the best reggae, dub, lovers rock and soul… perfect cooking vibes for all those roast chickens and big pots of chilli. The DJ (and show) that made me fall in love with Station is Robo Ranks ‘The Bonafide One’ (Sundays, 4-6pm). Robo doesn’t just play the most soulful, heart-warming Sunday selections… he often sings along to them too… and without fail he always offers a few words of moral advice to listeners (as a good church pastor would)… whether it’s how to treat your kids or how to treat your wife… Robo tells it like it is!
Other shows on Station FM worth checking are Tommy J (10am – Midday) and Guvenor General (Midday – 2pm), both on Sundays too. From Gregory Isaacs to Dennis Brown and Alton Ellis to Johhny Osbourne, it’s beautiful soulful reggae all the way. The adverts on Station are pretty legendary too… reaching mythical status in our house (especially the condom one!)
Folded Wing account manager Jim Lister shares another inspiration with us:
“I don’t often listen to the radio at 3am on a Saturday night. But when i got in from a party last weekend and was busy making some toast I switched on BBC 6 Music… and heard various New York voices talking about their memories of legendary disco DJ Larry Levan and the equally legendary New York club he played at every weekend, The Paradise Garage.
I probably should have gone to bed… but I was totally hooked by the hardcore ‘Noo Yoik’ accents and all the amazing stories about what sounds like the most incredible club to have ever existed.
The show was Part 2 of ‘Legends Of The Dancefloor – A Piece of Paradise’ (BBC 6 Music)… a 5 part series that you can still listen to on the BBC iPlayer.
The following morning I listened to Part 1 and it’s also a great listen (despite the sound quality of some of the interviews!).
I think it was the interview with another legendary NYC DJ, Nicky Siano, that made me look for this incredible YouTube clip of Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra performing their disco classic ‘Love’s Theme’.
What better way to celebrate Christmas than with some vintage Love Unlimited!
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Folded Wing account manager Jim Lister shares a recent inspiration:
“I watched this really inspiring BBC One ‘Imagine’ documentary on the life of Vidal Sassoon, the famous hairdresser and entrepreneur.
He’s most famous for creating the bob-cut and for turning Vidal Sassoon into one of the most successful brands in the world, but what was most inspiring about the programme was his overall positive attitude to life and how amazing he looks for 83!
His whole life story is inspiring. He came from a very poor background and grew up in a Jewish orphanage. At 17, he fought against antisemitism, breaking up Fascist meetings in East London and at 20 he joined the Israeli Defence Force and fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. And of course he later went on to revolutionise hairdessing and become one of the most successful businessmen in the world… and he seems like a very nice man with it!
He’s also been a long term advocate of keeping fit and doing Yoga and Pilates, and looks amazing for his age. You’d never guess he’s 83.
The programme is called ‘Vidal Sassoon – A Cut Above’ and is on the BBC iPlayer until 28 Dec so plenty of time to catch it.”