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Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware

Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware

By Martyn Ware
Heaven 17, British Electric Foundation and Illustrious Company's Martyn Ware talks to the famous artists from the worlds of music, art, film, comedy, TV and creativity that he's encountered during his 40 year career. These interviews are rare and precious gems, featuring a raw and sometimes irreverent take on life and the things that make life worth living, Diving deep into the biographical ocean, these podcasts are an unmissable insight into a series of fascinating lives...

Production and occasional musical interludes by Charles Stooke

Engineer - Charles Stooke, Artwork - Malcolm Garrett.
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EP38: Paul Humphreys
Today’s guest is Paul Humphreys, keyboard player and singer in the much loved Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. OMD’s origination in Liverpool parallels the Human League’s in many ways – both started in 1978, both were self-taught, both had an early love of synthesisers, and both had a burning ambition to combine pop with art and futurism. Paul’s ex-partner Claudia Brucken is also one of Martyn’s best friends, and their band OneTwo was also very popular for over a decade. Paul is regularly likened to the ‘heart’ of OMD, and his talent shines through in everything he does. Ladies and gentlemen – pop royalty, Paul Humphreys...
June 10, 2021
EP37: Adi Newton
Today’s guest is one of Martyn’s oldest and best friends Adi Newton. Since they met at Meatwhistle arts and drama project in Sheffield in 1974, they have collaborated on several group identities including the Dead Daughters, VDK and the Studs and most famously The Future (with Ian Craig Marsh). His most successful band ClockDVA have a loyal international fanbase, and his love of the avant-garde in music, film, photography, theatre and the arts has ensured his mysterious and legendary status as a totally unique artist. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a big hand to the Dada prince, Adi Newton (AKA Arthur Craven)...
June 7, 2021
EP36: Jeff Wayne
Today’s special guest on Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware is the legendary composer, producer and lyricist Jeff Wayne. In 1978, he released Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, his musical adaptation of H. G. Wells' science-fiction novel The War of the Worlds, which went on to become a much-loved theatrical science fiction extravaganza, touring the world for decades. Wayne wrote approximately 3,000 advertising jingles in the 1970s which appeared on television in the United Kingdom, notably a Gordon's Gin commercial which was covered by Martyn in The Human League. His film, advertising and TV compositional work is still in demand almost 50 years later. He has also created a version of Spartacus for the stage, and he continues to push entertainment boundaries with versions of his work as computer games and most recently as immersive theatre and virtual reality. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Martians are coming! Send for Jeff Wayne…
June 3, 2021
EP35: Professor Brian Cox
Today’s guest is the very popular physicist and musician Professor Brian Cox. He is best known as the presenter of science programmes, especially the Wonders of... series and for popular science books. Before his academic career, Brian was a keyboard player for the bands D:Ream and Dare. He is also proud of his roots in Oldham, but most of all he is an engaging and entertaining guy who passionately cares about music, science and the future of humanity. Ladies, gentlemen and extraterrestrial beings, dive with us into an alternate universe with Professor Brian Cox...
May 31, 2021
EP34: Telex
Today’s episode features Dan Lacksman and Michel Moers, the remaining two members of the legendary Belgian synthpop band Telex.  They were formed in 1978 with the intention of "making something really European, different from rock, without guitar — and the idea was electronic music". Telex mixed the aesthetics of disco, punk and experimental electronic music, and their classic hit Moskow Diskow is on every electronic music DJ playlist. They also represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest, hoping to finish last, which they nearly achieved. Their legacy of elegant and witty electropop is widely admired. They are currently working with Mute Records to rerelease their back catalogue to inspire a new generation of producers and pop songwriters. Ladies and gentlemen, pay respect to the great Belgian innovators, Telex...
May 27, 2021
EP33: Will Gregory and Adrian Utley
This episode is a double whammy – it features a fascinating chat with two of the most engaging and talented luminaries of the electronic and trip hop scenes – Will Gregory and Adrian Utley. Will is best known as the lead keyboardist, producer and composer of the electronic music duo Goldfrapp, having started his illustrious career performing and recording with Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, The Cure and Portishead. Adrian Utley is the driving force behind Portishead, a magnificent guitarist and synthesist, he has a wildly diverse range of creative collaborations and productions under his belt including Marilyn Manson, Jeff Beck and Marianne Faithfull. They also regularly work together on Will’s project The Moog Ensemble, with which Martyn has performed. Two great friends who are amongst the most innovative figures in the UK music in the last 30 years… Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Will Gregory and Adrian Utley...
May 24, 2021
EP32: Boy George
Tomorrow’s guest on Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware is the one and only Boy George. Is there anyone who loves pop music worldwide who doesn’t know George O’Dowd? He has been a national treasure since he emerged from the London Blitz/King’s Road scene in the early 80’s to sign for Virgin Records, where Heaven 17 and Culture Club were labelmates. His unique take revolutionised mainstream pop sensibilities at that time, and George’s exceptional songwriting talent and beautiful voice ensured a string of top ten hits around the world. Later, his musical Taboo received a Tony Award and to this day his TV appearances and stellar popularity ensures he is never far from our thoughts... Ladies, Gentlemen and all gender identities, please give maximum respect to the inimitable Boy George
May 20, 2021
EP31: Sananda Maitreya, Part 2
Today’s episode is part two of the epic Odyssey-like story of Sananda Maitreya. This is unmissable. More stories of his new life in Italy and his incredible body of work under the genre title of Post Millenium Rock. His talent shines brighter than ever, and his latest album ‘Pandora’s Playhouse’ is a triumph – don’t take my word for it, have a listen… Ladies and gentlemen – the rarest of talents that is Sananda Maitreya
May 17, 2021
EP30: Sananda Maitreya, Part 1
Tomorrow’s episode features Sananda Maitreya and is somewhat of a scoop. I produced his first album ‘The Hardline According To…’ in the late 80’s, and his impact was shockingly huge and immediate. He sang like a soul angel, he moved like a combination of James Brown and Otis Redding, and his charisma was off the scale. But most importantly, his supreme songwriting and performance talent was undeniable. He sold 14million albums and conquered the world… and then… This is my first in depth discussion with him for 30 years  – we hadn’t spoken at all during that time except the occasional letter. Our reconnection and love for each other was immediate and heartwarming. We had so much to talk about that we decided this should be spread over two episodes. Ladies and gentlemen, buckle up – it’s the magnificent artist now known as Sananda Maitreya…
May 13, 2021
EP29: Jo Callis
Jo Callis and Martyn have been friends since 1979 when The Human Leagues supported the Rezillos on their first major London date. Jo is a very talented songwriter and performer, whose influence on the major hits on Dare and other albums is underestimated. His ability to tap into the publics pop sensibility is impressive, and his good humour and intelligence makes him a natural collaborator. Ladies and gentlemen - I present to you the rare talent that is Jo Callis...
May 10, 2021
EP28: Peter Hook
Peter Hook is a very talented friend. We are the same age, and our cultural references are almost identical, both being proud northerners. Peter’s fantastic work as part of Joy Division and then New Order is well known, and he now tours the world as Peter Hook and The Light. His storytelling is legendary, and his spirit of daring and empathetic collaboration is clear in everything he does. He has appeared on my BEF love shows, and he is always memorable (and usually hilarious). Ladies and gentlemen – the world would be a duller place without him – I give you the force of nature that is Hooky…
May 6, 2021
EP27: Sarah Jane Morris
My good friend Sarah Jane Morris is a singer with an astonishing vocal range. She is probably best known for her stellar recordings with Jimi Somerville in The Communards, but her 40-year career is so much more diverse than that… Over the decades she has developed a loyal and loving international audience (particularly in Italy), and her rich contralto voice goes from strength to strength. She has performed with a diverse range of groups, from rock to soul to African blues, with classical orchestras, a one-hundred cello ensemble, with acoustic guitars and jazz big bands. Her voice, her versatility, and her emotional intelligence - the absolute authenticity of feeling which she conveys - make her a world-class, treasured and highly compelling performer. Her guest appearances on various live and recorded BEF projects have been exceptional, and Martyn produced her 1992 album Heaven. She is a committed socialist and activist, and, like Martyn, was a member of Red Wedge supporting the Labour Party in the mid 80’s Ladies and Gentlemen – I give you great Sarah Jane Morris…
May 3, 2021
EP26: Nile Rodgers
Chic, Sister Sledge, Madonna, David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Sheila B Devotion, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger, Sheena Easton, Diana Ross, B-52’s, Duran Duran, Pharell Williams, Christina Aguilera, George Michael, etc.etc.etc…. the list goes on and on.  He has been an inspiration for generations of songwriters and producers. Tell me someone who doesn’t like Chic – come at me… Nile Rodgers has written, produced, and performed on albums that have sold more than 500 million units and 75 million singles worldwide. He is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, and the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame., Rolling Stone wrote in 2014 that "the full scope of Nile Rodgers' career is still hard to fathom". And Nile’s talent matches his personality – outgoing and exceptional. He’s a humanitarian, one of the good guys, and his creativity, bravery and positivity are shining examples for us all to follow. I have no more words – just listen to THE MAN… Ladies and gentlemen – one of the main inspirations for Heaven 17, and the true definition of a living legend – Nile Rodgers…
April 29, 2021
EP25: Arthur Baker
Martyn has known Arthur Baker for many years, sometimes competing for similar productions but always remaining good friends. He is an American record producer and DJ best known for his work with hip hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa and Planet Patrol, and his work with New Order. His love of dance music and his creativity merged to form the ‘Arthur Baker’ sound – the origins of which heavily featured Roland drum machines and rhythms influenced by early electronic music pioneers like Kraftwerk. He is a very important figure in the development of hip-hop and mainstream dance music, and he’s a fascinating character. Ladies and gentlemen – I give you Arthur Baker…
April 26, 2021
EP24: Daniel Miller
It’s hard to describe how much respect I have for Daniel Miller. As a creator and music producer - from the early days of The Normal (Warm Leatherette, TVOD), Silicon Teens, to Duet Emmo and Sunroof,  to his foundation of Mute Records, and his boundless support for young electronic artists, he is without doubt one of the music industry’s good guys, without whom many artists would never have flourished. For instance, to this day, Mute and Erasure conduct their business on a level of trust unheard of – no written contract, 50/50 split after costs. What a great man… and what an enormous range of talented artists Mute has supported  - Erasure, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Fad Gadget, A Certain Ration, and his love of Techno music. He is also a DJ, a performer and above all a maestro of the synthesiser – ladies and gentlemen…  the one and only Daniel Miller
April 22, 2021
EP23: Rusty Egan
Rusty is a constant thread throughout the history of electronic music in the UK. Since the early days with the Rich Kids, and then Visage, his drive, invention and talent has helped to create a template for glamorous synthesised pop music. He also established the importance of the DJ tastemaker influence on the ‘scene’ at the famous Blitz club. Just as important, he has always been at the beating heart of music business interaction throughout his career, connecting people with his relentless bonhomie. And man, can he talk... Ladies and gentlemen, the one, the only, the lovable Rusty Egan...
April 19, 2021
EP22: Tony Visconti
Of all the people I wanted to interview for this podcast, Tony Visconti was my number one choice. He has produced 12 of my top 20 all-time favourite albums, and he is simply one of the greatest producers of all time. Bowie, Bolan, Sparks, Paul McCartney, The Move, Iggy Pop, Kaiser Chiefs, Thin Lizzy, Holy Holy, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout, Angelique Kidjo... the list goes on and on... Then there’s the albums... Young Americans, Diamond Dogs, Electric Warrior, Low, Heroes, Blackstar, The Idiot, Lodger, Scary Monsters etc etc The man is a stone-cold, one of a kind, musical hero - my career would probably never have happened without his music. Ladies and Gentlemen, kneel and pay homage to Anthony Visconti... there can be only one...
April 15, 2021
EP21: Morris Hayes
Morris Hayes is the much-respected musical director of New Power Generation and the trusted right hand man of Prince’s band for nearly 20 years (Prince called him 'Mr. Hayes'). He is also working with Prince’s estate and his huge vault of legacy recordings, including the recently announced, previously unheard brand-new Prince album ‘Welcome 2 America’. His stories and insights into the Paisley Park universe and many tours and albums are fascinating, as is his love of all things technological, which he and Martyn definitely share in common…
April 12, 2021
EP20: Neil Arthur
Neil Arthur and Martyn have known each other since they worked together on Blancmange’s first demos. They immediately became firm friends, and their mutual love of football and the north remains strong. In the 80’s, Blancmange blasted out a string of top 20 electronic pop classics like Living On The Ceiling and Blind Vision, and three classic albums, and Neil has continued in the last decade with further excellent releases and collaborations. The new Blancmange have supported Heaven 17 on two UK tours recently, and Neil regularly collaborates with new bands Ladies and gentlemen, he’s up the wall, he’s up the bloody tree... Neil Arthur
April 8, 2021
EP19: Chris Watson
Chris Watson – what a dude… Part of the original lineup of the truly legendary Cabaret Voltaire (and a major influence on the early Human League during their time together in Sheffield), his destiny was always connected to his love of sound recording. He has a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals and habitats from around the world. As a freelance composer and sound recordist Chris also specialises in creating spatial sound installations which feature a strong sense and spirit of place. His television work includes many programmes in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series including ‘The Life of Birds’ which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996, and as the location sound recordist for the BBC series ‘Frozen Planet’ which also won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012). He probably possesses the world’s largest library of natural world recordings, often captured using devices he himself has created. He also lectures around the world, and he and Martyn have collaborated on various projects over the years, including the astounding Sound Oasis project in the centre of Mexico City, and Martyn’s Future of Sound tour featuring Illustrious’s unique Immersive three-dimensional sound system. Ladies and Gentlemen – prepare to be fascinated… there can be only one Chris Watson
April 3, 2021
EP18: Stephen Mallinder
Stephen Mallinder (AKA Mal from the Cabs in my memory) is a multifaceted artist and musician who was a founding member of the most seminal pre and post punk band Cabaret Voltaire, who went on to work as Sassi & Loco, the Ku-Ling Bros., Hey! Rube, Wrangler and Creep Show. He is also one of Martyn’s oldest and best friends, without whose support, mentorship and inspiration, the nascent Human League would never have developed fully. He has produced in excess of 30 albums, and he is also a well-known remixer and live performer. He  is also a respected academic, having published numerous academic papers, and has a PhD in Music. He is super-smart, authentic and funny, in fact everything you’d wish from a true renaissance man… Ladies and gentleman… I give you a true original – Stephen Mallinder
April 1, 2021
EP17: Richard Strange
Richard "Kid" Strange is an English writer, actor, musician, curator, teacher, adventurer and the founder and front man of seminal mid-1970s protopunk art rock band Doctors of Madness. Martyn has been a fan of his since the Doctors first album release, and their paths only recently crossed once more when Richard and he became lecturers at Tileyard Education in London. Richard is a fine and innovative songwriter, and has just released a single remixed by Martyn called ‘Walk Of Shame’. Let’s face it, anyone who has maintained a career in music and showbusiness for over 40 years deserves a huge amount of credit… Ladies and gentlemen – Kid Strange…
March 29, 2021
EP16: John Foxx
John Foxx aka Dennis Leigh is the quietly powerful and enigmatic maker of futurist electro pop and composer of elegant soundscapes. Martyn met him and became friends whilst recording in his studio The Garden 40 years ago, and his work has remained massively influential since then, featuring an ever changing series of reinventions. His commitment to innovation and education is a powerful one. And he’s a fellow Northerner! Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be fascinated...
March 26, 2021
EP15: Roisin Murphy
Roisin Murphy is without doubt a force of nature. After her rise to stellar fame with the band Moloko, and the club classic ‘Sing It Back’, she has matured into a unique musical visionary. Born in Ireland, moved to Manchester and settled in Sheffield, she has gone on to create some of the most intelligent and futuristic electronic pop music in the last 2 decades. Apart from being massively respected in the music community for her daring and originality, her new album ‘Roisin Machine’ is a total, unequivocal triumph, and is top of my playlists currently. Give it up for the machine herself…
March 19, 2021
EP14: Gary Numan
Gary Numan is a fascinating and surprisingly affable guy – he’s a singer, a songwriter, a composer and producer, and one of the great electronic pop pioneers. Tubeway Army started as a punk band and, under his Gary Numan persona, quickly metamorphosed into the most popular electronic futurist band of the early 80’s. He is creatively driven, a true artist who clearly doesn’t flinch from controversy, and he has a unique vision which explains his enormous and loyal fanbase. He has sold over 10 million records, and that is no joke. He also loves aircraft and aviation – wait for the story at the end of the podcast – jaw dropping… Ladies and gentlemen – It’s cold outside…it’s Gary Numan!
March 12, 2021
EP13: Thomas Dolby
Thomas Dolby is a very interesting and surprisingly humble renaissance man and polymath. He has always combined a fascination with the future as a kind of geeky avatar, with a playful and highly commercial musical approach. Perhaps best known for blinding us with science, Thomas Dolby has always blurred the lines between composition and invention. As a London teenager, Tom Robertson was fascinated with the convergence of music and technology. His experiments with an assortment of keyboards, synthesizers and cassette players led his friends to dub him “Dolby.” That same fascination later drove him to become an electronic musician and multimedia artist whose groundbreaking work fused music with computer technology and video. Two decades, several film scores, five Grammy nominations and countless live-layered sound loops later, it's clear Dolby's innovations have changed the sound of popular music. That’s Thomas – smart cookie…
March 5, 2021
EP12: Martin Fry
Martin grew up through the formative late 70’s in Sheffield with Martyn – hanging out at the same pubs, writing fanzines while he was studying at Sheffield University. Influenced by both the early Human League and Cabaret Voltaire initially, he became the singer of Vice Versa, and early electropop act, which soon evolved into that rarest of creatures – a fully realised, truly popular modern pop creation – ABC. With the help of Trevor Horn, they created indisputably one of the greatest debut albums of the 80’s, possibly all-time. Martin has remained as creative and stylish as ever to this day, and, performing live, has continued to thrill audiences all over the world. Ladies and gentlemen – the King of Cool, Martin Fry…
February 26, 2021
EP11: Gerald Casale
Gerry Casale is a genius. There, I’ve said it. I became a close friend with him when we first met in 1981 when his US management company (DEVO, Neil Young, The Residents, etc.) took on Heaven 17. His friendly and iconoclastic personality has always been a major inspiration for me and many musicians I know. His integrated artistic and philosophical approach is worthy of much more credit than merely his appearance as a rock star. He is a true renaissance man, with a beautiful, humanistic core. Gerry's music career spans more than 40 years. He came to prominence in the late 1970s as co-founder and bass player of the new wave concept band Devo, which became massively popular worldwide in the late 70’s and 80’s. Casale is the main lyricist and one of the main composers of Devo's music and directed most of Devo's music videos. He is one of only two members (along with lead singer and keyboardist Mothersbaugh) who have been with Devo throughout its entire history. Enjoy this illuminating conversation. We are all Devo!
February 19, 2021
EP10: Midge Ure
Midge Ure is an internationally famous multi-dimensional being – singer, songwriter, producer, musical director, performer, composer, writer, podcaster, lover of technology, synthesist, guitarist par excellence. He’s also one of the most lovely people on the planet – a good friend, a family man, and a man of generous wisdom. His work ethic is second to none, and his love of his music and performing shines through everything he does. Martyn and Midge became friends in the early 80’s when their paths often crossed on TV shows, but their biggest collaboration was on Band Aid. They have remained good friends since then, and you can hear the love and respect they have for each other. Ladies and gentlemen, there is only one Midge Ure…
February 12, 2021
EP09: Vince Clarke
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Martyn here…In the interview, I mention an hour’s worth of music we produced for the Sony PS2 launch party, which I’ve just rediscovered – this was the first Illustrious project Vince and I did together in 2000 As a special treat and for a limited time, Vince and I are allowing listeners to this podcast to hear this... Here is the link for your listening enjoyment – especially good on headphones as it is mixed in binaural format (3D for headphones). Enjoy, and thanks for your support – please subscribe as I have some amazing guests already in the can – you will be impressed! ________ Vince Clarke needs very little introduction. Apart from being one of my greatest friends, he is also my partner in our 3D soundscape company Illustrious Company, and he is one of pop’s leading songwriters. As recently mentioned by Jim Ottewill in Sound On Sound’s intervi Erasure's musical wizard Vince Clarke is pondering the future of electronic music, and whether pop's tectonic plates will ever be shaken in the way they were when machines first came to prominence in pop at the start of the '80s. As a founding member of Depeche Mode, Vince lit the touch paper for a sonic explosion, and then fanned the flames with Alison Moyet in Yazoo. He continues to be a pioneering force in synth-led music right through to the present day, most notably in the form of his 30-year-plus songwriting relationship with Andy Bell in Erasure. There is much to discuss on this podcast as we ponder our past work together, the future of our craft and our mutual love of the world of electronic music, so let’s dive in!
February 5, 2021
EP08: Kim Wilde
Kim Wilde has been a glamorous pop star from her teenage years. Her father is Marty Wilde, 60’s pop star, who’s family have become a lineage of excellence. Ricky, Kim’s brother, helped to write and produce a string of massive hits on the 80’s including Kids In America, Chequered Love and You Keep Me Hangin’ On, both in the UK and across the world and the US. She is also an author, radio DJ and television presenter, specialising in gardening and her love of wildlife. Martyn has toured extensively with her, and they have become close friends since Kim revealed her love of Heaven 17’s Penthouse and Pavement album as a 16 year old! She sang on the 3rd BEF album in 2015 and still tours and records extensively and successfully. She is as dynamic, intelligent and lovable as ever…
January 29, 2021
EP07: Glen Matlock
Glen Matlock is one of Martyn’s oldest friends in the music industry, having connected on the Iggy Pop European tour in 1979, when The Human League were plying support. His good-humour and kind mentorship of the young THL at that time helped us get through an extraordinary period. He is best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols. He is credited as a co-author on 10 of the 12 songs on Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, although he had left the band before the album's recording sessions commenced. Since leaving the Sex Pistols in 1977, he has performed with several other bands, as well presented his own work. After the death of his replacement in the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, Matlock has resumed bass guitar duties for subsequent Sex Pistols reunions, including the 1996 Filthy Lucre Tour Recently Glen has performed with B.E.F as a guest singer, and Martyn and he have become close buddies once more. He knows everyone! Enjoy…
January 22, 2021
EP06: Ana Matronic
There is much intelligence and playfulness in Ana Lynch’s creative life. As Ana Matronic in the Scissor Sisters, she is an iconic figure in the glam-art pop-rock scene. She is also currently a Radio 2 DJ specialising in the wide world of disco, and with her husband, Seth Kirby, she creates large-scale ambient visual performances. She burst onto the scene as the female co-lead vocalist for the Scissor Sisters. She has stated that, in her eyes, the objective of the band was "about people displaying their fantasies on the outside, trying to break out of the everyday, and look like their dreams". In The Scissorhood, the fan community for Scissor Sisters, those fans who hold a special affinity for Ana are known as "nuns". Fans who are attracted to Ana, even if they might not usually be attracted to women, term themselves "Anasexual". As an author, she has published a book entitled Robot Universe: Legendary Automatons and Androids from the Ancient World to the Distant Future, and she is fiercely proud of her Celtic roots. This episode is a fascinating insight into her alternate world of robots, sexuality, futurology and just plain fun.
January 15, 2021
EP05: Graham Fellows
Graham Fellows went to the same school as Martyn (different year though) - King Edward VII Grammar School in Sheffield. From his website... 'Graham David Fellows has been a paperboy, a champion mouse breeder, a builder's labourer, a barman, a teenage pop sensation, a stage actor, a soap star (well, a few episodes of Coronation Street in 1983), a milkman, a character comedian, a film director, a film star, and a singer/songwriter. Here you can find out more about all the above, read song lyrics, view previously unavailable archive material, plus current info about what Graham is planning next.  In the meantime, you should know that despite being left handed Graham has written.. "The finest lyrics known to man" The Independent.' His most loved character is John Shuttleworth, with whom Martyn has appeared on his Radio 2 show, and also as a guest at the London Palladium The discussion covers much of his eclectic career, including the number one pop artist Jilted John.  Oooof...
January 8, 2021
EP04: Sandie Shaw
Sandie Shaw is literally a living legend. She is one of the most successful British female singers of the 1960s, she had three UK number one singles with "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" (1964), "Long Live Love" (1965) and "Puppet on a String" (1967). With "Puppet on a String", she became the first British entry to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Martyn invited her to record a song  for the British Electric Foundation album 'Music Of Quality And Distinction Vol 1', for which she recorded a version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart". Sandie also featured on MQD Vol 3, and Martyn and Sandie have remained great friends for almost 30 years. Their conversation is wide ranging and often hilarious - not to be missed...
January 1, 2021
EP03: Glenn Gregory & Paul Bower
Glenn Gregory and Paul Bower are Martyn's oldest and best friends. Martyn met Paul when they both became trainee managers at the Co-op in Sheffield, and Paul introduced Martyn to Glenn to a youth drama project called Meatwhistle, which was to change his life. Glenn became a lifelong friend and collaborator - apart from various hilarious one-day-only bands created at Meatwhistle (not for public consumption), they went on to form Heaven 17 who are still alive and kicking and touring constantly to the current day. There are reminiscences form the earliest days of their friendship, including a rare performance of several of the legendary Musical Vomit songbook... 
December 25, 2020
EP02: Elly Jackson
Elly Jackson is a force of nature - she exploded onto the international music scene with LaRoux in 2009, and since has had success with several albums. We talk about her amazing and unexpected Grammy success, the break up of the band, and a mysterious encounter with Kanye West. This is an episode you don't want to miss...
December 18, 2020
EP01: Richard Hawley
Richard Hawley is a Sheffield musical legend and fellow Sheffield Wednesday fan. He is a critically-acclaimed guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. Hawley initially found success as a member of Britpop band Longpigs in the 1990's, and formerly Treebound Story. Richard was asked to play with Pulp by his close friend and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.  Since then he has created many of his own solo albums to great acclaim and winning several awards, and even been responsible for a stage musical featuring his songs called 'Standing at the Sky's Edge'. His work proudly represents the mood and emotional meaning of growing up and living in Sheffield. He is also an in-demand session player, having collaborated with many world famous recording artists. Our discussion took place in a working men's club in Sheffield, and certainly tugged at my heartstrings... Hope you like it Don't forget to email me with your ideas or comments on
December 11, 2020
Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware - Trailer
This is a trailer for the forthcoming Electronically Yours podcast. Martyn Ware is an electronic music legend - he founded The Human League and Heaven 17, and under the banner of his production company British Electric Foundation has had enormous success as a producer for world-famous artists like Tina Turner, Terence Trent, D'Arby, Erasure, Chaka Khan, Mavis Staples, Marc Almond amongst many others, selling over 60 million records over a 40-year career. The podcast dives deep into the lives of the many friends he's made in this time from the worlds of music, film, TV, comedy and the creative industries. He is still looking to the future with his immersive 3D soundscape company Illustrious, and he has always worked at the epicentre of a wide range of creative future possibilities. And he's fun...
November 25, 2020