Word In Your Ear

Word In Your Ear

Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Alex Gold

Mark Ellen and David Hepworth have been talking about and writing about music together and individually for a collective eighty years in magazines like Smash Hits, Mojo and The Word and on radio and TV programmes like "Rock On", "Whistle Test" and VH-1.


Over thirteen years ago, when working on the late magazine The Word, they began producing podcasts. Some listeners have been kind enough to say these have been very special to them. When the magazine folded in 2012 they kept the spirit of those podcasts alive in regular Word In Your Ear evenings in which they spoke to musicians and authors in front of an audience. 


Over these years they've produced hundreds of hours of material. As of the Current Unpleasantness of 2020, they've produced yet hundreds of hours more with a little help from guests kind enough to digitally show them around their attics such as Danny Baker, Andy Partridge, Sir Tim Rice and Mark Lewisohn. For the full span of the Word In Your Ear world, visit wiyelondon.com.

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Listen to the last episode:

With Mark Ellen in foreign parts David Hepworth and Alex Gold light cigars, pass the port in the correct direction and discuss…..



…..the fact that there is only one way to play a Beatles song and that is the way the Beatles did it.


…..the chances that Taylor Swift is reaching her imperial phase and nobody is prepared to tell her what she really needs to hear.


….the very good reason that all contemporary pop records do literally sound the same.


…the 50th anniversary of Richard and Linda Thompson’s “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight”.


….the story of the Allman Brothers’ “Jessica”, a jam that turned into Dickey Betts’ pension.


….how the Blue Nile got a plug which is worth all the bought media in the world.


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Previous episodes

  • 669 - The “amniotic throb” of modern pop, the eternal life of the Top Gear theme and the Blue Nile’s lucky break 
    Sun, 21 Apr 2024 - 0h
  • 668 - Hollywood Babylon, the inspired gimmickry of Catch A Fire and the luck of Ron Wood 
    Mon, 15 Apr 2024 - 0h
  • 667 - Neil Tennant remembers life “with dyed red Bowie hair and clattering platforms” 
    Thu, 11 Apr 2024 - 0h
  • 666 - Richard Thompson – “you know it’s time to go when the audience starts throwing chairs” 
    Wed, 10 Apr 2024 - 0h
  • 665 - Neil Tennant remembers the pop press and “the last great era of forward-looking songs" 
    Tue, 09 Apr 2024 - 0h
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