Midnight Meets With Colin Murray
Midnight Meets With Colin Murray
About Midnight Meets With Colin Murray
Colin talks to interesting people with fascinating life stories. No rules, no soundbites, just in-depth conversations with some incredible people.
Former Beautiful South and Housemartins member Dave Hemingway on being raised in the Hull bar scene, how The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper is responsible for his love of music, and his audition process to join The Housemartins (nobody believed him!) The pair also get into regional music scenes in Northern England, gigging with Oasis and Blur, and supporting REM at Glastonbury in the 1990s, and what it’s like touring the country again today as a self-funded band.
“I went straight out of a civil war and ended up hanging out with most of the current Tory cabinet… a very strange place to be”. Comedian and writer Dom Joly on his Lebanese heritage, geo-political comedy, and his dark sense of humour. Joly also discusses AI, being pigeon-holed, his infamous prank show Trigger Happy TV, and his new book The Conspiracy Tourist which saw him travel the globe to investigate and understand some of the world’s most dangerous and hilarious conspiracy theories in a ‘post-truth’ political space.
ABC frontman Martin Fry on his love of late footballer George Best, starting as a music journalist before finding success in performing, the music scene in Sheffield, seeing James Brown at a convention, recording with Smokey Robinson, and how his Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis aged 27 made him see a “different side to humanity”.
“A book is the most interactive form of entertainment there is”. Crime writer Val McDermid chats to Colin Murray about keeping her characters authentic, time management techniques, TV adaptations, imposter syndrome, using Scottish colloquialisms in her writing (her American publishers asked for a glossary!), judging the Booker Prize, and advice for budding writers. Oh, and getting a kiss from Blondie’s Debbie Harry!
Lead singer of Ash, Tim Wheeler, chats to Colin Murray about the band's latest album Chase the Night and their upcoming tour. The pair also get into how the band has survived over two decades with the original members, hiding the struggle when acclimatising to fame, being featured in Kerrang and being a ‘pin up for teen girls’, and what it’s like having a fashion editor mogul for a mother-in-law.
Comedian Mark Watson on the underrepresentation of the city of Bristol. Do we hear the accent enough and how have they not had a football club in the Premier League? Mark and Colin also get into problems with comparing themselves to more successful people, having a small, loyal following over being a household name, being ghosted by a production company, their shared fascination with sports stadiums, and why Mark decided to write a book about ‘car crash’ stories from his stand-up career.
Danny McNamara, founding member and frontman of Embrace chats to Colin Murray. They discuss the 25th anniversary of their debut album The Good Will Out and upcoming tour. The never-ending devotion of Embrace fans and how an unlikely friendship with Chris Martin from Coldplay led them to one of their biggest hits. They also talk mental health, and how getting married and having kids has grounded him.
In the second half of their chat, the pair go from Mark being on the MET police’s domestic extremism database, to public trust in police, Mark’s long list of pet hates, ironing his boxer shorts, getting along with people with opposing politics to your own, why he prefers small venues to arena gigs, sharing a kebab with Gil Scott-Heron, and so much more!
Comedian Mark Thomas and Colin Murray talk through the community of grassroots football, working with writer Ed Edwards, and Mark’s new theatre show England & Son. The pair also discuss new styles of wrestling shows, potential new global sports such as ‘curbsy’, and the idea of a maximum wage. Part two will be available from 25 July 2023.
“I still get that call from my sister saying, ‘Bring your scissors’, she never asks me to sing her a song!” Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer of Scottish rock band Texas, chats to Colin Murray about living with synesthesia (a condition that means she sees colours in music), maintaining her hairdressing skills, why she turned down a Calvin Klein ad campaign, collaborating with Wu Tang Clan, and why her daughter doesn’t care that Texas are playing Glastonbury in 2023!
World Champion sprinter Colin Jackson on his Director role with the Wings for Life world run, being namechecked in Aswad’s track Shine, how his passion for time has manifested in an epic watch collection, how it felt to have his 60m and 110m hurdle world records broken, and why he chose not to discuss his sexuality during his competitive athletics career. Oh, and why wine gums are his go-to energy source.
The Bangles’ lead singer Susanna Hoffs shares career highlights including touring with Cyndi Lauper, having Robert Plant knock on their tour van, jamming with Prince and what Simon & Garfunkel thought of the Bangles covering their music. Susanna is currently working on her first novel and talks through the lonely, creative and escapist elements of the writing process.
Musician, director and DJ Don Letts chats to Colin Murray about the relationship between punk and reggae music, DJing at The Roxy, directing milestone music videos like the first black music video to be shown on MTV, what Musical Youth’s track Pass the Dutchie meant to children of the Windrush generation, and what he did with his impressive Beatles’ memorabilia collection.