By John Curley
XFM London has been broadcasting documentaries this year under the title of XFM 25 that discuss the 25th anniversary of the release of some of modern rock’s most seminal albums. The documentary that was most recently broadcast, which focused on The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead album, is the best entry in the series yet.
The documentary, hosted by XFM London DJ Ian Camfield (who used to be a DJ on New York City’s now-defunct K-Rock), features interviews with people associated with the album, such as The Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr and the album’s engineer Stephen Street. Musicians who were influenced by The Smiths, such as Guy Garvey of Elbow, Billy Bragg, and Mani of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream, are also heard from.
The documentary can be heard by going to http://www.xfm.co.uk/onair/shows/xfm-25-the-queen-is-dead-by-the-smiths and clicking the “listen” audio link near the bottom of the page. It is a must-listen for any fan of The Smiths.
It can also be accessed by going to the XFM London homepage at http://www.xfm.co.uk/ and clicking the “listen again” link at the top right of the page. When the XFM Radio Player opens, click on “LISTEN AGAIN,” scroll down to “Xfm 25,” and click the arrow down to access the programs in the series. In addition to XFM’s documentary on The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead, the other documentaries in the series can be heard by using this option. The other albums featured thus far in the series are: R.E.M.’s Life’s Rich Pageant, Parade by Prince, Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration, Album by Public Image Ltd., and Metallica’s Master Of Puppets.