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On This Weeks Show: The Joshua Tree

On This Weeks Show: The Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree was released 30 years ago in 1987. On the anniversary of its release U2 have announced a new tour “Joshua Tree 2017” during which they will be playing the full album. This is the first time they have done anything like this and its prompted us to take a fresh look at their classic.

We are devoting a full program to examining the album. Not only will we be playing it in its entirety and discussing the individual tracks in depth but we will be examining the album in a wider context.


What was its impact? What were the influences and who did it, in turn, influence? Is it really the classic most people regard it to be?


The Joshua Tree was released at a time when the cold war between the US and the Soviet Union looked like heating up with proxy wars in Central America in full flow. This influenced the album strongly (“Bullet The Blue Sky” and “Mothers of the Disappeared”).

But many of the tracks were much more personal, like “One Tree Hill” which was in memory of one of the crew.

Join us for all the music of the album, along with information and a wide discussion of the contradictions and place of U2’s The Joshua Tree

How To Hear Ed Sheerans Music Early

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How To Hear Ed Sheerans Music Early

Expectations for Ed Sheerans new album are high and he released two new songs from it yesterday. But some lucky strangers got to hear them early and it seems this is not a hard thing to do.


Eds new album “Divide” is planned for release later this year but apart of whetting our excitement he released two new songs with a co-hosting publicity arrangement on BBC. The two songs Castle On The Hill and Shape Of You were officially released at 5am GMT on Friday morning (06Jan17), just prior to his co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Scott Mills shortly afterwards.

But during his interview Ed revealed that he had played his new music to strangers when he went out drinking.

“The funny thing is while I have music waiting to be released I usually end up playing it to random people,” he laughed.

“Normally when I’ve been out drinking I’ll be like, ‘Hey mate do you want to hear my new song?’ that happens a lot!”


So there you have it. If you want to hear Ed Sheehan tracks early just go to the same pubs he does and have a few pints with him.

Farewell To The Inemitable Debbie Reynolds.

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Its only been a day since we learned of the sad passing of Carrie Fisher and now we have to say farewell to he mother, the irreplaceable Debbie Reynolds.

There have been many words written about the passing of Carrie Fisher and there will undoubtedly be many more about the passing of Debbie Reynolds. But we at the Fret Knot Radio Hour wanted to acknowledge the pleasure she brought to us. Most of our team are too young to have seen her in her heyday but I think nearly all of us have seen classics such as “Singin’ In The Rain” and the sheer unabashed pleasure in seeing herself and Gene Kelly makes it one of those films you always remember with a  smile.

She appeared in Will and Grace in the late 90’s but, not in anything notable since. However even after that time work continues to bring joy to millions. She will be missed.