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The JOE ELLIOTT Show 4th August 2018 Playlist/Transcript

Joe Elliott 2018. By Chele Drappel

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott hosted another edition of his weekly radio show last night on Planet Rock.

This week's show included songs by No Sweat, Aerosmith and AC/DC.

The full playlist is shown below and a full transcript.

The show is available until next Saturday using the On Demand feature. It is also repeated on Tuesdays at 9pm.

The Joe Elliott Show - 4th August 2018 Playlist

  • 01 - No Sweat - Heart And Soul
  • 02 - Be Bop Deluxe - Maid In Heaven
  • 03 - Whitesnake - Best Years
  • 04 - Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Demons And Dragons
  • 05 - Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy
  • 06 - Aerosmith - Livin' On The Edge
  • 07 - Nazareth - Star
  • 08 - Rod Stewart - Hard Road
  • 09 - Robert Plant - Lively Up Yourself
  • 10 - Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats - Rocket 88
  • 11 - The Beatles - It Won't Be Long
  • 12 - AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)

Show Intro

"Evening all welcome once again to the Joe Elliott show right here on the wonderful Planet Rock. Hope you've all had a great week. I have the weather's been amazing and it's my last week at home for a while. Off back on tour with Def Leppard and Journey. I'll tell you all about that next week when it kicks off. We have tonight sixty minutes of wonderful music for ya. Starting off with this little known band, although it did go to Number One in Ireland."

No Sweat

"They were No Sweat. They are no more sadly. Yes 1989. It was their first ever single. It was my first ever production. Even though I was credited as the Yorkshire Dub having just moved to Ireland back then. It was a Number One single beating out U2 as the first single ever in Ireland to go straight in at Number One. And I have a Gold Disc in my toilet to prove it. That is Heart And Soul by No Sweat."

Be Bop Deluxe

"Now I mentioned that my production credit was Yorkshire Dub. Just this week I celebrated my...21st birthday yet again. August the 1st also happens to be Yorkshire Day. So let's hear some wonderful music from some wonderful Yorkshire people. Starting off with Be Bop Deluxe."

"And before that Be Bop Deluxe from their 1975 Roy Thomas Baker produced album Futurama we heard the almost hit single Maid In Heaven."


"From back in 2008. Wow that's ten years ago. Good grief. That is Whitesnake featuring the Yorkshireman that is David Coverdale. The album Good To Be Bad. The first time Def Leppard and Whitesnake toured together. He was promoting that particular record. The song we heard Best Years."

Manfred Mann's Earth Band

"Now I've been getting my groove on this week to a collection of songs from an album called World Of Mann. It is the very best of Manfred Mann and Manfred Mann's Earth Band. So it goes all the way back to the likes of Do Wah Diddy Diddy all the way right up to his Prog Rock stuff. Check this one out. There's a story behind it. Pretty cool."

"And before that Manfred Mann's Earth Band with a very clever take on two songs. He actually snipped two different songs together. The song we just heard Demons And Dragons is actually a mixture of Demons by Super Furry Animals and Dragons by Prefab Sprout. What a great idea. We could maybe have Smoke On The Stairway one day by Deep Zeppelin or something. Or not."


"Proving without a shadow of a doubt that there was more to them than Hole In My Shoe. That is Traffic featuring of course Jim Capaldi and Mr. Steve Winwood within their ranks from the album Mr. Fantasy. The song Dear Mr. Fantasy."

"You are listening to the Joe Elliott show on the wonderful Planet Rock. It's time for a little break and when we come back, it's time to get a grip."


"And before that the fantastic Aerosmith from their Get A Grip album with Livin' On The Edge."


"From the days when they were a two guitar band. Not only Manny Charlton they also had in their ranks ex-Sensational Alex Harvey guitarist Zal Cleminson. That is Nazareth with the nearly hit single called Star."

Rod Stewart

"Now at Phil Collen's insistence the Def Leppard dressing room on show days has a portable record player. Yes he works out for like five hours in the gym and then he goes and buys coffee and records. He brings them back. We have look what he's got and we weed through them and play bits and bobs. He's bought a lot of Rod Stewart. However I have a record that I haven't played for years that he didn't buy. So I packed it in my case. It's gonna go to the gig. I will hear it in a weeks time on a record player. You however get the chance to hear it right now on DAB radio."

"And before that Rod Stewart from the million selling album Smiler with a track called Hard Road."

Robert Plant

"Now there's something I never thought I'd hear but it's out there now as a bonus track on the Principle Of Moments album. It's Robert Plant getting his reggae self down with Bob Marley's Lively Up Yourself."

Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats

"Now we were recently in Memphis, Tennessee which is arguably the birth city of Rock And Roll itself. Now what do you do on a day off in Memphis?. Well you might visit Graceland, the home of the late great Elvis Presley. Or you might visit Sun Studios where Elvis did most of his early recordings. Or like me you might do both."

"Now as far as I'm concerned Sun Studios wins hands down as a place to go visit because the history there is insane. Graceland is great but it is essentially just a house. Sun Studios is where Elvis Presley made his first recordings, it's where Jerry Lee Lewis made his first recordings. Jonnhy Cash the list is endless. There's a fantastic tour with all bits of archival equipment. But the best thing I saw all day was the acetate and the artwork for what is regarded as the first ever Rock And Roll single ever recorded. It was by a band called Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats which featured Ike Turner on guitar. So hear for your perusal. See if you like it. The first ever or regarded as the first ever Rock And Roll single. This is Rocket 88."

"And before that it's regarded as the first ever Rock And Roll single. It is Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats featuring Ike Turner's torn cone which gave us the distortion that we now love and cherish forever with the song called Rocket 88."

The Beatles

"Coming in at 2 minutes and 15 seconds but what a 2 minutes and 15 seconds. That from the album With The Beatles is of course The Beatles It Won't Be Long."

Show Outro

"And that my friends is about it for this week. It's been a real pleasure as always. I shall be back with you next week at exactly the same time from Boston, MA where the Def Leppard/Journey tour picks up on leg 3."

"So until then I'm gonna leave you with this. The greatest message ever said by a band. From the album T.N.T. This is AC/DC and It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll). Until next week see ya!."

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