In 2011 and 2012, with producer Ben Walker, I made two radio series for BBC 6 Music called Vinyl Revival. The idea of the show was pretty simple. Well-known vinyl fans brought some of their favourite records into the studio. We would chat about them and play whichever of those records took our fancy. Among the guests were Johnny Marr, Paul Weller, Sir Tom Jones, Florence Welch and Seasick Steve. Sometimes, I'd go to people's houses or studios and they would let me look through their records. Bernard Butler, Damon Albarn, Norman Cook and John Simm were some of the guests who allowed me to rifle through their shelves.
One interview we did for the second series – with The Black Keys – was never aired. A shame, as I think it's one of the best ones. In December 2012, we went to Birmingham, a couple of hours before the group performed a headline set at the NIA. As agreed some weeks beforehand, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney had brought some records from their collections with them. And, as with all the other interviews, we simply chatted about them.
One good thing about this episode of Vinyl Revival having never aired is that we could put together a nice long edit that included all of their choices. Here it is.