The Whole Nine Yards Season 2 Episode 73 French Pressings: French songs that crossed the Channel with Roy Stannard on Mid Sussex Radio 103.8FM

With Roy Stannard

On Mid Sussex Radio 103.8FM

Sunday June 19th 2022 3-5pm

French Pressings

France has a great reputation for many things (revolutions, stifling bureaucracy, snails) but pop music is not on the list. Despite being the country that produced the genius of Daft Punk, the breathtaking soundscapes of Air, and eccentric sixties Whitney Houston fan Serge Gainsbourg, little French music is heard outside Francophone countries.

So where does this negativity come from? A lot of it comes from French people themselves, who are not overly keen on the musical output of their own country. And the fact that French radios are legally obliged to play 40% French music. Which is a bit like having to do your homework before you get to go on the playstation..

So this week we’re playing some of the best and in some cases very familiar French songs, many of which got translated into English and then went on to be huge..

Playlist :

Hour One

Yves Montand Les Feuilles Mortes Les Feuilles Mortes 1946

Jacqueline François Que Sera Sera Que Sera Sera 1956

Edith Piaf  Milord The Very Best of Edith Piaf 1959

Jacques Brel  Ne me quitte pas Jacques Brel 4  1959

Jacques Dutronc  Sur Une Nappe De Restaurant Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi 1966

Gilbert Becaud  Je t’appartiens Encore plus de Becaud Disque 1968

Françoise Hardy  Comment te dire adieu (Remaster 2016) Comment te dire adieu 1968

Mauriat, Beck, Longine Love is Blue (mix) Love is Blue (mix) Roy Stannard Productions 2020

Nicoletta  Je ne pense qu’à t’aimer Il est Mort le Soleil 1968

Kevin Ayers And The Whole World Puis Je (Bonus Track) Shooting at the Moon 1970

Serge Gainsbourg; Dominique Blanc-Francard; Philippe Lerichomme Requiem Pour Un Con (Remix 91 Version Longue) La Pacha OST 1971

Veronique Sanson  Amoreuse Amoreuse 1972

Julie Pietri Et c’est comme si (I Go To Sleep)  Et c’est comme si 1982

Hour Two

Johnny Hallyday  J’ai Oublié de Vivre C’est La Vie 1977

Anne Pigalle  Souvenir D’un Paris Everything Could Be So Perfect 1985

Mylene Farmer Et Seal Les Mots French Hits 2002

Big Soul La belle et la bête Funky Beats Vol 1 2001

Benjamin Biolay Joggers Sur la Plage Rose Kennedy 2002

Mylene Farmer  C’est Une Belle Journée French hits 2002

Alain Souchon  Et si en plus ya personne La Vie Theodore 2005

Kery James Lettre à la République 92-2012  2012

Camp Claude  All This Space Swimming Lessons 2016

Juliette Armanet A La Folie Petite Amis 2019

Jorja Smith ft. Dosseh  Blue Lights [French Remix] Lost and Found 2019

Grand Corps Malade & Camille Lellouche Mais Je T’aime Mesdames 2020

The Whole Nine Yards Ep 70 29.5.22 with Roy Stannard – Beauty: Not Skin Deep on Burgess Hill Radio 103.8FM

The Whole Nine Yards Season 2 Episode 70

With Roy Stannard

On Burgess Hill Radio 103.8FM

Sunday May 29th 2022 3-5pm

Not Skin Deep.

Creating a false reality in photoshopped images creates low self-worth. We’ve become immune to what media portrays, and have accepted the media-defined lie about what is considered beautiful. How many girls – and boys – aspire to unachievable images of what beauty should be like? How long does it take in front of a mirror to become beautiful? Who decides? Who benefits? What if real beauty flowed from the inside out? What if your skin was a signpost rather than a destination?

Hour One

Lana del Rey – Young & Beautiful (The Great Gatsby OST 2013)

Depeche Mode – Precious (Playing the Angel 2005)

The Kooks – Shine On (Konk 2008)

Amber Pacific – Shine (Virtues 2010)

The Temptations – Beauty is Skin Deep (Away We a Go-Go 1966)

Everlife – What’s Beautiful (What’s Beautiful 2010)

Zoe Wees – Girls Like Us (Golden Wings 2021)

On The Outside – How Beautiful (Single 2021)

Switchfoot – Restless (Vice Verses 2011)

Ella Henderson – Ugly (Everything I Didn’t Say 2022)

Redbone – Come and Get Your Love (Wovoka 1973)

Bruce Springsteen – Spare Parts (live) (Tunnel of Love 1987)

Pink – Perfect (Greatest Hits… So Far!!! 2010)

Hour Two

Kellie Pickler – Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful (Kellie Pickler 2008)

Jason Mraz – Beauty in the Ugly (We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. 2008)

TLC – Unpretty (Fanmail 1999)

Alicia Keys – Girl Can’t Be Herself (Here 2016)

Alessia Cara – Scars to your Beautiful (Know-It-All 2015)

Beyoncé – Pretty Hurts (Beyoncé 2013)

Jewel – Plain Jane (Picking up the Pieces 2025)

Corinne Bailey Rae – I Would Like To Call It Beauty (The Sea 2010)

Danny Kaye – The Ugly Duckling (Hans Christian Andersen 1952)

Janis Ian – At Seventeen  (Between the Lines 1975)

Billie Eilish – Not My Responsibility (Happier Than Ever 2021)

Billie Eilish – Overheated (Happier Than Ever 2021)

Christina Aguilera – Beautiful (Stripped 2002)

Joe Cocker – You are so Beautiful (I Can Stand a Little Rain 1974)

Lost Immortals Ep 161 24.4.22 with Roy Stannard and Matt Staples on Burgess Hill Radio 103.8FM


Ep 161 24.4.22 5-7pm on Burgess Hill Community Radio103.8FM with Roy Stannard and Matthew Staples

Like Brighton‘s West Pier some songs survive through the years, unloved and neglected until suddenly they are re-discovered and retrieve their beauty, but in a totally different way.

Like seagulls in Sussex, we still fly with them.


The Ruts – You’re Just A… (The Crack 1979)

Desmond Dekker and the Specials – King of Kings (King of Kings, 1993)

Belle & Sebastian – Unnecessary Drama (A Bit of Previous 2022)

Engineers – Home (Engineers, 2004)

The Linda Lindas – Growing Up (Growing Up 2022)

Johnny Marr – Night & Day (Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 2022)

Ride – Seagull (Nowhere, 1990)

Porridge Radio – The Rip (Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky 2022)

Billy Nomates – Blue Bones (Single 2022)

Joe Bonamassa – A Conversation with Alice (Royal Tea 2020)

Denzel Curry – Zatoichi ft. slowthai (Melt My Eyez See Your Future 2022)

Ibibio Sound Machine – Protection from Evil (Electricity 2022)

Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed (And The War Came, 2014)

Spirit – Fresh Garbage (Spirit, 1968)

Jack White – The White Raven (Fear of the Dawn, 2022)

Emma-Jean Thackray – Venus (Black Science Orchestra remix 2022 (Yellow 2021)

Parker Millsap – Old Time Religion (Parker Millsap, 2014)

Annie Keating – Coney Island (All the Best – Make believing 2015)

Arlo McKinley – Stealing Dark From the Night Sky (The Mess We’re In, 2022)

Stromae – L’enfer (Multitude 2022)

Damien Jurado – Allocate (MVCA & hinoon Remix) (The Horizon Just Laughed, 2018)

Iamamiwhoami – Canyon (with Lars Winnerbäck) (Be Here Soon 2022)

Kaitlin Butts – Blood (live acoustic performance, 2022. Album: What Else Can She Do, 2022)

Lauren Spencer-Smith – Flowers (Single 2022)

Jensen McRae – White Boy (Are You Happy Now?, 2022)

Yola – Love all Night (Work all day) (Walk Through Fire 2019)

Elin Ruth Sigvardsson – Contradictory Cut (Smithereens 2005)

Mighty Sparrow & Byron Lee – Only a Fool (Breaks his own Heart) (Mighty Sparrow & Byron Lee 1966)

Roy’s List – praying for change in confidence for you.

What it is..

I have felt moved to create a list of people (all anonymous) for whom I will commit to praying for every morning. I have spoken to most of you privately about the issues that you would like resolved. Recently, I have had the privilege of seeing prayers answered and I feel the time is right to launch this.

How Roy’s List works:

This email address is reserved solely for this purpose – it means I see emails instantly.

All communication is blind copied from me so no-one knows who is on the list

Anyone can email me privately on this email to ask for additional prayer items

The sole commitment on your part is to tell me when the prayer has been answered,

At this point I will ask you if I can share this with the group for everyone’s encouragement but this is not compulsory.

This is not connected to any one church but if any of you want personal face-to-face prayer, I lead the prayer ministry at St Edward’s Burgess Hill and have a quiet space during Communion when this takes place (10-11am)

If you do not want to be prayed for please let me know by return.

To repeat: This is entirely confidential. Nothing you ask for prayer for will be made public – and the decision to go public when the prayer is answered is entirely yours. No-one is on the list publicly.

The prayers can be for anything that is troubling you – and can be for friends and family but must be specific.  We all want peace in the world but this is for individual needs and encouragement.

I hope that this will be both uplifting spiritually and reassuring personally to know that you are being prayed for without fail every day.

God bless

Roy 😊

Dancing Like Nobby Stiles

Dancing Like Nobby Stiles

A piece written for Alex Strangeways-Booth for the BBC. With Passion ft Chris Tomlin – God’s Great Dancefloor (Reyer remix) and David Crowder Band – Undignified (writer Matt Redman)

The winsome, toothless dad-dancer Nobby Stiles

Dancing like Nobby Stiles

Sometimes it’s good to be undignified..

I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember this? In 1966 England managed to lose and win the World Cup in the same year. Before the tournament, while on display at a stamp exhibition in Westminster Central Hall in London, the Jules Rimet trophy was stolen from under the guards’ noses.

During their noon patrol, the guards found the rear doors of the building forced open and the display cabinet broken into. The trophy, which had been awarded to World Cup winners since 1930, had been nicked.

Three days later, the Football Association received a ransom note. An undercover police officer took fake money to an arranged spot and met Edward Bletchley, a petty thief. He was arrested, but didn’t have the cup, insisting he was only a middleman. The thief was never found but Pickles, the dog who found it was turned into a national hero, even invited to the celebrations after England won the World Cup.

His owner David Corbett shared in this celebrity and allegedly danced down the road with joy – in a manner similar to Nobby Stiles at the end of the final. Dignified no. Victorious, yes..

We hate to lose things. Football matches, world cups, or the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was Israel’s holiest artefact, lost in a humiliating battlefield defeat to the Philistines. Why? Because David’s predecessor as king, Saul, had lost his relationship with God and was turning to snake oil salesmen and tarot card readers.

The Philistines went on a kind of celebration tour of the country to show off their prize. But instead of excited crowds lining the streets, there was death and destruction. God objected to being taken on a victory tour by unqualified people who couldn’t even dance.

The Philistines realised that they had taken a poisoned chalice, sent it back to Israel and parked it in a field. David, who had spent years on a campaign to reclaim the Ark, was delighted. He could just send a cart with some hardy mules and collect it. The trouble was that God didn’t like Reliant Robin-style transport and killed one of David’s top men as he was leading the wagon.

Dancing David, who had been made to look like a fool, got angry and told his men to take the Ark to the house of the Levite Obed-Edom. David had done his research and discovered that only Levites were allowed to carry the Ark. The Ark spent 3 months with Obed-Edom during which time his house was blessed to the level of a FIFA expense account.

Properly packaged and with Levites in control of the logistics, the Ark moved in a stately manner into Jerusalem. Unable to contain himself, David body-popped like a dervish, Dad-dancing in front of the Ark.  His wife Michal remarked dryly that it wasn’t very dignified for a king to dance like a wild-eyed, teeth-missing former undertaker.

David answered like this: “I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes….” (II Samuel 6:22)

When it comes to our relationship with God, the best thing we can do is not gain status, but lose our inhibitions.

David was a King, but he was also a dancer and a musician; he wrote Psalms and made loads of mistakes – and yet God blessed him

So what is the difference between the slightly embarrassing Nobby Stiles and the uber cool German Captain Uwe Seeler? Uwe lost the cup and most of his hair. And Nobby won the World Cup – the one that was lost and then found..

As convention-free people, we are proud to be undignified because we get the Ark over the line.

Roy Stannard 13.2.22

The unexpected beauty of sadness

The unexpected beauty of sadness

Grief can be the soil, not the weed.

January can be a sad time of year. The nights are still long, the temperatures low and seasonal affective disorder hangs in the air like fog.

But sadness also means that the worst is over. The bereavement, the break-up, the bad decision is in the past. The pain and the anger is replaced by sadness. The realisation grows that you don’t have to tough it out – you are now in the aftermath, not the eye of the storm.

If you are driven by faith, it is tempting to see grief or sadness as a weakness, or even a sin.

1 Peter v 5 says “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” The tendency therefore is to castigate yourself for not putting brave, happy face on all life’s trials.

But there is no justification for this. John 11 33-35 tells the story of Jesus coming to the aid of Mary, sister of Mary and Lazarus after hearing of the latter’s fatal illness. After Martha threw herself at Jesus’ feet and implored him for help, we read that “Jesus wept.” He felt sad because he could see the impact the death had on Mary and Martha. He knew Lazarus and loved him too. For him, grief was not a weakness. In fact, it fuelled a miracle. Of course, we feel sad when we experience unnecessary death, cruelty, injustice and wrongdoing causing pain. We cry when we see the effects of natural and man-made disasters. The message here is not man-up, tough it out and suppress emotion.

That would be entirely unhuman.

Jesus was perfect, he was the earthbound manifestation of God, he had never sinned. Yet he wept. His disciples saw him weep. Later they saw him sweat blood in the garden of Getsemane the night before his crucifixion. God was sad after Adam and Eve discovered that they were naked. After the end of innocence we had grief written into our DNA.

Grief is the trigger mechanism built into our complicated psychology that makes us aware of the broken world around us. We don’t rejoice in suffering, we do something about it. God sacrificed his son to save a seriously messed-up world. We can assume that this was not a joyful experience.

So you can process grief, and not feel inadequate about it. You are entitled to feel sadness and compassion towards yourself as well as others – a feeling that takes over from the anger and hate. That feeling is natural, God-given – and productive. You’ve earned it. So use it. We know that grief produces some of the best rescues and reforms. Not to mention great art.

Just ask Adele.

The Soundtrack:

Hour One

The Goa Express – Second Time (Second Time single 2021)

The Lathums – How Beautiful Life Can Be (Acappella / single mix) (How Beautiful Life Can Be 2021)

CJ Pandit – Digital Love (Just Before You Disappear 2021)

Drug Store Romeos – Frame of Reference (Single 2021)

Fred Again – Julia (Deep Diving) Actual Life (April 14 – December 17, 2020) Actual Life 2 (February 2 – October 15, 2021)

Claud – Gold (Super Monster 2021)

Zoe Wees – Control (Golden Wings EP 2021)

Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go (Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent 2019)

Tim Hardin – It’ll Never Happen Again (Tim Hardin 1 1966)

Taylor Swift – All Too Well (Red 2012 / Red Taylor’s Version 2021 10 minute version)

Hour Two

The Ataris – The Saddest Song (So Long, Astoria 2003)

The Dream Academy – It’ll Never Happen Again (A Different Kind of Weather 1990)

Josh Epifanio –  Agave Blues (Agave Blues Single 2021)

Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness (Stranger in the Alps, 2017)

Charlotte OC – Cut the Rope (Colour My Heart EP 2013)

Lady Blackbird – Collage (Black Acid Soul 2022)

Emmy Meli – I am Woman (Single 2021) / Matrix 2021 single

Houis x Indigo Eyes x Taura Lamb – Sad all the Time (Single 2021)

SZA – Good Days (Single 2021)

Yola – Faraway Look (Walk Through Fire 2019)

PP Arnold – Life is But Nothing (The First Lady of Immediate 1967)

Daisy Gray – Almost to the Moon (Single 2021)

Gracey – Empty Love (Acoustic) (Art of Closure mini album 2021)

Lady Blackbird – It’ll Never Happen Again (Black Acid Soul 2021)

The Importance of Small Things

Where the small things are

The Importance of Small Things

I’m tired of the grand gestures.

The overblown bows in front of an invisible crowd

The forgettable pomp and unnecessary circumstance

The people-pleasing patinas on public faces.

I’m tired of political windbags blowing a gale

The Lèse-majesté torpor and the majestic mistakes

The talking up themselves

And the clown princes offering their ring.

I’m tired of the bank holidays

withdrawn when we’re defeated

the invitations to the palace

for people who already have keys.

I’m tired of the big affairs, the current divorces

The Sturm and the Drang

And the Oxbridge classical references that go klang.

I’m tired of the entitlement, ennoblement and grubby entertainment

The front page screws

The big government, the little government

And the grubby lairs of local government.

I’m tired of trying to stop an entire planet

reversing into a wall

The G8 elbow bumps, the smart road gyratory of nations

and the gestures that are just gesticulations.

I’m tired of owning a pandemic that is bigger than anyone else’s

The contagious 4×4 in the driveway

The rapidly spreading girth of the top half of the nation

The lack of an apology or an explanation.

I’m tired of knowing that our ills are so big

that no one person can own them.

So I stop trying to defibrillate the day’s events

And walk into the glades of the future

Where the small things are.

Roy Stannard 17th July 2021

LIsten to a read version with music.

Link to Soundcloud audio:

“Float like a Butterfly, sting like a Hebrew Midwife..”

The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, ‘When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.’  The midwives, however, feared God and didn’t do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.

Exodus 1:15–17

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is where the flapping of a butterfly’s wings weeks earlier can trigger a major weather event such as a tornado – where a very small change in initial conditions can create a very different outcome.

So like an unarmed man carelessly murdered by Minnesota cop; or someone, somewhere eating an infected bat – or Hitler falling asleep on D-Day, the ripples run ever wider.

Ray Bradbury wrote ‘The Sound of Thunder’ in 1952 about the long term consequences of the death of a single butterfly.  There is comfort for Christians in knowing that even our tiniest actions can be magnified by history. That even chaos can be part of a plan..

The right to justice. The gift of hope.

Small people, insignificant people have often changed history.. But they don’t show up alone.  Take Moses, the leader whose calling by God to speak truth to power has inspired Christian movements for liberation throughout history.

Moses is born at a time of infanticide. Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, wanted to control the Hebrew immigrant population by killing all male babies and effectively ending their family lines. Under this brutal terror, the midwives received a chilling instruction: kill the baby boys. Instead of obeying, however, they resisted. Their actions saved the lives of many Hebrew sons – one of whom grows up to become Moses, the liberator of his people.

Small people. Those Hebrew women are not what we imagine when we think of what it means to change the world. It’s tempting to think that it takes power (political, economic, influence) to  make a difference. But these women were able to have an impact right where they were, in acts of resistance which shaped an entire generation. The resistance movement to an evil regime (and ultimately Moses’ victory) began in a tent!

The task of resistance lies with all of us, whether we are the ones to stand in the place of power, the ones who have a role to play in someone else’s organisation, or in the simple relationships of family and friends.

There are groups of people out there right now – and at my charity Off The Fence Trust, we’re working with them – who, like the Hebrew babies, are vulnerable and threatened with violence and oppression. Here today in Sussex there are people whose futures are at stake because of the choices and agendas of those more powerful than them. Perhaps we, like the butterfly, like the Hebrew women, like Mother Theresa, like you, like me, can act with the courage of those unnoticed, footnote midwives to protect those unable to defend themselves.

The soundtrack to go with the article on The Whole Nine Yards broadcast on Seahaven FM 96.3 2.7.20

Always, my Friend

Always, my friend

The warm muffler of friendship

The kind you put on

Without thinking

before going out into the cold air

of mere acquaintance

the scent of many walks, many talks

The Swallows and Amazons hide-out

Safe from stalkers

Camouflaged from the inquisitive

 A place for after the apocalypse

The tenderness amongst the elements

The uncrazy point in the kaleidoscope

Where nothing changes except the seasons

And a word given is never ungiven

Where there is nothing unforgiven

That special seat in your favourite bar

The thoughts

who know who you are

The words that don’t need to be spoken

Because there are no cracks in the pavement

No promises broken

No potholes in the road

The one-eyed teddy

The veteran of childhood

The record with your past scratched into it

The tree house safe from the for-sale sign

The car that always starts

And drives without question

Even after the crash

The arm on the shoulder

When the shoulder is shaking

Time given

Rather than taken.

This is the nest without cuckoos

The place of rest

The church door that is never closed

A friendship that is never tested

Because there is no cross examination.

Where the beginning

Is also the end.

Always, my friend.

For Howard, and friends everywhere.

Words and Voice Roy Stannard / Music Matt Staples (‘One and Only’) 1.2.20

When your child has a child

When your child has a child


When your child has a child

When your child has a child

The first thought is not for line or legacy

not for the continuance of me

but the way water runs down a river

or the mountains roll over the horizon

the grand pursuit of the heart

of La Grande Bellaza

in the cradle of civilisation

like turning out of an alley

and finding light in the piazza.

When your heart finds a heart

and steals it like a bicycle thief

you forget that you have climbed

over a hundred Spanish steps

only to find a different kind of summit

In the seven hills

strewn with rejected Caesars and centurions

among the crumbling Vegas palaces.

When your life finds a life

and eating, praying and loving

become sacraments on the screen of your story

you can throw those rainy day coins into the fountain

knowing that your life will become sweeter

stirred by the baby smiles

of the unexpected dolce visitor.

When your love finds a love

the trees whisper ciao bella

life’s Colosseum opens itself to the sun

memories rusted on the Via Sacra

re-ignite in the Roman morning

and there is a new cry of hope

captured in history beginning.

For Roma born 16.9.2019 

Her first Christmas 2019