BBC Radio Manchester presenters are becoming Oasis, Lisa Stansfield and The Smiths to celebrate the first ever BBC Music Day.
Some of the team are recreating Oasis’ Definitely Maybe album cover in the actual house where the original was shot whilst Becky Want transforms into Lisa Stansfield
And Mike Sweeney gets the chance to become one of The Smiths and reveals he was the first DJ to interview Morrissey.
They are paying tribute to some of the talented music artists to come out of the city, and the station will be playing a piece of music that has a Manchester connection at 5 to the hour across all of BBC Music Day from Breakfast through to Drive.
Listeners will get to pick Rock Back the Clock music saying what year and why they want the track. BBC Introducing presenters Natalie-Eve Williams and Michelle Hussey will also be talking about local Manchester artists who have made it recently.
Managing Editor of BBC Radio Manchester, Kate Squire says: “The city has such a history with amazing music we wanted to reflect that and celebrate those icons who have brought Manchester music to the masses.
“It’s been incredible we have been able to shoot in the actual house where the Oasis cover was shot in and we contacted Bonehead who kindly lent us some of the original props from 21 years ago. Our presenters have really embraced recreating the album covers, it has been great fun and reflects what BBC Music Day on Friday 5 June is all about – connecting communities and generations through music.”
Becky Want, presenter of BBC Radio Manchester’s 12-3pm show, transformed from blonde to jet black as she became Lisa Stansfield. Becky has fond memories of meeting the real-life Rochdale songstress: “I finally interviewed Lisa only last year, just before the release of Northern Soul – the movie. I found her charming, very un-showbizzy and perhaps a touch eccentric. Oddly enough, the following weekend, I was in a London pub and who should be sitting next to me, nursing a pint, but Lisa!”
The daytime presenters visited Salford Lads Club to turn back the clock and capture the essence of one of the most famous images of The Smiths.
Mike Sweeney, who presents BBC Radio Manchester’s mid-morning show, thought it was rather fitting he was becoming one of Morrissey’s crew since he met the frontman when he was just starting out.
“I was the first DJ to interview Morrissey! I said ‘What’s his second name?’ and was told ‘He doesn’t have one’ so my thoughts were, ‘Well Ringo didn’t have a second name either…so wheel him in’. The first thing I said was ‘Hey your hairstyle reminds me of Billy Fury’ and he said ‘I love Billy Fury’. So the interview ended up sound as a pound.”