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Xfm to air documentaries

Xfm is planning to celebrate 10 years of broadcasting in the capital by producing a series of documentaries highlighting 10 of the most influential and significant albums released from each of the last 10 years. The hour long shows will air each Sunday at 5pm starting this week.

The documentaries are compiled from new interviews from artists including Dave Grohl, Kaiser Chiefs, Noel Gallagher, Mike Skinner, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Josh Homme, The Beastie Boys' Mike D, Norman Cook, The White Stripes and Richard Hawley, plus producers Steven Street, Jim Abbiss and John Leckie and music industry figures such as Emily Eavis and Domino Records’ Lawrence Bell.

All ten documentaries were recorded, produced, edited and hosted entirely by Xfm’s Music News Producer Matt Everitt — the man responsible for Xfm’s acclaimed 2006 Primal Scream documentary ‘Screamadelica — Higher Than The Sun’.

Matt said, “In its 10 year history Xfm has championed and supported some of the world finest bands, and its great to go back and revisit not only ten of the albums that have shaped popular music, but also the incredible musicians who created them.

“What have I learnt? Mike Skinner and Alex Kapranos are smarter than you could imagine, while Ricky Wilson and Norman Cook are funnier, Muse’s Matt Bellamy is utterly unhinged (in a very polite way) yet Fran Healy is very polite (in an utterly unhinged way) and Dave Grohl may be the nicest man in rock music, but Josh Homme is definitely the coolest.”

Speaking about the project, title artist Norman Cook said, “It’s marvellous to be included in Xfm’s list of the most influential albums of the past decade, and I must confess, I quite enjoyed being probed at such great length about ‘You’ve Come Along Way Baby’, especially by someone with such well defined probing facilities as Matt.”

The Kaiser Chiefs Ricky Wilson said "Xfm has always been important to us as a band, even before we were this band. Xfm were brave enough to play us, even when we weren't very good. I didn't even hear it for the first seven years until I got a digital radio three years ago, it was just something that Nick always said was important. It's nice now that I'm fully digital, 'cos I can start to support Xfm just as they have been supporting us for a very long time. It's also nice to be seen as being influential, even though Xfm have probably been more influential than us."

Xfm’s Head Of Music Mike Walsh added, ‘Xfm is proud to have been so integral to the careers of so many historic artists over the past 10 years. This series of docs charts the making of many of these historic records by featuring one of our favorite albums of each of our 10 years.

“Xfm has also always prided itself on innovative, in depth and passionate programming. These docs have been brilliantly made, single handedly, by our very own Matt Everitt and are a great to testament to how Xfm continues to compete with the BBC in the area of music specials. We are very grateful to all the artists, managers and label personnel that gave us their time and I'm sure they will all be more than happy with the fantastic job that Matt has done.’

The full list of programmes are:

2nd September 2006 — Arctic Monkeys ‘Whatever People Say, That’s What I’m Not’
9th September 2005 — Kaiser Chiefs ‘Employment’
16th September 2004 — Franz Ferdinand ‘Franz Ferdinand’
23rd September 2003 — The White Stripes ‘Elephant’
30th September 2002 – The Streets ‘Original Pirate Material’
7th October 2001 – Muse ‘Origin of Symmetry’
14th October 2000 — Queens of the Stone Age ‘Rated R’
21st October 1999 — Travis ‘The Man Who’
28th October 1998 — Fatboy Slim ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’
4th November 1997 — The Verve ‘ Urban Hymns’

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