Music Monday: Pirate Radio


On Saturday I watched Pirate Radio, a great movie with an all-star cast and an equally star studded soundtrack. I may be a little late to the party, I guess this movie has been out for a while now, but if you haven't seen it - you should. It's a great story about a quirky cast of characters, their love of Rock n'Roll and how they stick it to the man (the man in this case being the British Parliament).

The soundtrack is full of iconic music from the 1960's; The Beatles, David Bowie, The Who, Dusty Springfield, Jimi Hendrix and so many more. I also found a few character playlists; special musical playlists that writer-director Richard Curtis created for each of the DJs featured in the film.


In other news... now I want to get married on a boat! There's this great scene where January Jones who plays Elenore, and Chris O'Dowd who plays Simple Simon, get married on the deck of the ship. The set is so pretty and simple, decorated with colourful bunting flags, garland and records swaying in the wind. Here, have a look for yourself - wouldn't this be a dreamy wedding?!

Happy holiday Monday!
x bess

(images: Pirate Radio)


  1. I just watched this last night. The soundtrack is amazing!! I've already requested it from the library. I love all the shots of people listening to the radio...girl in bathroom, boy in bed, nurses, college girls, etc.

  2. well I am now going to order it on demand from cable and make the hub watch it w/me.

  3. @Noodles and Waffles: agreed! The shots of all the English folk listen to their transistor radios are great.

    @Plantress: enjoy!!

  4. 'Offshore Radio' is very loosely fact-based. Those of us who love the offshore stations were very disappointed with the film, as were most of the former DJs. The real story, yet to be told, is much more interesting.

    We were also disappointed that although the movie was supposedly set in 1966, the soundtrack did not stick to tracks from that year. There certainly wasn't any shortage of them!

    The scenes of people enjoying 'Radio Rock' and crying when the station was forced off the air have often been criticised as unrealistic. That really happened. Everybody loved the offshore stations and fans, both female AND male, cried in the streets on August 14th 1967, when Radio London closed down. Some carried a coffin to 10 Downing Street to protest. Over 1000 others, many wearing black armbands, turned up at Liverpool Street station to meet the train carrying the DJs.


    Mary Payne, Radio London Webmaster


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