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LEFT Rare insights: Holland’s muso credentials help take his piano-side interviews into interesting territory


Simon Raymonde Founder, Bella Union & ex-Cocteau Twins “Let’s face it, there’s never really been a Golden Age of music on television here in the UK. Well not for me anyway! There was a brief moment where MTV shone a bright torch in our eyes, but it has only left a slight scar.


“Taking Old Grey Whistle Test off the air in 1987


(was it a coincidence that also in 1987 Alan Yentob left his post as head of music and arts to become controller of BBC Two?) maybe didn’t seem such a terrible idea at the time, but given that Later with Jools is truly the only decent music show on British television in the last 20 years, I miss it (or something like it) more than ever. “Criticisms of Later are I suppose to be expected,


Says Cooper: “The second series was really a


step up - the shows were bigger, the artists were bigger. We had Leonard Cohen and Al Green and they were both absolutely fantastic performances. It just felt like it was really working and starting to take off. “PJ Harvey was on the series, somebody who’s


come back time and time again, and we had Suede in their pomp. Then in [ July] 1993 Paul Weller was on and really announced he was back


when he performed Has My Fire Really Gone Out? We had really great artists and they were starting to do great work.” Adds Holland: “The show’s definitely improved


from a lot of different points since the first series, but the people working on it – including Janet, Mark and myself – have fortunately stayed consistent. When you’re used to working with the same people, it’s much more relaxed and you get a better outcome.


because as soon as people talk about it being ‘an institution’, it will seem to some like it’s tired, boring etc. But I think it’s a bit of a soft target. Later is like the BBC News. I don’t want it to be all fresh and edgy. It works just fine the way it is. “I performed on the show myself in my band


Cocteau Twins sometime in the Nineties, and it was a wonderful experience I will never forget. It was nerve-wracking standing next to one of my heroes David Byrne throughout, but ultimately a massive buzz. I hope for many more of Bella Union’s bands in the future to have a similar experience to my own.”


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Congratulations Jules Holland and all involved in ‘Later…With’ from one supporter of great music to another…!


As you reach your 20th, we’ve made it to our 2nd birthday. We’re celebrating with the launch of a new series: ‘Future Vintage’™


Here’s a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who’s working with us. If you’re not yet, it’s never too late… Are YOU watching?


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