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Stephen Paul Lamacq (born 16 October 1964), sometimes known by his nickname Lammo (given to him by John Peel), is an English disc jockey, currently working with the BBC radio station BBC Radio 6 Music.


1 Early career 2 BBC Radio 3 Weekenders

3.1 Track listing 3.2 Alternate track listing

4 References 5 External links

Early career[edit] Lamacq was born in Islington, London
and grew up in Colne Engaine, Essex. His career in journalism began as a junior reporter at the West Essex Gazette after studying Journalism at Harlow College, Essex. In similar fashion to other music journalists who started fanzines during their teenage years, Lamacq started one called A Pack of Lies. It was during his time at NME
that he began DJing on XFM, when it was still a pirate radio station. He formed a record label in 1992 with Alan James and Tony Smith, called Deceptive Records. The majority of the label's releases shared a punk-pop sensibility, with Elastica being their most successful signing, before the label eventually folded in 2001. In 1991, Lamacq was unwittingly involved in one of the most infamous events in British rock music of recent times during a post-gig interview at the Norwich Arts Centre
Norwich Arts Centre
with Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers for the NME. After repeated attempts by the band's co-lyricist Richey Edwards
Richey Edwards
to convince Lamacq that they were "for real", Edwards gave up and carved "4 Real" into his forearm with a razor blade. The editorial meeting in which the story was discussed was recorded for a BBC Radio 5 documentary, "Sleeping with the NME", which later appeared as the B-side to the Manics' 1992 charity record "Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)". Between 1995 and 1997, Lamacq occasionally presented Top of the Pops on BBC One with fellow Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley. He presented the show alone on several occasions. In a 1996 Peel session by Mogwai, the fourth item on the track listing is Mogwai
Salute the brilliance of Steve Lamacq. Lamacq is a well-known fan of Colchester United and visited their training ground for his 50th Birthday where he trained as a goalkeeper, has written an autobiography, entitled Going Deaf for a Living and has also acted as a compere on the main stage at Reading Festival on several occasions. BBC Radio[edit]

Lamacq backstage at the Glastonbury Festival's BBC Introducing Stage in 2011

Radio 1

Between 1993 and 1997 Lamacq presented The Evening Session with Jo Whiley, and then on his own until December 2002, when the programme was cancelled. Colin Murray
Colin Murray
served as a temporary replacement for six months until Zane Lowe's contract with the London
station XFM ended in June 2003, where he took up a permanent position. On 28 September 2007, both he and Whiley reunited to recreate The Evening Session on the latter's show as part of Radio 1's 40th Anniversary celebrations. He also presented the indie radio show Lamacq Live every Monday evening, beginning in July 1998 and ending on 18 September 2006. The show ended as part of a makeover in Radio 1's schedule in order to present a "younger image" to Radio One listeners, with Colin Murray taking over his slot. Lamacq has also presented documentaries for the station, as well as hosting their John Peel
John Peel
Night special. He presented the In New Music We Trust programme every Monday night from 9 to 10 pm until August 2009, when it was announced he would be leaving Radio 1 as part of a shakeup in the scheduling.[1]

6 Music

Lamacq's homepage on the 6 Music website described Lamacq Live as "the UK's most influential indie radio show". He also has a programme on the BBC's digital station, BBC Radio 6 Music, which was on Sunday afternoons, but from April 2005 he has presented the daily teatime show on BBC Radio 6 Music, taking over from Andrew Collins, where he still remains. In March 2010 it was announced that Lamacq and fellow Radio 1 presenter Jo Whiley
Jo Whiley
would present a one-off Evening Session (the first in 13 years) on Good Friday (2 April) for BBC Radio 6 Music.[2] In 2016, Lamacq broadcast from the studios at BBC Radio Humberside, as part of Radio 6 Music's Independent Music Venue Week tour. One night of the nationwide tour was hosted at The New Adelphi Club
The New Adelphi Club
in Hull, East Yorkshire, on 26 January 2016, with Mark Morriss
Mark Morriss
as the headline act.[3]

Radio 2

In addition to his regular 6 Music slot, he also presented a weekly show on BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2
where he played his own choice of music and introduces his listeners to both new and emerging artists. Beginning in April 2007, the show was originally broadcast on Wednesdays between 11:30 pm and 12:30 am and, from April 2008, between 11 pm and 12 am. At Easter 2010, as part of wider changes to the Radio 2 evening schedule, Trevor Nelson
Trevor Nelson
took over the Wednesday 11 pm slot (having previously been on in the hour before Lamacq), with Lamacq moving to 11 pm on Saturday nights. In April 2012, the show was renamed Steve Lamacq's Rock College and moved to a Thursday 11 pm slot. In 2007, he deputised for Bob Harris on Saturdays from 11 pm to 2 am, who had to receive treatment for cancer. As a result of Lamacq's move to Saturdays, Harris' show now airs from midnight to 3 am. Lamacq left regular presenting duties on Radio 2 in September 2013 as part of a reshuffle of evening presenters, but will return in the future as a presenter of one-off shows and as a stand-in for other presenters.


Lamacq has appeared as a guest on 5live sport punditry show Fighting Talk
hosted by Colin Murray. His appearances have been a highlight on the show due to his impassioned diatribes about his favoured football team, the Dutch Go Ahead Eagles
Go Ahead Eagles
and his outrageous flirting with the host. His theme tune was recently changed from 'Mack the Knife' to 'The Oompa-Loompa song', due to his status as the smallest fighting talk competitor. Weekenders[edit]


Remix album by Steve Lamacq

Released 1996

Recorded 1996 (mixed)


Electronica Alternative rock Britpop

Length 78:30

Label London

Producer Steve Lamacq

Compiler Steve Lamacq

Weekenders is a DJ mix
DJ mix
album mixed by Steve Lamacq
Steve Lamacq
in 1996. It has a dance and indie-alternative rock feel rolled into one with Britpop tracks such as Pulp's "Common People" and Blur's "Girls & Boys" alongside tracks by electronica artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Prodigy and Orbital. Track listing[edit] Track listing as released:

Pulp – "Common People (Motiv-8 Mix)" Blur – "Girls & Boys ( Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys
12" Mix)" Dubstar
– "Stars (Sky 12" Mix)" New Order – "Spooky (Fluke Remix)" The Prodigy
The Prodigy
– "Voodoo People" The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers
– "In Dust We Trust" Monkey Mafia – "Blow The Whole Joint Up" Björk
– " Big Time Sensuality
Big Time Sensuality
(Megamix)" The Charlatans – "Weirdo" Menswear – "Daydreamer/Dubdreamer" The Boo Radleys
The Boo Radleys
– "Lazarus" Orbital – "Halcyon" Garbage – "Vow" Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers
– "La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" (Remixed by The Chemical Brothers) Happy Mondays
Happy Mondays
– "Hallelujah (Deadstock Mix)" Paul Weller
Paul Weller
– "Kosmos (Lynchmob Beats Mix)" The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
– "Waterfall"

Alternate track listing[edit] The album contains two earlier draft track listings for the album. The first track list is given as:

Flowered Up – "It's On" The Charlatans – "Weirdo" The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
– "Begging You" Pulp – "Common People" Blur – "Girls and Boys" The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers
– "In Dust We Trust" Primal Scream
Primal Scream
– "Jailbird" Prodigy – "Voodoo People" Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers
– "La Tristesse Durera" Tricky – "Black Street" Monkey Mafia – "Blow The Whole Joint Up" Happy Mondays
Happy Mondays
– "WFL" Oasis – "Cigarettes and Alcohol" Menswear – "Daydreamer" Black Grape
Black Grape
– "Rev. Black Grape" New Order – "Regret" The La's
The La's
– "There She Goes" Dubstar
– "Stars" **UNKNOWN ARTIST/TRACK/LABEL** (Has note next to it 'They never do it')

The second track list contains one addition which is ' Paul Weller
Paul Weller
- Wildwood (Portishead Mix)' but omits some tracks from the first. The final version has mainly the same artists, but different tracks to the previous versions. The album has become a rare and sought-after item among some music fans. References[edit]

^ " Steve Lamacq
Steve Lamacq
Bows Out of Radio 1". BBC News Online. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2018.  ^ Harmsworth, Andrei (15 March 2010). " Jo Whiley
Jo Whiley
and Steve Lamacq
Steve Lamacq
go head to head on Good Friday". Metro. Retrieved 15 March 2010.  ^ "NEWS: Ex-Bluetones front man Mark Morriss
Mark Morriss
replaces The Eagulls at Adelphi for Independent Venue Week –". Browsemagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 16 February 2016. [permanent dead link]

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