And that's a wrap …
Of all the people you’ve sat alongside tickling the ivories with, who were you most in awe of?
Went to see Jools this week, brilliant show as always.
Do you still play any of the tracks on your Buick48 EP from many moons ago? If not, why not?
Who is your favourite rapper and why?
Are you contractually obliged to invite Rowland Rivron to the Hootenanny? What does he do for the rest of the year?
Hey Jools, who are those people in the studio sipping free BBC lager and cluelessly tapping their feet out of sync to some of the greatest musical acts around and Ed Sheeran? And how do I join them?
Do As asks:
You’re on a spaceship that has had critical damage from an alien attack. There are two escape pods available capable to bring you back safely to Earth in 365 days, the only issue is that the CD players are broken one plays Up the Junction on repeat 24/7 and the other plays Tempted. Which escape pod do you choose?
Is it true that when Primal Scream came on to promote their album XTRMNTR, Bobby Gillespie insisted on written confirmation that you wouldn’t play piano when they performed Swastika Eyes?
'Amy Winehouse was one fo the greatest losses to music'
How amazing was Amy Winehouse’s voice?
How did you and José Feliciano get together to collaborate on As You See Me Now? What are your favourite tracks from the album?
Any advice for someone who would like to get back into playing the piano? As a kid I used to play, though it was all classical music. I’d love to get back into it and learn some bluesy, stompin’, honky tonkin’ tunes. Much more my cup of tea than Schubert and Bach … By the way, your piano solo at the end of The The’s Uncertain Smile sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it.
Are you still a groovy fucker?
Why are so few metal bands on Later …?
I’ve seen so many bands live and close up, (I’m 68), and at the end of the day, even after being in front of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols and Dr Feelgood etc, the best I ever saw and heard was Banco del Mutuo Soccorso when they played the Outlook Club in Doncaster. Did you ever see or hear them? My favourite album of all time is Tales from Topographic Oceans [by Yes]. Why did punk have to come along and spoil GOOD music?
You die, you go to piano-playing heaven, and God says: “You have a choice of three to spend all eternity with: Fats Domino, James Booker or Allen Toussaint.” Who would you choose, and why ?
'Madonna came on The Tube in the 80s – don't know what happened to her'
Which artist have you had on your show that you think should’ve been huge but never was, for whatever reason?
The Groovy Fellers, the Channel 4 television series you made in 1989 with Tim Pope and Rowland Rivron, remains one of the most surreal programmes I’ve ever watched. It was also way ahead of the curve in terms of the psychogeographical films that have followed it, such as Patrick Keiller’s London and Andrew Kötting’s Gallivant. How did the idea for the programme come about, how much was improvised and, given that you travelled the breadth of the UK for the show, what are your most striking memories of the experience?
'Do I worry someone might die before Hootenanny airs? Yes, me!'
Do you worry that someone performing on the [pre-recorded] Hootenanny might die before the end of the year, thereby shattering the illusion?
Your live gigs are one of the highlights of my year. Any plans to record one? It’s been a while since the last.
Dream duet? Bessie Smith on T'aint Nobody's Business
You can accompany or duet with any artist for one song. Who do you choose and what’s the song?
Recalling striking vignettes such as Cool for Cats and Up the Junction, what are your recollections of working with the songwriting team Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford? Do you miss working with such talented musicians?
'I'm the only interviewer who can get people to sing the answers'
Your enigmatic interview technique seems to have a better flow to it recently. Has there been any coaching? Congratulations on securing appearances from many of the great blues artists, some of whom are no longer with us. Were there any who you tried but failed to get on Later…?
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Jools Holland webchat – post your questions now!
The conundrum of how to present live music on television is one that has foxed successive generations of TV producers – including, seemingly, those behind current BBC1 fiasco Sounds Like Friday Night – but one show has stood firm against the vagaries of fashion. Later... With Jools Holland celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and for all that time, the presenter whose name it bears has never wavered in his enthusiasm for the many and varied acts passing through his studio. Rarely slick, always affable, Jools is the man who keeps the fire burning. So much so that as his annual Hootenanny rolls around again, thousands of people will choose to spend their New Year’s Eve with him rather than friends or family.
Before Later of course, Jools helmed a rather more anarchic TV music show, The Tube, which created its fair share of water-cooler moments – not least when he swore live at teatime. What was it like working and partying with Paula Yates, mingling with Bowie and Kate Bush, dodging Rik Mayall’s vomit or going down the pub with Miles Davis?
Before that, he was the keyboard player in Squeeze, featuring on hits like Cool for Cats and riding the new wave wave. And before that, his first job was playing on a single called Fuck Off by transgressive punk trailblazers Wayne County & The Electric Chairs – a baptism of fire if ever there was one. Since then, Jools has played piano with literally everyone, seemingly able to just plop himself down on the stool and lock into the groove of whoever’s playing. Right now he’s on tour with support from José Feliciano – who he’s collaborated with for a new album entitled As You See Me Now. It’s a packed schedule. So does Jools ever get nervous? Has he ever played a bum note and been bawled out by a tetchy rock star? Is there any group he wouldn’t play with if asked?
You can ask him all this, and more – like, did he really get expelled from school for wrecking a teacher’s car? What does he chat about with his good pal Prince Charles? – when he comes in for our webchat on Tuesday 21 November at midday. Simply post your questions in the comments below!