Show 64 – ‘The Great Leap’: Phideaux interview

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It will come as no surprise to many – given the number of plays over the last year – that Phideaux Xavier is one of my all-time favourite independent artists. As a teen prog-lover, it comes as a breath of fresh air in my middle age that there are still musicians out there that love the genre and can provide a fresh, new angle that still sends the shivers down my spine when I listen.

Great Leap cover

It’s therefore with great pleasure that I present an interview with Phideaux, where I play and discuss three tracks from his latest CD, ‘The Great Leap’. Part one of a conceptual trilogy (part two – “Doomsday Afternoon” – will follow sometime later in the year) and named after Chairman Mao’s famously inept great leap forward’ campaign, it’s an album of “angry, scary, paranoid songs about life in an increasingly totalitarian society”.

Wake Up



If you want to get hold of the CD (or any other Phideaux albums), you’ll find a list of vendors’ sites here. As the proud owner of every single one, I can safely say that each one is a gem in its own right and worth every penny / cent / dollar / pound.

Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
The Electrical Language Podcast – my good friend (and unofficial legal advisor) Gabor’s about to do another amazing job of hosting his second AMP’ed show in the space of so many months (see below). Go cheer him on !
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
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Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2006 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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3 Responses to “Show 64 – ‘The Great Leap’: Phideaux interview”

  1. gabor
    November 9th, 2006 13:19

    What a good podcast!

    I appreciated to greater focus on Phideaux’s work that came from both the music and the interview (good interview by the way, very clear sound quality so you overcame any technical issues).

    I played the podcast 3 times on my travels yesterday. I can see myself buying Phideaux’s album. I hate to say it, but if this is prog rock, I may be on the road to conversion. [Is there a smiley for “holds hands out in front of him making cross sign with his fingers”?]

  2. Jay
    November 11th, 2006 20:08

    Excellent podcast 🙂

    So great to hear Phideaux talk about his wonderful music. One of the most unique artists out there IMHO.


  3. gabor
    November 13th, 2006 09:23


    Thanks for submitting Rainboy to AMPed (amped.libsyn.com). As you know I did AMPed #48, and was happy to play Rainboy.

    Listening to that AMPed, Mrs K said “very King Crimson”. I’m not sure if that was a compliment or not, but then her contribution to our marital record collection included a lot of Barclay James Harvest!


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