Poptones and former Creation Records guru Alan McGee, who has seen public and media interest in his Radio 4 club night in West London accelerate in recent weeks, turns it into a regular radio event fr
Poptones and former Creation Records guru Alan McGee, who has seen public and media interest in his Radio 4 club night in West London accelerate in recent weeks, turns it into a regular radio event from tonight (Jan. 8). McGee and his Poptones partner Joe Foster will preside over a one-hour Radio 4 show on London modern rock station Xfm from Monday to Thursday at 10 p.m., also available nationally via Sky digital TV and globally via the Xfm Web site. In keeping with McGee's disdain for what he sees as the media obsession with formatted programming, the show will adopt a free-form music policy similar to that heard at the club, which operates every Wednesday night at the Notting Hill Arts Club in West London. "Everyone from Lee Perry to Frank Sinatra gets played," says McGee, "plus loads of new music, like Mirwais, Kid 606, Le Volume Courbe, and V-Twin." The club, at which Poptones signings such as Captain Soul, Cosmic Rough Riders, and January are also showcased, has become one of the coolest hangouts in London of late. It has attracted visits from such members of the music, fashion, and thespian glitterati as Courtney Love, Jude Law, Kate Moss, and members of Primal Scream. McGee is developing similar Radio 4 clubs with local partners in Tokyo, Milan, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles, and plans to do the same in other major European cities. In his usual restrained manner, the Scottish mogul describes Radio 4 as "the sound of people not giving a f*** about Radiohead."