20 questions with… Simon Godley

20 questions with… Simon Godley

To celebrate God Is In The TV’s 20th birthday, we’ve been reflecting on the last 20 years.

Behind the scenes of God is in the TV is a team of talented writers with a passion for all things music related – and we thought that it’d be nice to put them in the spotlight.

Some of our writers recently sat down to answer a series of questions about the last 20 years in the music – covering their favourite albums, memorable live performances and much more.

Today we’re chatting to Simon, who has been writing for God is in the TV for over a decade.

What was your first review for GIITTV?

Galtres Festival, August 2012.

What’s your favourite album? 

Exile On Main Street by The Rolling Stones.

What’s your favourite piece that you’ve written for God is in the TV?

King Crimson – the best British band of all time? (June 2020)

Which artist has had the biggest impact on your life? 

Joy Division.

What’s the best show that you’ve attended? 

Neil Young with Booker T and the MGs – Finsbury Park, London, England, 1993.

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What’s the most memorable show that you’ve reviewed for God is in the TV?

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – PalaLottomatica, Rome, Italy, 2017.

What’s the most disappointing show that you’ve attended? 

Al Green – Royal Festival Hall, London, 1993.

What’s been your greatest musical discovery writing for God is in the TV?


What’s your favourite soundtrack?

Bullitt by Lalo Schifrin.

Which artist have you seen the most? 

Bob Dylan – 22 times.

What’s the furthest that you’ve travelled to a show? 

 Annie Ross – The Metropolitan Room, New York City, 2008.

What’s your favourite venue? 

Glasgow Apollo (closed 1985, demolished 1987)

Is there a show or a tour that you missed, which you bitterly regret? 

Buzzcocks / Joy Division, 1979.

Do you have a favourite collaboration?

Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood.

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Who’s the most impressive support act you’ve seen? 

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Dukes (supporting Graham Parker and the Rumour, Glasgow Apollo, 1977)

What’s your favourite music video? 

‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division.

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Who do you think is the most underrated artist? 

Terry Reid.

Who do you think is the most overrated artist? 


Has your music taste changed? 

Yes. It now includes country, jazz, and easy listening.

Have you met any musicians? If so, what was your favourite encounter? 

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – backstage at Manchester Academy, 2001.

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