U2 X-Radio: Gavin Friday Presents Episode Guides
"He’s an artist, lifelong U2 friend and collaborator – and every month, he takes control of the channel to share commentary and a new hand-selected playlist."
Gavin Friday, a longtime friend, collaborator and influencer of U2 presents his own monthly show on the channel. Includes a look at the earliest days of the band called The Cedarwood Chronicles, as well as special episodes, such as the first episode which featured the work of Hal Willner. The show launched a few weeks after the station, with the first episode airing August 14, 2020.
Below you will find the latest information about episodes of this program on U2 X-Radio on SiriusXM. Our full U2 X-Radio discography page is available if you are looking for news, scheduling information, and other information. Additional episode guides are available to the right.
- Monthly Show
- Airs initially on Friday, mid-month, at 23:00 ET.
- Shows available on demand.
- Repeats air throughout the week.
Gavin Friday Presents:
Initially Aired: 2020-08-14 23:00
Gavin Friday Presents a special about Hal Willner to kick off his new monthly program. Willner died earlier this year from COVID-19 and is remembered by Friday in this hour long special. Willner, a musician, producer, and collaborator, had worked extensively with both Gavin Friday, and with U2. The show contains music from Willner's projects including the Stay Awake album, reinterpreting Disney Classics, Rogue's Gallery which saw Bono and Gavin Friday reinterpreting Pirate Ballads, Friday's own Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves and the Short Cuts soundtrack among others. Also included is the world debut of "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" covered by U2 and Elton John, which features on Willner's latest project, AngelHeaded Hipster, out in September.
Initially Aired: 2020-09-11 23:00
This month's episode of Gavin Friday Presents focuses on 1972. It opens with Gavin speaking of his first musical experiences through T. Rex and how Bolan helped to invent Glam Rock, paving the way for Bowie and others. Music from T. Rex, Gary Glitter, Roxy Music and Mott the Hoople from 1972, as well as the theme for the Bruce Lee movie, Fist of Fury released that year. Gavin speaks of the violence and bullying and being beaten up by boot boys for having a pierced ear.
Mid-episode we get our first introduction to "The Cedarwood Chronicles" which is an autobiographical performance piece. We hear sound clips from the era, spoken dialog, and an interview with Gavin Friday about the year. Think of the introduction to Cedarwood Road used in concert. Gavin speaks of his real name, where he lived at 140 Cedarwood Road, going to school and what he hated most ("football") and how he dressed as a T.Rex fan, in clothing made by his mother. He speaks of bullying and the violence in Dublin, and how he vented his anger later through the Virgin Prunes. And the interviewer leads him to a discussion of Oscar Wilde, and falling in love with David Bowie, and becoming a fan of books and art through those loves. In his head Gavin didn't live on Cedarwood Road, suburbia had gone away, and he "had stars in his eyes." Each month we'll get another piece, taking us further along in time on the journey on Cedarwood Road.
The back half of the episode throws a focus on Bowie, discovering him through "Starman" on Top of the Pops. Bowie lead Gavin to Lou Reed, another love of Gavin's. From Lou Reed, Gavin bumps back and forth from New York, to Dublin, and back again. 1972 was also the date of Bloody Sunday, which happened in Derry when the British Army opened fired on a civil rights demonstration killing 13 people.
Initially Aired: 2020-10-30 23:00
In an episode billed as a Hallowe'en special, Gavin Friday spooks things up on U2 X-Radio. A selection of songs on the episode include Joy Division's "Atmosphere," The Cramps' "Human Fly," Portishead's "Sour Times," and Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash." A few were chosen for their Gothic associations, other choices were for more obvious reasons. Other artists include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Talking Heads, Bernard Herrmann, Fever Ray, Vincent Price, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, Gil Scott-Heron, and Alice Cooper, as well as the track he recently did with U2, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" and one by the Virgin Prunes, "Theme for Thought." Friday spends the show acting as a DJ, mostly discussing the tracks he is playing, as well as urging people to vote, talking about 2020 being the year that won't end, and he ends the show by reciting James Joyce's "He Who Hath Glory Lost."
Initially Aired: 2020-12-04 23:00
This week's episode of Gavin Friday Presents is one of two this month, with a promised Christmas Special coming in a few weeks. The episode presented here focuses on 1973. Gavin was 13 and presents "the world according to me" including a journey through the songs he listened to and the things that influenced his world.
Gavin speaks about not wanting to live in the real world, and using glam rock and rock and roll as an escape from the planet. He didn't go out much on Saturday nights in 1973, preferring to stay at home and watch sci-fi television or to read Oscar Wilde. Songs include "Pyjamarama" by Roxy Music, "Life on Mars?" by David Bowie, the theme from the original Star Trek, "Blockbuster" by Sweet, "Cum on Feel the Noize" by Slade, "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" by Elton John. Although Slade is included, Gavin speaks about how it always made him think of the bootboys terrorizing the people of Dublin.
Mid-episode is the second episode of "The Cedarwood Chronicles," an autobiographical performance piece, with clips of Gavin speaking, interspersed with music, and news clips speaking about events of the era. The episode opens with the original theme from Doctor Who layered with news clips about Oscar Wilde being attacked by bootboys. Gavin talks about how 1973 was the year he started to find his own identity and how he was alienating himself by choice, living on a far away planet populated by Bowie and Rock and Roll. He used trade forged notes to excuse kids at school for cigarettes. The love of music lead him to a part-time job taking bets on horses, as his father didn't believe in giving an allowance.
Gavin introduces us to his family on this episode. His mother, father and Uncle Paddy are introduced. Gavin struggled with his relationship with his dad, the opposite with his mother, who "thinks the sun shines out of yer arse" in the words of Gavin's father. Uncle Paddy was a widower, Gavin's godfather, and was recently returned from living in London. He introduced Gavin to art, classical music, art galleries. Through news clips we hear of some of the issues of the day. THe Catholic Church loomed large in Ireland. Petrol shortages were causing riots. Ireland was joining the European Economic Union. And Bowie had just released Aladdin Sane.
The back half of the episode sees Gavin talking about the "heartache" in 104 Cedarwood Road, his home, a battle between Gavin and his father with his mum stuck in the middle. He also speaks about his continued interest in music, and how he has started to buy albums instead of just singles. He also discovered that the charts were filled with "absolute shite" and we hear clips from "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree", "A Daisy A Day" and "Helicopter Song" to punctuate that point. Other songs played include another song by Roxy Music, and songs by Stealers Wheel, Pink Floyd, David Essex and John McCormack. The John McCormack song, "Song to the Seals" was his Uncle Paddy's favourite song and finished out the episode.
Initially Aired: 2020-12-18 23:00
Gavin Friday Presents Silent Night - a selection of songs to hold on to, and songs to make you feel good (described last show as a Christmas special.) Gavin plays songs from Jóhann Jóhannsson and Tarn Travers, Davide Sylvain, Brian Eno, Gavin Byars with Tom Waits, Vangelis, David Bowie, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen and his own "Lord I'm Coming" from the album Catholic.
Initially Aired: 2021-01-29 23:00
The first show of 2021 features a look at the year 1974. "Needles in the Camel's Eye" from Brian Eno's debut album released that year. Gavin was 14 years old, and says he was sick to death of being told what to do by his father, the bootboys, the church and others. Gavin speaks about the bravado in his head, dreaming of beating back at his tormentors, but not knowing how to fight back physically.
Other songs included from 1974 include "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both" by Sparks, and "Across the Universe" by The Beatles. Gavin admits he disliked The Beatles until he met his friend Damien Kelly, and he learned an appreciation for the band, especially for John Lennon.
Gavin speaks of the Bootboys, and their explosion in Dublin, and how fighting movies and stars were taking over television, and movies, you couldn't even get away from it in the charts, with "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas hitting the charts. A voice of a preacher can be heard talking coming out of that song, about how young people are turning away from the church to mimic the fighting seen on TV instead, and urging them to turn back to the church and become "Bootboys for Christ".
"Rebel Rebel" by David Bowie is played, "putting the nail in glam rock" as is the pop song "Sugar Baby Love" by The Rubettes.
Mid-episode is the third episode of "The Cedarwood Chronicles," part one looking at 1974. The piece is an autobiographical performance piece. Gavin's new friendship with Damien Kelly is explored. Kelly was a lover of art, and books, and music, The Beatles instead of Bowie. Gavin also looks back at June of 1974, and how he and his brother were sent off to Skerries for holidays with his cousins, The Whittys. He recalls the summer, including songs played at the carnival, and performances by Thin Lizzy out in the Skerries. The episode opens with a look at the state of the continuing issues between North and South Ireland. Gavin talks about becoming aware of Ian Pasley, and his involvement in The Troubles. He remembers The Monaghan Bombings and The Dublin Bombings. May 17, 1974, Gavin was sitting out front of the house, and he heard the bangs miles away in the city centre. Components of the live performance of "Cedarwood Road" from the 2015 Innocence and Experience performance can be heard, including the clip from the local news, and some of the songs played in the introduction to that piece.
The rest of the episode finishes with music from 1974, including "Dublin" from Thin Lizzy, "All I Want is You" by Roxy Music, "Teenage Dream" by T.Rex, "Rocky Your Baby" by George McCrae, "Everlasting Love" by Carl Carlton, "Lady Marmalade" by LaBelle, "Waterloo" by ABBA, and ends with "Baby's On Fire" by Brian Eno. Gavin speaks about getting sent home for having 'filth' for taking the Roxy Music album to school, Marc Bolan and the end of Glam Rock, and the new sound of disco that was starting to take over, U2's cover of "Everlasting Love" and Ireland's performance in the Eurovision song contest. A news clip speaks about Oscar Wilde joining a group of women to invade a men's only swimming area, and ABBA winning the Eurovison song contest.
Initially Aired: 2021-02-12 23:00
Gavin Friday presents a Saint Valentine's special. Songs are included from Elvis Presley, Joy Division, Nat King Cole, Antony and the Johnsons, SOAK, Frank Sinatra, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, David Bowie, Ryan Adams, Sinead O'Connor and his own "Love is Just A Word."
Initially Aired: 2021-02-26 23:00
This episode of Gavin Friday Presents continues from the January episode where he began to look at 1974. It opens with David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" and includes songs from Queen ("Killer Queen"), Paul McCartney & Wings ("Jet"), "Who Loves Ya Baby" the title music for Kojak and Simon & Garfunkel ("America"). Gavin continues to look at Dublin as well as music in 1974. It's a city where there's a petrol crisis, there were power outages due to the energy crisis, and a two month bus strike, mixed with growing unemployment and the troubles with the North. Musically, Glam Rock is dying and music is moving on. Ireland is being exposed to America through television through shows like Kojak - and it looks like a land of opportunity to those living in Ireland.
The Cedarwood Chronicles is a performance piece that appears mid-episode. It is the fourth such piece. The Chronicles this month talk about Gavin's first trip to America with his cousin and grandfather. He travels into the city to record shop. But first the episode sets up the scene in Dublin further, with a discussion of the Ballymun towers, each 15 stories tall, and discussed in the song "Running to Stand Still." Damien Kelly's older sister lived there, and Gavin first visited to see her. Gavin attends his first school dance in Ballymun that year, and we hear a short clip from "Let's Get Together Again" by The Glitter Band. He speaks of his fear at the dance, but joy at being able to hear his music he loves, but later would find himself with "his head kicked in."
Gavin's mother had sisters living in America, and the sister in New York invited her father to visit, but he was too frail to travel by himself so Gavin accompanied him on the visit. It's his first trip to America. He visited for two weeks, visiting the tourist sites in New York the first week, and the second week was spent in the suburbs, and the day before he was due to return to Dublin he took off for some record hunting in New York. And he "felt like he was walking on air" and bought himself ten albums.
The episode finishes with songs from those albums including David Essex ("America"), New York Dolls ("Jet Boy"), Lou Reed ("Ride Sally Ride"), Electric Light Orchestra ("Can't Get It Out of My Head"), John Lennon ("Whatever Gets You Thru the Night") and Kraftwerk ("Autobahn"). The episode is finished out with Bowie doing "Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal".
Initially Aired: 2021-04-02 23:00
Initially Aired: 2021-04-16 18:00