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.)