5 x 15 minute episodes
MPEG-1 Layer 3
Queens of Noise: Get It On
15 Minute Drama
Sleeper's Louise Wener and the Farm's Roy Boulter feed their experience of the music industry into this drama series telling the story of 1980s all-girl band Velveteens
15 Minute Drama, Queens of Noise: Get It On Episode 1 of 5
by Roy Boulter. It's 1989. All-girl band Velveteens are high on champagne and excitement as they sign their first record deal. Are they on the road to be wannabe flops or Top of the Pops? Music industry veterans Louise Wener and Roy Boulter draw on their experiences to tell the story of a young band about to get their big break.
In 2012 Radio 2 broadcast a pilot music drama 'Shout to the Top', the brainchild of the station's Head of Music, Jeff Smith. Writers Roy Boulter (drummer with The Farm) and Louise Wener (ex-Sleeper) came on board to ensure that the drama was founded on a genuine knowledge of the music business. Taking care of the music were successful producers Brian Rawling (Bowie, Kylie, Cher, Craig David, One Direction and many more besides) and Marky Bates (Faithless, Dido).
And so were born Velveteens, an all-girl band desperate to make it in the days before the digital revolution changed the music business forever.
Migrating to Radio 4, the resulting series picks up the story as the band signs to a major record company. Now sharing a flat and with only pennies in their pockets, the three young members of the band embark on a roller coaster ride on the road to who-knows-where. Calling the shots is their new manager, Sam Shephurst.
15 Minute Drama, Queens of Noise: Get It On Episode 2 of 5
by Louise Wener. After the heady excitement of last night's party to celebrate their record deal, Velveteens are back to the realities of life.
15 Minute Drama, Queens of Noise: Get It On Episode 3 of 5
by Roy Boulter. Songwriter Beth has been hanging out with the lead singer of rival band The Radicals. Now she's pushing to dump the planned debut single and record her new song.
15 Minute Drama, Queens of Noise: Get It On Episode 4 of 5
by Louise Wener. Landing the support slot on a big tour gives Velveteens the chance to play to thousands every night. But can that ever compensate for the lack of black pudding at the B&B?
15 Minute Drama, Queens of Noise: Get It On Episode 5 of 5
by Roy Boulter. The debut single's out. The band love it, the record company loves it and Janice Long "loves it to bits". Will the nation agree?
Music Directors ..... Brian Rawling and Marky Bates
Directed by Toby Swift.