If you’ve never listened to South London Hardcore before, this week’s episode is probably not the best place to start, as it contains an elaborate April Fool’s gag.
Most episodes blend history, culture and anecdotes, but below you’ll them split up for the ease of categorisation. Very few of the episodes are time sensitive, so please dig in to the archive.
Area-specific episodes include the South Bank (#53), Waterloo (#43), Eltham (#36), Deptford (#34), Wimbledon (#28), Nunhead (#25), Woolwich (#18), Elephant and Castle (#2), Greenwich (#5), the Borough (#8), Surrey Docks (#11), Vauxhall (#15), New Cross (#23), Stockwell (#56), Balham (#38), Barnes (#48) and Brixton, on which were joined by Jack’s wife Lakisha who rued the area’s fading Carribean heritage and gentrification (#13).
On a few occasions we’ve got really local - East Street market (#31), Burgess Park (#39), Telegraph Hill (#26).
Stretching the bounds of the semi-city, we’ve talked about London’s bridges (#65) and the towns and cities twinned with places in South London (#37).
Film and Television
Our very first episode was on South London sitcoms (#1) and we’ve visited themes as diverse as sport films shot south of the river (#29), Thamesmead on screen (#45), Southwark estates on screen (#7) and inducted Charlie Chaplin into our hall of fame (#52).
We also talked about a trilogy of Lambeth films (#49) and Treacle Jr, an independent film shot in Southwark, Lambeth and Wandsworth (#57).
We’ve done two South London playlists – the first (#3) featuring David Bowie, the Clash and Basement Jaxx and the second (#58) featuring the Kinks, Bros and Pulp, and episode on music videos (#27). The first of three David Bowie episodes (#63) covers his life and music from Brixton to Berlin.
Our friend Hassan from Tooting (#64) talked about going to the same school as the man who invented the world wide web and how South London has changed for Asian people post-7/7, Lewie Peckham (real name) who came up with the SLHC name and logo has been on three times talking about the area that bears his name (#54), what constitutes South London (#4) and for local news (#22). We’ve also been joined by Thabo Mhlatshwa for Black History Month (#42), Glenn Holmes who composed our theme tune (#46), former London mayoral candidate Wolfgang Moneypenny (#9) and actress Dolly Oladini who took us to the Menier Chocolate Factory (#44).
Watchmen creator Alan Moore joined us to discuss his book/record Unearthing (#62) and we’ve also been joined by small press creators Richy K Chandler (#60) and Owen Pomery (#16), and did a general comics episode (#33).
Owen also joined us to talk about South London’s skyscrapers (#35) and Stockwell (#56).
Last summer we did an episode on South London in the Olympics and the Olympics in South London (#32). We had an all access pass at on-league Dulwich Hamlet (#55), interviewing fans, their star player and the club’s unofficial historian, and have talked about football before with our all-time South London XI (#5) and the FA Cup (#19).
History and Art
Most episodes tap into South London’s rich history. We’ve looked specifically at the birth of music hall and variety (#59), the role of technological pioneers Michael Faraday and Charles Babbage (#21) and been the Tate Modern (#41).
We’ve delved into the weird and wonderful world of local news several times (#10, #22, #30, #40, #50), as well as attending the South East London Zine Fest (#47), covering the Diamond Jubilee celebrations (#24), May Day celebrations (#20) and talked about our own travails battling racists on the internet (#14)
It’s not all positivity. Our biggest ever episode is our list of the 10 worst South Londoners (#61), the ‘power churches’ episode (#12) dealt with a worrying trend, and we were less than complimentary about some of Enid Blyton’s work (#17).