BBC 1970s radio jingles

I’m a total sucker for this stuff.

I first fell in love with listening to ethereal, ailment long-forgotten radio jingles after hearing Negativland for the first time, when I was somewhere in the early part of high school. My introduction to them was a cassette of “Helter Stupid” (1989) that I picked up from the Beverly Hills Public Library, and on side 2, the album contains a side-long suite called “Moribund Music of the ’70s”, made up of samples containing strange radio moments, dull ’70s music and a slew of old station IDs and jingles.

I just love hearing those ten-second-long drum-fill-and-horn-section-leading-up-to-the-climactic-burst-of-harmonized-singing-choruses!!!! Also included in this download is a 10-minute BBC radio documentary on the history of the radio jingle!

Various Artists – BBC 1970s radio jingles (ZIP file)

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777 Responses to BBC 1970s RADIO JINGLES

  1. Phill says:

    Here is a motherlode: PAMS of Dallas! They’re the ones who did the “KEarth 101″ jingle and the Radio London jingles as featured on “The Who Sell Out”.

  2. Phill says:

    Well shit, these ARE by PAMS of Dallas. Good stuff!

  3. Nakedfoul says:

    The Trunk label just released two discs by John Baker, one of the three main composers for the BBC Radiophonics Workshop. There’s plenty of jingles and idents, but also longer themes for serial programs, and some other weird stuff. It’s all terrific.