The Steve Show

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The goggle-eyed freak finally got his own show

This article refers to The Steve Show. For the radio shows that Karl Pilkington did with Russell Brand, see 6Music Shows.

The Steve Show was the unofficial name for Steve's show on BBC 6Music, which ran from January 2007 to April 2009. In the show, Steve was joined by long-time friends Dan, Harry, and Rufus who were, in the best possible sense, nobodies. The show focused on music more than banter but was not without its comedic and anecdotal elements. Steve brought some old Xfm features into his show, including Hip-Hop Hooray and Mr Cover-Cover (formerly known as Cover Me Up). The show also introduced many of its own unique features such as 'Songs to Seduce Women By','The Fiendishly Difficult Music Question', and 'Songs to Nurse a Broken Heart'.

Due to its early "laddish" nature, Steve and his mates conducted a search for a "She-J" in the spring of 2007, accepting tapes and mp3s from women wanting to join them regularly in the studio. Ultimately Steve and his mates selected Sammy who quickly became an essential part of the team.

On April 2009, Steve announced the end of The Steve Show, saying they had no further plans for a show on 6Music and citing the need for a break in order to work on a movie (Cemetery Junction) with partner Ricky Gervais. The 6Music bids him a fond farewell on their site: "Our man's off to glamorous tinseltown, where the Hollywood execs will puzzle over what on earth he's talking about with that Brizzle accent! Bon voyage, Stephen, see you at 6 Music again soon...remember, we understand you!".


Contents

Episodes Series 1

Title With Download #
Bbc6music logo.jpg 14 January 2007 Dan, Harry, Dave the Walker Download Page 1
Introductions all round, as we are welcomed to Steve's mates. We get to see the return of a couple of old features and a new one where Dan and Harry's musical tastes are pitted against each other. Also, Steve's mate Dave calls, on his way to walk from Land's End to John O' Groats for no particular reason.
This weeks Mr Cover Cover is Love The One You're With by The Isley Brothers
Bbc6music logo.jpg 21 January 2007 Dan, Harry, Dave the Walker Download Page 2
This weeks Song To Seduce Women By is First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes. This weeks Mr Cover Cover is Wonderwall by Ryan Adams.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 28 January 2007 Dan, Harry, Dave the Walker Download Page 3
Steve is introduced to Super Furry Animals. This weeks Song To Seduce Women By is Northern Sky by Nick Drake. This weeks Mr Cover Cover is Crazy by Ray Lamontagne.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 4 February 2007 Dan, Harry, Dave the Walker, Vik Sharma Download Page 4
Steve is introduced to Maxïmo Park. This weeks Song To Seduce Women By is I'll Sing A Love Song To You by Candi Staton and this weeks Mr Cover Cover is Because The Night by Patti Smith.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 11 February 2007 Dan, Harry, Dave the Walker, Stewart Lee Download Page 5
This week's show was pre-recorded which Steve thinks takes some of the energy out of the show - and it's hard to disagree really. Comic Stewart Lee drops by to share his musical choices, and as usual we'll have four listener picks championed by Dan and Harry. This weeks Song To Seduce Women By is A Case of You by Joni Mitchell while this weeks Mr Cover Cover is One by Johnny Cash.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 18 February 2007 Dan, Rufus, Dave the Walker Download Page 6
During this episode apparently some of the equipment started to smoke whilst playing a song and everyone had to change to a different station room. This weeks Song To Seduce Women By is The Sweetest Thing by U2 while this weeks Mr Cover Cover is Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Wedding Present.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 25 February 2007 Rufus, Sarah Download Page 7
Dan and Harry are away so Rufus returns along with the new voice of Sarah. Such features as Songs to Seduce Women and Richard's Fiendishly Difficult Music Quiz re-appear along with the weekly catch-up with Dave the Walker.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 4 March 2007 Dan, Harry, Dave the Walker, Vik Sharma Download Page 8
This weeks Song To Seduce Women By is Catch by The Cure and this weeks Mr Cover Cover is Downtown Train by Everything but the Girl.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 11 March 2007 Harry, Dan Download Page 9
Rufus unveils his impressive range of accents and the Seduction track is Minnie Riperton's Inside My Love.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 18 March 2007 Dan, Harry, Rufus, Dave the Walker, Kirsten O'Brien Download Page 10
Kirsten O'Brien is in the studio to help launch the search for Steve's She-J. Dave the Walker completes his Land End to John o' Groats walk.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 25 March 2007 Rufus, Harry, Dan, Dave the Walker, Adam Buxton. Download Page 11
Adam Buxton is in the studio, as is Dave the Walker, celebrating the completion of his mammoth walk from Land's End to John O'Groats.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 01 April 2007 Rufus, Harry Download Page 12
Some She-J applications are played and analysed, including one from a certain Geordie, Sammy, and the Seduction song is Cherry by J J Cale.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 08 April 2007 Harry, Vik Sharma Download Page 13
Vik Sharma is in the studio and this week's Mr Cover Cover is Victoria by The Fall.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 15 April 2007 Harry, Kirsten O'Brien Download Page 14
Kirsten O'Brien is in the studio, to check on progress in the search for a She-J.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 22 April 2007 Rufus, Harry Download Page 15
Steve surprises Rufus with a tape he recorded 20 years ago for his brother.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 29 April 2007 Rufus, Dan, She-J Sammy Download Page 16
Sammy makes her first appearance as the first of the She-Js to come into the studio and chooses a track by Gomez.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 06 May 2007 Rufus, Harry, She-J Sarah Download Page 17
Australian She-J Sarah joins the show this week with tales of meeting Prince Charles and the Arcade Fire.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 13 May 2007 Rufus, Harry, She-J Lolita Download Page 18
A pre-recorded show as Steve was on holiday, allowing for lots of swearing. They also discussed Myspace and Facebook, and were joined by hopeful She-J Lolita, who chose a track by M Ward and had a present for everyone.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 20 May 2007 Harry, Dan, She-J Hope Eternal Download Page 19
Steve discusses his holiday in Morocco and brings in a fez for tiny Dan to wear, and the team is joined by potential She-J Hope Eternal, who plays a track by Sundae Club.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 27 May 2007 Dan, Harry, Rufus, Sammy Download Page 20
Aqualung perform live in the 6Music Hub and Steve talks about his night at the BAFTAs.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 03 June 2007 Dan, Harry, Rufus, Sammy Download Page 21
Sammy returns as the new permanent She-J!
Bbc6music logo.jpg 10 June 2007 Harry, Sammy Download Page 22
The gang talk about TV show Britain's Got Talent, unpleasant challenges for Harry and Rufus at Glastonbury and Steve puts out a plea for a helicopter to take him to the festival.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 17 June 2007 Harry, Rufus, Sammy Download Page 23
Guest star Rashida Jones of the American Office in the studio.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 24 June 2007 Harry, Rufus Download Page 24
Steve, Harry, and Rufus are live from Glastonbury.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 1 July 2007 Harry, Sammy Download Page 25
Vik Sharma is in the studio and chooses tracks by Caribou, Lupe Fiasco and Sexton Blake.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 8 July 2007 Harry, Rufus, Sammy Download Page 26
More chat from the gang, including talk of an intimate Foo Fighters gig.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 15 July 2007 Dan, Harry, Rufus, Sammy Download Page 27
Sammy talks about her upcoming film, Dogging: A Love Story.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 22 July 2007 Dan, Sammy, Kirsten O'Brien Download Page 28
Kirsten O'Brien comes in again to see how the She-J is getting on, Steve chats to Eddie Argos of Art Brut and retells a classic Pirates of Penzance anecdote.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 29 July 2007 Dan, Harry, Rufus, Sammy Download Page 29
All the gang are present and playing some favourite tracks from the last few months of the show to celebrate the end of Series 1, before a month long break.

Episodes Series 2

Title With Download #
Bbc6music logo.jpg 2 September 2007 Dan, Harry, Sammy Download Page 30
Steve is back after a month-long break. Sammy has some trouble getting to the studio and they play a live session from Aimee Mann with flirtatious interview.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 9 September 2007 Harry, Sammy, Rufus Download Page 31
Rufus is back for Steve's second show after the month-long hiatus. Joining him are Steve Show regulars Sammy and Harry, who discuss their night at the GQ Awards with Steve.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 16 September 2007 Harry, Rufus, Sammy Download Page 32
Rufus breaks the news of his recent engagement leading to discussion of propositions and weddings.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 23 September 2007 Rufus, Sammy, Tony MacMurray Download Page 33
Steve's acting friend Tony MacMurray joins the gang in the studio, and the listener's choice is 'Count of Monte Christo' by Noisettes.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 30 September 2007 Rufus, Sammy, Vik Sharma Download Page 34
Steve discusses his appearance on Blockbusters that has made it onto the net (See it here) and Steve's opponent, Roopam, phones the show.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 7 October 2007 Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 35
Harry returns after a break and they read out listeners' embarrassing anecdotes.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 14 October 2007 Harry, Dan, Sammy, Rufus Download Page 36
Rufus wows everyone with his Bob Dylan impression, pigeonhole tracks are from Lethal Bizzle, M.I.A. and The Go! Team.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 21 October 2007 Harry, Rufus, Sammy Download Page 37
In an attempt to appear more cultured, Steve brings in his writer friend Matt Thorne to talk about the Booker Prize list.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 28 October 2007 Harry, Rufus, Sammy Download Page 38
Everyone chooses a pop track this week, Harry and Sammy are in trouble for not giving a book review but Rufus redeems the show with an excellent analysis of Ian McEwan's 'On Chesil Beach'.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 4 November 2007 Harry, Rufus, Sammy Download Page 39
Steve discusses his new found love for fireworks displays, Johnny Flynn performs live in the studio and there is controversy when Rupert Brooke is confused with Wilfred Owen.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 11 November 2007 Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 40
A live session from Gideon Conn.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 18 November 2007 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 41
Sammy gets very excited when Duke Special performs a live set in the studio.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 25 November 2007 Rufus, Dan, Sammy, Vik Sharma Download Page 42
Vik Sharma comes in to talk about music and the internet.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 02 December 2007 Rufus, Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 43
Steve talks about his entry in Heat magazine's Weird Crush competition.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 09 December 2007 Harry, Rufus, Sammy, Ron and Elaine Merchant Download Page 44
Steve's parents pop into the show for a bit and Ron Merchant gives advice on plumbing.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 16 December 2007 Rufus, Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 45
Pigeonhole tracks from Hot Chip, Radiohead and Kanye West
Bbc6music logo.jpg 23 December 2007 Rufus, Harry, Sammy, Rob Brydon Download Page 46
In this special Christmassy episode Frank Turner is performing live in the studio, and is joined by comedian Rob Brydon, who is Steve's guest for the show.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 30 December 2007 Rufus, Harry, Dan, Sammy, Michael Sheen Download Page 47
Final show of the year before some time off, Michael Sheen joins them in the studio.


Episodes Series 3

Title With Download #
Bbc6music logo.jpg 03 February 2008 Harry, Sammy, Dave Gorman Download Page 48
The gang return after a break for the new year, and Dave Gorman comes in to talk about his new TV show.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 10 February 2008 Rufus, Dan, Sammy Download Page 49
The wonderful Laura Marling performs 'Ghosts' and 'Alas I Cannot Swim' live.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 17 February 2008 Martin Freeman Download Page 50
Martin Freeman sits in while Steve's off ill after a dodgy sausage.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 24 February 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 51
Doug Walker performs live in the studio and Steve embarrasses himself thinking Ipswich is in the North.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 02 March 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 52
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly perform a live session and Rufus provides a Gentleman's Guide for anyone facing dilemmas of social etiquette.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 09 March 2008 Rufus, Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 53
All of Steve's cronies are present and they dedicate the show to film producer Brian Glazer, in an attempt to provide him with the cultural attache he is apparently looking for. Comedian Richard Herring is on the phone talking about Lemsip, stand up and women.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 16 March 2008 Rufus, Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 54
The full gang are present for another show, featuring pigeon hole tracks from Elbow, Neon Neon, and the long forgotten James.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 23 March 2008 Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 55
Steve almost misses the show after being stranded in France by poor weather and Sharon Horgan guests to talk about the new series of her comedy show 'Pulling'.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 30 March 2008 Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 56
A Ricky anecdote, some rapping, and Nizlopi perform live in the studio.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 06 April 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 57
Sammy shocks everyone with the revelation that she's previously done a nude photo shoot and Steve tests out the gang's skills with a music quiz.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 13 April 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 58
Music from Fiona Apple, Nancy Sinatra and The Divine Comedy.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 20 April 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 59
Steve bets against himself in the BAFTAs and turns to Harry for advice on working out percentages.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 27 April 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 60
Live music from Conil, illusionist Derren Brown is in the studio and Steve chats about his BAFTA experience and serial killers.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 18 May 2008 Rufus, Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 61
Steve reports on his trip to Cambodia, including being blessed by a monk and reveals the hat he bought to wear on the trip, inspiring much mockery. They also discuss playing Simply Red at a party and James King is on the phone to give us news from the Cannes Film Festival.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 25 May 2008 Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 62
Eurovision is the topic of discussion, which leads to the question what is Britain good at these days? Turns out, not a lot. Mark Dolan is on the phone to discuss his current TV show about the tallest and shortest people in the world. The gang review Scarlett Johansson's new single, and it gets SLAMMED.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 01 June 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 63
The gang discuss songs which changed their lives, music journalist Sophie Harris, one of the contributors to the book 1000 Songs To Change Your Life joins them to discuss it.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 08 June 2008 Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 64
The gang are in London, Steve is in New York City! LL Cool J is this week's interviewee, and Steve busts some sweet sweet rhymes for him. The Duke Spirit are also in for a live session.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 15 June 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 65
Steve is back and has picked up another hat whilst in New York, which evokes much derision. They discuss brilliant 'huffs' including a Christmas story featuring a young Steve.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 22 June 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 66
Rufus has returned from Bath with tales about Steve as told by Elaine "Mum" Merchant, documentary-maker Jon Ronson is in the studio to walk about his various projects, and Athlete are in for a live session.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 29 June 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 67
It's Glastonbury weekend and the gang are LIVE... from the 6music studios in London. Not that they are bitter, much, they discuss the least Glastonbury things they can think of and plan their own festival, Steve-fest aka Festeve-al.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 6 July 2008 Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 68
Bad news from Harry and Sammy, he's had his bike stolen and she's been under attack from spiders and zips. Steve asks for suggestions for his Inside The Actor's Studio style list of questions and The Zombies are in for a pre-recorded interview and session.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 13 July 2008 Sammy Download Page 69
Steve and Sammy are all on their own this week, Harry is on holiday, Dan is working and Rufus is hiding from Pilkipedians. Comedian Mark Watson joins them to discuss his eclectic body of work, Steve discusses various urban legends from the world of music and film and Minotaur Shock aka Dave Edwards joins them on the line for an interview.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 20 July 2008 Harry, Sammy Download Page 70
Harry's missus has been making reverse shopping lists, Sammy's dad has been hacking up a dead cat and Steve resurrects an Xfm classic, the "Please welcome to the stage..." band name test and applies it to listener suggestions. James from The Brute Chorus comes in for a solo session, while the rest of the chorus have a lie-in up North and Steve tells an anecdote about listening to Ricky on the radio.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 27 July 2008 Rufus, Harry, Dan, Sammy Download Page 71
Dan is offered 200 camels for his girlfriend, the gang discuss 18-30's holidays and Teddy Thompson is live in session.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 3 August 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 72
Comedian Louis CK drops in to talk about his UK stand-up tour.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 10 August 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 73
Steve and all the gang are live from the Summer Sundae Weekender in Leicester.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 17 August 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 74
Steve recounts the previous nights antics at Rufus's stag party, brings in a professional hairdresser to help him give Sammy a new look and plays The Steve Show gang's cover of Jacko's Black and White, recorded the previous week. Also mad Jude's last ever show!
Bbc6music logo.jpg 31 August 2008 Rufus, Harry, Sammy Download Page 75
The Steve Show crew are all back to chew the musical fat with Scroobius Pip, plus Steve recounts Rufus's wedding.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 05 October 2008 Sammy, Dan and Ricky Wilson Download Page 76
The Steve Show crew are back from their mini break!


Episodes Series 4

Title With Download #
Bbc6music logo.jpg 30 November 2008 Rufus, Dan, Harry, Sammy and Ben Folds Download Page 77
It's a shambles as the Steve gang return to the airwaves. Steve shares stories about D. "the Rock" J. and racialist drivers, plus Ben Folds is in the studio for a chat.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 07 December 2008 Rufus, Harry and Sammy Download Page 78
Steve and the team are joined by Howling Bells live in the 6 Music Hub. Plus, Rufus auctions off his belongings in Latin - informative, educational and entertaining!
Bbc6music logo.jpg 14 December 2008 Rufus, Harry, Dan and Sammy Download Page 79
Steve and the gang are this week joined by South London poet, MC and all round Shakespeare fan Excentral Tempest.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 21 December 2008 Rufus, Harry and Sammy Download Page 80
Madcap tomfoolery aplenty from Stephen and the team and Rachel Unthank And The Winterset perform live in the hub.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 28 December 2008 Rufus, Dan and Sammy Download Page 81
The Steve Show gang look back at some of the best Steve Show moments of 2008, with the help of Michael Sheen.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 04 January 2009 Rufus, Harry and Sammy Download Page 82
Steve and the gang bring in the new year with new music as they predict which acts they think will be destined for success this year.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 11 January 2009 Rufus, Harry, Dan and Sammy Download Page 83
Steve and gang are joined by film critic James King as they cast their eye over this year's biggest film releases, including X Men Origins: Wolverine and Frost/Nixon.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 18 January 2009 Rufus, Harry and Sammy Download Page 84
Steve and the gang discuss a life of crime and if they would survive in prison, plus Pete & The Pirates are live in the Hub.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 25 January 2009 Harry, Dan and Sammy Download Page 85
Steve and the gang try to cater to everyone (even those not listening) to make up for the "out of control" BBC.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 01 February 2009 Rufus, Harry and Sammy Download Page 86
Steve and gang yearn for press attention, Amanda Palmer performs live in the hub and there's also the weekly delve into the Pigeon Hole for brand new releases.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 08 February 2009 Harry, Dan and Sammy Download Page 87
Steve reveals his obsession with the Fonz and Eugene McGuinness performs live in the 6 Music hub.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 15 February 2009 Harry, Dan and Sammy Download Page 88
Harry Shearer joins Steve and the gang to talk about his Grammy nominated album, The Simpsons and Spinal Tap plus there's a game of the True Or False Life Quiz with Sammy's dad!
Bbc6music logo.jpg 01 March 2009 Harry and Sammy Download Page 89
Quit yo jibba jabba fool and listen to Steve chatting to Mr T and M Ward is in session. There's also three more tracks from the Pigeon Hole and Steve's tales of his recent trip to India
Bbc6music logo.jpg 08 March 2009 Harry and Sammy Download Page 90
Rob Brydon talks about his new single for Comic Relief, Radio 4 presenter Evan Davis discusses his recent stand up routine plus Ruarri Joseph perform live in the studio.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 15 March 2009 Rufus, Harry, Dan and Sammy Download Page 91
Super Posh Rufus returns after his hiatus and the gang talk about weird fanmail and Michael Jackson, plus they have Polly Scattergood playing live in the hub.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 22 March 2009 Rufus, Harry and Sammy Download Page 92
Rob Brydon is back on the phone to relive his live Top Of The Pops appearance for Comic Relief and how it feels to land the #1 spot in the UK charts and Bleech play live in the hub.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 29 March 2009 Harry and Sammy Download Page 93
Steve, Harry and Sammy find out which bands you were there for before their careers took off, plus Steve remembers the good old days of interviewing porn stars.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 05 April 2009 Rufus, Harry and Sammy Download Page 94
Steve and cohorts interview interesting listeners, Harry, Sammy and Rufus all have a musical choice and the Pigeon Hole produces one of the worst songs ever heard on the show.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 12 April 2009 Rufus, Harry and Sammy Download Page 95
The gang set out to rid Sammy of her alcohol allergy with some malted beverages and MC Xander, human beatboxer extraordinaire, is on hand to accompany Steve on a demonstration of his "impeccable flow".
Bbc6music logo.jpg 19 April 2009 Rufus, Harry and Sammy Download Page 96
Southport indie-rockers Gomez are in session, plus top class Brit actor David Tennant pops in for a chat about TV, stage and life post-Dr Who.
Bbc6music logo.jpg 26 April 2009 Rufus, Harry and Sammy Download Page 97
Chicago band Casiotone For The Painfully Alone take a break from their extensive European tour to play in session for Stephen and pals. Plus, a chat with comedian, director, writer, producer, blah blah blah...it's bloomin' Simon Pegg!
Bbc6music logo.jpg 03 May 2009 Rufus, Harry, Dan and Sammy Download Page 98
Brighton electro rockers Fujiya and Miyagi play in session for Stephen. Plus, all the usual fabulous tuneage and merriment with Sammy, Rufus and Harry. Final show.

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