179: Leonard Cohen, Nasty Cherry, Lou Reed's lyrics, War of the Worlds

Trawling through the muddy flats of pop culture this week… 

HELLO, I MUST BE COHEN: Leonard Cohen's posthumous album Thanks for the Dance is released this week. Compiled by his son Adam, did Leonard have more to say after 2016's You Want it Darker?

POP YOUR CHERRY: "You can't sing, you look awful, you'll go a long way..." Can Charli XCX's new girl band Nasty Cherry make it big in the Netflix show I'm With the Band, despite in-band rivalries and zero experience? OF COURSE THEY CAN.

Reed United: The complete Lou Reed lyrics book I'll be Your Mirror numbers 670 pages. Is this the "autobiography" Laurie Anderson talks of in her introduction or does it offer less of a glimpse of the man (not The Man)?

Beats Woking: BBC's War of the Worlds is a new adaption of the HG Wells novel, set in leafy Surrey. A lot of people run around in tweed as aliens arrive. What did the panel think?

Joining Siân are this week’s special guests, Conde Nast Traveller and Times writer James Medd; plus actor and writer Dan Maier.

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