I vaguely remember a footy commentary from the start of the nineties - it went to penalties and delayed the start of the next show which was the early Mark & Lard vehicle, 'Hit The North'. Rather than just wait for the show, Mark decided to join in with the commentary and spent the entire penalty shoot-out discussing Man City with the sports fella (who may have been Mike Ingham)
Black Francis announced the Pixies breakup on that Radio 5 show.
Anyway, his show was quite obviously the star vehicle of the station, and when it shifted and became 5 Live, his transfer to Radio 1 and his move to a nightly show was inevitable and welcome.
I used to listen to that show every night, I remember taping the show where he and Lard played their Tindersticks party songs and asked the band what they thought of them. "We thought they were really funny," said one of the musicians, "But Stuart (the viciously lampooned singer) wants to kill you." I don't know if it's still there but if you hunt on google long enough, you'll find a resource about his old show. Yes - people didn't just record it - people built internet sites about it.
And then he moved to the breakfast show and to the early afternoons and, unable to listen to the radio at work, we drifted apart.
He's on Radio 2. He's lost Lard, but he's got the late slot. "If you don't like this song, you don't like music," he says as the intro to New Order's True Faith fades in as his first record. His next two are the new Belle & Sebastian and Killing Moon by Echo & The Bunnymen.
You can go home again.