Soldiers Of Hell

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Andy and Spence are stuck on a Minidisc in 1999. Their only hope of escape lies with the Soldiers of Hell; a disparate bunch of pop culture icons from the last millennium. By accepting challenges from their heroes, they can learn the skills to be thoroughly modern gentlemen and in turn break free of the retro technology holding them captive. Join them on their monthly quests and discover your own renaissance.


  • Zardoz


    20/05/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    There is no doubt that these are strange times. But when you succumb to watching Zardoz for entertainment - possibly the weirdest mainstream movie of all time - you can be excused of thinking that very soon you'll wake up and discover Bobby Ewing in the shower. Zardoz. The 1974 Sean Connery movie. The movie that the Soldiers of Hell have been threatening to watch for years. Well they've finally achieved it. And here are the podcasting results.  In this lesson you will learn: - What its all about. (Sounds easy to dissect. It's not.) - Why this film has resulted in one of our longest ever podcast episodes. (Don't expect Cliff notes on this one.) - Most importantly, whether Connery get his willy out or not --- Send in a voice message:

  • Connery or Dutch

    Connery or Dutch

    20/04/2020 Duración: 31min

    It's the brand new gameshow that everyone's talking about: Connery or Dutch! In this episode Andy competes against Dave from the Geeky Guys podcast to see who is better at telling the difference between Sean Connery and Dutch people. It's not as easy as it sounds, especially when it's Spence reading out the clues in a hybrid accent.   Will you like it? Yesh of coursh you will. Don't forget to share and shubscribe alsho. --- Send in a voice message:

  • James Bond and the Eurovision Song Contest

    James Bond and the Eurovision Song Contest

    20/03/2020 Duración: 54min

    AKA the Eurovision Bond Contest If you've ever listened to our podcast before, there's no dodging the fact that James Bond and the Eurovision Song Contest are two of our favourite things.  So why not smash them together? 25 classic theme songs and a protracted voting methodology resulting in one clear winner.  Strap in - it's a good one. Also in this episode we learn the answer to our recent ledger question about Batman and the T Rex and for the first time ever from a listener submission. Thanks to the following for the episode contributions: Rob - the Ledger Juror, Dave from the Geeky Guys podcast, Al from Separating the Elite from the Chav podcast, The UK jury, Steve 'Fixated On' Shooter, The Stag Party (Matt, Matt, Beaky and Chris) --- Send in a voice message:

  • Sabrina and the Songs for all Seasons

    Sabrina and the Songs for all Seasons

    20/02/2020 Duración: 25min

    It's awards season. And with the Oscars over, Andy and Spence decide to play the Joker and hit you up with a load of pop music themed skits - or are our cheeky chappies actually Ant and Dec in disguise? Inspired by enjoying Billie Eilish's performance of excellent new Bond song No Time To Die at the Brit Awards, Spence goes round to fellow PMATL member Peter's house, where they write a new song dedicated to not just awards season but all seasons.  They also discuss who would play them in a film of their lives (spoiler alert - one of them is Sabrina the Teenage Witch).  If you want to know what Andy's chillout tune is and Spence's rock song of the week, then listen now! --- Send in a voice message:

  • Gandalf and the Tongue Twister

    Gandalf and the Tongue Twister

    20/01/2020 Duración: 36min

    A new decade, a double-double figured year, and the year after all the anniversaries. It's time to discuss pop culture's highs and lows of 2019 and find out what we're looking forward to in 2020: including a climax for James Bond (not that kind) and a come back (not that kind) for old school fantasy.  We also learn when a Halloween costume is an investment, which Witcher Andy is talking about and everything we're excited for in the Spider-verse. The Soldiers of Hell will return... --- Send in a voice message:

  • Christmas Royal Rumble

    Christmas Royal Rumble

    20/12/2019 Duración: 30min

    Due to the incredible popularity of our 20th Anniversary Royal Rhumble (thank Ant and Dec for the spelling) we decided to crank out another heroic beat-em up to celebrate the Christmas festivities. Join Andy, Spence and Simon as they not only pit genuine Christmas characters against each other, but they also revel in bad puns to settle on heroes with a winter slant.  Who will join the current champions, Santa Claus and Kristine Kochanski in the ring?  And who will come out victorious of this Yuletide battle. There's only one way to find out..... fight! --- Send in a voice message:

  • Elsa and the Rugby Sausage Sizzle

    Elsa and the Rugby Sausage Sizzle

    20/11/2019 Duración: 16min

    As Andy, Spence and Simon prepare to have their hearts broken by the Rugby World Cup, they make tea, cook sausage sandwiches and take the opportunity to juxtapose their manliness with a discussion about Frozen 2; amongst other things. What about a Princess Bride cinematic universe? And who do we think Andy looks like this month? With it being the month after our 20th Anniversary celebration, we take a look back through the Minidisc Archive to find Radio Talent Show sketches. --- Send in a voice message:

  • The 20th Anniversary Ramble

    The 20th Anniversary Ramble

    20/10/2019 Duración: 22min

    Today is the 20th Anniversary of the Soldiers of Hell; literally 20 years since Andy and Spence first appeared on University Radio. So to mark the occasion we went for a 16 mile walk (unfortunately we didn't manage a mile for every year - not that we tried) and we took some friends and fellow podcasters along for the day.  Listen as we navigate the countryside, real ales and pop culture. There's a distinct Halloween vibe to this one as getting lost in the dark activates the scary bits of our imagination and we discuss which horror films it most conjures up. We also discuss Andy's defining Phantom of the Opera moment and coincide with the anniversary of Blair Witch. Aerosmith seemed to be the main order of the day when it came to soundtrack, but if you're listening on Anchor/Spotify there are a few more belters in there for you.  Listen to find out if we survived, or whether this episode was found in a field like the Blair Witch footage. Thanks to Simon, Simon 2, Beaky and Al from Separate the Elite from th

  • Soldiers of Hell Royal Rumble 2019

    Soldiers of Hell Royal Rumble 2019

    20/09/2019 Duración: 55min

    20 years of chat has led to a lot of pop culture icons entering the ranks of the Soldiers of Hell. So to celebrate our big birthday, let's make Top Trumps/Dungeons and Dragons/Battle Royale out of it: The Soldiers of Hell Royal Rhumble. (Rumble spelt as Rhumble thanks to PJ & Duncan.) We take 20 heroes - one for every year of the Soldiers of Hell - and pit them against each other one at a time. Who will be the last man or woman standing? And will Andy or Spence be holding the final card? There's only one way to find out...fight! --- Send in a voice message:

  • James Bond and the Cock Shot

    James Bond and the Cock Shot

    25/08/2019 Duración: 20min

    Hot off the title reveal of Bond 25 - No Time To Die (Another Day) - we go back to our favourite MI6 agent: James Bond to celebrate some of his moments in other media.  Andy returns to the greatest multiplayer game of all time and discover he's no longer very good at it but at least we can remember our most said catchphrase.  Then Spence talks to regular guest Geeky Guy Dave about the post-Ian Fleming continuation novels whilst losing his way on a dark walk home through the countryside. (Regular listeners that this is not the first time this has happened.) Finally, Andy continues his addiction to Indie Games but playing one of the best retro inspired video games of the last 10 years: Hotline Miami; to which he finds out he's only mildly better at than Goldeneye. Joins us 007 fans as we march towards our 20th anniversary.

  • Eleven and the Ultimate World Cup Day

    Eleven and the Ultimate World Cup Day

    25/07/2019 Duración: 18min

    Sometimes you cook great food.  Sometimes you get sunshine and beer and laughter. Sometimes you're in the middle of a brilliant series like Stranger Things. And sometimes...on rare occasions...if you're lucky...sometimes you win the Cricket World Cup. In a jam packed few days that also included Frisbee skills that seemed better than we probably were, we learn what the Danish word for such a weekend as this is. We didn't know before, but now we know we lykke it. This month's Soldier of Hell is Eleven from Stranger Things.

  • Not Really The Last Show Ever

    Not Really The Last Show Ever

    07/07/2019 Duración: 42min

    In 2002, Andy and Spence supposedly broadcast their last ever Soldiers of Hell show together. Now with the benefit of 17 years hindsight we can see that that was somewhat of an inaccurate prediction.  As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Soldiers of Hell, join us for another flashback episode, this time introduced by Pete from The Peter Marshall & The Lomos Show. Faithfully recreated from the Minidisc Archive and featuring the songs broadcast at the time thanks to Spotify (assuming you're listening on anchor). Thankfully, it's not our last ever show.  The Soldiers of Hell will return... --- Send in a voice message:

  • Putty Face

    Putty Face

    27/05/2019 Duración: 34min

    In danger of straying too much into politics we compare the recent European elections with Game of Thrones. And on the subject of Europe we can't help but discuss Eurovision. Whilst we're at it we coin a new name for the latest Batman: Battinson. Which leads to a chat about collecting Graphic Novels and wondering what on Earth happened to Supergirl and her face in the Death of Superman.  From Yorkshire to Gotham, please join us for chat and songs. --- Send in a voice message:

  • Eurovision Sketchbook

    Eurovision Sketchbook

    16/05/2019 Duración: 34min

    What better way to celebrate the month of Eurovision and the 20th Anniversary of the Soldiers of Hell than Andy and Spence reminiscing about Song Contests of Eurovision past from the first one they shared together in May 2000, through to present day.  Hear clips not heard on the podcast before with brand new links. Don't forget to listen on Anchor for the best experience with the Eurovision songs on Spotify.  Michael Ball, Alsou, Katrina and The Wave, Francesco Gabanni and What's a Deal With Europe? the Soldiers of Hell novel all get a mention amongst others.   Buy the novel here:  --- Send in a voice message:

  • Transatlantic Smash 5th Anniversary

    Transatlantic Smash 5th Anniversary

    09/05/2019 Duración: 24min

    To celebrate 5 years of the movie we made: Transatlantic Smash, we discuss our memories of the Found Footage Rockumentary (a sub-genre we saying we invented), play some of the tunes and clips from the film, discuss how Beard Envy has entered the zeitgeist (of at least our circle of friends) and chat to co-director Peter Marshall and producer Steve Shooter.   Songs by The Lomos  Watch the complete movie of Transatlantic Smash here: --- Send in a voice message:

  • Fake Spoilers

    Fake Spoilers

    03/05/2019 Duración: 13min

    Fake spoilers and what happened to the Soldiers of Hell during "The Snap". It's been a mammoth week for the TV and Film events. First we get the most successful opening weekend movie of all time and the culmination of 10 years and 22 movies in Marvel's Avengers: Endgame. Then we get the Battle of Winterfell in the latest episode of Game of Thrones. You won't get spoilers from us on this podcast. But you will get a rundown of all the fake Endgame spoilers we sent our friend "Geeky Guys" Dave who hasn't seen the film yet. Following that we show you what the Soldiers of Hell would have been like if Spence was wiped out in the snap, with another Minidisc Archive flashback. --- Send in a voice message:

  • The Smallest Pub in The World

    The Smallest Pub in The World

    15/04/2019 Duración: 11min

    Welcome back to the glory days of summer radio roadshows as we take the Soldiers of Hell on tour. Join us at the seaside, in Cleethorpes, as we go under the boardwalk, visit the Smallest Pub in the World (fact), find the perfect James Bond themed beer, and introduce a certain 90s pop group. Listen as we're Let Loose in the arcade. --- Send in a voice message:

  • The Steps Adventure REDUX

    The Steps Adventure REDUX

    07/04/2019 Duración: 41min

    The original version of this episode of the Soldiers of Hell show dates back to 3rd December 2001 and this 20th Anniversary edit has been introduced by fellow podcaster  and friend of the show Steve Shooter (Fixated On, Aurally Fixated, Culturally Fixated, Diet Hard).  We've broken it down into segments for re-release on Anchor and you can hear it (almost) exactly as it was broadcast 17ish years ago; with all the original songs we selected for the show and broadcast at the time (if you're listening on Anchor with a Spotify Premium subscription).  We're not sure if this is best described as a bonus 20th Anniversary treat or an experiment, but let us know what you think and we might do some more throwback remakes! Maybe it was worth archiving all those minidiscs after all. Watch Transatlantic Smash:  --- Send in a voice message:

  • Robocop v Terminator: End of Segment

    Robocop v Terminator: End of Segment

    26/03/2019 Duración: 49min

    In the last of the current format, Andy and Spence go in to battle with the two top eighties machines. But are they androids, mechanoids, robots or somethings else? Who cares?! The point is they rock out with some glorious synth soundtracks and remind of us other important events in the last few decades. Like Andy and Spence's first Eurovision together and how it led to some eye balls and a spinal column in a glass jar. Or how Indie Video Games might be better than they're retro counterparts. And on the subject of games, The Ledger makes a welcome return this episode.  We also find out which celebrity Andy is most like and discuss some plans for the 20th Anniversary of the Soldiers of Hell. Buckle up and rock out.  We'll be back. Don't forget to subscribe and listen on Anchor for the best experience. --- Send in a voice message:

  • 20th Anniversary Bonus - Soldiers of Hell: Year One

    20th Anniversary Bonus - Soldiers of Hell: Year One

    28/02/2019 Duración: 15min

    In another 20th anniversary bonus episode, we treat you to some audio that should never have made it beyond the boundaries of York University campus. Dating back to 1999, this is the first year of the Soldiers of Hell show and in many ways you can tell. It's part of our legacy though and therefore why not give the minidisc archive a dusting down and release it to the masses for the first time in 20 years. And when I say the masses, we mean you and few other people. Witness the birth of the pink haired troll competition, Bond mania, Right Said Fred fan service and some dodgy impressions. This is where it all began. Featuring a special introduction by Dave from the Geeky Guys podcast.

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