Podcast of the week on We Are Cult!

Old Rope is proud to report that Hefty Tomatoes, my all vinyl podcast, was selected as podcast of the week by We Are Cult.

For the uninitiated, We Are Cult is “a welcoming home for fans of all genres and media, focusing on anything distinctive, independently minded, and wayward in spirit”.

You’ll find film, TV and books all well represented – especially if it has a cult following. But the podcast of the week segment is my hands down fave, even if I do say so myself! It shines a light on an array of curious and wonderful podcasts, allowing the creators to describe what it is and why they do it.

There have been some corkers – all far more interesting than my own offering. I’ve been getting stuck into Twenty Thousand Hertz, “a podcast that tells the stories behind the world’s most recognisable & interesting sounds.” Recent episodes have taken a look at the surprisingly fascinating Apple Mac sounds (including sly references to the Beatles, in an episode called Let It Bleep); computer game noises; Nixon’s secret Watergate tapes; and the music in speech.

Good pals of Old Rope, Hark! The 87th Precinct Podcast (the only podcast dedicated to Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct novels), have also been featured on the pages of We Are Cult.

Many thanks to We Are Cult for the spotlight, we’re honoured to be in such fine company. Go and explore the site and give ’em a like on all the social media things, if that’s your bag.

An all vinyl podcast

You can read the interview with Old Rope here and don’t forget to check out the fresh Hefty Tomatoes every two weeks on Mixcloud:  www.mixcloud.com/OldRope/

You can read more about Hefty Tomatoes and see a gallery of former guests on the podcast page.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to see when a new episode is online.


  1. um… kudos but this:
    “anything distinctive, independently minded, and wayward in spirit”.

    You’ll find film, TV and books all well represented – especially if it has a cult following.

    is an oxymoron. At best that sounds like a hipster or a lumber-sexual remark. Ya know? independently but cult following minded… Whaaaat?

    i like u gobs … but i’m just sayin’

    • I’m not sure what lumber-sexual means but it sounds negative here. Presume we can agree that a TV show or film can have a cult following? Is the oxymoron that a TV show/film/book can’t be independently minded or wayward in spirit? Genuine question. 😀 Thanks for reading of course.

  2. I guess that was a negative thing to say… honestly, no offense meant. It means a “hipster” thing to say. A lumber sexual is like a guy that wears flannel, has the beard, the boots, the big truck, but doesn’t really go camping ever. It’s a fashionable-rugged look but comes with a lap-top computer and probably starbucks coffee. It’s an american term that blipped up maybe 3 years ago. I don’t know if that explains it very well. I’m not saying you are one btw.
    Cult classics tend to be a different form of mainstream ultimately and are usually not independently minded so much is all.
    But of course yes, books and film and art can be independently minded and wayward (and still effect the mainstream…) you’re right.
    Thanks for the discussion. 🙂

    • Oh ok. I see what you mean and thanks for the clarification of lumber sexual. So they dress like a lumberjack basically! But aren’t. I know what you mean! 😂🤣 I’ll try and get the word into common parlance here in Britain!

      • hmmm… um… not sure that’s the best thing to spread as popular parlance anywhere actually. 🙂
        I learned it from a hardcore “black lives matters” NYC millennial (anti-white) feminist woman…
        and yet I learned a lot from her about mainstream, cult classic… and some other perspectives that broadened my horizons… as narrow minded as she eventually (maybe inevitably) became.
        What do you think of Prince Harry and Meghan’s union? I watched their ceremony…
        It was kind of amazing.

      • You didn’t pay for it though did you? 😉 Your princes are more Game of Thrones. And fiction is where princes belong…

      • honestly, I didn’t tune into Game of Thrones at all. I had problems with the first episode… some one lent me a dvd but it got really rapey on a gratuitous level.

        so um, pay for what? Prolly not… you mean to watch?

        I’m not into monarchy stuff overall, and whatever about “princes” in the fairy tale manner…
        but truly, you live in the UK, and so what do you think of their union from your neck of the woods?
        She’s supposedly a feminist and being bi-racial, identifying as black after a history of colonialism and empire building and with Brexit whatcha THINK????
        C’mon! You can do better than shunning Harry to a fable. You are living in a land of immense history and tradition.
        So what’s the pulse?

      • Ok, sorry. I meant we pay for their existence via our taxes (princes etc indirectly, they get stipends from the queen but ultimately it’s our money) and they all own huge amounts of (historically ill-gotten) property and estates. If they were ‘lay’ people in a developing nation we’d call it corruption.

        I do not support the existence of a monarchy in any form.

        Supporters who are not the rabid flag-waving royal fetish type usually refer to the revenue generated via tourism, though this is hard to quantify, generally limited to small pockets of London, and, in my view, irrelevant anyway. Bear baiting or gladiatoral fights to the death may turn a profit but that doesn’t mean I support the principle.

        As for the woman in question I honestly don’t know anything at all about her as I’ve quite intentionally avoided the whole thing at every opportunity to avoid feelings of nausea. So it would be unfair to comment to be honest. From what I have gleaned from the general cultural background noise is that people don’t seem concerned about her or her background and, outside some of the inner sanctum of the ruling class, people actively prefer an ‘outsider’ (not another nation’s royal or a member of the so–called nobility). But then someone in work told me she’s on the telly so she’s probably rich if not royal. And given her husband’s questionable parentage that puts her on an equal footing to him. 😉
        I live in Liverpool which is broadly speaking quite a republican city (literal meaning, not US political party meaning).
        In terms of the history of colonialism, a privileged white man in his 30s marrying an actress does little to redress the imbalance still facing people of colour in the UK or its former colonies.

        It all rather depresses me.😐😣🤔😕

      • AWESOME reply! Thanks soooo much for your honest and enlightening reveal. I luv U and your blog all the more ‘cuz of this…
        Don’t be depressed. Be you. That’s not at all depressing. It’s vital. 🙂

      • Ps I haven’t seen GoT either! Don’t even know if there are princes in it to be honest.

      • So funny you haven’t seen it! But reference it! Get the first season. It’s a gratuitous rape scene first episode and not well enuff done to endure it… but you should at least know about what sucks from your own p.o.v.
        That it has become popularized is probably more due to corporate influence. I know people who helped make “fan” templates that coaxed real people to believe in the endorsements and sites… like Rupert Murdoch paid for this stuff… when his shows were failing.
        Theres an over all problem with cable television, television… etc.
        I appreciate your UK posts. 🙂
        You’re not so mainstream. You are honest… and that’s a good blog.
        your fan,

      • Hey you. What’s a fan template? Or the endoresments? Pardon my ignornace. Not sure I follow. 🤔 like fan websites that were actually paid for by the TV company?

      • Hi… it took me a long time to understand what they were too… but the job position required my friend to make up a blog according to one of Rupert Murdoch’s television shows. She had to fake write about the series called Super Natural Brothers among others and create a buzz, that hopefully the fans would then take over and participate in, in order to drive up ratings. And they called them templates, because they were comprised of different sections… trivia was one part, and fan-script-writing was another and for some reason fans seemed to always digress into rewriting characters as gay… but anyhow, she wasn’t a real fan of that show… or a real blogger getting “likes” and it was all backed by Rupert. That start up company didn’t last… Rupert nixed it went they failed to meet sales quotas (that’s the number of fans) which were supposed to always be increasing. He never allowed any dip or leveling out. (Supernatural Bros actually did a lot with fans and included winners to be on the show… and they were successful for like 9 seasons or something ridiculous.)
        But anyhow, it’s sorta what happened to the internet with bots and celebrities buying a certain number of likes/fans in order to go viral or become “popular” and sway or dominate public perception.
        Not sure if that explained how it works. ???

      • Yeah that makes perfect sense and I suppose is inevitable these days! But a bit weird. Doesn’t sound like a fun job or dependable cash. But when you gotta pay the bills….

      • It was a good enuff job for her while it lasted for just that bills. She works for the ever growing monster that is Amazon now. She’s a bit more capitalist than I am, but still a lovely person somehow. I get accused of being a luddite in the face of a Zuckerberg-Trump world (not that that’s the whole world). I’m not against all industry or technology… but neither am I their best customer…
        Oh well.

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