- The news that DJ Judge Jules was leaving Radio 1 to become a lawyer raised “more eyebrows than a plastic surgeon”, as the man himself might have put it.
- But it’s not quite as unlikely a career switch as it seems at first glance.
- The DJ - who will presumably now wish to be called by his real name, Julius O'Riordan - studied law at the London School of Economics while doing some DJing on the side. Hence the nickname.
- The only problem with the move is whether his new colleagues – and perhaps more importantly, his clients – will take him seriously.
- But why wouldn’t you trust a man like this to be your lawyer?
- Forget his appearance – the man has a way with words that will suit him well in his new career. Here are more choice cuts from the Facebook topic page devoted to his pithy phrases:
• "In your face like a trip to the dentist.”
• “This is radio 1 putting you over it's knee and giving you a two hour sonic spanking.”
• “Giving equal measure to the heave and the ho.”
• “Radio 1 giving you more quality licks than a pedigree puppy.”
• “Like cheese and pickle, we are on a roll.”
• “A bigger set than a randy badger!”
Several people pointed out the irony of one of his better-known catchphrases.
- His ‘budging’ wasn’t entirely voluntary, however: he was unceremoniously budged. As the Guardian exclusively reported on Wednesday, Gilles Peterson, Fabio & Grooverider and Kissy Sell Out are also leaving Radio 1 as the station breathes new life into its specialist music DJs on air late evening and overnight.
Many fans lamented the passing of an era.
- Others, it’s safe to say, couldn’t care less.
- Our own Dugald Baird believes Gilles Peterson will be the bigger loss for Radio 1. If you’re in that camp check this podcast out – introduced by the man himself and hosted on guardian.co.uk, it contains highlights from his double Havana Cultura CD, released in 2009.
If you’re more of a Judge Jules fan, then this is for you.
- To steal another of Judge Jules’s charming little sayings, like milk in the sun we’re going off. Until next week.