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Re: Music television

Post  Adric on Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:17 pm

Laughing Ahh, just the mention of Kraftwerk makes me smile. Never really thought of Madonna and disco at the same time lol.
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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:42 am

Adric wrote: Laughing Ahh, just the mention of Kraftwerk makes me smile. Never really thought of Madonna and disco at the same time lol.
No, me neither. I think it was made around the time of 'Hung Up', with its nicked Abba riff, and she's more of a musical chameleon anyway.

Kraftwerk, I think are great cheers
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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:13 am

Still Bill
An hour and a quarter with Bill Withers as he approaches and passes 70. He seems profoundly down to earth about his success and his longevity. We see signs of new creativity, but I guess time will tell.

Bill Withers : In Concert
A half-hour show shown next to the above. I came away from both shows loving 'Grandma's Hands' which was new to me.

Classic Soul at the BBC
Also shown with the above, this was a usual hour-long runthrough of various artistes like Aretha, Sam Cooke (doing a lovely cover of Elvis Costello's 'I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down') and of course Bill Withers.

Rockpalast: The Smiths
From Hamburg, 1984, they did an hour in which they did some numbers 2 or 3 times. If you love their 'Hatful of Hollow' album, this was your night.

I'm a Pop Star!
The 3rd of 3 shows (I missed the first 2), this was a slightly serious runthrough of how you make it as a star, and what can go wrong. The strength was the talking heads and their anecdotes: Adam Ant, Gary Numan, Nik Kershaw, Jason Donovan, Sandie Shaw & many more were all worth hearing.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:22 am

Keane: War Child
Charity concert curated by Keane, with performances also from Lily Allen, Pet Shop Boys and Brendan Benson, among others. A good show, and a good cause.

John Barry: Licence to Thrill
Most known for his film work, this also covered the brief heyday of the John Barry Seven, and how Adam Faith got his big musical break, on forgotten BBC music show Drumbeat.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:31 am

This Is Lionel Richie
He's got a new album out, and runs through some of his old hits to prove it, along with duets with Pixie Lott and Rebecca Ferguson. He seems quite mellow these days.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:00 pm

When Rock Goes Acoustic
Amusing hour-long look at the penchant for big ballads so the crowd can wave lighters/mobiles in the air. For some it was just a sideline (Oasis), for others it overshadowed their rock intentions (Extreme). Many worthy talking heads elevate this above the pedestrian.


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Post  misery guts on Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:45 am

Billy Idol: In Super Overdrive - Live
Entertaining hour & 1/4 from a show in Texas in 2009. Billy has had his ups & downs, but he still rocks as much as ever. Managed to include a few Generation X numbers along the way, which was nice.

Lionel Richie at the BBC
An hour of live performances from throughout his career. Some great songs, still. I also listened to a compilation of his lately, which made a nice co-relation to this.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu May 10, 2012 9:46 am

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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu May 17, 2012 9:41 am

Burt Bacharach: This is Now / ...Sings Bacharach & David
First, a 1996 doc narrated by Dusty Springfield, which played off Burt's then-renaissance with the likes of Noel Gallagher rhapsodising at his lyrical genius (or musical genius if he didn't do the words). Plenty of archive footage to back up the claims. The latter show was a compilation of various performances, including unfamiliar ones, such as Dusty singing 'Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa', and The Stranglers apathetic version of 'Walk on By'. The funniest part of the whole story is that Dionne Warwick still bears a grudge that Cilla Black had a #1 UK hit with 'Anyone Who Had A Heart'  tongue


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu May 24, 2012 12:59 am

Neil Diamond: Solitary Man / ...at the Electric Proms
Hourlong doc & hourlong concert from the man once dubbed "the Jewish Elvis". His development in terms of songwriting craft, and stageshow performance was warmly told, and the live show dealt out all his great hits.


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Post  misery guts on Tue May 29, 2012 12:39 pm

Nat 'King' Cole - When I Fall In Love
Charming hour with footage of Nat mixed with chat from his widow & daughters. The archive stuff included a lovely sequence with a 10 year old Billy Preston, and a neat song with Sammy Davis Jr. In that, Sammy did the first verse in impression of Nat. Nat got him back by impersonating Sammy in the 2nd verse, to Sammy's evident delight  Very Happy

One Night With Barry Manilow
Also a charming hour mixing performance and some talking heads. Weirdly, during discussion of 'Could It Be Magic', both Robin Gibb and Donna Summer spoke in its favour (she having had a minor hit with a cover of it). Seeing this coincidence after the last week or so was very spooky.

Barry Manilow at the BBC
More archive footage from various shows, mixed with a bit of chitchat. It says a lot about him that this tended to be from appearances on chatshows like Parkinson, rather than TOTP or the Old Grey Whistle Test. Still, Barry's Barry  cheers

Exotic Pop at the BBC
A whimsical hourlong compilation from various people who don't fit the usual Anglo-American mould, i.e. Nana Mouskouri, Charles Aznavour, Plastic Bertrand, and my favourites Incantation (with 'Cacharpaya' )  king


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:57 am

Evidently... John Cooper Clarke
Punk poet and sometime musical poet too, acerbic wordsmith, A1 rhymer, quirky character, resembling Howard Marks in shades (only much better). A decent overview of a brilliant mind.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:07 am

Sight & Sound in Concert: Ian Dury / Dr Feelgood
Enjoyable hourlong show from 1977, I think. This was one of many shows that seemed to be created to counterbalance the chart-heavy trend of TOTP. In this case, with half an hour from two impressive punk acts.

Gary Moore and Friends: One Night in Dublin
From Aug 20, 2005, a moving hour+ concert in tribute to Phil Lynott, and featuring guest appearances from Brian Robertson, Scott Gorham and Eric Bell on Thin Lizzy's biggest & best numbers. Clearly a great time was had by all, and it's just tragic to consider that Gary's gone too now.


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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:42 am

Jools Holland: London Calling
Musician & presenter looks into the history of the sounds of London, from bells and street cries, to the more modern sounds of people like Joe Brown, Suggs and Damon Albarn. Entertaining stuff, if a bit glossed after a while.

Glastonbury - After Hours
Dreary waffle about backstage areas which don't usually appear on TV screens, the sort of guff usually described as 'the real Glastonbury'.

Radiohead at Glastonbury 1997
Shown in conjunction with the above, and more interesting, this depicted the don't-call-them-Britpop band running through many of their hits from the year they released 'OK Computer'.

Moby: Main Square Festival
From a wet night in Arras, France, in 2009, the electropop musician runs through his hits, with help from female vocalists. An engaging show, with nice touches such as Moby mixing some of his announcements in English and French.
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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:21 am

All You Need is Klaus
Charming doc with Klaus Voormann looking back over his musical career, whilst compiling an album to mark his 70th birthday. Along the way he meets Ringo Starr, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Dr John, Carly Simon and the Manfreds, amongst others. One snippet that came as news to me was that KV did the famous wibbly bass intro to 'You're So Vain'  bom


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:36 am

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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:07 am

Imagine: Just One Falsetto
Starting with Eddie Holman, through that bloke out of The Stylistics, the Beach Boys, choral singing, and a bit of history, with a ludicrous timefiller about Jeff Buckley (no Mick Hucknall or Jimmy Somerville? Come on!). Interesting and informative, yet still ephemeral.

Stratpack Concert
Three hours (roughly) of assorted alumni playing classic hits - Brian May, Gary Moore, Hank Marvin, Mike Rutherford, Joe Walsh, Dave Gilmour & Ronnie Wood amongst others, not to mention the vocal help of Paul Rodgers and Paul Carrack, too. An entertaining fun show, from 2004, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:16 am

Pet Shop Boys: Live at the O2
From December 21st, 2009, on the Pandemonium Tour, this hourlong effort focussed heavily on the latest 'Yes' album, as well as their first 'Please' album from way back in 1986. An amazing stage-show, with some nods (friendly?) to a certain Roger Waters opus. They encored with 'West End Girls', unsurprisingly.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:29 am

Forever Young: How Rock N Roll Grew Up
Amusing hour-long retrospective arguing that whilst pop was originally dismissed as a five minute wonder, those involved can't/won't give it up, and so we have the spectacle of ageing rockers touring successfully singing a back catalogue that's decades old (though some do try to grow old more gracefully).

Prince: A Purple Reign
How Minneapolis' most famous son became a musical virtuoso, conquered the world if not his shyness, ran into a record company brick wall, persevered, and can now release more material than his fans can really cope with - though here too, his heyday has long passed.

The B-52's : With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, Georgia
From back on February 18, 2011, a homecoming show lasting more than an hour and a half, with a fair mix of their bigger hits and crowd-pleasers. I was bemused that they did 'Love Shack' about 2/3 of the way in, but their encore did feature 'Wig' as well as 'Planet Claire' and 'Rock Lobster'. The sort of band who give idiosyncracy a good name.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:11 am

Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany
How disparate German musicians tried to forge a new identity away from the all-pervading sounds of the USA and UK. Bands included Amon Duul, Can, Neu!, Faust, Harmonia, Cluster, Tangerine Dream, and most famously Kraftwerk. Many of the musicians were interviewed, not to mention Iggy Pop.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra: AVO Session
From Basel, Switzerland, an hourlong show featuring guest turns from Ruby Turner, and Marc Almond.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:58 am

How Clubbing Changed The World
A sequel to a similar doc a year ago, this counted down 40 events which helped shape the current dance music dominance, from the originality of Kraftwerk, through the effects of the drug Ecstasy, to the recent rise of EDM in the USA. I'm not convinced on the merits of the "club remix" but this was otherwise a nostalgic trip for 2 hours through the highs and lows of the past 30+ years.



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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:30 am

Here Comes The Summer: The Undertones Story
How 4 guys from troubled Derry formed a new wave band which stood apart from the norm with songs of real teenage struggle, and who ultimately split because they weren't going on to bigger things (and singer Feargal Sharkey did then go on to at least a #1 single). Some insightful stuff here, but Sharkey's clear distance from the group doesn't reflect well on him.

Pulp - Live
From Brixton Academy at the end of their breakthrough year, 1995, they play the hits from their 2 recent albums, and signs of their frontman's egomania (or self-loathing) are already well in evidence. But a fun showcase all the same.

The Carpenters Story: Only Yesterday
They didn't want to be stars, then they were stars, then they each had their own demons to face, but only Richard succeeded. Arguably they never suffered a likely career decline, and Karen's death may have helped save countless other anorexia sufferers by highlighting the condition. But the price, as always, is too high.


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