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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:06 pm

The Nation's Favourite... 70s Number One
The contrived format returns with a mix of the predictable and the less-so. George & Freda were two of the more interesting people brought on to tell their story. Here's that rundown:
20 Rock Your Baby (George McCrae)
19 Blockbuster (The Sweet)
18 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick! (Ian Dury and the Blockheads)
17 Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Kiki Dee + Elton John)
16 Band Of Gold (Freda Payne)
15 Cum On Feel The Noize (Slade)
14 Sailing (Rod Stewart)
13 I Feel Love (Donna Summer)
12 December '63 (Oh What A Night) (The Four Seasons)
11 Hot Love (T-Rex)
10 Y.M.C.A. (Village People)
09 I'm Not In Love (10cc)
08 Without You (Nilsson)
07 Night Fever (The Bee Gees)
06 I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
05 Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush)
04 Heart Of Glass (Blondie)
03 Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
02 Dancing Queen (ABBA)
01 Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

Queens of Soul at the BBC
Sister show to the Kings one reviewed previously. Again, many of the usual suspects, with several of the more recent names included to try and suggest an ongoing golden age. Nice to get Jocelyn Brown there, surprised at no Jill Scott.
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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:02 pm

Wishbone Ash - Now & Then : Almighty Blues
An enjoyable hour+ concert from an unknown year and lack of captions for the songs. But otherwise, good stuff.

First Love: Katie Derham
Picking up with some of the episodes I missed last time around. This edition featured the newsreader reacquainting herself with the violin after a 20 year gap. The sub-plot concerned her mother, who had encouraged her in her playing but since died of Alzheimers (her father remarried the violin teacher!). Like many other episodes, she failed to practice sufficiently, but found extra help, and got it together enough to complete her part in the recital with aplomb. Now she encourages the musical spirit in her own daughters. Smiles all round.

The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities
A speedy hour looking at the stars who sprang from the scenes in Belfast and Dublin, and those who came from the places inbetween. So, Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, the Boomtown Rats, U2, the Undertones and Sinead O'Connor. A pretty hearty bunch of contributors raised the tone, too, from Eric Bell and Bob Geldof to Adam Clayton and Sinead herself.

Live With... Marc Almond
Mostly stuff from his new record "The Velvet Trail", with Bedsitter thrown in for nostalgia. Actually sounds like a good album from this evidence.

Rameau Retrouve aka The Real Rameau
Jean-Phillippe Rameau, of Dijon, no less. Live in the late 17th and most of the 18th century. Though he didn't always suit the tastes of the times, he has earned his place in history since then as a great French composer, and also a great thinker too. Didn't write his 1st opera until he was 50. A lesson for us all, then.
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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:20 pm

Total Rock Review: Bad Company
Chiefly their successful 1st album, with a bit on their 2nd, and rather less on their next 3. When they were good, they were very good, but then they took drugs and Paul Rodgers left. Simon "actually in the band in question" Kirke made for a useful inclusion, otherwise it was much as usual.

The Music of Buddy Holly and the Crickets
He didn't write Oh Boy or Not Fade Away, but certainly popularised them. They had the makings of a Mania, receiving wild and enthusiastic responses when touring the UK. Alas, a totally ill-conceived tour of the frozen north of the USA led to one calamity after another, until the ultimate one. Many of the surviving players were present here, in this 2004 effort, and Lubbock's loss was the world's.

Inside Argent
Rod Argent and Russ Ballard meant this band had 2 genii in it. Alas, they didn't work together, creating an inherent split personality. Though both sides coughed up one ATG each (Hold Your Head Up, God Gave Rock N Roll To You), they eventually went their separate ways.

First Love: Janet Street-Porter
Mouthy journalist tries to revive childhood interest in the recorder. Expected to perform a complicated baroque piece at Wigmore Hall, she refuses to put in the practice, gets the venue scaled down to Handel House, and cuts out the trills in the final piece. Her mentor was exasperated, the band she performed with were polite. Janet was Janet, as ever.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:22 am

The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
From 2011, but repeated to mark her centenary on Mar 20. This told her impressive story as she fought prejudice to blend secular tunes with spiritual ones. Along the way she supposedly pioneered the tourbus, and made an impression on Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. Her decline from diabetes and beyond brought things to a sad end, but shows like this keep her memory alive.

Irish Rock at the BBC
Performance compilation, checking all the big names, though apparently with nothing from Van Morrison. The ending with Hozier rather gave away the context for the whole celebration. At least Therapy? and Frank & Walters rated inclusion.

An Evening With Il Divo: Live in Barcelona
From Apr 3, 2009, a near 2 hour show much like the other concert of theirs I saw. I do like their style, though, and some interesting choices of songs.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:26 pm

Lawson: Live Sessions Uncut
Short filler to promote their new album by playing their new single, one of their oldies, and a cover of Lorde's wretched "Royals". And chatter generally.

The Free Story
Simon Kirke was the key figure talking here (and interrupted by a cat called Hendrix!) Their trajectory was skewed by the OTT success of "All Right Now", a one-off they couldn't hope to recapture the magic of, even if it were their normal style, which it wasn't. The decline of Paul Kossoff coincided with the end of the band (and the moves to Bad Company, as discussed previously).

The Strypes: Best Thing Since Cavan
Quirky story, directed by Julien Temple, of a very young Irish band mostly formed from children of folk in other bands, who created a huge buzz, and even the attention of Elton John, but whose 2nd album was delayed by a reluctant record company (at which point the tone shifted to, they may be talented but they need to step up fast). Happily, the piece ended with the guys back on track.

Curved Air - Music In Review
An odd mix of 45 minutes of performance and then another 75 minutes of discussing their few albums. Singer Sonja Kristina Linwood, and three other band members had plenty to say, but the story again seemed to boil down to creative differences. Also, they didn't quite make the success they would have deserved.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sat May 02, 2015 12:01 pm

Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five and Beyond
Or - how much the USA loved the DC5. Elton John claims they rank at the apex with the Beatles and the Stones, which seems a novel argument. A galaxy of Americans rocked up to sing their praises, from Bruce Springsteen to Whoopi Goldberg, Gene Simmons to Stevie Wonder. Amusingly Paul McCartney had a lot to say in comparisons with the Beatles. The bulk of this near-2-hour trip was on the band, then a short bit about Dave's canny buying of the "Ready Steady Go" archive, and then an informative stretch on his mid-80s musical "Time", with archive of Freddie Mercury and Larry Olivier singing Dave's praises. Their inclusion in the R&R Hall of Fame seemed oddly overdue given their apparent god-like status.

Messiah at the Foundling Hospital
The story of how George Handel rescued both his own reputation and that of his classic oratorio by performing it in aid of a charity in London. This was an early example of the benefit concert which is so prevalent these days. Painter William Hogarth inspired the premise of charitable giving and society fell for it big-time.

Biggest Band Breakups and Makeups
Pretty much any great rock band who split or nearly did were covered here: The Police, ABBA, New Order, Simple Minds, Guns N Roses, Oasis, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, The Smiths, Take That!, The Beatles and REM. The reasons discussed were money, respect, art & so on. An amiable if probably in-essential hour.
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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Mon May 04, 2015 8:48 am

Perspectives: For The Love of Fred Astaire
Dance expert Len Goodman hot-foots it to America to tell the story of maybe America's greatest all-round performer. His early days in the shadow of his sister Adele, and then his success with Ginger Rogers, and brilliance of creation with his routines, whilst never shaking off the sense that he wasn't quite as appreciated for his work as others. Not wholly convinced by comparisons with Michael Jackson, 'Smooth Criminal' video or not. But another entertaining look at a great.

A Fine Romance: The Story of the New Romantics
This 2001 effort was more about the style and the stylish then the music, necessarily. Steve Strange, Boy George, Gary Kemp and Robert Elms were prominent contributors, and the attitude was that the Blitz club was the authentic epicentre, and the further away, the less true. Eventually, once the mainstream caught on, it was time to move on.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Wed May 06, 2015 8:44 am

On Set With Olly Murs
His latest video "Seasons" doesn't seem to be one of his best, and hasn't been much of a hit, either. But he persists.

How To Make A Number One Single
Hardly definitive, skirting from topic to topic, but with a reliable cast of contributors, from Noddy Holder and Gerry Marsden, through PRs like Judd Lander and Gary Farrow, and discussing Christmas, talent shows, the acts who never topped the charts, and so on. Nothing new, but fun to experience again.

Ghost Blues: Rory Gallagher
An Irish blues rock hero who seemed to have impressed all and sundry, from Bob Geldof and the Edge, to Slash and BillWyman, and even Shooter Jennings and Johnny Marr. His integrity in not wanting hit singles perhaps worked against him, and his decline through drugs was disappointing to his fans. He ought to have lasted past 47.


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Post  misery guts on Mon May 11, 2015 12:04 pm

Opera Stories: Carmen
The short saga of staging a French classic with a Spanish angle, at Teatro Le Fenice, Venice, for the first time in 34 years. In fact, they looked to be handling it pretty well.

Metallica: The Halcyon Days
Three hours or so covering their story from their 80s successes, the stratospheric success of their 1991 self-titled record, and how it catapulted them to a place that didn't entirely suit them, let alone please their old fans.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sun May 17, 2015 7:41 am

Rock Milestones: Thin Lizzy - Live & Dangerous
Philomena Lynott leads a fine typical line-up of contributors to re-telling the familiar story of the Irish rockers, their peak album, and Phil's failings. The respect is always evident here.

The Best of Asia - Live
Possibly from a gig on May 10, 2002, a steady run-through of several numbers, highlight being Heat of the Moment about halfway in. But the others weren't bad.

HARDtalk: Don McLean
Back in the news after selling the lyric sheet for "American Pie", he is negative about the corporate control in music today, that blacklisting is not a historical footnote, but a modern policy. That trademarking one's creative work is very important. And that computers are not good.

Drive-In Soul Classics
Possibly from a show at the Rock and Roll Palace, 1988, notable for featuring many folk from 20-30 years earlier. So, Bobby Vee and Del Shannon did a few numbers, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves and The Shirelles all contributed. And so did Sam Moore and The Platters. Rather a groovy show, really.


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Post  misery guts on Wed May 20, 2015 7:44 am

A Night In With Olly Murs
An entertainment vehicle to perform half a dozen of his songs, and have funny skits with other celebs, like Nicole Scherzinger. Olly's a likeable enough bloke, and has many good songs, but seems to be pursuing the presenter route more and more, which is a waste.

Perspectives: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Rick Wakeman presents another look at the familiar story of this controversial 18th century classic which Rick sees as the first ever concept album (he interviews Mike Rutherford of Genesis to see if he agrees). The work was lost & forgotten after Vivaldi died, only being revived after WW2 when the recording industry was getting into its groove. Rick finishes by meeting a Venezian metallist called Mistheria working on a metal re-interpretation of the work, which Rick approves of, and believes Vivaldi probably would also have liked.

Live With... Thunder
Veteran British metal band run through material from their recent album, and end with a couple of oldies. They made a good fist of this format.

Tales From The Tour Bus: Rock N Roll On The Road
Rick Wakeman again, this time retelling the early days of rock n roll in the 1960s and 1970s in Britain as bands pounded around the country in vans. A great many fun folk had much to say, such as Steve Harley, Carl Palmer, Suzi Quatro, Gary Brooker, Peter Hook, Rat Scabies, Marty Wilde, Wilko Johnson, Rowetta and many more. Cheap enough telly, but still enjoyable.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Mon May 25, 2015 8:37 am

The Outlaw
Another look at the Phil Lynott story, from 2006-ish. Brian Robertson and Eric Bell and many friends of his were involved, plus his mother of course, and even George Best (!). As ever, it's hard to imagine how he would have got on after 1986 anyway, but it would have been preferable to find out.

Arena: Brian Eno - Another Green World
The maverick instrumental genius did most of the talking, and some of the tunes (including the classic Arena theme tune). He seemed more open to musical experimentation than probably 99% of folk.

Nowhere Is Home
From Apr 2013, where Dexys Midnight Runners had a residency at the Duke of York Theatre, London, to perform their first new album in over 25 years. The songs were broken up by backstage chat, mainly from the always verbose Kevin Rowland. Sounded like a good show.

Je T'Aime - The Story of French Song, with Petula Clark
The magic of chanson francaise was as much about those who practiced it, from Johnny Halliday and Jacques Brel, to those who were appreciative of it, from Marc Almond and Pet herself. Though some modern practitioners like Stromae and Zaz are changing the currency, the nature remains as strong as ever. Quelle surprise.


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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:42 am

Rock Case Studies - The Cure 1979-1989
So Robert Smith has this band, and he's not really that goth, but he wears make-up and has frizzy hair, and gets upset when people praise his jolly songs, but he can turn out the odd pop hit sometimes & so on. Some of their albums here were better than others, and they proved surprisingly successful in the USA too.


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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:10 am

Sound of Song
A weighty 3 hour series presented by Neil Brand, retelling the story of the 20th century and beyond, from the Sheet music days, though developments of wax cylinders, vinyl and magnetic tape, thru to the current computer days. It was less about the star interviews, and more about the nuts & bolts, so it threw little fascinations such as magnetic tape being developed in Germany and taken back to the USA as a spoil of war almost. And the days of sampling and apps.

Neil Young: Music in Review
A fairly serious look from his early start in the Buffalo Springfield, and his ups & downs in his solo career, veering from slow & thoughtful to reckless & rocking. Biographers and other music journos argued over his greatest successes. By the time of the 80s, they were skipping a lot to lead up toward the present day, where he wears his elder statesman tag with pride. He gets credit for not scorning punk but welcoming it.


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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:59 am

Rock-Roll Music: Chuck Berry
A DA Pennebaker production from Toronto in 1969, as Chuck ran through his repertoire, and seemed jollier than some times. Too Much Monkey Business and Reelin & Rockin were good, and he returned to Johnny B Goode for his finale. The kind of show that showed why people liked him so much.

Chopin Saved My Life
A rather moving tale of two people who experienced great suffering, but kept it together because of their love for Chopin's "Ballade in G Minor". Momoka, from Sendai in Japan, had been brushed by the tragedy of the Tsunami. Paul from Glasgow had suffered a neural problem, and been brought out of a coma by the tune, which he was proficient at playing, though he later developed MS. A few worthy voices like Lang Lang and Vladimir Ashkenazy rhapsodised about the magical qualities of this piece of music, and it was a good reminder of a wider musical arsenal.


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Post  misery guts on Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:32 am

Snoop Dogg's #Hangout
Unlike others in this occasional series, it was of a Q&A chat, but Mr Dogg Wink still spoke warmly of David Guetta, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, PCD and Pharrell, and there were some videos to break it up. His recent 'Peaches N Cream' should have been a bigger hit (or even just a hit) over here. I realise that, as with R Kelly, he might not be the cool choice to back, but he's OK by me.

Daryl Hall & John Oates - Live in Dublin
From the Olympia Theatre on July 15 (!) 2014, this was a lengthy show mixing stuff from across their career. They boldly open with Maneater and Out Of Touch, but still have plenty left in the tank, though stringing out for 2 encores is a cheeky touch, even with Kiss On My List and Private Eyes saved up for last. A good show, all that said.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:31 pm

Masters of the Guitar
In connection with a dreary reality show called Guitar Star, this was a tribute as 10 guitar heroes paid respect to 10 others. So the likes of Tony Iommi, Phil Manzanera and Wilko Johnson tipped their hats to folk like Will Sergeant, Wes Montgomery and Paco De Lucia, though Clapton and Hendrix inevitably found themselves in the list too.

Glastonbury - Golden Greats
Ahead of this weekend's annual musical festival, this was a runthrough from the past 20 years from the coveted "Sunday teatime on the Pyramid Stage" slot which has become synonymous with veterans like Tony Bennett, Isaac Hayes, Neil Diamond, and last year Dolly Parton. Fair do's.


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Motorhead @ Glastonbury
Only a short show here, though I assume their actual set was longer (especially since this half-hour didn't include Ace of Spades). Maybe they should have been booked before now.

Inside the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
A mad bunch of mavericks, some of whom were still alive enough to comment (and they were also on Gerry Bron's label at times). They managed 5 albums in total, though arguably never quite matched the success of the first. And they were a much better live act anyway.

Paloma Faith @ Glastonbury
No fool, she got a full hour on the Pyramid Stage to run through material from her 3 albums (and a cover of Purple Haze, supposedly a taster for her next album). She closed on her #1 hit with Sigma, "Changing". Daffy but likeable.

Carly Rae Jepsen's #Hangout
This series knows no end. CRJ spoke about working with Owl City, Tom Hanks, Justin Bieber, the smash success of 'Call Me Maybe', Nicki Minaj, and plans for the future. Seems like a nice girl.
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