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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:14 am

Definitely Dusty
An hour look at the Brit chanteuse & gay icon who passed away in 1999. Her close friends acknowledged she could be idle and only in it for the money. Her short-sightedness was quite amusing (apparently she and Sandie Shaw were equally bereft in this department). Her late -80's PSB-inspired renaissance was the period that interested me the most.

Dusty
A random edition of her TV series, with Scott Walker as her guest. The whole thing was just song after song, even Scott had to do the same, no interaction between them at all. Odd.

Dusty Springfield at the BBC
A typical hour compilation of many of her performances. Notable highlights included duets with Mel Torme, Warren Mitchell (in character as Alf Garnett), and 'Nothing Has Been Proved'. Alas, no 'In Private'.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:46 pm

Harry Connick Jr - In Concert on Broadway
Middle of the road stuff from shows on July 30th-31st, 2010, at the Neil Simon Theatre, New York. Almost an hour and a half, and as good as you'd expect.

...Sings the Great American Songbook
An hour-compilation from a mix of stars, from the obvious (Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis Jr) to the more out there (Captain Sensible). Solid stuff, as you'd expect.

Howard Goodall's Story of Music: The Popular Age
The conclusion of a 6-part history series (and the only edition I saw), HG runs through the highs and lows of the past century, as opera declined to be replaced by musicals, classical music found a new home in films, and the Pop and Rock & Roll eras took precedence, whilst minimalism and sampling typified the experimental urge. The picture seemed to bq quite a positive one.

The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Modern Music - Easy Listening?
Also the conclusion (of a 3-part series), I expected this to be broadly similar but it wasn't - far from it. This was a seriously dull look at changes in classical music, from the rebellions of John Cage onwards. People I've never heard of, like Marton Feldman, Terry Riley, Arvo Part and John Tavener were regarded as creative gods. Minimalism got a big mention here, too, but it all seemed desperately tedious and worshipped by incredibly self-regarding clots. Give me simplicity and melody any day.
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Totally British 70s Rock: 1970-4
Compilation of a selection of acts from this period, from the obvious to the less so. So there were Nazareth, Thin Lizzy, Free, Status Quo and Mott The Hoople, as well as Family, Man and Stone The Crows. A useful way to fill an hour.

The ballad of Mott The Hoople
How a middling rock band were unable to translate a great live reputation into record sales until David Bowie gave them a surefire hit in 'All The Young Dudes'. Ian Hunter kept things going for a while, but line-up problems slowly spelt their doom. Hunter's solo career is worthy of its own doc.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:34 pm

The Cure: Live at Bestival 2011
At the Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight, no less. Anyway, almost 2 hours of the usual, even if Robert did introduce 'Friday I'm In Love' as though it pained him to have to sing it.

Totally British 70s Rock: 1975-9
The match to the first half of that decade, here were more of the reliable names like Ducks Deluxe, The Motors, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Elvis Costello, Ace, Graham Parker and the Rumour, Dire Straits, Nick Lowe and Dr Feelgood. Indeed, Lowe seems overdue for a proper doc on his career. In the meantime, there's...

Oil City Confidential
Almost 2 hours from director Julien Temple, on the rise & fall of Dr Feelgood. From Canvey Island, dubbed Oil City in the so-called Thames Delta, the nucleus of the band were magnetic frontman Lee Brilleaux, and boggle-eyed madhead guitar god Wilko Johnson. They built up a strong following in the pub rock scene in London, peaked with a live album in 1976, but then fell apart as punk stole their thunder, and Wilko's muse deserted him. Brilleaux died in 1993, and Wilko recently announced his own terminal cancer. But for a time, they were the hottest band around, and well worth this tribute.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:00 am

Les Paul: Chasing Sound
Engaging hour & half run-through of the pioneer's story. How a humble guy from Waukesha, Wisconsin learnt the guitar, invented overdubbing and multi-tracking, had a hit duo with Mary Ford, and became immortalised by Gibson Guitars. The array of greats bigging him up included BB King, Richard Carpenter, Ahmet Ertegun, Merle Haggard and more. From 2007, the star talking head was of course Les himself.

Les Paul: Live in New York City
From May/June 2005, an hour from Les' regular shows at the Iridium Jazz Club, together with his Trio, and also friends Jose Feliciano and especially Steve Miller. A pleasant melodic show which I think tied in with Les' 90th birthday.

Jeff Beck - Rock N Roll Party: Honouring Les Paul
Back at the Iridium in 2010 to pay tribute, Beck was helped out on vocals by Imelda May, Gary 'US' Bonds, Brian Setzer and particularly Darrel Higham. David Bowie was amongst the stars in the audience. I was less convinced by this show than the other two.
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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:45 am

The Hit Factory: The Stock, Aitken & Waterman Story
For 3-4 years at the end of the 1980's, the SAW team and the PWL label created 13 #1 singles, and turned several acts into stars. Less familiar names like Nathan Moore, Hazell Dean and Kim Appleby all paid tribute to the team, even Lamont Dozier gave them their due. When the decade changed, the music scene did too, and they were never the same again. But it was fun while it lasted.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:01 pm

Mark Lawson Talks To... Michael Ball
Theatre star celebrating almost 30 years in the business, and his 50th birthday, occasionally DJing on Radio 2, but still performing and turning out the odd new album. His 1992 EuroVision involvement is brought up, but with no suggestion he's interested in another bash at it (he's amusingly frank when asked about what the UK can do about doing better  Laughing )


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Post  misery guts on Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:56 am

Young Guns Go For It
This was a 4-part series from 1999, each part centred on one 80s band, their rise & in some cases, fall. Marc Almond provided the narration.

Culture Club
George met Mikey first and then Jon. Though George was the star, Jon was the driving force on the business side. Also, Jon & George became an item but had to be coy about it. 4th member Roy was a bit of a square peg, but did exemplify that all 4 represented different cultural groups. Anyway, after incredible success in 1982-4, things started to deteriorate, and George's drug mishaps didn't help. Though they split in 1986, they reformed in 1998. George continues to be star material for others.

The Human League
There was a band in Sheffield with wacky electronic sounds and wacky lyrics. But they weren't successful so they split. Phil Oakey recruited two girls from a dancefloor and went on to outdo his former bandmates (now in Heaven 17). But despite a US #1 in 1986, they never really hit the heights for too long, though they continue to try.

Bananarama
Friends who turned punk links into sudden surprising success in the new decade, but always had a firm idea of their own worth. Despite club success when working with PWL, tensions with Siobhan saw her leaving, and briefly replaced. After clearing the air with Siobhan, they reformed the original line-up briefly, but their heyday was long past.

The (rise and fall of the) Smiths
In Manchester there was a loner, Morrissey. One day, budding guitar hero Johnny Marr took inspiration from Lieber & Stoller, and knocked on Mozza's door. A songwriting partnership was formed, and Marr found 2 other guys to round out the band. But when they signed a contract, Moz insisted only he and Marr should sign. This unequal division, plus Moz expecting Marr to do his dirty work, eventually led them to split in 1987, and a lengthy and expensive court case over royalties a decade later.

I really enjoyed this short series, even if in some cases I already knew the stories.
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Post  misery guts on Sun May 05, 2013 6:53 am

We Love The Monkees
Again, the usual story. One distinction I usually miss is that though Mike & Peter were budding musicians, Mickey & Davy were actors. The show mixed the both, but their longevity was in the music. They fought to take control, despite the show being the opposite. Musical satisfaction combined with a market decline, the show being zilched, and their experimental film being a flop. They reformed for tours with & without Mike, and interest still remains.

Last Shop Standing
The saga of independent record shops, how they boomed and then bust, but how some continue to survive. Downloading changed the goalposts for the industry, and now diversification is the watchword. A plethora of usual suspect musoes were on hand to rhapsodise about their importance, including Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Fatboy Slim, Richard Hawley, Nerina Pallot, and author Graham Jones, whose book of the same name inspired the doc in the first place.


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Post  misery guts on Mon May 13, 2013 1:30 pm

Behind The Music: Hall & Oates
They grew up in Philadelphia, made a good connection in the upcoming Tommy Mottola, found new songwriting help from two sisters, and hit big with help from MTV. After 5 big years, they took 3 off and the mood was less good when they returned. They went their separate ways again, but reunited and overcame critical shunning through the Internet, and kudos from cool acts like The Killers. Despite some health problems, they continue to perform, according to this 2009 update.

Behind The Music: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Spotted in Alabama, they made a fast break-through, until the fateful night in October '77 when their plane crashed, and they lost the heart of the band. But the songs survive, and the band survives with new members, and new material to bolster classics like 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Freebird'.


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Post  misery guts on Wed May 22, 2013 7:45 am

Emeli Sande - Live in London
From the Royal Albert Hall, no less, this was a predictable concert, enhanced by guest spots from Professor Green and Labrinth (the latter in the encore). She ended on 'Next to Me'. The proof of the pudding will be the next album, of course.

Culture Show Special: Not Like Any Other Love - The Smiths
To coincide with the 30th anniversary of their 'Hand in Glove' single, a short tribute to the Mancunian mavericks, with a sliding scale of credibility for the talking heads. They remain a fascinating subject for discussion.


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Post  misery guts on Tue May 28, 2013 8:17 am

Rock N Roll Britannia
Showing to justify the repeat of the above, this was a new doc about how the Brits handled the early days and peak period of Rock n Roll (in the 50's, mainly). Cliff Richard and Joe Brown rubbed shoulders with Marty Wilde and the lesser-spotted Vince Eager. Despite the knocks, this was still a good tribute.


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Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:15 pm

The Story of Now
A blatant hour-long advert, the story of Richard Branson's mega-selling compilation series, "Now That's What I Call Music" had plenty of talking heads, but not enough brains to match. Basically, compilation albums used to have to feature session musicians to avoid paying the rights for songs. Virgin Music had the rights in 1983, and put out a proper collection. The rest, bar the brief rivalry of other brands, was history. Amusingly, Madonna refused to be included on the Now albums, and when her 'True Blue' album was kept off #1 by Now!, her record company lobbied for compilations to get their own chart (a sensible idea, actually).


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Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador
This was introduced as the first ever documentary on him, which seems unlikely. Since the time between his fame began and his untimely death is relatively short, there was space to cover the Stax/Volt tour of Europe in 1967 in good depth. Colleagues like Booker T Jones and Sam Moore, and his record label boss Al Bell were effusive in praise, whilst many future greats like Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and Lulu were all full of respect. Whilst the S/V guys were chuffed to find they received their due from the UK crowds, it raised their expectations. When they returned home, Otis pushed himself harder, and was dead at just 26.

Stax/Volt Tour
From Oslo, on April 7th, 1967, the line-up went Booker T and the MGs; The Marquees (sp?); Arthur Conley, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave, and headliner Otis Redding. A joyful show with a wacky crowd.


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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:20 pm

Bobby Womack: Across 110th Street
Surprised to see when I looked through this thread that Bill Withers got his tribute over a year ago. Anyway, he turned up again here for Mr Womack (also Bobby's daughter Ginare, brother Friendly and 2nd wife Regina). Bobby started out singing with his brothers, before going solo and finding support from Sam Cooke. But Cooke died, and Bobby married his widow, which didn't entirely help matters. Bobby went into a quiet spell before being rediscovered by Damon Albarn for one of Gorillaz' better efforts, 'Stylo', and then Albarn produced him an album which earned him fresh critical kudos and this programme, which showed he was worth it.

Soul To Soul
From March 1971, a concert in Ghana featuring The Staple Singers, Santana, Ike & Tina Turner, and top billing Wilson Pickett. Generally an entertaining historical document and a good show.

Respect Yourself - The Stax Records Story
The name Stax came from Jim STewart and Estelle AXton. Al Bell was a key force during the good years, and though hardy types like Booker T Jones and Sam Moore had talent, it was roadie Otis Redding who put them on the map. As with the Redding doc, it was a joy to hear how their 1967 European tour made them feel like not merely stars, but respected equals. When Otis dies and Martin Luther King Jr gets shot dead, things go for a burton. But they recover with a new impetus into the 1970's with the likes of Isaac Hayes... and then their reach exceeds their grasp, a bank deal or two bounces back, and the wheels drop off. But their legacy lives on...
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:27 pm

History of the Eagles - Parts 1 & 2
All the major band members were here, along with guys like Kenny Rogers and Jackson Browne, who helped them along the way (no Linda Ronstadt, though). Part 1 covered their main period up to their 1980 split, and then part 2 covered their solo efforts and 1994 reunion. Hugely informative to me, and with a clean-cut candour at times (Glenn Frey being something of a hard nut). It seems neat that Tim Schmit, who seemed to join the original line-up too late in the game, has remained a key part of the team ever since. Joe Walsh, who I like more every time I see him on shows like this, has the nous to know not to rock the boat, and no need to. Charting the rise & fall of Don Henley's facial hair was an amusing sideline to the story, too.

In Concert: The Eagles
Half-hour from 1973, so rather short of familiar material, though they did end on 'Take It Easy' Smile

California Comes To The Whistle Test
Another handy BBC compilation, this time notable for the less familiar names, like Judee Sill, although there were plenty of the usual suspects; Zevon, Cooder, Waits, Raitt, Ronstadt, Taylor & Simon etc


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The Birth of a Band: Emerson, Lake & Palmer at the Isle of Wight Festival, 1970
One of several Murray Lerner films combining concert footage with reminiscences from involved parties; in this case, Keith, Greg and Carl themselves (and manager John Gaydon). The title reflects this was an early gig that put them on the map, as a supergroup and a serious musical force. And worth watching it was, too.

Nothing Is Easy: Jethro Tull at the Isle of Wight Festival, 1970
Unlike the other ones, only one talking head was needed here: Ian Anderson himself. The archive material also highlighted a peculiar spat over the need for a soundcheck, and how the organisers seemed to antagonise the crowd to facilitate this. But again, the music was well worth it.


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Shirley Bassey: A Special Lady
A Thames TV special from 1980, with special guests Robert Goulet (!) and Richard Clayderman. Shirley stands & belts them out, mixing the expected with the unexpected. An undeniable vocal talent.


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Liza Minnelli Plays Avo Session
From 2012, apparently, the usual show from Basel in Switzerland. She started with 'Alexander's Rag-Time Band', put 'Cabaret' in halfway along, plugged her 'Confessions' album, and supplied much between-song banter.

Tina Turner - Wildest Dreams Tour 1996 : Live from Amsterdam Arena
An hour & half runthrough of expected hits, ancient and modern, plus the odd surprising cover. Sat down in the middle section. The encore was oldies like 'Proud Mary' and 'Nutbush City Limits'. Watching this reminds me she's been very quiet lately Neutral 

Songs of Roy Orbison
Not sure if I've seen this before. Featured the Bee Gees, Robert Plant, kd Lang, Jeff Lynne, Don Was, Bono and others applauding songs, inbetween footage of the great man in action. Still a joy to enjoy.


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Bobby Womack: Glastonbury 2013
Again from the West Holts Stage, and with Damon Albarn alongside for accompaniment, he mixed material from his highly-acclaimed comeback album with his classic stuff, to great crowd response.

First Love: Lenny Henry
Affable series encouraging celebrities to reacquaint themselves with early musical leanings. Here, comedian Lenny rediscovers his "inner soul man" , getting help from minor UK R&B star Omar, and chewing the fat with DJ Pete Tong. This leads to him performing two numbers in a jazz club: "Who is He, and What is He to You?" and "Take Me to The River". And unsurprisingly, he goes down well.

Moog
Over an hour with Robert Moog and various celebrity acolytes, most amusingly being Rick Wakeman, who enthuses that Moog's creation allowed keyboardists to finally give guitarists a run for their money.

Robyn Hitchcock: I Often Dream Of Trains
Not someone I've given any thought to before, but this was a charming show, mostly a live concert performance of his most celebrated album, but mixed with chat footage of Robyn travelling on a train with his band-mates, Tim Keegan & Terry Edwards. His on-stage banter is good, too. Certainly encouraged me to want to check out more of his work.
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