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Post  misery guts on Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:14 am

Live With... Nerina Pallot
She's got a new album out, and did some songs from it, but also her biggest (and worst, IMO) hit 'Everybody's Gone To War', and a soulful take on Ce Ce Peniston's 'Finally'.

Marvin Hamlisch - What He Did For Love
The piano prodigy grew up to be an ace composer, theatrical hit star, Oscar winner, Bond theme co-composer, and erstwhile champion for music in schools. Despite his big success, he seemed somewhat narked that his talent wasn't stretched enough, and when it was, it didn't bring the same success. A cavalcade of faces were here to sing his praises, from Barbara Streisand to Carole Bayer Sager, to Quincy Jones to Idina Menzel to John Lithgow. He was hugely busy still even up this death.

Hot Chocolate at the BBC
Poor Errol died back in May, and it took 4 months to put together this rather soul-less compilation of the band's appearances. Though at least they rattled through the numbers with aplomb, all the big hits and more.

Paloma Faith - Live @ V Festival 2015
Chelmsford in the daytime, and a busy little selection, ending with 'Changing' inevitably.


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Post  misery guts on Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:26 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Tasmin Little
Violin genius learnt from the great Menuhin. 1990 saw her 1st record and her 1st Proms performance. This 2008 extract plugged her "Naked Violin" website initiative. She turned 50 earlier this year.

Live at... the Tabernacle
A short concert from Notting Hill, from virtuoso legend Rick Wakeman with his also-keyboard-playing son Adam. Amongst the tunes was a nice cover of Eleanor Rigby.

Rihanna: No Regrets
Took a few goes to sit through this. Her problems with Chris Brown really sent her career on a fresh path after the blockbuster success of her 3rd album "Good Girl Gone Bad". Mica Paris was a contributor here too, bizarrely.


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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:40 am

The John Peel Lecture 2015 w/Brian Eno
The noted ex-Roxy Music producer and creative thinker talked about the importance of the creative industries, against government talk of putting a price on its worth. He seemed a bit heroically optimistic at times, talking of the wealth of the west and the prospects for a more artistic future with robots doing more of the work. Well, we'll see.

First Love: Sophie Winkleman
The posh actress has 3 months to prepare an operatic piece from La Boheme. Though plummy and likeable, Sophie stressed a lot, but after chats with Renee Fleming and others, she delivered on the night.

The South Bank Show Originals: James Galway
The Irish flautist was featured in 1999, and is still wowing them to this day. He revisited Belfast, where he grew up, spoke of his career in various orchestras, and his big moment where he struck out alone. He's still as dedicated as ever.


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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:15 am

Rush: Music in Review 1974-1977
Covering their first 5 LPs, including legendary concept '2112'. The album-by-album review format seemed less generous than it often is in these things, perhaps a knock on them for being Canadian.

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia - Live in Concert
From Jan 28 this year, at the Orpheum Theatre, LA. Annie played the whole of her middling covers album, before an encore of 'Here Comes The Rain Again' and 'Why'. I wasn't impressed when Rod Stewart did this sort of thing, and I'm not impressed here, either.

Echo and the Bunnymen - MTV Live
From "Galicia 2010" apparently, only a short extract but fitting in the significant hits like "The Killing Moon" and "The Cutter".
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:27 am

BBC Four Sessions: Georgie Fame - The Birth of Cool
Jolly hour-long concert, with guest help from Zoot Money, Madeline Bell and the late Rico Rodriguez. Fame is another one who's survived the last half-century well.

Andre Previn at the BBC
Hour-long compilation of the great pianist/conductor in various profiles and performances, though his sketch with Morecambe & Wise probably remains his cultural highlight.

Arcade Fire - MTV Live
Possibly some night in Spain, an hour or so with various hits, some of which I already knew.

Europe in Concert: Glen Hansard
The former Frames frontman, here at the Event Hall at Messe Basel, in 2013. OK, I've not heard of him before, but it was a nice show, with a surprising cover of Aretha Franklin's "Respect" along the way.

Courteeners: Live @ V Festival 2015
Chelmsford in the daytime for a half-hour from a band unlikely to have another heyday.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:53 am

Music For Misfits: The Story of Indie
A lengthy 3x1 hour series looking at the last 40 years from the Buzzcocks releasing their own record on their own homemade label, and how other minor labels in England and Scotland helped make stars that major labels would not have. A recurring theme was the eventual inclusion of the majors when the indies couldn't keep business going (or when they were too successful to be ignored). A huge number of folk were interviewed, from reclusive mavericks like Bill Drummond, to mouthy egomaniacs like Alan McGee, and well-meaning but fairly irrelevant types like poet Simon Armitage. Some labels received inordinate attention (Factory Records featured in all 3 editions), but the story was so honed in on events like Britpop that it couldn't see the wider scene it took part in. Fun, though.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:14 am

Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship - Live on Air
A pleasant half hour culling together material from both bands, including 'White Rabbit', and 'Somebody To Love'.

Ry Cooder - Live on Air
Also a half hour of performances from a couple of shows, notably starting and finishing with the same song ('Tattler').

Leonard Bernstein at the BBC
Not as endearing as the Previn compilation, though his track record was also formidable. One lighter moment came when asked about his view on the infamous Nice re-interpretation of 'America', which he denied having criticised at all.

Jessie Ware - Live @ V Festival 2015
She was on at night, and ran through a handful of hits, one of which segued briefly into Marvin Gaye's "I Want You".

Live with... Barenaked Ladies
Another half hour performance, they did "One Week" as an obligatory big number. I still prefer "If I Had A Million Dollars".
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Post  misery guts on Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:37 am

Totally 60s Psychedelic Rock At the BBC
Complementing the former, this rattled through most of the above, but also including Joe Cocker, the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band, the Incredible String Band, Status Quo and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.


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Post  misery guts on Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:13 am

Leee John: Live at... the Jazz Café
In Camden, and introduced by DJ James Whale, LJ ran through a short set of Imagination's hits, and seemed in keen form, even after 30 years.

Alfie Boe: Storyteller at the Royal Albert Hall
Over an hour and a half of material from 2013, from across the spectrum, and with guest help from Emilia Mitiku. His banter and enthusiasm helped lift the overall tone of an entertaining performance.


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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:23 am

Europe In Concert: Kyla La Grange
From the Event Halle at in Basel, 2013, like a lot of this series. A steady set, perhaps enlivened by a cover of the Talking Heads number 'This Must Be The Place'.

Girls in Bands at the BBC
There was a documentary with this, but I couldn't stick with it. It's a pretty broad umbrella anyway, from the Runaways and the Go-Go's, to Sonic Youth and Skunk Anansie. No signs of the Slits, amusingly.


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Post  misery guts on Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:34 am

Don Broco: Rock Stories
They played a few hits, but mostly talked about how the band came together, how they fitted in University, and then realised they had what it took to make a proper go of being a band. Their Don Brew-co tea was an amusing sideline, too.


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Post  misery guts on Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:48 am

Lawson - Live @ V Festival 2015
They need more time, really. And more hits. But this was fair enough for the stage they're currently at.

Live With... All Kings and Queens
Gabriella Cilmi has now become a duo with her brother Joseph, and they've some decent songs, whilst she remains a singer with a great voice.


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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:47 am

Ultimate Cover Versions at the BBC
An hour compilation of the good & the not-so-good, all of which had been #1 in the UK. UB40, Pet Shop Boys, Sinead O'Connor, Shaggy, Soft Cell, Manfred Mann and Ken Boothe. Most were over-familiar, and many weren't worth hearing again. A few were surprises, though.

Simply Buble
A heady hour relating the plucky Canadian's rise to fame, and occasional hit singles alongside mega-hit-selling albums. Seems like a nice guy.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:53 am

Inside Uriah Heep 1976-1980
The second of 2 shows, at last, this was elevated because the ever-enjoyable Trevor Bolder joined the band, and because record boss Gerry Bron did some of the producing, and was as harsh on himself as he was on the band. Some of the other band members tried to keep a positive stance, but the sense of a band past its peak was too hard to shake off.

Imagine: The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson
Erstwhile guitar hero diagnosed with terminal cancer, relating his life story to Julien Temple, revisiting Canvey Island, and generally being positive about death. Wouldn't you know, another doctor suggests his inoperable cancer might be operable after all, and lo! It gets cut out. Then he gets ill in recovery whilst his immune system tries to get back to normal. But Wilko is a maverick and a fighter, and a true original.


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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:17 am

Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song
Lengthy tribute to the great man, chatting to Michael Grade on stage, whilst various singers did many of his songs. These varied from Laura Mvula and Alfie Boe, to Justin Hayward and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Burt didn't have much new or different to say, which is hardly surprising.

30 Seconds To Mars: MTV Live In Malaysia 2011
A steady hour show with a jolly front-man who manages to carry the project off better than many supposedly greater dudes can.

Rainbow: Up Close and Personal
Steady look at the Deep Purple spin-off project, where the hair length of the band was considered a major selling point with fans, and the assorted talent in the band were also judged inferior to Richie Blackmore.

The Wanted - Dream
Briefly-successful boyband who apparently laid the ground-work for the success of One Direction, and were then rendered obsolete by them. Seeing the story of their formation, and their individual journeys (some from previous failed bands) made them all the more interesting, though Nathan Sykes seems positioned as the most talented one, and his solo career seems the likeliest to work out during their current "hiatus".
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Post  misery guts on Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:25 am

Europe in Concert: James Blunt
From 2014, he delivered a pretty decent show, though I notice "You're Beautiful" passes through long before the end. His crowd banter is warm, though, and they seem happy enough.

MTV World Stage: Placebo
From London in this August, a solid show which featured the odd cover, and guest singing spots from Broken Thin, and Joan as Police Woman. They may have gone off the media radar, but they clearly still please the crowds.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:16 am

Live With... The Zombies
They're still around after half a century, just released a new album, and here ran through half a dozen tracks new and old. Rod & Colin seem a pretty solid team now.

MTV World Stage: Biffy Clyro
At the O2 Academy, Glasgow, in November 2014, and a pretty decent show, with perhaps more catchy hits than might be expected.

Wretch 32 - Live @ V Festival 2015
Like Example, he's got a bit of a track record behind him now, and can still cough up the odd winner from time to time.

Mojo Working: Chuck Berry
The fun with this series is not so much the classic footage of the star in question, so much as the randomness of those singing his praises, such as Stuart Adamson (of Big Country) and John "Rhino" Edwards (of Status Quo). I still feel the lyric "he could play guitar just like ringing a bell" is one of the very greatest in rock history.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:08 pm

Mojo Working: Little Richard
As with other episodes, the performance footage was almost secondary to seeing which luminaries thought enough of him to be included - here Afrika Bambaataa and Caron Wheeler.

I'm Not In Love - The Story of 10cc

Four fertile talents, three great singers, founders of Strawberry Studios, given their first break by Jonathan King, but a better one when acting as studio band for Neil Sedaka (sadly not interviewed). Though "I'm Not In Love" was their triumph, it represented the beginning of the end, as Godley & Crème were bored with lovey-dovey stuff and split over "The Things We Do For Love". Though they carried on for a while, and managed a 3rd #1 single, it was the work on pioneering video promos from G&C that really made the difference in the 1980's.

The Script - Live @ V Festival 2015
Also on in daylight, they had a short set too, but seem to have established themselves well enough.


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Years & Years - Live @ Ibiza Rocks 2015
One of this year's big breakthrough acts, here with a steady short set, and a fondness for one-word titles.


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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:52 am

Europe in Concert: James Gruntz
Never heard of him, but apparently he's a big star in Switzerland, and has been knocking out albums for 10 years. On this evidence, he seemed alright enough, though I doubt S-Pop is going to take off.

TOTP2: Boybands
A curious compilation from the obvious to the unlikely (New Edition, maybe, but the Village People?!)


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Post  misery guts on Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:24 am

Rollermania
For the 40th anniversary of the Bay City Rollers' cracking the USA, a decent hour on this Scottish boyband who blazed briefly and then fell to bits. Basically, they were a Scottish Monkees, and they made the same mistake in wanting to play and write their own works, even though they weren't proficient at either. The Ramones producer Craig Leon was one of the quirkier contributors, averring that the Rollers' big American break-through "Saturday Night" was just a crib from "Blitzkrieg Bop". The surviving band members were still proud of their days in the sun.

The World According to Kenny Everett
Maverick Brit radio DJ who died 20 years ago. As well as pioneering work on radio, helping to break "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a hit, he also shone on television, bringing rock stars into his world to mutual joy, whether it was Cliff Richard or Rod Stewart. He is still fondly missed.

Danny Baker's Christmas Hits
A healthy hour-plus compilation claiming to look at the worthier Xmas classix, yet still winding up with the bloody awful Fairytale of New York. Recently read Baker's 2nd volume of autobiography too, with his adventures in talk radio, which was better than this.


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Mojo Working: Otis Redding
Never known as the "Singing Roadie", he nevertheless impressed the likes here of Marti Pellow and Afrika Bambaataa. The live material was good, though.

Remembering Otis
I suspect much of the above live material came from here, footage from the Stax-Volt European Tour of 1967 (handily, Sam & Dave and Booker T were included, perhaps for completeness), and also a gig in Monterey, Jun 17, 1967. Unsurprisingly, DA Pennebaker was at the bottom of this.

The Possibilities Are Endless
Moving feature-length doc about Edwyn Collins, who suffered 2 major cerebral haemorrhages, and is slowly trying to rebuild his life and his career. Amazingly, he's back to singing and recording, though not remotely as sharp as he was at his height. He and his wife were the backbone of this, along with much footage of an appearance he made on I think a Conan O'Brien show, where he was somewhat cheeky to his host. The title came from a mantra Edwyn used to encourage himself from his low ebb.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:58 pm

High Tech Soul - The Creation of Techno Music
An entertaining surprise, covering the key three on the Detroit scene, Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, plus sundry other fans, DJs and players. One was the originator, one was the innovator, one was the elevator, and they looked across the waters to Europe, saw what Kraftwerk & co were doing, and to use the well-worn American cliché, they took it to another level. And a good job they did.


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The Nation's Favourite Bond Song
Cunning bit of seasonal telly, even more cunning for omitting the recent Sam Smith effort. Many, many folk were here, from David Arnold and Roger Moore, through to Don Black and Carole Bayer Sager, and pretty much anyone alive who was relevant, plus archive from John Barry and a few others. Here was the voted-for rundown:
20 Another Way To Die
19 Tomorrow Never Dies
18 The World is Not Enough
17 Die Another Day
16 The Man with The Golden Gun
15 Thunderball
14 You Know My Name
13 The Living Daylights
12 Licence To Kill
11 GoldenEye
10 You Only Live Twice
09 From Russia With Love
08 For Your Eyes Only
07 A View to a Kill
06 We Have All The Time in the World
05 Nobody Does It Better
04 Diamonds Are Forever
03 Goldfinger
02 Live and Let Die
01 Skyfall
Huh Rolling Eyes


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A John Williams Celebration
From the Walt Disney Concert Hall (!), the LA Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel, pounded out many of the movie tunes that John Williams has been responsible for, before John, sat in the audience, took over for the encore to deliver his highlight from "The Empire Strikes Back".


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