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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:11 am

Pavarotti in Confidence - with Peter Ustinov
Two old sweats in 1993 in Luciano's home town, taking about the great tenor's past as the son of a baker/tenor, how it was almost 40 years since he met his wife, how he liked painting in recreation, addiction to cuisine, how Italian helped with being a tenor and so on. He won a team competition held in Llangollen in 1955, met racing driving legend Fangio, summed up politics as "man should be free", summed up marriage as "men are luckier", and how in painting he "knows when it's not finished" rather than necessarily when it is. Ustinov offered the 3 singing lessons he was given: "breathe with the forehead - think with the stomach - sing with the eye". It finished on "Nessun Dorma", sensibly.


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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:37 am

Ten Pieces II
One of my fave shows of 2014 gets a follow-up that inevitably isn't as good. Though some of the tunes here are still classics (Bach's Toccata & Fugue, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries) and many of the celebrity advocates are quality (Chris Eccleston, James May, Pixie Lott), I suspect it would take a while to warm up to. But a good try & a worthy effort.

Europe in Concert: Placebo
From the Bercy Arena, Paris, in 2013, this was a solid show, Brian being on good form, and a few less familiar numbers mixed in with the rest, though still no "Pure Morning", alas.

Bryan Adams Rocks Big Ben Live
A 2-part gig with the end of the year as its interval. Quite some premise. From the Central Hall, Westminster, London, the Groover from Vancouver pleased the crowd even with a few from his recent album, but it was mainly the real big hits, and he ended with "All For Love" which I suppose must be his song after all (Sting & Rod Stewart not seeming to need it).


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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:38 am

Take That! - These Days On Tour
Jolly hour mixing footage from their tour, with chats with the three remaining band members, and some of their road crew, many of whom have been on board since 1992 (hiatus notwithstanding). They spoke of the adjustments caused by the exit of Jason, and the chance for Howard to up his game (devising an interpretive dance bit for one song). They seem concerned that their audience might go away, but as long as they have the songs they'll be around.

Discovering: Prince
A return for this series plugging classic acts to beginners. Described as "the last enigma", his 80s heyday got its due, but his record company woes and declining sales seem to have blunted his edge since then.

New Year's Day Concert from Vienna
The annual event with the Vienna Philharmonic, here conducted by Mariss Janssons. They mainly stuck to the many Strausses, and finished with the Blue Danube & Radetzky March. Secretary General of the United Nations Ban-Ki Moon was in the audience.

Live With... Judy Collins
A steady enough show from this series as she's been doing the rounds. Some less familiar material amongst the obvious.

Skindred - Rock Stories
They did a few songs, and recounted their story from a modest beginning through 2 decades of crowd pleasing without hitting the fame & fortune heights. Also inspiring the "Newport helicopter" and their latest 6th album. A good little showcase.


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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:22 am

Leningrad and the Orchestra that Defied Hitler
The saga of Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, the Leningrad Symphony. In 1941, the Russian city was already in Stalin's bad books, but became cut off and besieged by the Nazis. Shostakovich was inspired to write a 4-part work that got its world premiere on March 5th, 1942. It was then performed in Moscow, before being smuggled out to London and then New York. Though Leningrad was not liberated until January 1944, the music had helped turn the cultural tide, even if Stalin went back to hating the city after the war was over.

Enter Shikari - Rock Stories
A 4-piece formed in 2003, who released material on their own label, built support slowly and steadily, enjoy playing live, and have won critical kudos and awards. Not bad, really.

Europe in Concert: Incognito
From the Event Halle in Basel, 2013. They apparently formed back in 1980, so may be early Brit-funk survivors. They finished with their biggest hit, Always There, which was nice to hear again for a change.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:46 pm

Take That!: Heart Live
A short set for the telly channel, with some chatter between songs. It was mostly post-2005 stuff, though they finished with 'Never Forget'.

Roy Orbison - One of the Lonely Ones
A nice new lookback, notable perhaps for his children being the core of the story-tellers, along with co-writer Joe Melson. There were some adulatory comments from fellow pros like Bobby Goldsboro, T-Bone Burnett and Marianne Faithfull.

Top of the Pops: The Story of 1981
Another year, another reminiscence, albeit skewed to a few set stories. Marc Ortmans relating the making of the epic new title sequence was fun, and Richard Skinner boldly stuck up for his fellow presenters. Adam Ant and Buster Bloodvessel were just 2 obvious people not featured, though John & Nick from Duran Duran, Dave from Depeche Mode, and the crucial three members of the Human League were all there. Beyond these, and the changes from Legs & Co to Zoo, the more intriguing bit was about the Brit-funk boom, as bands like Linx, Beggar & Co and Imagination were all discussed as they won't ever get a proper show of their own.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:06 am

Roy Orbison and Friends - A Black and White Night
Sure I must have done this one before. It's a 1987 gig in Los Angeles with Roy running through his hits, with musical accompaniment from the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, kd lang, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, JD Souther, T-Bone Burnett and Jackson Browne. With Billy Idol in the audience. A welcome effort from the autumn of his career.

Top of the Pops 1981 - Big Hits
The usual round-up compilation, maybe less surprising than some, with Sugar Minott and Ten Pole Tudor perhaps being most exceptional.

The Joy of Rachmaninoff
As with the Mozart doc about a year ago, Tom Service tries to relate the story to show how he rubbed up against the Russian ethos. He was much loved by musicians like Vladimir Ashkenazy and James Rhodes, but the 1917 revolution meant he was forced to leave his homeland behind for safer climes in Switzerland.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:39 am

The Nation's Favourite... Disney Song
I expected this to be more affirmation for the wretched "Let It Go". In fact the rundown went:
10 - You Can Fly! (Peter Pan)
09 - When I See An Elephant Fly (Dumbo)
08 - He's A Tramp (The Lady and the Tramp)
07 - Whistle While You Work (Snow White)
06 - A Spoonful of Sugar (Mary Poppins)
05 - A Whole New World (Aladdin)
04 - Let It Go (Frozen)
03 - When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)
02 - Circle Of Life (The Lion King)
01 - The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book)

Odd to realise that the "second coming" of Disney has only been in the last 25 years. Fans, animators, sons of animators and cast members all had plenty to say. Maybe the more interesting were the seldom heard stories (Peggy Lee for #8, for example).

Reggae Sunsplash II
From the Montego Bay Reggae Festival, July 1979. Third World, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and headliner Bob Marley all brought sunshine with them to an appreciative crowd.

Jake Bugg @ Ibiza Rocks 2014
He can fair rattle through them. He has done a few I like, and will presumably be back soon with new material.

Hozier - Live @ V Festival 2015
One of the breakout stars of last year, here pleasing a daytime crowd with his main hits.


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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:13 am

MTV World Stage: Dizzee Rascal
From the Isle of MTV event at Il Fosos Square, Malta, in June 2014. Dizzee ran through a short set of hits, finishing with my fave, Bonkers.

Live With... Sandi Thom
Famous for the dreadful #1 "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker", she seems to have carved out a steady career without ever troubling the charts. Happily, she didn't play that big hit, but she did have a bash at the Fleetwood Mac ballad "Songbird", so Swings & Roundabouts, I guess.

Discovering: Tina Turner
How the so-called "ultimate survivor" started out with abusive parents, pestered Ike Turner for a break, soon became preferred by others to him, leading to his violence to her. After leaving him in 1976, she struggled until re-inventing herself with better material in 1982, scoring big hits, film success and a record-breaking concert in Brazil. After the film biopic of her life, her career went quiet in 2000, before one final tour in 2008. Now remarried and living happily in Switzerland apparently.

HARDtalk: Henry Rollins
Personable agitator spoke of his break with Black Flag, his happy meeting with David Bowie, how he prefers world travels, his dismay about Donald Trump, not likely to settle down at 55, and preferring solitude to loneliness. A nice guy, in fact.

Axwell & Ingrosso - Live @ V Festival 2014
A loud show with a mighty light show, they mostly performed remixes of other hits, amongst a few of their own, but that's the way with dance acts.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:41 am

Remembering Jacqueline du Pre
A steady hour from 1994, mostly with performance of JdP on the cello, sometimes on the piano, and even a little on the violin. She does most of the talking, along with her tutor William Pleeth, whom she credits as being more influential than Casals or Rostropovich. Some of the footage features her then other half, Daniel Barenboim, looking much younger with dark hair.

Charli XCX - The Ride
MTV prog relating her journey from formative songwriting attempts, success on the underground rave scene, writing for others, solo hits at last, a failed 1st album, and a more successful 2nd. She's a laugh, and does some great songs.


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Pierre Boulez at the BBC - Master and Maverick
A tribute show to the noted conductor/composer who recently died. His story was recounted well enough, his main motivation being to promote the more modern classical music, rather than merely reiterating the Beethovens and Mahlers and so on. In his latter years, he got criticised for being so didactic about this, and he was even arrested as a terror suspect in the aftermath of 9/11. But he wasn't that kind of danger.

When Pop Ruled My Life - The Fan's Story
An ultimately disappointing retread of familiar themes, from Beatlemania onwards. Presenter Kate Mossman, a journalist, related her own teenage obsession with Queen and Roger Taylor, which dissipated when she finally met him in a cinema. Several fans spoke of identifying with role models like Siouxsie Sioux or Boy George, but there was no mention of fans who marry stars (cf. Gary Numan), which merely highlighted the deficiencies in the discussion.

Pavarotti Returns To Llangollen
His famous breakthrough was at an Eisteddfod in 1955, and this gig featured him returning in gratitude 40 years later to run through a mix of material including O Sole Mio. Jolly enough show.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:51 am

Marilyn Manson: Inner Sanctum
How a bloke called Brian reinvented himself as a bad 'un, but got bad press about the Columbine massacre, and never entirely recovered momentum. His changing tastes in chicks was about as interesting as his music.

Tinchy Stryder: MTV Live
His opener featured guest vocals from Professor Green, Devlin + Giggs, whilst Melanie Fiona and Dappy guested towards the end. Nice show, from 2011, but not a giant of the business, really.


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Post  misery guts on Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:02 am

Tinie Tempah: MTV Live
In some London place, from 2010, all tracks from collaborations, with Tinie doing his bits live whilst records played his partner's contributions, which seemed an odd way to do things. Though the real Labrinth was present for the closing Pass Out.

Live With... Third Eye Blind
They've got an album out called Dopamine. They played half a dozen tracks from it. Very pleasant it was, too.

Aerosmith Rocks Donington
From the Download festival, 2014, a typically lengthy show from the veteran US rockers who seem a notch above Bon Jovi in the scheme of things, though just as smug.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:00 am

Skindred: Live In Brixton
From the Brixton Academy, Nov 2015, heady hour+ run-through of material for an appreciative crowd, including the legendary "Newport Helicopter" crowd spot.

Rizzle Kicks: Live @ V Festival 2014
A daylight performance of their brief burst of hits. Be interesting to see what they do next, if anything.

Shane McGowan: A Wreck Reborn
How the legendary Irish frontman had an all-new set of false teeth. And then decided to get a better set before it was too late. His better half, who's been with him for most of the past 30 years, emerged as the real star of the piece, amidst all the suck-ups and dental experts.

Aloe Blacc - Live @ V Festival 2014
Also in daylight, and with even less material, though apparently he wrote (or co-wrote), Avicii's #1 hit "Wake Me Up", which I didn't know.


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Discovering: Paul Weller
A young starter, supported by his Dad, slowly got the Jam together, and showed prolixity. After 6 Jam LPs, he broke up the band and went into the Style Council, to much critical chagrin. Proved popular in America, but after his record company refused to release their 4th LP, he broke that band up too. Starting again as a solo act in 1991, he built up a new catalogue of material and reclaimed his critical fanbase. He continues to write, record, release and tour, and shows no signs of slowing down or stopping.

Labrinth @ Snowbombing 2012
At the Eristoff Forest Party, a short set from 2012, which perhaps reminds one that he ought to have some new material out sometime soon, presumably.
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Kerrang! Meets... Panic At The Disco
Brendon Urie of Las Vegas' rockers talks before their gig at Brixton Academy on Jan 12 of this year, amid clips from past videos. He enthuses about the whole experience, nods to David Bowie (famous son of Brixton), UK fans, being a tourist, Positive Hardcore Thursdays, and much more. Quite a likeable guy, really, with a good band.

MTV World Stage: Nicole Scherzinger
From the Isle of MTV at Malta in June 2014, Nicole ran through her solo hits and a few PCD numbers, before encoring with her guest duettist Enrique Iglesias. Quite alright, really.

Jungle - Live @ Ibiza Rocks 2015
A pleasant enough little showcase from an alright band.

HARDtalk: John Cale
The Welsh wunderkid worked with Lou Reed in the Velvet Underground and left a legacy of influence, not least when it came to being a producer for other bands. He was very warm about the experimentation days, and the use of drugs. His own abusive suffering as a teenager was understandably a tough cross to bear. But he showed no wish to take it easy, still full of ideas and the will to use them.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:09 am

MTV Crashes Cork: Gorgon City
Apart from Zak Abel on the opener, it was mostly a star-less effort, but that let the songs take centre stage, or something.

MTV Crashes Derry/Londonderry: Afrojack
A very intense light show in the first half (warning epileptics beforehand seemed a bit optimistic, this would have stunned almost anyone). Then again, the crowd seemed happy enough.


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MTV World Stage: Alicia Keys
At the O2 Academy, Glasgow in Nov 2014, with a quite pregnant Keys belting out a few numbers inbetween chatting to the crowd. Emeli Sande joined her at one stage.


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Post  misery guts on Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:27 am

Rhythm and Blues Revue
From the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, 1955, a rather cobbled event, the Harlem Variety Revue, featured quite a talented mixture, from Lionel Hampton and Sarah Vaughn, to Count Basie and Cab Calloway, not to mention Nat 'King' Cole. The show was hosted and held together in several comic skits between numbers, but unfortunately ended abruptly so I missed these added names. Interesting show, though.

Daft Punk - Unchained
Worthy hagiography of the electronic duo, which I'm pretty sure didn't mention Kraftwerk even once. Instead their early works, how they got their name, their breakthrough with "Homework" in 1997, a monumental gig at Coachella in 2006, and their recent collaboration with Nile Rodgers all helped the predictable story along. They're the Godfathers of the EDM craze, which says a lot about the music industry really.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:40 am

Craig David Presents TS5 Live
An odd little show where his performance in a closed studio was interspersed with chats to host Becca Dudley. Apart from his recent comeback single When The Bassline Drops, it was pretty safe oldies. He spoke of how he took a long hiatus after a record company persuaded him to do a covers album of songs like Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, which was too far from his comfort zone.

Pop Profiles: Rihanna
Made around the time of her 5th LP, it covered her early years, being star spotted, and making a big leap forward with the Good Girl Gone Bad LP. I was surprised to learn Umbrella had been turned down by Britney Spears and Mary J Blige before Rihanna turned it into a winner. Jay Z has proven a helping hand more than once, too.

Marc Almond - Live at the Water Rats
Felt fresh stuff, but he did throw in a couple of Soft Cell numbers towards the end. He seems healthy and happy enough.


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Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of
Entertaining 2014 mega-doc covering their reunion & 20th anniversary tour, as each member chatted about their early days and journey, highs and lows, attempts to put together a new album, etc The frailties undoubtedly turned what was already an impressive effort into something special. Whether it was AJ's knackered knees, Brian's knackered voice, addiction & recovery issues, age difference and parental loss, and so on. They all came across as genuinely nice guys who got some unfair knocks during their heyday (their Svengali manager not only formed a rival band, N Sync, but laundered money as a matter of principle, besides other schmuckery). Happily, they finally get the new LP done, and the tour goes so well it extends into a 3rd year...

They Came From Manchester - Five Decades of Mancunian Pop
Just a clip compilation show from 2008, notable for its more esoteric inclusions, whether John Cooper Clarke or Sweet Sensation, M People and the Ting Tings. A useful reminder that Liverpool isn't the only major home of music in that neck of the woods.
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The Pointer Sisters in Africa
Very odd concert from 1974, during a music festival coinciding with the Ali-Foreman fight, apparently. Seeing them about a decade before their career zenith led to some well-sung but totally unfamiliar numbers.

Perfect Pianists with David Owen Norris
A compilation handily held together by an expert. Many greats were included here, and some surprising names were omitted. But maybe there'll be a follow-up sometime.

Discovering: Iggy Pop
"The man who invented punk rock" or "The musician's musician", he and the Stooges were credited with inspiring punk and so much of what came after. Though he was inspired by the Doors, who do not get any such credit. They did 3 LPs and all flopped. He started getting somewhere under the helpful guidance of David Bowie in Berlin. By the mid-80s, he was finally having hits and critical kudos. He appeared in films and TV roles, and reformed the Stooges so he could financially help his old band-mates. He kept producing new LPs, but was considered at his greatest live.
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Amy
Oscar-winning documentary which conveniently uses home movie footage from before she was famous, and so on. The talking heads are mainly sound only, which probably helps as the footage speaks for itself in many cases. It's little wonder her father objects to this film, as he gets most of the blame, though I was reminded of the similar buck-passing about Ian Curtis. Anyway, it's a very self-serving film that fails to do more than allow her fans to worship her some more. That it won an Oscar tells its own story.

Discovering: Cher

The fun series covers the half-decade career of "the ultimate disco diva", from a troubled childhood, a mildly accidental superstar duo with Sonny Bono, a hit telly series, her own solo adventures, her movie successes, and music revival in the mid-80s & thereafter. Her strong self-belief and willingness to take herself over-seriously were seen as keys to her longevity.
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Anvil - The Story of Anvil
Engaging 2008 rock doc about Toronto rockers Anvil, who nearly made it big in the 1980s, but didn't. Lead characters Lips and Robb remain the nucleus from the old days, struggling to keep going despite the lack of financial reward. The first part of the film sees them on a disastrous European tour where their thrill at meeting old faces like Brian Robertson or Michael Schenker is tempered by shonky travel issues and crappy venues. They decide their imminent 13th album needs the use of a decent producer, which costs money they haven't got. Having raised the £13k, they spend weeks recording in Dover, and try to interest record companies, with no luck. An offer of a Japanese gig seems like a mixed blessing, but it proves a hit after all. I was pleased to research after that this film gave them a huge publicity boost and they seem to be on a better keel these days.

Virtuoso Violinists with Nicola Benedetti
Another collection of ace musicians, from Nigel Kennedy and Yehudi Menuhin, to Henryk Szeryng and Gidon Kremer. Pleasant enough hour.


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Black Stone Cherry: On Record
Matt Stocks interviews Chris and Ben from the rockers touring the UK, 10 years on from their 1st record, and promoting their latest, 5th, LP. They discussed politics (some muddled views there), the sonic experiments they felt emboldened to make on the new LP, how they got Halestorm, Shinedown and Highly Suspect as tour support. The chat was broken up by several of their hit videos, which generally seemed alright stuff.

Live With... Frazey Ford
She's a Canadian singer-songwriter, was in the Be Good Tanyas, and was now backed by the Quiet Revolution. They did half a dozen numbers, pleasant enough.

John Williams at the BBC
Legendary classical guitar-player, looking back on old performance footage, both serious, and some more light-hearted turns alongside Eric Sykes and Les Dawson. Cleo Laine and the great Herbie Flowers were also hailed (the latter because of Williams' part in the super-group Sky), with more serious praise from Julian Bream and Antonio Pappano. An impressive showcase all through.
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Live With... Tanita Tikaram
She may never have matched the heights of her 1988 debut album, but she continues to write and record, and here played some numbers from her latest album, Closer to the People. Gratifyingly, she did old favourite Twist in My Sobriety as well.

SoulPower!
A major 4-part series looking at the rise and evolution of soul music, from its early beginnings, though its 1960s heights, changes in the 1970s & 1980s, and then bringing the story up to date. By bringing in Disco and Hip-Hop, as well as a multitude of lesser tags, the message seemed that soul is still fighting white prejudice in the market, especially in America. Hmm...
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