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Post  misery guts on Sat May 12, 2018 6:22 am

Only Men Aloud
Don't always list all of these, but this included an act called the Three Welsh Tenors, which led to versions of Libiamo and Nessun Dorma, which reminded me much of the Andre Rieu formula. Rebecca Evans was the other guest.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Quite a spirited and free-flowing set, notable for Frank asking the audience to thanks not only the other bands at the festival, but all the workers behind the scenes who make it a success.

Celebrity Damage Control: Britney Spears
She was a child star, then she was a pop star, then she was a superstar, then she got into romance, and things went badly. After 2 marriages and 2 kids, she needed her parents to take control and put her back on the straight and narrow. And she seems to be steadied again now.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 14, 2018 6:56 am

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Milburn
Likeable indie band with a short but lively set of songs which begs the question why they never quite made it bigger.

The Pere Ubu Story, with David Thomas
Another CherryRed feature, with John Reed asking the questions for a change. David wasn't the most articulate at times, but he was at least cheerfully modest a lot, disagreeing with questions and proud of some works which might not have been as well received as others. The band was formed back in 1975 in Cleveland partly as an exercise in proving it could be done. I was also taken with his tale of visiting Salvation Army stores for album bargains (something I too find rewarding). He disliked Patti Smith and the New York scene too, so how could I be critical? Their album process involved recording for 36 minutes and then stopping. He defined their music as the usage of but as a sentence qualifier rather than and. He disliked most UK acts besides Soft Machine, Van der Graaf Generator and John Lydon. Silence denotes wisdom.
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 16, 2018 8:01 am

Amon Amarth
4th & final of these Bloodstock 2017 shows, and probably a favourite (also the longest). The Swedish metallers with Viking inspiration and somewhat OTT song titles like Destroyer of the Universe or Deceiver of the Gods at least allowed people in on the joke.

Still on the Run - The Jeff Beck Story
As well as Jeff himself, his story was recounted by Rod Stewart & Ronnie Wood, and fellow guitar legends like Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Slash, friend Jimmy Page and so on. His experimentations are respected, and he seems a champion of women players and singers on the quiet too.

Celebrity Damage Control: Sean Combs
He'll be 50 next November, if we're all spared. His father was a drug dealer, killed when Sean was 3. He was drawn to hip-hop and hustled his way into a position as A&R, where he launched Jodeci. Forced into a backstep by a tragic event, he launched his own label. Then came the Tupac/Biggie saga, and he launched his own singing career. After big sales, and diversified products like clothes lines and restaurants, he was linked to a club shooting involving his latest protegee Shyne. But he got over that, and changed his name a few times, and remains a hip-hop legend.
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Post  misery guts on Fri May 18, 2018 7:07 am

One More Time With Feeling
Profile in b&w of Nick Cave during the making of his recent Skeleton Tree album, with some internal monologue chats amidst the general footage. Towards the end, discussion turns to his son Arthur, who must have recently died, an event which understandably throws life into contrast.

Austin City Limits: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
2014 gig with Nick in fine form, and afterwards talking about the influence of Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen on him whilst he was growing up in Australia.

The Christians at Electric Dreams
A shorter set than some of these 80s bands seem to get, but still worthy, particularly tracks like Forgotten Town and Hooverville, all too timeless alas.

Only Men Aloud
Support guests this time being a girl choir called Serendipity, and also Welsh legend Bonnie Tyler, who unsurprisingly got to close the show with full support on Total Eclipse of the Heart.
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 23, 2018 7:48 am

The Cure - Live at the Tempodrom, Berlin
A gig from Nov 2002, where the lads were performing a show called Trilogy, with material from 3 different albums from their career. For the casual viewer, they did at least include Pictures of You and Lullaby.

Larry King Now - Portugal The Man
Zachary and John from the band who are apparently onto their 8th LP, but have only just hit paydirt with Feel It Still. They suggested it owed its success to Please Mr Postman, whereas I thought it owed more to Pharrell's Happy. Anyway, they were from Alaska, and had moved to Oregon to explore music. They see Hip-Hop as the new Punk. Their album, named after Woodstock, encapsulates a modern idea of the festival. They have progressive politics. They upset Alex Jones. They used weed to help promote their song. They were surprised that Ben Stiller was a fan from way back. They hope to collaborate with Ghostface Killah or KanYe West. They met Weird Al Yankovic. Whether we hear if they have a 2nd hit remains to be seen.
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Post  misery guts on Fri May 25, 2018 6:42 am

Aled Jones - Fy Nhaith Glasurol
Budapest here, looking at the careers of Franz Liszt, Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok. They started an Academy of Music, or taught there, or have a National Concert Hall named after them.

Live With... Lil & Ollie
Their first LP Confessional was showcased here, I read they've been on the up for a few years, and their material was good enough to hope they continue to do so.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Neon Waltz
From John O'Groats, and on the Hothouse Stage on Saturday night, they rattled through half a dozen indie rock numbers to crowd pleasure.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 28, 2018 7:05 am

Football's 47 Best Worst Songs
Ahead of the upcoming Soccer World Cup, a light-hearted look at the many and varied attempts at football records. Some of which were forgettable (Anastacia, Ricky Martin, Pitbull), but many were deservedly memorable, even if often derided. Thankfully New Order's World in Motion was the winner.

Santana - Greatest Hits : Live at Montreux 2011
The Afro-Cuban legend did the hits and songs I didn't know. Good, though.

The Bluetones - Live at the Water Rats
Reformed and rocking, it seems, they defiantly did their biggest hit Slight Return about 2/3 of the way through, but they made a steady runthrough of material, with frontman Mark Morriss seemingly in good form.
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 30, 2018 7:48 am

Kerrang meets Pierce the Veil
Matt Baker meets 4 guys from PTV, who were formed 10 years ago and their new record feels like a new start, they've toured with Sleeping With Sirens, have an upcoming UK tour, once did a gig in a Chinese restaurant, they had help in their early days from A Day To Remember, and try to pass help on to upcoming bands. They've also toured with All Time Low and Tonight Alive.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Gallagher & Lyle
A rather short acoustic burst with Autumn Leaves.

Shinedown: On Record
Matt Stocks talking 1-on-1 with Brent Smith about their new, 6th LP, their first to be produced by their bass player. They plan to have videos for all the tracks on it, which will take into 2019. They enjoyed touring with Iron Maiden. Their deal with Atlantic Records is good for another 2 records. They're playing Download on the Sunday.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - KT Tunstall
She keeps plugging away, but the crowd were happy enough. She even had a brief descent into a version of Seven Nation Army, with the proper words and everything.

The Biggest Weekend - Courtney Barnett / Father John Misty
Two short samples from two rising stars, neither of whom seem yet to remotely match the hype.

Latin Music USA
A 4-part series from 2009, covering the long history of Afro-Cuban music and so on, from Tito Puente and Carlos Santana through Los Lobos and Gloria Estefan, to Ricky Martin and Pitbull. Informative and illustrative of why the music has taken over so much since this was made.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:38 am

The BET Life of Usher
The man himself was at least on hand to talk about his career, his dance routines, his albums, and so on. Even a short-lived beef with the very-short-lived Sisqo.

The Biggest Weekend - Manic Street Preachers / The Breeders
James Dean Bradfield chatted about the current Manics state of play (Nicky Wire was unable to play owing to a family emergency). Jamie Cullum and Public Service Broadcasting featured briefly, as well as a few numbers from the Breeders, and finally a modest selection from the set of the Welsh wonders.

Nicky Horne Presents with Myles Kennedy
The Alter Bridge whizz was pushing his latest solo album, which revolves around his father, who died when Myles was comparatively young, and who put his faith as a Christian scientist, above his family, when he died of appendicitis. The Year of the Tiger title referred to the year his old man died, 1974.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:16 am

The Biggest Weekend: Beck
The American alt-rocker got a good chunk of time, and he managed a few of his hits as well as a burst of Raspberry Beret. He did a nice twist on the usual form of band intros in that each member got to showcase a minute or two from other songs (the keyboard guy doing Cars, for example).

The Biggest Weekend: Orbital
Also from Belfast, and headlining the Friday night there, preceded by an interview with the Hartnoll brothers and local legend David Holmes, who first invited them there in 1990. They kept the crowd pleased and rounded off with their Doctor Who theme version.

MTV Unplugged: Biffy Clyro
A gig at the Roundhouse in London, which is also on general sale as a live CD. They did a cover of God Only Knows along the way.

The Biggest Weekend: Neneh Cherry / First Aid Kit
A mix-mash-up led off by a chat to Goldie, who lives in Asia and practices yoga to keep fit. Neneh did some predictable hits and spoke to the crowd about positive anger. Tim from Ash chatted in studio with two guys from the Undertones (this all being in Belfast again) who are on the new Ash album. Then it was time for First Aid Kit, and they did Emmylou, happily.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - KT Tunstall
An added acoustic extra of her track It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:14 am

The Biggest Weekend: Emeli Sande & Clean Bandit
Chiefly in Perth, this show started with a couple of tracks from Simple Minds (who would feature in their own show later anyway), then an interview with Noel Gallagher (also featuring in his own show later) who seemed in good spirits. Then there were 3 tracks from Sande, with a post-gig chat about having her family there, being awarded the MBE and early plans for her next LP. Then there were 3 songs from also-Scottish songstress Amy McDonald, whose fame withered years back, but is clearly still popular with someone for she keeps knocking out the albums. Finally, Clean Bandit did their stuff from Swansea, with 7 fairly decent-sized hits, none of which featured the singers they should (i.e. Zara Larsson, Demi Lovato, Anne-Marie, Louisa Johnson etc). Hmm...

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Dr Feelgood
Rather a shame where the 2 most recognisable band members are long gone, but they bumbled on well enough.

The Biggest Weekend - Simple Minds & Churches
Despite being anchored from Belfast, Simple Minds played in Perth, as said above, and kept it fairly classic. Then Alex & Bob from Franz Ferdinand were interviewed about their upcoming appearance, previous experience of Belfast, and their new LP. Then Ash got a look in predictably enough. Finally the action moved to Swansea for Churches' benefit.

Live With... Kimmi Rhodes
She's from Lubbock, but writes plenty of her own songs, and toured with her husband for a long time, and had recently written a memoir of her own story, and on his behalf.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:30 am

Daniel Harding - The Inaugural Concert
The Orchestre de paris have a new conductor, and here they did some work by Schumann to celebrate, back in September 2016. Not heard a concert like this for quite a while.

The Biggest Weekend - Franz Ferdinand & Wolf Alice
The Scots lads did the business well, having a good time too. Then there was a chat with Karl from Underworld, about never having played Northern Ireland before, how they were reluctant to use Born Slippy in the film Trainspotting, and how smaller clubs can be trickier and have a different mentality to festivals. Then after a track from Young Fathers, it was over to Swansea to be bored by critical raves Wolf Alice. Hmm.

Example's Mixtape
The young rapper spoke of working with Wretch 3 2, Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, how a song he wrote for Kylie Minogue ended up being a hit for The Wanted instead, admiration for the Chemical Brothers and Jay Z, and Dave.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - JR Green
Another short acoustic burst, of Technicolour Native.

Generation Grime
A lengthy and serious reflection on the rise and rise of Grime, from modest UK roots, to its global domination. Most of the great and good of the scene were present and chatty, and the only downside seemed to be the risk of selling out.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:49 am

The Biggest Weekend: Underworld
The dance act were headlining in Belfast. Their big surprise was a new track that features Iggy Pop. Maybe that fitted the ethos of a band I've never found particularly good.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Honeyblood
A female duo from Glasgow, they gave a spirited account of themselves in their spot.

The Biggest Weekend - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Headlining in Perth and a damn sight more entertaining. Noel slipped in a few Oasis numbers, but he's 3 albums into the HFB project now, and clearly enjoying it. He even closed on a cover of All You Need Is Love.

Arctic Monkeys - Live at the BBC
A half-hour showcase of tracks from their new 6th #1 album, and a couple of old favourites, and no narky chatting to presenters.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:11 am

The Biggest Weekend: Billy Ocean, the Selecter and more
Something of a round-up show, with a couple of tracks from Stereophonics, a chat and a couple of tracks from Snow Patrol, 4 tracks from the Selecter plus a chat with Pauline and Arthur from the band, one from Jamie Cullum, a chat with Liam Gallagher (whose own set was to feature later), 3 tracks from the splinter group from UB40, and finally a chat to Billy Ocean followed by 3 tracks from his set, where he still sounds great. 

The Biggest Weekend: Taylor Swift and Paloma Faith
Somewhat on the flipside of the above, a chat with and a track from Shawn Mendes, then a couple from Rita Ora, before the entirety of the Taylor Swift set (she being partway through a world tour, and making sure to plug it), and then a lengthy run from Paloma Faith too, she supporting Sam Smith on his world tour but not showing off about it.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:25 am

The Biggest Weekend: Florence and the Machine
Fortunately nearly at the end of these shows. After a short blast from Camila Cabello, there's a long run from the tiresome Florence Welch and her antics, headlining in Swansea. She's got a new album out, and is a critical darling. Zzz

Come Together - The Rise of the Festival
Enjoyable lengthy run through from the early days of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, through events at Isle of Wight and Woodstock, and then on to Knebworth, Bath, and eventually Glastonbury. The erection of a £1m fence at the latter marked the modern era, and there was a mention for latterday American events like Coachella. Good stuff.

The Biggest Weekend: Liam Gallagher
Saturday night headliner in Coventry, he spent his between-song banter on football, but he mixed his own songs with a good batch of Oasis ones, particularly from this 1st album. Seemed in good mood, even if the weather perhaps let things down.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:48 am

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - C Macleod
Another brief acoustic burst with the track Kicks In.

Eurythmics: Reminisce! 1981-1989
Both Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox told anecdotes inbetween their videos, from Michael Kamen doing orchestrations on Here Comes The Rain Again, to Stevie Wonder playing harmonica on There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) or how Clive Davis helped them get Aretha Franklin for Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Louis Berry
He's Scottish, and he has a good handful of pop hits.

Who Do You Think You Are? - Liv Tyler
The actress was born a fortnight before me, and already knew her father (Steve, from Aerosmith) was connected to the Tallaricos, who are musical, but she also found a link to a mixed-race drummer-turned-soldier from the American Civil War who survived battles at Antietam and Gettysburg, to form a large family.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:52 am

Us Festival 1982: The "Us" Generation
How a very rich man, Steve Wozniak of Apple, decided to hold a latter-day Woodstock, spent $millions to make the right site and book 3 days of great and not-so-great bands like Fleetwood Mac, the Police, the B-52's, and, er, Oingo Boingo. Those interviewed for this doc were happy to credit this as the antecedent for current efforts like Coachella etc, being professional and pleasant for those in attendance. 

Isle of Wight Festival: 20 Greatest Moments
Rather than a rundown, just a chronological chance to show a selection of great performances, from REM and Coldplay through Paul McCartney and Tom Petty up to Queen and the Who, partly as a curtain raiser to this weekend's festivity. What became funny was to wonder what was lacking from years like 2009, 2011 and 2013 which featured no clips.

Il Volo w/Placido Domingo - A Tribute to the Three Tenors - Notte Magica
Held in Florence in July 2016, this was a grand concert with a trio of tenors doing Nessun Dorma and other favourites. Regrettably a lack of captions left me on the kerb. They did a couple from West Side Story as well as My Way. Senor Domingo conducted from time to time.

Big Narstie's Mixtape
Unsurprisingly, he played tribute to other urban acts from Skepta to Craig David to Dizzee Rascal, as well as some Americans like Cardi B and Post Malone.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:44 am

The Biggest Weekend: Nigel Kennedy
The last of these shows was from Coventry, and began with tracks from Eliza Carthy, Go Go Penguin, Angelique Kidjo and Milos (Kidjo was also interviewed about her new album which works with old Talking Heads tracks). Then Nigel Kennedy and friends belted through some Vivaldi, before bringing out special guest Level 42's Mark King for some Hendrix. Kennedy gets flak for his accent and attitude, but he really is a great musician.

Kylie at 50 - Especially For You
A lengthy tribute to the Aussie actress and her 30 years in the pop biz, from early years with PWL, tricky maturing experiments in the 90s, and finally hitting it big in 2000-1. She's a gay icon, a fashion icon, and supposedly has a scientifically calculated perfect bottom.

Larry King Now: PJ Morton
He's the keyboard player with Maroon 5 and has been since 2010. He's also a producer, a musical director for Solange, and has his own solo career and label. He was from New Orleans. He was Grammy-nominated but lost to Bruno Mars. He felt Kendrick Lamar was more R&B than Mars, and would like to work with him. He was star-struck by Paul McCartney. Now lives in New Orleans again, having been in Los Angeles.

Jax Jones' Mixtape
Another compilation that ran the gamut from Duke Dumont to Tinie Tempah, to Coldplay. He has much respect for MNEK, who he often works with.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:28 am

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - I See Rivers
A female trio, apparently, doing an acoustic track called Ocean. OK.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Deaf Havana
A band I've heard of, for once here, they had a shorter than some set which was still good stuff.

Nicky Horse Presents, with Mary Chapin Carpenter
The New Jersey legend has a new album called Sometimes Just The Sky, which seems to be a project reimagining some tracks from her career. She sang some of the tracks, and talked about politics.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:28 am

Martin Garrix's Mixtape
A somewhat predictable chance to look at his many hits, and collaborators, from Usher to Bebe Rexha. He co-wrote Avicii's best hit Waiting For Love.

Isle of Wight Festival: Feeder
As with other editions, a chat with Tom & Serge from Kasabian was considered a sensible prelude to the all-too-short set from the 25 year veteran Welsh pop-rockers.

Buena Vista Social Club
Legendary 1999 film about the Cuban band, with Ry Cooder as musical director and producer, but the band members themselves were rightly the stars, as they related their stories, and performed on stage in places like Amsterdam and New York.

Isle of Wight Festival: Soul II Soul
They were celebrating their 30th anniversary, and their chart relevance ended at least 25 years ago. But hard to deny the power of songs like Back To Life or Keep On Movin'.

Stretch and Bobbito - Radio That Changed Lives
How two guys in New York started their own late-night, 4 hour radio show, which helped launch the hip-hop boom in the 1990s, and was commemorated with fondness by many of those who were there, and who got their leg up into the business via this show.

The Biggest Weekend: Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach & Gershwin
More from the festival from last month, as Nigel and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, plus his own band, did a couple of Bach pieces, before they did a few Gershwin numbers. Nige even played piano for a change at one point. He encored on a piece by Stephane Grappelli, whom he had the good fortune to play with when he was much younger.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:22 am

Isle of Wight Festival: Travis
Scottish pop-rockers kept it simple, singer Fran bantered about the World Cup and the worries of the world, but the music tended to stick to a familiar mould.

Unsung Heroines - The Lost World of Female Composers
Danielle de Niese told the tales of half a dozen lost talents, from Francesca Caccini to Florence Price and Ethel Smyth. Many of their symphonies and other works survive, but are usually overlooked in favour of male counterparts, such is the classical music world.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Vukovi
Another short acoustic blast, here with La Di Da.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:44 am

Isle of Wight Festival: Sigrid
I wasn't expecting this to last long, but she did nearly the whole hour. Mind, I was surprised when she finished with Strangers.

Belladrum 2016 - Breabach
Don't recall this from previously. Maybe they've finished the 2017 shows.

Hip-Hop Evolution
A decent 4-part effort from Sam Dunn, who did an 11-part series on Metal's Evolution previously. Here were interviews with the 1970s guys who developed the sound, the 1980s guys who put it on record (no mention of sampling credits, oddly), the 1990s guys who took it further, and how the guys in LA created a different edge to the originators in NY.

Stefflon Don's Mixtape
She's got a few hits under her belt, and kind words for Rihanna, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:03 am

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Tamzene
Never heard of her, she just did Isobel, acoustically.

Isle of Wight Festival: Liam Gallagher
He did a good few Oasis numbers, and his own solo ones, then got a bit shirty at having to give way to Depeche Mode.

noisey: Bay Area
How the hip-hop community in a corner of California is at risk because rich tech companies want the real estate for their employees, and it's convenient if the police harass (or worse) resident black families and drive them out. Tupac Shakur was from the area, whilst G-Eazy still is, and E-40 and Nef the Pharoah are other somewhat lesser names. Zach even witnessed police harassment. He also spoke to Philthy Rich and Mistah FAB, who had differing views on the way forward. Arguably one of the more amusing contributors was G-Eazy's mother Suzanne.
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John Bishop - In Conversation with... Professor Green
The young Brit rapper turned documentary maker has a sad backstory to tell, but he has risen from a background to score #1 hits and inspire others.

Sommernachtskonzert
The annual fun at the Schonbrunn Palace, with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Val Gergiev through a pro-Italian themed evening, with guest soprano Anna Netrebko helping out at times. Some famous works from Verdi and Puccini rubbed shoulders with others from Mascagni and Tchaikowsky.
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The Best of Electric Dreams 2017
Curious short compilation with Nicky Horne talking to Thomas Dolby, Clark Datchler, Frida Sundemo and Mike Score of A Flock of Seagulls, plus performance footage of each of those acts.

Lauryn Hill - Live in Lagos
Curious concert with the former Fugee frontwoman trying to enliven a room of people sat around tables as she ran through her own material, a few Fugees classics, and some Bob Marley covers too.

Top of the Pops - The Story of 1986
Mick Hucknall, Paul Heaton, Sinitta, Billy Ocean, the Rev Richard Coles and others happily recounted their successes of the year, whilst Pete Waterman complained a lot, and the DJ presenters all complained that the show featured acts they either didn't like or didn't get. Hmm. Whilst Smash Hits and NME journos put their 2p in for what it was worth.
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