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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:54 am

Live Aid - Rocking All Over The World
The second half of this mammoth doc covered the event itself in all its trans-Atlantic, chaotically timed glory. Did Bob Geldof stiff Midge Ure over timings? How come Paul McCartney's sound went so wrong? Did Phil Collins waste his time flying to Philadelphia to help Led Zeppelin? Did the Cars impact people's consciences and wallets more than Geldof's swearing? Did U2 do themselves the biggest favour for their careers? Who booked Judas Priest for the USA? Some of these questions were answered.


Beth Hart at the Royal Albert Hall
She got a lengthy show at the famous venue, told some heart-warming stories between some songs, seemed childishly pleased at times.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:23 am

From The Vaults - 1979
Elbow's Guy Garvey is ostensibly fronting a series plunder the ITV archives for music shows and interviews. There was a similar idea many years back with Andy Kershaw doing the voiceovers. This first show saw John Lydon being caustic after a PiL spot, Talking Heads in the first series of The South Bank Show, and rare or unseen footage of Kate Bush on her first tour.

Black Classical Music - The Forgotten History
Suzy Klein and Sir Lenny Henry consider composers and performers of yester-year who've been airbrushed from history. Chineke! inevitably provided much of the new performance material.

LSO - Sir Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky Ballets
Unsure which year this was, but they rattled through the works well enough.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:09 am

From The Vaults - 1982
The beginning of the Tube and the end of the Jam. Timmy Mallett getting backstage access to Yazoo. Chats with Annabela Lwin of Bow Wow Wow, Grandmaster Flash, and Martin & Dave from Depeche Mode.

Austin City Limits - Cyndi Lauper
She's evidently done a country record and chattered a lot about it and other matters. And did some familiar hits.

Clubland Live 2
Shorter than the first one, but with most of the same suspects, at the MEN Arena.

CNBC meets... Yo-Yo Ma
The cellist talked to Tania Bryer at the Julliard in New York, where he was one of the many alumni. He started on the cello at the age of 4. His parents were musical, and his sister played violin. He talked about the value of mentorship. He has a Harvard degree in Anthropology. He began the Silk Road initiative in 1998. He's one of the UN Messengers for Peace. He's been married for 40 years, and has 2 kids, and some grandkids too.

Africa Renaissance - When Art Meets Power
Afua Hirsch visited Ethiopia, Senegal and Kenya to look at social and cultural history. She didn't seem to understand why no Ethiopian bands played at Live Aid, but was on stronger ground with Positive Black Soul in Senegal, and the sounds of Benga in Kenya.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:15 am

Mixtape: Rick Springfield
He took up music when in England at the age of 11. Then he returned to Australia. He was drawn to slide guitar and blues music. He developed as a singer-songwriter. He played some gigs in Vietnam, and then joined Zoot, where he had his first hits. He got a solo deal with Capitol and became an unwitting teen idol. He made 4 albums but still struggled. He turned to acting to pay bills. Then the music took off with Jessie's Girl and Human Touch. He still tours and records (or did when this was made). He did a gig in Germany with an orchestra. He's fond of dogs too.

BBC Radio 2 - Live at Home - The Pretenders
Chrissie and co got a good set in, with familiar hits and some newer stuff.

From The Vault - 1977
The ill-fated Marc Bolan's teatime music show where The Jam got an early look in, and David Bowie came on for his infamous final show. Punk music was well covered, but good to see the mavericks like Joan Armatrading and Tom Robinson as well.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:41 am

Top of the Pops - The Story of 1990
Nice to see old faces like Adamski, Lindy Layton and MC Tunes after all these years. Whereas Seal and Fatboy Slim have remained pretty familiar faces. The Milli Vanilli miming scandal had an odd knock-on effect in the show being forced towards allowing acts to sing live, after many years of making them mime. This proved beneficial for the likes of Seal and Maria McKee. Meanwhile the many "dance" acts found themselves made to compromise for the visuals of the show.


Top of the Pops - 1990 Big Hits
The usual plethora of Vanilla Ice, Blue Pearl, En Vogue, Londonbeat, Primal Scream, Tina Turner, and even some Monie Love.

Rock N Roll Road-Trip w/Sammy Hagar - Marooned in LA
Sammy meets Adam Levine as he gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He had done 12 series on The Voice at this point (it's always a trip that US series like that run twice a year, unlike the once in the UK). They went to Conway Studios to talk about Adam's own journey. They busked through I Heard It Through The Grapevine as though they'd never heard it before.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:48 am

Soundstage: Counting Crows
A 2008 show with Adam and the rest of the band running through a classic album of theirs. A pleasant show, and Adam introduced each song, which was good.

Radio 2 Live at Home - John Legend
I'm not a fan, but he does a version of the old Harold Melvin gem Wake Up Everybody, so on balance, I let it slide.

From The Vaults - 1984
The year of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and the arising of Madonna, and the continued rule of the Smiths, plus electro-experiments from Trevor Horn, Thomas Dolby and Herbie Hancock, plus space for the likes of Sade and Alison Moyet.
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