Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Yeah, I made that pic. Back in my days of university radio, when the idea of working in the pop biz seemed impossibly fantastical. I had it as the backdrop on my PC as I was working on stuff for the show, almost as an ironic motivation tool. But the fact is, who wouldn't want to present Top of the Pops? I'd long realised I didn't have the talent to actually perform on it. But I could read a few links, make a few puns and stumble over...
"It's Thursday night, it's BBC One, it's Top Of The Pops!"
Except by then it was on it's way to Friday, and the rot had set in. Downloading, more competition, MTV, yada yada whatever blah excuses excuses. The simple fact is it became bland and pointless when it could've been sharp and irreverent (hello Popworld). It's a bit depressing when DLT, the big hairy bastard (copyright Mark and Lard), hits the nail on the head:
"In my day the show was fun. The artists and the presenters were having a good time. Somewhere along the way the music business has started taking itself far too seriously."
None of this lot could be accused of such a thing...
And so here we are. Not with a bang, but with a whimper. But, we still have the memories. Everyone has their faves, and here are some of mine.
The KLF and Ricardo Da Force scaring the life out of Tammy Wynette for 'Justified and Ancient'.
Jarvis wearing an 'I Hate Wet Wet Wet' slogan hidden in his jacket.
Keith from the Prodigy terrifying my Mum with 'Firestarer'.
Kurt crooning 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' like Bing on Ketamine.
The Eels playing with toy instruments, which they then smashed to pieces, and bowed at the close.
The Timelords doing 'Doctorin' The Tardis' in style.
Brian from Placebo appalling my Dad with 'Nancy Boy'.
Blur and Oasis. On the same show!
The Orb in bizarre spinning carriages for 'Toxygene'
And oh so much more. And every time I hear the laughter at the start of the classic 80's theme, Paul Hardcastle's 'The Wizard', I get chills. Let's hope it makes a triumphant return soon...
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