Friday, 18 May 2012

18th May

1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience on an appropriately patterned set.

1978: The uploader of this Plastic Bertrand clip calls him "a terrible sellout". It's subsequently turned out he didn't even sing the song, which puts a whole new angle on that. More credible punk is held up by The Stranglers giving the lighting man a workout and X-Ray Spex doing likewise for visual editing. Elkie Brooks' band are more lively than for Pearl's A Singer, but all manner of cake is taken by Guy Marks' self-penned oddity plus the Johnny Pearson orchestra.

1989: Only five months since she'd appeared on the show while heavily pregnant, Neneh Cherry back with another large medallion.

1995: Pulp debut Common People in a set that lovingly evokes the video while not giving the band much room. Across the studio Billie Ray Martin sticks wings on her dancers and gets them to enact some sort of love-based routine. Neither of these could top Robson & Jerome, the constant fly in the 1995 ointment.

2001: Still far too big to come into the studio themselves, Bon Jovi are presented in special live form. Think of the fun they could be having. Travis did, the setup loosely based on the video. Credit Fran Healy for choosing live vocals despite it all.

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