Monday, 21 May 2012

21st May

1981: A load of rags and a full head of bouncy hair, that's Toyah. Speaking of hair, the Human League unveil the girls and the world's worst keyboard miming.

1987: While Fish of Marillion shows off his Rupert The Bear outfit, Whitney Houston brings the big voiced classy soul.

1992: Ce Ce Peniston brings her Madchester cap, Richard Marx a jobbing heavy metal band as backing.

1993: Still too big to come to the studio, Bon Jovi are "live in Glasgow". At 7.30? I bet it's not live. No such allowances made for Saint Etienne, noting the clever correlation between crown and cloak against Sarah's God Save The Queen T-shirt. Pete couldn't find anything, mind.

1999: For anyone attending this summer's Happy Mondays reunion shows, a warning from recent history. You'd think Super Furry Animals would make the effort, wouldn't you? Skunk Anansie say nuts to usual order and put the string section in halves down the front.

2004: Beastie Boys' only studio appearance, relatively late in the day but still on point. A more regular visitor, Morrissey returned to screams, many years after the fact. In between Will Young rarely fails to find a camera to address up and down his big catwalk.

2006: Co-hosted by Diarmuid Gavin. And they wonder why it went under. The Ordinary Boys vs Lady Sovereign make the most of their moment.

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