Sunday, 1 July 2012

1st July

1971: Another archived show held in full: part one has a bevy of dancing girls in hotpants and a chart rundown of very little glamour followed by the psychedelic one-two of Atomic Rooster and Medicine Head (jew's harp solo!); part two offers Family, a just pre-glam The Sweet and a lachrymose Gilbert O'Sullivan; part three a video by Three Dog Night, Greyhound and the Delfonics; part four the Supremes and Four Tops running roughshod over Ike and Tina plus Pan's People in what seem to be extended kaftans, the Strawbs and Middle Of The Road. No idea what happened to Jimmy's links.

1982: The next part of Visage's evolvement after Fade To Grey was the new romantic route, hence Steve Strange's suit and the turquoise clad backing singers. And the invisible sax. Dollar's David Van Day has also adopted a neat suit, though there doesn't appear to be much left for Thereza. Maybe she shouldn't have wasted material on that headband. The big faces on the screens is, I'd assume, supposed to be linked with the theme. Big rotating sets and never quite giving away how many members are active at any one time is Zoo's theme for Cheri. Ultimately the stylish John Peel takes full responsibiliy for Captain Sensible and his cast of thousands, some of whom are even doing something.

1993: With Peter Hook donning his best long cardy, New Order were still grimly hanging on to their performance principles. Take That seem to be trying to pass Pray off as some sort of gospel-gothic epic.


Steve Williams said...

The reason Jim's links appear to be non-existent during that 1971 show is that it was during a short-lived period (dunno how short-lived, given the amount of wipings) when most of the links were done out of vision. As with the sixties shows these linked were then muted, though because you can't see Jim you don't know they were supposed to be there so UK Gold could repeat this one and it still made sense.

70's boy said...

Re 71 show: And it was useful that the artist's name is captioned for each song.