Sunday, 12 August 2012

12th August

1965: Unless it's been recorded after the fact like the oft-seen first show link - and I wouldn't put it past the BBC - these seem to be the oldest retained original links, so we can see how Jimmy makes a play of putting on a record, then the cameras pan across to the performer who openly mimes it. "He's bought himself a new cardigan" Jimmy enthuses of Jonathan King before conducting an invisible orchestra, at least two people at the front preferring to watch him go. With all the nasty business since you forget how King managed to make himself a well known figure for a good couple of decades back there on little more than pluck and self-confidence, starting here with his seated among very mid-60s set design. No covering for pre-recorded performances either as Jimmy carefully denotes The Byrds' name. What is he holding, though? Also having flown back early, Sonny & Cher are enjoying themselves. A classic performance, shame the bloke standing at the back right between them isn't paying attention. So much for that keen popularity Savile alluded to. Should you be a completist of part-wiped shows, here's thirty seconds of The Shadows.

1976: From an otherwise wiped show, Guys'n'Dolls take two by two to the wedding cake tiered stage/Noddy Holder hat design background of 1976 Yes It's Number One fame.

1982: Now this is a show of all the fashions. Imagine if, as seems likely, you'd never experienced Toto Coleo before this night. Never mind the fashions, the pop stylings seem completely alien to any audience other than a contemporary Adam & The Ants world. Judging by his intro to Yazoo - frankly pedestrian in comparison, despite the electronic zip and Vince's hair - Peel has been taking advice from them, though it turns out only temporarily. One of ver Coelo, Anita Mahadervan, had been in Legs & Co for their last year and then Zoo for a bit. With that sort of thing storming the charts Haysi Fantayzee's unisex Dickensian urchin look and tribal shouting starts to make the slightest iota of sense. Not the most subtle of routines you'll ever see and one feels for third member Paul Caplin, sitting at the back trying to look inconspicuous until his melodica moment comes. A comparative oasis of sanity arrives with the luxuriousness of The Associates. And then at 1:50 Alan Rankine gives Billy Mackenzie the neck of his guitar. It's made out of chocolate - see the closeup at 1:28, its only other appearance. Rankine then feeds the body to the crowd before grabbing his spare. Would you willingly take a lump of chocolate cradled by a masculine gentleman for several minutes under hot studio lights? Meanwhile, also all dressed up with somewhere to go, Wavelength bring the aura of 10cc in an East German speakeasy to the stage - a double arm round the shoulder at the end! Where's the books about that being a great transgressive pop moment? In a triumph of literalism Sheena Easton's Machinery is backed by a design featuring some large cogs, while Fun Boy Three revert to Specials type, Terry imperceptible, Lynval and Neville hyperactive. Alice In Wonderland on trombone solo. Zoo are the name above the door for the Kool & The Gang routine but it's the Moroccan tumblers who get the whoops with every move.

1993: Trad boy band antics from Bad Boys Inc, right down to the pelvic thrusts in motion to mark some synth power chords. Yazz & Aswad can't just have gravitated towards each other through rhyme but they only seem vaguely aware of the other's presence.

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