RFI/CD/SD: The Old Grey Whistle Test

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Ned: Yes, I think it's a strange saying, too.

Christine "Green Leafy Dragon" Indigo, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

I remember the PiL. Amazing. DVD almost worth it for that alone. (Pity there's no Altered Images doing "Insects" tho'. I might even have bought it then.)

I saw a few others of these clips quite recently when the BBC did an OGWT celebration. A lot of it's pretty average stuff. The Meatloaf is um, interesting tho' - seems to go on forever, a rock operetta almost.

Jeff W, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

The OGWT compilations the BBC showed were pretty dreadful, apart the from the Talking Heads clip. Beefheart and Buckley were miles below their best and there was nothing else that interesting. Unless a whole Billy Joel concert and the most apallingly longwinded version of Freebird ever are of interest to you, that is.

RickyT, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

This looks pretty good. The Focus thing is hilarious - Jan Ackerman (sp?) bursting into a very high falsetto in the middle of 'Hocus Pocus'. The Tubeway Army clip is fantastic, the Damned is thuggishly funny, but the best thing by far is Dr. Feelgood's 'Roxette'. They should have gone from Roxy's Ladytron instead of Do The Strand.

OGWT had a BIG influence on the young Dr. C. Pre-punk, it was the only way you could see any non-chart stuff on the telly apart from short-lived regional programs like 'The Geordie Scene' (anyone remember that?). It featured a pretty catholic selection of stuff too - I remember seeing (IIRC) the Average White Band, National Health and Bill Withers on the same show. Post 76 it lost something of it's wierdness for me, but the punk/new wave acts were well represented.

Dr. C, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

...gone FOR Roxy's Ladytron......

Dr. C, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

As a young teenage secret viewer of OGWT in the early/mid seventies I have two main memories, apart from all those antiquated cartoons and trippy shape animations that used to accompany the playing of rock songs; a stunning performance by Nico with her harmonium (I'd never seen anything like that before!) and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. I'm glad that TSAHB made it onto the DVD. I would have liked Delilah but you can't have everything!

Amarga, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

I remember seeing the Wailers when they appeared! I'm that old!

If you seek copies of Sounds from early 1977 (no, I don't know why), you'd find one has a lead letter from me in it. Readers had been moaning that TOTP was ignoring punk. My letter was saying that it was pointless expecting TOTP to do anything other than its job, to play what was in the charts, and punk hadn't been, then. I moaned about OGWT, which was supposed to be the alternative, and this was ignoring punk.

Martin Skidmore, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

8 years pass...

Surprised there isn't a YouTube thread for these.

From the guys who brought you Fay Weldon (Eazy), Thursday, 20 January 2011 06:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

there is now

hey boys, suppers on me, our video just went bacterial (Hurting 2), Thursday, 20 January 2011 06:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 January 2011 06:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol Sting (but damn the Police were good early on)

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 January 2011 06:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

From the guys who brought you Fay Weldon (Eazy), Thursday, 20 January 2011 06:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 January 2011 06:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 January 2011 06:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm going all classic-rock canon tonight.

From the guys who brought you Fay Weldon (Eazy), Thursday, 20 January 2011 07:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 January 2011 07:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 January 2011 07:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 January 2011 07:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'll stop now.

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 January 2011 07:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Just awesome...

NYCNative, Thursday, 20 January 2011 08:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have the double dvd and its utterly marvellous - lots of beautifully shot great performances, also I just love Bob Harris' conspiratorial whisper.

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

seminal fuiud (NickB), Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

^ that was the first time I ever heard Television btw, totally thrilling.

seminal fuiud (NickB), Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is a little silly, but it gives a good idea of the vaguely spooky, very 70's British tv atmosphere in the studio: the bits from 6.33 look straight out of a sci-fi movie!

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

xpost
There are no words to describe how great was Alex Harvey

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

From the guys who brought you Fay Weldon (Eazy), Thursday, 20 January 2011 15:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Thursday, 20 January 2011 15:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Found the first two volumes of this in a 2/$10 bin today. I've been skipping around a bit, and recognize Bob Harris and Richard Williams from that old Paul Gambaccini Top 200 book.

clemenza, Saturday, 18 February 2012 03:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

‘Neuroscience’ and ‘near death’ pepper (Eazy), Saturday, 18 February 2012 06:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

That Beefheart clip is always on Whistle Test comps. Kind of sticks out like a sore thumb in a sea of badfinger boogie and prog in shiny lapels.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 19 February 2012 22:12 (2 years ago) Permalink


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