RFI/CD/SD: The Old Grey Whistle Test

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as in Bob Marley or Seattle garage?

michael, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

that's it! cheers Christine.

michael, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Here's what's on the two-disc DVD set:

Disc 1:
Alice Cooper "Under My Wheels"
Elton John "Tiny Dancer"
Curtis Mayfield "We Gotta Have Peace"
Randy Newman "Political Science"
Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge "Help Me Make it Through the Night"
Bill Withers "Ain't No Sunshine"
Focus "Sylvia/Hocus Pocus"
Rory Gallagher "Hands Off"
John Martyn "May You Never"
The Wailers "Stir it Up"
Roxy Music "Do the Strand"
The Edgar Winter Group "Frankenstein"
New York Dolls "Jet Boy"
Tim Buckley "Dolphins"
Captain Beefheart "Upon the My O My"
Little Feat "Rock 'n' Roll Doctor"
Dr Feelgood "Roxette"
John Lennon "Stand By Me"
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band "Give My Compliments to the Chef"
Lynyrd Skynyrd "Freebird"
Emmylou Harris "Amarillo"
Bonnie Raitt "Too Long at the Fair"
Tom Waits "Tom Traubert's Blues"
Otway & Barrett "Really Free"

Interviews: Elton John and Bernie Taupin with Richard Williams
Mick Jagger with Richard Williams
Keith Richards with Bob Harris
Robert Plant with Bob Harris
John Lennon with Bob Harris
Audio Commentary by Mike Appleton
Artists' Gallery
Presenters' Choice

Disc 2:
Talking Heads "Psycho Killer"
XTC "Statue of Liberty"
Blondie "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear"
Val Doonican & Charlie McCoy "Stone Fox Chase"
Meatloaf "Paradise by the Dashboard Light"
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers "American Girl"
The Police "Can't Stand Losing You"
Bruce Springsteen "Rosalita"
Iggy Pop "I'm Bored"
Tubeway Army "Are Friends Electric"
The Specials "Message to You Rudi"
The Damned "Smash It Up/I Just Can't Be Happy Today"
The Ramones "Rock 'n' Roll High School"
PiL "Careering"
The Teardrop Explodes "Reward"
U2 "I Will Follow"
Nine Below Zero "Stone Fox Chase"
Japan "Ghosts"
Robert Wyatt "Shipbuilding"
REM "Moon River/Pretty Persuasion"
Simply Red "Holding Back the Years"

Interview: Bruce Springsteen with Bob Harris
OGWT Museum
Artists' Gallery
Presenters' Choice

Andy K, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

criminey!
Roxy Music "Do the Strand"
Tubeway Army "Are Friends Electric"
The Specials "Message to You Rudi"
PiL "Careering"
Robert Wyatt "Shipbuilding"

jess, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Yeah.

Andy K, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

If the old grey doorman is whistling your tunes, then you have a hit.

*befuddled* Astounding.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

focus!!??¡¡¿¿ norman phay to thread!

pil were good (but rush were bettah)

(there is another ogwt thread, becuz i got into a debate wiv dr c about the goodness or otherwise of little feat...) (the tim buckley and the capt beefheart are v,disappointing, imo)

mark s, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

and otway and fucking barrett can fucking fuck off

mark s, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

reggae. doubt the "tall cool one" wailers were on OGWT.

briania, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

and otway and fucking barrett can fucking fuck off

It seems the cook tainted Mr Sinker's Double Meat Palace today and made him all testy as a result.

Andy K, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

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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