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It's Midge Uuuurrrr...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

And Paul knickerless

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Jesus Christ, superstar?

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

DLT looks like Badly Drawn Boy.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is sooooo much better than last weeks....

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Only one novelty act so far.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

Shit Brotherhood Of Man are still number one...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

They were there for 6 weeks.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

The guy without the 'tasche wants to die.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

I still fucking hate the last line of that song...not for the paedo connotations...just cos i hate it...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 19:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

So, there isn't a TOTP this week, but there is a "Primal Scream" themed evening coming up on Friday.

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 15:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

AAAAAAAAAAARGH

lloyd banks knew my father (history mayne), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 15:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

No, the band, not the Janov therapy.

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 15:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

You could kind of see why Midge Ure ended up in Ultravox, I mean "Requiem", the title sounds an like Ultravox song. Slik were a pretty cool looking band by 1976 standards.

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 May 2011 10:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, it was very Ultravox, for sure.

I got tickets to see them live in 1978, Top Rank, Reading, thanks to being at the Radio210 offices at the right time: The whole band were there, I met them all, and got the signed piccies, and for some reason that escapes me two free tickets and a bunch of discount vouchers. It wasn't full to say the least, and the support band, "Screemer", were perfectly competent early seventies pophairies that would lose their career path in the wake of punk...

Mark G, Thursday, 5 May 2011 10:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

That 1978 should be (Nov) 1976 (oops), timings at that point in history are crucial.

Mark G, Thursday, 5 May 2011 10:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mud go disco, urgh...

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Didn't the guitarist write 'Can't get you out my head' by Kylie...sounds a bit like it...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

Frankie Valli's tired performance there. He really got a boost from appearing in Grease in '78, didn't he.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sometimes I think Elvis died just to avoid crappy cover versions like this.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

the shadows have let themselves go...

koogs, Thursday, 12 May 2011 19:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mud go disco

Surreal

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 12 May 2011 20:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

the shadows have let themselves go...

Even by 1976 standards that was one ugly backing band.

Was there anything good in this episode? Apart from Cliff?

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

The iplayer only has the 30 min version!

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

Blimey, Robin Sarstedt, what was that all about? Sutherland Brothers/Quiver was quite nice, not enough guys with combovers in the charts these days.

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Guessing Annie Lennox has superseded the Sutherland Brothers as Aberdeenshire's biggest chart act though

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver were pretty great, a lot of quality 70s country rock/AOR tunes. Never heard the Suths on their own tho.

wanking on the moon (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

odd that they chopped the Stones out of the longer version.

Robin Sarstedt song was familiar. probably from Jane Russell in The Las Vegas Story.

i think claire grogan has heard that fox single.

koogs, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Sutherlan Brothers did the original of "Sailing", and I knew it before Rods version thanks to a k-tel compilation.

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well....'punk had to happen' is a tired old theme, but IF it was ever true then this weeks shows why. Robin Sarstedt - just die you seedy bastard. Sutherland Brothers and Quiver - a soundtrack for cruisin' down the Gateshead bypass in your Hillman Avenger. The singer (Gavin Sutherland?) had great hair though. Frankie Valli, who I maintain it is impossible to dislike looked like he hadn't slept for a year. Manilow - unspeakably awful, and why did he have the piano stool so high? He could barely reach the keys. JJ Barrie - nothing can really describe the horror of this record, although he looked like a decent enough bloke. The Mud record was utterly bizarre - I have no memory of this at all. Even though it was a bit of a disco death-rattle from the bubble-glam stalwarts, they at least seemed enthusistic about it. And bonus marks go to Dave Mount for doing the 'let's arse about on the telly' walk around his drum-kit. What else was there? Ruby Flipper - what did Pan's People do to deserve this fate? Only bright spot was Cliff - crackin' song that with a lovely electric piano sound. The band were hod-carriers even by TOTP session-men standards. They made Sutherland Brothers and Quiver look like arch sex gods in comparison. Oh and of course Abba. But they faded it in verse 2 - bastards. A dire week but at least they didn't show Hank Mizell or John Miles. And how bored was Noel throughout?

Back in 76, I was still watching TOTP as a 14yr old, along with OGWT, but I don't think I was listening to anything much from the charts. I had some Pink Floyd albums, I think I'd just discovered the Syd era LPs. I had a couple of Status Quo albums (Piledriver, Hello) some Bowie and T-Rex, Story of The Who, some K-Tel comps. Within a year I'd be spending my pocket money on scratchy singles in home-made sleeves made by bands barely older than myself from Belfast, Manchester, Deptford and Ladbroke Grove. Happy days, and yeah they did HAVE to happen.

Dr.C, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

(Imagine a bootmix of "Give peace a chance" with the lyrics of "Sailing" over the top of it)

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

xpost obviously, blimey thread's suddenly busy.

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Two of SB and Quiver played with Pink Floyd - Tim Renwick and Willie Wilson.

Dr.C, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

And Bruce Thomas was in Quiver!! But not in SB&Q, I think.

Dr.C, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Tim Renwick? Something to do with Bowie too?

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Muso note - Cliff's bass player was playing an interesting Burns Bison bass. And he looked like a bison too. A bespectacled bison.

Dr.C, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

xpost - yes, Space Oddity-era IIRC

Dr.C, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Re: SB+Q, I like this idea of two struggling bands joining together a la Dagenham & Redbridge or something

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2011 09:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

A bit like Bob Dylan and The Band, with a shared credit!

Or do I mean Cliff Richard and The Shadows, but ran backwards?

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 09:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Was Robin Sarstedt related to Peter Sarstedt? Were they even their real names?

Yeah okay I don't need to hear this album (Craigo Boingo), Friday, 13 May 2011 13:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes, they were brothers. Also Eden Kane, who was actually Richard Starstedt

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 13:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

although, you are also right, Robin's first name was Clive.

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 13:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought they looked alike but I was worried I was just being racist. I love Peter Sarstedt, I'd love it if a performance of this turned up on BBC4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRyIiutZ8ck

Yeah okay I don't need to hear this album (Craigo Boingo), Friday, 13 May 2011 13:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

> Back in 76, I was still watching TOTP as a 14yr old, along with OGWT

that's something else they should repeat, whistle test.

koogs, Friday, 13 May 2011 17:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

in fact, ditch bbc3 and just use it to show bbc1 from 35 years ago, verbatim.

koogs, Friday, 13 May 2011 17:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

I keep reading OGWT as Odd Gang Wolf Them. Argh.

Yeah okay I don't need to hear this album (Craigo Boingo), Friday, 13 May 2011 17:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Don't mind me, just catching up:

Mud's "Shake it down" the latest victim of the "must re-record with the BBC orchestra" rule, the record is much better than this.

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 23:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

The musicians featured on the Cliff Richard recording are Terry Britten on guitar, Alan Tarney on bass, Clem Cattini on drums, Graham Todd on keyboards.

So, some top names in that list. OK. they're a bit ug, but hey.

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 23:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten how bad Ruby Flipper were. Pan's People's over-literal interpretation of lyrics were much better by comparison.
And Midge Ure looks about 14.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Jagger drinking from that can that just appears out of nowhere.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

ffs Midge Ure's preening wanker performance

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:48 (five days ago) Permalink

Simon Bates in 'not actually totally wrong' prediction action - 'Back To The Future' was a massive Christmas movie, back when that was actually a thing.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:51 (five days ago) Permalink

Midge Ure is basically a secondary school math teacher who thinks he's cool.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:57 (five days ago) Permalink

I like Midge's voice and his playing on Ultravox records, but watching him in old clips is a different thing.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 18 May 2018 19:56 (five days ago) Permalink

Oh yeah his guitar playing on 'New Europeans' is one of my favourite Ultravox bits and his singing on the entire 'Vienna' album totally fits the songs. It's just after that record that Ultravox turned into a pretentious band who thought they were clever, and Ure's solo stuff has the same issues. Don't know how they managed to avoid that on 'Vienna' when amongst other things the album is called 'Vienna' and opens with a 7 minute instrumental.
Maybe it's because back in 1985 we didn't get to see music videos as often and were more likely to become familiar with a song through being played on the radio, but I don't remember thinking 'If I Was' was a terrible record at the time, in fact 11 year old snoball quite liked it. It's only when I see the video that as well, especially the pleated trousers and the pen and paper writing mime.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 18 May 2018 20:11 (five days ago) Permalink

Still maintain Colonel Abrams was the first big proto-House record. I'm sure house nerds can say otherwise.

piscesx, Friday, 18 May 2018 20:29 (five days ago) Permalink


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