Saturday, December 27, 2008

I'm pretty sure that you probably can't get to see TOTP2 from outside of the UK because of dumbass restrictions but the latest instalment included a great performance of "I Can See For Miles" by The Who that I don't recall seeing before. There was also Nena's "99 Red Balloons", the Associates with the exquisite Martha Ladley doing "14 carat Love affair" and "Sonic Boom Boy" by Westworld. Their hymn to Pete Kember... pretty good comp if you skip the Duran clip and a couple of others...

The UK needs a pop music show that covers all the bases. Unfettered by cronie-isms, that can restore some faith in the art. Some people who inhabit the BBC are up to the task, others - further up the tree - are bricking it. And they'd rather do nothing while Rome burns rather than commission something that might just catch on. Especially if Jools flippin' Holland doesn't crash the party with his patented piano invasions.

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