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BeebRock II - Music Shows on BBC Four, Sky Arts and everywhere else

  • 13-01-2018 2:45am
    Registered Users Posts: 21,444 ✭✭✭✭Skid X

    Hello, and welcome to the slight return of BeebRock, the long running thread for music programmes on the Television. No, I can't believe it has continued for this long either.

    This is Part 2 of the thread which initially gave good service to BBC Music Programmes but has now evolved to include all the other channels like Sky Arts. Because other channels have good music shows too, and there’s only so many times you can discuss the BBC Four repeats of The Richest Songs In The World with Mark Radcliffe, you know.

    Expect to see talk of BBC Four, Sky Arts, Top Of The Pops, Whatever Festivals are on, Repeats, TOTP2, stations like Vintage TV which I don’t have access to, Tribute Shows To Whichever Music Legends have Died Recently and things like that. Hopefully not too much of the Tribute Shows though, we've had enough of that for a while

    All welcome to join in, it’s a broad church and if you see anything of interest please do join in. It’s just a bit of chat about music shows and the people that feature in them.

    If you prefer the early stuff, here’s a link to Part 1




  • Registered Users Posts: 17,189 ✭✭✭✭MEGA BRO WOLF 5000

    The difficult second album.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,231 ✭✭✭Gizmo55

    That new thread smell.

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,991 ✭✭✭✭Welsh Megaman

    Nice choice of wallpaper too - very 70’s :)

    Not sure about the framed picture of Neil Sedaka, though. :D

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,347 ✭✭✭dasdog

    Linking from the previous thread...
    For me, U2 and INXS filled that late-80s void. I can't bear to listen to U2 now, but INXS are still acceptable

    Then I discovered Sonic Youth and my musical world changed forever. I bought a ticket to see them in the Top Hat and a little known band from Washington State were in support..

    One of the last gigs there I remember was Faith No More in 1990 who came on stage around 11pm because they had suddenly become famous and were delayed coming over after filming Top of the Pops, presumably to be broadcast the next day. Knackered in school the following morning.

    I had a lot of time for INXS because they could play well, had some great songs and were just very cool. Dogs in Space is a cult classic about the Melbourne punk scene.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,373 ✭✭✭✭Ol' Donie

    Nice choice of wallpaper too - very 70’s :)

    Not sure about the framed picture of Neil Sedaka, though. :D

    Four posts.

    Four posts into the new thread he gets mentioned.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 31,126 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato
    Golgafrinchan 'B' Ark

    Nice choice of wallpaper too - very 70’s :)

    That reminds me of a post on the 'misheard song lyrics' thread:

    The house was very small
    It had bulls**t on the wall.

    Defund Alcohol Action Ireland

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,617 ✭✭✭Gen.Zhukov


    I had forgotten about this little fella. Very cute:)

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,991 ✭✭✭✭Welsh Megaman

    Sad breaking news...

    Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries has died, aged 46 :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,373 ✭✭✭✭Ol' Donie

    Jesus. That's terrible. Poor Delores.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,811 ✭✭✭corkie

    "He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him round the moons of Nibia and round the Antares maelstrom and round perdition's flames before I give him up!" - Khan quoting Moby Dick (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,691 ✭✭✭BandMember

    corkie wrote: »

    Um, am I missing something or who/where is the "Hollywood legend"? :confused:

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,444 ✭✭✭✭Skid X

    Hello, this weekend sees the start of a new series on BBC4 which is very vaguely themed about the people behind the scenes of the music business. The people who made this already did a similar programme about Music Moguls and it's hard to see how three hours of this won't include a whole lot of filler. I'd prefer to see some new shows about specific bands or genres, but BBC4's commissioning is tending towards generic fluff at the moment, alas.

    Elsewhere, that splendid Marshall Amps Doc is back, but there an evening of Neil Sed**a shows which will bring a chill to anyone who sat through them the first time. Possibly the worst shows ever to be shown on BBC4. Although it's all subjective, if that's your thing you are in luck ...

    Midnight: Play It Loud: The Story Of The Marshall Amp (BBC4)
    In the early 1960s drum shop owner Jim Marshall launched the loudest amplifier in the world at a point in time widely perceived to be the birth of rock. Young musicians like Clapton and Hendrix rushed to adopt the revolutionary `Marshall sound', and the electric guitar spoke for a new generation, while stacks and walls became an essential backdrop at concerts. The company was rescued from financial meltdown by comic exposure in the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap, and the electronic boxes were propelled to iconic status. This documentary charts the amp's history, with contributions from rock musicians Pete Townshend, Lemmy and Slash, plus an interview with the founder himself

    Midnight Phil Collins: Going Back To Detroit (Sky Arts)
    The singer explores the roots and legacy of Detroit's unique music scene in the 1960s and 70s, as he joins the Funk Brothers to record an album of his favourite Motown hits

    1am Tony Visconti's Unsigned Heroes (Sky Arts)
    Ep 2

    1am Top Of The Pops 1981 - May 14th (BBC4)
    Tommy Vance introduces TOTP appearances by Toyah Willcox, Thin Lizzy, Department S, Tenpole Tudor, Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Adam and the Ants, plus a dance performance by Legs and Co. Full details here

    1.20am Top Of The Pops 1981- May 28th
    Simon Bates presents the chart show from May 28, 1981, featuring the Polecats, UB40, Hazel O'Connor, Coast to Coast, Tenpole Tudor, Adam and the Ants, and Kim Carnes. Full details here

    7.30pm Fleadh Ceoil (RTE1) New!
    John Creedon and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain present from the Ennis Fleadh Cheoil, introducing music by Duchas, the Nesbitt Family, and Co Clare musicians Therese McInerney, Brian and Keith O'Loughlin and Brian Donnellan

    7.30pm & 11.50pm Top Of the Pops 1985 - January 17th (BBC4)
    Peter Powell and Gary Davies introduce performances by the Limit, Prince, Amii Stewart, Smiley Culture, Russ Abbot, Grandmaster Melle Mel and Foreigner. First aired January 17, 1985 Full details here

    8pm Live From The Artists Den - The National (Sky Arts)

    9pm & 1.30am Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insiders Guide To The Music Business (BBC4) New!
    New series Ep 1/3. Having spent over 25 years in the music industry, agent Emma Banks has worked with some of the world's most famous artists and seen first-hand the fine line between success and failure. The secret to success and stardom is an elusive formula of luck, timing talent as well as the team behind the talent - the record executives, label bosses and A&R gurus. Here, Emma offers a behind-the-scenes insight into how the industry finds talent and creates superstars. Contributors include Motown legend Martha Reeves, Blur's Alex James and Labelle's Nona Hendryx

    10pm & 2.30am Radio 2 In Concert: Paloma Faith (BBC4)
    The award-winning British singer-songwriter takes to the stage of the BBC Radio Theatre, central London, performing songs from her latest album The Architect, a release that has seen her collaborate with fellow artists including Sia, John Legend, Rag'n'Bone Man and Samuel L Jackson. She also performs material from her previous best-selling albums

    10pm The Music Videos That Shaped The 80s (Sky Arts)
    A look at how the introduction of music videos in the 1980s affected the industry, with contributions by Bob Geldof, Herbie Hancock, Roger Taylor and Richie Sambora, and directors David Mallet, Russell Mulcahy and Kevin Godley

    11pm Wild Boys: The Story of Duran Duran (Sky Arts)
    Documentary about the new romantic band who ruled the charts during the 1980s with hits including Girls on Film, Hungry Like the Wolf, Rio and Save a Prayer. The band's image, relationships and lifestyles are examined, as the programme follows their climb to superstardom before they fell out of the public's favour. Featuring interviews with band members John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon as well as contributions by Debbie Harry and Lou Reed

    11pm Soul Power! (Sky Arts)
    Ep 2/4 Documentary examining the historical and political contexts of the evolution of soul music, featuring archive performance footage from the 1950s and 60s

    Midnight Chic and Nile Rodgers: Jazz A Vienne (Sky Arts)
    A concert by the band from 2013, featuring a medley of Diana Ross and Sister Sledge classics, as well as their own hits Everybody Dance, Le Freak and Good Times

    12.30am The Joy Of The Single (BBC4)
    Documentary taking a journey through the decades to celebrate cherished stories and memories associated with the music single. Artists including Jack White, Noddy Holder, Richard Hawley and Suzi Quatro reveal the powerful impact that singles have had on successive generations, from the rock 'n' rollers of the 1950s to the MP3 downloaders of today

    12.35am Other Voices (RTE2)
    The second of two programmes from Austin features Mumford & Sons, Gregory Porter, Wild Child, Carson McHone, Asleep at the Wheel, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Aoife O'Donovan

    1.35am Phil Collins: Going Back (Sky Arts)

    3.15pm Free To Rock: How Rock & Roll Brought Down The Wall (Sky Arts)
    Kiefer Sutherland narrates a documentary telling the story of how rock music became a symbol of freedom behind the Iron Curtain and how it helped end the Cold War

    4.30pm Live From The Artists Den: The National (Sky Arts)

    6.30pm Spandau Ballet - Reformation Tour 1989 (Sky Arts)

    9pm & 2.45am Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop (Sky Arts)
    Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe talk about their early days in the 1980s, and artists including Robbie Williams and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears discuss the influence of the pop duo. From 2006, it's on Youtube ...

    10.15pm Pet Shop Boys: Live At The 02 (2009) (Sky Arts)

    11.50pm Top Of The Pops 1985 - January 17th (BBC4)
    Same as Friday

    12.15am The Cure: Live At Hurricane Festival 2012 (Sky Arts)

    12.30am Neil Sed**a: King Of Song (BBC4)

    1.15am Chic and Nile Rodgers: Jazz A Vienne (Sky Arts)
    Same as Friday

    1.30am Neil S***aka: All You Need Is The Music (BBC4)

    And once again, Sunday sees hardly anything of note. Might be a gap in the market there for one of the channels.

    Freesat and Sky Channel Yesterday like to show blocks of old BBC Music Shows on Saturdays, this week sees the infamous Damon Albarn fronted Britpop Now showcase featuring Blur, Pulp, Supergrass, Menswe@r and all manner of Britpop chancers

    Finally, it's good to know that Neil Se***a is balanced out by news that The Blues Brothers is back on free television, namely ITV4, Saturday at 9pm

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,373 ✭✭✭✭Ol' Donie

    While it's very fresh in my head, Tommy Tiernan doing a sketch on his show there.

    "When I die, I'm leaving the farm to Slash from Guns N Roses. I just want to see him settled."

    Hehe. Made me laugh.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,373 ✭✭✭✭Ol' Donie

    Anyway, nice one as always Skid.

    Did we all actually sit through Sedaka night once upon a time? That did happen, didn't it?

    Good Lord.

    Meanwhile, I've developed a bit of a fondness for Other Voices. I used to think it was self indulgent rubbish, but I kinda enjoy it now.

    Nice to see Carrie Fisher's best work getting a run out again. I didn't see it over Christmas, which was all wrong.

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,991 ✭✭✭✭Welsh Megaman

    Whoops...I think BBC bosses saw my post mentioning Se***a, and decided to give him some airtime.

    My bad. :blush:

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,231 ✭✭✭Gizmo55

    BeebRock II is alive and well and on the road, this song entered my head for some reason with ‘Rock n Rolling through’ in the lyrics. G’wan the Meat!

  • Registered Users Posts: 31,126 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato
    Golgafrinchan 'B' Ark

    Whoops...I think BBC bosses saw my post mentioning Se***a, and decided to give him some airtime.

    My bad. :blush:

    Well at least there's no N****n C****r in the listings this week!

    Defund Alcohol Action Ireland

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,991 ✭✭✭✭Welsh Megaman

    Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s Nineteen Eighty Five :cool:

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,444 ✭✭✭✭Skid X

    Peter Powell seemed to think Prince was a band.

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,991 ✭✭✭✭Welsh Megaman

    Like I said, a golden age for British music :D

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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,444 ✭✭✭✭Skid X

    This is music.

    and to think some people were claiming TOTP would be going downhill in 1985 :D

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,444 ✭✭✭✭Skid X

    No bouncer in this land would have let Russ in wearing that sweatshirt.

    Not tonight, Russ ...

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,991 ✭✭✭✭Welsh Megaman

    Like a Dad who has to find his daughter who has sneaked out to go clubbing :D

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,991 ✭✭✭✭Welsh Megaman

    I wish Gary Davies will tell me what love is.

    My god, he is dreamy. :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,991 ✭✭✭✭Welsh Megaman

    In my life, there’s been heartache and pain.
    I don’t know if I can face it again.

    But I will...tonight at 9.35pm on RTE One :D

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,991 ✭✭✭✭Welsh Megaman

    By amazing coincidence, Courtney Cox is in the TOTP studio to dance to this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,373 ✭✭✭✭Ol' Donie

    Fella on Mastermind anwering questions about Blur in a sec

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,420 ✭✭✭✭sligojoek

    Which do you prefer, Dougal, Blur or Oasis?

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,420 ✭✭✭✭sligojoek

    Starting at 8.30 on Yesterday channel

    The Rolling Stones at the BBC
    A selection of the band's performances from the BBC archives, in a programme originally broadcast in 2012 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Songs include The Last Time, Let's Spend The Night Together, Get Off of My Cloud, Honky Tonk Women, Gimme Shelter, Miss You and Start Me Up. Plus, footage of the band performing 19th Nervous Breakdown on Top of the Pops in 1966, which was used in a 1960s BBC documentary about women with depression

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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,444 ✭✭✭✭Skid X

    Very sad to read David Kid Jensen has Parkinson's Disease, he has been battling it for five years. Hopefully he will get a lot of support.
    Veteran broadcaster David Jensen has told of his fear at revealing he has Parkinson’s disease, because he thought people “might think less of me”.

    The Radio 1 stalwart and DJ, also known by his nickname ‘Kid’, has been living with the disease for the past five years.

    The 67-year-old disclosed his condition in an official statement at the beginning of the week, explaining he wanted “to demonstrate that it is possible to continue with so many aspects of one’s life”.