WHAT THE SIMPSONS once did for the Clinton decade, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home did for Nixon-era America, as titular dad Harry Boyle, voiced by TOM “HAPPY DAYS” BOSLEY and his wife Irma continually fretted about their three kids (fat frumpy Alice, proto-slacker Chet and annoying brat Jamie) and whether they were shagging around or smoking dope. Bit of a departure for H-B then, being based on the success of All In The Family (the American version of TILL DEATH US DO PART), and their last primetime effort in the States, although more usually to be found here on a Sunday afternoon or just before the News at 5:45. Despite the presence of that singular Hanna-Barbera canned laugh, you didn’t get the jokes when you were seven, apart from the sliding-down-bannister/crockery-smashing incident in the titles, memorable also for Harry Boyle driving along the show’s title in 1970s colourful lettering in the credits, before the roof flew off the family house at the end. Doubtless watched by Matt Groening on more than a few occasions, though the wacky next-door-“neighbor” in this case was anti-Communist nutcase, Ralph.
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Do Not Erase – A Little Respect For Erasure
Monday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2
Not much in the way of Bank Holiday fun on the telly today, aside from In Search Of The Castaways on BBC2 at eight o’clock in the morning, but here’s something a bit special from Radio 2. When it comes to listing the great pop bands of the eighties, Erasure often tend to get left out, coming across as less clever than the Pet Shop Boys, less interesting than Vince’s previous band Yazoo, and less exciting than Vince’s previous previous band Depeche Mode, while their recent output seem pretty much a fans-only affair. However for about a decade, they were huge stars, rarely out of the charts and with a back catalogue as good as anyone else operating in that period (Creamguide’s top three would be Stop, Victim Of Love and Blue Savannah). So well worth an hour of your time this evening, with Ana Matronic in charge.
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