EXORCIST-UNDERPINNING ‘symphonic rock’ side-length shenanigans courtesy of a one-man-free-festival assortment of instruments, as dryly detailed by narrator Viv Stanshall, to the undoubted consternation of many a ‘head’ who had lulled themselves into a mellowed-out sense of false security before the spoken interlude commenced. Chart-topping knocking-himself-off-the-top-spot feat of endurance, assisted by a John Peel-instigated round of panic-buying, established Virgin Records as a viable financial concern, meaning that all of that studio tomfoolery with slightly varispeeded guitars was in a roundabout way responsible for The Sex Pistols, elusive cola drinks, globetrotting hot air balloon ridiculousness and that bloke who was harrassed by British Airways for being a ‘Virgin stooge’. Reviled for many years as the ultimate totem of hippy self-indulgence, not helped by its near-inescapability in the charity shop racks, but the inclusion of flashes of humour and dangerous hints of melody, not to mention Oldfield’s publicity-suspicious DIY-ethic proto-punk credentials, have more recently assured its elevation to the status of The Prog Rock It’s OK To Like. Not least if you’re listening to Radcliffe and Maconie on any random day.
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A very broad definition of “arts”, this, the story of the tell-all book by Andrew Morton, the man we best remember for being called “a daft little lad” by Bernard Ingham on that ridiculous ITV Monarchy debate. The reason we mention it this week is not just to fill a hole on a dull day but because it’s seventeen years since the crash and the dates fall exactly this year, the accident happening on the evening of Saturday 30th. Rather brilliantly, the MHP’s Death of Diana page, which catalogues the truly bizarre and memorable TV coverage that day, is still online. “As most of the world now knows” indeed. We’re pretty sure more people have heard Bingo by Catch in that clip of The Chart Show being faded out for the news than ever did when it was actually in the charts.
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- In 'CAMPBELL, Nicky', Gavin says: "I’d love to hear those interviews he did with Frankie. He even appeared in the Heroes of Comedy episode about Frankie."
- In 'CAMPBELL, Nicky', David says: "One of the things I will always remember about his late evening shows were his live interviews with the much-missed comic Frankie Howerd, including the..."
- In 'RADCLIFFE, Mark', David Bally says: "I will never forget those afternnon Mark and Lard shows, with Fat Harry White and the double-entedre. How they got away with it amazes me.. For..."