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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We have no truck with those people who complain the Beeb, and the British audience, don’t do Eurovision “properly”, because we’ll do it how we want, thank you very much, and the ratings suggest most people are absolutely fine with our approach. However, we do get a bit fed up with retrospectives that simply recycle the same half dozen clips, so we welcome this heavyweight ninety minute epic which looks set to be the most in-depth treatment since the documentary shown as part of TV Hell back in 1992. With Wogan and Norton involved it won’t be entirely serious, and rightly so, but it’s a more thoughtful look than we usually get, with some less familiar clips to boot.
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