We were disappointed this week to hear that the new manager of Coventry City has decided to stop the team running out to Mr Blue Sky because apparently it’s too boring to get the fans fired up, and it’s being replaced by some landfill indie, although surely a further issue is the fact Birmingham run out to it too. They’ll play it again when it becomes the national anthem anyway. It’s easy to laugh at Jeff Lynne with his silly hair and his desperation to be George Martin, but he certainly had an ear for a tune and we’ll hear many irresistible ELO tunes during this new documentary, which is followed by the classic concert film from 1978, Rock Family Trees on Brum Beat and an acoustic performance, though we’re not too sure about that as surely it’s the kitchen sink production that makes the songs really great.
Creamguide's Pick of the Day
Been a shitty week for deaths, one of the saddest being Trevor Bolder of the Spiders of Mars, which adds extra poignancy to this big new documentary. In it they’re going to take five turning points in the career of Dave Bowie of The Dave Bowie Band, and though we don’t think he’s interviewed for it, seemingly everyone who’s ever worked with him is and there are loads of rare clips.
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Points of View
- In 'Grand Prix ', Tom says: "I always like the random shot of Jim Clark, named no less, halfway through. It’s like they think “Hey, we’ve got to have Jim in it,..."
- In 'McCloud', Applemask says: "Chief?"
- In 'Mann’s Best Friends', Applemask says: "Was the main character called “Ian Mann”?"
- In 'Man About the House', Applemask says: "“What’s on the box? Man About the House with Paula Wilcox”."
- In 'Make ‘Em Laugh', Applemask says: "Hey, fuck you, voiceover man, it was Harold who did the real work, and you know it, you pussy!"