INHERITED from an earlier age of radio (first heard on The Home Service in 1950), but the nauseatingly jolly strains of Barwick Green infested most if not all Cream-era childhoods, plus it was heavily bigged up (albeit ironically) by the likes of John Peel and The Goodies, so in it goes. Saga Of Everyday Country Folk joined in the throes of unlikely Swinging Sixties bandwagon-jumping, with a commune of hippies causing Village Green-based consternation, whizzed through daring coverage of single parentdom, discovery of evolutionarily crucial tropical debris, phone box vandalism, a rock festival, newsroom intrigue, catastrophic effects of Thatcherism, and Walter Gabriel saying something incoherent, all of it bolstered by the most predictable ‘unlikely’ celebrity cameos ever and mostly caught by chance in a ‘guilty pleasure’-stylee while you were waiting for something else to come on the radio.Read More
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The People’s Songs
Wednesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2
This series certainly isn’t just aiming for the standard Radio 2 demographic as it’s been true to its word of covering the entire sphere of post-war British pop, and we mark the halfway point with another more recent tune in Cigarettes And Alcohol. The reason it’s here is because it became the unofficial anthem of the new lad, a movement that seemed quite exciting at the time. Remarkably Loaded is still going, even though we haven’t got a clue who reads it, but it’s probably still more relevant than the world’s worst magazine, the truly appalling GQ.
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- In 'Rentadick ', Applemask says: "Not a pornographic take on Rentaghost, sadly."
- In 'Zoom the Dolphin', Applemask says: "You’re not thinking of Zoom the White Dolphin? The barely animated French fever-dream from 1971? With a mynah bird named John Sebastian who..."
- In 'X Stamps, Those Little Spot-the-Ball', Applemask says: "And the winner is…Mr T. Venables, Wembley Stadium, London."
- In 'Moretti, Hans', Applemask says: "Died a few months ago at the age of 84."