WHAT RICHARD O’SULLIVAN was to Friday night telly in the 80s. Call-to-arms curtain-raiser for the weekend and ubiquitous front room appointment-to-view, helmed by KEITH FORDYCE, MICHAEL ALDRED and a big star in the 60s and an ever bigger star in the, er, CATHY MCGOWAN. What your school disco would’ve been like without teachers present. Much hyped exaggerated 60s swingingness and “hey there!” shambolic presenter style would go on to define all pop shows for evermore. The Beatles appeared, as did Glenda Collins and The Orchids. Got axed just as British rock was on a roll. For some reason Dave Clark (of the Dave Clark Five) ended up owning the rights, re-packaging what highlights remained in the archive as a series of compilation shows bundled out on Channel 4 in the 1980s…to an assuredly far greater audience than the one which saw it the first time round.Read More
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We said the other week that very few bands came out of 1975 with critical and commercial success intact, and while we were mentioning Queen at the time we might suggest 10cc also fall into that category, making it to number one with a record they didn’t really think that much of and thought it stop their career in its tracks. Of course they initially got together as writers and producers rather than performers and spent much of their time experimenting with sound, to the extent Godley and Crème initially left the band to invent a new musical instrument. So the four are suitable subjects for this series. More from the lads later in the week.
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- In 'Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Lifeforce', Darthflanflinger says: "… oh and Lenny Henry co-produced ‘Neverwhere’."
- In 'Big Trouble In Little China ', George White says: "Actually, that’s Victor Wong. Vincent Wong was in Who, Victor Wong was in Big Trouble."
- In 'Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Lifeforce', George White says: "The bloke, Bukovsky is Michael Gothard, Locque the speccy baddie in For Your Eyes Only, and was the sidekick in Arthur..."
- In 'Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Lifeforce', Darthflanflinger says: "Persian-chilli-jully-mumban is Bob Mills ‘In Bed With Medinner’ reference. Now. People. Do I get in..."
- In 'PICK OF THE DAY', Darthflanflinger says: "I listened. It was fantastic. Plus a clip from when he engaged in banter with Rikki Fulton. Cue memory of a Rikki Fulton documentary where..."