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Radio 5: The Programmes

Hit The North

Tony Wilson's vision of a Global Futuristic Media Utopia made realityREVERENTIALLY-referenced late-night Fall-honouring Radcliffe-helmed ‘alternative music’ slot, initially concieved as throwaway cash-in on ‘Madchester’ boom with sessions from Intastella, Paris Angels et al, but spiralled off in another direction when local scene correspondent Marc ‘Lard’ Riley apologised on-air for being a ‘hapless charlatan’ having turned up with the headline-grabbing news that he’d seen two members of Wonky Alice in a pub. Double-act establishment (with occasional interjections from Frank Sidebottom) and shared love of low-rent absurdity (which included a ‘Roadshow’ where Bits And Pieces featured tracks by Napalm Death, and the on-air loss of a shoe down the toilet) notched up the listenership just as the first stirrings of Britpop drifted into earshot, paving the way for even more successful Radio 1 transfer. Mark Kermode took over for the last six months, but the writing was on the wall. So much more than just That Show Where Oasis Made Their Radio Debut.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Arthur Nibble

    June 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Chris Sievey / Frank Sidebottom RIP. Sad news.

  2. Eight Ace

    June 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Agreed there.

  3. Skytower

    October 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Thirded.

    Indeed, it was Sidie who was allegedly honking up shandy and shoes into one of the toilets during their Grange-over-Sands roadshow. I’m certain I’ve still got this on an old cassette somewhere – would love to locate it, pure classic radio.

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