Really? A shame if that is your genuine perception.
On occasion the vibe at
"the other place"
can be like a reverse trip to
and certainly has the
potential to make you sick after visiting
I don't think there is as much substantive meat to get into with 1985 like there was with previous years and I never used to find it hard to find plenty of interest to contribute, but '85 and this weeks show leaves me struggling somewhat.
Stevie Wonder at No3 with Part Time Lover. Not a song that I think is thought about favourably. I recall it getting trashed by Morrissey on Round Table at the time in his unique manner of putting something down. It still astounds me that here in autumn 1985 with this song was the last time Stevie Wonder went top ten with a solo record of his. I still don't quite understand his almost overnight sales decline after years of consistency.
Simon Bates did not seem to make a detectable "Simesism" error this week. The body language very much made him look like he felt he was the senior partner against Peter Powell, despite them both being on the show for many years at this stage.
Only recently found out that Simon Bates used to also do many of the BBC voiceovers for their TV programmes and schedule trailers in this period of the 80's. I never even noticed at the time.
I grant him guilty pleasure status. I like him on TOTP.
Just my little jokette but based in
truth as there does seem to be more bad-tempered forum users per square foot at 'the other place' generally, (Politics forum especially), but perhaps it's due to there being just more users.
Some crackerjack posters there too though as you know...
Anyhows, will try to do a 'Caper' on the Poptastic Bates Experience in due course, but some initial thoughts on 'the Pops'.
- Ridiculously overmanned on percussion. Two drummers could've been dispensed with in a 'Time & Motion' study, leaving the enthusiastic woman drummer (wommer?) & the two main blokes. Shouty, picket-line earworm, rather good and purchased.
- Good album track, cobbled together chopped ham & pork video (reconstituted). Ker-ching! said Warners. Better tracks unreleased as single A-sides from "Like a Virgin", such as...
- Terrible coat, terrible dancing, looks like he's 'squeezing one out' when he's pondering on life as a sailor. Song getting a bashing at 'the other place' but I liked it, even though I preferred the follow up.
- The nasal whine of the talking codpiece. Didn't really 'get' Cameo but liked this, Word Up & She's Strange.
Rene & Angela
- Decently structured soul with squelchy bits. I approve.
- Hell yeah! Stone cold classic that clears away the cobwebs (like his stiff Porcupine/Bog-brushy hair)
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions
- Overrated 6th form-y nonsense from a bloke that can't sing (see also Tom Waits & Leonard Cohen). Follow-up
David Bowie & Mick Jagger
- Great fun, hard to dislike with the video but if it's on a CD it's normally a skipper.
- Saving the best one 'til a playout, this one's class.
The Poptastic/Bates pairing seems more relaxed than a Poptastic/'Bloke who Fixed our Boiler' combo. I thought Poptastic struggled to hide his irritation with Mike Smith on a previous episode & Slimes did seem a safer bet.
Apart from the BBC voiceovers, I also remember Simon Bates doing the intro warnings for the Video Standards Council, most of which were probably fast-forwarded
Sent up brilliantly
, by someone who seems
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