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7 hours ago, Jim Feeley said:

Have you see the whole Rachel? If so, what did you think? Appeal beyond synth fans?

I've not, but I'm trying though. Not sure if the whole film is available there. And likely no appeal beyond synth fans (or perhaps those into electronics). I'm pretty intrigued at the gear, as well as the ripping sounds of those seminal quarter inch modulars. I was awed by the walls of pots and cables when I was a kid. Wendy Carlos, gets a reference, and I see John Foxx in there too, both key figures at different points in the art form. 

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Watching as I write Top of the Pops rerun on BBC4 from 15th July 1982. As UK old gits know well bands would fairly quickly record a session version of their current tune then mime over it for the performance. Watching Dexys perform Come On Eileen however it looks like the two violins are just playing over the prerecorded track - as in multi tracking, so there be four of them. The rest, including the deadened drums, looked business as usual. I could be wrong.

Meanwhile it's been a good Halloween weekend evening on BBC radio tonight, with Kim Cattrall reading Rosemary's Baby followed by Peter Strickland's radio version of Nigel Kneale's The Stone Tape from last Halloween. Tomorrow has a repeat of last year's The Ring by Koji Suzuki.

Jez

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Yes, I've noticed the mime thing on TOTP episodes. 

My question: Did they actually record a version 'specifically' for that TOTP show? I figured many of the recordings they mimed to were actually perhaps..a John Peel session, their first actual studio recording, or other seminal first recordings. 

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2 hours ago, Rachel Cameron said:

Yes, I've noticed the mime thing on TOTP episodes. 

My question: Did they actually record a version 'specifically' for that TOTP show? I figured many of the recordings they mimed to were actually perhaps..a John Peel session, their first actual studio recording, or other seminal first recordings. 

This answer is from my patchy memory of one of the fairly recent 'story of 1978  or thereabouts' shows so perhaps if we're lucky somebody's patchy memory from reality might yet supersede it ...

I believe they were (legally?) required to record a version specifically for TOTP which would of course be used for subsequent TOTP appearances for the next few weeks if invited back. However it was suggested that very often previously recorded BBC tapes from eg Peel Sessions or alternate recordings from the bands found themselves as the 'new' recording, particularly for the many instances when the very short time available would make a full new tracking and mixing of a tune kind of unlikely. I got the impression that it would be the bands rather than the BBC who would instigate such mixes, using session multi tracks or previous multitrack elements. American tunes turned up far more frequently in their original version with the dance troupes (in place of expensive artist visits) or often primitive pre-MTV videos.

It was an interesting tidbit of 1970s BBC legality when I heard it so if I come back across my source (on a fat-arse exercising increasingly common BBC4 repeats watching night...) I will let you know the title and details.

J

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On right now, BBC4 tv, (available probably on the deep dark web to those outside the UK or those without a licence), "Television's Opening Night - How the Box was Born" a documentary on the 80th anniversary of the first broadcast from Alexandra Palace on 2 Nov 1936.

I was expecting a little less from the meagre promos I'd seen beforehand but this is really worth a watch. In fact, something this good would have been promoted through the roof ten or more years ago. It's very 'Horizon' in presentation, but so far packing more content than the average H.

J

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So many versions to choose from but today it's this 1 (thanks JCC, EC56 and RT):

 

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Been many a decade since I've been to a party like the song sings about....., but I have been to a few back in the day. I dig the Dawes. Very talented IMO.

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