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Did you watch... 19 May 2010 12:44 #1236

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Heaven 17: The Story of Penthouse and Pavement ?


I wasn't sure if it had been on already or on BBC4. I haven't bothered with most of this eighties revival crap on BBC2 but I thought I'd give this a go. If you didn't watch it, Claudia Brücken and Stephen Fry both made fleeting talking head appearances.


I'm more into early Human League when it comes to eighties synth-pop - I bow to nobody in my admiration for Empire State Human - but my sister had a bunch of Heaven 17 singles and I quite liked Temptation and Crushed by the Wheels of Industry. Have you got this album?


I haven't finished watching the programme yet, but it probably would have been better if they'd cropped the first 15 minutes off given that it took them that long to establish how they started making music.

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Re: Did you watch... 19 May 2010 16:13 #1237

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Coolio. Cheers for that. I think I saw it on the planner but didn't watch it in the end. I've got The Luxury Gap (which has Temptation and Crushed by the Wheels of Industry on it), but not Penthouse and Pavement. I'll see if I can catch it again somewhere.






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Re: Did you watch... 11 Sep 2010 10:54 #1345

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Apparently a bunch of ZTT stuff is getting (anniversary?) reissues.


Propaganda and The Art of Noise.


There's a bit about ZTT on Radcliffe & Maconie's show on Radio 2 last week (about an hour and 16 mins in http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tmv2l )


Apparently The Art of Noise are the third most sampled band in the world ever.

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Re: Did you watch... 18 Nov 2010 13:07 #1382

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Speaking of synthesizers and electronica, as I once did


Tomorrow night on Radio 3 (Radio 3!) at 7, Performance on 3: BBC Concert Orchestra - Electronic Instruments


Presented by Catherine Bott and introduced on stage by Jarvis Cocker.


In the first concert in a three-part series at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Electronica explores the evolution of electric instruments and sounds fused into the 'real' and the 'live'. The season kicks off with instrumental music by Goldfrapp's Will Gregory, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and others featuring theremins, Moogs and ondes Martenots - electronic instruments that were once symbols of music catching up with the Machine Age, yet still today appear somehow futuristic.


BBC Concert Orchestra
Charles Hazlewood conductor
Jarvis Cocker presenter
Will Gregory Moog Ensemble

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Re: Did you watch... 07 Dec 2010 12:45 #1383

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i meant to post this earlier but didn't have the chance. google tonto - or the original new timbral orchestra


there was an interesting prog on radio 4 last week about the synth wizards who helped stevie wonder with 3 or 4 classic albums in the 1970s.


no sure what will still work but





don't they look fabulous. i saw a documentary/classic albums show years ago and there was a better photo than this which i've tried to find since but so far failed.


this might work but i can't check it at work:






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Re: Did you watch... 10 Dec 2010 05:56 #1384

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they look excellent. don't know why i'm reminded of





and





i love the clip. "this is special equipment designed to do things for special musical reasons, and not available to the general public." it goes sequencer crazy at about 4 minutes in. tonto looks like a giant musical tardis.


shall i do a quick round up of what i'm enjoying, tv wise at the moment? i'm liking the walking dead, the event (even though this is already heading down a dark skies ramp of shitness), breaking bad season 3. there's a couple of things on bbc4 i'm hoping to catch from the planner - the second part of a quincy jones bio, and the beauty of diagrams. the latter not being one i can force upon my family during the evening! whilst on about bbc4, having seen the trailer, i'm not all that excited about the dirk gently adaptation.


i am enjoying some of tramadol nights, although i admire his nerve to say some of the stuff, even though it isn't funny and is offensive, and am even enjoying miranda, although it's unbelievably middle class.


i watched iron man 2 the other night, and gave up before i go to the end. i think it needed more scenes with jon favreau in. he didn't insert himself into nearly enough of the movie, in my opinion.

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Re: Did you watch... 01 Jan 2011 16:03 #1386

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I'm hoping to catch The Walking Dead at some unspecified point in the future - I think I've said before but if I could have one SkyTV channel it would probably be FX. Fortunately these days their good stuff seems to turn up on Channel 4 or Fiver or Five USA.


I'm sulking about the fact that Sky have poached Mad Men for the next season. I scarcely know anyone who watches it but I love it - it kind of snuck up on me as I watched most of the first season without really being that into it but by the end of the season I was curious about the enigma that is Don Draper. It was only when the second season was coming up that I realised I was really looking forward to it and since then I've been hooked. There's nothing I can say about it that other people haven't said better but I find it fascinating.


I didn't know they'd made more breaking bad so I'll have to keep an eye out for that.


I was interested in The Beauty of Diagrams but it just fell by the wayside - I'm probably watching too much TV at the moment. Hopefully this will turn up on BBC2 in that after Newsnight slot and I might catch it then.


I know that I read the first Dirk Gently book back when it came out as a paperback but I have no memory of it whatsoever - I don't remember if I found it funny or what, and I can't remember anything that happened. This meant that I had low expectations for the TV version, in fact I was expecting it to be rubbish. I actually quite enjoyed it - far more thatn I was anticipating. I don't know if they intend to do more but I could imagine them turning it into an ongoing series (possibly something like Jonathan Creek but as I've never watched that I don't know if that's a good comparison).


Tramadol Nights is a weird one. I enjoyed some of it and realise that Frankie Boyle was being deliberately provocative but having watched the whole series, I got a bit tired of the almost relentless jokes about paedophilia, rape and incest. The stand up stuff probably worked best - most of the sketches probably sounded like a good idea down the pub when talking to his mates but the execution mostly let them down. Unlike some stand-ups, I don't think he's got much of a future as an actor - although I'm sure he'd agree. There were some inspired ideas though - Knight Rider as a paranoid schizophrenic, what if the A-Team acted like real Vietnam veterans etc.


Miranda contrasts quite wildly with that, and was very enjoyable. I don't think it's quite as brilliant as some of my colleagues but it is fun. Did you ever hear the radio series? Miranda Hart's Joke Shop? It was one of the few things on Radio 2's comedy slot that actually made me laugh and I was pleased to see it make the transition from radio to TV. I most enjoy her asides and looks to camera.


Probably a bit of a tedious reply - I'm going to watch the Father Ted Night. Nice to see Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews together again.

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Re: Did you watch... 02 Jan 2011 07:55 #1387

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i didn't know that about mad men. although we're a bit behind anyway. we're still watching series 3 or possibly 2 (i can't remember) on dvd. the problem with mad men is that we always start watching them after 9. you watch the first one, and then because it's so good, you watch the next one, but because not a lot happens, i always fall asleep. google has been my friend and mad men is going to be on another new sky channel:

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Re: Did you watch... 02 Jan 2011 19:23 #1388

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(dunno what I've done but for an experiment I clicked on "verify answer" - it probably makes no difference)


Ah, glad you like Mad Men - yes, sometimes nothing really happens but it happens in such an elegant stylish sixties way. I think more tends to happen in each successive season. Not knowing where you are I don't want to tip you to anything but things tend to pick up momentum towards the end of each season. Is Jared Harris in the season you're watching? He plays an English boss who comes in. I realise it's probably a cliche to say it but it amazes me to see the casual sexism of the era - it seems almost hard to believe it was such a comparative short time ago.


Oh yeah, I had heard something about that new Sky channel but couldn't have told you what. It's specifically designed to piss people like me off. Or make us buy Sky. I've heard a little about Boardwalk Empire - apparently there's a lot of nudity, but Spunky McGonuts could probably tell you more about it. Dunno what Scorsese's involvement is - whether he created/produced or directed or what. Have you ever watched Weeds? It's on my list of TV shows I'd like to get around to but I'm not sure if I might find it too annoying cos of the subject matter. I can't help it - drugs just annoy me. it didn't stop me enjoying Breaking Bad but that's a bit different.


Yeah, Ted Night was great - although it illustrates how right you are about bad Christmas telly. How rubbish is it when the funniest thing on TV is a celebration of a sitcom from the 90s? Did they rename the viewers favourite episode "Speed 3"? I thought when it originally aired there hadn't been a sequel to the movie Speed so it was "Speed 2" - which was just such an original funny idea. I think my favourite episode will always be the Eurovision piss-take. My Lovely Horse every time. But there's still a load of the later ones that I probably only saw once. It was great to see the Irish Eurovision thing that they had tried to recreate. And the lovely girls competition too. etc etc.


The Heartbreak Kid was quite lightweight but I enjoyed it - I realised towards the end that it's a terrific performance from Charles Grodin. It sounds daft I know but I really "believed" he was that character - I can't explain it.


I'm sure there must have been some other exceptions to the bad telly but even "Charlie Brooker's 2010 Wipe" prog was vaguely disappointing. I think perhaps cos half of it was recycled Newswipe. And I don't understand why he keeps putting Grace Dent in his shows - she has yet to dazzle me with a witty turn of phrase or any other evidence that her presence is worthwhile. I must have mentioned that she used to live with a friend of mine in a shared house in London. I swear she was a lot better looking then too. I guess I should be careful what I write about her on a public forum as I might not be able to prove what my friend told me.


It looks like Channel 4 are putting together the people from their election night coverage (Charlie Brooker, David Mitchell and Jimmy Carr I think) together again for some sort of topical/satire show, judging from the trails for their new stuff coming up. Hopefully it'll be weekly not nightly - they should have learnt by now that they can never sustain more despite there frequent attempts to do so.


Perhaps I'm just being extra grumpy. I should have been delighted to be off work for over a week and have no real demands on my time but I realised the other day that it's been crap and I've felt dull and joyless. Today I finally enjoyed myself by just listening to music and reading a load of comics.


I didn't watch the Apollo thing although I was intending to Iplayer it to see if the other acts were any good. I believe Lenny Henry is starting a national tour soon so perhaps you can catch him live. I remember when Stephen K Amos first started turning up on TV he made some sort of joke about Lenny Henry still being alive but him being allowed on telly as well (that probably wasn't the joke at all but I can't remember it). Anyway, did you watch Stephen K Amos's own show? He's succeeded in being the new Lenny Henry already cos he's already not funny. Perhaps I'm missing something.


I think my DVD player does play AVI files but no USB socket (it is rewritable though as is the one on my PC) but I don't know if I can be arsed with all that stuff as yet. I already watch too much TV and now I have box sets of The West Wing and Alias to watch as well as various other unwatched DVDs.

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Re: Did you watch... 02 Jan 2011 19:27 #1389

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I've heard a little about Boardwalk Empire - apparently there's a lot of nudity, but Spunky McGonuts could probably tell you more about it




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