Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pop will eat itself

Perusing music programmes ahead on BBC TV this week, I didn't find much that's new. There's a drama-documentary on BBC4, Messiah at The Foundling Hospital; an Easter service from King's, and a bunch of old Eurovision performers. And The Voice.

BBC4 offers its usual cycle of archive packages - Sounds of The Sixties, Top of The Pops, Freddie Mercury, ELO, Dusty Springfield, on Thursday and Friday nights, plus late Sunday.

From Monday to Sunday, I counted 16 opportunities to see programmes about property, and 24 slots devoted to antiques.

Was it better in the old days of just two BBC tv channels ? In the equivalent week in 1985, I found Top of The Pops, The Whistle Test,  Rockschool (featuring reggae artists Black Uhuru, Sly and Robbie, and Dennis Bovell); the premiere of Lloyd Webber's Requiem, a Joan Armatrading concert, Bach's B minor Mass, an Arena on Pierre Boulez, a Cliff Richard special, Dexy's Midnight Runners on The Young Ones, some new American music on Entertainment USA, and the UK final of a Song for Europe.

Nothing about buying houses. And one antiques show - Arthur Negus Enjoys.

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