thirtysomething – Bill Hicks – It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks – Revelations – Equinox – tape 1797

Well now. My labelling on these rips tended to be just what was written on the tape label, so not always accurate or complete. So this tape was simply labelled ‘thirtysomething’. Not very exciting. But my database is more complete, hence the rather longer title of today’s entry. I generate these blog entries as empty entries from my tape database, so it takes care of setting the publish date to the next day since the last entry, saving me having to do loads of clicking in WordPress and also having to retype the title, with all the possible scope for error that entails.

Hence, this entry shows all the programmes listed in the database that are on this tape, and it’s much more interesting than just thirtysomething.

This looks like the pilot, too. No title music, just titles over a lot of scenes setting up characters.

It’s interesting that this is directed by co-creator Marshall Herskovitz. His co-creator Edward Zwick has had much the more high-profile directing career since the show finished.

I liked thirtysomething despite myself. At first, I dismissed it as ‘The Whinging Yuppies Show’ but I did become a regular viewer after a while.

It’s interesting to watch this establishing episode, as it sets up a lot of the core tensions in the show, some of which are now familiar to me as they wouldn’t have been first time round, like the new parents whose single friends assume that they can still do all the same social things they did before, and just dump the baby with a sitter. Peter Horton even suggests going backpacking.

I know things are exaggerated in drama, but Hope’s friend Ellyn in particular is unbelievably self involved and unwilling to accept that a new baby should change her relationship with Hope in any way. “I’m a part of your life too. And I have prior claim. You can’t just turn your back on people who care about you.” Jeepers. That’s an unbelievable guilt trip to lay upon a struggling new mother.

After this episode, recording switches to Bill Hicks – It’s Just a Ride, a documentary about the comedian who had only recently died, I think. Here he is with his childhood friend, when they would sneak out of their parents’ houses to go to the local stand-up club.

Young Bill Hicks

There are contributions from Jay Leno

Jay Leno

David Letterman

David Letterman

Eric Bogosian

Eric Bogosian

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard

Sean Hughes

Sean Hughes

Brett Butler

Brett Butler

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Thea Vidale

Thea Vidale

thirtysomething - Bill Hicks - It's Just A Ride - Bill Hicks - Revelations - Equinox - tape 1797

After this, there’s one of Hicks’ stand-up shows, Revelations, with a brief introduction by Rhona Cameron and Mark Lamaar.

Bill’s entrance onto the stage is quite impressive. That appears to be real fire behind him.

Bill Hicks Entrance

I don’t have much to say about Bill Hicks other than he’s someone you should watch if you like stand-up comedy. He’s important.

After this, recording switches to Equinox: The Cyborg Cometh. I haven’t started watching this, but I’ll be disappointed if Professor Kevin Warwick doesn’t make an appearance, a man who claimed he’d become a cyborg because he’d implanted a chip in his wrist. I don’t think the chip did anything useful – it was too early for contactless payments.

Opening the show is someone who’s billed as a ‘NASA research fellow’, Charles Gray. He’s burbling on about humanity evolving into Homo Cyborg.

Charles Gray

Manfred Clynes was the man who invented the concept of a cyborg in 1960, with a paper on the potential re-engineering of humans to live in outer space. He looks exactly how you want the inventor of cyborgs to be.

Manfred Clynes

Lisa Moore, Antropologist, talks about the future of genetics. “Semen Industry offers Techno Semen which is a process through creating a new, improved, more pristine body product.”

Lisa Moore

Manfred Clynes goes, I think, a little bit too far when he talks about ‘inserting the genes for speech’ into animals, and imagining the legals problems that would arise if animals could talk.

It’s all very breathless and Brave New World with lots of speculations about how different the world will be. Progress has been a bit slower than some people here imagined.

After this, recording continues with a documentary Twenty First Century Airport about an airport in Japan. The tape ends during this programme.


  • Lenor
  • Red Cross Rwanda Appeal
  • Allied Dunbar
  • Family Channel
  • Bravo
  • trail: Rasputin The Mad Monk
  • trail: Clive Anderson Talks Back
  • trail: Clive Anderson Talks Back (again – this is a good parody of the Mazda adverts that were playing at the time.)

  • trail: The Bureau
  • BUP
  • Dixons
  • Boots
  • Tizer
  • Allied Dunbar
  • Guinness
  • Virgin Upper Class
  • Vauxhall GM Card
  • Virgin Upper Class
  • Fosters
  • Debenhams
  • DHL
  • Yorkie
  • Free Spirit Holidays
  • Canon
  • trail: Flatliners
  • Renault Safrane
  • Marmite
  • Allied Dunbar
  • KFC
  • Peperami Hot
  • Fosters
  • Safrane
  • trail: Critical Eye: Service with a Smile
  • Allied Dunbar
  • American Express
  • Air Canada
  • Boddington’s


  1. The whole Bill Hicks thing completely passed me by, thanks to my having lived in Barbados during the 1980s and early ’90s rather than England. Has the Internet had a going concern back then it might have been different.

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