Day: October 2, 2018

Cardiff Singer of the World – The Net – The Outer Limits – The Music Biz – tape 1987

OK, so my database for this tape is a little inaccurate. There’s no Father Ted or The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, but we do have an extra treat (for me) at the end.

The tape opens with the end of some Golf.

There’s a trailer for programmes later in the evening, followed by a trailer for The Living Dead which looks like a documentary by Adam Curtis.

Then, the first programme on the tape, Cardiff Singer of the World. Sometimes the lyrics just sound loopy.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th June 1995 – 19:15

After this, there’s a trailer for The Business.

Then, The Net, BBC2’s too-trendy replacement for Micro Live.

Near the start, it suddenly cuts to some Star Trek – I assume I had a fat finger moment, and it’s only for a couple of seconds.

The first item sees Benjamin Woolley look at what the state of the art is for mobile computing. It’s a mixture of what’s possible in 1995, combined with a look at what the future might be.

Remember PCMCIA cards to connect your portable computer?

I think this is an Apple QuickTake digital camera. I don’t think I ever saw one in the wild.

He’s even got a GPS antenna for the car.

Linked to a GPS-enabled version of Autoroute Plus.

He talks about PDAs, like the Psion Organiser.

And even shows Apple’s Newton.

But the glory of this piece is when he talks about the future, when all these bits of technology combine into one, unobtrusive device that you barely notice you have with you. I really thought he was going to predict the modern smartphone, but no. He’s been talking to BT’s research and development, and they gave him this.

Any old Beano readers out there? Does this remind you of General Jumbo’s controller? I’m not wearing one of them unless it comes with an armoured nano-technology exoskeleton.

The next item is about programming in Hungary.

Then, Richard Herring off of Fist of Fun looks at comedy on the internet. “Television is dead, let’s face it.” Prophetic words from the man who would carve out a successful career as a podcaster.

There’s a slightly pretentious piece about iconography.

Here’s the whole episode.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th June 1995 – 20:00

After this, there’s a trailer for The Vibe. Then a trailer for Wednesday on BBC2.

Then, there’s the start of Perpetual Motion, about the Airstream trailer, after a few minutes of which, recording switches to the end of the same programme.

There’s a trailer for The All New Alexei Sayle Show 2. There’s also a trailer for the very first Saturday Night Armistice.

Then, another repeat, an episode of The Outer Limits called White Light Fever which I looked at a little while ago.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th June 1995 – 21:00

After this, a trailer for programmes on Friday on BBC2.

There’s also a trailer for Rock Family Trees.

Then, The Music Biz, and Marketing Meat Loaf. These are very interesting documentaries, as they don’t concentrate as much on the talent on the stage, and looks more at the actual industry itself. The episode starts looking at the media room of the Brit Awards.

Loads of famous faces, so I’ll pick a few favourites, like Tori Amos.

Elton John and Ru Paul

But the show is all about how Meat Loaf was repackaged as a superstar. He gets a rapturous welcome at the Brits.

Meat Load talks about when he was signed, by Virgin in the rest of the World, and MCA in the US. “He’s not hip enough” Meat Loaf himself tells the story.

Nice to see Jim Steinman interviewed. Sometimes he isn’t for these things, as his relationship with Meat Loaf is a bit up and down.

“The video was quite expensive as well.” And I learn, for the first time, that the video for “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” was directed by Michael Bay. “known for his Pepsi commercials.” His first feature, Bad Boys, was released in the US in April 1995.

One delightful detail about the marketing. There was a ‘playthrough’ for the music industry, and it took place at the Pirate Castle, which you pass on the train into Euston.

Top of the Pops couldn’t fit the whole title of the song on their chyron.

Phil Alexander is editor of Kerrang! You’d guess that, wouldn’t you?

Journalist Stephen Dalton is featured a lot. I guess he gives good vox.

Also in this programme is the tough job of dressing up as the Village People to plug their greatest hits.

I like the DOS interface they use to coordinate promotional appearances.

I’ve never liked the NME.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th June 1995 – 21:40

After this, another trailer for The Vibe.

Then recording switches to the end of a David Frost interview with Margaret Thatcher – Thatcher The Path To Power – And Beyond.

There’s a trailer for Inside Story.

Then, the bonus programme I mentioned, an episode of Film 95, in which Barry Norman reviews the following films:

It’s funny to see Bad Boys in this programme, coming on the same day as the Music Biz documentary that featured director Michael Bay, “famous for his Pepsi Commercials”.

There’s a feature on Die Hard with a Vengeance with interviews with Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Irons and director John McTiernan.

There’s also a preview of Summer movies. Someone on the production team can’t spell Casper.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 12th June 1995 – 23:00

Recording continues, with a trailer for The Business. And a trailer for Out of the Blue.

Then the tape plays out with the first half hour of the film Slam Dance.