Wednesday, December 27, 2006

KAZ does music!

Top of the POPS on Christmas day - Haven’t watched it for years.

I decided to stick with it for educational reasons.

I’ve been a music addict for all my life.

It started under the covers with an ancient trannie listening to Luxembourg, then reel to reel tape for Elvis (that’s me in the photo). The Beatles, Howlin’ Wolf and co were on vinyl. My regulars were Jimi, The Who, Led Zep, Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Talking Heads - you get the picture.

I’m the one Sandy Thom wanted to be.

In the seventies I really tried (but failed) to become a Jaaazz fan to save my marriage.

I fell in love with opera in the nineties, came back to Oasis and then got terminally confused by Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand Snow Patrol etc.

The plot is well and truly lost.

Is it too late to catch up? Is it worth it? Can I be bothered? Where do I start? Shall I just take out the UB40, Bowie and Sweet soul music … again … or make the effort and update to 2007. Any advice?

Best Christmas telly by several miles? It had to be Christmas Corrie.

David the devil’s child discovered that his mother had tried to abort him. As any mother would, Gail reassured him at great length that she had never for a second regretted giving birth and loved him dearly .. as her nose grew longer and longer.

Great script, great acting and great plot.



Anonymous Gert said...

I wouldn't worry about modern pop music. The bits you want will find you.

Did it snow in Corrie? For some strange and bizarre reason I watched Enders for the first time in ten years and it was so awful: cliched, trite. And at the end it snowed. On Christmas Day

11:15 am  
Blogger Gerald England said...

The fake snow in Enders was the pits wasn't it -- they have fake torrents of rain there too -- like when Ian & Jane were shouting after their sham marriage. Even mad people would find SOME kind of shelter!

Corrie is a bit OTT too though -- I mean if someone dumped a baby in my arms I'd be phoning for an ambulence if not the police.

Emmerdale is taking a leaf out of Dallas -- my money's on Kelly!

11:38 am  
Blogger Pete said...

as someone who only ever watches the soaps around his parents.... is it possible that one Christmas they could have a happy storyline!!

11:53 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

Arctic Monkeys & Franz Ferdinand are pretty good. It's the etc that get on my tits.

I'm glad Bill Webster got his comeuppence. Serves him right for looking like he never changes his pants*.

* This was not our invention but every time we see him we go "eugh".

12:23 pm  
Blogger nuttycow said...

I watched "After Thomas" last night and cried absolute buckets - I think that's got to be my top Christmas watching. That and the Vicar of Dibley of course.

Hope you had a good one Kaz.

2:22 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

Sorry Kaz, we need to hear more of your early life under the covers with an ancient trannie. Who was he?

Take that "Patience" a percetly crafted poptabulous 2006 single... they should have won X-Factor if there had been any fairness.

3:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never watch soaps at home but had to endure EE and Corrie and I just can't see whyanyone would ever want to watch them unless they are designed to show you how lucky you are. I felt totally depressed after that lot on Christmas Day and had to drink copious amounts of champagne and baileys to restore me to my previously merry status.

3:53 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Gert: Good point - I’ll stick with the usual until something comes along.
No it didn’t snow - but there were plenty of other surprises.

Gerald: As for the baby - as though Eileen’s house isn’t full enough already! Those 2 up 2 downs are like the tardis. At one time Ken Barlow’s had 4 adults plus one invalid and a baby living there.

Pete: The point of soaps is to make the saddos who watch (i.e. moi) feel that their life is not really so bad after all.
They take the strain off the Samaritans.

Geoff: I’ll have a go at the Arctic Monkeys - I used to live in Sheffield.
But I don’t want to be like Gordon Brown or David Cameron - trying to keep up with the cool dudes.
I’ll go ‘eugh’ when I see him as well.

Nuttycow: Nice to see you!
Missed both of those - Isn’t there already enough to make you cry at Christmas?
Thanks and same to you - and for 2007.

Murph: He said his name was ‘Jimmy Saville' and invited me to join the Teen & Twenty Disc club!
Oh and re ‘Poptabulous Patience’ - you are obviously more in need of an update than I am

Hello again Sleepless:
Remember you never enjoy a soap unless you have made it your own.
It’s the TV equivalent of comfort food - but it doesn’t work until you get to know everyone.

4:35 pm  
Blogger Gary James said...

I started with Lux - Benny Brown, no less.

A couple of years ago we found some old C60 tapes in my sisters garage. Scrawled on them were the words Christmas Day Top Of Pops 1977

It was the year the three of us got tape recorders for christmas, the sort of clunky monsters that had external mics. Three of us now in our late thirties sat and laughed and cried as we listened to ourselves aged 10, 12 and 13 screaming at each other to "Shrupp, I'm taping this!" back in another century.

The only song we were unilaterally silent for was Mull of Kintyer

7:43 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Gary: The external mike - I remember it well - and the eternal call ‘shrupp I’m taping this!'
But there’s a tragic story attached. During an open mike recording of Elvis’s ‘Old Shep’ - the one where the dog dies ‘If dawgs have a heaven ..etc.’
Well my dog Shandy barked in the middle of that. Imagine how we felt listening to the tape years after she died (wipes away tear).

But don’t get too upset, we had Eric the cat by then.

11:17 pm  
Blogger Gerald England said...

Oh Gawd, I haven't heard "Old Shep" for years! -- brings a tear just thinking about it.

12:02 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Gerald: So sorry to upset you at bedtime! Don't worry - 'Dawgs have a heaven' because Elvis said so.

12:13 am  
Blogger Betty said...

Thank God for Corrie. After enduring two Deal Or No Deals and the godawful Green Green Grass (people actually get PAID for writing that crap? I can't believe it!) it was a breath of fresh air to see Platt/Webster Christmas pudding debacle. The only real laugh I had all day.

9:54 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

The Arctic Monkeys are certainly worth a listen. I'd also add The Dirty Pretty Things.

The only Xmas TV I saw was Dr Who which I found a little disappointing... (but then I hate Catherine Tate).

3:23 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Betty: I’d recently begun to think that Corrie was past its ‘sell by’ but this was classic.
Otherwise - thank god for DVDs

Nic: I didn’t bother with Dr Who - but what did Catherine Tate ever do to you?

Arctic Monkeys here I come.

4:24 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

She appeared on a TV screen and was very annoying when supposed to be funny (I know I should get over it, shouldn't I?)

10:18 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

You know that little thingy with buttons on that you point at the telly. The Americans call it a channel changer.

It might help.

Happy New Year Nic.

10:56 pm  
Blogger Lubin said...

I watched Christmas Corrie. The David storyline is like the Nativity but all backwards and upsidedown, like he's the child of Satan or something.

I was hoping for a big Tracey showdown but didn't get it and it'll probably happen now when I'm away. Gah!

11:26 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Hmm yes, but you know those little things with buttons/zips/mouths etc... teenagers I think they're called. There's two of them at Planarchy Towers who hide the remote control to prevent me from changing channels :(

I've not previously seen more than a few seconds of Ms Tate before either changing channel or leaving the room, I was most disappointed that she'd tainted a programme I otherwise really enjoy. There were also seven or eight "guests" who'd stayed for Dr.Who all of whom seem to be a Tate fans.

An excellently happy new year to you too Kaz :)

3:53 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Lubin: Charlie will DIE!

Nic: 7 or 8 Tate fans! Now I understand.

11:54 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Happy New Year Kaz!

9:34 pm  

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