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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 4645

    But watching those Rick Beato things where he goes through the Spotify charts the current ones are painfully homogenous, like every 13 year old in the world listens to the same thing.     

    I've always found Rick Beato to be rather complimentary in those videos and he often highlights the little gems which we can all miss.

    Freddie and the Dreamers shared charts with the Beatles after all...
    We should all probably bear in mind more when posting on here (and I don't exclude myself from this) that the guitar world is very small, the Fretboard is quite well known, and it is not uncommon at all for the subjects of our posts to read them...
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11754

    But watching those Rick Beato things where he goes through the Spotify charts the current ones are painfully homogenous, like every 13 year old in the world listens to the same thing.     

    I've always found Rick Beato to be rather complimentary in those videos and he often highlights the little gems which we can all miss.

    Freddie and the Dreamers shared charts with the Beatles after all...
    I think Rick is probably more positive about them than I am. I think to a large extent it's just the nature of things that chart  - plenty of people living to a huge variety of musics in different  ways but the Spotify charts end up being a bit of a funnel out of which comes twenty songs that all sound the same.  
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 895
    I was going to nominate a few Chas & Dave songs in this thread but it turns out few of their songs actually "made it" so unless someone wants to start a thread "Awful songs that never graced the top 20" I'm out of luck.  

    It is sort of reassuring though.  I hated Chas & Dave, and even more when they were referred to as Chas 'n' Dave.  I would never buy Salt 'n' Vinegar crisps for the same reason. 
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  • ShrewsShrews Frets: 779
    Any song where most of the song is talking, like Dennis Waterman/George Cole 'What are we gonna get for 'er indoors'?'



    This sang to the TOTP audience. What are they meant to do?


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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11754
    edited March 26
    Got TOTP 1990 on again. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. 


    Working Man by Rita MacNeil. Reached number 11 in the U.K. To be fair a very successful country artist in Canada but awful song and who was buying it in the U.K.? 


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  • The Deacon Blue song where they go wooo ooo ooo
    For some reason I can’t explain (and my OH finds hilarious) I can’t stand anything by a Deacon Blue. Their entire back catalogue sets my teeth on edge.
    I'll get a round to buying a 'real' guitar one day.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11754
    Shrews said:
    Any song where most of the song is talking, like Dennis Waterman/George Cole 'What are we gonna get for 'er indoors'?'



    This sang to the TOTP audience. What are they meant to do?


    I was watching a bit of one of those story of TOTP episodes and the problems they had getting the audience to dance to The Earth Dies Screaming by UB40. You have to wonder what the producers were thinking about sometimes. 
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 895
    Shrews said:
    Any song where most of the song is talking, like Dennis Waterman/George Cole 'What are we gonna get for 'er indoors'?'



    This sang to the TOTP audience. What are they meant to do?


    I was watching a bit of one of those story of TOTP episodes and the problems they had getting the audience to dance to The Earth Dies Screaming by UB40. You have to wonder what the producers were thinking about sometimes. 
    Indeed.  

    Well before The Tube, LWJH, etc.  apart from TOTP all we had was kids shows like Crackerjack where occasionally a band desperate to get noticed would turn up and have to play to an audience of schoolkids.  Even with the more "adult" orientated Tiswas you could tell that a lot of the bands hated being there.

    A couple of really weird appearances spring to mind.  In their early days Dr Feelgood appeared on "The Geordie Scene" a Tyne Tees production, and when you watch it it's clear Wilko and the gang are playing to a completely different audience to the one in the studio, which seems to consist mostly of 15 year old schoolgirls.

    Even stranger was the live set the Screaming Blue Messiahs did on "Number 73" - if you could find a band that were less suited to a daytime kids TV show, the Messiahs were it.  

    As you say, you just wonder what the producers were thinking.

     
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11754
    I live this clip of Gary Moore on Number 73:

    https://youtu.be/Bb3jnLqYZcY


    Presenter Neil Buchanan was the guitarist in rock band Marseille so playing a bit naive. 

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  • breakstuffbreakstuff Frets: 8528
    Neill said:
    I was going to nominate a few Chas & Dave songs in this thread but it turns out few of their songs actually "made it" so unless someone wants to start a thread "Awful songs that never graced the top 20" I'm out of luck.  

    It is sort of reassuring though.  I hated Chas & Dave, and even more when they were referred to as Chas 'n' Dave.  I would never buy Salt 'n' Vinegar crisps for the same reason. 

    Surely no one can deny that Ain't No Pleasing You by Chas 'n' Dave  ;) isn't a total banger of a song.

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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10260
    I live this clip of Gary Moore on Number 73:

    https://youtu.be/Bb3jnLqYZcY


    Presenter Neil Buchanan was the guitarist in rock band Marseille so playing a bit naive. 

    Wow.

    I remember watching No. 73 but I don't remember that clip.  Gary Moore, Bob Daisley, Neil Carter and Eric Singer playing live on a kids' Saturday morning show.  So weird.
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 6961
    Shrews said:
    Any song where most of the song is talking, like Dennis Waterman/George Cole 'What are we gonna get for 'er indoors'?'



    This sang to the TOTP audience. What are they meant to do?


    That is propa shit :)
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11754
    Only catching up with last week’s show. Ugly Duckling by Mike Reid, it’s the sort of porn soundtrack wah on it that makes it even odder. Tuhriffick...
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 895
    Really plumbing the depths now.

    "Kinky Boots" by the "Avengers" duo of Honor Blackman and Patrick MacNee is probably the worst thing ever committed to vinyl.  For some inexplicable reason it made the top ten when reissued in 1990.  Simon Mayo was the DJ responsible for promoting it, may he rot in hell.

    The only good thing about the "song" is it only lasts about a minute and a half.   
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 8099
    Back when radio was actually worth listening to Kenny Everett used to do the World's Worst Record Show at the weekend on Capital (when Capital was worth listenig to).

    There's a playlist on Youtube of some utter, utter shite.
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 3561
    Neill said:

    It is sort of reassuring though.  I hated Chas & Dave, and even more when they were referred to as Chas 'n' Dave.  I would never buy Salt 'n' Vinegar crisps for the same reason. 
    That reminds me of an episode of Dinner Ladies, where someone wanted a tuna 'n' sweetcorn sandwich, but without the sweetcorn.  It was decided that, had it been tuna and sweetcorn they could leave the sweetcorn out, but as it was tuna 'n' sweetcorn, they couldn't take it out...

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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 6014
    Wish you were fucking here...Jesus what a turgid fecal deposit of a song.
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 6014
    Neill said:
    I'd like to get us back on track - can you believe "Mr Blobby" was a platinum selling single..?


    See I think novelty things are kinda different as everyone instinctively knows their shit. For me the stuff that's offensively bad but is held up as a work of musical genius are more offensive...you know...like Imagine.
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  • OctahedronOctahedron Frets: 372
    And aaaayyeeeee-eeee-eeeyyyyyeeeeee WHEEL ALL WAYS, LOVE YOOOOOO,HOOOOO-OOOOO-OOOH!
    Fucking awful song.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 55424
    And aaaayyeeeee-eeee-eeeyyyyyeeeeee WHEEL ALL WAYS, LOVE YOOOOOO,HOOOOO-OOOOO-OOOH!
    Fucking awful song.
    No. Fucking awful cover.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • harryburke360harryburke360 Frets: 849
    Some very decent pop pop songs getting some unwarranted hate in this thread. Agadoo is the ultimate pissed up Butlins/Blackpool weekend song.
    12:25, 16/01/2019 - Just so people are aware. I have no idea what any of these words mean.
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 9106
    Neill said:
    boogieman said:
    No 1 when I was 14 was Those Were The Days by Mary Hopkin. How uncool. A few weeks before it was Jumping Jack Flash, a couple of weeks after it was Joe Cocker’s cover of a Little Help From My Friends. It still amazes me how the charts in that era were such a mishmash of very decent hard rock tunes and complete pap that your granny would love to listen to. 
    That's why I thought it was really weird when John Peel started presenting TOTP - I assumed he had been bribed, or threatened with the sack or something, but apparently he really wanted to do it, in spite of all the dross that was around at the time.  Whatever, it did his credibility no harm whatsoever.

    Contrast that with Peel's "nemesis" around that time, whimpering Bob Harris who really was/is a music snob.  I remember when the New Wave came along he just couldn't conceal his disgust.  For a popular music broadcaster he has very exclusive views, can't stand him.
    How dare you..........Whispering Bob is the ultimate DJ for me .....especially the way he has aged and always aligned himself with talented musicians .......Old Grey Whistle etc ; he was the one who brought and promoted some of the best Rock music and talent to wider audience and now he's doing the same with Country because it's the only proper music left
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 9106
    Neill said:
    I was going to nominate a few Chas & Dave songs in this thread but it turns out few of their songs actually "made it" so unless someone wants to start a thread "Awful songs that never graced the top 20" I'm out of luck.  

    It is sort of reassuring though.  I hated Chas & Dave, and even more when they were referred to as Chas 'n' Dave.  I would never buy Salt 'n' Vinegar crisps for the same reason. 

    Surely no one can deny that Ain't No Pleasing You by Chas 'n' Dave  ;) isn't a total banger of a song.

    The Chas n Dave thing was a joke that took off ;Actually two of the most talented and busy session musicians of the era working with the likes of Clapton, Albert Lee etc etc
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  • koneguitaristkoneguitarist Frets: 3619
    Chas was more well known in those days as a bassist. Listen to him on Country Boy with Heads Hands and Feet. Awesome and best version.
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 895
    edited April 4
    Dominic said:
    Neill said:
    boogieman said:
    No 1 when I was 14 was Those Were The Days by Mary Hopkin. How uncool. A few weeks before it was Jumping Jack Flash, a couple of weeks after it was Joe Cocker’s cover of a Little Help From My Friends. It still amazes me how the charts in that era were such a mishmash of very decent hard rock tunes and complete pap that your granny would love to listen to. 
    That's why I thought it was really weird when John Peel started presenting TOTP - I assumed he had been bribed, or threatened with the sack or something, but apparently he really wanted to do it, in spite of all the dross that was around at the time.  Whatever, it did his credibility no harm whatsoever.

    Contrast that with Peel's "nemesis" around that time, whimpering Bob Harris who really was/is a music snob.  I remember when the New Wave came along he just couldn't conceal his disgust.  For a popular music broadcaster he has very exclusive views, can't stand him.
    How dare you..........Whispering Bob is the ultimate DJ for me .....especially the way he has aged and always aligned himself with talented musicians .......Old Grey Whistle etc ; he was the one who brought and promoted some of the best Rock music and talent to wider audience and now he's doing the same with Country because it's the only proper music left
    Has ecyclopaedic knowledge of music and impeccable taste

    If you like Country than I'm sure he's right up your street, fair enough. 

    But the fact is he was sacked by the BBC entirely because of his inability to embrace new styles of music.

    The New Wave was the final straw, but he had been rubbishing new styles and genres for years before.  His famous "Mock Rock" quote describing the New York Dolls sticks in the mind.

    He's admitted himself in recent years that his conservative attitude to rock music ruined his career.





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  • koneguitaristkoneguitarist Frets: 3619
    To be honest I think Bob sold out years ago. 
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 895
    Dominic said:
    Neill said:
    I was going to nominate a few Chas & Dave songs in this thread but it turns out few of their songs actually "made it" so unless someone wants to start a thread "Awful songs that never graced the top 20" I'm out of luck.  

    It is sort of reassuring though.  I hated Chas & Dave, and even more when they were referred to as Chas 'n' Dave.  I would never buy Salt 'n' Vinegar crisps for the same reason. 

    Surely no one can deny that Ain't No Pleasing You by Chas 'n' Dave  ;) isn't a total banger of a song.

    The Chas n Dave thing was a joke that took off ;Actually two of the most talented and busy session musicians of the era working with the likes of Clapton, Albert Lee etc etc
    Not denying that they were very good musicians, but the Chas & Dave thing was like a one joke double act, and the whole was less than the sum of the parts.  
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11754
    Neill said:
    Dominic said:
    Neill said:
    I was going to nominate a few Chas & Dave songs in this thread but it turns out few of their songs actually "made it" so unless someone wants to start a thread "Awful songs that never graced the top 20" I'm out of luck.  

    It is sort of reassuring though.  I hated Chas & Dave, and even more when they were referred to as Chas 'n' Dave.  I would never buy Salt 'n' Vinegar crisps for the same reason. 

    Surely no one can deny that Ain't No Pleasing You by Chas 'n' Dave  ;) isn't a total banger of a song.

    The Chas n Dave thing was a joke that took off ;Actually two of the most talented and busy session musicians of the era working with the likes of Clapton, Albert Lee etc etc
    Not denying that they were very good musicians, but the Chas & Dave thing was like a one joke double act, and the whole was less than the sum of the parts.  
    They had a bit of a second wind playing to festivals and students. I suspect one of those acts that are a lot more entertaining for 45 minutes than a headlining set. I mentioned earlier in this Discussion ( or somewhere anyway on here) about seeing The Wurzels which was a hugely fun 45 minute festival set but I suspect any more than that I’d have been off to the bar. 
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 8099
    I saw Chas & Dave play a set at White Hart Lane before Spurs played (I think) Margate in the third round of the FA cup in the early 90s. It obviously didn't need more than a rendition of Ossie's Dream and Tottenham, Tottenham for them to go down well.

    As an aside, I was told something about them in confidence which I will not divulge but which makes me think very, very highly of them; absolutely top blokes. 
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  • rogdrogd Frets: 306
    Someone left a cake out in the effin' rain????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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