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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kengeo wrote:


I loved the anecdote he told the other day when he played Duran Duran, when he said that some chap on a chart countdown once called them Durrran Durrran, a good example of being able to laugh at himself....


I think Steeleye Dan was another of his Laughing
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Blackburn sounding relaxed, fantastic jingles - it's brilliant when they're playing a year you like and still pretty darn good when they're not.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anyone else notice that Phil Swern was absent from the show today the producer being someone called Anna Harrison

I wonder whether there is any significance or whether he's just on holiday

A very good show today with two excellent years
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only caught a little of the second chart and heard one from A-ha called Manhattan Skyline .... I don't ever remember hearing that one before... Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given the source material for the show, I don't think it matters who produces it. All Phil Swern does is occasionally throw in an alternative recording (an out-take (eg, Hollies or Cliff) or one of those dreadful budget re-recordings (eg, Badfinger or Marmalade).
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:
Given the source material for the show, I don't think it matters who produces it. All Phil Swern does is occasionally throw in an alternative recording (an out-take (eg, Hollies or Cliff) or one of those dreadful budget re-recordings (eg, Badfinger or Marmalade).


On one of the early TB editions he "threw in" It's Raining by Darts when it should have been the identically titled (but different song) "It's Raining" by Shakin' Stevens...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great show this week, we PVR it and listen at about the same time that Alan Carr is on.

Anyone think that maybe TOTP would be better broadcast Saturday evening instead of the afternoon, with Tony presenting its got a a great feel good factor.

The soul show he did at new year was broadcast in the evening, and had a good vibe.

Anything would be preferable to Alan Carr.
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Yes, I think you're probably right. The Saturday lunchtime slot is one that I can rarely tune into - largely because I'm doing other things - so I inevitably use iPlayer to catch up at a later date.

Talking of which............ Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

POTP should be back in its traditional slot of 5pm on Sundays in place of the truly dreadful Paul O'Grady

It used to be an institution on a Sunday afternnon for so many years
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leave POTP to a Saturday and there is nothing wrong with Paul O'Grady!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Leave POTP to a Saturday and there is nothing wrong with Paul O'Grady!


I suppose that, with iPlayer making anything as accessible as it now is, it doesn't really matter when stuff is actually transmitted and - given that I hardly tune to R2 at weekends at all (there's too many better alternatives) - it's easy to pick up things like SOTS, POTP and JW later in the week.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Helen May wrote:
Leave POTP to a Saturday and there is nothing wrong with Paul O'Grady!


I suppose that, with iPlayer making anything as accessible as it now is, it doesn't really matter when stuff is actually transmitted and - given that I hardly tune to R2 at weekends at all (there's too many better alternatives) - it's easy to pick up things like SOTS, POTP and JW later in the week.


You're not wrong, but there is nothing like listening live, and it seems odd hearing the 2 o'clock news at 8pm!

Its a bit like watching Match of the Day on a Saturday evening, you cannot capture the live atmosphere.
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You're not wrong, but there is nothing like listening live, and it seems odd hearing the 2 o'clock news at 8pm!


Yes, but a show like SOTS is pre-recorded and edited anyway. And it's easy to skip the news on iPlayer.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes, but a show like SOTS is pre-recorded and edited anyway.


Toatlly agree, and I know it sounds illogical, but there is still something about not listening to shows at the 'correct' time Rolling Eyes
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That doesn't really bother me any more (well, not entirely, anyhow) in this new digital "on demand" age.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For some shows I much prefer to listen at the time they go out but for others it doesn't bother me. SOTS and POTP don't.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen, I still think POTP should be in its traditional slot of 5pm on Sundays not only because of history but also because it would provide a proper alternative to the current chart shows which are on both Radio One and virtually all mainstream commercial stations

If we have to have Paul O'Grady he could be quite happily moved to Sunday lunchtime in place of Elaine Paige as her specialised type of show is far more suited to an evening slot possibly also on a Sunday rather than a prime daytime listing

I think that way everyone would probably be fairly happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
If we have to have Paul O'Grady he could be quite happily moved to Sunday lunchtime in place of Elaine Paige as her specialised type of show is far more suited to an evening slot possibly also on a Sunday rather than a prime daytime listing


I agree. Perhaps the two should be swapped.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If every other station has a current chart show on around 5 why does it follow that Radio 2 should have a 'yesteryear' chart show at the same time? I'd say that was reason enough not to have one! Why should they all be the same?

POTP (oldies version) was always on Saturday as far as I'm aware so why not just leave it there?

If you want to hear a chart show on a Sunday switch to one of the stations that has one. I've long since given up caring about who or what is in the charts!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
If every other station has a current chart show on around 5 why does it follow that Radio 2 should have a 'yesteryear' chart show at the same time? I'd say that was reason enough not to have one! Why should they all be the same?

POTP (oldies version) was always on Saturday as far as I'm aware so why not just leave it there?

If you want to hear a chart show on a Sunday switch to one of the stations that has one. I've long since given up caring about who or what is in the charts!

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Hear Hear to all of that.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen, sorry to have to disagree but I thought during recent years POTP used to be at 1pm on Sundays and the show then got moved to 3pm on Sundays in the days when Johnnie Walker used to be on at 5pm on Sundays

Prior to recent times it was never ever on a Saturday

I just think the show should be on its traditional day and for me even Sunday lunchtime would be preferable to the present situation
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Until 2004 POTP was always on a Saturday lunchtime - similar time as now. After its year long break, it returned on a Sunday in 2005/6ish.

I never understood this to be honest - when I first started listening to Radio 2, Saturday had always been the day in which I listened to Radio 2 for general entertainment - Jonathan Ross, followed by the Comedy Hour, then Pick of the Pops and Richard Allinson

I have to admit that wasn't too interested in Sundays back then - Desmond Carrington and Russell Davies seemed a bit "old" for me back then. Although I did tune in to Ed Stewart occasionally.

These days, Desmond's Friday night programme is one of my favorite specialist music programmes - along with Bob Harris.

Helen May wrote:
For some shows I much prefer to listen at the time they go out but for others it doesn't bother me. SOTS and POTP don't.

H


Yes, I'd agree with that. Sounds of the '60s would work for me at any time of day. Jeremy Vine's show doesn't feel the same when I listen on iPlayer, because by the time I get round to it, its all old news.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you say that Fred I'm quite happy to accept it

This isn't an issue we need to fall out over in my view

It's merely a question of personal preferences but obviously we all think our own preferences are right

POTP is a great show whenever it is on Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the original R2 version of Pick Of The Pops was on Saturday afternoons in the latter half of the 1990s / early 2000s, firstly as presented by the late Alan Freeman. It was after Alan's failing health precluded his continuing to present it that Dale Winton took over the show, initially in the same Saturday slot as with Alan, then later, on Sunday afternoons after Lesley Douglas moved it over. Does anyone else remember Alan Freeman's other show of the late 1990s /early 2000s, Their Greatest Bits? A classical music show that went out on Tuesday evenings.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember that show although I seldom listened as I don't usually listen to Radio 2 evening output but I'm sure it would have been a great listen
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The short lived Sunday POTP show was never at lunchtime as Desmond Carrington's show ran for over 20 years and was replaced by Elaine Paige who is still in the same time slot today.

Again it was never on at 5 as it was Ed Stewart who I think took over from Pam Ayres. Johnnie Walker took over from Ed in 2006.

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Was A-ha's Manhattan Skyline a different song to the John Miles one?

'Steeleye Dan' should have done 'Jigs & Reelin' In The Years'!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Aitch on time slots and I think Paul has in effect taken over frrom the old slot of Ed Stewpot..and enjoy his show.

The slot I cant stand is EP not the content just her, although in fairness to her I did enjoy her interview with David Essex a couple of weeks ago Very Happy She seemed less affected for a change and more natural maybe she felt more relaxed when with him?

I'm enjoying POTP on Saturday afternoons Very Happy with TB it kind of takes you back more than when Dale did it because you can remember Tony in the context of a lot of the music, if that makes sense?
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BDG wrote:


I'm enjoying POTP on Saturday afternoons Very Happy with TB it kind of takes you back more than when Dale did it because you can remember Tony in the context of a lot of the music, if that makes sense?


I'm enjoying it too. Yes it does make sense to me, especially when one of the years is from the Sixties.
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I enjoyed yesterday's first hour in particular, 64. Tony said at the time he was playing those tracks out on the Pirate ship!

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Yes I enjoyed 1964 which was the year TB started broadcasting

1978 was also pretty good

I've noticed that since Tony took over we seem to have had much more sixties years which can only be good as far as I'm concerned Smile
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I caught a bit of an interview with Donovan (featured in the first part of today's programme) on a TV show the other day and he said when he hears Sunshine Superman ( I think it was) on the radio nowadays he thinks what a good sound it is then later on realises it's him singing his own song.....
Shocked .. Very Happy

Still lovin' the jingles... Cool
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well done Pick of the pops today .... skipping past Keep on dancing by Gary's Gang, very rarely played, and playing Don't stop me now which is heard everywhere all the time!
I prefer Queen any day.. but love to hear the old chart hits that don't ever get a 'random' play on daytime radio at all.
Same goes for Clogdance v. Bright eyes .. the latter played in full, not heard Violinski on the radio in years
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I might be wrong, but I don't think either tracks have been released on CD, I have both tracks on my Ipod but I created the mp3s from the original vynil, as I couldnt find them on CD.
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Just a reminder to all you avid 'Pop Pickers' that the Double Top Twenty Show begins on Smooth at 6pm today hosted by David 'Kid' Jensen

A two hour show like POTP which as far as I can gather is based on a similar format

Unfortunately there will be the usual annoying adverts but Mr Jensen is a competent and knowledgeable presenter and, bearing in mind some of the comments about POTP yesterday it will be interesting to see whether we get a better selection of tracks including those rarely heard and especially things like The Glitter Band, Judge Dread etc

Despite Smooth's limited daily playlist I have noticed that on the Golden Hour Simon Bates does play quite a lot of tracks rarely heard on daytime radio so I'm hoping this will apply to the new show

I think there may be a seperate thread for this so it would be interesting for people to post their views there
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kengeo wrote:
I might be wrong, but I don't think either tracks [Violinski, Gary's Gang] have been released on CD, I have both tracks on my Ipod but I created the mp3s from the original vynil, as I couldnt find them on CD.


They have both been issued on CD but are not currently available as such. The Gary's Gang track, and their other hit Let's Love Dance Tonight, are available as dowloads.

They will get away with not playing those as they were slipping down the chart. I do hope that the reason wasn't because he thought there was a Glitter connection (because there isn't one).

It always amuses me that Costello's "Oliver's Army" gets frequently played at any time of day, despite the use of the N word in the lyric.
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Violinski's Clog Dance is available on the CD reissue of No Cause For Alarm.
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He skipped over Another Day by Macca...how dare he?? Twisted Evil

Walkin' by C.C.S. passed me by completely ....don't remember it all

Love Double Barrel by Dave and Ansel Collins...fantastic sound!
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Not sure it's a live show today. A glance at the webcam shows an empty studio (the one Ken Bruce uses)
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becky sharp wrote:
He skipped over Another Day by Macca...how dare he?? Twisted Evil

I know. It's Macca's only near-decent solo song!
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