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Tony Blackburn's Bank 50 years celebration

 
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unclebuck



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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:24 am    Post subject: Tony Blackburn's Bank 50 years celebration Reply with quote

Thoroughly great show...
Mr Blackburn's is not the most radical of musical tastes, in fact he is unashamedly soul and MOR, but nevertheless this was the best thing I have heard on R2 for quite a while.

In fact, this gives me an idea for a form of radio entertainment. We should get people who are personable and who we enjoy listening to, and get them to play music they like, with a little bit of talking in between each track. We could call them 'Disc Jockeys'. Sounds simple, I know, but I think it could really catch on.
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Colin



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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: Tony Blackburn's Bank 50 years celebration Reply with quote

unclebuck wrote:
We could call them 'Disc Jockeys'. Sounds simple, I know, but I think it could really catch on.


Sounds like the current Radio Caroline, actually. Ironically, this was where the same Tony Blackburn started his radio career in the mid-60s!
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a great show and it's no surprise as to why he has been broadcasting so long - simply he's damn good at it!

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
It was a great show and it's no surprise as to why he has been broadcasting so long - simply he's damn good at it!

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Rolling Eyes Good isn't a word I'd use. Too many unfunny corny jokes for me.
He's always been as bad.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe, but I still think he isn't that bad.

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly he's a good broadcaster but a look at the music played page for the bank holiday show wouldn't have me listening again.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nod wrote:
Good isn't a word I'd use. Too many unfunny corny jokes for me.
He's always been as bad.


At school, we used to complain at his naff jokes when he started on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show back in 1967!

Mind you, I'd rather put up with that than Radio 2's current breakfast offering. I must be getting old.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's a great broadcaster but I have to say that his musical knowledge and interest appears to be confined to certain narrow genres already mentioned and whilst former progressive music fans such as Colin and I recognise his talents he never seems to admit that he might just have got it wrong with regard to his dismissive attitude towards rock music generally back in the sixties and seventies

I must admit that whilst I accept his various qualities this point does still rather stick in my throat Sad
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My o/h and I thought most of his musical choices were pretty naff, not our taste at all. We were very disappointed as the show did not live up to our expectations!
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin wrote:
nod wrote:
Good isn't a word I'd use. Too many unfunny corny jokes for me.
He's always been as bad.


At school, we used to complain at his naff jokes when he started on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show back in 1967!

Mind you, I'd rather put up with that than Radio 2's current breakfast offering. I must be getting old.


yes thats a hard one.. Evans / Ball etc vs Blackburn Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really mind Tony Blackburn's corny jokes. Today on POTP: I bought a flute but had to take it back as it had holes in it! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Certainly better than the dreadful music of 1978.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Certainly better than the dreadful music of 1978.


Seconded. What an awful year it was. I opted out after the first segment!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin wrote:
Schizoidman wrote:
Certainly better than the dreadful music of 1978.


Seconded. What an awful year it was. I opted out after the first segment!


Yes, 1965 was much better. The Marianne Faithful, Jackie Trent and Seekers songs are FAB. The sixties charts trump the later charts every time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a terrible 2nd half. I only heard a couple but checked the playlist after and I think I made the right decision!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was holed up in a Plymouth hotel room and looked forward to streaming it via iPlayer late on Saturday night on my iphone. What a disappointment after 1965!

Maybe it's an age thing, but I never find the charts as enjoyable as the 1960s charts. The other day, some of my younger Facebook friends were discussing "the good old days" from a music perspective. They were referring to the 1980s!

My only thought was "really"?? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with all the above. 1965 was far superior to 1978 this week. The Hollies' 'I'm Alive' is just superb, so were Dylan and The Supremes. There was a lot of guff of course (Bachelors, Jim Reeves) but still far better than all that Grease/Saturday Night Fever stuff.

'Set Me Free' must have been the only bad record The Kinks came out with.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin wrote:
I was holed up in a Plymouth hotel room and looked forward to streaming it via iPlayer late on Saturday night on my iphone. What a disappointment after 1965!

Maybe it's an age thing, but I never find the charts as enjoyable as the 1960s charts. The other day, some of my younger Facebook friends were discussing "the good old days" from a music perspective. They were referring to the 1980s!

My only thought was "really"?? Rolling Eyes


Well Colin I actually agree with your friends when they describe the eighties as 'the good old days'

Looking back to that era I was in my late twenties/early thirties making loads of money with a wonderful social life and the music was absolutely superb Smile

Now I reckon those comments might surprise or even shock you - because I'm quite well known as a lover of sixties music especially the late sixties but the point is that even at the end of the sixties I was only 15 years old so I recall the sixties with great fondness from memories as a child - whereas I look on the eighties with great affection as a successful adult

As for anything after 1990 just forget it - for me it's been downhill ever since and I positively detest life today Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
I agree with all the above. 1965 was far superior to 1978 this week. The Hollies' 'I'm Alive' is just superb, so were Dylan and The Supremes. There was a lot of guff of course (Bachelors, Jim Reeves) but still far better than all that Grease/Saturday Night Fever stuff.

'Set Me Free' must have been the only bad record The Kinks came out with.


It was a really strange recording of 'I'm Alive' though, certainly not the one that made the charts.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't notice that, Helen. I think it was the original he played. Will 'listen again' to check.

Ruddles: we must have lived parallel lives! I was born in 1953 and the late 60s was a magical, even unique, time, both musically and in the 'outside world', even if a little rose tinted. And I agree about the 80s. It was a great time for me personally (workwise and socially). In fact it was one great party, and I was no yuppy. I think the 80s was the best decade musically, from OMD, Spandau and Culture Club in the early 80s, through to Big Country, U2 and Simple Minds in the mid decade, to Def Leppard in the later years. And so much more.

The 60s were let down by the early 60s and the 70s were let down by the late 70s, so its 80s for me. And I've never even listened to SOT80s!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Completely agree Schiz Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I also agree with you about the 90s, though I know you like The Manics (as I do). Anything after 1990 is just a blur (no pun intended). In fact, I have difficulty remembering any music from 1990 onwards, apart from REM and a bit of Oasis. And Gloria Estefan.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
I didn't notice that, Helen. I think it was the original he played. Will 'listen again' to check.


It was the stereo spacing that was odd. For once in absolutely ages I was listening via the hi fi system with the sound turned up (husband was out!) blasting through the open plan house and I actually went to check the sound was coming out of both speakers, which it was, but something wasn't right! The rest of the chart sounded okay.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
Well Colin I actually agree with your friends when they describe the eighties as 'the good old days'


It just goes to show how relative it all is. Although I was working on lots of music video productions, etc., I never really related to the music scene at all. But from 1979 we had a daughter to raise, and she was joined by a brother in 1984. My clubbing days were over by then!!

I have to say that I worked on some bloody awful videos for even worse bands.
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Schizoidman wrote:
And I also agree with you about the 90s, though I know you like The Manics (as I do). Anything after 1990 is just a blur (no pun intended). In fact, I have difficulty remembering any music from 1990 onwards, apart from REM and a bit of Oasis. And Gloria Estefan.


For me Schiz The Manics stand head and shoulders above the vast range of mediocre artists plying their trade in what was a very mediocre musical decade - and I really treasure the fact that I knew all of them when they were still playing the small pubs and clubs in South East Wales long before they hit the big time

I often say that I haven't been right about many things in my life to date but the one thing I can claim I was definitely right about was the fact that i knew they'd make it big as long ago as 1987 - which is why I think of them as 80s artists even though they only hit the big time in 1992 Smile
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