Monday, 5 October 2020

Time-Capsule TV I - The Style Council review the morning's papers

This might be the start of a new blog theme, even if only sporadically. YouTube throws up all kinds of weird and wonderful blasts from the past, things that I forgot even happened. I might embed a few, not least because it's a quick and easy way of keeping the blog ticking over without too much effort on my part (which sits perfectly with my current mood and interest levels).

To kick off, here are Paul Weller and Mick Talbot from The Style Council appearing with Partridge-favourite Sue Cook on BBC Breakfast Time (not TV-am, as the video's title suggests), reviewing the day's newspapers. Yes, really. Paul doesn't seem too pleased to be there and looks, the way he's sitting, to be in physical discomfort. Mick, on the other hand, is a bit more engaged, although seems mindful of the need to maintain a healthy cynicism. And poor Sue seems to be struggling with Paul's antipathy. I'm not sure who thought this was a good idea, but it's real time-capsule television, not least because I'd forgotten about the fuss that Come To Milton Keynes generated. Anyway, here it all is, from 1985 - how we used to live, eh?

4 comments:

  1. Haha, that's excellent! Paul reminds me of John Lydon in interviews a few times here. Looks like his BBC breakfast didn't agree with him. As for the news stories, it really does seem a case of plus ├ža change...

    Anyway, a brilliant gem, thanks for finding it!

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    1. Thanks, C. I'm trawling through YouTube so you don't have to ;)

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  2. Argh - Having established mainstream presenters interview 'pop stars' was always cringe-worthy. As Paul said back then, we were all becoming a lot more Americanised, and it certainly continued. When young artists are interviewed today they are generally a lot more articulate and polished but back then, well, we just weren't. Perfect time capsule TV as you say.

    I recently watched my DVD boxset of Live Aid and yes, the Style Council were second up - They looked really suntanned and put in a great performance. The Breakfast News studio just wasn't their stage really.

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    1. Were TSC second up because Geldof and Weller didn't get along at the time? The former's autobiography seems to suggest so. Certainly the guitar part that Paul recorded for Do They Know It's Christmas was "not used".

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