UK : England : Mids : Dexys midnite runners 1980s interview on kids TV
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June 19, 2016 at 12:31 am #704009
First time I’ve heard this for years (everyone involved is now middle aged so can’t get in any trouble)…
some background – in Britain from the 1970s to mid 2000s it was common for the TV channels to put on a live studio based show on Saturday Mornings for “children” but at least in the 80s/90s was often still popular with teenagers and young adults.
There was no digital delay against “non compliant content” going to air; everything was 100% live from the studios (this recording is from 1980 when any delay equipment would be way too expensive for deployment anywhere other than sports for action replays).
The show in question was notorious in its era for ad lib anarchic behaviour amongst both guests and the presenters and did not always strictly follow scripts. Such shows usually transmitted from 10:00 AM (or earlier); there is usually about 2-3 hours advance preparation for any such live TV or radio show so guests and presenters would have to be up very early and also seem happy and enthusiastic enough to deal with a hectic studio full of loud kids and all sorts else :laugh_at:June 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm #982908
LMAO.June 19, 2016 at 4:33 pm #982905
The track they are plugging has a direct reference to Dexys in the lyrics (its impressive they got past the often heavy censorship of British mainstream media in comparison to today)
Kevin Rowland himself has quite impressively survived addiction, bankruptcy and some bizzare choices – including singing ropey cover versions of Whitney Houston songs whilst cross dressing at Reading Festival, he was forced off the stage in the traidtional manner by a hail of urine-filled plastic bottles…. and Dexys (albeit with many new band members) are still performing raaaJune 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm #982909
I’m not even slightly convinced she knows what dexys are lol.June 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm #982906
@tryptameanie 984914 wrote:
I’m not even slightly convinced she knows what dexys are lol.
bear in mind this TV show was transmitted from Birmingham (where Kevin Rowland is from) – kids/youth TV on ITV always tended to be produced by companies outside the capital and she is from a posh suburb of London (originally worked for London Weekend Television) so would have had to get up at 05:00 to travel there every Saturday :laugh_at:
There are reasons why this recording hasn’t emerged for 30 years; although UK TV industry of that era has been proven notorious for sheltering older male thugs and pedos, the younger presenters (especially if they were female, ethnic minorities, LGBT etc) were always judged a lot more closely even if the industry seemed “right on” – sometimes they got away with more edgy stuff, sometimes they were hauled up for compliance and their careers stalled.
Lenny Henry was on the same show and played a Rastaman character who was addicted to bread and condensed milk sandwiches although nowadays he says he regrets playing this character saying it was “racist” and never once mentions the “munchies” factor :laugh_at: I still have a lot of respect for him and his views about diversity (or the lack of it) in the media but preferred his earlier comedy than the more heavily political stuff….June 19, 2016 at 5:06 pm #982910
She did sound a bit higher up the class ladder than they did lol. They sounded bored and anxious to get back to their smack in the dressing room :lol_big:June 19, 2016 at 5:18 pm #982907
@tryptameanie 984917 wrote:
She did sound a bit higher up the class ladder than they did lol. They sounded bored and anxious to get back to their smack in the dressing room :lol_big:
I have had to work with Brummies in the past (including a fair few who used to work at the same studios or their 1990s incarnations that got split off across most of the Midlands) and they can sound like they are on smack even when reasonably sober – in the late 90s they started monitoring some TV industry workers for signs of drug/alcohol use (starting with the tech staff so they didn’t forget to play out ad breaks or crash the scanner (outside broadcast) vans) as well as introducing rampant budget and job cuts which made them perhaps understandably sound even more miserable than normal.
when Dexys played “Jackie Wilson said” on TOTP a big banner of the 1980s Scottish darts champian Jocky Wilson was unveiled behind the stage – in part due to the BBC producers at London mishearing Kevin Rowlands accent :laugh_at:June 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm #982911
Who wouldn’t end up on drugs after going through the horrors associated with having a brummie accent lol.
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