The Full Catastrophe – 16th April 2011

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Hosted & posted by Andy “Always In The Archives” Bell

Another two hours of bunting and frolics in the wireless world.

As always a mixture of the profound and the down right silly.

Here’s a story to get your blood rising then to bring a smile.  The best & worst of humankind as it tackles homophobia from both ends of the volleyball court.

Next a treasure trove of broadcasting history.

Here are the “Television Supplements” from the BBC’s Radio Times in the late 1930s.

And if you wonder what telly looked like 75 years ago:

Catastrophe-ettes, enjoy!!

Now the latest wonder of the age …


Georgy Girl – The Seekers

What can you say, but bonza.  And Jim Dale (of “Carry On” film fame as well as “Barnum”) co-wrote the song

Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant

I’m A Believer – Ed Wilson’s Wacky Big Band

Big Noise From Winnetka – Bob Crosby Orchestra

Under The Milky Way – Jimmy Little, Rebecca Barnard & Paul McDermott

Love Me Or Leave Me – David Campbell

Sugarbush – Doris Day & Frankie Laine

Poppa Don’t Preach To – Dinah Shore

Her golf tournament is a biggy on the US lesbian calendar.  Onya Dinah!

Could’ve Been Worse – The Re-Chords

Vi Maler Byen Rød – Birthe Kjael

A ripper of a Eurovision number from way back when. The clip comes from a winning performance in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.  Cheesy and totally wonderful.  In the 89 ESC Birthe came a noble 3rd.  

Treme – John Boutté

The theme from the HBO series of the same name. It was written before David Simon, he of “The Wire”, produced this searing series about post-Katrina New Orleans.

I Know A Place – Petula Clark

Dead Eyes Opened – Severed Head

So wrong, so good.

Here’s A Ho-De-Do – Frankie Howerd

Howerd was a highly closted man who had several careers.  A huge star in the 1940s, re-discovered in the 60s as part of the UK satire boom and then a TV ever present.  He was bilingual: English & Double-entendre.

Mr Sandman – Combo Fiasco

Weir – Killing Heidi

Break It To Me Gently – Brenda Lee

Tubby The Tuba Part 2 – Victoria Jory

Look So Fine, Feel So Low – Paul Kelly

Waka – Che Fu

Do It Again – Steely Dan

Soul Lover – Loka Nunda



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