Tag: elvis costello

October 5 /

Been watching the war of words between Sinead O’Connor and Miley Cyrus…it’s all very sad but not mentioned it here as it’s all kind of ONTD/TMZ/Perez Hilton territory. Have to say though I’m Team Sinead after Miley’s tweet about Sinead…

May 27 /


A friend posting the infamous Orbital video lead to a journey into those musical moments where bands not only rebelled, refused to do as they were told, or just plain failed and created classic moments of TV.

In the case of Orbital – Chime this is where a dispute over miming lead the Hartnoll brothers to stand like loons on Top of the Pops with what looked like her from Swing Out Sister a silver jacket dancing and visible 13 amp plugs left dangling, but also being effectively banned from Top of the Pops for six years. But they are not alone in such embarrassing or intentionally defiant moments of classic TV…

One of the first arguments with producers vs band is Robert Wyatt’s wheelchair when performing ‘I’m a Believer’ in 1974. This seems to have entered into mythos so not sure what really happened, but prior to disabled rights not only did the producers want to put him in a wicker chair as they thought it would scare the kiddies. It apparently did, and was a much complained about clip before the Manics came along (more later). ‘You’ll never work in television‘ is pretty much what they told poor Robert.

It probably really starts with the punk era – Grundy is a bit obvious to put here, but over in the US on Saturday Night Live standing in for the Sex Pistol is a soon to be big Elvis Costello. His record company are needling him to play the fascist-baiting but rather dull Less Than Zero…he gives in, then changes his mind on air. In what is a brilliant example of live TV inspired by Hendrix, he stops the band then launches into a wonderfully angry and incandescent ‘Radio Radio’. SNL bans him for 12 years – partly because he causes their timings to go out…that’s what you get for inviting punks! ‘I Want to Bite The Hand That Feed Me’ – yup. Record label weren’t happy either…

Talking of punks – just see what John Belushi’s favourite band Fear did to SNL in 1981. Weirdly that IS Donald Pleasence…apparently $200k’s worth of damage was done…severely dispute that, $20k is more likely, but again they were banned. Then again Cypress Hill were banned for far less in the 90s – lighting a joint and disturbing a few bongos? Pffft.

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