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Writing these things every day is bloody hard. Whose stupid idea was this anyhow?!

Oh, 1988. Peter Powell and Mike Smith both left me in 1988. To be perfectly fair, Smithy didn't go away - he just left the radio and went back to the television - but Radio 1 replaced him with Simon bloody Mayo, and how's that supposed to get me up and ready to face school?! And then he went and crashed his helicopter. That was a scary couple of days. Presumably a lot more so for him and Sarah Greene, but even so.

By this stage, me and music had pretty much agreed to take a trial separation, and start seeing other people anyway. 1988 was the year when Stock, Aitken & Waterman's stranglehold on the charts began (think Simon Cowell, but with '80s bounce). Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, and bland pop for the pre-teen. And on top of that there was Bananarama every way you turned, and Bros on the rise. I got pretty heavily into '50s and '60s stuff at this stage in my life. There'd been a fair bit of it on offer anyway thanks to my parents' record collection, and since there was only me and my younger sister left at home by now, there was plenty of opportunity to investigate all that. It did wonders to help me fit in at school. :D We lost Roy Orbison of course this year, so his music was all over the place, and there were a few reissues of old songs due to adverts. I know that the Hollies' He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother came out again around about now, but I can't remember what advert that was from. My brain says beer?

It was around now that Monty Python's Flying Circus got a partial repeat as well. Had to wait for the twentieth anniversary the following year for the early stuff, but what I saw was enough to get me heavily addicted. It was also the year of A Fish Called Wanda, so there was certainly plenty of Python to go around. Speaking of anniversaries, it did seem to me as though the Beeb was a bit lacklustre in celebrating the Doctor's. There was a special episode of course, but that was about it. (Nice trailer here, courtesy of YT - Ian and Vicki! (this was also the year that William Russell became a father again, when little Alfie Enoch was born)).

And then of course the year ended with Lockerbie. Crazy days.

Eddy Grant and Gimme Hope Jo'anna. Always did like Eddy Grant. It's a shame he's been keeping his head down in recent years.

S-Express and Theme From S-Express. Bless them, trying to pretend that they're playing this one live in the TOTP studio!

The Time Lords (KLF) performing Doctorin' The TARDIS, featuring the world's cutest Dalek/Chumblie hybrid. Not that there's much competition for that title, admittedly.

I had a job finding that one. Their initial performance on TOTP was introduced by the double whammy of Bruno Brookes and Gary Davies, and I couldn't unleash that on anybody.


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Dec. 5th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
Huh ... I only know the Eddie Grant song ...
Dec. 5th, 2015 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised you haven't heard "Doctorin' The TARDIS"! It was a novelty record, made as a protest when they were thinking of stopping "Doctor Who".
Dec. 5th, 2015 11:11 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard Doctorin' The TARDIS before but it's fabulous. :D
Dec. 6th, 2015 05:11 am (UTC)
It is rather! The music critics hated it, but what do they know?!
Dec. 6th, 2015 09:41 am (UTC)
I have a feeling that He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother wasn't from an ad, it was something to do with something like Comic Relief. I wouldn't rely on my memory, though.

Never having had any musical cool, I didn't have too much problem with late 80s pop, although I was definitely more The Bangles and Tiffany - pretty sure I Think We're Alone Now and Eternal Flame were both 1988, and they were the first songs I properly noticed in that way. My middle sister, though, was exactly the right age for Jason & Kylie and all that & so I sort of have fondness by default knowing how much she loved them at 9 or 10.

I remember Doctorin the TARDIS coming on all the time when we were on holiday in Hastings - so pre. S25 and me having actually watched DW, I think? And it's hard to celebrate DW's anniversary when you're trying to kill it: 1980s BBC - an eternal dilemma. As someone who was just about to discover how awesome DW was, I hate the people who cancelled it still. That was my Doctor, my companion, my DW they did that, too and I never got it back again. I mean, there's been some great stuff since, but it doesn't make up for being a traumatised twelve year old waiting forever and ever for a TV show that never bloody comes back on.

Dec. 6th, 2015 12:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was horrible when they axed the show. And no internet, so no way of knowing if it was coming back or not! I didn't start getting DWM until '91 or '92, so no news there either. I actually started the McCoy era pretty ambivalent, as there was stuff I wasn't happy with (Mel, killer liquorice allsorts, Colin Baker having been ruined). And then suddenly it got So. Damned. Good. I loved that final series. It properly established me as a fan again. It must have been really frustrating when it was your Doctor.
Dec. 6th, 2015 02:02 pm (UTC)
We must have started getting DWM at about the same time - I think my first issue was sept or oct 91, or 92. (I thnk 91?) And that was when I found out DW wasn't coming back. I wasn't shocked by that point, because it had been two years, but still, it was heartbreaking! I'm skipping ahead now, though, aren't I? The terrible moment is still a year away... (I do hope you've since lived to appreciate the full awesome of the Kandyman, though, even if I can theoretically imagine that he caused problems for teenagers, because, well, teenagers. You're trying to be cool and there's Bertie Bassett on TV exactly at the moment when your Mum walks in, claiming you watch rubbish.)
Dec. 6th, 2015 04:35 pm (UTC)
...and there's Bertie Bassett on TV exactly at the moment when your Mum walks in, claiming you watch rubbish.

How did you know?! Were you hiding behind the sofa?!

It's been so long since I've seen that one. I really ought to revisit it.
Dec. 6th, 2015 05:10 pm (UTC)
Heh, I think it's a law. Even perfectly normal telly suddenly decides to do the stupidest thing possible when the unitiated walk in, let alone DW, which was never normal and always inclined to a bit of tinsel and bubble wrap. :-)
Dec. 6th, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yes. Like me watching "Monty Python's Meaning Of Life". Cue both my parents coming into the room during the sex scene. The only one in the whole film, and they had to choose that moment!
Dec. 6th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
More songs that seemed to be at the top of the charts forever. They played 'Doctorin' the TARDIS' on the radio the other week!

I was a Kylie and Jason fan! I think I was the same age as the majority of their fans though. Kids eh? Can't be trusted with music.

Dec. 6th, 2015 12:45 pm (UTC)

I do like one Kylie song, I'll admit: "Confide In Me", from some time in the 90s, when she was going through her wannabe Madonna phase. Stock, Aiken & Waterman are the musical anti-Christ though!
Dec. 7th, 2015 05:34 am (UTC)
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, very much one of my staples. Really quite a brutal song emotionally, ravaging. Do love the Hollies.

Do love the KLF too, although partnering with Tammy Wynette was their finest hour surely. And if you're going to be playing ravey old dance tracks, you're responsible for a middle-aged woman rockin' around the living room - and the Christmas tree, if it was up yet - at breakfast time. What's the world coming to?
Dec. 7th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
"Justified & Ancient", yes! Terrific song. I just looked that up, and it was 1991. And dance away, I'm sure the living room doesn't mind!
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