Enjoying the late night 81 repeats this week. Quite a bit of stuff I didn't know, but watching late Weds/early Thursday yesterday Liz admitted she didn't recognise The Passion's I'm In Love With A German Film Star!
I'm still enjoying the way this is helping me jigsaw my own past together. So the summer '84 repeats showed me when I first listened to Iron Maiden - when Two Minutes to Midnight came out - but I know the first single I ever owned to play on the gramophone my grandfather handed down to me was Making Your Mind Up, which I can see was March '81. I also know I have Stand and Deliver as a 7" and really got into Adam Ant, I have several of his singles from that time, but I'm stunned that was April 1981. So I've got another picture of who I was - Year 2 at school in Spring 1981, listening to Bucks Fizz and Adam Ant on my big old gramophone (size of a coffin it was, huge free standing thing), reading DWM issue #50 and watching Logopolis on TV. I was seven and a half. I work with seven year olds now. I can't see how I was doing those things being that young.
I'm sure when we were kids we were more with it than they are these days.
The 18th Feb 1982 edition (repeated Monday night) is probably worth a listen for fans of Star Fleet. I reckon Paul Bliss must have been watching at the time of original broadcast as there's at least two tracks on their with similarities to bits of Star Fleet music: ABC's Poison Arrow has BIG similarities to the theme tune and Robert Palmer's Some Guys resembles a piece of incidental music. Six months before Star Fleet's broadcast would be about right for these tunes to be influencing the music.
The Bardo (1982 Eurovision) performances the last few nights have featured a young lady named Sally-Ann Tripplet doing "a Katy Manning in DW" (as opposed to in a KM in a mag with a Dalek) quite regularly. Apparently she used to help present Crackerjack when I was younger!
No, and it'll be a while because I'm going through choice picks from all the recent repeats. I'm still in the middle of 1981 but loving it. I don't remember Shakin Stevens being such a permanent fixture.