1979 Wants You To Say Oooo-kayyyy….

Today, we’re in 1979 for forty five minutes of Thatcher-heralding flan-flinging ITV-striking downloadable audio mix mayhem in the company of Kenny Everett, XTC, Cliff Richard, Not The Nine O’Clock News, Gary Numan & Tubeway Army, The Selecter, Joy Division, Japan, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Shoestring, End Of Part OneThe Jerk, Blankety Blank, The Undertones, The B-52′s, The Human League, QuadropheniaLife Of Brian, Sapphire & Steel, Tiswas, Buggles, Nick Lowe, Derek & Clive Get The HornMinderAlien and much more besides, including a certain frisbee adrift in an electricity substation. Along the way you’ll find out what passed for ‘comedy’ in gritty urban detective shows, what Cliff’s one good record was, and why 1979 was doubly unfortunate for modishly attired disobediants named ‘Jimmy’.

…and if that’s not enough, there’s also Talkin’ 1979, in we chat about the pop cultural nonsense of the year, from Thatcher to Gideon (TV Goose). How can you tell if it’s the start or the end of an episode of Blankety Blank? Why were JIMMMMMIIIIEEEEEE’s trousers Too Hot For TV? Which ska band have never changed their footwear? Find out all this, and more, in Talkin’ 1979!

You can download the original mix here, and the commentary version here, or you can subscribe via iTunes. Yes, even if it’s raining. Stitch that, The Mersey Pirate“Welcome, welcome, welcome home to IIIIII-T-V!…”

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1992: Your Name’s Not Down, You’re Not Coming In…

Nostalgia – it’s not how Andrew Collins remembers it used to be. But for forty five minutes every day this week, it’s going to be exactly how you remember it being! And probably Andrew Collins a bit too.

Yes, if you too have grown ever so slightly tired of how all those so-called archive-raiding ‘nostalgia’ shows always use the same old clips again and again and again to represent stuff that you wouldn’t neccessarily immediately associate with the era in question anyway, then join us every day this week for a different downloadable mix based around a different year, with clips of TV, film, radio, adverts and half-forgotten mid-chart hits, plus – plus! - a special additional extra podcast in which we talk about the year in question and try – and usually fail – to explain some of our more esoteric choices of clippage.

Today, it’s back to 1992 – the twelve months that inspired twelve Wedding Present hit singles and a million Newman & Baddiel t-shirts – in the company of Blur, Saint Etienne, Ride, The Charlatans, On The Hour, Mark Goodier, East 17, The Big Breakfast, Inspiral Carpets, Orbital, In Bed With Medinner, In Bed With Chris Needham, Arrested Development, Victor Lewis-Smith, Ghostwatch, The Cure, Carry On Columbus, Kicks Like A Mule, Ghostwatch, A Bit Of Fry & Laurie, Room 101, Lionel Nimrod’s Inexplicable World, Cud, Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross, The Word, Opus III, Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy and Kellog’s Pop Tarts, while in the commentary version we’ll be taking a look at some of our own memories of 1992 and discussing why Public Enemy, Dame Edna Everage, Mark Radcliffe, and Jon Pertwee setting fire to brothels failed to make the cut. Oh and TV Squash… but if you know what that was, then you’ll already know why it didn’t.

Download the mix here, and the commentary version here, and if you’re so inclined you can subscribe via iTunes. And join us again tomorrow, when we’ll be alighting in the early eighties. Knock Knock? Who’s there? Thatcher…

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The TATP Years: Go On, You’ve Got Another Five Seconds, Say Something 1976…

It’s time for the sixth and final instalment of the second series of year-evoking audio collage The TATP Years – the new craze, they tell me - and just let us see 1976 in action!

Yes, it’s the year when squares, flares and Hartley Hare took to the hills in fear of spiky-haired individuals shouting ‘BARSTARD’, but behind the filth and indeed the fury it was also a year of Blondie, Ripping Yarns, The Ramones, Big John Little John, Doctor Who, Candi Staton, Keith Chegwin, Assault On Precinct 13Top Of The Pops, Al Stewart, Bugsy Malone, The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, Wings, George Harrison, Network, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, Queen, Noel Edmonds’ Multicoloured Swap Shop, Thin Lizzy, Can, So It GoesThe Slipper And The Rose, The Runaways, Car Wash, 5000 Volts, a chart-topping jeans advert and Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots. You’ll never guess what with. “The other rocker, Eamonn, I’m saying nothing about him…”

You can download it directly here, or subscribe via iTunes, and don’t forget that the rest of series two – 2004, 196419821972 and 1997 – are still available, and if you want series one and loads of other good stuff besides you could always try here. We’ll be back soon(ish) with series three, but in the meantime there’ll be more of those TATP Years ‘commentaries’, and plenty of other projects to keep you distracted. Including New Chart Riot

 

 

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Talkin’ 1979

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Talkin’ 1979

This is what they want! Talkin’ 1979, in which Ben Baker and myself chat about the pop cultural nonsense of the year that brought us Margaret Thatcher and Gideon (TV Goose), is now available for download. How can you tell if it’s the start or the end of an episode of Blankety Blank? What has been scientifically proven to cause Ashen-Facedness in children? Which ska band have never changed their footwear? Find out all this, and more, in Talkin’ 1979!

You can download it here, or subscribe via iTunes, and the original 1979 ‘audio collage’ on which it was based is still available here. Yes, even if it’s raining. Stitch that, The Mersey Pirate!

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The TATP Years: St Patrick’s Day Special!

Unless you’ve somehow missed the hordes of blokes roaming the streets dressed as Rory from Glee with Roger Varley from Camberwick Green‘s hat on singing “I’m Mick The Marmaliser so I am but like the Murphy’s I’m not bitter YER CAN SEE THE JOIN” in a West Midlands accent, you’ll no doubt be aware that this Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day! And what better way to celebrate than with Twelve Lovely Pints*? Well, for starters, there’s the St. Patrick’s Day Special of The TATP Years!

Yes, it’s time for thirty minutes’ worth of ‘audio collage’ Blarney Stone-kissing with our favourite musicians, comedians, films and TV programmes of Emerald Isle extraction, including Val Doonican, Ash, Marxman, Terry Wogan, The Commitments, Dave Allen, Father Ted, Mellow Candle, Stiff Little Fingers, The Divine Comedy, That Petrol Emotion, The Corrs, Phil Lynott, Michael Redmond, The Rubberbandits, Don’t Feed The Gondolas, Dana, ‘everyone’s favourite shouting felt bastards’ Zig & Zag, and - GET THIS!! - highly banned Radio 4 sitcom Eamon: Older Brother Of Jesus - the perfect soundtrack to preparing for your evening’s revelry and downing that complimentary Uncle O’Grimacey ‘Shamrock Shake’TM in one. To be honest there was even more we wanted to get in, and were so spoiled for choice that we decided to limit it to stuff that was actually about Ireland (sort of), so bad luck Therapy?, B*witched, The Frank & Walters and Wanderley Wagon. Oh, and ‘Jimmy Lennon’ from Lost.

So, kick off your shoes, stick on a Rodge & Podge video, lock Peter Petrelli in a cargo container and will you not join me, Ted? You can download it here, or subscribe via iTunes. Or, if you prefer your St. Patrick’s Day in Welsh, there’s always the St David’s Day Special

*Please enjoy Being A Puppet On Eurovision responsibly.

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The TATP Years: 1992 – Now With Added Commentary!

Did you enjoy The TATP Years: 1992, our ‘audio collage’ tribute to the twelve months that defined a million Newman & Baddiel t-shirts? Well, if you did, then now you can hear it with a brand new commentary by Ben and myself, explaining our reasons for choosing to include Blur, Saint Etienne, Ride, The Charlatans, On The Hour, Mark Goodier, East 17, The Big Breakfast, Inspiral Carpets, Orbital, In Bed With Medinner, In Bed With Chris Needham, Arrested Development, Victor Lewis-Smith, The Cure, Carry On Columbus, Kicks Like A Mule, Ghostwatch, A Bit Of Fry & Laurie, Room 101, Lionel Nimrod’s Inexplicable World, Cud, Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross, The Word, Opus III, Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy and Kellog’s Pop Tarts, and equally explaining why Public Enemy, Dame Edna Everage, Mark Radcliffe, and Jon Pertwee setting fire to brothels failed to make the cut. Oh and TV Squash, but if you know what that was, then you already know why it didn’t.

You can download it here, and if you haven’t heard the original version already, then you can still get it without any of the commentary stuff over the top here. Plus you can still subscribe via iTunes, and don’t forget that 19881969, 2000, 1979, 1984 and The St David’s Day Special are all still available, so have a listen in advance of the forthcoming commentary versions! Next Week: something a bit different, to be sure, Poiter Patrelli…

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The TATP Years: 1979, or JIMMMIIIEEEEEE Doesn’t Live Here Any More

The TATP Years stops off in 1979 for forty five minutes of Thatcher-heralding flan-flinging ITV-striking audio collage mayhem in the company of Kenny Everett, XTC, Gary Numan, Elvis Costello, Eddie Shoestring, Steve Martin, Terry Wogan, Brian Of Nazareth, Sapphire, Steel, Sally James, and Film ‘Alien’ (Alien) and many more. Along the way we find out what passed for ‘comedy’ in gritty urban detective shows, what Cliff Richard’s one good record was, and why 1979 was doubly unfortunate for modishly attired disobediants named ‘Jimmy’.

You can download it directly here or subscribe via iTunes. And why not grab 1984 and 1992 while you’re at it? “Welcome, welcome, welcome back to IIIIII-T-V!…”

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