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 One, The Jerk, Blankety Blank, The Undertones, The B-52’s, The Human League, Quadrophenia, Life Of Brian, Sapphire & Steel, Tiswas, Buggles, Nick Lowe, Derek & Clive Get The Horn, Minder, Alien 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!…”