Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The TV Listings (3)

I seem to have been posting quite a lot of YouTube recently, and it is now six months since I last did a 'TV listings' roundup, so I think we're about due again. More than due! This threatens to become a bit cumbersome. I think I'd better aim to update every three months from now on.

The Comedy/Movie Channel

Once Upon A Time In The West - a clip from the celebrated opening sequence, rounding off my list of the 'Greatest Film Openings'.

Total Perspective Vortex - an animated tour of the Universe, highlighting the amazing 'Deep Field' photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Brother of the more famous.... - remembering the great J.R. Hartley.

Ultimate Daily Llama - the Monty Pythons give a lecture on llamas in Spanish (also, A Man With A Tape Recorder Up His Nose).

Farewell to Barry - the beginning and end of the last-ever 'Film 98' review programme with Barry Norman, the end of an era (also, a superb performance of the theme song by Nina Simone - see below).

Maintaining one's 'essence' - a discussion of the sexual practices of Chairman Mao reminds me of General Jack D. Ripper's views on "precious bodily fluids" in Dr Strangelove.

Full of Eastern Promise - a classic 1970s TV ad for Fry's Turkish Delight (prompted by The Barstool reaching its 1,001st post!).

Beijing firework mayhem - some clips of the celebrations on this year's Chinese New Year's Eve.

A Christmas treat - the classic 'André Preview' skit from The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show where Eric tries to play Grieg's Piano Concerto (with possibly the best punchline in history).

Guy Ritchie interview - one of the great Adam & Joe skits featuring stuffed toy animals.

More Adam & Joe highlights - links to classic spoofs of Saving Private Ryan, Trainspotting, The Crystal Maze, and The Jerry Springer Show (embedding disabled, unfortunately).

Return of The Shat - William Shatner gives an idiosyncratic rendition of Elton John's Rocket Man (I think I have to file this under 'Comedy' rather than 'Music'!).

The birth of a nation - a Chinese propaganda film from the 1960s re-enacting Mao's proclamation of the People's Republic from Tiananmen Gate on October 1st 1949.

Thunderbirds are GO! - the launch of the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft.

Fingerlickin' good! - "Redneck Art": a rather fine finger-painting of a deer... executed on the tablecloth of a diner with rib sauce.

The Music Channel

Nighthawks at the Diner - Tom Waits sings Eggs and Sausage (in a diner!).

Ride On - a tribute to the late Bon Scott of AC/DC, featuring this great slow blues tune.

His Father Never Liked Me Anyway - Eleanor McEvoy sings a gender-inverted version of Gerry Rafferty's great breakup song on an Irish radio show.

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Nina Simone rips it up at the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival.

Happy Birthday, Bob - I commemorate Bob Marley's birthday on February 6th with live performance videos of Stir It Up and Redemption Song.

See What The Boys In The Backroom Will Have - Marlene Dietrich as the archetypal Western saloon singer 'Frenchy' in Destry Rides Again.

It's Only A Paper Moon - no Ella, alas, but Natalie Cole does a decent enough job of it.

Messin' with my head - one night, all the music in the Pool Bar had speeded-up lyrics: it sounded like this (Bohemian Rhapsody "on helium").

Bright College Days - recent reminiscences about my student days prompt me to post this Tom Lehrer classic.

I Wish I knew How It would Feel To Be Free - pianist Billy Taylor plays his own composition, famous as the theme music to the BBC's long-running 'Film' review series (see also the storming performance of this song by Nina Simone, above).

Heart of Glass - my 'Fantasy Girlfriend' of the month is Debbie Harry, so of course I have to include her classic hit.

The best of bah-humbuggery - a Tom Lehrer double-header: A Christmas Carol and Hanukkah in Santa Monica.

Getting soppy at Christmas - Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl (the original video; also links to a recent TV performance with Katie Melua, and a 20th anniversary concert in Dublin with Sinead O'Connor); how could I resist?

You Made Me Love You - Helen Forrest with the Harry James Orchestra (also, links to other Harry James classics: I've Heard That Song Before, It's Been A Long, Long Time, and Trumpet Blues & Cantabile).

What Happened To You? - the great theme song from 70s sitcom Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? (the leading character Terry Collier being the latest of my 'Unsuitable Role Models'). [This post was subsequently reprinted here, in Froogville's Review of the Year series.]

I Ain't Drunk (I'm Just Drinking) - Beijing's beloved laowai blues crew Black Cat Bone in action (marking the launch of their first CD, Drinkin' Alone).

Jamming on a rooftop - American folkster Abby Washburn and her Sparrow Quartet interviewed on a hutong roof terrace during their Beijing visit a few years ago, and playing some tunes with local Mongolian band Hanggai.

Baby, Can I Hold You? - the wonderful Tracy Chapman.

Happy Birthday To Me! - Who's The Lucky Birthday Boy? by John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, and Happy Birthday, Mr President by Marilyn Monroe.

Highway To Hell - the ultimate drunken singalong number from AC/DC.

Wo Men Ai Ni, Avril! - since Avril Lavigne is playing a gig in Beijing, I post a link to her singing her hit Girlfriend with Chinese lyrics.

That's what Brian Boitano'd do! - What Would Brian Boitano Do? from the South Park movie; a link to the video of the song by Matt and Trey's band, DVDA; and, best of all, a live video of a DVDA performance intercut with footage of Boitano skating.

Friday I'm In Love - possibly my favourite song by The Cure.

Belle of Belfast City - the irresistibly catchy Northern Irish nursery rhyme performed by Kirsty MacColl (no video, unfortunately); also a great but incomplete rendition by The Clancy Brothers, and a link to a version by The Dubliners.

Am I just an 'Inbetweenie'?? - Inbetweenies, performed by The Goodies, accompanied by a montage of mini-clips of Graeme Garden, the 'boffin' member of the trio in the classic 1970s BBC comedy show.

The Sports Channel

"Coast to coast" - George Weah's famous end-to-end goal for AC Milan against Verona.

Beijing Marathon - I am overcome with guilt at having failed to get in shape to take part in this year's race, so I post a brief clip of it.


Anonymous said...

And no sooner do you post this than YouTube gets blocked. Goddammit.

Froog said...

NOOOOOOO! That can't be just coincidence, can it? They are out to get me.

You'd think that, rather than block the whole site, they would just be able to filter any searches for, oh, I don't know, "Tibetan riots", for example.