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Old 10-02-2013, 22:12
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BIB - it probably goes without saying that Chrysalis put it out on yellow vinyl to match the colour of Debbie's hair.

The first two Police singles on A & M were pressed in blue vinyl for obvious reasons (the boys in blue, thin blue line etc.) and 'Message in a Bottle' was originally released on green vinyl (to simulate the colour of a common wine bottle).
I can remember 'Can't stand Losing You' being released on blue vinyl in autumn 1978 - my local record shop had it displayed behind the counter and I nearly bought it. By the time I did get around to buying it, in July 1979, it had been re-released on white rather than blue vinyl. I also bought the re-release of 'Roxanne' in May 1979 but this time, like the original release of the single, it was on blue vinyl albeit it was a different shade of blue.
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Old 10-02-2013, 22:49
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Yes - one of the reasons why the BBC should stop messing around with the episodes - Blondie's FIRST ever TOTP appearance will be cut!

P.S - My favourite Blondie song was/is Always Touched by Your Presence Dear - another 1978 classic!
I always liked that song, every time I hear it it brings back such wonderful teenage memories. My favourite year is 1976 but the TOTPs from 1978 are really good. Reminds me of the World Cup so that`s another reason to enjoy these repeats.
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Old 10-02-2013, 22:52
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Really good episode of TOTP last time, plenty of good songs and even the lesser ones grow on you after a while. I really hope BBC4 continue with these repeats and the DLT case disappears so we are spared the Sky At Night. Legs and co. are a sight for sore eyes as well......swoon.......
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Old 10-02-2013, 23:28
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I also bought the re-release of 'Roxanne' in May 1979 but this time, like the original release of the single, it was on blue vinyl albeit it was a different shade of blue.
I assume the 1978/79 releases of 'Roxanne' were in either a traditional dark shade of royal blue (like a police uniform) or a lighter, brighter shade of this colour.

If so, which one is which?
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Old 10-02-2013, 23:58
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I assume the 1978/79 releases of 'Roxanne' were in either a traditional dark shade of royal blue (like a police uniform) or a lighter, brighter shade of this colour.

If so, which one is which?
One was on darker royal blue and the other a much lighter shade. I owned the latter version but to be honest I'm not 100% sure which was the original and which was the re-issue. Both had the same catalogue number, which was normal back then as singles were more likely to be re-promoted rather than re-issued with a new catalogue number and presumably old stock which was still held in record shops and in pressing plants would be sold first.

All I do remember was that I bought the single from my local Woolworths and I remember being annoyed that they had punched a hole in the picture bag so they could hang the single on the rack they used to display the top 40. Woolies had an annoying habit of doing that at the time so I would normally go to another record shop first to try and buy a single and would only buy from Woolworths if it was necessary...
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Old 11-02-2013, 00:07
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Really good episode of TOTP last time, plenty of good songs and even the lesser ones grow on you after a while. I really hope BBC4 continue with these repeats and the DLT case disappears so we are spared the Sky At Night. Legs and co. are a sight for sore eyes as well......swoon.......
Even if the DLT issue is resolved in a positive way with his episodes being shown I would imagine that The Sky At Night would continue to be broadcast once a month on a Thursday as there are 6 Jimmy Savile fronted episodes that won't be shown as well as one episode that was dropped on 1 June 1978 to make way for the opening match of the 1978 World Cup and one episode which was dropped on 21 December 1978 because of a strike at the BBC (one episode was already lost to a strike at the BBC, that of 12 January 1978).
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:51
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Yes, that is a great song, and what a contrast between the subtlety of "Joking" and the crudity of "Hot Legs". I'm still amazed that video was considered suitable for family viewing, even in 1978!
The crudity of Hot legs? I thought it was tame viewing back then when I originally watched it (when I was 12) and still think the same now. It's funny how people's attitudes are more sensitive now than back then.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:56
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If the debut performance by Blondie isn't shown by the BBC because it was in a DLT episode, I won't be happy. I assume it can't be far away now. The quicker DLT's cleared, the better.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:37
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If the debut performance by Blondie isn't shown by the BBC because it was in a DLT episode, I won't be happy. I assume it can't be far away now. The quicker DLT's cleared, the better.
The debut performance of Blondie would have been due to air on 28/02/13 but as DLT has been bailed until an unspecified date in March it isn't going to get shown on that date, if indeed at all.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:45
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The debut performance of Blondie would have been due to air on 28/02/13 but as DLT has been bailed until an unspecified date in March it isn't going to get shown on that date, if indeed at all.
Just wondering how many viewers would have been offended if this episode was broadcasted...
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:46
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The debut performance of Blondie would have been due to air on 28/02/13 but as DLT has been bailed until an unspecified date in March it isn't going to get shown on that date, if indeed at all.
I can understand the BBC not wanting to show the affected episodes at prime time (when families/children might be watching), but why not in the middle of the night? Same goes for the Savile episodes IMHO. The viewers should have the choice of watching them or not.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:54
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I can understand the BBC not wanting to show the affected episodes at prime time (when families/children might be watching), but why not in the middle of the night? Same goes for the Savile episodes IMHO. The viewers should have the choice of watching them or not.
I certainly agree with your point of view. However, the BBC enjoy making decisions for us by taking the choice away.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:01
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Just wondering how many viewers would have been offended if this episode was broadcasted...
Probably none - however, the Daily Heil would have leapt on it and generated more bad publicity for the BBC.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:16
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Just wondering how many viewers would have been offended if this episode was broadcasted...
Certainly not me, I was looking forward to the Legs & Co dance that week!
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:16
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I can understand the BBC not wanting to show the affected episodes at prime time (when families/children might be watching), but why not in the middle of the night? Same goes for the Savile episodes IMHO. The viewers should have the choice of watching them or not.
There are these recording devices these days that allow you to tape a programme, for example broadcast in the middle of the night, and watch when the time is more suitable, for example during prime time.
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Old 11-02-2013, 13:09
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Certainly not me, I was looking forward to the Legs & Co dance that week!
Might that be this Mary Whithouse-outrage-inspiring routine ...?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAct7TI9VPM



Quite tame by today's standards, really ...
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Old 11-02-2013, 13:36
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Might that be this Mary Whithouse-outrage-inspiring routine ...?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAct7TI9VPM



Quite tame by today's standards, really ...
I agree, it looks very tame today but it is good fun though! Plus it was a good excuse to roll out a "Jolly Hockey Sticks" pun...
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Old 11-02-2013, 17:39
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I can remember 'Can't stand Losing You' being released on blue vinyl in autumn 1978 - my local record shop had it displayed behind the counter and I nearly bought it. By the time I did get around to buying it, in July 1979, it had been re-released on white rather than blue vinyl. I also bought the re-release of 'Roxanne' in May 1979 but this time, like the original release of the single, it was on blue vinyl albeit it was a different shade of blue.
As I recall, the the original was released in yellow, blue, green, white and of course black. The 1979 was released in blue only, some solid and some translucent.

See here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n1ABJfTyYU

I assume the 1978/79 releases of 'Roxanne' were in either a traditional dark shade of royal blue (like a police uniform) or a lighter, brighter shade of this colour.

If so, which one is which?
As sure fire way is the cover, the 1978 version had a red cover with a picture of a telephone, the 1979 version had a picture of the group .

The Six Pack reverted to the original cover.
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Old 11-02-2013, 19:19
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'Picture This' is brilliant as is the B side, 'Fade Away (And Radiate)', another track from the excellent 'Parallel Lines' album. It was the first Blondie single I bought, and on yellow vinyl too...
I've cited 'Fade Away and Radiate as one of my favourite b-sides of all time before now. I got to know it after stumbling across a 7" single of 'Picture This' when looking through one of the many boxes of 7" singles that my father had/probably still has. I love the cover too: http://www.chartstats.com/images/artwork/4938.jpg

I didn't actually listen to the entire Parallel Lines album until the 1990s when one of Mum's friends recommended that it was worth getting hold of. She pointed out the track 11:59, which was the first one I listened to when I bought the CD. That's one of their best too in my opinion.
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Old 11-02-2013, 19:25
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Yeah - I can listen to most genres of music - but could never get my head round rap music - Except for the wonderful Scooby Snacks from The Fun Loving Criminals!! - Was that rap?
I'd say yes. Whatever it is, it's great though! I've never grown tired of that one. They're an eclectic band and a lot of their material (or at least what I've heard) can be described as a mix of rap with rock elements. 'Scooby Snacks' is just like that. A few websites describe Fun Lovin' Criminals as alternative hip hop/rock, which I'd say is a fair description.
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Old 11-02-2013, 20:16
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I'd say yes. Whatever it is, it's great though! I've never grown tired of that one. They're an eclectic band and a lot of their material (or at least what I've heard) can be described as a mix of rap with rock elements. 'Scooby Snacks' is just like that. A few websites describe Fun Lovin' Criminals as alternative hip hop/rock, which I'd say is a fair description.
Yes - it's a grrreat song - and one I need to get in my collection!!
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Old 11-02-2013, 20:18
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I've cited 'Fade Away and Radiate as one of my favourite b-sides of all time before now. I got to know it after stumbling across a 7" single of 'Picture This' when looking through one of the many boxes of 7" singles that my father had/probably still has. I love the cover too: http://www.chartstats.com/images/artwork/4938.jpg

I didn't actually listen to the entire Parallel Lines album until the 1990s when one of Mum's friends recommended that it was worth getting hold of. She pointed out the track 11:59, which was the first one I listened to when I bought the CD. That's one of their best too in my opinion.
Speaking of b-sides 11.59 was the b-side of Heart of Glass - the first single that I bought!!
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Old 11-02-2013, 22:10
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There's a really good clip of T. Rex performing 'Mambo Sun' from the Electric Warrior album on the tape too, featuring Marc with some very funky trousers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjsmVCeWeJA
BIB - Slade's guitarist Dave Hill was probably influenced by Marc Bolan when he wore identical trousers to mime to 'Coz I Luv You' on the German 'Disco' TV show in the fall of 1971:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN2X3_vm52Q

He sported the same stage clothes in the TOTP studio when the single reached No. 1 in the UK in November 1971. In the monochrome BBC clip below (retrieved from the late Bob Monkhouse's private film and TV archive) the group are dressed almost exactly as they appear in the colour ZDF clip above (although Noddy Holder has changed his T-shirt and Don Powell has ditched the waistcoat):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jhe6M6iQms

IMO these two clips starkly illustrate the contrasting attitudes these two TV stations had towards the treatment of their archive material. While ZDF retained their original colour mastertape the BBC wiped their own (all four of them ) and now have to rely on an inferior, grainy, black and white home recording.
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Old 11-02-2013, 23:59
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I certainly agree with your point of view. However, the BBC enjoy making decisions for us by taking the choice away.
Auntie knows best
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Old 14-02-2013, 04:33
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long time browser first time poster i would just like to say that im loving these totp repeats.i was 9 in 1978 and remember most of the songs on the shows. i suppose the bbc are probably right not showing the saville editions even though its a shame we cant watch them but as for the dlt shows surely it should be a case of innocent until proven guilty? looking forward to this weeks show.
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