[PD] Pd performance at TED

J bz jbeezez at gmail.com
Tue Jun 21 15:40:40 CEST 2011

Well with a danger of this going completely OT...

My TOTP moments are:
1.  New Order always refused to mime and when they did Blue Monday they have
the distinction of being the only group to perform on TOTP and their song
going down the chart the next week, and then the week after it went back up
2. The Human League 'don't you want me baby' being the xmas no1 and just as
Phil Oakey made a super pretentious pose into the camera a sneaky audience
member hit him full in the mouth and up his nose with loads of
3. For cultural capital the dancer out of Shalimar doing the 1st examples of
body-popping on British TV.  Everyone was going nuts at school the next day.
4.  KLF.

On 21 June 2011 14:16, Mathieu Bouchard <matju at artengine.ca> wrote:

> On Tue, 21 Jun 2011, Andy Farnell wrote:
>  Marco's disappointment is understandable (sorry if I misinterpret this
>> Marco). When I watched "Top of the pops" as a teenager, like many kids of
>> that age I was outraged that the performers mimed. Sometimes you could see
>> their instruments were just props. It is very insulting to someone who has
>> invested effort and emotion to an activity to see it trivialised to a banal
>> fashion statement. Like a soldier seeing their regimental badge worn as a
>> punk accessory.
> That's why, conceptually, my favourite two performances are XTC's Making
> Plans for Nigel, in which they made a point of hitting a gong that doesn't
> sound like one, and... oh, the other one is actually from the similar show
> American Bandstand : Public Image Limited's Poptones, in which they get
> bored of miming halfway through the song, and just go dancing with the
> audience.
> (But then, I haven't seen so many clips from TOTP and/or ABS.)
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