Not the Sound of Young Scotland
After that last post, Mitchell & Webb was a bit patchy and Caledonia Dreamin' was downright awful. Like Seven Ages of Rock which seemed to have been researched by 20-year olds using wikipedia, the explanation of who was influential and in what order was way off. There were some glaring omissions - Lloyd Cole and Aztec Camera were glossed over; The Jesus and Mary Chain and Alan McGee didn't feature. Neither did The Pastels, The Vaselines, Mogwai, Arab Strap and The Beta Band, plus many more. Instead there was too much of what a commenter on The Vinyl Villain eloquently calls "the hated Hue & Cry/Del Amitri/Deacon Blue axis". What a waste. This could have been interesting. Some nice clips of Orange Juice and Altered Images though.
On the upside, writing about the telly got me an invite to Watchification, Russell (and Steve and Roo)'s new blog which curates the best televisual highlights - a sister to speechification which does the same for the radio. First up, Magnetic North which I thought was great. Jonathan Meades is never going to win any Plain English awards but he's interesting and funny. I learnt a lot (like where gin and scousers got their names) and am greatly looking forward to the next part.