The BBC documentary on Top Of The Pops was a curious affair.
It was a portal into a vile world of crimplene pop and vile gurning DJ’s. Of a pop mainstream run out of ideas and the creeping cabaret and variety sickness that lies at the heart of all British music.
How an incompetent buffoon like Dave Lee Travis could have had so much power in 1976 is an indictment of the times and as for Noel Edmonds…
The angle of the programme was that the BBC and Radio One were ignoring all the good stuff, locking it our and having its own jolly. And this is true.
Is it actually any different now?
If a modern equivalent of the Sex Pistols (not musically- just a music with that edge) pitched up would anyone notice? Would they be allowed anywhere near the comfy mainstream? Would Simon Cowell approve? Would Chris Moyles ‘get it’? Would the Guardian ”Ëunderstand’ Are things any hipper?
It seems like the mainstream is still run on their terms. For the patronising me- me- me idiocy of Noel Edmonds you now have Simon Cowell, for the faintly out of place doddering pointlessness of ‘diddy’ David Hamilton you now have Louis Walsh. For the suffocating playlist on mainstream radio, you now have, er, the suffocating playlist of mainstream radio!
And for the boredom the documentary talked of in 1976, you still have the same boredom and simmering resentment now with its own ignored soundtrack.
All you hear in the mainstream is X Factor crooners, scrubbed up fake indie, celebrity pop desperadoes and hours of footage from Glastonbury festival.
Welcome to the new boss”Â¦
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