ALAN'S SATURDAY POP SLOT #29 – REALLY FREE by JOHN OTWAY & WILD WILLY BARRATT

From TOTP in 1977, Otway and Barratt befuddle the studio audience. Check out Barratt’s mashed up electric guitar. also worth checking out is the Whistle Test performance where Otway falls off his amp and fucks up his ankle. Really free.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkYOZyNocrw

Alan X

ALAN'S SATURDAY POP SLOT #28 – PAPERBACK WRITER and RAIN by THE BEATLES

Two clips made back to back in the gardens of Chiswick House for The Ed Sullivan tv show. The Beatles would always do a spot for Ed when they were touring the States. With touring now no longer happening, the Fabs came up with these precursors to the standard MTV pop promo.

Both songs have always been big favourites,┬áThe Beatles┬áreally do seem to be at the top of their songwriting game – they were knocking stuff like this out at a thousand miles an hour. I love the bit half way through PaperbackWriter where they throw in Frere Jacques as a backing vocal. Sublimey…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBPbfAU3I78

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTLJMSbEnn0

Alan X

ALAN'S SATURDAY POP SLOT #27 – TREAT HER RIGHT by TOM JONES

From his own THIS IS TOM JONES show of 1968. I had to post this, not because I’m a huge Jones fan, or I like the song (although both have their merits), BUT because at 1:20 into the clip TOM JONES DANCES LIKE HELL! Stay with it, it really is worth the wait…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UxU8s7Au0A

I think he’s trying to prove to the entire (female) audience that he’s got enough energy to shag all of them.

Happy (is it meant to be happy?) Easter

Alan X