No matter how much – or little - music is on TV some will always have an objection to it. The objections may vary from the style to the quantity or even the delivery but all they really do is support the adage: you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Music TV has to hit some common denominators and try to satisfy some of the people most of the time. TV is the vehicle delivering content to the masses who, by their number, are not likely to share the same tastes.
The process for selecting acts for Jools’ Later must be a tough one given that it is arguably the most important music programme in the
on any medium. It wasn't always this way. Before the fracturing of tastes and
the severance of ties to what we now call ‘appointment to view’ TV there was
Top Of The Pops. TOTP had fewer issues of selectivity and snobbery since its
function was to reflect the most popular songs in the country at that time
relying on the sole form of measurement available, the singles chart. The chart
was a measurement of popularity reflecting six or seven-day sales of physical
format recordings, or records to you and me. I put this explanation in only for my own
A documentary, clip-show, at the weekend reminded me of what a bizarre musical world we used to inhabit. It took as its base the year 1979 since this was when TOTP hit its highest ever viewing figures. This was due to a variety of factors including one of the three available TV channels being unavailable due to strike action. It was also the year when the
was recording the highest ever sales of singles and what an odd range they
were. The mish-mash of styles reflected competing trends in the UK from disco
to punk and its sub-genre or variant ‘new wave’, this contributed to a vibrant era for music but it also threw up some oddities
that are no longer visible (or viable?) today.