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PostPosted: 13-02-2014 08:05    Post subject: Life of Rock with Brian Pern, BBC4 Reply with quote

Anyone else see this? Marvellous pastiche of the sort of musical history docs that BBC4 regularly churns out. Presented by Brian Pern, po-faced former lead singer of Thotch, inventor of world music, and first user of plasticene in rock videos (Simon Day as Not-Peter-Gabriel in any way at all, no no no). Episode 1, The Birth of Rock, is available on iPlayer (for a few more days at least) here. Pure quality, amazing attention to detail, countless cameos - but above all very very very funny. I absolutely peed myself for half an hour Smile. Do yourself a favour and watch it.

Particularly enjoyed Roger Taylor, explaining how Queen made their instruments out of fireplaces. Which reminds me of something from a while ago on here...
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PostPosted: 13-02-2014 08:28    Post subject: Re: Life of Rock with Brian Pern, BBC4 Reply with quote

stuneville wrote:
Particularly enjoyed Roger Taylor, explaining how Queen made their instruments out of fireplaces. Which reminds me of something from a while ago on here...

Well, Brian did make the Red Special out of a mantelpiece. So I guess it's kind of true.
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Ah, but did you know John's bass was made from a bigger mantlepiece? That's what this teaches you.

Honestly, give it a blast Smile.
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PostPosted: 13-02-2014 09:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd hate to see the mantelpiece Freddie made his piano out of.
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PostPosted: 13-02-2014 18:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did see this and also heartily recommend it. The LSD trip with visions of Fingerbobs was particularly hilarious! And little throwaway gags to watch out for like Annie Nightingale billed as Fearne Cotton!
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If anything the second episode was even funnier, plus you got to hear Nigel Havers and Noel Edmonds really swear. Simon Day as Kate O'Mara in Triangle was very funny. Pity it wasn't the real Nile Rogers, though, I'm sure he'd have been up for it.
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PostPosted: 18-02-2014 08:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant, the first episode was fantastic! I particularly enjoyed the 'Roger Taylor - Duran Duran' caption and of course Mulligan & O'Hare.

I love the way these things sneak out - Rhys Thomas shows seem to have very little fanfare but they are consistently excellent.
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PostPosted: 26-02-2014 09:26    Post subject: Re: Life of Rock with Brian Pern, BBC4 Reply with quote

Anome_ wrote:
stuneville wrote:
Particularly enjoyed Roger Taylor, explaining how Queen made their instruments out of fireplaces. Which reminds me of something from a while ago on here...

Well, Brian did make the Red Special out of a mantelpiece. So I guess it's kind of true.


When Randy Bachman ("The Guess Who", "BTO") was young, he wanted a Flying-V guitar, so he fashioned a copy of one out of his bedroom door.
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PostPosted: 26-02-2014 09:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like it was only a three-parter Sad
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PostPosted: 26-02-2014 15:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

CarlosTheDJ wrote:
Looks like it was only a three-parter Sad


In years to come there wuiill be rumours of a missing episode.
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PostPosted: 26-02-2014 17:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Fearne Cotton


Very good.

I'm wondering if Peter Gabriel is going to sue.
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PostPosted: 26-02-2014 17:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter Gabriel was in it! There was a cosmic explosion at the end when Pete and Bri crashed into each other on their Segways!

This seems to have been a sleeper hit for the channel, so more episodes are promised. Dunno when, but it's been a welcome surprise to see how funny it's been.
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