Return of The Old Grey Whistle Test

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Re: Return of The Old Grey Whistle Test

Postby BOLLY BEE » 09 Feb 2018, 17:59

Hi John,

Thanks for writing with your ideas.

I Executive Produce Later…with Jools Holland and some other popular music output from BBC Studios. I don’t commission the BBC’s music programmes.

If you or your colleagues want to be presenters perhaps you should shoot a taster tape of yourself or yourselves in action?

Your proposed magazine show sounds a bit like the Old Grey Whistle Test which I believe BBCFOUR is reviving for a night in a couple of weeks. Or perhaps you don’t see it like that?

Best wishes,

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Re: Return of The Old Grey Whistle Test

Postby Jeemo » 09 Feb 2018, 18:31

must be just me remembering all the shite they used to show, with an occasional worthwhile band.

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Re: Return of The Old Grey Whistle Test

Postby Darkness_Fish » 09 Feb 2018, 20:36

I'm pretty sure The Whistle Test was mainly prog and hoary old blues rock stuff that stank of piss and made your shoes stick to the carpet.

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Re: Return of The Old Grey Whistle Test

Postby sloopjohnc » 09 Feb 2018, 21:52

The Modernist wrote:Me I'd mix it up. I'd have a mixture of new music and features on older artists: live performances.


And play some songs together.
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Re: Return of The Old Grey Whistle Test

Postby Pansy Puff » 09 Feb 2018, 21:57

sloopjohnc wrote:
The Modernist wrote:Me I'd mix it up. I'd have a mixture of new music and features on older artists: live performances.


And play some songs together.

Yes! I love a bit of Moddie's boogie-woogie piano.
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Re: Return of The Old Grey Whistle Test

Postby the masked man » 09 Feb 2018, 22:31

Darkness_Fish wrote:I'm pretty sure The Whistle Test was mainly prog and hoary old blues rock stuff that stank of piss and made your shoes stick to the carpet.

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In the 70s it was, but by the mid-80s, when the show ended, it had turned into a fairly decent and up-to-date show with live tracks from the likes of Cabaret Voltaire and Sisters of Mercy.

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Re: Return of The Old Grey Whistle Test

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 09 Feb 2018, 23:41

That's decent?
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Re: Return of The Old Grey Whistle Test

Postby BOLLY BEE » 20 Apr 2018, 16:48

The Modernist wrote:Me I'd mix it up. I'd have a mixture of new music and features on older artists: live performances, interviews, archive features. A bit like a less youth orientated version of the Tube. My main market would be intelligent music fans between 25-40, although you would hope they'd be some appeal outside that demographic obviously.
It shouldn't be that hard to come up with something half decent.


And it's on BBC1 tonight! 7.30.

Let me know what you think, G.
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