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The Chemical Brothers think current electronic dance music ''all sounds the same''. The 'Galvanize' hitmakers - made up of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons - have insisted they wouldn't ever play a DJ residency in Las Vegas - like DJs including Calvin Harris and Alesso - as it would be ''soul-destroying''. Tom, 44, said: ''If we really wanted to we probably still could but I think it would be soul-destroying. It's a mad old world, that world. I does feel alien.'' Ed, 45, added: ''We played in America recently and every record sounded like (Italian DJ/producer) Benny Benassi. I know that sounds like your dad wandering into 'Top of the Pops' and saying it all sounds the same, but it did all sound the same...The one-dimensional sound is quite effective but it doesn't seem to have that magical, transporting quality.'' The 'Hey Boy Hey Girl' producers »
Teatime thrash metal, Shaun Ryder’s potty-mouthed Sex Pistols cover, Reef’s ridicule and Slipknot’s debut UK TV appearance – ahead of its return for a one-off special, here’s a selection of the show’s greatest musical moments
Tfi Friday, returning tonight for a one-off nostalgia special, was hands down the 90s’ best music show. Jools Holland was too worthy, Top of the Pops too cheesy, CD:uk too teeny-bop, but on Tfi live music, with a real, pogoing audience, provided the beating heart of Chris Evans’ perfect pre/post-pub telly. The show spanned a vintage era for rock and indie (even if it was a little too focused on white, male artists) and crested the wave of Britpop, attracting all the major names (Pulp, Blur, Suede) as well as a smattering of elder statesmen (Bowie, »
- Marc Burrows
Return of Chris Evans’ brash and boastful TV hit must avoid the old lad-fest territory but if it comes back with its balls in a jar, is there any point?
They’re selling pre-faded Friends T-shirts in Primark. Proof, were it needed, of the Nineties nostalgia that makes the return of Tfi Friday, Chris Evans’s rambunctious light entertainment show, perfectly timed. Gateway to the weekend and window on politically incorrect celebrity behaviour, the show landed on Channel 4 in the middle of an entertainment desert and quickly established itself as the antidote to other moribund formats.
The first episode opened with Evans striding into a doctor’s office to identify the corpse of Top of the Pops, eyebrows waggling and self-satisfied grin plastered all over his face. Later in the same episode, two audience members debated whether or not Saturday teatime staple Noel’s House Party was past its sell-by date. »
- Julia Raeside
While we're getting out our multi-coloured tracksuits in preparation for the event, we have also cast our minds back to just why the Channel 4 game show was so brilliant.
1. Richard O'Brien was the perfect host
Whoever thought of picking Rocky Horror writer Richard O'Brien as host of this quirky game show is a TV genius. When picturing The Crystal Maze, O'Brien is most likely the first image that comes to mind; topped up to the nines with leopardskin fur coats and leather boots.
Constantly making quips to camera at the contestants' expense, »
Remember the first ever Love Island with its seemingly clueless single celebrities constantly bickering on a tumultuous and stormy (literally and metaphorically) Fijian island?
Other memorable highlights included Abi Titmuss becoming more and more enraged as Fran Cosgrave repeatedly referred to her as Vanessa Feltz, swiftly followed by a tipsy and uncouth Rebecca Loos letting rip.
As the new non-celebrity series currently enjoys its ITV2 revival, we find out what the 12 star contestants have gone on to do since their 2005 stint below:
Love Island winner »
Tfi Friday is making a one-off return to Channel 4 next week, with Liam Gallagher and Blur joining Chris Evans for a live special. It’s a reminder of how exciting start-of-the-weekend telly used to be
It was the great pop philosopher R Kelly who once said: “It’s the freakin’ weekend, baby, I’m about to have me some fun.” But if you’re staying in on a Friday night, telly fun isn’t what it used to be. What was once the preserve of pre- and post-pub anarchy with shows such as Tfi Friday and The Word is now filled with the gentle ribbing of Graham Norton and Alan Carr, along with Big Brother if you want to go for a more naked-people-in-a-hot-tub option.
As Tfi Friday makes a return with a live special to celebrate its nearly-20th anniversary, it’s a reminder of how TV can »
- Hannah Verdier
‘No one is safe, there are identical fan colonies at whichever end of the ideological pole you find yourself: be it the in crowd or those who embrace their outsider status’
“I’d forced my family to go on holiday near Roger Taylor’s house in Cornwall,” explains Kate Mossman with a breezy nonchalance in When Pop Ruled My Life: The Fans’ Story (Friday, 9pm, BBC4). After seeing Queen on Top Of The Pops in 1991, Kate’s life became filled by the spoils of pop obsession: diaries flooded with prose; a life-size papier-mache Freddie Mercury mask the exact purpose of which still baffles her (and me); a lovingly Pritt-sticked collage that ate up an entire weekend in its making, etc.
In this documentary, we see how powerful the tide of furiously zealous pop neeks really is. We watch footage of young girls enraptured by some incomprehensible quality of Harry Styles (maybe, »
- Filipa Jodelka
Meghan Trainor cured herself of constant sickness by eating broccoli. The 21-year-old singer has revealed she repeatedly fell ill before she adopted the nutritious vegetable into her diet. She said: ''I used to get sick a lot. I wasn't eating the best and not sleeping - so I started eating chicken and broccoli to clear my lungs, and I don't get sick anymore.'' The 'Lips Are Movin' hitmaker added she needs all the energy she can get as her hectic schedule rarely allows her to take time off. She told Top of the Pops magazine: ''No one knows how hard we work. There's not a day off! I remember talking to Jessie J and she said she'd only had one day off in the last four months. I was like, 'What?' She was like, 'Yeah, but that's how we get to No. 1'.'' Meghan also admitted »
The 1980s are celebrated on “Top of the Pops: 1980 – Big Hits” on Britain’s Yesterday channel. You can watch this television special for free on FilmOn’s online stream. The special focuses on BBC’s popular music chart show as it documented the hottest tunes of the era of big hair, slathered makeup, and neon legging. Some of the acts featured in the special include Adam Ant, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Motorhead and more. “British pop and the BBC’s flagship chart show said goodbye to the 70s and trembled on the edge of a new era for the show, for British music and for British society. This meant a continuing love for [ Read More ]
Brian Dunkleman hosted the Fox competition's first season alongside Ryan Seacrest, before the latter took sole control. History has not been kind to poor old Brian since, with Fox TV CEO Dana Walden joking about a possible reunion for the pair.
"Where is Brian Dunkleman? If you give me his number, I will call and invite him," she joked, though Dunkleman gave as good as he got last night:
I knew American Idol would never last without me #Cancelled
— brian dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015
To honour Dunkleman, we have collected a few hosts of massive shows that you may have cruelly forgotten, starting with the man himself.
The comedian co-hosted the Fox series with Ryan Seacrest for its first season, which »
The corporation said this week that it has "no current plans" to revive Top of the Pops, although rumours on social media persist that a comeback of some sort is in the works.
Speaking to Digital Spy at the British Lgbt Awards tonight (April 24), Maynard offered his support for Top of the Pops returning to UK television.
"I think any more TVs I can get on the better," he joked at first.
The 'Can't Say No' singer then added more seriously: "I feel that Top of the Pops would be amazing. I grew up watching it, not religiously, but I watched it a lot when I was younger. »
Yes, it's just rumours, but the reports at the weekend that Top of the Pops might be making a comeback still got our hearts all a-flutter. It's something that we've been hoping might happen for years and it seems we're not the only ones - at the time of writing over 92% of you had voted in favour of its return in our poll.
But how could a 2015 version of Top of the Pops work? Should it actually come back? And are Dermot O'Leary and Fearne Cotton the right hosts? Read on for what we make of the rumours and let us know what you make of it all below...
"A show that was fun, and incredibly entertaining, could work" - David Moynihan, editor
"Top of the Pops previously succeeded in a very different era to the one we live in now. There were only five TV channels (or four, depending »
'Top of the Pops' is reportedly set to return with Fearne Cotton and Dermot O'Leary hosting. BBC executives are in discussions to resurrect the iconic weekly music TV series - famous for providing a rundown of the charts and featuring live performances - with a new format. The plan is to air it on Friday nights in conjunction with the BBC Radio 1 chart show which has just moved from its traditional Sunday evening slot for Fridays in conjunction with a change in how the charts are compiled. A source told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: '''Top of the Pops' is a great brand »
Johnny Marr has revealed that he is "doing a movie".
While the guitarist didn't go into great detail about the film project he's working on, he confirmed that he has had "an idea for a screenplay".
It was recently announced that Marr is to release his autobiography in 2016.
He told BBC 6 Music that he had "done a few chapters, probably a third of it".
He added: "I've enjoyed it. It's a lot of work - you've got to mind out you don't freeze and lose your own voice. I wanted it to be my own voice.
"So I'm writing it, I'm not using a ghostwriter or a journalist or anything like that. I'm just relying on a really good memory."
When asked what elements of the book might shock fans, he said: "[The fact] that The Smiths really liked each other. A couple of them, anyway. I want for people who like what I do, »
Celebrate the British pop charts with BBC through their television special, “Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10.” The documentary focuses on the 60th anniversary of the British singles chart. Here’s more about the special: “Documentary chronicling our ever-changing love affair with the British singles chart on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. From the first NME chart in 1952, via Pick and Top of the Pops to home-taping the Radio One chart show and beyond, we have measured out our lives to a wonderful churn of pop driven, unbeknownst to us, by a clandestine world of music biz hustle. Featuring contributions by 60 years of BBC chart [ Read More ]
The post Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 now on FilmOn.com appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Two-and-a-half years after the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal rocked the BBC, the broadcaster has commissioned a feature-length documentary that will look at the impact of predatory attacks on survivors, including those assaulted by the former Top Of The Pops host. Abused: The Untold Story will examine how the Savile scandal, and arrests stemming from the official police inquiry that followed, Operation Yewtree, changed people’s understanding of child abuse. It’s due to… »
Bookies offer odds that classic countdown will return after the music industry switches the day on which singles are released
Monkey made a small banana bet following the news that the Radio 1 top 40 chart could move to a different day of the week to take account of a plan to release all new music on Fridays that it would only be a matter of time before the return of Top of the Pops was mentioned. And so it has come to pass. Paddy Power is offering odds of 5-1 that the veteran music show will become a regular fixture again. And who would front it? The favourite to host it according to Paddy Power is Reggie Yates at 5-1, followed by Laura Whitmore and Fearne Cotton. Dermot O’Leary is 20-1 while Terry Wogan is 40-1. Odds for the rest of the field are bar this. Or just barred for legal reasons. »
Meghan Trainor ''can't figure out'' how to find a boyfriend. The 21-year-old star was thrust into the global spotlight with her hit single 'All About That Bass' recently but she still struggles to find decent men to go out with. Asked to suggest three ways to find a boyfriend, she said: ''I mean, hey, if someone could tell me how to do this, that would be awesome. A lot of the time I can't figure it out!'' However, the 'Lips Are Movin' singer was more than happy to offer advice on what she thinks her fans and indeed herself could do in an attempt to bag a nice boy. She added to Top of the Pops magazine: ''Go out with your mates when they ask you too. I stay home a lot, but if I went out, I'd meet more boys. ''Love yourself more. Be positive. Take risks.'' Meanwhile, »
Director: Matthew Vaughn; Screenwriters: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman; Starring:Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill, Samantha Womack; Running time: 128 mins; Certificate: 15
'Colin Firth vs Scum'. In an alternate reality, we'd like to think this movie was given that iconic title. Especially as its most joyous scene involves the former Mr Darcy tackling a pub full of rampaging thugs armed with just an umbrella – and without even one of his immaculately groomed hairs coming out of place or a single expletive emitting from lips that wouldn't scowl if you offered them a blank cheque. The Firth doesn't do disheveled or uncivilised, for as we learn from his character - 'manners maketh man'.
We also discover that the creative forces behind Kick-Ass maketh another belter that puts a dynamic twist on a well-worn genre. Boasting immense performances from Firth as an aristocratic agent and »
By the time George Hencken’s “Soul Boys of the Western World” finishes, audiences won’t know Spandau Ballet’s favorite breakfast cereals, but that’s about all they won’t know. A vanity production composed entirely of pre-existing footage — producers Steve Dagger and Scott Millaney are the group’s manager and producer, respectively — the documentary traces the usual pop-band trajectory, presenting Spandau Ballet as the most iconic group of the 1980s. Hmm. TV-style and desperately in need of cutting, “Soul Boys” does convincingly position its subjects as key trendsetters, and their most memorable tunes continue to be enjoyable. Unsurprisingly, the film is timed to cash in on reunion concerts, and will be a gift to their fanbase.
The background story will be familiar for those who’ve watched practically any history of U.K. bands from the era. The five members, including brothers Gary and Martin Kemp, were raised »
- Jay Weissberg
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