The BBC researchers strike again!!
Buck Aroo from United Kingdom
19 January 2013
This is yet another of the BBC's badly researched and revisionist
"documentaries", which supposedly tells how punk rock saved us from all
the bad pop music which was in the charts, during the latter years of
the 1970s. But anyone like me who was alive back then, or even watches
the repeats of editions of Top of the Pops that are currently being
shown on BBC 4, may well see a much more accurate depiction of that
era. Because actually, there was some great pop music, reggae music,
soul music, disco music, and even rock music in the charts while quite
a lot of the punk music was dire and amateurish to say the least.
Programs like this, often depict a very selective, and one-sided view
of the past, with very little balance on show to even things up; Not
everyone hated Boney M, or Shawaddy Waddy, or The Barron Knights. In
fact a lot of people liked those novelty bands, that is why they sold
so many records. It wasn't just down to good PR men. And by the same
token, not everyone saw punk rock as the saviour of British music.
Granted, it was something new and different. But it was also very
short-lived and controversial (Try Googling the name Sid Vicious, if
you don't know who he was). In fact, the soul and disco bands of the
past, have left a much more influential legacy to today's music.
I think it was very remiss of the BBC to broadcast a program which
(purposely?) left out the facts, and presented half-truths as being the
They've done it before, and they'll do it again. No doubt.
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