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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:06 am 
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Did frank ever perform on the whistle test ?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:57 am 
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Never see or heard of it before,Bob harris is seen on OGWT Intoducing city of Tiny Lights it is video bruce bickford though.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:02 am 
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Old Grey Whistle Test
Videography

November 16, 1971
BBC2
65 min.

Hosted by Bob Harris

Includes:
•King Kong (from Paris, December 15, 1970)
•FZ interview by Bob Harris (from February, 1971)
•Ringo's "final solution" speech plus "Magic Fingers" (from 200 Motels)
•Live FZ interview by Bob Harris in the studio
•King Kong (from BBC, October 23, 1968)
Melody Maker (September 25, 1971, p. 5)
BBC2's successor to their MM-poll-wining Disco 2 began this week. Titled The Old Grey Whistle-test, it appears every Tuesday night between 10.55 and 11.25.

Presented by Ian Whitcomb, whose hits in America included "N-N-N-Nervous" and "You Turn Me On" and the MM's Richard Williams, the show will retain the live studio group and album-tracks-with visuals from Disco 2, but will also include commentary, discussion, interviews.

Next week's programme includes the second part of a selection of clips from the films being shown in the National Film Theatre's Celluloid Rock season, plus --in the studio-- Head, Hands and Feet. The following week will feature an interview with Frank Zappa, talking about this movie, 200 Motels.

Javier Marcote (January 21, 2009)

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"POP MUSIC. Filmed interview with Frank Zappa, and production footage of Richard Williams introducing the programme, for future transmission in THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST of 16.11.71. Zappa talks about what the film 200 MOTELS is about, being based on the experiences of musicians on the road together, particularly with the Mothers of Invention. He explains why it was all shot on a sound stage and not on location, which was to make it look more 'stylised' - and, of course, it was cheaper. Talks about why it was shot in Britain - in order to shoot on the British PAL 625 system and then transfer to film, the latter achieved better in this country than in the US, with Britain also being last place where Technicolor uses the dye transfer system of producing prints, which he wanted to use. Zappa then talks about any possible controversy problems, having just been banned from the Royal Albert Hall, and what sort of people buy his records [Interview footage incomplete, terminating mid-way through one of Richard Williams's questions. There is also some mute footage during the interview, between 05.25 and 05.33, with one of Williams's questions being partly lost] (6.35). Colour transmission test bars and countdown clock (8.36). Richard Williams introducing the special programme on Zappa (09.21). Blank screen and countdown clock (10.20). Shot of the studio set with large posters of Zappa in the background (12 mins 8 secs).

Informant: Charles Ulrich
Additional informant: Javier Marcote
http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/videography/1970-75.html

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:17 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:19 am 
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I do recall a later interview Zappa did for the OGWT - probably some time in the early 80s. Anne Nightingale was the interviewer on that occasion.

I don't remember a great deal about it, aside from her challenging him on his anti-Punk stance. She quoted the "Selling Punk like some new kind of English disease" lyric and added something along the lines of "When I heard that I thought, now come on, Frank, what are you trying to say there?"


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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 4:03 pm 
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I remember, and I'm going back to dark days here, and it is the reason I arrived here in the first place searching, him appearing on Disco 2 and playing one of the greatest guitar solos ever. I was just a kid, and maybe it was a dream, but I wish I could find it. Anyone else remember that?


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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:27 pm 
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is that the same bob harris that played with the mothers in early 71?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:47 am 
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manichispanic wrote:
is that the same bob harris that played with the mothers in early 71?


No, it's 'Whispering' Bob Harris, soft-spoken British radio DJ. He presented Whistle Test throughout most of the 1970s. I don't think he actually conducted the 1971 interview mentioned earlier though

He appears here at the start of a 1975 'Rutland Weekend Television' skit parodying Whistle Test - playing himself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHCJm2rx9Bs


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sotcaadotnet wrote:
...He appears here at the start of a 1975 'Rutland Weekend Television' skit parodying Whistle Test - playing himself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHCJm2rx9Bs

Ahhhh...every country has it's "Neil"!
Canada has Young.
England has Innes.
USA has.........Armstrong? What top 10 did he sing again??

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just plain doug wrote:
sotcaadotnet wrote:
...He appears here at the start of a 1975 'Rutland Weekend Television' skit parodying Whistle Test - playing himself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHCJm2rx9Bs

Ahhhh...every country has it's "Neil"!
Canada has Young.
England has Innes.
USA has.........Armstrong? What top 10 did he sing again??


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