Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Saturday night TV when it really, really mattered....and probably the most important thing I ever saw on live telly in my entire life...40 years ago

It was Mic Calder who reminded me of the 1969 Lulu show, in which, inconceivably, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was allowed over nine minutes on peak-time Saturday BBC TV to demonstrate to the entire UK why our lives and our music needed to be entirely different.

I remember the blue carpet, Brownie the dog, Stewart Howard, Jim McClurg and David Cowan being there...my mum being utterly shocked....and the bit you don't see in this clip, a truly flustered Lulu trying to get the show back on track...I was 13.

And listen to the sweetness of that solo...

5 comments:

EyeOnDubai said...

Is that Mic Calder a cheil I knew from Thurso High?

Brian C said...

Only Alex Harvey doing Delihlah on the OGWT in '75 comes close.

Speechless.

Anonymous said...

I remember this!!! . . I was 15 I was staying at my Gran's in Dunfermline . . (I remember her tutting a lot) . . I didn't remember that it was on Lulu's show either though . . i just remember him playing and being in raptures. . val

Gordon said...

Just fantastic - they don't make TV like that anymore.

Mic Calder said...

I never saw it originally. I guess I was sent to bed with my Ribena by then. And no, they don't make TV like that anymore. Mind you they don't make TVs like that anymore - remember? You had to go to the front of the thing and grab the big cooker type knob and turn it to change channels - to no good purpose, since there weren't any other channels to turn it to...