Friday, 13 May 2016

GUEST QUIZ: Everything's Gone Camberwick

Oi! You! Buy a book! Now back to the subtlety...

Its many a time I've posted links to my own very reasonably priced Punk Rock Pub Quiz tome on Lulu Press but its a pleasure when I can also share links to those of my very talented friends too.

Tim Worthington has written a number of books on all things pop cultural from comedy at Radio One to the key years at Creation Records and his new book "The Camberwick Green Preservation Society" is a collection of some of his best writings on subjects as diverse as The Monkees, Rubik's Cube, Battle Of The Planets, When The Stone Roses Were Good, Chris Morris' Blue Jam, the easy listening revival, Chigley, Jimi Hendrix and TV "Doctor Who", all in the styles of various different publications, from the Radio Times to our old pal Look-In - even teletext!

One particularly fascinating piece is all about the early appearances of the forever-to-be-missed David Bowie in his mostly pre-megastardom days who, contrary to popular belief, turned up EVERYWHERE vaguely pop, plus a fair amount of things that weren't. With that in mind, I've asked Tim Worthington himself to provide today's quiz on musicians cropping up in the unlikeliest of places. Seven are real, whilst three are fake.

And whilst you're thinking about them, BUY A BOOK!


Play Away and its parent show Play School were awash with presenters drawn from the huge seventies overspill of failed and failing rockers & folkies, but even so, few could have predicted that the former Van Der Graaf Generator frontman would end up regularly contributing satirical singalongs for the under-tens.

BILLY BRAGG on Mavis On 4

The Bard Of Barking was always up for an incongruous appearance or two, though even he must have felt it was a mistake to sing Must I Paint You A Picture to a chat show sofa full of guests and no audience, in the manner of an easier-on-the-ear crooner on a Sunday Morning politics show. To call what followed 'applause' would be stretching it.


Angry and political they may have been but Zack De La Rocha and the gang were shrewd operators who knew when to kick up a fuss and when not to. Miming to a 'clean' edit of Bombtrack and taking part in a Sarah Greene-supervised phone-in where they politely discussed prejudice with kids were the unlikely order of the day here.

THE HOUSEMARTINS on The Wide Awake Club

On the surface, they seemed like exactly the kind of jolly knockabout indie-popsters you would have invited on children's television. But they were a band with an agenda, and there must have been a few nervous conversations in the gallery when they opted to perform The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death, lyrics about The Queen carrying a broken bottle and all.

PETER ANDRE on The White Room

Desperate to prove his credentials as a 'real' musician, the reggae lite-favouring muscleman unexpectedly showed up on Channel 4's edgy muso-friendly Radcliffe And Whiley-fronted live show to perform a trio of Motown covers. Sadly not accompanied by Bubbler Ranx.


Deep into their spraypainted shirt UZI MORON TECHNO PARTY YOU ARE SLAVES OF BELGIAN HITLER era, Richey and The Gang were somehow persuaded to show up on the Nobby The Sheep-helmed ITV Saturday Morning show to plug the upcoming Generation Terrorists, miming to Slash'n'Burn in a classroom for some reason. Not as embarrassing as they later got.


TV-am's long-forgotten Saturday Morning effort promised Soaps, Puzzles, Laughter and Talent, some of which were occasionally provided in regular segment Charlie's Bus, which saw a bus full of kids pull up at a stop to meet - gasp! - pop stars. The Smiths and Sandie Shaw showed up one week to tell a tiny puzzled girl "we're going mad!!" and give an impromptu rendition of Jeane.

N.W.A on The Late Show

BBC2's highbrow arts review could hardly ignore the columnist-friendly controversy over Straight Outta Compton, and duly invited Cube, Dre, E, Ren and Yella along for a chat about race bias in the upcoming Presidential Election and a heavily-bleeped performance of Gangsta Gangsta as they struggled to fit on the tiny stage.


Not that unusual, you might think. But prog legends Jon Anderson and Vangelis Papathanassiou had studiously avoided plugging their wares on cheap and cheerful TV shows until they started making more pop-orientated stuff together. When I'll Find My Way Home found its way into the top ten, they turned up for a performance so boring, the producer stuck on a montage of photos of them looking at synthesisers in the middle.

THE FLAMING LIPS on Beverly Hills 90210

Chart Star Guest Stars were ten a penny on the now seemingly forgotten Saturday Evening-dominating escapades of Brandon, Brenda, Dylan, The Old One, Them Two That Looked The Same, Kryten Bloke etc, and with The Flaming Lips having recently become MTV favourites by accident, it was only logical that they should appear in a storyline where the rich brats went to see an 'alternative' band. Not the one where they took 'U4EA', no.

When you've cogitated, you can find the answers here...

Tim Worthington's "The Camberwick Green Preservation Society" is now available from Lulu Press in paperback and ebook, priced £5.99 and £2.99 respectively.