Pop (1968 editions)
"Colour Me Pop" was a BBC2 spin off of the magazine show "Late Night Line Up" (which often featured pop/rock acts performing a song or two), the series was directed by Steve Turner and ran for over a year - starting in June 1968. Most of the programmes featured a single act but sadly the majority no longer exist. It was originally broadcast in a Friday night slot with the newspapers still listing it as "Late Night Line Up" before the show was moved to Saturday nights at the start of September 1968. Among the artists that were wiped are Fleetwood Mac, The Kinks, Spooky Tooth and Jethro Tull.
All shown in
Manfred Mann - BBC2 Friday 14th June 1968, 11:10-11:40pm
The Small Faces - BBC2 Friday 21st June 1968, 11:10-11:40pm ("Song of a Baker", "Happiness Stan", "Rollin' Over", "The Hungry Intruder", "The Journey", "Mad John" & "Happydaystoytown" - exists on colour vt)
Eclection - BBC2 Friday 28th June 1968, 11:10-11:40pm
No programme on 5th July 1968 due to "LNLU - Pick of the Month"
Salena Jones with The Brian Lemon Trio - BBC2 Friday 12th July 1968, 10:50-11:20pm
Fleetwood Mac - BBC2 Friday 19th July 1968, 10:50-11:20pm (Audio exists)
The Kinks - BBC2 Friday 26th July 1968, 10:50-11:20pm ("Dedicated Follower of Fashion", "Well Respected Man", "Death of a Clown", "Sunny Afternoon", "Two Sisters", "Sitting by the Riverside", "Lincoln County", "Picture Book" & "Days" - Audio exists, rec 22/07)
No programme on 2nd August 1968 due to "LNLU - Pick of the Month"
The Peddlers - BBC2 Friday 9th August 1968, 10:35-11:05pm
The Tremeloes - BBC2 Friday 16th August 1968, 10:30-11:00pm
Barry Noble - BBC2 Friday 23rd August 1968, 10:30-11:00pm (Audio exists)
Spooky Tooth - BBC2 Friday 30th August 1968, 10:30-11:00pm
The Hollies - BBC2 Saturday 7th September 1968, 11:20-11:45pm (Audio exists)
The Moody Blues - BBC2 Saturday 14th September 1968, 11:05-11:30pm ("Ride My See Saw", "Dr Livingstone I Presume", "House of Four Doors", "Voices in the Sky", "The Best Way to Travel", "Visions of Paradise", "The Actor", "Om" - exists on colour vt)
Unit 4 + 2 - BBC2 Saturday 21st September 1968, 10:50-11:15pm
David Ackles - BBC2 Saturday 28th September 1968, 10:55-11:15pm (Audio exists)
O'Hara's Playboys - BBC2 Saturday 5th October 1968, 11:00-11:25pm
Honeybus / Clodagh Rodgers - BBC2 Saturday 12th October 1968, 11:00-11:30pm (Film inserts exist)
No programme on 19th October 1968
No programme on 26th October 1968
Eclection / Jethro Tull / Spooky Tooth - BBC2 Saturday 2nd November 1968, 11:05-11:40pm (All recorded live at Fairfield Halls in Croydon 29/09/1968)
Foggy Dew-O / Lew Prinz and the Bedrocks - BBC2 Saturday 9th November 1968, 11:00-11:25pm
The Nice - BBC2 Saturday 16th November 1968, 11:05-11:35pm ("America", "Ars Longa Vita Brevis" & "Rondo" all live at Fairfield Halls in Croydon 29/09/1968, a b&w copy is in the hands of collectors)
The Alan Price Set / Julie Driscoll and The Brian Auger Trinity - BBC2 Saturday 23rd November 1968, 10:50-11:30pm (Presumably this show was also filmed at Fairfield Halls in Croydon)
Giles, Giles and Fripp - BBC2 Saturday 30th November 1968, 11:00-11:30pm
Timebox - BBC2 Saturday 7th December 1968, 11:00-11:25pm
Love Sculpture - BBC2 Saturday 14th December 1968, 11:35pm-12:00am
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - BBC2 Saturday 21st December 1968, 11:15-11:55pm (Audio exists + colour vt of "Canyons of Your Mind" & "I'm the Urban Spaceman", also poor quality "Mr Apollo")
The Hollies* - BBC2 Saturday 28th December 1968, 11:10-11:35pm *presumably a repeat of the 07/09/1968 edition
Contrary to popular belief The Mothers of Invention did NOT appear on this show, they recorded a set for the BBC on 23/Oct/1968 ("Oh in the Sky" and a lengthy "King Kong") which was eventually broadcast on a regular edition of "Late Night Line Up" on 26/05/1969 along with a feature on a horse trainer.
Details of the
rest of the "Colour Me Pop" series is on the 1969 page
A very enjoyable psychedelic animated feature based on the music of The Beatles in which cartoon versions of John, Paul, George and Ringo agree to take a journey in a yellow submarine to Pepperland where they use music to drive away the war mongering Blue Meanies and free the peace loving natives from the Meanies evil spell. The film was directed by George Dunning with Al Brodax producing and writing the screenplay. Actors provided the Beatle voices (including John Clive, the voice of Lennon, who later had a part in "A Clockwork Orange") as the Beatles themselves initially refused to have anything to do with the project having been so appalled by an American series of cartoon shorts "The Beatles" that had been running on TV in the United States since 1965, but once they saw the rushes to "Yellow Submarine" they were enthusiastic enough to agree to make an endorsing appearance at the very end of the film. Two slightly different versions of the movie were screened, the American print was missing the "Hey Bulldog" sequence and replaced it with some alternate scenes leading up to the moment Ringo finds Jeremy tied to a tree. The DVD version included "Hey Bulldog" as well as a previously unused sequence where the Beatles briefly pair off and chat with their Sgt Pepper doppelgängers, but the DVD left out the exclusive American print scenes.
Songs used in
"All Together Now"
"When I'm Sixty Four"
"Only a Northern Song"
"Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
"All You Need is Love"
"It's All Too Much"
There are also very brief clips of other songs as well as orchestral pieces arranged by George Martin.
17th July 1968 (85 minutes, colour)
UK TV Premiere :- BBC1 (Easter Monday) 15th April 1974, 7:40-9:05pm [probably the European version]
2nd broadcast:- BBC1 Tuesday 17th August 1976, 6:45-8:09pm [probably European version]
3rd broadcast:- BBC2 Monday 24th December 1979, 5:36-7:01pm [European version] (Part of "The Beatles at Christmas" season)
4th broadcast:- BBC2 Friday 3rd September 1982, 8:25-9:50pm [European version] (Part of a Rock Films week on BBC2)
5th broadcast:- BBC2 Friday 3rd January 1986, 5:34-6:59pm [European version]
Home Video released 28th August 1987 by United Artists [American version] inlay scan
6th broadcast:- BBC2 6th-8th September 1988, shown in 3 parts during "Def II" animation week, early evenings [probably European version]
7th broadcast:- Channel 4 Sunday 16th June 1991, 2:00-3:35pm as part of "Four-Mations" season
8th broadcast: - Channel 4 Monday 26th December 1994, 6:20-7:55pm [European version]
9th broadcast:- S4C Tuesday 27th December 1994, Time unknown [European version]
10th broadcast:- Channel 4 Friday 28th March 1997, 12:40am-2:15am [European version]
Region 2 PAL DVD released 13th September 1999 by MGM/United Artists Home Entertainment [New DVD version with commentary & 1968 USA TV "A Mod Odyssey" documentary*]
BBC2 Monday 1st January 2001, 3:14-4:39pm [DVD version]
BBC2 Saturday 3rd May 2003, 2:00-3:25pm [DVD version]
*"A Mod Odyssey" (documentary about the film) was originally shown in the USA on NBC Saturday 12th October 1968 at 11:00pm (following a screening of The Beatles "Help!" movie).
The Making of
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
UK TV Premiere:- VH-1 UK Friday 10th September 1999, 4:00-4:30pm
How it is
A magazine series "by the young for the young at heart" produced by Tony Palmer who also presented alongside Angela Huth and Oz magazine editor Richard Neville. From August (23rd?) Radio 1 DJ John Peel was added, possibly replacing Peter Asher who had presented the opening show. Tony Palmer soon became frustrated with people thinking the programme was aimed at teenagers and in late November it was announced that the series was going to be rested, but would return in a new late-night slot in 1969. The 25th October 1968 edition was not broadcast live as the BBC were concerned about the "October Revolution" which was due to take place in London that weekend and so it was recorded an hour early.
All shown in
black & white
Show 1 - BBC1 Friday 19th July 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (Incl Yoko Ono / Arthur Brown / A feature on Yellow Submarine)
Show 2 - BBC1 Friday 26th July 1968, 6:00-6:35pm (Eric Burdon & The Animals / Pentangle)
Show 3 - BBC1 Friday 2nd August 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (Mike Stuart Span)
Show 4 - BBC1 Friday 9th August 1968, 6:00-6:40pm
Show 5 - BBC1 Friday 16th August 1968, 6:00-6:40pm
Show 6 - BBC1 Friday 23rd August 1968, 6:00-6:35pm (The Nice "America")
Show 7 - BBC1 Friday 30th August 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (Fairport Convention "Morning Glory")
Show 8 - BBC1 Friday 6th September 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (Moody Blues)
Show 9 - BBC1 Friday 13th September 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (Jefferson Airplane (must have been pre-recorded before they left UK for Germany or on film))
Show 10 - BBC1 Friday 20th September 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (Status Quo)
Show 11 - BBC1 Friday 27th September 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (Tyrannosaurus Rex)
Show 12 - BBC1 Friday 4th October 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (The Fugs (who were in London in October 1968))
Show 13 - BBC1 Friday 11th October 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (The Who "Magic Bus" / Spooky Tooth "The Weight")
Show 14 - BBC1 Friday 18th October 1968, 6:00-6:20pm (Fairport Convention)
Show 15 - BBC1 Friday 25th October 1968, 6:00-6:20pm (Joe Cocker / Frank Zappa interviewed in the US / Warren Mitchell (Alf Garnett))
Show 16 - BBC1 Friday 1st November 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (Pentangle (had been billed for previous week but didn't appear))
Show 17 - BBC1 Friday 8th November 1968, 6:00-6:40pm
Show 18 - BBC1 Friday 15th November 1968, 6:00-6:20pm
Show 19 - BBC1 Friday 22nd November 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (Some film used to illustrate music from The Beatles White album released today / The Gun)
Show 20 - BBC1 Friday 29th November 1968, 6:00-6:40pm
Show 21 - BBC1 Friday 6th December 1968, 6:00-6:40pm
Show 22 - BBC1 Friday 13th December 1968, 6:00-6:40pm (Fairport Convention "Meet on the Ledge")
Show 23 - BBC1 Friday 20th December 1968, 6:00-6:40pm
A sympathetic view of the pop scene from sociologists Stuart Hall and Peter Worsley. Pink Floyd contributed an improvised performance (with light show) which had been recorded back on 26th March 1968, Mick Jagger was also interviewed.
British TV Premiere:-
BBC2 Tuesday 10th September 1968, 8:00-8:50pm (colour)
All My Loving
Tony Palmer put this film together including colour footage of Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Who and Pink Floyd all performing live. It was controversial for its' use of uncensored footage of various atrocities (concentration camp corpses, an execution, police beatings etc.) and following the colour repeat in 1969, Mary Whitehouse (secretary of the National Viewers and Listeners Association) threatened the BBC with legal action.
Patrick Allen's voice-over introduction: "There are those that demand that pop music is nothing but the grotesque mumblings of a drug sodden youth. Others, that it is making possible the most startling artistic upheaval since the renaissance. Others still, that it is merely the harmless entertainment of adolescence. Everyone however demands the existence of heroes, heroes that is - that can be worshipped, whether they be gods, generals, lone yachtsmen, television personalities, cultural leaders or pop stars. In this time of instant global communications, heroes become monsters and, being semi-myths, seem neither to feel nor care in a way that we're able to understand. Here in Liverpool, in poor homes like these, were born four such heroes - The Beatles - who showed that the best of pop does care and care with increasing desperation about the way we are and the way we live. Above all, it cares about love. But love, penetrating though it is, penetrates only to possibilities and not to facts. Thus alas we go step by step into the darkness, the only truth is the movement. If nothing else, pop music is describing that movement with a bitterness too deep now for words."
Cream - "I'm So Glad" & "Toad" (filmed 7th-9th March 1968 at Fillmore Auditorium’ San Francisco)
Pink Floyd - "Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun" (filmed in London on 28th March 1968)
The Who - "Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand" (TV studio performance originally shown in b&w on "Twice a Fortnight" on BBC1 23rd December 1967)
The Who - "My Generation" (Live at Peoria Opera House, Illinois 10th March 1968, ends with equipment smashing)
Donovan - "Lullaby of Spring" (filmed in a garden)
Jim Hendrix Experience - "Wild Thing" (15th March 1968 live in Massachusetts)
Eric Burdon - "Good Times" (TV studio performance)
Cream - "We're Going Wrong" (a powerful TV studio performance, originally shown in b&w on "Twice a Fortnight" on BBC1 2nd December 1967)
BBC1 Sunday 3rd November 1968, 10:40-11:35pm (black & white screening
under the "Omnibus" arts series banner)
2nd broadcast:- BBC2 Sunday 18th May 1969, 9:30-10:25pm (first screening in colour)
3rd broadcast:- BBC2 Wednesday 17th August 1977, 10:15-11:15pm
4th broadcast:- BBC4 Saturday 5th June 2004, 11:20pm-12:20am
Region 0 PAL DVD released 10th September 2007 by Plastic Head (Cropped to 16:9)
The Monkees film written by Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson is nothing like their TV series, it was even given an 18 certificate - partly due to the inclusion of the infamous footage of Viet Cong operative Nguyen Van Lem being shot through the head, though there are also scenes of violence involving the Monkees themselves with Davy Jones beaten to a bloody pulp in the boxing ring and, in another scene, Peter Tork thumping a transvestite waitress full in the face. It is a great trip however, much better than the Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour".
Songs in the
"Circle Sky" (Live on stage)
"Can You Dig It"
"As We Go Along"
"Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?"
6th November 1968 (85 minutes, colour)
British TV Premiere:- Channel Four Tuesday 14th January 1986, 9:00-10:40pm
Repeat:- Channel Four Sunday 11th October 1987, 1:00am-2:35am
Repeat:- Channel Four Saturday 22nd February 1992, 12:05am-1:40am
Region 2 NTSC DVD released 26th July 2004 by Warner/Rhino (This was the same as the 1998 Region 1 DVD which was cropped to 4:3, just trailers for extras, no commentary)
One (Sympathy for the Devil)
Film of the Rolling Stones recording their classic "Beggars Banquet" album track (4th-10th June 1968) intercut with various provocative non-Stones related scenes dubbed with Burroughs style cut-up readings. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
29th November 1968 (110 minutes, colour) *The
film was reviewed on the arts show "Release" broadcast on BBC2 the following
British TV Premiere:- Channel Four Friday 26th July 1985, 11:30pm-1:20am
Repeat:- Channel Four Wednesday 25th May 1988, 11:45pm-1:35am
Home Video released 24th January 2000 by Academy Video (100 minutes)
Region 2 PAL DVD released 5th June 2006 by Fremantle (2 versions of the film plus a documentaty on Godard)
Raw, powerful and dark black & white footage of the Doors in concert at the Roundhouse in London, 6th or 7th September 1968, intercut with contemporary footage illustrating troubled times in the United States. Produced by Granada television for the ITV network, the Doors drummer John Densmore stated in his autobiography that this show was better and far more representative of the true Doors sound than their colour Hollywood Bowl film shot the same year. The film also includes press conference and interview footage.
Voiceover introduction: "The singer is American superstar Jim Morrison, leader of a Californian Rock and Roll band called The Doors. Through his music Morrison comments on society as he sees it, he speaks for a generation who has built their descent onto the streets of the world. To them he is poet, prophet and politician. Like many of their contemporaries, The Doors show more clearly what they're against rather than what they're for. This film is an attempt to illustrate their report on the state of the world. The Doors message is uncompromisingly loud - Please do not adjust your set."
in the film
"When The Music's Over"
"Five To One"
"Hello, I Love You" (Ray Manzarek vocal)
"Back Door Man"
"Light My Fire"
ITV Tuesday 17th December 1968, 10:30-11:30pm (black & white)
Repeat:- Granada (ITV North West) Friday 3rd July 1981, 11:40pm-12:40am
Repeat:- TSW (ITV South West) Thursday 10th July 1986, 11:30pm-12:30am
Repeat:- Central (ITV Midlands) Tuesday 5th August 1986, 11:30pm-12:30am
Repeat:- LWT (ITV London) Saturday 9th August 1986, 1:20am-2:15am
Repeat:- TVS & Channel (ITV South & Ch.Islands) Sunday 24th August 1986, 12:00am-1:00am
Repeat:- Yorkshire (ITV North) Tuesday 2nd December 1986, 11:30pm-12:30am
Home Video released Early 1990 by Castle Hendring/Granada inlay scan
Repeat:- Channel Four Friday 28th June 1991, 11:05pm-12:20am
Repeat:- Granada (ITV North West) Sunday 4th July 1993, 11:20pm
16mm film of the Roundhouse show exists.
A really good page on The Doors on video and film here.
Im Studio Mit Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
The Mothers recorded 35 minutes of material for Radio Bremen TV in October 1968, generally thought to have been broadcast as a Beat Club special on the 6th (a Sunday). The performance clearly took place in The Beat Club studio, but it may not have actually been shown until mid-late 1970 as part of "Lieder-Liches" which aired the black & white recording in tinted form along with a brief new interview. Perhaps Beat Club originally recorded the set with the intention of including one number in their regular October or November edition, but as the performances were all so way out, the footage was shelved until Zappa was more famous. The cameras rarely focus on Zappa and you see far more of the other band members - which suggests the director had very little knowledge of who the band were and makes the idea of a special being broadcast in 1968 even less likely.
"A Pound For a Brown"
"Sleeping in a Jar"
"Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask"
"Let's Make The Water Turn Black"
A great site
for Zappa appearances on film, TV and video here.
Tony Palmer directed this colour video of highlights from two shows at the Albert Hall on 26th November 1968. Mark Boyle provided the trippy post production psychedelic light-show effects to "Spoonful" and there are also interviews with each individual band member conducted some 9 months earlier (presumably these were outtakes from Palmer's "All My Loving" project). A film copy of the programme intended for distribution abroad had a different narrator and an alternate visual introduction, the VT version has Radio 1 DJ Pete Drummond narrating with better picture quality and a cleaner audio whilst the film copy has Patrick Allen narrating (though Drummonds' dubbed interview prompts are retained).
"Politician" (with Pete Drummond voiceover intro)
"Sunshine of Your Love"
Jack Bruce interview
Eric Clapton interview
Ginger Baker interview
"I'm So Glad"
BBC1 Sunday 5th January 1969, 10:10-11:00pm (black & white screening
under the "Omnibus" banner)
Parts of the concert (including numbers not included in the Omnibus programme) were broadcast on an edition of "The Old Grey Whistle Test" on BBC2 Tuesday 29th May 1973, from 11:35pm
A 30 minute edit was shown as part of "Rock Week Concerts" on BBC2 Wednesday 8th October 1980, 10:20-10:50pm
Home Video released 1987 by Channel 5 (colour film version with Patrick Allen narration) inlay scan
Region 0 PAL DVD released 24th September 2001 by BMG (50 minutes plus 80 minute extended version)
Repeat:- BBC4 Friday 29th April 2005, 10:30-11:20pm (original colour VT version with Pete Drummond narration)
Repeat:- BBC4 Thursday 13th October 2005, 12:00am-12:50am
Stones Rock and Roll Circus
Filmed in colour on 11th December 1968, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono, The Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal and a six number set by the Rolling Stones. It was not seen by the general public for 28 years due to the Stones dissatisfaction with their own performance (which turned out to be Brian Jones' last in public). Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) made a one off appearance as a member of Jethro Tull who were still looking for somebody to replace Mick Abrahams at the time, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were backed by "The Dirty Mac" which comprised Eric Clapton on guitar, Mitch Mitchell on drums and Keith Richard on bass.
Jethro Tull - "Song for Jeffrey" (mimed with live vocal)
The Who - "A Quick One While He's Away"
Taj Mahal - "Ain't That a Lot of Love"
Marianne Faithfull - "Something Better"
John Lennon & The Dirty Mac - "Yer Blues"
Yoko Ono & The Dirty Mac - "Her Blues" (Titled "Whole Lotta Yoko" on the video/CD)
The Rolling Stones -
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Salt of the Earth"
Home Video released
October 1996 (65 minutes, colour) inlay
TV Premiere:- BBC2 Tuesday 31st December 1996, 10:50pm-12:00am
Region 2 PAL DVD released 25th October 2004 by Universal (Unseen footage as extras)
My favourite movie of all time. Filmed 1st September-mid October 1968 and directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg "Performance" stars Mick Jagger as "Turner" (a reclusive former rock star living with a woman and a 16 year old girl in a ménage à trois, regularly taking hallucinogenic drugs) and James Fox as "Chaz" (a sadistic London gangster on the run from his employees having just murdered a betting shop owner). The two lead character's personalities are pole opposites, yet by chance their two world's collide after Chaz overhears that a tenant is being evicted for non-payment of rent from "a perfect little hidey hole" (Turner's basement apartment). The soundtrack features music from Ry Cooder, Jack Nitzsche, Randy Newman, The Last Poets, Merry Clayton, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Mick Jagger. The release of the film was delayed due to problems with Warner Brothers - a wife of one of the executives reportedly vomited in shock at a test screening and it was shelved for nearly two years.
3rd August 1970 (105 minutes, colour), British premiere 4th January 1971
British TV Premiere:- Channel Four Friday 1st July 1983, 11:30pm-1:25am
Home Video released 1985 by Warner
Repeat:- Channel Four Saturday 5th December 1987, 11:50pm-1:50am
Repeat:- BBC2 Sunday 7th July 1991, 9:25-11:10pm
Repeat:- BBC2 Sunday 3rd October 1993, 10:45pm-12:30am
Home Video re-issue (new sleeve) 3rd April 2000 by Warner
Region 2 PAL DVD released 5th March 2007 by Warner (Includes a short doc and the trailer but no commentary)
was interviewed about the movie on set for the French TV show "A
L'affiche Du Monde" on 16th November 1968.
Top of the
Pops (1968 editions)
- BBC1 Thursday 15th February 1968, 7:30-8:00pm, 7:30-8:00pm (black &
Surviving edition - BBC1 Thursday 6th June 1968, 7:30-8:00pm (black & white, muted links on tape)
(not promo films or the audience dancing to the disc):-
04/01/1968 Small Faces - "Tin Soldier"
15/02/1968 Manfred Mann - "Mighty Quinn" (exists)
15/02/1968 Status Quo - "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (exists)
15/02/1968 The Move - "Fire Brigade" (exists)
11/04/1968 Small Faces - "Lazy Sunday Afternoon"
18/04/1968 Kinks - "Wonderboy" (exists)
30/05/1968 Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger - "This Wheel's On Fire" (repeated on existing 06/06 show)
13/06/1968 Donovan - "Hurdy Gurdy Man"
11/07/1968 Kinks - "Days"
18/07/1968 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire" (exists)
22/08/1968 Small Faces - "The Universal"
05/09/1968 Canned Heat - "On the Road Again" (the US band had just begun a European tour)
05/09/1968 The Doors - "Hello I Love You" (this was a day or two before "The Doors Are Open" performance in London)
17/10/1968 Joe Cocker - "With a Little Help From My Friends"
28/11/1968 Bonzo Dog Band - "I'm the Urban Spaceman"
28/11/1968 The Gun - "Race With the Devil"
A great many bubblegum attempts at cod psychedelia were included on the show this year, songs about muffin men, gingerbread men... truly awful stuff that hasn't dated at all well. We would have been thankful for the visual representations of classic hits by Julie Driscoll, Arthur Brown, The Small Faces, Joe Cocker, The Bonzo Dog Band and The Nice, but all of those numbers exist as superior TV performances elsewhere (some in colour or performed live), thus 1968 is probably the most disappointing and disposable year of the Beat Club archives.
All shown in
black & white
Show 28 - Saturday 13th January 1968, 4:45-5:15pm (Incl Dave Davies "Susannah's Still Alive" / Procol Harum "Homburg")
Show 29 - Saturday 9th March 1968, 4:30-5:15pm (Incl Traffic "Here We Go Round the Mullberry Bush" / Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin" / Manfred Mann "Mighty Quinn")
Show 30 - Saturday 6th April 1968, 3:40-4:20pm (Incl Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger "Save Me" / Procol Harum "Quite Rightly So" / The Move "Fire Brigade")
Show 31 - Saturday 27th April 1968, 4:45-5:15pm (Incl Small Faces "Lazy Sunday" / Big Boy Pete "Cold Turkey" (not the Lennon song))
Show 32 - Saturday 22nd June 1968, 4:45-5:15pm (Incl Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger "This Wheel's on Fire")
Show 33 - Saturday 13th July 1968, 4:45-5:18pm
Show 34 - Saturday 31st August 1968, 4:30-5:01pm (Incl Arthur Brown "Fire")
Show 35 - Saturday 14th September 1968, 4:05-5:09pm (Incl Nice "America" / Canned Heat "On the Road Again")
Show 36 - Saturday 12th October 1968, 4:35-5:30pm (Incl The Who "Magic Bus" / Nilsson "Everybody's Talkin'")
Show 37 - Saturday 16th November 1968, 4:45-5:45pm (Incl Spooky Tooth "The Weight" / Blue Cheer "Summertime Blues")
Show 38 - Tuesday 31st December 1968, 4:15-5:17pm (Incl Joe Cocker "With a Little Help From My Friends" / Bonzo Dog Band "I'm the Urban Spaceman" / Tiny Tim "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" / Film feature on "Yellow Submarine")
Tony Blackburn's series for Southern Television was produced for the ITV network, directed by Mike Mansfield and musical director Johnnie Pearson. The programme replaced Southern's local series "New Release" (which had also been presented by Blackburn) bringing "News, views and comments from Britain's most popular DJ, plus the cream of the week's new releases." Though it was more geared towards pop than rock there were a handful of decent rock acts on the show including The Kinks, Arthur Brown and The Who. It was shown by most regions (ABC were among the few opting out) until some ITV stations changed hands at the end of July with a knock-on effect that saw many regions drop or move the series in favour of "Frost on Saturday". LWT (The new London Weekend station) tried out "Time For Blackburn" in a Friday night slot towards the end of the year but dropped it again after 6 weeks, Southern then axed the series after the first Saturday of 1969.
All shown in
black & white
Show 1 - ITV (ATV London, Anglia & Tyne Tees regions only) Saturday 24th February 1968, 5:50-6:15pm (Southern showed the first two shows on Friday evening, 23/02/68 & 01/03/68 at 7:00-7:30pm)
Show 2 - ITV (ATV London, Anglia & Tyne Tees regions only) Saturday 2nd March 1968, 5:50-6:15pm (The Move)
Show 3 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 9th March 1968, 5:50-6:15pm
Show 4 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 16th March 1968, 5:50-6:15pm (Procol Harum)
Show 5 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 23rd March 1968, 5:50-6:15pm
Show 6 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 30th March 1968, 5:50-6:15pm
Show 7 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 6th April 1968, 5:45-6:15pm (Joe Cocker)
Show 8 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 13th April 1968, 5:45-6:15pm (The Kinks / Status Quo)
Show 9 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 20th April 1968, 5:45-6:15pm
Show 10 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 27th April 1968, 5:45-6:15pm
Show 11 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 4th May 1968, 5:45-6:15pm
Show 12 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 11th May 1968, 5:45-6:15pm
Show 13 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 18th May 1968, 5:45-6:15pm (Rolling Stones on film at the NME Poll Winners concert, short clip only + interview with Mick Jagger / Eric Burdon & The Animals)
Show 14 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 25th May 1968, 5:45-6:15pm
Show 15 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 1st June 1968, 5:55-6:15pm
Show 16 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 8th June 1968, 5:45-6:15pm
Show 17 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 15th June 1968, 5:45-6:15pm
Show 18 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 22nd June 1968, 5:45-6:15pm (Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger)
Show 19 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 29th June 1968, 5:45-6:15pm
Show 20 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 6th July 1968, 5:45-6:15pm (The Kinks)
Show 21 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 13th July 1968, 5:45-6:15pm
Show 22 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 20th July 1968, 5:45-6:15pm (The Strawbs)
Show 23 - ITV (most regions) Saturday 27th July 1968, 5:45-6:15pm (Arthur Brown)
Show 24 - ITV (Southern, Granada, Westward & Channel) Saturday 3rd August 1968, times varied (Eclection)
Off air for two weeks due to a strike
Show 25 - ITV (Southern, Anglia, Granada, Westward & Channel) Saturday 24th August 1968, times varied
Show 26 - ITV (Southern, Anglia, Granada, Westward & Channel) Saturday 31st August 1968, times varied (Dave Davies)
Show 27 - ITV (Southern, Anglia, Granada, Westward & Channel) Saturday 7th September 1968, times varied (Terry Reid / Orange Peel)
Show 28 - ITV (Southern, Anglia, Granada, Westward & Channel) Saturday 14th September 1968, times varied
Show 29 - ITV (Southern, Anglia, Granada, Westward & Channel) Saturday 21st September 1968, times varied
Show 30 - ITV (Southern, Anglia & Granada) Saturday 28th September 1968, times varied
Show 31 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 5th October 1968, 5:40-6:10pm (Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger)
Show 32 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 12th October 1968, 5:40-6:10pm (Kaleidoscope)
Show 33 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 19th October 1968, 5:40-6:10pm
(LWT began showing the series on Fridays at 7pm from 25/10/1968, and that show exists with The Who lip synching to "Magic Bus", Note that "The Who Complete Chronicle" says they didn't appear until 16/Nov, but maybe that was a repeat performance)
Show 34 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 26th October 1968, 5:40-6:10pm
Show 35 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 2nd November 1968, 5:40-6:10pm
Show 36 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 9th November 1968, 5:40-6:10pm (Julie Drisocll & Brian Auger)
Show 37 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 16th November 1968, 5:40-6:10pm (Arthur Brown)
Show 38 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 23rd November 1968, 5:40-6:10pm (Joe Cocker)
(Last show on LWT tx'd 29/11/68)
Show 39 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 30th November 1968, 5:40-6:10pm
Show 40 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 7th December 1968, 5:40-6:10pm
Show 41 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 14th December 1968, 5:40-6:10pm
Show 42 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 21st December 1968, 5:40-6:10pm (The Kinks "Animal Farm" & "Village Green Preservation Society")
Show 43 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 28th December 1968, 5:40-6:10pm (The Move)
Show 44 - ITV (Southern) Saturday 4th January 1969, 5:40-6:10pm
??/??/1968 Day in the Life of Country Joe and The Fish [Vibrations, USA TV] (Filmed December 1967, prob shown early-mid 1968)
05/01/1968 Small Faces [Crackerjack, BBC1 b&w] (An appearance on the Friday tea-time childrens show)
06/01/1968 Moody Blues - "Tuesday Afternoon" & "Peak Hour" [Bouton Rouge, French TV] (Live in the TV studio, circulating in b&w)
06/01/1968 Strawberry Alarm Clock [Upbeat, USA TV colour]
13/01/1968 Vanilla Fudge - "Eleanor Rigby" [Bouton Rouge, French TV] (Miming without instruments with psychedelic animation overlay, circulating clip is b&W)
Procol Harum - "Homburg" & "Conquistador" [Bouton Rouge, French TV] (Live vocal but the mic fails, circulating clip is b&W)
13/01/1968 Amboy Dukes [Upbeat, USA TV colour]
14/01/1968 Vanilla Fudge - "You Keep Me Hangin' On" [Ed Sullivan Show, colour] (Gutsy performance, they put everything into this)
17/01/1968 Pink Floyd - Improvisation for Light Show feature [Tomorrow's World, BBC1 b&w] (Rec on 12/12/67)
26/01/1968 Eric Burdon & The Animals / The Move [All Systems Freeman, BBC1 b&w]
26/01/1968 Eric Burdon & The Animals [New Release, Southern TV b&w]
27/01/1968 Leonard Cohen - "The Stranger Song" [Once More With Felix, BBC2 colour]
01/02/1968 Vietnam War News Report [USA TV] (Viet Cong operative Nguyen Van Lem executed in the middle of a street by a pistol shot through the head directly in front of an NBC TV cameraman)
02/02/1968 [The Prisoner, ATV Midlands b&w] (Final episode of the surreal drama series causes outrage among angry & confused viewers who had been expecting a satisfactory conclusion, lead actor & writer Patrick McGoohan went into hiding & never worked in the UK again)
03/02/1968 Incredible String Band - "Three is a Green Crown", "Geordie (vocals by Julie Felix)", "See All the People" [Once More With, BBC2 colour] (lost?)
03/02/1968 Captain Beefheart - "Electricity" & "Sure Nuff n Yes I Do" [Bouton Rouge, French TV colour] (Filmed on Cannes Beach on 27/01/68)
Family - "Me My Friend" / "How Many More Years (You’re Gonna Wreck My Life)" [Bouton Rouge, French TV] (circulating clips are b&w, Chapman is clean shaven)
10/02/1968 The Blossom Toes - "Listen to the Silence", "Mister Watchmaker" & "Remarkable Saga of the Frozen Dog" [Bouton Rouge, French TV] (Live in the TV studio, circulating in b&w)
13/02/1968 Donovan - "Jennifer Juniper" [Cilla, BBC1 b&w]
16/02/1968 Ten Years After - "I May Be Wrong", "Love Until I Die" & "Spoonful" [Top Pop, Danish TV] (Audio exists, TYA also did another unidentified TV show in Scandanavia around this time doing several songs)
17/02/1968 Donovan - "Happiness Runs", "As I Recall", "La Lena" [Once More With Felix, BBC2 colour]
23/02/1968 Traffic [All Systems Freeman!, BBC1 b&w]
24/02/1968 Pink Floyd - "Astronomy Domine", "Flaming", "Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun" & " Let There Be More Light" [Bouton Rouge, French TV colour] (Dave Gilmour now replacing Syd, rec on 20/02/68)
Ten Years After - "Spoonful" [Bouton Rouge, French TV colour] (Filmed in a recording studio, I think this was on the same show as Pink Floyd above)
25/02/1968 Eric Burdon & The Animals - "When I Was Young" & "Good Times" [Morecambe & Wise Show, ATV b&w]
02/03/1968 Small Faces (with PP Arnold) - "Itchycoo Park", "(If You Think You're) Groovy" & "Tin Soldier" [Bouton Rouge, French TV colour]
03/03/1968 Pink Floyd - "Paintbox" [Discorama, French TV b&w] (rec 21/Feb/1968 miming in a TV studio with liquid/oil overlay)
09/03/1968 The Nice - "Azrial" & "Rondo" [Bouton Rouge, French TV colour] (Filmed playing live at the Marquee Club)
Yardbirds - "Train Kept a Rollin'", "Dazed and Confused" & "Goodnight Sweet Josephine" [Bouton Rouge, French TV colour] (Lyrics to "Dazed & Confused" diff to later Led Zeppelin version, existing copy is b&w)
09/03/1968 Canned Heat [Upbeat, USA TV colour]
15/03/1968 The Beatles in India [TV7, Italian TV b&w] (There were numerous newsreels & home movies shot in India, RAI TV in Italy showed the best and longest sequence filmed on 01/03/68)
16/03/1968 Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger - "Tramp" [Bouton Rouge, French TV colour] (Rec at Revolution club in London)
17/03/1968 Grosvenor Square News Reports [BBC & ITN, colour & b&w] (anti-war demonstration in London, 86 people injured, 200 arrested)
18/03/1968 "Grosvenor Square Demonstration" [World in Action, Granada TV b&w] (This edition of the current affairs series captured the events of the anti-war demonstration in London, rpt 30/Dec/1985)
23/03/1968 Small Faces - "Tin Soldier", "My Way of Giving" & "Itchycoo Park" [Popside, Swedish TV b&w] (plus short interview)
23/03/1968 Incredible String Band - "Half Remarkable Question" & "Painting Box (with Julie Felix)" [Once More With Felix, BBC2 colour]
30/03/1968 Ten Years After - "Rock Your Mama", "Portable People", "Call Me" & "I May Be Wrong" [Bouton Rouge, French TV colour] (Alvin Lee with a perm)
31/03/1968 Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band [The Golden Shot, ATV b&w] (an appearance as the musical interlude on a quiz show)
31/03/1968 Pink Floyd Special [Tienerklanken, Belgian TV b&w] (The band had made a series of promo style films in Brussels on 18&19/02/1968 with Dave Gilmour miming to Syd's vocals)
06/04/1968 Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger [Dee Time, BBC1 b&w]
06/04/1968 Lemon Pipers - "Green Tambourine" & "Rice is Nice" [American Bandstand, USA TV colour]
20/04/1968 Traffic - "Feeling Alright" & "You Can All Join in" [American Bandstand, USA TV colour]
21/04/1968 Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love" [Romp, USA TV colour]
27/04/1968 Fairport Convention - "Morning Glory", "Time Will Show The Wiser" & "Reno Nevada" [Bouton Rouge, French TV colour]
28/04/1968 The Seeds - "Pushin' Too Hard" [The Mothers-in-Law, USA TV colour] (A bizarre appearance on a sit-com which must have been filmed about a year earlier)
??/??/1968 Fleetwood Mac - "Heart Beat Like A Hammer" & "Shake Your Moneymaker" [Norwegian TV, b&w] (Miming in front of an audience, poss rec end of April)
??/??/1968 Eric Burdon & The Animals - "Monterey", "Sky Pilot", "The Black Plague", "San Franciscan Nights" & "When I Was Young" [Let's Go, Canadian TV b&w] (pre-Andy Summers)
01/05/1968 Pink Floyd [Moef Ga Ga, Dutch TV] (An unknown contribution to a music show on Nederland 2)
04/05/1968 Velvet Underground / Yardbirds / Sly & the Family Stone [Upbeat, USA TV] (Velvets possibly did "Run Run Run")
04/05/1968 Steppenwolf - "Born to be Wild" [American Bandstand, USA TV colour] (also did this on the 20/07/68 show)
03/05/1968 Jefferson Airplane [Dick Cavett Show, USA TV colour]
11/05/1968 Student Riots in Paris News Reports [BBC & ITN, colour & b&w] (French workers joined protests 2 days later)
11/05/1968 The Byrds - "You Ain't Going Nowhere" [American Bandstand, USA TV colour]
14/05/1968 John Lennon & Paul McCartney Press Conference [USA TV, b&w and colour] (various clips and newsreels were shown on US TV of John & Paul launching their Apple business venture)
15/05/1968 John Lennon & Paul McCartney interview [The Tonight Show, USA TV colour] (audio exists plus brief off-air 8mm, an awkward interview alongside a drunk(?) Tallulah Bankhead with guest host/baseball player Joe Garagiola seemingly at a loss)
??/05/1968 John Lennon & Paul McCartney interview with Larry Kane [USA TV, colour] (John is very funny at times with Kane asking good questions, rec 13/05/68, tx details unknown)
18/05/1968 "Rome Goes Pop" feature [Release, BBC2 colour] (Live performances in Italy incl Captain Beefheart, The Nice and Auger & Driscoll. Pink Floyd were also shown miming to "It Would Be So Nice" in an empty club)
19/05/1968 Eric Burdon & The Animals [The Golden Shot, ATV b&w]
19/05/1968 Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love" & "Anyone For Tennis" [The Summer Smothers Brothers Show, USA TV colour] (2nd track mimed with animation background, hosted by Glen Campbell)
22/05/1968 Donovan [It Must be Dusty, ATV b&w]
30/05/1968 Vanilla Fudge [Dick Cavett Show, USA TV colour]
01/06/1968 Donovan [Dee Time, BBC1 b&w] (Presumably did current hit "Hurdy Gurdy Man")
01/06/1968 Yardbirds [Upbeat, USA TV colour]
??/??/1968 The Fugs [Swiiisch, Swedish TV b&w] (Interviews to camera outdoors and stage performance)
12/06/1968 Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Stone Free", "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" & "Mocking Bird (with Dusty Springfield)" [It Must be Dusty!, ATV b&w] (Live performance incl the as yet unreleased "Voodoo Child")
22/06/1968 John Lennon interview [Release, BBC2 colour] (Talking about a play adaptation of his work, also says "I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives..." see here)
23/06/1968 Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - "A Room With a View" [The Big Show, ATV colour] (recorded in colour for export, tx'd in b&w in the UK)
28/06/1968 Kinks [Basil Brush Show, BBC1 b&w]
29/06/1968 Pink Floyd - "A Saucerful of Secrets" [Release, BBC2 colour] (Roger Waters also interviewed, rec 28/06/68)
01/07/1968 Pentangle - "Travellin' Song" & "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" [Degrees of Folk, BBC1 b&w]
04/07/1968 Tommy James & The Shondells [Dick Cavett Show, USA TV colour]
08/07/1968 Bonzo Dog Band [Hullaballoo, Rediffusion b&w]
13/07/1968 Moody Blues - "Fly Me High", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Beautiful Dream" & "Nights In White Satin"[Le Soir On Danse, French TV b&w] (live in front of an audience, possibly other songs exist too)
24/07/1968 Mothers of Invention - "Hungry Freaks, Daddy", "King Kong", "America Drinks & Goes Home" & "Octandre" [Steve Allen Show, USA TV colour] (rec 25/06/68, some audio exists)
27/07/1968 Donovan - "Hurdy Gurdy Man" [Bobbie Gentry Show, BBC2 colour] (Mimed and no sign of a backing band, how did they get this one past the musicians union?)
27/07/1968 Yardbirds [Upbeat, USA TV colour]
29/07/1968 Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick [Degrees of Folk, BBC1 b&w]
31/07/1968 Big Brother & The Holding Company [Dick Cavett Show, USA TV colour]
03/08/1968 Canned Heat [Upbeat, USA TV colour]
04/08/1968 Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger [Frost on Sunday, LWT b&w] (1st of a new series on which Driscoll & Auger were weekly regulars)
08/08/1968 Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" [Playboy After Dark, USA TV colour] (Mimed in front of a small group of dancers)
13/08/1968 The Chambers Brothers [Dick Cavett Show, USA TV colour]
17/08/1968 Amboy Dukes [Upbeat, USA TV colour]
18/08/1968 Donovan / Ike & Tina Turner "River Deep Mountain High" [Goodbye Again, ATV b&w] (Peter Cook & Dudley Moore's series)
23/08/1968 Traffic [Basil Brush Show, BBC1 b&w]
24/08/1968 John Lennon & Yoko Ono interview [Frost on Saturday, LWT b&w] (see here)
24/08/1968 Iron Butterfly / Steppenwolf [Upbeat, USA TV colour]
24/08/1968 Steppenwolf - "Born to be Wild" & "Magic Carpet Ride" [American Bandstand, USA TV colour] (Did "Magic Carpet Ride" again on 30/11/68 show)
25-30/08/1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention Protest News Reports [ITN News, b&w] (Among the "Chicago Eight" charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot are Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin)
30/08/1968 The Chambers Brothers [Dick Cavett Show, USA TV colour]
31/08/1968 Leonard Cohen [...Sings Leonard Cohen (Programme One), BBC2 colour] (1st of two 30 minute shows)
??/08/1968 T.Rex - "Salamanda Palaganda" & "Stacey Grove" [French TV colour]
07/09/1968 Leonard Cohen [...Sings Leonard Cohen (Programme Two), BBC2 colour] (2nd of two 30 minute shows)
09/09/1968 Mothers of Invention [Joey Bishop Show, USA TV colour] (Shelley Winters hosted this edition)
14/09/1968 Traffic "40,000 Headmen" / Driscoll & Auger "Season of the Witch" [Goodbye Again, ATV b&w] (Peter Cook & Dudley Moore's series, exists)
14/09/1968 T.Rex [4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet, German TV colour] (Lost)
14/09/1968 Amboy Dukes [Upbeat, USA TV colour]
??/09/1968 Fairport Convention - "I Still Miss Someone", "Bird on a Wire", "If It Feels Good, You Know It Can't Be Wrong", I'll Keep It With Mine" & "Mr Lacey" [Dutch TV] (Audio exists)
21/09/1968 Pink Floyd - "Let There Be More Light" & "Remember a Day" [Samadiet Et Compagnie, French TV b&w] (rec 07/09/68 miming with the audience clapping along to 1st track, director fails to realise that Rick is singing 2nd track)
29/09/1968 Jefferson Airplane - "Crown of Creation", "Won't You Try - Saturday Afternoon" [Ed Sullivan Show, colour] (great use of chroma key effects)
??/09/1968 The Nice - "America" [Hits a Go Go, Swiss TV colour] (rec on or just after 02/09/68)
??/??/1968 Jefferson Airplane - "Today", "Somebody to Love" & "Crown of Creation" [Jonathan Winters Show, USA TV colour] (Apparantly lost, the version of "Today" said to be a very slow version)
05/10/1969 Pink Floyd - "Let There Be More Light" & "Remember a Day" [Samedi Et Compagnie, French TV b&w] (rec 06/09/68)
05/10/1968 Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" & "Iron Butterfly Theme" [American Bandstand, USA TV colour]
08/10/1968 "Kastival 1968" [Tienerklanken, Belgian TV b&w] (30 minute special on a festival in Belgium which incl Arthur Brown and Pink Floyd, an interview with Roger Waters and "Astonomy Domine" was included, rec 31/08/68)
12/10/1968 Pink Floyd - "Let There Be More Light" [A L'Affiche Du Monde, French TV] (The band filmed on the London Underground combined with landmark shots of the city)
12/10/1968 "Frost on Saturday" [LWT, b&w] (Mick Jagger and Mary Whitehouse in discussion with David Frost, lost)
12/10/1968 Amboy Dukes "Journey to the Centre of the Mind" [Upbeat, USA TV]
13/10/1968 Beach Boys - "Do it Again" & "Good Vibrations" [Ed Sullivan Show, colour]
19/10/1968 John Lennon News Report [ITN News, b&w] (Lennon at Marylebone Magistrate's court having being busted for marijuana possession the previous day)
19/10/1968 Pretty Things - "Private Sorrow" [French TV b&w]
23/10/1968 Mothers of Invention - "A Pound For A Brown", "Sleeping In A Jar" & "Octandre" [Forum Musiques, French TV b&w]
23/10/1968 Deep Purple - "And the Address is" & "Hush" [Playboy After Dark, USA TV colour]
30/10/1968 The Doors "Alabama Song", "Backdoor Man", "Texas Radio & the Big Beat / Love Me Two Times", "When the Music's Over" & "Unknown Soldier" [Danish TV Special, b&w] (rec 18/09/68)
09/11/1968 Deep Purple - "Kentucky Woman" [Upbeat, USA TV colour] (home movie filmed on set exists)
10/11/1968 Jefferson Airplane - "Crown Of Creation" & "Lather" [Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, USA TV colour] (1st track done live, "Lather" mimed, rec 01/11/68, Grace wearing brown face paint/make-up)
13/11/1968 Tiny Tim [Mike & Bernie Winters Show, Thames b&w]
16/11/1968 Eric Burdon - "River Deep Mountain High" / Sly & the Family Stone "Everyday People" [Upbeat, USA TV]
17/11/1968 Donovan - "Lalena", "Happiness Runs" & "I Love My Shirt" [Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, USA TV colour] (last song performed with Smothers Brothers, taped 08/11/68)
22/11/1968 The Who - "Magic Bus" [Crackerjack, BBC1 b&w] (The Who had stuggled to sell records this year and resorted to a mimed appearance on this children's show, rec 21/11/68 and subsequently wiped)
26/11/1968 Pink Floyd "Let There Be More Light" & "Flaming" [Tous En Scene, French TV colour] (rec 31/10/68)
28/11/1968 John Lennon News Report [ITN News, b&w] (Lennon pleads guilty of being in possession of marijuana and is fined)
30/11/1968 Rolling Stones - "Sympathy For the Devil" [Frost on Saturday, LWT b&w] (live vocals, rec 29/11/68)
??/1?/1968 Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross" [Dee Time, BBC1 b&w] (This appearance kick-started the single's rise to the top of the charts, lost)
01/12/1968 Tiny Tim - "Great Balls of Fire", "School Days", "I'm Glad I'm A Boy" & "My Hero" [Ed Sullivan Show, colour]
03/12/1968 T.Rex [4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet, German TV colour] (2nd appearance of T.Rex on this pop show, lost)
05/12/1968 Rolling Stones (Beggars Banquet launch party) [ITN News, ITV b&w]
15/12/1968 The Doors - "Wild Child" & "Touch Me" [Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, USA TV colour] (rec 06/12/68)
26/12/1968 Deep Purple [Merv Griffin Show, USA TV] (Date of 16/Dec/1968 also given, perhaps this was the recording date)
28/12/1968 Eric Burdon [Upbeat, USA TV colour]
29/12/1968 Sly & the Family Stone - "medley: Everyday People / Dance to the Music / Ya Ya Ya / M'Lady / Hey Music Lover" [Ed Sullivan Show, colour]
31/12/1968 "Surprise Partie" [French TV colour]
(A pre-recorded New Years Eve TV special featuring Pink Floyd "Let There Be More Light" (live 07/09/68), The Who "I'm a Boy", "I Can See for Miles" & "Magic Bus" (mimed), Fleetwood Mac "Homework", "My Baby Sweet" & "Dust My Broom" (live), Joe Cocker, Small Faces "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake" (Marriot on organ) and others)
Ten Years After - ""Spider in My Web" [P.O.W, USA TV]
"You Are What You Eat" [USA Film, colour] (includes David Crosby, The Electric Flag & Tiny Tim, also Frank Zappa but visual only)
Cream - "World of Pain" & "We're Going Wrong" [Det Var En Lordag Aften, Danish Film colour] (Mimed on the back of a moving lorry, mostly shots of crowd following and police turning up, filmed 05/02/68)
Apple [colour] (an in-house film from June 1968 promoting the Beatles Apple venture, includes McCartney acoustic versions of "Helter Skelter" & "Blackbird")
The Doors - Hollywood Bowl Concert [colour] (Not shown on TV at the time, filmed 05/07/1968, some 1970 live audio was later overdubbed in places)
Beatles - "Hey Jude" [Music!, UK Film colour] (30/07/68 recording studio footage for a film on various forms of music, released in the UK in Oct/1969, shown on TV in the USA as part of "Experiment in Television" series Feb/1970)
"Feast of Friends" [colour] (The Doors self produced documentary film of their American tour, released March 1970)
Jefferson Airplane - "House at Pooneil Corners" [colour] (performing live on the roof of a hotel in NYC 1st November 1968 for unfinished Jean-Luc Godard film, people filmed on street below & looking out of windows, cops arrive to stop the show)
The Who - "Call Me Lightning" (Band find Keith Moon in a box wearing some metal thing on his head, they turn it on and Keith then darts about out of control)
The Beatles - "Lady Madonna" (film clips of the band in the studio recording "Hey Bulldog", colour, there are 2 versions but they are similar)
Small Faces - "Lazy Sunday" (Steve lying down on a lawn surrounded by amps, old lady bangs on door wrestles with Steve, band shown running and dancing, colour)
The Doors - "The Unknown Soldier" (Mock execution of Morrison on a beach with blood pouring from his mouth onto flowers below, colour)
The Doors - "Not to Touch the Earth" (The band on an aeroplane, back stage, on stage, Robbie in the gents toilet, b&w)
Moody Blues - "Legend Of a Mind" (miming outside Groot-Bijgaarden Castle in Belgium, b&w)
Fleetwood Mac - "Need Your Love So Bad" (straight forward mime, b&w, might actually be from Dutch TV rather than a promo)
Rolling Stones - "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (mimed, colour - 2 versions, #2 has Mick wearing face paint whilst Keith & Brian wear large sunglasses)
Rolling Stones - "Child of the Moon" (almost looks like something from a '60's horror movie, b&w)
The Beatles - "Hey Jude" & "Revolution" (live vocals, colour - more than 1 take of each but differences are very subtle, David Frost turned up to film an intro for his programme which showed the promo's)
The Kinks - "Starstruck" (Filmed in a park, b&w)
Pink Floyd - "Point Me at the Sky" (band in airfield dressed in aircrew jump suits, colour)
Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross" (Band on the roof of the CBS offices in London, but Peter Green was ill and so a photograph of his face was inserted as well as shots of the sea, shown on TOTP Jan/1969)
Abbie Hoffman interview (filmed ahead of the August 1968 Democratic National Convention, just under 6 minutes, b&w)
Note: The Jimi
Hendrix Experience were scheduled to perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
on 10/11/1968 but sadly a strike by cameramen meant the show had to be
2001: A Space
Stanley Kubrick's science fiction film (co-writing the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) included a psychedelic 'Star Gate' sequence which greatly appealed to 'heads' of the day. Over five years in the planning, two in the shooting, the film "could not be spelled out on any literal or intellectual level.... direct visceral impact was the intention, leaving the viewer up in the air with tantalising vision as food for thought."
Roger Ebert (reviewing the film in 1968) "What Kubrick is saying, in the final sequence, apparently, is that man will eventually outgrow his machines, or be drawn beyond them by some cosmic awareness. He will then become a child again, but a child of an infinitely more advanced, more ancient race, just as apes once became, to their own dismay, the infant stage of man."
2nd April 1968 (161 minutes (cut to 142 minutes for general release) colour),
British premiere 10th May 1968
British TV Premiere:- BBC1 Friday 1st January 1982, 7:35pm-9:50pm
UK Home Video released March 1982 by MGM
Repeat:- BBC2 Monday 2nd January 1984, 2:50pm-5:05pm
Repeat:- BBC2 Saturday 20th December 1986, 11:50am-2:05pm
Repeat:- BBC2 Saturday 28th January 1989, 10:10pm-12:25am
Region 2 PAL DVD released 10th September 2001 by Warner Brothers [The trailer was the only extra on the original R2 DVD]
Region 2 PAL DVD released 3rd March 2008 by Warner Brothers [2 disc edition with lots of extras]
An allegorical story of a revolution lead by pupil Mick Travis at an old established private school in England. Starring Malcolm McDowell, directed by Lindsay Anderson with the screenplay/story by David Sherwin & John Howlett, "Look" magazine said of the film at the time - "A movie so brilliant, so special that it would be dangerous to write about."
"One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place."
19th December 1968 (111 minutes, colour and black & white)
British TV Premiere:- BBC2 Wednesday 18th December 1974, 10:05pm-12:20am
Repeat:- BBC1 Monday 26th April 1976, 9:25pm-11:10pm
Repeat:- HTV (ITV Wales & West) Saturday 23rd January 1982, from 12:00am
Repeat:- Tyne Tees (ITV North East) Friday 13th August 1982, 10:32pm-12:35am
Repeat:- Granada (ITV North West) Tuesday 30th November 1982, 10:30pm-12:35am
Repeat:- STV (ITV Scotland) Wednesday 18th January 1984, 10:40pm-12:35am
Repeat:- Central (ITV Midlands) Friday 9th March 1984, 11:35pm-01:40am
Repeat:- Anglia (ITV East) Friday 30th March 1984, 11:05pm-01:05am
Repeat:- TVS (ITV South) Monday 29th October 1984, 10:30pm-11:30pm
Home Video released 1986
Repeat:- Channel Four Saturday 30th April 1988, 9:00pm-11:05pm
Home Video re-issue released 6th December 1993 by Paramount
Region 2 PAL DVD released 23rd July 2007 by Paramount [Commentary with David Robinson & Malcolm McDowell, cast & crew interviews]
Cast and Crew
- If.... [Studio discussion with some of those involved in the making of
BBC4 - Saturday 12th June 2004, 7:10-7:50pm
Last updated 28th April 2013