Sunday, August 14, 2011



I suddenly remembered this last night, out-of-the-blue and then had one of those, let's be frank, super-enjoyable youtube moments of rediscovery after not having heard it for 20 plus years.

It's even better than I remember. Once again,there are a lot of youtube links posted on blogs, innit? But if you don't click play you'll regret it for the rest of your cruelly foreshortened and benighted days.

9 comments:

W. Kasper said...

Quite the Soul Rebel, I see. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

Phil Knight said...

Reminds me of Boney M.







And I love Boney M.

W. Kasper said...

Boney M were a lot more odd than people remember. Frank Farian's voice used to scare me as a kid, as if I knew it was disembodied even then.

For starters: What exactly is a 'boney m'? Sounds like some urban myth ghost.

Phil Knight said...

According to wiki "Boney" was the name of an Australian detective show that Frank took a liking to. I guess the "M" was a personal flourish.

Surprised that German TV was airing Australian programmes in the 70's. I mean we didn't get "Neighbours" until (flicks tab back to wiki), eh, 1986.

And that's the strange thing about Boney M, every answer leads to another question....

W. Kasper said...

You don't remember Aussie cop shows Bluey, Ryan, Chopper Squad and various pre-Neighbours afternoon soaps? Seemed to be a flood of Oz TV imports on in late 70s (and Canadian) on not-so-prime time ITV. Maybe related to some commonwealth deal, cutting costs, industrial action etc.

Phil Knight said...

Don't remember any exciting Australian shows, but come to think of it I do remember "Sons & Daughters" and "General Hospital" (was that from NZ?), both of which were deathly dull. I think their purpose was to make "Crown Court" appear comparatively pacey in comparison.

CC was actually really gripping though, once you overcame any prejudices towards the format.

That said, nothing beat "One Man And His Dog" for the why-do-people-watch-this?/Christ-I-can't-take-my-eyes-off-it eschatological paradox.

W. Kasper said...

Crown court - now yer talkin'! VERY educational too. Methinks a post is due - surely you're the man for the job?

Bluey was actually quite violent. He was a one-man Sweeney. Obese, crude and prepared to bend the rules to nail some dag if he had to. I remember him chucking his coffee in a suspect's face to get answers! He actually looked like a copper too.

One Man and His Dog was for keeping pre-lingual toddlers quiet I reckon. Perfect format for that age.

Phil Knight said...

Barry Evans!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozu7HzuXWE0

A concocted story, I suspect - but then with Crown Court, you could never tell....

Keith said...

Bluey was re-dubbed by the comedy team the D Generation and renamed 'Bargearse' - it's well worth youtubing.