1985-03-01 - BBC (UK) - Oxford Road Show
Only a part of it is hosted online, not the entire thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwFyStYSnvQ
[I made a transcript:]
Timmy: Well it broke down twice on its way here tonight, but welcome please, tonight's guest presenter, Dave Gahan!
Dave: Thank you. Tonight I'm gonna be interviewing Vince Clarke, ex-Depeche Mode. Rusty Eagan. Also on the show we've got the Village People.
Timmy: Guitar heroes, tonight.
Dave: Yeah, yeah. Stephen Duffy.
Timmy: He's a guitar hero, isn't he?
Dave: And the band that are going to open tonight: Dark City. And they're gonna be singing-
Dave: -False Alarm.
Dave: Hi, back again. I'd like to introduce a very special friend of mine. Vince Clarke. Right, Vince, what have you been up to then, tell us a bit about it?
Vince: I am currently in the studio recording a single, with a great singer called Paul Quinn, who was formerly in a band called Bourgie Bourgie.
Dave: Oh, yeah, yeah.
Vince: And it's starting to sound really good.
Dave: And is that going to be out in the near future, or?
Vince: Yeah, hopefully in a month's time. We're gonna be mixing next week.
Dave: Right, right. I wonder what you thought of Alison, who has been very successful lately, and I just wondered, since she left Yazoo and stuff, and gone onto other things, I wonder what you thought about what she was doing, you know?
Vince: Well I think that what she's doing is great, you know. I mean, she is finally doing what she always wanted to do. You know, kind of, write her own material, take part in the production and everything-
Timmy: -Sorry Vince, didn't know you were here. Here is your tea.
Dave: Thanks a lot.
Timmy: Okay. Want some sugar? [throws in a lot of sugar]
Dave: Yeah. Also, I wanted to ask you about your new label, well, it's not that new, I mean you sort of... I wonder if there's going to be more into that in the near future rather than just recording yourself, or are you gonna carry on recording?
Vince: Well, I'm sort of dividing my time half-half, you know. We've got, like, several acts on the label now. Eric is doing some stuff on the label-
Vince: -From the Assembly.-
Dave: -But he's not actually working with you?
Vince: No, he's doing some stuff on his own, doing an album on his own. and we've got a new signing. A new, young band called Absolute.
Dave: That's right, I've heard that they're in fact quite young. They're young and they're hot.
Dave: Eh, hold on a minute. Eh, can you take this away, please, Timmy?
Timmy: Don't you want it anymore?
Dave: For God sakes, just take it away.
Timmy: It's really nice.
Dave: No, thanks.
Timmy: Especially with this in it, you're really lucky. Vince, would you like some?
Vince: No, I think I'm gonna skip it this time.
Timmy: Anyone wants it?
Timmy: Well, then. There you go, you can have the tea. Carry on.
Dave: Yeah, where was I? Yeah so, when are we gonna be hearing a new sample of this new band that you've signed?
Vince: Well, we've mixed a single and we've cut it and it will be coming out in a month's time.
Dave: Oh, really?
Vince: From a band called Absolute.
Vince: So buy it.
Dave: Buy it.
Timmy: It's been two years since you two met for the last time, isn't it? I mean, what's it's like meeting up again after two years?
Dave: Not right about that-
Vince: -No, it was only two hours ago, wasn't it?
Dave: Well yeah, we did actually meet earlier on, when we was going through rehearsals, but-
Timmy: -Oh well, you know, but it is still two years since...?
Dave: Well, yeah, before today, yeah, two years.
Dave: It's great to see you!
Timmy: Listen, you might not think it's wildly ecstatic here in the ORS Studios, but music business in its heyday of the Who was really spectacular. Have a look at a clip we just found up in the library today.
Timmy: This is quite spectacular. This is the Who.
Timmy: ...That's the dissapointing thing about synthesisers, really, it's that you can't just sort of hit yourself over the head... Oh, I'm sorry.
Dave: Oh, my quiff, it took me about 5 hours to do this.
Timmy: Awww, awww, this don't, really, I'm sorry. Right. Village People. Now, they thrive on being outrageous in hitting the headlines with controversy. In 1978 they had YMCA and in 1985 they're back with Sex Over The Phone.
Dave: Hi. If you're the type of person that follows the charts every week, then you'd know that the highest entry was from a guy called Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy, and it's a number called Kiss Me, and we're gonna see a clip from the video now.
Dave: Thanks very much. I'd like to welcome to the Oxford Road Show, Stephen Duffy. Stephen, I understand that the single has been released a few times, is that true?
Stephen: Well, twice over here. Well first in 1982, and once in America.
Dave: Oh really? I see. Also what I wanted to ask you, there's a lot of rumours going around with you as "once a member of Duran Duran" or "once in-
Stephen: -Oh no, it's total myth, really. I was once a member of the Monkees.
Dave: Oh, really? Good answer! Also, where did you find the name Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy, was it from a book, or somewhere?
Stephen: It was just a silly joke that went wrong, I'm dropping it actually, but I'm gonna drop the "n"'s first, it's gonna be "Ti Ti" Duffy.
Timmy: Is your mic off? Still not working, right? Try this one. Try it.
Timmy: I don't know what I'm doing with this [mic].
Dave: Shall I start again, or what?
Timmy: No carry on, carry on.
Dave: Alright. The record seems to be the sort of record that's being played in clubs a lot. I would have thought that that's probably how it has become so successful, through the clubs, rather than airplay.
Stephen: Yeah. It was a very big club record, especially in the Black Country, where I come from.
Dave: Alright, fair enough. Rusty, you're club man. You can tell us a bit about clubs. What do you think about the record, do you think it's a good record?
Rusty: Kiss Me? Yeah, it's been around a while, and I said to Stephen I was quite amazed that it got there finally, you know.
Dave: Got where it has. Yeah, you know, it's a very high entry, you know, I was quite surprised to see it so high, I must admit.
Stephen: Well, it was like, the Pig Bag record was deleted, and demand built up to it, and when it was released again it just kind of flew out the shops.
Dave: Oh, yeah, right. You and Steve have had a lot of clubs in your time, and you recently just moved from the Palace to the playground, why was that? Did you just get fed up with the Palace, or?
Rusty: Well, Camden Palace reall had really two really great years, you know, even Tin Tin here performed there amongst many, many others.
Timmy: Was it Kiss Me that you did?
Stephen: Yeah, it was.
Rusty: Yeah, and he had a great stage set as well, you know, it was a good show. Yeah, I mean, at the Camden Palace we had Madonna, we had Wham!, we had Spear of Destiny, Sisters Of Mercy, all sorts of groups, you know. And from meeting with him and everything, it was like, two years ago, and it's now in the charts. That's great, you know?
Dave: That's good, yeah. Also, like, the general scene at the moment in the clubs, to me it seems like there's not much going on at the moment. I mean, there's a lot of clubs around, but there doesn't seem as much excitement as there was, like, 5 years ago or something. I don't know. What do you think about it?
Rusty: Well, it's the direction to me. I mean, it goes to New York, and New York to London, and between the two. And now it's coming from Washington.
Timmy: Will it ever come from Manchester?
Rusty: It has always come from Manchester, I'm a great fan of many-
Timmy: You said the right thing, there, didn't you?
Dave: That went down well.
Timmy: What's the stuff you're doing just recently now?
Rusty: So it's really nice to be in Newcastle today. [laughs]
Timmy: You're doing some producing now, aren't you, with Spear Of Destiny, what's all that?
Rusty: Well, Kirk Brandon and I have been friends for quite a few years. Kirk has said to me "You've got that beat, you know, and I'd really like to get that beat involved in", and I said, "And I really loved this record you made called The Original Sin", and we redid it together under the title of The Sinner. And it worked out very well, musically and personally and artisticly and everything.
Timmy: You did it in Berlin as wel, didn't you?
Rusty: Well, they went to Berlin, and-
Timmy: -Hey, Janice!
Dave: Well done, Rusty!
Janice: Hi, I've just been thinking that you've been up for two nights, and you look wonderful.
Rusty: Oh, thank you.
Janice: You got no bags or anything, you make me sick. Don't you think he [Dave] looks handsome as well at the moment?
Dave: Stop grobbling, Janice.
Janice: It's brilliant to be in here, because usually I'm stuck outside filming in the snow, or on riverbanks or something.
Timmy: We brought you along today for your woman's point of view for our Best Dressed Man from ORS.
Janice: This is a surprise, what do you mean?
Timmy: Nick Rowan! We reckon he is the most fashionable fellow on ORS, what do you think?
Rusty: Oh, no!
Timmy: Come on, Janice! Give us your point of view! Turn around!
Janice: Well... I think if you want me to be perfectly honest, he looks as if he just stepped out one of those awful shop windows!
Timmy: Janice, would you ever go out with him?
Janice: Actually, I would prefer him to strip to this music I'm hearing, come on!
Janice: Ehm, not my sort, not my sort of dress, sorry.
Timmy: You see, what we did was, we sent Nick out to a fashion show...
Timmy: Woah, what a performer. Gotta see that again. Please welcome this year's model, Nicholas Rowan!
Timmy: And here he comes now to be judged by a group of international top fashion celebrities. Look at the poise, the technical merits, what points do you give him, please?
Janice: Nul points. [throws cards in the air]
Timmy: Haha. And give us the preferred way of sitting, please.
Nick: Ah, teriffic. You do follow right behind if you're not careful.
Timmy: Listen, would you feel any better if you were wearing a swimsuit?
Nick: I don't have got the groin for it, Timmy!
Timmy: Care to introduce them?
Dave: Yeah, alright then, if you like. They tell me they're the greatest rock 'n' roll experience in the world-
Timmy: -with an iron-
Dave: -Live tonight on the Oxford Road Show we've got the Farmers Boys singing I Built The World!
Dave: ...This The Colourfield with Castles In The Air.
Dave: Great. We'll be seeing more of The Colourfield in a minute. I'd just like to say goodbye to all the guest on the show, everyone else who was on the show: Janice, Rusty, Vince, Steve, Village People, Farmers Boys and Dark City, and everone else who was on the show. And...
Timmy: Next week we've got Billy Bragg who is taking over and The Alarm, they're real guitar heroes, they are?
Timmy: And that's all we've got, actually, for next week, so to any bands watching and you'd like to on next week and you can play really well, phone us on Monday. Oh, I've set the phones wild now, haven't I? Oh, well.
Dave: And to play us out we've got the Colourfield again with Thinking Of You. Taaa.
Timmy: Here's a razorblade for you now, so you can have a shave.
Dave: Also, plus Spanner. A happy birthday at Toby for tomorrow.
Timmy: Happy birthday, Toby!