1984-03-24 - BBC (UK) - Saturday Superstore
Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoVt6eirT3w
Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=deRDsF_4DSA
[I made a transcript:]
Mike Read: I just have to apologise to you for dragging you up. Do you normally get up early, or not?
Dave, Alan, Martin: No.
Andy: Oh, yeah.
Mike Read: What time do you normally get up in the morning?
Alan: 2 o'clock.
Dave: Well Al does, he's a bit of a lie-in man, stays up late. I'm usually up quite early, actually.
Mike Read: Really? What about when you're touring, because you've been over in Europe, haven't you? When you're touring, in terms of really moving, or recording, do you find you can't sleep then? Do you get up early?
Dave: Well, yeah, when you've got sort of that adrenaline going you find it hard to sleep anyway, so you're getting up everyday, it's more like a job really, so you get used to it. Actually, once you stop you find that you've become really lazy.
Mike Read: So you sleep for two days.
Dave: Yeah, that's right, yeah, but once you do get... but as long as you're doing it, you keep going.
Mike Read: What's it been like in Europe, have you enjoyed it?
Dave: Yeah, it's been very good actually. Surprisingly, the last album has done extremely well. It sort of took off in a lot of countries, a lost bigger than it has been in our homeland.
Mike Read: That's good then, that's good. And also on the live front, you did the Oxford Road Show a short while back with Peter. Well, what's that like, as you're playing live on television? That must be more nerve-wracking than playing live in front of a big audience.
Alan: Well we did prepare for it quite well, which is nice because we were very wary about doing it because, live TV, especially from a sound point of view, can be distastrous, as we've experienced in the past.
Dave: I was bricking it.
Alan: Yeah, you could say that. [laughter]
Mike Read: The sound was good on that.
Alan: Yeah, we were really pleased with the camera work and everything was really good.
Dave: But they showed another track last night, on the [tv], because of the response from it, and they showed another track, so that was really good.
Mike Read: Yes, Peter was trying to get out of some of the guys that I played with a few weeks ago last night as to how good a guitarist I was. He was really worried to sound I was bad. I won't be doing my Peter Powell impression now, but seriously, but then he went "Yes, they're really good". Right, listen, phone calls are a bit later, and we're going to have some prizes right now, so if you could wheel them in... If you'd like to delve in here. Nicola Brian's question from Doctor Who "What was the name of the maltfunctioning circuit in the tardis that makes in remain a police box?"-
Dave [delving in answers basket]: -An easy one for you-
Mike Read: -the answer was "A chameleon circuit" and the prize... Are you Andrew?
Mike Read: Morning, Andrew.
Mike Read: Thanks for doing that. It's like shopping, isn't it? And the prize is the pencil case, the video, the computer game and the torch, and the Doctor Who frisbee, goes to this person
Dave: It's Mark Davidson, 3 Crossle Avenue...
Mike Read: A place in Scotland with a long name.
Dave: Alright, what's that? Scotland!
Mike Read: Scotland.
Dave: Ichuchuchoslochan. Sorry.
Mike Read: Kirkintilloch, I think it is. Right, and this is Helen. Morning, Helen.
Mike Read: Doctor Who's question, Colin Baker's question was, "How many actors have played Doctor Who?" Think about it, he said. And everbody did, and that basket full of people obviously got it right, and the picture disc, the T-shirt, the book, and the frisbee and the Doctor Who thingy, the money box, whatever it is, goes to...
Martin: Tracy Russel from 27 Brunden Avenue, I think it's Hildgreen, Cheadile...
Mike Read: Fantastic.
Dave: Chesire, yeah.
Mike Read: I think you get a job here if you're not careful. Right, you get all those thingies, well done to you, and Mandy's coming with the next one. "Raining Men by The Weather Girls, this was the Pop bargain, Raining Men by The Weather Girls was number 11 in the charts. What was the name of the first woman weather-forecaster to be broadcasted on BBC TV?", and the answer was "Barbara Edwards", maybe not an easy one, and the prize of the Howard Jones picture disc, the pseudo of the Howard Jones picture I should say, there it is, the Superstore album, the Madness album, and the Icicle Works album goes to...
Andy: Fleur Medal Galutz, Braintree road, Chelmsford, Essex. [laughter]
Mike Read: You can't say Braintree in a French accent, can you? Right, you got all those goodies, and finally, the Diane Simpson question, "Why is a penknife called a penknife?" Julian has those in there. "Why is a penknife called a penknife?", "It was used for sharpening quills" is the answer. And the prize of the book, the magnifying glass, so you can read it, and also, thanks Julian, also the china thimble goes to who?
Alan: Amanda Philips from 10 Andrews Way, Marlowbottom... Marlowbuttocks. [laughter]
Mike Read: Sounds good, eh?
Alan: That's a lovely name.
Mike Read: If you put that on the table, that's great. Calls with Depeche Mode a bit later, and if you come from Marlowbottom you'd be especially welcome on 01-811-8055, and they'll talk about almost anything. Just before the next bit of cartoon, we had a letter from Cathy who lives just near Wallingford, in Oxfordshire. She says, "I too, like the person who wrote in last week, hate Commander McBragg, but please don't remove him. He gives me time to get my breakfast and he gives me time to go next door and get my Tammy comic from the sweet shop. and all the other pictures are too good to miss. So could you let me know when Commander McBragg's on so I can go and get my breakfast, because I don't like him?" Right, by huge popular demand, here comes Commander McBragg. We all like him here, don't we?
Mike Read: ... This week UB40, good single from them, this is called "Cherry Oh Baby".
Mike Read: Well that's UB40. Roald, was that the sort of the thing you could groove to at home?
Roald Dahl: No.
Mike Read: Right, what's the Depeche Mode verdict on this, how do you...?
Alan: I quite liked it, there's a certain earthiness about their videos. They put themselves in a natural setting, like their last one was in a pub, I think, and that was also good. But I'm not mad about the record, although it's quite good, but I do like the video.
Mike Read: They manage to stay fairly anonymous, don't they, in a way that...?
Dave: Yeah, yeah. I like the whole album, the idea of putting the album together like that is a good idea, and I like this song. I agree, I don't know whether it's going to be as their number one, but it's a good song and the video goes well with the song.
Mike Read: Good. Okay, so, on the whole I think [makes positive sound], but Roan feels more [makes negative sound]. Right, the next one, which I'm sure he'll also feel [negative sound] for as well is a send-up of Michael Jackson's Beat It, this is Weird Al and Eat It.
Mike Read: Right, that was Weird Al with Eat It and that was a send-up of Jackson's Beat It with the same extras, the same set and everything. What do you feel about that one?
Dave: Well, I mean, it's quite funny and all that, but he totally destroys everything Michael Jackson has done with that record.
Some guy: Isn't that the idea?
Dave: I mean, I think Michael Jackson's record was great, but...
Alan: It's good for a laugh.
Dave: It's good for a laugh, but...
Alan: I think it might wear thin after two or three viewings.
Dave: When I first saw it, earlier on, I thought it was funny, but...
Mike Read: Most corny things waer after a while unless they're very, very funny. How about you, Cathy?
Cathy: Well I like the video, but only because I don't like Michael Jackson.
Mike Read: Succint one-liner.
Alan: Well alright, all I can say is [makes negative sound]
Mike Read: Dave.
Dave: Dreary and dreary video.
Mike Read: Dreary and dreary video.
Alan: So [makes negative sound]
Mike Read: Ooohh, wait till yours is on here [on the] next [episode], ohhhh. Alright, thanks to everyone for coing on the Pop-panel, We're about to say goodbye in a mo'. firstly the bargain down here, all the things you see on the table there: the signed star Council LP, the Store LP, the cassettes holder and cassettes. And the question this week is: "Sade is number 9 in the charts with Your Love Is Kiiiing." This is my big chance... "What was the date of King Edward the Eight's coronation?" Alright? No cheating. "What was the date of King Edward the Eight's coronation?", on a postcard, Saturday Superstore, BBC Television, London W12 8QT. The date of King Edward the Eight's coronation. Answers to that on a postcard to that adress and all the goodies at the front could be yours. Thanks again to the Pop-panel for coming on, we're about to give you a wave in a moment. In the meantime, it's time to get out in the rain and the umbrellas with Keith.
Mike Read: If you want to call Depeche Mode, or you already have, in fact, there should be someone on the line right now, I think. I don't know who it is, though. It's Janina Rich, hello, Janina.
Mike Read: You're through to Depeche Mode.
Janina: Do you parents like your music and have they been to any of your concerts?
Janina: Do you parents like your music, been to your concerts?
Alan: Did your mum ever visit?
Dave: Oh? Yeah, my mum actually sneaked into one of our gigs at Hammersmith Odeon last. I never actually ever invited her to a concert, because I was to embarrassed. And she got a ticket from someone at the record company, came along, and then I was quite surprised to see her after the gig backstage.
Mike Read: In the front row, going "Dave, Dave!"
Dave: Yeah!. Yeah, they do, yeah.
Mike Read: Alright?
Janina: Thank you.
Mike Read: Thanks for the call, bye bye.
Mike Read: Right, I think we have got someone on the line from York, out in the rain with Keith, on the outside broadcast. Marsha Witter, hello! She's up there, you can see her on there, there she is. Marsha, you're through to Depeche Mode.
Mike Read: Can you hear me?
Mike Read: You are through to the lads, do you want to ask them a question?
Marsha: Okay. Ehm, which member of the band usually, ehm, which member of the band usually...
Mike Read: They try to put you off, out there.
Alan: Spit it out, Marsha.
The band: Come on, Marsha, come on!
Keith: She was gonna ask: Which member of the band usually gets all the girls? Is that was you wanna know?
Keith: I thought so, so come on fellas, be honest.
[Dave points at Alan]
Alan: No. Well, Fletch's actually, I think it's Fletch actually.
Dave: Oh, yeah, it's Fletch, yeah.
Andy: Well, you have got a point.
Alan: Because I mean, he's pretty sexy.
Dave: He does get a few boys as well.
Mike Read: Do you get lots of girls coming around to the stage after gigs, or, you know?
Dave: Not really-
Mike Read: -So mindful, boys.-
Dave: -not as much as, I don't know, not really, not that much really, obviously you do get some but they're not that way inclined, you know.
Alan and Dave: Honest.
Mike Read: Correct, as I've heard. Is that answer alright for you?
Keith: Does that answer your question?
Keith: Do you fancy them as well.
Keith: She's got the giggles now.
Alan: Alright, Marsha, me and you.
Keith: Alright, give them a wave, bye.
Mike Read: Actually, I still hear some people calling you Depech-ay Mode and I always call you Depeche Mode. I mean, you must get asked this a million times...
Dave: ...Depeche... Depeche...
Mike Read: I always call you Depeche Mode and I still hear people calling you Depeche-ay Mode.
Dave: Well, we sort of, we don't really mind that much. People have always quizzed around it, and we don't really care.
Mike Read: It's quite good because it means they mention the name at least several times.
Mike Read: Right, someone else should be on the line, and it is Richard Easter, that's a very topical name at the moment, hello Richard.
Dave: Hello Rich.
Mike Read: Right around the corner.
Richard: Hello, I was wondering whether you use computers at all with your music, because, I saw you on Top Of The Pops and you were using an Emulator, I mean, what other things do you use? You haven't got a Fairlight, have you?
Dave: No, we haven't got a Fairlight, but we've used on the last album quite a lot and on the single a thing called the Synclavier which is very similar to the Fairlight.
Richard: Are you saving up for a Fairlight then, eh?
Richard: Still saving up for a Fairlight?
Dave: Yeah, they are quite expensive actually.
Andy: Not until two albums.
Dave: We don't actually own one, we don't actually own it, it's our co-producer that owns it, we wouldn't buy one, they're too much money.
Martin: It's the only reason we use you Daniel.
Mike Read: They have their eye on Steve Levine's over there so he better keep his hands on it.
Dave: Yeah, he might lose that.
Mike Read: Okay?
Mike Read: Thanks for your call. Bye Bye.
Richard: See ya.
Mike Read: Right, someone else should be on there Delia Russel, hello Delia.
Mike Read: Where are you calling from?
Delia: From Brighton.
Mike Read: Nearly in the sea. You are through to Depeche Mode.
Delia: Do you get stage fright before a concert, and if so, what do you do to you calm youselves down?
Mike Read: Do you get stage fright?
Alan: Yeah, Andy is the most nervous, I think.
Andy: The first concert of the tour is usually really bad..
Dave: Especially if you haven't been playing for a while.
Martin: It usually lasts for 10 seconds with Andy. He sists down, says "I'm gonna be sick", gets up immediately.
Dave: Right before we go on, Andy sits down, "I'm gonna be sick, I'm gonna be sick, no I'm not, right, we're going on."
Alan: And then he paces up and down, you know, for half and hour.
Andy: It's not true, it's not true. It is, it is true.
Mike Read: Does that answer your question?
Delia: Yes, thanks.
Mike Read: Are you a nervous person?
Delia: Uh yeah, so-so.
Mike Read: When do you get a bit nervous?
Alan: When you have to speak on the phone.
Alan: On TV programmes.
Mike Read: Talking on the phone to Depeche Mode. Right, thanks for your call.
Mike Read: Right, we'll take more calls in a second, but you brough a bargain, you want to get that done. Jumble-sale time, folks! Roll up, get your old clothes here.
Dave: These are all, actually, they've all got a thing about them. This suit was what I wore during the See You times, on Top Of The Pops and during the tour about that time.
Mike Read: Okay. The hat?
Dave: Martin's, this is Martin's hat, which is very famous, been a lot on Top Of The Pops and a lot of tours.
Mike Read: Smashing.
Andy: That's a smelly...
Dave: That's a smelly T-shirt.
Dave: Didn't even wash, so you can throw that away or use it as a duster or whatever.
Mike Read: Right. And, a pair of trousers?
Dave: Trousers, yeah.
Dave: Again, worn on TV.'
Mike Read: They would go better with the Madness suit from last week, actually. Looks good, right? Pair of trousers. Jacket. Straight of out the liquorish all-sorts box. It's quite a nice one, isn't it?
Dave: Yeah, it's Fletch's, as well.
Andy: It's Just Can't Get Enough...
Dave: Just Can't Get Enough time...
Mike Read: Right, we put that with the smelly T-shirt. A Tie.
Alan: Shirts and ties.
Dave: A horrible tie.
Mike Read: So it's the Saturday afternoon Jumble sale. Quite a nice one
Dave: It's from Alan.
Fletch: Rio shirt. Sorry, Paul, sorry Paul.
Mike Read: Old shirt, and the rest of the things are on there.
Dave: I think they're mainly records, in generally. Photographs and things, programmes of the tour and things.
Mike Read: ...Pictures, T-shirts... Do you have a question for these stunning bargains?
Dave: Yes, we do, the question is: There were two songs on our last album Construction Time Again' that weren't written by Martin. Who wrote them and what were they called?
Mike Read: Two songs on the last album Construction Time Again' were not written by Martin. Who wrote them and what were they called? Answers to: Saturday Superstore, BBC Television, London W12 8QT, on a postcard, please, all the goodies and old clothes could be yours, you can sell them at your own Saturday afteroon Jumble sale. Right, I think some more calls, I think we should have the next person on the line already there. Richard, hello.
Mike Read: Richard Harvey, hi, you are through to Depeche Mode.
Richard: I would like to ask you, which are the best synthesisers to start out with?
Alan: Well, Martin, you're the technical wizard.
Martin: No, I don't, I don't really know which...
Dave: You can get a number of cheap...
Martin: Yeah there's quite a few on the market that are quite good, you know, that you can buy for around 200 pounds or so...
Andy: Getting cheaper, I think...
Martin: ...or maybe even cheaper, especially like, even a little Casio, if you are just starting out.
Dave: They're probably the best things really, aren't they?
Martin: Yeah. But, we don't really know that much about it.
Dave: It depends, with a Casio you get, you can get a cheap one for about 100 pounds or something, and with that you get a little drum machine and everything, so they're probably the best things for writing songs.
Mike Read: So it's good really, first of all, if you have an aptitude for actually doing something musical, before you lash out on something really expensive.
Dave: I think so, yeah.
Mike Read: So a Casio is probably ideal, I know no-musical people that have got them, they just play tunes, and if you feel you are really getting into it, then you can go on to the next thing.
Dave: Yeah they're very good, I'd say that they're probably the best things to start out on.
Mike Read: Yes. Did you start out on something like that?
Dave: Martin still uses them to write songs.
Mike Read: Really? Ah... That's handy of you.
Dave: They still come in useful.
Mike Read: Okay? Alright, thanks for your call.
Richard: Yeah, and I've got to say, best of luck on the new single.
Dave: Thanks very much.
Mike Read: Do you like it?
Mike Read: Do you like the new single?
Richard: Oh, yeah, it's brilliant.
Mike Read: Have you bought it?
Mike Read: Great.
Dave: Thanks very much.
Alan: Well done.
Mike Read: Okay, bye bye.
Mike Read: Just the sort of person you like talking to. Right. We get to not only hear it now get to see it as well. It's called People Are People and we should have the video coming up and you can go and buy yours this afternoon.