Post by markdixon on Mar 8, 2015 15:58:23 GMT
After reading the recent Joy Division thread I thought some of you might be interested in information that I’ve gathered together regarding music performances and music-related interviews on ‘Granada Reports’.
The programme began in October 1973, but it appears that Granada didn’t start to keep complete editions on a regular basis until September 1980. Here’s a list of the music-related clips from the early years of the programme that still exist in the archives:
Music clips listed on ITN Source
1974: Film footage of Bill Wyman being interviewed by Tony Wilson
15 Sept 1975: Film footage of Paul McCartney being interviewed by Wilson
3 Dec 1976: Film footage of George Harrison being interviewed by Wilson
Feb 1977 (?): Film footage of John Cooper Clarke performing in Manchester venues (this exists in an edition of ‘So It Goes’ broadcast on 9 Oct 1977)
10 Mar 1977: Film footage of Genesis drummers Phil Collins and Chester Thompson being interviewed by Wilson
Jul 1977: Wreckless Eric performing ‘Whole Wide World’ in the studio (exists as poor-quality off-air recording)
21 July 1977: Elvis Costello performing ‘Alison’ in the studio (exists as poor-quality off-air recording)
7 November 1977: Blondie performing ‘Rip Her to Shreds’ (exists as poor-quality off air recording)
20 Sept 1978: Joy Division performing ‘Shadowplay’ in the studio
26 Nov 1979: Film footage of Paul and Linda McCartney being interviewed by Billy Butler
It is near-impossible to compile a definitive list of missing music clips from ‘Granada Reports’ because it’s difficult to establish what was actually broadcast in the first place. As far as I know Granada-region ‘TV Times’ and North West local newspapers didn’t carry details of the guests who were due to appear on the programme. I’ve looked at various books and websites that contain details regarding particular appearances. I think my list below is reasonably reliable.
Missing studio appearances:
1974 (?): David Cassidy was interviewed by Wilson
1974 (?): Leonard Cohen was interviewed by Wilson
09 Sept 1976: Performance by Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias
25 Feb 1977: John Martyn performed ‘May You Never’ and was interviewed by Wilson
03 Mar 1977: Iggy Pop was interviewed by Wilson
07 Apr 1977: Buzzcocks performed ‘Boredom’
07 Jul 1977: Slaughter and the Dogs performed ‘Cranked Up Really High’
1977: Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds performed ‘Ain’t Bin to No Music School’ (this exists as poor quality footage filmed off a TV screen and was included in the documentary ‘The Rise and Fall of the Nosebleeds’)
1977 (?): The Slits were interviewed by Wilson
Aug 1978: The Human League performed ‘Being Boiled’ (a domestic video recording of this is on YouTube)
Early 1979 (?): Eddie and the Hot Rods were interviewed by Wilson
20 Apr 1979: Iggy Pop was interviewed by Wilson
18 Jun 1979: Public Image Limited performed ‘Death Disco’ and were interviewed by Wilson
Jul 1979 (?): The B-52’s were interviewed by Wilson
Aug 1979 (?): Grace Jones was interviewed by Wilson
1979 or 1980 (?): Durutti Column guitarist Vini Reilly performed an experimental track with the Invisible Girls (Martin Hannett and Steve Hopkins)
1980: Performance by X-O-Dus (reggae band signed to Factory Records)
6 Jun 1980: Toyah performed ‘Blue Meanings’ and interviewed herself (this exists as a poor-quality domestic video recording on YouTube)
I haven’t been able to find enough evidence to prove or disprove whether the following were actually broadcast on ‘Granada Reports’ or not:
Possible missing clips
1975: Performance by Dr Feelgood?
1977: Performance by Deaf School of ‘What A Way To End It All’?
Late 70s: Performance by This Heat?
1980: U2 interviewed by Wilson?
There are probably more missing appearances by other notable bands that I haven’t mentioned. ‘Granada Reports’ also featured many obscure North West bands during this era. For example the Mancunian Mod revival band the Two Tone Pinks appeared on the programme on 20 June 1980. Their performance is missing.
Hopefully some more domestic video or audio recordings of missing ‘Granada Reports’ music clips will turn up one day.