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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

April 05, 2006

kulchur innit

scott walker's first four solo albums are pretty fantastic if you like that sort of thing. these days, i like the idea of him and the things he does a lot more than the reality. but i'm very glad that he exists and i shall probably buy his new album when it comes out next month.

the culture show on bbc2 is written and presented by a bunch of twats. they left the pub just long enough to knock out a short piece, broadcast last week, on scott and his new opus. my dad was in the army for 20 years or so. whenever something about war or armies came on the telly, he would point out all the inaccuracies on display. so i felt a bit like my dad as i watched the culture show.

according to the culture show, jacques brel was french. even my mum knows he was belgian (you always have to mention jacques brel when you talk about scott walker, you see). and the voiceover said that scott's 1980s album was called climate of the hunter. no it wasn't. just climate of hunter will do it actually.

this sort of casual, lazy, couldn't-give-a-shit, pass-the-charlie ignorance isn't that important in the big scheme of things, i know. but it bugs me because i'd like a job like that, i'd like the money and i'd like to get paid to do something that i'm actually interested in.

i always forget that tv is shit.


  • Ironically I make a living out of pointing out the inaccuracies of docudramas that interest me too.

    That's partially why she got rid of the telly.

    By Blogger SimonHolyHoses, at 5:54 am  

  • I used to work in TV, and the BBBC in fact, and it's not at all like what you're imagining. If it's anything like any of the other programmes I worked on, it's woefully understaffed both in terms of amount of people to do everything that needs doing, and in terms of experience. The people who make the programme are certainly paid fuck all. So chances are they're doing hours and hours of overtime with no extra pay and zero resources and have no idea how to make a programme anyway. That's why it's rubbish, not because they're arseing around in the pub. This is why I left. Still, I reserve the right to act like your Dad when, for example (as indeed happened) I see a programme where they show Mozambique on a map, very clearly running down the east coast of Africa, and the commentary says "The west African country of Mozambique..."

    By Blogger Marie, at 5:55 am  

  • thanks for the insight, marie. i'm sure they're all trying their best. maybe they should run a little disclaimer before every programme.

    By Blogger dog, at 6:07 am  

  • East? West? Schmest! It's all global to me!

    I'm off down the boozer.

    By Anonymous Charlie White, the BBC Commissioning Editor, at 6:26 am  

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