Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt as consumers in the NME, 21 August, 1982.
What yoof TV used to be. This episode of BBC’s Something Else, a series that ran from 1978 is from 2 October, 1981. There’s poetry from Anne Clark and Aidan Cant – incidental music by Paul Weller – a bit about youth clubs, as well as music from The Jam, The Questions and the much missed Dolly Mixture. There’s an also a section where young people talk about what class they are as they awkwardly sit around a table (not) drinking.
Of particular interest is some talk on ‘zines from Tony Fletcher of Jamming! Also featured is Making Time and the item is very centred on poetry. The young reporter even talks to Faber and Faber about what they are, and aren’t, publishing and this links right back to the class item. Now there’s a suprise.
Paul Weller lists his favourite things, including Orwell, the Mask of Anarchy, and Minder from Smash Hits, 4 – 17 March issue, 1982. Previously Weller had talked his favourite telly with Flexipop.