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Boogie Woogie - Live!

MUSIC! Later... Live, BBC Two, 10.00pm

We are officially our grandparents. Because we are at that stage of life where very few things are not like they were in 'our day'. And one of those things that was very much better in our day was music television.

When we were whippersnappers, there was Top of The Pops, The Chart Show, The Tube and later The White Room, as well as music on all kinds of other shows, not least Saturday morning kids' TV, which is now also defunct. Oh, and David Hunter will no doubt tell us that in his day you also had Ready, Steady Go and The Old Grey Whistle Test. In this decade pop on mainstream TV is mostly limited to a song during talent show results programmes and the rather ace busking bit on The Culture Show.

So thank heavens for Later... for being one of the last bastions of music telly on the 'proper' channels. OK, it isn't the kind of programme that is going to help children form their music taste, nor is it ever going to promote the shiny pop so many of you are fond of. But it's something.

When we heard about Later... Live we assumed it was a spin-off that would run at different times of the year to the main show. But, er, it isn't. It's actually live performances whilst Friday's show is recording. So on Fridays you'll get to see all this and more because that show is longer. So we're not entirely sure of the point of this one. OK, it has the thrill factor that something kerrazy might happen live, and there is the advantage of it being on a Tuesday and in an earlier slot than the Friday show. But essentially, it's the same beast.

We think it's kind of a missed opportunity when there is obviously scope for more music on TV. Why not commission a new show altogether, or as we thought was the plan, run this at separate times of the year to normal Later? Oh well, as has been well documented on this site, no-one ever listens to our opinion (except the people behing Neighbours). Tonight's stars include Dawn Kinnard, Yeasayer, Glenn Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Natty (pictured), The Kooks, and LC faves Goldfrapp. We are ashamed to admit we've only heard of two of those acts - but admit it, so have most of you...

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Who's David Hunter?

By Anonymous Ruslana, at 9:55 am  

I never thought I would live to see lowculture promoting anything Kooks-related!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:32 am  

Why is there a photo of Natty on the homepage? Please post a pic of Kavana's arse and make it all better.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:35 am  

"rather ace busking bit on The Culture Show"
Paul!!!!!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:43 am  

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