Looks Unfamiliar Christmas On 4 Extra
Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to.
Joining Tim for a special yuletide edition is writer and musician Garreth F. Hirons, who’s here to talk about Channel 4’s 1991 Christmas Day oddity The Ghosts Of Oxford Street, a musical history-based documentary featuring Malcolm McLaren, Happy Mondays, The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl, Nick Cotton from EastEnders and many other equally unlikely names. There’s also room for a look at some of Channel 4’s other peculiar Christmas Day offerings over the years, as well as finding out who was Q Magazine’s House Diva Of Choice, celebrating the career of ‘DJ Ron’, defining what constitutes a ‘New Console Christmas’, and revealing why Tom Jones would not have been a good choice for a Doctor Who assistant.
Garreth F. Hirons is co-host of Retrospecticus – The Simpsons And Modern History, Together At Last!, a podcast that looks at an episode of The Simpsons and an event from world history that happened in the week the episode first aired in America. You can find the Retrospecticus website here and follow Retrospecticus on Twitter at @_Retrospecticus (don’t forget the underscore because they can’t!). I’d especially recommend Episode 19, Dead Web Page Society, in which Garreth discusses Dead Putting Society, Tom discusses the invention of the World Wide Web, and they both try and fail to explain Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoine to international listeners.
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You can read much more about early nineties indie oddities in Tim’s book Higher Than The Sun, the story of Screamadelica by Primal Scream, Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub and Foxbase Alpha by Saint Etienne – and how Creation Records took on the world and almost won – is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Garreth has been a guest on Looks Unfamiliar twice – the first time talking about The Bigger The God, Food Fighters, Saboteur, The Triangle Of Terror, Sizzlin’ Bacon Monster Munch, and Fun At The Funeral Parlour which you can find here; and the second on The Yellow Album by The Simpsons, The Frankie Goes To Hollywood Computer Game, Sweet 75, Linc’s, Transformers Action Masters, The Way Of The Tiger and Quatro which you can find here.
Garreth also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamilar alongside Justin Lewis, Mark Thompson, Stephen Brotherstone And Dave Lawrence, Stephen O’Brien, Vikki Gregorich And Jeff Lewis, Emma Burnell, Paul Cornell and TIm on Perfect Night In talking about the BBC edits of The Monkees, which you can find here.
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