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.
This time Tim’s the guest, chatting to Ben Baker about Something Outa Nothing, the song ‘written’ and performed by The Banned, a group formed by the teenage residents of Albert Square in EastEnders, and then released by BBC Records And Tapes as an actual hit single credited to Letitia Dean And Paul J. Medford. Along the way we’ll be speculating on which exotic rare synthetically-furred animal was used to make Letitia and Paul’s stage costumes, debating the correct syntax for Jimi Hendrix-based insults, questioning the wisdom of using the word ‘alabaster’ in song lyrics and revealing why people kept handing Nick Berry unwanted plates of fish and chips.
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There’s more on the early days of EastEnders in Looks Unfamiliar with Bob Fischer on Can’t Get A Ticket (For The World Cup) by Peter Dean here, Suzy Norman on Arthur Fowler’s appearance on game-show-within-a-show ‘Cat And Mouse’ here, and Shanine Salmon on the ill-advised 1993 refit of the EastEnders theme here.
Something Outa Nothing didn’t actually find its way onto Hits 5, but you can read more about what did find its way onto this era-defining collection of the hits of late 1986 here.
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