Here’s a quick post for Amylee.
The Word was an anarchic late night post-pub live TV show in the early 90s that had interviews, games, members of the public doing outrageous shit and – for me, the main point – live music.
It was condescendingly dubbed ‘yoof’ TV at the time and derided by the media as childish and a degradation of culture. The critics were probably media people in their late 20s/early 30s that hated being made to look old by a programme that was truly outrageous (one memorable slot had people drinking salt water, puking in a cup and then immediately drinking their own puke!) and anarchic and made the custard pie throwing of 80s entertainment look quaint in comparison. They probably hated all the noisy music too!
Here are a few performances that all had a profound impact on at least one meek and mild suburbun boy.
Rage Against the Machine – Killing In The Name
Loads of swearing and a stage invasion – what’s not to like?!
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Nirvana’s world TV debut performance has Kurt declaring Courtney Love of the rock band Hole “the best fuck in the world”
L7 – Pretend We’re Dead
Drum destroying, bits flashing, blistering performance. I went out and bought the album the very next day!
Oasis – Supersonic
TV debut with Liam looking impossibly young and beautiful