The Old Grey Whistle Test

It’s ten minutes past midnight so I’m actually writing Saturday’s post on Sunday. You see, what happened was my wife and I were playing Beatles Rock Band on the Wii earlier today (or rather yesterday). Now when you play a game on the Wii it creates a message to tell you how long you were on for, and when there is a new unread message on the Wii it flashes a blue light. All the way through Doctor Who and then Arne Dahl the blue light was flashing behind the TV (seems rather appropriate for both in different ways, and can anyone explain the significance of the caretaker in Arne Dahl to me?).

So after Arne Dahl I switched the TV on in order to read the message on the Wii and so stop the blue flashing light, only the last channel we’d watched was BBC4 and just starting was music from The Old Grey Whistle Test.

For anyone who doesn’t know, The Old Grey Whistle Test was a late night TV music programme that ran throughout the 70s in the UK. You can tell it was a UK show from the spelling of ‘grey’ (and also because it was a programme, not a prorgram). The best time to watch The Old Grey Whistle Test is late at night (in fact it seems to be the only time to watch it).

Included in the show I just watched were performances by Elton John, David Bowie, Steppenwolf, Roxy Music, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Dr Feelgood, Patti Smith, Blondie, The Jam and the Specials (to name just some of the acts).

So that’s why this posting is so late. And it turned out that the blue flashing light was not a message but the receivers for the Rock Band guitar and drums plugged into the back of the Wii.

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