The Palma Violets
Tuesday night was the last episode of Later… Live with Jools Holland to be filmed in the BBC’s venerable Television Centre, due to be vacated at some unspecified point early in the new year. There was emotion in the air as Jools took the audience through their paces; before broadcast he asked them to applaud loud and long for “the fabric of the building”.
But if the musicians were feeling weepy about the place they didn’t show it. The Palma Violets ripped through a stonking couple of numbers, Soul II Soul gave the crowd what they wanted with an exuberant performance of Back to Life, the irrepressible Nona Hendryx took everyone to the river, and while The Weeknd went deep into their dysphoric come-down trip-hop sound, the results were electric. And Lana Del Rey was there, too, with a more relaxed and accomplished performance than the first time she came to Television Centre.
As usual, an extended version of the show will air Friday night.
You’ve only got a couple of days left to check out The Rolling Stones at the BBC, with gems from the vast archive of their BBC performances over the years. Of special note is a 1966 performance of “19th Nervous Breakdown” on Top of the Pops, thought lost forever but recently unearthed as part of a 60s-era documentary about women with depression.
Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens? Saturday Night Fish Fry? He’s maybe the most iconic musician you’ve never heard of – Louis Jordan, who blended party jazz and rock ‘n’ roll to create what might be the most effortlessly fun music ever made. In Choo Choo Ch’Boogie, Clarke Peters kicks off a four-part documentary on the man whose music is the basis for the West End smash, Five Guys Named Moe. It airs Thursday at 9:30pm (GMT) on Radio 2.
On Friday 30 Nov at 8:30pm (GMT), BBC Four’s ridiculously comprehensive survey of the 70s continues with Disco: Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now, with irresistible performances from all the likely suspects.
A bit later on BBC Four, it’s a 1980 concert film of The Beach Boys Live at Knebworth, featuring all six canonical Boys – Mike, Carl, Dennis, Alan, Bruce and Brian – rocking a capacity crowd.
Out this week
We also review records fresh out of the oven this week, from the likes of ABBA, Dutch Schultz, Girls Aloud, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten New York Quartet, Jeff Wayne, Old Crow Medicine Show, Olly Murs, Rage Against the Machine, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, The Lovely Eggs and Hemlock Recordings.