8 Jun 2006
ITN Archive Top 10 Debut Performances 

The ITN Archive, which includes many seminal music programmes like So It Goes, The Tube and What's On and other programmes originally shown on Granada, Channel 4 & other channels, celebrates the launch of it's music catalogue with Top 10 Commercial TV debut performances, based on impact, longevity and sheer drama:

1. Sex Pistols; 'Anarchy in the UK' on So It Goes (28 August 1976).
2. Nirvana; 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' on The Word (8 November 1991)
3. Oasis; 'Supersonic' on The Word (4 March 1994)
4. Madonna; 'Holiday' on The Tube (27 January 1984)
5. Frankie Goes to Hollywood; 'Relax' on The Tube (9 December 1983)
6. REM; 'Radio Free Europe' on The Tube (18 November 1983)
7. Billie Holliday; 'Strange Fruit' on Chelsea at 9 (18 March 1959)
8. The Fall; 'Psycho Mafia' on What's On (1 June 1978)
9. Joy Division; 'Shadowplay' on What's On (June 1978)
10. The Clash; 'Janie Jones' on So It Goes (11 December 1977)

"The ITN music catalogue is available for licensing worldwide not only into traditional media like television, radio and cinema but also into the ever expanding area of content for 3G mobile phones, web sites and, in particular DVD and CD where 'extras' on re-releases are packed with unseen and rare performances."

DVD sets of programmes like So It Goes, Play At Home, The Other Side of Midnight, etc would be most welcomed in these quarters. Desperate to see these shows and don't have loads of cash? Write to your friendly neighbourhood dvd production company, your MP or, failing that, the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen.



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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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