There were many valid reasons for hating the eighties. Politics, AIDS, yuppies, docklands, the decline of British industry and Calendar Goes Pop.
Words don't do justice to the utter stupidity and pointlessness of it. Hosted by Richard Madeley, regular anchor at Yorkshire's weekday early evening news show Calendar. He was never the issue, he liked and knew his music, as he would later prove on his Radio 2 shows, but it was the utterly weird, almost abstract nature of the show around him that made every aspect of it unnecessary.
Acts were invited onto the show to be interviewed, with only Tom Robinson the only
pop star responding with any respect. The two leads of Status Quo proved that they
couldn't string a sentence between the two of them and play acted at being bored,
while a taciturn Shakin' Stevens resorted to physically attacking the host rather
than answer questions. Some pop stars would prefer to show themselves as insufferable
rather than respond to serious, or even semi-
Tragically poor post-
All three shows must have been recorded in one lump as by the final show, broadcast on the 19th December 1980, there was still no mention of the death of John Lennon which had happened ten days' before.
Why programme makers in the early eighties shoved this kind of smelly nappy in everyone's face is unknown. Almost deliberately amateur in their delivery Oxford Road Show, Something Else, B A In Music, Whatever You Want, Calendar Goes Pop etc, all appeared to despise their audience. The show is now only remembered for the Shakin' Stevens incident, which was unfair to the host.
It truly was punk, but at least three years' too late.