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GASTANK

C4 / Goldcrest
15th January 1983 - 26th March 1983

A series aimed at fans of 1970s album artists who kept the industry alive for many years, but had been abandoned in the wake of punk and disco.

Hosted by keyboard maestro Rick Wakeman with fellow regular Tony Ashton it ran alternately with Paul Gambacinni's The Other Side of the Tracks, Saturday evenings on Channel 4.

The set design was meant to represent a bar or pub and invited to the studios to play and chat (and drink) were Godley and Creme, Andy Fairweather-Low, Maggie Bell, Donovan, Chris Farlowe, Suzi Quatro, Strawbs, John Entwistle among many others.

Everyone played live, either solo or with the resident backing band.

In 2017 the series became available on DVD.