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SO IT GOES

Granada
3rd July 1976 - 11th December 1977

Granada current affairs presenter Tony Wilson had the idea to produce a late night music show similar to the Old Grey Whistle Test. The idea was to be less referential, but somehow the show ended up more po-faced then anything the Test ever offered. Never short of something to say Wilson told Record Mirror ahead of the first show "You'll find is in the record racks under 'literate rock show'.

The pilot show was recorded at Granada's Manchester studios on February 9th and featured Wilson and Clive James who opened the show claiming "Hi, I'm Cher and I'm the most exiting woman in the world". Linda Lewis then performed Feel The Feeling live, followed by Be Bop DeLuxe and then a classical piece by Eva Graubin on violin and Roberto Prava on piano. Gallagher and Lyle perform the title cut to their album Breakaway, followed by a film clip of Tommy Steele from 1963's It's All Happening. The weekly Pressed To Kill album spot featured Patti Smith's Horses, while the nostalgia spot was filled with a clip from The Stones In The Park. Film of Dr Feelgood filled the Opportunity Rocks portion of the show.

Most of what appeared in the pilot show would make it to the final cut when the show debut later in the summer. Wilson would be the host and producer and decided that each show would have slots for the tracks chosen like Opportunity Rocks for a new act, Pressed To Kill for the album of the week, As Time Goes By for a Granada archive clip, and Brain Damage for author Clive James to remark on aspects of the music business. There would also be a regular slot for album cover artists to talk about their work.

The thirty-minute show was only shown by Granada, ATV, Yorkshire late night Saturday and on London Weekend under their Rock Concert banner the following night.

After their Lesser Free Trade Hall show in June The Sex Pistols were booked for the final show of the first season 28th August 1976 and thankfully gave the performance no one who turned in to see The Bowles Brothers were expecting. Despite the notoriety of The Sex Pistols appearance on the final show there was little to differentiate this first series from The Old Grey Whistle Test.

A short follow-up season of So It Goes concerts began in April 1977.

The second series began 8th October 1977, now moved to Sunday night, but didn't give itself entirely over to punk as history has suggested. There were clips of Van Morrison and Sad Cafe in the first show for example. Practically all the features from the first series had been dropped in favour of more live clips recorded over the previous few weeks' at the Elizabethan Ballroom and The Electric Circus both in Manchester, Eric's in Liverpool and the Hope N Anchor in London. Fantastic footage of The Clash, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Elvis Costello, The Jam, Magazine and many others would fill many documentaries for decades to come.

Why it only lasted two series is unknown, but ATV's Revolver followed in 1978 very much in So It Goes footsteps.