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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 06:00

Morning all...

Its been a while since I visited, but I was pottering about on YouTube tonight and stumbled upon this BBC Top of the Pops recording of Mike performing what appears to me to be a very different version of Guilty:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c61cM9Tgglc

Does anybody know anything about this different version? As it was obviously not being played live when the programme was being recorded, was the playback recorded specially for this TOTP performance? The guitar from 1:50 onwards is like nothing I've heard with this version. I like it soooooo much that I've ripped the audio for an mp3 version which you can grab via the link below...

http://rapidshare.com/files/452116082/Guilty__top_of_the_pops_mix_.mp3

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Peter D Evans


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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 06:06

Peter,

The recording was made especially for TOTP.
I don't have the details to hand but I interviewed the drummer David Humphrey, for Dark Star, several years ago. He even gave me a copy of the BBC contract he had.

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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 06:08

Many thanks David... long time no speak... its a fantastic version and one that I'd not heard before. Mike's antics are superb too :)

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Pete


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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 06:17

I've found a copy of the interview.
It was recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, in a 1 hour session, the day before the show. The drums were hired. The BBC contract bears the date of May 2, 1979. It is a good version but Mike was a complete looney back then - check out his appearance on Tiswas shortly after.
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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 06:28

Thanks again David... its amazing what you can find out that you didn't know... ;)

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Pete


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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 12:19

Thanks, orbscureDDJ, there always seems to be some variation of search I've never tried on YouTube;)  What a fascinating little performance.  I don't know Airborne's interview explains more but I wonder if the Musicians Union had anything to do with it being performed live.  They had a never-ending battle with the likes of Top of the Pops about pre-recording.  Eric 'Monster' Hall certainly says he swapped original tapes for Queen , as most people did.  Mike must have got the hang of it by Moonlight Shadow!

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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 14:22

Of course, when we say played live, we mean that the different track was recorded prior to the programme being shot with Mike and the rest of the band miming to the playback. The guitar is fabulous and its a shame that its not longer :)

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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 15:52

Cavalier,

The pre-recording was apparently Musicians Union approved.
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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 18:43

I wonder how the Musicians' Union approved that TV performance, becuase the trumpet is very obviously mimed - there is no microphone anywhere picking it up! :D However, the music is great, and Mike's on-stage comedy is great as well. :D

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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 19:42

Was the over the neck playing a knock at the fact it was mimed.

Those hired drums look like the classic vistalite Ludwig Bonham set...very nice indeed.
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Posted: Mar. 12 2011, 20:26

Quote (Milamber @ Mar. 13 2011, 01:42)
Was the over the neck playing a knock at the fact it was mimed.

Yes. Lots of people have done things like that on TotP. :D

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Posted: Mar. 13 2011, 07:34

:cool:
Think they always mimed on TOTP - and guitars were never plugged in.

I like the dead pan musical statues face from Mike.  :D


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Posted: Mar. 13 2011, 07:49

Great stuff.....it sounded a bit like the live version from 79/80 concerts. Nice find.
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