Sunday, July 04, 2010

Forever Young: was a BBC4 TV documentary broadcast on Friday evening. It set out to explore what people thought would happen to pop/rock bands and the stars/artistes when their fame was over? This was particularly directed at the 50's and the 60's, when everyone, including the artistes, thought their time in the charts and the fame surrounding it, would last for perhaps 2 years; after which they would return to the office/factory job.
But it didn't happen like that, as we now know.
We as fans still wanted to see those stars live, we also wanted to keep buying their records, so the whole thing kept rolling. And here we are, both the stars and their fans, mostly aged well over 50, and they haven't gone back to the office job or the factory, and we're still here wishing to see them whenever we can.
Snippets from Motorhead's 1980 appearance on Top Of The Pops was shown several times, more especially the 'I don't wanna live forever' line, which, along with The Who's My Generation statement of 'I hope I die before I get old' was the crux of the doc and the main topic of the debate.
Lemmy was also featured in interview, giving his wonderful nuggets of opinion, and it was an excellent programme amongst the sea of dross we have to put up with, or switch off and read a book/listen to an album.