As I’ve said before, I believe that Never Mind the Buzzcocks lost its bite when it started dropping a random assortment of unqualified “celebs” into the host’s chair, to limply read quips from the teleprompter. These days, it’s nothing more than a shambling, defanged shadow of itself… so you can appreciate how excited I was to see that the Beeb had commissioned a retrospective series titled What a Load of Buzzcocks, which (according to my TV guide) promised “highlight’s from the comedy music quiz’s archive, beginning with 1996!”
Sadly, half of the first episode was taken up with contemporary music-news-nuggets, narrated by Alex-James-from-Blur… and even when they actually got around to showing some clips from the show itself, they were mostly themed around making fun of specific artists (such as Michael Jackson or Take That), with footage taken from various shows across the entire run of the series, rather than the year specified in the intro and episode title. Dammit! Next week’s episode jumps ahead to 2004, so… I don’t know what they think they’re playing at. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, as the saying goes.
The only real highlight of the last episode was seeing footage of Lauren Laverne, back when she was younger, cheekier, and still the lead singer of the funnest, sexiest rock n’ roll band of all time! “Rama-lama-lama! Kenickie! Kenickie!” Sigh… those were the days…
P.S. Get off my lawn!