We start here with a little bit of Coldplay talk and then learn that the whole Video Wars competition was very nearly an inside job.
As the deadline for Video Wars submissions approaches, last minute creative bursts are encouraged.
In the unlikely event that you've bothered to come in here but are not equipped with all the details of the Adam and Joe Legend, during the shivery tingled Summer of 2008, they held a competition wherein they asked listeners, and in some* ways viewers, to make a video based on one of two Song Wars ditties. The competition was announced thus at the beginning of June.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2VIsAn-47Q?rel=0]
To get the imagination juices going for the listeners, Adam asked Joe how he would approach the competition.
Whilst I adore James and appreciate the hard work he puts into his time with Adam and Joe, I do miss the world weary ministrations of Jude as she tries to wrangle these unruly children.
If you're new to Video Wars and have time on your hands, you could tickle yourself in this portal.
.......when nudity is the answer.
Reliably true to type, Adam has nothing to hide, not even his curiosity whereas Joe prefers to retain yet another impenetrable area of mystery.
This show was one of the greats, despite it being a pre-record. However Commanders Buckles and Cornballs had a post-show sense of über ramshackledocity at the time.
I've included this nibble in the interests of impartiality but I should warn you that it was the low mark of this wonderful show and in parts, assaults the earpipes in a way that has been outlawed as a result of the BBC Consultation.
During the pre-record of their Christmas 2010 Shack Show, Joe presented Adam with the gift of contemporary music.
Adam tried to familiarise himself with elements of Lady Ga Ga's album, like the title, for instance.
Such is Adam's pride and consummate professionalism, he didn't feel he could short change his million strong audience by just knocking this off at the end of the original recording, so he went away to work on it for a while and they resumed a few days later.
Even so, this is what he came back with.
From 25th December 2010The 6 Music Christmas shows are as follow:
I think it would be fair to say that Joe holds considerable respect for the œuvre of Nicolas Cage but sometimes that can best be emphasised by exposing the flaws in the object of one's interest. You'll note that such exposition is a daily pursuit of mine, for instance.
Lovely to hear Jude in there, too.
Knowing is being shown on Sky Movies for the next few days. It starts off with some silly timings but settles down at the beginning of March.
Back in the old days when regular 6Music shows were reliable, Joe gave the Ultra Culture blog genius his appreciation of the film for publication in their now mythical Film Review of 2009. It's so precious and ephemeral that it's not even available on-line*. However, here's what Charlie Lyne had to say about the film.
* UNTIL NOW! With kind permission.
Adam is on a roll for this show. His 'support' of the text that Joe reads out tickles him so much that we have to presume his face is bright red by the peak of his mirth but it's nice to think that they have both concurred over something this week.....very nearly.
Such was the supreme quality of this show, I have 10 further clipples from this date but they all stand alone so they may pop up later in the year.
Of course, there's no disguising the fact that this special nugget is from the beginning of the show but I wanted to put something romantic* here on this day of enforced love token exchanges.
They've been building up to heaping special praise on the early risers but I believe this is the first time they seem to set the title of Black Squadron in stone tablets.
*It's not in the slightest bit romantic
Some shows have priceless links that we love to revisit but their fleeting minutes can stand completely alone.
I hope that if you've followed this blog over the last ten or so days you will appreciate that in the case of 21st April 2009, however ramshackled they might protest it was, it weaves it's call-backs like a fine silk scarf pulling over a tender thigh.
This was the special film that introduced last Friday's event at the BFI including more genius lyrics from Adam Buxton.
You can read more here.
BUG Music Videos hold bi-monthly extravaganzas, rifling through all the best new music videos and hurling them up onto a glorious screen through a wickles sound system followed by a late licence and deck twisting in the Benugo Bar.
From time to time, they hold special evenings to celebrate specific musical talents. These attract an even more delightfully nerdish attendance than the regular shows and there's often something outstanding happening in the bar afterwards.
Please don't poo poo this post.
Joe displays incredibly calm levels of considered, self-congratulatory pomposity here.
One might site the presence of these jingles in this torpedo-heavy show as evidence that every utterance is carefully contrived and rehearsed but I would remind you that they had hundreds of listener-made jingles plopped at them during the preceding week and such is the skill and tenacity of their supporting team, they probably remembered them and dug them out during the previous record. I deserve an award for this kind of supportive nonsense.*
Just out of curiosity, do you have any friends or close family members who use quite as much hyphenosity as I do?
* or at least a chance to see Attack The Block before the spoilers start
Joe tickles his notebook to produce a deodorant-based link but Adam is still so upset by the episode from yesterday's post that he plunges his fist right into Joe's book and rips the heart out of it. Adam sweetly apologises while Joe does a little sulk and there's the distinct whiff of complimentary smug arms-across-chest action from the pair of the blighters.
I wrote the longest comment thus far about this clip.........then I realised you probably wouldn't want to have my balanced opinion pompoused all over you in the morning.
I've pulled my intended post from the 21st March bank. It might have been a little insensitive for today. I'll continue tomorrow.
The thing that amuses me the most is Adam piping up with "Debbie, the stylist" from his stock character locker. She's as reliable in scenes like this as Joe's own DJ/cheery, down-at-heel, young Toddy Pipkins.
Goodness know if they ever got around to the prevailing topic after all this waffle.
The wonderous David OReilly has put a full version of his award winning, animated short The External World up in his Vimeo account. Adam voices a character that meets an explosive end.
It's dark, funny and will cause you to giggle your eyeballs about.
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/19723116 w=400&h=225]
You can buy this in HD for next to nothing.....assuming you have a basic understanding of German.
Fast Forwarding on from yesterday's nuggle, Messers Buxton and Cornish consider a way to optimise the BBC's extensive library but inevitably get a little bit dirty. It's all beautifully rounded off with another reference to George Lamb. Do listen out for Joe's hilarious "Two Slums Up" joke effort thing.
Today they discuss alternative Text The Nation topics and evoke fond memories of George Lamb.
From 21st March 2009
Rashley Cornballs encouraged listeners to submit a slew of jingles.
Why yes, I do think I shall post a random link to an outstandingly creative film blog today.
Still searching for a TTN topic we learn of Joe's trip to the Soho Theatre to see the irritatingly clever Pyjama Men. This identifies a terrible flaw in the habit that men with freakishly long legs have of draping them all over the aisle.
The last thing I would want to do is cause genuine injury to anyone at Shots but their interview with Adam has slipped behind a subscription wall so I'm just popping it in here until such time as I get my dainty wrists slapped.
Radio DJ, filmmaker and one half of award-winning comedy duo Adam & Joe, Adam Buxton began the new year with very little prospects but to continue sticking his fingers in pies. One of these pies is BUG, his bi-monthly show held at London's BFI Southbank which sees him presenting creative YouTube video picks with hilarious comments left by the online community. Here, he tells us about the idea behind the show, how he was "instrumental" in saving BBC 6 Music, and his unique delivery.Tell us a bit about BUG and why you started it...I was asked to host BUG by David Knight and Phil Tidy who set it up along with Chris Blakeston and Louise Stephens from Ballistic Events. They'd seen me host a couple of Antenna shows as my media twat character Ken Korda and said they were going to try to carry on the good work that Vez and Jordan had started with Antenna at the BFI, but wanted to know if I'd be up for doing it as myself. I try to stay away from straight presenting jobs but thought it was worth a go. I loved Antenna and the idea of being regularly involved with a new music video showcase was too tempting to pass up. Also whereas as Antenna was very pure about keeping it just about the music videos I've been able to wedge a few other odds and ends into BUG, like the odd net nugget, insane YouTube comments and the occasional video of my own to give the show more of a comedy angle on top of all the amazing creativity in the videos.How effective is YouTube as a means of communication/entertainment?Thoroughly. It's about as pure a realisation of the creative and democratic potential of the internet as I can think of, though as with everything else online, it's easy to be engulfed by the shite and you need to know where to look for the good stuff. That's why I'm so excited about doing a BUG playlist on a regular basis. If people pick up on it I think they'll enjoy it as much or more than any comparable TV show I can think of. Plus you can skip anything you've seen before or don't like.What was it like writing the lyrics for Changes?I think you're referring to my version of Changes that I did in support of BBC 6 Music last year, because of course David Bowie wrote the original lyrics for Changes you know. When I was writing my hilarious and caustic 6 Music protest version I went into kind of a trance. My eyes began to change colour, my hair started to look like a blonde lavatory brush and my packet grew considerably, the three signs that you are channelling the spirit of Bowie as the Goblin King. It was a very spiritual moment and instrumental in saving 6 Music I believe.What's your favourite music video at the moment and why?www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCqvYaxJv24 - Good song, clever special effects, cool guys. The perfect music vid.You've got quite a unique delivery on the channel, how does it differ from radio and which do you prefer?When you say 'unique delivery' I'm assuming you're talking about my links for the BUG playlist on YouTube. I must say the phrase 'unique delivery' sounds suspiciously like a euphemism for 'rubbish' but I'm sure you mean 'charming and brilliant' so thanks, that's very nice of you. Well, the radio is great because you're not quite so self conscious but BUG is by nature a very visual show and the chance to bring our favourite elements of the live experience to YouTube is what the playlist is all about. I hope we'll do more and get better at doing them but in principle I think it's a format that suits BUG perfectly. People have talked about us doing a TV show but getting music on TV is a tough nut to crack and the glory of the YouTube playlist is that you get to make something quickly and cheaply with no interference from anyone else, then put it out immediately for whoever wants to see it. In my experience that just isn't possible on TV.Would you agree that you're an innovative performer who embraces technology?I would agree yes, although a fuller and more accurate description of me would be: an innovative, dazzling and supernaturally gifted performer, juggler and pastry chef who embraces not only technology but losers, hurt animals, men who aren't good at sport and women of all kinds.Tell us about the biggest thing that's ever bugged you...There was a big guy conducting a loud mobile phone conversation on the seat opposite me on the train the other day. It's hardly an original gripe, but as a regular train passenger it's something that continues to be the thing that bugs me most on a regular basis.What's been inspiring Adam Buxton recently?I saw a film called World's Greatest Dad the other day. It stars Robin Williams and is directed by Bobcat Goldthwaite who was the guy in the Police Academy films who spoke oddly and looked like the Tasmanian devil. Doesn't sound promising, does it? But it was a peach. Robin Williams is a loserish teacher and single father who aspires to being admired as a great writer but isn't much kop.His teenage son is incredibly loathsome and one day dies when a bout of masturbatory auto asphyxiation goes wrong. Somehow the tone of the film is kept just right and it all manages to be both very funny, moving and not at all as bleak as I feared it might be. It inspired me to become friends with Bobcat Goldthwaite and avoid dangerous wanking practises.What are your hopes for BUG's future?I hope we can continue to reach a wider audience by travelling to sexy and exciting foreign destinations. We've been to Amsterdam a couple of times and we had a wonderful time doing a show for the Vimeo festival last year in New York, which the audience seemed to love so I really hope we might get back there again but it would be great to do BUG in LA, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Tokyo - anywhere that excitement and sexuality are foremost in the population's priorities. In the meantime, apart from our regular BFI nights we've got shows lined up in some of the sexiest and most exciting places in the UK. Leicester in February, Manchester in May, Edinburgh in August for the festival and I'm sure we'll do a few festivals over the summer too.What does 2011 hold for you?I try to make it a rule to begin every new year with absolutely no prospects whatsoever. Actually it's not so much a rule as just the way things seem to work out, but as long as I have fingers I will continue to stick them into pies. BUG is my tastiest and most reliable pie in which one finger is always stuck, but I'm hoping to have some more 6 Music radio pie, either on my own or hopefully with Joe later in the year. I always have a few fingers stuck in TV-shaped pies but they have a habit of getting stuck and sometimes bitten off by the creatures beneath the crust. OK, that's enough of that metaphor. Apart from all that I continue to do the odd live show where I show my videos and sing some of my ludicrous songs. The Adam & Joe Song Wars Volume 2 album is out so I'm expecting quite a lot of fame and wealth to come my way because of that. I heard a rumour that Prince is headlining Glastonbury this year, but I'm hoping the Eavises will come to their senses and give me and Joe a call and we can step in to provide them with a properly memorable headline act for a change. Also I'm going to try to get back on Twitter and join in rather than being grumpy and taking the piss out of it. In fact that goes for everything else in my life too. It's January though. Get back to me in December and we'll see how well I've done.Check out the BUG music video YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/BUGMUSICVIDEOS.
As they get into the stride of the show it wanders towards a ramble about social networking. We have a thinly veiled admission from the ever-honest Adam, and the master of cover-up Joe, that they hadn't got a clue what to use as a Text The Nation topic.
Temporarily ringing the changes here a little. I shall be thrusting in your direction, a run of eargold from the same show over the next few couple of weeks.
This post should probably carry the warning that there is reference to God, Dawkies and the Giant Squid.
This meanders around so many delights from Joe's hypnotic regression technique out of which he dips rather aggressively for a moment, through Adam's sublime description of the actor, to Pete's spectacularly wrong guess. Joe manages to hold back from a deliciously snobbish put down and then Zeb thinks he is Adam. It's a beautiful thing.
Here's a clip from olden times when Adam had a couple of lines with Charlie Higson.
Randall & Hopkirk Deceased
From 6th October 2001 Series 2, Episode 3: Revenge of the Bog People.
I'm an unashamed credits ponce so deal with it. Lovely names in this little bunch.