You'll be glad to know tomorrow the begging stops (actually it doesn't, as we still have just under half the run unfilled - anyone else, then?) and More Songs To Learn And Sing begins. In the meantime we've earned a taste for letting others do all the hard work on our behalf and channelled it into The Art Of Noise's 5x5 feature in which we located five of what are currently known as buzz bands, sent an mp3 of one each of their tracks with no tags or markings to five of the site's correspondents and posted up their blind reviews to see what the public really make of the hype machine. It's also acting as an indirect exercise to see if band names really can get any worse.
Meanwhile, coincidentally as Popmatters revisit the Wedding Present via their Peel sessions, the whole of John's This Is Your Life has turned up on YouTube. Embedding's been disabled but this stuff can't be left stewing:
Part One: Aspel turns up at John's first Top Of The Pops in years, video messages from drum'n'bass era Bowie and Kenny Dalglish in an actual boot room
Part Two: Texas memories ("He's What's Happening Baby!"), a rather too joyful welcoming of Tony Blackburn, Ed Stewart, Alan Freeman looking about 130, Billy Connolly on tape, Andy Kershaw in lumberjack shirt discussing the Isle Of Man TT, Richard Branson pre-recorded ruining the next surprise, which is...
Part Three: John Walters, Mark E Smith fortunately not in the studio, David Gedge fortunately is, Paul Whitehouse for no good reason, a former radio colleague is the climactic surprise