Tuesday, July 21, 2009

fly me to the moon

In honour of mighty spacemen Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, I present the following clip. "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" was the title of the first of a couple of TV documentaries which I watched the other night at the BFI as part of their One Giant Leap season. In the second one, an episode of "Horizon" from 1984, James Burke looked back at the Apollo 11 mission and then forward to plans being formulated at the time to establish a permanent space station positioned in the earth's orbit. Even fifteen years after Armstrong and Aldrin there was still sufficient enthusiasm for space travel that it seemed possible that everyone would indeed eventually go to the moon.

If this TOTP clip is anything to go by, it looks as though even as early as 1965 Jonathan King had already cultivated the facial ticks of a shifty second-hand car salesman. And look out at the beginning for equally sinister blond bombshell DJ Jimmy "Guys'n'gals" Saville moving in an extremely mysterious way.

Good song though...

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