ITV Chart Show Indie Charts 1989-1994 on Youtube
August 20, 2007 4:15 PM   Subscribe

Uh... do what now?
posted by wfrgms at 5:12 PM on August 20, 2007

I'm always game for some indie, but more information would be nice (notable artists who appeared on this series, for example)

Do The Fall show up, by any chance?
posted by porn in the woods at 6:13 PM on August 20, 2007

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posted by blacklite at 6:16 PM on August 20, 2007 [3 favorites]

To give a little background, the ITV Chart Show was exactly that -- an hour-long block of music videos or clips of videos shown on Saturdays around lunchtime. There weren't any 'notable artists on the series' as such: think of it like Top of the Pops without any live performances.

To regress into my youth for a moment, I used to hate the indie charts whenever I saw the Chart Show back in the day -- at the time it was mostly Madchester baggy shite that all sounded the same. But I'm sure that in my ignorance I missed a lot of gems -- I imagine the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, etc got a teeny bit of airplay or exposure because of that show. (Which I could confirm by playing some of the YouTube clips so linked, but I'm lazy.)
posted by macdara at 6:22 PM on August 20, 2007 [1 favorite]

This is great. I watched the ITV chart show all the time, and never understood what was going on with the indie charts. I was too young to appreciate it then, but now -- sweeeet.
posted by hgbrian at 7:05 PM on August 20, 2007

GODDAMN IT. I've only watched for five minutes, and already I'm as pissed off at them "rewinding" past the one I want to watch (and settling for same dreadful MoR shite) as I was when I was 12. The play the good songs for just long enough to make you think it'll happen before "STOP" "REWIND".

Teasing fuckers.
posted by bonaldi at 7:40 PM on August 20, 2007

Ok, the info is still nuts. "Charles [from the Pixies] has just won an award for being the roundest person at the band's record company!"
posted by bonaldi at 7:47 PM on August 20, 2007

Ah that fcuking rewind/fast foward thing ! Forgot about it until right now.
posted by Webbster at 8:36 PM on August 20, 2007

hah! some serious nostalgia going down here. the chart show was my hangover recovery cure every saturday morning before i headed out to see the hibs in the afternoon (invariably a fruitless task around this time). i'd forgotten about that daft merry-go-round intro and the inane computer graphic info sound-bytes. it should be noted the chart show was one of the few music shows on british tv at this time--this was in the days prior to jools holland et al, and mtv being widely available.
posted by iboxifoo at 8:40 PM on August 20, 2007

well this is great - being from the USA i've never seen these shows before! thanks for the post.
posted by joeblough at 10:28 PM on August 20, 2007

Cool link. I was either too young to be discovering music during this time (ergo listening to whatever my parents were listening to) or I was engrossed in the mainstream grunge scene.
posted by spiderskull at 10:54 PM on August 20, 2007

Do The Fall show up, by any chance?

No. For that you need The Tube.
posted by vbfg at 11:34 PM on August 20, 2007

Ahh the Chart show... I was under the illusion, at the age of 10, that people with the mysterious 'satelite TV' were able to control the fast forward/rewind and actually watch the videos they wanted to watch. It used to make me insanely jealous.
posted by Helga-woo at 2:10 AM on August 21, 2007

1989 - Bjork is queen of the indie scene

2007 - Bjork is undisputed queen of the indie scene

The few interesting things that you got in the indie chart were also in the dance chart at the time. It was always a disappointment to see the horse carousel appear on the screen.
posted by asok at 5:55 AM on August 21, 2007

Excellent post. Cheers.

It seemd a sad day when the chart show died, for some reason
posted by ZippityBuddha at 6:38 AM on August 21, 2007

This is the best one I've found so far, with My Bloody Valentine and Spacemen 3
posted by ZippityBuddha at 7:13 AM on August 21, 2007

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