Thursday, 4 May 2017
672 High Band
First viewed : Summer 1984
When The Tube went on its summer holidays in 1984, Channel 4 didn't resurrect Switch to fill its Friday evening slot but came up with High Band instead. High Band was the ultimate in cheap programme-making ; all it consisted of was broadcasting a previously released music VHS that roughly fitted the time slot. Inevitably, the acts featured were slightly past their commercial peak, making the calculation that the benefits of an hour's exposure would outweigh the losses through home taping.
The only two I recall watching, both at my hall of residence , were Blondie's video for the Parallel Lines album , with the aforementioned Mike Hughes pontificating about what a great drummer Clem Burke was, and ABC's Mantrap folly which drew some negative comments about Martin Fry's wooden acting.