BUG ON TV NEWS!
JULY 9th, 9.30pm, SKY ATLANTIC
Hey ho there! Apologies for the record-breaking period of blog neglect and now for this mega TLDR vowel movement…
My previous post went up in October 2011, just as the episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks that I hosted was about to air. A few weeks after that we found out that Sky Atlantic were commissioning 8 half hour BUG TV episodes. After a few more live shows (including The Radiohead Special at the Odeon Leicester Square and a great run of shows in Sydney at the start of 2012) we got to work putting together the 8 TV episodes with Burning Bright Productions who were responsible for getting Sky interested in BUG in the first place.
As I write there is a week to go before the first episode of Adam Buxton’s BUG (though I am just the front man of the BUG band) airs on Sky Atlantic on Monday 9th July at 9.30pm, after one of Steve Coogan’s new Alan Partridge shows! Here clip here.
Some friends have grumbled that they won’t be able to watch cos they don’t have Sky. Obviously I’m aware that there is a political dimension to making a show for a subscription channel (nice backhanded compliment in this Guardian piece) but I’ve never had a problem with subscribing to Sky personally and wasn’t about to turn them down when they offered to commission BUG. The fact that they were the only broadcaster who wanted us to make the show the way we wanted to (let alone make it at all), was also a considerable incentive.
In the end, thanks to our commissioners at Sky and our producers at Burning Bright, it’s been the most enjoyable TV show I’ve been involved with since my early days at Channel 4 with Joe (when I didn’t fully realise how lucky I was). Whether it will be as successful as The Persuasionists I just can’t say.
“Bug, in which a bearded man essentially reads out a succession of misspelled YouTube comments in a funny voice for half an hour…” GUARDIAN
Admittedly that sounds like a terrific show, and I certainly do read out some You Tube comments (not all misspelled tho) once in each part of every programme (using not just one but up to 4 different funny voices), BUT the music videos are still very much the backbone of the BUG. If you’re up on your pop promos or you’ve been to every live BUG show we’ve done over the last few years, then some will be familiar to you, but there’s a large part of the audience that won’t have seen them all before and that’s really the point of it all. To share some excellent videos with some other foolery thrown in.
The TV episodes are half an hour each (22 minutes with ad breaks) so we can’t show as many videos as we’d like but we’ve done our best to include a lot of our favourites and get some good You Tube comments in there too.
BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEOS!
The other big piece of an admittedly pretty basic puzzle, has been the opportunity to bring in guest directors to make new music videos specially for the shows.
The brilliant Layzell brothers and their team (including genius illustrator Jim Stoten) have made a wonderfully trippy 60′s flavoured animated video for Tiny Tim’s version Living In The Sunlight Loving In The Moonlight.
Pop promo and ad behemoth Dougal Wilson has made a suitably demented live action video for my Song Wars song Party Pom Pom (remixed specially by Stuart Earl, who polished up most of my musical contributions to the show).
We spent a weekend in a Paris studio with David Freymond of French directing gang L’Ogre (who made the glorious Hold Your Horses video). He and his team made one of my favourite videos from the series for a slightly tweaked version of my song The Coming Back From Holiday Blues
Cyriak (with help from illustrator Sarah Brown) has made a Baby Einstein style video for a new song of mine (based on a song I did for a sketch in Rush Hour years ago) called The Counting Song that aims to teach children about arithmetic and disappointment.
Precociously talented artist/filmmaker David Wilson was given just one day in a Japanese restaurant in Brighton to make a video for a new song of mine about Sushi and came away with a super stylish video that makes me look exactly like Aston from JLS (if he was white, bearded, and lardy).
I’ve also made a video for a new song of mine called Amazing Music Video Song. It’s quite a weird mess, but I had fun making it!
The brand new video in our first show is by Garth Jennings, charming and brilliant music video and movie-maker extraordinaire. It’s for Guitar Wolf’s superbly unhinged version of Summertime Blues and features me in a one-piece bathing suit, running about between increasingly large (and real) explosions on a beach in West Wittering on the south coast of England. It’s a video I’ve wanted to make ever since I got to know the music of Guitar Wolf through doing Adam & Joe Go Tokyo and I’m very grateful to Garth for getting it to turn out exactly as I’d hoped!
Overall I’m very happy with the way the shows have turned out (as are the rest of the BUG team) and I’m very grateful to everyone who worked on them, especially our producer Seamus Murphy-Mitchell. Thanks if you came along to the tapings we did at Riverside Studios. The audiences we had on each night were great and made a big difference to how the final shows came together. So if you have Sky, and you can get used to my big hairy, tired looking face grinning at you in HD, I hope you’ll watch the shows and enjoy both the videos and my 4 funny voices.
And in non-subscription reality, we’ll still be at the BFI Southbank every couple of months with an entirely new selection of music videos for you. You’ll find several upcoming dates in the Events section of this blog.
Oh and if that still not quite enough BUG for you, check out the free 5th Anniversary BUG app, lovingly made for us by Neil Richards of websitesarelovely and Neil McLean at Ayelike LTD. Lorra lully Neils.
Meanwhile people are often asking me when Joe and I will be back on 6 Music. The simple is answer I don’t know. Maybe never, maybe in a few months. I’m glad to say that door has certainly not been closed so I hope it won’t be long before we step through it once again, though of course leaving a door open like that for so long represents a fire risk that I don’t think health and safety at the Castle would be happy about. And if it turns out that Joe isn’t able to come back then perhaps I’ll do something else on my own again, or even with someone else(?!), we’ll see. Sorry that’s not much of an answer but I never really reply to those questions on Twitter (precisely for the lack of a good answer) so I thought I’d do a rambly crap answer on here instead!
Going to try to post a little more regularly than I have been from now on, so see you soon I hope. I’ll leave you with something I should have posted on here ages ago but never got round to. My Moby Song which I made for the BUG Moby Special last year, then used in shortened form for Never Mind The Buzzcocks. This is the full version which I still enjoy pooforming at the odd gig.
love A Buckles.