All four panelists tonight are new to NMTB, but one is not new to my binge-watching habits, as Jo Caulfield, the other Jo from Mock the Week, the one who always tried to predict whatever racist thing Frankie was going to say, is here tonight.
John Taylor is the bassist for Duran Duran, which is a pretty nice get. Fish used to sing for the band Marillion. Jon Lee is the drummer for Feeder, and would sadly take his own life less than a year after this broadcast.
Phill and co. keep commenting on the numerous wide shots of Kevin Rowland, making him look really big.
Phill: “Reminds me of a great idea for a film. Kevzilla. It’s about a giant lead singer.Y’see, he comes out of the Thames going “FWAEEEAHHH!”
Jo, pointing to Kevin: “Look at the size of fags in those days…no wonder they were dangerous…”
YAY FOO FIGHTERS ARE ON HERE, AND I ALREADY KNOW WHERE THE NAME COMES FROM!!
Also, NMTB never mentions the Foos, save for Vic Henley name-dropping them ones.
I like Fish’s laid back attitude, and the fact that he comes across more as a comedian than a musician. When he and John give partially correct answers, and Mark says he can’t really give any points, Fish goes “well, let’s just sort it out then. what’d you want to do about that…”
Oh, damn, the next Band Name is Travis, which means I known about the origin of THREE OUT OF FOUR of these band names. GO ME.
Jo, to John: “I had pictures of you on my wall…”
Mark: “Were you in prison?”
There’s a great moment where Jo, not really knowing the answer, mouths, teeth clenched, to John and Phill “Could you just give me the answer”, but Mark hears it clear as day, and chastises her about it, using the same clenched teeth voice, until he even yells the name of the song in that voice until she gets it.
Mark brings up a good point after his ‘crisp band names’ joke, about movies where people come back from the future to sort things out, going “if they only came back to tell us about what crisps they’ve got. Now that would be a disappointing blockbuster, wouldn’t it Mr. Fish? I’VE TRAVELLED CENTURIES…I’VE SEEN THINGS YOU COULDN’T POSSIBLY IMAGINE!”
Phill: “DOCTOR WHO, PASS THE WHATCHAMACALLITS!”
Fish: “YOU WAIT AND SEE! YOU…UNBELIEVERS…”
Mark: “He’s gone back to the past now…”
Phill, as Davros: “I’LL HAVE SOME WHATCHAMACALLITS.”
Jon, very confused during Intros: “Are you playing the chorus, or what?”
Fish, channeling Frankie Boyle: “WE’RE PLAYIN’ THE BLOODY INTRODUCTIONS!”
Also, the Fish-Sean dynamic is wonderful, because they both roll up their sleeves and do really funny stuff together.
Phill, on his ID Parade: “It’s a shame I can’t get any of them to talk, cause I’d love to hear #4 go “DO PAY ATTENTION, 007!”
Overall: A show that was solid through its first half but fell off after ID Parade. A lot of nice moments, especially courtesy of Fish and Jo, and John seemed pretty happy to be there, but a bit quieter than Episode 7.
Best Regular: Phill
Best Guest: Fish
Best Runner: Talking through Teeth.