Nevermind Watchdown: S6E9, or ‘How did I know that would please you?’

WE INTERRUPT THIS QI OVERLOAD TO BRING YOU THE LONG-AWAITED MISSING BUZZCOCKS EPISODE!

I swear, if there’s one thing that keeps me up at night, it’s the fact that out of all the Mark Lamarr NMTB episodes, there’s one that was lost to the online public, thanks to copyright laws, youtube takedowns, and just…rarity. And I’d gotten, thanks to the ‘LOST EPISODES’ spree recently, a great deal of my missing pieces posted…but not 6×09. Which, as I’m a completist, kinda stunk.

However, thanks to, as I’ve come to believe, the internet’s patron saint of Buzzcocks, antster1983, the lost episode fell into my hands. Before I head into Buzzcocks’ Last Crusade (aka the Rhod Gilbert season)…I figured I’d post this sucker up.

As it’s been tattooed in my brain for two years, the panel goes like this- Davina McCall and Junior Simpson on Phill’s team; DJ and electronic artist Chandrasonic and fading-memory Radio DJ Tommy Vance on Sean’s team. And this is back in Series 6, or the ill-fated ‘series 7’ that didn’t end up actually being Series 7.

Mark, doing Tommy’s standup: “Tommy was the first voice heard on Live Aid. Who could forget those moving words: “…BURGERS, HOT DOGS, FANTA…sorry, I’ve run out of onions…”

The odd part of this configuration is that Chandra is in position to RECIEVE intros on Sean’s team…which means Tommy Vance is expected to do intros. This will be fun.

On Motley Crue and the Beatles:
Sean: “Did one of Motley Crue try to kill George Harrison?”
[OOOOOH, TOPICAL JOKE!]
Mark, ever the smartass: “…he had a good stab at ‘im…”

Sean: “Is the connection burning records? Like, in America people started burning Beatles records when they said they were bigger than Jesus. Or…they burned Motley Crue records, you know, when they ran out of firewood…”
Tommy chuckles at this…
Sean: “…what’chu laughing at, Tommy, YOU LIKE THEM!”
Tommy: “I do…but I also like a nice fire…”

Sean: “Is it to do with Pamela? She’s dating the drummer for Motley Crue. And she got rid of her implants, because they were useless, and the Beatles-”
Mark: “HEY! TAKE THAT BACK! I’m not having that kinda talk on the show. Implants are never useless, ladies. They enhance a saggy breast…”
Sean: “They were a NUISANCE…”
Mark, still going: “COME TO PAPA!”

Tommy eventually says that it costs 4 grand for a breast operation, 2,000 pounds each.
Junior: “TWO THOUSAND POUNDS A TITTY?”
Phill, still to Tommy: “…what, a breast?”
Junior: “TWOOOOO THOUSAND? For ONE TITTY?”
Tommy: “Yeah…you can use two hands, so it’s a thousand each.”
Phill: “I could buy a couple capris for that! Obviously it wouldn’t get me in a bra…”
Mark: “…still look a tit in ’em…”

The reason I love Mark so much, is that when this digression happens, he doesn’t let it stop the show cold. He goes “We’re looking for the connection between Motley Crue and the Beatles. I know we went off on a little titty tangent there, but…”

Mark: “I’ll give you a clue, it has specifically to do with the bass players.”
Sean: “Oh, they’ve both shagged Pamela Anderson?”

Junior, reminding me how quick in the clutch he could be: “Is it a domestic violence type of thing, because Tommy Lee used to beat Pamela Anderson…and Yoko Ono used to sing to John…”

Sean: “Does Tommy Sixx live on the Mull of Kintyre?”
Phill: ‘Do they fly ’round in a JET…ooooh-ooooh…”
Mark: “I’m gonna have to tell you the answer because I’m getting quite angry…”

Davina says the connection between Geri Halliwell and Pavarotti is intense anal wind.
Sean: “Was that on an episode of Don’t Try This at Home?”
Davina: “Yeah, it’s not a bad idea for a challenge-”
Mark: “Try and blow a midget over with a fart?”

Junior: “Her first single was called ‘Look at Me’…and [Pavarotti’s] the only guy who’s visible from space.”

Phill: “I believe Geri’s had some sort of nose job or something. Pavarotti, liposuction, horribly wrong, the machine backfired…he got thirty pounds of Judy Chalmers”

Mark gives them a clue that it has something to do with political service.
Phill: “SHE’S in the UN, Pavarotti was invaded by BURMA!”

And, what kind of Mark Lamarr episode would this be without a Geri slam:
Mark: “Geri Halliwell was brought up as a Jehova’s witness. And although she doesn’t practice anymore, she still enjoys being knocked up on a Sunday morning.”
Phill laughs so hard at this he nearly chokes on whatever’s in his mug.

Chandra, like the rest of us, is bummed that he doesn’t get to do intros. Mark actually comes down and has him do any intro he wants…just so Mark can do the drumbeat or whatever. It’s actually a pretty cool moment. However, it’s made ridiculous by Phill, halfway through, singing Pavarotti-esque opera in the background.

I’ll give Tommy credit that he’s a ton less senile than he was in his Series 10 appearance, and he’s actually relatively coherent in Intros.

Sean, pointing to Tommy’s shirt: “I was actually there on my holidays last summer…”
Tommy, turning his shirt around: “Ah, but what about the back?”
Sean, taking this the wrong way: “…No, I never went THAT far…”

And then…halfway through intros, the Tommy I remember returns, with him not remembering how the song goes, barely remembering the name of it (from the card), and going “…can’t see through these damn glasses…”…through his SUNGLASSES. INDOORS.

Phill’s entire team is in sync tonight- all three of them dancing to Red Alert by Basement Jaxx is something that’d be gif-worthy in the modern era.

I missed Mark’s ID Parade name prattling so much. #6 in Sean’s is “Lord of the Ring…RINGS! SORRY!”

On the Baron Knights ID Parade, Sean: “Tommy, you know when they did that Smurf song? Why did they kidnap Papa Smurf, #5?”
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Sean: “#6 had a good CHRISTMAS!”
Mark: “…this is goin’ out in February, by the way…”
Sean: “…#6 had a good JANUARY!”

Tommy knows who it is, so he guesses: “#1 and #3, but I’m half blind in these glasses, so it could be anybody. It could be YOU!”, motioning to Sean.
Mark: “So you’re going for…SEAN…”
And sure enough, Sean goes up to the lineup with that…
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Mark: “Well, let’s find out if Sean is either Pete or Butch…well, certainly not Butch…”

As an added bonus, Phill’s team has to guess which one of the 5 is Carl Douglas, of Kung Fu Fighting fame, which is a big deal.

Mark: “Is it #1, Fast as Lighting…#2-
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Mark: “…a little bit frightening.”
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Davina: “#2 looks so dark and mysterious, and when he smiles, it’s ‘AWWW…”
Phill: “You have to say #2’s cheer-him-up catchphrase, which is, as we all know…’a little bit frightening!”
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Phill: “…I’m just having a laugh. I just MET Carl Douglas last Thursday! It’s #3!”
Mark: “Yes, I’ve worked with Carl a few times, and he’s been on television quite regularly, BUT NONETHELESS…LET’S FIND OUT!”

Next Lines:
Mark: “J and D here, united”
Chandra: “…black and white here to show you how we…the…[to the audience] that’s one of ours, too…”
Mark: “Is this your resignation letter from the band?”

Overall: Not perfect, as it definitely fell off right after Sean’s team went for Intros, but still a fun episode. The panel was imbalanced, as I didn’t really get to know people, but maybe I say that because I’m used to new-NMTB, where everyone’s over-edited. Actually, the emphasis, when it wasn’t on Junior, was more on Phill and Sean. Davina, Chandra and Tommy all had nice moments, but not nearly enough of them. Junior was great, but had his moments of overexposure. Still a fun enough episode, with a ton of runners in Connected, Phill as Pavarotti, the entire Junior/Mark banter which was too funny to write, and the fact that it felt real, and it felt fun back in S6.

Best Regular: Phill
Best Guest: Junior
Best Runner: Junior’s roots.

(Thanks again to antster for the help with this episode. Truly appreciated it.)

Nevermind Watchdown: S10E1, or HATS OFF TO GEORGEY!

We are TEN SEASONS INTO BUZZCOCKS! And I think there’s only one way to celebrate…WITH A BOY GEORGE EPISODE!!!

This is the start of Sean Hughes’ last series on Buzzcocks, and while he was wonderful, I am looking forward to the start of the Bill Bailey era on here. But still, let’s get to the episode.

Mari Wilson is a beehived hit maker from the 80’s and 70’s. Blade is an Armenian rapper, which puts him a notch above the Kardashians in terms of Armenian exports. Tommy Vance, a hard rock DJ legend, has been on the show before, but he was on an episode that was deemed too hot for Youtube (apparently).

Phill points out the point in the Cream video where a guy in the audience allegedly ‘ejaculates on that young lady’s glasses.’
Mark: “Well, when you go to see Cream, that’s what you do…”

George: “I love this shot of Eric’s bottom, which is very round and perfect.”
Phill: “It’s a bit blurry.”
George; “It wasn’t earlier…”

Mari: “Well, I used to babysit for Ginger Baker.”
Mark spit takes across the desk after hearing this.

Phill: ‘Did [Clapton] drink too much beer in the recording studio?”
Mari: “No, cause he did so much drugs. Beer wouldn’t stop him.”

Mari: “I reckon Keith Moon did kidnap him.”
Phill: “For what reason?”
George: “To look at his bottom.”
And George does the motion of a round ass. The guy’s hooked.
Mark: “His full moon.”

George complains about a ‘fly in his chardonnay’, and pours it all out onto the floor.
Mark: “Oh, that’s a good idea. Pour it out near where all the electric cables are…”

Mark: “You got an extra hat?”
George: “I got a big bed.”
Mark: “You’ll be lonely in it tonight…”
George: “But I only wanted to cuddle…”
Mark, disappointed: “I WANTED SEX!”

Sean, to Blade: “Have you ever done any road rage?”
Blade: “I can’t even drive. I’m still catching a bus.”
Sean: “Ah, that must get ya REALLY angry.”
Mark: “Blade, have you ever done any songs about drive-by shootings? Because now that people know you’re on the bus, it’s not so threatening…”

Mark: ‘The answer is that drummer Danny Goffey threw a punch at a car…WHICH IS QUITE DUMB, ISN’T IT?”

George, pre-intros: “Can I show the back of me jacket first?”
George turns around. His jacket reads ‘EARTH GIRLS R EASY’
Mark: “How would you know?”

After a very inspired, but not very good, intro.
Mari: “Can you do it again, but with more conviction?”
George: “Oh, fuck off.”

After George cuddles up to Phill
Mark: “Can I say. You are the skillful gay of Britain. You’ve got three straight men fighting over who gets you…HATS OFF TO GEORGEY!”

George, after Blade’s beatboxing: “You have to hear what Mari just said…”
Mari: “I said that his mouth is very malleable.”
Blade: “You won’t be the first woman to say that. (beat) What does malleable mean?”

Sean: “For #2, can we break tradition a little bit-”
Mark: “And not do it?”

ID Parade:
Mari: “#3 looks Spanish, though.”
George, trying to get his attention: “Mantequilla para gallleta.”
Mari: “Mantequilla…that’s butter…”
Mark: “OH HOLD ON…I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE REST OF IT MEANS…”

Phill: “#4 was in Shrek!”
Mark: “Foghorn Shrekhorn!”

Tommy: “They all look like newsreaders of of BBC 24”
Sean, confused: “…no they don’t…”

Sean: “What about those pockets they have there. What kind of tools could they put in the-SHUT UP GEORGE!”

Next Lines: “Living after midnight, rocking til the dawn.”
Sean: “Your kind of night, Tommy. Tell ’em what it is.”
Tommy: “Don’t remember.”
Sean: “Come on, it’s Judas Priest!”
Tommy: “Oh, is it? Okay.”
Sean: “WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE???”
Mark, bringing back his demonic voice from 9×09: “LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT, ROCKING TIL THE DAWN.”

Mark: “Can I get one of those big megaphones so that Tommy can PLAY this game?”
Tommy: “I can lip-read.”
Mark, with the card in front of his mouth: “There’s no regrets…”

Mark: “I, I will be king.”
Then Mark realizes exactly what he’s been set up for and goes ‘oh, god.”
George, smiling: “AND YOU…YOU WILL BE QUEEN.”
Mark: “I WILL NOT!!!”

Mark’s signoff is “I’ve been Mark Lamarr….SECURITY!!!” (runs away from George)

Overall: HUGE show to break us into Series 10. It helped that Boy George was back, and was totally himself, but it helped more that the panel was strong around him, with Tommy giving some funny stuff (unintentionally mostly), Mari contributing a lot, and Blade at least having a nice time. But still, this was George’s show, and literally everyone got in on the fun.

Best Regular: Mark
Best Guest: George (ya big poof)
Best Runner: George flirting with everybody.