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Very nice surprise...,
This review is from: Remembering... Kenny Everett (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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I wasn't too sure what to expect from this. I mean, it seemed like a rather belated audio obituary, and possibly a bit of 'cashing in' on the archives. Well, I suppose on one level, it might be, but it is also a genuine celebration of someone who really knew how to use the radio medium. It is a joy to listen to.
The whole thing is held together by a generally unobtrusive narration from Barry Cryer and is roughly biographical. Using archives from 'Desert Island Discs' (with Sue Lawley), 'Where It's At' (which I don't remember), 'Start The Week', 'Kaleidoscope' and, of course, 'The Kenny Everett Show' (from television) amongst others, the programme gives examples of his work from earliest pirate radio days, through to Radios 1, 2 and 4 plus plenty of references to his work on commercial radio but unfortunately (but not unreasonably) no clips of the latter.
Highlights, I suppose, must include the interviews with the Beatles. These are interesting, yes, but really they don't, for me, illustrate Kenny Everett's genius for radio. Later clips of his mock-adverts, his multi-tracked jingles, excerpts from some of his radio characters - all these give a much better sense of why Kenny Everett was so important to radio. I do wish they had managed to include clips from 'Captain Kremmen' but that, of course, was from his days on Capital Radio. What is surprising is just how well many of the clips stand by themselves. Maybe this is because the selection includes many that were not simply intro's to songs, but several longer pieces that get a chance to develop and expand and thus really show off Kenny Everett's mastery of his medium.
Kenny Everett is important in the development of modern radio. Along with people like Viv Stanshall and comedy dramas such as The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, he opened up the medium and really started exploring some of it's possibilities. There does not appear to be so much experimentation these days - and it seems quite likely that if Kenny Everett was still broadcasting, he'd still frequently be getting fired.
As I say, this was a very pleasant surprise. I was doing a bit of baking when I put it on to listen to, but I soon stopped and sat down and properly listened to the whole thing. As soon as the first disc finished, I played the second from beginning to end. I'm going to listen to it again now and I'm sure I will listen to it again in the future.
So - this is not simply a touching and heart-felt biography but also a celebration of a true radio artist, someone who was a master of his medium. Enjoy.