camdwntownjohn wrote:Capital used to play country music, unless it was too sentimental.
Indeed, they used to play a lot of the relatively more credible stuff (listening to a Roger Scott offair recently on Mixcloud I was surprised at how much I liked Crystal Gayle's "Somebody Loves You", which I don't think I'd previously heard since the "old" Radio 2 still existed - lovely, yearning feel to it), but as you say, not the really full-on stuff which remained a long-term albatross for the genre in the UK, and "Teddy Bear" was obviously in the latter category. Looking at the airplay charts I printed from Record Business at the British Library, "Teddy Bear" was played by Radio 1 (which says a lot of depressing things), Radio 2, Piccadilly, City, BRMB, Hallam, Forth, Tees, Victory, Mercia, Plymouth Sound, Hereward and BBC Radio Scotland ... but, at least in its peak week, *not* by Clyde, Downtown or Orwell, which I'm not sure I'd have predicted. Maybe they actually thought their audience knew the genre too well and would think it was one step too far, giving the music a bad name, and maybe they were aware of the stereotypes and wanted to move beyond them?
I bet 'Making Your Mind Up' never made their playlist.
By contrast it was on their A-list according to Record Business.
"You Make My Dreams" was playlisted by several ILRs and was A-listed by Capital, but only ever received "occasional play" on Radio 1 (was this just Gambo?). apropos my political comments about its status today, I'm surprised that nobody I read picked up on the irony that, in the chart announced on the Friday when we had just found that a genuine looking back in anger at Thatcherism did so much better than expected, there were *three* albums in the Top 25 with versions of that great shrug of acceptance of Thatcherism (which is how "Don't Look Back in Anger" always seemed to me, even allowing for the last line and OFITN - I appreciate that this may not have been the original intention, but while I can admire 'Definitely Maybe' much more now, it can only be in the context of an album written under John Smith and intended to be released under his leadership, i.e. it would have been a different and better album in context had that been the case, and I have to imagine that before I can really get the feel of it), two with the original and one with an orchestral version. Didn't seem to fit the mood really.
Some of the New Pop thriving in the August 1981 Hitline was not necessarily playlisted by Capital, as it headed for its most MOR phase before it then reversed policy entirely when it took from the soul pirates in the autumn of 1984.