Joe from IDLES talk show is ‘The One Show’ punk rock
Enough with the wet-eyed room livestreams. The artists desperately want to keep playing during the lockdown, but there’s something to do with the IKEA floral duvet cover of your favorite singer-songwriters on the back of their photo that takes away the magic. It’s sweet, sure, but it’s definitely not the same as a night out. Instead, I’m here for musicians who have pivoted into something a little different, like IDLES frontman Joe Talbot, who used a global pandemic as an excuse to become a talk show host, placing himself somewhere between Jerry Springer and Iggy Pop. But, like, from Bristol.
Balley Television is stupid, smart, weird, wise, rude, sweet, stupid, thoughtful, utterly confusing, and utterly hilarious. Think a punk rock version of the BBC’s flagship Daily Dose of Inanity, The only show, and you’re almost there. At Balley Television, discussions shift from various IDLES members’ penchant for hard drugs to diversity within the music industry to a guest pissing in a bottle rather than going to the bathroom to white privilege at the drop of a hat. “Free therapy? Virtual pub? Watch Balley TV and you won’t learn anything, ”is the show’s slogan, but that’s only half true. Here are some of the things we learned after watching the first four episodes. Here is a bunch more.
Guests are perfect
So far, Joe’s has hosted an unwavering selection of guests including Arlo Parks, Nadya of Pussy Riot – whose demonstration of a death metal howl is one of the show’s many highlights – Hak Baker , Kate Tempest, Billy Bragg, Lauren of Chrvches, Mike Skinner of The Streets and Kenny Beats. Of course, it’s 2020 – that is, the year of absolute chaos – these guests don’t actually enter the studio, but appear via a video link, their heads swinging over an iPad that’s stitched into it. the head of a somewhat terrifying selection, huge soft toys. Which brings us to….
The set is brilliantly bizarre
In a beige corduroy chair – much like something your favorite nan might have – Joe brings the show to life from an intense ensemble, painted pink, covered in plants and covered in swirling rugs that, if it was your own home, could drive you crazy in a few minutes. In the context of Balley TV however, the 1970s thematic ensemble works wonderfully. It also makes the giant soft toys on the couch replacing the guests a little less disturbing … slightly.
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The tone is there
Just like how The only show can go from an article about a group of cheerful young beekeepers to a short segment on an ax murder, Balley Television constantly shifts from lightness to fairly serious reality. But in Balley TelevisionIn this case, it never seems strange or off-putting. In fact, it’s the lack of fuss over topics like the role of airing your politics in your music and how to use your privilege that makes discussions on the show so accessible. In a revealing conversation with IDLES ‘Mark Bowen and Arlo Parks, Billy Bragg delves into his own ideology when it comes to mixing pop and politics. “It is not the role of the artist to change the world”, he reasons. “It’s the role of the public to change the world, it’s the role of the artist to get them to do it.”
It’s extremely funny
Episode one sees Dev from IDLES – who has also streamed his own workouts from home elsewhere online – telling all about his recent completely honest dealings with the dark web. “It’s very user-friendly, who would have thought! he says, in a very entertaining breakdown of the Internet backcountry. Cue a funny story about a friend of Mike Skinner, who would now be a millionaire if he had kept his £ 100 of bitcoin instead of buying cocaine with seven years ago on the dark web. “Is there anything out there that isn’t hit men, credit cards, and stimulants,” Skinner asks. “I can imagine a florist on the dark web saying, ‘What the hell, why ain’t nobody buying these flowers! »», Offers Talbot.
This week on Balley TV! Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) presents Joe ‘a pint of crap’ and Hak Baker tells us all her biggest regrets! Episode 2 is now available on Youtube! Https: //m.youtube.com/playlist? List = PL1h1aQTAqESvkKNehOAYZny6JVQoCcM_c
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It’s also quite disgusting
The Balley TV format involves a fun game for the whole family in which Talbot asks a guest to answer 10 ridiculously impossible questions, stuffing a marshmallow in his mouth for each correct answer and two for each incorrect answer. It normally ends with vomiting. In other disgusting news, Hak Baker admits midway through his episode that he pissed in a beer bottle rather than taking a bathroom break.
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