Jools Holland

Julian Miles "Jools" Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958) is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and television presenter. He was an original member of the band Squeeze and his work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine, The The and Bono.

Since 1992, he has hosted Later... with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, on which his annual show Hootenanny is based.[1] Holland is a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows. In 2004, he collaborated with Tom Jones on an album of traditional R&B music.

Holland also regularly hosts the weekly programme Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, which is a mix of live and recorded music and general chat and features studio guests, along with members of his orchestra.

Jools Holland

Jools Holland at the BAFTA's
Background information
Birth nameJulian Miles Holland
Born24 January 1958 (age 61)
Blackheath, London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • composer
  • television presenter
  • bandleader
Instruments
  • Piano
  • keyboards
  • vocals
  • guitar
Years active1974–present
Associated acts
Websitewww.joolsholland.com

Education

Holland was educated at Shooters Hill Grammar School, a former state grammar school on Red Lion Lane in Shooter's Hill (near Woolwich), in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London, from which he was expelled for damaging a teacher's Triumph Herald.[2]

Life and career

Holland played as a session musician before finding fame, and his first studio session was with Wayne County & the Electric Chairs in 1976 on their track "Fuck Off".[3]

Holland was a founding member of the British pop band Squeeze, formed in March 1974, in which he played keyboards until 1981 and helped the band to achieve millions of record sales, before pursuing his solo career.[3]

Holland began issuing solo records in 1978, his first EP being Boogie Woogie '78. He continued his solo career through the early 1980s, releasing an album and several singles between 1981 and 1984. He branched out into TV, co-presenting the Newcastle-based TV music show The Tube with Paula Yates. Holland achieved notoriety by inadvertently using the phrase, "be there, or be an ungroovey fucker" in an early evening TV trailer, live across two channels, for the show, causing him to be suspended from the show for six weeks.[4] He referred to this in his sitcom The Groovy Fellers with Rowland Rivron. Holland also appeared as a guest host on MTV.

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Holland at the Tsunami Relief concert in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, 22 January 2005

In 1983 Holland played an extended piano solo on The The's re-recording of "Uncertain Smile" for the album Soul Mining. In 1985, Squeeze (which had continued in Holland's absence through to 1982) unexpectedly regrouped including Holland as their keyboard player. Holland remained in the band until 1990, at which point he again departed Squeeze to resume his solo career as a musician and a TV host.

In 1987, Holland formed the Jools Holland Big Band, which consisted of himself and Gilson Lavis from Squeeze. This gradually became the 18-piece Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.[3]

Between 1988 and 1990 he performed and co-hosted along with David Sanborn during the two seasons of the music performance programme Sunday Night on NBC late-night television.[5] Since 1992 he has presented the music programme Later... with Jools Holland, plus an annual New Year's Eve Hootenanny.

In 1996, Holland signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records,[3] and his records are now marketed through Rhino Records.

On 29 November 2002, Holland was in the ensemble of musicians who performed at the Concert for George, which celebrated the music of the late George Harrison. In January 2005 Holland and his band performed with Eric Clapton as the headline act of the Tsunami Relief Cardiff.

The Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, includes singers Louise Marshall and Ruby Turner and his younger brother, singer-songwriter and keyboard player, Christopher Holland.

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Jools Holland and his R&B Orchestra performing at Guilfest 2012

On 4 June 2012, Holland performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London. Also in June 2012, he presented a programme about the popular songs of London on BBC Two.

He presents a weekly programme on BBC Radio 2, combining guests and chat, with recorded and live music.

On 24 June 2017 Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra played a set on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival which included a special appearance from Chris Difford, a current member of his previous band Squeeze.

In November 2017 Holland released a new album As You See Me Now, working alongside Jose Feliciano and embarked on a sell-out tour of 33 UK dates. In many interviews Jools described Feliciano as his true hero, saying: "When I heard his music, it had the same effect on me as Ray Charles, The Beatles and Motown. Hearing José sing and play was like an arrow straight to my heart."

Personal life

On 29 August 2005, Holland married Christabel McEwen, his girlfriend of 15 years and daughter of artist Rory McEwen. Holland lives in the Westcombe Park area of Blackheath in southeast London, where he had his studio, Helicon Mountain, built to his design and inspired by Portmeirion, the setting for the 1960s TV series The Prisoner.[6] He also owns a manor house near medieval Cooling Castle in Kent.[7][8]

He appeared on the cover of Railway Modeller magazine in January 2019.[9] In the attic of his house, Holland has spent ten years building a 100-foot (30 m) model railway. It is full of miniature buildings and landscapes that stretch from Berlin to London. He started with photographs and paintings from early 1960s London. "In the evenings, he builds some trains and buildings before switching on some music, pouring a glass of wine and switching on the trains to watch them move around the room."[10]

He received an OBE in 2003 in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, for services to the British music industry as a television presenter and musician.[11] In September 2006, Holland was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent.[12] Holland was appointed an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University at a ceremony held at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 January 2009.[13] On 1 February 2011 he was appointed honorary colonel of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment.[14]

In June 2006 Holland performed in Southend for HIV/AIDS charity Mildmay,[15] and in early 2007 he performed at Wells and Rochester Cathedrals to raise money for maintaining cathedral buildings.[16] He is also patron of Drake Music.[17]

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Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra at Guilfest 2012

A fan of the 1960s TV series The Prisoner,[6] in 1987 Holland demonstrated his love of the series and starred in a spoof documentary, The Laughing Prisoner, with Stephen Fry, Terence Alexander and Hugh Laurie.[6] Much of it was shot on location in Portmeirion, with archive footage of Patrick McGoohan, and featuring musical numbers from Siouxsie and the Banshees, Magnum and XTC. Holland performed a number towards the end of the programme.

Holland was an interviewer for The Beatles Anthology TV project, and appeared in the 1997 film Spiceworld as a musical director.

In 2008, Holland commissioned TV series Bangla Bangers (Chop Shop) to create a replica of the Rover JET1 for personal use. Holland is a greyhound racing supporter and has previously owned dogs.[18]

Writing

His 2007 autobiography, Barefaced Lies and Boogie Woogie Boasts, was BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week" in the week beginning 8 October 2007 and was read by Holland.

Discography

Albums which charted and received certifications

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
[19]
UK
[20]
NZ
[21]
1996 Sex & Jazz & Rock & Roll 38
1998 Best Of
  • UK: Silver
2000 Hop The Wag
  • UK: Silver
2001 Small World Big Band 8 23
  • UK: 2× Platinum
2002 SWBB Volume Two: More Friends 17 44
  • UK: Platinum
2003 Jack O The Green (SWBB Friends 3) 39
  • UK: Silver
2004 Tom Jones & Jools Holland 5
  • UK: Gold
2005 Swinging the Blues, Dancing the Ska 36
2007 Best of Friends 9
  • UK: Silver
2011 Finding The Keys – The Best of 127[22]
2012 The Golden Age of Song 11[23]
  • UK: Silver
2015 Jools & Ruby 39[24]
2017 As You See Me Now (with José Feliciano) 24
2018 A Lovely Life to Live (with Marc Almond) 61

Releases

  • 1978 "Boogie Woogie '78" (EP)
  • 1981 Jools Holland and His Millionaires
  • 1984 Jools Holland Meets Rock 'A' Boogie Billy (US release only)
  • 1990 World of His Own
  • 1991 The Full Complement
  • 1992 "Together Again" (single with Sam Brown)
  • 1992 The A-Z Geographer's Guide to the Piano
  • 1994 Solo Piano
  • 1994 Live Performance
  • 1995 Piano
  • 1996 Sex & Jazz & Rock & Roll
  • 1997 Lift the Lid
  • 1998 Best Of
  • 1999 Sunset Over London
  • 2000 Hop the Wag
  • 2001 Small World Big Band
  • 2002 SWBB Volume Two: More Friends
  • 2003 Jack O the Green (SWBB Friends 3)
  • 2004 Tom Jones & Jools Holland
  • 2005 Beatroute
  • 2005 Swinging the Blues, Dancing the Ska
  • 2006 Moving Out to the Country
  • 2007 Best of Friends
  • 2008 The Collection
  • 2008 The Informer (with Ruby Turner)
  • 2008 "The Informer" (single with Ruby Turner)
  • 2009 "I Went By" (single with Louise Marshall)
  • 2010 Rockinghorse
  • 2011 Finding the Keys: The Best of Jools Holland
  • 2012 The Golden Age of Song
  • 2014 Sirens of Song (UK No. 25)
  • 2015 Jools & Ruby (with Ruby Turner)
  • 2016 Piano
  • 2017 As You See Me Now (with José Feliciano)
  • 2018 A Lovely Life to Live (with Marc Almond)

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Film and television

Current television programmes

Books

  • "Rolling Stones": A Life on the Road (with Dora Loewenstein), Viking/Allen Lane (1998) (ISBN 0-670-88051-5)
  • Beat Route: Journeys Through Six Counties, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1998) (ISBN 0-575-06700-4)
  • Ray Charles: Man and Music, (with Michael Lydon), Payback Press (1999) (ISBN 0-86241-929-8)
  • Hand That Changed Its Mind, International Music Publications (2007) (ISBN 1-84328-645-9)
  • Barefaced Lies and Boogie-woogie Boasts, Penguin Books (2007) (ISBN 9780718149154)

References

  1. ^ "BBC Later With Jools Holland". BBC. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  2. ^ Farndale, Nigel (19 November 2006). "A man in touch with his inner anorak". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "About Jools – Official site". Joolsholland.com. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  4. ^ "Laughing Policeman Wireless Society: History of Swearing". Laughingpoliceman.com. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  5. ^ "Sunday Night" episodes No. 104 (1988), No. 113 (1989), No. 114 (1989), No. 121 (1989)
  6. ^ a b c "About Jools – Biography – Official site". Joolsholland.com. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  7. ^ Dyer, Chris; Bird, Steve (17 March 2018). "Jools Holland wins battle over late night music from wedding venue neighbour". Telegraph.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Jools Holland in wedding venue noise row". Bbc.co.uk. 16 March 2018.
  9. ^ PECO. Railway Modeller https://peco-uk.com/pages/railway-modeller. Retrieved 26 February 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Horton, Helena. "Jools Holland reveals 100ft long model railway in his attic that he spent 10 years building". The Telegraph. The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  11. ^ "No. 56963". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 14 June 2003. p. 11.
  12. ^ Farndale, Nigel (19 November 2006). "A man in touch with his inner anorak". (Interview with Jools Holland). London: Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  13. ^ "Widdecombe, Holland and Underwood are appointed honorary fellows". Canterbury Christ Church University. 3 February 2009. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  14. ^ "No. 59986". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 6 December 2011. p. 23310.
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  16. ^ "Jools Holland To Play UK Charity Concerts". Easier.com. 25 January 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2007.
  17. ^ "Leaders in Music, Disability & Technology". Drake Music. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  18. ^ Racing Post Greyhound TV, Racing Post, 11 January 2013.
  19. ^ [2] Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "Jools Holland | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography Jools Holland". Charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  22. ^ "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update: Chart Date 18 June 2011". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  23. ^ "Official UK Albums Top 100 – 22nd December 2012 | Official UK Top 40 | music charts | Official Albums Chart". Officialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  24. ^ Copsey, Rob (2015-12-11). "Adele beats Coldplay to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  25. ^ "Jools Holland - Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  26. ^ Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine: Jools' Holland's Happening 1990-1991. Publisher: Kaleidoscope Publishing. Retrieved: 29 May 2015.
  27. ^ Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine: Jools' Holland's Happening (1991-1992). Publisher: Kaleidoscope Publishing. Retrieved: 29 May 2015.
  28. ^ "Virginia Astley". Virginiaastley.com. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

External links

Adele filmography

The following is a filmography for English singer-songwriter Adele, who made her first television appearance on an edition of Later... with Jools Holland in June 2007.

Blue Is the Colour

Blue Is the Colour is the fifth studio album from English band The Beautiful South, released in October 1996 through Go! Discs and in America through Ark 21 Records. Following the two singles "Pretenders to the Throne" and "Dream a Little Dream", which never featured on any album until the release of the second greatest hits Solid Bronze in 2001, it was named after a pub in Sheffield.

The album continued the melancholic tone of its predecessor Miaow, and is generally considered to be the band's darkest effort, reflecting Heaton's life at the time. This comes across in songs such as "Liars’ Bar" (about alcoholism), "The Sound of North America" (a sarcastic look at capitalism), "Mirror" (Prostitution), "Blackbird on the Wire", "Have Fun" (which Heaton has cited as his saddest song), and the self-explanatory "Alone".

The album spawned 4 singles, the first being "Rotterdam", which peaked at No. 5 in the charts in September 1996. The follow ups were "Don't Marry Her" which reached No. 8 in December, "Blackbird on the Wire", which got to No. 23 in March 1997 and finally the single "Liar's Bar" which just missed the Top 40 in June. The lyrics to "Don't Marry Her" were substantially altered for radio release – changing from "Don't marry her, fuck me" to "Don't marry her, have me", and with "sweaty bollocks" becoming "Sandra Bullocks". On "Liars' Bar", Paul Heaton's vocal consciously imitates the style of Tom Waits, while in "Alone" the bass line serves as another allusion to him. The album itself topped the album charts on 2 November 1996.

Some versions of the album come with a sticker saying "WARNING track one contains some possibly offensive blue language"

Christopher Holland

Christopher William Holland (born 18 September 1966) is an English keyboard player, singer and songwriter. He is the younger brother of pianist and band-leader Jools Holland and is the twin of Richard Edward Holland, a professional drummer.

Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti

Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti is a 1985 album by the British new wave group Squeeze. It is the band's sixth album, and the first recorded since their breakup in 1982. It reunited songwriters Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford with drummer Gilson Lavis and keyboardist Jools Holland (now credited as "Julian"). Keith Wilkinson, who played bass on the 1984 Difford & Tilbrook album, joined Squeeze for the first time. He would stay with the band for over a decade, making him the longest-lasting bassist in Squeeze's history. Laurie Latham produced the album. The album peaked at number 31 in the UK Albums Chart.The album's title is a play on words, combining the name of the Mozart Italian-language opera Così fan tutte with the name of the Italian confection tutti-frutti (also the name of a Little Richard song). The album's cover art expands this into a visual pun, with a picture of a tea cozy (cosi), a fan, and a tutti-frutti dessert.

In 1997, the CD was released in the UK with two bonus tracks, as part of the Six of One... box set. The set included the band's first six studio albums, each digitally remastered. These CDs were made available for purchase in 1998.

Curiously, the 1997 remaster used the shorter versions of the songs originally issued on vinyl and not the longer versions issued on the first CD.

Dave Swift

Dave Swift (born 11 January 1964) is a British bassist. He is best known for his work on the BBC2 Television program Later... with Jools Holland as part of Jools's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Gilson Lavis

Gilson Lavis ( GHIL-sən LAY-vis, born David Leslie Gilson Lavis, 27 June 1951, Bedford, England) is an English drummer and portrait artist. He gained fame as the drummer with band Squeeze in the 1970s. Lavis is currently the drummer with his ex-bandmate Jools Holland's band Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Before joining Squeeze, he had already built up a substantial amount of experience, having toured with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton. He was working in a brickyard when he noticed the advertisement in Melody Maker for Squeeze.Lavis now tours around the United Kingdom with Jools Holland, his long-term musical partner.

Lavis is also a portrait artist having had several exhibitions in London and the home counties. He has painted numerous musicians including Lily Allen, Paloma Faith, Lulu and Smokey Robinson.

Heartbreaking World

"Heartbreaking World", released Oct. 1985, was the third UK single released from Squeeze's sixth album, Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti. While every other Squeeze single was written by the team of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, this one was penned by Difford and keyboardist Jools Holland. This is also the only Squeeze single to feature a lead vocal by Holland. Holland's younger brother Chris Holland also plays emulator on this track.

Hourglass (Squeeze song)

"Hourglass" was the first single released from Squeeze's seventh album, Babylon and On. Aided by an optical illusion-filled music video directed by Ade Edmondson and featured an appearance from former band member Jools Holland, that it received substantial airplay on MTV, "Hourglass" became the highest-charting hit the band ever had in the United States, peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, while reaching number 16 in the UK Singles Chart.

Jools' Annual Hootenanny

Hootenanny is an annual show presented by Jools Holland which is broadcast on New Year's Eve as an end of year special of his television series Later... with Jools Holland. It is generally broadcast between 11pm on 31 December and between 1am and 2am the following morning in the United Kingdom on BBC Two.

The pre-recorded show features a Hogmanay party atmosphere with all the guests (drawn from across the world of showbusiness) and other guest audience members present, and the artists themselves getting involved alongside a variety of musical acts by the artists from various genres who perform both before and after midnight. There is a countdown to the midnight start of the New Year, followed by a traditional rendition of "Auld Lang Syne", often with the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards. Among the regular events of the evening is the spot where Holland asks actor and comedian Rowland Rivron his predictions for the year ahead/his New Year's resolutions. Editions also feature a white-suited man with a clock for a face named Father Time or Clockman.

Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra (also known as Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra) is a rhythm and blues band led by boogie-woogie pianist Jools Holland.

Later... with Jools Holland

Later... with Jools Holland (previously known as ...Later with Jools Holland) is a contemporary English music television show hosted by Jools Holland. A spin-off of The Late Show, it has been running in short series since 1992 and is a part of BBC Two's late-night line-up, usually at around 11 pm to 12 midnight. The day of transmission has varied, but currently it is usually recorded on a Tuesday for Saturday broadcast and features a mixture of both established and new musical artists, from solo performers to bands and larger ensembles.

The show is considered an institution, having notched up millions of fans around the world. It is currently broadcast in America on MTV Live (formerly known as Palladia); previously it had been shown on Ovation, BBC America, Fuse, and Dave. The Ovation and Fuse broadcasts leave out several performances (and usually one or two performers entirely) to air commercials within a one-hour timeslot. It is also shown in Australia on the UKTV channel and ABC2, in Canada on HIFI and AUX TV, in Germany on ZDFkultur, in Spain on Canal+ Xtra, in Croatia on HRT 2, in Latin America on Film&Arts and in Belgium, France, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates on iConcerts HD. And in Ireland on TG4.

The 200th programme was broadcast on 1 February 2008. The 250th edition was broadcast in September 2010.

Later with Jools Holland (Björk DVD)

Later with Jools Holland is an official DVD released by Björk on August 23, 2003. The DVD contains seven rare performances of Björk from 1995 to 1997 that have all been recorded on the Later with Jools Holland program. All performances featured on the DVD are radically re-worked from the original album versions; for "Hyperballad" she is accompanied by electra strings; "Venus as a Boy" with Guy Sigsworth on harpsichord; "Possibly Maybe" with a full band featuring legendary slide guitarist BJ Cole; "Bachelorette" and "Hunter" with an Icelandic String Octet and Mark Bell, "Jóga" with an Icelandic String Octet and "So Broken" accompanied by world-famous Flamenco guitarist Raimundo Amador. Björk had also performed "Aeroplane" on the show with D'Influence (her first ever live performance as a solo artist) but it is not included on the DVD, although it is erroneously mentioned on the insert track listing. The performance of "Jóga" also appears on another Jools Holland DVD (Later With Jools Holland: Mellow), which was released in 2006. All the performances are of album tracks apart from "So Broken" which is a B-side to the Jóga single.

The Video Album was re-released in 2012 as Later with Jools Holland 1995–2011, including the latter performances from Björk in 2007 and 2011, promoting Volta and Biophilia respectively.

Live Box

Live Box is a set of 4 live CDs, a live DVD and a 36-page booklet by Icelandic musician Björk, released in August 2003. Each live CD roughly corresponds to one album in her (at the time of release) four album solo discography. The 4 live CDs were later released separately in June 2004

RJ Thompson

RJ Thompson (born 25 June 1985) is a British singer-songwriter. Thompson came to prominence in 2014 after touring as support act for UK pianist Jools Holland, performing at venues including the Royal Albert Hall.

Ruby Turner

Francella Ruby Turner, MBE (born 22 June 1958) is a British Jamaican R&B and soul singer, songwriter, and actress.

In a music career spanning more than 30 years, Turner is best known for her albums and single releases in Europe and North America. She is also known for her work as a session backing vocalist, artists she has worked with include Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steel Pulse, Steve Winwood, Jools Holland, and Mick Jagger. She has written songs that have been covered by artists including Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest.Turner achieved the rare feat, for a British singer, of reaching #1 on the US R&B chart, with "It's Gonna Be Alright" in February 1990. Between 1986-1995, eight of her singles appeared in the UK Singles Chart with "I'd Rather Go Blind" being the most successful, reaching #24 in 1987. Turner performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat 86 concert, which featured George Harrison; and also sang on BBC Television's Jools' Annual Hootenanny, from 2007-2018 inclusive. She has also appeared as an actress on stage, film and television.

The Maidstone Studios

The Maidstone Studios, formerly called TVS Television Centre, is the UK's largest independent television studio complex based at Vinters Park in Maidstone, Kent, UK. It is home to a varied selection of independent British television programming including Later... with Jools Holland, Jools' Annual Hootenanny, Take Me Out, Catchphrase, as well as popular children's shows such as Mister Maker and Let's Play for CBeebies.

Other recent credits also include: Bang on the Money, The Royals on E!, Ultimate Brain and Hetty Feather for CBBC, Davina McCall - Fitness DVDs, and The Coalition drama for Channel 4.

The Tube (TV series)

The Tube was a United Kingdom music television programme, which ran for five series, from 5 November 1982 to 26 April 1987. It was produced by Tyne Tees Television for Channel 4, which had previously produced the similar music show Alright Now and the music-oriented youth show Check it Out for ITV; production of the latter ended in favour of The Tube.

The Tube was presented live by hosts including Jools Holland, Paula Yates, Leslie Ash, Muriel Gray, Gary James, Michel Cremona, Felix Howard, Tony Fletcher, Nick Laird-Clowes and Mike Everitt. The brand name was relaunched by Channel 4 as an online radio station in November 2006. The show was directed by Gavin Taylor; Geoff Wonfor directed some of the insert videos along with other staff programme director of Tyne Tees Television Martin Cairns. Many other specials were made, including one for the eve of the millennium.

The Very Best of The Human League (video)

The Very Best of the Human League is a DVD by veteran British Synthpop group The Human League, containing most of the band’s music videos recorded up to that point, digitally re-mastered. The only music video missing is Filling up with Heaven from 1995 which was excluded due to a licensing fee dispute between Virgin Records and EastWestThe DVD also contains as bonus material 4 notable appearances on UK BBC 1 flagship music program Top of the Pops and two songs from a live set performed on BBC 2 program Later with Jools Holland in 1996.

Also included is an interview of band principals Philip Oakey, Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall; conducted by Simon Price.

Tsunami Relief Cardiff

Tsunami Relief Cardiff was a charity music concert held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 22 January 2005, in aid of the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which had occurred the month before. The concert raised £1,248,963.The concert was, at the time, the biggest charity concert in the United Kingdom since Live Aid over 20 years before, and more than 60,000 fans watched live, with many millions more from around the world viewing the seven-hour-long concert. The main tickets sold out in 3 days; when a further 1,000 tickets were issued, they sold in 20 minutes.The concert featured a range of music styles, with long standing veterans such as Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Lulu, classical performers in Aled Jones, Charlotte Church and Katherine Jenkins and Welsh rock groups such as Feeder, the Manic Street Preachers and, representing The Stereophonics Kelly Jones contributing. Midge Ure also made a surprise appearance at the concert, who introduced Feeder.

The concert began with little known Wrexham band Camera, but this was not shown on the TV broadcasts. For the television and internet audience, the show was started by classical singer Katherine Jenkins, with "Amazing Grace", "Caruso" and "You'll Never Walk Alone"; the audience waving red LED torches to represent victims of the Asian disaster. The music continued throughout the evening with an electric atmosphere culminating in a sing-a-long finale with Jools Holland and Eric Clapton playing "Shake, Rattle and Roll" accompanied by many of the artists who had performed throughout the day (who all waived their usual fees).

The concert was carried live by BBC Radio Wales, and on UK digital television via the BBC's "red-button" service as well as being streamed online. Video highlights were available on the BBC's website soon thereafter, and TV highlights were also broadcast on BBC2 during the evening.

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