Here are the subtitles for the OGWT special:
This is when they talk about Philip Jenkinson's videos:
Now, while live music was the backbone of Whistle Test, it wasn't always possible to get the artists we wanted actually into the studio. So how did we showcase tracks we liked in those pre-video days? Well, Tom Robinson explains …
By the mid-1960s, the music industry began producing short films to promote the upcoming record releases. Record companies could then send these to TV channels whenever their artists couldn't or wouldn't turn up in person. At the time, this still cost a considerable amount of money, so even as the 70s rolled into town, it was quite a rare occurrence and usually done only for singles. This created a problem for The Old Grey Whistle test, which had to come up with a way of illustrating music from important album releases if the band themselves weren't available. Step forward Philip Jenkinson.
I think that cinema is the only art form that actually had its beginnings in living memory ... Creator of The Old Grey Whistle test Mike Appleton had attended a lecture on vintage cinema, presented by Jenkinson. Mike was impressed and immediately offered him a job at the BBC. Jenkinson had amassed an enormous private collection of films, so Mike sent him some of the tracks they needed to cover and Jenkinson would trawl through his library to find a suitable match. Led Zeppelin, one of the major album bands of the late 60s and early 70s, by then way too big to show up and promote it in the studio themselves, so Philip Jenkinson managed to find in his archive some dancers who were just in the right movement with the shoulders rolling and the foot action, the tempo was just right. It is an extraordinary match.
You can see the real genius of what Jenkinson did when you take a track like High Roller which is fairly average rock and roll and he brings it to life in a way that makes you really look at the track in a completely different way. This footage is so silly, so funny and so entrancing, you just are drawn into it.
# Got to have your love... #.
One of the best-known combinations was the footage of skiers and Tubular Bells.
MTV launched in 1981 and music videos became essential to the success of any artist. They were a promotional tool for the band and so, even when there was a narrative, they still tended to feature the performance.
But as Philip Jenkinson had proved, if the band weren't available, some well chosen archive provided a useful alternative.
# This is our last dance
# This is our last dance
# This is ourselves under pressure
He was amazing. He was a kind of genius, I think, Philip Jenkinson, at finding exactly the right films are exactly the right piece of music and cutting it to the beats match the film. These animations in the films were very, very important right at the beginning of the history of the show.