Where I grew up, TV transmission didn’t begin on the weekends till 8am. Still, I would sometimes get up earlier just to watch the test pattern, like the irrepressible square-eyed TV kid I was.
When I was seven, the first programme on Saturdays was the Beatles cartoon:
Ringo and the Beanstalk
So there I was, experiencing Beatlemania in 1982 in very low volume, mindful that neither the teev nor my sugary bowl of Snap, Crackle, and Pop woke up whichever Rip Van Winkle ‘rent I happened to be staying with.
Later came a marvel of superheroes, and a skedaddle of Hanna-Barbera, all ending with a World Wrestling Federation smackdown… (though that may have been a few years later).
So here follows a POW! WHACK! and SHAZAAAAM! of vids featuring something reminiscent of Saturday morning TV.
Young folks – Peter, Bjorn and John
You! Me! Dancing! – Los Campesinos
Guns blazing – UNKLE
Spider-man – Ramones
Banana splits (tra la la song)– The Dickies
Sugar sugar – Mary Lou Lord with Semisonic
Throw it on me – Timbaland featuring the Hives
Lucy in the sky with diamonds – The Beatles
Along with Yellow submarine and Octopus’s garden, Lucy in the sky with diamonds was featured in a songbook issued to Australian schools in the 80s called SING! For a few years, Lucy was my favourite second only to My highland goat.
Without me – Eminem