Podcast 287: This is our Everest, Part Thirty-Three – Shang-a-Lang (1975)

by | Feb 25, 2021

This week on This Is Our Everest, Edward and Ian watched the first episode of the Bay City Rollers’ 1975 ITV series Shang-a-Lang and found themselves grimly fascinated by it all. As one of our panel put it, it was the schadenfruede of a jaded middle-aged man watching young men present a terrible television programme.

Your heroes ponder how much of an educational remit this programme must have had thrust upon it to justify its existence, dismiss the idea of a record of diesel locomotive hydraulics for being stupid and pointless and try to figure out the collective brainfart that were (and still are) Lieutenant Pigeon, Coventry’s leading two piano, bass and drums, mother and son pop group.

Ian has a number of strident remarks about Tam Paton which were probably well-deserved, but never fear: before things get too heavy he brings out the idea book, full of suggestions for new podcasts that take your heroes to the very edge of both sanity and social decorum. It’s Shang-a-Tastic. If you’d like to watch Shang-a-Lang on YouTube, you can find it here.

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