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Mon, 13 Dec 2004

No Strings Attached / The Barry Gray Orchestra
I know that if anybody reads this I'm going to be in big trouble. But let's face it: everything Gerry Anderson produced is crap. Sometimes it's fun crap. But mostly it's crap we liked because we were too young to know any better.

This became especially obvious to me as I rewatched his live action series UFO on DVD recently. And what struck me is that Anderson's human actors were about as believable as the ones on strings, that by trying to create something darker and more relevant than his children's shows, he demonstrated his own limitations.

And yet the shows are fun, especially if you make no attempt to take them seriously. They're good in the so bad they're... sense. And part of what makes them so light and so much fun is Barry Gray's music. (Ah, at last he gets to the point.) This album has some of the themes Gray created for Anderson: from Thunderbirds; from Captain Scarlet; from Stingray, complete with cheesy vocals; from Joe 90, sadly a show I missed. Not as good a collection as the F.A.B. CD I found in London years ago. But as good a way as any to bring back a few fond memories of stuff that remind us that having a good memory isn't nearly as important as having a convenient one.

No Strings Attached
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