Morrissey and Johnny Marr performing on the ‘Oxford Road Show.’
A recent post that featured two-hours of “mind melting” high quality footage of Siouxsie and the Banshees performing on various music television shows such as the The Old Grey Whistle Test, Rock Goes to College, the Oxford Road Show as well as the ever popular, Top of the Pops was unsurprisingly very popular with our readers. As I was not familiar with the Oxford Road Show, I decided to take a deep-dive into YouTube land to see what other vintage delights the BBC show might have to offer. I was not disappointed—and you won’t be either.
Robert Smith of The Cure in a still from the ‘Oxford Road Show.’
Once allegedly parodied as “Nozin’ Aroun’” on “Demolition,” the pilot episode of cult British sitcom The Young Ones, the Oxford Road Show (later known as “ORS”) was around for about four years until it marched off into the sunset. While not every band performed live (as you will see with the video of The Smiths below), many of them did and early on in their emerging careers. I cherrypicked a few highlights from the Oxford Road Show that I found most compelling such as The Cure’s 1983 appearance on the show performing “One Hundred Years” from their 1982 album, Pornography and Bauhaus in 1982 doing two of their early 80s singles, “Passion of Lovers” and an absolutely balls-out performance of “Lagartija Nick.” But what really killed me was The Smiths’ lipsynching 1984’s “What Difference Does it Make” while Moz sashays around on stage looking like he wishes he was home dancing in front of his mirror while giving zero fucks. In other words, what you are about to see is pure 80s vintage goodness that once again proves that the much maligned decade was actually pretty great.
The Cure performing ‘One Hundred Years’ on the ‘Oxford Road Show’ in 1983.
Bauhaus performing ‘Passion of Lovers’ and Lagatija Nick’ on the ‘Oxford Road Show’ in 1982.
The Smiths lipsynching ‘What Difference Does it Make” on the ‘Oxford Road Show.’
A clip from The Young Ones pilot episode ‘Demolition’ allegedly taking a jab at the ‘Oxford Road Show.’
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Baby-faced Robert Smith and the Cure’s first time in America, 1980