The Old Grey Whistle Test on DVD

Performances selected from the BBC’s 30th Anniversary Old Grey Whistle Test compilation are being released on DVD in America. The first of the series, which features U2 among others, is available today.


The Old Grey Whistle Test was the U.K.’s first live music show. It ran from 1971 to 1987 and got it’s name from a phrase used by doormen working in music publishing houses in London’s Denmark Street, a.k.a ‘Tin Pan Alley’: “When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys. The ones they could remember and could whistle having heard it just once or twice had passed the old grey whistle test.” (more about the show)

U2 (playing I Will Follow), R.E.M., John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Bob Marley, The Ramones and others all feature on the first of this series of DVDs.

Warner Brothers have made various streams available.

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In total, the DVD includes more than three hours of music and interviews with 28 songs by 28 different acts. Bonus feature include rare interviews with Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, John Lennon among others, a pictures gallery and producer commentary with beind the scenes stories.

26 thoughts on “The Old Grey Whistle Test on DVD

  1. It’s incredible to have this piece of art now on DVD… it makes me be impatient to ear the new stuff… I can’t wait to put my hands on “L’as-tu fourrer” in 2004!

  2. It’s incredible to have this piece of art now on DVD… it makes me be impatient to ear the new stuff… I can’t wait to put my hands on “L’as-tu fourrer” in 2004!

  3. Yes! Finally!

    I Was There that day (day of the concert)

    We were about 30 people in there (including uncle serge). That was a good show…Edge was on fire!

    Yes…Finally a Dvd with the old day days!

    Who cares about the new album in 2004 when we can watch U2 at the peak of their career on DVD!

    Oh yeah!!!!!

    Johnny

  4. Yes! Finally!

    I Was There that day (day of the concert)

    We were about 30 people in there (including uncle serge). That was a good show…Edge was on fire!

    Yes…Finally a Dvd with the old day days!

    Who cares about the new album in 2004 when we can watch U2 at the peak of their career on DVD!

    Oh yeah!!!!!

    Johnny

  5. I agree with you Chris!

    It’s hard to imagine that the same quartet made Miami My Mammy some years after!

    Johnny Mout

  6. I agree with you Chris!

    It’s hard to imagine that the same quartet made Miami My Mammy some years after!

    Johnny Mout

  7. i’ve come to the realization that i need everything on dvd. i’m addicted to dvd. red rocks! rattle & hum outtakes! lovetown christmas! zoo tv sydney! popmart! we need these now! more more more!

  8. i’ve come to the realization that i need everything on dvd. i’m addicted to dvd. red rocks! rattle & hum outtakes! lovetown christmas! zoo tv sydney! popmart! we need these now! more more more!

  9. Wasn’t this 10 years before Achtung Baby, not 20??!! I feel old but don’t make me feel any older than necessary!!

    Johnny, did you and Uncle Serge miss any U2 concerts since 1981?

  10. Wasn’t this 10 years before Achtung Baby, not 20??!! I feel old but don’t make me feel any older than necessary!!

    Johnny, did you and Uncle Serge miss any U2 concerts since 1981?

  11. hmmm, okay. next up… zoo tv sydney 2 or 3 disc special edition with extra footage from the entire zoo tv tour. now that would be good. could you imagine the amount of material on film there is from that era?!?

  12. hmmm, okay. next up… zoo tv sydney 2 or 3 disc special edition with extra footage from the entire zoo tv tour. now that would be good. could you imagine the amount of material on film there is from that era?!?

  13. I was there too… Adam was so horny with his afro. Uncle Serge was at his best when Johnny Mouton and him went on stage to play guitar with The Edge. You remember John…? When i passed behind Larry and picked one of his sticks to put in my a… 🙂 Oh my… I’m missing those days. But i have to say that listening to “L’as-tu fourrer” in 2004 will be a thrill…

  14. I was there too… Adam was so horny with his afro. Uncle Serge was at his best when Johnny Mouton and him went on stage to play guitar with The Edge. You remember John…? When i passed behind Larry and picked one of his sticks to put in my a… 🙂 Oh my… I’m missing those days. But i have to say that listening to “L’as-tu fourrer” in 2004 will be a thrill…

  15. @jim : No…Not all concerts….To be honest, i saw 10-12 concerts in the last 20 years…I saw that one, i was at red rocks too, i saw one concert in Sydney, i was in mexico and bosnia in 1997, slane castle x2, but my two best concerts of all the time is Astoria in 2001 and Anqui back in the good old days!

    @denis : Wow…it so long ago…you remember that? Uncle serge almost made in his culottes when he saw Paul with that chick!!! hahaha! Oh Dear, The stick thing with Larry!!! It was so hilarous! Wow! That brings me back to my 30 something….

    Last thing Denis, to be honest after Miami My Mammy and Alex Descend in hell for a bottle of milk, i don’t really are excited by the new ‘l’as-tu fourrer’ cd…

    The Edge said that he will send me some snippets (unmastered) soon…I will share my comments with you when i will get the cdr

    See ya

  16. @jim : No…Not all concerts….To be honest, i saw 10-12 concerts in the last 20 years…I saw that one, i was at red rocks too, i saw one concert in Sydney, i was in mexico and bosnia in 1997, slane castle x2, but my two best concerts of all the time is Astoria in 2001 and Anqui back in the good old days!

    @denis : Wow…it so long ago…you remember that? Uncle serge almost made in his culottes when he saw Paul with that chick!!! hahaha! Oh Dear, The stick thing with Larry!!! It was so hilarous! Wow! That brings me back to my 30 something….

    Last thing Denis, to be honest after Miami My Mammy and Alex Descend in hell for a bottle of milk, i don’t really are excited by the new ‘l’as-tu fourrer’ cd…

    The Edge said that he will send me some snippets (unmastered) soon…I will share my comments with you when i will get the cdr

    See ya

  17. Please share your thoughts with us Johnny on the snippets.

    Johnny – are we to expect any surprises with Bono’s stage moves on the next tour? Please tell us I can’t contain my anticipation.

  18. Please share your thoughts with us Johnny on the snippets.

    Johnny – are we to expect any surprises with Bono’s stage moves on the next tour? Please tell us I can’t contain my anticipation.

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