Anni di piombo, anni di paillettes.

Music from a country on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

[television:] Lucio Dalla, “Non stop” (1977)

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Just a taste of what italian television could look like back in the late seventies, when format and script writers and directors at RAI (the national broadcasting service) were encouraged to experiment and innovate to meet the taste of viewers grown up in the sixties and the seventies, who couldn’t stand no more its traditionalist and stiff attitude.

“Non stop – Ballata senza manovratore” (“non stop – ballad without manoeuvrer”, referring to the absence of a presenter) was a joyfully chaotic medley of stand-up comedians, live music, dance broadcasted between late 1977 and early 1979, hosting the debut appearances of stars-to-be such as the Academy Award nominee Massimo Troisi (R.I.P.), Carlo Verdone, Francesco Nuti, Jerry Calà. If you want to know more about this cult broadcast you can read its Wikipedia page (in italian).

In the video here above you can enjoy an astonishing live performance by Lucio Dalla singing “Com’è profondo il mare” from his 1977 same-titled album. The pop nightmare scenography, the still standing masked guys and the non-sense choreography set for a subtly frightening mood, which fits perfectly with the song. An extraordinary piece of music which turns into a great piece of tv.


Written by alteralter

December 9, 2008 at 8:14 pm

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  1. Il giorno aveva cinque teste non lo conoscevo prima d’ora…
    …ad un primo ascolto mi sembra più omogeneo di Anidride solforosa.


    December 11, 2008 at 3:43 am

  2. il più coeso dei tre forse è automobili, ma non è il mio preferito, per quanto sia anche quello un grande album.

    a presto.


    December 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm

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