Christina Martin’s Bad TV: Man At 3-2-1
That’s all you need to know about me. Let’s proceed.
Over the next weeks and months I’m going to be sharing my favourite weird, awkward, obscure or just plain bad TV clips with you, along with a mini commentary.
The first clip comes from a 1987 episode of 3-2-1.
The gentleman featured therein is a classic 1980s pop specimen giving the performance of his life, the like of which we’ll never see again in this country.
He starts with his back to us – textbook – and spins round with gusto when the music strikes up.
He ticks every 1980s pop box. The ponytail, the leather jacket, surrounded by giant keyboards and big haired dancers.
Now you may want to laugh at his bad boy growl, the curling of his lip, his forceful and rather too sincere performance, but don’t.
These were better times. The days before T4 presenter-esque sarcasm took hold, and everyone became too bloody cool for school. We should cherish this man and all he represents.
(Which is why you should also overlook him messing up the lip synching towards the end of the song, he was too pumped for his own good)
Ted Rogers loved it by the way.