Eggs ‘n’ Baker was an odd little programme within the late Eighties and early Nineties. A youngsters’s present that aired on Saturday mornings on the BBC, the programme was largely a cooking present for individuals who didn’t know learn how to prepare dinner (have you ever ever seen a toddler prepare dinner?) hosted by Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker. The present would in all probability be forged to the dregs of the Beeb archive if it didn’t have one notable distinction: it served because the programme the place Blur made their tv debut.
Blur themselves have been simply children once they appeared on Eggs ‘n’ Baker. Having fashioned simply three years earlier than, the group nestled comfortably into the dishevelled scene and went about releasing more and more hype-heavy singles like ‘She’s So Excessive’ and ‘There’s No Different Means’ as they ready their debut LP Leisure. It was the latter that they introduced with them to the BBC stage for his or her first look on the telly.
The efficiency is clearly mimed, however so was nearly each different tv efficiency of the day. The rationale why the band selected to make their debut on Eggs ‘n’ Baker is anybody’s guess: perhaps it was the one gig they might guide, or perhaps their label Meals Information completely sought out culinary programmes to seem on. Received to maintain that identify model synergy up, I suppose.
This specific video comes from a rebroadcast on the UK Play channel’s Dream Performances programme. Meaning it comes with some useful pop-up data, together with the implication that Baker herself selected Blur to seem on the programme and a dig out the host by claiming that she would “take a fag break when the bands have been on.”
As Blur was showing on the programme, the hype round Leisure was starting to achieve a fever pitch. When the album ultimately got here out in August of 1991, nevertheless, the band skilled a notable drop off of their recognition. Overexposed and missing a powerful musical identification, Blur have been forged off with middling evaluations because the dishevelled scene started to break down round them.
In main debt to Meals Information, Blur launched into an American tour that will show disastrous for the band’s morale. Nevertheless, the nightmare US tour wound up being a serious turning level for the band, inflicting Damon Albarn to shun America and focus extra intently on his British roots. When Blur returned with 1993’s Trendy Life Is Garbage, they gave the impression of a very totally different band than the one peddling dance rhythms on Eggs ‘n’ Baker two years prior.
Try Blur’s first tv look from 1991 down beneath.