Classic 80's comedy show The Young Ones stood out for many reasons. One of them, was that on each show, a musical act was included. Let's take a look at who they were, and where they are now.
Why did the Young One have bands on?
By including the groups, the show qualified as variety rather than light entertainment by the BBC and was allocated a bigger budget than a sitcom.
Ok, so 11 of the 12 Young Ones episodes featured a musical act, but what about the 12th? Well, in the 6th episode of the first series, 'Flood', a lion tamer appeared to satisfy the BBC's variety criteria. You may also notice that the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by Tight Fit plays during the sketch!
Series 1 Episode 1 - 'Demolition'
The first band to appear in the Young Ones were Nine Below Zero. They are an English Blues band with a cult following. Having undergone several lineup changes, they were last heard of playing Glastonbury in 2016.
Series 1 Episode 2 'Oil'
Alexi Sayle took the microphone in front of a band put together just for the gag called 'Radical Posture'. Alexia Sayle went on to be... well... Alexi Sayle!
Series 1 Episode 3 'Boring'
Madness put in two appearances in the Young Ones, there first being in Boring with their hit song 'House of Fun'. Madness were one of the biggest bands in the 80's, afterwards losing their popularity in the 90's before briefly disbanding. Coming together as fans regained their interest, their biggest recent performances were at the 2012 Queen's Jubilee and as a closing act for the London Olympics. They continue to play live today.
Series 1 Episode 4 'Bomb'
Dexy's Midnight Runners played their song 'Jackie Wilson Said' in this episode. Dexy's were another big band during the 80's. As with so many bands from this era, they split up, reformed, took breaks, and made comebacks throughout the years. Dexys made its only two live appearances of 2016 to support the release of an album. Check out more here - Dexy's.
Series 1 Episode 5 'Interesting'
Rip Rig + Panic appeared in Interesting. A a post-punk band founded in 1980, they disbanded in 1983. Mark Springer continued to record as a solo artist, debuting with Piano in 1984. Sean Oliver became a session musician for Terence Trent D'Arby, co-writing his 1987 hit "Wishing Well". Oliver sadly died of sickle cell anemia in March 1990. In 2010, Sager and Smith reformed and began touring and recording with The Pop Group.
Series 1 Episode 6 'Flood'
There was no band in this episode, and instead, a lion tamer stood in. Obviously.
Series 2 Episode 1 'Bambi'
The one band that almost everyone remembers appearing on the Young Ones is Motorhead. The Ace of Spades became an anthem for everyone from school kids to pissed off punks. Motorhead continued to tour throughout the years, releasing dozens of albums. Lemmy sadly died in 2015 just after his 70th birthday. Press play on the video below and turn the volume up... It's what Lemmy would have wanted!
Series 2 Episode 2 'Cash'
Ken Bishop's Nice Twelve (a one-off 'supergroup' of rock musicians and theme composers, including Jools Holland, Stewart Copeland, Chris Difford and the show's own theme writer Peter Brewis). We don't really need to say what Jules Holland went on to do!
Series 2 Episode 3 'Nasty'
This episode featured original Goth band The Damned. They've undergone numerous lineup changes over the years, and on May 2016 the band played a fortieth Anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall. On August 3, 2016 a new album was announced via the band's PledgeMusic page.
Series 2 Episode 4 'Time'
Amazulu played in this episode of the Young Ones, and were a British ska/pop band from the 1980s. Composed of five women and one man, they achieved success in the UK charts with four top twenty hits - the biggest of these being "Too Good to Be Forgotten" in 1986. After breaking up, the band member who achieved the greatest subsequent success in music was Clare Kenny, who joined Coming Up Roses and became a session player with Sinéad O'Connor, Shakespears Sister and Damien Dempsey.
Series 2 Episode 5 'Sick'
Madness put in their second appearance with 'Our House' in this episode. Their performance ended in a mock riot.
Series 2 Episode 6 'Summer Holiday'
Perhaps it's fitting that the last performance on the Young Ones was by a chaotic, anarchic musician by the name of John Otway. He has a hardcore group of fans, who schemed to get him on Top of the Pops in 2002 with a number 9 single. During 2016 Otway set up an online Kickstarter campaign for 'A New Album of Otway Songs'. The campaign was successful, raising £38,916 from a total of 838 individual backers. The resulting album and DVD, Montserrat, was recorded at Olveston House, Montserrat, in September 2016 and released in March 2017, to those who had supported the Kickstarter campaign, followed by general release on 1 May 2017.