Keith Moon and Annette Walter-Lax

Captain Video 1977
After appearing in Eric Idle’s ‘Rutland Weekend Television’ and ‘The Rutles’ I had helped to devise a rather mad TV video show (a precursor to MTV) called ‘Captain Video’. I managed to persuade friends to dress up as characters from the music industry and we wrote spoof sketches for them. Here, Keith is pretending to be the famed record producer and founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun, complete with pink goatee and dark glasses, while his girlfriend Annette Walter-Lax looks on. We borrowed the reception desk at Island Records and shot a sequence in which Keith interviewed Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi for a job. Keith was hilarious and had us all in stitches, but tragically he was dead within a year at the age of 32.