Wednesday, November 24, 2004
I'm free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
A funny thing happened Friday night: I was watching the Pistons-Pacers game and
a hip-hop awards show broke out.
Amazing that anyone actually bothers watching awards shows still and that the sponsors are stupid enough to pay for them. The most recent amusing example was Dick Clark breathlessly announcing a previously-unseen for 40 years Beatles performance clip would be aired on his latest Chanteuse-With-Call Center-Mic-Wearing and Thug Love-Fest, and even schnookering Ringo into making promotional announcements about the clip (which of course says an awful lot about it in the first place; the Beatles themselves are probably the most inconsistent and incomplete source of information about themselves - witness a recent Paul interview where he didn't even know what kind of strings were on his Hofner bass. You can find an awful lot of folks who can cite chapter and verse better than the lads themselves). The clip appeared, and lo and behold, it turned out to be part of the song medley from the "Around The Beatles" show. This show was particularly legendary because the Fabs did an absolutely incendiary version of "Shout" as a closer (of course they had opened with "Twist And Shout"), but for some inane reason the producers of the show had them jumble a few big hits together into a medley. But the really interesting thing was that far from being unseen for 40 years, the entire performance was released on VHS (the rights controlled by none other than Dave Clark, as in the Dave Clark 5; no relation to the world's oldest faux-tastemaker) and is easily obtainable. While it's no longer in print it can easily be found on eBay - I counted about 4 copies just on a cursory look, most in the $3-4 range. Dick Clark is still kicking himself over not controlling the Beatles when they first came to America (his Philly audience didn't care for them at first, rating "She Loves You" as about a 75 on Rate-A-Record because "it was too hard to dance to"), but being someone who can wring money from any situation, needless to say he will hype to the fullest extent possible even if it means he's embarassed after the fact.
In other news we see that Robin Quivers is going to do a TV talk show. If she does the talk show, no time for Howard. No Robin on the Howard show would kill it (let's face it, if you give Stern total license without anyone acting outraged or challenging him it will get even unfunnier than it is already. The best part of the show has been the interplay between them during the news). Start shorting Sirius stock (and in case you're from the SEC, that's NOT a recommendation; this is merely an allegedly humorous aside). Sirius has an interesting promotion on now which may indicate how desperate they are. They're offering lifetime access for an upfront fee of $400, however, it looks like that's tied to a single receiver (and presumably, if the receiver goes kerflooey, there's no recourse other than to set up another account). At their current rates, it pays for itself in 3 years, but they need to almost quintuple their subscriber base to make their business model work, and I don't think that Stern alone (especially without his "classic" core cast and with the stale lesbian jokes) can do that. The one thing that could potentially induce me to take a listen is that Sirius' classic rock channel has a lot of my favorite DJs from the great days of WNEW-FM and WPLJ before they were destroyed by the talk and "Mega" programmers.