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Friday, April 22, 2005

Later . . .

After viewing this DVD and this DVD, I'm now a huge fan of this show. I'm so much of a fan that I wish us Americans had a show like this. If they can Americanize Pop Idol as American Idol and Americanize the Office as the Office, why can't we have an American version of Later . . . with Jools Holland?


I hear the excuses now: "Live music shows do not attract large audiences," "Late-night talk shows with one musical guest are enough," etc.

Hear me out: one of the most marketable things about selling music and image is by showcasing the artist in a "live" setting (Anybody remember this show?). Since music videos are mini-movies and not live performances, wouldn't live performances (no lip-synching allowed!) be a good alternate view? I think people want a taste of what they might see live.

The appeal of Later . . . with Jools Holland is the showcasing of a wide variety of artists every week. Old and new acts are showcased in a live setting with very little chit-chat. Plus the sound and production are top-notch.

I'm just at a loss for a reason against a show like this in America.

1 comment:

Kev said...

"Since music videos are mini-movies and not live performances, wouldn't live performances (no lip-synching allowed!) be a good alternate view?"

Maybe that's the problem--too many pop acts are so "sweetened" in the studio and "fixed" with ProTools that they can't actually perform in a live setting. The ones who can perform often aren't well-known enough to attract interest from a TV show's sponsors. Sad but true...