My friend Gabe and I rented The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: Post Punk and New Wave. It's fun to watch for many reasosn, the first of which is the host. I remember watching Snyder in the 90s, and thinking how unlucky this guy must have been to have a show without a late-night studio audience. In the 70s and 80s, however, his show was quite the rage on NBC. His jokes were just as unfunny then as they were in the 90s but you have to give him some major points for geeky charm and unflinching tenacity. He's kind of like the Jian Gomeshi of our parents' generation, but so hopelessly square and almost totally unwilling to do any thorough research about the music at hand.
But he deserves credit for asking the "tough questions" while getting some telling answers and sometimes outrageous performances from his guests. John Lydon is an absolute bastard to him during an interview with P.I.L., almost refusing to speak to him, while a snarky and morose Keith Levine looks and speaks as if he'd spent a year living in the trunk of a car. Iggy Pop explains the difference between Dionysian and Athenian art. Patti Smith speaks of the influence Johnny Carson had on her as a performer. Elvis Costello cracks jokes about his early days trying to get attention by playing songs for record execs in their offices. Paul Weller expresses excitement over the fact that in the 80's there might have been "some 18 year old kid singing songs about how he hates The Jam." A particularly lengthy panel discussion sees Weller, Joan Jett, an LA Times rock critic, Bill Graham of the Fillmores and Kim Fowley take jabs and pisses at the debate surrounding punk upon its emergence into pop-cult vocabulary.
Pick up a copy of the aforemetioned DVD at Queen Video if you live in Toronto.
Before I move on to last week's playlist, I'd like to bid farewell to The Scherzo Pub in Kingston, Ontario. It will be closing its doors after almost two years of speculation on the matter. It was perhaps the best venue of all time in Kingston's quiet but occasioanlly redeeming live music scene. I have four years worth of memories at that bar, which gave me my own little rock n' roll paradise during an otherwise uninspiring stay at university.
ESB PLAYLIST 3/10/06
JUD JUD - Fast Song
NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB - Ice Cream
YOU SAY PARTY WE SAY DIE - Cold Hands Hot Bodies
YOU SAY PARTY WE SAY DIE - The Gap
YOU SAY PARTY WE SAY DIE - Love in the New Millenium
THE SECONDS - Tintal
THE SECONDS - Dedicated
DISGUISES - Ape Rock
NOT BITE - Red Transistor
SIMON BOOKISH - My Voice
0=0 - Little Moonlight (VIP Mix)
BLISSFUL WIZARD - July 23 2005
BLISSFUL WIZARD - Don't Give a Hoot
BLISSFUL WIZARD - Babe Have I Done Ya Wrong?
Y-PANTS - Beautiful Food
SIX FINGER SATELLITE - Cock Fight