— THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE

THEY’D LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU.

I remember watching VH1 years ago and catching the great ‘Ed Sullivan rock and roll classics’, a collection of performances from his show during the 1960’s. These included some of the biggest names around at the time and provided (along with other shows such as the Smothers Brothers) the best shot for a fledgling counter-cultural band to break into the mainstream.(The Rolling Stones were asked to change the lyrics of their song ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ to ‘Let’s Spend Some Time Together’ at Sullivan’s request) Apart from the culture-clash of these bands and their rather more staid hosts, one of the other brilliant things about these performances is the woodeness of it all. There’s a naivety to them and a charm all of their own, I like the fact that everyone looks slightly uncomfortable with the set up, and some of the scenarios used to set up these perfromances are as strange as the songs themselves.  The songs aren’t bad either.

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