Dammit, you won’t say it, so I will


What to say? He knew Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochrane, didn’t he? I stand by my earlier comments on Don Cornelius – Dick Clark had his own thing going, but sometimes, it was a pretty good thing. Just last week I was you tubing and found footage from about 1981 of Paul Collins’ Beat (the American “Beat”) on Bandstand – despite the profusion of Manilow/Gibb brothers/Melissa Manchester stuff, Dick Clark could have some darn good taste in the power pop and new wave department. And oh yeah, there was the whole 1950s-1960s everyone-who-basically-created-rock-and-roll thing, too.

Dammit, people!!!

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4 Responses to Dammit, you won’t say it, so I will

  1. sjmckenzie says:

    I think you are lucky.

    The Australian equivalent to these people is the host of CountDown, a wretched individual by the name of Ian “Molly” Meldrum, whose awful catchphrase “do yerself a favour (and buy this record)” is a byword for lame TV presenter spin.

    He has not died yet but when he became very ill last year a lot of people were quietly optimistic.

    • janet5 says:

      Steve, Dick Clark always worked with the advantage that many of the kids who appeared/danced on the show were so utterly lame that it would be hard NOT to shine in comparison. One of the “highlights” of American Bandstand was always the Rate a Record segment – they would play a short clip from a new release and ask two kids from the studio to rate it (you could not give something a zero or a hundred, on the rather amusing premise that nothing was universally execrable or brilliant). The catchphrase of dumb American yoof appearing on Rate a Record was, “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it,” an expression that has wormed its way so far into American popular culture that it has laid eggs in our collective brain.

  2. mackthinksthissucks says:

    • janet5 says:

      Apparently, all these years I have been approaching the wrong kinds of sources for insight into hep new music trends.

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