So, threads keep coming up about Later being a bit crap, "X Factor is Killing Music" and then there's always people like Neil Tennant calling for TOTP to return (even seen some stuff about people wanting CD:UK back!) and I was curious what music on the telly you do like (some of those BBC4 docs lately have been great - just seems a shame an Elton John night does then have 15mins of music for people who like Elton John, even if its just Ben Folds and Rufus).
My question is: if you had a TV show, what would it be like...
Personally, I think music on TV at the moment is far too focussed on live performance, with little interest in creating context or providing insight to music that isn't just here's someone signed to Domino strumming a guitar at the end of The Review Show or here is Delphic re-enacting former glories of 80s indie-rock. Why couldn't Katy Perry doing 5mins of her favourite Californian girls (rather than 3mins of miming) followed by Hauschka blowing people's minds on his prepared piano and then Mary Anne Hobbs talks about Kode9 and Darkstar and finish with some archive footage of Keith Richards, not be able to co-exist in these "i like a bit of everything, I do" times we're living in? I guess I just think music is about so much more than performance. People maybe eulogise the past far too much and think that telly maybe was a bit crap then too, it just happens Bowie and Nirvana were on it, amongst all the 'popular' fluff of the day?
p.s. did anyone see this new Abbey Road thing? It is up on 4oD still, I thought it captured the essence of live performance really well http://www.channel4.com/programmes/abbey-road-debuts/4od#3130656