Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Uschi Nerke, Steven Marriott, Robin Gibb, Mike Hugg, Barry Gibb
Director: Michael Leckebusch
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts
A half-dozen worthy performances
running_man | Chesterfield Twp., MI | 09/09/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The 'Beat Club' was an unusually good 1960's rock 'n' roll program from Germany. It eventually morphed into 'Musikladen'. Unlike US television programs such as 'American Bandstand' and 'Where the Action Is', 'Beat Club' allowed performers to present their stage act on television unedited, and seldom featured lip-synching. Unfortunately, this particular disc, compiling highlights from the 1967 season, presents more lip-synching than usual. Also, despite the presence of some heavy hitters, the 1967 edition features the weakest set of performers in the series. The setlist looks like this:
1. Happy Jack (The Who) 2. Thank You Baby (Graham Bonney) 3. I Won't Be There (The Equals) 4. True Story (Twice As Much) 5. Painter Man (The Creation) 6. Single Girl (Sandy Posey) 7. Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix) 8. Michael (Geno Washington & The Ram) 9. I Take What I Want (Cliff Bennet) 10. Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix) 11. My Generation (The Who) 12. Upside Down, Inside Out (The Snappers) 13. I Can't Touch The Sun (Julie Felix) 14. What Are You Gonna Do? (Lee Curtis' Allstars) 15. Touch Me, Touch Me (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich) 16. Strange Brew (Cream) 17. Let's Go To San Francisco (Flower Pot Men) 18. Tin Soldier (Small Faces)
Among the lip-synchs in this collection are The Who's 'Happy Jack', Graham Bonney's 'Thank You Baby', The Creation's 'Painter Man', Sandy Posey's 'Single Girl', 'Strange Brew' by Cream, and The Small Faces 'Tin Soldier'. The Who redeem themselves with a raw version of 'My Generation', and an abuse rather than a destruction of their instruments as the icing on the cake. Jimi Hendrix' renditions of 'Hey Joe' and 'Purple Haze' are similarly superb. Beyond this, the pickings become rather slim. Julie Felix is a pretty girl, even if her solo folk presentation of 'I Can't Touch the Sun' is unremarkable, and Geno Washington and The Ram's 'Michael' packs plenty of energy into a Box Tops or Buckinghams type tune. Lee Curtis' All Star's present a respectable, Animals-like version of 'What Are You Gonna Do?' The Equals appear to be decked out in Star Trek uniforms, which is visually only slightly less interesting than their performance of 'I Won't Be There'. On the other hand, the elastic go-go dancer featured in Cliff Bennet's 'I Take What I Want' is visually more interesting than the song itself.
A number of performances, however, are nothing short of lame. 'Painter Man' from The Creation, The Snappers 'Upside Down, Inside Out', Davy Dee and company's 'Touch Me, Touch Me', and The Flower Pot Men's 'Let's Go To San Francisco', all add little of value to the collection. 'True Story' by Twice As Much, a vocal combo as drab as Chad and Jeremy contributes further to the drab atmosphere.
Because of the heavy presence of so many European acts that never panned out in the US, discs such as this would be unlikely to generate much interest in America, explaining why this program is only available in the PAL format. US consumers wishing to view this video will either need to purchase a PAL-friendly player, or pay about $10 per disc to have the recording transfered to the US/Canadian standard NTSC format. Not a big loss here, although other programs in the 'Beat Club' series may warrant the additional expense.