Monday, February 15, 2016

Vinyl - airs Sundays at 9PM EST on HBO.

Should 'Vinyl', the HBO show produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese be either fictional or factual? As it stands it's kinda 'fuct-ual'.  Richard Hell says in his Stereogum review: "I don’t want to be too hard on Vinyl. I thought it was boring, I thought it was innocuous trash, but I may not be objective".

The show is also not very authentic. As Hell notes "nine tenths of the songs aren’t even the original tracks, but studio imitations". There are inaccuracies: A&R assistant Jamie ( played Juno Temple, whom I thought was great) compares the fictional band Nasty Bits to Richard Hell’s Neon Boys saying “They’re edgier than the Neon Boys and angrier than the Dolls!” — however as Stereogum's Scott Lapatine notes: the Neon Boys never played live and were not really known until the late ’70s and Vinyl is set in 1973. (Aonther minor quibble, but it’s not the episode’s only anachronism; in case you were wondering, no the Mercer Arts Center did not collapse during a New York Dolls show.) 

Here's Richard Hell's review:

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