Friday, July 8, 2011

1965-The Big TNT Show


In 2010 Shout Factory released a DVD of the T.A.M.I. Show a mind blowing American International Pictures concert film from 1964, filmed at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and featuring James Brown, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, The Miracles and more. It's a beautiful film, pure POP magic.  Jack Nitzsche, the musical director, put together a line up that epitomized the diversity and energy of the music scene in the mid-60's when AM radio served up an incredible mixture of rock, R&B, soul, surf and pop.  Among many noteworthy moments is watching the young and nervous Rolling Stones attempt to follow James Brown's kinetic performance and though certainly not equaling him, at least effectively carving out their own turf; an indolent, salacious, sloppy, white take on R&B that heralded much of what was to come in rock n' roll.  How many styles were born from bands emulating one thing and it coming out wrong, and yet different and cool in its own right.

Not yet on DVD but hopefully in the works, is the sequel made the following year in late 1965- The Big TNT Show. This time out the show was produced by Phil Spector and filmed at the Moulin Rouge in beautiful mid-60's Los Angeles, featuring Bo Diddley, the Byrds, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Ronettes, Roger Miller, Ike and Tina Turner, Petula Clark, Ray Charles and others.  Hosted by the incongruous teen idol David McCallum, star of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., it's arguably even better than the TAMI Show, an intoxicating collection of POP music circa 1965 (perhaps the highpoint of the 1960's); from the Byrds' majestic folk rock, to Bo Diddley's jungle beat, to the Ronettes beguiling cuteness, the innocent enthusiasm of the Spoonful, and the pure sexuality of Tina Turner, it's all happening baby!!!  The TNT Show is an amazing time capsule, you can even spot Sky Saxon of the Seeds in the audience- at one point he appears to take Pet Clark's hand hostage. Hopefully we'll see a DVD release sometime soon, in the meantime here's some of my favorite performances from the show. Music never got any better than this and the girls never got any cuter, so just blow your mind!  Happy Friday kids.

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                                  audio tracking is a bit off on this one, but it has the full performance

                                                           1964 date is wrong this is 1965

                                             This Could be the Night by the Modern Folk Quartet

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