Thursday, October 21, 2010

Top Nine Signs that you are Watching an Inferior Rock Documentary

1) Neither the difficult singer nor the brilliant but deranged bass player are interviewed for the film.

2) A doughy white guy in his thirties, identified only as an "expert" is interviewed in the film.

3) The film includes an archival clip you have seen in another rock documentary.

4) As the narrator begins mumbling, in a British accent, about a pivotal album, the director cuts to close-up shots of hands loading a reel-to-reel tape machine, and the tape moving through the gates.

5) A majority of people interviewed for the film are music critics.

6) Men are interviewed in offices, women in kitchens.

7) Or, women aren't interviewed for the film at all.

8) The music featured in the documentary is not by the band featured in the documentary. Because the producers didn't pay mechanical royalties to use the music. (Check out a few Beatles or Elvis documentaries or this one, and you'll see what I mean.)

9) The band featured in the film is Pearl Jam or the Smashing Pumpkins.


Tina said...

cool, pat! Applying our 'signs' I recently watched and loved:

Stones in Exile -mostly outtakes from Cocksucker Blues which is also available on YouTube

When You're Strange: The Story of the Doors - artfully put together with material I've never seen

a 6-part BBC doc from 2009 that showed up on YouTube, 'Michael Jackson's Influence on Black Culture

with talking heads analysis by black artists, musicians, music/cultural critics - some familiar images but still not bad.

pat said...

Good work, Tina. Now let's apply our Signs to Fox News and CNN. Glad to hear you're rockin' out--I will look for some of these. I'm not the world's biggest Doors fan, but somehow that's the one I'm most interested in....