Thursday, October 11, 2012

Saturtainment: 8 Track Flashback (1996)

In the mid-1990's, VH1 jumped feet-first onto the nostalgia bandwagon, and served up 8 Track Flashback, a half-hour series that took viewers back to the 70's & 60's, with vintage musical performances and news clips. David Cassidy (ex-The Partridge Family) was the original host, but stepped aside after 26 episodes. VH1 ultimately tried out 70's teen idol Leif Garrett and actress Suzanne Somers (ex-Three's Company) to fill the void, but after a grand total of 56 episodes, 8 Track was laid to rest. Shoot, there's no mention of its existence on VH1's Wikipedia page, proof positive that Wikipedia can't be counted on 100% of the time.

Anyway, here's a clip, sans intro, of Looking Glass performing their 1971 hit, "Brandy".

See what VH1 (& MTV) are missing by ignoring music nowadays?

Rating: A.


magicdog said...

I remember this. In fact, MTV ran "Classic Clips" periodically back in the 80s; usually showcasing The Who or The Rolling Stones in a vintage TV performance from the mid to late 60s.

I rather liked "Brandy", but I always found myself pitying her! Geez! Could that guy have bothered to button up his shirt??

hobbyfan said...

And by the end of the 80's, MTV was already rolling out "Classic MTV". Go figure.

Yeah, I do remember them running some vintage clips during the early-to-mid-80's in the early years to fill time. VH1 did, too, in their formative years. It's a shame they won't bother with it now, even with VH1 Classic.