Tuesday, 23 May 2017
689 Rock 'n America
First viewed : Autumn 1984
Well, I'd never have recalled the title of this unaided. It was a US import broadcast on Channel Four early on Saturday evenings. Broadcast from New York, it was fairly simple in format. Comedian Rick Ducommon linked pop videos and older music film with his own routine and comic inserts.
I only recall two of the items, a spoof ad for a chewing gum that instantly made a woman's breasts grow and an archive film of a Beatles TV appearance from the Netherlands in 1964 with stand-in drummer Jimmie Nicol in place of tonsilitis-stricken Ringo Starr. As Ducommon pointed out, Nicol started "playing" before the music came in.
There was a second series with a new host in 1985 but I don't know if that was ever broadcast here. A very similar show with a non-human host would presently be along.