Monday, March 15, 2010

Ear on TV: Week of 03.15.10: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

After all the pomp and circumstance surrounding The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert back in November (on HBO), tonight's induction ceremony might seem a bit tame, but don't tell that to Iggy Pop and his newly inducted Stooges. The legendary proto-punkers had been nominated seven times without success before finally getting the call, and they don't intend to enter quietly. The still wiry frontman even hints that it could all be taken away. "Okay," jokes Pop, "now what are they going to do to kick us out?" The Stooges will be inducted by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, and will play what Iggy calls "our two big hits."

Meanwhile, the two biggest names entering into the hall -- Genesis (inducted by Phish's Trey Anastasio) and ABBA (inducted by The Bee Gees) -- aren't expected to be performing, thanks to key members declining to be in attendance. Original Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel is too busy readying himself for a world tour, and ABBA still vows to never reunite, so half the group is staying home. However, there appears to be a Faith Hill-fronted version of ABBA in the works, as Benny Andersson has said "I may play something on the piano, with someone else singing," and Faith Hill is supposed to be in attendance and rumors abound she's been practicing ABBA songs -- so her and my Mamma Mia-loving 5-year old at least have that in common.

The highlight of the night may not be the recording artists, though, as many legendary songwriters are getting the call this year as well, a list that includes the still alive Jeff Barry, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, along with since deceased writers Ellie Greenwich, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell. Fefe Dobson is scheduled to kick things off with the Barry/Greenwich/Phil Spector composition “River Deep, Mountain High," Eric Burdon (The Animals) will sing Mann and Weil's "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place," Chris Isaak will perform Blackwell's "Don't Be Cruel," Nick Jonas will sing "Teenager In Love" (by Shuman and already inducted Doc Pomus), Ronnie Spector will sing her familiar "Be My Baby" (a Barry/Greenwich/Spector collaboration), and Peter Wolf (J Geils Band) will sing Stone’s "Money Honey." FUSE's telecast begins at 8:30 PM on Monday, March 15, 2010.

Elsewhere, some of the bands on the calendar this week look like proposals for a green initiatives -- Free Energy and Air. The Philadelphia five-piece Free Energy can pack more 70s-era arena rock cliches into a song than you'd think possible. Lets just say you won't need to ask for "more cowbell" when they make their network television debut on Letterman Wednesday night. Friday night sees the French duo Air taking the stage on Fallon, generating rumors that The Roots might be providing some added instrumentation (something the band is sure to do on Monday for fellow Philly rapper Freeway). Maybe if we help spread the rumor, Questo will make that jam happen.

Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, March 15
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Galactic with Cyril Neville (REPEAT)
FUEL: The Daily Habit: ASG
FUSE: 2010 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Genesis, The Stooges, ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Ziggy Marley
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Freeway, Jake One, The Roots
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Phoenix (REPEAT)
Tuesday, March 16
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sade (REPEAT)
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: The Bee Gees
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Paolo Nutini
SYNDICATION: The Ellen Degeneres Show: La Roux
Wednesday, March 17
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Free Energy
COMEDY CENTRAL: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Snoop Dogg
IFC: Dinner With the Band: Final Fantasy (REPEAT)
NBC: The Bonnie Hunt Show: The Swell Season
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: The Xx
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Metric
SUNDANCE: Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...: Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen [Pt 2] (REPEAT)
SYNDICATION: The Ellen Degeneres Show: One eskimO
Thursday, March 18
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ryan Bingham (REPEAT)
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Fanfarlo (REPEAT)
FOX: Lopez Tonight: Lucrecia with Andy Garcia
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Kandi-Coded
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Wild Light
Friday, March 19
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jonny Lang (REPEAT)
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Sade (REPEAT)
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: OK Go (REPEAT)
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Year Long Disaster
IFC: 24 Hour Party People: Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays
IFC: Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten: Joe Strummer
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Barenaked Ladies
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Air
Saturday, March 20
IFC: Kurt Cobain About a Son: Nirvana
NBC: Saturday Night Live: The Ting Tings (REPEAT)

1 comment:

drake lelane said...

Picks for the Week of 03.15.10
1. Heart Of Steel - Galactic
2. Low End Insight - ASG
3. Family Time - Ziggy Marley
4. Know What I Mean - Freeway
5. 1901 - Phoenix
6. Soldier of Love - Sade
7. New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
8. Bulletproof - La Roux
9. Dream City - Free Energy
10. That Tree - Snoop Dogg
11. Low Rising - The Swell Season
12. Islands - The xx
13. Help I'm Alive - Metric
14. The Rising - Bruce Springsteen
15. Kandi (album) - One eskimO
16. The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) - Ryan Bingham
17. La Cuba mia (con Andy Garcia y Celia Cruz) - Lucrecia
18. Drive On - Kandi Coded
19. California On My Mind - Wild Light
20. Red Light - Jonny Lang
21. Red - Daniel Merriweather
22. Show Me Your Teeth - Year Long Disaster
23. This Too Shall Pass - OK Go
24. You Run Away - Barenaked Ladies
25. So Light Is Her Footfall - Air
26. That's Not My Name - The Ting Tings