Vernon Kay keeps asking me to take a swing at him but the gangly metro-sexual host of this prime time line up would surly fold like a pack of cards with one hit -- to me he doesn't look like he could take a punch ! Ironically despite that, Vernon Kay's puss and his annoying northern English accent is not the problem with this show; it's the acts themselves.
Rock n Roll has been around for about 50 years, but it might as well as be 250 years pop/rock stars seem to age much quicker than any other profession. In acting, child stars often struggle to make it as adults, but some do make it, and as actors age they can often reinvent themselves from former leading men and women to patriarchal/matriarchal figures or else become the bad guys. Sports stars can often go into broadcasting or coaching! For rock stars if you want to perform and remain in the spot light there is simply very few options. Rock n roll/pop longevity seems to work providing the performers stay around in the public eye and they manage to change with the times. IE Paul Macartny, Elton John, Rod Stewart,and Madonna have successfully stood the test of time by re marketing themselves or alternatively changing their style of music despite the fact that none of them have contributed any thing meaning full to the music industry for about 25 to 15 years. In other words I remember them for all of their best work in the 1970's and 1980's respectfully not the stale and boring stuff since.
Imagine if after a 20 year absence Elton John and Stewart both tried to make a come back with their acts from the 70's with old fashions and tried to perform the way that they did back then, you would hear the laughter half way around the world. They would simply look ridiculous! To some extent this is the problem with this show! (Come to think of it I know now why the "rolling stones" have never broken up. To spare us the shock, nausea and horror as well as a rush to the kitchen sink if we were to see them decomposing on TV after a twenty year absence.) It's not that I'm against old music, on the contrary, but I'm happy just to listen or watch remastered old archive footage of them in their primes on VH1 or TOTP2 not waddling about on a live TV show 20 years later. Consider for a minute what it would be like watching the "Spice girls" and boy bands "Take That" and "NSync" in 15 -20 years time, just imagine them shuffling around a stage set in an attempt to turn back the clock, they would be the laughing stock --- and in all honesty it doesn't bear thinking about.
Rock n roll is by nature rebellious and performance is for the youth; seeing middle and old age rock stars prancing around is undignified and embarrassing (the 60 year old Blondie comes to mind). Seeing the 1980's retro group the "Bangles" now middle aged mothers trying to act like they were 20 years younger is sad.
Even if former groups dress and act like they are middle age to me it still doesn't work! For example "the eagles" looked very dignified when I saw them strumming classical guitars while perched on top bar stools on their last TV appearance but to me the whole act was simply dull and lacked the energy that they once had! In that case if you are die hard fan of an old band dish out the cash and go to one of their reunion concerts, but spare the rest of us from this spectacle on prime time TV.
With "hit me one more time " most of the groups and singers don't look or sound as good as they once were but to watch bloated and graying musicians trying to reprise their music from their heyday cheapens the accomplishments from their past. For example Duran Duran and Flock of seagulls were not very good! I'd be surprised if this show lasts another full season.If you are feeling nostalgic or want a blast from the past,then buy the DVD or get a digitally remastered CD!
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