Part of my adolescence in the Cincinnati burbs, and my extended adolescence in grad school in Lexington, was late-night TV of the 70s and 80s. From Night Flight‘s toy box of weird media and music to SCTV‘s parodies of small-market television and life, I grew up with the oddball end of media.
Apparently Rachel Lichtman did as well, as she has created a video music-and-sketch show called Network 77. The debut episode can be found here, and it includes Ted Leo, Robyn Hitchcock, Aimee Mann, and power pop band Creamer. The attention to period visual detail is terrific as well, down to the typefaces of the “European” music show, hosted by someone Wilco fans might recognize. For me, the highlight may have been Welsh poet Wendell Jenkins (played by Jon Langford of the Mekons), reading some wonderfully bathetic … verse.
The video comes in at a hair under 40 minutes, and I did my share of laughing all the way through. Maybe you will too.
A tip of the Mondo Mortarboard to Brian Lindemuth, via the Book of Faces.