The T.A.M.I. Show
January 12, 2022 12:17 PM   Subscribe

 


This is just a flat out great show. It's a pretty frequent rewatch in our home.

I would say the most underrated performer is Lesley Gore - skip to 8:27 to hear her shred "It's My Party." Sure, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, the Stones, Smokey - they're all good, but the real eye opener for us was how good Lesley was.
posted by fortitude25 at 12:25 PM on January 12 [5 favorites]


I was going to quietly add 'A Remembrance of Times Past for me' but JFHC!* you guys were all over it like crazed weasels!

*...not to mention OMFG!
posted by y2karl at 12:32 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Sort of related
posted by jessssse at 12:33 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Greatest clip is Mick Jagger having to follow James Brown.
posted by Ideefixe at 12:57 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]






This is freaking amazing, thank you so much for sharing. Worth a view for the backing dancers alone!
posted by Megami at 1:45 PM on January 12


When I first got into the early Stones (in the early 70s, a decade late) I heard of this film and rode my bicycle a distance to see it in a midnight showing. Wasn't disappointed, but I come in here to also recommend the follow-up, from 1966, also available in its entirety, (and hosted by David McCallum, the Man from U.N.C.L.E himself!) -‌- The Big T.N.T Show, which I've just seen for the first time. Noteworthy performances by Ray Charles, Bo Didley, the Byrds and the Lovin' Spoonful (and many others).
posted by Rash at 1:54 PM on January 12 [3 favorites]


Oh, that is so good, too.
posted by y2karl at 2:16 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Also, inre the T.A.M.I. show: Worth a view for the backing dancers alone!

Who include a teenaged Teri Garr.
posted by y2karl at 2:41 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]


Rash: Useless trivia about The Big T.N.T. Show: in crowd shots you can see Frank Zappa with his distinctive facial hair, and Ron and Russell Mael who would later form the band Sparks. (Ron Mael, on the other hand, lacks his distinctive mustache.)
posted by SansPoint at 3:14 PM on January 12 [4 favorites]


Wasn't disappointed, but I come in here to also recommend the follow-up, from 1966, also available in its entirety, (and hosted by David McCallum, the Man from U.N.C.L.E himself!) -‌- The Big T.N.T Show, which I've just seen for the first time.

Damn! I knew I was missing something in The More Inside. Short Term Pandemory Loss strikes again!

The Big T.N.T Show also features the young Joan Ten-Pounds-of-Sincerity-In-A-Five-Pound-Bag Baez [I keed! I keed! -- but still...] singing You've Lost That Loving Feeling under the direction of Phil Spector and with his Orchestra -- YMMV but truly what a giant Yin-Yang of Pure Good and Pure Evil is embodied there.
posted by y2karl at 3:32 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]


James Brown's TAMI show performance is one for the ages. Watching him do the cape gag in front of an audience who had never seen it before is like watching Ali box in his prime—a supernatural talent at the top of his game.

I agree that Leslie Gore is the sleeper on this lineup. I was shocked at how good she was the first time I saw it. Really, though, everyone is good. Except Jan & Dean. They always sucked.
posted by vibrotronica at 3:47 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


No argument there.
posted by y2karl at 3:54 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


But then, so did David McCallum hosting The Big T.N.T. Show -- so, maybe it was by design.
posted by y2karl at 3:55 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


James Brown's TAMI show performance is one for the ages.

Prince had this performance playing on a loop in the lobby of his Paisley Park studios.
posted by JoeZydeco at 4:00 PM on January 12 [6 favorites]


Greatest clip is Mick Jagger having to follow James Brown.

Yeah, my favorite part of this whole thing is imagining the Stones watching James Brown from the wings, knowing they have to go on next, and just going...fuuuuuck.
posted by Naberius at 4:36 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]


Agreed - it was kind of a disaster.
posted by JoeZydeco at 5:53 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]


"Hi, all you kids out there! We're Jan & Dean, and tonight we're going to introduce you to some of the artists who will absolutely destroy our careers over the next year or so!"
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:31 PM on January 12 [3 favorites]


Is there any place one can [LEGALLY VIEW] The Big TNT Show?
posted by pxe2000 at 6:31 PM on January 12


In a word: Netflix?
posted by y2karl at 7:17 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


the real eye opener for us was how good Lesley was.

Agreed, in addition to her great voice, her stage presence is so charismatic and you can feel how much she is in her element. As somebody who only became aware of her in the late 70s/80s, this was really unexpected.
posted by rpfields at 7:18 PM on January 12


I checked Netflix and it’s not streaming there. Does Shout Factory have a streaming app? You’d think someone would post this, in light of Ronnie Spector’s passing...
posted by pxe2000 at 7:28 PM on January 12


Lesley Gore PSA (2012)
posted by Rash at 7:51 PM on January 12


Man, even back then, Phil Spector looked like a fucking creepshow.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:33 PM on January 12


Yeah, Joanie shot out of there as fast as she could.
posted by y2karl at 9:01 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]


*halfway through their number together*

"Yeah...I'm just going to go over here, now."
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:08 PM on January 12


'Is that a gun in your pocket or are you happy to see...' *Oh my God! it is a gun! Eekyew!* -- beams out arm's reach plus 20 feet away.
posted by y2karl at 9:12 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Jan and Dean give off big "greetings, fellow kids" vibes, complete with skateboard.
posted by HeroZero at 9:28 AM on January 13 [1 favorite]


Burning their birthday candles at both ends in the process.
posted by y2karl at 11:05 AM on January 14


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