How To Instantly Make Even The Coolest, Hippest Musician Utterly Boring
December 15, 2009 2 Comments
Put them on PBS.
So I have the TV tuned to this weird Elvis Costello thing I keep running into where he has other musicians on (but why Elvis Costello, I wonder?). There are Bono and The Edge sitting and talking to him. And I find the whole spectacle so boring it’s physically painful to look at. I had to turn down the sound. I’m averting my eyes.
Thing is, I like Elvis Costello a lot (circa late ’70s). And I like U2 a lot (late ’80s). But this is 2009 and they’re on PBS with high production values under gel lights talking to each other in front of a polite seated audience.
I would say it makes me want to puke, except it’s too boring for that. It makes me want to take a sleeping pill so I can nap through it instead of watching it. Same goes whenever I run into any other episode of this thing.
But why is that? As far as I can tell, these people Elvis Costello has on are mostly pretty cool. Right? So is it the seated audience? The acoustic sets?
Really, I just think it’s the PBS. There’s no other explanation that makes sense.