Why Are We Broadcasting At All

July 16, 2008: Andy versus the Listener Chorus

Why are they broadcasting at all? Yeah, who knows. I'm glad they are though, since Seven Second Delay still has the capacity to be surprising. And the capacity to be good. Which can be kind of a surprise in itself.

This week's show was about reversals. Andy played the tragic, put-upon hero, surrounded by antagonists while he tries to do a standard call-in show. Ken, operating from behind the Greek chorus of the studio audience, made the most out of a potentially disastrous conceit by willfully being a jerk and not even pretending to be on Andy's side. Calls come from inside the house. Callers say "thanks for calling." And in Andrea, we have someone actually making money on Seven Second Delay.

The whole studio audience concept has completely reenergized the show, I think. The reason why they're still broadcasting at all is because every couple of years an idea like that comes around.

Still waiting on a grand total for Andy's soaking. 25 people in the studio, how many calls, how many playlist comments? It's offensive if I say it but we need a certain type of person to do that math.

Next week: The Great Crossword-Solving Competition, featuring Andrea's grandmother Phyllis. Phyllis lives on the Upper East Side, which, Seven Second Delay historians will remember, was where a certain young boy was overheard saying something particularly charming.


Raj said...

Points to Ken for grabbing the reign with power last night. Nice to hear Andy disgusted every now and again.

And points to fellow scribe Duncan for adding the use of shadow to the BloggityBlog School of Photoshop!!!

Joe said...

btw Dylan has a new volume (8) coming out in the bootleg series this September. Betcha its as good as Modern Times:

CD1 (1989–1993):

- Dignity (piano demo from "Oh Mercy" sessions)
- God Knows (piano demo "Oh Mercy" sessions)
(five outtakes from the "Oh Mercy" sessions in all)
-TV Talkin' Song (unreleased take from "UTRS" sessions)
- Polly Vaughn (Bromberg sessions '92)
- Rise Again (Bromberg sessions '92)
(+ more from the Bromberg sessions '92)
- 32.20 Blues (outtake from "World Gone Wrong" sessions)
(+ more outtakes from the "Good As I Bee To You" and
"World Gone Wrong" sessions)

CD2 (1997–2006):

- Girl From The Red River Shore (outtake from "Time Out Of Mind"
"Could be the strongest song Dylan has written in years.
The ghost ballad is an epic number where Duke Robillard's guitar
and Jim Dickinsons piano are a contrast to Dylan's hallucinatory
and ghostlike voice."
- Shake Sugaree (outtake from "Time Out Of Mind"
- Mississippi (outtake from "Time Out Of Mind"
- 'Cross The Green Mountain (the "complete version with 8 verses"
- 2 unnamed demos from "Modern Times"
(+ more)

Anonymous said...

I miss ken.

Joe said...

So does Andy!

DC said...

Is this Dylan thing going to be a long story?

Joe said...

Not if you listen to Dylan from 1973. Thats crap that is - outtakes from Self Portrait (!)

You'll automatically shut that thing off, end of story

Anonymous said...

Where can we see the pictures from the last bunch of shows?

Anonymous said...

Of course the Fatal Flaw was the time it took to write responses. The solution could be to have Ken *type* his comments. I guess you'd need to project a computer screen. It could be done!

Anonymous said...

Ewww boy, something about listening to the audience spastically yell out Ken's comments made me want to die.

Joe said...

It put me rather in mind of that pantomime they did in the old Monty Python Flying Circus show, when they had a woman from Puss in Boots and she would get the viewing audience to respond with her: "Oh no it isn't!" and so forth

It was near the end of the episode (from the first series? the second?) where the BBC was running out of funds so they couldn't afford flashback effects, and so forth

The show still had Cleese in it, so it was still good