Idolator Demands: Bring Back “The T.A.M.I. Show”!

Aug 20th, 2008 // 6 Comments

TAMIShow.jpgThis past weekend I picked up I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in the ’60s, a three-DVD set on Shout! Factory featuring a documentary about Brown’s legendary Boston concert the night of Martin Luther King’s murder, footage of that same show, and Man to Man, a 1968 TV special shot in concert at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, with which Brown had some familiarity. The latter occupies the third disc of the set, which also includes a version of “Out of Sight” Brown performed for the 1964 film The T.A.M.I. Show.

I’ve written about The T.A.M.I. Show here before, and as I noted in the comments there, the Beach Boys’ footage from the movie was put out (without much fanfare) as bonus video with a group best-of. Now “Out of Sight” has joined it–and it’s even more remarkable than I’d remembered, mostly because it’s the brightest, cleanest print they could get. The title at the end of the performance thanks Dick Clark Productions. I’d like to thank them, too: for dragging their fucking asses on releasing, in full, one of the greatest rock movies ever made.

I realize music rights are a hassle, especially in a movie with so many different artists. (The Miracles, the Rolling Stones, Jan & Dean, Lesley Gore, Chuck Berry, countless others.) Nevertheless, there’s no reason the full J.B. performance shouldn’t have been on I Got the Feelin’. Sure, “Out of Sight” is great. It’s also about a third of the full performance, which climaxes with an absolutely titanic “Please, Please, Please.” I’ve never seen a more thrilling musical performance on film, and I’ve seen the rest of I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in the ’60s. Dick Clark Productions, get moving.

  1. Chris N.

    Sting had no idea how correct he was in 1980:

    “Turn on my VCR
    Same one I’ve had for years
    James Brown on ‘The TAMI Show’
    Same tape I’ve had for years”

  2. katesilver

    I’m waiting for the Big T.N.T. Show, from the same exec producer, with the Ronettes, Petula Clark, and the Byrds, among others.

  3. Chris Molanphy

    @Chris N.: When Dick Clark is running you down, you make the best of what footage is around.

  4. Captain Wrong

    Man, I haven’t even found a decent bootleg of TAMI (though I got a couple hours of lip syncing on Shindig, whoopie.) I mean, the Stones Rock n’ Roll Circus made it to video before TAMI. I never thought that would happen. So in agreement that this needs to happen. (Also, I may not be able to wait for Xmas for the JB DVDs. Been looking forward to this set for a while.)

  5. Oldboy

    The TAMI show is my dream DVD re-issue. Did you know that Teri Garr and Toni Basil are two of the dancers in the show?

  6. cheesebubble

    It’s cool to hear other people are jazzed about the TAMI Show too. It’s something I’ve known about but haven’t had the pleasure of coming across. It needs to get out to the masses!

    A couple other potentially interesting out of date titles are “Urgh! A Music War” (from the early 1980s) and “Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London” from the late 1960s (although I don’t know much about it).

    The other thing I have yet to encounter is “The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll” series. I think it was on PBS in the 1980s and The Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian was the host. The series featured footage of 1960s bands performing on variety shows, etc. The bands made quite an impression on this youngster.

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