Children's Programme "Fake" Band Smackdown, Round 4
(Revisit Round 1, Round 2 Round 3A, the Intermission, and Round 3B)
Now we come to everyone's favourite part of my smackdowns: the part where I run out of things to say. =P I'll just officially declare that Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution were the winners of the last little face-off, and then turn the final vote for the greatest Children's Programme "Fake" Band over to you. So which shall it be?
Both bands put up such a good fight in every round that I think this is too close to call. The last time we had a race this tight, we were "watching" the finals of the Weird "Al" Yankovic Song smackdown. I kind of wish we could call this a tie! (Actually, no I don't. LOL!) While I do have a favourite between them, I leave the final decision up to you. Let me know in the combox which "fake" band from TV deserves the Shredded Cheddar crown.
Those who are voting for June/July Giveaway entries already know that the Rafflecopter is after the jump. But what you don't know is that I have one more surprise . . .
As we near the end of our a six-week-long celebration of fakery, it's nice to give some behind-the-scenes musicians not just praise, but also credit. Until I started this smackdown, I hadn't known that Fred Rogers used live musicians for Mr. Rogers's Neighbourhood--but now that I do, I realise that I should have guessed that he would! He was a talented musician himself, after all! And he would agree with a musicologist friend of mine that if you have a choice between playing records on a stereo and hiring live performers, you should always go with the live performers . . . for art's sake.
Now, I'm not too crazy about the above clip, in which he so casually breaks the illusion behind his own show. It reminds me of the time Big Bird "crossed over" from Sesame Street, and Rogers wanted Caroll Spinney (the actor/puppeteer
If you were here when I posted the Punk Catholic Thought of the Year in defense of Santa Claus, then you know where I stand on the blurring of fantasy and reality in the education of children. But that was in the context of "cultural plays"--not of mass electronic media. Perhaps the rule needs some revising? I'll think about it some more and hope that that I'll be able to expound on the idea next week, when I shall also announce one winner for the smackdown and one winner for the giveaway. Good luck to everyone who has entered!
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