But first, an obligatory quote:
Robert Walser / Prose Piece
And now on to the educational section. There are a couple of well-done and more 'straight'-style psa's in this batch, Richard Perry, in particular gives a personal and convincing turn on the mic, and members of Poco keep things fairly under control. Ahh, but some of these are gems of stoniness. Curtis Mayfield seems to have quite a smile on as he delivers his message, with his live band behind him, to boot; I think Steve Miller's hilarious clip is one of the greats of the series. I can listen to it over and over. So much to love.The hum of his FX and amp in the background, his delightfully daft text and delivery, I think that Miller just couldn't bring himself to be heavy with the kids, but wanted to keep things light and fun, while imparting some sort of message, and perhaps he went too far. But I'm sure glad that he did. He sounds loaded, too, by the way. The Mickey Mayberry spot is downright scary and odd; I think folks will dig the P.F.M. psa, as it's one of a group of these that I would imagine would leave kids going- "Huh-?" like, what was that? Somewhat incomprehensible, and yet, that is what makes these good documents of these people's personalities and quirks, streamlined and polished the way that PSAs are done today, there'd be little color left. P.F.M. have great quotes, too: "I'm sure that everybody deserves and needs more than illusions." and, "Just believe in yourself, don't let them kill you."; and then there are the four Pointer Sisters with one of the stronger warnings in the series, sort of.
There are more of these to come in subsequent weeks.
Curtis Mayfield Steve Miller
Mickey Mayberry Richard Perry P.F.M. Poco The Pointer Sisters