Box Tops "The Letter" on Upbeat!Box Tops "The Letter" on Upbeat!.mov
Does anyone know what make of guitar the guy to screen-left of Chilton is playing, the black guitar? Maybe a Mosrite?
Anonymous Bosch |
October 27, 2005 at 01:57 PM
Huh? Both guitar players are playing Fenders.
Gary Shell |
October 27, 2005 at 02:17 PM
The black guitar is definitely a Fender Stratocaster, and the other a Telecaster.
Another funny thing is the organist is playing (actually more hamming it up than playing) what looks like a Hammond, with the drawbars above the keys, but the sound is that of a Vox or some similar less expensive but popular-in-the-'60's organ.
Ben Bradley |
October 27, 2005 at 02:48 PM
First of all, this was hilarious. I want to know the story behind this video, what was the band thinking? Second of all, I wouldn't judge them too harshly; my bet is they didn't want to do the lip synching but were forced to.
This reminds me of when Nirvana appeared on "Top of the Pops" and were forced to "mime" their hit song, "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Kurt Cobain sings a whole octave lower than normal and actually sticks the microphone into his mouth while singing; his right arm limply strums the guitar while his left hand just moves up and down the fretboard. Krist Novoselic just slides his fingers up and down the fretboard of his bass, eventually holding it in the air by the end of the video (while still playing every note! miraculous!) Dave Novaselic makes almost no attempt to play the drums, waving his hands in the air and laughing the whole time.
I'm pretty sure that's what was happening in this video... Watch the organ player... every time the camera focuses on him he stops playing and the singer laughs every time he sees it. Comedy gold... :D
October 27, 2005 at 07:02 PM
Look!! No hands!
A bunch of healthy youngsters forced by the record company to appear on this show. They'd rather be outdoors hiking in the mountains (climbing as high as they can get).
P-E Fronning |
October 28, 2005 at 07:30 AM
As a huge fan of Alex Chilton through his 70's band, Big Star, I think I can lend some insight to the mood of this video. Chilton gave an interview in 1974 during a live broadcast Big Star concert on WLIR radio in New York (availble on the Big Star "Live" cd released in 1992) that touring with the Box Tops was "pretty scummy" and that they were completely controlled by record producers. By the time that the Box Tops appeared on Upbeat, it is safe to say he was pretty disenchanted with his career. In fact Chilton is notorious for goofing off and giving a half-assed performance in the moment of frustration (check out his post Big Star solo material for further proof of this). Chilton was also known for walking off the stage during a particularly poor Box Tops concert. I remember seeing a clip from this Upbeat appearence and absolutely cracking up since this is so typical of Chilton.
Kevin MacNutt |
October 28, 2005 at 05:13 PM
I've had a VHS of this performance for quite a while and it never fails to crack my friends up, particularly the play of expressions across Alex's cherubic mug, and the goofball keyboards player. Great to see it online for the edification of the online world.
October 29, 2005 at 11:10 AM
this is indeed hilarious, the most half-baked (though one suspects full-baked) attempt at lip-synching ever. hey, why is bill playing guitar and not bass?
mike "lurch" leech |
November 04, 2005 at 05:39 PM
I don't think you can slight the band for this... the producers of the show that bands were given a segment in, were the ones that forced the guests to not play live..this irritated the band members to no end...
November 04, 2006 at 11:25 AM
Who is the keyboard player in this vid? He doesn't look familiar from any other Box Tops video...Also, what year is this from (they look more 'hairy' than they do in other 1967 videos)?
Rick Baverstock |
March 19, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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