TWO CENTS from Jim Korkis @ 25 August 2008 03:08 PM
JIM: I was interested that you compared Miley to the MONKEES which of course, people use as an example of a “manufactured” group done specifically for merchandising, records, etc. rather than a personal vision. “hey, hey, we’re the monkees…and we’ve got something to say…” well, no, they didn’t. I LIKED the Monkees. (Hated the attempt to revive them and sort of like the movie HEAD even though it is anti-Monkees). So do you see Miley as a manufactured commodity or does she really have something to say?"
GREG: Miley’s not manufactured but Hannah is. Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork were established musicians before they were cast, too. I do think the synergistic process of marketing Hannah is almost exactly the same as Annette, except that in Annette was marketed as herself and Miley is struggling to have it both ways. Time will tell. It all really goes back to MGM with their stable of young stars (Rooney, Garland, Reed, Sheridan, Taylor, etc.) who toured, acted and did lots of hokey “silce of life” promo films that are just like the High School Musical kids barbecuing with Kenny Ortega.
JIM: It might be interesting for you to compare Miley and how Disney is handling her compared to Annette. I think there are some similarities. I never warmed to Miley or Hannah. She seemed too smart-alecky for me. Also, it is kind of frightening that she is just celebrating her 16th birthday and it seems she has peaked. I haven’t quite taken to Selena or Demi but then again I am not the demographic for them either.
GREG: No matter how big the marketing push is, the public ultimately chooses whether to embrace a performer, based on their mindset in the context of pop culture history. You can’t MAKE a phenomenon every time, just ask Darlene Gillespie, Christy Carlson Romano, Myra, The Party, The Kids from C.A.P.E.R. -- I can go on and on.
JIM: When you mentioned Time Tunnel, I thought you would point out how Dr. Evil co-opted the device for the Austin Powers movie. Also, you never mentioned whether you would like to go back in time or forward in time and where….
GREG: Too easy — where the best records were!
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