On paper, HBO’s new show Vinyl sounds great: the glory days of rock and roll, directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Mick Jagger, brought to you by the guy behind The Sopranos, by the network that does Game of Thrones. At the very least, it sounds expensive — and just like great power equals great responsibility, everyone knows that great expense equals great quality.
The trailer doesn’t look bad per se, but it holds a pervasive blah-ness you wouldn’t expect from those elements — Jagger, Scorsese, ‘70s music. It looks far tamer than it should for a show that explores a thriving scene that included Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, The New York Dolls, The Ramones, and Blondie. Sure, the music is there, but aesthetically, the show seems more gleamingly overproduced than raw and visceral and weird. (Maybe they should have gotten Keith Richards to help produce instead of Mick Jagger.)
But at least we can count on it having a killer soundtrack. The show will premiere in January.