"Beatles Medley" (Eight Days a Week, You Can't Do That, I'll Send All My Loving To You, I Saw Her Standing There)
"My Boyfriend's Back"
"Roast Beef Sandwich"
"Music Goes Round and Round"
"My Love Intro Skit"
"Come for the Pizza Commercial"
"Roncho Ad Skit"
"You May Be Right"
"Satisfaction Medley" (I Can't Get No Satisfaction, For Your Love, Born To Be Wild)
This was an early compilation tape featuring some of the Rock-afire's best hits of the time. The majority of these songs were released on earlier reels. Aside from great songs, this tape also has the inclusion of the Rock-afire performing the song used on early ShowBiz TV ads. The commercial is then followed up by a cute Rolfe and Earl skit, where Rolfe advertises for his own "informercial" commercial for the Roncho Company.
- There were a few shows slated to be included in this compilation, but were removed as outtakes during production. These were "Do You Love Me", "Rolfe & Earl #1 - Hit the Cymbal", and "Rolfe & Earl #2 - Big Time Hollywood Agent".
- This tape was given quite a study by ShowBiz, and several hundred customers were interviewed with comments and suggestions about the show. These responses were then sent over to Creative Engineering to assist with the production of new shows.
Show Quality: of those polled about this show in 1982, nearly all respondants (85- 90%) rated the show quality as good to excellent, and about 70% of those polled said the shows on this tape were of better quality than previous shows.
Character Recognition: It was found that 75% of people could name at least one character, and 73% could unaided identify Billy Bob. Dook however, despite having major singing roles, was less identified than both Rolfe and Earl. Surprisingly, Fatz ranked as the most popular across the board, beating out Billy Bob in every age/gender breakdown. Billy Bob lagged behind by nearly 20% in all groups, with the closest tie being in the pre-teen catagory where Billy Bob was trailing in popularity by only 1%.
Reccomendations: The suggestions offered by the company for new show production (a change that can be readily noticed from showtapes from here on out) were to capitalize on Fatz's popularity, yet keeping both Mitzi and Billy Bob active in shows. There was an emphasis on the continuation of music aimed toward adults, and also the suggestion that chatter should be included between songs to increase the continuity of shows. It was also thought that there should be "kid's rock concerts" or other special promotions to attract people - something that might have been the roots of ShowBiz's Afterhours
teen night promotion that happened in 1984.
To read the study in its entirety, you can find it here
-3.5 out of 5 Tokens-
A pretty good showtape with a nice selection of songs. The study that was done on this tape though has given me a much greater appreciation for it, and the moment in time that was captured. To think that the suggestions and input given by actual customers of the day regarding the song assortment, setlist, and progression of this showtape would have in impact on all future tapes is amazing to me. This change can be seen almost immediatiely starting with New Years Eve 1982
(not so much on Abbey Road
, which was probably in production during the time of this study).
It also explains how and why Fatz went from being just another singer to the main announcer of shows and promotions such as Colander Head Night
. It also helps to shed light on why Dook began to have an ongoing saying in showtapes, "By Dook LaRue" always following a story or song. This was most likely a response to the fact that people had a hard time remembering his name.